Investigators figure out how to block new antibiotic resistance gene
(American Society for Microbiology) A new antimicrobial-resistance gene, VCC-1, a ß -lactamase gene, has been discovered in benign close relatives of virulent Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera. Now, a team of Canadian researchers has found a way to block the VCC-1 enzyme, which disables that resistance gene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 19, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Hundred Children Die Measles Outbreak
[East African] More than a hundred children in Democratic Republic of Congo have died of measles since the start of the year, an outbreak that has added to deadly epidemics of cholera and Ebola, the UN said on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malawi: Phalombe Makes Strides in Prevention of Water Borne Diseases
[Malawi News Agency] Phalombe -Phalombe District Health Office (DHO) has described progress it has made in keeping away water-borne diseases, including cholera, as a motivation to their work in all the six traditional authorities in the district. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa Avail $60 Million Towards Cholera Response in Zimbabwe
[263Chat] The family foundation of Econet founders Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa has committed an additional US$60 million towards the cholera response in Zimbabwe. The commitment comes on the back of an initial $10 million investment by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe at the onset of the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe in September 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The situation worsens in Borno, Nigeria
Civilians in Borno state, North-East Nigeria, are suffering greatly due to conflict and violence. 250,000 children, women, and men are already displaced across the region. Following recent attacks by Boko Haram, an estimated further 80,000 people have been uprooted. 30,000 fled last weekend alone.   Charles Kiplangat, Emergency Response Coordinator in Nigeria, reports on the latest developments:   “In Maiduguri, the Teachers’ Village Camp registered over 29,125 newly displaced persons. More than 6,714 are in need of shelter”     The situation in the camp is dire: its capacity...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Rescuers Probe Mud from Brazil Dam Breach
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian firefighters and Israeli rescue workers poked sticks into treacherous mud Monday looking for bodies as pressure mounted on the mining company responsible for a dam that burst and spilled a flood of iron ore waste. By late in the day, the death toll rose to 65, with 279 people still missing, said Lt. Col. Flavio Godinho of the civil defense department in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. In a sign of the risks posed by the deep mud, Col. Alexandre Ferreira, a doctor with the military police of Minas Gerais, advised rescue crews, volunteers and journalists to take antibiotics t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Uganda: Cholera Outbreak Spreads to Other Parts of Kampala City
[Monitor] Kampala -The Cholera outbreak has spread to other parts of Kampala City as Naguru hospital continues to receive suspected cholera patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 16, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Cholera - NWSC Move to Build Toilets Is Timely
[Monitor] In the wake of the current cholera outbreak in the outskirts of Kampala City, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), is taking a positive step to address the problem. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 16, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Fighting Cholera: Operational Handbook; Response to Outbreaks and Risk Prevention in Endemic Areas
Source: Solidarites International. Published: 3/2018. The aim of this 116-page operational manual is to help missions improve their water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) response strategies in the context of recurrent cholera outbreaks. It contains key elements to guide teams in setting up cholera epidemic response and disease prevention programs in endemo-epidemic areas. Its three parts cover general information on cholera, before and between epidemics, and response to cholera epidemics. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Police Shut Down Shrine As Cholera Claims Sect Leader
[New Zimbabwe] Ministry of health officials in Murewa have for the second time in less than a month called in the police to shut down a popular Johanne Marange apostolic sect shrine in the area following the death of four members, including the sect leader, from cholera. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Worst Hit By Cholera Deaths in Eastern and Southern Africa - Report
[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe has recorded the highest number of cholera-related cases and deaths in the Eastern and Southern Region (ESAR) with 65 deaths and over 10 000 cases reported in the last quarter of 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Minister Cautions Against Extorting Money From Cholera Patients
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -Health workers at Naguru Hospital have been warned against extorting money from Cholera patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: U.S.$240 000 Boost for Cholera
[The Herald] Government has disbursed about $240 000 to the Midlands Civil Protection Unit to combat cholera in Mberengwa following the outbreak of the water-borne disease in Chomubobo resettlement areas. The disease has since claimed two lives from the 26 cases reported since its outbreak on December 18 last year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Water Scarcity Threatens Cholera Response At Naguru Hospital
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda -A looming water shortage threatens cholera response activities at Naguru Hospital. Administrators at the health facility have said that they do not have enough water to run the facility beyond the next 12 hours following a crisis that has hit parts of Kampala, over the last two days. Some of the affected areas include, Naguru, Bukoto, Ntinda and Gayaza. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: KCCA Bans Food Vending in Kabowa After Cholera Outbreak
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has banned the sale of cooked food and drinks prepared on the streets in Kabowa following an outbreak of cholera. State Minister for Kampala Benny Namugwanya announced the ban while addressing journalists at Uganda Media Center on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Kampala Hit By Chorela Outbreak
