Hong Kong reports another probable case of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

For the third month in a row, Hong Kong health authorities are reporting a suspected case of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The case that was recorded on April 16, 2015, affects a 74-year-old woman with underlying illnesses. She presented with confused speech, decreased general condition and malaise since February 1, 2015 and was admitted to a […] Outbreak News Today

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Today is National Hand Hygiene Day

May 5 is National Hand Hygiene Day and the Florida Department of Health urges residents to pause and consider the importance of this everyday health habit. Washing your hands is the most significant step one can take to prevent the spread of germs and illness. “Washing your hands regularly throughout the day is an essential […] Outbreak News Today » US News

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Colorado pneumonic plague outbreak linked to pit bull

An outbreak of pneumonic plague with likely human-to human transmission, believed to be initially transmitted by a dog, has been identified for the first time in the United States since 1924 in Colorado last year. The outbreak  (currently the largest to date) occurred in June 2014 and affected the dog owner and 3 other individuals following […] Outbreak News Today » Blogs

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Milk Makers Fest E. coli outbreak case tally grows to 42

In a follow-up to a report about a week ago, The Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) updated the information on their investigation into the shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 outbreak in the county Tuesday. The outbreak of E. coli is associated with the Milk Makers Fest that was held at the Northwest Fairgrounds in Lynden on 4/21 […] Outbreak News Today » US News

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Loyola study: Chickenpox virus linked to strokes in HIV infected patients

Patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can, in rare cases, experience bleeding on the brain that causes a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage. A Loyola University Medical Center case study demonstrates that a virus called varicella-zoster can cause inflammation of blood vessels in the brain. This inflammation, known as cerebral vasculitis, can cause […] Outbreak News Today

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