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Reason for surge in plague cases remains unknown

September 3, 2015

A recent report in MMWR, detailing the 12 cases of human plague reported this year, noted that the reason behind the surge remains unclear.

“Plague is a rare, life-threatening, flea-borne zoonosis caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis,” researcher Natalie Kwit, DVM, an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC, and colleagues wrote. “During 2001-2012, the annual number of human plague cases reported in the United States ranged from one to 17 (median = three cases). It is unclear why the number of cases in 2015 is higher than usual.”

In the Journals

Ebola virus transmission eliminated in Liberia

September 3, 2015
It has been more than 42 days since the last patient was discharged from an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia — more than twice the length of the maximum incubation…

World Hepatitis Summit aims to raise awareness of viral hepatitis

September 3, 2015
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FDA approves addition of genital swab claim to HSV 1, 2 test

September 3, 2015
Quest Diagnostics announced today that the FDA has given the company clearance to add a genital swab claim to its molecular test for herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2…
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Breast-feeding may reduce risk for infection among indigenous infants

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