News Pouch: 22 September 2017



International Community Must Do More To Address Global Health Impacts Of Climate Change, Leaders At UNGA Say
Kaiser Family Foundation, 21 Sept
“Climate change is a central issue at this year's United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with multiple high-level meetings on the issue happening amid ...




OIE reports on ongoing outbreaks



WHO Influenza update - 298
Influenza activity remained at low levels in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. High levels of influenza activity continued to be reported in the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere and in some countries of South and South East Asia. In Central America and the Caribbean influenza activity continued to be reported in a few countries. Worldwide, influenza A(H3N2) viruses were predominating.

WHO: Existing flu vaccine not well suited for low-, middle-income countries
CIDRAP, 21 Sept
The results of a World Health Organization (WHO) working group convened to develop preferred product characteristics for next-generation influenza vaccines determined that current vaccines are not optimal for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The findings were published yesterday in Vaccine.

WHO: high flu activity continues in Australia, parts of Asia
CIDRAP, 20 Sept
High flu activity continues in several parts of the world, especially in Australia, as well as some countries in southern Asia and southeast Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest global flu update.

Flu Is Many Ways...
Virology Down Under, 20 Sept
A Mum gives birth to a baby but she is too ill with influenza to know it. As we read another tragic story of the severe impact from disease (in some cases, death) related to Australian influenza (Flu) virus infections this season, we should be reminded just how serious the Flu can be.

UNIST to track the spread of deadly avian influenza
EurekAlert, 20 Sept
"This will help minimize the risk of introducing infectious animal diseases, such as avian influenza (AI)." This new research center, with a gross floor area of ...


The European Medical Corps: First Public Health Team Mission and Future Perspectives
Eurosurveillance, 14 Sept
The 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa challenged traditional international mechanisms for public health team mobilisation to control outbreaks. Consequently, in February 2016, the European Union launched the European Medical Corps, a mechanism developed in collaboration with the WHO to rapidly deploy teams and equipment in response to public health emergencies inside and outside the EU.

Trusted messages proved essential to counter misperceptions during Ebola epidemic, 22 Sept
Targeted on two Ebola 'hotspots' in Sierra Leone, urban Freetown and the rural Bombali district, the study involved engaging the community in the development ...




Vaccine Against Zika Virus Must Remain a Priority
The Lancet, Oct 2017
On Sept 1, the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur announced that it was withdrawing from development of a vaccine against Zika virus infection. This announcement raises concerns about the future of Zika virus vaccine development, at a time when the number of cases is falling and other questions about the virus remain unanswered.

Zika Virus and Culex quinquefasciatus
The Lancet, Oct 2017
In early 2016, researchers in northeastern Brazil announced that another mosquito species, Culex quinquefasciatus, which also inhabits domestic environments, could be involved in the transmission of Zika virus.




Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates
WHO, 21 Sept
On 23 August 2017, the national IHR focal point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported one additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection.


Yemen's cholera outbreak totals almost 700,000 cases
CIDRAP, 20 Sept
Yemen's ongoing cholera crisis is approaching 700,000 cases, but the country is resisting the World Health Organization's (WHO's) efforts to vaccinate more children in that country, Reuters reported yesterday.

CDC Issues Guidance on Storm Recovery
Reuters, 20 Sept
The CDC has been using multiple channels to get the word out about post-storm safety to residents of areas still reeling from the effects of recent hurricanes. 

Move over malaria: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, dengue may thrive in warmer Africa
Reuters, 22 Sept
Hotter weather and migration to cities may make different diseases the scourge of the future in Africa, scientists say...

Rohingya Shelters: Fear of health emergency
The Daily Star, 21 Sept
Hundreds of thousands of refugees are living in an extremely precarious situation, and all the preconditions for a public health disaster are there, White said in ...


US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Its Partners' Contributions to Global Health Security
Emerging Infectious Diseases, 21 Sept
To achieve compliance with the revised World Health Organization International Health Regulations, countries must be able to rapidly prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. Most nations, however, remain unprepared to manage and control complex health emergencies, whether due to natural disasters, emerging infectious disease outbreaks, or the inadvertent or intentional release of highly pathogenic organisms.