Aerosol Transmission of CCHF Virus in a Nosocomial Cluster

This has got to be scary stuff right there. In a paper published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, authors contend that it is possible that eight healthcare workers were infected by the CCHF virus while engaged in patient care, and not all of them were in contact with the blood or bodily fluids of the patient; they were, however, exposed to aerosol generating … Continue reading Aerosol Transmission of CCHF Virus in a Nosocomial Cluster

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Kyasanur Forest Disease: Preventing Infections in Ethnic Groups

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

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Severe Flu Season in the US: Too early to call for antivirals?

The CDC came out with a press release last week which expressed the fear that the US was destined to face a severe season of influenza in the upcoming few months. It is still early on in the influenza season and the disease activity is low in the US at this point of time, but the CDC has stepped in, stating its apprehension that: Increasing … Continue reading Severe Flu Season in the US: Too early to call for antivirals?

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Trichinella Outbreak in Belgium: How Infections Cross International Borders

Pork, infected with larvae of Trichinella, imported from Spain, has led to an outbreak of Trichinellosis in parts of Belgium. Though the outbreak focus has been identified and preventative measures adopted, this goes to show we have very poor control over how infections spread. Continue reading Trichinella Outbreak in Belgium: How Infections Cross International Borders

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