Outbreak News Today: Most Viewed Stories of 2019

January 1, 2020

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Now that 2019 is officially over and all the data has been tabulated, the numbers are available to create the “Most Viewed Stories of 2019” on the website. Let’s take a look:

10. Tetanus: First pediatric case in >30 years in Oregon

This story published in March was the 10th most popular post of 2019. It’s about a 2017 tetanus case in Oregon of an unvaccinated child as discussed in the MMWR.

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9. Trump signs flu vaccine executive order

In this post from September, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order, “Modernizing Influenza Vaccines in the United States to Promote National Security and Public Health.”

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8. Tonga measles outbreak: Case count surpasses 250

In this post from November, earlier in the Tonga measles outbreak, the Ministry of Health reported the outbreak tally had surpassed 250 cases.

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7. A Look at Human Botfly Infestation

In this oldie-but-goodie “evergreen” article from 2016, I look at the rare and quite disgusting condition known as myiasis.

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6. Polio in Indonesia: 1st case in over a decade

This February 2019 post discussed the first polio case in Indonesia since 2006.

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5. Dengue sexual transmission reported in Madrid

This post from November looks at a very rare case. A young man in Madrid, Spain had been diagnosed with dengue fever contracted via sexual transmission, one of the first cases of sexual transmission of dengue in the world.

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4. Lyme discovery: Borrelia bacteria hides inside parasitic worms, causing chronic brain diseases

Another post from 2016 makes the “Most Viewed” list. It’s a press release that states the examination of autopsied brain tissues from patients who died of serious neurological conditions has revealed that many tick-borne infections, such as Lyme disease, go undiagnosed and untreated.

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3. Monkeypox confirmed in Singapore, imported from Nigerian traveler

This popular post from May discusses a case of imported monkeypox infection in a Nigerian national diagnosed in Singapore.

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2. Philippines measles outbreak tops 11,000, Cavite declares state of calamity

The second most popular story on Outbreak News Today in 2019 is about when the Philippines measles outbreak topped 11,000 in February last year.

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1.Measles vaccination campaign in Madagascar, Cases climb to 69,000

The most viewed story of 2019 was about the second largest measles outbreak in the world last year. This February post discusses the a planned three-phase vaccine response in Madagascar.

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The most downloaded podcast of 2019 was my discussion with  Peter Hotez, MD, PhD about his book, Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad

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The most popular YouTube video of 2019 was concerning the news story in November of two pneumonic plague cases from Inner Mongolia in northern China that were diagnosed in a Beijing hospital.

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