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BBC Examines Rise In Cases Of Imported Tropical Diseases

BBC News: Jungle Fever: The Exotic Disease Detectives “…Every year thousands of U.K. residents are diagnosed with so-called imported diseases — and it’s down to experts based at tropical disease centers in London and Liverpool to track them down and find the right treatment. … Wherever and however people pick…

Chikungunya Fever Detected In Caribbean

Scientific American: Mosquitoes Carry Yet Another Tropical Disease toward the U.S. “It began last October, with a simple mosquito bite on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. … By mid-December, two dozen cases of the viral disease had been confirmed. More than 1,000 cases have since scattered across the Caribbean…

HIV Testing Program Focuses On South African Truck Drivers

Health24: Putting the brakes on HIV “A road safety and wellness campaign, by Adcock Ingram, Scania truck manufacturer, Swedish Workplace HIV/AIDS Programme (SWHAP) and Shell One Stop petrol stations focused on the health of truck drivers over December. HIV, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and BMI testing were top of the…

Connectivity Makes Threat Of Emerging Infectious Diseases High In Asia, Experts Say

IRIN: Connectivity and emerging infectious diseases in Southeast Asia “Experts sometimes describe Southeast Asia as a ‘hotspot’ for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) because several major outbreaks have started in this region. Now, with unprecedented levels of connection between animals and people through urbanization, and of people with other people through…

Number Of Cancer Cases Will Rise To Nearly 22M Worldwide By 2030, Report Says

On the eve of World Cancer Day, news outlets examine a new report (.pdf) from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.Agence France-Presse: Cancer cases ‘set to rise by half by 2030’: U.N. “New cases of cancer will rise by half by 2030, reaching 21.6 million per year compared…

CDC Global Health Security Projects In Uganda, Vietnam Boost Disease Response

Three news outlets report on findings published in the CDC’s journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, regarding global health security projects in Uganda and Vietnam. CBS News: CDC: Other countries’ health threats can affect U.S. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that just because there’s a disease outbreak…

Saudi Arabia, Jordan Report New MERS Cases

News outlets report on new cases of MERS recorded in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Agence France-Presse: New MERS death raises Saudi toll to 59 “Saudi health authorities announced Wednesday a new MERS death, bringing to 59 the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the country with…

TB Treatment Advocacy Groups Discuss TB Test’s Cost In Letter To Manufacturer

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses an open letter to Cepheid Chief Executive Officer John Bishop from the Treatment Action Group and the Global TB Advisory Board regarding the cost of the company’s GeneXpert MTB/RTF rapid TB diagnostic test. “…Cepheid hasn’t responded to requests for comments…

PLOS Blog Examines Mystery Disease Killing Young Men In Central America

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Peter Hotez and his colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine highlight the mystery of Mesoamerican nephropathy, “an emerging form of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology that disproportionately strikes young male agricultural workers primarily in the Pacific coastal regions of El Salvador…

Stigma Surrounding Leprosy In Africa Propels Spread Of Disease

Agence France-Presse: Fear and ignorance fuel spread of leprosy in Africa “…Between 200 and 300 new cases of leprosy are reported each year in Senegal but doctors believe that only a small proportion of patients are detected. … World Leprosy Day — a period of three days, in fact, aimed…