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Yellow Fever – Ivory Coast

Officials with the Côte d’Ivoire, or Ivory Coast Ministry of Health report a yellow fever outbreak. According to a press release today, eighty nine yellow fever cases have been registered, primarily in the city of Abidjan. One death has been reported.

Hepatitis A – Washington, USA

A hepatitis A outbreak has been declared in Washington state after a number of cases have been reported in several counties. The affected population is people who are living homeless or who use drugs. To date, the outbreak includes 13 confirmed cases.

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Dengue Fever – Singapore

Singapore environmental officials reported an additional 652 dengue cases last week, bringing the total for the year to 8,023. This total through July 20 is about five times more than the total number of dengue cases reported in the same period last year.

Hepatitis A – Tennessee, USA

Since the hepatitis A outbreak began in December 2017, Tennessee state health officials now put the outbreak case count at 2,022. Of this total, six out of ten cases required hospitalization and 10 deaths were reported.

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Syphilis – Alberta, Canada

Alberta health officials are reporting a dramatic and rapid increase in syphilis cases, prompting a provincial outbreak declaration. A total of 1,536 cases of infectious syphilis were reported in 2018 compared to 161 in 2014, almost a tenfold increase.

Hepatitis A – Flordia, USA

Florida health officials reported an additional 85 hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total cases for the year to 1898.

Dengue Fever – Bangladesh

The numbers of dengue fever cases in Bangladesh started rising rapidly in June; however, since July 1 through July 16, 2,767 cases have been recorded with hundreds of cases added daily. Since the beginning of the year, 4,852 dengue cases have been reported in the country.

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

From 1 through 31 May 2019, the National International Health Regulations (IHR) Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 14 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection, including five deaths.

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White-nose Syndrome – California, USA

The fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a deadly disease of bats, has been detected in low levels in California for the first time. Fungal DNA of Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) was detected in samples collected this spring from bats on private land in the Plumas County town of Chester.

Hepatitis A – Costa Rica

The Costa Rica Ministry of Health reports the outbreak of Hepatitis A (HAV) in the canton of Alajuela continues. As of June 28, there are 140 cases of HAV laboratory confirmed this year, 43 in June.

African Swine Fever

China – China’s agriculture ministry said on Friday it had confirmed an African swine fever outbreak in Luchuan county in the southwestern region of Guangxi that killed nine pigs on a farm. China has reported 143 outbreaks of the incurable disease since August last year, and culled almost 1.2 million pigs. Many outbreaks are not reported, farmers have told Reuters, and as many as half of China’s breeding pigs may have died or been slaughtered because of the spreading disease.

Bulgaria – Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) on Friday evening confirmed a second outbreak of African swine fever in domestic pigs in three days, and the third since last August. The disease was located in a backyard pig farm in the village of Novachene near Danube River, only 16 km southeast of the village of Zhernov where the previous case was confirmed on Wednesday.

Poliovirus – Pakistan, Angola

Five additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been confirmed in Pakistan this past week, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Two cases were reported from Torghar district, two from Bannu district, and one from North Waziristan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Year-to-date, Pakistan has recorded 32 WPV1 cases.

Meanwhile Angola reported their second cVDPV2 outbreak this year. This one was in Kuvango district, Huila province.

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Dengue Fever – Honduras

The government of Honduras declared a state of emergency in mid-June in 12 or the 18 departments in the country due to the ongoing dengue fever epidemic. Through the first week of June, a total of 11,436 cases had been reported, including more than 4000 severe dengue cases and 63 fatalities.

White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Spreads

A fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS), a deadly disease of hibernating bats but not a direct health risk for humans, has been detected in North Dakota for the first time.

Hepatitis A – Florida, USA

Florida state health officials reported an additional 90 hepatitis A cases during the week ending June 29, bringing the total to 1718 since the beginning of the year and 2266 since the outbreak began in 2018.

Ebola Spreads northwards in DR Congo

South Sudan is facing another potential threat with the first confirmed case of Ebola near its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported. This is specifically significant as the country’s healthcare system has been weakened by years of civil war, making it vulnerable to the potential spread of the deadly virus.

The case was registered in the DRC town of Ariwara, situated in north-eastern Ituri province and about 70km from the border with South Sudan’s Yei River State. Despite being identified as having been exposed to Ebola and warned not to travel, the 40-year-old woman had travelled nearly 500km to Ariwara from Beni in the DRC’s North Kivu province.

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Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Iran

Iranian health authorities have reported twelve Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) since Mar. 21, according to a Tehran Times report. Of this total, two people have died.

Hepatitis A – Arizona, USA

Arizona state health officials report 353 hepatitis A outbreak cases since November 2018. May 2019 was the hardest hit month to date with 86 cases. Eight out of 10 cases required hospital treatment and two died.

Syphilis – Japan

Japan’s battle with the sexually transmitted infection (STI), syphilis continues. Through May 26, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases report 2472 syphilis cases, with a quarter of cases being reported in Tokyo. Osaka, Aichi and Kanagawa have also see high numbers of cases.

Polio – Pakistan

The Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations is gravely concerned by the significant further increase in WPV1 cases globally in 2019, particularly in Pakistan where 15 cases have already been reported.

