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Experts detail global pandemic readiness gaps, offer steps

cidrap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 23:37
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsSep 18, 2019

They say the world is not prepared for a pandemic.

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Violence, 15 new Ebola cases reported in DRC outbreak

cidrap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 23:15
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsSep 18, 2019

The death rate stands at 67%, with 56% of cases involving women and 29% in children.

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PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (90): Congo DR (NK, IT, SK) cases, summaries, response, Tanzania, story

healthmap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 23:00
Ebola -- DR Congo
As of late August [2019], 28 out of a total of 47 health zones across Ituri and North Kivu provinces have reported cases of Ebola. Of these 28, 18 are considered active transmission zones, meaning that they have notified new confirmed cases in the past 21 days (the maximum incubation period for Ebola). South Kivu has recently recorded cases in Mwenga health zone, becoming the 3rd province in DRC to be affected in the current outbreak.
Five new health zones, Goma (North Kivu), Nyiragongo
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News Scan for Sep 18, 2019

cidrap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 22:52
Flu vaccine during pregnancyAMR and universal health coverageStaph bacteremia in AustraliaMonoclonal antibodies for resistant infections
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PRO/EDR> Foodborne illness - Burkina Faso: fatal, pesticides susp.

healthmap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 19:18
Foodborne Illness -- Burkina Faso
At least 18 people died in 10 days after eating pesticide-contaminated food in 2 localities in Burkina Faso. A dozen still remain under observation in hospitals, according to the Minister of Health.
The 1st cases were reported on [1 Sep 2019] in the town of Didyr in the center-west of the country, said Professor Claudine Lougue, Minister of Health.
About 15 members of the same families felt unwell after eating local dishes made from bean leaves and small millet seeds, which are actually
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PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - South Korea

healthmap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 18:02
Hepatitis A -- South Korea
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that it has confirmed that contaminated fermented shellfish was the main culprit behind the hepatitis A outbreak this summer of 2019.
The KCDC came to the conclusions after conducting an in-depth epidemiological investigation. The agency randomly sampled 270 of the 2178 hepatitis A patients, diagnosed between [28 Jul 2019] and [24 Aug 2019], and surveyed whether they consumed fermented shellfish this summer. It found that 42%
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PRO/EDR> Typhoid fever - Australia: ex Pakistan, multidrug resistance

healthmap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 17:52
Typhoid -- Australia
Doctors have reported the 1st case of extensively drug-resistant typhoid in Australia, warning the country is not immune to the "emerging threat". A 20-month-old Australian-born girl is the 1st patient to develop the highly resistant form of the superbug after returning from a 3-month trip to Pakistan. Dr. Philip Britton and his colleagues from the Children's Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney published the findings in the Medical Journal of Australia letter on Monday [16 Sep
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PRO/EDR> Botulism - France: outdated soup

healthmap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 16:57
Botulism -- France
In Essonne, a woman was infected by the botulism bacterium after ingesting old soup.
A serious neurological disease, botulism develops in the absence of oxygen and most often through vacuum-sealed foods and canned foods. Botulinum toxin is a poison still "more powerful than cyanide", but this type of case is very rare in France.
According to our Parisian colleagues, the consumer had ingested an old vegetable soup. At the end of August 2019, this resident of Essonne felt unwell. Her
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Use of high-risk antibiotics tied to more C diff infections

cidrap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 16:47
Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsSep 18, 2019

The risk was linked to 4 antibiotic classes: cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, carbapenems, and lincosamides.

