Zika virus is on Jamaica’s radar

After reports of suspected Zika virus infections in Brazil, the Jamaican government has taken notice and will incorporate the mosquito borne virus into the country’s vector control and education program. The Jamaica Information Services reports Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson as saying, “We are going to come very shortly with an integrated clean-up programme, (including) […] Outbreak News Today » Latin America and the Caribbean

May 31, 2015
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Chronic wasting disease confirmed for the first time in Michigan’s free-ranging deer population

The Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) last week confirmed that a free-ranging deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This is the first time the disease has been found […] Outbreak News Today

May 31, 2015
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Valley fever risk studied in Washington state

Public health officials are teaming up to fight a new public health threat in Washington – Valley Fever. Since discovering the fungus that causes Valley Fever in South Central Washington last year, health officials have been monitoring for disease and conducting environmental testing to determine how widespread the fungus may be. “This recent discovery is […] Outbreak News Today » US News

May 31, 2015
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Rabies positive sheep exposes four in Abbeville County

Four people have been referred to their health care providers for consultation after being exposed to rabies in Abbeville by a sheep that tested positive for the disease, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today. The sheep was potentially exposed to an aggressive skunk, which was not available for testing, roughly one month […] Outbreak News Today

May 30, 2015
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