That & #039;s a First: FDA Tackles STDs, Zika, and Prosthetic Joint Infection
The U.S. diagnostic market celebrated three regulatory firsts last week.  1. FDA Authorizes Marketing of First Zika Test Until now, tests for detecting Zika virus immunoglobulin (IgM) antibodies in blood were only authorized for emergency use under FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority. On Thursday, the agency said it has authorized marketing of the ZIKV Detect 2.0 IgM Capture ELISA under the agency's traditional premarket authority. The test is manufactured by InBios International. “At the onset of the Zika virus outbreak, when little was known about the disease or how...
Source: MDDI - May 25, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Regulatory and Compliance IVD Source Type: news

Maine to Eliminate Non-Medical Exemptions for Vaccinations
(AUGUSTA, Maine) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in Maine. Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the nation, and health officials say the opt-out rates appear to be rising. “As we hear more reports of measles and other preventable diseases in Maine and across the country, it has become clear that we must act to ensure the health of our communities,” said Democratic Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono, the bill’s sponsor. Maine will end non-medical vaccine opt-outs by 2021 f...
Source: TIME: Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Maine onetime vaccinations Source Type: news

CDC warns pre-cut melon and tahini used in hummus have sickened hundreds
Pre-cut melon and a popular type of tahini - used in summer salads and hummus - are responsible for Salmonella outbreaks across the country. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles outbreak hits Newark Liberty International Airport
New Jersey officials confirmed on Friday that a traveler at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 8 had measles, potentially exposing thousands, as outbreaks surge in New York City/ (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fourth Day of Storms Ravages Central U.S.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An outbreak of nasty storms in the Midwest spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri's capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. The National Weather Service confirmed that a large and destructive twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday. Officials said the tornado packed winds of up to 160 miles per hour (257.48 kilometers per hour) and cut a path about 3 miles (4.83 kilometers) long and a mile (1.6 kilometer) wide. Emergency workers reporte...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 24, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Violence, mistrust hamper efforts to combat Ebola in war zone
Only 50% of those infected with the disease are seeking medical help, raising the risk of the outbreak spreading regionally, and even globally. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever - Kogi Govt Confirms Four Cases, Two Deaths
[Premium Times] The Kogi State Government has confirmed four cases of Lassa fever in the 2019 outbreak of the disease in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 24, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: As Ebola Cases Rise, So Do Worries of a Cross-Border Epidemic
[The New Humanitarian] Goma/Democratic Republic of Congo -The second-largest Ebola outbreak ever continues to spread, and health officials now say it's likely to reach the populous city of Goma. Once there, the risk of it spreading beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo to Rwanda, South Sudan, or Uganda increases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 24, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: How to Tackle Ebola in DRC? Focus On the Community
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] As the Ebola outbreak in DRC shows no signs of relenting, and the security situation remains unpredictable, the UN announced on Thursday that it is strengthening its response to the deadly virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 24, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Measles vaccination: 'All for one and one for all'
(Florida Atlantic University) A commentary by researchers addresses the specter of clinical, ethical, public health and legal concerns that have been raised because of the recent measles outbreaks in New York. So far, the outbreaks seem to have emanated from ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents whose affected children were never vaccinated. Their commentary is motivated in part by the availability of important and relevant data from a small case series of interviews conducted with ultra-Orthodox Jewish mothers in Williamsburg and Rockland counties. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Wild poliovirus type 1 – Islamic Republic of Iran
On 9 May 2019, the Global Polio Laboratory Network (GPLN) notified WHO of the detection of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from an environmental sewage sample collected on 20 April 2019 in Konarak district, Sistan-Baluchistan province, Islamic Republic of Iran. The virus was detected in an environmental sample only, and to date, no associated cases of paralysis have been detected. The subsequent scheduled sewage sample collected from the same site on 4 May 2019 (2 weeks after the positive sample) tested negative for poliovirus. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - May 24, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Officials fighting U.S. measles outbreaks threaten to use rare air travel ban
The CDC operates a Do Not Board list to prevent people believed to be a public health risk from getting on planes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator 
With the Democratic Republic of the Congo ’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization’s newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is “no time to lose”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict
 Washington – There were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports and patients in 23 countries in conflict in 2018, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition reported today. At least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured. This marks an increase in the number of documented attacks compared to 2017, when the Coalition reported 701 such instances. The Coalition’s sixth annual report documents attacks on vaccination workers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, midwives, community volunteers, drivers and guards, in violation of international norms and i...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: UN Strengthens Ebola Response
[WHO] Kinshasa/Butembo (23 May 2019) --With the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo now in its tenth month and the number of new cases increasing in recent weeks, the United Nations announced today measures to strengthen its response and end the outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 23, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nearly 500 Children Have Been Infected With HIV in a Single Pakistani City. Here ’s What to Know
Nearly 500 children in a single Pakistani city have tested positive for HIV, in an outbreak that has led to the arrest of at least one doctor and highlighted gross inadequacies in the local health care system. As of mid-May, 410 children and 100 adults in Larkana, a city in Pakistan’s Sindh province, had tested positive for HIV, the Associated Press reported. Those numbers have since climbed to 494 children and 113 adults, according to NPR. How did more than 600 people in one area become infected with HIV? Here’s what to know. When did the outbreak start? According to reports from NPR and the AP, parents in Ap...
Source: TIME: Health - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease onetime Pakistan Source Type: news

