Outbreak and Current Disease Status Information

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (74): Saudi Arabia (AS, RI, QS)

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 18:48
MERS -- Saudi Arabia
As of Wed 29 Nov 2017, there have been a total of:
1747 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection, including
706 deaths [reported case fatality rate 40.4 per cent],
1024 recoveries, and
17 currently active cases/infections.
[As previously mentioned, the numbers of deaths, recoveries, and currently active cases come from my spreadsheet tallies and differ from those listed on the Saudi MOH website; my spreadsheet counts asymptomatic infections as they are reported. One complication

PRO/EDR> Streptococcus, group A - Canada (05): (ON) fatal, under-housed, IDU, comment

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:50
Strep -- Canada
The strains associated with the under-housed/PWID [people who inject drugs] are emm types 74 and 81. There are 12 different emm-types in the community (emm1 is most common, about 10 cases) with no common epi-links, spread over time and place.
Dr Barry Pakes MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC, PhD
Dr Gayane Hovhannisyan MD, MPH, PhD, FRCPC
Associate Medical Officers of Health
Middlesex London Health Unit
London, Ontario

[ProMED-mail thanks Dr Barry Pakes and Dr Gayane Hovhannisyan for

PRO/EDR> Undiagnosed illness - Comoros: RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:48
Undiagnosed -- Comoros
The health centers are packed with people, children and adults alike. The reception rooms and hospital rooms are packed. Children (mostly), women and men. Nobody is spared. The symptoms are the same for everyone: high fever, flu, cough, headache, vomiting, fatigue, pain in the joints. It has been almost 3 weeks since the citizens started living this situation, but nobody seems to know what it is. Some call it an epidemic. While some doctors think it is seasonal flu, others refuse to give it a

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine infectious anemia - Canada (07): (QB)

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 09:46
Equine Infectious Anemia -- Canada
The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported [24 Nov 2017] that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) national reference laboratory has confirmed a case of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in a horse in Havelock, Quebec.
"This animal had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian prior to it being moved to a new premises; clinical signs of the disease were not reported," the EDCC stated. "A CFIA investigation is underway and, as per program policy, a quarantine has been

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine herpesvirus - North America (20): USA (PA) equine

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 09:44
Equine Herpes Virus -- United States
A farm in Western Pennsylvania has been quarantined after a horse residing there tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported 27 Nov 2017.
"The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture posted a quarantine at a Butler County dressage barn after a horse with signs of neurological impairment tested positive for EHV-1 (wild-type) by RRT-PCR testing of nasal swab and whole blood samples," the EDCC said in a post on its website. "All

PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (37): Afghanistan, Syria, global

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 23:15
Polio -- Afghanistan
New wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 0
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2017: 15
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2016: 37
New cVDPV cases reported this week: 7
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2017: 80
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2016: 5
- On the 14 Nov 2017, the 15th IHR Emergency Committee convened to review the risk of international spread of poliovirus. The committee agreed that the risk of international spread of poliovirus remains a Public

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