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PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola virus disease - ex Africa (30): USA scares, hospital preparedness

Promed - Wed, 2014-11-05 12:04
Ebola -- Worldwide/Unknown
Even as government officials express confidence that researchers know the key facts about Ebola, many questions crucial to preventing an outbreak in the United States remain unanswered, scientists told a workshop at the National Academy's Institute of Medicine in Washington on Mon [3 Nov 2014]. Virtually all the unknowns have practical consequences, participants emphasized, making it foolish and perhaps dangerous to base policy on weak science... - more
[Byline: Sharon
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PRO/EDR> Influenza (32): WHO global update

Promed - Wed, 2014-11-05 08:10
Influenza -- Worldwide/Unknown
Summary
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Globally, influenza activity was low, with the exception of some Pacific Islands.
- In North America, influenza activity began to increase slightly but remained low.
- In Europe overall influenza activity remained at inter-seasonal levels.
- In tropical countries of the Americas, influenza detections decreased with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causing most influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI).
- In Africa and eastern and western
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PRO/AH/EDR> Bovine tuberculosis - Ireland: call for cervid control

Promed - Wed, 2014-11-05 02:43
Bovine TB -- Worldwide/Unknown
The levels of bovine TB [tuberculosis] occurring across County Wicklow are having a devastating effect on the farming community, with many dairy and beef farmers suffering drastic losses in income when infected animals have to be put down.
According to Aughrim-based farmer and President of Wicklow ICMSA [Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association] Shane O'Loughlin, 'TB is rife' in Wicklow at present.
'At the moment we are looking at TB levels at 3.5 times the national average per 1000
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PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies - USA (32): (SC, VA)

Promed - Wed, 2014-11-05 01:42
Rabies -- Worldwide/Unknown
A wildlife expert is warning people to be careful around wild animals after a [South Carolina] Lowcountry man was bitten by a coyote with rabies last week [week of 23 Sep 2014].
So far, 4 animals in Beaufort County have tested positive for rabies this year [2014], compared to only one in 2013.
Cliff Boatwright, owner of Tracks Wildlife Control in Beaufort, has been working in Beaufort for years and he hasn't come across any animals infected with rabies, but since there's been an increase
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PRO/EDR> Syphilis - Canada (05): increased incidence, MSM, smartphone apps

Promed - Wed, 2014-11-05 01:40
Syphilis -- Worldwide/Unknown
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is grappling with the worst, and fastest-spreading, outbreak of syphilis in its history. Officials have recorded 60 cases so far in 2014, and believe the outbreak is part of a sustained wave of new infections that began in 2013.
Winnipeg isn't alone: Syphilis infection rates have been climbing nationwide for more than a decade, with outbreaks in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, and elsewhere. A 2010 study by the federal Public Health
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PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (113): China (JS) H7N9 severe illness

Promed - Tue, 2014-11-04 08:37
Avian Influenza H7N9 -- Worldwide/Unknown
The [Hong Kong] Department of Health (DH) is today (Mon 3 Nov 2014) closely monitoring an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) reported by the Jiangsu Provincial Commission of Health and Family Planning, and hence called on the public to stay alert and maintain good personal, food, and environmental hygiene during travel.
According to the Commission, the patient is a woman aged 58 who visited a market and bought and slaughtered a chicken before onset. She is now hospitalised for
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PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies - Philippines (07): Mindanao, lack of human vaccine

Promed - Tue, 2014-11-04 04:21
Rabies -- Worldwide/Unknown
Doses of anti-rabies vaccines are running out in Surigao City at a time when cases of rabies are rising, causing city health officials to worry, a Mindanao news site reported.
City Health Office Animal Bites Treatment Center head Garrote Menor said they cannot give all necessary vaccines to bite victims, according to MindaNews. "We don't have ample supply of these vaccines to give each patient all the necessary vaccines, especially those categorized as level 3," Menor said. Category 3
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PRO/AH/EDR> Bluetongue - Europe (26): Italy, livestock, st 1 spread, vaccination, RFI

Promed - Tue, 2014-11-04 04:17
Bluetongue -- Worldwide/Unknown
Southern and central Italian livestock farms have been hit hard by a wave of over 1300 bluetongue cases this month [October 2014], resulting in 459 sheep deaths. Italy's national laboratory has been inundated with reports from across Italy's southern half, particularly in Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo, Campania and Calabria.
Cases have been confirmed in sheep, cattle, goats, and 5 buffaloes by the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute. It is now over a year since the virus ­- serotype 1 -­
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PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola virus disease - ex Africa (29): UN repatriated, Canada, North Korea, susp

Promed - Mon, 2014-11-03 12:25
Ebola -- Worldwide/Unknown
France is treating a UN employee who contracted Ebola while working with those infected in Sierra Leone, the French health ministry said on Sunday [2 Nov 2014]. The victim is in an isolation unit under high security at an army training hospital in Saint-Mande. France has 12 research hospitals ready to take in suspected Ebola cases. "The UN employee, who worked in Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola, has undergone a secure medical evacuation by specialised aircraft," the French health
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PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola virus disease - West Africa (202): Sierra Leone, Norway-UK aid, age & CFR

Promed - Mon, 2014-11-03 11:44
Ebola -- Worldwide/Unknown
Health Minister Bent Hoie has announced that Norway is sending 200 health workers to West Africa to join the fight against the Ebola epidemic. The Health Department had initially asked for 60 volunteers, but more than 300 signed up. The Health Minister says Norway has signed an agreement with Great Britain, and the Norwegian health workers will be working at a British center for Ebola victims in Sierra Leone. Norway already last week sent an advanced team to the area, to prepare for logistics,
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PRO/EDR> Measles update (44)

