GIDEON what’s new summary: December 31, 2017 to January 2, 2018
- 71 Diseases
- 127 Country notes
- 1 Drug
- 2 Interacting drugs – New
- 2 Bacteria
Gideon (www.GideonOnline.com) notes that a single Indian case (1980) of human fascioliasis was published in the world’s literature during 1969 to 1989. Subsequent cases were reported in upper Assam (published in 1997) , Bihar and Uttar Pradesh (published in 2001). Two cases were treated at a hospital in Vellore during a three-month period (2012 publication). Fascioliasis is common among dairy animals in the northwest Himalayan region and the Kashmir valley. In the latter area, sheep harbor both Fasciola hepatica and F. gigantica. F. gigantica has also been identified in Indian buffaloes (Bos bubalis). Eleven published surveys found that 0.32 to 24.3 of animals (ovines, bovines, deer) in various areas of India are infested. [1,2]
Lymnaea (Fossaria) truncatula is the Indian reservoir for Fasciola hepatica; and Ly. acuminata and Ly. auricularia the reservoirs for F. gigantica.
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GIDEON what’s new summary: December 22 to December 24, 2017
A higher case / fatality ratio for reported spotted fever cases in Brazil vs. the United States suggests that the Brazilian strain of Rickettsia rickettsii is more virulent. In the following charts I’ve compared data for disease incidence and deaths for each of the countries, and contrasted death rates per 100,000 population. [1,2]
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 17 to December 20, 2017