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DRC Ebola cases surge to 785

cidrap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 23:43
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsFeb 04, 2019

Also, experts call for the WHO to reconvene its Ebola emergency committee and consider declaring a public health emergency of international concern.

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PRO/AH> Equine herpesvirus - Germany: (BY) EHV-1, horse

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 23:32
Equine Herpes Virus -- Germany
We are currently advising in 2 outbreaks of EHV-1 infection (Equid Herpesvirus-1) with cases of myelopathy (EHM) in the wider Munich area (Munich is the capital of Bavaria in the South of Germany).
The 2 outbreaks are likely not inter-related; no common denominator. The distance between the 2 is 80 km [approx. 50 mi]; one outbreak is in the southwest of Munich, the other in the west of Munich.
Both outbreaks are in riding boarding facilities with a mixed horse population; however, they
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News Scan for Feb 04, 2019

cidrap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 23:08
More US acute flaccid myelitis2017-18 flu vaccine protectionLassa fever in NigeriaJamaica dengue outbreakH9N2 avian flu case in China
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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Feb 04, 2019

cidrap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 23:06
CRP-guided therapyFormulary restriction policyNew CARB-X funding
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PRO/EDR> Pertussis: USA, Panama, fatal

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 22:10
Whooping Cough -- United States
Marin County has been hit by a recent spike in cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough. Marin County Health Department says there have been 241 confirmed cases of the sickness, which is the highest number the county's seen in 8 years.
"It's bad. Luckily, my kids are vaccinated, but that doesn't mean other kids aren't at risk," said SG, a parent in the area. The contagious respiratory infection primarily affects young children.
Whooping cough starts out like a cold, but the
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PRO/AH/EDR> Lassa fever - West Africa (09): Nigeria: (ON)

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 22:08
Lassa Fever -- Nigeria
The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo, Ondo State, is said to have run out of bed spaces to accommodate victims of the Lassa fever outbreak in the state.
Investigation carried out by SaharaReporters showed that the disease which has been ravaging the state for almost 2 weeks, has found its way into Akure, the state capital. Although the outbreak had been reported in border cities of the northern senatorial district of the state, such as Edo and Kogi, sources at the FMC in Owo area told
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Saudi Arabia, Oman report more MERS cases

cidrap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 21:27
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsFeb 04, 2019

Saudi Arabia has now logged 22 MERS cases in 2019, and at least 4 new cases in Wadi ad-Dawasir were acquired in a healthcare facility.

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PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - USA: ready-to-eat pork patties, end of outbreak

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 18:50
Listeriosis -- United States
The US Centers for Disease Control reports that an outbreak of _Listeria monocytogenes_ infections linked to pork products produced by Long Phung Food Products appears to be over.
On [20 Nov 2018], 165368 C Corporation of Houston, Texas, doing business as Long Phung Food Products, recalled ready-to-eat pork products because they might have been contaminated with _Listeria_ bacteria.
Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled products from Long Phung Food Products. The full list of recalled
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PRO/AH/EDR> Zika virus (01): Americas, Asia research, observations

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 17:25
Zika virus -- Mexico
Here we propose a strategy allowing implementing efficient and practicable large-scale seroepidemiological studies for Zika Virus (ZIKV). It combines screening by a commercial NS1 protein-based Zika IgG ELISA, and confirmation by a cytopathic effect-based virus neutralization test (CPE-based VNT). In post-epidemic samples from Martinique Island blood donors (a population with a dengue seroprevalence above 90 percent), this strategy allowed reaching specificity and
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PRO/EDR> Central venous catheter infection - USA: (AR) new Mycobacterium sp, saline flush

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 17:20
Hospital-Related Infection -- United States
[A patient] used to travel once a week from his home in Dumas for chemotherapy treatments at Arkansas Cancer Institute. [The 56-year-old patient] had been going to the Pine Bluff clinic for about a year for treatment of his multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of the plasma cells. It had been going "all right," he said. He'd gotten to know the other patients a little, and it was more convenient than going all the way to Little Rock [Arkansas]. Until August [2018], that is, when something went
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PRO/EDR> Influenza (05): vaccine effectiveness, comment

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 17:16
Influenza -- Worldwide/Unknown
We saw the ProMED-mail post [cited above] related to early season findings of 2018/19 influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) against influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 hospitalizations among children in Hong Kong, published in the journal Eurosurveillance on 31 Jan 2019.
Your readers should also be aware of earlier findings from the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN) published in Eurosurveillance on 24 Jan 2019.
The earlier Canadian VE estimate against A(H1N1)pdm09 illness in
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ASP Scan (Weekly) for Feb 01, 2019

cidrap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 05:04
Animal stewardship partnershipAntibiotic pipeline detailsNew PACCARB membersDecline in UK antibioticsSuperbug bloodstream infections in GreeceAntibiotics and malaria preventionPromising antifungal candidateProposed UN AMR guidanceProposed UN AMR guidanceAntibiotic use in nursing homesNovel antibiotic vs C diffPharmacist interventionsAntibiotics for asthma attack
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PRO/AH/EDR> Atypical myopathy, equine - Czech Republic: newborn foal, fatal, 2014

