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WHO Disease Outbreaks
Influenza A(H1N2) variant virus – Brazil ...
Thu, 09 Jul 2020On 22 June 2020, the International Health Regualtions (IHR) Focal Point (FP) of Brazil shared a preliminary report with the Panamerican Health Organization, the WHO Regional Office for the Americas of a human infection with Influenza A(H1N2) variant virus (A(H1N2)v). According to the report, the patient, a 22-year-old female, with no comorbidities, worked in a swine slaughterhouse in Ibiporã Municipality, Paraná State, and developed an influenza-like illness on 12 April 2020. The patient initially sought medical care on 14 April and a respiratory specimen was obtained on 16 April as part of routine surveillance activities. The patient was treated with oseltamivir, was not hospitalized and has recovered.
A real-time RT-PCR test conducted at the public health laboratory identified a non-subtypable influenza A virus. In May 2020, the specimen was forwarded to the Laboratory of Respiratory Virus and Measles, Oswaldo Cruz Institute (FIOCRUZ per its acronym in Portuguese), a national influenza reference laboratory, in Rio de Janeiro. On 22 June, genetic sequencing characterized this virus as an influenza A(H1N2)v virus.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi...
Thu, 02 Jul 2020Between 1 April and 31 May 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported nine new cases of MERS-CoV infection, including five deaths. The cases were reported from Riyadh (seven cases), Assir (one case) and Northern (one case) Regions. Most cases were and ages of the reported cases ranged from 40 to 96 years.
Of the cases reported in Riyadh six were from a hospital outbreak in the region between 21 and 31 May 2020: an index case who was a newly admitted patient, and five secondary cases identified through contact tracing. One of the secondary cases was a health care worker and the other four were in-patients admitted due to other health conditions. All four in-patients were bedridden and above 75 years of age. All reported cases had comorbidities with the exception of the healthcare worker.
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Fri, 26 Jun 2020On 25 June 2020, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu Provinces . In accordance with WHO recommendations, the declaration was made more than 42 days after the last person who contracted EVD in this outbreak tested negative twice and was discharged from care.
The outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018 following investigations and laboratory confirmation of a cluster of EVD cases in North Kivu Province. Further investigations identified cases in Ituri and North Kivu Provinces with dates of symptom onset from May to August 2018. In 2019, the outbreak subsequently spread to South Kivu Province, and on 17 July 2019, the WHO Director-General declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 11 outbreaks have been recorded since the first recognized outbreak in 1976. The 10th EVD outbreak in North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu Provinces was the country's longest EVD outbreak and the second largest in the world after the 2014–2016 EVD outbreak in West Africa.
CDC Travel Notices:
Alert - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo...
Tue, 07 Jul 2020There is an outbreak of Ebola in the Équateur province in the western part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Warning - Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia...
Mon, 29 Jun 2020The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is not permitting anyone who is not currently in country to perform Hajj this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. CDC recommends that Americans in Saudi Arabia not make the pilgrimage.
Watch - Dengue in the Americas...
Tue, 09 Jun 2020Dengue is a risk in many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to the Americas can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.
Warning - Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice...
Fri, 05 Jun 2020Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally. CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
Watch - Yellow Fever in Ethiopia...
Thu, 23 Apr 2020There is an outbreak of yellow fever in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. Travelers going to Ethiopia should receive vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before travel and should take steps to prevent mosquito bites while there.
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EARLY RELEASE: Characteristics of Persons Who Died with Coronavir...
Fri, 10 Jul 2020This report describes the race/ethnicity, underlying conditions, and age group of persons from 16 public health jurisdictions who died with coronavirus disease 2019.
Initial and Repeated Point Prevalence Surveys to Inform SARS-CoV-...
Thu, 09 Jul 2020This report describes initial and repeated point prevalence surveys used to detect COVID-19 cases across 26 skilled nursing facilities in Detroit.
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Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal
This list includes items from the latest issue of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal.
Sat, 11 Jul 2020
A 51-Year-Old Renal Transplant Recipient With Abdominal Pain...
Sat, 11 Jul 2020A 51-year-old renal transplant recipient presented with a 3-week history of progressive diffuse abdominal pain without diarrhea, vomiting or fever. His medical history was notable for diabetes mellitus and end stage renal disease secondary to immunoglobulin (Ig) A nephropathy. He had undergone living unrelated kidney transplant 11 years and again 4 years earlier. The first transplant failed owing to recurrence of IgA nephropathy in the allograft, and the second transplant was without complications. The patient was seronegative for cytomegalovirus IgG, as were both kidney donors. Epstein-Barr virus donor and recipient serologic results were positive. Immunosuppressive medications included mycophenolate 100mg twice daily, tacrolimus 2 mg every morning and 1 mg every evening, and prednisone 7.5 mg daily. The patient reported multiple sexual partners over the last 5 months, both men and women. He worked in both indoor and outdoor settings, had not traveled outside of the Northeastern United States, and had no risk factors for tuberculosis.
