News Pouch: 7 July 2017






WHO Ebola Situation report: 2 July

A worthy legacy of the Ebola catastrophe
The Washington Post, 6 July
One of the most disturbing lessons to emerge from the Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa in 2014-2015 was how unprepared the world was for it.

Phenology supports the eco-environmental hypothesis for Ebola spillover events
BioRxiv, 5 July

Abstract. Ebola virus disease outbreaks in mammals (including humans and great apes) start with sporadic host switches from unknown reservoir species.

Opinion: To fight the next Ebola, the G20 need to empower people to respond to everyday challenges
Devex, 6 July
This is vital as the world prepares for the next Ebola-like emergency, but the organizational stress that comes with these shifts in priorities also requires attention ...


OIE reports on ongoing outbreaks



H5N2 avian flu hits more Taiwanese poultry farms
CIDRAP, 5 July
Taiwan yesterday reported six more highly pathogenic H5N2 outbreaks, all of them involving commercial poultry farms, according to a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

H5N8 avian flu hits backyard birds in northern France
CIDRAP, 6 July
France yesterday reported a new highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza outbreak, which struck a location just across the border from a facility in Belgium that reported a recent event, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Epidemiology of Human Infections with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus in Guangdong, 2016 to 2017
Eurosurveillance, 6 July
We describe the epidemiology of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H7N9) based on poultry market environmental surveillance and laboratory-confirmed human cases in Guangdong, China. 

Inhibition of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus by a peptide derived from vFLIP through its direct destabilization of viruses
Nature, 7 July

The antiviral activities of synthesized Kα2-helix peptide, which was derived from the viral FLICE-like inhibitor protein (vFLIP) of Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), against influenza A virus (IAV) were investigated in vitro and in vivo, and mechanisms of action were suggested....

India declares itself free from Bird Flu
Times of India, 6 July
NEW DELHI: India has declared itself free from Bird Flu (highly pathogenic Avian Influenza - H5N1 and H5N8) and notified it to the World Organisation for ...



Is Zika Virus Still Around In The US? A CDC Report Suggests The Threat Is Still Very Real
Romper, 6 July
After dominating headlines for much of the summer in 2016, news of the mosquito-borne disease that caused life-threatening birth defects just sort of fizzled out ...

Zika: Costs of Prevention and Control
News-Medical Life Sciences, 6 July
An interview with Amesh Adalja, MD FIDSA, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab).

Pregnant Women Should Be Included In Zika Vaccine Trials, an Ethics
The Atlantic, 6 July

Zika is a disease whose burden falls most heavily on pregnant women. In most people who come down with it, the virus is symptomless, and passes through the ...





New Saudi MERS case confirmed as WHO details Lebanese man's illness
CIDRAP, 5 July
Saudi Arabia yesterday reported one new MERS-CoV case, involving a 57-year-old Saudi woman from Hail, and the World Health Organization (WHO) provided a detailed report on a recently announced imported infection detected in Lebanon.

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Monitoring winds down for contacts in Riyadh hospital clusters
CIDRAP, 6 July
Monitoring of contacts identified in three recent MERS-CoV hospital clusters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, ended on Jun 30, and no other cases have been detected, keeping the total number of people infected in the recent outbreaks to 49, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today in an update on the disease.


EC Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Center - Newsletter

  • Survey Report on Flood Risk Management in the EU, and the Floods Directive’s frst cycle of implementation
  • 7th Event of “Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies” (CoU), in Brussels
  • 2nd GEO Data Providers Workshop, in Florence
  • and more

These are the Appalling Conditions that Caused the Cholera Outbreak in Yemen--I Should Know, I Live Here
Independent, 5 July
As an aid worker in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, one of the worst affected areas, I have seen first-hand how war, lack of basic services and hunger have contributed to spread of this sickness.

G20 summit: act now in the fight against epidemics
Wellcome Trust, 7 July
At any moment, we could once again find ourselves in the midst of a new outbreak like the devastating Ebola epidemic that swept across West Africa in 2014.


Intensified effort and investment needed to keep famine at bay
FAO, 7 July
"The situation remains extremely dire," said FAO. "While we acknowledge progress, we cannot underestimate just how much remains to be done if we are to avert another famine declaration in 2017."



Global Health, Global Security
Harvard Medical School (registration), 5 July
The undeniable relationship between health, welfare and peace demands a ... collectively when faced with pandemics, the traditional concept of pandemic ...