Flu deaths reach a high, but outbreak shows signs of easing
A 14-year-old high school student in Thousand Oaks has died of complications from the flu. But as the flu outbreak appears to be peaking, another virus is now sending kids and older adults to hospitals.
Authors: José P, Alvarez-Lerma F, Maseda E, Olaechea P, Pemán J, Soriano C, Zaragoza R Abstract A narrative review from a multidisciplinary task force of experts in critical care medicine and clinical mycology was carried out. The multi drug-resistant species Candida auris has emerged simultaneously on several continents, causing hospital outbreaks, especially in critically ill patients. Although there are not enough data to support the routine use of continuous antibiotic prophylaxis in patients subjected to extracorporeal membrane oxygenator, a clear increase of invasive fungal infection (IFI) has b...
Conclusion: Though measles immunization coverage is 97% in Turkey, population immunity is somewhat lower than expected. Increases of measles cases in Europe and the refugee problem in the country could easily lead to outbreaks. Implementing the first dose of the immunization at 9 months may be an option. PMID: 30761852 [PubMed - in process]
[The Herald] The country has been hit by African Swine Fever (ASF) which has already caused the death of 156 pigs in Nyakomba and Nyamaropa areas in Manicaland.
Add ground beef and raw chicken to the mix, and 2019 is not off to the a great start when it comes to Salmonella outbreaks.
The source of the outbreak has yet to be located.
Sixty-three more people have been infected with salmonella linked to raw turkey products in an outbreak that began in November 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.
Yet another outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease — this time measles in the Pacific Northwest — provides another reminder of the importance of getting children fully vaccinated, on schedule. Anti-vax or vaccine-skeptical parents are certainly not acting out of malevolence. They’re doing what they believe will protect their children’s health. But the fact is they’re achieving the opposite — potentially endangering their health. Those are the facts. Watch the video with TIME’s Editor-at-Large Jeffrey Kluger above to learn why.
Facebook is looking into suppressing certain anti-vaccine messaging on its social platform, a move that raises questions about free speech and public health.
ConclusionThere will be a long legal battle over the President ’s declaration of a national emergency along the border to build some of his border fence. Regardless of the outcome, there is no good reason to declare the border a national emergency.
Publication date: Available online 14 February 2019Source: Journal of Microbiological MethodsAuthor(s): Shuai Zhi, Jonas Szelewicki, Kim Ziebell, Brendon Parsons, Linda ChuiAbstractShiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) is a gastrointestinal pathogen and has been recognized as one of the serious problems in public health. Shiga toxin genes (stx) can be grouped into different types according to their differences in sequence and biological activities. The two main groups of stx are stx1 and stx2 with each group containing several subtypes. It is essential to develop rapid stx1/stx2 subtyping assays and accurate stx2 general de...