In 2018, Nigeria experienced an unusually large Lassa fever outbreak. This post revisits the outbreak and discusses the use of metagenomic sequencing to aid in its response.
We provide an update to an outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid fever in Pakistan. Cases have more than doubled since July 2018, prompting the WHO to issue new recommendations to contain the outbreak and prevent further antimicrobial resistance.
Recent estimates of cumulative hepatitis A cases nationally show the notable increase hepatitis A infections in 2017 and 2018 and the challenges in controlling outbreak-associated cases given the vulnerable populations at highest risk of infection.
This week’s Outbreak Thursday post reflects on a number of stories from this past calendar year. Join us as we look back on some of our coverage from 2018, and share some insights for the year to come.
According to the US CDC and FDA, eating raw cookie dough could land you on the Naughty List this Holiday Season. Uncooked flour and eggs could harbor E. coli and Salmonella, respectively, which could put a damper on your holiday festivities.
As the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues, many outstanding questions remain about response operations and their impact as well as the barriers that remain to implementing effective containment strategies.
Last week, the WHO IHR Emergency Committee decided that the spread of polio should remain a “PHEIC.” We provide an update on the progress made by the global effort to eradicate polio in 2018.
As the ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC surpasses the 2000-01 outbreak in Uganda as the second largest ever recorded, experts are calling for additional resources and improved planning to address security and community engagement challenges to bring an end to the current outbreak and mitigate the effects of similar outbreaks in the future.
In addition to high-profile measles outbreaks, other vaccine-preventable diseases, including chickenpox, are making a comeback. An ongoing outbreak in North Carolina highlights the risks posed by low vaccination coverage in children.
This week’s #OutbreakThursday post takes a closer look at a US-based salmonella outbreak linked to turkey. It explores the outbreak’s ongoing investigation and the overall burden of foodborne disease.