Disease outbreak

CDC Warns of Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Backyard Poultry

Learn about the dangers of salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard poultry and how to protect yourself and your family. The CDC warns of the risks associated with handling live poultry and provides recommendations to reduce the risk of infection, including washing hands thoroughly and avoiding close contact with the birds.

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch Faces Layoffs Due to Avian Influenza Outbreaks

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, Michigan’s largest egg producer, faces challenges amid highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks. The company’s recent layoff of 400 employees is part of its recovery efforts. With USDA confirming the virus in 10 commercial flocks and nearly seven million birds depopulated, the industry is working to rebuild and safeguard poultry health. Stakeholders are closely monitoring and implementing measures to prevent further spread, impacting the broader poultry and egg production sector in Michigan.

WHO Warns of Deadly Hepatitis E Outbreak in Chad

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a warning after an outbreak of Hepatitis E killed seven people in Chad, central Africa. More than 2,000 suspected cases have been reported, with the virus being prominent in the Ouaddai province due to an influx of refugees from Sudan. Doctors Without Borders has expressed concerns about the health risks posed to both refugees and host communities. Hepatitis E is highly contagious and mainly transmitted through contaminated water.

U.S. Braces for Return of Monkeypox Amid Pride Events

With Pride events approaching, U.S. officials are preparing for a potential resurgence of mpox, a disease that impacted gay and bisexual men in 2022. The CDC warns of a deadlier version in the Democratic Republic of Congo, emphasizing the importance of vaccination for at-risk individuals. Global disease surveillance is crucial to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like mpox.

The Link Between Ancient Agriculture and Modern Diseases

Learn how the transition from foraging to farming paved the way for diseases and how future pandemics may stem from similar human causes. Discover how historical factors shape contemporary health challenges and how the Neolithic revolution around 12,000 years ago triggered the first wave of emerging infections.

Global Efforts to Combat Monkeypox Outbreak Highlighted in Latest Situation Report

Learn about the latest updates on the multi-country outbreak of mpox, including revisions to WHO SAGE recommendations on mpox vaccines and forthcoming changes to diagnostic testing guidance. Discover the key takeaways from a recent high-level emergency regional meeting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, emphasizing the importance of enhanced surveillance and international cooperation in addressing the mpox public health challenge.

Tuberculosis Outbreak Declared Public Health Emergency in Southern California

A public health emergency has been declared in southern California after a tuberculosis outbreak in Long Beach. City officials have confirmed 14 cases with 170 others potentially exposed. The outbreak is localized to a specific population facing significant barriers to care, with low risk of exposure to the general public.

Warning Issued for Travellers to Samoa Amid Dengue Fever Outbreak

Travellers planning to visit Samoa are being advised to ensure they have comprehensive medical and travel insurance, including provisions for medical evacuation by air, due to the ongoing dengue fever outbreak in the region. Dengue fever, a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes, can lead to symptoms such as high fever, nausea, headaches, body aches, and rashes, with severe cases potentially resulting in death. Samoan authorities have intensified fumigation efforts to combat the spread of the disease, with most reported cases among children aged 10 years and older individuals above 60 years.

Fragments of Bird Flu Virus Found in Pasteurized Milk Samples Across US

Recent findings by the US FDA reveal fragments of non-infectious bird flu virus in pasteurized milk samples, sparking concerns about transparency in sharing data on bird flu in farm animals. While the milk supply remains safe, experts stress the importance of proper milk processing to prevent health risks. Consumers are urged to choose pasteurized milk products to mitigate the spread of infections and ensure public health safety.

New Mutant Strain of Monkeypox Raises Pandemic Concerns in Congo

A new mutant strain of monkeypox with ‘pandemic potential’ has been identified in Kamituga, Democratic Republic of Congo, raising concerns among health officials. Researchers emphasize the need for urgent measures to contain the virus and prevent a global outbreak, highlighting the risks posed by the mobile population in the densely populated gold mining town. Calls for vaccines, drugs, and enhanced surveillance measures are made to prevent another global mpox outbreak.