January 20th 2018
Rates of scrub typhus [ST] in Thailand have been increasing dramatically since the 1970’s. In fact, the reported incidence of ST in this country is now higher than those of Hepatitis A, Leptospirosis, Melioidosis, Typhoid and even Shigellosis (chart A, below). Among Asian countries, only south Korea reports higher rates of ST (chart B); and the disease is currently more common in Thailand than are comparable rickettsial diseases in the United States and in my own country (chart C). In preparing these figures, I was also struck by the similarity in numbers of fatal ST cases reported in Thailand vs. fatal RMSF cases in the United States (chart D). [1-3]
- Charts generated using a multi-graph tool in Gideon. https://www.gideononline.com/cases/multi-graphs/
- Berger SA. Australo-Asian Spotted Fevers: Global Status, 2017. 63 pages, 16 graphs, 722 references. Gideon e-books, https://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/australo-asian-spotted-fevers-global-status/
- Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of Thailand, 2017. 461 pages, 169 graphs, 2,015 references. Gideon e-books, https://www.gideononlin he.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-thailand/
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January 12th 2018
The reported incidence of cryptosporidiosis in Ireland is higher than those of salmonellosis, shigellosis and giardiasis. In fact, cryptosporidiosis is more common in this region than in the United States. [1,2]
- Berger SA. Cryptosporidiosis – Global Status, 2017. 120 pages, 50 graphs, 1,699 references. Gideon e-books, https://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/cryptosporidiosis-global-status/
- Gideon e-Gideon multi-graph tool, https://www.gideononline.com/cases/multi-graphs/
January 12th 2018
Gideon follows cross-border Infectious Disease events in tabular form – including movement of infected animals, and outbreaks related to imported items.  The following list chronicles cases of African trypanosomiasis which were imported into South Africa, or were exported from Zambia. Further details and references are available from the author.
Acquired in Zambia.
1986 – An American tourist acquired trypanosomiasis in Zambia.
2000 – A British tourist acquired trypanosomiasis (nonfatal) in Zambia.
2001 – A British national acquired trypanosomiasis in Zambia.
2008 – A British tourist acquired trypanosomiasis in Zambia.
2010 – An American tourist and a South African Ranger acquired trypanosomiasis in Zambia.
2010 – A British traveler developed trypanosomiasis following travel in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
2015 – A Canadian traveler acquired trypanosomiasis in Zambia.
2016 – An American traveler acquired trypanosomiasis while on safari in Zambia and Botswana.
2017 – A German traveler acquired trypanosomiasis in Zambia.
Imported into South Africa
2000 – A South African tourist acquired trypanosomiasis in Malawi.
2001 – Three South Africans acquired trypanosomiasis in Tanzania.
2004 – A South African tourist acquired trypanosomiasis in Tanzania.
2005 – Two cases were imported from Malawi and one from Zimbabwe.
2006 – One case from Uganda.
2007 – Four travelers from South Africa acquired trypanosomiasis in Malawi.
2008 – A South African tourist acquired trypanosomiasis in Tanzania.
2009 – Three South African tourist acquired trypanosomiasis – in Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
2010 – A South African Ranger acquired trypanosomiasis in Zambia.
2010 – A South African tourist acquired trypanosomiasis in Malawi.
2010 – Trypanosomiasis was diagnosed in two migrants from Democratic Republic of Congo, living in South Africa.
- Berger SA. GIDEON Guide to Cross Border Infections, 2017. 217 pages, 128 tables, 3,936 references. Gideon e-books, https://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/travel/
January 2nd 2018
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 31, 2017 to January 2, 2018
Infectious Diseases – Diseases (198 updates)
- 71 Diseases
- 127 Country notes
Infectious Diseases – Drugs (3 updates)
- 1 Drug
- 2 Interacting drugs – New
Microbiology – Bacteria (2 updates)