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Bacterial Meningitis Case in DC Elementary School
Oct 17, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

On October 4, 2019, a pediatric case of bacterial meningitis was confirmed at Burrville Elementary School in Northeast Washington, D.C.1. That same...

EpiCore RFIs: Ebola-Like Illness in Tanzania
Sep 17, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

On September 12, 2019, HealthMap was alerted to a press release from the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa that announced that...

EpiCore RFIs: Cholera in Mandera, Kenya
Aug 21, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

On August 14, 2019, the HealthMap system was alerted to a potential cholera outbreak in Mandera, Kenya. When the media report was published, 6 people...

EpiCore RFIs: Suspected African Swine Fever in the Philippines
Aug 21, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

On August 19, 2019, the HealthMap system was alerted to unusual pig mortality in the Philippines that was due to suspected African Swine Fever. While...

What is Tetanus?
Aug 13, 2019 | Emily Cohn

Tetanus is a non-communicable disease caused by exposure to the toxin-producing spores of the ubiquitous bacterium, Clostridium tetani. The bacteria...

EpiCore RFIs: Tuberculosis in a German School District
Aug 7, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

The HealthMap system received a media report on August 2, 2019 that announced a tuberculosis outbreak in a German school district.  At the time of...

EpiCore RFIs: Acute Respiratory Illness in Fairfax County, Virginia
Jul 29, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

An article came into the HealthMap system reporting that 52 residents of an assisted living community in Fairfax County, VA exhibited symptoms of...

EpiCore RFIs: Infant Botulism in Texas, USA
Jul 25, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

On July 16, 2019, HealthMap received a report of diagnosed infant botulism in Texas. A request for information was sent on EpiCore on 17 July 2019 at...

EpiCore RFIs: Gastrointestinal Illness in Philippines
Jul 20, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

The HealthMap System was alerted to a media report of a food poisoning outbreak on a Imus City university campus. Forty-one students were...

EpiCore RFIs: Anthrax in Kisumu, Kenya
Jul 19, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

  The HealthMap system was alerted to a media report for suspected anthrax infections in Kisumu, Kenya. Two people were hospitalized after presenting...

EpiCore RFIs: Cholera in Ethiopia
Jul 5, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

The HealthMap system was alerted to a media report of Cholera cases in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Public Health Institute confirmed 525 cases and 16...

EpiCore RFIs: Measles Among Batek Tribe, Malaysia
Jun 20, 2019 | Emily Cohn

  An article came into the HealthMap system reporting that there had been 14 deaths of unknown origin among an isolated indigenous group in Kelantan...

EpiCore RFIs: Dengue Fever in São Joaquim da Barra, Brazil
Jan 28, 2019 | Natalia Ciesielska

  At this time of year, it is dengue season in Brazil, and the city of São Joaquim da Barra recently experienced a child death due to dengue fever....

EpiCore RFIs: Hantavirus in Epuyén, Argentina
Dec 18, 2018 | Natalia Ciesielska

  Argentina recently observed a unique occurrence of successive Hantavirus cases in Epuyén, all of which were related in time and place. Most recent...

Update on Acute Flaccid Myelitis in the US: Cases Continue to Rise
Dec 11, 2018 | Lindsay Bonesteel

  According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 158 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018,...

New Drug Approved to Treat Human African Trypanosomiasis
Dec 4, 2018 | Lindsay Bonesteel

  Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), also known as sleeping sickness, is a potentially fatal neglected tropical disease.1 The recent approval of a...

Rise in Acute Flaccid Myelitis Among Children in the US
Oct 10, 2018 | Kara Sewalk

  As of September 2018, the Minnesota State Health Department has reported six cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) in children under the age of 10...

Candida auris: A Fungal Superbug
Sep 20, 2018 | Natalia Ciesielska

  Introduction: In 2009, a 70-year-old woman in Tokyo, Japan was hospitalized with an ear infection that did not seem to improve with antibiotics [4...

EpiCore RFIs: Mysterious Illness Found to be Influenza in Nepal
Sep 17, 2018 | Katherine Churchwell

  On 11 September 2018, HealthMap noted a news- media report of a mystery disease in Kanchanrup Municipality of Saptari in Nepal. The original report...

EpiCore RFIs: Influenza on Emirates Flight 203
Sep 14, 2018 | Emily Cohn

  On 5 September 2018, HealthMap noted multiple news-media reports and twitter posts of sick passengers on an Emirates flight, which had landed at...

