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"Medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale"—Rudolf Virchow



Published: 2017-11-24T08:20:49-08:00

 



ECDC: Diphtheria outbreaks in Yemen and Venezuela

2017-11-24T08:20:49-08:00

ECDC has published Diphtheria outbreaks in Yemen and Venezuela. Excerpt: An outbreak of diphtheria is currently being experienced in Yemen and Venezuela. One hundred and twenty diphtheria cases have been reported in Yemen in the last two months, while Venezuela...



Flu News Europe, week 46

2017-11-24T08:15:26-08:00

An excerpt from this week's Flu News Europe: Week 46/2017 (13-19 November 2017) • Influenza activity across Europe remained at a low level. • Of the individuals sampled on presenting with ILI or ARI to sentinel primary healthcare sites, 3.7%...



Manus Island: PNG police evict asylum-seekers from Australian-run camp; UNHCR decries force used

2017-11-24T08:03:45-08:00

Via Thomson Reuters: PNG police evict asylum-seekers from Australian-run camp, UNHCR decries force used. Excerpt: SYDNEY, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Papua New Guinean police cleared the remaining asylum-seekers from a shuttered Australian-run detention complex on Friday, ending a three-week protest...



Venezuelans suffer as malaria outbreak spreads in drug-short nation

2017-11-24T07:28:31-08:00

Via Reuters: Venezuelans suffer as malaria outbreak spreads in drug-short nation. Excerpt: CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela (Reuters) - On a recent morning in Venezuela’s southern jungle state of Bolivar, Amanda Santamaria, her two sons, one daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter lined up...



WHO: Yellow fever – Brazil

2017-11-24T07:20:10-08:00

WHO has published Yellow fever – Brazil. Excerpt: Between July and mid-October 2017, a total of 71 suspected yellow fever cases were reported in São Paulo State, Brazil. Of these, two were confirmed, six are under investigation, and 63 were...



Yemen: 950,994 cholera cases as of November 24

2017-11-24T07:13:29-08:00

WHO's Cholera Response Dashboard reports that, since the outbreak began on April 27, 950,994 suspected cholera cases and 2,216 related deaths have been recorded. Today's cases are an increase of 2,337 (but zero deaths) over yesterday's total. The war goes...



Canada data shows 10% of Haitian border crossers get refugee status

2017-11-23T19:32:08-08:00

Via Thomson Reuters: Canada data shows 10 pct of Haitian border crossers get refugee status. Excerpt: Canada has granted refugee status to about 10 percent of the 298 Haitian border crossers whose applications have been processed this year, according to...



US: Public health economic burden associated with two single measles case investigations — Colorado, 2016–2017

2017-11-23T09:03:33-08:00

Via MMWR: Public Health Economic Burden Associated with Two Single Measles Case Investigations — Colorado, 2016–2017. The summary: What is already known about this topic? Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable viral infection that has been eliminated in the United...



Progress toward polio eradication — Pakistan, January 2016–September 2017

2017-11-23T08:00:15-08:00

Via MMWR: Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication — Pakistan, January 2016–September 2017. The summary: What is already known about this topic? Pakistan remains one of three countries, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, where wild poliovirus transmission has never been interrupted. Programmatic...



Childhood multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the European Union and European Economic Area

2017-11-23T07:49:08-08:00

Via Eurosurveillance: Childhood multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the European Union and European Economic Area: an analysis of tuberculosis surveillance data from 2007 to 2015. The conclusions: The burden of MDR TB in children in the EU/EEA appears low and stable over...



Can active case finding help reduce communicable diseases in prisons?

2017-11-23T07:42:45-08:00

Via ECDC: ECDC-EMCDDA review: Can active case finding help reduce communicable diseases in prisons? Excerpt: ECDC and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) have systematically retrieved and assessed evidence on active case findings for blood-borne viruses...



Winter death threat for asylum seekers stranded on Greek islands

2017-11-23T07:14:54-08:00

Via Thomson Reuters: Winter death threat for asylum seekers stranded on Greek islands. Excerpt: Winter could bring death to asylum seekers stranded on crowded Greek islands with only summer tents for shelter, aid groups said on Wednesday, urging a mass...



Yemen: 948,657 cholera cases as of November 22

2017-11-22T21:12:23-08:00

WHO's Cholera Response Dashboard reports 948,657 cholera cases and 2,216 death as of November 22. This is an increase of 2,415 cases and four deaths in 24 hours. The war goes on.



The Stone Age plague and its persistence in Eurasia

2017-11-22T16:59:22-08:00

Via Current Biology, a report whose title alone makes me a pushover for it: The Stone Age Plague and Its Persistence in Eurasia. The summary and then a comment: Yersinia pestis, the etiologic agent of plague, is a bacterium associated...



WHO AFRO: Plague in Madagascar, week 46

2017-11-22T08:33:01-08:00

WHO AFRO has published its Weekly Bulletin on Outbreaks and Other Emergencies for week 46 (November 11-17). Excerpt from the section on plague: WHO continues to support the Ministry of Public Health and other national authorities in Madagascar to monitor...



US: Sugar industry long downplayed potential harms

2017-11-22T08:19:15-08:00

Via The New York Times: Sugar Industry Long Downplayed Potential Harms. Excerpt: The sugar industry funded animal research in the 1960s that looked into the effects of sugar consumption on cardiovascular health — and then buried the data when it...



Proposed cuts in foreign aid could cause malaria resurgence

2017-11-22T07:17:26-08:00

Via Reuters: Proposed cuts in foreign aid could cause malaria resurgence. Excerpt: If U.S. President Donald Trump cuts 44% of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) funding, a significant proportion of the global budget for malaria control, there would be a...



WHO gravely concerned by deteriorating situation in eastern Ghouta, Syrian Arab Republic

2017-11-22T07:04:07-08:00

A news release from WHO EMRO: WHO gravely concerned by deteriorating situation in eastern Ghouta, Syrian Arab Republic. Excerpt: 22 November 2017, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic – Seven people have been killed and 42 people injured in Damascus city and...



Clusters of human infection and human-to-human transmission of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, 2013–2017

2017-11-22T06:59:42-08:00

Via Emerging Infectious Diseases: Ahead of Print -Clusters of Human Infection and Human-to-Human Transmission of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus, 2013–2017. The abstract: To detect changes in human-to-human transmission of influenza A(H7N9) virus, we analyzed characteristics of 40 clusters of case-patients...



Yemen: 946,242 cholera cases as of November 21

2017-11-21T21:30:35-08:00

WHO's Cholera Response Dashboard reports 946,242 cholera cases and 2,212 deaths as of November 21. That is an increase of 2,850 new cases and one death in 24 hours. The outbreak began on April 27. The war goes on.