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Rabies risk and use of post-exposure prophylaxis associated with dog bites in Tennessee - Henderson H, Carpenter LR, Dunn JR.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:30 +0100

This study examined the risk of rabies in biting dog... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Congo-Kinshasa:11 Dead in DR Congo Rabies Outbreak

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:30:22 +0100

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THOUSANDS of Congolese displaced by rebel groups are at risk of contracting the deadly rabies that has killed at least 11 people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Potential Confounding of Diagnosis of Rabies in Patients with Recent Receipt of Intravenous Immune Globulin

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)






Grifols HyperRAB(R) (rabies immune globulin [human]) 300 IU/mL Receives FDA Approval to Treat Patients Exposed to Rabies Virus Infection

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:31:30 +0100

Innovative new formulation delivers higher concentration of anti-rabies virus antibodies per mL at wound site compared to other rabies immune globulin products on the market Reduced volume of medication offers potential for fewer injections for patients... Biopharmaceuticals, FDA Grifols, HyperRAB, rabies immune globulin, Rabies Virus (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)



Boy dies after contact with rabid bat

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:25:13 +0100

A 6-year-old Florida boy died after he came in contact with a bat and contracted the rabies virus. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Florida boy dies of rabies after touching a sick bat

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:36:46 +0100

Ryker Roque, six, died on Sunday at a hospital in Orlando, Florida, after touching a bat which his father Henry had found in the garden and put in a bucket. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Ryker Roque dies of rabies after touching a sick bat

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:41:23 +0100

Ryker Roque died on Sunday at a hospital in Orlando, Florida, after touching a bat which his father Henry had found in the garden and put in a bucket. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



6-year-old boy dies of rabies after being scratched by infected bat

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:13:17 +0100

Ryker Roque's father says the boy died Sunday at an Orlando hospital (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Medical News Today: Types of zoonotic diseases

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0100

Zoonosis or zoonotic diseases are conditions that can be passed from animals to humans. These include rabies, malaria, and Lyme disease. Learn more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Boy, 6, Undergoes Experimental Rabies Treatment Boy, 6, Undergoes Experimental Rabies Treatment

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:59:26 +0100

A 6-year-old boy in Florida is fighting for his life after getting rabies.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Brazilian teen becomes fifth person cured of rabies

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:46:32 +0100

Mateus dos Santos da Silva, from Rio Unini, contacted the virus last November. He had a pioneering treatment that saw him placed in an induced coma to protect his brain, (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Boy, 6, Undergoes Experimental Rabies Treatment

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:14:30 +0100

It is nearly always fatal once symptoms develop. But his doctors haven’t given up. (Source: WebMD Health)



Vampire bat rabies kills hundreds of cattle a year in Peru

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(PLOS) The vampire bat is known to be the principle reservoir of rabies throughout Latin America, yet the burden of vampire bat-transmitted rabies on human lives and livestock has been largely anecdotal. Now, researchers have calculated that, in Peru, more than 500 cattle a year die of rabies. The new study, which also detailed risk factors, appears in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Stemming the spread of rabies

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

(Source: ScienceNOW)

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Proof-of-concept study reveals feasibility of eliminating rabies in Africa

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Basel) The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, together with European and African collaborators, carried out a mass dog vaccination in Chad and determined its effect on human rabies exposure. The study published in Science Translational Medicine employed a bio-mathematical method for estimating the transmission dynamics of rabies. The researchers conclude that with political will and the necessary funding, elimination of rabies is possible in Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



A mass dog vaccination campaign stops rabies transmission in its tracks

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Mass dog vaccination campaigns in an African city successfully interrupted rabies transmission for nine months during 2014, researchers report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-Borne Outbreaks in 2016

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:41:55 +0100

European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 11/13/2017 This 228-page report presents the results of the zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2016 in 37 European countries (28 Member States [MS] and nine non-MS). It summarizes trends and sources for Yersinia (plague) and tularemia, both Category A bioterrorism agents; brucella, a Category B bioterrorism Agent; bovine tuberculosis, trichinellosis, echinococcosis, toxoplasmosis, rabies, Q fever, and West Nile fever. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Interoperability Can Help Stop Disease Outbreaks in Their Tracks