Promed - Mon, 2014-11-03 04:44
Measles -- Worldwide/Unknown
[1] USA (Hawaii)
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[2] Solomon Islands
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The Americas
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[1] USA (Hawaii)
Date: Thu 30 Oct 2014
Source: Maui Now [summ., edited]

Additional Measles Cases Confirmed on Maui and Kaua'i
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The [Hawaii] state Department of Health has confirmed 4 additional cases of measles on Maui and Kaua'i, bringing the total number of confirmed measles cases in these 2 separate clusters in Hawai'i to 7, and the
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PRO/AH/EDR> Trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) - USA (02)

Promed - Mon, 2014-11-03 04:41
Trypanosomiasis -- Worldwide/Unknown
As the world continues to grapple with the Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa, there's growing concern about another invasive disease whose origin is much closer to home. Chagas, along with its cousins dengue fever and the chikungunya virus, is a disease found mainly in Latin America, but is starting to gain a foothold in the US.
Caused by a parasite inside triatomines, or "kissing bugs," Chagas causes fever, fatigue, body aches, headache and other symptoms in its early stages, while
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PRO/AH/EDR> Vibrio vulnificus - USA (07): (FL) fatal

Promed - Mon, 2014-11-03 02:14
Vibrio vulnificus -- Worldwide/Unknown
The number of _Vibrio vulnificus_ infections in Florida increased by 2 as state health officials report new cases of the bacterial disease in Pasco County and a fatal case in Brevard County, according to updated data published Friday, 31 Oct 2014.
The Brevard case brings the state death tally due to _V. vulnificus_ to 6, while the total number of cases reported in 2014 to date rises to 28.
Vibriosis ("vibrio") is a rare but potentially dangerous infection associated with swimming in
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PRO/AH/EDR> Lumpy skin disease, bovine - Azerbaijan (03): (UC, AS) spread, OIE

Promed - Mon, 2014-11-03 02:11
Lumpy Skin Disease -- Worldwide/Unknown
Information received on [and dated] 31 Oct 2014 from Dr Siala Ismayil Rustamova, Main Veterinary Inspector and Chief Veterinary Officer, State Veterinary Service, State Veterinary Service, Baku, Azerbaijan
Summary
Report type: Immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 2 Oct 2014
Date of pre-confirmation of the event: 6 Oct 2014
Report date: 31 Oct 2014
Reason for notification: Reoccurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease: Clinical disease
Causal agent: Lumpy
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PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - Macedonia (02): (UM) fatal, pork meat product, update

Promed - Sun, 2014-11-02 12:01
Listeriosis -- Worldwide/Unknown
Two prominent French reference laboratories have confirmed that the source of the listeriosis outbreak here was the smoked pork product "Extra Mein," made by a Kumanovo-based company, the Macedonian health minister said on Friday [31 Oct 2014].
The test results from the Paris-based Louis Pasteur Institute and Anses confirmed the primary findings of the source investigated by Macedonian institutions. The results will be submitted to the Macedonian Public Prosecutor's Office, where the case
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PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola virus disease - West Africa (201): WHO updates, Liberia new hospital

Promed - Sun, 2014-11-02 11:59
Ebola -- Worldwide/Unknown
- There have been 13 567 reported Ebola cases in 8 affected countries since the outbreak began, with 4951 reported deaths.
- Intense transmission continues in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
- All 83 contacts of the health-care worker infected in Spain have completed the 21-day follow-up period.
A total of 13 567 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in 6 affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United
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PRO/AH/EDR> Bluetongue - Europe (25): Croatia, Turkey, ovine, OIE

Promed - Sun, 2014-11-02 09:04
Bluetongue -- Worldwide/Unknown
Information received on [and dated] 31 Oct 2014 from Dr Mirjana Matausic-Pisl, Assistant to Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Veterinary Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Zagreb, Croatia
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 25 Oct 2014
Date of pre-confirmation of the event: 30 Oct 2014
Reason for notification: reoccurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 8 Nov 2004
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent:
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PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (112): Egypt, H5N1 seroprevalence

Promed - Sun, 2014-11-02 06:05
Avian Influenza H5N1 -- Worldwide/Unknown
A 2-year serology study using stringent criteria found antibodies to H5N1 avian flu in 2.1 percent of Egyptians exposed to poultry, a finding that National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials said demonstrates that the virus poses a low pandemic risk.
Scientists from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and the National Research Center in Giza, Egypt, analyzed blood samples from 750 people with poultry exposure, 731 of whom were exposed to backyard poultry, according to
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PRO/EDR> Hepatitis - India: (OR) hepatitis E, susp.

Promed - Sun, 2014-11-02 03:42
Hepatitis -- Worldwide/Unknown
Hepatitis is taking the shape of an epidemic in most parts of Sambalpur town. Doctors have attributed the reason for spread of the disease to contaminated drinking water.
Sources said the drinking water pipeline network, which passes near some of the drains in the town, has been damaged at several places resulting in waste getting mixed with water. The contaminated water is the cause of spread of the disease, the sources added. Though the number of deaths due to hepatitis is yet to be
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PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC - USA (29): (OR) O157, preschool

Promed - Sun, 2014-11-02 02:53
E. coli -- Worldwide/Unknown
Three cases of _E. coli_ infection since September 2014 have prompted the Clackamas County Health Department to begin testing all children and staff at a West Linn Montessori program for the potentially deadly bacteria.
In a Thursday (30 Oct 2014) letter to parents with children at Heart Centered Montessori, the department said it continues to investigate the source of the infections. Meanwhile, health officials recommended students and employees be tested for _E. coli_ and to avoid
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