Here is a look at some interesting infectious disease and health news reported across the globe:
“Semenly” Harmless Back Pain: An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess
We report, with review of the literature, the case of a patient who developed a subcutaneous abscess after intravenously injecting his own semen in an attempt to treat longstanding back pain. He had devised this “cure” independent of medical advice. This is the first reported case of semen injection for use as a medical treatment.
UN health chief orders probe into misconduct
The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers last year.
How trypanosomes spread the news
African trypanosomes cause human sleeping sickness in sub Saharan Africa but probably their more critical impact is through the disease they cause in the livestock of farmers and smallholders. Here, the economic losses of disease and the cost of prophylactic drugs to control the impact of the disease contribute to poverty.
Two dead after contracting pigeon droppings infection at Glasgow hospital
Two patients have died after contracting a fungal infection linked to pigeon droppings at a Glasgow hospital.
Health officials are investigating the death of one patient at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, with the cause still to be determined.
Bill would end non-medical vaccine exemptions in Maine
Lawmakers in Maine will consider a bill designed to end non-medical exemptions from childhood vaccinations this year.
- Caribbean advised to prepare for dengue outbreak
- South Africa issues alert for travelers to the southern African region
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- Malaysia reports another human rabies death in Sarawak
- Shingrix shortage: Is Schumer linking it to the shutdown?
- Louisiana hepatitis A outbreak update
- Measles in the United States 2018: 2nd most cases since 2000
- Measles in Clark County: Public health emergency declared