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#GBS & #Microcephaly: #Zika #causality #statement, 7 September 2016 (@WHO)

  Title : #GBS & #Microcephaly: #Zika #causality #statement, 7 September 2016. Subject : Zika Virus and related complications, consens...

28 Sep 2016

#Massachusetts DoH Continues to Investigate #Ecoli O157:H7 Cases Linked to #Beef from #Adams #Farm in Athol, Mass. (Sept. 28 ‘16)


Title: #Massachusetts DoH Continues to Investigate #Ecoli O157:H7 Cases Linked to #Beef from #Adams #Farm in Athol, Mass..

Subject: Food Safety, E. Coli infection linked to beef consumption, Mass.

Source: US State of Massachusetts Department of Health, full page: (LINK).

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For Immediate Release - September 28, 2016


Massachusetts Department of Public Health Continues to Investigate E. coliO157:H7 Cases Linked to Beef from Adams Farm in Athol, Mass.



On Saturday, September 24, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a Class 1 recall notice for meat products processed on at least 27 days between July 21 and September 22, at Adams Farm Slaughterhouse located in Athol, Mass. (USDA Establishment Number 5497).

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating four cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection in Massachusetts residents who reported consuming beef processed by Adams Farm during the period in question.

A full list describing products and lot numbers from Adams Farm subject to this recall can be found by visiting the USDA website at the following link:

Consumers who have purchased these products and still have them, fresh or frozen, should discard them or return them to the place of purchase.

The meat products listed in this recall were shipped to wholesale distributors, restaurants, retail stores, and farmer’s markets in Massachusetts and neighboring states.

Adams Farm is contacting all of its retail and wholesale customers to notify them about the recall.

The most up-to-date distribution list of retail establishments that received products from Adams Farm can be viewed by selecting the “Distribution List PDF” link on the USDA recall notice above.


About E. coli O157:H7

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism.

While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old and in older adults. It is marked by easily bruised or grayish skin and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. No cases of HUS have been reported in this investigation.

The DPH recommends that people should always consume only fully-cooked ground meat, regardless of place of purchase, including organic, grass-fed, and locally-sourced beef. Cooking meat to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit will kill the bacteria.

Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult their health care provider, their local board of health, or the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800, which is available 24/7.

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Keywords: USA; Updates; Massachusetts; E. Coli; Food Safety.


#USA, #Florida, #Zika: Gov. Scott, “#Congress must pass #funding and stop ignoring the #health of #pregnant #women’’ (Sept. 28 ‘16)


Title: #USA, #Florida, #Zika: Gov. Scott, “#Congress must pass #funding and stop ignoring the #health of #pregnant #women’’.

Subject: Zika Virus, epidemic preparedness and response in Florida.

Source: US State of Florida Office of the Governor, full page: (LINK).

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On September 28, 2016, in News Releases, by Staff  / Gov. Scott Also Calls on CDC for More Action



Today, following news of a potential agreement in Congress for Zika funding, Governor Rick Scott once again called on the federal government to stop playing politics with the health and safety of Americans and quickly pass funding to address this national issue.

Governor Scott said:

“The people of Florida are tired of Washington being all talk and no action.

‘’Yesterday, Congress once again failed to pass a bill that would fund Zika preparedness and response.

‘’It’s unacceptable and I don’t understand how any lawmaker could turn their back on the health and safety of pregnant women and their growing babies.

‘’In May, and again this month, I asked Congress to hold a field hearing on Zika preparedness and prevention in Miami.

‘’They have failed to do so and are ignoring the very people who are working hard to combat this virus.

‘’Every day that Congress fails to act, more cases are diagnosed in our state. With nearly 800 travel-related cases and more than 100 locally acquired cases of Zika in Florida, the time for Congress to act is now.”



Governor Scott today also called on the CDC to take the following actions:

  • The CDC to match Florida’s $25 million investment in Zika research to help develop a vaccine;
  • The CDC to take immediate action to accelerate their testing process; and
  • The CDC to provide Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach with guidance on how to better control the mosquitos that carry Zika.

Governor Scott continued:

“Just last week, I authorized $25 million in state funds to support research to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus and enhance Zika testing methods.

‘’Florida’s investment in research is an important first step and that is why today, I am calling on the CDC to match our funding so we can develop a vaccine and keep pregnant women and their growing babies safe. I am hopeful that the CDC will join Florida in defeating this virus by quickly allocating matching funds.

“I am also requesting that the CDC take immediate action to accelerate its testing process. Many of Florida’s Zika tests must be confirmed through the CDC and the quicker we can return results back to health care providers, the faster they can get information to their patients.

‘’I also challenge Florida’s health care providers to expedite testing so they can share information with their patients as quickly as possible. We all have a role to play in keeping Floridians and visitors informed and safe.

“It is also incredibly important for our communities, especially those in Miami-Dade County, to have a long-term plan to aggressively combat the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.