Swimming, s'mores and shots: Camps harden vaccine rules in U.S. measles outbreak
As the United States battles its worst measles outbreak in 25 years, summer camps are tightening their policies on vaccines, with some prepared to turn away children whose parents opted not to vaccinate them against the disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Amid measles outbreaks, some want vaccination laws changed
With outbreaks reported around the country, measles are on the minds of many people, including some in New York who want stiffer vaccination laws. Legislative measures in the state, though, such as a bill earlier this month that would have mandated vaccinations for children to attend school and eliminated religious exemptions, failed to make it out of committee and to a vote in the state Assembly. Some states in recent years, to mixed revie ws from constituents, made it easier for parents to receive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 23, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Patrick Connelly Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Radical Ideas Are Needed to Stop the Ebola Outbreak. Here Are Some
[The Conversation Africa] The Ebola virus is again terrorising an African nation. The current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to spread after it first appeared 10 months ago. By mid-May, the number of cases was 1,847 (1759 confirmed and 88 probable). In total, there were 1,223 deaths (1135 confirmed and 88 probable) and 487 people survived. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 23, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Tiger Brands Continues to Count Costs of the Listeriosis Outbreak
[Daily Maverick] SA's largest food producer continues to face financial losses after the listeriosis outbreak that began in 2017. Tiger Brands was named as the culprit. The months from May 2019 will be tough for the company as it faces a class action lawsuit from victims of the outbreak and tackles a lack of profitability in its ready-to-eat processed meat business. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 23, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Texas facility resumes intake of migrants after flu outbreak
Thirty-two people tested positive for the flu, the U.S. Border Patrol said (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spanish flu may have lingered two years before 1918 outbreak and vaccine could have treated it
(Taylor& Francis Group) The most severe pandemic in recent history, killing some 50 million people worldwide, the Spanish influenza, may have emerged up to two years earlier than previously believed. And, according to a new and influential study, its early manifestation was ignored at the time as a 'minor infection.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 23, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Patients in Congo fear violence amid Ebola outbreak
The latest Ebola outbreak has killed nearly 1,100 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the epicenter of the outbreak, there's a danger that may be even greater than the disease. Debora Patta reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
Although this past week continues to bear witness to a steady rise in the number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the overall security situation has allowed for the resumption of most response activities. While no major insecurity incidents have occurred, outbreak response teams, local healthcare workers, and community members cooperating with response efforts, are increasingly subjected to threats made against them by armed groups present in hotspot areas such as Katwa and Butembo. These threats are often disseminated through leaflets or direct intimidation. Armed groups ’ ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - May 23, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Flu outbreak sickens over 30 migrants at border center
More than 30 migrants have tested positive for influenza at a major processing center on the Mexican border that was temporarily closed to stop the outbreak (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Patients in Congo fear violence amid Ebola outbreak
Officials said hospitals are being targeted by armed militia groups (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Local Fistula Training Helped Prevent an Ebola Outbreak in Mali
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalMay 23, 2019Investing in local expertise has far-reaching impacts on health. Here ’s a powerful example.When a little girl showed up at the hospital in Kayes, Mali, in 2014 with what seemed to be symptoms of Ebola, no one wanted to touch her. Everyone was scared of becoming infected.But a pharmacist named Jonas Kamat é knew he could help.Kamat é had gone through an infection-prevention training that was part ofIntraHealth International ’s comprehensive fistula care program for the local health team in Kayes. OurFistula Mali team had trained health ...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Capacity Building for Fistula Treatment and Prevention in Mali (Fistula Mali) Ebola Obstetric Fistula Community Engagement Education & Performance International Day to End Fistula Global Health Security Workplace Safety Pharmacists S Source Type: news

