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#Update: Interim #Guidance for the #Evaluation and #Management of #Infants with Possible Congenital #Zika Virus #Infection — #USA, August 2016 (CDCgov, MMWR)

  Title : #Update: Interim #Guidance for the #Evaluation and #Management of #Infants with Possible Congenital #Zika Virus #Infection — #USA...

28 Aug 2016

#Mexico, more than 200 #dengue and 37 #chikungunya cases reported in #Tamaulipas (Infomed, August 28 2016)

 

Title: #Mexico, more than 200 #dengue and 37 #chikungunya cases reported in #Tamaulipas.

Subject: Dengue & Chikungunya fever outbreaks in Mexico.

Source: Infomed (with Notimex and La Prensa Latina), full page: (LINK). Article in Spanish.

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Salud de Tamaulipas reporta 222 casos de dengue y 37 de chikungunya

by Dra. María Elena Reyes González  

La Secretaría de Salud de Tamaulipas reportó 222 casos de dengue y 37 casos de chikungunya en el estado en 2016, y descartó la presencia de casos de zika.

El titular de la dependencia, Norberto Treviño García Manzo, subrayó que los programas y acciones desarrollados en el estado coadyuvaron para evitar la presencia de zika en esta entidad; además de que no hay registro de personas fallecidas a consecuencia del dengue. Mencionó que el zika está presente en 12 estados del país, incluidas las entidades vecinas de Nuevo León y Veracruz, por ello las medidas preventivas no se relajan y se pide la colaboración de toda la población.

Agregó que las medidas intensivas de eliminación de criaderos y control del mosquito trasmisor ha evitado que estas enfermedades proliferen en la entidad.

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Keywords: Mexico; Dengue Fever; Chikungunya Fever.

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#Juno #spacecraft first close #approach to #Jupiter successfully (#NASA, August 28 2016)

 

Title: #Juno #spacecraft first close #approach to #Jupiter successfully.

Subject: Solar System exploration, Juno probe close approach to Jupiter.

Source: NASA, full page: (LINK). via Instagram.

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Soaring over Jupiter, our Juno spacecraft (@NASAJuno) successfully executed its first of 36 orbital flybys of the giant planet today. The time of closest approach with the gas-giant world was 9:44 a.m. EDT (13:44 UTC) when Juno passed about 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above Jupiter's swirling clouds. At the time, Juno was traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 kilometers per hour) with respect to the planet. This flyby was the closest Juno will get to Jupiter during its prime mission. "Early post-flyby telemetry indicates that everything worked as planned and Juno is firing on all cylinders," said Rick Nybakken, Juno project manager @NASAJPL. In this image, Jupiter's north polar region is coming into view as Juno approached the giant planet. This view of Jupiter was taken on today, when Juno was 437,000 miles (703,000 kilometers) away. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS #space #science #nasa #jpl #swri #planet #solarsystem #news #first #nasabeyond #astronomy #jupiter

Una foto pubblicata da NASA (@nasa) in data:

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Keywords: NASA; Space; Research; Solar System; Jupiter.

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27 Aug 2016

#Influenza and other #Respiratory #Viruses #Research #References #Library–August 27 2016 Issue

 

Title: #Influenza and other #Respiratory #Viruses #Research #References #Library–August 27 2016 Issue.

Subject: Human and Animal Influenza Viruses, other Respiratory Pathogens Research, weekly references library update.

Source: AMEDEO, hompeage: (LINK).

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This Week’s References:

