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PRO/AH/EDR> Monkeypox - Africa (13): Nigeria

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:18
Monkeypox -- Nigeria
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is aware of 2 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United Kingdom (UK), in patients with a recent travel history from Nigeria.
Since the re-emergence of Monkeypox in Nigeria in September 2017, NCDC has continued to receive reports and respond to cases of the disease from states across the country. Between September 2017 when the outbreak started and 31 Aug 2018, a total of 262 suspected cases had been reported from 26 states. Of these, 113 have

PRO/AH/EDR> Staphylococcus cornubiensis - UK: (Eng) coag-pos, cellulitis, zoonotic, dog susp

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:09
Staph -- United Kingdom
1. Murray AK, Lee J, Bendall R, et al. _Staphylococcus cornubiensis_ sp. nov., a member of the _Staphylococcus intermedius_ Group (SIG). Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2018. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.002992; abstract available at ]
[Byline: Stephen Matthews]
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[The following is the abstract extracted from the journal article referenced in the news report above:
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"We here describe a novel species in the _Staphylococcus intermedius_ Group

PRO/AH/EDR> West Nile virus (34): Americas (USA) equine

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 08:17
West Nile Virus -- United States
California animal health officials have confirmed another equine case of West Nile virus (WNV). So far this year [2018], there have been 7 confirmed cases of WNV in California horses.
"On [4 Sep 2018], a 16-year-old quarter horse mare with an unknown vaccination status, in Merced county, displaying neurologic signs was confirmed positive for West Nile virus," the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) said in a statement on its website. "Due to the severity of neurologic

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (37): Saudi Arabia (SH), South Korea ex Kuwait, WHO

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 22:01
MERS -- South Korea
New case
Case No. 18-1748
MERS in Hufoof city: 64-year-old male in Hufoof city,
Alahsa Region [Ash Sharqiyah - Eastern Region]
Contact with camels: Yes
Case classification: Primary, community acquired
Outcome: Hospitalized
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[This is now the 6th case of laboratory confirmed MERS-CoV infection reported by Saudi Arabia since 1 Sep 2018 and the 1st case reported from Hufoof, Ash Sharqiyah/Eastern region since 1 Aug 2018. Of the 6 cases reported, 5

PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (41): Papua New Guinea

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 19:40
Polio -- Papua New Guinea
An outbreak of polio in Papua New Guinea has reached Port Moresby, with the 1st case in the nation's capital prompting an emergency vaccination campaign.
A 6-year-old boy from the capital's Five Mile settlement was confirmed as infected after laboratory tests were conducted in Australia.
PNG was declared polio-free in 2000, but in 2018 there has been an outbreak with 10 confirmed cases of the disease, which largely affects young children.
The children affected in PNG range from 12

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Uganda (08): (AX) livestock, human

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:41
Anthrax -- Uganda
The statistics from the district indicate that so far 1087 animals have died following the outbreak. Rigbo, Rhino Camp, Uriama, Odupi, Imvepi, and Pawor sub-counties are the most affected. "We have tried to mobilise farmers to buy their own vaccines, but they are not willing to do that. So long as the animals are not vaccinated and carcasses are being eaten, the outbreak cannot end," he said.
The people of Arua depend on animals for economic livelihood because they sell off the animals to

PRO/AH/EDR> Bonamia exitiosa - USA: (MA) oyster, recurrence, OIE

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:32
Other Animal Disease -- United States
Information received on (and dated) 7 Sep 2013 from Dr John Clifford, Official Delegate, Chief Trade Advisor, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, United States of America
Summary
Report type: immediate notification (final report)
Date of start of the event: 30 May 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 23 Aug 2018
Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 2013
Manifestation of

PRO/AH/EDR> Koi herpesvirus disease - Canada: (AB) OIE

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:16
Herpes -- Canada
Information received on 7 Sep 2018 from Dr Jaspinder Komal, Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Canada
Summary
Report type: immediate notification (final report)
Date of start of the event: 16 Jul 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 27 Aug 2018
Report dare: 7 Sep 2018
Date event resolved: 28 Aug 2018
Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever - Pakistan (16): (SD)

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 13:44
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- Pakistan
Congo virus [Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus] claimed another life in Karachi on [Mon 10 Sep 2018] as a 25-year-old man died at Jinnah hospital.
The man was a resident of Mehmoodabad [Mahmudabad, Malir district] and was brought to the hospital 2 days ago.
This is the 10th Congo virus-related death this year [2018].
The health department had earlier said it would conduct spraying operations to rid the city of ticks carrying the virus but nothing has been done.
[Byline: Shafqat

PRO/AH/EDR> Monkeypox - UK (02): ex Nigeria

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 20:36
Monkeypox -- United Kingdom
Public Health England (PHE) can confirm that a 2nd individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England.
There is no UK link to the patient diagnosed last week in Cornwall who is currently receiving care at the Royal Free in London. This 2nd patient had travelled to Nigeria where they are believed to have acquired the infection. The 2nd case 1st presented at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and following a positive test result was transferred to Royal Liverpool University Hospital, an expert

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (36): Saudi Arabia, South Korea, contact tracing, WHO

