California health advisory: Drug-resistant Pseudomonas infections linked to medical procedures in Tijuana

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In a follow-up to reports earlier this year (HERE and HERE), California health officials issued a health advisory today alerting healthcare providers to the ongoing risk of highly drug-resistant infections in patients following hospitalization or invasive procedures in Tijuana, Mexico, not limited to medical tourism. A previous outbreak of surgical site infections with […]

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Wound botulism case investigated in New Mexico

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews New Mexico health officials report investigating a suspected case of wound botulism. The patient is currently hospitalized in Albuquerque. This is the third suspected case of wound botulism of 2019– two previous confirmed cases led to patients being hospitalized in May and October. All three cases reported injection drug use. Previous cases in […]

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At Least 20 Cases of E. coli in Wisconsin – Source a Mystery

By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe The Wisconsin Department of Health has announced this week that there are 20 cases of E. coli illnesses in the state – 1 of which has developed a severe complication of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome. At this time, the health authorities are unsure of the source of the […]

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Maryland: E. coli cluster reported, Linked to salads bought at Sam’s Club

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Maryland state health officials are reporting and investigating a cluster of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157) infections. To date, seven cases have been reported. All the cases reported eating Ready Pac Bistro® Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad purchased from various Sam’s Club locations in Maryland. There has been one hospitalization and no deaths associated with […]

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Taiwan: 1st case of tickborne infection, SFTS reported

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews The Taiwan Department of Disease Control announced the first case of Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS) in the country. According to the news release (computer translated), the patient is a 70-year-old male in the north who has not recently gone abroad but is often active in mountainous areas, October 24-11. On the 2nd […]

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Measles investigation in Georgia: More cases in Cobb County

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has identified the likely source of the current measles outbreak in Cobb County. Five previously unreported cases of measles in one family in Cobb County occurred in early October. These five cases are presumably linked to out of state travel where other cases of measles have been reported. […]

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Ethiopia chikungunya update: Nearly 2,000 additional cases reported

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In a follow-up on the chikungunya outbreak in Ethiopia, nearly 2,000 additional suspected cases have been reported in recent weeks, bringing the outbreak total from Dire Dawa City Administrative City and Araf regions to 53,238 cases since the end of July. Symptoms of chikungunya disease usually begin 3–7 days after a person is bitten by […]

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Dengue in Pakistan: Outbreak closes in on 50K cases

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Last week, the World Health Organization reported that Pakistan is battling one of the worst dengue outbreaks the country has experienced. As of early November, more than 45,000 people in Pakistan have been infected with the dengue virus in 2019. Now according to a report today from the news source, Dawn, we see […]

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Chikungunya vaccine: Valneva reports excellent final Phase 1 results

Valneva SE, a biotech company developing and commercializing vaccines for infectious diseases with major unmet medical needs, today announced excellent final Phase 1 results for its single-shot chikungunya vaccine candidate, VLA1553. The objectives of the Phase 1 study (VLA1553-101) were to assess the safety and immunogenicity profile of VLA1553 after a single vaccination across three […]

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Australia: Measles alert issued in Illawarra, NSW

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Health officials in New South Wales (NSW) issued a health alert Saturday after an Illawarra man diagnosed with measles visited a number of locations in the Northern Illawarra while infectious. The man in his thirties, who has an uncertain vaccination history, had returned from travel to Thailand and was not connected to any […]

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Angola reports dozens of polio cases in 2019

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews The number of polio cases in Angola has reached 44, according to Health Minister Sílvia Lutucuta Friday. According to the official, the occurrences happended in the provinces of Bié, Malanje and Lunda Sul (one case each), Moxico and Benguela (two), Huíla (three), Lunda Norte (four), Luanda (six), Huambo (11 ) and Cuanza Sul (13). […]

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How in utero Zika virus infection can lead to microcephaly in newborns: Baylor research

A new study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine revealed how in utero Zika virus infection can lead to microcephaly in newborns. The team discovered that the Zika virus protein NS4A disrupts brain growth by hijacking a pathway that regulates the generation of new neurons. The findings point at the possibility of developing […]

