Outbreaks in the Real World

Jaden's Micro Blog

Learning about infectious diseases in class is far different than hearing about outbreaks of these diseases in the real world. It really puts into perspective the impact that these infectious organisms have beyond the textbook. The world has its eyes on COVID-19 due to the pandemic, obviously, meaning that other outbreaks are deemed not as important. As budding medical personnel, it is important for us to put into context the infectious diseases that we read about. I have read two papers about recent outbreaks of Shigella sonnei and Enterohemorraghic E. coli (aka O157:H7, aka STEC).

A paper published this February details the outbreak of Central American Shigella sonnei in two separate summer camps in Belgium (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10096-021-04164-y). At least 67 individuals from both camps exhibited symptoms related to Shigellosis, only 10 being adults. 3 secondary infections were also reported. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, and general…

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