Latest Emerging Infectious Diseases Stories

Rare Fungus Kills Endangered Rattlesnakes In Southern Illinois
2012-02-22 04:22:09

A small population of rattlesnakes that already is in decline in southern Illinois faces a new and unexpected threat in the form of a fungus rarely seen in the wild, researchers report. The eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus), a candidate for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, suffers from habitat loss and environmental stresses wherever it is found, said University of Illinois comparative biosciences visiting instructor and wildlife...

2011-08-12 05:37:32

A report published in the September issue of the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases indicates that two men contracted a rare bacterial skin infection from a tattoo parlor in Seattle, WA. This infection is typically found only in immune suppressed individuals. The infection, called Mycobacterium haemophilum, is in the same family as those that cause tuberculosis and leprosy. Researchers indicate that symptoms include small bumps at the site of infection, redness, pain, swelling and...

2011-02-21 14:09:13

The convergence of people, animals, and our environment has created a new dynamic in which the health of each group is inextricably and globally interconnected, without borders. It is against this background that One Health has emerged as a multidisciplinary effort to attain optimal health of humans, animals and our environment. This is the focus of a session at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science entitled "One Health: From Ideas to Implementation,...

2010-06-07 13:59:52

Study argues for greater monitoring and management of pathogens that threaten crops in Sub-Saharan Africa The devastating consequences of emerging infectious diseases on crops in developing countries and their economic and social impacts are often underestimated, according to a new study by Maurizio Vurro and his colleagues from the Institute of the Science of Food Production in Italy. The authors call for local governments and international communities to establish better mechanisms for...

2010-02-24 13:29:19

Real-time observation of disease threats could enhance planning and response for major events such as the Olympics As the world watches the Vancouver Olympics, researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Children's Hospital Boston have teamed up to monitor and assess potential infectious disease threats to Vancouver during the Winter Games by integrating two independently developed intelligence systems that focus on global infectious diseases; bio.DIASPORA and HealthMap. The...

2009-11-06 13:11:00

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent special supplement to the Journal of Public Health Management calls attention to the country's pressing need for a larger and fully capable public health workforce. The supplement, written by the leading academic voices in public health and published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), also sheds light on the challenges the U.S. faces in adequately meeting public health needs. LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of...

2009-11-03 12:58:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health is pleased to announce a partnership with UC Davis to monitor for and increase the local capacity in "geographic hot spots" to identify the emergence of new infectious diseases in high-risk wildlife such as bats, rodents, and non-human primates that could pose a major threat to human health. UC Davis leads a coalition of leading experts in wildlife...

2009-11-03 12:24:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Academy for Educational Development (AED) a five-year, multi-million dollar cooperative agreement called PREVENT to develop and implement effective behavior change and communications interventions that reduce the risk of emerging zoonotic diseases. PREVENT, which is slated to work in four geographic areas (the Gangetic Plain, Amazon River Basin, Congo River Basin, and...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.