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PRO/EDR> Dengue/DHF update (11): Asia, Pacific, WHO update, persistence in semen

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:06
Dengue -- Sri Lanka
Northern hemisphere
As of 17 Apr 2018, a total of 408 suspected dengue cases have been reported in Cambodia. In weeks 14 and 15 [2-15 Apr 2018], there were 45 and 48 new suspected dengue cases, respectively. In weeks 14 and 15, the total number of reported dengue cases was below the 3 year-threshold (2015-2017) for the same period.
As of 31 Mar 2018, a total of 19 dengue cases were reported in China. The number of reported cases is

PRO/EDR> Trachoma - Nepal: WHO, eliminated as a public health problem

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:59
Trachoma -- Nepal
In 1996, WHO launched the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by the year 2020 (GET2020). With other partners in the Alliance, WHO supports country implementation of the SAFE strategy (Surgery for trichiasis, Antibiotics to clear infection, Facial cleanliness, and Environmental improvement to limit transmission) and strengthening of national capacity through epidemiological assessment, monitoring, surveillance, project evaluation and resource mobilization.
Elimination of

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever - Europe (13): Hungary (SZ) wild boar, OIE

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:54
African Swine Fever -- Hungary
Information received on [and dated] 18 May 2018 from Dr Lajos Bognar, Deputy State Secretary Chief Veterinary Officer, Food Chain Safety Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Budapest, Hungary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 14 May 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 16 May 2018
Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease
Causal agent: African swine fever virus
Nature of diagnosis: laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to

PRO/EDR> Influenza (16): Honduras, seasonal

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:22
Influenza -- Honduras
Honduras has registered 10 deaths and 172 cases of influenza A, with 22 new infections confirmed in the last hours, reported today [18 May 2018] the national coordinator of Health Surveillance, Homer Mejía.
He also noted that 9 of the deceased patients had "more than one underlying disease, such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease." He added that the majority of these infections occurred in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, the 2 most important cities of the Central American

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (13): case update, prevention

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 21:11
Ebola -- DR Congo
20 May 2018 Congo DR: The return of Ebola: Death toll rises to 26 in Democratic Republic of Congo as deadly fever reaches city of more than one million amid warning it could hit 8 more countries.
[The Ebola death toll in the Congo DR has risen to 26, with 8 neighbouring countries also at risk as the deadly disease plagues the region. The country's health ministry announced another death this morning, with 4 new cases of the deadly disease confirmed.
The World Health Organisation declared

PRO/AH/EDR> Invasive tick - USA (02): (VA) comment

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:38
Pests -- United States
The real reservoir for this 3-host tick is unlikely to be in domestic animals, I suspect. It is not at all fastidious about host species amongst mammals (almost irrespective of life cycle stage) and has also been reported infesting birds and reptiles. Domestic animals are reasonable sentinels for it, however, because people see them regularly.
I believe I have mentioned this previously, but it has consistently been the most frequent incidental detection by New Zealand biosecurity at border

PRO/AH/EDR> Nipah virus - India (02): (KL) conf

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:33
Nipah/Hendra Virus -- India
Barely 12 hours after the deaths of 3 members of a family near Perambra in Kozhikode district of Kerala were confirmed as a result of Nipah virus infection, 8 more people died after showing similar symptoms in Kozhikode and Malappuram, sparking panic among locals in the region.
"We got the report from the National Institute of Virology, Pune, on Sunday night [20 May 2018], confirming Nipah virus infection in the blood samples of the 3 persons who had died initially. Now, 4 more persons who

PRO/AH/EDR> Nipah virus - India: (KL) susp

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:06
Nipah/Hendra Virus -- India
The Health Department is on high alert in the district after the death of 3 members of a family at Perambra [Kozhikode district, Kerala] due to fever over the past fortnight.
Excise Minister TP Ramakrishnan, who is the Minister in charge of the district, held meetings with senior officials on [Sat 19 May 2018] to take stock of the situation.
Sources in the department said that a man, 26, another, 28, who are brothers, and a woman, 50, their paternal aunt, of Panthirikkara Sooppikkada in

PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - Sweden: (VG) fatal, mashed potatoes, recall, RFI

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:54
Listeriosis -- Sweden
Products from a food producer in western Sweden have been recalled after they were linked to a deadly outbreak of [listeriosis].
There have been 4 deaths in Västra Götaland in western Sweden that experts have linked to the _Listeria_ bacteria. Experts at the Centre for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskydd) stressed that all those who passed away were elderly people or affected by other illnesses. In other words, they said it was impossible to confirm that listeriosis, the disease

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis - Armenia: (AV) foodborne

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 14:46
Foodborne Illness -- Armenia
The investigation into a foodborne incident in Armenia's Armavir province continues. The suspected cause -- food poisoning -- has been confirmed through lab tests. Salmonellosis has been discovered in all victims.
63 from the overall 88 victims of the food poisoning have already been treated and discharged. The healthcare ministry says they confirm that the cause was food poisoning. Earlier, the state service for food safety has dispatched agents to Armavir province to probe the suspected

