Here are the top five posts on Outbreak News Today for the week Sept 29 through Oct 5:

5. Madagascar plague: Bubonic and pneumonic cases confirmed

As of 27 September 2018, a total of 25 cumulative cases including five community deaths (case fatality ratio 20%) have been reported. Four of the five deaths were reported among confirmed cases; three in confirmed pneumonic cases and one in confirmed bubonic cases.

4. Mycobacterium avium complex: New drug, Arikayce, receives FDA approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new drug, Arikayce, for the treatment of lung disease caused by a group of bacteria, Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) in a limited population of patients with the disease who do not respond to conventional treatment (refractory disease).

3. Potential Naegleria fowleri exposure linked to Waco water park

A 29-year-old New Jersey man died from an Naegleria fowleri infection apparently contracted at the  BSR Surf Resort in Waco, Texas.

2. HIV: Rare father-to-son transmission reported in study

In a very usual case reported in the journal, AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, a 4-year old child of an HIV-negative mother and apparently the virus was accidentally transmitted to the son during the first days of the child’s life.

1. Los Angeles reports outbreak of endemic flea-borne typhus

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported a flea-borne typhus outbreak in downtown Los Angeles.


Image/TKaucic via pixabay
Image/TKaucic via pixabay











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