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PRO/EDR> Hepatitis E - Namibia: (KH) fatal

healthmap - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 00:19
Hepatitis E -- Namibia
The health ministry yesterday [5 Jan 2018] said the number of people diagnosed with hepatitis E has increased to 152 since the outbreak about 3 weeks ago in Windhoek, Khomas region. Health minister Bernard Haufiku declared the outbreak on 14 Dec 2017. At the time, Haufiku said the disease had killed one person, a pregnant mother, who died at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital.
The health ministry's chief medical superintendent Dr David Uirab, who is also the acting permanent secretary, said
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PRO/EDR> Tainted drug - USA (02): injectible arthritis gel, methylobacterium

healthmap - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 00:17
Chronic/Non-Infectious Disease -- United States
This notice identified the contaminant:
" ongoing investigation revealed the presence of _Methylobacterium thiocyanatum_, an alpha proteobacterial class, aerobic Gram negative rod. The microbe is a common airborne organism and is a rare cause of human infections. The species can cause infection in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients. Sensitivity analysis is still pending.
A literature search suggests that _Methylobacterium spp_ are susceptible to amikacin, gentamicin,
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PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (05): Iraq (DI) poultry, susp, RFI

healthmap - Sat, 06/01/2018 - 18:42
Avian Influenza -- Iraq
Anbar provincial council member Naeem Abdul Mohsin al-Ka'oud, on [Sat 6 Jan 2018] called on the authorities to prevent the entry of imported chickens into the province, due to the risk of introducing bird flu.
Al-Ka'oud said in an interview with Alsumaria News that "there are fears of the spread of avian influenza in Anbar province, especially since some authorities began to divert the consignments of infected poultry to the province, after preventing their introduction into Baghdad and
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PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem fever - Uganda: (LW)

healthmap - Sat, 06/01/2018 - 18:25
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- Uganda
A 9 year old boy has been isolated at Kiwoko Hospital in Nakaseke [district, Central Uganda] for suspected Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, CCHF. The boy from Kasiiso trading centre in Luwero district was admitted at Kiwoko Hospital [Nakaseke district] on [22 Dec 2017] after a referral from Bamugoledde Health Center III with signs related to the highly contagious CCHF.
According to case Investigation Form by Kiwoko Hospital dated [23 Dec 2017], the boy had high fever, vomiting, general
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PRO/AH/EDR> Scrub typhus - India: (MZ) susp

healthmap - Sat, 06/01/2018 - 18:20
Scrub Typhus -- India
One person died and at least 47 people have been infected with suspected scrub typhus virus at Phullen village in Aizawl district [Mizoram], health department officials said today [5 Jan 2018]. Nodal officer of the State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, who visited Phullen village yesterday [4 Jan 2018] said the spread of the disease has been contained and the patients were given medical treatment.
Phullen village is about 125 km [about 78 mi] north
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PRO/AH/EDR> Chikungunya (01): Americas, Europe, Asia, research

healthmap - Sat, 06/01/2018 - 18:12
Chikungunya -- United States
Cases by Country / Week [w/e] / Local susp / Local conf / Imported conf / Deaths
North America
Mexico / week 49 [w/e 8 Dec 2017] / 0 / 57 / 0 / 0
USA / week 49 [w/e 8 Dec 2017] / 0 / 0 / 103 / 0
Central American Isthmus
Costa Rica / week 48 [w/e 1 Dec 2017] / 389 / 42 / 0 / 0
El Salvador / week 49 [w/e 8 Dec 2017] / 561 / 0 / 0 / 0
Nicaragua / week 50 [w/e 15 Dec 2017] / 736 / 24 / 0 / 0
Latin Caribbean
Guadeloupe / week 46 [w/e 17 Nov 2017] / 0 / 56 / 0 /
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PRO/AH/EDR> Bovine tuberculosis - USA: (NE) investigation proceeds

healthmap - Sat, 06/01/2018 - 00:02
Bovine TB -- United States
Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman today [Thu 4 Jan 2018] announced that the epidemiological investigation into a bovine tuberculosis (TB) positive cow in a beef cattle herd in Wheeler County continues to progress. The infected cow was discovered as part of an epidemiological investigation from an infected herd in South Dakota.
"Cooperation between state and federal agencies along with the cooperation of the owner allowed us to quickly quarantine the herd and
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PRO/EDR> Measles update (01): Asia, Europe

healthmap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 23:57
Measles -- Pakistan
On 5 Jan 2018, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced one new measles case in a man aged over 40 years. On [28 Dec 2017], he developed symptoms, including cough, fever, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, fatigue, and limb weakness. On [2 Jan 2018], he sought medical attention after developing rash. On [5 Jan 2018], infection with measles was confirmed in the case after the hospital reported the case to the competent authority and collected specimens from the case for laboratory
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As H5N6 hits more poultry, researchers test threat of earlier strain

cidrap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 23:45
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsJan 05, 2018

Two groups gauge the threat of H5N6 avian flu to mammals and poultry.

