Thailand ended 2019 with 11,484 chikungunya cases, more than triple the 3,580 cases reported in 2018.
Certain arenaviruses that circulate in rodent populations can cause life-threatening hemorrhagic fevers when they infect humans.Arenaviruses pose a severe risk for outbreaks and might be exploited as biological weapons.
A new outbreak of bird flu was reported in Poland on January 13, with around 6,000 geese now set to be exterminated. The H5N8 strain of bird flu has also been found at a large turkey farm in northwestern Hungary.
Biosecurity and vigilant reporting are key tools in the process of stopping porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) outbreaks.
A Saskatoon, Canada organization has been given federal approval to develop a vaccine for deadly African Swine Fever.
Since the beginning of 2019, approximately 310,000 suspected cases of measles have been reported across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with 6.000 fatalities, figures that are underreported, according to Médecins Sans Frontières.
The three patients were treated at separate hospitals in New York City. Samples from the three patients were resistant to all three classes of commonly prescribed antifungal drugs.
HIV infection causes a loss of immunity to smallpox, even in people who were vaccinated as kids and are taking antiretroviral drugs.
Researchers completed Bacillus anthracis nanopore whole-genome sequencing from a human anthrax isolate hours after receipt. The de novo assembled genome showed no evidence of known antimicrobial resistance genes or introduced plasmid(s). Same-day genomic characterization enhances public health emergency response.
Once an outbreak of pandemic potential has been identified, models have enormous potential to improve the effectiveness of the response. Models can be used to synthesize data to provide enhanced situational awareness, predict the future course of the pandemic, and to plan mitigation strategies.