Here is a look at some interesting infectious disease and health news, opinion and research reported across the globe:
NIH Statement on World Tuberculosis Day, March 24, 2019
Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s leading infectious cause of death. In the 137 years since Dr. Robert Koch’s discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the bacterium that causes TB, as many as one billion people worldwide have died of TB disease.
Lethal encounters: The evolving spectrum of amoebic meningoencephalitis
The free-living amoebae are thermophilic organisms that may play an increasing role among diseases of a warming world. They are uncommon, accidental, yet high consequence pathogens, with differing pathologic syndromes.
GoFundMe bans anti-vaccination content
GoFundMe is taking a stand against anti-vaxxers by removing any campaigns that promote misinformation about vaccines.
Cyclone Idai: Cholera cases reported in storm-hit Mozambique
A week after the flooded Mozambican port of Beira was hit by Cyclone Idai, cases of cholera have been recorded, a humanitarian aid group said on Friday.
Sudan set to protect over 8 million people with its largest ever yellow fever vaccination drive
The Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF has launched a large-scale mass vaccination campaign in Sudan to vaccinate over 8.3 million people aged from 9 months to 60 years against yellow fever in the states of Blue Nile, Gezira and Sennar during 10–29 March 2019.