Mandera is on high alert over outbreak of Rift Valley fever (RVF) that has claimed 4 lives in the neighbouring Wajir County.
County Public Health officer, Abukar Abdi Sheikh while speaking to the press on [Tue 19 Jun 2018] said the County government has put intervention measures to curb an outbreak of the killer disease. The measures have been up scaled especially in Kuttullo, Mandera South and Mandera West Sub-counties and also Wajir.
Last [Fri 15 Jun 2018], 5 blood samples were sent to
The State Health Department is investigating 4 cases of _Legionella_ infection, a [type of pneumonia], all treated at Queen's Medical Center.
It [_Legionella_] went airborne from [contaminated] water through spraying, misting, and splashing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] is also on board, trying to find out whether exposure came from inside [nosocomial] or outside the hospital [community-acquired].
People with weak immune systems are more vulnerable to
Re-creating known pathogenic viruses and making existing bacteria more dangerous are among the top threats.
In related news, 2 experts with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, writing in The Lancet [see report below], weighed in on the outbreak response, applauding the DRC for acting quickly and for using VSV-EBOV in a ring program that targets contacts.
"The response to the current outbreak in DRC has been rapid at the national, continental, and international levels. The DRC Health Minister, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, has led his country's response with pragmatism and expediency,
A quarantine on cattle in the county has been extended by a month to contain an outbreak of anthrax. Agriculture Executive Paul Mbuni said movement of animals would remain banned to give veterinary officers time to wipe out the disease.
He told traders who were demanding the re-opening of animal markets to be patient, adding that the disease was still in some parts of the county [Vihiga county, in the former Western Province]. "Traders selling cattle will have to wait for another month as
A 2nd outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) among domestic pigs this year  has been registered in a farm in western Latvia, the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service said.
The latest ASF outbreak has been registered in Strautini farm in Kursisi county [Saldus district]. The Food and Veterinary Service said it was taking the appropriate measures to contain the disease. The 4 pigs in the infected farm will be culled, and an epidemiological investigation has been launched to establish how
The death of 5 people, including 4 children, following an 'unknown' disease in a village in Nagram [Uttar Pradesh] over the past week has left the health department in a fix.
The cause behind the deaths is yet to be ascertained. On [Sun 17 Jun 2018], a team of doctors and experts from KGMU [King George's Medical University, a medical school located in Lucknow] and the office of the chief medical officer visited Amwa Murtizapur [Muratjapur] village and took samples.
The victims were said
Coined 'Disease X', a new strain of bird flu -- H7N9 -- has sparked fears of a major outbreak among scientists, having already infected more than 1600 people.
Symptoms of infection include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock, and organ failure. The virus has already killed 623 people within China.
At this time, the H7N9 can't be spread between humans -- and can only be contracted from contact with birds. However, experts
Tanzania on [Mon 18 Jun 2018] issued an alert following an outbreak of Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Kenya and Rwanda. Mary Mashingo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, said the government has instructed district, municipal and city councils to ensure that the public is well informed on the disease, which has killed 6 people in Kenya.
"We're fully aware of the outbreak of the disease and we've put in place all measures to ensure that our people are free from the
A fresh anthrax outbreak has caused a scare in Khanjaloya Kadamtoli village under Pakartand block, where 2 tribals have been found infected with the life-threatening disease.
The fatal disease anthrax has again shown signs of comeback in Jharkhand's Simdega district, as 2 individuals were tested positive on Monday [18 Jun 2018]. Both are being treated in the district hospital.
Over 200 cases of anthrax were reported from the district in the last 2 years, out which 11 succumbed to the
Information received on [and dated] 15 Jun 2018 from Dr. Letlhogile Modisa, Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Gaborone, Botswana
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 9 Jun 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 15 Jun 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 19 Mar 2018
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: Foot-and-mouth disease virus
An outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in North Eastern counties has left at least 13 people dead. Hundreds have survived the haemorrhagic disease that leaves victims bleeding from most parts of their bodies including the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Blood is also passed through patients' faeces and urine.
A week ago, Marsabit County residents were cautioned after the disease broke out in neighbouring Wajir. Those who died are said to have consumed infected meat. Samples of the meat were
The first human trial of a monoclonal antibody cocktail produces good results.
The rule is meant to lower the risk of exposing food facilities to intentional adulteration, such as acts of terrorism.
Two more states--Iowa and Michigan--have reported _Cyclospora_ infections linked to Del Monte prepackaged vegetable trays, lifting the number of affected states to 4 and the illness total to 78, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a [15 Jun 2018] announcement.
In a related development, Del Monte Fresh Produce on [15 Jun 2018] announced a voluntary recall of vegetable trays sold at some retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In a