Here is a look at some interesting infectious disease and health news, opinion and research reported across the globe:
Man’s legs ‘turning to stone’ after contracting parasitic infection from bug bite
A Pakistani man has been left bedridden after a painful infection has caused his legs to swell up to over 100 pounds. Shahid Hussain, 38, said it started about five years ago with a bug bite but he thought it would resolve itself over time, according to The Sun.
Indonesia’s dengue death toll jumps to 133 in January
Dengue fever have killed a total of 133 people across Indonesia since the beginning of January, forcing the authorities to step up alert against the Dengue virus, the health ministry said Thursday.
Parasite spread by cats may cause schizophrenia, experts warn
A parasite spread by cats that is carried by two billion people may lead to schizophrenia, experts have warned.
69 cases of leptospirosis recorded in Fiji, 4 deaths
Fiji has recorded 69 cases of leptospirosis this season, with four deaths, the Ministry of Health said Thursday.
As STD Rates Soar, AHF Rolls Out Condom Billboard Ad Campaigns Across U.S.
As rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continue to skyrocket in the U.S.—with 50 percent of new infections being acquired by young people ages 15 to 24 years old—AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is rolling out of two new, parallel condom billboard and transit advertising campaigns promoting condom use as an effective means to combat record rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis being reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Ukraine measles update: Nearly 12,000 cases in first month of 2019, MOH calls on the media’s help
- Whipworm: Interleukin 10 receptor (IL-10R) is critical to prevent uncontrolled infection
- The Parasitology interviews, Part 3
- Measles outbreak in Vancouver area: 41 confirmed and 15 suspect cases
- Merck’s 15-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine receives Breakthrough Therapy Designation