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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 18, 25 August and 4 September 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of four additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China.

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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 4 August 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of one additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China.

Bird Flu Spreads in Western Cape, South Africa

The Western Cape Agriculture Department says that fresh outbreaks of bird flu in the province are likely. A duck farm in the Joostenbergvlakte is the latest casualty. Tens of thousands of the animals died or had to culled recently, while 96 workers have lost their jobs.

Last week thousands of chickens were also killed due to bird flu which hit a commercial poultry farm in the Paardeberg region. Meanwhile, three ostrich farms in Heidelberg remain under quarantine after the deadly flu strain first emerged there.

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Philippines – Bird Flu

The Philippines will cull at least 200,000 birds after confirming its first avian flu outbreak, but no animal-to-human transmission has been reported, officials said Friday.

Sudan – Foot and Mouth Disease

The Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries in Western Lakes State in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has confirmed the outbreak of Animal foot and mouth diseases in Manyiel cattle camp. 120, 000 heads of cattle, 19,000 goats and sheep, and 130 dogs are to be vaccinated against all forms of animals diseases.

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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 11, 14, and 21 July 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of three individual laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China.

India – Typhoid

At least 24 typhoid cases have been reported from Boddapadu village of Krishna district in Vijayawada metropolis, according to a local media report. Health officials suspect that water contamination in the village could be the reason for the disease.

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Swine Flu in Myanmar

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has asked the United Nations health agency for assistance in combating an outbreak of swine flu that has killed 13 people and infected about 50 others, mainly around the country’s largest city of Yangon. People across the former Burmese capital have donned surgical masks to ward off infection, and officials warned people to avoid crowded venues such as shopping malls. Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by the H1N1 virus. Infection occurs through contact with pigs or through the air between people. A 2009 outbreak killed about 285,000 people, mainly in Africa and Southeast Asia.

More Bird Flu Outbreaks in South Africa

Two months after the initial outbreak‚ further cases of H5N8 avian influenza have been reported on a farm in Mpumalanga.

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) and the Poultry Disease Management Agency (PDMA) said this was reported by Astral Foods Limited (Astral) on a farm owned by the company in Standerton in the Lekwa District Municipality.

H5N8 is a rapidly spreading viral disease that can infect many types of birds. It exists naturally in many birds and can be transmitted through contact with infected animals or ingestion of infected food or water.

The latest incident brings the number of outbreaks on commercial farms over the past few weeks to five.

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Dengue fever – Sri Lanka

From 1 January to 7 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH) Sri Lanka reported 80 732 dengue fever cases, including 215 deaths.

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 19 June 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of five additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. On 24 June 2017, the NHFPC notified WHO of 10 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. On 30 June 2017, the NHFPC notified WHO of six additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China.

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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China reported six additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) during the week of June 23 to 29. The three male and three female patients, aged from 4 to 72, had onset from June 11 to 23.

Cholera in South Sudan

Over 11,000 cases of cholera have been reported in South Sudan, which is facing “the longest, most widespread and most deadly cholera outbreak” since 2011, according to the United Nations. The outbreak began one year ago and since has killed 190 people. When left untreated, cholera can result in death through dehydration. Civil war has displaced two million people within South Sudan. The World Health Organization says cases have increased in 2017, as those who are displaced often do not have access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation.

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India: Cutaneous anthrax outbreak

At least five men from Kodipunjuvalasa of Araku Valley Mandal in Visakhapatnam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh have contracted confirmed cutaneous anthrax, according to Indian media. The five patients were admitted to the hospital and treated Sunday with boils that developed on their hands and fingers. It is reported that they consumed the meat of a goat infected with anthrax.

India: H1N1 influenza in Maharashtra, Malaria in Andhra Pradesh

In Maharashtra State in west-central India is reporting an outbreak of H1N1 influenza, resulting in 260 deaths, according to local media. Despite recommendations earlier this year, state authorities have yet to procure the vaccine. In Andhra Pradesh state in India’s southeastern coast has reported 6,000 malaria cases.