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 20:11
MERS -- Saudi Arabia
At the end of August 2018, a total of 2248 laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), including 798 associated deaths (case-fatality rate: 35.5 percent) were reported globally; 83 percent of these cases were reported from Saudi Arabia (1871 cases, including 724 related deaths with a case-fatality rate of 38.7 percent).
During the month of August [2018], a total of 9 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS were reported globally; 8 cases were reported in Saudi

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (86): Congo DR (NK) case update, outbreak status

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:38
Ebola -- DR Congo
- A total of 5306 contacts were recorded in the 7 health zones affected since 17 Aug 2018.
- To date, 2 755 350 travelers have been checked at the 37 entry points set up.
Vaccination
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- Since the beginning of vaccination on 8 Aug 2018, 7409 people have been vaccinated, including 3475 in Mabalako [North Kivu], 2190 in Beni [North Kivu], 1197 in Mandima [Ituri], 121 in Oicha [North Kivu], 170 in Masereka [North Kivu], 167 in Butembo [North Kivu], 70 in Katwa [North Kivu], and 19

PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease - Israel (07): (HZ) bovine, st O, OIE

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:30
Foot and Mouth -- Israel
Information received on [and dated] 10 Sep 2018 from Dr Shlomo Garazi, Chief Officer for Import and Export of the Veterinary Services, Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bet Dagan, Israel
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 5 Sep 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 9 Sep 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 16 Jul 2018
Manifestation of

PRO/AH/EDR> Dengue/DHF update (17): Americas research, observations

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 08:51
Dengue -- Mexico
Cases by country / Week updated / Serotype / Total / Conf. / Severe
North America
USA / 35 [week ending 31 Aug 2018] / D? / 118 / 118 / 1
Central America and Mexico
Belize / 34 [week ending 24 Aug 2018] / D? / 955 / 29 / 0
Costa Rica / 27 [week ending 6 Jul 2018] / D 1,2 / 1110 / 220 / 0
El Salvador / 34 [week ending 24 Aug 2018] / D? / 923 / 31 / 0
Guatemala / 33 [week ending 17 Aug 2018] / D 1,2,3,4 / 3122 / 896 / 29
Honduras / 35 [week ending 31 Aug 2018] / D? / 4948 / 0 /

PRO/AH/EDR> West Nile virus (33): Europe (France) equine, OIE

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 21:00
West Nile Virus -- France
Information received on 7 Sep 2018 from Dr Loic Evain, Directeur General adjoint, CVO, Direction generale de l'alimentation, Ministere de l'Agriculture et de l'Alimentation, Paris, France
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 24 Aug 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 7 Sep 2018
Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 31 Dec 2017
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: West Nile fever

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Turkey (06): (KC) bovine

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 20:54
Anthrax -- Turkey
As many as 3 villages in Turkey's northwestern province of Kocaeli were quarantined after anthrax was diagnosed in cattle on a local farm, the Diken news website reported on [Sun 9 Sep 2018].
Anthrax was 1st found in cattle imported from Brazil before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, causing the death of 50 cattle on a farm in Ankara province. Hospitals in İstanbul and Sivas also detected anthrax in 9 people who were sent for medical screening. In another case in Bitlis, more than 100

PRO/PL> Fusarium wilt, lettuce - Ireland: 1st rep, UK spread

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 20:31
Other Plant Disease -- Ireland
New outbreaks of the devastating disease fusarium wilt in lettuce crops have been reported in Lancashire, Cambridge, and Ireland [see link below]. The AHDB [UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board] confirmed the new cases, warning that the disease was now spreading. All the cases found were in protected lettuce crops grown in greenhouses. They called on growers to help prevent spread by implementing good crop hygiene and seeking early diagnosis if they suspect it.
Kim Parker,

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - USA (41): (KY, WV)

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 20:18
Hepatitis A -- United States
- Total Outbreak: 1628
- Hospitalizations: 919
- Deaths: 13
Last updated: [Fri 7 Sep 2018]
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[Date / Cases / Deaths / Average cases per week
14 Apr 2018 / 352 / 3 / --
28 Apr 2018 / 448 / 4 / 48
25 May 2018 / 629 / 6 / 45
9 Jun 2018 / 832 / 6 / 101
27 Jun 2018 / 969 / 6 / 53
7 Jul 2018 / 1094 / 8 / 87
14 Jul 2018 / 1170 / 8 / 76
21 Jul 2018 / 1221 / 8 / 51
28 Jul 2018 / 1276 / 8 / 55
4 Aug 2018 / 1341 / 8 / 65
11 Aug 2018 / 1425 / 9 /

PRO/EDR> Melioidosis - Mexico: (SO) suspected, fatal

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 20:13
Melioidosis -- Mexico
The bacterium _Burkholderia pseudomallei_ was isolated in various tissues at autopsy from 2 siblings of Huasabas who died. The organism causes melioidosis, a disease that causes serious and fatal complications. A 16-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother, residents of Huasabas, died [Thu 6 Sep 2018], in the HIES hospital in this city, where they had been transferred due to the worsening of their symptoms.
The general director of Health Promotion and Prevention of Diseases of the Ministry