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PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - USA (03): queso fresco cheese confirmed, end of outbreak

healthmap - 3 hours 22 min ago
Listeriosis -- United States
An outbreak of infections from _Listeria monocytogenes_ that was traced to certain soft cheeses has been declared over by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of 14 May [2021] there were 13 confirmed patients. A dozen of the patients were so sick they had to be admitted to hospitals. One patient died. The sick people live in 4 states. Their illnesses started on dates ranging from 20 Oct 2020 to 17 Mar 2021, with 12 illnesses occurring in 2021, according to the
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PRO/AH/EDR> Lyme disease - B. burgdorferi pro-inflammatory cell wall constituent

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Lyme Disease -- United States
"The bacterial pathogen responsible for causing Lyme disease, _Borrelia burgdorferi_, is an atypical Gram-negative spirochete that is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected _Ixodes_ tick. In diderms [having 2 cell membranes], peptidoglycan (PG) is sandwiched between the inner and outer membrane of the cell envelope. In many other Gram-negative bacteria, PG is bound by protein(s), which provide both structural integrity and continuity between envelope layers. Here, we present
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PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (170): candidate animal models, potential hosts, research

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COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown
Within only one year after the 1st detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), nearly 100 million infections were reported in the human population globally, with more than 2 million fatal cases [by 13 May 2021, the global figures have become 161.08 million cumulative reported cases and over 3.34 million reported deaths. - Mod.AS]. While SARS-CoV-2 most likely originated from a natural wildlife reservoir, neither the immediate viral precursor
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PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (72): Europe (Germany,Denmark) poultry,wild bird, H5N5, H5N1, OIE

healthmap - 21 hours 53 min ago
Avian Influenza H5N1, Avian Influenza -- Germany
Report type: immediate notification
Started: 4 Mar 2021
Confirmed: 6 Mar 2021
Reported: 10 May 2021
Reason for notification: recurrence
Last occurrence: 17 Dec 2020
Causal agent: highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype: H5N5
Nature of diagnosis: clinical, laboratory
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country.
New outbreaks
Summary of outbreaks
Total outbreaks (1)
Outbreak location 1: Roth, Bayern [Bavaria]
Started: 4 Mar 2021
Ended: 7 Apr
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PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (169): vaccine, B.1.617.2 variant UK, Canada, mucormycosis, WHO

healthmap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 23:50
COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown
WHO region (no. countries/territories):
Total confirmed cases (new cases in last 24 hours) / Total deaths (new deaths in last 24 hours)
Western Pacific Region (19): 2 670 658 (17 955) / 40 140 (246)
European Region (61): 53 260 053 (117 279) / 1 114 233 (2651)
South East Asia Region (10): 27 045 908 (385 767) / 326 921 (4531)
Eastern Mediterranean Region (22): 9 573 218 (34 296) / 192 091 (749)
Region of
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Mixed reactions to CDC's revised COVID mask mandate

cidrap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 21:11
Lianna Matt McLernon | News Writer | CIDRAP NewsMay 14, 2021

Some states and group said they need more time to confer with health officials to weigh local transmission status and risks.

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News Scan for May 14, 2021

cidrap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 20:49
Vaccine-linked polio in 4 countriesCOVID campus safety ideasPrepandemic adult vaccination
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COVID mRNA vaccines induce immune response in pregnant, lactating women

cidrap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 20:36
Mary Van Beusekom | News Writer | CIDRAP NewsMay 14, 2021

Scientists also detected binding and neutralizing antibodies in infant cord blood and in breast milk, which were somewhat reduced for SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for May 14, 2021

cidrap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 20:12
Rapid, portable gonorrhea testImproved prescribing for bronchitis
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PRO/AH/EDR> Sphaeridiotrema globulus - USA: (WI) waterfowl

healthmap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 19:50
Other Animal Disease -- United States
Wildlife officials have confirmed the presence of a parasitic flatworm in wild swans from Wolf Lake [Lake County, Illinois], the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced. Diagnostic testing was conducted at the US Geological Survey's (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
Mute swans examined by the USGS had fatal infections of the intestinal parasite _Sphaeridiotrema globulus_. This parasite causes death in many species of waterfowl, including swans, diving
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Studies examine antibiotic use for pediatric ear infections

cidrap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 17:58
Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsMay 14, 2021

The studies shed light on whether tube placement is needed for recurrent ear infections and if stewardship practices can cut back on delayed antibiotic prescriptions.

