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  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
    Thu, 20 Feb 2020
    During the past week, the incidence of new Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases has remained low (Figure 1). From 12 to 18 February, one new confirmed case was reported. The case was reported in Beni Health Zone, North Kivu Province and had an epidemiological link to a confirmed case reported on 5 February. As the case was alerted and transferred to an Ebola Treated Centre four days after symptom onset, there remains a risk that onward transmission to contacts may have occurred, and further cases may be expected from the currently active chain of transmission. Ebola virus may also persist in some survivors’ body fluids for several months, and in a limited number of instances, transmissions from exposure to body fluids of survivors have been documented during this outbreak. The ongoing programme for survivor care helps mitigate the risks of re-introduction events.

    To maintain operations and prevent re-emergence of the outbreak, WHO is requesting funding. Under the Strategic Response Plan (SRP 4.1), WHO’s financial need for the Ebola Response from January to June 2020 is US $83 million. Thanks to the generosity of many donors during 2019, WHO has some carry-over funding, which has been applied to maintain operations through February 2020. USD $40 million is currently needed to ensure continuity of response and preparedness activities to bring the case incidence to zero, and continue building strong, resilient health systems.
  • Lassa Fever – Nigeria...
    Thu, 20 Feb 2020
    From 1 January through 9 February 2020, 472 laboratory confirmed cases including 70 deaths (case fatality ratio= 14.8%) have been reported in 26 out of 36 Nigerian states and the Federal Capital Territory.
  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
    Thu, 13 Feb 2020
    This week, the case incidence continued to be low in the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1). From 5 to 11 February, three new confirmed cases were reported in Beni Health Zone, North Kivu Province. All three cases have epidemiological links to a transmission chain originating in Aloya Health Area, Mabalako Health Zone, with possible nosocomial exposure in Beni. The most recent case reported from Beni Health Zone on 11 February was isolated one day after symptom onset. Early detection of cases reduces the probability of transmission of EVD in the community and significantly improves the clinical outcome for the patients.

    In the past 21 days (22 January to 11 February 2020), 12 confirmed cases, including three community deaths, were reported from four health areas within two active health zones in North Kivu Province (Figure 2, Table 1): Beni (n=11) and Mabalako (n=1). It has been 42 days since Katwa Health Zone has reported new cases. The continued reduction of geographic spread of EVD cases and the declining trend in case incidence observed in the past 21 days are encouraging; however, these improvements remain fragile and should not be interpreted as an indication that response efforts can be reduced. Continued vigilance is essential to improve infection prevention and control in health care facilities, as well as ensuring early identification and follow up of cases and contacts.

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  • A 31-year-old Micronesian Man With Shoulder Fungating Mass...
    Fri, 14 Feb 2020
    A 31-year-old male, from the Island of Chuuk (Micronesia), presented to our service with a large fungating shoulder mass. The mass originated 1 year ago as a blister-like lesion at the site of a prior tattoo and slowly expanded to encompass most of the shoulder. The lesion was intermittently painful and without dysesthesia. He lived in Missouri for the past 8 years after emigrating from Guam at age 23. He previously worked in construction and at a chicken processing facility. He denied prior history of incarceration, homelessness, or family contacts with known tuberculosis. He denied local trauma, intravenous drug abuse, breaks in the skin, or new tattoos prior to the start of the rash. Several years prior to the onset of his symptoms, a nonprofessional tattoo artist in Guam created a tattoo on his shoulder. He reported an uncertain amount of weight loss over the prior year with anorexia but denied cough, shortness of breath, or hemoptysis. After the rash started, he traveled back to Guam and reported no other travel.
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  • Fetal Balloon Treatment for Lung-Damaging Birth Defect Works Best...
    Wed, 19 Feb 2020
    Newswise imageResearchers from The Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy report new evidence that fetuses with severe congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a rare but life-threatening, lung-damaging condition, experience a significantly high rate of success for the fetal treatment known as FETO, if they and their mothers receive coordinated and highly experienced care in the same expert setting.
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine Launches Live Online Speaker Event: Hopkin...
    Wed, 19 Feb 2020
    WHAT: Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to providing the best care for our patients, but we recognize that there is a history of unequal access to health care for many groups. In this live panel discussion, we will discuss bias in medicine with some of our leading researchers and address what we can do to give everyone the opportunity to live a healthy life.
  • Combination Drug Therapy For Childhood Brain Tumors Shows Promise...
    Mon, 17 Feb 2020
    Newswise imageIn experiments with human cells and mice, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center report evidence that combining the experimental cancer medication TAK228 (also called sapanisertib) with an existing anti-cancer drug called trametinib may be more effective than either drug alone in decreasing the growth of pediatric low-grade gliomas. These cancers are the most common childhood brain cancer, accounting for up to one-third of all cases. Low grade pediatric gliomas arise in brain cells (glia) that support and nourish neurons, and current standard chemotherapies with decades-old drugs, while generally effective in lengthening life, often carry side effects or are not tolerated. Approximately 50% of children treated with traditional therapy have their tumors regrow, underscoring the need for better, targeted treatments.

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  • Environmental service workers as potential designers of infectio...
    2020-02-19
    Long-term care facility residents are at higher risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection and colonization than the general population because of their greater use of indwelling devices, chronic wounds, likelihood of a compromised immune system, and close living quarters.1-4 However, in long-term care facilities, risk reduction practices conflict with the idea of the facility as a “home” for residents. The frequent, recurring contact between nursing assistants and residents fosters interpersonal relationships which enhance resident-centered care.
  • Impact of a quality control circle on the incidence of catheter-...
    2020-02-16
    Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) refers to the urinary tract infection (UTI) that occurred during the indwelling of the catheter, and within 48 hours after the catheter was removed. In the United States, UTIs are common hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), accounting for 15% of HAIs, and approximately 70% are associated with an indwelling urethral catheter.1,2 Similarly, in China, UTIs accounted for 20.8%-31.8% of nosocomial infections, following respiratory infections,3,4 and 80%-85% related to the use of catheters.
  • Using the “Who, What, and When” of free text documentation t...
    2020-02-16
    Surveillance for infectious disease syndromes (IDS) from electronic health records (EHRs) often relies on structured data, for example, ICD-10 codes, whose limitations are described.1,2 Unstructured data have been shown to improve case detection for noninfectious conditions.3 Parsing IDS from provider-authored text is challenging. IDS can be mentioned inconclusively, or as past diagnosis. Errors may stay uncorrected and provider preferences decrease generalizability. Thus, natural language processing (NLP)-based IDS detection has been limited in scope.


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