Here is a look at some important infectious disease news reported across the globe:
Wound Botulism Outbreak Among Persons Who Use Black Tar Heroin — San Diego County, California, 2017–2018
During September 29–October 6, 2017, the County of San Diego Public Health Services (COSD) was notified of two patients with suspected wound botulism and a history of using black tar heroin.
HIV in the Philippines: why it must act fast to control growing epidemic, as advocacy groups lead the way
Decades after the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was identified in the 1980s, the number of Aids-related deaths worldwide is the lowest it has been this century.
BioCryst Initiates Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Galidesivir
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the dosing of the first subject in a randomized, placebo-controlled phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate intravenous (IV) galidesivir in healthy volunteers.
Hepatitis A Outbreak Ongoing Throughout Ohio
In June 2017, the Ohio Department of Health declared a Hepatitis A outbreak as cases across Ohio started to rise. There were 1,311 reported cases of Hepatitis A in Ohio in 2018.
Dengue outbreak! Gov’t declares mosquito-borne disease epidemic
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there is a dengue fever outbreak in Jamaica.
At an emergency press conference at its New Kingston offices on Thursday, the ministry said there were 123 cases of dengue fever across the island in December, surpassing the epidemic threshold of 96.