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#GBS & #Microcephaly: #Zika #causality #statement, 7 September 2016 (@WHO)

  Title : #GBS & #Microcephaly: #Zika #causality #statement, 7 September 2016. Subject : Zika Virus and related complications, consens...

26 Oct 2016

#India, #H5N8 #Birdflu: #Situation #report (#New Delhi) (Govt., Oct. 26 ‘16)


Title: India, H5N8 Birdflu: Situation report (New Delhi).

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5N8 subtype, epizootics in poultry and wild birds, India.

Source: Government of India, Press Information Bureau, full page: (LINK).

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Avian Influenza Monitoring Committee's report on the outbreak


H5N8 avian influenza outbreak for monitoring the environment , forests and climate change monitoring committee constituted by the Ministry of avian influenza control and prevention measures relating to the review.


  • Mortality within 24 hours Status:
    • National Zoological Park, New Delhi – zero
    • Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi - Sunygwaliyr Zoo – zero


  • Initiatives:
    • Avian Influenza Control and Prevention continues to move the affected zoos which include:
      • {1}. Continues vigilance and for any dead animal is being regularly examined zoo.
      • {2}. Bio-security measures are being strictly enforced.
      • {3}. The visitors' safety and disease control for the National Zoological Park, New Delhi , Gandhi Zoological Park , Gwalior and a. N. Jha Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi were closed.
      • {4}. Animal Husbandry Department for monitoring by a team of doctors visited the Delhi zoo.
      • {5}. A doctor visited the zoo and zoo employees affected examined and provided medicines.

** *

Skeje / VK-9809 / (Release ID 55785)


Keywords: India; New Delhi; Updates; H5N8; Avian Influenza; Poultry; Wild Birds.


#FACT: #Lead is toxic. It is harmful to everyone and damages #brain, #kidneys, #liver, #blood and the reproductive system (@WHO)


Title: #FACT: #Lead is toxic. It is harmful to everyone and damages #brain, #kidneys, #liver, #blood and the reproductive system (@WHO)

Subject: Educational materials, toxic chemicals.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO), full page: (LINK). via Instagram.

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Keywords: WHO; Educational Materials; Toxic Chemicals.


#USA, #Florida: Department of Health Daily #Zika #Update (October 25 2016)


Title: #USA, #Florida: Department of Health Daily #Zika #Update.

Subject: Zika Virus, daily epidemiological update by Florida Dept. of Health.

Source: US State of Florida Department of Health, full page: (LINK).

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Department of Health Daily Zika Update

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications / October 25, 2016 / Press Release / Contact: Communications Office, - (850) 245-4111


Tallahassee, Fla.

In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the Zika virus, the department will issue a Zika virus update each week day. Updates will include a Zika case count by county and information to keep Floridians informed and prepared.

In order to keep the public informed, the department has posted our investigation process here.

There are four new travel related cases today with one in Miami-Dade, one in Orange, one in Volusia and one involving a pregnant woman.

Please visit our website to see the full list of travel-related cases.

There are two new non-travel related cases today – one is associated with the Miami Beach investigation and the other is a Miami-Dade County resident and the department is investigating where exposure occured.


Number of Zika cases by county

[County - Number of Cases (all travel related)]

  1. Alachua – 10
  2. Bay – 3
  3. Brevard – 15
  4. Broward – 126
  5. Charlotte – 1
  6. Citrus – 2
  7. Clay – 5
  8. Collier – 7
  9. Duval – 9
  10. Escambia – 3
  11. Flagler – 2
  12. Hernando – 4
  13. Highlands – 1
  14. Hillsborough – 26
  15. Lake – 3
  16. Lee – 12
  17. Leon – 2
  18. Manatee – 4
  19. Marion – 3
  20. Martin – 2
  21. Miami-Dade – 244
  22. Monroe – 5
  23. Nassau – 1
  24. Okaloosa – 3
  25. Okeechobee – 1
  26. Orange – 88
  27. Osceola – 30
  28. Palm Beach – 40
  29. Pasco – 8
  30. Pinellas – 19
  31. Polk – 28
  32. Santa Rosa – 1
  33. Sarasota – 5
  34. Seminole – 22
  35. St. Johns – 4
  36. St. Lucie – 6
  37. Volusia – 10
    • Total cases not involving pregnant women – 755
      • Cases involving pregnant women regardless of symptoms – 114

Data as of Oct. 25, 2016 - 4:16 PM ET


DOH continues door-to-door outreach and targeted testing in Miami-Dade County and mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place around the locations that are being investigated. DOH believes ongoing transmission is only taking place within the identified areas in Miami-Dade County.

