Category Archives: pandemic

DRC notes 23 new Ebola cases as another hospital attacked | CIDRAP

Over the weekend and through today, the ministry of health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recorded 23 new Ebola cases and 19 deaths, while a Katwa hospital saw a violent attack that left one of the assailants dead. The totals swell outbreak numbers to 1,340 cases, of which 1,274 are confirmed. The number of deaths rose to 874.

Source: DRC notes 23 new Ebola cases as another hospital attacked | CIDRAP

WHO experts: Ebola in DRC still not global emergency | CIDRAP

Doctors Without Border (MSF), which has been critical of the WHO’s response, said today that the organization was still failing to control the outbreak. “Whatever the official status of this outbreak is, it is clear that the outbreak is not under control and therefore we need a better collective effort. The virus has not spread to neighboring countries so far, but the possibility exists,” said Gwenola Seroux, emergency manager at MSF in a press statement. Ron Klain, the United States Ebola response coordinator during the West African outbreak, took to Twitter to criticize the WHO. “The response is failing to get the disease under control,” Klain said. “This is particularly worrisome given that — unlike the Ebola response in 2014-15 — this effort has the benefit of a highly effective vaccine that can prevent the disease’s spread.” Klain called for the US government to step up its response efforts for this crisis, and quickly. The United States has not had feet on the ground in the DRC since September, when Trump administration officials removed personnel amid security concerns.

Source: WHO experts: Ebola in DRC still not global emergency | CIDRAP

New ebolavirus, found in bats, more widespread than thought | EurekAlert! Science News

A University of Arkansas biologist found a newly discovered species of ebolavirus, named Bombali, in a bat caught in Kenya. Bombali, which is not known to infect humans, had previously been found only in Sierra Leone, 3,400 miles to the west.

Source: New ebolavirus, found in bats, more widespread than thought | EurekAlert! Science News

HAN Archive – 00418 | Health Alert Network (HAN) hepatitis A outbreaks

Multiple states across the country have reported outbreaks of hepatitis A, primarily among people who use drugs and people experiencing homelessness. Since the hepatitis A outbreaks were first identified in 2016, more than 15,000 cases, 8,500 (57%) hospitalizations, and 140 deaths as a result of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection have been reported. This Health Alert Network (HAN) update recommends that public health departments, healthcare facilities, and partners and programs providing services to affected populations vaccinate at-risk groups against hepatitis A, applying the updated recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Source: HAN Archive – 00418 | Health Alert Network (HAN)

USDA Continues to Prevent African Swine Fever from Entering the U.S. | USDA

Last week, USDA-trained detector dogs played a major role in the seizure of roughly 1 million pounds of pork smuggled from China where there is an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). The highly contagious and deadly disease affects both domestic and feral (wild) pigs and there is no treatment or vaccine available for it.

Source: USDA Continues to Prevent African Swine Fever from Entering the U.S. | USDA

Welcome Back to LA, Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes!: LAist

“The invasive Aedes species, which is what we are seeing a lot of, can transmit Zika, yellow fever, chikungunya and dengue,”

Source: Welcome Back to LA, Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes!: LAist

If a visitor comes to LA with active zika, yellow fever, chikungunya or dengue and is bitten by a local LA Aedes, that mosquito can become ground zero for the spread of those diseases in LA! With modern air travel and global warming, it is inevitable that those diseases get a foothold in LA unless LA has a very active and aggressive vector control system.