Travel health and medicine issues

Rates of international travel continue to grow substantially. This increasing globalization in travel increases the risk of travel-related illnesses and other health exposures; therefore, health care professionals need to accurately advise travelers about these potential risks. Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Global Health at the University of Washington and recognized expert in Tropical medicine, Christopher […] The post Travel health and medicine issues appeared first on Outbreak News Today. Outbreak…

August 20, 2017
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South Sudan: Oral Cholera Vaccination campaign concludes, Malaria deaths top 4,000

Cholera The first round of an Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) campaign in four priority counties of South Sudan with active transmission of cholera, has successfully concluded despite security and access challenges in some areas, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) reports. The vaccination campaign started on the 29 July, 2017 to 4 August, […] The post South Sudan: Oral Cholera Vaccination campaign concludes, Malaria deaths top 4,000 appeared…

August 19, 2017
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Michigan: Eight new cases of Hepatitis A reported in the Farmington Hills area

Oakland County Health Division reports eight new cases of Hepatitis A in the last week associated primarily with the Farmington Hills area. The Health Division has not yet identified a source, but is investigating potential common factors such as contaminated food, sick individuals, travel, and healthcare exposure. “These new cases serve as a vital reminder […] The post Michigan: Eight new cases of Hepatitis A reported in the Farmington Hills…

August 18, 2017
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CSU test differentiates Lyme disease from STARI

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, but it can be confused with similar conditions, including Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI). A team of researchers led by Colorado State University has identified a way to distinguish Lyme disease from similar conditions, according to a new study published Aug. 16 in Science Translational Medicine. […] The post CSU test differentiates Lyme disease from STARI appeared first on Outbreak News…

August 17, 2017
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Parasites: Desert plant compounds show activity against Giardia, Naegleria

Researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California San Diego and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that compounds produced by the creosote bush, a desert plant common to the Southwestern United States, exhibit potent anti-parasitic activity against the protozoa responsible for giardia infections and an amoeba […] The post Parasites: Desert plant compounds show activity against Giardia, Naegleria appeared first on…

August 16, 2017
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Brucella prompts raw milk recall in Texas

Texas health officials are working with K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas to recall raw, or unpasteurized, milk due to laboratory evidence that it contains the harmful bacteria, Brucella. A person who drank milk from the Wise County raw milk dairy has been hospitalized for an infection of a strain of Brucella bacteria. The patient’s only known exposure is through the raw milk, […] The post Brucella prompts raw milk recall in Texas appeared first on Outbreak News…

August 15, 2017
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Yemen still reporting about 5000 cholera cases a day

The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April. From Apr. 27 through Aug. 13, 503,484 suspected cases have been reported, including 1,975 deaths. The overall caseload […] The post Yemen still reporting about 5000 cholera cases a day appeared first on…

August 14, 2017
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Yemen: Cholera epidemic nears a half million cases since April

In a follow-up on the cholera epidemic in Yemen, health officials put the number of cases near a half million cases in less than four months, according to the World Health Organization country office in Yemen. More than 494,000 suspected cholera cases and 1966 associated deaths have been reported in 22 governorates and 298 districts […] The post Yemen: Cholera epidemic nears a half million cases since April appeared first…

August 13, 2017
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A look at the differences in geographical distribution of Lyme disease

A study, originally published in January in the journal, PLoS One, looked at the differences in geographical distribution of Lyme disease. Researchers suggests that under environmentally-realistic conditions, southern environments exert greater mortality pressure on ticks than is experienced by northern ticks, because of the increased desiccation stress under the warmer southern conditions. See New York from the water […] The post A look at the differences in geographical distribution of Lyme disease appeared…

August 12, 2017
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Measles: 2nd case reported at Perth Waldorf School

In a follow-up on the measles scare in Perth, Australia, officials with Perth Waldorf School in Bibra Lake have reported on a second case of the vaccine-preventable, contagious disease. According to Acting School Administrator, Mark Phillips in a letter to Staff and Parents Friday, We have just received news that another Class 10 student is confirmed to […] The post Measles: 2nd case reported at Perth Waldorf School appeared first on Outbreak…

August 11, 2017
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