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COVID-19

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

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Plague – DR Congo

Officials with the Ecohealth Alliance are reporting a plague cluster in the Ituri endemic focus of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The notification was published on ProMED-mail. As of 16 Jun 2020, of the 10 cases (of which 4 deaths were reported), 8 were diagnosed with bubonic plague and 2 were diagnosed with septicemic plague.

Ebola – DR Congo

No new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 27 April 2020.

African Swine Fever – Nigeria

Almost a million pigs have been culled by Nigerian farmers in response to an explosion of African swine fever (ASF). The outbreak began around Lagos and parts of neighbouring Ogun state earlier this year, pig farmers say, but has now spread to many other parts of the country.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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African Swine Fever – Togo

Togo reported an outbreak of African swine fever in a farm northwest of the capital Lome, where 44 pigs have died of the disease since April 18. The government took a series of prevention and disinfection measures to curb the spread of the disease, including the slaughter of all pigs in the farm area.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Plague – DR Congo

After going several week without a reported human plague case in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), new cases were reported between mid-February and mid-March. Since the beginning of the year a total of 20 suspected bubonic plague cases with 7 deaths (case fatality ratio 35%) were notified.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

From 1 through 31 March 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 15 additional cases of MERS-CoV infection, including five associated deaths.

African Swine Fever – India

News media from India are reporting that African swine fever has been detected in the country’s northeastern state of Assam, where the disease is said to have killed around 2,500 pigs. This is the first confirmed ASF outbreak in India,

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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

From 1 through 29 February 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 18 additional cases of MERS-CoV infection, including five associated deaths.

African Swine Fever – Poland

An outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed on Monday on a farm near the village of Więckowice near Poznań in western Poland, less than 150km (93 miles) from the border with Germany. The outbreak is Poland’s second in 2020 and the first in the Poznań region, an important centre of pig farming.

There are just over 10,000 piglets on the farm that will have to be culled, local authorities said, but the eradication of the outbreak might be slowed by safety and social distancing measures imposed in Poland in order to stop the spread of Covid-19.

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Novel Coronavirus – First Case in Japan

The Japanese Ministry of Health reported a case of the novel coronavirus in Kanagawa Prefecture. The individual recently traveled to Wuhan City, Hubei province, China.

Dengue Fever – Yemen

First it was cholera, then diphtheria, now it appears the latest infectious disease epidemic to hit war-stricken Yemen is dengue fever. In a recent Save the Children press release, the NGO warns of a dengue epidemic. This comes after more than 52,000 suspected cases have been recorded across the country, including 192 deaths.

African Swine Fever – Serbia

Serbia has seen an outbreak of the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in the east of the country, close to the country’s borders with Bulgaria and Romania, the state Tanjug news agency said on Wednesday.

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Dengue Fever – Singapore

Singapore’s National Environmental Agency (NEA) has reported 15,999 dengue fever cases through Dec. 28, 2019, making this the highest dengue tally in three years. In addition, at least 20 dengue-related fatalities have been reported.

African Swine Fever – Bulgaria

Bulgarian veterinary authorities say they will cull 24,000 additional pigs amid signs of an outbreak of African Swine Fever at a pig farm in the northeast of the country. The report on January 3 represents a continuation of an outbreak that was first detected at six breeding farms in the summer and led to the culling of more than 130,000 pigs in August 2019.

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Measles – Samoa

Health officials in Samoa released the latest numbers on the measles outbreak in the country today. The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,080 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 85 recorded in the last 24 hours. There are currently 169 measles deaths reported.

African Swine Fever – Indonesia

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported Thursday that Indonesia is the latest Asian country to report an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). According to FAO: The Minister of Agriculture announced the confirmation of ASF outbreak in North Sumatra Province on 12 December 2019.

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Ebola – DR Congo

Nine new confirmed cases were reported from 27 November to 3 December in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

Dengue Fever – Sri Lanka

The number of dengue fever cases in Sri Lanka are rising at a fast pace and in November, nearly 20,000 cases were reported. Since the beginning of the year, health authorities have reported 83,365 cases to date, including 19,826 in November alone.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

From 1 through 31 October 2019, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 15 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection and six associated deaths.

Super Swine

Chinese biotechnology centers are scrambling to use genetic engineering in an effort to create healthier hogs in the wake of an expanding African swine fever crisis that cost the country half of its pigs this year.

While individual farms have been trying to breed much larger and tastier swine with conventional methods, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have managed to breed hogs fortified with a gene that helps the animals cope with the bitterly cold winters in many parts of the country.

