Ebola – DR Congo

According to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health’s (MoH) update on the North Kivu Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the number of confirmed outbreak cases has now reached 100. In addition, there are another 31 probable cases are reported. Of the 100 confirmed, 58 died, 35 are cured and 7 are hospitalized.

First Monkeypox Case in UK

UK health officials have claimed that monkeypox, a virus similar to human smallpox that is endemic in Central and Western Africa, has been found in an individual traveling from Nigeria to Britain.

The first ever case of monkeypox was recorded in the United Kingdom, after the rare viral infection was discovered in a Nigerian citizen staying at a naval base in Cornwall, Public Health England announced.



Tuberculosis – Nigeria

The World Health Organization (WHO) says at least 432 Nigerians die of tuberculosis daily in a country with second highest disease incidence rate in Africa. 47 Nigerians develop active TB per hour, which is why the country is ranked among the 14 high-burden countries for TB, TB/HIV and Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB).

The epidemic in Nigeria is also fuelled by the large number of undetected TB cases (missing cases), which serve as a reservoir for continuous transmission of the disease. Each undetected TB case has potential of infecting between 10 and 15 people per annum.

Plane Quarantined at JFK After Numerous Passengers Become Sick with Unknown Illness

A plane arriving in New York from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was quarantined after a number of passengers on board became sick, according to news reports. The plane, an Emirates airlines Airbus A380, landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport around 9 a.m. local time today (Sept. 5) and was met by the New York Port Authority police and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

10 ill passengers have been taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and another eight passengers are being treated at the airport. Health officials were checking the rest of the passengers “one by one” for symptoms. A total of 521 passengers were on board the flight. Phillips also noted that some of the passengers had come from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is experiencing a flu outbreak.

Passengers Hospitalised After Suspected Cholera Case On Algeria-France Flight

French authorities evacuated 141 passengers and crew from a flight arriving in the French city of Perpignan from Algeria on Wednesday after a child on board was suspected of being infected with cholera, the fire brigade said.

The eight-year-old child was taken to hospital for checks after suffering bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea during the flight, a fire brigade official said.

A police source said the child’s mother and several passengers sitting near them were also hospitalised. The remaining passengers and crew were being kept on the tarmac before being transported to a decontamination facility for checks, the authorities said.

Ebola – DR Congo

Congo has recorded its first case of Ebola in the eastern trading hub of Butembo, a city of close to a million with strong trade links to neighbouring Uganda, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The current Ebola outbreak is believed to have killed 85 people since July and infected another 39. Most have been in villages but about 20 cases have been in Beni, a city of several hundred thousand people with close links to Uganda


Ebola – DR Congo – Update

The latest data from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu province shows the total case count has risen to a total of 116 EVD cases (86 confirmed and 30 probable) including 77 deaths (47 confirmed and 30 probable).

Dengue Fever – Thailand

According to the Bureau of Epidemiology, Ministry of Health, a total of 50,079 cases were reported from 77 provinces through Aug 27. Areas of the country with the highest rates include Nakornpathom, Phichit, Maehongsorn, Phuket and Krabi. In addition, 65 dengue-related fatalities were reported.

Polio – Papua New Guinea

The National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea reported this week on two additional polio cases (circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1–cVDPV1), bringing the total to six polio cases since the announcement of the outbreak in June 2018. The new cases were reported in Madang and Eastern Highlands Provinces.

African Swine Fever – Bulgaria

Bulgaria reported its first outbreak of African swine fever on Friday, with authorities saying seven backyard pigs at a farm close to the Romanian border had been infected with the disease.


Scientists Discover New Ebola Virus Species

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown species of Ebola virus, called Bombali virus, that’s carried by at least two species of bats in Sierra Leone. This is the first Ebola virus species detected in an animal before having been detected in humans.

Although researchers believe the virus is capable of infecting humans, it’s unclear if it would cause disease.

