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Zika: A Bigger Threat to Pregnancy
Jul 17, 2018 | Natalia Ciesielska

  While first discovered in the African country of Uganda in 1947, Zika virus, carried by mosquitos and endemic in many tropical areas of the...

What You Might Have Missed in History Class: Black Death is Still Here and Closer Than You May Think
Jun 29, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

    In case you haven’t been in a history class in a while, let’s set a scene for you. The year is 1347 and you are at the Messina port in Sicily....

Epidemic of Typhoid Fever in El Salvador
Jun 28, 2018 | Tianyuan Hu

  An outbreak of typhoid fever has been reported in El Salvador, with 644 suspected cases from January to the end of May, according to the Minister...

Outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in Kenya
Jun 25, 2018 | Lindsay Bonesteel

  Since the beginning of June, Kenya has been experiencing an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) with 26 reported human cases and six deaths [1]....

Update from Venezuela: First Polio Outbreak in Nearly 30 Years
Jun 14, 2018 | Emily Wolfson

  One confirmed case and three suspected cases of polio have been reported in Venezuela, the first cases to emerge since polio was eradicated from...

An Update on the Monkeypox Outbreak in Cameroon
Jun 14, 2018 | Tianyuan Hu

  Since the first two cases of monkeypox were reported in Cameroon on April 30, 2018, the total number of cases have risen to 16 by May 30, among...

Infectious Disease Update: Nipah Outbreak in Kerala, India
Jun 13, 2018 | Natalia Ciesielska

  India’s southern state of Kerala was put under a lot of stress this past May with the most recent Nipah virus outbreak. The Nipah virus, which is...

Meningococcal W on the Rise in the Netherlands
Jun 7, 2018 | Lindsay Bonesteel

  The Netherlands is currently experiencing a sharp increase in cases of serogroup W meningococcal disease [1]. According to the Dutch National...

Multiple Outbreaks Amidst Crisis in Venezuela
Jun 7, 2018 | Emily Wolfson

  The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning on May 15, 2018 that nonessential travel to Venezuela should be avoided....

New Vaccine Piloted During DRC Ebola Outbreak
May 29, 2018 | Lindsay Bonesteel

  Less than one week after cases of Ebola were confirmed to have reached an urban area the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), health authorities,...

Possible Vaccine for Gonorrhea Super-Bug
May 29, 2018 | Kristy Leker

  In late March 2018, a patient in the United Kingdom came down with the first known case of a strain of gonorrhea resistant to two of the most...

The Threat of Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea
May 24, 2018 | Natalia Ciesielska

  Gonorrhea is the second most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world [3]. It is usually easy to treat; however, its...

Dengue Fever Outbreak on Easter Island
May 24, 2018 | Emily Wolfson

  As of April 29, 2018, 13 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed on Easter Island [1]. The cases are assumed to have been acquired locally, as...

Clusters Across the Globe Show Severe Prevalence Rates of HTLV-1
May 24, 2018 | Jackie Sheridan

  Worldwide attention has recently been brought to the disease called Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1. News outlets have been reporting...

New Pig Virus Poses Threat for Transmission to Humans
May 24, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  Researchers at Ohio State University, and Utrecht University in the Netherlands are collaborating to better understand the porcine deltacoronavirus...

Source Identified for the Deadliest Listeria Outbreak in History
Apr 10, 2018 | Jackie Sheridan

  South Africa has experienced 978 lab-confirmed cases of listeria poisoning since January 2017 [1], in what the United Nations has declared the...

Vancouver Island Puzzled by Rare Cholera Outbreak
Apr 2, 2018 | Jackie Sheridan

  Four human cases of cholera have been identified on Vancouver Island, an island on the western coast of British Columbia, Canada[1]. The outbreak...

Madrid Reports Locally Transmitted Malaria Case in Infant
Mar 14, 2018 | Jackie Sheridan

  A case of malaria in a three-month old infant was confirmed on Wednesday, February 24th, 2018. The infant was originally admitted to the hospital...

Multiple Outbreaks Threaten the 2018 Winter Olympics
Feb 14, 2018 | Jackie Sheridan

  The 2018 Winter Olympics began on Thursday, February 8th in PyeongChang, South Korea. The games bring 206 countries to participate [1], comprising...

Diphtheria Outbreak Among Rohingya Refugees Enters Third Month
Jan 25, 2018 | Jackie Sheridan

  Escalating violence in Myanmar has caused over 800,000 Rohingya to come to Bangladesh as refugees since August 2017, the majority of which are...

Unexpected Hepatitis A Outbreaks Spread Throughout the U.S.
Dec 15, 2017 | Jackie Sheridan

  In 2017, several states have experienced acute outbreaks of Hepatitis A, namely Michigan, Kentucky, Utah, Colorado, and California. Each state...

Yemen Faces Worst Cholera Outbreak in Recent History
Jul 27, 2017 | Jackie Sheridan

  A cholera outbreak rages on in Yemen, a war afflicted nation of almost 30 million people on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The epidemic...

Human-to-Human H7N9 Transmission
Jul 24, 2017 | Emily Cohn

  Over the past four years, since its emergence in 2013, China has experienced seasonal epidemics of avian influenza subtype H7N9. The country has...

Lyme Disease Cases Triple in the US
Jul 14, 2017 | Kristy Leker

  Lyme disease has been strongly concentrated in the North American Midwest and Northeastern regions, where ticks and contact with ticks are common....

European Foulbrood - What's all the buzz?
Jul 14, 2017 | Emily Cohn

  Bees are dying at alarming rates (42% of colonies in the US collapsed in 2015, but has been a worldwide issue)[1] and the drop-off in the bee...

Massachusetts Mumps Outbreak
Jun 23, 2017 | Kristy Leker

  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...