Disease

Bird Flu in Togo

Togolese authorities said on Saturday they had slaughtered 11,500 chickens in response to an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu at two farms in the capital Lome and the town of Adetikope, about 25 km north of Lome.

Highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu has spread across a number of West African countries in the past two years, hitting poultry farms in Niger and Cameroon.

The outbreaks across West Africa have raised fears of transmission to humans, given poor health infrastructure in the region and a number of human H5N1 deaths since the virus first infected humans in 1997 during a outbreak in poultry in Hong Kong.

Third MERS Case in Thailand

On 30 July 2016, the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, announced a laboratory confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) in an 18-year-old Kuwaiti man who arrived in Thailand on 25 July with his family.

Crypto Outbreak in Devon, England

Twenty cases of severe sickness and diarrhea caused by a microscopic parasite have been reported in Devon.

An outbreak control team has been set up by Public Health England to investigate the cause after more than 200 cases of the illness caused by the Cryptosporidium organism have been recorded across the region.

Pubic Health England said by the start of the weekend there were 34 cases confirmed in Swindon, 27 in Wiltshire Council’s area and 31 in Gloucestershire. Other cases have been reported in Dorset and Cornwall, with 23 in Somerset, 20 in Devon and 19 in Bristol.

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