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Ohio Inmate Diagnosed with Leprosy Begins Treatment
Oct 26, 2014 | Anna Tomasulo

On Tuesday, October 14, an inmate at Ohio’s Chillicothe Correctional Institution was diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, a disease also known as leprosy...

Enterovirus D68 and Paralysis
Oct 3, 2014 | Emily Cohn

An increasing number of reports have surfaced regarding ‘polio-like’ symptoms in children, leading doctors to investigate a connection with...

Ebola Case Counts: Who knows? WHO knows.
Oct 2, 2014 | Emily Cohn

  There has been significant frustration over the availability and accuracy of Ebola case count data as the outbreak in West Africa has escalated....

Virus Crossing Oceans: Chikungunya in the Americas
Sep 29, 2014 | Tobi Skotnes

While countries in Africa are battling the current Ebola outbreak, the Western Hemisphere is battling a chikungunya outbreak that has reached record...

Holding Our Breath: Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
Sep 11, 2014 | Sumiko Mekaru

A man with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has refused treatment and is walking around Santa Barbara, California.  A warrant has been put...

Estimating the fatality of the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak
Sep 10, 2014 | Maia Majumder

Estimating the fatality of the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak "Case fatality rate" - or CFR - is a term that's been tossed around a lot lately in...

Ebola Update: DR Congo Confirms New Outbreak
Aug 26, 2014 | Sumiko Mekaru

The fight against the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa has become an increasingly uphill battle as foreign aid workers are pulled out, and a separate...

Ebola: To Quarantine or Not to Quarantine
Aug 25, 2014 | Sumiko Mekaru

Throughout the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there have been reports of voluntary and government-ordered isolation and quarantine.  The use...

Ebola 2014: A Rapid Threat Assessment
Aug 5, 2014 | Sumiko Mekaru

Since it was identified in 1976 during simultaneous outbreaks in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ebola has concerned the public due to...

Ebola Update: Death in Nigeria, Impact on Healthcare Workers, and Containment Measures in Liberia
Jul 29, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Nations around the world have voiced concern about West Africa’s Ebola outbreak spreading via air travel, with warnings like “Ebola only a plane ride...

Ebola Update: Largest Outbreak on Record Causes 603 Deaths
Jul 16, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

On July 15, the WHO reported a total of 964 cases including 603 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Guinea still has the greatest number of...

Wild Poliovirus Type 1 Found in Brazil Sewage Samples – What Does It Mean?
Jun 24, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Environmental samples from Campinas, São Paolo have tested positive for wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1), though the country has not reported any polio...

Update on Chikungunya in the Americas
Jun 18, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne viral illness found for the first time in the Americas in December last year, has been spreading throughout Caribbean...

Ebola Continues to Spread in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone
Jun 16, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which was first identified in March 2014 in Guinea, continues to spread in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone...

MERS Update: Old Data Emerges in Saudi Arabia, News on Jordan and Algeria
Jun 8, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

The case count of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) in Saudi Arabia has risen from 575 to 688, following a review of old data...

Guest Post: Details on Second Case of MERS in the United States, Found in Florida Traveler
May 13, 2014 | Anonymous

The CDC announced yesterday that a second case of MERS coronavirus in the United States has been identified in Florida. Worldwide there have been 538...

First Case of MERS-CoV in United States
May 2, 2014 | Anna Tomasulo

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, otherwise known as MERS-CoV, has arrived in the United States. Indiana reported the country’s first...

Ebola Updates and an Interview
Apr 11, 2014 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak continues to grow. In Guinea, as of April 9, the World Health Organization reports 158 cases and 101 deaths. Liberia has...

Queensland's First Hendra Case of 2014 Detected
Mar 28, 2014 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

The first case of Hendra virus (HeV) in 2014 has been confirmed in a horse from South Kolan, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. After testing positive...

Ebola Confirmed in Conakry, Guinea
Mar 28, 2014 | Anna Tomasulo

At the time of this posting (11h15 EST, March 28 2014), the World Health Organization and Guinea's Ministry of Health have confirmed four cases of...

