Disease

COVID-19

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

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Plague – DR Congo

Ituri province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has notified an upsurge of plague cases in the health zone of Rethy. From 11 June to 9 August 2020, a total of 73 cases with 10 deaths.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Diphtheria – Vietnam

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice recently for Vietnam due to a diphtheria outbreak. Health officials in Vietnam have reported an outbreak of diphtheria in the Central Highlands region. National health authorities have reported 198 diphtheria cases since the beginning of this year.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Chikungunya – Thailand

Thailand health officials reported an additional 600-plus chikungunya cases in the past week, putting the total so far in 2020 to 10,101 in 72 provinces. No deaths have been recorded.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Ebola – First Treatment Approved

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Inmazeb (atoltivimab, maftivimab, and odesivimab-ebgn), a mixture of three monoclonal antibodies, as the first FDA-approved treatment for Zaire ebolavirus (Ebola virus) infection in adult and pediatric patients.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Oropouche virus disease – French Guiana, France

On 30 September 2020, the French Guiana Regional Health Agency (ARS) reported the first detection of Oropouche virus (OROV) in French Guiana. On 22 September 2020 the Pasteur Institute in Cayenne notified the France IHR National Focal Point of seven laboratory-confirmed cases of Oropouche virus infection in the village of Saül.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Rift Valley Fever – Mauretania

The northwestern African country of Mauritania is reporting an outbreak of Rift Valley fever (RVF) where some three dozen confirmed cases have been reported. As of Oct. 5, 2020, a total of 88 samples of suspected cases have been sent to the National Institute for Public Health Research (INRSP): 36 were positive.

Hepatitis E – Burkina Faso

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports from July 1 to September 25, 2020, a total of 71 cases of febrile and non-febrile jaundice and 10 deaths have been officially recorded by the national authorities.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Syphilis – Japan

Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo has reported 4,168 syphilis cases through September 30. This is the fifth straight year the country has exceeded 4,000 cases of the sexually transmitted infection.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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MERS coronavirus 2020

Since the beginning of the year, 61 total Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases have been reported through October 6, mostly in Saudi Arabia. No new cases have been reported in several months. Of the 61 cases, 57 were reported from Saudi Arabia.

COVID-19 Immunity

People who survive serious COVID-19 infections have long-lasting immune responses against the virus, according to a new study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The study, published in Science Immunology, offers hope that people infected with the virus will develop lasting protection against reinfection.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Dengue Fever – Thailand

Thailand health officials have reported 61,662 total dengue fever cases to date in 2020 from all 77 provinces. To date, 41 deaths have been recorded. Mae Hong Son province in northern Thailand has reported the highest incidence by far with nearly 500 per 100,000 population.

COVID-19 Risks to Animals

Researchers say they have identified more than two dozen animals frequently in contact with humans that may be vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. The University College London study found that a protein in sheep, great apes and bonobos may be susceptible to becoming bound with the spike protein from COVID, allowing them to become infected as strongly as humans. Lead researcher Christine Orengo says those animals at risk include some endangered species, and that they all would have the potential to infect humans they later come in close contact with.