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  1. LOEB M, Russell ML, Manning V, Fonseca K, et al.
    • Live Attenuated Versus Inactivated Influenza Vaccine in Hutterite Children: A Cluster Randomized Blinded Trial.
  2. DOVER DC, Kirwin EM, Hernandez-Ceron N, Nelson KA, et al.
  3. JAMES J, Howard W, Iqbal M, Nair V, et al.
    • Influenza A Virus PB1-F2 Protein Prolongs Viral Shedding in Chickens Lengthening the Transmission Window.
  4. KIM JH, Mishina M, Chung JR, Cole KS, et al.
  5. PANTIN-JACKWOOD MJ, Costa-Hurtado M, Shepherd E, DeJesus E, et al.
  6. RANADHEERA C, Hagan MW, Leung A, Collignon B, et al.
  7. LIU L, Zeng X, Chen P, Deng G, et al.
  8. TENG Q, Xu D, Shen W, Liu Q, et al.
    • A Single Mutation at Position 190 in Hemagglutinin Enhances Binding Affinity for Human Type Sialic Acid Receptor and Replication of H9N2 Avian Influenza Virus in Mice.
  9. DEDIEGO ML, Nogales A, Lambert-Emo K, Martinez-Sobrido L, et al.
    • An NS1 protein mutation (I64T) affects interferon responses and virulence of circulating H3N2 human influenza A viruses.
  10. HURT AC, Su YC, Aban M, Peck H, et al.
    • Correction for Chahal et al., Dendrimer-RNA nanoparticles generate protective immunity against lethal Ebola, H1N1 influenza, and Toxoplasma gondii challenges with a single dose.
  11. LOH L, Wang Z, Sant S, Koutsakos M, et al.
    • Human mucosal-associated invariant T cells contribute to antiviral influenza immunity via IL-18-dependent activation.
  12. SINGH SM, Alkie TN, Nagy E, Kulkarni RR, et al.
    • Delivery of an inactivated avian influenza virus vaccine adjuvanted with poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) encapsulated CpG ODN induces protective immune responses in chickens.
  13. PARK SJ, Si YJ, Kim J, Song MS, et al.
  14. TRAN D, Vaudry W, Moore D, Bettinger JA, et al.

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Keywords: Research; Abstracts; Influenza References Library.

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#HK, Acting #Secretary for Food and #Health on #Zika Virus #Infection (August 27 2016)

 

Title: #HK, Acting #Secretary for Food and #Health on #Zika Virus #Infection.

Subject: Zika Virus, first imported case in Hong Kong.

Source: Government of Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).

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Acting SFH on Zika Virus Infection

Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Acting Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan, after officiating at the Baby-friendly Hospital Designation Ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital today (August 27):

Reporter:

‘’Now there is a new Zika case in Hong Kong. Is the Government doing anything or extra measures with the Hospital Authority to prevent any escalation of the virus?’’

Acting Secretary for Food and Health:

‘’We have just had an imported Zika virus case. Because the testing of the blood and urine samples (of the concerned patient) has shown negative, based on clinical judgement, the patient was discharged last night.

‘’Obviously, even after the patient has been discharged, we will continue our medical surveillance in order to monitor the patient and her family members who went to the same place where this patient was on holiday.

‘’We will continue medical surveillance and if necessary, we will continue to have blood taking.

‘’On other measures, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has been strengthening their mosquito control measures in all 18 districts as a routine measure.

‘’In particular, because the patient has been to Central and Western district, Wan Chai, Tseung Kwan O where she lives in, and Sai Kung, the department has strengthened the mosquito control measures in these areas too.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

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Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; Zika Virus.

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#Singapore hit by first case of locally transmitted #Zika virus #infection (Straits Times, August 27 2016)

 

Title: #Singapore hit by first case of locally transmitted #Zika virus #infection.

Subject: Zika Virus, first instance of vector-borne transmission in Singapore.

Source: The Straits Times, full page: (LINK).

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Singapore hit by first case of locally transmitted Zika virus infection

Lin Yangchen / linyc@sph.com.sg

SINGAPORE - In the first case of locally-transmitted Zika infection here, a 47-year-old Malaysian woman living in Aljunied Crescent tested positive for the virus on Saturday (Aug 27) at the Communicable Diseases Centre (CDC) at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

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Keywords: Singapore; Zika Virus.

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#MERS-CoV, #Saudi Arabia: No New Cases reported in the last 24 hours (@SaudiMOH, August 27 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 Coronavirus Cases Recorded

8/27/2016

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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]

  • 1448At least 608 - 3

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Keywords: MERS-CoV; Updates; Saudi Arabia.

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#Congo DR, five #cholera cases reported in #Kinshasa (Radio Okapi, August 27 2016)

 

Title: #Congo DR, five #cholera cases reported in #Kinshasa.

