Hepatitis E outbreak update in Diffa, Niger

In an update on the hepatitis E outbreak in Diffa, Niger, the international, independent, medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reports the outbreak declared two months ago in southeastern Niger is particularly affecting pregnant women with 34 dying of severe complications related to the disease. The overall case tally has risen to 876 cases of hepatitis E […] The post Hepatitis E outbreak update in Diffa, Niger appeared first on Outbreak News…

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Japanese encephalitis confirmed in Pingtung County

Taiwanese health officials this year’s first case of Japanese encephalitis confirmed in Pingtung County. The case is a 53-year-old female housewife. According to the epidemiological investigation, the case had not recently traveled overseas, had not been vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis, and spent most of her time at home. Within approximately 2 km distance of the case’s […] The post Japanese encephalitis confirmed in Pingtung County appeared first on Outbreak News Today….

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Group B Strep vaccine goes into Phase 1 trials

Pfizer Inc. announced that it has started a Phase 1 trial in healthy volunteers of PF-06760805, an investigational vaccine designed to help protect against Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection. In newborns, GBS manifests as sepsis, pneumonia, and meningitis, with potentially fatal outcomes for some, and long-lasting neurological damage in 46 to 50 percent of those infected. […] The post Group B Strep vaccine goes into Phase 1 trials appeared first on…

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Maine: Older adults had highest rates of Lyme disease in 2016

Data released on the Maine Tracking Network Thursday by Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) reveals that adults over the age of 65 years had the highest rates of Lyme disease in the state last year. While the number of reported cases of the disease increased for all ages in 2016, adults […] The post Maine: Older adults had highest rates of Lyme disease in 2016 appeared…

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Romania: 18 hospitalized with suspected meningitis, one dead

A suspected meningitis outbreak in Braşov, Romania has resulted in 18 hospital admissions and one death, according to a News.ro report (computer translated). The patients, classmates with a 17-year-old student from Tarlungeni commune who died recently after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, have symptoms resembling meningitis. Some 200 additional students are being seen for consultations at the […] The post Romania: 18 hospitalized with suspected meningitis, one dead appeared first on Outbreak…

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Marshall Islands: Mumps outbreak in Majuro

The Marshall Islands Health Department reports that mumps may have infected up to 3,000 people since March, according to a local media account, making it the largest outbreak reported in decades. According to the Marianas Variety report, the official number of confirmed and probable cases is now 1,033 since March; however, health officials warn the true […] The post Marshall Islands: Mumps outbreak in Majuro appeared first on Outbreak News Today….

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Philippines dengue: Cases down in 2017, ‘Search and Seek’ strategies intensify

The Philippines, a constituent of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), joins fellow country members in urging the public to strengthen forces in our continuous pursuit to defeat dengue as we commemorate the ASEAN Dengue Day for its 7th year. This is observed every 15th of June per declaration of ASEAN Health Ministers […] The post Philippines dengue: Cases down in 2017, ‘Search and Seek’ strategies intensify appeared…

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Turks and Caicos report increase in ‘pink eye’

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services wishes to advise the public of an increase number of cases of conjunctivitis in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Conjunctivitis, also called “pink eye”, is defined as an inflammation of the conjunctiva and can be caused by virus, bacteria or allergy. It can affect children and […] The post Turks and Caicos report increase in ‘pink eye’ appeared first on Outbreak…

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Bioterrorism

Professor at Laboure College in Milton, MA and biodefense and bioterrorism researcher, Lawrence Roberge PhD joined me to discuss a number of topics in the area of bioterrorism such as a review of the history, some of the agents and much, much more.                   Related: Rhodesia’s top secret use […] The post Bioterrorism appeared first on Outbreak News Today. Outbreak News Today

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