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3rd Plague case in China

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In a follow-up on the pneumonic plague cases reported in China earlier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Cf6n… , officials in Inner Mongolia, China report a third plague case, this time it’s bubonic. Got Smallpox?  Dengue: ‘The rise in outbreaks this year is a wake-up call’ Can dengue virus be sexually transmitted? Plague in China: Pneumonic plague diagnosed […]

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Encephalitis cases reported in Erie County

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews The Erie County Department of Health has reported two cases of rare encephalitis cases in October, according to a Go Erie report. Communicable diseases supervisor for the health department, Sue Carlson, R.N. says the two cases weren’t related. “We know one of them recovered and we don’t know the outcome of the other […]

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Samoa measles: Case tally up to 716, 6 deaths; ‘Worst is yet to come’

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews The Samoa Ministry of Health reported the latest on the measles outbreak in a Situational Update that shows the number of suspect measles cases has grown to 716, including 48 confirmed and six deaths through Nov. 10. Cases have primarily been reported in Upolu (539), followed by Faleata East (65) and Sagaga le […]

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Salmonella Dublin outbreak update: Officials link Stater Bros. ground beef, Recall

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In a follow-up on the Salmonella Dublin outbreak that has sickened 10 people, killing one,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday a link between ground beef products from Central Valley Meat Co., Inc., and this illness cluster. Central Valley Meat Co., Inc., a Hanford, Calif. establishment, […]

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Tonga measles outbreak: Case count surpasses 250

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In an update on the measles outbreak in Tonga, the Ministry of Health now reports 251 cases of confirmed or suspected measles. The vast majority of cases (86 percent) are reported on the island of Tongatapu and the remainder in Vava’u. Officials say outbreak of measles in Tonga occurred following the return of […]

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Sweden reports increase in Cryptosporidium, most in Stockholm

By NewsDesk  @bactiman63 Swedish health officials, aka Folkhalsomyndigheten have reported an increase in the parasitic infection, cryptosporidiosis in recent weeks, particularly in November. About half of the country’s regions have reported cases in all ages, but primarily in adults. Most cases are seen in the Stockholm region. The Public Health Agency and the National Food Agency […]

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South Africa says no Ebola in the country

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews South Africa’s  National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed Thursday that no case of Ebola has been reported nor have they been asked to test for a suspected sample of Ebola from neighboring countries. This comes when false reports of Ebola being detected in Lesotho were reported earlier this week. The NICD houses […]

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Dengue: ‘The rise in outbreaks this year is a wake-up call’

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews The World Health Organization said this week, “The rise in outbreaks this year is a wake-up call for governments, policymakers and researchers to strengthen surveillance and control programmes and to step up prevention strategies to control this phenomenal spread of dengue and other vector-borne viruses”, acknowledging the enormous issue it is 2019. I […]

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Asian longhorned tick: FFAR grant aims to halt spread

The invasive Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis), a foreign parasite that can transmit a variety of blood-borne pathogens, is spreading rapidly in the US. While Asian longhorned ticks found in the US have yet to test positive for pathogens, their increasing prevalence threatens American farmers, livestock, companion animals and wildlife. In response to this threat, […]

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Salmonella prompts recall of Quest Beef Cat Food

Go Raw, LLC, of Cottonwood Utah is recalling its 2lb. frozen bags of “Quest Beef Cat Food” because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or […]

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Iowa reports 1st flu deaths of the season

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Iowa state health officials reported Friday on the first flu-related deaths of the 2019-2020 influenza season: an older adult (61-80 years of age) Central Iowa woman, and an elderly (81+ years of age) Northwest Iowa woman. Both women had underlying conditions or contributing factors. This week flu activity in Iowa has increased to […]

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Georgia: More measles confirmed in Cobb County

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews In a follow-up on the measles situation in Cobb County, Georgia, state health officials confirmed three additional cases of measles in Cobb County residents. At least two of the three individuals  are unvaccinated, and the vaccination history of the third is unclear. These individuals may have exposed other people to measles between Oct. 30 […]

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Scombrotoxin fish poisoning prompts FDA recommendation to discard tuna

“Based on our traceback investigation of recent cases of Scombrotoxin fish poisoning, the FDA is warning all sectors of the supply chain to discard certain tuna supplied by Truong Phu Xanh Co., LTD of Vietnam and advising consumers not eat any of this product. Additionally, the FDA has placed the company on Import Alert, which […]

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