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Genetic sequencing points to endemic origin of monkeypox virus outbreak in Nigeria
(US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) Scientists working to control a human outbreak of monkeypox virus (MXPV) in Nigeria performed genetic sequencing of patient samples, revealing that the outbreak likely originated from a source within the country. Their results emphasize the value of local surveillance for the early detection of viral spillovers and the need for advanced genetic characterization to help determine the origins of outbreaks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Schistosoma vaccine to enter phase Ib clinical trial
(George Washington University) Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, in collaboration with a team of researchers at the George Washington University and the Rene Rachou Institute, have received funding from the National Institutes of Health for a Phase Ib clinical trial for a Schistosomiasis vaccine in an endemic area of Brazil. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Genes and genetic testing – The revealing truth
(Natural News) With one in four adults in the United States suffering from one or more chronic health conditions (including heart disease, diabetes or cancer), it’s clear that ill health has become endemic in the United States. But, according to Dr. Ben Lynch, it doesn’t have to be that way – especially if we effectively... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Microcephaly Prevalent in Brazil Before Zika Virus Epidemic Microcephaly Prevalent in Brazil Before Zika Virus Epidemic
In at least two Brazilian cities, microcephaly appears to have been endemic before the start of the Zika virus epidemic, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

The health benefits of stevia and how to grow it
(Natural News) Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is a plant that is endemic to the highlands of Paraguay in South America. It is popularly known as a natural sweetener, thanks to its leaves which contain sweet glycosides. The plant is now being commercially grown in many parts of South America and Asia, and the food and beverage industry... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research Pinpoints Libby Amphibole Disease
A research team led by thoracic surgeon Dr. Raja Flores has identified Libby amphibole asbestos disease for the first time as the puzzling killer that continues to threaten innocent victims exposed to one variety of asbestos. This progressive pulmonary disease involves lamellar pleural thickening (LPT) that has a suffocating effect on the lungs. Diagnostic signals are unusual when compared to more common asbestos-related diseases, making it difficult to identify early by traditional means. The CT and pulmonary function abnormalities look different. “It’s a process that kills people before cancer does, before lu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 4, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: asbestos exposure asbestos in libby montana Center for Asbestos Related Disease Centers for Disease Control environmental protection agency lamellar pleural thickening Libby amphibole disease Montana State University Mount Sinai Health Sys Source Type: news

Dengue vaccination cost  effective in endemic countries
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - January 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

When you trim your chia pet, put the clippings in your smoothie: Chia is a superfood
(Natural News) Chia seeds, which come from the plant Salvia hispanica, can be eaten as they are, or baked, or cooked, or mixed into other meals to add texture and make them more sumptuous. Endemic to the regions of southern Mexico, chia seeds are a member of the mint family and are an essential part... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Health As Human Right
[This Day] The non-justiciability and non-observance of the fundamental objectives and directive principles of State policy contained in Chapter two of the Constitution has severe socio-economic consequences for Nigeria. The right to health which is part of socioeconomic rights is connected to political, economic and social welfare and security for all citizens. Its enforceability is crucial for the sustenance of Nigeria, the lack of which may result in human insecurity, widespread diseases and endemic infections and (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rohingyas: Lurching from Crisis to Crisis
Newly arrived Rohingya people wait at an army camp in Sabrang in Teknaf on Nov. 29, 2017 before being shifted to a camp in Cox's Bazar. Credit: Farid Ahmed/IPSBy Farid AhmedCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 16 2017 (IPS)Ferdous Begum was cleaning her child after he had defecated in the open, using leaves she collected from a nearby tree at Bangladesh’s Teknaf Nature Park. The settlement is packed with Rohingya refugees who fled military persecution in Myanmar since August.“Access to water is terrible here,” Begum said. “We’ve only a couple of hand-dug shallow wells and we don’t get enough wat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farid Ahmed Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Women's Health Bangladesh International Organization Source Type: news

