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Scabies outbreak at Winchester Hospital affects more than 20 employees

Winchester Hospital is dealing with a scabies outbreak that has already infected two patients and more than 20 hospital employees. The hospital, part of the Lahey Health System, said it discovered on Wednesday that a patient who had been admitted to the hospital might have had an active scabies infection, a highly contagious and itchy skin disease caused by mites burrowing into the skin. An additional patient on the same unit also became infected, and more than 20 hospital employee have shown symptoms. The…
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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Health authorities in Jakarta kicked off a special immunization program on Monday to rein in an "extraordinary" outbreak of diphtheria that has sparked concerns about the Indonesian capital ’s readiness to host the Asian Games next June. Diphtheria cases have spiked 42 percent since last year, health officials say, with at least 32 deaths and more than 590 cases recorded across the archipelago, the bulk of them in densely populated Jakarta and neighboring provinces.
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Authors: Levy DL Abstract Preview An alarming new disease was first reported in mid-1993, and by late 1994, almost 100 cases had been identified nationwide. Mild prodromal flulike symptoms were followed within days by rapidly progressive respiratory illness and early death. Cooperative efforts of many agencies soon established the cause- a previously unidentified hantavirus. Thus, the disease was named hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Dr Levy describes the outbreak and summarizes features of the syndrome and recommendations on prevention. PMID: 29219736 [PubMed]
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Publication date: Available online 9 December 2017 Source:Epidemics Author(s): Íde Cremin, Oliver Watson, Alastair Heffernan, Natsuko Imai, Norin Ahmed, Sandra Bivegete, Teresia Kimani, Demetris Kyriacou, Preveina Mahadevan, Rima Mustafa, Panagiota Pagoni, Marisa Sophiea, Charlie Whittaker, Leo Beacroft, Steven Riley, Matthew C. Fisher The study of infectious disease outbreaks is required to train today’s epidemiologists. A typical way to introduce and explain key epidemiological concepts is through the analysis of a historical outbreak. There are, however, few training options that explicitly utilise real-ti...
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North Dakota Department of Health. 06/23/2017 This course discusses new and upcoming testing methods in microbiology, and recent disease outbreaks in North Dakota and the nation. It also lists new testing methodologies that have been implemented at the North Dakota public health laboratory in response to outbreaks. (Video or Multimedia)
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Council on Foreign Relations. 12/05/2017 This 58-minute panel discussion explores the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic as it nears its centennial, and how this historic outbreak informs responses to global health emergencies today. Speakers discuss the many additional tools that are now available, why they are imperfect tools, and how there is a lot more work to do to improve them. (Video or Multimedia)
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View Original Article Here: How Long Does Shingles Last In The Elderly? Shingles is a viral infection that follows a varicella-zoster infection, although it can take decades for symptoms of the secondary disease to emerge. The condition presents as a painful and blistering rash, but it is not life-threatening. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are nearly one million cases in the United States each year, and almost half of those cases are in older adults over age 60. Some people only see one instance of the illness, while others have recurring symptoms, but 30 percent of Americans will develop shingles at s...
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Ignoring the "Itch": The Global Health Problem of Scabies. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Oct 02;: Authors: Stamm LV, Strowd LC Abstract Infestation with Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis is a common human parasitic affliction endemic in tropical developing countries. Scabies is transmitted by close person-person contact, and outbreaks have been reported in reception centers for asylum seekers. Scabies presents clinically as extremely pruritic excoriated papules and linear burrows in the skin. This infestation predisposes to bacterial skin infections that can result in serious complications affecting ...
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The objective of this article is to provide updates on the clinical diagnosis and treatment approaches for scabies in Australia. DISCUSSION: Clinical examination remains the mainstay of diagnosis, although dermatoscopy is a useful adjunct. Scabies presents with severe itch and a papular rash, with a predilection for the hands, feet and genitalia. The distribution may be more widespread in infants and older people. Secondary bacterial infection is also common in patients with scabies. Crusted scabies is a rare but highly infectious variant. Topical permethrin is highly effective for individual treatment, but less pract...
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The deleterious effects of scabies, an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis, were well known in the Middle-Ages (1). Here we report descriptions of Medieval “itch” by Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), called the "Father of Humanism", and Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), two eminent Italian poets who influenced further famous artists as Shakespeare and Chaucer. Both of them suffered from scabies and emphasised the main features of the parasitic infestation, namely the endless itch and the skin dryness.
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