" Health authorities in far north Queensland are warning there could be more confirmed cases of dengue fever in coming days.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
" Health authorities in far north Queensland are warning there could be more confirmed cases of dengue fever in coming days.
" A total of 415 dengue cases were reported last week, between December 22 and 28.
Monday, December 30, 2013
" A particularly nasty kind of influenza circulating in the city this year has sent dozens of people to hospital, with thousands of Calgarians lining up to get their flu shots in the last few days to ward off the illness.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Via Bernama :
" Dengue fever killed 88 victims up to Dec 21 this year, an increase of 151 per cent from the 35 fatal cases during the same period of last year, said the Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Except for Terengganu and the Federal Territory of Labuan, the other states had reported fatalities with Selangor reporting the highest figure of 24 fatal cases, followed by Johor with 21 fatalities, said Dr Noor Hisham.
As for the other states, Melaka had nine fatalities; Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (8); Penang (7); Perak, Sarawak and Sabah had four each; Kelantan and Pahang (two each); while Perlis, Kedah and Negeri Sembilan had one death each.
He said the rise in dengue cases had been significant in 12 states compared with last year, which included Melaka with 229 per cent; Johor (191 per cent); Selangor (152 per cent); Negeri Sembilan (100 per cent); Perak (42 per cent), Labuan (40 per cent); Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (39 per cent); Penang (31 per cent); and Perlis (30 per cent)."
" One person has died from H1N1 influenza in Alberta, and the province's senior medical officer of health says this year's strain is causing a small number of people to get seriously ill.
" Saudi health authorities announced yesterday a new MERS death, taking to 57 the number of people killed by the coronavirus in the country with the most fatalities.
The health ministry said in a statement on its website that a 73-year-old Saudi man, who suffered from chronic illnesses, died in Riyadh after he contracted MERS.
Authorities also registered four other new MERS cases in the capital.
Two are Saudis, one is a 57-year-old who is chronically ill and in intensive care and the other is a 27-year-old medic.
The other two people infected are foreign medics, a 43-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man."
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
" Eleven people who had direct contact with chicken infected with H5N2 avian influenza virus are in quarantine on Monday in north China's Hebei Province, according to local government.
Monday, December 23, 2013
" Areas within 3 km of a farm in north China's Hebei Province, the site of an H5N2 bird flu outbreak in poultry, were confirmed to have been sealed off, according to local government.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Canada, Alberta : H1N1 flu cases confirmed at Misericordia Hospital, AHS urging people to get flu shot
Via CTV News :
" Officials with Alberta Health Services have confirmed about a number of staff and patients at a west Edmonton hospital have been diagnosed with the flu, and some of those confirmed to be H1N1.
AHS officials said the outbreak was first detected earlier in December at the Misericordia Hospital, and there were about three lab-confirmed cases – two of those have been confirmed as H1N1, with a handful of other suspected cases of the flu.
Health officials said at the Misericordia Hospital, about 20 percent of staff had been immunized against the flu – that number was later revised to 42 percent.
Edmonton’s Medical Officer of Health with AHS, Dr. Chris Sikora, said he’s not sure why more healthcare providers aren’t getting the shot."
Via The Star :
" While the thought of contracting H1N1 may cause alarm, figures show that a deadlier killer is on the rise – dengue.
While just two people died from H1N1 this year, dengue has already claimed 83 people.
As of Dec 14, dengue cases rose by a whopping 87.5% (18,299), with 39,222 cases recorded this year compared to 20,923 last year.
The number of deaths, meanwhile, jumped by 137% to 83 deaths from 48 deaths in the same time period.
Health Ministry disease control division director Dr Chong Chee Kheong said many people still viewed dengue as a mild disease despite the fact that 10% to 15% of dengue cases were severe."
Friday, December 20, 2013
" The H1N1 flu strain that swept through B.C. schools and workplaces in 2009 is back with a vengeance after lurking in the background for the past few seasons.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
From WHO :
" WHO has been informed of an additional two laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia.
The first case is a 51 year-old female from Saudi Arabia, living in Jawf province with onset of symptoms on 20 November 2013. She has underlying chronic disease and was transferred to Riyadh for treatment in an intensive care unit. She had no reported contact with animals. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing. The second case is a 26 year-old female who is a non-Saudi healthcare worker in Riyadh. She is asymptomatic. She had reported contact with a 37 year-old male laboratory confirmed case that was reported to WHO on 21 November 2013.
Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 165 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 71 deaths."
" Dengue has claimed a total of 79 lives this year, more than double the 34 deaths reported in 2012, the Health Ministry said.
" THE Ministry of Health says it suspects a new strain of dengue is circulating in Fiji following the discovery of 13 new dengue cases at the CWM Hospital in the last week alone.
" Scientists have proved for the first time that the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus that has killed 71 people can also infect camels, strengthening suspicions the animals may be a source of the human outbreak.