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:47:39 +0100

December 01, 2017A new  system in Liberia is speeding up disease surveillance and response times.How do you reduce the time it takes to identify a potential disease outbreak in order to manage it effectively?  In Liberia —where resources are constrained and the devastation of Ebola still lingers—the government, IntraHealth International, and other partners are working urgently to answer this question.The simple answer? Connect the dots quickly.IntraHealth is helping the Ministry of Health speed up this process from several weeks to just a few days.Health authorities must be alerted to a suspected disease or condition in order to act appropriately. Then, information must move across those connections fast. Very fast.Health authorities require reliable, real-time information about a po...



Rabies Found In Superstition, What You Need To Know

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:23:00 +0100

The Arizona Department of Health has confirmed two cases of rabies in animals from the Superstition Mountain area, which includes popular hiking and camping areas such as the Lost Dutchman State Park, First Water Trail, and the Tonto National Forest. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

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Rabies Found In Arizona: What You Need To Know

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:23:00 +0100

The Arizona Department of Health has confirmed two cases of rabies in animals from the Superstition Mountain area, which includes popular hiking and camping areas such as Lost Dutchman State Park, First Water Trail and Tonto National Forest. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)



Rabies Prophylaxis After Eating Salad Containing a Bat Carcass Rabies Prophylaxis After Eating Salad Containing a Bat Carcass

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:14:51 +0100

In this bizarre case, two people unknowingly consumed a salad found to be contaminated with the remains of a bat. How great was the risk of rabies transmission?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Rabavert (Rabies Vaccine) - updated on RxList

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)



Angola:Lunda Sul - Over 300 Animals Vaccinated Against Rabies

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:58:56 +0100

[ANGOP] Saurimo -At least 332 pets, amongst dogs, monkeys and cats, have been vaccinated from January to October this year against rabies in the eastern Lunda Sul province, Angop learnt Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



How Banfield is working to save the pets of Puerto Rico (Photos)

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:10:56 +0100

Hurricane Maria continues to break many hearts in Puerto Rico. Residents have dealt with federal government indifference, an inability to hook up all residents with water and electricity even weeks after the storm, the power of the storm itself. There's also the question of what happens to pets, many of whom have been abandoned or are susceptible to such diseases as rabies and leptospirosis. We caught up with Vancouver-based Banfield Pet Hospital’s Puerto Rico Chief of Staff Dr. Rhemuel Valcarcel,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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Serum Institute of India launches Rabishield in partnership with UMass Medical School

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Massachusetts Medical School) The Serum Institute of India today announced the global launch of Rabishield, a rabies monoclonal antibody developed in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Notes from the field: Postexposure prophylaxis for rabies after consumption of a prepackaged salad containing a bat carcass - Florida, 2017 - Krishnasamy V, Mauldin MR, Wise ME, Wallace R, Whitlock L, Basler C, Morgan C, Grissom D, Worley S, Stanek D, DeMent J, Yager P, Carson W, Condori RE, Nakazawa Y, Walker C, Li Y, Wynens C, Wellman A, Ellison J, Pieracci E.

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:42:01 +0100

On April 3, 2017, two Florida residents consumed part of the same prepackaged salad before reportedly discovering the partial remains of a bat carcass in the salad. Bats are known reservoirs for rabies virus, which causes rabies disease in both animals ... (Source: SafetyLit)






Namibia:Pet Owners Urged to Vaccinate Animals Against Rabies

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:22:22 +0100

[New Era] Windhoek -The Ministry of Health and Social Services has urged pet owners to vaccinate their animals against rabies. Public relations officer in the Health Ministry Manga Libita said there is a shortage of anti-rabies vaccine in the country at present and that is the case globally. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Rabies postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) noncompletion after dog bites: estimating the unseen to meet the needs of the underserved - Tarantola A, Blanchi S, Cappelle J, Ly S, Chan M, In S, Peng Y, Hing C, Taing CN, Ly S, Bourhy H, Buchy P, Dussart P, Mary JY.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:41:49 +0100

Post exposure prophylaxis prevents human rabies and is accessible in Cambodia principally in Phnom Penh, the capital. Timely, affordable access to post-exposure prophylaxis is a challenge for the mainly rural population. We aimed to identify districts inde... (Source: SafetyLit)



Medical News Today: How does rabies cause aggression?

