Unlicensed Medic Causes HIV Outbreak in Cambodian Village: Lesson for India

Roka, a remote village in Cambodia, has recently suffered a massive outbreak of HIV infection, where as many as 14% of the villagers were believed to be infected. Unsafe injection practices of an unlicensed medic was believed to be the cause of this massive outbreak. What can India learn from this tragic event? Continue reading Unlicensed Medic Causes HIV Outbreak in Cambodian Village: Lesson for India

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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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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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