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NSF grant harnesses big data & AI to advance disease prevention
(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) Through a new $2 million National Science Foundation grant, scientists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the University of Georgia, and North Carolina A&T State University are harnessing the power of machine learning to forecast outbreaks of zoonotic disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 9, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ecology of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 11/02/2017 This one-hour, four-minute webinar describes how human activities drive zoonotic disease emergence, including examples of human behaviors that promote increased contact with wildlife. It describes key elements of an ecological study of zoonotic diseases, lists effective interventions that reduce the risk of spillover of pathogens to humans from wildlife, explains how Nipah virus and Ebola emerged and why we continue to see outbreaks, and explains why wildlife surveillance is important for protecting human and livestock health. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Li...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The Ecology of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases
November 2, 2017 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN and partners launch plan to stop transmission of bovine tuberculosis to humans
Stressing the damaging impact on poor rural communities in Africa and South-East Asia of animal tuberculosis ’ (bovine TB) transmission to humans, United Nations health experts launched the first-ever roadmap to combat the so-called zoonotic TB. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Timpiyan, Kenya - Zoonotic TB survivor
My name is Timpiyan and I am a zoonotic tuberculosis (TB) survivor. I come from the Kajiado County in Kenya, and I am originally from a Maasai tribe. Since 2016 I have been a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Civil Society Task Force on TB. In 2011, I realized that something was wrong with my health when I started losing weight while my stomach was constantly swollen. I had a whole body scan at the hospital in Nairobi and the doctors told me that they saw a big mass in my upper abdomen which had to be removed. It turned out it was pus, and when I woke up after a 7-hour surgery, the doctors told me that I had TB...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, tuberculosis [subject], tb, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Kenya [country] Source Type: news

Introduction to Human Plague: Managing Infectious Hazards
World Health Organization. 2017 This 21-minute module is an introductory-level online course on plague, a zoonotic disease with severe clinical presentations caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It describes the transmission cycle of the disease, explains the difference between the bubonic plague and pneumonic plague, and describes the public health concerns of plague. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Plague Fact Sheet
World Health Organization. 04/2017 This fact sheet provides information about plague, an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, a zoonotic bacteria, usually found in small mammals and their fleas. It is transmitted between animals from their fleas. The fact sheet discusses signs and symptoms, where plague is found, diagnosing plague, treatment, prevention, vaccination, managing plague outbreaks, and surveillance and control. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Timpiyan, Zambia - Zoonotic TB survivor
My name is Timpiyan and I am a zoonotic tuberculosis (TB) survivor. I come from the Kajiado County in Kenya, and I am originally from a Maasai tribe. Since 2016 I have been a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Civil Society Task Force on TB. In 2011, I realized that something was wrong with my health when I started losing weight while my stomach was constantly swollen. I had a whole body scan at the hospital in Nairobi and the doctors told me that they saw a big mass in my upper abdomen which had to be removed. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Kenya [country] Source Type: news

Timpiyan, Kenya - Zoonotic TB survivor
My name is Timpiyan and I am a zoonotic tuberculosis (TB) survivor. I come from the Kajiado County in Kenya, and I am originally from a Maasai tribe. Since 2016 I have been a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Civil Society Task Force on TB. In 2011, I realized that something was wrong with my health when I started losing weight while my stomach was constantly swollen. I had a whole body scan at the hospital in Nairobi and the doctors told me that they saw a big mass in my upper abdomen which had to be removed. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Kenya [country] Source Type: news

Zoonotic Chlamydia caviae Tied to Community - Acquired Pneumonia
Three cases of community - acquired pneumonia reported after exposure to ill guinea pigs (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 8, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Tick tock
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Around the world, ticks are one of the most important vectors of zoonotic diseases -- animal diseases communicable to humans -- and they're everywhere. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 6, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Zoonotic Malaria: Back in Southern Brazil, or Did It Never Leave? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Potential wildlife reservoirs could threaten public health (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 1, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Report of the One Health Technical and Ministerial Meeting to Address Zoonotic Diseases and Related Public Health Threats (August 2017)
Report summarizes a November 2016 meeting to share experiences and explore challenges encountered during the One Health approach to fight zoonosis and related public health threats in West Africa. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - August 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Report of the One Health Technical and Ministerial Meeting to Address Zoonotic Diseases and Related Public Health Threats
World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa. 08/18/2017 This 62-page report summarizes a technical and ministerial meeting that was convened in Dakar, Senegal, on November 8-11, 2016, to share experiences and explore challenges encountered during the One Health approach to fight zoonotic diseases and related public health threats. Chapter topics include the global health security agenda; surveillance of the natural reservoir of the Ebola virus: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone; and infectious disease surveillance under the One Health approach. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine 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

