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Cholera in Cuba

Several cases of cholera have been reported from western Cuba after the area was hit by floods.

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Novel Coronavirus – Update

The World Health Organization has updated its global count of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases to 55, including 31 fatalities, as Saudi Arabia reported another new case.

Bird Flu – China

No new H7N9 avian flu cases have been reported since the end of May.

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Swine Flu Epidemic in Venezuela

Representatives from the Venezuelan Infectious Diseases Society reported on Friday that the AH1N1 virus which has infected 724 individuals has practically spread over the whole country, which expresses signs of an epidemic disease totaling 23 people dead.

Considering that events of AH1N1 have been reported in 20 out of 23 states of Venezuela in individuals of all ages, “we have shifted from an epidemic disease outbreak to epidemic disease.”

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Meningitis in Africa

From 1 January to 12 May 2013, 9 249 suspected cases of meningitis, including 857 deaths, with a case fatality ratio of 9.3 percent, have been reported from 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis in the African Meningitis Belt. The number of cases reported so far are the lowest recorded during the epidemic season in the last ten years.

Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

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Typhoid Outbreak in Kashmir

A Typhoid epidemic has broken out in Wagoora area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district where more than 300 patients are suffering from this water borne disease and the number is increasing with every passing day.

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Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

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Poliovirus Detected in Israel

In Israel, wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was isolated from sewage samples collected on 9 April 2013 in Rahat, southern Israel. The virus has been detected in sewage only; no case of paralytic polio has been reported. Genetic sequencing and epidemiological investigations are ongoing to determine its origin. Preliminary analyses indicate the strain is not related to the virus currently affecting the Horn of Africa.

The virus isolate was detected through routine environmental surveillance in Israel that involves regular testing of sewage water. Israel has been free of indigenous WPV transmission since 1988. In the past, wild poliovirus has been detected in environmental samples collected in this region between 1991 and 2002 without occurrence of cases of paralytic polio in the area.

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Novel Coronavirus – Update

Health officials in Italy have confirmed two new cases with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the country.

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Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

Saudi Arabian officials say three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 24.

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Yellow fever in Ethiopia

The Ministry of Health of Ethiopia is launching an emergency mass-vaccination campaign against yellow fever from 10 June 2013. This is in response to an outbreak of six confirmed cases of yellow fever.

Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Italy reported its first case of the SARS-like novel coronavirus on Friday. A 45-year-old man who had been travelling in Jordan.

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Dengue Fever Outbreak in Singapore

Singapore’s widening dengue epidemic has claimed its first fatality this year, as health officials brace for a tropical-disease outbreak that could become the city-state’s worst ever.

Cholera in Mali

Cholera outbreak in Mali’s Gao region leaves 2 dead.

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Bird Flu Outbreak in China – Update

The incidence of new infections seems to be decreasing. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, China notified WHO of one additional laboratory confirmed case of human infection with Avian Influenza A(H7N9) virus.

Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Six suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, just six months after an outbreak of the deadly virus ended in the area, the United Nations said Wednesday.

To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for Ebola, which kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the strain of the virus.

The disease is transmitted by direct contact with blood, faeces or sweat, or by sexual contact or unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

Ebola, one of the world’s most virulent diseases, was first discovered in the DRC in 1976, and the country has had eight outbreaks.

The most recent epidemic, in the same region, infected 62 people and left 34 dead between May and November last year.

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Swine Flu in Venezuela

In Venezuela, 17 people have died and another 250 have been infected from an outbreak of H1N1 swine flu.

Most of the current cases have been in border states near Colombia.

Venezuela’s health minister has described this latest outbreak as the tail-end of the 2009/2010 pandemic.

Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

Saudi Arabia has reported that five more people have been infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), as if to underline the warning from the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) that the novel coronavirus is a global threat.

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Mystery Respiratory Illness Infects 7, Kills 2 in Alabama, USA

All of the victims have shown signs of fever, cough and shortness of breath, but the Alabama Department of Public Health hasn’t been able to identify the disease. Officials collected samples from all of the victims and sent them to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, but results aren’t available yet. One of the test samples tested positive for H1N1 influenza A, but officials aren’t sure if that’s what caused the illness.

UPDATE – Unusual pathogens ruled out in Alabama illness cluster. Test results on a cluster of Alabama patients hospitalized with similar respiratory symptoms indicated no unusual pathogens but instead a variety of common respiratory viruses and bacteria, a combination of influenza A, rhinovirus, and bacterial pneumonia, state health officials announced Thursday.

Meningitis in Princeton, New Jersey, USA

The state health department has officially declared a meningitis outbreak at Princeton University after the fourth case of the disease since March was linked to the school.

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Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of infection with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Outbreak of tree disease

The first outbreak of ash dieback disease in mature trees in Wales has been discovered in Carmarthenshire. Known as Chalara, the tree disease had previously been found in recently planted saplings at 19 sites across Wales. The disease has decimated ash trees across England, with very few mature specimens remaining.