Disease

Dengue Fever – Nepal

Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population reports as of October 17, a total of 41,743 dengue cases have been identified, with Bagmati province reporting highest number (32494) followed by Lumbini province with (4399). To date, 49 deaths due to dengue are verified.

Cholera – Nigeria

Nigerian health officials reported an additional 1006 suspected cholera cases during the week ending October 2, bringing the cumulative total to 10754 suspected cases through the first nine months of the year. 256 deaths have been reported in 2022 to date with a case-fatality rate of 2.4%.

Monkeypox – Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced two deaths of Chicago residents caused by this year’s Monkeypox virus (MPV) outbreak. Both individuals had multiple other health conditions, including weakened immune systems.

Ebola – Uganda

Health authorities in Uganda report that the Ebola epidemic is coming under control. On Thursday, the Health Dept reported on additional Ebola case and two new deaths. This brings the cumulative totals to 65 and 27, respectively.

Bird Flu – China

Hong Kong health officials reports today a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in the Mainland. The case involves a 3-year-old boy living in Nanning, Guangxi. He is in serious condition. From 2014 to date, 81 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) have been reported by Mainland health authorities.

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Cholera – Haiti

In a follow-up on the resurgent cholera situation in Haiti, Public Health reports that as of October 5, there has been 11 confirmed cases (culture positive), including two institutional deaths (Any suspected, probable or confirmed case who dies in a caring institution). In addition, the suspected cholera cases stands at 111, with 107 being hospitalized.

Measles – Ethiopia

According to the World Health Organization, from January to 30 September 2022, a total of 9,850 suspected measles cases, including 5,806 confirmed and 56 deaths (CFR 0.6%) have been reported in Ethiopia.

Human Bird Flu – Spain

On September 27, the detection of influenza A(H5N1) was confirmed in a respiratory sample, which constitutes the first detection in the human being in Spain. The sample belonged to a male 19 years old, a worker at a poultry farm in the province of Guadalajara, where he had detected a focus of infection by this virus in birds on September 17, 2022.

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Covid-19

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

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Polio – Pakistan

A 10-month child from union council Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan has died after being confirmed with wild polio. This is the 20th case of will poliovirus recorded in Pakistan this year.

Ebola – Uganda

Uganda health authorities reported three additional confirmed Ebola (Sudan Virus Disease) cases on Saturday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 41. One additional confirmed death was also reported, bring this total to nine. In an effort to keep the disease from crossing the border into neighboring Kenya, motorists travelling to Kenya via Malaba border are required to undergo mandatory screening at the border.

Bird Flu

Netherlands – The Netherlands is to cull around 102,000 chickens on a farm in the northern city of Kiel-Windeweer after the detection of a highly infectious strain of bird flu, the government said on Tuesday.

Colorado, USA – On Thursday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an Executive Order declaring a state of disaster emergency due to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Colorado. HPAI was first detected in wild birds in Colorado on March 24, 2022. The disease was detected in domestic poultry on April 8, 2022. As of September 21, 2022, HPAI has been confirmed in 17 Colorado counties, with cases occurring in wild, domestic, and commercial flocks.

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Polio – Pakistan

Two more children have been paralyzed by the wild poliovirus in southern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. These cases are the 16th and 17th case respectively from Pakistan at large this year.

Bird Flu – Dolphins

bottlenose dolphin found dead in Florida’s Dixie County was infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, or HPAIV, making it the first cetacean to be found with the virus in America and only the second known case in the world.

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Dengue Fever – Vietnam

According to Vietnamese health authorities, since the beginning of the year, 179,011 cases of dengue fever, including 70 deaths have been reported to date. According to general statistics from localities, in the week of ending August 27, the whole country recorded 8,891 cases of dengue fever.

