In an update on the yellow fever outbreak that began in Luanda, Angola in December, health officials say the death toll has climbed to 37.
Angola Image/CIA National Director of Health, Mr Adelaide de Carvalho said health officials were monitoring suburbs around the capital of Luanda where infections have been worsened by unsanitary conditions caused by a garbage collection backlog. “Actions should be developed for the improvement of public sanitary and garbage collection,” de Carvalho said. On Wednesday, The National Commission for Civil Protection, coordinated by the Interior Minister Interior, Ângelo de Barros Veiga Tavares, held an extraordinary session in order to analyze the situation of endemic outbreak of yellow fever. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa. The virus is transmitted to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Across the world, bees are succumbing to a deadly virus, and a new study places the blame squarely on humans. The good news is, there are some common-sense measures we can take right now to start protecting the honeybees we rely on to pollinate our crops.
COTONOU, Benin, 10 February 2016 – Alarmed by an outbreak of deadly Lassa Fever, UNICEF and World Health Organization officials in Benin are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease.
The potential link between the Zika virus and brain malformations in babies is terrifying pregnant women around the world. But even in places not hit by the virus, kids are at risk of being born with microcephaly, or a smaller-than-average brain. Many of those cases are caused by a virus you’ve probably never heard of:...
Officials with the Cape Verde Ministry of Health (computer translated) are reporting 7,164 Zika virus cases since first being confirmed in the capital city of Praia last October, while at the same time reporting no occurrences of microcephaly.
Image/CDC Health officials do however report a downward trajectory in cases in the country. Most cases were recorded in Praia (4,837), followed by São Filipe, on Fogo Island (1230) and the island of Maio (501). According to the ministry, the transmission of the virus is now specifically occurring on the islands of Santiago and Fogo, and for the second consecutive week, there were no cases in the Isle of May. Local transmission cases have not been recorded on the islands of Santo Antao, Sao Nicolau, São Vicente, Sal and Brava. Health authorities have no records of complications associated with the virus or cases of neurological disorder. Related:
The “preliminary” final numbers are finally out and the Philippines saw an increase in dengue fever of nearly 65 percent in 2015 compared to the prior year. Through Dec. 31, the archipelago reported 200,415 suspected cases of dengue, including 598 deaths.
African leaders, including ministers of health, finance, and other line ministries from Nigeria and at least 50 other African countries are meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the potential of developing, manufacturing and implementing effective Zika virus and Lassa virus vaccines on the continent.
Two hundred and sixty publications from 2007 to 2012 were classified according to the quality of electron micrographs; namely as good (71); mediocre (21); or poor (168). Publications were from 37 countries; appeared in 77 journals; and included micrographs produced with about 60 models of electron microscopes. The quality of the micrographs was not linked to any country; journal; or electron microscope. Main problems were poor contrast; positive staining; low magnification; and small image size. Unsharp images were frequent. Many phage descriptions were silent on virus purification; magnification control; even the type of electron microscope and stain used. The deterioration in phage electron microscopy can be attributed to the absence of working instructions and electron microscopy courses; incompetent authors and reviewers; and lenient journals. All these factors are able to cause a gradual lowering of standards.
Good phage picture from Ed Rybicki's collection B-)
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A WONDERFUL rant from an old-style perfectionist! Thanks, Marla!!
Deformed wing virus reduces the winter survival of European honeybees (Apis mellifera), and could be a factor in the large colony losses seen in some parts of the world. To find out how the virus became pandemic, Lena Wilfert at the University of Exeter, UK, and her colleagues analysed the virus's genome to reconstruct its evolutionary and geographical history.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
I think human activity is pretty much to blame for nearly ALL outbreaks of infectious disease of recent times?
Vaccinations, long recognized as an excellent investment that saves lives and prevents illness, could have significant economic value that far exceeds their original cost, a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found. In what is believed to be among the first studies to examine the potential return on investment of vaccinations, the researchers assessed the economic benefits of vaccines in 94 low- and middle-income countries using projected vaccination rates from 2011 to 2020. When looking only at costs associated with illness, such as treatment costs and productivity losses, the return was $16 for every dollar spent on vaccines. In a separate analysis taking into account the broader economic impact of illness, vaccinations save $44 for every dollar spent.
In a follow-up story on the monkeypox outbreak in the Central African Republic (CAR), health officials say that no new monkeypox cases have been reported in Bangassou, according to a Journal De Bangui report (computer translated).
“All the patients we have received and which were isolated at the hospital here, are healed and have already returned to their families. So I can confirm that at this time, no cases of ill monkeypox virus is reported in Bangassou “, noted John Paul Ogbia.
The doctor spoke, however, a suspect case. John Paul Ogbia announced the arrival of a verification mission in Bakouma which is part of the disease , “the first two people who had presented this disease had come from Bakouma. We will organize a working mission in the coming days in this location to check the situation in the city “ he said.
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