Here are the top five posts on Outbreak News Today for the week Dec. 1 through Dec. 7:

5. Somalia cholera outbreak one year later

Image/TKaucic via pixabay
Image/TKaucic via pixabay

Our number five post of the week reported on the latest on the cholera outbreak in Somalia, which has lasted one year now.

4. Schistosomiasis: Artemisia tea infusions just as effective as praziquantel for treatment

Researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) published a study on how tea infusions made from two species of the wormwood plant cured the tropical disease schistosomiasis significantly faster than the drug most commonly used against the ailment–praziquantel.

3. Yellow fever outbreak declared in South Sudan

The South Sudan Ministry of Health declared a Yellow Fever (YF) outbreak in Sakure, Nzara County, Gbudue state during the week.

2. Norovirus outbreak on Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony voyage

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vessel Sanitation program (VSP) announced an investigation into a norovirus outbreak on a recent Crystal Cruises voyage.

1.Johns Hopkins researchers: Plant compounds may be better than current antibiotics at treating persistent Lyme bacteria

The top post of the first week of December was about a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health which demonstrated that oils from garlic and several other common herbs and medicinal plants show strong activity against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

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