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COVID-19 expands reach, fueled by trio of global hot spots

cidrap - Thu, 27/02/2020 - 23:41
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsFeb 27, 2020

Outside of China, hot spots include South Korea, Italy, and Iran.

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Feds to allow state public health labs to test for COVID-19

cidrap - Thu, 27/02/2020 - 23:03
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsFeb 27, 2020

In addition, Vice President Pence appoints AIDS expert Deborah Birx, MD, to coordinate the federal response.

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PRO/PL> Greening disease, citrus - El Salvador: alert

healthmap - Thu, 27/02/2020 - 21:56
Other Plant Disease -- El Salvador
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of El Salvador has declared a phytosanitary emergency due to huanglongbing (HLB) [citrus greening disease] that is affecting the country's citrus. [MAG] have initiated a control and eradication plan, which consists of taking samples across the country to learn about the situation of plantations and the extent to which production [is] affected. The plan also involves conducting tests and diagnoses, strengthening the laboratory network, and
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PRO/EDR> Scombroid fish poisoning - Canada: tuna, alert, recall

healthmap - Thu, 27/02/2020 - 21:50
Food-related toxin -- Canada
Consumer complaints of illnesses have spurred a recall of Unomundo brand tuna loins and steaks because of elevated levels of histamine.
Seven Seas Ltd. distributed the implicated tuna in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Canadian officials report that the recalled fish may actually have been distributed nationwide. "This recall was triggered by consumer complaints. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation,
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Acid suppressants tied to colonization with resistant bacteria

cidrap - Thu, 27/02/2020 - 21:16
Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsFeb 27, 2020

The drugs were linked to a more than 70% increase in the odds of intestinal colonization with resistant bacteria.

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News Scan for Feb 27, 2020

cidrap - Thu, 27/02/2020 - 21:02
MERS case in Saudi ArabiaE coli sproutbreakEbola vaccine for US health workersFlu vaccine for kids with asthma
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PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC - USA (02): O103, sprouts, CDC

healthmap - Thu, 27/02/2020 - 17:39
E. coli -- United States
CDC, public health, and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of _E. coli_ O103 infections linked to clover sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants.
Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak. PulseNet is the national subtyping network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by CDC. DNA fingerprinting
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PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (19): China, global, Italy & Iran. imported cases, WHO

healthmap - Thu, 27/02/2020 - 05:53
COVID-19 -- China
At 04:00 on [26 Feb 2020], 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps reported 433 new confirmed cases and 29 new deaths (26 in Hubei and 1 in Beijing, Heilongjiang, and Henan). 508 new suspected cases were added.
On the same day, 2750 new cases were cured and discharged, and 1823 people who had been in close contact with medical observation were released, and 406 severe cases were improved.
As of 24:00 on [26 Feb
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Trump puts VP Pence in charge of COVID-19 response

cidrap - Thu, 27/02/2020 - 03:19
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsFeb 26, 2020

Pence, who will lead a response task force, says he will reach out to governers.

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Hot spots outside China tied to COVID-19 in 4 more nations

cidrap - Wed, 26/02/2020 - 23:30
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsFeb 26, 2020

For the first time, new cases outside of China exceed new cases reported within China.

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News Scan for Feb 26, 2020

cidrap - Wed, 26/02/2020 - 22:22
Flu vaccine protection in elderlyFDA warns Jimmy John's about outbreaks
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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Feb 26, 2020

cidrap - Wed, 26/02/2020 - 21:13
New AMR surveillance platformAntibiotic failure in pneumonia patients
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PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (11): Congo DR (NK, IT) cases, summary, vaccine

healthmap - Wed, 26/02/2020 - 20:34
Ebola -- DR Congo
- 16 637 people were vaccinated as of 22 Feb 2020 with the 2nd vaccine Ad26.ZEBOV/MVA-BN-Filo (Johnson & Johnson) in the 2 health areas from Karisimbi to Goma;
- Since the start of vaccination on 8 Aug 2018 with the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine, 297 699 people have been vaccinated.
Communicated by:

[Also see WHO AFRO dashboard at .]
- Mon 24 Feb 2020. CMRE (Comite Multisectoriel de la Riposte a la maladie a virus Ebola)
[in French, machine trans., abridged,
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PRO/AH/EDR> Plague - Congo DR (02): (IT) bubonic, pneumonic, fatal

healthmap - Wed, 26/02/2020 - 19:39
Plague -- DR Congo
On 22 Feb 2020, the Aungba Health Zone chief medical doctor was alerted that suspect bubonic plague cases were reported in the Ugunzu-Makangi village of the Aterlembe health area, Djugu territory, Ituri Province, DR Congo. Murine epizootics were also mentioned in the Makangi village. On 23 Feb 2020, the chief medical doctor of the Aungba health Zone (Lat 2 33' 00'' Long 30 30' 00'') was appointed to visit the health center of Aterlembe for 2 days to investigate suspect bubonic plague cases.
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PRO/EDR> Meningitis, meningococcal - Costa Rica: 3rd-gen. cephalosporin resistance, RFI

healthmap - Wed, 26/02/2020 - 16:36
Meningitis - Neisseria -- Costa Rica
A 50-year-old man and a senior became the 1st 2 people in Costa Rica -- and in the Americas -- found to be infected with the bacteria most resistant to antibiotics used in the treatment of meningitis and meningococcal septicemia that cause serious brain damage and even death.
The Centro Nacional de Referencia en Bacteriología (CNRB) -- National Center of Reference in Bacteriology, of the Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud (Inciensa) -- Costa Rican
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PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (18): China, global, Iran, Italy imported cases, WHO

healthmap - Wed, 26/02/2020 - 06:04
COVID-19 -- China
At 04:00 on [25 Feb 2020], 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps reported 406 new confirmed cases, 52 new deaths (52 in Hubei), and 439 new suspected cases.
On the same day, 2422 cases were cured and discharged, 14 573 were close contacts of those under medical observation, and 374 severe cases were reduced.
As of 24:00 on [25 Feb 2020], according to reports from 31 provinces (autonomous regions and
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As CDC warns of US COVID-19 spread, labs frustrated over lack of tests

cidrap - Wed, 26/02/2020 - 01:12
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsFeb 25, 2020

"Not a question of if, but when, and of how many ... will have severe illnesses."

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WHO joint mission shares China experience; COVID-19 escalates in Europe, Mideast

cidrap - Wed, 26/02/2020 - 01:11
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsFeb 25, 2020

In Europe, Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland reported their first cases, with links to Italy, as Middle East countries reported more cases, fueled by Iran's outbreak.

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Studies profile lung changes in asymptomatic COVID-19, viral loads in patient samples

cidrap - Wed, 26/02/2020 - 01:09
Mary Van Beusekom | News Writer| CIDRAP NewsFeb 25, 2020

Even COVID-19 pneumonia patients without symptoms have abnormal lung findings on CT, the study found.

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