[Monitor] Kampala -Ministry of Health has confirmed seven cholera cases and one person dead in Kampala as a result of the contagious disease. The ministry is also investigating 16 new suspected cholera cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Government Confirms Two Cholera Cases in Kampala
[Monitor] Kampala -Eight suspected cholera patients have been quarantined at Naguru hospital pending further examination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Yemen cholera epidemic strain 'came from eastern Africa'
Researchers believe the strain behind the worst epidemic in history was carried by migrants. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Yemen, world's worst cholera outbreak traced to eastern Africa
Scientists have found that a strain of cholera causing an epidemic in Yemen – the worst in recorded history – came from eastern Africa and was probably borne into Yemen by migrants. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Mystery of Yemen cholera epidemic solved
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) The most likely source of the cholera epidemic in Yemen has been discovered by scientists. Through the use of genomic sequencing, scientists estimate the strain of cholera causing the current outbreak in Yemen -- the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history -- came from Eastern Africa and entered Yemen with the migration of people in and out of the region. Genomics can enable researchers to estimate the risk of future cholera outbreaks and help better target interventions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 2, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Surveillance Report: Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017: Cholera
Source: European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Published: 2019. This four-page report is based on data for cholera cases in 2017 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on September 11, 2018. In 2017, five European Union countries reported 17 confirmed cases of cholera, with the United Kingdom, like in previous years, accounting for more than half of the cases. All cases were infected outside of Europe. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Mnene Hospital Suspected Source of Cholera Outbreak
[The Herald] Mnene Mission Hospital in Mberengwa is suspected to be the source of a cholera outbreak that has killed three people in Chomubobo Resettlement Area in Mberengwa, after samples taken from a river, which is the main water source for people in the area, was found to be contaminated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 27, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: 3 Suspected Cholera Deaths in Murehwa
[The Herald] Three deaths suspected to be linked to cholera have been reported in Murehwa, Mashonaland East Province. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Police Help Sought to Access Shrine After 2 Die of Suspected Cholera
[New Zimbabwe] HEALTH officials in Mashonaland East have enlisted the services of the police to access a crowded Murewa shrine where two members of the Johanne Marange apostolic sect have died of suspected cholera. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: AfDB in US$1 Million Donation Towards Zim Cholera Fight
[New Zimbabwe] The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Monday donated 1 million U.S. dollars toward the cholera fight in Zimbabwe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Biologists turn eavesdropping viruses into bacterial assassins
(Princeton University) Molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler and graduate student Justin Silpe found a bacteria-killing virus that can listen in on bacterial conversations -- and then they made it attack diseases including salmonella, E. coli and cholera. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: To Beat Cholera, What Is Most Needed Is a Reliable Drinking Water Supply
This article is co-authored by Aur élie Jeandron, Martin Leménager, Damien Machuel, Baron Bashige Rumedeka, Jaime Mufitini Saidi and Oliver Cumming. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 7, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malawi: Man Dies of Cholera in Blantyre
[Nyasa Times] Officials at Blantyre City Council and District Health Office have confirmed that one person has died of cholera in Blantyre, the first such death in two years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Southern Africa: Zimbabwe Battles Influx of Congolese, Mozambique Refugees
[CAJ News] Harare -Zimbabwe, besieged by cholera and economic challenges, is battling a surge of asylum seekers from neighbouring Mozambique and crisis-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Tackling Cholera Outbreaks in North-East Humanitarian Emergencies
[WHO] "In addition to insecurity and despair, we are faced with shortages of food, we are homeless and worst still, cholera killed my husband last year in Muna IDPs camp" said Munakur Mohammed. Thank God you came to our rescue early this year. My children and I have received the vaccine and we are protected now." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Health System in Haiti Takes Key Step by Launching National Tuberculosis Tracker
By Atwood Raphael, Deputy chief of party, USAID/Haiti Strategic Health Information System ProgramDecember 17, 2018Newly digitized data will help  the government address the disease, decide where to invest in clinics and staff, and more.Haiti ’s government this year launched a national electronic platform for reporting and tracking tuberculosis (TB), a key step in its efforts to capture, monitor, and report all patient-level data across the country.Information on cases of TB —a contagious and often deadly disease plaguing the Caribbean nation—is being prepared for aggregation into the System d&rsquo...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Tuberculosis Haiti Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Cholera Cases Continue to Surge At National Level
[Kubatana.net] Community Water Alliance (CWA) local members in Dotito, Mt Darwin have reported over 100 cases of cholera in the area. Few deaths have been recorded and our committees are still compiling information on total deaths. The outbreak allegedly emanated from an area with illegal small scale miners in Mukaradzi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cholera in Yemen: A Case Study of Epidemic Preparedness and Response
The objective of this 108-page report from the Center for Humanitarian Health was to identify lessons learned from the preparedness and detection phase to the end of the second wave of the cholera epidemic in Yemen in 2016-2018 to better prepare for future outbreaks in Yemen and similar contexts. It discusses how prior to the outbreak, Yemen did not have a sufficient cholera preparedness and response plan, and makes 20 recommendations for future preparedness and response. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Cholera Cases Rise to 191 in Mount Darwin