‘’While we quickly saw reductions of mosquitoes in Wynwood and in the first zone in Miami Beach following aggressive aerial spraying, we have not seen similar reductions in the extended zone in Miami Beach where aerial spraying is not occurring. That is why I am requesting that the CDC work with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach to provide guidance on how these communities can continue their fight against these mosquitoes and prevent the spread of Zika.

“I look forward to the CDC fulfilling these requests and hope that Congress will fund Zika now.”



Governor Scott also has the following outstanding requests to the Obama Administration:

  • An additional 10,000 Zika prevention kits. (Governor Scott requested on Aug. 19th)
  • A detailed plan from the Obama Administration on how they would like Florida to work with FEMA now that Zika has become mosquito-borne. (Initially requested on June 1st – requested again Aug. 19th)



Keywords: USA; Updates; Florida; Zika Virus.


A new #pill for treating #tuberculosis among #children launched in #Kenya (BBC)


Title: A new #pill for treating #tuberculosis among #children launched in #Kenya.

Subject: TB, new kind of pill easy to use to treat children.

Source: BBC, full page: (LINK).

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Keywords: African Region; Tuberculosis; Antibiotics.


#Nicaragua reported 143 #deaths and around 96,000 #pneumonia cases so far this year (Infomed, Sept. 28 ‘16)


Title: Nicaragua reported 143 deaths and around 96,000 pneumonia cases so far this year.

Subject: Severe Acute Respiratory Illness in Nicaragua.

Source: Infomed, full page: (LINK). Article in Spanish.

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Reportan 143 muertos y casi 96 000 afectados por neumonía

by Dra. María Elena Reyes González 

Al menos 143 personas han muerto y casi 96 000 han enfermado de neumonía en Nicaragua durante este año, informaron recientemente autoridades de salud.

Un informe divulgado por el Ministerio de Salud (Minsa) indicó que solamente en la última semana se reportaron cuatro fallecimientos por neumonía en distintas zonas del país. La cifra de contagios este año asciende a 95 859 personas, 7 % más que en el mismo período de 2015, cuando se reportaron 89 884 personas enfermas, precisó el reporte.



Keywords: SARI, Pneumonia; Nicaragua.


#USA, #Texas: Reported #Zika Virus Cases – September 28, 2016 (DoH, edited)


Title: #USA, #Texas: Reported #Zika Virus Cases – September 28, 2016.

Subject: Zika Virus, daily epidemiological update by Texas DoH.

Source: US State of Texas Department of Health, full page: (LINK).

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Reported Zika Virus Cases – September 28, 2016


Texas has had 204 reported cases of Zika virus disease. All the cases were associated with travel to an area where Zika is being spread.

This count includes 12 pregnant women, two infants infected before birth, and two people who had sexual contact with travelers.


Texas Zika Cases by County:

[County  - Cases]

  1. Angelina  - 1
  2. Bell  - 6
  3. Bexar  - 15
  4. Brazos – 3
  5. Burnet  - 1
  6. Cameron – 2
  7. Collin  - 5
  8. Dallas  - 35
  9. Denton  - 6
  10. El Paso  - 3
  11. Ellis  - 1
  12. Fort Bend  - 7
  13. Frio  - 1
  14. Galveston – 7
  15. Gray  - 1
  16. Grayson  - 1
  17. Gregg  - 1
  18. Hamilton  - 1
  19. Harris  - 56
  20. Jefferson  - 2
  21. Lee  - 1
  22. Lubbock  - 1
  23. Matagorda  - 1
  24. Medina  - 1
  25. Midland  - 1
  26. Montgomery  - 1
  27. Palo Pinto  - 1
  28. Randall  - 1
  29. Tarrant  - 22
  30. Travis  - 8
  31. Upshur  - 1
  32. Val Verde  - 1
  33. Walker  - 1
  34. Williamson  - 5
  35. Webb  - 2
  36. Wise  - 1
    • Total – 204


Note: Zika case data for Texas will be updated each weekday no later than 11 a.m.


Keywords: USA; Updates; Zika Virus; Texas.


#MERS-CoV, #Saudi Arabia: No New Cases reported in the last 24 hours (@SaudiMOH, September 28 2016)


Title: MERS-CoV, Saudi Arabia: No New Cases reported in the last 24 hours.

Subject: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Epidemic in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, daily update.

Source: Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health, full page: (LINK).

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MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded



New Cases:

  • No reports

New Recoveries:

  • No reports

New Deaths:

  • No reports

Cumulative number of confirmed cases and deaths since June 2012:

[Total No. of Cases – Total No. of Deaths – Patients under treatment]

  • 1456At least 611 - 3



Keywords: MERS-CoV; Saudi Arabia; Updates.


#Singapore, #Zika #Cases & #Clusters as of September 28 2016 (NEA, edited)


Title: #Singapore, #Zika #Cases & #Clusters as of September 28 2016.

Subject: Zika Virus, ongoing vector-borne transmission in Singapore.

Source: Singapore National Environment Agency, full page: (LINK).

