Brazil yellow fever outbreak: Confirmed cases top 100

In a follow-up on the yellow fever outbreak in several states in Brazil, the health ministry reported today (computer translated) in the states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia and São Paulo 598 suspected cases of the disease. Of the total, 430 cases remain under investigation, 107 were confirmed and 31 discarded. Of the 113 reported […] The post Brazil yellow fever outbreak: Confirmed cases top 100 appeared first on Outbreak…

January 31, 2017
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NJ health officials report measles in Passaic County infant

For the second time in a week, the New Jersey Department of Health has reported a confirmed a travel-related measles case in the state. The case was confirmed in Passaic County in an unvaccinated seven-month-old infant who traveled internationally. The infant may have exposed others between January 17-23 while infectious. The infant visited the Emergency Department at […] The post NJ health officials report measles in Passaic County infant appeared first on…

January 31, 2017
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Seattle: Norovirus cluster investigated linked to raw oysters

Public Health recently investigated a cluster of norovirus-like illness associated with consuming raw oysters. Norovirus is the name of a group of viruses that cause viral gastroenteritis. Norovirus is found in the stool and vomit of infected people and is usually spread person-to-person or by contaminated food. Consuming raw or undercooked shellfish, particularly raw oysters, […] The post Seattle: Norovirus cluster investigated linked to raw oysters appeared first on Outbreak…

January 31, 2017
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Recent upsurge of A(H7N9) cases in China, updated ECDC rapid risk assessment

A steep increase of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) has been reported since the beginning of December 2016 from China. During this wave, the number of human cases is already higher than during the last two waves in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The majority of recently reported human cases are associated with exposure to infected […] The post Recent upsurge of A(H7N9) cases in China, updated ECDC rapid risk assessment…

January 31, 2017
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New 2017 Brazilian Outbreak of Deadly Yellow Fever is Cause for Immediate and Sustained International Action!

The year 2017 has barely begun and we already have a new and potentially major infectious disease situation flaring up. During the first three weeks of 2017, the dreaded deadly Yellow Fever virus (YFV) has erupted into an outbreak in Brazil. In many ways the past year has been a record-setting year for the heightened activity and […] The post New 2017 Brazilian Outbreak of Deadly Yellow Fever is Cause for Immediate…

January 30, 2017
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Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome: UND researchers seek treatment

For most victims of Lyme disease, successful treatment occurs after a two- to four-week course of antibiotics. However, for up to 20 percent of patients, the fatigue, pain, and neurocognitive difficulties persist as Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS). Lyme disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the cause of […] The post Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome: UND researchers seek treatment appeared first on Outbreak…

January 30, 2017
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Florida reports additional local Zika transmission

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported three additional locally acquired Zika virus cases Friday. Two of the cases had samples collected in October as part the ongoing investigation and results were just received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The third case reported no symptoms but blood samples collected Dec. 21 showed evidence of […] The post Florida reports additional local Zika transmission appeared first on Outbreak News Today….

January 30, 2017
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Romania: Anti-vaxxer movement results in huge measles surge in 2016

Romania saw 15 measles cases in 2015. Since 2016, this number has blown-up to 2,165, including 13 fatalities. This is largely due to bogus claims from anti-vaccination campaigns in the country, according to a La Vanguardia report (computer translated). President of the Romanian Society of Microbiology, Alexandru Rafila directly points the finger at the anti-vaxx movement […] The post Romania: Anti-vaxxer movement results in huge measles surge in 2016 appeared first…

January 30, 2017
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