EEE in Massachusetts: 3rd human case in two weeks

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Health officials in Massachusetts have reported the third laboratory confirmed human Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus case this month. Officials say the latest case is  a male over the age of 60 who was exp…

Philippines outbreak news: Dengue, measles, African swine fever

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Dengue fever Negros Oriental province health authorities report the number of dengue cases continue to rise. Dr. Socrates Villamor, the DOH provincial chief, said as of August 17, their records show a total of 2,82…

Mystery US Listeria Outbreak Linked to Canadian Diced Chicken Listeria Outbreak?

By: Candess Zona-Mendola A mystery outbreak of Listeria illnesses was announced this week with 24 cases in 13 states. The health agencies investigating the outbreak, which currently has 22 hospitalizations and two deaths, have not identified a source a…

Lyme disease in Ireland: Estimates of up to 300 cases annually

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Officials with the Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC) in Ireland report it is estimated that there are probably between 150 and 300 cases per annum; however, the true incidence of early-stage Lyme disease…

Taiwan reports 75th indigenous dengue case, Disease prevention post-Bailu

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Typhoon Bailu made landfall Saturday afternoon in Taiwan and in the aftermath of the storm, health officials once again stress that the week after the rain is a critical period for dengue and other infectious disea…

Pakistan: 12th ‘brain-eating amoeba’ case reported in Karachi

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Officials with the Directorate General Health Services in Pakistan have already reported 11 fatalities due to parasitic meningitis infections caused by Nageleria fowleri, and now a 12th case has been reported. Acco…

How gonorrhea develops resistance to antibiotics: MUSC research

Steadily and relentlessly, the bacterium that causes gonorrhea has slipped past medicine’s defenses, acquiring resistance to once-reliable drugs, including penicillin, tetracycline and ciprofloxacin. These former stalwarts are no longer used to tre…

Outbreak News Across The Globe, Episode 1

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In this new, hopefully weekly series I’m calling–Outbreak News Across The Globe, I’ll be looking at one big outbreak or infectious disease news story from 6 or the 7 continents (excluding Antarcti…

Baylisascaris procyonis: The little known but very dangerous raccoon roundworm

In this video, I do a review of the raccoon roundworm, Baylisascaris procyonis. I look at disease in animals and humans, geography, raccoon latrines, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
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Ebola news this week: 3rd province to report cases, Two EVD drugs show favorable results

In this look at the week-in-review for Ebola and the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I look at the new cases reported in the 3rd DRC province, South Kivu. In addition, other big news was narrowing of two Ebola drugs that preliminary s…

Malaria in Burundi: Epidemic prompts travel notice

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In a follow-up to a report from late July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for the African country of Burundi due to an ongoing malaria epidemic. According to the Ministr…

Japan syphilis cases top 4,000; measles and rubella update

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In a follow-up to a report last week, the Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) reports that through Aug. 11, 4,009 syphilis cases have been reported in the country. Tokyo, Osaka and Aichi are repo…

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