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Flu counts jump as 46 states report widespread activity

cidrap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 23:43
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsJan 05, 2018

The H3N2 strain, which often causes more severe seasons, continues to predominate.

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PRO/EDR> Tainted drug - USA: injectable arthritis gel, alert, recall, RFI

healthmap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 23:43
Chronic/Non-Infectious Disease -- United States
Sanofi Genzyme on [Mon 11 Dec 2017] told doctors and pharmacists to return more than 12 000 syringes filled with an injectable arthritis gel because it was contaminated, as the Cambridge-based biotech elevated its "product hold" of last week to a recall. A lot containing 18 000 gel-filled syringes of Sinvisc-One [sic] tested positive for microbial contamination, said Ashleigh Koss, a spokeswoman for the company's French parent, Sanofi SA. Only 12 380 of the syringes were distributed, all in
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News Scan for Jan 05, 2018

cidrap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 22:50
FSMA rule pare-backPossible Dengvaxia deathsMicrocephaly before ZikaPolio in AfghanistanIV saline shortage
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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jan 05, 2018

cidrap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 22:47
Antibiotic development fundsIntraoperative MRSA transmission
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PRO/AH> Schmallenberg virus - Europe: UK (Scotland) bovine

healthmap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 18:43
Schmallenberg -- United Kingdom
Vets have found signs the midgeborne Schmallenberg virus (SBV), which is capable of causing deformities in calves and lambs, was circulating in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, in autumn 2017.
The results have been revealed by SAC Consulting Veterinary Services (part of Scotland's Rural College), which -- in conjunction with Livestock Health Scotland with funding from the Scottish Government -- has been monitoring bulk milk samples from 50 dairy herds across the country throughout
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PRO/AH> Peste des petits ruminants - Palestinian Auth: ovine

healthmap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 18:37
Peste des petits ruminants -- Palestinian Authority
A sheep plague has been racking flocks in the northern Jordan Valley and has so far killed about 200 lambs and infected dozens of sheep. This is the season when sheep give birth and the lambs are sold, so the epidemic has caused the shepherds heavy financial damage.
Flocks belonging to 6 groups of Palestinian shepherds have reportedly been affected, but hardest hit has been the flock of BB of the community of Khalet Makhul. The disease, which is caused by the virus peste des petits
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PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (04): Saudi Arabia, poultry, HPAI H5N8, spread

healthmap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 18:32
Avian Influenza H5N8 -- Saudi Arabia
A total of 6 new cases of highly contagious bird flu (H5N8) were reported over the past 24 hours in Saudi Arabia. The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said that the cases had been detected in traditional poultry farms in the city of Riyadh and the governorates of Al-Kharj and Al-Ahsaa.
The specialised teams discovered other birds which tested positive in a market in Jeddah and enforced the emergency quarantine plan, reports Al Riyadh. The Saudi authorities culled a total of
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PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (01): global (Afghanistan)

healthmap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 18:29
Polio -- Afghanistan
New wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 1 (onset in 2017)
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2017: 21
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2016: 37
New cVDPV cases reported this week: 0
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2017: 86
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2016: 5
Officially reported wild poliovirus cases as of 2 Jan 2017
Total global cases in 2017: 21 (compared with 35 for the same period in 2016)
- total in endemic countries in 2017: 21 (compared with 35 for the
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PRO/EDR> Diphtheria - Bangladesh: (CG) fatal, susp, Rohingya, ex Myanmar

healthmap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 18:23
Diphtheria -- Bangladesh
In a follow-up to a report from 2 weeks ago, the number of suspected diphtheria cases in the outbreak primarily affecting displaced Rohingya population is significantly increased from numbers released last week, showing a total of 2526 cases suspected with diphtheria, including 27 deaths.
The current outbreak is mainly occurring within the displaced Rohingya population living in the Balukali makeshift and extension camps. Cases are also being reported from the Kutupalong extension,
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PRO/AH/EDR> Kyasanur Forest disease - India: (GA)

healthmap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 18:20
Hemorrhagic Fever -- India
Kyasanur Forest disease (KFD), commonly known as monkey fever, has returned to Sattari with detection of 3 cases at the Manipal Centre for Virus Research based at Valpoi community health centre, in the last 3 weeks. Monkey fever has been present in Sattari taluka during the past 3 years.
When contacted, CHC [Community Health Centre] health official Dr Gajanan Naik confirmed that 3 female patients from Sattari tested positive, and all have recovered after treatment at Valpoi CHC and have
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PRO/PL> Liberibacter solanacearum, parsley - Australia: 1st rep (NS)

healthmap - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 10:00
Other Plant Disease -- Australia
_Candidatus_ Liberibacter solanacearum has been detected in New South Wales in the Italian Giant variety of imported parsley seed. In most cases, the bacterium does not damage parsley plants but has the potential to cause serious damage to some other Apiaceae crops which include carrot, celery, chervil, fennel, and parsnip.
This is the 1st time this bacterium has been detected in Australia. Whilst [it] is spread by psyllids, these particular psyllids are not present in Australia.
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