" South China's Guangdong Province on Monday reported the second H7N9 bird flu case since Sunday.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
" The Ministry of Health of Panama today confirmed that a 60 year old man became the first fatality of dengue in the country where this year there have been 1,964 cases of the disease, according to official statistics.
In a statement, the Health Ministry said the victim, not identified but notes that dwelt in the town of Chepo, about 50 miles from Panama City, was treated at a health center in the community on November 27 last and then transferred to the capital Santo Tomas Hospital "diagnosed with dengue with warning signs."
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Via South China Morning Post :
" Two wet markets in Shenzhen have been found to have traces of the H7N9 bird flu virus, Guangdong health authorities announced on Wednesday.
A health spokesman said three out of 70 environmental samples collected from 13 wet markets had tested positive for the deadly bird flu strain.
The samples were collected from chicken stools, cutting boards and depilators collected from live chicken stalls at two wet markets in the city’s Longgang district.
The spokesman said experts believe the risk of the H7N9 virus spreading throughout Guangdong was very high, and other cases would be discovered in the area soon."
" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (December 11) appealed to members of the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene to prevent upper respiratory tract infection (URI).
The appeal followed the CHP's investigation into a URI outbreak at a primary school in Central and Western District, affecting 18 pupils (nine boys and nine girls) aged between 6 and 8, and two staff members (one man and one woman).
Investigations revealed that the affected persons developed symptoms of URI including fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat since December 4.
Eight of them sought medical consultation but none required hospitalisation. They are currently in stable condition.
" A busload of civilian police staff have been quarantined in Kedah for the past four days to be screened for Influenza A after attending a gathering in Malacca where a member of their delegation died of the flu.
" A total of 152 dengue deaths have been reported from the country this year and Maharashtra has topped the chart with 35 causalities, the government said today.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
" Hong Kong health officials investigating two imported H7N9 influenza from mainland China have found poultry exposures for both patients, as new details emerged about a family connection between China's two newest cases, a father and son from Zhejiang province.
" A team of local medical experts met with Shenzhen and Guangdong provincial health authorities but could not trace the source of the H7N9 bird flu that has sickened two people in Hong Kong.
The team included Chuang Shuk- kwan, community medicine consultant at the Centre for Health Protection, and Tsang Tak-yin, medicine and geriatrics consultant at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Centre controller Leung Ting-hung said mainland health officials have started investigations and taken samples from poultry markets.
"The source of infection cannot be ascertained at this stage, which was agreed by both the Guangdong and Hong Kong sides," Leung said.
But he said that the second patient, an ailing 80-year-old who lives in Shenzhen, did not come into contact with live poultry, although his family members bought slaughtered chicken."
Monday, December 9, 2013
" Two months into the flu season, Milwaukee already has reported more than five times the number of influenza-related hospitalizations as last year.
More than half of those people did not get a flu shot, according to a city health department analysis released late Friday.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
" The Centre for Food Safety has banned poultry product imports from Groningen in the Netherlands due to an avian influenza outbreak.
" Less than a month after recording its first case of the A-HINI virus, health authorities in Grenada say the island has now recorded two more positive cases.
The Ministry of Health said that the two new cases were confirmed by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
Chief Medical Officer Dr George Mitchell said since the first confirmed case on November 5, several samples were sent for testing but had returned negative.
However, Dr Mitchell said the two new cases were from the latest batch sent to CARPHA for testing and that health officials have since stepped up their activities to do what is necessary and practical in the public’s interest.
Seasonal influenza can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. It is characterized by symptoms such as a sudden high fever, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise (feeling unwell), sore throat and runny nose."
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Via South China Morning Post :
" Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Tuesday Hong Kong would step up health checks at border checkpoints to screen visitors with fever symptoms in the wake of the city's first confirmed human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus.
Agricultural officers would also inspect local poultry farms and chicken stalls on Tuesday, the chief executive said.
An Indonesian maid fell sick after travelling to Shenzhen last month where she had cooked a live chicken. She was subsequently tested positive for the deadly new strain on return to Hong Kong – the first case here. She was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital and was in a critical condition on Tuesday morning.
The live-in maid works for a family of four – a couple with two children. All four were said to have minor flu symptoms and were under observation in quarantine at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Speaking before an Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, Leung said the government took the case seriously.
“The Centre for Health Protection is trying to trace the source of the virus and how it spread. It is also working with the Hospital Authority to monitor those who have had close contact with the patient,” he said.
On the coming public consultation on political reforms, Leung revealed that the consultation document, expected as early as Wednesday, would likely “list out all the requirements under the Basic Law and the [2007 rulings] of the National People’s Congress.”
He said his administration would keep an open mind but these requirements must be considered when Hong Kong pursued its political reform."