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0100

New research investigates the molecular mechanism that allows the rabies virus to induce aggressive behavior in the infected host. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Research reveals how rabies can induce frenzied behavior

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Alaska Fairbanks) Scientists may finally understand how the rabies virus can drastically change its host's behavior to help spread the disease, which kills about 59,000 people annually.A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports shows how a small piece of the rabies virus can bind to and inhibit certain receptors in the brain that play a crucial role in regulating the behavior of mammals. This interferes with communication in the brain and induces frenzied behaviors that favor the transmission of the virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



Nigeria: Minister Vows to Eradicate Rabies Disease in Abuja

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:23:20 +0100

[Leadership] Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has restated the readiness of the FCT Administration to eradicate rabies disease in the territory. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Tanzania: Major Anti-Rabies Campaign Picks Steam

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:32:02 +0100

[Daily News] EXTENSIVE researches have commenced in different parts of Africa in the quest to control rabies, of which 99 per cent of infections to humans are due to dog bites. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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The Philippines offers hope of a rabies-free future

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:08:37 +0100

Pilot programme suggests disease that kills 59,000 people a year can be defeated (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)



On World Day, UN announces global initiative to end deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:33:43 +0100

The largest global anti-rabies initiative to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030 was announced, today, World Rabies Day, making it a priority disease for key international organizations and governments, according to the United Nations health agency. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)



Education programmes save lives from rabies in India

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:15:00 +0100

(Source: WHO Feature Stories)



Tanzania: Rabies Kills 1,500 People Annually in Tanzania, EAC Dispatch Shows

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:11:53 +0100

[Citizen] Arusha -With World Rabies Day marked on Thursday, the infectious disease kills at least 1,500 people in Tanzania annually, it has been said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Kenya: How to End Human Deaths From Rabies - Lessons From Kenya

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:03:25 +0100

[The Conversation Africa] When a person hears about rabies, it's often not thought of as an immediate personal threat. But rabies kills about 60,000 people every year - the majority of deaths are in Africa and Asia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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World Rabies Day 2017

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:18:47 +0100

(Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)



Vets in Philippines turn to technology to track and tackle rabies

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:10:40 +0100

MANILA (Reuters) - Armed with smartphones and syringes, veterinarians in the Philippines are turning to technology to fight rabies, using tracking tools to identify problem areas in mass campaigns to vaccinate dogs. (Source: Reuters: Health)



New study funded points to unexpected benefits of rabies vaccination in dogs

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Morris Animal Foundation) The rabies vaccine is extremely effective at preventing this fatal disease in dogs, but new research, funded by Morris Animal Foundation, shows the vaccine may have a positive impact on overall canine health as well, and is associated with a decrease in death from all causes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Kedrab (Rabies Immune Globulin Solution for Intramuscular Injection) - new on RxList

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)



KamRAB/KedRAB (rabies immunoglobulin human) for the Treatment of Rabies

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 23:00:00 +0100

KamRAB/KedRAB ™ is a human rabies immunoglobulin (HRIG) indicated for the treatment of passive, transient post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) of rabies infection. The drug was jointly developed by Kamada and Kedrion Biopharma. (Source: Drug Development Technology)

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Towards a rabies-free Thailand by 2020

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 09:30:00 +0100

Through mass dog vaccination and accessible and affordable measures, Thailand has reduced the number of human rabies cases by more than 90% since the 1980s. WHO welcomed Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand on 28 August – the Princess is a champion of efforts to make Thailand rabies-free by 2020. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)



FDA Clears Immune Globulin Kedrab for Rabies Treatment FDA Clears Immune Globulin Kedrab for Rabies Treatment

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:53:50 +0100

The plasma-derived human rabies immune globulin should be given immediately after contact with a rabid or possibly rabid animal, concurrently with a full course of rabies vaccine.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