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Zika Cases & Clusters as of September 28 2016


Number of Zika Cases

It is important to note that the day-to-day numbers fluctuate, as they depend on the number of cases notified each day. Therefore, weekly numbers are a better reflection of actual trends.


Number of Reported Cases

  • 22-Sep - 1
  • 23-Sep - 2
  • 24-Sep - 4
  • 25-Sep - 2
  • 26-Sep - 0
  • 27 Sep - 1
  • 28 Sep at 3PM - 2


Number of Reported Cases by E-week (from Sun 0000hrs to Sat 2359hrs)

  • Epi-week 33 (14-20Aug16) - 0
  • Epi-week 34 (21-27Aug16) - 1
  • Epi-week 35 (28Aug-3Sep16) - 214^
  • Epi-week 36 (4-10Sep16) - 103
  • Epi-week 37 (11-17Sep16) - 62
  • Epi-week 38 (18-24Sep16) - 11
  • Epi-week 39 (25-28Sep16 at 3 PM) – 5
    • Cumulative No. of cases for 2016 (First 38 weeks): 392


^52 cases from look-back exercise


Compiled by Communicable Diseases Division, Ministry of Health


Location of Active Zika Clusters As of 28 Sep 2016

[S/N – Locality]

  1. Aljunied Cres (Blk 95,97,98,99,100,101,102,103,104,105,106,107,108,109,110,111,112)
    • Aljunied Rd
    • Aljunied Rd (Blk 125)
    • Circuit Rd (Blk 61,85)
    • Geylang East Ave 1 (Blk 126)
    • Geylang East Ctrl (Blk 1 22)
    • Lor 21A,23,25 Geylang
    • Paya Lebar Way (Blk 91,120,121,122,123)
    • Pipit Rd (Blk 54, 56, 92A)
    • Sims Dr (Blk 42A,43,44)
    • Sims Pl (Blk 52,53)
      • 294 cases as of 28 Sep 2016, of which 4 cases with onset in the last 2 weeks;
  2. Bedok Nth Ave 2 (Blk 514)
    • Bedok Nth Ave 3 (404,405,507)
    • Bedok Nth St 3 (Blk 525)
      • 5 cases as of 28 Sep 2016, of which 0 cases with onset in the last 2 weeks;
  3. Joo Seng Rd (Blk 17, 18, 21)
    • Vernon Pk
      • 4 cases as of 28 Sep 2016, of which 0 cases with onset in the last 2 weeks;
  4. Elite Ter
    • Fidelio St
    • Jln Tua Kong (Park East)
    • Tua Kong Green
    • Siglap Rd (Flamingo Valley)
      • 13 cases as of 28 Sep 2016, of which 0 cases with onset in the last 2 weeks;
  5. Ubi Ave 1, Cres
      • 4 cases as of 28 Sep 2016, of which 0 cases with onset in the last 2 weeks;
  6. Balam Rd (Blk 29)
    • Circuit Rd (Blk 35)
    • Jln Raya
      • 3 cases as of 28 Sep 2016, of which 0 cases with onset in the last 2 weeks;
  7. Sengkang Ctrl (Blk 272C)
    • Sengkang East Ave (Blk 279C)
      • 2 cases as of 28 Sep 2016, of which 0 cases with onset in the last 2 weeks;
  8. Hougang Ave 7 (Blk 325)
      • 2 cases as of 28 Sep 2016, of which 0 cases with onset in the last 2 weeks.


For a list of clusters closed and under surveillance, please click here.

Last updated on 28 Sep 2016


Keywords: Singapore; Updates; Zika Virus.


28 September is World #Rabies Day! (@WHO)


Title: 28 September is World #Rabies Day!

Subject: Rabies, awareness campaign by the WHO.

Source: World  Health Organization (WHO), full page: (LINK). via Instagram.

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Keywords: WHO; Updates; Rabies; Educational Materials.


Banning #nuclear #weapons is crucial for #globalhealth (The Guardian, September 28 2016)


Title: Banning #nuclear #weapons is crucial for #globalhealth.

Subject: Nuclear Weapons, global health risk.

Source: The Guardian, full page: (LINK).

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Banning nuclear weapons is crucial for global health

by Ira Helfand, Tilman Ruff, Michael Marmot Frances Hughes and Michael Moore 

Less than 1% of the nuclear weapons in the world today could put two billion people at risk of starvation. World-leading health experts have called on the UN to introduce a ban treaty as a global health priority



Keywords: Society; Wars; WMD; Global Health.


#Thailand rules out #Zika link in 2 #microcephaly cases; investigating 2 others (CNA, September 28 2016)


Title: #Thailand rules out #Zika link in 2 #microcephaly cases; investigating 2 others.

Subject: Zika Virus, endemic vector-borne transmission in Thailand.

Source: Channel News Asia, full page: (LINK).

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Thailand rules out Zika link in 2 microcephaly cases; investigating 2 others

The two remaining cases could be the first linked to Zika in Southeast Asia with the condition that results in babies being born with small heads.



Keywords: Thailand; Zika Virus; Microcephaly.