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PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (39): Congo DR, cases, response, facilities, treatment, research

3 hours 44 min ago
Ebola -- DR Congo
In related news, 2 experts with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, writing in The Lancet [see report below], weighed in on the outbreak response, applauding the DRC for acting quickly and for using VSV-EBOV in a ring program that targets contacts.
"The response to the current outbreak in DRC has been rapid at the national, continental, and international levels. The DRC Health Minister, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, has led his country's response with pragmatism and expediency,

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Kenya (02): (VI) bovine, quarantine

6 hours 56 min ago
Anthrax -- Kenya
A quarantine on cattle in the county has been extended by a month to contain an outbreak of anthrax. Agriculture Executive Paul Mbuni said movement of animals would remain banned to give veterinary officers time to wipe out the disease.
He told traders who were demanding the re-opening of animal markets to be patient, adding that the disease was still in some parts of the county [Vihiga county, in the former Western Province]. "Traders selling cattle will have to wait for another month as

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever - Europe (19): Latvia (SD) domestic

6 hours 58 min ago
African Swine Fever -- Latvia
A 2nd outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) among domestic pigs this year [2018] has been registered in a farm in western Latvia, the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service said.
The latest ASF outbreak has been registered in Strautini farm in Kursisi county [Saldus district]. The Food and Veterinary Service said it was taking the appropriate measures to contain the disease. The 4 pigs in the infected farm will be culled, and an epidemiological investigation has been launched to establish how

PRO/EDR> Undiagnosed febrile illness - India: (UP) fatal, children, RFI

11 hours 42 min ago
Fever -- India
The death of 5 people, including 4 children, following an 'unknown' disease in a village in Nagram [Uttar Pradesh] over the past week has left the health department in a fix.
The cause behind the deaths is yet to be ascertained. On [Sun 17 Jun 2018], a team of doctors and experts from KGMU [King George's Medical University, a medical school located in Lucknow] and the office of the chief medical officer visited Amwa Murtizapur [Muratjapur] village and took samples.
The victims were said

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (12): China, H7N9

11 hours 43 min ago
Avian Influenza H7N9 -- China
Coined 'Disease X', a new strain of bird flu -- H7N9 -- has sparked fears of a major outbreak among scientists, having already infected more than 1600 people.
Symptoms of infection include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock, and organ failure. The virus has already killed 623 people within China.
At this time, the H7N9 can't be spread between humans -- and can only be contracted from contact with birds. However, experts

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever - Eastern Africa: (Tanzania) alert

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:50
Rift Valley Fever -- Tanzania
Tanzania on [Mon 18 Jun 2018] issued an alert following an outbreak of Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Kenya and Rwanda. Mary Mashingo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, said the government has instructed district, municipal and city councils to ensure that the public is well informed on the disease, which has killed 6 people in Kenya.
"We're fully aware of the outbreak of the disease and we've put in place all measures to ensure that our people are free from the

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - India (08): (JH) human, caprine

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:44
Anthrax -- India
A fresh anthrax outbreak has caused a scare in Khanjaloya Kadamtoli village under Pakartand block, where 2 tribals have been found infected with the life-threatening disease.
The fatal disease anthrax has again shown signs of comeback in Jharkhand's Simdega district, as 2 individuals were tested positive on Monday [18 Jun 2018]. Both are being treated in the district hospital.
Over 200 cases of anthrax were reported from the district in the last 2 years, out which 11 succumbed to the

PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease - Botswana: (NC) bovine, serotype pending, OIE

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:18
Foot and Mouth -- Botswana
Information received on [and dated] 15 Jun 2018 from Dr. Letlhogile Modisa, Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Gaborone, Botswana
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 9 Jun 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 15 Jun 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 19 Mar 2018
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: Foot-and-mouth disease virus

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever - Kenya (06): (WJ)

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:16
Rift Valley Fever -- Kenya
An outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in North Eastern counties has left at least 13 people dead. Hundreds have survived the haemorrhagic disease that leaves victims bleeding from most parts of their bodies including the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Blood is also passed through patients' faeces and urine.
A week ago, Marsabit County residents were cautioned after the disease broke out in neighbouring Wajir. Those who died are said to have consumed infected meat. Samples of the meat were

PRO/EDR> Cyclosporiasis - USA (03): additional states

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:58
Foodborne Illness -- United States
Two more states--Iowa and Michigan--have reported _Cyclospora_ infections linked to Del Monte prepackaged vegetable trays, lifting the number of affected states to 4 and the illness total to 78, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a [15 Jun 2018] announcement.
In a related development, Del Monte Fresh Produce on [15 Jun 2018] announced a voluntary recall of vegetable trays sold at some retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In a

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (81): UK (N Ireland) wild bird, HPAI H5N6, OIE