Pennsylvania declares a statewide hepatitis A outbreak as US sees 300% increase across the nation
Since January 2018, there have been 171 cases of hepatitis A reported in 36 counties in Pennsylvania. This year alone, there have been more than 60 cases confirmed of the liver disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Louder for the people in the back: Stop 'kissing and snuggling' chickens, CDC warns
Since January, a salmonella outbreak has been sweeping across the US, sickening 52 people across 21 states. In interviews, 23 people said they came into contact with live poultry. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Increase in Measles Cases -- US, January 1-April 26, 2019 Increase in Measles Cases -- US, January 1-April 26, 2019
Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, but recent outbreaks, driven by misinformation about the MMR vaccine, have occurred due to undervaccination in vulnerable communities.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Yiddish translation of New York's measles message riddled with errors
Late last year, officials at the New York State Department of Health knew they had to act fast to stem the tide of a growing measles outbreak in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. measles outbreak spreads to Maine, 25th state to report case
Maine became the 25th U.S. state to confirm a case of measles amid the country's worst outbreak of the disease in a quarter century, as state medical officials on Wednesday reported that child was infected but is now fully recovered. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Foodborne Illness Advisory: Del Monte Vegetable Trays Pose Potential Salmonella Risk
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Minnesota Department of Health, and Wisconsin local health departments are working with the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate an ongoing multi-state outbreak ofsalmonellosis linked to consumption of certain Del Monte vegetable trays. To date, all ill patients associated with this...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 21, 2019 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Kenya: Mombasa Steps Up Fight Against Cholera
[Nation] Mombasa County government has banned the sale of bottled water from unverified companies to tame cholera outbreak in the city. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dengue fever numbers soar on La Reunion: WHO
Tens of thousands of people are thought to have caught dengue fever in an unprecedented outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease on the French overseas territory of La Reunion, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio - Ogun to Immunise 1.2 Million Children
[Daily Trust] The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, says about 1.2 million children under the age of five are expected to be immunise during the ongoing Outbreak Response (OBR) campaign. He spoke yesterday while monitoring the OBR campaign against the circulating vaccination derived polio virus in the southwest,t at Imoba Community in Ifo Local Government Area of the st. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Gashumba Calls for United Front to Prevent Disease Outbreak in Africa
[New Times] Working together and forming alliances should be the method of choice if disease outbreaks are to be contained before they ravage the continent, the Minister for Health, Dr Diane Gashumba, has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Minister Murasira Pledges Support in Containing Disease Outbreaks in Africa
[New Times] The Minister for Defence, Maj. Gen. Albert Murasira, has pledged the government's support in planning, preventing and protecting fellow African countries from disease outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Global Health: Measles Outbreak Now at 880 Cases, With Fastest Growth Still in New York
Warming weather usually slows transmission of the virus, but it is not clear that this outbreak is fading, experts said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Measles Vaccination and Immunization Parenting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Associated Press Clark County (Wash) Vashon Island (Wash) New York City your-feed-science Source Type: news

Measles Outbreak Now at 880 Cases, With Fastest Growth Still in New York
Warming weather usually slows transmission of the virus, but it is not clear that this outbreak is fading, experts said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Measles Vaccination and Immunization Parenting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Associated Press Clark County (Wash) Vashon Island (Wash) New York City your-feed-science Source Type: news

Statistical model could predict future disease outbreaks
(University of Georgia) Several University of Georgia researchers teamed up to create a statistical method that may allow public health and infectious disease forecasters to better predict disease reemergence, especially for preventable childhood infections such as measles and pertussis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Measles hits Oklahoma: CDC reports 41 new cases
There have now been 880 cases in the current outbreak, according to CDC data released on Monday - up 4.9 percent in just one week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles outbreak spreads to Oklahoma as U.S. reports 41 new cases
The worst measles outbreak in the United States in 25 years has spread to Oklahoma, federal health officials said on Monday as they reported 41 new cases nationwide, raising the total number sickened this year to 880 people. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO chief calls for political solution to Ebola outbreak in Congo
Government and opposition leaders of Congo must strive to find a bipartisan solution to the Ebola outbreak as ongoing violence in the country gives "the virus an advantage," the chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Rwanda: Over 20 Nations in Kigali to Discuss Response to Disease Outbreaks
[New Times] Representatives from 24 countries will today converge in Kigali where they will discuss how best they can collectively prevent, detect, and contain disease outbreaks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Ebola in Congo Questions Country's Readiness On Outbreaks
[Guardian] Besides the loss of many lives, outbreaks of pandemics or epidemics could cost Nigeria trillions of naira if adequate preparations are not made to contain health emergencies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Conflict, Superstition and Inadequate Funds Hinder Ebola Fight
[Deutsche Welle] International aid organizations are warning that the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo could worsen in the face of instability, public distrust and a critical shortfall in funds to contain the deadly virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dengue fever – Réunion, France
On 16 March 2018, WHO was notified by the National International Health Regulations (IHR) Focal Point of France, through the European Commission Early Warning and Response System, of an increase in the number of dengue cases reported on La R éunion Island, France, since the beginning of 2018. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - May 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Latest Salmonella Outbreak: Do You Have Chickens In The Backyard?
Got chickens or other poultry in the backyard? Pay attention to this CDC warning. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Ebola Deaths Increase and Violence Threatens Safety of Operations
More than 1,100 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo that started in August 2018. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 17, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news