Texas teen, Michael John Riley Jr., loses battle with lethal amoeba

Several days ago, we told you of the story of the 14-year-old Houston child, who was diagnosed and being treated for Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) at the Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) – West Campus. Despite great medical care and treatment regimen sent from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Michael John Riley Jr. lost his life […] Outbreak News Today

August 31, 2015
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Suspected pneumonic plague linked to seven deaths in Madagascar

A suspected outbreak of pneumonic plague killed seven people in two days in the city of Moramanga, which is situated on a plateau between the central highlands and the east coast of Madagascar, according to a L’Express report (computer translated). Laboratory testing and patient’s symptoms of fever, headache, tinted blood spitting and sudden death indicate preliminarily […] Outbreak News Today » Africa

August 31, 2015
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Hong Kong reports 40th Legionnaires’ disease case of 2015

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating a sporadic case of Legionnaires’ disease (LD) affecting a man aged 87. The patient, with underlying illnesses, lives in Zhuhai, Guangdong. He has presented with shortness of breath, fever and cough with sputum since August 25. He came to Hong […] Outbreak News Today » Asia

August 31, 2015
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Naegleria fowleri: Petition calls for mandatory reporting of PAM at the national level

A very important petition was started today on the website, Change.org, by families of victims of Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), calling on federal and state public health leaders to add PAM to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System making reporting of this parasitic disease mandatory at the national level. The petition was initiated by Dr. […] Outbreak News Today

August 30, 2015
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Legionnaires’ outbreaks update: llinois Veterans Home deaths, San Quentin State Prison

While the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the South Bronx has been declared over by New York City officials a week ago, outbreaks of the bacterial respiratory disease has popped up in other areas across the country. In a follow-up to the outbreak at the Illinois Veterans’ Home – Quincy, state health officials are now reporting two […] Outbreak News Today » US News

August 30, 2015
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Wales: NICU closed due to Acinetobacter outbreak

A cluster of infections on the neonatal intensive care unit at University Hospital of Wales has prompted to closure of new admission to the unit Thursday, according to the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. At least 12 babies in the NICU were infected with bacterial infections with Acinetobacter baumanii and an Enterobacter species. There are 15 babies […] Outbreak News Today » Europe

August 30, 2015
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Morocco anthrax outbreak: 9 cases of cutaneous anthrax reported in Midelt province

Health officials in Morocco are investigating an outbreak of anthrax in the town of Imilchil in Midelt province, according to a Morocco World News report today. Nine people have been diagnosed with cutaneous anthrax linked to exposure to handling diseased cows. “This epidemiological situation is not alarming in the sense that the Cutaneous anthrax disease is […] Outbreak News Today » Africa

August 30, 2015
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