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Derry City Football Team Hit by Mumps: Points to A Deeper Problem

The Derry Journal has reported that several players in the Derry City football team has come down with Mumps. The team boss has said something, according to the news paper report, which indicates a deeper issue behind the outbreak.According to the quote given by the newspaper: “It’s certainly interesting that it’s affecting our southern lads as … Continue reading

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Reemergence of Murine Typhus in Galveston, Texas, USA

A study published in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal has pointed to the fact that there is a possibility that murine typhus, a disease caused by Rickettsia type and typically spread through Xenopsylla cheopis fleas has reemerged in Galveston, Texas in USA. The article concludes: Dynamic shifts in the epidemiology and transmission of murine typhus … Continue reading

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Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria Threatens India

According to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the dangerous, artemisinin-resistant malaria is clawing at the borders of India and Myanmar. Go to article From the article abstract: Summary Background Emergence of artemisinin resistance in southeast Asia poses a serious threat to the global control of Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Discovery of the K13 marker has … Continue reading

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Utah Speaker Succumbs to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Becky Lockhart, the first female speaker of the House of Representatives of Utah, succumbed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in January 2015. She was a trailblazer politician, and brought legislative reforms to the state. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that she started suffering from vertigo around Thanksgiving, and the disease progressed relentlessly till her death on January … Continue reading

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Probable Case of Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in Hong Kong

A 65 year old man has reportedly succumbed to what is being stated to be sporadic Creutzfeldt Jakob disease according to a report in Outbreak News Today. The report states: He presented with dizziness since August 2014 and developed onset of cognitive decline since September 21, 2014. He was admitted to a public hospital on … Continue reading

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Fatal Botulism Outbreak in Azerbaijan Linked to Home Made Pickles

Acidic food stuffs like tomatoes have traditionally been thought of as safe as far as the risk of botulism was concerned. However, an outbreak of six cases, one of whom died, in Azerbaijan, which has subsequently been linked to home made pickled tomatoes, has brought that conventional wisdom into question. More of this outbreak can … Continue reading

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