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Here are the top five posts on Outbreak News Today for the week Oct. 20 through Oct 26:

5. Prion expert: ‘A link between consumption of squirrel brain and human prion disease is unjustifiably speculative’

Image/TKaucic via pixabay
Image/TKaucic via pixabay

In a follow-up to a report of a poster presented at IDWeek2018 concerning a relatively recent case of vCJD linked to the consumption of squirrel brains, an expert from National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine said the link was “unjustifiably speculative”.

4. Wyoming: ‘Gonorrhea case count has gone up a startling 529 percent’ in past 5 years

For the second week in a row, this report from March concerning the massive increase in gonorrhea in Wyoming made the Top 5.

3. New Jersey: Six children die in adenovirus outbreak in Haskell facility

The initial report on the fatal adenovirus outbreak in a New Jersey rehab facility where a number of children died, was the 3rd most popular post this week.

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2. Venezuela malaria situation grows worse: 650K cases so far in 2018

The malaria situation in Venezuela gets worse year after year, and this post discussing the 2018 numbers was the second most popular post of the week.

1. Hand, foot, and mouth disease outbreak at Johns Hopkins

The post on the growing hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) outbreak on the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus was the top post of the week.