One case does not mean ongoing active transmission is taking place. DOH conducts a thorough investigation by sampling close contacts and community members around each case to determine if additional people are infected. If DOH finds evidence that active transmission is occurring in an area, the media and the public will be notified.

For a complete breakdown of non-travel and travel-related Zika infections to-date, please see below.


[Infection Type - Infection Count]

  • Travel-Related   Infections of Zika – 755
  • Non-Travel   Related Infections of Zika – 171
  • Infections   Involving Pregnant Women – 114
  • Out   of State Cases (not Florida Residents) – 19
  • Undetermined   - 5
    • Total - 1,064


The department is currently conducting 11 active investigations. The department has closed 33 investigations. Information regarding the investigations can be found here. If investigations reveal additional areas of active transmission, the department will announce a defined area of concern. 


Active Investigations

Information on Active Investigations

When a local case of Zika virus is confirmed through laboratory testing, the department conducts a thorough investigation around the case to determine if additional people are infected. The department interviews and tests close contacts and community members around the case. Knowing if additional people are infected helps the department determine if there is a zone where mosquitoes are transmitting the virus. Not every case results in a designation of active transmission in an area. In some instances, a case of Zika is an isolated incident with no additional people infected.

For more information on the department’s testing and investigation process, click here


  • Current Number of Active Investigations: 11
    • Miami-Dade County:
      • 7 open investigations
    • Palm Beach:
      • 1 open investigations
    • Unknown:
      • 3 open investigations
        • *Note: Exposure occurred in Miami Beach and overseas in an area with widespread transmission of Zika.
  • Current Number of Closed Investigations: 33
    • Miami-Dade County:
      • 26 closed investigations
    • Palm Beach County:
      • 5 closed investigation
    • Broward County:
      • 1 closed investigation
    • Pinellas:
      • 1 closed investigation
  • Sampling Activities For Active Investigations
    • Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County (Area of Active Transmission)
      • [Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results]
        • 1,063 – 71 – 992 – 0
    • One-square mile area within NW 79th St. to the North, NW 63rd St. to the South, NW 10th Ave. to the West and N. Miami Ave. to the East in Miami-Dade County (Area of Active Transmission)
      • [Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results]
        • 108  - 7  - 94 – 7
    • Palm Beach County – 1 Investigation
      • [Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results]
        • 0 – 0 – 0 – 0
    • Miami-Dade Investigations Outside of Areas of Active Transmission– 6 Investigations
      • [Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results]
        • 29 – 0 – 29 – 0
    • Wynwood Area in Miami-Dade County
        • Note: This investigation is closed, but the department is providing the sampling results below for reference.
      • [Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results]
        • 525 – 33 – 491 – 0

Data as of Oct. 25, 2016 - 4:16 PM ET


The department has conducted Zika virus testing for more than 9,470 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 8,524 people for active Zika virus and 6,524 for Zika antibodies. At Governor Scott’s direction, all county health departments offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.



Keywords: USA; Updates; Zika Virus; Florida.


25 Oct 2016

#China, as a New #H7N9 #avian #influenza season is starting, #Zhejiang authorities call for #vigilance (Ifeng, Oct. 25 ‘16)


Title: #China, as a New #H7N9 #avian #influenza season is starting, #Zhejiang authorities call for #vigilance.

Subject: Avian Influenza, H7N9 subtype, new winter season started.

Source: Ifeng, full page: (LINK). Automatically translated, edited.

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New H7N9 avian influenza season is starting, Zhejiang authorities call for vigilance



Number of Cases Down from last year by nearly half

Relatively avian influenza H7N9,  it is anticipated that some cases with serious or fatal outcome will appear even this season as the weather is cooling.

As of September 30 2016, China reported a total of 102 cases of H7N9 flu with 41 deaths.

As of September 30, Zhejiang Province reported a total of 23 cases of H7N9 influenza, 42% less than a year ago; 10 cases died, 58% less then previous season.

