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PRO/AH/EDR> Q fever - Spain: (PV) waste treatment facility

healthmap - Wed, 11/04/2018 - 17:58
Q Fever -- Spain
The workers of the Mechanical Biological Treatment Plant (TMB) of Monte Arraiz [Biscay, Basque Country] have relived the experience of 2014, when an outbreak of Q fever made 49 people sick. 5 years later, at least 2 employees, are infected with the bacterium _Coxiella burnetti_, which usually spreads through the placental or fetal tissues of dead animals such as cows, sheep, goats ...
In addition to the 2 confirmed cases, 3 other workers of the waste treatment plant are awaiting the result
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PRO/EDR> Chikungunya (03): Asia (Pakistan)

healthmap - Wed, 11/04/2018 - 17:56
Chikungunya -- Pakistan
Due to the poor sanitary conditions, mosquito-borne vector diseases are on the rise, and 10 more chikungunya suspected cases have been reported throughout Karachi in a week. According to the weekly report issued by the Sindh Health Department, a total of 4868 chikungunya suspected cases have been reported throughout the Sindh province last year [2017], of which 4138 were from Karachi and 730 from other districts of the province. In Karachi, a total of 73 cases had been reported in the month of
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PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC - USA (03): O157, expansion of NJ outbreak

healthmap - Wed, 11/04/2018 - 17:55
E. coli -- United States
CDC, several states, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing _E. coli_ O157:H7 infections. This investigation includes _E. coli_ O157:H7 infections recently reported by the New Jersey Department of Health.
Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak. PulseNet is the national subtyping
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WHO and UNICEF issue new guidance to promote breastfeeding in health facilities globally

who - Wed, 11/04/2018 - 17:25
WHO and UNICEF today issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all babies for the first 2 years would save the lives of more than 820 000 children under age 5 annually.

The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding underpin the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative, which both organizations launched in 1991. The practical guidance encourages new mothers to breastfeed and informs health workers how best to support breastfeeding.
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WHO concerned about suspected chemical attacks in Syria

who - Wed, 11/04/2018 - 12:00
WHO is deeply alarmed by reports of the suspected use of toxic chemicals in Douma city, East Ghouta.

According to reports from Health Cluster partners, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. In particular, there were signs of severe irritation of mucous membranes, respiratory failure and disruption to central nervous systems of those exposed.
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PRO/AH/EDR> Lassa fever - West Africa (22): Nigeria

healthmap - Wed, 11/04/2018 - 00:26
Lassa Fever -- Nigeria
- In the reporting week 14 (2-8 Apr 2018) 8 new confirmed cases were recorded from 5 States - Edo (3 cases), Ondo (2), Ebonyi (1), Plateau (1), and Taraba (1) with 3 new deaths in confirmed cases from Ondo (1), Ebonyi (1) Taraba (1) and a backlog of an old death in a confirmed case from Kogi state.
- From 1 Jan - 8 Apr 2018, a total of 1781 suspected cases have been reported from 20 states. Of these, 408 were confirmed positive, 9 are probable, 1351 are negative (not a case) and 13 are
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PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease - Israel (02): (HZ) bovine, st. O, OIE

healthmap - Wed, 11/04/2018 - 00:25
Foot and Mouth -- Israel
Information received on 9 Apr 2018 from Dr Shlomo Garazi, Chief Officer for Import and Export of the Veterinary Services, Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, BET DAGAN, Israel
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 2 Apr 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 8 Apr 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: June 2017
Manifestation of disease: clinical
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News Scan for Apr 10, 2018

cidrap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 23:17
Superbugs in nursing homesLassa fever continuesMalaria net effectiveness
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MERS studies spotlight infections in health workers, kids

cidrap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 22:52
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsApr 10, 2018

Investigators should cast a wide net when testing health workers, new data show.

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PRO/AH/EDR> Red tide - USA (FL): fish kill

healthmap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 21:35
Algae -- United States
An outbreak of red tide is killing fish off the southwest Florida coast.
The Naples Daily News reports that fish kills have been reported off Lee County and in Florida Bay. The paper says numerous dead fish were spotted Sunday [8 Apr 2018] off a North Naples beach.
Red tide organisms grow naturally in the Gulf of Mexico. But high concentrations are harmful to wildlife and can cause respiratory problems in humans.
Typically, red tide season is from late summer to early fall. Not a lot
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PRO/AH/EDR> Trypanosomiasis (Chagas desease) - Venezuela: (TA)

