Here is a look at some interesting infectious disease and health news, opinion and research reported across the globe:
Study Traces Origins of Chikungunya in Brazil
New evidence suggests that Chikungunya virus arrived in Brazil at least one year earlier than it was detected by public health surveillance systems. Scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and Fundação Oswaldo Cruz published their findings in the journal Scientific Reports.
Zoonoses: antimicrobial resistance shows no signs of slowing down
Data released today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reveal that antimicrobials used to treat diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, such as campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis, are becoming less effective.
India, China refuse rabies vaccine export to Pakistan, PA told
During the question hour related to the Health department on Monday, Punjab Assembly was told that China and India had refused to export rabies vaccine to Pakistan.
South Carolina pediatrician turning away unvaccinated patients amid national measles outbreak
A pediatric office in South Carolina has said it will no longer see patients that refuse to vaccinate.
Zimbabwe: Mass Typhoid Vaccinations Begin
Zimbabwe became the first country in Africa to vaccinate against typhoid yesterday when it rolled out a campaign in nine typhoid hotspots in Harare.