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December 19, 2014

China
•  Hong Kong: DH closely monitors additional MERS cases in Saudi Arabia (Link)

Egypt
•  Ninth Egyptian Dies of Bird Flu - Official (H5N1) (Link)

India
•  No more ducks at Sukhna Lake (H5N1) (Link)
•  Punjab orders emergency precautionary measures to check outbreak of H5N1 flu (Link)
•  Domesticated geese culled in Chandigarh (H5N1) (Link)
•  Telangana hushes up swine flu death as more cases pour in (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  WHO: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) - Saudi Arabia (Link)
•  Saudi MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded', no recoveries, no deaths, Dec. 19, 2014 (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Western Area Surge combats Ebola pro-actively (Link)

United States
•  WA: Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Washington (Link)
•  WA: Bird flu in Whatcom County linked to Wiser Lake area (Link)
•  CDC: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (Link)

Research
•  CIDRAP: NIH permits MERS-CoV, some flu GOF studies to resume (Link)
•  CIDRAP: Data request slows timetable for Ebola vaccine trial (Link)
•  High-dose flu vaccine superior for frail elderly living in long-term care facilities (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, December 19, 2014 (Link)

General
•  CIDRAP: Officials report H5N8 outbreak in Germany, H5N1 in India (Link)
•  Ebola: CDC (US): Latest Case Counts (Link)
•  WHO: Situation summary Data published on 19 December 2014 (Link)
•  The Bird Flu Report; Daily News About Avian Influenza (Link)
•  Ebola response roadmap - Situation report; Dec. 17, 2014 (Link)
•  CDC: (Ebola Virus Disease) What's New (Link)
•  UPMC Center for Health Security: Headlines (Link)

Commentary
•   Avian Flu Diary, Michael Coston (Link)
•  The Bifurcated Needle (Link)
•  Avian Flu Diary, Michael Coston; new blog posts (Link)


December 20, 2014

China
•  Hong Kong: DH closely monitors additional MERS cases in Saudi Arabia (Link)

Egypt
•  Ninth Egyptian Dies of Bird Flu - Official (H5N1) (Link)

India
•  No more ducks at Sukhna Lake (H5N1) (Link)
•  Punjab orders emergency precautionary measures to check outbreak of H5N1 flu (Link)
•  Domesticated geese culled in Chandigarh (H5N1) (Link)
•  Telangana hushes up swine flu death as more cases pour in (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  WHO: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) - Saudi Arabia (Link)
•  Saudi MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded', no recoveries, no deaths, Dec. 19, 2014 (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Western Area Surge combats Ebola pro-actively (Link)

United States
•  WA: Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Washington (Link)
•  WA: Bird flu in Whatcom County linked to Wiser Lake area (Link)
•  CDC: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (Link)

Research
•  CIDRAP: NIH permits MERS-CoV, some flu GOF studies to resume (Link)
•  CIDRAP: Data request slows timetable for Ebola vaccine trial (Link)
•  High-dose flu vaccine superior for frail elderly living in long-term care facilities (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, December 19, 2014 (Link)

General
•  CIDRAP: Officials report H5N8 outbreak in Germany, H5N1 in India (Link)
•  Ebola: CDC (US): Latest Case Counts (Link)
•  WHO: Situation summary Data published on 19 December 2014 (Link)
•  The Bird Flu Report; Daily News About Avian Influenza (Link)
•  Ebola response roadmap - Situation report; Dec. 17, 2014 (Link)
•  CDC: (Ebola Virus Disease) What's New (Link)
•  UPMC Center for Health Security: Headlines (Link)

Commentary
•   Avian Flu Diary, Michael Coston (Link)
•  The Bifurcated Needle (Link)
•  Avian Flu Diary, Michael Coston; new blog posts (Link)

December 21, 2014

India
•  Lack of diagnostic facilities delay H1N1 detection: Doctors (Link)
•  Tackling rumour mills a difficult task (Link)

