New study uncovers why Rift Valley fever is catastrophic to developing fetuses
This study shows just how damaging the virus is during pregnancy and sets the stage for vaccine development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New UA/Banner Health Valley fever clinical guidelines to help avoid delays in diagnosis
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) Banner Health has launched new clinical practice protocols developed with input from the University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for Excellence to help physicians more quickly diagnose and treat patients with Valley fever infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Inside an Outbreak: Nipah and Rift Valley Fever
(MedPage Today) -- Health workers describe real-time efforts to stem deadly infections this year (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 30, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Enhanced Surveillance for Coccidioidomycosis Enhanced Surveillance for Coccidioidomycosis
Enhanced surveillance for coccidioidomycosis in endemic areas may help improve the awareness and diagnosis of the infection in non-endemic states.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

CDC: Greater Awareness of Valley Fever Needed Nationally
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 -- Greater nationwide awareness of the fungal infection Valley fever (coccidioidomycosis) is needed, according to a report published in the August issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

‘Remain vigilant!’ Deadly Rift Valley Fever could cause health emergency - virus symptoms
RIFT valley fever is a deadly virus that can be transmitted to humans from animals, and symptoms include fever, headaches and joint pain. The viral infection, which is passed on by mosquitoes, is currently in Africa, but a health expert has exclusively told Express.co.uk that Rift Valley Fever could reach the UK. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hopkins Nursing Dean on Global Networking
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - July 30, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

East Africa:WHO - Rift Valley Fever Still a Threat in East Africa
[East African] East Africa is not out of the woods from the Rift Valley Fever after the World Health Organisation reported cases of the virus in Uganda and Rwanda. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UTSA researcher receives $1.9 million HHS grant to develop anti-fungal vaccine
(University of Texas at San Antonio) A researcher at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support her efforts to create a vaccine for valley fever. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Deadly Rift Valley fever: New insight, and hope for the future
(University of Surrey) Health control measures alone could be ineffective in the long term fight against the deadly Rift Valley fever which affects both humans and animals, a new study in the journal PNAS reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

More Dangerous Outbreaks Are Happening. Why Aren't We Worried About The Next Epidemic?
Ebola. MERS. Zika. Nipah virus. Lassa fever. Rift Valley fever. All were in active outbreaks in June. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 18, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Kenya:Rift Valley Fever Breaks Out in Isiolo, Meru on High Alert
[Nation] Isiolo veterinary department has closed all slaughterhouses and livestock markets for two weeks following an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever(RVF). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 27, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

East Africa:EAC Moves to Curb Rift Valley Fever Spread
[Citizen] Arusha -The East African Community (EAC) has ordered a restriction on livestock movement within the region as part of new measures to limit the spread of the endemic rift valley fever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:Ministry Races to Curb Rift Valley Fever as Death Toll Hits 26
[Nation] Seven more people have died of Rift Valley fever, bringing the toll to 26 in the past one month, a report from the Ministry of Health's Disease Surveillance and Response Unit says. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

