NOV 15, 2018 6:09 PM PST

A Season of Outbreaks

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

In a few different places around the world, people are facing disease outbreaks due to pathogenic microbes. 

One culprit is acute flaccid paralysis, which has been affecting children in nearly half of the states in the US. Researchers have suggested that it may be caused by a virus termed enterovirus D68, which has been shown to infect human neurons. The disease causes symptoms that are somewhat similar to polio, which is caused by an enteric virus, which means it is transmitted via the fecal-oral route.

Around minute fourteen of the video, you can hear about a drug-resistant form of Salmonella that has been detected in chickens and get a reminder about healthy proper cooking practices that can help keep you safe from foodborne illness. 

A few minutes later, you can hear about the worst outbreak of Ebola that the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ever faced, which is currently ongoing. It is not expected, however, to become a global crisis, and there has been progress against the virus. 

Sources: CDC, WHO

 

About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on 28 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 60 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
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