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Measles Outbreak Continues In Washington State

Health officials in Washington have declared a state of emergency and are urging immunization as they scramble to contain a measles outbreak in two counties, while the number of cases of the potentially deadly virus continues to climb in a region with lower-than-normal vaccination rates. Washington Department of Health officials announced that, there have been 36 confirmed…

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Epidemics: By Obesity, Climate Change & Under-nutrition

A Lancet Commission report says these three co-occur, interact with each other to produce epidemics. And they share common underlying societal drivers. The report shows that the three “pandemics” are interplaying with each other and terms it as “global syndemic”. A result of a three-year project, the new Lancet report is authored by 43 experts…

PEDV Outbreaks: Predicted By Algorithm

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an algorithm that could give pig farms advance notice of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) outbreaks. The proof-of-concept algorithm has potential for use in real-time prediction of other disease outbreaks in food animals.

On The WHO's Agenda: A Global Influenza Pandemic Is On High

Another influenza pandemic is on the third spot of the list of 10 health threats collated by the World Health Organization for 2019. The WHO has come up with a list to address these 10 threats. This year 2019 is slated to be the start of the five-year plan from the organization to tackle these threats. The 5 year strategic plan is called the 13th General Programme of Work or the 13th GPW. IT plants to achieve these targets on the basis of the devised Sustainable Development goals (SDG).

Non-polio Enterovirus: Outbreak Of Paralyzing Disease

The Translational Genomics Research Institute, an affiliate of City of Hope, has identified a polio-like virus as a potential cause of an outbreak of a disease known as Acute Flaccid Myelitis, a crippling condition that causes muscle weakness and paralysis usually among children. At the request of Arizona and Maricopa County health officials, TGen was tasked with trying to identify the microbial cause of the outbreak of AFM among as many as 11 patients at a Phoenix-area hospital.

For Protecting Ebola Response Efforts: AHF Urges United Nation

AHF urges the United Nations to follow its existing mandate for the Democratic Republic of the Congo to ensure Ebola-relief efforts can proceed without the threat of violence against healthcare workers, resources and civilians. As the second worst Ebola outbreak in history rages on in Central Sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS Healthcare Foundation urges the United Nations Security Council to protect response efforts, healthcare workers and civilians by enforcing its existing UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo mandate to ensure the security of personnel and resources being used to fight the virus.

40 In Western India: Killed By Swine Flu

At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western Indian state popular with foreigners, authorities said. Last year around 1,100 people died and 15,000 were infected across India by the highly contagious A H1N1 virus that spreads from human-to-human. Cases spike in the winter months of December and January in the west and north of the country including in Rajasthan and in New Delhi.

In Eastern Congo: The Ebola Outbreak Moves Toward Major Cities

At least 680 people have been infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, with 414 deaths so far, and the first Ebola outbreak in an active war zone. But it could get worse: Health officials this week are concerned that Ebola appears to be spreading in the direction of Goma, a major population center in DRC.

So far, the outbreak has not affected DRC’s biggest cities. But Ebola in Kayina “raises the alarm” for Ebola reaching Goma, Peter Salama, the head of the new Health Emergencies Program at the World Health Organization, told Vox.

New Light On African Salmonella: Gene Expression Study Shows

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have taken another step forward in understanding the bacteria that are causing a devastating Salmonella epidemic currently killing around 400,000 people each year in sub-Saharan Africa. Published in the journal PLOS Biology and representing five years of work, researchers at the Institute of Integrative Biology have completed one of the largest bacterial comparative gene expression studies to date.

After 2007 'Lucky Escape' UK Must Stay Alert For Bluetongue

A set of fortunate circumstances may have prevented the UK from being harder hit by bluetongue in the past but the threat of future outbreaks is only set to increase, new research reveals. Scientists at the University of Liverpool have used mathematical modelling to identify why the 2007 UK outbreak of bluetongue — a viral disease spread by midge bites that affects sheep and cattle — was smaller than it could have been and to predict the future impact of the disease in northern Europe as the climate warms.