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Massachusetts Mumps Outbreak
Jun 23, 2017 | Emily Cohn

  12 June 2017—Massachusetts’ Public Health officials are now issuing a notice on the cluster of mumps cases within the state. Since the end of March...

Nigeria Faces its Worst Outbreak of Meningitis in Years
Apr 27, 2017 | Jackie Sheridan

  Nigeria remains in the midst of a meningococcal meningitis outbreak that began this past December. Thirty-eight Local Government Areas, within the...

Somalia’s continuous suffering: A drought, a famine, and a large-scale cholera outbreak
Mar 29, 2017 | Cheryl Lang

  The Country’s Devastating Situation Not as widely broadcasted by the media, Somalia is currently undergoing a significant humanitarian crisis. This...

Flint finally getting the support it deserves after Legionnaire’s outbreak
Mar 23, 2017 | Emily Cohn

  Three years have passed since the drinking water of Flint, Michigan was initially contaminated with lead. In order to reduce costs, the city’s...

Cause Determined for Brazil’s Mysterious Black Urine Disease Outbreak
Mar 21, 2017 | Cheryl Lang

  The Outbreak: Between December 2016 and February 2017, Brazil reported approximately 64 cases of a mysterious “Black Urine” disease in both the...

Alarming Increase in Rates of Congenital Syphilis in California
Mar 13, 2017 | Cheryl Lang

  The Problem: Rates of congenital syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease passed on from an infected mother to her child during pregnancy, have...

H7N9 Emerges Across China
Feb 23, 2017 | Emily Cohn

  Europe is not the only continent in the middle of a bird flu epidemic. While other Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan have been...

Diphtheria Reemerges as Venezuela Remains on the Brink of Economic Collapse
Feb 21, 2017 | Jackie Sheridan

  Venezuela, simply put, is running out of time. In the midst of a three-year economic recession, basic resources such as food and medicine are...

Seoul Virus Outbreak in the U.S. Could Affect up to 15 States
Feb 15, 2017 | Jackie Sheridan

  There is currently a Seoul virus outbreak affecting up to 15 states in the U.S., which is the first of its kind in the nation’s history [1]. Twelve...

Anthrax Outbreak Persists in Zambia Despite Public Health Efforts
Feb 6, 2017 | Jackie Sheridan

  For the past several months, Zambia has been combating another anthrax outbreak. A prior outbreak occurred in the province of Muchinga in late...

Yet Another Outbreak Strikes: Yellow Fever in Brazil
Jan 31, 2017 | Jackie Sheridan

              Brazil has had a disheartening start to 2017, with 555 suspected cases of yellow fever and 107 deaths reported. Thus far, 87 of the...

Local Cases in Texas: A New Front in the Fight Against Zika
Dec 29, 2016 | Chris Mantell

  On December 14th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designated Brownsville, Texas as a Zika cautionary zone after the Governor...

Mumps Outbreak in Arkansas Continues to Grow at Rapid Rate
Dec 9, 2016 | Jackie Sheridan

  A mumps outbreak in Arkansas continues to grow at an alarming rate. As of December 8th, the total number of suspected and confirmed cases of mumps...

Devastating Cholera Outbreak in War-torn Yemen
Dec 2, 2016 | Cheryl Lang

  The Problem The war-torn country of Yemen has been battling a significant cholera outbreak since mid-October of 2016. The number of suspected cases...

H5N8 Avian Influenza in India
Nov 30, 2016 | Emily Cohn

  Just one month after being declared free from the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of Avian Influenza, India reported several outbreaks of a different...

H5N8 Avian Flu Flies Across Europe
Nov 22, 2016 | Chris Mantell

  As of November 21st, there have been at least 56 outbreaks of H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in eight countries in Europe and two in...

Acute Flaccid Myelitis Outbreak in Washington
Nov 18, 2016 | Cheryl Lang

Recent Spike in Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases As of September 2016, there have been 89 cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) across 33 states in the...

Mayaro Virus: The Next Alphavirus to Strike?
Nov 18, 2016 | Jackie Sheridan

  In September 2015, the first reported case of Mayaro virus was identified in Haiti, marking the first case of the virus to be reported outside of...

Sexually Transmitted Infections Reach All Time High in the US
Nov 11, 2016 | Jackie Sheridan

  On October 19th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an annual report stating that the United States reported a record...

New World Screwworm Back From the Dead After 50 Years
Oct 28, 2016 | Chris Mantell

  On September 30th, the New World screwworm, Cochliomyia hominivorax, was confirmed to be infecting Key deer living in the National Key Deer Refuge...

