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Nigeria:Yet Another Lassa Fever Outbreak
[This Day] The health authorities could do more to contain the viral disease (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania:Rukwa RC Suspends Fishing Over Cholera Outbreak in S'wanga
[Daily News] Sumbawanga -FISHING activities on Lake Rukwa in Sumbawanga District have been temporarily suspended and several fishing camps burnt in efforts to control cholera outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Measles, malnutrition kill nearly 100 in Indonesia's Papua
A measles outbreak and a spike in cases of malnutrition in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province have killed at least 97 people, mostly indigenous children (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

How The Government Shutdown Makes A Bad Flu Season Worse
CDC staff resources during the government shutdown would result in " more time to review, analyze, and report out " flu outbreaks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contingency says. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse
(NEW YORK) — The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. “This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One measure of the season is how many doctor or hospital visits are because of a high fever, cough and other flu symptoms. Thirty-two states reported high patient traffic last week, up from 26 the previous week. ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

CDC Flu Tracking Will Continue Despite the Government Shutdown
The CDC will continue tracking this year’s particularly severe flu season during the government shutdown, according to a contingency plan from the Department of Health and Human Services. While the government is shut down, only federal activity deemed essential remains uninterrupted — and, according to the HHS document, that will include influenza monitoring and reporting. “CDC’s immediate response to urgent disease outbreaks, including seasonal influenza, would continue,” the plan says. “To continue ongoing influenza surveillance, CDC would collect data being reported by states, hospita...
Source: TIME: Health - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Wisconsin Cases Identified in Multistate Salmonella Outbreak
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is working in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP); local health departments; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate an outbreak ofsalmonellosis (illness caused by Salmonella bacteria). To date, five people with Salmonella Montevideo infection caused by the same genetic strain ( “outbreak strain”) have been...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 19, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

San Francisco hospitals near capacity as flu outbreak continues
San Francisco's hospitals are nearly at full capacity as this year's flu outbreak continues to drive increasing inpatient admissions and emergency room visits. State officials today reported 32 people under the age 65 died last week from the flu. A total of 72 people under 65 have died from the flu since October, up from 14 deaths during the same time period last year. To track how prevalent flu is where you are and nationwide, click on the Centers for D isease Control and Prevention's "flu tracker"… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Antoinette Siu Source Type: news

San Francisco hospitals near capacity as flu outbreak continues
San Francisco's hospitals are nearly at full capacity as this year's flu outbreak continues to drive increasing inpatient admissions and emergency room visits. State officials today reported 32 people under the age 65 died last week from the flu. A total of 72 people under 65 have died from the flu since October, up from 14 deaths during the same time period last year. To track how prevalent flu is where you are and nationwide, click on the Centers for D isease Control and Prevention's "flu tracker"… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 19, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Antoinette Siu Source Type: news

Our Complacency About the Flu Is Killing Us
Everyone’s talking—and rightly so—about this year’s flu season, which is on its way to becoming the worst in 15 years. The news is full of stories about hospitals resorting to tents to accommodate the influx of patients and parents dealing with school closings in nearly every state. We count and mourn the dead. As a family doctor, my heart is with those patients and their families. As a global health professional with four decades of experience in combating epidemics, my mind is on the one critical thing we aren’t talking about at all as we suffer in this flu season: complacency. Put plainly, ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH Tags: Uncategorized deaths from flu 2018 flu epidemic flu epidemic 2018 flu peak flu season 2018 flu shot effectiveness healthytime how many people have died from the flu new flu symptoms public health why are people dying of the flu Source Type: news

This Flu Map Shows How the Biggest Influenza Outbreak in Years Spread Across the U.S.
With months left to go in the 2018 flu season, the U.S. has already hit an unfortunate benchmark, as shown on the flu map below: For the first time in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 13 years of influenza monitoring, every state in the continental U.S. is seeing “widespread” virus activity. The U.S. is experiencing such an active flu season that the CDC held a special briefing on the topic last week, explaining that there’s an uptick in both confirmed cases of the disease and hospitalizations related to it this year. The flu is so widespread, in fact, that the agency has declared it...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme and David Johnson Tags: Uncategorized CDC centers for disease control and prevention flu flu season 2018 flu shot healthytime influenza interactive studio interactive studios medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

WATCH: More schools close across the US amid flu outbreak
Officials report there have been 60,000 confirmed cases of influenza since December as the CDC prepares to release new figures on the impact of the flu outbreak. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