Philippines
•  POEA imposes total deployment ban in Ebola-hit countries (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Saudi MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded', no recoveries, no deaths, Dec.. 21 (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Sierra Leone to withdraw Somalia troops over Ebola (Link)

South Korea
•  S. Korea bans poultry imports from U.S. on AI (Link)

United States
•  CO: Flu cases are rising this season in Colorado, CDC says (Link)
•  IN: Indiana University Health hospitals to restrict visitors to reduce spread of flu (Link)
•  NC: Dozens battling flu in Robeson county after 5 already died in North Carolina (Link)
•  OR: Bird flu outbreak spreads to Southern Oregon (Link)
•  VA: Flu reaches 'widespread' levels in Virginia (Link)
•  New apps steers patients away from branded cold/flu meds (Link)

Research
•  New suit for Ebola workers promises more comfort, safety (Link)

General
•  Chikungunya Outbreak In Americas: Debilitating Disease From Mosquitoes Sweeps Over Americas, Infects More Than One Million (Link)
•  Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7‚373 - WHO (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, December 19-21, 2014 (Link)

Commentary
•  Fujian H5N8 Accelerated Spread In Germany (Link)
•  Avian Flu Diary, Michael Coston; new blog posts (Link)
•  The Bifurcated Needle; blog of the UMPC Health Security Center (Link)

December 22, 2014

China
•  China reports seven new human cases of H7N9 avian influenza (Link)

India
•  Bird Flu Alert in Uttar Pradesh, Import of Poultry Products Banned (H5N1) (Link)
•  Medical teams to examine students who visited lake (H5N1) (Link)
•  More crows drop dead (H5N1) (Link)
•  28-year-old man with swine flu turns critical (H1N1) (Link)
•  Chandigarh official hospitalised with suspected bird flu after geese cull (H5N1) (Link)

Kenya
•  Kenya Begins Ebola Vaccine Trial (Link)

Liberia
•  Woman Who Saved Family From Ebola Will Attend Nursing School In U.S. (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Saudi MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded', 1 recovery, no deaths, Dec. 22 (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  UN chief visits Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone (Link)
•  Imagine a disease wiping out 64,000 U.S. doctors. Now, you understand Ebola in Sierra Leone. (Link)

United States
•  Ebola: US to quarantine Nigerian medical personnel (Link)
•  BioCryst flu treatment wins FDA approval (Link)
•  Flu drug Tamiflu in short supply; doctors say there's an alternative (Link)
•  CDC: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (Link)

Research
•  WHO Ebola R&D Effort - vaccines, therapies, diagnostics (Link)

General
•  IMF policies criticised over weak response to Ebola in West Africa (Link)
•  IMF policies blamed for Ebola spread in West Africa (Link)
•  WHO: Ebola Situation summary Data published on 22 December 2014 (Link)
•  WHO: Ebola response roadmap - Situation report 17 December 2014 (Link)
•  The Bird Flu Report; Daily News About Avian Influenza (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, December 22, 2014 (Link)
•   Ebola: The Executive Summary, 12/22 (Link)

Commentary
•  Recombinomics: Fujian H5N2 Cluster In Langley / Aldergrove Confirmed (Canada) (Link)
•  Avian Flu Diary, Michael Coston; new blog posts (Link)


December 23, 2014

Canada
•  Avian flu virus strain in B.C. a North American first (Link)

China
•  Four more bird flu deaths reported in mainland (Link)
•  Notification of confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangdong (Link)
•  Hong Kong CHP: Cluster of Parainfluenza Virus Type 3 and Human Metapneumovirus cases in Castle Peak Hospital (Link)

Egypt
•  Egyptian MOH: Results of the analyzes of the central laboratory confirms positive N5H1 virus-injury case (Link) Translated article  (Link)

Guinea
•  C.D.C. Head Says Fight on Ebola Will Be Long (Link)

