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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Madagascar Reports 8 cVDPV1 Cases

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative website has revealed that this year there has been a sharp rise in the number of cVDPV associated cases, which have been traced back to another case which was registered in September 2014. This indicates that there is long-standing and widespread circulation of the cVDPV in the country. This is … Continue reading

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