Japan reports congenital rubella syndrome case in Fukushima Prefecture

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Health officials in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan have reported (computer translated) a congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) case in a child from Iwaki City. This is the first CRS case in the prefecture in several years. According to the Iwaki City Public Health Center, the boy is suspected of having congenital hearing loss and is […]

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Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak update: January 19, 2020

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In this video, I try to do an update with the rapidly-fired information that is put out daily on the Wuhan City, China novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. I show that the case count has jumped to nearly 200 in Wuhan, in line with predictions with global infectious disease analysis. We also see the […]

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Yellow fever alert issued in southern and southeastern Brazil

With the arrival of summer when the occurrence of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, such as yellow fever increase, the Brazilian Ministry of Health is alerting the population to get vaccinated against the disease. The alert is mainly focused on the population that lives in the South and Southeast regions of the country due to the […]

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Vermont is the latest state to declare a hepatitis A outbreak

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Vermont state health officials have declared a hepatitis A outbreak, becoming the 31st state to do so since 2016. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD said the outbreak here is in the early stages, but that case number trends have prompted the department to make the formal declaration. “We’ve been anticipating an outbreak of […]

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Researchers develop the first mosquitoes synthetically designed to neutralize dengue

An international team of scientists has synthetically engineered mosquitoes that halt the transmission of the dengue virus. Led by biologists at the University of California San Diego, the research team describes details of the achievement in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the insects that spread dengue in humans, on January 16 in the journal PLOS Pathogens. Researchers in UC San […]

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China: Wuhan officials report 17 additional coronavirus cases

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In an update on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in Wuhan City, China, the Wuhan Municipal Commission of Health reports (computer translated) 17 additional cases, bringing the total in the city to 62. No additional deaths were reported. The death toll remains at two. The 17 cases were detected by screening by national and […]

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Anthrax in Zimbabwe: Scores being treated after eating tainted meat

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Health officials in Zimbabwe are reporting some 177 cattle have died from anthrax while 87 people were treated for the disease in various clinics and hospitals in areas across the country after eating meat from cattle that died from the infection during this season. Division of Veterinary Field Services, Acting Director, Dr. Wilmot […]

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Taenia solium drugs: Study examines efficacy against the pork tapeworm

Taenia solium–also called pork tapeworm–is a parasite which causes disease around the world, particularly in very poor communities with deficient santiation and where pigs roam free. Researchers have now analyzed the efficacy and adverse effects of three chemotherapeutics against T. solium and report their results in a review published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. In its adult form, T. […]

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Austin, Texas: 1st rubella case reported since 1999

By NewsDesk   @bactiman63 Austin Public Health is investigating a confirmed rubella case less than a month after confirming the first measles case in Travis County since 1999 – which is also the last time a Travis County resident had rubella. Nationwide, there are typically less than ten rubella cases annually, most of which are associated […]

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Polio news from the Philippines: 4 new cases reported

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Since the report Thursday of four additional polio cases reported in the Philippines, there has been a flurry of news activity coming from the archipelago. Let’s take a look at a sample: QC polio case ‘immunocompromised’, says DOH THE Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, January 17, disclosed that the three-year-old boy afflicted […]

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Chikungunya epidemic in Djibouti: ‘Unprecedented’, according to media report

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In a follow-up on the chikungunya situation in Djibouti,  on the Horn of Africa, a report in the Djiboutian Human Village magazine states (computer translated) that the chikungunya epidemic in the country is unprecedented. According to an official communication from the Minister of Health, Mohamed Warsama Dirieh, of Tuesday, December 24, the significant increase […]

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San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles airports to implement health screenings for novel coronavirus

While the risk of novel (new) coronavirus (2019 nCoV) is low in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is taking proactive preparedness precautions. CDC and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will implement enhanced health screenings to detect ill travelers traveling to the United States on direct […]

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San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles airports to implement health screenings for novel coronavirus

While the risk of novel (new) coronavirus (2019 nCoV) is low in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is taking proactive preparedness precautions. CDC and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will implement enhanced health screenings to detect ill travelers traveling to the United States on direct […]

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Nipah virus infection reported in Khulna, Bangladesh: Media reports

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Media sources in Bangladesh (HERE and HERE) are reporting a Nipah virus infection in the city of Khulna. The reported case is a 20-year-old female who has been hospitalized since last Saturday at the Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH). “A medical board has confirmed her infection by Nipah virus. As Rashida’s infection is […]

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Norovirus reported at Yosemite National Park

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Officials with the National Park Service are reporting scores of cases of gastrointestinal illness at Yosemite National Park. To date, 170 individuals, including park visitors and employees have experienced GI illness, with two confirmed norovirus cases among them. Most of these individuals spent time in Yosemite Valley and occurred on and around the […]

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Karachi reports 3rd human rabies case in January… so far

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews After reporting 24 human rabies deaths in 2019, the third rabies case has been reported at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi in January to date, according to a Dawn report. The third and latest case is a 35-year-old woman from Thatta who was received a dog bite two months ago. The […]

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