officials report 12 cases, including 1 death, in legionnaires’ disease outbreak at hampton beach

a few thoughts about the apparent legionnaires outbreak at hampton beach, new hampshire: legionnaires’ disease is a noncontangious type of bacterial pneumonia pontiac fever is a several day-long, nonpneumonic, febrile, influenza-like illness associated with exposure to Legionella spp. legionella are constituted of more than 58 known species, and are ubiquitous in the aqueous environment (i.e. lakes, streams, coastal oceans) and probably moist soils warm water … Continue reading officials report 12 cases, including 1 death, in legionnaires’ disease outbreak at hampton beach

outbreaks in a rapidly changing central africa — lessons from ebola

west and central africa are experiencing explosive growth in urban populations, economic activities, and connectivity. the recent ebola virus epidemic in west africa demonstrated the vulnerability of the local health care infrastructure to newly emerging infectious diseases. two key factors contributing to the epidemic’s unprecedented size were growth-related: large urban populations that overwhelmed the public health infrastructure of these resource-poor countries and the extensive spatial … Continue reading outbreaks in a rapidly changing central africa — lessons from ebola

4th person diagnosed with west nile virus in massachusetts

the massachusetts department of public health recently announced the fourth human case of west nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. the case is a woman in her 50s from middlesex county. i’ve been writing about west nile virus for weeks (see my posts 8/22/16, 8/13/18, 7/22/18, 7/11/18, 7/8/18). protect yourself from mosquito bites. this virus can be deadly. these four cases could be the tip … Continue reading 4th person diagnosed with west nile virus in massachusetts

measles cases are surging in europe to the highest levels since the 1990s

cases of measles in europe have hit a record high, according to the world health organization. this is primarily due to complacency and low levels of vaccination. what do you think should be done to increase immunization rates? to me, we need a major education campaign about the risk of infectious diseases and ways we can prevent them with vaccination. we also need a “cultural … Continue reading measles cases are surging in europe to the highest levels since the 1990s

statewide west nile risk raised to moderate in massachusetts

the massachusetts department of public health recently increased the statewide risk level for the west nile virus from low to moderate.  i also have a friend who is a physician in boston and recently diagnosed a case of west nile virus. we need more research into the root causes of increased west nile transmission.  i hope the national institutes of health will fund this research. … Continue reading statewide west nile risk raised to moderate in massachusetts

virus samples arrive at boston university laboratory

south end facility beginning work on ebola, marburg felice freyer wrote an interesting article in the boston globe today about virus research that’s getting started at the national emerging infectious diseases laboratories (neidl) at boston university. [conflict of interest note: i am a faculty member at boston university, and in the boston medical center infectious diseases section]. i agree with dr. elke mühlberger, that it … Continue reading virus samples arrive at boston university laboratory

every meal brought a stabbing pain in her gut

a 57-year-old woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis presented with stabbing abdominal pain, weight loss, weakness, anemia, and hypokalemia, and was worsening despite a gluten-free diet. every meal brought a stabbing pain in her gut. if this was celiac, why didn’t it stop when she cut out the gluten, she wondered. yesterday, i read with interest this case of “fake celiac disease” written by lisa sanders … Continue reading every meal brought a stabbing pain in her gut