[The Herald] Cholera cases in Mount Darwin have risen to 191 while deaths have remained at three in the artisanal mining area of Mukaradzi. Speaking to The Herald yesterday, Mashonaland Central District medical officer Dr George Mapiye said cases being reported at the clinic were no longer serious. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Cholera Outbreak - Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe On High Alert
[263Chat] Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe district is on high alert following a recent cholera outbreak that has left two people dead and 66 admitted in Mt Darwin. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Yemen sterilizes Sanaa water supplies as cholera outbreak picks up again
Authorities in the Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa are sterilizing water supplies at wells, distribution networks and houses to help stem the world's worst outbreak of cholera. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Two More Die of Cholera in Mt Darwin
[The Herald] Munyaradzi Musiiwa and Sibongile Maruta in Mt Darwin (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 29, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Fear Mounts As Cholera Outbreak Hits Town
[The Herald] Two people died of cholera, while 26 others have been admitted at Mt Darwin District Hospital suffering from the waterborne disease. Mt Darwin district nursing officer Sister Anna Chinyemba confirmed that one person died on Sunday, while another died yesterday morning. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 28, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Angola: Cholera Claims Fifteen Lives in U íge
[ANGOP] U íge -At least fifteen people died from cholera in Uíge province in the last ten months from the 1,500 cases of this disease reported in the region, said the director of the Provincial Health Office in Uíge, Madalena Diogo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1,110 Dead As Cholera Ravages 29 States in Nigeria - NCDC
[Premium Times] Nigeria has recorded 1,110 deaths this year from cholera outbreaks in 29 states across Nigeria as the disease claims more lives in more parts of the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: North-East Nigeria - Urgent Need to Combat Deadly Cholera Outbreaks
[IPS] Maiduguri -The number of people who have been affected by cholera in northeast Nigeria has increased to 10,000. The disease is spreading quickly in congested displacement camps with limited access to proper sanitation facilities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Northeast Nigeria: Urgent Need to Combat Deadly Cholera Outbreaks
Overcrowding leading to poor sanitary conditions in IDPs camps and communities contributes to further cholera outbreak in Borno Nigeria.By Janet CheronoMAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Nov 12 2018 (IPS)The number of people who have been affected by cholera in northeast Nigeria has increased to 10,000. The disease is spreading quickly in congested displacement camps with limited access to proper sanitation facilities. One of the major causes of the outbreak is the congestion in the camps that makes it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services. The rainy season has also worsened the conditions.NRC is calling on...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Janet Cherono Tags: Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Civil Aviation Authority Joins Anti-Cholera Fight
[The Herald] The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) has joined the national cholera response by donating over 124 000 litres of water a day to Budiriro over a period of one month. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Harare 'Ill-Equipped to Fight Cholera'
[The Herald] The City of Harare is ill-equipped to respond to reports of sewer blockages, with some going for almost two months without being attended to, an activist has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Statement on Yemen by Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
Cairo, 8 November 2018 – The current violence in Al Hudaydah is placing tens of thousands of already vulnerable people at risk, and preventing WHO from reaching them with the help they urgently need. The violence, now in close proximity to the area hospitals, is affecting the movement and safety of health staff, patients and ambulances, as well as the functionality of health facilities, leaving hundreds without access to treatment. With only 50% of health facilities functioning across the country and no doctors in 18% of districts in Yemen, we cannot afford for one more health worker to lose their life, or one more ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 8, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Cholera - WHO Warns Against Vaccination Complacency
[New Zimbabwe] Local authorities must continue to improve sanitation and the availability of clean water to prevent cholera as vaccination is not 100 percent effective, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - November 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Cholera - WHO Warns Against Vaccination Complacency
[New Zimbabwe] Local authorities must continue to improve sanitation and the availability of clean water to prevent cholera as vaccination is not 100 percent effective, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - November 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa:Cholera Threatens a Comeback Worldwide
[IPS] Texas -Cholera outbreaks across history regularly killed a hundred thousand or more. It isn't well known today because it was essentially eliminated in the Western world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Old Drains and Dirty Water - Chronic Cholera Crisis
[IRIN] "We do not risk our lives by trying to drink it" (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cholera Threatens a Comeback Worldwide
Tents set up at Alsabeen hospital in Sana'a Yemen for screening suspected cholera cases.By Anna KucirkovaTEXAS, USA, Nov 2 2018 (IPS)Cholera outbreaks across history regularly killed a hundred thousand or more. It isn’t well known today because it was essentially eliminated in the Western world. It last erupted in the U.S. in the 1800s, eradicated by water and sewage treatment systems that prevented it from spreading via contaminated water. However, cholera is making a comeback around the globe, and it could again become a major killer.Cholera is caused by eating or drinking something contaminated with the Vibrio cho...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anna Kucirkova Tags: Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news