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Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

(WHO) Based on epidemiological analysis conducted by WHO, three major factors are contributing to patterns of transmission, which are currently responsible for the continuous propagation of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the sub-region. These factors include transmission of EVD in rural communities, facilitated by strong cultural practices and traditional beliefs; transmission  Read More »

Vets ready to deal with foot-and-mouth

(NZ Farmer) New Zealand veterinarians and officials are better prepared for an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, following a visit to Nepal to see the problem first-hand. If the disease was to enter the country, it would be catastrophic for the economy, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries.

WHO Update on Poliovirus Found in Brazil

(Global Biodefense) On 18 June 2014, Brazil reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) that wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) had been detected in a sewage sample collected in March 2014 at Viracopos International Airport in Sao Paolo state. Genetic sequencing indicates that this virus is most closely related to the  Read More »

Ebola’s Deadly Spread in Africa Driven by Public Health Failures, Cultural Beliefs

(National Geographic) As the largest Ebola outbreak in history continues unabated, health authorities from 11 West African countries and international agencies began a two-day crisis meeting today in Accra, Ghana, on how to combat the crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) says “drastic action” is needed to stem the outbreak, which  Read More »

CDC says anthrax exposure ‘highly unlikely’ 

(New York Daily News) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising some employees to stop taking antibiotics to ward off a possible anthrax infection after preliminary tests suggest it is “highly unlikely” they were inadvertently exposed to live anthrax bacteria earlier this month, a spokesman said on Monday.  Read More »