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…

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Cyclospora in the US and Canada

The following is an update on the cyclosporiasis situations in the United States and Canada: In the US, CDC has been notified of 570 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in persons who became ill in 2017. This number includes persons who reported international travel as well as persons who did not report travel. The reports have come […] The post Cyclospora in the US and Canada appeared first on Outbreak News Today….

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Spain: Anisakis risk is high in Bay of Biscay fish

One of every three fish consumed in Spain is infected with anisakis, according to a Levante report (computer translated). The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) notes if the fish comes from the Bay of Biscay, the risk rises to 50 percent, while the species that arrive from the Mediterranean barely reach 6 percent. Spain leads […] The post Spain: Anisakis risk is high in Bay of Biscay fish appeared first…

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Samoa issues dengue alert

The Samoan Ministry of Health issued a dengue fever alert after two dozen cases were reported, including two suspected dengue-related deaths. Health officials were notified of severely ill cases from Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Apia, which is the chief hospital of Samoa. According to a Samoa Observer report, 54 lab tests have been requested and […] The post Samoa issues dengue alert appeared first on Outbreak News Today. Australia –…

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‘Somalia is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world’: WHO

As millions of people in Somalia remain trapped in a devastating cycle of hunger and disease, WHO and health partners are working with national health authorities to save lives and reach the most vulnerable with essential health services. More than 2 years of insufficient rainfall and poor harvests have led to drought, food insecurity and […] The post ‘Somalia is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world’:…

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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…

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