However, since September, H7 flu virus environment samples positivity rate increased over last year, higher in some areas such as Lishui, Wenzhou, Yiwu and other places outside environment H7 positive rate, indicating that there is a greater risk of recurrence of H7N9.

Experts predict that as the temperature is further reduced, and still prevalent in the majority of the live animal markets in Zhejiang Province county, township and rural areas, people infected with H7N9 flu virus in Zhejiang risk is still large.



Keywords: China; Zhejiang; H7N9; Avian Influenza; Poultry; Human.


#India, #Avian #Influenza #H5N8: #Preparedness and #Response #Plan (Govt., Oct. 25 ‘16)


Title: #India, #Avian #Influenza #H5N8: #Preparedness and #Response #Plan.

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5N8 subtype, epizootics in poultry and birds, India.

Source: Government of India, Press Information Bureau, full page: (LINK). Automatically translated, edited.

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Control and Prevention of Avian influenza H5N8 in wild birds - 12-point action plan



  1. National Zoological Park of Delhi avian influenza in wild birds to disease 6 samples 17:10:16 10 am, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare , Government of India's National High Security Animal Disease Institute (Anaiacsadi) , received in Bhopal and Institute 17/10/2016 by 5 pm the same evening, which was also sent to government laboratory report H 5 n 8's disease was found.
  2. The Chief Secretary and Director of Animal Husbandry, Government of Delhi by the Delhi Government vide letter No. Anaiacsadi F.No F.15-90 / 2007-8 HSADL Date 17/10/2016 ( 5 pm evening time) by direct transmission so that the government do not delay in any required action.
  3. On the same day, the Government of India immediately after the evening Diadif letter by 10.17.2016 No. 50-398 / 2011-LDT (AQ) Ptgovernment mail , by fax and hard copy issued under instructions by acquainting '' national action plan to prevent and control avian influenza in 2015 '' has been consulting for the implementation.
    • Re: vide letter No. 50-398 / 2011-LDT AQ dated 18 / 10.19.2016 and vide letter No. 50-398 / 2011-LDT (AQ) Vol.II dated 18 / 10.19.2016 and vide letter No. 50-398 / 2011-LDT (AQ) Vol.II to date 21:10:16 Further directions to the letter issued by the Delhi government .
  4. Subsequently, the Chief Secretary , Delhi Government Meeting 21/10/2016 Ahut Joint Commissioner , Dr. Diadif. Muniylppa attended by the disease control and prevention for the state government to take action to update the advice and counsel. Central and regional laboratories to accelerate the analysis were assured of all support.
  5. According to the updated position 22:10:16 to 17:10:16 Anaiacsadi date received by 6 points from 2 locations in 45 samples, 13 samples received positive reports of government respectively, 17:10:16 (evening 5 pm) , 19 … ( evening at 5.30 ), 23 … ( at 12:10 p.M. ) and 24 … October (evening at 7:30) are provided directly by the government, so that any required action without delay. H 5 N 8 in the remaining 32 have not received a positive report and for virus detection Further Boyosikyoriti Peramitrs view of the level 4 is being tested.Clearly, after all Muskilat Senplon received reports under time has been transmitted.
  6. The Secretary of the date 24/10/16 , Diadif , Government of India also, Delhi Chief Secretary / Principal Secretary AHD , approached the Delhi government has been requested to assist in any aspect.
  7. It may be mentioned that the Zoo Park , Gwalior (MP.) 15 bird disease has been reported. 4 of Kerala have received notice of the death of wild birds. … reported bird tested positive for the H 5 N 8. The Madhya Pradesh government has been in control of the entire situation.
  8. H 5 N 8 is the type of the virus were reported , which were reported in 2015, is the first time in 11 countries (China , Japan , South Korea , the US , Canada , Bangladesh, etc.). Information has been obtained for the first time in India. According to the health ministry, the World Health Organization has reported that " based on current information, the risk of zoonotic transmission has been reduced to 8 H 5 N ' . According to available information , in case of disease from South Korea of any human contamination has been reported.


