February 5th, 2012
posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP February 5, 2012 @ 6:57 am
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Deadly salmonella outbreak which has killed one and left at least 50 ill is linked to pre-sliced watermelons from Brazil
“One person has died and at least 50 more have fallen ill from salmonella poisoning which may be linked to watermelons imported from Brazil.
The outbreak, which began in December, is believed to involve packs of ready-to-eat sliced watermelon….
Thirty five of the cases were in the UK, with 26 in England, five in Scotland, three in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.
The same strain of the bug has been identified in a further five cases in the Republic of Ireland and 15 in Germany….”
3 February 2012 -In December 2011, the Ministry of Health of Cameroon notified WHO of a yellow fever outbreak in the North Region of the country.
A total of 23 cases, including 7 deaths, have been reported to have occurred since October 2011 in Guider, Bibemi, Gaschiga, Lagdo, Mayo Oulo and Golombe districts. These cases were identified as part of the surveillance system, with fever and jaundice within the 14 days of onset.
At least 13 cases from six health districts were laboratory confirmed at the Institute Pasteur of Cameroon by IgM ELISA test, which was followed by the seroneutralizing test (PRNT), the most specific test for yellow fever, and by differential diagnostic for dengue and West Nile Virus conducted in the WHO regional reference laboratory for yellow fever, the Institute Pasteur of Dakar, Senegal.
WHO country office has been working with the government/health authorities in the outbreak field investigation to confirm the cases and assess the extent of the outbreak.
GAVI Alliance, UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the International Coordinating Group on Yellow Fever Vaccine Provision (YF-ICG) are supporting a reactive mass vaccination campaign which aims to cover over 1.2 million people in 8 health districts considered at high risk, namely Guider, Bibemi, Gaschiga, Lagdo, Mayo Oulo, Garoua I Garoua II, and Golombe.
The vaccination campaign began on 23 January 2012, covering these 8 health districts which were not covered in the 2009 preventive mass vaccination campaign because they have no history of yellow fever outbreak or yellow fever virus circulation.
7:52pm UK, Wednesday February 01, 2012
“At least nine British pensioners have received hospital treatment for Legionnaires’ Disease after a stay at Spanish hotel, it has been reported.
A 76-year-old man is in an intensive care unit at the Benidorm Clinic, two more are being treated on regular wards while a fourth has already been allowed home.
Dr Delfin Arzua from the clinic said: “Four British holidaymakers were admitted with symptoms of pneumonia and tests have confirmed Legionnaires’ disease.”
Five more pensioners were treated in UK hospitals after suffering symptoms when they returned home from Spain.
They all fell ill after holidaying at the four-star AR Diamante Beach hotel in Calpe, on the Costa Blanca…..”
FEMA Encourages Americans Across the Country to Join More Than One Million in Public Earthquake Drill – Jan 23 (FEMA)
Nine states across the central U.S. will participate in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 10:15 a.m. CST. FEMA is encouraging everyone across the central United States to participate in the event, including schools, businesses, governments and other organizations.