Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Norovirus spikes across the Northeast

The "stomach bug" is unfortunately making the rounds these days. Norovirus rates in the Northeast are now at their highest levels since April, according to the CDC. The positive "stomach flu" rates in the Northeast are currently ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Norovirus: What to know and how to avoid it

If you've been bit by a stomach bug lately, you're not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting significant norovirus activity across the country, especially in the West and Northeast.

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Could AI help us prepare for the next pandemic?

The first time Elizabeth Ondula thought about using technology to improve public health was when she faced a personal tragedy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her father died and she was unable to travel for his burial due to ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study examines medical mystery of child hepatitis outbreak

An analysis of the sudden global outbreak of hepatitis in children finds that although the primary suspect is highly likely to be an infection by multiple viruses, many questions still puzzle researchers.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Brazil launches dengue vaccination amid outbreak

Brazil launched a dengue fever immunization campaign Friday, becoming the first country in the world to provide the vaccine through its public health system as it deals with a surge in cases.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Zimbabwe starts cholera vaccination drive

Zimbabwe launched a vaccination campaign against cholera on Monday, to rein in a worsening outbreak of the disease that the government said has killed more than 400 people.

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Outbreak

Outbreak is a term used in epidemiology to describe an occurrence of disease greater than would otherwise be expected at a particular time and place. It may affect a small and localized group or impact upon thousands of people across an entire continent. Two linked cases of a rare infectious disease may be sufficient to constitute an outbreak. Outbreaks may also refer to epidemics, which affect a region in a country or a group of countries, or pandemics, which describe global disease outbreaks.

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