South Africa:Cities Insist Drinking Water Is Safe After Listeriosis Scare
[News24Wire] The cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on Thursday insisted that drinking water in the metropolitan areas was safe for consumption, following a surge in Listeriosis outbreaks countrywide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lassa Fever - Death Toll Rises to Four in Ebonyi, 139 Under Surveillance
[Premium Times] The death toll of victims of the Lassa fever outbreak in Ebonyi State has risen to four, an official has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The flu vaccine could get a much-needed boost
More than 700,000 Americans were hospitalized due to illnesses associated with the seasonal flu during the 2014 –15 flu season, according to federal estimates. A radical new approach to vaccine development at UCLA may help lower that figure for future flu seasons.The scientists used leading-edge genomics to identify and eliminate the virus ’s defense mechanisms, enabling them to develop a vaccine “candidate” — meaning that it must still undergo evaluation and approval by the FDA — that in animals has been proven to be safe and highly effective against influenza.In the study, which was pu...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 19, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Shredded coconut blamed for US salmonella outbreak
The product Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut has been linked to a widespread salmonella outbreak in 13 states, the CDC confirmed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

100 years after "super-flu" pandemic, mysteries remain
A century after one of history's most catastrophic outbreaks killed tens of millions, scientists are rethinking how to guard against a deadly repeat (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu emergency hits Birmingham ’s medical community
Widespread flu cases are causing challenges for hospitals and medical clinics around the state. It's a flu outbreak that has many hospitals over capacity, caused a rash of workplace absences and even led one Birmingham-based company to accelerate the opening of a new clinic. Jefferson County Department of Health Officer Mark Wilson said area emergency departments and outpatient clinics saw a high volume of patients with flu or flu-like symptoms. “This is not a pandemic flu situation, but it… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 18, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Due to Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli: Possible Need for Method Improvement
We report here a case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in a pediatric patient, caused by Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O145 carrying genotype stx2a eae ehxA. STEC O145 strains are part of Karmali's serotype B classification. Karmali et al. [1] proposed a serotype classification that divided STEC strains into five groups on the basis of reported frequency of outbreaks and disease severity in humans. Serotypes other than O157, termed non-O157 STEC, have also been implicated frequently in outbreaks and severe disease in humans [2]. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - January 18, 2018 Category: Microbiology Authors: Mar ía José González-Abad, Mercedes Alonso Sanz Tags: Case Report Source Type: news

Cold sore-ridden teen finds 'cure' with liquorice balm
EXCLUSIVE: Indigo Faulkner, 18, from Shropshire, has suffered with severe cold sores since she was five and had outbreaks every six weeks until she found relief through liquorice. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Legionellosis Outbreak Associated with a Hotel Aquatics Facility — Tennessee, 2017
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 18, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

