Chagas outbreak in northern Brazil possibly linked to food served at party

The Health Surveillance Coordination (CVS) of Amapá and the Municipal Health Secretariat (Semsa) are investigating a Chagas disease outbreak that has affected at least ten people in the Rural Zone of Macapá, according to a G1 Globo report (computer translated). The report notes that 10 people have been confirmed with Chagas’ disease since Dec 5 and another […] The post Chagas outbreak in northern Brazil possibly linked to food served at party…

December 31, 2016
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CDC’s battle with Zika virus: 2016 ‘Year in Review’

Seventy years after CDC was founded to fight mosquitoes that carried malaria, CDC found itself entrenched in combat with another mosquito-borne illness, Zika virus. CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to fight Zika on January 22, 2016, after a widespread Zika outbreak in the Americas was linked to a large increase in the number of […] The post CDC’s battle with Zika virus: 2016 ‘Year in Review’ appeared first on…

December 31, 2016
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Southern California measles outbreak: Most unvaccinated

An outbreak in the Los Angeles area of Southern California has now spread to Santa Barbara County and health officials say most were unvaccinated. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is investigating exposures to a confirmed measles patient. The one confirmed case in Santa Barbara County is linked to the measles outbreak in Los Angeles […] The post Southern California measles outbreak: Most unvaccinated appeared first on Outbreak News Today….

December 31, 2016
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Norovirus up in the UK, rotavirus steady

Health officials in the UK are reporting increases in the gastrointestinal bugs, norovirus and rotavirus, according to a updated report published by Public Health England (PHE) this week. PHE reports the number of laboratory reports of norovirus in this season (week 27 2016 to week 50 2016) is 2435. This is 12% higher than the […] The post Norovirus up in the UK, rotavirus steady appeared first on Outbreak News…

December 31, 2016
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Philippines: W. Visayas food poisoning; Cebu dengue update

Puffer fish poisoning, or tetrodotoxication from the ingestion of “butete” resulted in three of the four “food poisoning” fatalities in the Western Visayas region on the Philippines, according to officials at Department of Health-6. The region saw 37 events of food-borne illnesses in the first eleven months of 2016, which sickened 666 total people and killed […] The post Philippines: W. Visayas food poisoning; Cebu dengue update appeared first on Outbreak…

December 31, 2016
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US Virgin Islands: Norovirus alert issued for St. Croix

The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health issued a norovirus health alert Wednesday for St. Croix after five individuals tested positive for the gastrointestinal virus. Health officials initially received reported of individuals with symptoms resembling norovirus–vomiting, and diarrhea in St. Croix. Six Specimens were collected from individuals who exhibited symptom onsets ranging from December 11th-15th. […] The post US Virgin Islands: Norovirus alert issued for St. Croix appeared first on…

December 30, 2016
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H7N9 avian influenza: Additional case reported in Hong Kong

Hong Kong health officials report investigating another confirmed human case of of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel. The male patient, aged 70 with underlying illnesses, claimed to have developed fever, cough with sputum, shortness of breath, vomiting […] The post H7N9 avian influenza: Additional case reported in Hong Kong appeared first on…

December 30, 2016
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Zika virus cases and associated microcephaly in the US may have occurred as early as 2009: Hawaii researchers

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) scientists have discovered that severe birth defects related to infection with the Zika virus (ZIKV) occurred much earlier than in 2016, when the connection was first made between the virus and an increased likelihood of microcephaly during outbreaks of ZIKV infection in Brazil […] The post Zika virus cases and associated microcephaly in the US may have occurred…

December 30, 2016
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