Rio de Janeiro reports big rise in Sporotrichosis in cats

The number of cats affected by sporotrichosis rose 400 percent in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, according to the Sanitary Surveillance.  In all, the city had 13,536 cases reported in cats and 580 in humans only last year, according to a Estado de São Paulo report (computer translated). Sporothrix brasiliensis, a subcutaneous mycosis in Brazil, is […] The post Rio de Janeiro reports big rise in Sporotrichosis in cats appeared first…

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Burundi declares malaria outbreak: 1.8 million cases reported to date

The Burundi government declared a malaria outbreak earlier this month after reporting a total of 1,784,965 cases of malaria through mid-March this year. While the entire country is reporting high burden of malaria, the northern, central and eastern regions are most affected. The 10 most affected provinces include Karusi, Gitega, Muyinga, Kirundo, Kayanza, Ngozi, Bubanza, Cankuzo, […] The post Burundi declares malaria outbreak: 1.8 million cases reported to date appeared first…

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Hantavirus: Two cases reported in King County in recent months

Officials with Public Health – Seattle & King County said Tuesday that they have seen two cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) since December, including one fatality. Health officials describe the cases as follows: The person who died was a man in his 30s who lived in Issaquah. He went to the emergency room on February 23rd, […] The post Hantavirus: Two cases reported in King County in recent months appeared first…

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University of Edinburgh students warned about mumps

In October 2016, NHS Lothian in Scotland reported on a measles outbreak with links to the University of Edinburgh. Now, the school’s Health and Safety Department issued a warning of an increase in mumps. According to a letter to students from Karen Darling, Deputy Director of Health and Safety Department (see below): There is currently an increase […] The post University of Edinburgh students warned about mumps appeared first on Outbreak News…

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Australia: EpiPen recall, girl with tetanus update, 3rd M. chimaera infection

EpiPen 300 recall The Therapeutics Goods Adminstration (TGA) in Australia announced the recall of four batches of Alphapharm EpiPen 300 microgram adrenaline injection syringe auto-injectors. It has been identified that EpiPens from the four affected batches may contain a defective part that could result in the auto-injector failing to activate or a need to apply more force […] The post Australia: EpiPen recall, girl with tetanus update, 3rd M. chimaera infection appeared…

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Rio de Janeiro State reports yellow fever, Ecuador confirms 1st case in 5 years

Last week, the state of Rio de Janeiro reported its two first confirmed autochthonous yellow fever cases in the municipality of Casimiro de Abreu, located 135 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro. This has prompted the World Health Organization Secretariat to determine that the State of Rio de Janeiro, with the exception of the urban areas of Rio […] The post Rio de Janeiro State reports yellow fever, Ecuador confirms 1st case in…

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Parkinson’s disease drug, Xadago, gets FDA nod

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Xadago (safinamide) tablets as an add-on treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease who are currently taking levodopa/carbidopa and experiencing “off” episodes. An “off” episode is a time when a patient’s medications are not working well, causing an increase in Parkinson’s symptoms, such as tremor and difficulty walking. […] The post Parkinson’s disease drug, Xadago, gets FDA nod appeared first on Outbreak News…

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