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Recent Outbreaks

Ebola Update

What is the situation in West Africa with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak? These three statements by the World Health Organization (WHO) today pretty much sums it up: “There is evidence of an increase in the intensity of transmission in Guinea”, “Evidence obtained from responders and laboratory staff in the country suggests that the situation in Liberia is getting worse” and “EVD transmission is rampant in Sierra Leone”.

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Dengue in China

GUANGZHOU, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Some 1,340 new dengue cases were confirmed in south China's Guangdong Province on Friday, said the provincial health authorities on Saturday.

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Dengue in India

Overall, the number of dengue cases has crossed 800 in Madhya Pradesh. This is worrying the city's residents as well as healthcare officials.

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Cholera in Ghana

The Bolgatanga [Upper East Region of north Ghana] Regional Hospital has recorded 35 cholera cases in less than 2 weeks. No deaths have been recorded so far, even though some of the patients went through critical stages of the disease. All the patients were brought into the regional hospital, which serves as a referral centre from health facilities in the Kassena-Nankana Municipal and Kassena-Nankana West District.

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The total number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases in the West African epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported up to the end of 5 Oct 2014 (epidemiological week 40) is 8033 with 3865 deaths. Countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the United States of America.

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Polio in Pakistan

PESHAWAR/SHEIKHUPURA - Three new polio cases were diagnosed in Peshawar and Sheikhupura on Saturday.

Two more people were tested positive for polio virus in Peshawar taking the toll in the provincial metropolis to 14 this year.

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Confirmed MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Saudi Arabian Health issued an advisory on Saturday reminding the public to be cautious when dealing with camels because of the risk of contracting MERS Coronavirus.

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More than 1000 with Chikungunya in Guyana

Officials in the South American country of Guyana say they are stepping up efforts to fight the spread of the chikungunya virus amid an increase in cases. Guyana has registered more than 1 000 cases, with several clinics reporting about 60 new cases a day.

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Chikungunya Spreads to Guatemala

Chikungunya has been spreading across the Caribbean and into Central America since December 2013. The first cases of the virus in the Americas were reported on the island of Saint Martin. By May over 4000 cases had been reported across the region, prompting the Caribbean Public Health Agency to declare the virus an epidemic.

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Malaria on rise in Karnataka state, India

Despite all the measures and awareness programmes initiated to prevent malaria, the disease is on the rise in Mangalore. While the total number of malaria cases reported in Dakshina Kannada last year was 2,800, the number of cases reported this year is 6,800.

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Hepatitis A: Frozen Berries, Possible Sources

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has coordinated an investigation to trace food items connected with a multinational outbreak of hepatitis A. Since January 2013, more than 1440 hepatitis A cases have been reported in 12 European countries, with 331 cases confirmed by genotyping.

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Dengue Cases Confirmed in Lahore, India

Another seven dengue cases have been confirmed in Lahore, increasing the toll of affected patients to 53 in Punjab this year, Dunya News reported on Monday. The patients are under treatment at Lahore’s Mayo Hospital.

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Update on the Ebola Virus Disease

The outbreak, which was 1st discovered in March 2014, has now killed more than 2400 people mostly in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, as understaffed and poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun.

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Measures to prevent bites from mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other insects and arthropods during travel

How to reduce the possibility of being bitten by insects or arthropods that can transmit diseases (vector-borne), such as malaria, dengue, and tick borne encephalitis (TBE), you should? Use an insect repellent on exposed skin to repel mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other arthropods. DEET concentrations of 30% to 80% are effective for several hours.

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Recommendations for Travel to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj

Each year, nearly 2 million people from over 140 countries travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj, a pilgrimage to the holy places of Islam. travellers to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj should expect large crowds at places of lodging. Transportation services can become very crowded as well. Crowded conditions may play a role in the transmission of certain infections, such as meningococcal disease (meningitis), influenza (the flu) and other respiratory viruses; in addition, the potential for accidental injury is increased.

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Chikungunya Fever: India and Indian Ocean Islands

Chikungunya fever is a viral disease transmitted to humans by the bite of infected Aedes and Culex mosquitoes, including the daytime-biting Aedes aegypti and Ae.albopictus species. Symptoms can include sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, joint pain with or without swelling, low back pain, and rash. The symptoms are very similar to those of dengue, but, unlike dengue, there is no hemorrhagic or shock syndrome form. This disease is almost always self-limited and rarely fatal.

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Measles and Mumps Outbreaks

Measles and mumps remain common diseases in many parts of the world, including some developed countries. For travellers, the risk for exposure to measles and mumps can be high, and both diseases can be prevented by the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.

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Global Status of Polio

According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI),* only 4 countries (Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan) remain polio-endemic, an all-time low. Egypt, which had been considered polio-endemic, has remained free of poliovirus transmission for over 22 months.

Plans are under way for immunization response activities in all affected countries.

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