According to a report in the WHO GOARN site (dated 11 February, 2015), the plague outbreak in Madagascar, which began in September, and reached a peak between November and end of December, has started to slow down finally. This was found after the completion of the second round of a survey supported by the Plague Central Laboratory of the Institut Pasteur. Things were made worse … Continue reading Madagascar Plague Outbreak Slowing Down: WHO
A report in the InNews Inserbia website states that there has been an outbreak of Tularemia in Kosovo, in which over 200 people were affected in the first six weeks of 2015. The website further quotes the Kosovo Institute of Public Health as having stated: “The Committee for the Prevention of infectious diseases at the Ministry of Health today declared an epidemic of tularemia in … Continue reading Tularemia Epidemic in Kosovo
Close on the heels of news that prevalence of syphilis is increasing in men who have sex with men throughout the USA, another distressing bit of news has popped up: a relatively rare infectious disease, Lymphogranuloma Venereum (also known as lymphogranuloma inguinale or bubo), is spreading rapidly through the gay population of Dublin, Ireland. Caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, serotype L1, L2 and L3, this infection … Continue reading Lymphogranuloma Venereum Increasing Amongst Gay Men of Dublin
In an interesting news piece, the New York Times has brought up an issue that is quite startling in its simple complexity. The stethoscope, otherwise so natural an extension of a physician, that it has almost ceased to be an independent, separate instrument, is almost non-existent in the wards where ebola patients are being treated in the developing countries! In USA, the leading centers have … Continue reading New York Times: Treating Ebola? Chuck the Stethoscope!
The California Department of Public Health, has responded to the sudden spate of “news” concerning the fact that there are parents who are eager to expose their children to measles intentionally rather than vaccinate them against the disease (measles parties, much like the chicken pox parties one hears about, intends to give the children a natural exposure!). However, this issue has made its way into … Continue reading California Frowns on the Prospect of Measles Parties
The National Health Services and Food Quality authority (SENASA) of Argentina has imposed a ban and controlled the slaughter of pigs in the aftermath of an outbreak of Trichinellosis in Pehaujo, Buenos Aires. According to the report, 170 people had been affected by the outbreak and 504 pigs had been identified for controlled slaughter in order to stop the transmission, which is believed to have … Continue reading Trichinella Outbreak in Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Yale Health site has reported that a student has been diagnosed to have been suffering from serogroup B meningococcal meningitis. This is one in a long list of institutions that have been reporting outbreaks or cases of meningococcal meningitis in college students in the last few months. The Yale Health site goes on to elucidate the problems associated with a type B outbreak ot … Continue reading Meningococcal Meningitis Hits Yale