A brief summary of the infectious disease outbreaks reported from the state of Kerala between May 2018 and May 2019 by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program of India. Despite the perception that the Infectious Disease challenge has been adequately met in India, the threat of outbreaks remain.
As expected, the news of rising numbers of leptospirosis cases are trickling in from Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, there have been areas which have experienced over 30 inches of rain, which, subsequently, led to flooding. As has been often observed, following the exposure to potentially contaminated water, the reported number of … Continue reading Leptospirosis Hits Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria
According to a report disseminated by the ProMED mail service, a case of cholera has been detected in a refugee camp housing displaced people from Homs. The translated report reads as below: The 1st case of cholera has been recorded in Zogra camp near Jarabulus city (125 km or 78 mi north of Aleppo) at … Continue reading Cholera Case in Syrian Refugee Camp: Ominous Signals
As the news trickles in about the raging cholera outbreak in Yemen, and an emerging outbreak is being dealt with urgently in North-Eastern Nigeria, we are more frequently being confronted with the uncomfortable question of leveraging these situations to conduct clinical research activities. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) have come out … Continue reading Clinical Research in Times of Ebola… and other Epidemics
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 … Continue reading Kyasanur Forest Disease: Preventing Infections in Ethnic Groups