From Robert Roos at CIDRAP, excerpt :
" The United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday reported three Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases in one young family, including a pregnant woman. That report came 4 days after Qatari officials revealed that the virus was found in three camels with links to two human case-patients.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the UAE cases involved a 38-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman, and their 8-year-old son. Media reports said the three were from Jordan, but the WHO statement did not list their nationality. A report today in the UAE newspaper The National said the mother has died of her illness.
The report from Qatar marks the second time the virus has been found in camels, the previous instance having been reported by Saudi Arabia about 3 weeks ago. But scientists have not yet found conclusive evidence that camels are a source of human infections."
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Via Xinhua :
" A new human H7N9 bird flu case was reported in east China's Zhejiang Province, the fifth in China this autumn, according to local health authorities on Thursday.
The patient surnamed Zhang, 57, from Anji County tested positive for the H7N9 virus on Wednesday when he went to the First Affiliated Hospital of College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, for treatment for a fever, said the Zhejiang Provincial Health Department.
He then suffered respiratory failure and shock and is still in critical condition, said the hospital.
This is the third case reported in November, following the one confirmed on Nov. 4 in Zhejiang and one on Nov. 5 in southern Guangdong Province."
" A leading expert in infectious diseases is urging Brazil to act aggressively to head off a risk from dengue fever at next year's World Cup.
" The deadly MERS virus ( Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) has been detected in three camels linked to a human case in Qatar, the Supreme Council of Health and the Ministry of Environment announced yesterday.
The finding was made in cooperation with the Netherlands Health Ministry’s National Public Health Institute and the Erasmus Medical College.
The three camels are living in the same farm and the infection was linked to two human cases of MERS that had already been cured, the SCH said yesterday.
The finding came as a result of joint efforts by the Supreme Council of Health, the Ministry of Environment, the Netherlands’ Health Ministry’s National Public Health Institute and the World Health Organization (WHO)."
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
" Authorities in Zambia have began a process of slaughtering pigs infected with African swine flu in Lusaka, the country's capital, in order to contain the outbreak of the disease, a senior veterinary officer said on Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
" More than 400 students of a Mumbai school were hospitalized Monday with symptoms of food poisoning after eating a cake served in mid-day meal, said local daily The Hindustan Times Tuesday.
" The Ministry of Health in Mexico has reported an additional four cases of infection with Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa. Of these, three are from the state of Veracruz and one from the state of Hidalgo.
" The Kenyan government on Saturday declared the recurrence of polio after its elimination 29 years ago as a public health emergency.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
" Health authorities on Wednesday announced a new MERS death, raising to 54 the number of people killed by the coronavirus in the Kingdom with the most fatalities.
A 73-year-old Saudi woman, infected by the virus and who had suffered chronic illnesses, died in Riyadh, the Health Ministry said in a statement on its website.
It also reported a new infection of a 65-year-old Saudi man in Al-Jouf province, currently receiving treatment at a Riyadh hospital."
" Dengue has 573 dead in Brazil since January, nearly double the numbers of deaths throughout 2012, reported Wednesday the Ministry of Health.
In 2012, the disease had 292 deaths, against 473 in 2011.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
" Queensland's health authorities are about to issue a blunt warning to Queenslanders travelling to Bali, Thailand and the Philippines to check their measles immunisation is up to date.
" The number of Brazilian towns at risk of dengue fever has reached 157 this year, twice as many as the figure last year, the Brazilian Health Ministry warned Tuesday.
" The German veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) at a poultry farm in Thuringen.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Monday, 18 November 2013. The outbreak was initially observed on 13 November and confirmed on 15 November after a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test confirmed the presence of the LPAI virus, serotype H5.
A total of 824 birds were found to be susceptible to the outbreak, out of which four cases and deaths were reported. The remaining 823 birds were destroyed.
According to the OIE, preliminary information indicated that from the holding in question no poultry has been recently moved to other regions in Germany, Member States or third countries.:"
" A 31-year-old housewife in Bekasi, West Java, died of bird flu last week, bringing this year’s death toll caused by the H5N1 virus to three, the Health Ministry has announced.
" In response to media enquiries, a spokesperson for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health said today (November 19) that the CHP is investigating a fatal case of invasive pneumococcal infection involving a 3-year-old boy. This kind of infection is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae.
The boy's pleural fluid specimens tested positive for serotype 3 Streptococcus pneumoniae upon laboratory testing by both the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP and QMH.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the boy had been immunised with 7-valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) and 10-valent PCV booster. He had no recent travel history and his family contacts are currently asymptomatic. No other similar cases have been reported by the kindergarten which he attended. Advice on prevention of respiratory infectious diseases has been given to the management of the kindergarten. The case will be referred to the Coroner's Court for investigation."
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
" An outbreak of African swine flu in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, has killed more than 1,682 pigs for the past month, prompting the government to put in place measures to contain the outbreak, a senior official said on Monday.
" Port Douglas residents are being urged to take precautions against dengue fever after confirmation of a new case.