GIDEON what’s new summary: April 21 to April 22, 2018
- 5 Diseases
- 125 Clinical notes
- 28 Diseases
- 30 Country notes
- 1 Vaccine
In 2017, several cases of relapsing fever in Texas were reported among cave workers. The Israeli equivalent of the disease is in fact known as “cave fever” with most cases reported among tourists in caves. [1,2] Notably, an American tourist acquired “cave fever” in Israel in 1988. The regional pathogen, Borrelia persica is found in approximately ten percent of caves, and is transmitted by Ornithodorus tholozani, an argassid (“soft”) tick. The annual incidence has remained fairly stable at 5 to 15 cases for the past five decades.
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GIDEON what’s new summary: April 19 to April 20, 2018
For many years, rates of measles (per 100,000 population) reported by the WHO European and Americas Regions have been similar. During the same period, both regions have maintained high uptake of measles vaccine. [1,2] In the following graph, I’ve contrasted these figures with those of Africa, which continues to report both high measles rates and inadequate vaccine usage.
GIDEON what’s new summary: April 3 to April 6, 2018