Here are the top five posts on Outbreak News Today for the week Dec. 15 through Dec. 21:
5. Syphilis transmitted through semen?
Researchers from the University of Washington suggest that Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum can be present in semen at high enough concentration to transmit the disease.
4. Chagas: 14 infected in Tocantins, Linked to juice made from bacaba
Health officials in Tocantins State, Brazil report 14 confirmed Chagas disease cases after a family consumed tainted bacaba juice.
3. Europe: Sanofi’s dengue vaccine gets approved
The European Commission has granted marketing authorization for Dengvaxia®, Sanofi’s dengue vaccine. It will be available in Europe to prevent dengue disease in individuals 9-45 years of age with a documented prior dengue infection and who are living in endemic areas.
2. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics warning: Aortic aneurysm risk in certain patients
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication warning health care professionals to avoid prescribing fluoroquinolone antibiotics to patients who have an aortic aneurysm or are at risk for an aortic aneurysm.
1.Lyme bacteria persister forms, antibiotics and essential oils with Dr. Ying Zhang
My interview with Dr Ying Zhang with Johns Hopkins was the top post of the week. In the podcast, Dr Zhang talks about Borrelia burgdorferi persisters and his research with antibiotics and essential oils.
New podcasts this week:
- Marburg virus reported for the first time in West Africa in fruit bats
- Buruli ulcer: Swiss TPH researchers discover promising new drug candidate
- Zika vaccine: Nebraska researchers say potential vaccine would defend against Zika virus without producing antibodies
- England reports increase in acute flaccid myelitis
- Norway reports increase in Listeriosis in December
- France reports two HUS cases, prompts recall of Reblochon
- Michigan reports two additional AFM cases
- Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products: 50 additional cases, one death
- Chikungunya vaccine candidate receives FDA Fast Track Designation