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Malaria in Costa Rica, CDC alert. Important to prevent insect bites

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Volcano in Costa Rica

News from September 22, 2017 from the CDC:  "What is the current situation?  The Costa Rican Ministry of Health has reported limited local transmission of malaria in Matina Canton in Limón Province, Sarapiquí Canton in Heredia Province, and Pital District in San Carlos Canton in Alajuela Province. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with malaria and spreading it to people. Other than a small outbreak at the end of 2016, this is the first local transmission of malaria in Costa Rica since 2011. Public health authorities are responding to this outbreak by enhancing malaria surveillance, making...

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Beware of Deadly Superbugs When You Travel

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Beware of Deadly Superbugs When You Travel

A woman in the US died after being infected by a superbug most likely during her visit to India, say doctors who found that the "nightmare" bacteria was resistant to all available antibiotics. Source: NDTV NEWS DESK | Updated: January 16, 2017 10:23 IST The infection was caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a multidrug-resistant organism associated with high mortality. CRE have been labelled as a "nightmare" bacterium not only because they are already resistant to most antibiotics, but also because they spread easily in hospital settings. While CRE are not new to the United States, what was new in this case was that the...

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Ticks—More to Worry About with Lyme Disease

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Ticks—More to Worry About with Lyme Disease

We all know that ticks can spread Lyme disease and travelers to Europe and Russia may be familiar with tick-borne encephalitis. Another tick-borne illness has now appeared in Spain with the report of the first case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF). See NY Times September 5, 2016. What is CCHF? It is a serious viral illness normally found in Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and Central Asia south of Kazakhstan. A West African strain of the fever was first isolated from ticks feeding on Spanish red deer in 2011. While the threat to travelers to Spain is low, the illness...

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