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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...

Anthrax Kills Over 100 Elephants in Botswana
Nov 11, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin

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 | Lauren Goodwin

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...

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...