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Unraveling the Zika Virus Mystery: Lessons Learned from Another Flavivirus
Feb 8, 2016 | Sumiko Mekaru

Viruses, of course, do not live independently outside of their hosts. Rather, they are uniquely bundled bits of data that use the body of their...

WHO Declares Zika a Global Emergency
Feb 2, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Zika virus and microcephaly as a public health emergency of international concern – the same...

Zika Virus: A Quick Update
Feb 1, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

In early December 2015, we reported on Brazil’s microcephaly outbreak and its alleged potential connection with Zika virus. This piece is a quick...

The End of Guinea Worm?
Jan 17, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

Last week, The Carter Center announced that only 22 cases of Guinea Worm occurred in 2015 [1]. This signals a significant drop from the 146 cases of...

Malaria Ravages South Sudan
Jan 10, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

South Sudan is experiencing an ‘unprecedented’ outbreak of malaria, with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) stating that this...

Outbreaks of 2015 - A Year in Review
Dec 29, 2015 | Emily Cohn

‘Tis the season for the obligatory “best of” lists for 2015. We thought we’d take a look back at some of this year’s notable diseases and outbreaks....

Outbreak of Microcephaly Connected to Zika Virus in Brazil
Dec 7, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

The first indications of a connection between Zika virus and the current outbreak of microcephaly in Brazil were picked up by the HealthMap system in...

Dengue Cases Confirmed on the Big Island, Hawaiʻi
Nov 2, 2015 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

On Thursday, October 29th, Hawaii state officials announced two confirmed and four probable cases of locally acquired dengue fever in residents of...

FAO Announces Fourth Wave of H7N9
Oct 24, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

On Thursday, October 15th, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations released a warning announcing the start of a fourth wave...

First Human Rabies Case Reported in Wyoming
Oct 6, 2015 | Emily Cohn

  On Friday, October 2nd, the Wyoming Department of Health confirmed its first recorded human rabies case in the state. Case confirmation came from...

Increased Whale Deaths Prompts Investigation
Oct 4, 2015 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

Since May 2015, 30 whale carcasses have been found in the Gulf of Alaska and areas surrounding Kodiak Island, Afognak Island, Chirikof Island, the...

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...