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India: Brucellosis outbreak in Kolar, Karnataka

An outbreak of the bacterial disease, brucellosis, has spread in Karnataka state, India since first being reported in September, prompting fears among the population. To date, the outbreak has affected 22 cattle, according to a Bangalore Mirror report...

Karachi woman dies from Naegleria fowleri

In 2015, fourteen people died from primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) due to the protozoan parasite, Naegleria fowleri, in Sindh province. Officials today reported a Naegleria fowleri death in a 30-year-old Karachi woman, according to Pakistani...

Sri Lanka: Study unveils link between El Niño and dengue epidemics

Researchers have found a strong association between El Niño-Southern Oscillation conditions in the Pacific to observed weather and dengue epidemics in Sri Lanka. According to a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and...

Pakistan: Diphtheria outbreak kills 30 in Waziristan

The vaccine-preventable disease, diphtheria has been seen in the northwestern Pakistan region of Waziristan at alarming rates, as local media reports hundreds of cases of the dangerous disease. Some 30 children have died from diphtheria and the report...

India: Helicobacter pullorum, a common poultry pathogen, could become a public health concern: Researchers

Isolates of a common poultry pathogen collected from animals in Indian bird markets were mostly resistant to multiple classes of antibiotics. The study provides the first data on prevalence and isolation of Helicobacter pullorum in India. The research...

Leptospirosis kills four in Udupi, India

Four deaths have recently been attributed to leptospirosis in the Coastal Karnataka city of Udupi, causing fear among the population. According to a Times of India report, the four fatalities were seen in Pethri (2), Iruvathoor and Kundapur. Health officials...

India accounts for 60 percent of world’s leprosy cases

Despite achieving elimination of leprosy as a public health problem ten years ago (a prevalence of < 1 case per 10 000 population), India still reports the highest number of leprosy cases on the globe by a long shot. In 2015, there was more than...

Chikungunya cases top 5,000 in Delhi

During the past week, Delhi saw nearly 1600 additional chikungunya cases, a 43 percent increase over the prior week. The total cases in India’s capital is now at 5,293 cases. At least 15 fatalities lined to chikungunya have also been reported....

India reports first ciguatera poisoning outbreak, more than 100 affected

For the first time on the Indian subcontinent, an outbreak of ciguatera was reported in Mangaluru, where more than 100 people were sickened Saturday after consuming fish heads. Biologists in India warn that the risk of additional outbreaks stems from...

Bangladesh: Another anthrax outbreak, 20 infected in Rajshahi

Health officials in Bangladesh are reporting another anthrax outbreak linked to eating and handling tainted meat, according to local media. The latest outbreak is in Rajshahi District in north-western Bangladesh. Twenty people, adults and children,...
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