Superbug that lurks sandpit found to contain C. difficile
Tests on sandpits found high levels of a superbug that poses a ‘serious threat’ to children, a study published in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health has found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Where in the world will the next emerging disease appear?
Some of the world's worst diseases -- think Ebola or AIDS -- start in animals, jump the hurdle of species to enter humans and then get passed from person to person. These are called zoonotic or animal-origin infectious diseases. What if you could predict the location on this vast and spinning globe where the next of these potentially deadly diseases will emerge? (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Annual Epidemiological Report for 2015: Zoonotic Influenza
This report provides 2015 data on cases of zoonotic influenza reported worldwide and by European Union/European Economic Area countries. It discusses cases of avian and swine influenza by each type of zoonotic influenza. It provides information on methods, discussion facts, and public health conclusions. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Rabies vaccine to be air dropped by helicopter over parts of Northeast Ohio
(Natural News) The World Health Organization (WHO) describes rabies as a “fatal zoonotic disease, transmitted to humans through contact (mainly bites and scratches) with infected animals.”  This condition kills 55,000 people worldwide every year, with nearly 100 percent of fatal cases occurring in Asia and Africa. Worldwide, another ten million people are exposed yearly, but, according to the Center for Disease... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epidemiology, Environmental, and Occupational Health
New Jersey Department of Health. 06/23/2016 This 43-minute webinar discusses epidemiology, environmental, and occupational health programs in the New Jersey Department of Health. Programs include the Communicable Disease Service, Vaccine Preventable Disease Unit, and Zoonotic Disease Unit. Speakers provide information about services for first responders, environmental health hazard assessments, and the department's role in past disaster response situations. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Innovate UK funds new kind of vaccine to target deadly pathogens emerging from animals
(University of Plymouth) A team of international scientists led by Dr Michael Jarvis at the University of Plymouth has received funding in excess of £ 408,000 from Innovate UK to develop a new and economic vaccine designed to halt the spread of highly pathogenic 'zoonotic' (spreading from animals to humans) infectious diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Raccoon dog represents a more acute risk than raccoon as vector for transmission of local parasites
The raccoon and the raccoon dog are two non-indigenous animal species that have become established in Europe in the past decades. Their increasing abundance has not only made them the most common carnivore species in some countries, but has also made them of interest to parasitologists as potential hosts for diseases. A team of researchers has now analyzed samples from both species in Austria. The raccoon dog, which is more closely related to the fox, was shown to serve as an additional host for local parasites. Like the fox, it represents a risk as a host of zoonotic parasites, such as the fox tapeworm or trichina worms, ...
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Raccoon dog is a more acute risk than raccoon as vector for local parasites
(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) The increasing abundance of raccoons and raccoon dogs made them of interest to parasitologists as potential hosts for diseases. Researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna now analyzed samples in Austria. The raccoon dog was shown to serve as an additional host for local parasites. It represents a risk as a host of zoonotic parasites, such as the fox tapeworm or trichina worms. The raccoons sampled, as they originated from fur farms, were still largely pathogen-free. Parasitology Research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Antigenic and Genetic Characteristics of Zoonotic Influenza Viruses and Candidate Vaccine Viruses Developed for Potential Use in Human Vaccines
World Health Organization. 03/02/2017 This Web page provides a review from March 2017 on the zoonotic influenza virus activity and virus characterization, and describes the current status of the development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness purposes. It is meant to provide guidance for national authorities and vaccine companies on the selection of candidate viruses for use in vaccine development. Summaries are added to this page periodically. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

From Vector To Zoonotic: A Glossary For Infectious Diseases
The world of infectious diseases has more than a few words and phrases you might want to know more about. We've got definitions for 11 key terms.(Image credit: Katherine Du/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Natalie Jacewicz Source Type: news

Too many Bambi are bad for the forest
(American Ornithological Society Publications Office) Overabundant deer can spell trouble for people, including frequent car collisions and the spread of zoonotic diseases. But deer can also disrupt wildlife communities -- such as forest songbirds -- by eating away their habitat. In a new study published in Landscape and Urban Planning, researchers show that areas in the eastern US with high deer numbers tend to have fewer birds that need forest shrubs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 30, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-Borne Outbreaks in 2015
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 12/16/2016 This 231-page document presents the results of the zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2015 in 32 European countries (28 Member States [MS] and four non-MS). A total of 4,362 food-borne outbreaks, including water-borne outbreaks, were reported. Bacteria were the most commonly detected causative agents, followed by bacterial toxins, viruses, other causative agents, and parasites. The report summarizes trends and sources for tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium bovis, Brucella, Trichinella, Echinococcus, Toxoplasma, rabies, Coxiella burneti...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

