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 … Continue reading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Hawaii: An Epidemiological Puzzle

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 … Continue reading Winter Cuts Short Eastern Equine Encephalitis in New York

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 … Continue reading Anthrax Outbreak in Cattle in Croatia

Lassa Fever Outbreak in Benin

A few days ago, I wrote about how an outbreak of plague was threatening to rake up high numbers (and still is!) in Madagascar and yet it seemed to have been overshadowed by the big news in the medical world: the ebola outbreak. Now, closer home to the Ebola outbreak, in the West African nation … Continue reading Lassa Fever Outbreak in Benin