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:43
Avian Influenza H5N6 -- United Kingdom
Information received on [and dated] 15 Jun 2018 from Dr Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer, DEFRA, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, London, United Kingdom
Report type: immediate notification (final report)
Date of start of the event: 14 Jun 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 15 Jun 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 23 Apr 2018
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent:

PRO/AH/EDR> Tularemia - USA (03): (IL) wild rabbit

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:39
Tularemia -- United States
A wild rabbit found [13 Jun 2018] in Tinley Park [Cook county] has tested positive for tularemia. Cook County Animal and Rabies Control urges residents to avoid touching live or dead wildlife.
Tularemia is a disease of animals and humans caused by the bacterium _Francisella tularensis_. Rabbits, hares, and rodents are especially susceptible, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The bacterium is present in some wildlife in northeast Illinois. Some animals, such as

PRO/AH/EDR> Chlamydia psittaci, equine abortion - Australia: (NS) research

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:52
Chlamydia -- Australia
A bird-borne pathogen has been linked to a cluster of equine abortions in New South Wales, Australia.
A pathogen carried by birds has been linked by Australian researchers to a cluster of equine abortions in New South Wales.
The researchers found a smoking gun when they examined the potential role of the bacterium _Chlamydia psittaci_ in the abortions.
While birds are the major reservoir, it is capable of infecting humans, horses, and other mammals.
The strain linked to the

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever - Kenya (05): (WJ) WHO

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:48
Rift Valley Fever -- Kenya
On 8 Jun 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) for Kenya confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley fever. The 1st patient was admitted to a hospital in Wajir County in northeastern Kenya on 2 Jun [2018] with fever, body weakness, and bleeding from the gums and mouth. The patient reported having consumed meat from a sick animal; the patient died the same day. On 4 Jun [2018], 2 relatives of the index patient were admitted. Blood samples were collected and sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute,

PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease - Mozambique: (TE, NM) bovine, st pending, OIE

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:44
Foot and Mouth -- Mozambique
Information received on [and dated] 18 Jun 2018 from Dr Americo Da Conceicao, national director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Maputo, Mozambique.
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 24 Apr 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 11 May 2018
Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: Foot and mouth disease virus
Serotype: pending
Nature of diagnosis:

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis & other - India (09): (AS)

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:47
Japanese Encephalitis -- India
The etiologies for at least 60 percent of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) cases in Assam are still undiagnosed, according to an ongoing research project.
According to an expert involved with the project, around 30 percent of AES cases are likely to be those suffering from Japanese encephalitis (JE).
Nearly 178 people, of the 2077 diagnosed with AES in Assam in 2017, died.
Assam has reported 60 AES cases this year till 30 Apr [2018] but no casualties so far.
The project was

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis - Taiwan (04)

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:40
Japanese Encephalitis -- China
In a follow-up on the Japanese encephalitis situation in Taiwan, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced 7 new Japanese encephalitis cases confirmed in Taiwan last week.
The new cases include one each in Daya District, Taichung City, Xizhou Township, Changhua County, Puzi City, Chiayi County, District, Guiren District, Tainan City, Fengshan District, Kaohsiung City, Xiaogang District, Kaohsiung City, and Linyuan District, Kaohsiung City.
The 7 new cases age between

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola virus disease: challenges for wild animal meat trade

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:35
Ebola -- DR Congo
For 25 years, [PM] has earned a living buying and selling monkeys, bats, and other animals popularly known as bush meat along the Congo River. Standing on the riverbank in Mbandaka, a city affected by the deadly new outbreak of the Ebola virus, the father of 5 said that for the 1st time he's worried he won't be able to support his family.
"Since Ebola was declared, business has decreased by almost half. It's really, really bad," the 47-year-old said, hanging his head.
Congo's latest

PRO/AH/EDR> Neospora caninum, canine - USA: (NC) parasite

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:34
Other Animal Disease -- United States
A lethal parasite has been discovered in area canines by a local veterinarian, and its presence is troubling for animal doctors and pet owners.
Dr. Michelle Cox, veterinarian and founder of Island Pet Veterinarian Hospital located in Cape Carteret, 1st examined [D] in November 2017, when the young canine had just celebrated its 2nd birthday. "[D's] owner came to see me with her 2-year-old dog," Cox recalls. "She was extremely distraught. Her dog had started to have grand-mal seizures 7

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (38): Congo DR, cases, WHO, Oxfam

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:20
Ebola -- DR Congo
Event Description
The Ministry of Health and WHO continue to closely monitor the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with cautious optimism. On 15 Jun 2018, 5 new suspected EVD cases were reported in Bikoro Health Zone. A total of 6 laboratory specimens (from suspected cases reported previously) tested negative. No new confirmed EVD cases and no new deaths were reported on the reporting date. Since 17 May 2018, no new confirmed EVD