10 Reasons Raccoons Make Terrible Pets
Because they are so cute and precocious, many people wonder if raccoons make good pets. My answer is always, in a word, "No." Raccoons are wild animals, and many people don't realize it's unethical and illegal to capture a healthy wild animal and force it live out the rest of its life in confinement. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators like me are trained to care for sick or injured raccoons until they can be returned to the wild. We are also trained to prevent young animals from becoming imprinted, or socialized to humans and domestic animals. However, some rehabbed animals have permanent injuries that prevent t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Ways The Zika Virus Is Here To Stay
Zika virus’ status as a global health threat may officially be over, but the disease’s impact is far from contained.  The World Health Organization decided in November to end its designation of Zika virus as a public health emergency, but that doesn’t mean that Zika virus has disappeared, explained Dr. Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, a clinical neurologist with an expertise in infectious disorders at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Alongside pressing concerns about how to prevent a resurgence of the disease, health care systems in Brazil and other countries that saw births of babies infected with the disease in ute...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Ways The Zika Virus Is Here To Stay
Zika virus’ status as a global health threat may officially be over, but the disease’s impact is far from contained.  The World Health Organization decided in November to end its designation of Zika virus as a public health emergency, but that doesn’t mean that Zika virus has disappeared, explained Dr. Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, a clinical neurologist with an expertise in infectious disorders at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Alongside pressing concerns about how to prevent a resurgence of the disease, health care systems in Brazil and other countries that saw births of babies infected with the disease in ute...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 4, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Lactococcus garvieae: Impact of Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization – Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry Identification on Clinical Care in a Case of Cholecystitis and Bacteremia
We describe a 79-year-old male with a history of recent travel to Mexico who had bile fluid and blood cultures positive for L. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - January 4, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Justin Schmetterer, Karissa Culbreath, Austin Ballew, Christine Boehringer, Joseph Gorvetzian, Nancy Jordan Tags: Case Report Source Type: news

Owned dog ecology and demography in Villa de Tezontepec, Hidalgo, Mexico - Kisiel LM, Jones-Bitton A, Sargeant JM, Coe JB, Flockhart DT, Reynoso Palomar A, Canales Vargas EJ, Greer AL.
Dog overpopulation in developing countries has negative implications for the health and safety of people, including the transmission of zoonotic diseases, physical attacks and intimidation to humans and animals, as well as impacts on canine welfare. Unders... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

Listeria infections stable but frequently reported among the elderly
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) European experts have noted an increasing trend of listeriosis since 2008, but they highlight that the number of affected people stabilized from 2014 to 2015. Infections were mostly reported in people over 64 years of age. These are some of the findings of the latest annual report by EFSA and ECDC on zoonotic diseases, which also includes the latest trends on salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, and foodborne outbreaks in the European Union. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 16, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How To Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
Italy's Emma Morano will be celebrating her 117th birthday at the end of this month. She's the oldest living person in the world. And when she was asked what her secret to longevity was, she didn't miss a beat. Her answer? She eats two or three eggs every day.  I'm not at all surprised by Emma's long, healthy life. People thrived on eggs for millions of years. The Myth of Eggs and Cholesterol That is, until the 1950s, when they came under attack because they're high in cholesterol. Around that time, cholesterol was blamed for causing heart disease. And we now know that's not true. Choleste...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - December 15, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Drug-Resistant Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Livestock Used In 4-H Projects
A salmonella Heidelberg outbreak sickened 21 people this year, landing eight of them in the hospital, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The strain of salmonella identified in the outbreak shows signs of multidrug-resistance, making the infections riskier than normal for people who get them.  Dairy bull calves from Wisconsin are the suspected culprit. The calves in question are raised for meat but were also purchased for projects for 4-H, a nationwide youth-focused program that involves children and young adults in hands-on agricultural work.  The outbreak spanned eight states ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 29, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Be A Zoonotic Disease Detective
December 7, 2016 1-2pm ET. Webinar will provide an overview of a program to teach youth about zoonoses. Conference Call number: 888-844-9904 Pass Code: 899-8741# (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

SMI V 57: Chlamydial zoonotic infections
This guidance covering UK standards for microbiology investigations V57: Chlamydial zoonotic infections was published in October 2016. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

West Africa: Sixteen Countries Adopt Measures for Zoonotic Diseases
[Daily Trust] Sixteen West Africa countries have endorsed a landmark agreement in Dakar to tackle zoonotic diseases and similar public health threats under the One Health approach. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