An Update on the Current Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sep 13, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  Since the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak that claimed more than 11,000 lives, the mere mention of Ebola hemorrhagic fever is enough to send the...

MERS Cases Reported in the United Kingdom, South Korea
Sep 13, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  On September 3, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a single confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS Co...

Zika: A Bigger Threat to Pregnancy
Jul 17, 2018 | Natalia Ciesielska

  While first discovered in the African country of Uganda in 1947, Zika virus, carried by mosquitos and endemic in many tropical areas of the...

What You Might Have Missed in History Class: Black Death is Still Here and Closer Than You May Think
Jun 29, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

    In case you haven’t been in a history class in a while, let’s set a scene for you. The year is 1347 and you are at the Messina port in Sicily....

Epidemic of Typhoid Fever in El Salvador
Jun 28, 2018 | Tianyuan Hu

  An outbreak of typhoid fever has been reported in El Salvador, with 644 suspected cases from January to the end of May, according to the Minister...

Outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in Kenya
Jun 25, 2018 | Lindsay Bonesteel

  Since the beginning of June, Kenya has been experiencing an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) with 26 reported human cases and six deaths [1]....

Update from Venezuela: First Polio Outbreak in Nearly 30 Years
Jun 14, 2018 | Emily Wolfson

  One confirmed case and three suspected cases of polio have been reported in Venezuela, the first cases to emerge since polio was eradicated from...

An Update on the Monkeypox Outbreak in Cameroon
Jun 14, 2018 | Tianyuan Hu

  Since the first two cases of monkeypox were reported in Cameroon on April 30, 2018, the total number of cases have risen to 16 by May 30, among...

Infectious Disease Update: Nipah Outbreak in Kerala, India
Jun 13, 2018 | Natalia Ciesielska

  India’s southern state of Kerala was put under a lot of stress this past May with the most recent Nipah virus outbreak. The Nipah virus, which is...

Meningococcal W on the Rise in the Netherlands
Jun 7, 2018 | Lindsay Bonesteel

  The Netherlands is currently experiencing a sharp increase in cases of serogroup W meningococcal disease [1]. According to the Dutch National...

Multiple Outbreaks Amidst Crisis in Venezuela
Jun 7, 2018 | Emily Wolfson

  The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning on May 15, 2018 that nonessential travel to Venezuela should be avoided....

New Vaccine Piloted During DRC Ebola Outbreak
May 29, 2018 | Lindsay Bonesteel

  Less than one week after cases of Ebola were confirmed to have reached an urban area the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), health authorities,...

Possible Vaccine for Gonorrhea Super-Bug
May 29, 2018 | Kristy Leker

  In late March 2018, a patient in the United Kingdom came down with the first known case of a strain of gonorrhea resistant to two of the most...

The Threat of Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea
May 24, 2018 | Natalia Ciesielska

  Gonorrhea is the second most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world [3]. It is usually easy to treat; however, its...

Dengue Fever Outbreak on Easter Island
May 24, 2018 | Emily Wolfson

  As of April 29, 2018, 13 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed on Easter Island [1]. The cases are assumed to have been acquired locally, as...

Clusters Across the Globe Show Severe Prevalence Rates of HTLV-1
May 24, 2018 | Jackie Sheridan

  Worldwide attention has recently been brought to the disease called Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1. News outlets have been reporting...

New Pig Virus Poses Threat for Transmission to Humans
May 24, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  Researchers at Ohio State University, and Utrecht University in the Netherlands are collaborating to better understand the porcine deltacoronavirus...

Source Identified for the Deadliest Listeria Outbreak in History
Apr 10, 2018 | Jackie Sheridan

  South Africa has experienced 978 lab-confirmed cases of listeria poisoning since January 2017 [1], in what the United Nations has declared the...

Vancouver Island Puzzled by Rare Cholera Outbreak
Apr 2, 2018 | Jackie Sheridan

  Four human cases of cholera have been identified on Vancouver Island, an island on the western coast of British Columbia, Canada[1]. The outbreak...

Madrid Reports Locally Transmitted Malaria Case in Infant
Mar 14, 2018 | Jackie Sheridan

  A case of malaria in a three-month old infant was confirmed on Wednesday, February 24th, 2018. The infant was originally admitted to the hospital...