Nicaragua and Curacao confirm local transmission of Zika

Health officials in Nicaragua and the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao have reported autochthonous, or local transmission of Zika virus, according to each of the local health departments. In Nicaragua, health officials say (computer translated) three cases have been reported out of Managua. In Curacao, the case was reported on Jan. 28., according to health officials (computer […] Outbreak News Today » Latin America and the Caribbean

January 31, 2016
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KSU reports student with mumps, vaccine clinic scheduled for Monday

Kansas State University has confirmed one student case of mumps. The university is directly notifying anyone who may have been in close contact with the student. The university’s Lafene Health Center is working with the Riley County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to provide information to the Manhattan campus and […] Outbreak News Today » US News

January 31, 2016
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Travel-associated Zika infections reported in the UK

British health officials say three travelers to South America have contracted the Zika virus to date since the virus established local transmission in the America’s in 2015. According to health officials, As of 18 January 2016, three cases associated with travel to Colombia, Suriname and Guyana have been diagnosed in UK travelers. 21 countries and territories in […] Outbreak News Today » Europe

January 31, 2016
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Lassa in Nigeria update, Benin reports case in Tchaourou

Between August 2015 and 24 January 2016, 172 suspected and confirmed Lassa fever cases have been reported in Nigeria with 83 suspected and confirmed deaths (CFR 48%), according to Nigerian health officials. The 4 most affected states are Bauchi, Edo, Oyo and Taraba, which account for 54% of the confirmed cases (n=54) and 52% of the […] Outbreak News Today » Africa

January 31, 2016
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Taiwan reports 1st German measles case of 2016, linked to travel to Hong Kong

Taiwan health officials are reporting this year’s first case of rubella, or German measles in a 39-year-old female who resides in northern Taiwan. According to the CDC, she sought medical attention on Jan. 18 after developing skin rash. When her symptoms persisted and other symptoms such as fever, cough, and swollen neck lymph node, she sought medical […] Outbreak News Today » Asia

January 31, 2016
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Costa Rica reports imported Zika via Colombia

Health officials in Costa Rica confirmed Tuesday an imported Zika virus infection in a man who contracted the virus while traveling in Colombia, according to local media. The 25-year-old patient started showing symptoms, which include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise and headaches, on Jan. 22 before he returned to Costa Rica on […] Outbreak News Today » Latin America and the Caribbean

January 30, 2016
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A primer on human metapneumovirus (hMPV)

Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) was first described by van den Hoogen et al in 2001.[1] It had been isolated from young children with respiratory tract disease and it was found, by studying old sera, that hMPV had been present in the European community for more than 50 years. The presence of hMPV was next reported in the […] Outbreak News Today » Blogs

January 30, 2016
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