Hepatitis A – USA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen berry mix sold at Costco has grown to 87 people with illnesses in eight states.
Thailand – Dengue Fever and Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreaks
Thai Health Ministry officials say that since the beginning of the year, there has been a total of 39,029 people treated for dengue, of whom 44 have died. Half the patients were under the age of 15.
They are even making the dire prediction of 100,000 cases and 100 deaths by year’s end.
That number would be significantly higher than the huge numbers of 2012 where Thailand health officials recorded 74,250 cases of the mosquito borne viral disease and 79 deaths.
In addition to the dengue outbreak, health authorities are reporting more than 11,000 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease during the first five months of 2013.
Data from the Ministry’s Disease Control Department shows a total of 11,678 people with the majority being children.
Singapore Dengue Outbreak Worsens
As weekly dengue-fever infections surge to a record, Singaporean health officials are stepping up efforts to beat back a tropical-disease outbreak that could become the city-state’s worst ever.
More than 9,400 people here have been infected by the mosquito-borne dengue virus so far this year, resulting in two deaths, according to the National Environment Agency. Weekly counts surged to an all-time high of 820 cases in the week that ended June 8, topping the previous record of 713 cases in 2005.