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By The Dispatch On Monday, March 19th, 2018
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Monkeypox increases in Africa raise concerns

The recent apparent increase in human monkeypox cases across a wide geographic area, the potential for further spread, and the lack of reliable surveillance have raised the level of concern for this emerging zoonosis. Monkeypox/CDC In More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, March 16th, 2018
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‘Invisible Killers’ highlights dangers of Influenza, Ebola, Smallpox: premieres on March 29

Viruses have shaped our health and our history, and, despite all the tools of modern medicine, they continue to kill millions of people every year. Influenza, smallpox, and Ebola are among the three most lethal More...

By Robert Herriman On Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
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Thailand dengue cases up an additional 5,000, Actor Por Sahawong in coma

The dengue fever outbreak in Thailand has grown by another 5,000 cases during the past week, according to the Thai Bureau of Epidemiology’s (BOE) latest data. Through November 8, health officials put the case More...

By Guest Author On Saturday, October 24th, 2015
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How To Protect Yourself When Visiting The Hospital

You go to the hospital when you are sick, or to visit a friend or family member when they are sick or getting surgery. Maybe you go to the doctor’s office, rather than the ER, but either way, you risk getting More...

By The Dispatch On Friday, May 15th, 2015
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New petition aims to block importation of salamanders, stop spread of disease

The Center for Biological Diversity and Save the Frogs filed a formal petition to the Interior secretary seeking an emergency moratorium on the import of salamanders for the pet trade to prevent introduction of More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
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US chikungunya cases exceed 40

The number of chikungunya cases reported in the United States is now more than 40, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and media updates today. Although chikungunya is not a nationally More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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Saudi Arabia to give infectious disease allowance for medical personnel

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health announced monetary allowance that will for medical and paramedical personnel who routinely come into contact with patients suffering from highly infectious diseases, according More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, March 30th, 2014
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Newshounds Unite!: Ebola, Heartland virus disease and Donald Trump with Coston and Crof

It was a fun airing of the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show Saturday as I was joined by two of the premiere newshounds and infectious disease bloggers out there, Mike Coston, who runs Avian Flu Diary, and Crawford More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, February 1st, 2014
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The 21st annual First Coast Infectious Diseases/Clinical Microbiology Symposium to be held in Jacksonville Feb 14-15

The First Coast Infectious Diseases/Clinical Microbiology Symposium will be up and running for the 21st time providing health care providers and scientists of all types a fantastic itinerary of world class expert More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, December 28th, 2013
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‘What’s new on Avian Flu Diary’ with blogger, Michael Coston

Bloggers who write about infectious diseases are usually so much better than what you get from the usual mainstream media–better research, great sources and great commentary because they actually understand More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, December 26th, 2013
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The Top 10 Infectious Disease and Outbreak News stories of 2013

2013 was a year full of impactful infectious disease stories with outbreaks of diseases not before seen in humans, diseases seen in new parts of the planet and miracle stories of survivors. Drugs not approved in More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, December 21st, 2013
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New Hampshire most prepared for infectious disease outbreak, GA, NJ and NE least prepared

A report released recently by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), finds that a majority of states (32) score 5 or lower out of 10 key indicators of policies More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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Georgia Tech student hospitalized and being treated for symptoms of bacterial meningitis

A Georgia Tech has been hospitalized after presenting symptoms of bacterial meningitis, according to a Stamps Health Services notice released yesterday. They report the student is responding to antibiotic treatment. Neisseria More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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New radio show, ‘Outbreak News This Week’ to premiere Saturday on the Tan Talk Network

The Global Dispatch is proud to announce its next media venture- a new, niche radio program geared toward news and information about infectious diseases. The show, Outbreak News This Week will feature the latest More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, April 14th, 2013
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What is dengue fever?

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
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Infectious disease prevention at the Hajj

The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is among the largest mass gatherings in the world. In 2012, it takes place October 24–27. It draws about 3 million Muslims from around the world, and more than More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, July 24th, 2010
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Increases in babesiosis seen in New York according to DOH

A relatively rare tick borne parasitic infection is being reported with increased frequency in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley according to the New York State Department of Health and infectious disease physicians More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, June 19th, 2010
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The second hemorrhagic fever vaccine success story in less than a month: this time it’s Marburg

As I reported on May 24, 2010, the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in conjunction with other agencies came up with a vaccine which produced immunity in monkeys against the Ebola More...


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