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Top 5 Contagion® News Articles for the Week of September 24, 2017

SEP 30, 2017 | CONTAGION® EDITORIAL STAFF

#3: CDC Warns STDs Have Reached a Record High

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release this week stressing that sexually transmitted diseases (STD)—which have been increasing at an alarming rate for years—have now reached a record high in the United States.

The CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, released on a yearly basis, shared that over 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in 2016 in the United States: “the highest number ever.”

Read more about the growing number of STDs, here.

#2: 2016 Norovirus Outbreak in Spain Linked with Bottled Water

A recent Dispatch article published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, offers insight into a large norovirus outbreak that sprung up in Spain in 2016 that had been linked with bottled spring water.
The Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPCAT) reported a staggering 4136 cases of gastroenteritis from April 11, 2016 to April 25, 2016. Of the 4136 cases, 6 individuals required hospitalization. The CDC defines a “case-patient” as an “exposed person who had vomiting or diarrhea (3 or more loose stools within 24 hours),” as well as 2 or more of the following symptoms: nausea, stomach pain, or fever.

ASPCAT investigators traced back the outbreak to contaminated bottled spring water in office water coolers. The water came from a source in Andorra, a small independent principality located between Spain and France. Norovirus is a “very contagious virus,” according to the CDC, and it is common for individuals to become infected by eating contaminated food. Although it’s possible to be infected by consuming contaminated drinking water, this mode of transmission is “rare in developed countries,” according to the article.

Read more about the CDC's investigation of the 2016 norovirus outbreak in Spain, here.

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