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China bubonic plague death: Town of 30,000 placed in quarantine after man dies sparking ‘Black Death’ outbreak fears

(The Independent) An entire Chinese town of 30,000 people has been quarantined off from the rest of the country after a man living in a nearby village died from bubonic plague. Police have now had the old town of Yumen city in Gansu province sealed off for more than a week, the Xinhua state media  Read More »

West Africa Ebola outbreak total tops 1,000

(University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy) As 67 new Ebola virus disease (EVD) illnesses in Sierra Leone and Liberia pushed the outbreak total to 1,048 cases, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned about the risk of virus transmission from wildlife, especially fruit bats. Along with new infections, 19  Read More »

Pork industry signs biosecurity deal

(Radio New Zealand) The pork industry has signed a new biosecurity agreement with the Government. It became just the second sector, after the kiwifruit industry to sign a Government Industry Agreement deed. Under the deal signed on Tuesday at New Zealand Pork’s annual conference in Auckland, the pork industry shares the costs of biosecurity, and  Read More »

FAO warns of fruit bat risk in West African Ebola epidemic

(FAO) Increased efforts are needed to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species including fruit bats, FAO warned today. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the world’s deadliest recorded outbreak of the virus, which is transmitted by direct  Read More »

First Locally Acquired Chikungunya Case Reported in Florida

(Global Biodefense) Seven months after the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya was recognized in the Western Hemisphere, the first locally acquired case of the disease has surfaced in the continental United States. The case was reported Thursday, July 17 in Florida in a male who had not recently traveled outside the United States.