Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

Since our last report on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Friday, the number of total cases has risen from 34 to 41.

West Nile Virus – Florida, USA

Four additional human cases of West Nile virus infection of local transmission have been confirmed in Miami-Dade residents. There has been a total of eighteen West Nile virus infections in 2020.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

The Ministère de la Santé in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported two additional Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases Monday, bringing the outbreak total in Mbandaka, Équateur Province to 30-(27 confirmed & 3 probable), with 13 associated deaths.

Dengue Fever – Costa Rica

Through the first week of June, Costa Rica health officials have recorded 3,729 total dengue fever cases. This compares with 1,564 cases during the same period in 2019.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Malaria – Yemen

Yemeni medical officials reported 250,000 malaria cases during the past six months, This is the latest infectious disease outbreak facing the war torn country with a crumbling health infrastructure.

Ebola – DR Congo

Four more cases have been reported from the Equator Province. Total cases in the latest outbreak are 28 cases (25 confirmed & 3 probable), with 13 associated deaths & 2 recoveries.

New swine flu found in China has pandemic potential

Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published on Monday in the US science journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. It possesses “all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans,” say the authors.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Tuberculosis – India

India has the highest TB burden in the world and India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently released the India TB report 2020 that showed over 24.04 lakh patients (2.4 million) were notified in 2019, an increase of 14 per cent over the previous year. In addition, the report stated that 79,144 deaths were reported.

Ebola – DR Congo

After some 23 months and nearly 2300 deaths, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health announced the 10th Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the country is now over. The outbreak was declared on August 1, 2018. The world’s second largest EVD outbreak, after the West Africa 2014-2016 outbreak, resulted in a total of 3,470 reported cases, including 2.287 reported deaths (overall case fatality ratio 66%). 3 provinces were affected: North and South Kivu and Ituri.

Foot and Mouth Disease – Rwanda

Rwandan ministry of Agriculture and Animal resources on Thursday confirmed an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in several parts of Eastern Province, urging owners of livestock to take preventive measures.The most affected  districts are Gatsibo, Kayonza and Kirehe where movement of any cattle  from the breakdown herd is prohibited with immediate effect, the  ministry said. Cattle from herds restricted for disease reasons only may go directly to an abattoir, it said.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

In a follow-up on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), five additional cases have been reported, bringing the outbreak total to 23 (20 confirmed and three probable) with 13 deaths (case fatality ratio 57%).

Gastrointestinal Disease – Zimbabwe

Nine people in Zimbabwe’s second largest city Bulawayo have died form a gastrointestinal disease outbreak, while about a thousand have been infected with the water-borne disease. The local authority said in a statement on Sunday that one of the possible causes of the outbreak was water contamination due to obsolete infrastructure.

Disease.

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Comite Multisectoriel de la Riposte a la Maladie a Virus Ebola (CMRE) reported an additional Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case in the outbreak in Equateur province. This brings the outbreak total since June 1 to 18 cases–15 confirmed and 3 probable. In total, there are 12 deaths.

Chikungunya – Brazil

The Brazil Ministry of Health has reported 38,085 chikungunya cases through May 30 this year. 

Dirofilariasis – Russia

Health officials are reporting five dirofilariasis cases in residents of Volgograd this year. The parasitic helminth infection penetrates the human body at the time of a mosquito bite. 

Kala Azaar Disease – Kenya

At least 4 people from Ngomeni, ward Kitui County have died from an outbreak of Kala Azaar disease and 13 others are admitted at Garissa County Referral Hospital.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Plague – DR Congo

Officials with the Ecohealth Alliance are reporting a plague cluster in the Ituri endemic focus of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The notification was published on ProMED-mail. As of 16 Jun 2020, of the 10 cases (of which 4 deaths were reported), 8 were diagnosed with bubonic plague and 2 were diagnosed with septicemic plague.

Ebola – DR Congo

No new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 27 April 2020.

African Swine Fever – Nigeria

Almost a million pigs have been culled by Nigerian farmers in response to an explosion of African swine fever (ASF). The outbreak began around Lagos and parts of neighbouring Ogun state earlier this year, pig farmers say, but has now spread to many other parts of the country.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

In an update on the 11th Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in Équateur Province, the DRC CMRE reports since the start of the epidemic declared on June 01, 2020, the cumulative number of cases has risen to 17, including 14 confirmed and 3 probable.

Covid-19 – Resurgence in China

China’s capital city raced on Monday to control a fresh coronavirus outbreak, with 75 cases linked to a single wholesale food market in Beijing where authorities have locked down neighbourhoods and launched a massive test and trace programme.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Dengue Fever – Brazil

Health officials in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul reported 1,126 additional dengue fever cases in the past week, bringing the total this year so far to 61,604 confirmed cases. Two additional deaths were recorded in the city of Ponta Porã in May, bringing the total dengue related fatalities to 39.

Covid-19 Sniffers

French researchers say Belgian Malinois shepherd dogs can sniff out humans exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus from the distinct odor in armpits resulting from the infection. Using dogs trained to work in search and rescue missions, detecting explosives or sniffing out colon cancer, scientists from the National Veterinary School of Alfort say that four of the dogs had a 100% success rate in detecting the virus among 360 human subjects. Another four of the canines had an accuracy rate of between 83% and 94%. More dogs are now being trained as COVID sniffers.

Antarctic Buffer

New Zealand announced that it will help keep Antarctica coronavirus-free by temporarily cutting many of its scientific projects there. Only essential operations and planned maintenance will be allowed during the Antarctic summer season. The government says the number of projects on the frozen continent will be slashed from 36 to 13 between October and March.

Ebola – DR Congo

No new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 27 April 2020.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

In a follow-up on a second Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Équateur Province in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported on June 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) now reports a total of 12 cases (9 confirmed and 3 probable) with six deaths as of Saturday.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Dengue Fever – Argentina

Health authorities in Argentina have reported a record year as far as dengue fever goes. In 2020 to date, more than 70,000 total cases, 41,754 confirmed cases and 24 deaths.

Ebola – DR Congo – New Outbreak

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) attempts top wind down the nearly two-year long Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the north eastern part of the country, health officials reported today on another outbreak, the country’s 11th since 1976, in the north western province of Équateur.

The Ministry of Health reports that six Ebola cases have so far been detected in Wangata, in city of Mbandaka, of which four have died and two are alive and under care. Three of these six cases have been confirmed with laboratory testing. The city of Mbandaka and its surrounding area were the site of Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 9th Ebola outbreak, which took place from May to July 2018.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

From 6 to 12 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since the resurgence of the outbreak on 10 April 2020, seven confirmed cases have been reported from Kasanga, Malepe and Kanzulinzuli Health Areas in Beni Health Zone.

Cholera – Kenya

Over 23 Kenyans have lost their lives since the outbreak of cholera in Marsabit County in mid-March 2020. Members of the local fishing communities residing on Abalakwa Island in Lake Turkana and Illeret village have called upon the national government to come to their rescue. Humanitarian organisations in the area report that over 300 Kenyans have been infected with the deadly disease as residents claim no meaningful help has been forthcoming from the national government despite numerous appeals.