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PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - Europe (12): (France) fatal, raw milk cheeses, recall

healthmap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 16:33
Foodborne Illness -- France
The 7 people in France part of a _Listeria_ outbreak linked to organic dairy products fell ill over a period of 18 months, according to public health authorities. Those infected with the same strain of _Listeria_ were identified by the National Reference Center for Listeria, with an 8th case still under investigation.
Sante Publique France [Public Health France] reported 2 people have died, but the agency does not have any evidence to attribute the deaths to _Listeria_ infection.
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PRO/EDR> Pertussis update (10): Americas (USA)

healthmap - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 16:31
Whooping Cough -- United States
A few months [ago] parts of Western Montana were dealing with a whooping cough outbreak. The Missoula City-County Health Department even had to hire extra nurses to handle the rising number of cases. The outbreak is continuing with local health officials saying that the numbers are still rising.
Local health officials said back in the spring [2019] that they expected the pertussis cases to slow down during summer break. But now, they say that even more cases are coming in -- with the most
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News Scan for Sep 17, 2019

cidrap - Tue, 17/09/2019 - 23:25
DRC measles increaseGround bison E coli probe overH5N5 avian flu in Taiwan poultrySouthern Hemisphere flu ebb
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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 17, 2019

cidrap - Tue, 17/09/2019 - 23:22
Early diagnostics in sepsisCARB-X funds novel antibiotic
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WHO: Too early to say if drop in Ebola rate is significant

cidrap - Tue, 17/09/2019 - 23:11
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsSep 17, 2019

Only 1 new case was confirmed today, raising the outbreak total to 3,130, with 2,096 deaths.

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PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - USA (19): (IL) retirement community

healthmap - Tue, 17/09/2019 - 22:10
Legionnaires' -- United States
Public health officials are worried an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a suburban Chicago retirement home appears to be spreading with 2 new cases in the nearby community.
Legionnaire's is a flu-like illness contracted when infected water vapor is inhaled. The elderly and people with weakened immune systems can be particularly susceptible.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 12 cases at Covenant Assisted Living in Batavia through August [2019]. The 2 new cases were
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PRO/AH/EDR> Viral research laboratory accident - Russia: (NS) Vector Institute, explosion & fire

healthmap - Tue, 17/09/2019 - 22:07
Ebola, Anthrax, Smallpox-Related -- Russia
One of the world's largest virus research centers, located in Siberia, was reportedly engulfed in flames after a sudden explosion rocked the secretive compound, known for its stores of Ebola, HIV, anthrax, and other strains. Firefighters and rescue services scrambled on [Mon 16 Sep 2019] to respond to a fire that broke out in Koltsovo, a scientific hub several kilometers from Novosibirsk. The situation was quickly upgraded from an ordinary emergency to a major incident as the explosion and
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PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Kazakhstan (05): (ZM) cattle, human

healthmap - Tue, 17/09/2019 - 20:58
Anthrax -- Kazakhstan
A total of 4 shepherds were hospitalized with anthrax in Zhambyl region, Informbureau reports. The diagnosis was confirmed by laboratory examination. Patients came to the hospital with eruptions on their bodies.
"The patients work on one of the farms and have direct contact with animals. All of them were took part in the slaughtering of a cow, and 7-10 days after that they started complaining of these signs," said Gulfaira Mirzabekova, an employee of the Zhambyl regional infectious
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Rising levels of antibiotic resistance noted in dolphins

cidrap - Tue, 17/09/2019 - 20:41
Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsSep 17, 2019

Many of the findings parallel increases detected recently in hospital settings.

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PRO/AH/EDR> Tularemia - Sweden (06): outbreak, hares

healthmap - Tue, 17/09/2019 - 20:33
Tularemia -- Sweden
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PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever - Asia (71): South Korea (KG) domestic, 1st report, OIE

healthmap - Tue, 17/09/2019 - 20:08
African Swine Fever -- South Korea
African swine fever, Korea (Rep. of)
Information received on [and dated] 17 Sep 2019 from Dr Oh Soon-Min, director general - chief veterinary officer, Animal Health Policy Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), Sejong-Si, Korea (Rep. of)
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 16 Sep 2019
Date of confirmation of the event: 17 Sep 2019
Report date: 17 Sep 2019
Date submitted to OIE: 17 Sep 2019
Reason for notification: 1st
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