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Hepatitis A – Ohio, USA – Update

Ohio state health officials report the hepatitis A outbreak that started last year has grown to 2997 cases. This is the second most of any of the 24 states who battled or are currently battling an outbreak. Only Kentucky has reported more (4682).

Hepatitis A – Florida, USA – Update

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional 63 hepatitis A cases during the past week bringing the outbreak total since the beginning of 2018 to 1,921, with nearly 1400 cases reported in 2019 alone. Of this total, 18 fatalities have been recorded through Apr. 30.

Foot and Mouth Disease – China

The Chinese agriculture ministry on Tuesday confirmed an outbreak of O-type foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in Ruoqiang County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The disease was found in a herd of cattle transported to Xinjiang, with nine of the 286 cattle confirmed infected.

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Ebola – DR Congo

A mob in eastern Congo killed an Ebola health worker and looted a clinic, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, underscoring a breakdown in public trust that is hampering efforts to contain the deadly virus.

Attacks on treatment centers by armed groups and mistrust among residents who view the disease as a conspiracy have become major impediments to containing Democratic Republic of Congo’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak.

The hemorrhagic fever has so far killed 1,281 people, according to the latest ministry figures, and shows no signs of slowing its spread, with dozens of new cases a week.

Hepatitis A – Florida, USA

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional 92 hepatitis A cases the week ending May 25, bringing the outbreak total for 2019 to 1312 cases.

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Singapore – Monkeypox

On 9 May 2019, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Singapore notified WHO of one laboratory-confirmed case of monkeypox. The case patient is a 38 year old Nigerian man who arrived in Singapore on 28 April 2019.

Hepatitis A – New Mexico, USA

In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in New Mexico, state health officials report 103 confirmed acute hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections with 2 associated deaths in adults ranging in age from 19-64 years in Bernalillo County since the end of October 2018.

HIV – Pakistan

Parents flock to screening rooms set up at a makeshift clinic to test their children for HIV in a village in southern Pakistan, where hundreds of people have been allegedly infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe.

Health officials say more than 400 people, many of them children, have tested HIV-positive in recent weeks as experts warn of a surge in infection rates across Pakistan, due to the use of unsanitary equipment and rampant malpractice – often at the hands of quack doctors.

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Hepatitis A – South Korea

Korean health officials are reporting a significant increase in the number of hepatitis A cases in recent months in Seoul and region around it. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), 3,597 cases had been reported as of Friday.

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Ebola – DR Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo registered a one-day record of 27 new confirmed Ebola cases on Sunday, raising last week’s number of cases to 126, the biggest since the current outbreak was declared last August, the health ministry said. The previous record was 110 confirmed cases a couple of weeks ago.

The outbreak in the country’s eastern regions is now spreading at its fastest rate, due largely to a spate of attacks by militiamen and others distrustful of the international response. In the past two months, five Ebola centers have been attacked and a senior World Health Organisation official was killed by militiamen 10 days ago.

Hepatitis A – Florida, USA

Florida health officials reported an additional 70 hepatitis A cases during the past week, bringing the number of cases in 2019 to 954 and more than 1500 cases since the beginning of last year.

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Hepatitis A – Sweden

The Sweden The Public Health Authority, or Folkhälsomyndigheten are reporting an outbreak of hepatitis A where the suspected source of infection is fresh dates from Iran. Of the nine cases reported since late February, eight of the cases are confirmed and have the same type of hepatitis A virus (genotype IIIA) and one case is suspected.

Dengue Fever – Reunion – Update

In a follow-up on the dengue fever epidemic on the island of Reunion, ARS Indian Ocean reports the number of cases is steadily increasing with the most active areas located in the South. However, there are outbreaks in the north and east of the island.

Officials report an additional 1200 cases during the most recent week. This brings the outbreak total to more than 7200 cases since the beginning of the year. Seven deaths have been reported with three directly related to dengue fever this year.

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Hepatitis A – Florida, USA

Florida state health officials reported an additional 70 hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the outbreak total to 1431 cases.

Botulism – Scotland

Scotland health officials have received at least four notifications of wound botulism cases (3 confirmed and one probable) since February. The source of the infection is believed to be heroin contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores.

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Hepatitis A – Florida, USA – Update

In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in Florida, state health officials reported 60 hepatitis A cases the week of April 7, bringing the number of outbreak cases since January to 811 and since last year to 1,359.

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Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)- Middle East

The World Health Organization’s regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO EMRO) reported a total of 76 laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in the month of February. Officials say 68 of the cases were reported from Saudi Arabia with 10 associated deaths and 8 from were reported from Oman with 2 associated deaths.

Plague – Uganda

Zombo District, Uganda is located in the eastern part of the country bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Earlier this month, officials with the country’s health ministry reported two probable cases of pneumonic plague. The initial case has died.

Measles – Philippines

The measles epidemic in the Philippines has increased by some 2,200 cases in a five day span, according to the latest government numbers. From Jan. 1 through Mar. 7, 18,553 cases were reported, up from 16,349 reported on Mar. 2.

Hepatitis A – Florida, USA

The number of hepatitis A cases continue to rise in Florida, State health officials reported 232 additional cases in February 2019, bringing the outbreak total to 971 cases since last year.