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 04:26
Other Animal Disease -- Czech Republic
Think atypical myopathy -- an often-deadly muscle disease of British and European horses caused by a toxin found in sycamore seeds -- only affects grazing horses eating the seeds by mistake? Think again. Researchers recently published a study describing what they believe to be the 1st reported case of a newborn foal in the Czech Republic dying due to atypical myopathy complications.
"It was surprising for the owner as well as for the veterinarian, but atypical myopathy was confirmed by
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PRO/AH/EDR> Equine infectious anemia - USA: (FL) horse

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 04:01
Equine Infectious Anemia -- United States
Track officials announced Thursday [31 Jan 2019] they have quarantined Barn 3 at Gulfstream Park after an unidentified horse tested positive for equine infectious anemia, or swamp fever, as it is commonly known.
Gulfstream Park general manager Bill Badgett said all remaining horses in the barn have tested negative for local veterinarians, although all must pass similar testing administered by representatives from the Division of Animal Industry for the state Department of Agriculture before
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PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (11): Pakistan (FATA)

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 00:49
Polio -- Pakistan
Pakistan on Saturday [2 Feb 2019] reported its 1st polio case of 2019 from northwestern Bajaur tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering with Afghanistan, an official said [FATA voted to merge with KP in May 2018 so we have referenced both - Mod.JH]. "Today the 1st polio virus case of the current year [2019] has been reported from Bajaur district, where the crippling virus paralyzed an 11-month-old child," Babar Atta, head of the polio eradication program of Pakistan, told
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PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (11): Saudi Arabia (RI)

healthmap - Mon, 04/02/2019 - 00:00
MERS -- Saudi Arabia
Since the last update on 31 Jan 2019, there have been a total of 6 newly confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection reported by Saudi Arabia.
Information on newly confirmed cases (6):

Date of confirmation report: 1 Feb 2019
Case no: 19-1791
MERS in AlKharj city: 31-year-old male in AlKharj city, Riyadh region
Contact with camels: no
Case classification: secondary, healthcare acquired
Current status: hospitalized
Date of confirmation report: 2 Feb 2019
Case no:
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PRO/EDR> Influenza (04): seasonal activity, Europe, Asia, Africa, N. America, vaccine

healthmap - Sun, 03/02/2019 - 21:49
Influenza H1N1 -- Greece
The winter 2018/19 influenza season in Hong Kong has been predominated by influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 as at January 2019. We enrolled 2016 children in 3 public hospitals in Hong Kong between [2 Sep 2018 and 11 Jan 2019]. Using the test-negative approach, we estimated high early season effectiveness of inactivated influenza vaccine against influenza A or B of 90% (95% confidence interval (CI): 80-95% ) and 92% (95% CI: 82-96%) against influenza A(H1N1)pdm09.
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PRO/AH/EDR> Lassa fever - West Africa (08): Guinea (MM)

healthmap - Sun, 03/02/2019 - 21:38
Lassa Fever -- Guinea
Guinea's government has reported one case of a 35-year-old man with Lassa fever in the central town of Mamou, some 260-kilometers [162 mi] from the country's capital of Conakry.
An investigative mission will be deployed to the region to support health authorities, the government said on [Sat 2 Feb 2019] in statement posted on the website of the National Health Security Agency. No other Lassa fever cases were reported.
Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic illness, transmitted to
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PRO/PL> Undiagnosed bacterial wilt, black pepper - India: (KA)

healthmap - Sun, 03/02/2019 - 20:45
Undiagnosed -- India
Pepper growers are in distress as 'Soragu Roga' (Bacterial wilt) is affecting the crop. The pepper vines in most of the plantations in [Kodagu district] have started to rot due to excessive rain followed by disease. The pepper leaves have turned yellow, and seeds have started to wither. The disease, originating in the stem, gradually spreads to the vines.
Even though the pepper crop was good this year [2018], the disease has dealt a big blow to the growers. The current type of bacterial
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PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (13): Congo DR (NK, IT) cases, summary, assessment, preparedness

healthmap - Sun, 03/02/2019 - 05:07
Ebola -- DR Congo
- Since the beginning of vaccination on 8 Aug 2018, 72 248 people have been vaccinated, including 24 435 in Beni [North Kivu], 17 527 in Katwa [North Kivu], 8099 in Butembo [North Kivu], 6008 in Mabalako [North Kivu], 2686 in Kalunguta [North Kivu], 2150 in Komanda [Ituri], 1981 in Goma [North Kivu], 1821 in Oicha [North Kivu], 1663 in Mandima [Ituri], 1157 in Karisimbi [North Kivu], 943 in Kayina [North Kivu], 877 in Vuhovi [North Kivu], 842 in Kyondo [North Kivu], 750 in Masereka [North
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