Surveillance

Honduras declares emergency over dengue fever

Honduras declares emergency over dengue fever

 

July 31, 2013 -- The government in Honduras has declared a state of emergency after a dengue fever outbreak that has left 16 people dead. Health Minister Salvador Pineda said on Tuesday that the government's decree made it a national priority to prevent and control the disease and fight the mosquitoes that spread it.

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Mumbai child becomes fourth Indian to get polio from vaccine

Mumbai child becomes fourth Indian to get polio from vaccine

 

July 30, 2013 -- A nine-month-old boy from Navi Mumbai has tested positive for Vaccine- Derived Poliovirus (VDPV) type 2 and is now on ventilator at BJ Wadia Hospital in Parel. This is the fourth such case recorded in the country this year.

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Saudi Arabia’s Mecca Slashes Allowed Pilgrim Numbers Due to MERS-CoV Virus Threat

Saudi Arabia’s Mecca Slashes Allowed Pilgrim Numbers Due to MERS-CoV Virus Threat

 

July 26, 2013 -- Saudi Arabia's Mecca, the country's holiest city being the home of Mohammed and site of pilgrimage and travel for millions of Muslims, has slashed the allowed number of pilgrims to enter its perimeters as a counter measure to the fatal MERS-CoV virus threat.

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Despite Rising Number of Deaths, SARS-Like MERS-CoV is Still NOT a Global Health Menace – WHO

Despite Rising Number of Deaths, SARS-Like MERS-CoV is Still NOT a Global Health Menace – WHO

July 18, 2013 -- Despite a steadily rising number of deaths now at 45 worldwide, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is still not considered a global health menace, a panel of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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Plague-infected squirrel shuts Los Angeles park

Plague-infected squirrel shuts Los Angeles park

 

July 25, 2013--During a routine check of a national forest in California, a squirrel was found to be infected with plauge. This prompted officials to shut down the Angeles National Forest until further testing could be conducted. Agricultural workers will dust squirrel burrows to reduce the flea population. Read more here.

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Responding to a Polio Outbreak

From the Global Polio Eradication Initiative website:

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First case of West Nile fever reported in EU/EEA

First case of West Nile fever reported in EU/EEA

July 22, 2013--Vaccine News Daily reports that the European Union's first case of West Nile fever was reported in the Attiki region of Greece earlier this week. Read more here.

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