Subject: Cholera outbreak in Congo DR.

Source: Radio Okapi, full page: (LINK). Article in French.

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Kinshasa: cinq cas de choléra détectés à Limete, un mort

Le choléra a fait un mort sur les cinq cas recensés, au quartier Paka Djuma, dans la commune de Limete (Kinshasa). L’infirmier titulaire-adjoint du Centre de sante Mimia, Nicolas Moke, a livré ces statistiques, vendredi 26 août, à Radio Okapi.

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Keywords: Cholera; Congo DR.

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#Zika virus strain #Zika virus/Homo sapiens/VEN/UF-1/2016, complete #genome (ENA, August 27 2016)

 

Title: #Zika virus strain #Zika virus/Homo sapiens/VEN/UF-1/2016, complete #genome.

Subject: Zika Virus, genome sequences repository entry.

Source: ENA, full page: (LINK). Entry links only.

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Zika virus strain Zika virus/Homo sapiens/VEN/UF-1/2016, complete genome.

2016-08-27 00:56:04.0

--| European Nucleotide Archive |--

--| KX702400 - Zika virus strain Zika virus/Homo sapiens/VEN/UF-1/2016, complete genome.

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Keywords: Research; Zika Virus.

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#Biologist #SallyWarring documents the #microorganisms living in #NYC’s murkiest #waters (NYT, August 27 2016)

 

Title: Biology Sally Warring documents the micro-organisms living in NYC’s murkiest waters using a phone and a microscope.

Subject: Ecology, research.

Source: The New York Times, full page: (LINK). via Instagram.

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Keywords: USA; New York; Biology.

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26 Aug 2016

#USA, #Florida: Department of Health Daily #Zika #Update (August 26 2016)

 

Title: #USA, #Florida: Department of Health Daily #Zika #Update.

Subject: Zika Virus, US State of Florida daily epidemiological update.

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

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Department of Health Daily Zika Update

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications / August 26, 2016 / Press Release / Contact: Communications Office, NewsMedia@flhealth.gov - (850) 245-4111

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Tallahassee, Fla.

In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the Zika virus,  the department will issue a Zika virus update each week day. Updates will include a Zika case count by county and information to keep Floridians informed and prepared.

There are 15 new travel related cases today, three in Broward, three in Pinellas, one in Collier, one in Hillsborough, one in Orange, one in Sarasota and five involving pregnant women.

Please visit our website to see the full list of travel-related cases.

 

Number of Zika cases by county

[County - Number of Cases (all travel related)]

  1. Alachua – 8
  2. Bay – 3
  3. Brevard – 12
  4. Broward – 96
  5. Charlotte – 1
  6. Citrus – 2
  7. Clay – 3
  8. Collier – 6
  9. Duval – 8
  10. Escambia – 2
  11. Hernando – 4
  12. Highlands – 1
  13. Hillsborough – 16
  14. Lake – 3
  15. Lee – 8
  16. Leon – 2
  17. Manatee – 3
  18. Marion – 2
  19. Martin – 2
  20. Miami-Dade – 160
  21. Monroe – 2
  22. Okaloosa – 2
  23. Okeechobee – 1
  24. Orange – 64
  25. Osceola – 24
  26. Palm Beach – 30
  27. Pasco – 7
  28. Pinellas – 13
  29. Polk – 20
  30. Santa Rosa – 2
  31. Sarasota – 1
  32. Seminole – 18
  33. St. Johns – 3
  34. St. Lucie – 5
  35. Volusia – 8
  • Total cases not involving pregnant women – 545
    • Cases involving pregnant women regardless of symptoms – 75

Data as of Aug. 26, 2016 - 3:09pm EST

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There are no new non-travel related cases today.

The department learned from its ongoing investigation that one of the individuals initially classified as a locally acquired case in the Wynwood area, had recent travel outside the U.S. to an area with widespread, ongoing Zika transmission.

Therefore, our non-travel related case count has decreased by one, to 42, and our travel-associated case count has increased by one.

