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COVID-19 Cases Rise Across the U.S. as Universities Resume Play
Sep 23, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

On September 10th, 2020, sources from Boston news channels reported several positive COVID-19 tests. These results came from Boston College Men and...

Poliovirus found in sewage near vaccine manufacturing facility in the Netherlands
Sep 4, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

On September 2nd Danish news outlets reported on health ministry inspectors investigating the source of Poliovirus detected in sewage near a...

Zoonotic Disease on Mink Farms
Aug 24, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

After reporting alarmingly high mortality rates among minks, five live mink from two different Utah mink farms have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2...

Dengue Outbreak in the Florida Keys
Jul 16, 2020 | Davina Kang

On July 11, 2020, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County (DOH-Monroe) received conformation on a laboratory confirmed case of dengue fever...

EpiCore RFIs: Trichinosis in Santa Fe Province of Argentina
Jun 26, 2020 | Rachael Matty

On June 12, 2020, Healthmap was alerted to a local newspaper article that announced a potential outbreak of Trichinosis in Nelson, Argentina. The...

Pediatric Vaccination during COVID-19
Jun 9, 2020 | Davina Kang

In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a known outbreak of an undiagnosed pneumonia-like illness, later identified to be...

New Ebola Outbreak in Northwest Democratic Republic of Congo
Jun 8, 2020 | Kyle Martin

Current Situation             There is a new outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the western Equateur province of  the Democratic Republic...

COVID-19 Vaccine Development
May 20, 2020 | Rachael Matty

Amid the chaos, grief, and sadness during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic, there is hope for a possible vaccine against severe acute...

Measles Outbreak in the Pacific Islands
Apr 27, 2020 | Rachael Matty

Several months before the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic began, schools across the Pacific Islands had closed and large social gatherings...

First Acute Rubella Case in Ireland in Over a Decade
Mar 3, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

On February 21, the initial report of an acute Rubella case in Ireland was released [1]. This is the first reported case of acute Rubella in Ireland...

Avian Flu Outbreak among Poultry in China
Feb 19, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

Among focus on the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak originating in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province China, the neighboring province of Hunan...

Provincial Outbreak of Syphilis in Nova Scotia
Feb 4, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

On Monday, January 20th, the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) declared a province-wide outbreak of syphilis in Nova Scotia, Canada [1,2]. Syphilis...

Innovative disease surveillance platforms detected early warning signs for novel coronavirus outbreak (nCoV-2019)
Jan 31, 2020 | Kara Sewalk

On 5 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a cluster of pneumonia cases  of unknown etiology in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of...

World Health Organization: COVID-19 Outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
Jan 30, 2020 | Lauren Goodwin

  Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its third emergency session to determine if the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) originating...

Update of Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
Jan 28, 2020 | Jiayan Liu

On 31 December 2019, World Health Organization (WHO) China Country Office was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected...

HIV Vaccine: Could this be the end of AIDS?
Jan 28, 2020 | Kyle Martin

The international fight against HIV/AIDS is set to make large advancements in the coming years thanks to the promising outlook of three developing...

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...

Viral 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...