12-point action plan

  1. Since Delhi 7 park areas (National Zoological Park , Delhi , Central Park Hose particular , Sanjay Lake Near Sktisthl , Nitibog , Geeta Colony, Deer Park, Okhla Bird Park ) in H 5 N 8 is found to be positive. Therefore, these areas 10 km. Major Boyosikyoriti is necessary to take the inside perimeter.
  2. For the ' Action Plan for the prevention and control of avian influenza ,' ' which in 2015 declared by Diadif according to the steps / Caryiyon need to implement vigorously.
  3. Continuous monitoring of the situation which has been set for the central government committee and the Ministry of Health will coordinate the Joint Commissioner Diadif , Environment , Ministry of Forests and climate change , which will include representatives of DARE depth and it will monitor the situation the government is going to support.
  4. For any assistance … (011 to 23,384,190) control panel is installed. Joint Commissioner. Muniylppa (09448324121) has been designated as the nodal officer and the safety of animal disease will be available 24 hours for any assistance.
  5. Joint Secretary, Animal Husbandry Commissioner, and with 4 regional labs and video conferencing with Anaiacsadi Telicon , IVRI Bareilly Central Laboratory for consultation with the state governments are exposed to expedite sample analysis.
  6. Control and prevention measures and actions in relation to health , environment and actions by Dare Diadif secretaries are being secretary.
  7. Meat markets , poultry markets and to maintain cleanliness in the guidelines issued by the State Animal Husbandry Department.
  8. The use of lime , Senetaijeshn vehicle movement , by Task precautions , poultry etc. Viaiarsioan-S in contact with a person such as the use of chemical control and prevention have been consulted.
  9. All the national water bodies , parks and bird Mrigvnon that they have been advised to maintain vigilance and control measures and to immediately report.
  10. The immediate action on the situation, the state government / other stakeholders required to advise the Commissioner of Animal Husbandry in Diadif level are being met on a daily basis.
  11. Disease Control and Prevention to assist, in any case required Diadif nodal officer for coordination is directed by the Secretary Diadif Delhi Chief Secretary / Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry of Madhya Pradesh and Kerala , also at the level directly were exposed.
  12. All States / UT Chief Secretaries / Secretaries , animal husbandry and Directions issued letters were written.

An / a / (Release ID 55783)


Keywords: India; New Delhi; Kerala; Madhya Pradesh; Avian Influenza; H5N8; Poultry; Wild Birds.


#Brazil, #Ribeirão will receive 140.000 #YellowFever #vaccine doses after #macaque deaths (Globo, Oct. 25 ‘16)


Title: Brazil, Ribeirão will receive 140.000 Yellow Fever vaccine doses after macaque deaths.

Subject: Sylvatic Yellow fever infection in macaques, Brazil.

Source: Globo, full page: (LINK). Article in Portuguese.

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24/10/2016 14h57 - Atualizado em 24/10/2016 14h58

Ribeirão  recebe 140 mil vacinas após morte de macaco com febre amarela

Do G1 Ribeirão e Franca

Secretaria Municipal de Saúde de Ribeirão Preto (SP) iniciou nesta segunda-feira (24) uma campanha de vacinação contra a febre amarela. Ao todo, 140 mil doses encaminhadas pelo Ministério da Saúde serão disponibilizadas em 36 salas de vacina espalhadas pelas unidades de saúde do município por tempo indeterminado.

A imunização começou depois da confirmação da morte de um macaco com a doença encontrado na região central da cidade em julho. A forma como o animal foi contaminado ainda não foi constatada.



Keywords: Yellow Fever; Brazil; Wild life.


#Norway, #Radioactive #emissions from the Institute for Energy Technology (#IFE) in #Halden (NRPA, Oct. 25 ‘16)


Title: #Norway, #Radioactive #emissions from the Institute for Energy Technology (#IFE) in #Halden.

Subject: Radiological accidents, Norway.

Source: Norwegian Radiation Protection Agency, full page: (LINK). Automatically translated, edited.

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Radioactive emissions from the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Halden

Published 25.10.2016, updated 25.10.2016 11:35

On Monday 24 October at 13.45 times had IFE Halden a release of radioactive iodine. The radioactive discharge was due to a technical failure during treatment of the fuel in the reactor hall. Emissions are low.

The people who stayed in the reactor hall during discharge evacuated the hall when the alarm went off. They have since been built and made every effort to identify the cause and extent of the leak.

NRPA was notified of the incident by IFE this morning, Tuesday, 25 October.

‘’Our focus now is that IFE stopped the spill, says Director Per Strand at NRPA.

‘’We are in continuous contact with the IFE. We will open a new supervision relating to this incident to uncover how this could happen and why we were not notified until the day after.