Can I Give Cholera Vaccine?
Discussion Cholera is caused by more than 200 serogroups of Vibrio cholerae, a Gram-negative rod that is waterborne. Only two (serogroup O1 which causes about 99% of the cases, and O139) cause disease. There are biotypes of each of these serotypes. The only known hosts are humans. The organism colonizes the epithelial lining of the gut. Cholera toxin is produced by some species and if produced binds to specific receptors on host cells, activating a series of steps which cases massive loss of sodium, potassium, chloride, hydrogen carbonate, and fluids in vomitus and feces. A review of causes of diarrhea can be found here. ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Infertile Couples Avoid Zika Areas, but Not Sex Infertile Couples Avoid Zika Areas, but Not Sex
Couples who have difficulty having a baby alter their travel plans to avoid areas where the Zika virus is endemic, but do not change their behavior when it comes to conception, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Is gun violence contagious?
(University of Pennsylvania) Gun violence is mostly not contagious but rather an endemic issue for particular neighborhoods, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford. That means place-based interventions like hotspot policing or greening vacant lots have the best chance to improve this problem. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Erratum to: When violence becomes endemic - Roberts LF.
The article "When violence becomes endemic", written by Leslie F. Roberts, was originally published electronically on the publisher's internet portal (currently SpringerLink) on 03 August 2017 without open access. The original article was corrected. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Seychelles – Suspected Plague (Ex- Madagascar)
Madagascar is experiencing a large outbreak of plague affecting major cities and other non-endemic areas since August 2017. This outbreak carries a moderate risk of spread to neighbouring Indian Ocean islands which is mitigated naturally by the short incubation period of pneumonic plague and the institution of exit screening measures at the airport and other major ports. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

A diagnosis of denial: how mental health classification systems have struggled to recognise family violence as a serious risk factor in the development of mental health issues for infants, children, adolescents and adults - Bunston W, Franich-Ray C, Tatlow S.
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) routinely overlook assessing for, and providing treatment to, infants and children living with family violence, despite family violence being declared endemic across the globe. As contemporary neuro-devel... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

An enigmatic case of acute mercury poisoning: clinical, immunological findings and platelet function - Kleffner I, Eichler S, Ruck T, Sch üngel L, Pfeuffer S, Polzer P, Dittrich R, Dziewas R, Gross CC, Göbel K, Wiendl H, Kehrel BE, Meuth SG.
Severe mercury intoxication is very rare in developed countries, but still occurs as the result of volatile substance abuse, suicide attempts, occupational hazards, or endemic food ingestion as reported in the cases of public health disasters in Iraq and i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Study: Sickle cell anemia treatment does not increase malaria risk in Africa
(American Society of Hematology) The drug hydroxyurea does not appear to increase the risk of malaria infection in patients with sickle cell anemia who live in malaria-endemic regions, according to a study published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

An enigmatic case of acute mercury poisoning: clinical, immunological findings and platelet function - Kleffner I, Eichler S, Ruck T, Sch üngel L, Pfeuffer S, Polzer P, Dittrich R, Dziewas R, Gross CC, Göbel K, Wiendl H, Kehrel BE, Meuth SG.
Severe mercury intoxication is very rare in developed countries, but still occurs as the result of volatile substance abuse, suicide attempts, occupational hazards, or endemic food ingestion as reported in the cases of public health disasters in Iraq and i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Immune reaction to sandfly saliva varies between individuals living in endemic areas
(PLOS) The Phlebotomus papatasi sandfly is responsible for spreading Leishmania throughout the tropics and subtropics. How individuals in areas endemic for Leishmania infection react to sandfly saliva depends on their long-term exposure to the flies, researchers now report PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases TK. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 12, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: DRC Cholera Death Toll Surges to 500
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -A raging cholera outbreak has claimed left over 500 people dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The epidemic, which has infected more than 24 000 people since an outbreak erupted in the North Kivu province in June, is projected to claim more lives with the rains imminent. The water borne disease has so far spread to 20 of the Central African country's 26 provinces, reaching epidemic proportions in 11. Cholera is endemic in six provinces but the drought of recent months and the high mobility of the pop (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 29, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Caribbean praying mantises have ancient African origin
(Cleveland Museum of Natural History) Three seemingly unrelated praying mantis groups inhabiting Cuba and the rest of the Greater Antilles actually share an ancient African ancestor and possibly form the oldest endemic animal lineage on the Caribbean islands, Cleveland Museum of Natural History researchers have determined. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 26, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Domestic abuse is endemic, new report finds
More needs to be done to break the cycle Related items fromOnMedica Domestic violence linked to pregnancy termination Soaring child abuse concerns, helpline data reveal Sexual health clinics should ask about abuse New support to help identify domestic abuse Abused children unable to access mental health services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CSIRO breeds spotted handfish to save species from extinction
Fish, which is endemic to Tasmania, was the first Australian marine animal to be listed as critically endangeredScientists have begun a captive breeding program for the spotted handfish, 11 years after it became the first Australian marine animal to be listed as critically endangered.Endemic to Tasmania, the spotted handfish or Brachionichthys hirsutus looks like a tadpole in the late stages of development, with a fin atop its head to lure unsuspecting prey and the sour expression of a British bulldog.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 18, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Calla Wahlquist Tags: Marine life Australia news Science Environment Wildlife Source Type: news