Updates on Guinea's Ebola Outbreak
Mar 27, 2014 | Anna Tomasulo

Over the past few weeks, you have been inundated with reports on invasions and missing planes. So, why not add an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever to...

First Recorded Cases of Ebola in Guinea
Mar 23, 2014 | Anna Tomasulo

Until this month, Ebola has remained in central Africa, specifically, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Gabon, and Republic of Congo...

Woman Infects Female Partner with HIV
Mar 20, 2014 | Katharina Schwan

In last week’s Morbidity and Mortality Report, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed a likely case of female-to-female transmission of HIV...

First Case of Zika Virus reported on Easter Island
Mar 7, 2014 | Katharina Schwan

Zika virus (ZIKV), a rare but benign mosquito borne illness, is spreading across the islands of the south pacific. The Disease Daily recently...

Measles Reemerges in Vietnam
Feb 28, 2014 | Colleen Nguyen

After three years of relative quiet, measles has reemerged with vengeance in Vietnam. Since January 2014, an outbreak that has spread through twenty-...

This Scarlet Fever Is Not a Harmless College Sickness
Feb 4, 2014 | Karen Biala

At Rutgers University, my alma mater, saying that you have scarlet fever is a good thing. The state university of New Jersey is home to the Scarlet...

“Mad Cow Disease” Crops Up in German Beef Cattle
Jan 17, 2014 | Katharina Schwan

For the first time since 2007, a case of atypical Bovine spongiform Encephalitis (BSE) was identified in a beef cow in the German state of...

H1N1 in Oregon
Jan 14, 2014 | Naomi Nkinsi

As the polar vortex continues to bring frigid temperatures to many parts of the northeast, increasing reports of flu-related hospitalizations in...

Soaring Numbers of Bald Eagle Deaths Due to West Nile Virus
Jan 7, 2014 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

Throughout the month of December scientists have been working to determine the cause of twenty-nine bald eagle deaths in the state of Utah. Many of...

Madagascar's Plague Outbreak
Jan 3, 2014 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

During the month of December, the island nation of Madagascar reported cases of both bubonic and pneumonic plague. Mandritsara, a remote village in...

Outbreaks of 2013
Dec 20, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

‘Tis the season for the obligatory “best of” lists for 2013. We thought we’d take a look back at some of this year’s notable outbreaks. Our list is...

Chikungunya Virus Reaches WHO Americas Region
Dec 18, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean mosquitoes are out of the picture. On December 10, the World Health Organization reported two locally...

With Summer Comes Mosquitoes: Australia Health Dept. Warns of Ross River Virus
Dec 12, 2013 | Lindsay Denny

On December 9, Australia’s Northern Territory health department warned residents that this season’s mosquito numbers and high tide do not bode well...

Update on Meningitis at Princeton University
Nov 27, 2013 | Katharina Schwan

Since March of this year, New Jersey based Princeton University has been dealing with an onslaught of severe bacterial meningitis cases. Last week,...

Reports of Bovine Tuberculosis in County Durham, North East England
Nov 14, 2013 | Naomi Nkinsi

Reports of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) in livestock from Northeast England’s County Durham have local farmers worried that infections could spread to...

Mexico's Cholera Outbreak
Oct 30, 2013 | Naomi Nkinsi

Mexico has reported at least 176 cases of cholera and at least one death from the disease since health officials first reported the disease on...

Polio Suspected in Syria
Oct 28, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

UPDATE 10/29/13: The World Health Organization has reported their laboratory in Tunis isolated the wild polio virus in samples taken from 10 of 22...

Is Circovirus Spreading in Dogs?
Oct 16, 2013 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

Veterinarians are urging pet owners to remain calm in the face of a new canine virus. The novel virus is a circovirus, known to infect pigs and birds...

Salmonella Alert in Western United States
Oct 14, 2013 | Naomi Nkinsi

With the current buzz these past few weeks about the government shutdown, some have wondered what impact mandated furloughs at the Centers for...

Marine Scientists Investigate Massive Sea Star Die-Off
Oct 10, 2013 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

Just one month after a diver alerted Vancouver Aquarium staff to dozens of dead sea stars in the waters near Whytecliff Park, British Columbia, the...