East Africa:Tanzania Still Safe as Rift Valley Fever Threatens Region
[Daily News] The eleventh meeting of the Sectoral Council on Agriculture and Food Security (SCAFS) which has just concluded here has directed the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat to address the issue of Rift Valley Fever promptly. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 24, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:One Person Succumbs to Rift Valley Fever in Siaya
[Capital FM] Kisumu -One person has succumbed to Rift Valley Fever in Siaya County. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:One Dies As Siaya County Issues Rift Valley Fever Alert
[Nation] The Siaya County government has issued an alert after one person died as a result of suspected case of Rift Valley fever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:One Dies As Siaya County Issues Rift Valley Fever Alert
[Nation] The outbreak of Rift Valley Fever has hit Tana River County leading to a quarantine in Dhidhe Ade. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:Mandera Sends Blood Samples to Kemri for Rift Valley Fever Test
[Nation] Mandera County government has sent five human blood samples to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) for testing of a range of diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rift Valley fever – Kenya
On 8 June 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) for Kenya confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley fever. The first patient was admitted to a hospital in Wajir County in north-eastern Kenya on 2 June with fever, body weakness, and bleeding from the gums and mouth. The patient reported having consumed meat from a sick animal; the patient died the same day. On 4 June, two relatives of the index patient were admitted. Blood samples were collected and sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute, one of which was confirmed positive for Rift Valley fever on 6 June. As of 16 June, a total of 26 human cases have been reported from Wajir...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Testing for Coccidioidomycosis Among CAP Patients Testing for Coccidioidomycosis Among CAP Patients
Which community-acquired pneumonia patients should be tested for coccidioidomycosis?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Kenya:Death Toll From Rift Valley Fever Rises to 5 As 7 More Admitted in Wajir
[Nation] Death toll from Rift Valley Fever ravaging parts of north-eastern Kenya has risen to five. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 11, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenyan official says five dead in reemergence of Rift Valley Fever
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Five people in Kenya have died of the Rift Valley Fever disease in the past week, a health official said on Monday, in the first reports of the disease since an outbreak killed more than 200 people a decade ago. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Kenya:Kenya Must Wake Up to the Threat of an Outbreak of Rift Valley Fever
[The Conversation Africa] Heavy rainfall in Kenya has left a trail of destruction in parts of the country, leading to deaths and rendering roads impassable. Some rivers have burst their banks and dams have overflown for the first time in many years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Surveillance of livestock could detect rift valley fever disease before human transmission
(PLOS) Occurrence of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) has often been linked with El Ni ñ o rainfall. To curb future outbreaks of RVF, M. Kariuki Njenga and colleagues carried out enhanced syndromic surveillance of 22 high-risk RVF Kenyan counties to collect data on RVF-associated syndromes and risk factors in livestock from November 2015 through February 2016. Their research, recently published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, could provide the first step toward establishing a national syndromic surveillance system for livestock in Kenya. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Infectious fungal lung disease on the rise in California as open borders invites wave of disease to the USA
(Natural News) If you live in California, you have likely been exposed to a highly contagious parasitic infection called Valley Fever. Reported cases of the disease have increased dramatically from just 719 back in the early 1990s, to over 5,300 in 2016. And experts believe that nine out of 10 cases go unreported. “That’s just... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disappearing act
(University of California - Santa Barbara) The Asian tiger mosquito -- carrier of such diseases as dengue, yellow fever, Rift Valley fever, Chikungunya and Zika -- appears to have vanished from Palmyra. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rift Valley fever – Gambia
On 3 January 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH), Senegal notified WHO of a case of Rift Valley fever, a 52-year-old Korean man who was a resident of Gambia. The case was reported from a hospital in Dakar. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Uganda:Govt Confirms Presence of Haemorrhagic Fevers
[East African] After initial denials, officials from Uganda's Ministry of Health have confirmed the twin outbreak of Crimean-Congo fever and Rift Valley Fever in cattle corridor districts, and announced stronger control measures. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UA experts: Valley fever cases see major spike in November
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) An uptick in reported cases of Valley fever indicates a likely sharp increase in infections next year. At the same time, federal clearance for a rapid assay test developed with assistance from the University of Arizona should help reduce delays in diagnosing the respiratory fungal disease caused by spores found in area soils. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DxNA receives OK for Coccidioides test; only FDA cleared molecular test for Valley Fever
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) The GeneSTAT.MDx Coccidioides test on the GeneSTAT System is intended to provide a definitive diagnosis for both Coccidioides strains that cause Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever). The DxNA test significantly improves the time to results over current diagnostic methods. The cleared test provides for the availability of molecular testing for the disease at clinical laboratories and healthcare facilities where patients with the disease are primarily seen rather than requiring specimens to be sent to reference laboratories. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In California, an unexplained increase in valley fever this year
State health officials announced earlier this year that 2016 broke the record for the most valley fever cases reported since the state started keeping count in 1995. Now 2017 is on pace to have even more infections. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

In California, an unexplained increase in valley fever this year
This year is shaping up to be the worst on record in California for people infected with valley fever, a lung infection caused by a fungus found in soil.State health officials announced earlier that 2016 broke the record for the most valley fever cases reported since the state started keeping... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Rift Valley fever virus: An infection mechanism identified
(Institut Pasteur) Rift Valley fever virus is responsible for outbreaks in livestock in Africa and can also be fatal in humans. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS, working with the University of G ö ttingen, have characterized the mechanism used by the virus to insert one of its envelope proteins into the host cell membrane, thereby enabling it to infect the cell. Understanding these interactions should pave the way for the identification of new therapeutic strategies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 9, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A glycerophospholipid-specific pocket in the RVFV class II fusion protein drives target membrane insertion
The Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, causing severe disease in humans and livestock across Africa. We determined the x-ray structure of the RVFV class II fusion protein Gc in its postfusion form and in complex with a glycerophospholipid (GPL) bound in a conserved cavity next to the fusion loop. Site-directed mutagenesis and molecular dynamics simulations further revealed a built-in motif allowing en bloc insertion of the fusion loop into membranes, making few nonpolar side-chain interactions with the aliphatic moiety and multiple polar interactions with lipid head groups upon membrane r...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 2, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Guardado-Calvo, P., Atkovska, K., Jeffers, S. A., Grau, N., Backovic, M., Perez-Vargas, J., de Boer, S. M., Tortorici, M. A., Pehau-Arnaudet, G., Lepault, J., England, P., Rottier, P. J., Bosch, B. J., Hub, J. S., Rey, F. A. Tags: Biochemistry reports Source Type: news