From Africa to the US to Haiti, climate change is a Black Lives Matter | Patrisse Cullors and Nyeusi Nguvu
Racism is endemic to global inequality. This means that those most affected – and killed – by climate change are black and poor peopleJust over a year ago, Black Lives Matter UKsuccessfully shut down London City airport. Our aims were tocall attention to three things: Britain ’shistorical responsibility for global temperature changes, while the UK remains among the least vulnerable countries to the direct effects of climate change; second, that black people and poor people globally suffer the most from environmental impacts; and third, that safe freedom of movement is a reality only for the privileged, we...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Patrisse Cullors and Nyeusi Nguvu Tags: Black Lives Matter movement Climate change US news Environment Science Poverty Social exclusion Society Inequality Houston Haiti Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Jose Source Type: news

From Africa to the US to Haiti, climate change is a race issue | Patrisse Cullors and Nyeusi Nguvu
Racism is endemic to global inequality. This means that those most affected – and killed – by climate change are black and poor peoplePatrisse Cullors and Nyeusi Nguvu are members of the Black Lives Matter movementJust over a year ago, Black Lives Matter UKsuccessfully shut down London City airport. Our aims were tocall attention to three things: Britain ’shistorical responsibility for global temperature changes, while the UK remains among the least vulnerable countries to the direct effects of climate change; second, that black people and poor people globally suffer the most from environmental impacts; a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Patrisse Cullors and Nyeusi Nguvu Tags: Black Lives Matter movement Climate change US news Environment Science Poverty Social exclusion Society Inequality Houston Haiti Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Jose Source Type: news

Once-abundant ash tree and antelope species face extinction -- IUCN Red List
(International Union for Conservation of Nature) North America's most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations, while the loss of wilderness areas and poaching are contributing to the declining numbers of five African antelope species, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. Today's IUCN Red List update also reveals a dramatic decline of grasshoppers and millipedes endemic to Madagascar, and the extinction of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle bat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 14, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Nigeria: Cholera in North-Eastern Nigeria - an Endemic Outbreak
[IPS] New York -A recent cholera outbreak in North-Eastern Nigeria has resulted in at least 186 suspected cases and 14 deaths as of Sep. 1, according to Borno State's Ministry of Health. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 7, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cholera in North-Eastern Nigeria: An Endemic Outbreak
Nurse treats cholera victims. Credit: IPSBy Lindah MogeniNEW YORK, Sep 6 2017 (IPS)A recent cholera outbreak in North-Eastern Nigeria has resulted in at least 186 suspected cases and 14 deaths as of Sep. 1, according to Borno State’s Ministry of Health. The outbreak, which coincided with this year’s annual World Water Week, occurred in Muna Garage, a camp sheltering an estimated 44,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).A rapid response to the outbreak by Borno State’s Ministry of Health, alon...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lindah Mogeni Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Women's Health Source Type: news

