Tag archive for ‘Infectious Diseases Q & A’
By Guest Author On Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Africa’s water scarcity problem is getting worse

Over the past few years, the water scarcity problem in Africa has actually gotten worse. There are over 1.3 billion people on the continent and many of them do not have an adequate water supply. And according to More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, March 16th, 2018

‘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 On Sunday, May 11th, 2014

What is Strongyloides stercoralis ?

Infection with Strongyloides stercoralis, a nematode parasite,  is frequently asymptomatic or may show few clinical signs. However, on occasion it can persist for many years due to autoinfection, and depending More...

By Robert On Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Royal Caribbean’s ‘Explorer of the Seas’: GI outbreak sickens 300 passengers and crew

Greater than 9 percent of the over 3,000 passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas have reported the gastrointestinal symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, resembling norovirus,  on their 10-day More...

By Robert On Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Bakery workers linked to norovirus outbreak in Japanese schoolkids

In a follow-up to a report late last week where nearly 1,000 people, primarily schoolchildren, contracted the gastrointestinal infection norovirus, an investigation reveals the source of the outbreak was three More...

By Robert On Sunday, January 19th, 2014

‘Possible’ norovirus strikes Royal Caribbean’s ‘Majesty of the Seas’, 68 passengers and crew sickened

More than five dozen passengers and crew on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas have been sickened with a gastrointestinal illness, according to a CBS 12 News report Friday. The cruise ship docked in Miami More...

By Robert On Friday, January 17th, 2014

Japan: Norovirus sickens over 900 schoolkids in Hamamatsu

More than 900 schoolchildren and 41 teachers in 14 schools in the Japanese city of Hamamatsu have been sickened by the gastrointestinal bug, norovirus, causing them to miss school, according to a Voices of Russia More...

By Robert On Sunday, January 12th, 2014

What is Nipah virus?

Nipah virus (NiV) was initially isolated in 1999 upon examining samples from an outbreak of encephalitis and respiratory illness among adult men in Malaysia and Singapore. Its name originated from Sungai Nipah, More...

By Robert On Sunday, January 5th, 2014
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Norovirus sickens nearly 250 Taiwan tourists in South Korea

About 60 percent of the 412 Taiwanese tourists visiting South Korea have been sickened by the symptoms of the gastrointestinal bug, norovirus, according to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in a Taipai More...

By Robert On Saturday, December 28th, 2013
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Kansas: Health officials investigate ‘suspected’ norovirus outbreak linked to Garden City Jimmy John’s

The Finney County Health Department, along with the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), are investigating a gastrointestinal outbreak that has sickened More...

By Robert On Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Kamloops restaurant, Dorian Greek House, the source of norovirus outbreak that sickened dozens of hospital employees

Last week, dozens of staff illnesses were reported at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops after a Christmas lunch, that in the end sickened at least 36 operating room staff, causing 26 surgeries to be postponed More...

By Robert On Saturday, December 7th, 2013

MIT outbreak: ‘This may or may not be norovirus’ says Medical Director

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is reporting an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis, which is manifested with symptoms like diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, according to officials at MIT Medical this More...

By Robert On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Norovirus confirmed in Las Vegas outbreak

In a follow-up to a report Sunday,  the Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed the illnesses it is currently investigating among a group of attendees of the National Youth Football Championship event as More...

By Robert On Sunday, December 1st, 2013

‘Possible’ norovirus sickens dozens at youth football championship in Las Vegas

Some 100 children and adults were stricken with flu-like symptoms, including vomiting in Las Vegas in recent days attending and playing in the National Youth Football Championships, according to a KSNV MyNews3.com More...

By Robert On Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Canada norovirus outbreak: 170 Sam Sherratt Public School students absent today

A norovirus outbreak at a Milton, Ontario school has left the school nearly half empty today, according to the Halton District School Board (HDSB). NorovirusImage/CDC The school district announced on it’s More...

By Robert On Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Kuru: A tale of cannibalism and rogue-proteins

In the highlands of Papua New Guinea in the 1950s and 60s, it was noticed that people (mostly women) of the Fore tribe were dying of what was originally thought to be a genetic disorder since it happened among family More...

By Robert On Friday, November 1st, 2013

Stanford University: Florence Moore Hall being sanitized after likely norovirus outbreak

The  Florence Moore Hall is undergoing a complete sanitization Friday and Saturday after dozens of Stanford University students were sickened with probable norovirus after dining at the facility, according to More...

By Robert On Thursday, October 17th, 2013

What is yellow fever?

Yellow fever is a mosquito borne virus that once caused major epidemics in large cities of this country like Philadelphia and New Orleans. Due to good mosquito control and public health practice, the last epidemic More...

By Robert On Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Investigational Norovirus vaccine reduces symptoms by more than 50 percent

An investigational vaccine appears generally well tolerated and effective against the most common strain of norovirus, reducing the main symptoms of the gastrointestinal (GI) infection, vomiting and/or diarrhea, More...

By Robert On Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Norovirus outbreak on cruise ship, ‘Celebrity Summit’ sickens at least 321

Scores of passengers and crew aboard  Celebrity Cruise Lines, Celebrity Summit have been sickened with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea due to norovirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention More...



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