DOH continues door-to-door outreach and targeted testing in Pinellas, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties and mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place around the locations that are being investigated. DOH believes ongoing transmission is only taking place within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County, see maps below.

One case does not mean ongoing active transmission is taking place. DOH conducts a thorough investigation by sampling close contacts and community members around each case to determine if additional people are infected. If DOH finds evidence that active transmission is occurring in an area, the media and the public will be notified.

For a complete breakdown of non-travel and travel-related Zika infections to-date, please see below.

 

[Infection Type - Infection Count]

  • Travel-Related   Infections of Zika -  545
  • Non-Travel   Related Infections of Zika - 42
  • Infections   Involving Pregnant Women – 75

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The department is currently conducting 10 investigations. Information regarding the investigations can be found here. If investigations reveal additional areas of active transmission, the department will announce a defined area of concern. 

 

Active Investigations

The department is currently conducting 10 active investigations.

  1. Identified one-square mile in Miami-Dade – Two (2) original cases
    • [Total # of Samples Collected - Negative Samples - Positive Samples - Pending Results]
      • 519 – 492 – 260
    • Door to door outreach and sampling continue.
    • Mosquito abatement and reduction activities are on-going.
    • The department has cleared three portions within the one-square mile as no additional people tested positive in those areas. The CDC continues to monitor the area per their guidelines.
  2. First Miami-Dade investigation outside of Wynwood: One (1) case
    • [Total # of Samples Collected - Negative Samples - Positive Samples - Pending Results*]
      • 21 – 21 – 00
    • Awaiting confirmatory testing from CDC to rule out infection.
  3. One (1) case in Palm Beach County:
    • [Total # of Samples Collected - Negative Samples - Positive Samples - Pending Results]
      • 3 – 3 – 00
  4. Second Miami-Dade investigation outside of Wynwood: One (1) case
    • The investigation is beginning in this area in Miami-Dade County.
    • Mosquito abatement and reduction activities will take place around the area of interest.
  5. Third Miami-Dade investigation outside of Wynwood: One (1) case
    • [Total # of Samples Collected  - Negative Samples - Positive Samples - Pending Results]
      • 6 – 1 – 05
  6. Fourth Miami-Dade investigation outside of Wynwood: One (1) case
    • [Total # of Samples Collected - Negative Samples - Positive Samples - Pending Results]
      • 27 – 24 – 03
  7. Sixth Miami-Dade investigation outside of Wynwood: One (1) case
    • The investigation is beginning in this area in Miami-Dade County.
    • Mosquito abatement and reduction activities will take place around the area of interest
  8. Miami-Beach Investigation: Five index cases, 3 are out of state
    • The investigation is beginning in this area in Miami-Dade County.
    • Mosquito abatement and reduction activities will take place around the area of interest
    • [Total # of Samples Collected - Negative Samples - Positive Samples - Pending Results]
      • 97 – 0 – 097
  9. Pinellas Investigation: One (1) case
    • [Total # of Samples Collected - Negative Samples - Positive Samples - Pending Results]
      • 21 – 3 – 018
  10. Second Palm Beach County Investigation: One (1) case
    • [Total # of Samples Collected - Negative Samples - Positive Samples - Pending Results]
      • 5 – 0 – 05

 

CLOSED INVESTIGATIONS

  • The department has closed out the investigations into the first cases in Miami-Dade and Broward County (two cases). On Aug. 23, the department had enough information to close two of the ongoing investigations in Miami-Dade County, both were determined to be single cases with no additional transmission or linkage to areas of active transmission.

Data as of Aug. 26, 2016 - 3:09pm EST

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The department has conducted Zika virus testing for more than 4,110 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 6,253 people for active Zika virus and 2,936 for Zika antibodies. At Governor Scott’s direction, all county health departments now offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.

Florida’s small case cluster is not considered widespread transmission, however, pregnant women are advised to avoid non-essential travel to the impacted area in Miami-Dade County (see map below). If you are pregnant and must travel or if you live or work in the impacted area, protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing insect repellent, long clothing and limiting your time outdoors. 

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Keywords: USA; Updates; Zika Virus; Florida.

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