Every few months, media outlets warn about the dangers of new medical issues; oftentimes, this may be some sort of ongoing virus. Yet only recently did scientists discover a previously unknown virus that's been hiding in the gut bacteria of millions throughout three different continents.
It turns out that there may be a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades.
The latest update on the West African Ebola virus outbreak comes from Monrovia, Liberia, where seven people have died, according to health officials. These are the first deaths Liberia’s capital has recorded since the outbreak began.
The Chikungunya virus is an illness spread by mosquito bites and is typically characterized by fever and joint pain. As of June 4, a total of 17 Caribbean countries have reported cases of the virus, and now the United States has confirmed cases.
Sierra Leone, a country that was once Ebola-proof as outbreaks were frequent throughout Guinea, is now witnessing the highest number of infections and cases of the virus since Guinea documented the first victim in December.
The World Health Organization released a report on Wednesday about a spike in the number of cases and deaths from the Ebola virus in Guinea. The outbreak slowed in April and the beginning of May, but it has picked back up in recent weeks.
The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been an epidemic in Saudi Arabia, with over 570 confirmed cases and 190 deaths. But new reports have added to these totals, including an additional 113 cases and 92 deaths.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Cruise Ship Virus,” also known as Norovirus, infects about 20 million people each year and is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the country.
Sierra Leone’s health minister confirmed 12 new cases and two deaths as a result of the Ebola virus. News broke earlier this week that the country confirmed five cases and two deaths after many believed the outbreaks were stabilized and subsiding.
The third case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United States was originally reported as the first human-to-human transmission of the virus in the country, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are rescinding that claim.
Last week the World Health Organization reported five deaths in Sierra Leone due to the Ebola virus, which was thought to be contained in West Africa following a multi-month outbreak. Now the WHO says the situation remains “serious.”
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe and contagious disease that is contracted by humans as well as primates, such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees (among other animals). Its recent outbreak in West Africa has killed over 170 people.