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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 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...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, July 20th, 2014
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NIAID Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci discusses tragic loss of Dr. Joep Lange

This past Thursday, 298 passengers and crew on Malaysian Airline flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur lost their lives when a missile tragically took the plane down near the Ukraine-Russia border. Six of the More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Philippines: Negros Occidental man arrested for smearing chili paste on his wife’s genitals

This will teach you a lesson! This is what a Negros Occidental carpenter was thinking when as a punishment for his younger wife coming home late, he decided to smear hot chili paste on her genitalia, according to More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Ebola 2014: West Africa outbreak tops 1,000 cases, situation remains ‘serious’

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa has hit a new “milestone” as the World Health Organization reports in an update today than the number of cases have exceeded 1,000. The global health More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Philippines: Death toll from Typhoon Glenda up to 86, Typhoon Henry currently east of Samar

Although Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) is long gone, the death toll continues to mount in the Philippines. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced Saturday that the death toll More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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India: Parents protest rape of 6-year-old schoolgirl, allegedly by school staff

Parents in Bangalore, in southern India, hit the streets in protest Saturday over the alleged rape of a 6-year-old girl at a prominent private school. It is reported the child was allegedly raped by school staff More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, July 18th, 2014
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Dominican Republic chikungunya case count exceeds 250,000

Despite all the efforts the Dominican Republic Health Ministry have taken to get the chikungunya outbreak in the country under control, the number of cases continue to increase, and sometimes increase greatly, More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, July 18th, 2014
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Dengue fever in Brazil tops 640,000 cases, rises 120,000 in one week

The dengue fever capital of the world still appears to be Brazil as the South American country’s dengue fever epidemic continues to mount halfway through 2014. As you may recall, Brazil recorded a whopping More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, July 18th, 2014
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Colorado reports three more plague cases, all had contact with dog that died

In a follow-up to a story last week of a Colorado man and his pet dog who contracted plague, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has identified three additional Colorado residents positive More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, July 18th, 2014
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Malaysia reports nearly 300 dengue fever cases today, total cases near 50,000 for 2014

The dengue fever epidemic in Malaysia continues chugging along as 292 cases of the mosquito borne virus were reported on July 18, including 125 cases reported in Selangor alone, according to the Malaysian Health More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, July 17th, 2014
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Puerto Rico declares chikungunya an epidemic, more than 200 cases reported

El Departamento de Salud in Puerto Rico has declared an epidemic of the chikungunya virus because it is new to the island, the population has no antibodies against it, and cases are concentrated in one region, More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, July 17th, 2014
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Chikungunya: Florida reports first locally acquired cases in the US

Seven months after the first autochthonous chikungunya cases were reported in the Western hemisphere in early December, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has reported two locally acquired cases of the mosquito More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, July 17th, 2014
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Idaho: Norovirus identified in Eagle Island State Park outbreak, over 100 sickened

The cause of the outbreak of more than 100 cases of vomiting and diarrhea earlier this week at Eagle Island State Park, 8 miles west of Boise, has been identified as norovirus, according to The Central District More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, July 17th, 2014
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Australia: Great White shark found on Coronation Beach choked on a sea lion

A four-meter male white shark that washed ashore at Coronation Beach, about 28 kilometers north of Geraldton, was found with a  large Australian sea lion stuck inside its throat, which was the likely cause of More...

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