Standard Operating Procedures: Responding to a Poliovirus Event or Outbreak; Part 1: General SOPs
World Health Organization. 05/2017 This 75-page document establishes standards and a timeline for response to any polio events and/or outbreaks; and guides national governments and Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners in key support functions to fulfill the response to any polio outbreak or event. It is intended to facilitate timely and effective response to interrupt poliovirus transmission in non-endemic countries, and incorporates lessons learned from previous outbreak response efforts. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Popular sungazer lizards under threat from poaching
(University of the Witwatersrand) The sungazer (Smaug giganteus), a dragon-like lizard species endemic to the Highveld regions of South Africa, is facing an assault on two fronts as farming and industrialization encroaches on its natural habitat -- which already consist of only a several hundred square kilometers globally -- while the illegal global pet trade is adding pressure on pushing the species into extinction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A new critically endangered tree species depends on unique habitat found only on Kaua'i
(Pensoft Publishers) A new tree species, endemic to the floristically rich high Hawaiian island Kaua'i, is already assessed as Critically Endangered according to IUCN criteria. First collected and documented as early as 1988, the new species, Melicope stonei, has been officially described and named in the open access journal PhytoKeys. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 16, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

There ’ s plague in Arizona. Authorities warn of fleas that can infect people and pets.
Public health officials in two Arizona counties are warning residents about the discovery of plague bacteria, an endemic concern among those who live in the American Southwest but unsettling nonetheless, given the disease's devastating impact on human history. Navajo and Coconino counties are adjacent to one another, and in each community the findings are identical: Fleas carrying yersinia […]Related:5 dead after FDA-approved obesity treatment that places silicone balloon in stomach, agency saysA sleeping mother suffocated her newborn in the maternity ward. Now she’s suing the hospital.Trump dec...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two Arizona communities, 120 miles apart, see evidence of the plague
Public health officials in two northern Arizona counties are warning residents about the existence of plague, an endemic concern among those who live in the American Southwest but unsettling nonetheless, given the disease's devastating impact on human history. Navajo and Coconino counties are separated by 120 miles of desert, but in each community the findings are identical: […]Related:5 dead after FDA-approved obesity treatment that places silicone balloon in stomach, agency saysA sleeping mother suffocated her newborn in the maternity ward. Now she’s suing the hospital.Trump declares the opioid cri...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Somalia celebrates 3 years polio-free: WHO urges continued caution
Mogadishu, 14 August 2017 – An event attended by the President of Somalia, parliamentarians, delegates from the Somali Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and UNICEF, was held in Mogadishu to mark a milestone occasion: 3 years since the detection of the last case of wild poliovirus in the country.  Speaking at the event, WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Mahmoud Fikri, applauded Somalia’s efforts to ward off the crippling and highly infectious virus but urged continued caution.  “The absence of cases of polio in Somalia today is testament to the leadersh...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 14, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Sudan: Cholera Reaches Central Darfur, 'Becomes Endemic Disease' in Sudan
[Radio Dabanga] Sudan -The first cases of cholera have appeared in Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur, where two patients died last week. The infectious disease is still spreading in North, West, and South Darfur. In eastern Sudan, hundreds of cholera patients are being treated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 8, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

When violence becomes endemic - Roberts LF.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Why NASA Is Right to Hire a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’
The invasion is nigh! You knew it would happen eventually — that the Roswell aliens would not only turn out to be real, but that they’d one day return to finish their job of Earthly conquest. Now, NASA, which was surely part of the conspiracy of silence for the last sixty years, has come clean, announcing the creation of the new position of Planetary Protection Officer. It’s a sweet gig, actually, paying up to $187,000 per year. That makes for a pretty big pot of disposable income — at least until, you know, the world ends. Actually, however, you can sound the all clear: The planetary protection job...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Apollo 12 Biology cassini Contamination exobiology Galileo jupiter Mars NASA saturn space Source Type: news

