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Recent Outbreaks: Ebola Update

WHO on Ebola outbreak: ‘It is clear that the situation in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone is deteriorating’

Posted by Robert Herriman on October 15, 2014 

What is the situation in West Africa with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak? These three statements by the World Health Organization (WHO) today pretty much sums it up: “There is evidence of an increase in the intensity of transmission in Guinea”, “Evidence obtained from responders and laboratory staff in the country suggests that the situation in Liberia is getting worse” and “EVD transmission is rampant in Sierra Leone”.

PESHAWAR/SHEIKHUPURA- Three new polio cases were diagnosed in Peshawar and Sheikhupura on Saturday. Two more people were tested positive for polio virus in Peshawar taking the toll in the provincial metropolis to 14 this year. As many as 42 polio cases have been reported in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in last over nine months.

According to provincial health department, the number of polio cases has reached 42 in KPK. As many as 208 polio cases have been reported in the country this year, the highest since 2000 when 199 cases were reported. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic. In KPK, the polio cases were reported in different districts which include Peshawar 14, Bannu 12, Tank 5, Mardan 4, Buner 3, Lakki Marwat 2 and Torghar and district Nowshera with one case each.

Recent Outbreaks: Ebola

The total number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases in the West African epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported up to the end of 5 Oct 2014 (epidemiological week 40) is 8033 with 3865 deaths. Countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the United States of America. A confirmed case of EVD has been reported in Spain, but because the case was confirmed during the week ending 12 Oct 2014 (epidemiological week 41), information on this case will be included in the next Ebola Response Roadmap update.

The Bolgatanga [Upper East Region of north Ghana] Regional Hospital has recorded 35 cholera cases in less than 2 weeks. No deaths have been recorded so far, even though some of the patients went through critical stages of the disease. All the patients were brought into the regional hospital, which serves as a referral centre from health facilities in the Kassena-Nankana Municipal and Kassena-Nankana West District.

Dr Larbi said the infection could also be transmitted through contaminated foods. He advised the public to drink clean water, avoid eating cold foods and wash their hands thoroughly before eating, and after visiting the toilet. He advocated the construction of public toilet facilities to discourage open defecation.

Overall, the number of dengue cases has crossed 800 in Madhya Pradesh. This is worrying the city's residents as well as healthcare officials. The question that arises is despite all kinds of facilities, manpower, resources and infrastructure at the disposal of the administration in the state capital, why has it not been able to check dengue that has claimed four lives in Bhopal in 2014?

Recent Outbreaks: Dengue in China

GUANGZHOU, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Some 1,340 new dengue cases were confirmed in south China's Guangdong Province on Friday, said the provincial health authorities on Saturday.

The total number of dengue infections in Guangdong rose to 28,851, over 27 times that of same period last year, according to the provincial health and family planning commission.

UPDATE ON THE EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE

The outbreak, which was 1st discovered in March [2014], has now killed more than 2400 people mostly in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, as understaffed and poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the epidemic is spreading exponentially in Liberia, where more than half of the deaths have been recorded. It has said that thousands are at risk of contagion in the coming weeks. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has set up several treatment centers in the affected countries but has also repeatedly warned it has reached the limits of its capacity and appealed for foreign governments to intervene.

 

Recent Outbreaks: Dengue cases confirmed, Lahore India

There is currently no cure or vaccine for dengue fever.

LAHORE (Web Desk) – Another seven dengue cases have been confirmed in Lahore, increasing the toll of affected patients to 53 in Punjab this year, Dunya News reported on Monday.

 

The patients are under treatment at Lahore’s Mayo Hospital.

Frozen berries - possible source of Hepaptitis A

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has coordinated an investigation to trace food items connected with a multinational outbreak of hepatitis A. Since January 2013, more than 1440 hepatitis A cases have been reported in 12 European countries, with 331 cases confirmed by genotyping.

Recent Outbreaks: Chikungunya spreads to Guatemala

Chikungunya has been spreading across the Caribbean and into Central America since December 2013. The first cases of the virus in the Americas were reported on the island of Saint Martin. By May over 4000 cases had been reported across the region, prompting the Caribbean Public Health Agency to declare the virus an epidemic. Since then, the virus has spread to 31 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere, according to the United States Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDCP).

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Riyad, Saudi Arabia

MoH warns of risks of contracting MERS-CoV from camels

 

The Ministry of Saudi Arabian Health issued an advisory on Saturday reminding the public to be cautious when dealing with camels because of the risk of contracting MERS Coronavirus.

Noda District

NOIDA: Nearly 61 cases of malaria have been reported from Noida and Greater Noida in August

Cases of malaria have largely been reported from sectors 12 and 82, Harola village, Bhangel, Mamura village and some parts of Greater Noida, said district health officials.

Doctors at Noida's district hospital said malaria patients are being admitted to the hospital every day, but the situation is not threatening so far. "We get a few malaria patients in the hospital daily. The spread of disease at this time is normal," said R S Jangpangi, director of ESIC hospital, Noida.

Phool Singh, district malaria officer, said an outbreak of malaria is normal for this part of the year and that no death has been reported so far. "Last year in August we had 103 cases. The total number of malaria patients from January to August this year is 208.

Diseases: Dengue

Karnataka State, India

HUBLI/BANGALORE: Dengue has raised its ugly face in the state with as many as five suspected deaths in Sindhanur taluk in Raichur district of north Karnataka. The disease has spread panic across seven villages in the taluk with several patients ;...

 

Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar

 

More than 1 200 people -- most of them children -- have been hospitalised with severe dengue in Yangon [region] between January and July [2014] and 12 of them have died from the mosquito-borne disease, the Yangon Region Health Department said. The number of cases is rising, especially in suburban areas with poor sanitation, it said. Dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. Its severe form, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), requires

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Information about the Ebola Virus

Liberia

Disease update [Table: Confirmed,and suspect cases and deaths from Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, as of 13 Aug 2014: Total Cases 2127; Deaths 1145] Between 12-13 Aug 2014, a total of 152 new cases of Ebola virus disease [EVD] (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 76 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. [Nigeria an

 

Kenya is closing its borders to travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic, officials said Saturday. Kenya Airways also announced that it would suspend it flights to Freetown and Monrovia when the

 

 

The International Olympic Committee said on Friday that certain athletes from areas impacted by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa will not be allowed to compete in combat sports or in swimming events a

 

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