FDA to expedite release of recall information
Douglas Stern, FDA’s Director, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs By: Douglas Stearn, J.D. When FDA identifies that a product it regulates violates the law, it protects the public by working with the manufacturer and distributors to facilitate the product’s recall (i.e., removal from the marketplace or product correction). Among other actions, FDA assures that the public is warned when products present the most significant public hazards, including those recalls associated with an outbreak. Now, as part of a larger effort to increase transparency, empower consumers, a...
Source: Mass Device - January 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog FDA Voice Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:At Least 200 Cases Reported As Typhoid Hits Harare - Report
[News24Wire] Zimbabwean health officials have reportedly said that at least 200 cases of typhoid have been recorded in Harare, adding that the country is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in Zambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic
A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Cold sore-ridden teen who's never had a boyfriend
EXCLUSIVE: Indigo Faulkner, 18, from Shropshire, has suffered with severe cold sores since she was five and had outbreaks every six weeks until she found relief through liquorice. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Botswana:Public Advised to Take Necessary Precautions
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Cholera outbreaks have been reported in East and Central African countries including Malawi,Kenya,Sudan,Mozambique,Tanzania and Angola and Zambia declared Cholera outbreak last year on the 12th October 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zambia says new cases dropping in deadly cholera outbreak
; most deaths have been in capital (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Zambia:5,500 Marketeers Back in Business As Cholera Recedes
[Times of Zambia] THE half of Lusaka's City Market, silenced by a fired that swept through it seven months ago, was buzzing with activity yesterday as thousands of traders swept off the streets and corridors in the wake of the cholera outbreak took up slots. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How did a deadly tropical fungus get to the temperate environs of the Pacific Northwest?
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) In what is being described as 'The Teddy Roosevelt effect,' a deadly fungus in the Pacific Northwest may have arrived from Brazil via the Panama Canal, according to a new study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Cryptococcus gattii -- which until a 1999 outbreak in British Columbia's Vancouver Island was considered primarily a tropical fungus -- can cause deadly lung and brain infections in both people and animals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Genetic sequencing points to endemic origin of monkeypox virus outbreak in Nigeria
(US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) Scientists working to control a human outbreak of monkeypox virus (MXPV) in Nigeria performed genetic sequencing of patient samples, revealing that the outbreak likely originated from a source within the country. Their results emphasize the value of local surveillance for the early detection of viral spillovers and the need for advanced genetic characterization to help determine the origins of outbreaks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Aussie flu MAPPED: USA outbreak MAP as virus spreads to almost EVERY American state
AUSSIE flu is continuing to cause havoc in the UK with symptoms showing in an increasing number of Britons. But the deadly virus is now sweeping through the USA - a map reveals the states where influenza is most widespread. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Namibia:Havana Settlement Mostly Affected By Hepatitis E Outbreak
[Namibia Economist] The Ministry of Health and Social Services has confirmed that 294 people have had clinical signs of Hepatitis E since its outbreak on 14 December 2017 in the Windhoek district. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Flu outbreak is peaking, CDC says
Nico Mallozzi, a 10-year-old boy, is among the latest deaths in the ongoing flu outbreak. According to the CDC, widespread flu activity is now reported in every state except Hawaii. Dr. Tara Narula reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Namibia:Adequate Sanitation Key in Curbing Hepatitis E
[New Era] Windhoek -The World Health Organisation (WHO)'s country representative, Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses, yesterday said that the provision of adequate sanitation facilities and increasing access to safe water supply are key to curbing the outbreak and future prevention of hepatitis E. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mozambique:Mozambique Not At Risk From Listeriosis Outbreak
[AIM] Maputo -The current outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa presents no threat to Mozambique, declared Health Minister Nazira Abdula on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Alabama declares flu outbreak emergency as vaccine failure becomes obvious to everyone
(Natural News) A State Public Health Emergency has been issued in Alabama by Governor Kay Ivey as a flu outbreak grips the state. Schools are closing and hospitals are filling up as the flu vaccine proves to be a spectacular failure yet again this year. Hospital emergency rooms and outpatient clinics are reporting a very... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Black Death spread by humans, vindicating rats
One of the worst pandemics in human history, the Black Death, along with a string of plague outbreaks that occurred during the 14th to 19th centuries, was spread by human fleas and body lice, a new study suggests. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles outbreak in five English regions
Numbers of cases have been increasing since late 2017 and are linked to ongoing large outbreaks in Europe. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda denies there is an outbreak of 'eye-bleeding fever'
Officials in the African country have been accused of 'concealing' cases of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, which is fatal 40 per cent of the time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rats May Not Have Driven the Black Death Plague After All
TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 -- It's thought to have killed between 30 and 60 percent of Europe's population, but the Black Death plague may not have been spread by flea-infested rats, Norwegian scientists report. Between its first devastating outbreak... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 16, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Measles outbreak MAPPED: Contagious virus spreads across UK - Is your town affected?
MEASLES has continued to spread across the UK as the highly contagious virus infects 122 people from the north, down to the south. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles outbreak kills 58 children in Indonesia's Papua
An outbreak of measles has killed dozens of children in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Measles outbreak: Contagious virus continues to spread across UK - Is your town affected?
MEASLES has continued to spread across the UK as the highly contagious virus infects 122 people from the north, down to the south. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zambia:President Lungu's Heavy Hand Shows in Response to Cholera Outbreak
[Daily Maverick] That Zambia wants to be seen as attacking its cholera outbreak head-on is understandable, but some of its chosen tactics are questionable at best. By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lassa Fever Kills Three As Ncdc Confirms Outbreak of Disease in Ebonyi
[This Day] Three medical personnel at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State have been killed by Lassa fever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Are amoebae safe harbors for plague?
(Colorado State University) Amoebae, single-celled organisms common in soil, water and grade-school science classrooms, may play a key role in the survival and spread of deadly plague bacteria. New Colorado State University research shows that plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis, not only survive, but thrive and replicate once ingested by an amoeba. The discovery could help scientists understand why plague outbreaks can smolder, stay dormant for years, and re-emerge with a vengeance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 16, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Previous influenza virus exposures enhance susceptibility in another influenza pandemic
(McMaster University) New data analysis suggests that people born at the time of the 1957 H2N2 or Asian Flu pandemic were at a higher risk of dying during the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic as well as the resurgent H1N1 outbreak in 2013-2014. And it is not the first time this has happened. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Fate of the Rohingyas – Part Two
Rohingya refugees carry blankets at a camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Naimul HaqDHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan 16 2018 (IPS)With discussions underway between Bangladesh and Myanmar about the repatriation of more than a half a million Rohingya refugees, many critical questions remain, including how many people would be allowed back, who would monitor their safety, and whether the refugees even want to return to violence-scorched Rakhine state.A Joint Working Group (JWG) consisting of government representatives from Myanmar and Bangladesh was formed on Dec. 19 and tasked with developing a specific instrument on the phys...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Development & Aid Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Bangladesh Intern Source Type: news

Measles outbreaks confirmed in five areas across UK
Public Health England has issued advice for the public to ensure they have had the MMR vaccine after outbreaks of measles are confirmed in five areas of England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news