India
•  Thousands Partake of Free Duck Roast (H5N1) (Link)
•  Teams monitoring Pong Dam for bird flu (H5N1) (Link)
•  5 geese die in Fatehgarh Sahib (H5N1) (Link)
•  Under-observation & suspected cases test negative for H5N1 flu (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  CIDRAP: MERS strikes Saudi man; health worker recovers (Link)
•  Saudi MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded' , no recoveries, no deaths, Dec. 23, 2014 (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Ebola Surging in Sierra Leone Despite Signs of Progress: US CDC (Link)
•  Untested Ebola drug given to patients in Sierra Leone causes UK walkout (Link)

General
•   Ebola Death Toll Crosses 7,500: WHO (Link)
•  CIDRAP: Chikungunya cases approach 1.1 million, with big increase in Guatemala (Link)
•  WHO: Situation summary - Data published on 23 December 2014 (Link)
•  The Bird Flu Report; Daily News About Avian Influenza (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, December 22-23, 2014 (Link)
•  Ebola: The Executive Summary, 12/23 (Link)
•  UPMC Center for Health Security Headlines: December 22, 2014 (Link)
•  Avian Flu Diary, Michael Coston; new blog posts (Link)

Commentary
•  Recombinomics: Fujian H5N8 In Oregon Matches Europe and Japan (Link)


December 24, 2014

Canada
•  British Columbia: Avian flu spreads to first backyard coop in Langley, B.C. (Link)

China
•  South China Reports Human Case Of H5N6 Avian Flu (Link)
•  Hong Kong CHP: Notification of confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangdong (Link)
•  WHO: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus - China (Link)

India
•  H1N1 cases up by over 2 times in a year in State (Link)
•  NIHSAD pathologist to enlarge Sukhna avian virus probe (H5N1) (Link)

Liberia
•  Liberia's Ebola Death Tolls Hits 3,376: WHO (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Saudi MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded' , no recoveries, no deaths, Dec. 24, 2014 (Link)

United States
•  CIDRAP: New, possibly tick-borne virus cited in death of Kansas resident  (Link)
•  CIDRAP: New case of listeriosis tied to caramel apples; source a mystery (Link)
•  Flu Season Will Be Worse Than Years Past (Link)
•  OH: Flu cases last week nearly top 10 previous weeks (Link)
•  NY: Joint Statement from NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation and NYC Department of Health (Ebola) (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, December 23-24, 2014 (Link)
•  CDC: What's New (Link)

Research
•  CIDRAP: African Ebola vaccine trial shows modest immune response (Link)
•  Medical detective work is next phase in Ebola fight (Link)

General
•  WHO: Situation summary Latest available situation summary, 24 December 2014 (Link)
•  View latest available data Ebola response roadmap - Situation report 24 December 2014 (Link)
•  The Bird Flu Report; Daily News About Avian Influenza (Link)
•  WHO Feature Articles (Link)
•  UPMC Center for Health Security Headlines (Link)

Commentary
•  The Bifurcated Needle; blog of the UMPC Health Security Center (Link)
•  Avian Flu Diary, Michael Coston; new blog posts (Link)

December 25, 2014

Egypt
•  Tenth Egyptian dies of H5N1 bird flu - Health Ministry (Link)
•  Aswan child dies from bird flu (H5N1) (Link)

India
•  Bird flu scare takes toll on poultry industry (H5N1) (Link)
•  Samples of crows found dead near Banga sent to lab for avian flu testing (H5N1) (Link)
•   Punjab to take random samples from poultry farms to fight avian flu (H5N1) (Link)
•  300 broilers found dead in Shimla, panic grips state-run slaughter house (H5N1) (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Saudi MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded', 2 recoveries, no deaths, Dec. 25 (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Sierra Leone Puts North On Lockdown Amid Ebola Spread (Link)
•  Silent Night: Christmas in Freetown Under Ebola (Link)

Taiwan
•  Travelers to Guangdong (China) cautioned over H5N6 (Link)

United States
•  CDC: Lab tech may have been exposed to Ebola (US) (Link)