Malaria already endemic in the Mediterranean by the Roman period
(University of Zurich) Malaria was already widespread on Sardinia by the Roman period, long before the Middle Ages, as indicated by research at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine of the University of Zurich with the help of a Roman who died 2,000 years ago. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 27, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The association between infection control interventions and CRE incidence in an endemic hospital
This research article concludes that a multifaceted hospital-wide intervention program is required to control CRE in hospital settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles Vaccine Study Findings a'Wake-up Call'Measles Vaccine Study Findings a'Wake-up Call '
Further declines in measles vaccine coverage could make the disease endemic again in the United States, the authors warn.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Biological Defense: Additional Information That Congress May Find Useful as It Considers DOD (Department of Defense)'s Advanced Development and Manufacturing Capability
U.S. Government Accountability Office. 07/17/2017 This 47-page report describes the information that the Department of Defense (DOD) included in its report to address the six required elements regarding the department's public-private partnership to construct a facility with an advanced development and manufacturing (ADM) capability. This facility has the capability to use disposable equipment, enabling timely changes in a production line for medical countermeasures against biological warfare threat agents, toxins, and endemic diseases. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Scorpion stings in Jordan: an update - Amr ZS, Al Zou'bi R, Abdo N, Bani Hani R.
This study updates epidemiological data on scorpion sting encounters in Jordan. METHODS: Data on scorpion sting encoun... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

Prior dengue infection does not increase Zika disease severity
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) A study involving 65 people who live in and around S ã o Jos é do Rio Preto (S ã o Paulo State, Brazil), where dengue is endemic and there was a particularly rapid outbreak of Zika during the 2016 epidemic, show that prior dengue infection in human beings infected by Zika does not necessarily lead to a worse illness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

When an emerging disease becomes endemic
Epidemics, such as HIV in the early 1980s and Ebola in 2014, inspire decisive government investment and action, and individual and societal concern, sometimes bordering on panic. By contrast, endemic diseases, such as HIV in 2017 and tuberculosis, struggle to maintain the same attention. For many, the paradox is that endemic disease, in its totality, continues to impose a far higher public health burden than epidemic disease. Overall, the swift political response to epidemics has resulted in success. It has proven possible to eradicate epidemic diseases, often without the availability of vaccines and other biomedical techn...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Medley, G. F., Vassall, A. Tags: Medicine, Diseases special/review Source Type: news

Tulane University awarded $12 million to create Lassa vaccine and treatment
(Tulane University) The National Institutes of Health has awarded Tulane University more than $12 million to test a promising drug treatment against Lassa fever and develop a vaccine against the deadly disease endemic in parts of West Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO and partners, including UNICEF, scale up efforts to minimize spread of acute watery ...
10 July 2017 – With increasing numbers of people in some countries of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Region affected by acute watery diarrhoea and cholera, WHO in the Region is working with partners, including UNICEF, to save lives in areas where outbreaks are active, and reduce the risk of these diseases crossing into unaffected areas and neighbouring countries.   “The situation has reached a critical point. The number of people with acute watery diarrhoea/cholera in countries in the Region in 2017 alone is higher than the number of people affected worldwide in 2016. Inf...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 10, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Three-Zone Biosecurity Offers New Hope to Indonesian Farmers
James McGrane, FAO ECTAD Indonesia Team Leader, at his office in Jakarta. Credit: Kanis Dursin/IPSBy Kanis DursinJAKARTA, Indonesia, Jul 10 2017 (IPS)Poultry farmer Bambang Sutrisno Setiawan had long heard about biosecurity but never gave serious thought to it, even when the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 forced him to cull thousands of his layer chickens in 2003 and 2009.Eighteen years into the business, however, Bambang, who is called Ilung by friends, is now converting his second farm into a three-zone biosecurity poultry with a strong conviction that it is the only way to save his business amid continued threat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kanis Dursin Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Projects avian flu biosafety Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Improving the lives of rural populations: better nutrition & agricultu Source Type: news

Lassa Fever – Nigeria
Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever illness that is known to be endemic in various West African countries including Nigeria. As of 9 June 2017, a total of 501 suspected cases including 104 deaths have been reported since the onset of the current Lassa fever outbreaks season in December 2016. Of the reported cases, 189 have been further classified, 175 laboratory-confirmed including 59 deaths and 14 probable cases (all dead). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

CRE Endemic in DC Healthcare Facilities CRE Endemic in DC Healthcare Facilities
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) colonization is prevalent in 15 of the 16 healthcare facilities tested in Washington, DC.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - June 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news