Polio Reemerges in Nigeria
Sep 30, 2016 | Cheryl Lang

In 2012, an estimated 122 of the 223 global cases of polio occurred in Nigeria, more than half of the cases worldwide (1,3). Worldwide efforts to...

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in Spain: A New Emerging Disease in Western Europe?
Sep 27, 2016 | Chris Mantell

On August 25th, the first two autochthonous cases of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) were confirmed in Spain, resulting in the death of one...

Drug-Resistant Leprosy Emerges in West Africa
Sep 9, 2016 | Kara Sewalk

  A recent publication in the Clinical Infectious Disease Journal highlights an investigation identifying a cluster of Guinean patients with drug...

Anthrax Outbreak in Siberia as a Harbinger of the Unfreezing of Pathogens
Aug 16, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

On August 1, 2016 in Northern Russia, a 12-year-old boy died of anthrax, marking the first fatal case among 20 confirmed infected humans from the...

Could Genetically Modified Mosquitoes be the Solution?
Aug 1, 2016 | Alejandra Ramirez-Cardenas

On February 2016, in a district of Piracicaba, Brazil, genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes were released in an effort to reduce diseases transmitted...

Colombia Announces End of Zika Outbreak
Jul 27, 2016 | Alejandra Ramirez-Cardenas

On 25th July 2016, Colombia was the first country in Latin America to declare the end of their Zika outbreak. This comes 10 months after the first...

Vector Control: Our Best Chance in the Fight Against Zika
Jul 25, 2016 | Alejandra Ramirez-Cardenas

Aedes aegypti in the Americas Latin America is currently fighting to prevent the diseases transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito: Zika, Dengue,...

Over 1,000 Deaths from H1N1 Outbreak in Brazil
Jul 12, 2016 | Kara Sewalk

As of July 1st, 2016, the Ministry of Health in Brazil confirmed that there have been 1,233 deaths linked to the ongoing H1N1 influenza outbreak in...

Zika-linked Microcephaly Cases in Cape Verde
Jun 28, 2016 | Emily Cohn

On 23rd of June, Cape Verde’s Ministry of Health reported that there had been 11 cases of Zika virus-linked microcephaly on the small African nation...

Elizabethkingia Spreads to Illinois
May 2, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

Outbreaks of the mysterious bacteria, Elizabethkingia, has been reported in Wisconsin and most recently, in Illinois. Yet, it has recently been...

Yellow Fever Deaths Reach 250 in Angola
Apr 26, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

Currently, there is a particularly worrisome yellow fever outbreak in Angola due to the increasing number of cases, a vaccine shortage, and another...

Months After 2014 Outbreak Ends, Ebola Flares Up in Guinea
Mar 30, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

At least five people have died since 29 February 2016 due to a new flare up of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea [1]. The first two confirmed cases...

Elizabethkingia spreads throughout Wisconsin Healthcare Facilities
Mar 22, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

A mysterious outbreak of an extremely rare bloodstream infection has been ongoing in Wisconsin for at least four months, and public health officials...

Mumps: Making a Comeback
Mar 17, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

Mumps are making a comeback on college campuses nationwide. On Friday, February 25, there were two lab-confirmed cases and three probable cases of...

First Appearance of Dengue in Uruguay
Mar 15, 2016 | Noushin Berdjis

A 31-year old Montevideo resident went to the hospital on February 9, 2016 after experiencing fever and joint pain – two classic symptoms of Dengue...

MERS Updates: Saudi Arabia and Potential Vaccines
Mar 7, 2016 | Emily Cohn

  The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded 1,644 laboratory-confirmed cases and at least 590 deaths of Middle East respiratory syndrome...

Lassa Fever Rages On in Nigeria
Mar 7, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

Lassa fever is endemic to Nigeria, with annual spikes in disease incidence occurring between December and February (6). Since August 2015, there have...

Two Measles Outbreaks Kill Over 40 Children in Nigeria
Mar 5, 2016 | Emily Cohn

The Lagos State Government confirmed on 22 February that measles was responsible for an outbreak of Febrile Rash Illness (FRI) in southwestern...

Yellow Fever Claims 125 in Angola
Mar 4, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

Since December 5, 2015, a Yellow fever outbreak in Angola has claimed 125 lives, with 664 suspected cases [1, 2]. The municipality of Viana in Luanda...

El Nino, Valley Fever, and Arizona
Feb 26, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

Valley Fever is a disease that is becoming all too common in parts of the Southwest United States such as Arizona and California. This disease, which...