With the Monsoons, Kalazar Haunts the Terai

Although Visceral Leishmaniasis (Kalazar) has been on the  decline in Nepal, this year, along with the coming of the monsoon, there has been a spike in the number of cases of Kalazar, according to a post on the Ekantipur website. Masses of sandfly, which is the vector of this disease, have been noticed in the aftermath of the onset of the monsoons at the foothills … Continue reading With the Monsoons, Kalazar Haunts the Terai

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Another CCHF Death in Kutch, Gujarat

Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), a viral hemorrhagic fever caused by tick borne virus, Nairovirus, belonging to the family Bunyaviridae, has been established as an endemic disease in parts of Gujarat, with sporadic deaths being reported from it every year. The disease is spread by ticks like Hyalomma spp and although it can be treated by anti-virals like Ribavirin, it is known to have high … Continue reading Another CCHF Death in Kutch, Gujarat

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Tularemia Erupts in Wyoming

Tularemia, a disease caused in animals and human beings by the bacteria, Francisella tularensis, can be acquired by man in many ways. The CDC outlines the following routes of transmission of tularemia to man: Tick and deer fly bites Skin contact with infected animals Ingestion of contaminated water Laboratory exposure Inhalation of contaminated dusts or aerosols Bioterrorism The Wyoming Department of Health has started reporting … Continue reading Tularemia Erupts in Wyoming

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Bulgarian Man Dies of Anthrax: Large Scale Disinfection Follows

According to the news report of Focus-Fen, a man died of Anthrax in a Bulgarian village called Mlada Gvardiya in the coastal district of Varna, sparking off a large scale disinfection. The man gave a history of butchering his cow, which is also suspected to have died of anthrax. Then he allegedly passed meat to an illegal meat processing plant (VideoNews) before dumping the remains … Continue reading Bulgarian Man Dies of Anthrax: Large Scale Disinfection Follows

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Louisiana Reports First West Nile Cases in 2015

Louisiana has confirmed the first cases of West Nile Virus this year. Out of the three confirmed cases, two were of the neuroinvasive type, which is the more severe manifestation of the disease. WNV is one of the four common causes of viral encephalitis in Louisiana, the others being Saint Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and California Encephalitis. The CDC uses standard case definitions for … Continue reading Louisiana Reports First West Nile Cases in 2015

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The Daily Bhaskar Post: A Symptom of a Deeper Illness

So in the past couple of days I have been reading a lot about a “reputed” Daily having spouted a venomous piece about how patients should protect themselves against sexual abuse by physicians. The general tone of the article, coupled with the salacious and malicious intent with which it is saturated, has naturally hit a raw nerve with most of the members of the medical … Continue reading The Daily Bhaskar Post: A Symptom of a Deeper Illness

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Tick Borne Encephalitis Attributed to Powassan Virus in Canada

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH), in a media release, has reported that there is a suspected case of tick-borne encephalitis under investigation at their facilities. Tick borne encephalitis is a rare disease resulting in central nervous system manifestations and this case is thought to have been caused by Powassan Virus, a member of the Flaviviridae family. Human cases of Powassan virus cases have been … Continue reading Tick Borne Encephalitis Attributed to Powassan Virus in Canada

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