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News Scan for Sep 15, 2017

cidrap - Sat, 16/09/2017 - 00:18
H7N9 caseCampy, Crypto worksite riskShingles vaccineMeasles in Italy
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CDC issues alert over raw milk and Brucella infection

cidrap - Sat, 16/09/2017 - 00:04
Jim Wappes | Editorial Director | CIDRAP NewsSep 15, 2017

Hundreds who may have drunk contaminated raw milk may be unaware of the risk.

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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 15, 2017

cidrap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 23:16
Promising novel assayTransmissible EnterobacteriaceaeAdditional FMT benefits
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CDC: 14 new Salmonella cases tied to papayas

cidrap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 22:47
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsSep 15, 2017

The case total now stands at 235, with 78 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in 26 states.

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PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever - Africa (04): Cote d'Ivoire, corr

healthmap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 13:58
Yellow Fever -- Cote d'Ivoire
Although the source article for this posting from Independent Online () came to ProMED yesterday [13 Sep 2017], the report is dated 7 Sep 2001.
We are grateful to ProMED correspondent Susan Baekeland and multiple ProMED readers who called the mistake to our attention. We also greatly appreciate the confirmation provided by William Brieger from the EYE Secretariat clarifying that there is no outbreak.
ProMED regrets any inconvenience or unnecessary concern that this post may have caused.
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World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change, new UN report says

who - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 10:25
After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide.

The increase – 38 million more people than the previous year – is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017.
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PRO/PL> Stripe rust, wheat - UK: new strains

healthmap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 03:08
Other Plant Disease -- United Kingdom
The latest national cereal disease survey by Agrii found that changes in the pathogenicity of yellow rust over the past [2016/17] season mean 64 per cent of mainstream winter wheat varieties now have lower resistance than their current Recommended List (RL) ratings - providing an early warning ahead of 2017/18 planting.
Agrii's Jim Carswell said: "A number of varieties are holding their ratings well, however, many have become noticeably more susceptible. A progressive fall-off in resistance
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PRO/AH> Severe fever with thrombocytopenia synd. - South Korea (03)

healthmap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 02:30
Fever -- South Korea
A tick-borne disease has killed 31 people this year [2017] so far, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) on Thursday [14 Sep 2017].
The KDCD noted the number of deaths from severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) has increased sharply from last year's [2016] 19. Given that ticks remain active until November, more people may fall victim to the virus.
The number of people who have tested positive for the virus was 139 as of 31 Aug [2017]. It is
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PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - India (14): (AD) caprine, human, update

healthmap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 02:17
Anthrax -- India
Even 2 days after the admission of 6 tribals from Dumbriguda mandal in the agency to King George Hospital with suspected anthrax symptoms, the samples collected from them are yet to be tested at the microbiology department.
The diagnostic tests will be available mostly by Sunday [17 Sep 2017], said the officials. However, the officials say that equipment available at the department is not adequate to confirm cutaneous anthrax without error, for which the samples, after being tested at the
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PRO/EDR> Typhoid fever - Guyana: (PM) susp

healthmap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 02:10
Typhoid -- Guyana
Residents of Wakapoa, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), suspect that there is a typhoid outbreak in the community, where the absence of medical professionals and drugs at the community health center has become the norm. At least 8 people from the village have been reported as having typhoid.
A resident sought to highlight the plight of those in her village in a recent Facebook post by calling on those in authority to look into the matter. "Hello my friends, with a feeling of anxiety and
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PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - Europe (07): France (BF) fatal

healthmap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 02:04
Legionnaires' -- France
A person who contracted an infection during the month of August [2017] in Belfort, has just passed away. The prefecture of the territory of Belfort [Bourgogne-Franche-Comte region] announced the death of the person after contracting the infection.
A statement by the state services said that 6 patients had been affected by legionnaires' disease in August [2017] in Belfort. Among them, one person died.
The individual had multiple medical comorbidities. Environmental investigations carried
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PRO/EDR> Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update (98): Africa, Asia

healthmap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 01:01
Cholera -- Worldwide/Unknown
Two cases of cholera appeared in Khartoum North, after the capital of Sudan witnessed a relatively low infection rate for several weeks. The isolation center in the Nierteti Hospital recorded 6 new cases in the past 2 days. The cholera victims came from Teibat El Ahamda district this weekend [9-10 Sep 2017] and have been taken to the local emergency room, a volunteer reported to Radio Dabanga. "The emergence of new cases may be a result of the accumulation of rainwater and dirt, and the
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PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed abortions, bovine - Namibia: RFI

healthmap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 00:43
Undiagnosed -- Namibia
Government and private veterinarians are working around the clock to identify the cause of hundreds of reported incidents of cattle abortions in the Windhoek district [Namibia]. The reports originate from various farms, with losses ranging from 5 to 45 and even 128 on certain farms. It is suspected the incidents of abortion are occurring more widely than reported.
Numerous samples have been submitted to the Windhoek Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL), as well as to Onderstepoort and Path
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PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - USA (28): (CA) fatal, RFI

healthmap - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 00:35
Hepatitis A -- United States
On [1 Sep 2017], the San Diego County Public Health Officer declared a local public health emergency due to the ongoing hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreak in the county. The County Board of Supervisors ratified this declaration on [6 Sep 2017]. This health advisory updates local healthcare providers about the outbreak and provides updated recommendations and resources on HAV.
As of [11 Sep 2017], 421 confirmed or probable HAV cases have been reported in an ongoing local outbreak
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News Scan for Sep 14, 2017

cidrap - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 23:37
Flu vaccines and birth outcomesMixed results for malaria vaccineAvian flu outbreaksVaccines and autismViruses in semen
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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 14, 2017

cidrap - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 23:28
Antibiotic use and VRE infectionsEuropean AMR initiativeAntibiotic-resistant brucellosis
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New rapid molecular test for MDR-TB shows promise

cidrap - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 22:38
Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsSep 14, 2017

The fast, automated assay performs well against gold standard TB tests.

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Sepsis occurs in 6% of US hospitalizations but is holding steady

cidrap - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 22:25
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsSep 14, 2017

Study shows no increase in hospitalized sepsis cases over a 5-year period.

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PRO/EDR> Non-TB mycobacteria - USA (02): (LA) nosoc,heater-coolers,peds,M. abscessus, RFI

healthmap - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 13:42
Mycobacteria, non-TB -- United States
1. Sax H, Bloemberg G, Hasse B, et al: Prolonged outbreak of _Mycobacterium chimaera_ infection after open-chest heart surgery: Clin Infect Dis 2015; 61(1): 67-75; doi: 10.1093/cid/civ198, 1st published online: 11 Mar 2015. Abstract available at .
2. Achermann Y, Roessle M, Hoffmann M, et al: Prosthetic valve endocarditis and bloodstream infection due to _Mycobacterium chimaera_. J. Clin. Microbiol. 2013; 51(6): 1769-73. Available at .
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PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever - Africa (04): Cote d'Ivoire

healthmap - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 13:35
Yellow Fever -- Cote d'Ivoire
A yellow fever outbreak has killed at least 15 people in Ivory Coast and threatens many more in the West African country, the head of a government crisis team said on [Fri 8 Sep 2017].
The United Nation's World Health Organisation appealed for funds on [Wed 6 Sep 2017] to help the cash-strapped government in an emergency campaign to vaccinate 3 million people.
"Up to now we have had 128 suspected cases of which 20 were confirmed in the laboratory and 15 are dead," said Guillaume Loukou
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