Bird Flu Confirmed in a Porpoise

Statens veterinärmedicinska anstalt has confirmed the first finding of avian influenza virus in a porpoise. The analysis shows that the porpoise died as a result of the same virus that was behind this summer’s extensive bird flu outbreak among wild birds. The young male porpoise stranded alive in Kämpersvik, in Tanum municipality, Västra Götaland 28 June 2022. Despite repeated attempts by private individuals to get it to swim out to deeper water again, it was too exhausted, got tangled in seaweed and died later in the evening. The analysis now shows that bird flu virus was found in several organs and that the virus had caused meningitis. The findings confirm that the bird flu virus was the cause of death.

Monkeypox – Global

More than 50 000 monkeypox cases have been recorded in the global outbreak, WHO figures showed Wednesday, but transmission is slowing in the virus hotspots of Europe and the United States. The World Health Organization’s dashboard listed 50 496 cases and 16 deaths as reported this year to the UN agency, which declared the outbreak a global public health emergency in July.

Wildlife

Whaling “Collapse”

Japan’s whaling industry appears to be struggling to stay in business due to cutbacks in government subsidies and younger Japanese turning their backs on what was once a staple food. The industry has faced condemnation for using a loophole in International Whaling Commission rules that allowed it to hunt the marine mammals under the guise of scientific research.

But without subsidies, Kyodo Senpaku Co., the only offshore whaling company in Japan, has recently been selling whale meat below the break-even cost. “Even the Japan Fisheries Agency has now abandoned any pretense that commercial whaling can be profitable,” said Patrick Ramage, head of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Bird Flu Victims

The avian influenza outbreak that has ravaged poultry and wild birds around the world this year now seems to be killing seals along Canada’s St. Lawrence River. At least 15 of the 100 marine mammals found dead along the waterway since January have tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of the virus.

Stéphane Lair of the University of Montreal says the seals most likely contracted the virus from infected eider ducks, with which they share the same islands to give birth at the beginning of summer. A spokesman for Fisheries and Oceans Canada says these are the first cases of the virus being passed from wild birds to marine mammals ever reported in Quebec.

Wildlife

Cheetahs Return to India

Cheetahs will soon roam the forests of central India for the first time in 70 years. The country’s indigenous cats were declared extinct in 1952 after decades of hunting, habitat loss and food shortages led to their disappearance.

But a long-anticipated agreement with Namibia will see the world’s fastest land animals transported from Africa to “cheetah- friendly” areas of Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh state. Asiatic cheetahs once roamed from Afghanistan to the Arabian Peninsula, but only about a dozen still survive in Iran.

Winged Tragedy

The worldwide bird flu epidemic that has resulted in the deaths of untold millions of poultry in recent months is also decimating the planet’s wild bird populations. The Guardian reports the UK has suffered its worst-ever infections, with more than 300 outbreaks in the nation’s seabird colonies.

Birds are also dying in many other areas of the world. More than 2,000 of the world’s approximately 8,000 Dalmatian pelicans have already perished. “We are facing an event of mass extinction of animals. Entire populations are affected by this virus,” says Uri Naveh, a senior scientist at the Israel Parks and Nature Authority. The international poultry trade, farming and sale of birds, as well as wild migrations, are the leading causes.

Rare Humpback Whale Washes up on Australian Beach

A dead white humpback whale was recently found on a remote beach in Australia. However, experts say the animal is not an albino.

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Monarch Butterflies Teetering on Edge of Collapse

The migratory monarch butterfly has joined the endangered species list.

On Thursday (July 21), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the butterfly, a subspecies of monarch (Danaus plexippus) as endangered, indicating that the subspecies is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. The main threats to the migratory monarch are habitat loss, pesticide and herbicide use, and climate change.

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Covid-19

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

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Monkeypox

Portugal – The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) confirms 18 more cases of human infection with the Monkeypox virus in Portugal, with a total of 391 cases so far.

Spain – Spain has received this Tuesday the first 5,300 doses of the Jynneos vaccine against Monkeypox as confirmed cases reach 1 100.

France – According to Sante Publique France, as of June 28, 2022, 440 cases have been confirmed, with the first case confirmed in a child.