FDA Approves KedRAB [rabies immune globulin (Human)] for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis of Rabies Infection

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 23:08:35 +0100

Fort Lee, NJ/Rehovot, Israel – August 25, 2017 - Kedrion Biopharma and Kamada Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: KMDA), two leading human-derived protein therapeutics companies, today announced that KedRAB™ [rabies immune globulin (Human)] has received U.S.... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)



Why Rabies Should Be On Your Radar

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:07:00 +0100

A recent attack by a coyote on a woman on a bike path near Albany, in upstate New York, focuses attention on the risk of acquiring rabies, especially among animals not typically associated with the infection. Aggressive behavior is wild animals is associated with a heightened risk for rabies. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)



Do You Need Rabies Shots If A Bat Gets In Your House? Experts Disagree.

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:45:24 +0100

But probably yes. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)



Malawi: Chitipa Girl Dies Over Rabies Disease - Health Authority Blamed for Negligence

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:08:00 +0100

[Nyasa Times] A 12 year old girl Joyce Msukwa in Chitipa district has died on Monday after battling with rabies disease in a short illness. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Time series analysis and mortality model of dog bite victims presented for treatment at a referral clinic for rabies exposure in Monrovia, Liberia, 2010-2013 - Olarinmoye AO, Ojo JF, Fasunla AJ, Ishola OO, Dakinah FG, Mulbah CK, Al-Hezaimi K, Olugasa BO.

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:20:22 +0100

We developed time trend model, determined treatment outcome and estimated annual human deaths among dog bite victims (DBVs) from 2010 to 2013 in Monrovia, Liberia. Data obtained from clinic records included victim's age, gender and site of bite marks, site... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Early MRNA Rabies Vaccine Has Unimpressive Results Early MRNA Rabies Vaccine Has Unimpressive Results

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 22:33:26 +0100

An experimental mRNA rabies vaccine showed less than convincing results in a phase 1 trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)



Bobcat attacks man and dog, tests positive for rabies

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:14:18 +0100

The Arizona man was trying to separate the two animals when he got bit (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Dog-bites, rabies and One Health: towards improved coordination in research, policy and practice - Rock MJ, Rault D, Degeling C.

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:41:53 +0100

Dog-bites and rabies are neglected problems worldwide, notwithstanding recent efforts to raise awareness and to consolidate preventive action. As problems, dog-bites and rabies are entangled with one another, and both align with the concept of One Health. ... (Source: SafetyLit)



Three-Zone Biosecurity Offers New Hope to Indonesian Farmers

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:01:38 +0100

James McGrane, FAO ECTAD Indonesia Team Leader, at his office in Jakarta. Credit: Kanis Dursin/IPSBy Kanis DursinJAKARTA, Indonesia, Jul 10 2017 (IPS)Poultry farmer Bambang Sutrisno Setiawan had long heard about biosecurity but never gave serious thought to it, even when the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 forced him to cull thousands of his layer chickens in 2003 and 2009.Eighteen years into the business, however, Bambang, who is called Ilung by friends, is now converting his second farm into a three-zone biosecurity poultry with a strong conviction that it is the only way to save his business amid continued threats of bird flu and other animal diseases.Indonesia detected its first bird flu case in 2003. Since then, the H5N1 virus has killed millions of poultry in 32 of the country...



Pharma Technology Focus – Issue 60

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:49:00 +0100

In this issue: Solving US drug pricing issues by importing cheaper Canadian drugs, underexplored fields in immuno-oncology, a new temperature-resistant rabies and yellow fever vaccine, the increasingly popularity of adaptive clinical trials, and more … (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)

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Could a temperature-resistant vaccine spell the end for rabies and yellow fever?