Colombia – Foot and Mouth

Last Saturday, Colombia’s Agricultural and Livestock Institute (ICA) reported the detection of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the department (state) of Arauca, the first since 2009. Since the news came, Chile, Peru, and Panama have suspended their meat imports, and Ecuador reported that it would strengthen sanitary controls.

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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 16 and 23 June 2017, the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported seven additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including two deaths, and four deaths among previously reported cases.

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 2 June 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of nine additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. On 9 June 2017, the NHFPC notified WHO of 12 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in mainland China.

Lassa Fever – Nigeria

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever illness that is known to be endemic in various West African countries including Nigeria. As of 9 June 2017, a total of 501 suspected cases including 104 deaths have been reported since the onset of the current Lassa fever outbreaks season in December 2016. Of the reported cases, 189 have been further classified, 175 laboratory-confirmed including 59 deaths and 14 probable cases (all dead).

Nigeria: Hepatitis E

Nigerian health officials are reporting outbreaks of hepatitis E and cholera in two different states in the country. Hepatitis E A hepatitis E outbreak has been reported in the north-east Borno State, according to the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health. As of 17 June 2017, a total of 53 suspected hepatitis E cases were reported.

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Bird Flu in South Africa

A single outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza of the H5N8 type has been isolated on a farm near Villiers.

According to the South African Poultry Association, this strain of the virus has its origins in Europe and has been infecting European poultry for more than a year.

In May, it was isolated in Zimbabwe. The disease is spread primarily by water fowl that carry the disease in the highly pathogenic form, the association said.

The affected farm is near the Vaal River and it is likely that the disease is present in other parts of South Africa in wild water birds, especially ducks.

The public is requested to report any sightings of high levels of large wild bird or backyard chicken mortalities, the association urged.

The farm has been isolated and culling of the birds on the affected site has commenced. Some 28 000 birds are to be culled.

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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

The Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission announced an additional 12 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) from June 2 to 8.

Angola: Yellow fever vaccine campaign

The Department of Public Health announced that a yellow fever vaccination campaign began Jun 9 and will run through Jun 18. A total of 135, 571 people aged 6 months and older will be vaccinated against yellow fever during this period in the municipalities of Cambundi-Catembo, Cahombo, Quela and Cangandala.

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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 19 May 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of 17 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. On 26 May 2017, the NHFPC notified WHO of nine additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China.

Syrian polio outbreak

A polio outbreak has been confirmed in an area of Syria partly held by Islamic State, the first re-emergence of the virus in Syria since 2014, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

The virus was confirmed in stools of two people who had started to become paralyzed and those of a healthy child.

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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar

Between 21 April and 29 May 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 25 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection including six fatal cases. On 16 May 2017, the IHR NFP of the United Arab Emirates reported two (2) additional case of MERS-CoV. On 23 May 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of Qatar reported one additional case of MERS-CoV.

England: Syphilis

While the overall sexually transmitted infections (STI) reported last year in England saw a decrease, syphilis cases bucked this trend with a 12 percent increase in 2016 compared to 2015. There were 5,920 diagnoses of syphilis reported in 2016 in England, the most cases reported since 1949.

Bird Flu in Zimbabwe

Botswana has banned poultry products from neighbouring Zimbabwe after an outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu was reported at the weekend.

Zimbabwean state media Tuesday identified the affected poultry farm as belonging to Irvine’s, a leading poultry and egg producer. Affected units had been put under quarantine. The paper confirmed that 7,000 of Irvine’s chickens had died from the virus, and another 140,000 had been slaughtered to curb the spread of the disease.

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Novovirus: Yolo County, California, USA

Since May 1, the norovirus outbreak in Yolo County in northern California has topped the 4,000 case mark as of Wednesday. The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency puts the case count at 4,001. The outbreak prompted the closure of several county schools just prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

China: H7N9 avian influenza case in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

The Health and Family Planning Commission of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region reported their first human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in a male patient from Wuyuan County of Bayannur City. Health officials say the patient is in stable condition and the source of infection was probably poultry reared in his place of residence.