Outbreaks (General) 2
Curiously, a report of 2 SMRT train drivers and a crew manager being diagnosed with TB made it to the news today. Only one among them had active disease – the other two were diagnosed with latent tuberculosis which is non-infectious. Such cases are rarely highlighted in our mainstream media.
The risk of tuberculosis being transmitted on an MRT train or public bus is minimal. The risk of a road traffic accident is far higher.
Zika, Florida, USA
Aerial spraying against mosquitoes took place in Wynwood, Florida. A highly controversial method for controlling Aedes mosquitoes, because the chemical used – an organophosphate insecticide called Naled – may not reach all the mosquitoes or their breeding sites. There was a new case of Zika reported in Miami outside Wynwood.
mcr-1 in Salmonella, Scotland (ex Southeast Asia)
The plasmid-borne colistin resistance mcr-1 gene continues to be reported from more countries. The latest is Scotland, in a traveler who was diagnosed with Salmonella infection (the Salmonella carried the resistance plasmid). The traveler had recently returned from Southeast Asia, where the plasmid was likely acquired.