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Updates on Guinea's Ebola Outbreak
Mar 27, 2014 | Anna Tomasulo

Over the past few weeks, you have been inundated with reports on invasions and missing planes. So, why not add an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever to...

First Recorded Cases of Ebola in Guinea
Mar 23, 2014 | Anna Tomasulo

Until this month, Ebola has remained in central Africa, specifically, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Gabon, and Republic of Congo...

Woman Infects Female Partner with HIV
Mar 20, 2014 | Katharina Schwan

In last week’s Morbidity and Mortality Report, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed a likely case of female-to-female transmission of HIV...

First Case of Zika Virus reported on Easter Island
Mar 7, 2014 | Katharina Schwan

Zika virus (ZIKV), a rare but benign mosquito borne illness, is spreading across the islands of the south pacific. The Disease Daily recently...

Measles Reemerges in Vietnam
Feb 28, 2014 | Colleen Nguyen

After three years of relative quiet, measles has reemerged with vengeance in Vietnam. Since January 2014, an outbreak that has spread through twenty-...

This Scarlet Fever Is Not a Harmless College Sickness
Feb 4, 2014 | Karen Biala

At Rutgers University, my alma mater, saying that you have scarlet fever is a good thing. The state university of New Jersey is home to the Scarlet...

“Mad Cow Disease” Crops Up in German Beef Cattle
Jan 17, 2014 | Katharina Schwan

For the first time since 2007, a case of atypical Bovine spongiform Encephalitis (BSE) was identified in a beef cow in the German state of...

H1N1 in Oregon
Jan 14, 2014 | Naomi Nkinsi

As the polar vortex continues to bring frigid temperatures to many parts of the northeast, increasing reports of flu-related hospitalizations in...

Soaring Numbers of Bald Eagle Deaths Due to West Nile Virus
Jan 7, 2014 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

Throughout the month of December scientists have been working to determine the cause of twenty-nine bald eagle deaths in the state of Utah. Many of...

Madagascar's Plague Outbreak
Jan 3, 2014 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

During the month of December, the island nation of Madagascar reported cases of both bubonic and pneumonic plague. Mandritsara, a remote village in...

Outbreaks of 2013
Dec 20, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

‘Tis the season for the obligatory “best of” lists for 2013. We thought we’d take a look back at some of this year’s notable outbreaks. Our list is...

Chikungunya Virus Reaches WHO Americas Region
Dec 18, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean mosquitoes are out of the picture. On December 10, the World Health Organization reported two locally...

With Summer Comes Mosquitoes: Australia Health Dept. Warns of Ross River Virus
Dec 12, 2013 | Lindsay Denny

On December 9, Australia’s Northern Territory health department warned residents that this season’s mosquito numbers and high tide do not bode well...

Update on Meningitis at Princeton University
Nov 27, 2013 | Katharina Schwan

Since March of this year, New Jersey based Princeton University has been dealing with an onslaught of severe bacterial meningitis cases. Last week,...

Reports of Bovine Tuberculosis in County Durham, North East England
Nov 14, 2013 | Naomi Nkinsi

Reports of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) in livestock from Northeast England’s County Durham have local farmers worried that infections could spread to...

Mexico's Cholera Outbreak
Oct 30, 2013 | Naomi Nkinsi

Mexico has reported at least 176 cases of cholera and at least one death from the disease since health officials first reported the disease on...

Polio Suspected in Syria
Oct 28, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

UPDATE 10/29/13: The World Health Organization has reported their laboratory in Tunis isolated the wild polio virus in samples taken from 10 of 22...

Is Circovirus Spreading in Dogs?
Oct 16, 2013 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

Veterinarians are urging pet owners to remain calm in the face of a new canine virus. The novel virus is a circovirus, known to infect pigs and birds...

Salmonella Alert in Western United States
Oct 14, 2013 | Naomi Nkinsi

With the current buzz these past few weeks about the government shutdown, some have wondered what impact mandated furloughs at the Centers for...

Marine Scientists Investigate Massive Sea Star Die-Off
Oct 10, 2013 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

Just one month after a diver alerted Vancouver Aquarium staff to dozens of dead sea stars in the waters near Whytecliff Park, British Columbia, the...