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Spikes in Asia, variant spread keep global health officials on edge

cidrap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 17:50
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsMay 14, 2021

In the UK, quickly rising B1617.2 cases in some areas has triggered surge testing and other actions.

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PRO/EDR> Necrotizing fasciitis - Australia (02): (VI) GAS, invasive, outbreak, NOT

healthmap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 16:54
Strep -- Australia
The following article dated 12 May 2021 specifies that [an 11-month-old's] group A Strep infection was 2 years ago and that the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is about to start trialling Group A Strep vaccines.

The article cited in the earlier ProMED report () combined [the 11-month-old's] story with a video captioned, "An alert has been issued after 3 suburbs in Melbourne recorded cases of a flesh-eating skin disease."
The video is linked with another article dated 24 Feb 2021,
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PRO/PL> Nematodes, pineapple - Kenya

healthmap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 16:51
Other Plant Disease -- Kenya
[For] pineapples, one of the biggest challenges worldwide is plant parasitic nematodes [PPN]. In Kenya, there is sparse knowledge on how nematodes affect pineapple production. A study was conducted to compare population densities and diversity of nematodes in 2 commercial plantations with contrasting management practices in central Kenya. In addition, the influence of plant age was assessed and compared with nearby smallholders.
"Nematode infection of pineapple results in reduced root
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PRO/AH/EDR> Leptospirosis - Australia (02): (QL)

healthmap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 16:49
Leptospirosis -- Australia
The horror mouse plague has coincided with a spike in a rodent-borne bacterial disease in Queensland with case numbers almost doubling in 2021. The Sunshine State [a nickname for Queensland because of its tropical and sub-tropical climates] has reported 78 cases of leptospirosis to date this year [2021], compared with only 41 cases at the same time last year.
The case numbers might not seem like a lot, but the rate of infection has grown 70 per cent compared with the 5-year average.
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PRO/PL> Fusarium wilt, lettuce - Norway: 1st rep

healthmap - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 03:11
Other Plant Disease -- Norway
Lettuce is produced in Norway both in field and greenhouses. Greenhouse lettuce is one of the most important vegetables grown year-round. In winter 2018, wilting symptoms were observed on soil-grown lettuce in southeast Norway. Affected plants showed stunted growth, wilting of outer leaves, and brownish discoloration of vascular tissues of taproots and crowns. According to the growers, the disease caused an estimated 10% of yield losses.
Fungal isolates were obtained from crowns and roots
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CDC: No masks needed for COVID-vaccinated Americans

cidrap - Thu, 13/05/2021 - 22:38
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsMay 13, 2021

"If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic."

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India and its states seek to fill COVID-19 vaccine gaps

cidrap - Thu, 13/05/2021 - 22:30
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsMay 13, 2021

The world's second most populous country has only 2.8% of its population fully vaccinated.

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More side effects noted after using 2 different COVID vaccines

cidrap - Thu, 13/05/2021 - 21:51
Mary Van Beusekom | News Writer | CIDRAP NewsMay 13, 2021

Vaccinating with both Pfizer and AstraZeneca is linked with more systemic symptoms in older adults.

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PRO/EDR> COVID-19 update (168): neurologic, Pfizer vaccine in adolescents, WHO, global

healthmap - Thu, 13/05/2021 - 21:39
COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown
WHO region (no. countries/territories):
Total confirmed cases (new cases in last 24 hours) / Total deaths (new deaths in last 24 hours)
Western Pacific Region (19): 2 651 986 (15 896) / 39 886 (217)
European Region (61): 53 134 851 (106 590) / 1 111 412 (2748)
South East Asia Region (10): 26 660 141 (370 198) / 322 390 (4767)
Eastern Mediterranean Region (22): 9 538 922 (38 355) /191 342 (736)
Region of the
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