Brazil reports yellow fever case in foreign traveler

A foreign traveler in Brazil has contracted the serious mosquito-borne virus, yellow fever (YF), according to a Brazil Ministry of Health press release (computer translated). Image/CIA Although many details of the case are lacking in the release, what we know is a case of sylvan yellow fever was reported in a foreigner traveled to the city of Alto Paraiso in Goias state and to Rio de Janeiro where the individual was diagnosed  and received medical…


Mesothelioma has an ‘extremely long latency period': Minnesota Commissioner of Health

Twenty-one new cases of mesothelioma have been identified in a group of 69,000 mine workers that the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota have been studying since the late 1990s. Image/National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Eighty cases of the rare cancer had previously been found in the workers, bringing the total number of cases reported in the workers to 101. The workers were employed in Minnesota’s…


California advises travelers to the Philippines to ensure they are vaccinated

With the spring holidays approaching in the next weeks, many Californians are heading to the Philippines or other countries where measles outbreaks are occurring or measles circulates in the population. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) strongly encourages all Californians to make sure they are protected against measles and other dangerous diseases before they go abroad. Image/CIA “Measles is extremely contagious and can be very serious. The best way…


European health officials release rapid risk assessment on wound botulism in heroin users

Two countries, Norway and Scotland have been seeing a significant number of wound botulism cases beginning in December prompting European health officials to release a rapid risk assessment Monday. Public domain photo/Psychonaught The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) did the assessment at the instruction of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety. Between December 2014 and 10 February 2015, 23 cases of…


Ebola impact in Guinea: 470,000 people might be food insecure by March

17 February 2015, Rome/Conakry – Tens of thousands of people in rural areas of Guinea worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic will receive training on how to prevent the spread of the disease and support in producing food and generating income, through an agreement involving the World Bank, the country’s government, and FAO. As part of the initiative, $ 5 million will be invested in FAO’s Ebola Response Programme which aims…


Malaysia dengue count nears 20,000, PM Najib warns public to take precautions

During the 44 day period from Jan. 4 to Feb. 16, 2015, Malaysia has recorded nearly 20,000 dengue fever cases, or an average of more than 439 cases daily. Image/CDC Of the 19,349 reported dengue cases this year, about 58 percent or 11,167 cases were reported from Selangor alone. The dengue fever fatality count remains at 44 from January 1 to February 7. This compares to 17 dengue related deaths during…