Researchers have identified a cluster of four patients harboring Escherichia coli carrying a rare antibiotic resistance gene, mcr-1. That gene renders the microbe resistant to colistin, an antibiotic of last resort. Three of those patients showed no symptoms, raising the risk of spread.
Since March 2, 72 people have gotten sick, eight of whom have been hospitalized (though there could be more, since the CDC only has that data on 47 people). Nearly half of those infections are in Kentucky. Tennessee and Georgia are sharing some of the burden and a few cases have popped up in Ohio and Virginia.
Despite the growing evidence of the importance of Q fever in resource limited settings, there is currently little active control of Q fever in sub-Saharan Africa, which is exemplified by a recent systematic review of C. burnetii epidemiology in Africa which failed to identify a single disease control study in the scientific literature.
From Goulburn in New South Wales, to Flinders Street in Melbourne, and across abattoirs in Victoria and Queensland, activists ran a series of coordinated protests.
Ontario, Canada, has had two more outbreaks of Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), both in finishing barns.
Silos are tall, complex structures, and it is therefore easy for food stuffs to accumulate in hard-to-reach places.
The rise of Candida auris embodies a serious and growing public health threat: drug-resistant germs.
Researchers report the clinical and epidemiological information related to the 2017 EBOV outbreak in the DRC, as well as the characterization of the causative agent, a novel Ebolavirus variant from the Zaire ebolavirus species, denoted Ebola virus/H.sapiens-wt/COD/2017/Muyembe.1.
Intradermal administration of a DNA Ebola vaccine candidate using electroporation showed improvements over intramuscular administration in a recent study that found the new approach to Ebola prevention to be well-tolerated and effective.
Nigeria's heath authorities have reported 16 fresh cases of Lassa fever for the past week from five states in the West African country.