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:42:00 +0100

Current vaccines for rabies and yellow fever are plagued by the difficulties of transporting temperature-controlled drugs. A new European consortium led by KU Leuven may have the solution. Elly Earls reports. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)



VIDEO: Get To Know The Bloodthirsty (But Cuddly) Vampire Bat

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:00:07 +0100

In Latin America, they drink the blood of big animals and can spread rabies. Livestock die. So do people. Ranchers want to wipe the bats out. Does anyone think that's a bad idea?(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)



Rabies vaccine to be air dropped by helicopter over parts of Northeast Ohio

Mon, 29 May 2017 21:58:36 +0100

(Natural News) The World Health Organization (WHO) describes rabies as a “fatal zoonotic disease, transmitted to humans through contact (mainly bites and scratches) with infected animals.”  This condition kills 55,000 people worldwide every year, with nearly 100 percent of fatal cases occurring in Asia and Africa. Worldwide, another ten million people are exposed yearly, but, according to the Center for Disease... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Health Tip: Dealing With a Dog Bite

Mon, 29 May 2017 07:00:12 +0100

-- Dog bites happen, even if parents are careful. Knowing the steps to take quickly can help keep your child safe. Here's advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Ask the dog's owners for their contact information, proof of rabies... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic

Thu, 04 May 2017 11:48:04 +0100

Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping from chickens to humans more readily–bad news, because the virus is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems, and 41% died. What H7N9 can’t do–yet–is spread easily from person to person, but experts know that could change. The longer the virus spends in humans, the better the chance that it might mutate to become more contagious–and once that happens, it’s only a matter of time before it hops a plane out of China and onto foreign soil, where it...

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Namibia: Laboratory Requests Farmers to Report Kudu Rabies

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:08:42 +0100

[New Era] Windhoek -A renewed call is made upon farmers and hunting farms to be on the lookout for incidents of rabies among any animals and to submit samples of animals which might be affected to the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Windhoek. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Why People With A Treatable Flesh-Eating Disease Don't Want The Cure

Tue, 02 May 2017 09:02:01 +0100

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. UTUT FOREST, Kenya ― Amos Kiptui is no stranger to hardship. He was born in a cave 27 years ago and still lives in one, despite run-ins with wild buffalo, deadly snakes, leopards and lions.  So when thick, itchy welts began to appear on Kiptui’s right cheek, he took a sharp rock and scraped off layers of his skin, then packed the bleeding wound with traditional medicine made from bitter leaves.  “You put the leaves on a piece of iron and make a fire,” he said, demonstrating with a small, battered metal sheet. “You leave it to dry and crush it to powder,” he added. “Then you rub your wound with a...



The Cure For This Flesh-Eating Disease Makes Grown Men Run And Hide

Tue, 02 May 2017 09:02:01 +0100

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. UTUT FOREST, Kenya ― Amos Kiptui is no stranger to hardship. He was born in a cave 27 years ago and still lives in one, despite run-ins with wild buffalo, deadly snakes, leopards and lions.  So when thick, itchy welts began to appear on Kiptui’s right cheek, he took a sharp rock and scraped off layers of his skin, then packed the bleeding wound with traditional medicine made from bitter leaves.  “You put the leaves on a piece of iron and make a fire,” he said, demonstrating with a small, battered metal sheet. “You leave it to dry and crush it to powder,” he added. “Then you rub your wound with a...



'A Normal Man Would Not Want Me': A Heartbreaking Look At Leprosy In 2017

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:33 +0100

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. YANGON, Myanmar ― Su Myant Sandar was 17 when she first noticed a red patch on her cheek. At the time, she was working with her girlfriends at a garment factory on the poor outskirts of this city. She covered the spot with a thick layer of thanaka, a traditional plant-based makeup, and continued going to work as normal. But it was not an ordinary spot. It was the first visible sign of leprosy, a largely forgotten bacterial infection that affects tens of thousands of people every year, mostly in southeast Asia and most of them extremely poor. An ancient disease, leprosy causes skin lesions and nerve damage and can lead to severe disfigurement and...



Kenya: Key Myths That Allow Rabies to Thrive

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:07:34 +0100

[Nation] The death of a little girl last year left an indelible mark on us, as practising veterinary surgeons. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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This Woman Survived One Of The Deadliest Snake Attacks

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:00:55 +0100

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. CHERANGAN, KENYA ― Walking home from a party in the evening light, Cheposait Adomo was unaware of the 6.5-foot black mamba snake in her path until it had coiled around her ankles and sunk in its teeth. As Adomo screamed and pulled at the slithering knot that punctured her three times, she was unaware of the two other brown-colored mambas slithering over to provide backup. “I felt the bites and then a burning sensation,” Adomo, a mother of five, said of the attack, which happened late last year near her hilly village of Cherangan, in Kenya’s West Pokot County, close to the Ugandan border. In this poor and remote area, a thr...



