Purdue researchers examine Enterovirus D68 and discover possible treatment

A research team from Purdue University in Indiana have made a breakthrough in learning about the virus, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and the potential development of drugs that inhibit infections caused by the most recent strains of the virus. Numerous, spheroid-shaped Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) virions/Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Yiting Zhang The research was published in the journal Science on Friday. The researchers have used a technique called X-ray crystallography to learn the precise structure of…


Pertussis cases up significantly in the EU, Netherlands and UK worst hit

The number of pertussis, or whooping cough cases in the European Union is up dramatically from 2011 to 2012, according to new data published in the Annual epidemiological report 2014 – vaccine-preventable diseases, a European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) publication. European Union/CIA In 2012, the notification rate of pertussis cases was more than twice as high as in previous years. With 42,525 (38,840 confirmed) cases reported by 28 EU/EEA countries, the overall…


Tahiti reports more cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome possibly linked to chikungunya

A French Polynesia news source is reporting four cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) that could be attributed to infection with the chikungunya virus in Tahiti. Aedes aegypti image/CDC The report in La Depeche (computer translated) notes that  a 34-year-old man is currently in intensive care, while the other 3 are under observation in the neurology department. During the first part of the year, French Polynesia recorded more than 40 GBS cases linked to…


West Africa Ebola death tally nears 8,000, Banbury says it will be over in 2015

The number of Ebola deaths in the three West African countries hardest hit with the virus has jumped by 99 in the past two days, bring the total death tally since the outbreak started almost to 8,000 (7,989), according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) update today. Public domain image/Mondo Magic The number of total cases increased by some 200 bringing that total to 20,381. Following on the prediction…


Hong Kong reports imported human rabies death, 1st case in 13 years

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (December 31) investigating an imported death case of rabies affecting a man aged 28. Image/CDC The patient, with good past health, worked in Indonesia. He started to have low back pain since September this year. In early November, he developed low grade fever, loin pain, vomiting and walking difficulty. He returned to Hong Kong on…


Mumps confirmed in Long Island resident

Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services Dr. James Tomarken reported today a case of Mumps in an individual who lives in the Town of Brookhaven and works at Smithtown High School East. The case was confirmed this week by the New York State Public Health Laboratory in Albany. Image/CDC The individual, who is over 25 years of age, experienced symptoms consistent with Mumps early in December. The individual visited a…