[Research Article] Potent protection against H5N1 and H7N9 influenza via childhood hemagglutinin imprinting
Two zoonotic influenza A viruses (IAV) of global concern, H5N1 and H7N9, exhibit unexplained differences in age distribution of human cases. Using data from all known human cases of these viruses, we show that an individual’s first IAV infection confers lifelong protection against severe disease from novel hemagglutinin (HA) subtypes in the same phylogenetic group. Statistical modeling shows that protective HA imprinting is the crucial explanatory factor, and it provides 75% protection against severe infection and 80% protection against death for both H5N1 and H7N9. Our results enable us to predict age distributions ...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 10, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Katelyn M. Gostic Source Type: news

Cuddling your kitten is ok, so why isn't kissing your chicken?
How your furry friends could make you sick You know you can't resist looking at them: those videos starring adorable kittens or puppies, hatching eagle chicks, little ducklings, baby pandas. They show cute animals rolling around with infants, licking someone's face, or doing something unusual. You might even have seen CNN's report on an emotional support duck walking down the aisle of an airplane. Why do these videos go viral? Maybe because "animals can melt the human heart, tickle the funny bone or bring us to tears," as the Associated Press explained last year. They can also lure us into forgetting that n...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: West African Leaders Unite to Tackle Infectious Diseases
[Vanguard] New ways of combating infectious diseases such as lassa fever, ebola virus disease (evd), malaria among other zoonotic (animal-borne) diseases in west africa, will take the centrestage as more than 200 policymakers, development partners, public health experts and advocates from west africa and around the world gather in dakar, senegal, november 8-11, 2016. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 1, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

2015 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): Saving Lives; Protecting People
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 09/06/2016 This 32-page health security report describes the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015 to ensure Americans'health, safety, and security. It includes chapters on Public Health Preparedness and Response, Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and Global Health. It discusses the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and outbreaks of chikungunya, dengue fever, foodborne illnesses, healthcare-associated infections, monkeypox, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, rabies, and plague. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

CDC: Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
The Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services has been amended to reflect the reorganization of the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, the Office of Infectious Diseases, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 27, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Toxoplasma gondii and epilepsy - Ayaz E, T ürkoğlu ŞA, Orallar H.
Toxoplasma gondii is a zoonotic parasite can be seen in all the vital organ; in the acute phase, it can be found in the blood, cerebrospinal fluid, semen, tears, saliva, urine, and in almost all body fluids. Transplasental infection can lead to fetal damag... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Do Invisible Health Problems Exist?
This morning, I awoke to find that I had been copied on dozens of Twitter message exchanges among several people who were discussing the pathology of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, among human beings and mice. My first thought was "Seriously?! It's too early for this!" My second thought was "well, David, your Twitter sure has evolved from your pre-Lyme days when you used it mostly to promote vapid celebrity interviews." As I began my morning caffeine ritual and read through each of the messages, I gained a new appreciation for some of the real complexities of "in...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Does recent isolation of Zika virus from Culex mosquitoes point to a new transmission source?
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers have identified Zika virus in mosquito species other than Aedes aegypti, which is largely responsible for the current outbreaks of Zika infection, raising concerns that different mosquito vectors may be capable of transmitting the virus. However, a new study demonstrates that even after feeding high levels of Zika virus, Culex species mosquitoes remain refractory to infection and therefore highly unlikely to transmit the infection to humans as supported by evidence published in Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 7, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Malaria-Like Parasite From Ticks Spreading To U.K. Through Dogs
Mepron, a thick liquid antimicrobial drug used to treat Babesia and malaria, as well as a fungal infection called Pneumocystitis carinii. In 2011, the United Kingdom stopped requiring that dogs brought into the country be inspected for ticks. Earlier this year, several dogs tested positive for babesia, a malaria-like disease transmitted to ticks that previously had only been found in foreign. These dogs had never left the U.K. While babesiosis is a new worry to U.K. dog owners, it's been a threat to human beings for years -- it just hasn't become a health-scare-of-the-week like Zika, West Nile, avian and swine flu. Most...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yale-Trained Doctor Refutes Dangerous Misinformation Given by CDC's Dr. Paul Mead on Fox 5 Lyme Special
This study evaluated antibiotic vs placebo. The study was terminated early due to the determined likelihood that a beneficial effect would not be found. When this was critically analyzed with biostatistical methods, an article was published which I believe demonstrates that Klempner's study was so poorly designed and analyzed that in order for a treatment effect to have been observed, the antibiotic treated patients would have had to improve to a level of health which was a full standard deviation better than the average health of the general population. It's a reasonable hope for antibiotics to return a patient to a somew...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 16, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Emerging diseases threaten Maasai and their herds
This photo gallery explores communities at risk from zoonotic disease and efforts to improve their resilience. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - August 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news