News Pouch: 15 February 2017







OIE reports on ongoing outbreaks

WHO: Situation updates - Avian influenza
WHO Global Influenza Updates - 6 Feb
WHO: FluNet Summary - 6 Feb
Monthly Risk Assessments - Influenza at the Human-Animal Interface - 16 Jan  
FAO: H7N9 situation - update - 24 Jan
FAO - H5N8 HPAI Global situation update - 6 Feb


Pair of H7N9 cases reported from China's Sichuan province
CIDRAP, 14 Feb
China reported two more H7N9 avian influenza infections from China, both involving residents of Sichuan province in the country's southwest, Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) said today in a statement.

Updates to GOV.UK: Avian influenza: guidance, data and analysis
  1. Avian influenza: guidance and algorithms for managing human cases - 12 February 2014
  2. Avian influenza: guidance and algorithms for managing incidents in birds - 14 February 2017 


Social media and participatory risk communication during the H1N1 flu epidemic: A comparative study of the United States and China, 14 Feb

We discuss different approaches to of avian flu viruses still looms near. With avian flu using social media for participatory risk communication posing a constant ...

Bird flu in Uganda highlights gaps in Africa's plans to manage pandemics, 15 Feb
The strain of avian influenza detected in wild and domestic birds in Uganda recently is the same virus that has spread through Asia and Europe over the past ...



WHO Zika Situation Report - 2 Feb
- 9 Feb 
WHO: Quarterly update of the Strategic Response Plan 28 October 2016


Vietnam reports 232 Zika infection cases since 2016: ministry
Xinhua, 15 Feb
HANOI -- Vietnam has reported a total of 219 Zika infection cases in 2016 and 13 new cases in 2017, bringing the total Zika cases nationwide ...

Zika studies yield more fetal infection and testing clues, show persistence in breast milk
CIDRAP, 14 Feb
Surprisingly, tests on placental cells that correspond to the earliest pregnancy stages found more damage from the African Zika strain than the Asian one.


Persistence of Zika Virus in Body Fluids — Preliminary Report
NEJM, 15 Feb
To estimate the frequency and duration of detectable Zika virus (ZIKV) RNA in human body fluids, we prospectively assessed a cohort of newly infected ...

Study: Zika's Persistence in Body Fluids Surprisingly Long
MedPage Today, 14 Feb
SEATTLE -- The Zika virus persisted in some body fluids for unexpectedly long periods, researchers said here. Analysis of a Puerto Rican cohort of people newly ...


CDC Issues Zika Virus Update for Spring Travelers
PCT Magazine, 14 Feb
Experts say that the Zika virus has never been totally eliminated 30 Caribbean islands and 18 countries in South America. And the disease seems to turn up in ...



WHO MERS-CoV Disease Outbreak News full archive here 
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia - 10 Feb
WHO: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) maps and epicurves - Jan 2017
Saudi Arabia MOH Statistics 
FAO’s MERS-CoV monthly update

Researchers Study Effective Inhibition of MERS-CoV Infection by Resveratrol
Infection Control Today, 14 Feb
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an emerging viral pathogen that causes severe morbidity and mortality. Up to date, there is no ...


Comparison of Platform Technologies for Assaying Antibody to Ebola Virus
Vaccine, March 2017
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa led to the use of a variety of different platform technologies for assaying antibodies because of the difficulties of handling the live virus. The same types of method could be applied rapidly to other infections when they emerge. There is a need to compare quantitative results of different assays, which means that the assays must measure similar parameters and give comparable results.

Can Ebola Virus evolve to be less virulent in humans? 
bioRxiv, 14 Feb
Abstract. Understanding Ebola Virus (EBOV) virulence evolution is not only timely but also raises specific questions because it causes on the most virulent ...

Children and elderly more likely to be Ebola 'super-spreaders'
BBC News, 14 Feb
The young and old are much more likely to have spread the ebola virus during the outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2015, according to a new study. The research ...

Kent researchers identify how Ebola viruses need few mutations to adapt to new host species, 15 Feb
Ebola is one of the world's most virulent diseases, though rodent species such as guinea pigs, rats and mice are not normally susceptible to it. However, through ...



WHO: Weekly update: cholera in Somalia, 13 February 2017
WHO, 13 Feb
A total of 913 new suspected cases of cholera, including 10 deaths and a case–fatality rate of 1.1% have been reported in Somalia by the federal Ministry of Health.

The yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo ends
WHO, 14 Feb
Brazzaville – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak in that country today following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past six months.

Notes from the Field: Mortality Associated with Hurricane Matthew - US, October 2016
MMWR, 10 Feb
After 3 days as a Category 3 and 4 hurricane in Haiti and Bahamas, Hurricane Matthew moved along the coast of the southeastern US during October 6-8, 2016.

How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care
The Conversation US, 15 Feb
In global public health, 2016 was a year defined by the end of two important emergencies: Ebola and Zika. But that doesn't mean the risk either of these viruses ...


Resilience Action Planning: Implementing the Sendai Framework at the Local Level - Online course
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); UNISDR Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction at Incheon (UNISDR ONEA-GETI)
09 May 2016 - 10 Jul 2016 | Online Event

Humanitarian Healthcare Provider Training
Humanitarian U is a Canadian organisation founded in 2011 in response to the need to increase the preparedness and effectiveness of humanitarian aid workers in disaster situations. Humanitarian U does this by providing competency-­based, accessible, affordable, high-­quality, performance-­measured online training courses made by humanitarians for humanitarians.