Brazil calls for entire nation to get yellow fever vaccine

By | 2018-03-22T10:48:24+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

Brazil announced yesterday that all citizens should be vaccinated against yellow fever. The country is currently experiencing a spike in cases in what has shaped up to become the largest yellow fever outbreak to hit the country since the 1940s. The Associated Press (AP) reported that Ricardo Barros, Brazil's health minister, said all 27 of [...]

Dried coconut from 2 firms tied to Salmonella cases in 8 states

By | 2018-03-22T10:44:02+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today said that 13 people from eight states have been sickened in a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to dried coconut and that products from a second company have been implicated in the event and have been recalled. Earlier reports had said the source of the outbreak was Natural [...]

Food safety

By | 2018-03-22T10:38:45+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

Key facts Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, causes more than 200 diseases – ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. An estimated 600 million – almost 1 in 10 people in the world – [...]

Virginia: James Madison University mumps outbreak rises to 19

By | 2018-03-22T10:19:54+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

In a follow-up on the mumps situation at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, VA, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Health Department reports mumps infections have been confirmed by lab testing in five staff members and 14 students as of Tuesday. Infographic aimed at college students depicting symptoms of mumps and steps they can take to protect themselves. In addition, [...]

Monkeypox reported in Central African Republic, Three patients being treated

By | 2018-03-22T10:03:37+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

UN health officials reported this week that during the week ending Mar. 4, three suspected cases of monkeypox were reported in Bria town in Haute-Kotto Prefecture, Central African Republic (CAR). Samples obtained from the first two cases tested positive for monkeypox at the Institut Pasteur Bangui. Further investigations are ongoing. An isolation unit has been set up [...]

Young woman diagnosed with Hanta virus in Coyhaique is transferred to Santiago

By | 2018-03-22T02:08:17+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

A 24-year-old girl was rushed from the city of Coyhaique to the Las Condes Clinic in Santiago,for a new contagion of Hanta virus that was seriously diagnosed. The young woman, who had symptoms of dizziness , went to a health care facility in the area, where she was finally diagnosed with the virus . Dr. Rodrigo Diaz, program chief of Clínica las [...]

Lawmakers must act on limiting antibiotic use in food animals

By | 2018-03-22T01:48:38+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

The reauthorization of the Animal Drug User Fee Act, which is quickly making its way through Congress, gives lawmakers a chance to address the growing threat of superbugs caused, in part, by open-ended use of antibiotics important to human medicine. They can use ADUFA as a vehicle to put duration limits on all medically important antibiotics [...]

‘We’re Losing the Fight’: Tuberculosis Batters a Venezuela in Crisis

By | 2018-03-22T01:41:49+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

  CARACAS, Venezuela — His family thought he just had a bad cold, nothing serious. But Victor Martínez kept getting worse. By mid-January, he lay in a hospital ward, wasting away from tuberculosis. A month later, at his wake, stunned relatives tried to reckon with the resurgence of a disease that many Venezuelans thought had [...]

Uganda cholera outbreak slows, but violence in DRC complicates recovery

By | 2018-03-21T23:58:40+00:00 March 21st, 2018|

ABIDJAN — There has been an 80 percent decrease in the number of new cholera cases reported among a community of Congolese refugees in Uganda’s western Lake Albert region, the World Health Organization told Devex Friday. As recently as Feb. 28, health care workers were identifying roughly 100 new cases a day and as of March 12, that number [...]