The Bombali virus joins the five already-known Ebola virus species: Zaire virus, Bundibugyo virus, Sudan virus, Taï Forest virus and Reston virus. Of those five, all except the Reston virus are known to cause severe and often fatal disease in humans.

Hepatitis E – Namibia

The Namibian Ministry of Health has warned members of the public against shaking hands in order to minimize the spread of the Hepatitis E virus. At least 24 people have died and 3 000 suspected cases have been reported since the outbreak was detected in the capital Windhoek in December last year.


Ebola – DR Congo

The number of people infected with Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has topped 100 – including 63 who have died, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The ongoing outbreak which has affected 103 people is largely focused in the east of the country in the province of North Kivu where a number militant groups currently operate.

Now, a case of the disease has been discovered in a doctor in the town of Oicho in North Kivu, 30 kilometres east of the trading city of Beni, raising concerns that more cases could be discovered in the area.

Oicha is almost entirely surrounded by ADF Islamist militia and can only be accessed with an armed military escort.


Ebola – Democratic Republic of the Congo – Update

On 1 August 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the town of Mangina, Mabalako Health Zone, North Kivu Province. Confirmed cases have since between reported from Beni and Mandima health zones, Ituri Province; however, all confirmed exposures and transmission events to date have been linked back to the outbreak epi-centre, Mangina. North Kivu and Ituri are among the most populated provinces in the country, share borders with Uganda and Rwanda, and experience conflict and insecurity, with over one million internally displaced people and migration of refugees to neighbouring countries.

As of 15 August 2018, 78 EVD cases (51 confirmed and 27 probable), including 44 deaths, have been reported.1 Since 9 August, 34 new confirmed cases have been reported: seven from Ituri Province (Mandima Health Zone) and 27 from North Kivu Province (one in Beni and 26 in Mabalako health zones). The 78 confirmed or probable cases reside in five health zones in North Kivu and one health zone in Ituri. The majority of cases (39 confirmed and 21 probable) have been reported from Mangina in Mabalako Health Zone. As of 15 August, 24 suspected cases are currently pending laboratory testing to confirm or exclude EVD.

Eight new confirmed cases among health care workers have been reported, bringing the total number of infected health care workers to 10 (nine confirmed and one probable deceased case).

Cholera – West Africa’s Lake Chad Basin

More than 20,000 cholera cases have been confirmed in the Lake Chad Basin states of Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon since January.

In its latest epidemiological analysis of the regional cholera outbreak, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said 255 deaths have been reported since January. “This is 8 times more than the average cholera case-load in the past four years. Nigeria is the most affected, with 18,000 cases. The outbreak has spread into neighboring Cameroon and Niger.


Spain: Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever

On 8 August 2018, a case of Crimea-Congo virus infection, acquired locally, was reported in Spain, in the Autonomous Community of Castile and León. The affected man claimed to have been bitten by a tick on July 24, while participating in a hunt in a rural area.

Anthrax – China

Local government officials in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province are reporting an outbreak of cutaneous anthrax. As of Friday, one patient has been discharged and 13 others are undergoing hospital treatment in three cities. Local authorities are examining the pathogens. A total of 818 sheep in the affected and high-risk areas in Huanan and Yilan counties have been investigated.

Ebola – DR Congo – Update

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Ministry of Health (MOH) has provided updated information on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu province that shows there is now a total of 49 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region, 22 confirmed and 27 probable. 53 suspected cases are under investigation. One new confirmed EVD death has been reported in Beni, bringing the death total to 38.


Ebola – DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health reported today (computer translated) that some 33 deaths are suspected linked to the latest Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the country.

Greece – West Nile Virus

Greek health officials have reported 21 additional confirmed human West Nile virus (WNV) cases during the past week, bringing the country total to 43 in 2018. Of the total, 35 presented with neuro-invasive disease (WNND, encephalitis and/or meningitis and/or acute flaccid paralysis) and eight (8) cases with mild symptoms (febrile syndrome).


