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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...

Could Zika be the Mysterious Killer of Howler Monkeys in Nicaragua?
Feb 24, 2016 | Kara Sewalk

Scientists are concerned that the recent mysterious deaths of howler monkeys in Nicaragua could be a result of the Zika Virus. Recently, nearly 40...

Have We Underestimated the Zika Outbreak in Venezuela?
Feb 19, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

In Venezuela, there have been reports of over 5,000 suspected cases of the Zika virus [1, 2] – a virus with potential links to severe birth defects...

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 | Kara Sewalk

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...