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Robert Herriman

Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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‘Ebola in Town’: Ebola awareness via music

A music video by Liberian based trio D-12, Shadow and Kuzzy of 2 Kings offers a message of the things you should do to avoid contracting or spreading the lethal Ebola virus.  The song warns of close personal contact– More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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Dr. Kent Brantly update: Brantly Family Statement released

In a follow-up to a earlier story  on the condition of Samaritan’s Purse physician working in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly, the doctor who contracted the dangerous Ebola virus about a week ago, his wife, Amber More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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Jamaica records second chikungunya case

Approximately a week after reporting their first chikungunya case, Jamaican health officials say they have confirmed the island’s second imported case of the mosquito borne virus. Currently, there has been More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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Dr. Kent Brantly reported in ‘grave condition’ as he battles Ebola

UPDATE: Dr. Kent Brantly update: Brantly Family Statement released In an update on the condition of Samaritan’s Purse physician working in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly, the Christian Post reports the Fort More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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‘Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population’: CDC

During a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) telebriefing Monday (Telebriefing starts at the 36 minute mark) on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Deputy Director, National Center for Emerging & More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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Valley fever: A potential serious health risk from Phoenix ‘haboob’

A massive dust storm, or in Arabic “haboob”, some 3,000 feet tall and 30 miles wide (WATCH video) hit Phoenix, Arizona Friday forcing a ground stop at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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Ebola update: Historic outbreak continues spinning out of control, 100 new cases reported

The West Africa Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has now nearly tripled the previous largest outbreak (Uganda 2000-2001, which had 425 cases) and it seems that it is truly out of control. This is rather unusual More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, July 25th, 2014
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Texas cyclospora case count jumps to 92

The number of cases of the parasitic infection, Cyclospora, has increased further in Texas, according to state health officials. Oocysts of C. cayetanensis viewed under differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy.Image/CDC More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, July 25th, 2014
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Nigeria: Suspected Ebola case dies in Lagos

A Liberian man, who was in quarantine for “suspected” Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Lagos, Nigeria, has died, according to Nigerian officials. Image/CIA Thursday on a Nairaland.com forum, an individual More...

By Robert Herriman On Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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Dozens of new Ebola cases and deaths reported in West Africa, Sierra Leone’s Dr. Khan still alive according to health ministry

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has increased both in cases and fatalities during recent days according to the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa today.  Between 18 – 20 July 2014, 45 More...

By Robert Herriman On Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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National Hot Dog Day: Americans consume 7 billion hot dogs each summer

Today is National Hot Dog Day, a celebration of a classic summertime food. Hot Dogs, aka frankfurters and wieners, has been around in North America since the 1860s, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
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San Diego County man first West Nile virus case since 2012, detected during blood donation screening

A 43-year-old Santee man has the first confirmed local case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2014, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported today. This is the first local human case since 2012, according More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
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NYC reports two neonatal herpes following ‘metzitzah b’peh’ Jewish circumcision

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene received reports of two new cases of HSV infection in newborn male infants following direct orogenital suction during ritual Jewish circumcision, aka metzitzah More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
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Cyclospora surge reported in Texas

One year ago was the beginning of an outbreak of the parasitic protozoan parasite, Cyclospora, which in the end infected a total of 631 persons from 25 states and New York City. Texas accounted for the most More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, Joel Peralta, may have contracted chikungunya in the Dominican Republic

The Rays right-hander, Joel Peralta will likely be sidelined for a period as he battles a suspected case of chikungunya, according to the team website. Peralta, who is from the Dominican Republic, traveled to More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, July 21st, 2014
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New Mexico reports second human plague case of 2014

The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting a case of plague in a 43-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County who is currently hospitalized. Confirmatory testing was conducted at the Department’s Scientific More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, July 21st, 2014
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California pertussis epidemic rises by another 800

The pertussis, or whooping cough epidemic has risen by another 800+ cases during the past couple weeks, according to data released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). As of July 8, 5,393 cases More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Barack Obama namesake: A parasite called Paragordius obamai

Sexual reproduction can be a difficult task for some species of parasites particularly when the life cycle requires multiple hosts or when the parasite is in the environment with no suitable mate to be found. PLoS More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Cameroon: Officials report six cases of monkeypox in chimpanzees

At least six chimpanzees in an enclosed sanctuary have reportedly tested positive for monkeypox, according to a recent update with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).  Of the six affected chimps, More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Kim Chiu extends lead as ‘Most Beautiful Woman in the Philippines for 2014′ after one week of voting

Just days after bagging the Celebrity of the Year and the Actress of the Year awards, among others at the 2014 Yahoo! Celebrity Awards, “Bride for Rent” star Kim Chiu has extended her lead in early More...

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