healthmap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 21:21
Chagas -- Venezuela
A total of 5 people died in the city of Puerto Nuevo in Táchira state, west of Venezuela, from a suspected outbreak of acute Chagas disease, informed the regional governor Laidy Gómez. "Official information: Epidemiologic outbreak of acute Chagas was detected in Puerto Nuevo, Libertador municipality, leaving 5 dead" wrote the governor on Twitter.
The fatalities were an 11 month old baby, a 79 year-old woman and 3 men of 31, 42 and 51 years old respectively. Gómez announced there was
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PRO/AH/EDR> White spot syndrome, prawn - Australia: (QL)

healthmap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 21:16
Other Animal Disease -- Australia
The white spot virus that devastated Queensland prawn farms last year [2017], has been detected in the Brisbane area.
The positive results were reportedly found in crab and prawn samples from the northern Moreton Bay region near the Redcliffe Peninsula.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the results for Logan and Brisbane rivers were still being processed but should be completed within 2 weeks.
"This is the same area that positive results
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PRO/EDR> Varicella update (07): Mexico (YU) vaccination sequelae

healthmap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 21:15
Chicken Pox -- Mexico
A case series published in the journal Pediatric Dermatology [see citation above] describes the occurrence of herpes zoster at the site of varicella-zoster vaccination in 7 healthy children without a history of primary varicella.
Each of the 7 children received varicella-zoster vaccination between 12 and 14 months of age; the children were between the ages of 1.5 and 6 years old when they presented with symptoms. Viral exanthem, eczema herpeticum, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis,
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PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus - Asia: Taiwan

healthmap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 21:12
Hantavirus -- China
On 3 Apr 2018, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced this year's [2018] 1st case of hantavirus hemorrhagic fever in a 44-year-old male who resides in northern Taiwan and works in the food and beverage industry. The case's primary areas of daily activities include places around his work place, residence, and the nearby mountain. He had not recently traveled domestically and internationally. On [9 Mar 2018], he developed symptoms, including fever and dizziness. When his
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PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - Australia (04): fatal, cantaloupe, international distribution, WHO

healthmap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 21:11
Listeriosis -- Australia
Epidemiological investigations suggested that the source of the outbreak was rockmelon (cantaloupe melons) from a single grower in Australia. Epidemiological and environmental investigations were undertaken, which led to the recall of rockmelons produced by the single grower on 27 Feb 2018.
On 1 Mar 2018, the Australian NFP was notified that international distribution of the affected product had occurred. Australian authorities received information from trace forward investigations on 2 Mar
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Nearly one billion people in Africa to be protected against yellow fever by 2026

who - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 18:00
Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from WHO, Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and more than 50 health partners.

The commitment is part of the Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) in Africa strategy, which was launched by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health and partners at a regional meeting in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday (10 April).
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PRO/EDR> Undiagnosed respiratory illness - Canada (02): (AB) fatal, Ind.children, comment

healthmap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 16:48
Respiratory Illness -- Canada
Indigenous Services Canada confirms that the cluster event in one household in the Stoney Nakoda First Nation was caused by common seasonal respiratory viral infections such as influenzae B, human metapneumovirus, entero, and rhinovirus. We cannot comment on any patient's medical history or condition for privacy reasons. However, there is no ongoing health risk to the community or general public.
Dr Wadieh Yacoub
Senior Medical Officer of Health
First Nations and Inuit Health
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PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever - South Sudan (09): (EL) human, animal, WHO

healthmap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 08:13
Rift Valley Fever -- South Sudan
Report from World Health Organization, Government of the Republic of South Sudan. Published on [25 Mar 2018].
Rift Valley Fever outbreak - Yirol East with 43 suspect human cases including 6 confirmed; 3 probable; 19 non-cases; and 15 pending classification.
A total of 9 confirmed animal cases (cattle).
Communicated by:

[On 3 Apr 2018, South Sudan's Veterinary Services (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism, Animal Resources, Fisheries, Cooperatives, JUBA)
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PRO/EDR> Meningitis, meningococcal - Taiwan: sg.B, ciprofloxacin-resistant, military, 2017

healthmap - Tue, 10/04/2018 - 05:51
Meningitis - Neisseria -- China
Hsueh-Mei Chiang, Chien-Shun Chiou, Chuen-Sheue Chiang, Shu-Man Yao,Hao-Hsin Wu, Yu-Ning Fan, Hsin-Yi Wei
On 23 Jul 2017, a hospital in Taoyuan reported a suspected case of meningococcal disease, who was a soldier in a military base, to Taoyuan Department of Health. After investigation, another 2 soldiers who served in the same base with the index case developed symptoms of meningitis and were reported subsequently. Blood cultures from all 3 cases yielded serogroup B _Neisseria
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Synthetic polymers show promise against multidrug-resistant microbes

cidrap - Mon, 09/04/2018 - 23:51
Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsApr 09, 2018

The new molecule can target a wide range of bacteria and doesn't develop resistance.

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