A flesh-eating disease known as Buruli ulcer is spreading in southeastern Australia, alarming public health officials. Greater knowledge and understanding of this neglected tropical disease can lead to more targeted public health interventions to prevent and limit its spread.
After cutting global measles incidence from 2.6 million to fewer than 100,000 cases per year globally, measles may be on the rise due as a result of low vaccination coverage.
There seems to be an increasing trend in high-profile infectious events worldwide, but what about routine, endemic disease levels? Understanding the baseline disease incidence is critical for detecting and responding to outbreaks of all kinds.
While cholera typically affects developing countries, particularly areas without access to clean water or effective sanitation systems, it can cause outbreaks in developed nations as well. Health authorities on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Canada) recently reported a cholera outbreak believed to be linked to the consumption of herring eggs.
This week's Outbreak Thursday was published as an editorial by The Hill.
Outbreak Thursday revisits the health emergencies facing Yemen in the midst of its ongoing humanitarian crisis. Cholera, meningitis, and diphtheria all continue to pose health threats to this vulnerable population.
Brazil is battling a record yellow fever outbreak which threatens to spread to coastal metropolises. We discuss the emergency vaccination strategies that are being used by health officials to stem the outbreak, including fractional dosing.
Recent data suggests that the 2017-18 flu season in the US has peaked, but it is too soon to know for sure. This week's Outbreak Thursday updates recent seasonal flu numbers, including vaccine efficacy and pediatric deaths.
On February 14, China confirmed the first ever human case of H7N4 avian influenza in a 68-year-old patient from Jiangsu province. Fortunately, the patient recovered, but it is still a concerning development and highlights the continued threat of zoonotic spillover events that could potentially lead to global pandemics of avian influenza.
Nigeria has been battling a Lassa fever outbreak since late 2016, but a recent increase in incidence, more than 600 cases since the beginning of 2018, is raising concerns that the outbreak could be worse than 2017.