CDC Investigates Dead Bat Found in Recalled Salad

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:29:45 +0100

Though it is extremely uncommon, investigators want to rule out the possibility of rabies (Source: WebMD Health)



Wait, That's Not a Crouton! (FREE)

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100

By the Editors A couple has been advised to receive rabies postexposure prophylaxis after finding bat remains in their packaged … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



Bat reportedly found in packaged Fresh Express salad mix

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 02:58:04 +0100

Two people were recommended for post-exposure rabies treatment after a consumer in Florida reported finding a dead bat in a packaged salad mix, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



KU Leuven-led consortium to develop new vaccine against rabies and yellow fever

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 23:00:00 +0100

The KU Leuven-led RABYD-VAX consortium is all set to develop a new vaccine against rabies and yellow fever. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)

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KU Leuven to lead development of dual vaccine against yellow fever and rabies

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(KU Leuven) Rabies and yellow fever claim ten thousands of lives each year. Vaccines already exist but various drawbacks that hinder their efficient distribution. One of them is the need to transport and store these vaccines at cool temperatures. The RABYD-VAX consortium, led by KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium), has now started developing a cheap, temperature-stable, and easy-to-produce vaccine against both diseases at once. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Rabies: What's an Exposure? Know When to Vaccinate Rabies: What's an Exposure? Know When to Vaccinate

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:45:22 +0100

To respond promptly, clinicians need to understand what constitutes a rabies exposure and how to properly dose the vaccine.CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)



When Bullets Fly, These Medics Grab Their Packs And Treat Patients On The Run

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:02:11 +0100

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. Everyone takes work home with them sometimes. But in civil war-torn South Sudan, some health workers take theirs on the run. In areas where armed groups have stormed into hospitals and shot people dead in their beds, or gutted and burned clinics, staff for the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at times has had to run with patients and hide in the bush to continue treatment. Last year, a group of MSF health workers in the particularly hard-hit town of Leer, in Unity State, took things one step further. Instead of fleeing from and returning to their hospital again and again, they stuffed backpacks full of stethoscopes, disinfecta...



He Treated The Very First Ebola Cases 40 Years Ago. Then He Watched The World Forget.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:47 +0100

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. KINSHASA, Congo ― In early 2014, few people worried that the Ebola virus, which is up to 90 percent fatal, would pose a global threat. So the World Health Organization sent shockwaves around the world when it announced that Ebola was spreading out of control in West Africa. Before the epidemic was over two years later, it had killed thousands of people. They died in terrifying and painful ways, often passing the disease on to family members before and even after death. Doctors and aid workers died, people who should have been able to stay safe while offering care. But not everyone who is exposed to the Ebola virus, which spre...



Rabies Kills 189 People Every Day. Here's Why You Never Hear About It.

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:47:55 +0100

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. Rabies is one of the most lethal viruses known to man. It kills virtually 100 percent of victims who don’t get the vaccine. Today, there is both the knowledge and the practical means to eradicate the disease, but it still causes 69,000 deaths worldwide every year. That’s 189 people a day. Rabies is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected animal, usually a dog. After infection, it typically takes between one and three months for a person to show symptoms. By the time they do, their death is inevitable.  From the onset of symptoms, the end is swift but terrifying. The victim’s brain swells, causing ris...



