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News Scan for Sep 06, 2017

cidrap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 23:34
Two MERS casesNewer rapid flu testsZika-GBS linkMore Cyclospora
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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 06, 2017

cidrap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 23:31
Precision antimicrobialsMoney for antibiotic developmentCanada AMR frameworkPharmacist stewardship
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PRO/AH/EDR> St Louis encephalitis virus - USA (03): (CA)

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 22:54
St. Louis Encephalitis -- United States
Mosquito-borne St. Louis encephalitis [virus] has been identified in Butte County for the first time since 1969, according to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District.
The disease [virus] was found in a group of mosquitoes collected near Honcut. The disease is similar to West Nile virus. Most people who get it show no symptoms, but in extreme cases it can cause death or permanent disability.
There is no cure for either disease. The only way to avoid the diseases is to avoid
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PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (24): Pakistan (KR) global

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 22:52
Polio -- Pakistan
New wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 1
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2017: 10
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2016: 37
New cVDPV cases reported this week: 0
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2017: 47
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2016: 5
- Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Pakistan: 1 new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case from Karachi (pre-notified last week) and 4 environmental WPV1-positive
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HPV vaccine may protect against 90% of cervical cancers

cidrap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 21:50
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsSep 06, 2017

Researchers reported a 97.4% efficacy for the 9-strain HPV vaccine.

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IDSA slams proposed budget cuts to AMR programs

cidrap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 21:11
Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsSep 06, 2017

IDSA leaders take aim at proposed cuts they say could cripple efforts to battle antimicrobial resistance.

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PRO/AH/EDR> Foodborne illness - South Korea (02): (NJ) fast food restaurant burger, poss EHEC

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 18:46
Foodborne Illness -- South Korea
It is confirmed that there was a foodborne illness outbreak attributed to consumption of hamburger at a fast food restaurant in Jeonju, Korea on 25 Aug 2017. The suspected pathogen is not norovirus but _E. coli_. There has been no report of norovirus related outbreak or cases in the past few months in Korea.
EpiCore Global Surveillance Project Member
Sangwoo Tak
Korea University
[ProMED-mail thanks EpiCore Global Surveillance Project member Sangwoo Tak for this information. _E.
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PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Zimbabwe (07): (MN) human, wildlife, contained

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 18:44
Anthrax -- Zimbabwe
The country has contained an anthrax outbreak that killed one person and infected 56 in April this year [2017], when villagers in Binga [Matabeleland North] ate meat from infected dead hippos. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, no new cases of anthrax have been reported since June [2017]. "The Ministry of Health and Child Care weekly disease surveillance report revealed that no new suspected cases of anthrax were reported during the week ending 20 Aug 2017," reads the
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PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - Australia (03): (NS)

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 18:37
Hepatitis A -- Australia
Some of the 10 locally-acquired cases are in MSM [men who have sex with men], but the investigation so far has not found any epidemiological links between them or the other non-MSM cases.
Information has been distributed to sexual health clinics and general practitioners to remind them of the recommendation for hepatitis A vaccine for MSM. The vaccine is free for MSM attending publically funded sexual health clinics.
Communicated by:
EpiCore Global Surveillance Project

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PRO/EDR> Gastroenteritis - Iraq (02): (Kurdistan)

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 18:36
Gastroenteritis -- Iraq
This information was obtained from the Public Health Officer in Sulaymaniyah:
"In fact it had been asked for an urgent meeting of the diarrhea/cholera watch committee because the incidence of diarrhea started to rise significantly when in week 32 [week ending 13 Aug 2017] the rate increased by more than 30 percent compared to week 30 [week ending 30 Jul 2017]. In addition, there was an outbreak of diarrhea in Halabja 8-12 Aug 2017. Fortunately no _Vibrio cholerae_ positive case has been
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PRO/EDR> Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update (95): Africa, Asia

