Here is a look at some interesting infectious disease and health news, opinion and research reported across the globe:
Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis, resurgence of vector-borne diseases, and implications for spillover in the region
In the past 5–10 years, Venezuela has faced a severe economic crisis, precipitated by political instability and declining oil revenue. Public health provision has been affected particularly. In this Review, we assess the impact of Venezuela’s health-care crisis on vector-borne diseases, and the spillover into neighbouring countries.
2017-2018 Estimated Influenza Illnesses, Medical visits, and Hospitalizations Averted by Vaccination in the United States
In partnership with academic and public health colleagues, CDC recently published an article in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases describing the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine and the number of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths prevented by flu vaccine during the 2017–2018 flu season.
Nationwide measles and rubella immunization campaign reaches 11.6 million children in Yemen
In collaboration with local health authorities, WHO and UNICEF have concluded a nationwide measles and rubella vaccination campaign in Yemen reaching more than 11.6 million (90%) children aged 6 months–16 years across the country.
Science: Epidemiological mannequin lends perception to chlamydia outbreak in Japan [Report]
Mathematical models that quantify the dynamics of infectious diseases are crucial predictive tools for the control of ongoing and future outbreaks. An infection’s basic reproduction number (R0) is especially important to disease modeling and epidemiology, as it determines global behavior and measures a disease’s transferability within a fully-susceptible population.
The Most Important Vaccine-Preventable Cause Of Encephalitis In Asia-Pacific
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is the most important cause of viral encephalitis in Asia-Pacific. You probably never heard of it but around 68,000 cases are reported annually with some 13,600 to 20,400 deaths.
- Venezuela: Malaria cases top 1.3 million in 2018, according to Global health organizations
- Boston College: Norovirus confirmed on campus
- Columbus, Ohio reports largest hepatitis A outbreak in 25 years
- Ireland: Donegal measles outbreak rises to 7 cases
- African swine fever: Vietnam reports 1st outbreaks, Guangxi province, China
- Fluconazole, a common yeast infection drug, linked to higher rates of miscarriage: Study