Cholera hits Mexico, Central America on alert
Oct 9, 2013 | Sheryl Gordon

An outbreak of cholera in Hidalgo State and the neighboring Federal District of Mexico City has caused 79 cases of disease, including one fatality....

Quick Look at the Flesh-Eating Bacteria Haunting Florida’s Waters
Oct 7, 2013 | Lindsay Denny

If you’re following health news from Florida right now, you’re aware of the “flesh-eating bacteria” buzz. 59-year-old Henry “Butch” Konietzky of Palm...

Rare Creutzfeld-Jacob Outbreak in New England?
Sep 11, 2013 | Jason Hayes

Health officials recently informed 15 patients across New England that they may be infected with Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (CJD). Unfortunately,...

Bubonic Plague Presence in Kyrgyzstan
Sep 5, 2013 | Steven Purcell

A 15 year old boy died from bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan last week. Purportedly, his was the first known case in the country for 30 years. It was...

Measles Outbreak in Texas
Sep 3, 2013 | Lindsay Denny

A televangelist Megachurch in Texas has been linked to an outbreak of measles. According to local health authorities, at least 21 cases have been...

Canine Influenza Numbers Increase in Maryland
Sep 3, 2013 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

Dog owners in Montgomery County, Maryland have been cautioned to look for signs of the highly infectious canine influenza virus. The warning comes...

Largemouth Bass Virus Discovered in Snakehead Fish
Aug 15, 2013 | Alexandra Thomsen

The US Geological Survey reported August 13 that a virus known to cause illness in largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) has also been found in...

Cholera Infects Almost 1500 in Northeast Afghanistan
Aug 15, 2013 | Alexandra Thomsen

An outbreak of cholera in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province has infected 1492 people, one of whom has died of the illness, according to the...

Rabies Reemerges in Taiwan After Half a Century of Silence
Aug 7, 2013 | Wenjie Bao

After being rabies-free for 52 years, the virus resurfaced in Taiwan among ferret-badgers and has caused great panic around the island. On July 16,...

Colombia is First Country to Eliminate River Blindness
Aug 2, 2013 | Alexandra Thomsen

Colombia has just been confirmed as the first nation to eliminate the neglected tropical disease onchocerciasis, more commonly known as “river...

Officials Find Plague in California Squirrel
Jul 30, 2013 | Naomi Nkinsi

Table Mountain campgrounds at Angeles National Forest closed on July 24 after officials found plague bacteria in a squirrel in the area, according to...

The Tick Days of Summer
Jul 30, 2013 | Reem Sharhan

Recent news reminds us that, this summer, ticks have more to pass on to us than the infamous Lyme disease. Early this month, the medical journal...

Listeria and Food Recalls
Jul 24, 2013 | Naomi Nkinsi

On July 16, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of hummus products produced by Hagee Foods Inc. (Penny's Salsa...

Cyclospora in the Midwest
Jul 18, 2013 | Naomi Nkinsi

An outbreak of the foodborne illness cyclosporiasis has sickened at least 170 people in the Midwest and health officials are searching for the...

Measles Around the World
Jul 5, 2013 | Reem Sharhan

In February, we were concerned about typhoid in war-torn Syria, now measles.  At the beginning of June, the World Health Organization issued a press...

Polio Proliferates in Northern Nigerian States Borno and Yobe Despite Declining National Rates
Jun 27, 2013 | Steven Purcell

At least 26 new cases of wild polio virus have been detected in northern Nigeria. This statistic comes from a joint World Health Organization (WHO)...

Ongoing Struggle with Meningitis W135 in Chile
Jun 18, 2013 | Michael Closer

On June 13, 2013, the Ministry of Health of Chile confirmed yet another case of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W135 in a child from the...

Old World Screwworm Reported in Iraq
Jun 5, 2013 | Reem Sharhan

Old World Screwworm is a parasite that is usually active during late summer and early autumn months as the wet, hot conditions are conducive to its...

A Rotavirus Vaccine for All
May 24, 2013 | Jason Hayes

Last week, Bill Gates, co-founder of both Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told the Washington Post that one of the most...

Respiratory Illness Outbreaks in China, Saudi Arabia and... Alabama?
May 23, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

Respiratory illness is all the rage these days. Among news of novel influenza and coronaviruses in faraway lands, you may find mystery respiratory...