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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Nigeria
Jan 16, 2020 | Jiayan Liu

Nigeria has been battling successive yellow fever outbreaks since September 2017. The ongoing outbreak has reached nearly a three-fold increase in a...

Unknown Pneumonia Infects Almost 60 in Central China
Jan 7, 2020 | Alyssa Loskill

In mid to late December, several employees of the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China fell ill with pneumonia-like illness [1]. The WHO China...

Novel Tickborne Disease Spreads Across the World
Dec 16, 2019 | Alyssa Loskill

An emerging parasitic disease has been identified in the United Kingdom for the first time. Babesia venatorum has historically been reported in...

Locally-Acquired Zika in France
Dec 12, 2019 | Autumn Gertz

Current Situation On October 22, 2019, a second case of locally-acquired Zika virus was reported in the southeastern French town Hyères [1]. The...

Concerns about Vaccine-Derived Polio
Dec 6, 2019 | Jiayan Liu

The World Health Organization (WHO) identified nine new polio cases caused by the polio vaccine in Nigeria, Congo, Central African Republic and...

Plague Cases in China
Dec 3, 2019 | Autumn Gertz

On November 18, three cases of the plague, two pneumonic and one bubonic, were confirmed in China [1,2,3,4]. The first two cases, reported on...

Is this the end of the mosquito?
Dec 2, 2019 | Kyle Martin

Background             What is considered to be the world’s deadliest animal? Is it snakes, or sharks, or even humans?  Not even close. According to...

Update of African Swine Fever in Asia
Nov 21, 2019 | Jiayan Liu

The Spread of African Swine Fever in Asia    The outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) is ongoing in Asia, especially in Cambodia, China, North Korea...

Hepatitis A Outbreak in New Jersey
Nov 14, 2019 | Jiayan Liu

Situation in New Jersey: The New Jersey Department of Health reported on November 4th that a deli worker at the ShopRite in Somerville, New Jersey...

Ebola: New Developments
Nov 13, 2019 | Autumn Gertz

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) began in 2018 and has affected over 3,000 lives. As of November 12, there...

Sexual Transmission of Dengue
Nov 12, 2019 | Kyle Martin

Background Dengue virus is an acute illness that is spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. This is done so when a female...

Anthrax Kills Over 100 Elephants in Botswana
Nov 11, 2019 | Alyssa Loskill

BACKGROUND When Americans think about anthrax, we think about the weaponization of white powder that was sent to U.S. Senators and news agencies...

Kyasanur Forest Disease in India
Nov 11, 2019 | Kyle Martin

Current Situation             Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), also known as Monkey Disease, is endemic to Karnataka, India, a state located in the...

Dengue Outbreak in Delhi, India
Nov 7, 2019 | Jiayan Liu

Current Situation: A municipal report of New Delhi reported that 833 cases of dengue had been recorded in the city as of October 19th this year [1]....

First Local Polio Case in Zambia since 1995
Oct 29, 2019 | Autumn Gertz

Current Situation On October 21, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Health Agency, and Zambian Health Minister Dr. Chitalu...

Pertussis Outbreak in Nevada High School
Oct 29, 2019 | Jiayan Liu

The Washoe County Health District has confirmed four cases of pertussis (whooping cough) at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nevada on October 22...

Emergence of Mysterious Leishmania-Like Parasite
Oct 23, 2019 | Alyssa Loskill

On September 30, 2019 research out of the Federal Universities of São Carlos, Sergipe, and São Paulo, Brazil along with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation,...

Cholera Outbreak Growing in South Sudan
Oct 22, 2019 | Kyle Martin

The Current Situation On September 8, 2019, a cholera outbreak was declared in four localities in the Blue Nile State in south-eastern Sudan by the...

Bacterial Meningitis Case in DC Elementary School
Oct 17, 2019 | Autumn Gertz

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...