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (12): update, USA, response

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:28
Ebola -- United States
[1] Epidemiologic situation
[2] WHO External Situation Report 3
[3] IOM report [International Organization for Migration report]
United States
[4] US response
[5] CDC
[6] Vaccine
[7] Congo River: Ebola super highway
[8] Community
[1] Epidemiologic situation
Date: Sat 19 May 2018
Source: Minister of Health Press Release [edited]

- A total of 46 cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the region, including 21 confirmed, 21 probable

PRO/AH/EDR> Lassa fever - West Africa (28): Liberia

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:08
Lassa Fever -- Liberia
Liberian authorities on Wednesday [16 May 2018] confirmed that 22 deaths have been recorded across the country following the outbreak of Lassa fever since January [2018].
In a statement, the National Public Health Institute of Liberia said the West African country had seen an increase in the outbreak with 81 suspected cases recorded so far.
However, 67 out of the 81 suspected cases tested negative following laboratory examination, according to the statement.
Lassa fever is a viral

PRO/AH/EDR> Invasive tick - USA: (VA)

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 21:28
Pests -- United States
The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, this week [week of Sun 13 May 2018] confirmed the finding of the _Haemaphysalis longicornis_ tick (otherwise known as the East Asian or Longhorned tick) in Virginia. The tick appeared on an orphaned calf on a beef farm in Albemarle County.
In late 2017 _H. longicornis_ was found initially in New Jersey. No known direct link exists from the Virginia farm to the area in New Jersey where the first ticks appeared on a sheep

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever - Europe (12): Moldova (TA), domestic, OIE

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 18:40
African Swine Fever -- Moldova
Information received on [and dated] 15 May 2018 from from Dr Vitalie Caraus, Head, Sanitary and Veterinary Surveillance Division, National Food Safety Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 10 May 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 11 May 2018
Reason for notification: First occurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease:

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine herpesvirus - Italy: (ER) EHV-1, OIE

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 16:01
Equine Herpes Virus -- Italy
Information received on [and dated] 18 May 2018 from Dr Silvio Borrello, Chief Veterinary Officer, Food Safety and Collegial Bodies for Health Protection, Ministère de la Santé, Department for Veterinary Public Health, Rome, Italy
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 29 Mar 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 29 Mar 2018
Report date: 18 May 2018
Date submitted to OIE: 18 May 2018
Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (75): Nepal (Narayani) poultry, HPAI H5N1, OIE

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 15:03
Avian Influenza H5N1 -- Nepal
Information received on [and dated] 18 May 2018 from Dr Bimal Kumar Nirmal, Doctor, Department of Livestock Services, DGA open RR, Nepal
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 3 May 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 15 May 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 10 Mar 2017
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype: H5N1
Nature of

PRO/AH/EDR> Monkeypox - Africa (09): Cameroun

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 14:20
Monkeypox -- Cameroon
The dreaded but rare viral zoonotic disease (from animal to man) caused by monkeypox virus has hit English speaking Cameroon, Andre Mama Fouda, Cameroon's Public Health Minister said on [Thu 17 May 2018].
Going by a press release issued by the Minister, monkeypox was detected in Njikwa, Momo Division, in the North West Region and Akwaya, Manyu, in the South West Region. The release states that the epidemiology surveilance system had recorded cases of human monkeypox in late April 2018. The

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (11): WHO, vaccination, response

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 11:38
Ebola -- DR Congo
[1] WHO Statement from Emergency Committee
[2] Vaccination update
[3] Vaccination of UN staff
[4] Update summary
[5] Bordering countries: alert
[6] Response
[7] Cost of response
[8] Life in Ebola zone
[1] WHO Statement from Emergency Committee
Date: Fri 18 May 2018
Source: WHO [edited]

[Excerpts from] statement on the 1st meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the Ebola outbreak in

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies - Brazil: (PA) human

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 10:55
Rabies -- Brazil
The Para Health Department reported having reported 12 cases of human rabies in the state, including 6 deaths. So far, at least one case has been confirmed.
According to the agency, a patient died yesterday afternoon [Tue 15 May 2018] at the Hospital Regional de Breves. Four children are hospitalized at Santa Casa de Misericordia in Belem and one at the Breves Regional Hospital, which also serves an adult with suspected illness. Most patients remain in a serious condition.
By means of a

PRO/AH/EDR> Newcastle disease, poultry - USA: (CA) virulent strain

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 20:28
Newcastle Disease -- United States
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County, California. It is important to note that the presence of the disease is not a food safety concern. This is the 1st case of virulent Newcastle disease, previously referred to as exotic Newcastle disease, in the U.S. since 2003.
No human cases of Newcastle disease