Ten million lives saved by 1962 breakthrough, study says

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:32:08 +0100

Nearly 200 million cases of polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, adenovirus, rabies and hepatitis A -- and approximately 450,000 deaths from these diseases -- were prevented in the US alone between 1963 and 2015 by vaccination, researchers estimate. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



How we discovered the vampire bats that have learned to drink human blood

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:11:19 +0100

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)



Announcement: Release of National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians ’ 2016 Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

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Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2016

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:52:01 +0100

The recommendations in this compendium serve as a basis for animal rabies prevention and control programs throughout the United States and facilitate standardization of procedures among jurisdictions, thereby contributing to an effective national rabies control program. (Source: PHPartners.org)



[Book Review] Our best shot

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:23:07 +0100

Meredith Wadman's meticulously researched and carefully crafted book, The Vaccine Race, is an enlightening telling of the development of vaccines in the mid-20th century. Drawing from firsthand interviews, personal correspondence, journal articles, and governmental archival documents, Wadman relates the work of the brilliant scientists who toiled for years to develop vaccines against diseases including polio, rubella, and rabies; the experiences of vulnerable individuals who were unwittingly enrolled in vaccine trials; and the suffering of families and individuals devastated by diseases that have since been nearly eradicated by vaccination. Author: Erica C. Jonlin (Source: ScienceNOW)



Researchers highlight alarming link between feral pigs and vampire bats

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a study shows that the number of vampire bats, which transmit rabies and are a concern for livestock breeders, may be increasing in Brazil and the Americas along with growth in the populations of invasive feral pigs and wild boars (Sus scrofa). (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



Human Rabies -- Puerto Rico, 2015 Human Rabies -- Puerto Rico, 2015

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:14:09 +0100

This fatal case of human rabies contracted from a mongoose bite highlights the importance of public and health care provider awareness of this deadly disease--especially from uncommon vectors.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Michigan woman's finger left hanging by thread by her dog

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:31:12 +0100

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Alexandra Ross, 22, from Michigan, was forced to have 17 injections to eliminate her risk of contracting rabies after she was bitten by her pet Aries. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Rabies viruses reveal wiring in transparent brains

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:00:00 +0100

Scientists under the leadership of the University of Bonn have harnessed rabies viruses for assessing the connectivity of nerve cell transplants: coupled with a green fluorescent protein, the... (Source: Parkinson's Disease News From Medical News Today)



[Feature] Taming rabies

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0100

An estimated 59,000 people die from rabies around the world every year. Their horrible suffering—including convulsions, terror, and aggression—and the fact that many victims are children led the World Health Organization and others to announce a goal to eliminate rabies deaths worldwide by 2030. The plan calls for cheaper and faster treatment for people. But its long-term bet is on vaccinating domestic dogs, which cause more than 99% of infections. The challenges are enormous in sub-Saharan Africa, where poor countries can hardly pay for millions of dogs to be vaccinated, and their governments often have trouble organizing vaccination campaigns across vast rural areas. In pilot projects underway in Tanzania, Kenya, and a few other African countries, scientists are testing strategies fo...



Rabies viruses reveal wiring in transparent brains

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:02:36 +0100

Scientists have harnessed rabies viruses for assessing the connectivity of nerve cell transplants: coupled with a green fluorescent protein, the viruses show where replacement cells engrafted into mouse brains have connected to the host neural network. A clearing procedure which turns the brain into a'glass-like state'and light sheet fluorescence microscopy are used to visualize host-graft connections in a whole-brain preparation. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Imovax (Rabies Vaccine) - updated on RxList

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)

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European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-Borne Outbreaks in 2015

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:22:28 +0100

European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 12/16/2016 This 231-page document presents the results of the zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2015 in 32 European countries (28 Member States [MS] and four non-MS). A total of 4,362 food-borne outbreaks, including water-borne outbreaks, were reported. Bacteria were the most commonly detected causative agents, followed by bacterial toxins, viruses, other causative agents, and parasites. The report summarizes trends and sources for tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium bovis, Brucella, Trichinella, Echinococcus, Toxoplasma, rabies, Coxiella burnetii (Q fever), West Nile virus, and tularaemia. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Study finds vaccination is the most cost-effective way to reduce rabies deaths in India

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Maryland School of Medicine) Every year in India, about 20,000 people die from rabies. Most of the victims are children. Nearly all of the deaths occur after victims are bitten by rabid dogs. For years, experts have debated the best strategy to reduce this burden. Now, a new study has identified a cost-effective way to reduce death due to rabies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



