A recent publication in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal talks about the factors related to the emergence of zoonotic infections. They have studied Nipah virus infections in man. This is another effort to bring visual abstracts for infectious disease publications of interest to me. The abstract of the paper: Preventing emergence of new zoonotic viruses depends on understanding determinants for human risk. Nipah virus … Continue reading #VisualAbstracts: Humans, Bats, Trees, Culture and Nipah Virus Transmission
I have recently started working for the Roadmap to Control Zoonoses in India Initiative at the Public Health Foundation of India. As a part of the research capacity building aspect of the project I am currently working on, there is a push to develop intersectoral, multidisciplinary research skills in young researchers. India is emerging as one of the global zoonotic hotspots; in addition, there is … Continue reading PHFI to Provide Research Grants for Zoonoses-Related Research
Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), a viral hemorrhagic fever caused by tick borne virus, Nairovirus, belonging to the family Bunyaviridae, has been established as an endemic disease in parts of Gujarat, with sporadic deaths being reported from it every year. The disease is spread by ticks like Hyalomma spp and although it can be treated by anti-virals like Ribavirin, it is known to have high … Continue reading Another CCHF Death in Kutch, Gujarat
Tularemia, a disease caused in animals and human beings by the bacteria, Francisella tularensis, can be acquired by man in many ways. The CDC outlines the following routes of transmission of tularemia to man: Tick and deer fly bites Skin contact with infected animals Ingestion of contaminated water Laboratory exposure Inhalation of contaminated dusts or aerosols Bioterrorism The Wyoming Department of Health has started reporting … Continue reading Tularemia Erupts in Wyoming
According to the news report of Focus-Fen, a man died of Anthrax in a Bulgarian village called Mlada Gvardiya in the coastal district of Varna, sparking off a large scale disinfection. The man gave a history of butchering his cow, which is also suspected to have died of anthrax. Then he allegedly passed meat to an illegal meat processing plant (VideoNews) before dumping the remains … Continue reading Bulgarian Man Dies of Anthrax: Large Scale Disinfection Follows
The increasing trend of having exotic reptiles as pets may lead to an increase in reptile associated infections such as Salmonellosis, especially in the children in the household. Continue reading Exotic Pets: Emerging Risk Factor for Salmonellosis in Children
An outbreak of anthrax in Koraput, Odisha, and the lack of public health information around it prompts advocacy on the adoption of the One Health framework in India as well. Continue reading Anthrax in Odisha: Time for One Health in India?