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2007-07-24 12:16:21

To: MEDICAL EDITORS Contact: Dan Miller of Pennsylvania Department of Health, +1-717- 787-1783 HARRISBURG, Pa., July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed a diagnosis of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in a 40-year-old man who worked at a Boy Scout camp in Clearfield County. The man was seriously ill but he has recovered and has been discharged from the hospital. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome causes a person's lungs to fill with fluid,...

2007-07-13 00:15:18

By Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 12--El Dorado County health officials are urging precautions in areas that may be infested by rodents after a resident contracted hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a disease spread by rodents. The woman became ill in June and was hospitalized, but has recovered, according to a news release issued Thursday by the county Environmental Health and Public Health departments. Public health officials are investigating how the woman was exposed to the...

2007-01-08 09:27:58

MEXICO CITY -- Mexicans have long been taught to blame diseases brought by the Spaniards for wiping out most of their Indian ancestors. But recent research suggests things may not be that simple. While the initial big die-offs are still blamed on the Conquistadors who started arriving in 1519, even more virulent epidemics in 1545 and 1576 may have been caused by a native blood-hemorrhaging fever spread by rats, Mexican researchers say. The idea has sparked heated debate in Mexican academic...

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2006-12-19 06:00:00

Without mosquitoes, epidemics of dengue fever and malaria could not plague this planet. The skin-piercing insects infect one person after another while dining on a favorite meal: human blood. Eliminating the pests appears impossible. But scientists are attempting to re-engineer them so they cannot carry disease. If they manage that, they must create enough mutants to mate with wild insects and one day to outnumber them. Researchers chasing this dream, including an N.C. State University...

2006-08-17 19:41:32

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two cases of melioidosis, an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei that is rare in the US, were reported to the Florida Department of Health in 2005. Both patients had recently visited or arrived from Honduras, where the disease is endemic. One case resulted in paraplegia, and the other in death. In the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Report for August 18, Dr. Aaron Kite-Powell, from the Broward County Health Department in...

2006-07-20 16:16:31

CHICAG0 (Reuters) - Minnesota is grappling with its worst outbreak of livestock anthrax in 87 years, state officials said on Thursday. The naturally occurring bacterium in soil has killed 68 head of livestock on 23 farms in northwest Minnesota since mid-June, the state's board of animal health said. Minnesota has had anthrax cases in livestock in recent years, but this year's outbreak is the worst since 1919. Canada also reported anthrax outbreaks, with at least 234 cattle deaths...

2006-06-09 13:30:00

By Jerry Bieszk CHICAGO (Reuters) - An unusual number of dead jack rabbits in Texas has authorities concerned that so-called rabbit fever, or tularemia, could be making a comeback. The bacterial disease can infect humans but is rarely fatal. The latest case was confirmed recently in an area near Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo, Texas, according to Amarillo Bi-City-County Health District officials. Although no human cases have been reported from the most recent outbreak, there...

2006-06-08 19:53:08

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Between January and March of this year, health departments from Arizona, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, and Washington State reported an increased incidence of a respiratory viral infection, called human hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Human hantavirus infection follows exposure to the virus in rodent saliva or feces. Previous experience with early increases in hantavirus infection suggests that the total number of cases will be high throughout...

2006-03-31 08:41:01

GENEVA (Reuters) - Millions of people are at risk from deadly diseases such as cholera and meningitis in Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday, appealing for funds urgently to combat major outbreaks. "A significant increase in disease incidence and in preventable deaths is expected unless the shortfall of $24 million in funds for health are provided immediately," said Ala Din Alwan, WHO's representative for health action in crises. The United Nations agency, in...

2006-03-24 09:46:01

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. authorities in Iraq could free 12 high-ranking prisoners "within weeks," a lawyer for a former top aide to Saddam Hussein said on Friday, but American officials swiftly denied any such plan. Lawyer Badia Aref said sources within Camp Cropper, the U.S. detention facility at Baghdad airport where Saddam is also held, had suggested "12 former officials who are not accused of any crimes may be released within weeks." But his own client, former Deputy Prime...


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2011-04-15 15:02:18

Francisella tularensis is a pathogenic species of gram-negative bacteria and the causative agent of tularemia or rabbit fever. It is a facultative intracellular bacterium. It is classified as a Class A agent by the U.S. government due to its ease of spread by aerosol and its high virulence. In 1911 the species was found in ground squirrels in California. There are four subspecies that have been classified. Biovar tularensis is found mostly in North America. Biovar palearctica is found...

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2011-04-14 16:11:25

Burkholderia pseudomallei is a Gram-negative, bipolar, aerobic, motile rod-shaped bacterium. It causes the disease melioidosis in humans and animals and is also capable of infecting plants. The bacteria can from in a number of artificial environments. Optimal temperature is around 40°C in pH-neutral or slightly acidic environments. Most strains can ferment sugars without gas formation. The bacteria produces both exo and endo toxins although the role of these toxins has not been fully...

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2011-03-04 17:38:30

Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease with a 40 to 50 nm enveloped RNA virus with positive sense of the Flaviviridae family. It is transmitted by the bite of female mosquitoes and is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa, but not in Asia. Primates and a few kinds of mosquitoes are the only known hosts. The origin of the disease is most likely Africa. From there it was introduced to South America through the slave trade in the 16th century. There...

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2011-02-23 21:21:50

Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus is a mosquito-borne viral pathogen that causes Venezuelan equine encephalitis or encephalomyelitis (VEE). It can affect all equine species, such as horses, donkeys, and zebras. Equines may suddenly die or show progressive central nervous system disorders after infection. It is contractible by humans and will usually experience flu-like symptoms when infected. People with a weak immune system can become seriously ill or die. It is transmitted primarily...

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2011-02-23 20:38:02

Rinderpest (also cattle plague) is an infectious viral disease of cattle, domestic buffalo, and some species of wildlife. It is characterized by fever, oral erosions, diarrhea, lymphoid necrosis, and high mortality. The last confirmed case was in 2001. In 2011 it should be announced that a global eradication of rinderpest was complete. The term comes from the German language meaning cattle-plague. The rinderpest virus is closely related to measles and canine distemper viruses. It is a...

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