HIV in Africa: Five countries approach control of their epidemics

Data released today from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) show that the HIV epidemic is coming under control in Lesotho. These results add to prior PEPFAR-supported Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIAs) announced in the last nine months for Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Together, these data demonstrate impressive progress toward controlling […] The post HIV in Africa: Five countries approach control of their epidemics appeared first…

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Europe: Typhoid outbreak reported, linked to the European Rainbow gathering in Italy

European health officials have reported a typhoid outbreak that has sickened at least four people since the summer that has been linked to the European Rainbow gathering that took place in Tramonti di Sopra, Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, Italy, from 23 July to 21 August 2017. To date, French authorities have reported three cases and Germany has […] The post Europe: Typhoid outbreak reported, linked to the European Rainbow gathering in Italy…

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Australia: Measles alert issued for Melbourne

Health officials in Victoria have issued a measles alert after three cases were confirmed in Melbourne. According to the alert issued by Deputy Chief Health Officer for Communicable diseases, Dr Brett Sutton today, two confirmed cases were infectious while at a number of places across Melbourne between September 6 and September 13. One case acquired their illness in […] The post Australia: Measles alert issued for Melbourne appeared first on Outbreak News Today….

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El Salvador: Two deaths due to Vibrio vulnificis reported

The Salvadoran Institute of Social Security (ISSS) confirmed the deaths of two people from the bacterial infection, Vibrio vulnificus, according to a local media account (computer translated). According to officials, a 61-year-old man was treated in the emergency in early August. He presented with fever, diarrhea, red skin on his lower limbs, and as part of his […] The post El Salvador: Two deaths due to Vibrio vulnificis reported appeared first on…

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E-cigarette use doubles risk for smoking tobacco in teens: Study

Teenagers who try e-cigarettes double their risk for smoking tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. The study — from the University of Waterloo and the Wake Forest School of Medicine — found that students in grades seven to 12 who had tried an e-cigarette are 2.16 times more likely to be susceptible to cigarette […] The post E-cigarette use doubles risk for smoking tobacco in teens: Study appeared first…

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Cyclospora: US and Canada updates, Investigations ongoing

The outbreaks of the parasitic infection, Cyclospora, in the United States and Canada continue to increase in cases while investigations continue to come up empty concerning a source or a vehicle for the parasite. In the United States, the case tally, both imported and local, nears 1,000 with the official count now 988 as of […] The post Cyclospora: US and Canada updates, Investigations ongoing appeared first on Outbreak News…

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