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CDC report finds link between enterovirus D68 and polio-like condition

By |2019-03-31T22:16:08+00:00March 31st, 2019|

Spike in infections of both respiratory virus and reports of acute flaccid myelitis in children reported in 2018. March 28, 2019, 5:03 PM EDT By Linda Carroll The link between a respiratory virus called enterovirus D68 and a polio-like illness has been bolstered by new research showing a spike in both the virus and reports of acute [...]

Mosquito-spread diseases may endanger millions in new places due to climate change

By |2019-03-31T22:11:46+00:00March 31st, 2019|

Study finds that places where people have never had the diseases could see bad outbreaks if they aren’t prepared Half a billion more people could be at risk from mosquito-transmitted diseases within 30 years as a result of the warming climate, according to a new study. Canada and parts of northern Europe could be newly exposed to [...]

Bacteria Appear to Be Traveling Huge Distances Through an Unknown Airborne Mechanism

By |2019-03-31T21:58:16+00:00March 31st, 2019|

We know that bacteria are incredibly stubborn microorganisms, and new research suggests they're also capable of travelling thousands of miles through the air. As you can imagine, this finding has implications for the spread of antibiotic resistance.   Credit: CDC Read more...  

Pneumonic Plague in a Dog and Widespread Potential Human Exposure in a Veterinary Hospital, United States

By |2019-03-31T21:53:23+00:00March 31st, 2019|

Abstract In December 2017, a dog that had pneumonic plague was brought to a veterinary teaching hospital in northern Colorado, USA. Several factors, including signalment, season, imaging, and laboratory findings, contributed to delayed diagnosis and resulted in potential exposure of >116 persons and 46 concurrently hospitalized animals to Yersinia pestis. Read more...  

Southeast Asia Strategic Multilateral Dialogue on Biosecurity

By |2019-03-31T21:49:35+00:00March 31st, 2019|

Abstract A strategic multilateral dialogue related to biosecurity risks in Southeast Asia, established in 2014, now includes participants from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and the United States. This dialogue is conducted at the nonministerial level, enabling participants to engage without the constraints of operating in their official capacities. Participants reflect on mechanisms to detect, [...]


By |2019-03-31T21:36:45+00:00March 31st, 2019|

TWO YEARS AGO, a 6-year-old boy playing on his family’s farm in Oregon cut himself. His parents cleaned the wound and stitched it, and everything seemed fine—until, six days later, he began having muscle spasms, arching his back, and clenching his jaw. The boy had tetanus, the first case in a child to occur in Oregon [...]

Diseases cost the African Region $2.4 trillion a year, says WHO

By |2019-03-31T21:31:46+00:00March 31st, 2019|

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 630 million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across its 47 Member States in Africa, now amounting to a loss of more than 2.4 trillion international dollars ($) from the region’s gross domestic product value annually. Non-communicable diseases [...]

In a religious N.Y. community, an unprecedented response to measles puts trust in government to the test

By |2019-03-31T21:28:07+00:00March 31st, 2019|

NEW SQUARE, N.Y. — It began with a voyage from the Holy Land. The visitors arrived from Israel in October at the end of Sukkot, a Jewish holiday during which religious congregations gather for meals, prayer, and dance. They brought with them, inadvertently, a case of measles. One exploded into dozens, and over the past [...]