In The Literature...
Fri, 10 Jul 2020
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The New England Journal of Medicine is a weekly general medicine journal, and this audio news feed presents interviews with specialists.
Acute Lung Injury in Covid-19...
Wed, 08 Jul 2020Eric Rubin is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Lindsey Baden is a Deputy Editor of the Journal. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. E.J. Rubin, L.R. Baden, and S. Morrissey. Audio Interview: Acute Lung Injury in Covid-19. N Engl J Med 2020;383:e32.
NEJM Interview: Dr. Martin Roland on opportunities for using soci...
Wed, 08 Jul 2020Dr. Martin Roland is an emeritus professor of health services research at the University of Cambridge and a fellow at Murray Edwards College. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. M. Roland, S. Everington, and M. Marshall. Social Prescribing — Transforming the Relationship between Physicians and Their Patients. N Engl J Med 2020;383:97-99.
A Covid-19–Related Syndrome in Children...
Wed, 01 Jul 2020Eric Rubin is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Lindsey Baden is a Deputy Editor of the Journal. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. E.J. Rubin, L.R. Baden, and S. Morrissey. Audio Interview: A Covid-19–Related Syndrome in Children. N Engl J Med 2020;383:e10.
Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal:
This list contains articles published online ahead of print.
Coronavirus Disease among Persons with Sickle Cell Disease, Unite...
Wed, 22 Jul 2020J. A. Panepinto et al.
Effectiveness of Cloth Masks for Protection Against Severe Acute ...
Wed, 22 Jul 2020A. A. Chughtai et al.
mcr-Positive Escherichia coli ST131-H22 from Poultry Connected to...
Fri, 03 Jul 2020A. S. Saidenberg et al.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy:
News from the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
Rheumatoid arthritis drug tied to fewer deaths in COVID patients...
Mon, 13 Jul 2020
WHO warns of worse pandemic without detailed national plans...
Mon, 13 Jul 2020
COVID-19 Scan for Jul 13, 2020...
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Johns Hopkins Medicine science and medical news.
Family Caregiving May Not Harm Health of Caregivers After All...
Mon, 13 Jul 2020For decades, family caregiving has been thought to create a type of chronic stress that may lead to significant health risks or even death, alarming potential caregivers and presenting a guilt-ridden obstacle for those needing help.
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine...
Thu, 09 Jul 2020During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our "COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins" every Tuesday throughout the duration of the outbreak.
Breast Cancer Cells Can Reprogram Immune Cells to Assist in Metas...
Thu, 09 Jul 2020Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center investigators report they have uncovered a new mechanism by which invasive breast cancer cells evade the immune system to metastasize, or spread, to other areas of the body. They propose that therapies targeting this process could be developed to halt or prevent metastasis and reduce breast cancer deaths.
American Journal of Infection Control:
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Epidemiological characteristics of the COVID-19 outbreak in a se...
2020-07-11On December 31, 2019 the Wuhan Municipal Health and Sanitation Commission reported a cluster of 27 cases of pneumonia of unknown aetiology in Wuhan, Hubei province, People's Republic of China. Symptoms started on December 8, 2019. The only common exposure was a wholesale market for shellfish, fish and live animals. However, the outbreak's source was not identified. The market was shut down on January 1, 2020 and on January 7, Chinese authorities identified a new type of virus from the Coronaviridae family as the etiologic agent.
Waste management in an Italian Hospital's operating theatres: an...
2020-07-11Each day lots of waste is produced all over the world (1). Improper segregation is related to an increase in the disposal cost and the loss of recyclable resources, and it represents both an environmental and economic problem (2–4). Moreover, it is correlated with pollution-related diseases (cancers, foetal malformations and hypersensitivity syndrome) (5), workplace accidents and occupational diseases (6).
Developing a Methodology to Collect Empirical Data that Informs ...
2020-07-09Eighteen million  U.S. healthcare personnel (HCP) may face high-consequence exposures in a public health emergency response including infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, Ebola, influenza, or human immunodeficiency virus [2-8]. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense within the hierarchy of controls. PPE used in healthcare includes clothing and devices worn on the body such as gowns, gloves, goggles, face shields, head covers, respirators, and surgical masks.