EurekAlert 8 July 2015
In late 2013 the Caribbean had its first case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus. Today there have been almost 1.2 million cases in 44 countries or territories, including 177 cases in 31 U.S. States.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s James Crowe, M.D., Ann Scott Carell Professor and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, and his team are reporting the first large panel of antibody treatments against this disease in the current issue of Cell Host and Microbe.
Read more http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-07/vumc-vrd070615.php
View the full text http://www.cell.com/cell-host-microbe/abstract/S1931-3128%2815%2900257-7
Brisbane Times 4 August 2015
A bus commuter who attended university lectures and visited a major shopping centre and South Bank was infected with measles, according to Queensland Health.
The health department issued an alert after the patient tested positive for the highly-infectious illness.
The person was infectious when they attended lectures at the University of Queensland Faculty of Business on July 29, July 31, and August 3.
ABC News 28 July 2015
A major hospital in northern England has briefly closed its accident and emergency department over fears two patients may have the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
The Manchester Royal Infirmary said the patients were being kept in isolation for tests.
ABC News 28 July 2015
A spike in the number of dengue fever cases in South Australia has prompted a warning from the State Government urging travellers to protect themselves against the disease.
Health Minister Jack Snelling said there had been 58 cases of dengue fever recorded so far this year compared to 41 cases a year ago.
Three-quarters of those cases contracted the disease while holidaying in Indonesia, particularly while in Bali.
ABC News 29 July 2015
South Korea has declared it is effectively out of danger from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), more than two months after the first case was reported and began spreading.
Related news: South Korea declares ‘de facto end’ to Mers virus – BBC News 28 July 2015 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33684981
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