INFLUENZA AND AVIAN INFLUENZA
OIE reports on ongoing outbreaks
WHO: Situation updates - Avian influenzaWHO Global Influenza Updates
- 6 FebWHO: FluNet Summary
- 6 FebMonthly Risk Assessments - Influenza at the Human-Animal Interface
- 16 Jan FAO: H7N9 situation - update
- 24 JanFAO - H5N8 HPAI Global situation update
- 6 Feb
WHO: Analysis of recent scientific information on avian influenza A(H7N9) virus
WHO, 10 Feb
An increase in human infections with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus has been reported by China since October 20161. This document presents recent scientific findings on A(H7N9) viruses.
Death of Teen Athlete a Reminder that Flu Can Kill AnyoneNBC News, 8 Feb
Kayla Linton was a healthy, all-around athlete, but being fit did not protect her from the flu. Linton, who died last week in Baltimore, is among the dozens of often perfectly healthy children who die from influenza every year in the US.
Studies shed light on effects of serial flu shots, current vaccine's benefitsCIDRAP, 10 Feb
A Canadian study released this week added to the evidence that getting a flu shot 2 years in a row may sometimes result in lower protection against flu the second year, while another new Canadian study estimated that this year's flu vaccine is 42% effective against the dominant flu strain in circulation.
H5N5 strikes again in Germany, other strains spark more outbreaks in Europe, JapanCIDRAP, 10 Feb
In the latest avian flu developments, Germany yesterday reported its third highly pathogenic H5N5 outbreak in poultry, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Avian flu outbreaks spread in Taiwan's Hualien, TainanTaiwan News, 12 Feb
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Avian influenza is rapidly spreading across the nation as the highly pathogenic strain of H5N6 virus was detected in Hualien, and then ...
Study: SMS Surveillance in Avian Flu Outbreak
Australian government responders studied the use of SMS surveillance messages to respond to an outbreak of avian influenza on a poultry farm.
WHO Zika Situation Report - 2 Feb
WHO/ PAHO Zika - Epidemiological Update - 9 Feb
WHO: Quarterly update of the Strategic Response Plan 28 October 2016
Rapid Ebola test to detect early infection in the works
Science News, 10 Feb
Detecting Ebola's genetic material in patients' blood samples now takes a full day and requires access to a specialized laboratory. Simpler and speedier tests ...
Ebola's Aftermath: A West Africa Update
MSF via Satellite PR News, 10 Feb
With the publication of the new book The Politics of Fear: Médecins Sans Frontières and the West African Ebola Epidemic, MSF provides a deeper reflection ...
EMERGENCIES, THREATS AND DISASTERS
What three decades of pandemic threats can teach us about the future
Health Affairs Blog, 9 Feb
One of the most important challenges facing the new Administration is preparedness for the pandemic outbreak of an infectious disease. Infectious diseases will continue to pose a significant threat to public health and the economies of countries worldwide. The U.S. government will need to continue its investment to combat these diseases wherever they emerge...
WHO responds to health needs of populations fleeing conflict in Al-Mokha City in Taizz governorate, YemenWHO, 12 Feb
As violent conflict continues in Al-Mokha City in Taizz governorate, Yemen, more than more than 8000 internally displaced persons have fled to several districts of Al-Hudaydah governorate. WHO teams in the governorate are providing trauma care and primary health care services to newly displaced persons, and delivering medicines and supplies to health facilities.
Philippines Report More Than 200,000 Dengue Cases for a 2nd YearOutbreak News Today, 9 Feb
The Philippines has been one of southeast Asia's dengue hotspots in recent years and according to the latest figures from the Department of Health-Epidemiology Bureau, the archipelago recorded more than 200,000 dengue cases for the second year in a row. Health officials report a total of 211,108 dengue cases in 2016, slightly down from 2015 when 213,930 cases were recorded.
About 60,000 people affected by floods and heavy snowfall in PakistanReliefWeb, 13 Feb
The government declared an emergency in three districts and called for assistance for people in Balochistan. The authorities reported 13 deaths and 650 people injured.
Kenya declares drought a national disaster ReliefWeb, 13 Feb
The Government has declared the current drought affecting 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas a national disaster.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Post Graduate Diploma Program in Population, Public Health & Disaster Management (PPDM)
East West University via PreventionWeb, Feb 2017
This program aims to address the need for trained professionals in Bangladesh in the field of population, public health and disaster management.
This program is designed for professionals who are now working in government agencies, UN agencies, NGOs/ INGOs, corporate sectors and research organizations. It is also for those individuals who want to diversify their research interests in the arena of population and environment.
GIS for Health Sector Programme Management Training - DATE: 3 -7 April 2017
VPSL, Feb 2017
This course offers an introduction to GIS and how it is used in public health and epidemiological research. It will introduce participants to the basics including: working with and integrating spatial and non-spatial data; geographic scale and spatial precision; decoding; visualization; thematic mapping; and understanding spatial relationships.
Supporting training for emergency response to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents U.S. Department of State's Official Blog, Feb 2017
In 2011, an earthquake and tsunami brought unimaginable destruction to Japan. These natural disasters were made more catastrophic by their impact on nuclear reactors at Fukushima. Though almost six years have passed, the life-threatening and massively destructive effects of this disaster remain a vivid reminder of the critical importance of national preparedness for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents.