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Hantavirus Reported in Mumbai, India
Aug 22, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

In early August, the city of Mumbai, India, reported its first case of Hantavirus [1]. On June 27th, a 39 year old man from Kurla, a suburb of Mumbai...

Black Death is Back: Second Plague Death Reported in Colorado
Aug 16, 2015 | Emily Cohn

The Black Death is Back?   On August 5th, Colorado reported it’s second plague death in 2015 and the state has seen four human cases so far this year...

Legionnaires’ Strikes New York City
Aug 9, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

On August 9, 2015, New York City had recorded ten fatalities related to Legionnaires’ disease [5]. There have been 108 cases recorded thus far, with...

Pacific Northwest Battles Whooping Cough
Jul 25, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

As of July 14, 2015, whooping cough cases in Clark County, Washington have increased eleven-fold, resulting in health officials announcing that ‘...

New Disease Linked to Three Deaths in Germany
Jul 19, 2015 | Emily Cohn

Variegated Squirrel 1 Bornavirus First Described in Germany   Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article regarding a novel...

Europe Reports First West Nile Virus Case of the Season
Jul 4, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

As of June 28, 2015, this year’s first European West Nile Virus (WNV) human case of the season has been reported in Sofia, Bulgaria [1]. According to...

Tularemia Cases on the Rise in Colorado
Jul 3, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

Health officials are alarmed about a recent increase in the number of Tularemia cases in Colorado. Between 1983 and 2013, the average number of...

Guinea Pig in the Time of Chagas
Jun 28, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

Although endemic in parts of Latin America, studies show that it is hard to transmit Chagas disease. Research studies have estimated that for one...

Dengue Escalates in Southeast Asia
Jun 20, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

Cases of dengue fever have increased in Southeast Asia over the last few months. Vietnam has reported more than 20,000 cases of dengue so far in 2015...

Vibrio vulnificus: Florida Reports Eight Cases, Two Deaths
Jun 19, 2015 | Emily Cohn

  Health officials in Florida have reported eight cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections, including two deaths, thus far in 2015. The cases were...

Spain: First Case of Diphtheria Since 1986
Jun 13, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

In early June, Spain recorded its first case of diphtheria since 1986 [1]. The first case in 28 years is a six-year old boy from Olot, a town located...

MERS Outbreak in South Korea
Jun 7, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

Reported Deaths On Wednesday June 3rd, a South Korean man became the third confirmed MERS death in South Korea, following the virus’ initial...

Dengue Epidemic in Brazil
May 13, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

 The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported 746,000 registered cases of Dengue fever and 229 confirmed deaths since January 2015 [1,3]. This marks...

Dog Found to be Source of Colorado Plague Outbreak
May 11, 2015 | Emily Cohn

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that in July 2014 a Colorado man contracted plague from his dog [1]. Furthermore, three...

Nigeria Mystery Outbreak Solved
Apr 29, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

On April 13, 2015 an outbreak of a mysterious disease began in Ondo, Nigeria [1-6].  By April 16, the unknown disease spread swiftly across the Ode-...

Powassan Emerges in Connecticut
Apr 19, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

Researchers recently found Powassan virus infected ticks in Bridgeport and Branford, Connecticut [1, 5-6]. Although the virus had already been...

Rubella in Taiwan: Second Case Confirmed
Apr 17, 2015 | Yuki Ara

On March 18th, a female flight attendant was confirmed to be infected with rubella in Taiwan [1].  Before she developed symptoms, she had a travel...

Canine Influenza in Chicago
Apr 15, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

Chicago has recently seen an increase in cases of canine influenza. Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control issued a warning earlier this...

Nipah in Bangladesh
Apr 12, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

According to the Bangladesh Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), as of February 2015, nine cases of Nipah virus have been...

Ross River Virus Strikes Brisbane
Apr 8, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

Brisbane, Australia is currently the epicenter of the largest outbreak of Ross River Virus the country has experienced since 1996 [2]. As of March...

HIV in Indiana: 81 Cases and Counting
Apr 5, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

Last week, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana declared the state’s current HIV outbreak a public health emergency [1]. As of March 27th, 2015, there was...

Sexual Transmission of Ebola
Apr 1, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

Over the weekend, various news sources announced that the Liberian government recommended indefinite sexual abstinence or condom use for Ebola...

Ebola: One Year Later
Mar 29, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

On March 19, 2014, an article describing an outbreak of an unknown disease in Macenta prefecture, approximately 800 kilometers from Conakry, the...

Three New Ebola Cases in Liberia
Mar 27, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

The First Case On March 20, 2015 a 44-year old woman in Monrovia became the first confirmed Ebola case in Liberia in a month [1-3]. Prior to this...

H1N1 Mutates in India
Mar 22, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

According to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), samples of the H1N1 swine flu strain currently ravaging India indicate that...

Blinding Syphilis: West Coast Cases Rise
Mar 20, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

Recently, the west coast has seen an unusual increase in ocular syphilis cases. Since December 2014, there have been 14 confirmed cases and two...

Pakistan & Polio
Mar 8, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

In recent weeks, police in Pakistan have arrested hundreds of parents for refusing to vaccinate their children from polio [1]. In the northwestern...

New Aggressive HIV Strain Found in Cuba
Mar 1, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

A new and aggressive strain of HIV, which can develop into AIDS within three years of infection, has been discovered in Cuba [1]. Researchers raise...

“Superbug” Outbreak at UCLA Medical Center
Feb 27, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

A recent outbreak of the “superbug”, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has resulted in...

The Rise of Avian Influenza
Feb 20, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

The Outbreak Since mid-December 2014, several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been reported in birds in the Pacific Northwest...

Measles in America: Why vaccination matters
Feb 18, 2015 | Maia Majumder

The 2015 Disneyland measles outbreak in the United States, which started in late December and spread to more than 100 people in just 6 weeks, has...

Guinea Worm - How Close Are We to Eradication?
Feb 11, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

Disease Control, Elimination, and Eradication Smallpox and rinderpest are two infectious diseases that have been successfully eradicated. Smallpox...

H5N1 Resurfaces in Nigeria
Feb 9, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

H5N1 has resurfaced in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. As of January 30, 2015, 11 out of 36 states across the nation have reported cases of...

California Apple Plant’s Deadly Listeria Outbreak
Feb 5, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

In the middle of December 2014, the CDC announced an outbreak of Listeria linked to commercially produced caramel apples. The outbreak resulted in 32...

Antibiotic Use and Mosquitoes' Ability to Transmit Malaria
Feb 2, 2015 | Emily Cohn

In an article published in Nature Communications in January of 2015, a connection was revealed between the presence of antibiotics in human blood and...

H5N1 Arrives in the United States
Jan 30, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

As of January 16, 2015, Avian Influenza H5N1 has officially arrived in the United States. H5N1, a flu strain known to be highly pathogenic -- that is...

Me, Mickey, and Measles
Jan 27, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

What is Measles? Measles is a vaccine-preventable, highly communicable (easy to spread) disease caused by the measles virus. The reason why measles...

H3N2 Flu & You
Jan 12, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

Ebola may have made its mark in 2014, but influenza is dominating in early 2015. Having been already declared an epidemic by the Center for Disease...

Cambodia Investigates Village-Wide HIV Outbreak
Jan 9, 2015 | Emily Cohn

On December 16th, 2014, HealthMap first received news reports of a mysterious outbreak of HIV in a small village in Cambodia’s Battambang province....

Outbreaks of 2014
Dec 31, 2014 | Emily Cohn

‘Tis the season for the obligatory “best of” lists for 2014. We thought we’d take a look back at some of this year’s notable diseases and outbreaks....