The increasing trend of having exotic reptiles as pets may lead to an increase in reptile associated infections such as Salmonellosis, especially in the children in the household. Continue reading Exotic Pets: Emerging Risk Factor for Salmonellosis in Children
In the summer of 2014, a resident of Kansas succumbed to what was thought to be a disease similar to a tick borne disease though the laboratory investigations failed to turn up any evidence for Ehrlichiosis or other similar diseases, including the recently discovered Heartland virus. This disease has now been diagnosed to have been caused by a novel orthomyxovirus, which has been named the … Continue reading Bourbon Virus: A Novel Tick Borne Virus Discovered After Kansas Fatality
The first partially successful vaccine against a prion disease (Chronic Wasting Disease in white tailed deer) is good news, but the journey has just begun. Continue reading First Partially Successful Vaccine Developed Against Prion Disease in Deer
Roka, a remote village in Cambodia, has recently suffered a massive outbreak of HIV infection, where as many as 14% of the villagers were believed to be infected. Unsafe injection practices of an unlicensed medic was believed to be the cause of this massive outbreak. What can India learn from this tragic event? Continue reading Unlicensed Medic Causes HIV Outbreak in Cambodian Village: Lesson for India
The rise of street-cut, unsanitary preparations of Black Tar Heroin has allegedly reduced HIV transmission but at the cost of higher numbers of fatal, bacterial infections, notably botulism, clusters of which have been regularly identified in California. Continue reading Black Tar Heroin: Lower HIV Transmission vs Higher Bacterial Infections?
Some thoughts on the new nine valent vaccine against HPV approved by the FDA. Continue reading FDA Approves 9-Valent HPV Vaccine
Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) has provided a good example of how some typical difficulties might be faced while enforcing preventive measures in ethnic groups, especially for tribal groups that reside in secluded or forested areas. KFD was first detected in Shimoga, Karnataka, in 1957, and since then has caused sporadic outbreaks limited mainly to forested areas. Interestingly, the virus was first identified when an investigation … Continue reading Kyasanur Forest Disease: Preventing Infections in Ethnic Groups