8 Dog Park Safety Tips

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:30:50 +0100

1. Pick the right dog park for you and your pet. Ideally, an off-leash park should have: o A double-gate entry, secure fencing, and posted rules of conduct o Centrally located, well-stocked poop-bag dispensers and trash cans o Separate areas for large and small dogs, and plenty of room for dogs to run o A sheltered area, preferably with seating o Dog-friendly water fountains Before you bring your dog into the fenced area, take a few minutes to scan the activity in the park. If there are too many dogs, inattentive owners, aggressive animals, or piles of dog waste lying around, I recommend finding another park, or returning when the situation is improved. 2. Unless your dog is medically exempt from receiving rabies vaccinations, be sure to keep her rabies tag up-to-date or titer your dog....



10 Reasons Raccoons Make Terrible Pets

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:18:53 +0100

Because they are so cute and precocious, many people wonder if raccoons make good pets. My answer is always, in a word, "No." Raccoons are wild animals, and many people don't realize it's unethical and illegal to capture a healthy wild animal and force it live out the rest of its life in confinement. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators like me are trained to care for sick or injured raccoons until they can be returned to the wild. We are also trained to prevent young animals from becoming imprinted, or socialized to humans and domestic animals. However, some rehabbed animals have permanent injuries that prevent them from surviving in the wild. Rehab facilities or wildlife educators can apply for special permits that allow them to provide care to these animals for the rest of their lives. ...



Human Rabies — Puerto Rico, 2015

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

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Two major groups of rabies virus display distinct evolutionary trends

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:35:45 +0100

Using hundreds of viral genome sequences, scientists have shown that two major groups of rabies virus have unique evolutionary tendencies. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Researchers combine MERS and rabies viruses to create innovative 2-for-1 vaccine

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Maryland School of Medicine) In a new study, researchers have modified a rabies virus, so that it has a protein from the MERS virus; this altered virus works as a 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice against both Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and rabies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:45:09 +0100

This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them. More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization. These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or elephantiasis, a leading cause of disability worldwide, which affects over 120 million people and can cause severe swelling of the body parts, usually the legs or t...



Behind the Headlines 2016 Quiz of the Year

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:53:00 +0100

In 2014, Behind the Headlines has covered more than 500 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. If you've been paying attention you should find this quiz easy and fun. Why not test your knowledge of 2014's health news with our month-by-month quiz? Answers are at the foot of the page (no peeking!).   In January 2016's health news... In a controversial study, monkeys were genetically engineered to develop what disorder? 1) Sex addiction 2) Bi-polar disorder 3) Autism In a similarly controversial study, what psychological condition was dismissed as a "myth" 1) Seasonal affective disorder 2) Agoraphobia 3) Social anxiety disorder In February 2016's health news... Brain scans were used to see if what activity was addictive? 1) Shopping online ...

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[Perspective] As the bat flies

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:00:00 +0100

The importance of predicting the timing and location of infectious disease emergence events from animal into human populations is highlighted by the effect of Ebola virus in West Africa. Such predictions are, however, usually hampered by a dearth of data. In a recent analysis of rabies viruses derived from vampire bats (see the photo) in Peru, Streicker et al. show that with sufficient data on both pathogen and host and with accurate models, predictions can be made to inform surveillance and public health efforts (1). Author: David T. S. Hayman (Source: ScienceNOW)



Vietnam bans 39 Indian drug firms

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:39:13 +0100

Antibiotics made by Aurobindo and Mcleod, and Cadila's anti-rabies vaccine Lyssavac are some of the drugs that have been banned. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)



A three-year (2011-2013) surveillance on animal bites and victims vaccination in the South of Khorasan-e-Razavi Province, Iran - Riabi HR, Ghorbannia R, Mazlum SB, Atarodi A.

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 02:07:52 +0100

INTRODUCTION: Rabies is acute encephalitis caused by rabies virus and is transmissible between humans and warm blooded animals. The virus is belong to the family of Rabdoviridae and, of Lissavirus genus. AIM: To find out the success of rabies surve... (Source: SafetyLit)