Research agenda on persistent and unpredictable threat of influenza and emerging respiratory infections: a public health necessity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (Guest Editorial).
Research agenda on persistent and unpredictable threat of influenza and emerging respiratory infections: a public health necessity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (Guest Editorial). East Mediterr Health J. 2016 Oct 02;22(7):430-431 Authors: Mandil A, Bresee J, Tageldin MA, Azad TM, Khan W Abstract Infectious diseases continue to represent a significant threat to global health security, particularly in the context of increasing globalization, interconnectedness and interdependence. Chief among such threats are influenza viruses and other respiratory pathogens, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), because of their risk of high transmissibility and acuity of illness. Annual epidemics of seasonal influenza cause an estimated 3-5 million cases of severe illness and more than 500 000 deaths, with the prospect of pandemic influenza viruses causing far greater impact. In addition, the appearance of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, widespread and continued outbreaks of avian influenza A (H5N1) since 2004, the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 and emergence of MERS CoV in 2012 reflect the seriousness of public health challenges posed by influenza and emerging respiratory infections. PMID: 30387111 [PubMed]
Travel links to city shut down in bid to curb worst viral outbreak since Sars in 2003
The House committee on health and the Senate commerce, consumer protection, and health committee will be holding an informational briefing on plans to combat the state's opioid epidemic with healthy alternatives on Thursday. Rep. John Mizuno, chair of the House committee on health, and Sen. Rosalyn Baker, chair of the Senate committee on commerce, consumer protection and health, are leading the meeting which will be held at 9 a.m. in room 329 of the Hawaii State Capitol. "Our goal is to better…
An outbreak of new coronavirus in China has sickened more than 500 people and killed at least a dozen, while spreading to countries around the world.
Snakes -- the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra -- may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness in China this winter.
The officials stressed that the risk to the public remains low.
At least 17 people have died from the mystery illness. The sudden uptick in deaths prompted the authorities to ban most forms of travel from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, ahead of the biggest travel day of the year.
Wuhan, which has a population of 11 million, is being quarantined, with authorities shutting down outbound flights and trains, ordering citizens not to leave except in the case of special circumstances.
China is putting on lockdown a city of 11 million people considered the epicenter of a new coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 and infected nearly 600, as health authorities around the world scramble to prevent a global pandemic.
China's transport ministry on Thursday suspended all shuttle buses and ferries going to the central city of Wuhan due to a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 and infected nearly 600.
Britain's business minister said on Thursday that the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China was a huge concern for the world.