Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen raw breaded chicken expands to Alberta, BC

The nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products total has grown and expanded to additional provinces, according Canadian health officials. The Salmonella Enteritidis infections are now reported in six provinces  with additional cases reported in British Columbia (1), Alberta (1), and Ontario (3), bringing the total to 18 cases of illnesses under investigation. Here […] The post Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen raw breaded chicken expands to Alberta, BC…

October 19, 2017
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Biological weapons in North Korea: Report outlines what is known and unknown

North Korea’s military arsenal is a hot topic today–nuclear and conventional. But what is known about the biological weapons (BW) program? Researchers with Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School teamed up with intelligence firm AMPLYFI to examine these topics including policies and proposals for the future. The current status and the […] The post Biological weapons in North Korea: Report outlines what is known and unknown…

October 18, 2017
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Madagascar plague epidemic affects more than 800: Health ministry

The number of plague cases continue to grow on the island nation of Madagascar. According to the Ministere de la Publique Monday (computer translated), the case tally has exceeded 800 affecting 38 districts and 17 Regions of Madagascar. Of the 805 plague cases reported, 595 were pulmonary and 210 bubonic forms. In addition, they are now reporting 74 deaths, with […] The post Madagascar plague epidemic affects more than 800: Health ministry appeared first on…

October 17, 2017
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Australia: NSW Health reports 29th measles case

NSW Health is urging people aged between 20 and 50 years to have the free, safe measles vaccine after the 29th person in the state was diagnosed with the highly infectious disease. The latest person to contract measles is the fifth case connected to the Sutherland Shire outbreak and was in the following locations while […] The post Australia: NSW Health reports 29th measles case appeared first on Outbreak News…

October 16, 2017
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Shingles vaccine, Shingrix, receives approval in Canada

GlaxoSmithKline announced Friday that Shingrix has been approved in Canada for the prevention of shingles (herpes zoster) in people aged 50 years or older. Shingrix is a non-live, recombinant subunit adjuvanted vaccine given intramuscularly in two doses. Shingles is caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. A person’s risk […] The post Shingles vaccine, Shingrix, receives approval in Canada appeared first on Outbreak News…

October 15, 2017
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Syria: Additional cVDPV2 case reported, Vaccines destroyed

In Syria, one new type 2 circulating vaccine-derived polio (cVDPV2) case has been reported this week.  The case was reported in Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and had onset on 19 August. At the time of infection, the child was 19 months old, and no history of polio vaccination. The bulk of all cases continue […] The post Syria: Additional cVDPV2 case reported, Vaccines destroyed appeared first on Outbreak News…

October 15, 2017
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Rabies: What You Need to Know

First, what is rabies and how do you get it? Rabies is an acute viral infection that is transmitted to humans or other mammals usually through the saliva from a bite of an infected animal. It is also rarely contracted through breaks in the skin or contact with mucous membranes. It has been suggested that […] The post Rabies: What You Need to Know appeared first on Outbreak News Today….

September 28, 2017
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Developing Zika vaccine blocks mother-to-fetus transmission and protects against testicular damage in mice

For the first time, a collaborative team led by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has shown that a potential Zika vaccine quickly can protect fetuses against infection as well as protect males against testicular infection and injury. It also prevents a lowered sperm count after one vaccination. The findings are currently available […] The post Developing Zika vaccine blocks mother-to-fetus transmission and protects against testicular damage in…

September 27, 2017
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Los Angeles County: West Nile virus increases prompt public health warning, campaign, ‘It’s Not Just A Bite’

Last week, 17 new cases of West Nile virus (WNV) were reported in Los Angeles County, including three deaths among elderly patients who died due to neuro-invasive West Nile virus infection. The total number of WNV cases and deaths in Los Angeles County this year is 98 cases and six deaths. This has prompted Public […] The post Los Angeles County: West Nile virus increases prompt public health warning, campaign,…

September 26, 2017
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Measles in the Americas through mid-September

From the beginning of the year through mid-September, 167 confirmed measles cases have been reported from three countries. In the United States, 119 people from 15 states (California, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington) were reported to have measles. To date in 2017, 45 cases […] The post Measles in the Americas through mid-September appeared first on Outbreak News Today….

September 25, 2017
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