According to the information NRPA has received so far, this discharge will not have any consequences for health or the environment outside the plant.


Keywords: Norway; Updates; Radiations; Nuclear Events.


#HK, Suspected #MERS cases reported (CHP, October 25 2016)


Title: #HK, Suspected #MERS cases reported.

Subject: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, suspected imported cases in Hong Kong.

Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).

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Suspected MERS cases reported


The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (October 25) reported two suspected cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and again urged the public to pay special attention to safety during travel, taking due consideration of health risks in the places they visit.

The cases are detailed below:

  • Sex – Age - Affected area involved -  Hospital -  Condition - MERS-CoV preliminary test result
    • Female – 15 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - United Christian Hospital – Stable - Negative
    • Female – 56 - Doha, Qatar - Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital  - Stable - Negative


The public may visit the following pages for more information and health advice:

Tour leaders and tour guides operating overseas tours are advised to refer to the CHP's health advice on MERS.


Keywords: MERS-CoV; HK PRC SAR; Updates.


Low pathogenic #avian #influenza #H7N2, #SouthAfrica [one new #poultry #outbreak] (#OIE, Oct. 25 ‘16)


Title: Low pathogenic #avian #influenza #H7N2, #SouthAfrica [one new #poultry #outbreak].

Subject: Avian Influenza, H7N2 subtype, a new poultry epizootic in S. Africa.

Source: OIE, full page: (LINK).

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Low pathogenic avian influenza (poultry) H7N2, South Africa

Information received on 25/10/2016 from Dr Bothle Michael Modisane, Chief Director , Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Animal Production and Health, PRETORIA, South Africa

  • Summary
    • Report type Immediate notification
    • Date of start of the event 10/07/2016
    • Date of confirmation of the event 26/09/2016
    • Report date 24/10/2016
    • Date submitted to OIE 25/10/2016
    • Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
    • Date of previous occurrence 2016
    • Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
    • Causal agent Low pathogenic avian influenza virus
    • Serotype H7N2
    • Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
    • This event pertains to the whole country
  • New outbreaks (1)
    • Outbreak 1 (LPAI_H7N2_2016_001) - LPAI_H7N2_2016_001, George, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE
      • Date of start of the outbreak 10/07/2016
      • Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
      • Epidemiological unit Farm
      • Affected animals: Species – Susceptible – Cases – Deaths – Destroyed – Slaughtered
        • Birds – 1790 – 278 – 0 – 0 – 0
          • Affected population Commercial ostriches
    • Summary of outbreaks
      • Total outbreaks: 1
        • Total animals affected: Species – Susceptible – Cases – Deaths – Destroyed – Slaughtered
          • Birds – 1790 – 278 – 0 – 0 – 0
        • Outbreak statistics: Species - Apparent morbidity rate - Apparent mortality rate - Apparent case fatality rate - Proportion susceptible animals lost*
          • Birds - 15.53% - 0.00% - 0.00% - 0.00%
            • *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
  • Epidemiology
    • Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
      • Unknown or inconclusive
  • Epidemiological comments
    • Commercial ostriches.
    • This outbreak was first reported as LPAI H5N2 in the follow-up report No. 16 on 20 September 2016.
    • South Africa has been able to determine, with sequencing, that this is in fact LPAI H7N2.
  • Control measures
    • Measures applied
      • Movement control inside the country
      • Screening
      • Disinfection / Disinfestation
      • Quarantine
      • Vaccination prohibited
      • No treatment of affected animals
    • Measures to be applied
      • No other measures
  • Diagnostic test results
    • Laboratory name and type – Species – Test - Test date – Result
      • Agricultural Research Council - Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (ARC – OVI) (National laboratory) – Birds - real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) - 26/09/2016 – Positive
  • Future Reporting
    • The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.


Keywords: OIE; Updates; H7N2; Avian Influenza; Poultry; S. Africa.


#Migrants arrive to register for relocation at a temporary facility outside #TheJungle #refugee camp near #Calais, #France (NPR)


Title: #Migrants arrive to register for relocation at a temporary facility outside The Jungle refugee camp near Calais, France.

Subject: Migrants, deportation from makeshift camp in Calais, France.

Source: NPR, full page: (LINK). via Instagram.

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Keywords: France; UK; Migrants; Poverty; Society.