Disease

185000 hens have been slaughtered to contain outbreak of a rare strain of salmonella on two commercial egg farms in Ireland. The strain of salmonella poses no threat to humans, but can cause substantial losses in flocks.

Disease

Vietnam hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak surges past 100 000 cases. The CDC issues travel advisory.

31 people have now died and 424 have been sickened in the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections in the U.S.

Disease

Death toll in the yellow fever outbreak in the Darfur region in Sudan rises to 67, while 77 cases of measles have also been reported.

Wildlife

Thirty hippos die in an anthrax outbreak in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The outbreak in the north of the Park, which initially began in August, has now killed dozens of hippos in the Letaba and Olifants Rivers.

Disease

Mauritania declares an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever. A total of 34 cases have been confirmed, including 17 deaths in 6 regions.

Disease

Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda – update. As of 28 October 2012, a total of 18 cases and 9 deaths, including a health worker, have been reported from 5 districts namely Kabale district, in south-western Uganda, Kampala (the capital city), Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole.

U.S. meningitis death toll rises to 29 with fatality in Virginia.

Canada, Switzerland lift ban on Novartis flu vaccines.

Disease

Yellow fever outbreak in Darfur kills at least 32. Protective measures like the use of bed nets, insect repellent and long clothing are considered the best methods to contain the outbreak.

Disease

The outbreak of dengue fever on the Portuguese island of Madeira has tripled and now cases are being seen in other European countries linked to travel to the island.

Disease

E. coli outbreak in Belfast, Ireland grows to 124 confirmed cases with a further 166 probable cases.

52 cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) have now been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to date. Of these, 25 have been fatal.

France and Spain join Italy and Switzerland in halting sales of Novartis flu vaccine.

The tree disease which killed 90% of Danish ash trees has spread to the British countryside. Ash dieback has been found in the wider environment at sites in East Anglia, and there are fears it could wreak the same kind of damage as Dutch elm disease in the Seventies. The Chalara fraxinea fungus, which causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to tree death, wiped out 90 per cent of ash trees in Denmark in seven years.

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The number of U.S. cases of meningitis from tainted injections of a steroid medication has reached 304, with total fatalities in the outbreak at 23.

Italy has banned the sale and use of anti-influenza vaccines produced by Novartis pending tests for possible side effects, prompting authorities in Switzerland to also take precautionary steps.

Disease

An outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus in Uganda has spread to the capital Kampala after an infected woman travelled to the city.

Outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease Chikungunya in the Philippines.

Wildlife

Outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has produced more than 8,500 confirmed deer deaths in Michigan, USA this year.

Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the malaria outbreak in Greece continues to grow, reaching areas of the country where the parasitic disease has not been previously reported.

Disease

Three people have died in Kitimba, Kabale district, southwest Uganda from an outbreak of Marburg virus disease, a severe and highly fatal infection, just two weeks after the east African nation said it was free of the deadly Ebola virus.

Another four people who have died since October 4 are also suspected to have been killed by the disease.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Marburg virus disease, also know as Marburg haemorrhagic fever, which is transmitted through bodily fluids such as saliva and blood, or by handling infected wild animals such as monkeys.

The disease, from the same family of viruses as Ebola, starts with severe headache and leads to haemorrhaging and, in previous outbreaks in Africa, to death in 80 percent or more of cases, usually within eight to nine days.