Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

Screen Shot 2020 12 02 at 15 52 43

Monkeypox – DR Congo

Through the first nearly 10 months of 2020, health officials have reported 6,231 suspected and confirmed monkeypox cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Cases have been reported in 127 health zones from 17 out of 26 provinces in the country. In addition, the death toll due to monkeypox has topped 200–203 reported year to date.

HIV – Philippines

The Philippines has one of the fastest-growing HIV epidemics in the world and country public health officials say that 21 new HIV cases are diagnosed every day.

Acute hepatitis E – Burkina Faso

Between 8 September and 24 November, 2020, the North-Central region of Burkina Faso reported a cumulative total of 442 cases of febrile jaundice. The vast majority of cases (87.5%) were reported from Barsalogho health district with 387 cases and 16 deaths, representing a case-fatality rate of 4.1% (see Figure 1 and 2). A total of 15 out of 16 deaths were reported in pregnant or postpartum women.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

Screen Shot 2020 12 01 at 13 00 06

Polio – Afghanistan – Global

Afghanistan reported two additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases in Hilmand province, bringing the total to 56 in 2020 to date. The number of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) across countries in Africa and Asia and the Middle East rose by some 69 cases last week.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

Screen Shot 2020 11 27 at 11 34 41

Tick Bites – Warming Temperatures

Warmer temperatures may be causing blood-sucking ticks to shift their feeding preference from dogs to humans in a potentially growing threat to public health. This finding is alarming because ticks carry and can transmit deadly Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Experiments conducted at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine placed a human in one box and a dog in an adjacent one. The researchers watched at various temperatures as the ticks sniffed out which mammal would bring their next blood meal. While at 75 degrees Fahrenheit the ticks showed a distinct preference for the dog, they became 2.5 times more likely to prefer humans at around 100 degrees.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

Screen Shot 2020 11 26 at 13 24 56

Syphilis – Japan

Syphilis was a major issue in Japan until shortly after the end of World War II, but the total reported cases declined to several hundred annually until 2011, when a rebound began.

In 2014, more than 1,600 cases were reported as worldwide numbers also increased. In 2015, the number of syphilis cases topped 2,000, a four-fold increase from just five years earlier. In 2016, Japan saw a 77 percent increase from 2015, topping 4,000 cases–and up by more than seven-fold from a decade ago. 2017, 2018 and 2019 saw more than 5,000 cases and 6,000 cases and once again in 2020, Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo (NIID) have reported that syphilis cases topped 5,000 for the fourth year in a row.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

Screen Shot 2020 11 25 at 17 20 43

Botulism – Kyrgyzstan

Health officials in Kyrgyzstan are reporting 28 foodborne botulism cases through Oct. 2020, prompting a warning for the public. Of the 28 cases, 19 were reported in the Osh region.

Yellow Fever – Nigeria

Reports of a cluster of deaths from an undiagnosed disease were notified on 1 November 2020 through Event Based Surveillance in two states, Delta and Enugu, located in southern Nigeria. The disease has now been identified as yellow fever.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

Screen Shot 2020 11 22 at 15 57 39

Dengue Fever – Costa Rica

Costa Rica health officials report that through the end of October, the number of dengue fever cases in the country has exceeded the total in all of 2019. The country counted 9,438 cases of dengue through Oct. 31, surpassing the total number of cases registered last year, which closed with 9,400.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

Screen Shot 2020 11 21 at 13 18 28

Legionnaires Disease – Portugal

Public health authorities in Portugal are reporting a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Greater Porto region of the northern region of the country. Three counties have been affected–Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde and Matosinhos. The number of legionella cases diagnosed since the outbreak began on Oct. 29 is 85, including nine deaths.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

Screen Shot 2020 11 19 at 14 13 32

Lassa fever – Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported an additional five confirmed Lassa fever cases last week, including one death, bringing the total confirmed cases/deaths for 2020 through the first week of the year to 1136 and 234 deaths.