The outbreak of West Nile virus in the USA is the worst since the illness was first observed in the US in 1999. The number of confirmed cases rose by 25% last week to 1,993.
The number of deaths rose to 87, up from 65 a week ago. The death total seems unlikely to break the record of 260 set in the 2002-03 season.
14 people have now been reported to have died in the ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with 29 confirmed cases.
In Uganda, a man who sneaked into an Ebola isolation ward to steal a mobile phone from an infected patient has fallen seriously ill from the hemorrhagic fever after making calls on the stolen phone.
In Kolkata, India and outbreak of Dengue fever has flooded government and private hospitals with dengue patients. 2 people have died and the government seems unable to handle the influx of patients.
11 people have now died in the Legionnaires disease outbreak in Quebec, Canada. 165 people have been infected.
Hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite National Park, USA. The rodent-borne lung disease has killed two people and sickened 4. 10 000 tourists are at risk. Park visitors who exhibit strange or flu-like symptoms are urged to seek immediate medical attention.
An outbreak of Newcastle disease in southern Minnesota, USA has prompted the closing of islands in Minnesota and Pigeon Lakes.
Researchers find alarming global levels of drug-resistant TB. A large, eight-nation study has found worrisome levels of tuberculosis resistant to first- and second-line drugs, along with higher-than-expected levels of extensively drug-resistant TB among the groups tested.
2 people have died in an outbreak of Legionnaires disease at the Chicago Marriott Hotel. 6 further people have been reported as having contracted the disease.
Authorities in Cuba have reported that the recent Cholera outbreak has run its course. 417 people were sickened and 3 people died.
Measels cases continue to be reported in New South Wales, Australia where 78 cases have occurred this year. Communities have been urged to immunise.
Reports of a foot and mouth disease outbreak in Chibombo, Zambia have been refuted by the Government.
The number of cases of swine flu continues to grow in the USA with 289 cases since 2011. The present variant of the disease has the same gene as the H1N1 swine flu virus that was responsible for the 2009 pandemic.
Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV.
The patients’ immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do.
What triggers this isn’t known, but the disease does not seem to be contagious.
This is another kind of acquired immune deficiency that is not inherited and researchers are calling this new disease an “adult-onset” immunodeficiency syndrome because it develops later in life and they don’t know why or how.
The death toll in the ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has risen to 10.
A massive cholera epidemic in the coastal slums of West Africa is killing hundreds of people with thousands more infected.
Syphilis outbreak among porn actors in the California porn industry prompts calls for a halt to filming in the multi-billion dollar industry.
Epidemic of PRR [peste des petits ruminants] in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a contagious viral disease that has killed tens of thousands of goats and sheep.
Botulism outbreak on a bird farm in Wyoming, USA. 2 700 pheasants have died in the past week.
Legionnaires disease outbreak in Quebec City, Canada. 3 people have died with 40 more infected. It is believed the disease is spread by one or more of the many cooling towers around the city.
9 people have now died in the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
224 cases of a new strain of swine flu have now been reported across 9 US States.
Ebola outbreak in Isiro, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 1 person is dead with 3 other infected. This is a different strain of the virus to that found in the Uganda outbreak.
Thousands of people flee Syria to escape a massive diarrhoeal outbreak.