Ebola – Democratic Republic Congo

Just days after the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak had been declared over in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the DRC health ministry and World Health Organization (WHO) report that preliminary laboratory results indicate a cluster of 4 cases of Ebola virus in North Kivu province, while there are reports of at least 20 deaths from a related haemorrhagic virus in the province.


Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

As 42 days (two incubation periods) have passed since the last possible exposure to a confirmed Ebola virus disease case, on 24 July 2018, the Minister of Health, Dr Oly Ilunga announced the end of the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Ebola – DR Congo

Swift response by health officials appears to have “largely contained” an Ebola outbreak that emerged earlier this year in parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A pilot program of administering a new Ebola vaccine to everyone who came in contact with known patients seems to have halted the spread, officials say. But as many as 28 people may have been killed by the disease since it re-emerged in early April. However, the announcement of “containment” was made with cautious optimism.

Rift Valley fever – Kenya

The Kenyan Department of Veterinary Services has shut down abattoirs and quarantined all livestock in the Tana Delta area following a new Rift Valley Fever outbreak that has affected at least 20 goats. At least 13 people have died and 234 cases of RVF have been confirmed in north-eastern counties of Kenya since last week. The outbreak was confirmed through comprehensive lab tests.

Rinderpest in Bulgaria

Bulgaria on Thursday reported the first outbreak in the European Union of the highly contagious Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), on livestock farms in the village of Voden in southeastern Bulgaria, close to the border with Turkey.

The disease, also known as ovine rinderpest or sheep and goat plague, can have a severe impact on livestock, killing between 30 to 70 percent of the infected animals. Once introduced, the virus can infect up to 90 percent of an animal heard. The virus does not infect humans.


Cholera – Nigeria

With the onset of the rains, there has been an increase in the number of Cholera cases reported in Nigeria in the last three weeks prompting the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to issue a public health advisory.

While endemic in Nigeria, there have been confirmed outbreaks of Cholera in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Kano, Plateau, Yobe, Nasarawa, Anambra and Zamfara States. An ongoing strike action by some health workers in the country is affecting the provision of care in health facilities in many States.

Ebola – DR Congo

The French news agency AFP is reporting five new suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. AFP reported Saturday that DRC health authorities had recorded two new cases of illness in the Wangata area and three new cases in Bikoro. Both areas are in the northwest Equateur province.


Ebola – DR Congo – Update

In an update on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the case counts as of June 1 are as follows: 37 confirmed cases, 13 probable and seven suspected for a total of 57 cases, including 25 deaths since early April 2018.

Chad – Measles – Update

In a follow-up on a previous report on measles in the Central African country of Chad, a measles outbreak has been declared on 30 May in five districts of Chad (Bokoro, Gama, Ati, Am dam and Goz Beida), where 474 cases and 18 deaths have been reported.


Newcastle Disease – USA

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has detected virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County. This is the first case of virulent Newcastle disease, previously referred to as exotic Newcastle disease, in the U.S. since 2003.

Anthrax – Uganda

Outbreaks of human and animal anthrax have been reported in the Arua, Kween and Kiruhura districts of Uganda. Goats, sheep and cattle have been affected by the outbreaks. The UN Children’s Fund says ten animal and twelve human cases had been reported.

Ebola – DRC – Update

Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country’s northwest.

Four new cases have been confirmed as Ebola, said the health ministry in a statement released early on Sunday. A total of 46 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the current outbreak, including 21 confirmed cases of Ebola, 21 probable and four suspected.


Sexually transmitted infections – California, USA

A record number of Californians were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in 2017, according to a new report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported: a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago.

Ebola – Democratic Republic of Congo

In a follow-up on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), since early April a total of 39 Ebola virus disease cases have been reported, including 19 deaths (case fatality rate = 49%) and three health care workers. Two probable cases (positive on rapid diagnostic test) were reported on 13 May 2018.