Tagged: outbreak

An update on Zika infection and pregnancy - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 16, 2016

New research which looked at the data from the 2013-2014 outbreak of Zika in French Polynesia, estimates that the risk of microcephaly is about 1 for every 100 women infected with the Zika virus during the first trimester of pregnancy. Zika is the virus spread by mosquitoes (and more rarely by sexual transmission) that … Read More

Monday Micro - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 29, 2012

Inspired by the fabulous David Winter‘s Sunday Spinelessness blogs, I’ve decided to have a bash at writing a more regular quickie microbiology-related post. First up, the growing fungal meningitis outbreak in the USA. With 344 cases and 25 deaths spread over 18 states, the outbreak is a result of patients receiving contaminated steroid injections. So far … Read More

Deadly melons…. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 19, 2012

According to to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium going on associated with eating cantaloupe melons grown in southwestern Indiana. Infection with S. Typhimurium results if diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria. In most cases, the … Read More

It was the bean sprouts! The veggie-burger disease revisited. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 17, 2011

Finally the number of new cases from the German E. coli outbreak are easing. To date there have been 3362 people infected, with 823 people developing Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) and 37 deaths. Turns out the culprit was bean sprouts from an organic farm in lower Saxony. It does seem likely that the reason the majority of cases have been … Read More

And then came the conspiracy theories…. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 08, 2011

Forensic evidence emerges that European e.coli superbug was bioengineered to produce human fatalities So says Mike Adams, also known as the ‘Health Ranger’, a “natural health researcher, author and award-winning journalist with a mission to teach personal and planetary health to the public“. He has just posted this astonishing article on his blog. Where do we begin? Lets start … Read More

Measles Outbreak - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Aug 07, 2009

There was a story in the NZ Herald this week regarding a Measles outbreak in Auckland and the response to this event by the Powers That Be. Whether or not the action taken (keeping unvaccinated children at home following possible contact with carriers)  is correct, either practically or ethically is a question that will be endlessly discussed [...] … Read More