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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Amazona farinosa (Credits: snowmanradio on Flickr)

Novel Psittacine Adenovirus Responsible for Potentiating Zoonotic Psittacosis Outbreak: Emerging Co-Infections

A novel adenovirus potentiates the species jump of Chlamydophila psittaci from birds to man, causing atypical pneumonia (psittacosis). Viruses, in addition to jumping the species barrier themselves, now are helping other bacteria to do the same: is this the beginning of the age of microbes? Continue reading Novel Psittacine Adenovirus Responsible for Potentiating Zoonotic Psittacosis Outbreak: Emerging Co-Infections

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Diarrhea Pig Flying West (Matt Billman on DeviantArt)

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Hawaii: An Epidemiological Puzzle

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) first struck the US coasts in April 2013, leaving public health and veterinary doctors puzzled because they could not figure out how it arrived across the ocean despite stringent measures on animal import. This virus has now made its way across to Oahu, the most populous island of Hawaii. The real question remains the same: how did it get there? … Continue reading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Hawaii: An Epidemiological Puzzle

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Culiset melanura (Photograph by C. Roxanne Connelly, University of Florida.)

Winter Cuts Short Eastern Equine Encephalitis in New York

The Onondaga county of New York reported the second human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in September this year. EEE is caused by a virus belonging to the genus Alphavirus, of the family Togaviridae. It has been especially active this year in US, causing a number of equine cases as well as human cases (as evinced here). The virus is spread by the Culiseta melanoma mosquito, which is … Continue reading Winter Cuts Short Eastern Equine Encephalitis in New York

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Bedbug: Cimex lectularius (Wikipedia)

Bed Bugs: Potential Vectors for Chagas Disease?

In a recent article published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, it has been postulated that the common bedbug (Cimex lectularius) may have potential to act as a vector for the spread of Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease. In this study, the authors injected the causative agent into mice and then made the bedbugs feed on the mice. The authors then show … Continue reading Bed Bugs: Potential Vectors for Chagas Disease?

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Anthrax Outbreak in Cattle in Croatia

Croatia has reported an outbreak of anthrax in a herd of cattle. Out of 40 heads of cattle two have come down with the disease and eventually succumbed to it, bringing the case fatality rate to 100%! The diagnosis was made at necropsy of the dead cattle and following confirmation, a first report has been forwarded to the OIE. From the epidemiological summary of the … Continue reading Anthrax Outbreak in Cattle in Croatia

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500 Sea Lion Carcasses Wash up on Peruvian Beaches

Last January, animal lovers the world over were shocked to learn that over 400 dolphin carcasses had washed ashore in Peru. There was extensive news coverage, mainly because this was reminiscent of another massive die-off a couple of years ago. In 2012, eventually, amidst somewhat questionable situations, it seems to have been declared that the die off was due to natural reasons and there were no … Continue reading 500 Sea Lion Carcasses Wash up on Peruvian Beaches

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