News Pouch: 12 July 2017






WHO Ebola Situation report: 2 July

Infection Control and Hygiene in the Face of Ebola
World Policy Institute (blog), 11 July
On July 20, 2017, it will be three years to the day since a man infected with the Ebola virus arrived in Lagos aboard a plane from Liberia. Nigeria has not ...

Russian Ebola vaccine to be sent to Guinea
TASS, 12 July
The first batch of the Russian Ebola vaccine developed at the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology will be ...


OIE reports on ongoing outbreaks



Flu on the rise in many Southern Hemisphere countries
CIDRAP, 11 July
As of the latter part of June, flu activity in many Southern Hemisphere countries increased, with H3N2 predominating and circulating alongside influenza B in some of the locations, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in a global flu update.

South Africa confirms two more cases of H5N8 bird flu on poultry farms
Reuters, 12 July
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's agricultural department confirmed on Wednesday two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu have ...


ESA Epidemiological Update: HPAI H5 Clade Viruses In Europe
Avian Flu Diary, 11 July

While this past winter's massive HPAI H5 epizootic in Europe has been over for most countries for several months, during June and early July, we saw a small ...

Report: Strong biosecurity helped limit avian flu in the US
Neogen Blog, 10 July
Report: Strong biosecurity helped limit avian flu in the U.S.. According to a new epidemiology report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant ...




NIH launches prospective study of Zika and HIV co-infection during pregnancy
NIH, 10 July
The National Institutes of Health has launched a study to determine the potential risks that infection with the Zika virus might pose for pregnancies in which the mother is also infected with HIV.

Malaria drug protects fetuses from Zika infection
EurekaAlert, 10 July
Devastating consequences of Zika virus infection are suffered in the womb, where the virus can cause brain damage and sometimes death. Studying pregnant mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned that the Zika virus infects the fetus by manipulating the body's normal barrier to infection.

Inhibition of Autophagy Limits Vertical Transmission of Zika Virus in Pregnant Mice
Journal of Experimental Medicine, 10 July
Our study reveals new insights into the mechanism of ZIKV vertical transmission and suggests that an autophagy-based therapeutic warrants possible evaluation in humans to diminish the risks of ZIKV maternal-fetal transmission.

'There seems to be low-level transmission of Zika virus in India'.
The Hindu, 10 July

After three adults tested positive for the Zika virus in Ahmedabad district, Gujarat in January this year, an adult male from Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu tested ...

Zika Vaccines And Pregnant Women: Here's What Ethics Experts Say
Forbes, 10 July

Well, the biggest risk of Zika infection is to pregnant women, because the virus can cause devastating birth defects in the fetus. Therefore, pregnant women could certainly use a Zika vaccine for protection, but....  Don't we usually avoid testing vaccines or other medications on pregnant women, because of potential risk to the fetus and the woman and the many changes a body undergoes while pregnant?





Saudi Arabia reports fatal MERS case
CIDRAP, 11 July
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a new case of MERS-CoV in a woman from Al Hawiyah. The patient died from complications of the disease.



WHO and partners, including UNICEF, scale up efforts to minimize spread of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
WHO, 10 July
With increasing numbers of people in some countries of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Region affected by acute watery diarrhoea and cholera, WHO in the Region is working with partners, including UNICEF, to save lives in areas where outbreaks are active, and reduce the risk of these diseases crossing into unaffected areas and neighbouring countries.  


WHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and health partners strategizes efforts to combat cholera in South Sudan
WHO, 10 July
Cholera contributes substantially to the disease burden in South Sudan, where outbreaks have been confirmed every year since 2014. Thus, cholera is endemic in South Sudan and requires an integrated and comprehensive approach that entails surveillance, patient care, optimal access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); social mobilization and complementary use of oral cholera vaccines.

Cholera vaccination plans dim for Yemen; more needed for South Sudan battle
CIDRAP, 11 July
The World Health Organization (WHO) may reverse a decision it made a month ago to launch a cholera vaccine campaign in Yemen, due to the aggressive spread of the disease and conflict conditions in the country, the New York Times reported today, citing a WHO spokesman who updated reporters at a briefing in Geneva today.

Disease Outbreaks are Still a Certainty, But No Longer Uninsured ...

Blogs - The World Bank, 10 July

Starting last Saturday, the world finally became formally insured against pandemics like the dreadful Ebola outbreak that caused so much loss and suffering ...