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 18:34
Cholera -- Kenya
A sheikh in Murnei camp for displaced people told Radio Dabanga that by [Sun 3 Sep 2017], a total of 22 patients were admitted to the camp's isolation ward. From 27 Aug until 31 Aug 2017, 17 people reportedly succumbed to cholera. In Zamzam camp, south of El Fasher city, 4 new cases of cholera were recorded on 1 and 2 Sep 2017. A camp elder told this station that the isolation ward was closed on the 1st day of Eid Al Adha [Sacrifice Feast, 31 Aug-4 Sep 2017], "because of the absence of medical
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PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease - Malawi: (CK) bovine, st. pending, OIE

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 03:16
Foot and Mouth -- Malawi
Information received on [and dated] 5 Sep 2017 from Dr Bernard Chimera, Director of Veterinary Services, Department of Animal Health & Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Lilongwe, Malawi
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 24 Aug 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 30 Aug 2017
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 25 Mar 2017
Manifestation of disease: clinical
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PRO/EDR> Dengue/DHF update (11): Americas

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 03:14
Dengue -- Worldwide/Unknown
Cases by Country / Week updated / Probable / Conf. / Virus type / DHF severe / Deaths
North America
USA / 32 [week ending 11 Aug 2017] / 93 / 93 / D? / 0 / 0
Central America and Mexico
Costa Rica / 30 [week ending 28 Jul 2017] / 3458 / 0 / D 1,2 / 3 / 0
El Salvador / 32 [week ending 11 Aug 2017] / 2539 / 104 / D2 / 69 / 0
Guatemala / 31 [week ending 4 Aug 2017] / 2061/ 386 / D 1,2,3,4 / 17 / 0
Honduras / 32 [week ending 11 Aug 2017] / 3877 / 0 / D 1,2,3 / 69 / 0
Mexico / 32 [week
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PRO/AH/EDR> Die-off, mussels - USA: (OH) survey

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 03:11
Animal Die-off -- United States
These days, finding living mussels in the creek is a far less grim task, said Sasson, a freshwater conservation manager with the Nature Conservancy.
Still, the massive die-off that stretched along almost 60 miles of Big Darby hung over a group of mussel experts this month [August 2017] as they wrapped up a diagnostic survey of the waterway."We're just trying to see if the die-off last year [2016] knocked out any species," Sasson said. "We haven't even had time to sit down and go over the
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PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis - Israel (02): eggs, st Enteritidis susp, recall, RFI

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 03:08
Salmonella -- Israel
The health and agriculture ministries on [Tue 5 Sep 2017] called on the public not to buy or use eggs sold by "Yesh Maof" that bear a sell-by date of up to and including [20 Oct 2017], following the discovery of salmonella in a part of the company's laying sheds at Moshav Goren in the northern Israeli Galilee.
Some 11 million suspect eggs have already reached the market.
Eggs already at home should be thrown into the trash and not returned to the retailer, the Health Ministry
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PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (137): Taiwan (NT) poultry, H5N8

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 00:44
Avian Influenza H5N8 -- China
In response to the RFI (Request for Information) sent to EpiCore members in Taiwan, we received the following information:
The reported H5 outbreak was caused by HPAI H5N8. The infected chickens came from poultry farms in Taoyuan's Dasi District and Yunlin County's Shueilin Township.
Communicated by:

[We are very grateful to the 4 EpiCore members in Taiwan who provided this information.
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PRO/AH/EDR> Leishmaniasis - Brazil: (TO) humans, dogs

healthmap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 00:33
Leishmaniasis -- Brazil
In the state of Tocantins, in the Northern region of Brazil, officials are reporting an outbreak of visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar in the city of Tocantinópolis.
According to a G1 report (computer translated), the city is on alert after reporting more than 400 cases in dogs and 9 in humans since the beginning of the year [2017]. This year, so far, there are 50 suspicious notifications. A total of 5 cases were confirmed in adults and 4 in children younger than 10 years. There were 12
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News Scan for Sep 05, 2017

cidrap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 00:09
Saudi MERS caseCRE treatmentCholera in YemenChikungunya drop
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Flu Scan for Sep 05, 2017

cidrap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 00:00
Flu and pregnancyGlobal flu hot spotsMore H5N8 in South Africa
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Sanofi halts work on Zika vaccine amid federal funding cuts

cidrap - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 00:00
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsSep 05, 2017

The vaccine it has been developing with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research has been halted.

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