Botulism: Nacho cheese sauce confirmed as source of 10 cases in Sacramento County

In a follow-up on the botulism outbreak in Sacramento County, California, The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) tested and confirmed that nacho cheese sauce that was sold at the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove, Sacramento County has tested positive for the toxin that causes botulism. The toxin found in the […] The post Botulism: Nacho cheese sauce confirmed as source of 10 cases in Sacramento…

May 23, 2017
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Measles warning in Prince George’s County and Washington DC

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in collaboration with the Health Departments in Prince George’s County and the District of Columbia, is, out of an abundance of caution, informing people who were in certain locations including areas of Prince George’s Hospital Center (at specific times during May 9-13) and Children’s National Medical Center […] The post Measles warning in Prince George’s County and Washington DC appeared first on…

May 22, 2017
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Peru dengue epidemic update: Piura reporting 300 cases daily, Army trained to assist

After a period of heavy flooding, which helped spread viral infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a dengue epidemic in the city of Piura, where 19 people have died according to a euronews report (computer translated). According to official figures, 3,150 cases have been confirmed in Peru in the latest outbreak, with another […] The post Peru dengue epidemic update: Piura reporting 300 cases daily, Army trained to…

May 21, 2017
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Yemen cholera crisis spreading at ‘unprecedented’ speed

More than 50 deaths due to cholera have been reported in Yemen since the beginning of the week. According to WHO, more than 240 people have died from cholera in just the last three weeks, out of a total of 23,400 infections. The agency estimates that 7.6 million people live in areas at high risk of […] The post Yemen cholera crisis spreading at ‘unprecedented’ speed appeared first on Outbreak News…

May 20, 2017
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Antibodies from Ebola survivor protect mice and ferrets against related viruses

The fight to contain the 2013-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was hampered by the lack of an effective treatment or vaccine. Researchers funded in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have studied the blood of an Ebola survivor, searching for human […] The post Antibodies from Ebola survivor protect mice and ferrets against related viruses appeared…

May 19, 2017
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Miami company recalls 6,000 lbs of cheese due to Listeria risk

La Nica Products, Inc. of Miami, FL is recalling six thousand pounds of cheese, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term […] The post Miami company recalls 6,000 lbs of cheese due to Listeria risk appeared…

May 18, 2017
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European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management statement on Ebola outbreak in DRC

The following is the statement by Commissioner Christos Stylianides (computer translated) on the Ebola epidemic in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The European Union is determined to provide all necessary support to respond to the recently declared Ebola epidemic in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The authorities of the DRC, […] The post European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management statement on Ebola outbreak…

May 17, 2017
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Cholera: 184 deaths reported in Yemen since late April

In a follow-up to the cholera crisis in Yemen, officials with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have reported 11,000 suspected cases, including 184 deaths since Apr. 27. These numbers are up dramatically from the 2752 suspected cases and 51 deaths reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 11. The devastating outbreak […] The post Cholera: 184 deaths reported in Yemen since late April appeared first on…

May 16, 2017
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Polio update: 5 total cases in 2017, Suspected VDPV case in Syria

In all of 2016, the three polio endemic countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria saw a combined 37 wild poliovirus (WPV) cases, plus five   circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) cases including three in non-endemic Laos, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Through May 10 this year, only five WPV cases have been reported […] The post Polio update: 5 total cases in 2017, Suspected VDPV case in Syria…

May 15, 2017
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Anthrax sickens six slaughterhouse workers in Thika, Kenya

Six meat loaders from the city of Thika in eastern Kenya have been hospitalized due to suspected anthrax infections, according to a Daily Nation report. Kiambu County Chief Health Officer, Stephen Njugunasaid said the six workers are currently admitted at Thika Level Five Hospital. The report states: The first patient is said to have been pricked by […] The post Anthrax sickens six slaughterhouse workers in Thika, Kenya appeared first on Outbreak…

May 14, 2017
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