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  • #91
    New EBOLA outbreak in DRC
    WHO is on high alert
    The area is remote but close to the Congo river (so easy access downstream to hugely populated cities) and near a border with Congo-Brazzaville and CAR
    So far 32 cases, 18 deaths (3 medical personnals among them)

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/...153458973.html

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    • #92
      EBOLA news update
      WHO has increased the risk level from moderate to high because of the first confirmed urban case in the congolese city of Mdandaka
      It's a city of 350 000 inhabitants directly on the Congo river so with an easy escape or transmission route toward downstream or upstream towns
      So far 300 suspected cases (direct or indirected contact with confirmed cases) and 23 deaths

      https://www.statnews.com/2018/05/17/...ncy-committee/

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      • #93
        EBOLA news updat
        Vaccine campaign has started today (21 of May 2018) on about 600 persons who have been in contact with confirmed or suspected cases

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        • #94
          Well as if Ebola wasn't enough
          There is a Nipah outbreak in India. originally transmetted by bat, this virus can be transmitted from humans to humans with a high casualty ratio
          So far 10 deaths in South India, probably more to come

          https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/22/h...ntl/index.html

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          • #95
            The outbreak has been reported in my state. It is relatively localized and more or less contained as of now, 13 cases have tested positive, 9 discharged after tests returned negative. No new cases reported today.

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            • #96
              Originally posted by Darklord View Post
              The outbreak has been reported in my state. It is relatively localized and more or less contained as of now, 13 cases have tested positive, 9 discharged after tests returned negative. No new cases reported today.
              Is it 13 new cases or does it encompasses the previous 10 fatalities ?

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              • #97
                It is my understanding that a total of 22 were suspected to have Nipah. A total of 11 died from the disease, 10 confirmed positive by labs (one result yet to come, hence official count is 10). Three are in hospital, one is recuperating, two are in critical condition. Nine samples tested negative and were discharged.

                While we are here, I think it would only be fitting to mention this here:

                Kerala nurse's letter to husband before she succumbed to Nipah virus
                "Sajeeshetta, am almost on the way. I don't think I can meet you again. Sorry. Please look after our little ones and take them to Gulf. They shouldn't be alone like our father. With lots of love and kisses"

                This letter is from Lini, a 28-year-old nurse who succumbed to Nipah virus infection on Monday, to her husband Sajeesh. Lini wrote the letter as she foresaw her final hours at the casualty department of Perambra Taluk Hospital in Kozhikode in Kerala. She feared she will not be able to meet Sajeesh, who works in Bahrain, when he returned home.
                https://www.theweek.in/news/india/20...pah-virus.html

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                • #98
                  Thanks for the answer, Darklord
                  Terrible thing, i hope it is ending now ....
                  Last edited by Mordoror; 23-05-2018, 09:06 AM.

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                  • #99
                    It is over:



                    Total deaths, 16.

                    https://www.thenewsminute.com/articl...alth-min-82809

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                    • Dogs potential reservoir for future influenza pandemic

                      About 15 years ago, researchers documented an influenza virus in a horse jumping into a dog, and this created the first circulating canine influenza viruses. Five years ago, researchers identified an avian-origin H3N2 canine influenza virus circulating in farm dogs in Guangdong, China.
                      “In our study, what we have found is another set of viruses that come from swine that are originally avian in origin, and now they are being carried into dogs and have been reassortant with other viruses in dogs. We now have H1N1, H3N2, and H3N8 in dogs. They are starting to interact with each other. This is very reminiscent of what happened in swine ten years before the H1N1 pandemic,” said García-Sastre.
                      In the study, the researchers sequenced the complete genomes of 16 influenza viruses obtained from canines in Southern China (Guangxi autonomous region) during 2013-2015. The researchers found that the genomes contained segments from three lineages that circulate in swine in China: North American triple reassortant H3N2, Eurasian avian-like H1N1, and pandemic H1N1. In addition, the swine-origin H1N1 viruses were transmitted onward in canines and reassortant with the CIV-H3N2 viruses that circulate endemically in Asian dogs, producing three novel reassortant CIV genotypes: H1N1r, H1N2r, and H3N2r.
                      rest here : https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/0...enza-pandemic/

                      New reassortant = new antigens = no previous immunity = potential health disaster
                      So far no case of canine to human transmission
                      But influenza viruses are known to jump from species to species pretty easily
                      To be watched carefully

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