Bird Flu – Guinea

Guinea has culled around 200,000 poultry at risk of being contaminated with the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu. The West African country reported its first six outbreaks of bird flu on June 7 that killed a total of 120,478 poultry.

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Human Bird Flu – China

On Thursday, Macao’s Health Service reported on two human H9N2 avian influenza cases on mainland China. Both cases were associated with live poultry markets. In most human cases of H9N2 avian flu, the associated disease symptoms have been mild and there has been no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

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Covid-19

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

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Acute Hepatitis in Children – USA

The Wisconsin Department of Health issued a health alert to physicians yesterday concerning the recent increase in cases of acute hepatitis and adenovirus infection in children. Since being notified of the cluster of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in Alabama earlier this month, Wisconsin health officials are investigating four similar cases among children and one death.

Bird Flu Spreads

Massive numbers of wild birds across more than 25 US states and parts of Canada have been made ill or killed by the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza virus, including bald eagles. Tens of millions of domestic poultry have also been culled.

“This outbreak in wild bird populations is a lot more extensive than we saw in 2014 and 2015,” University of Georgia bird flu researcher David Stallknecht told public broadcaster NPR. “Just a lot more birds appear to be affected.” The virus can fall to the ground in the droppings of passing wild birds, and is easily spread on shoes and even vehicles traveling to and between farms. The H5N1 strain is also causing France’s worst bird flu crisis in history and infecting wild birds and poultry in other parts of Europe, Africa and Asia.

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Covid-19

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

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Bird Flu – USA

A new strain of avian influenza detected in February has so far led to the culling of nearly 24 million poultry birds in the United States. The highly contagious strain has been confirmed in at least 24 states, including the country’s largest egg-producing state of Iowa.

Infected migratory birds carry the virus but typically do not become ill. But they can transmit the virus to poultry, especially farmed chickens and turkeys. The outbreak has created supply shortages of eggs and poultry meat during the past few weeks. Health officials say the current strain of the virus appears to pose no significant risk to humans.

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Covid-19

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

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Human Bird Flu – China

Hong Kong health officials reported today on a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in the Mainland. The case involves a 53-year-old female living in Zhenjiang City in Jiangsu Province, who had visited a live poultry market before onset. This is the twelfth case of human bird flu in China this year.

Dengue Fever – East Timor

The Timor-Leste Ministry of Health has reported 4,090 dengue fever cases through April 9, including 50 deaths. This includes 2,726 cases in the capital city of Dili alone. This compares to 901 total cases in all of last year.

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Covid-19

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

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Bird Flu – USA

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a non-commercial, mixed-species backyard flock (non-poultry) in Berkshire County, Massachusetts; a non-commercial, mixed-species backyard flock (non-poultry) in Johnson County, Wyoming; a commercial poultry flock in Johnston County, North Carolina; a non-commercial, backyard chicken flock (non-poultry) in Franklin County, Ohio; and a non-commercial, backyard chicken flock (poultry) in Kidder County, North Dakota. According to the CDC, these detections do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States.

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Covid-19

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

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Monkeypox – Nigeria

Nigerian health officials reported four confirmed monkeypox cases through February 28 this year. No deaths were reported. Since September 2017, Nigeria has continued to report sporadic cases of monkeypox (525) with 8 deaths.

Human Bird Flu – China

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported recently six additional human H9N2 avian influenza cases from Mainland China. Five of the cases were in young children and four cases had an onset date of 2021. No deaths were reported.

Measles – Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 254 confirmed measles cases in January 2022 from 16 states. The age group of 9 – 59 months accounted for 180 (70.9%) of all confirmed cases. No deaths were reported. Officials also report 908 suspected cases during the month.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Bird Flu – China

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health reports monitoring four human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) in the Mainland, one of which died.

Encephalitis – Australia

South Australians are warned to avoid exposure to mosquitoes, following the recent detection of various flaviviruses, which may cause encephalitis in southern parts of Australia, which are spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.