Infectious Diseases / Public Health

Fake WHO Certificates of Yellow Fever Vaccination in Zimbabwe and Zambia Endangers Global Populations

Here is a great example of how a Governmental Policy and Implementation may impact global health issues! According to the New Zimbabwe report, fake WHO certificates crediting Yellow Fever vaccinations are sold openly in bus terminals of Zimbabwe and Zambia (a problem which was previously also noted to exist in Nigeria). The main reason why … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases

Maharashtra Girl Survives (Probable) Furious Rabies Following Milwaukee Protocol

A girl from Thane, Maharashtra, has recovered from what seems to have been a clinically diagnosed case of furious rabies, according to the Mumbai Mirror newspaper. There have been very few cases that have survived advanced form of rabies, once the symptoms gave set in. The newspaper report quotes Dr. Madhusudana, a Professor of Neurovirology … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases / Outbreak Watch

Pertussis Cases on the Rise in Washington

Compared to the first 14 weeks of 2014, in the same period in 2015, Washington has experienced a major spike in the number of pertussis cases. There were 49 cases in the corresponding period of 2014, compared to which, in 2015, there have been 319 cases. Pertussis shows cyclical trends of increasing numbers every three … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases / Outbreak Watch

Rare, Fatal Complications of Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever vaccine is recommended to all travelers who are planning a trip to countries endemic for the disease. The vaccine is relatively safe and effective and recently, there have been two isolated reports of a fatal and extremely rare complication arising from the YF vaccine, the Yellow Fever Vaccine associated Viscerotropic Disease (YEL-AVD). The … Continue reading

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Box of Pox: The Return of the Smallpox
Infectious Diseases / Public Health

Box of Pox: The Return of the Smallpox

According to a CDC media release, vials labeled “Variola”, more commonly known as Smallpox, were found in an unused storage room in a laboratory at the NIH, Bethesda, which was used by the Food and Drug Administration. The laboratory had been shifted and these final materials were being transferred to the new facilities when these … Continue reading

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