The Changing Epidemiology and Diagnosis of Valley Fever
Coccidioidomycosis, commonly known as valley fever, is a disease caused by two species of fungi, Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii. Coccidioidomycosis is often self-limiting; however, in some patients, the disease can rapidly progress to a severe and potentially life-threatening illness. Proper diagnostics for coccidioidomycosis are important because acute disease can manifest as community-acquired pneumonia, and can be misdiagnosed as a viral or bacterial infection. Improper diagnosis can lead to unnecessary antibacterial therapy and may encourage extra-pulmonary proliferation of the fungus, which then requi...
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - October 7, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Bridget M. Barker Source Type: news

NIH awards $4.8 million to UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) The center will use the money to accelerate development of a Valley fever vaccine for dogs that one day may lead to a successful human vaccine. A California-based biotech company and Colorado State University have joined the center in the effort. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Coccidioidomycosis Cases on the Rise in California Coccidioidomycosis Cases on the Rise in California
Despite a trend downward in recent years, coccidiomycosis cases are on the rise in California, according to a recent report.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Increase in Coccidioidomycosis — California, 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - August 10, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

What Conditions is Erythema Nodosum Associated With?
Patient Presentation A 12-year-old male came to clinic with a history of 3-4 days of painful bruising on his shin and lower arms. He had Streptocococcal pharyngitis diagnosed by rapid strep testing approximately 4 weeks previously and had taken all of his amoxicillin antibiotic per his parents. He had recovered without any problems until 3-4 days ago when his legs and arms started to have painful bruises along the shins and lower arms. They were raised, red/purple and painful mainly in the center of the lesions. He denied pain elsewhere nor any fever (Tmax was 99.5F), chills, sweats, weight loss, joint stiffness, abdomina...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 24, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

DxNA LLC announces 510(K) submission of GeneSTAT analyzer and GeneSTAT coccidioides assay
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) The Valley Fever assay on the GeneSTAT System has been developed based on intellectual property exclusively licensed from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Flagstaff, Arizona. The highly sensitive GeneSTAT test is performed directly on the patient specimen, providing a same-day result and significantly reducing the time to a definitive diagnosis and appropriate care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dust Storms In The Southwestern U.S. Are Increasing. Is There A Connection To Valley Fever?
Dust storms are increasing in the Southwest U.S., and they may be related to an uptick in Valley Fever Infection too. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marshall Shepherd, Contributor Source Type: news

Case: Coccidioidomycosis Mimicking Peritoneal Carcinomatosis Case: Coccidioidomycosis Mimicking Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
New onset ascites, lymphadenopathy, and peritoneal nodules suggested a metastatic carcinomatosis in this patient; but her residence in Arizona provided the key to the correct diagnosis.Applied Radiology (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - May 8, 2017 Category: Radiology Tags: Radiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Ume å epidemiologist joins UN expert mission to confront Rift Valley fever outbreak
(Umea University) A Rift Valley fever outbreak was recently reported at the border between Niger and Mali in West Africa. So far, 64 human cases including 23 deaths have been confirmed in Niger, according to the World Health Organization. Ume å University infectious disease epidemiologist Osama Ahmed Hassan recently joined an international expert fact-finding mission to Mali as a consultant with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 15, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rift Valley Fever in Niger
On 30 August, the Ministry of Health in Niger notified WHO of unexplained deaths among humans, along with deaths in livestock in the Tahoua region of Niger. On 23 September, human and animal specimens were tested at the Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD) and were reported positive for Rift Valley Fever (RVF) virus by PCR and for specific IgM antibodies confirming the first outbreak of RVF in Niger. Initially the outbreak was centered in the north west of the country in areas bordering Mali, in particular around Tassara and Tchintabaraden in the Tahoua Region, however suspected cases of RVF have recently been identified in new...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 24, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Better surveillance, more cohesive policies needed against Rift Valley fever outbreaks
Research on the mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever in east Africa and the Arabian Peninsula shows that current surveillance systems are unable to detect the virus in livestock before it spreads to humans. A coherent policy is needed to combat the viral disease, which has the potential to spread to previously unaffected areas, according to research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Better surveillance and more cohesive policies needed against Rift Valley fever outbreaks
(Umea University) Research on the mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever in east Africa and the Arabian Peninsula shows that current surveillance systems are unable to detect the virus in livestock before it spreads to humans. A coherent policy is needed to combat the viral disease, which has the potential to spread to previously unaffected areas, according to studies at Ume å University in Sweden. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 22, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Rift Valley Fever Response — Kabale District, Uganda, March 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 3, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever virus causes miscarriage
The mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever virus has been linked to miscarriage in humans. A study of 130 pregnant Sudanese women with fever showed that the risk of miscarriage was seven times greater if the woman was infected with Rift Valley fever virus. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 3, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever virus causes miscarriage
(Umea University) The mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever virus has been linked to miscarriage in humans. A study of 130 pregnant Sudanese women with fever showed that the risk of miscarriage was seven times greater if the woman was infected with Rift Valley fever virus. The study was recently published in the journal Lancet Global Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 3, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news