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Dengue Fever Sexually Transmitted – Spain

A young man in Madrid, Spain has been diagnosed with dengue fever contacted via sexual transmission, one of the first cases of sexual transmission of dengue in the world.

Polio – Afghanistan, Pakistan

With the addition of four wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases this past week, the global total has reached 100, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. In Afghanistan, one WPV1 case was reported and in Pakistan, three WPV1 cases were reported.

Ebola – DR Congo

Fifteen confirmed cases were reported in the past week (30 October – 5 November) in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

African Swine Fever 

A quarter of the world’s domestic pigs have died or been put down this year due to outbreaks of African swine fever, with China losing nearly half of its pigs. The virus responsible originated in East Africa and has spread in recent years to as far away as Belgium, the Caucasus nation of Georgia and eastward into Asia. While the disease can be eradicated by killing infected domestic pigs, it persists in wild boar and feral hogs. There is no vaccine, making it hard to prevent.

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African Swine Fever – Malaysia

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (MOH) reports being briefed on the issue of imported Canned Luncheon Meat products from China that have been detected with the DNA of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in Sarawak. Consumers are advised to refrain from buying this product including online purchases, and not to provide the product or residue of this product as food to pigs. This is to reduce the risk of ASF contaminating pigs that eat animal food that has been contaminated with ASF virus.

Salmonella – USA

One person has died and eight others have been hospitalized as a result of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to ground beef, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Salmonella – Sweden

Swedish health officials report investigating a national outbreak of Salmonella infection last week. 25 cases of disease have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Newport. The cases are spread in 12 counties.

African Swine Fever – Indonesia

African swine fever has been reported in Indonesia. The report states: A total of 11 districts / cities in North Sumatra Province tested positive for African swine fever (ASF) virus.

Dengue Fever – Singapore

Singapore officials reported 257 additional dengue fever cases during the week ending Nov. 1, a slight increase over the previous week but a significant decrease compared to the peak of the season. This brings the total cases through the first 11 months of 2019 to 13,577.

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African Swine Fever – China

China reported another outbreak of the African swine fever on Sunday in its northwestern province of Gansu, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said. The latest outbreak occurred in a breeding cooperative in a county in Gansu’s Dingxi City, with 265 of the 287 infected pigs dying.

China has reported such outbreaks in all its provinces on the mainland, as well as in Hong Kong and Hainan island in the south.

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African Swine Fever – Timor-Leste

Officials in Timor-Leste, an island country just north of Australia, became the 10th country to report an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) which has caused the death of hundreds of pigs on national territory.

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Chikungunya – Ethiopia

In a follow-up on the chikungunya outbreak in Dire-Dawa, Ethiopia, health officials report an additional 5,500 cases in the week ending September 15, bringing the outbreak total to 40,340 since late July.

African Swine Fever – Asia

The number of countries reporting African swine fever (ASF) rose to nine last week with the addition of South Korea. On Monday, South Korea, the Philippines and China all reported new cases/outbreaks.

South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture (MAFRA) reported the third case (computer translated) in the city of Gimpo. Some 1,800 pigs were affected on the pig farm near Seoul.

Philippines agriculture officials reported more ASF in a village in Antipolo, Rizal, east of the Philippine capital Manila, and some areas in central Luzon. At least a dozen backyard farms in Manila and Rizal and Bulacan provinces have been affected. The country declared the first ASF outbreak two weeks ago.

In China,the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reported a new case of African swine fever on a farm in Cen Xi city in southwestern region of Guangxi.

In addition to these three countries, ASF has also been reported in Vietnam, Laos, Mongolia, North Korea, Cambodia and Myanmar.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis – Michigan, USA

In a follow-up on the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) situation in Michigan, state health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites as four additional cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been confirmed in Southwest Michigan – including two that were fatal. To date, seven confirmed human cases of EEE have been reported in Michigan with onset dates in July.

Bats – Australia

Queensland, Australia health officials are reminding people not to handle bats–dead or alive–after six Wide Bay people have required treatment after being scratched or bitten in the past 16 days. Officials say all bats are potential carriers of Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) and any bite or scratch from a bat poses a risk of infection, which is why only trained and vaccinated professionals should handle them.

African Swine Fever – South Korea

South Korea is the latest country to confirm an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). The outbreak of ASF in South Korea was announced by the agriculture minister on Tuesday. Around 4,000 pigs will be culled and the disease alert level has been raised to the maximum.