Research
•  CIDRAP: Iowa scientist on probation for irregularities in MERS-CoV research (US) (Link)

General
•  CIDRAP: Latest Ebola outbreak profile shows varied patterns in 3 hard-hit nations (Link)
•  The Bird Flu Report; Daily News About Avian Influenza (Link)

Commentary
•  Avian Flu Diary, Michael Coston; new blog posts (Link)
•  Recombinomics: Fujian H5N6 Cases In China Raise H5N8 and H5N2 Concerns (Link)

January 1, 2015

China
•  Hong Kong: H7N9 case sparks chicken culling (Link)
•  Bird Flu Scare: Hong Kong Culls 15,000 Chickens, 6 People Infected In China (Link)
•  Hong Kong: CHP -- Update on contact tracing for imported live chickens positive for avian influenza A(H7) (Link)

Egypt
•  Egypt: two new bird flu cases brings total to 29 in 2014 (H5N1) (Link)

India
•  Pregnant Woman Dies of Swine Flu (Link)

Liberia
•  Ebola-hit Liberia lifts night curfew for New Year (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Saudi MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded', no recoveries, one death; Jan. 1, 2015 (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Sharp Ebola rise in Sierra Leone as global cases top 20,000 (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Scotland: Ebola nurse faces 'critical' period  (Link)

United States
•  Flu hits epidemic threshold
The flu has officially reached an epidemic threshold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Link)
•  DE: Delaware reports 9 times as many flu cases as last year (Link)
•  This year's flu vaccine is not working as well as hoped (Link)

Research
•  7th Space: Return of pandemic H1N1 influenza virus (Link)
•  Improving Google Flu Trends Estimates for the United States through Transformation (Link)

General
•  ProMED Reports, December 31, 2014 (Link)
•  CDC: Africa Outbreak 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Cumulative Reported Cases Graphs (Link)
•  Bird Flu News curated by Dave Roberts (Link)

Commentary
•  Recombinomics: Fujian H5N8 Diversity In Kagoshima Japan & North America (Link)
•  Mike Coston: Avian Flu Diary (Link)


January 2, 2015

China
•  Huizhou City, Guangdong province: China Culls 13,000 Chickens After H7N9 Virus Found In Poultry Exports (Link)

India
•  Swine flu grips Andhra; 88 tested positive so far (Link)

Iraq
•  Iraqi media: ISIS militants have contracted Ebola (Link)
•  Has Ebola infected IS militants in Mosul? (Link)
•  Fears Islamic State could launch EBOLA attack on Britain after fighters 'contract virus' (Link)
•  Reports Isis fighters have contracted Ebola are 'incorrect', says Iraqi health ministry (Link)
•  Reports Isis fighters have contracted Ebola are 'incorrect', says Iraqi health ministry (Link)

Italy
•  Italian doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has recovered (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Saudi MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded', no recoveries, no deaths, Jan. 2 (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Africa Ebola Contact Tracing Underway (Link)

United States
•  AZ: Flu season is here, and it looks like a bad one (Link)
•  IL:  (Link)
•  LA: Flu season expected to be rough this year  (Link)
•  MO: Flu outbreak getting serious (Link)
•  MS: Mississippi flu activity 'widespread'  (Link)
•  OH: Doctors caution that flu season likely hasn't peaked (Link)
•  TN:  (Link)
•  Cautious Doctors Use Telemedicine to Diagnose Flu (Link)
•  "Unprecedented": Flu now widespread in 36 states (Link)
•  'Absolutely get the shot': Flu particularly nasty this season (Link)

Research
•  H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Has Pandemic Potential (Link)
•  Unraveling H7N9's History An analysis of stored samples shows that H7N9 precursor H9N2, a virus widespread in chickens, has shown increased fitness in recent years (Link)
•  PNAS: Evolution of the H9N2 influenza genotype that facilitated the genesis of the novel H7N9 virus  (Link)

General
•  World Health Organization says Ebola death toll now 7,890 (Link)
•  WHO reports 7,905 Ebola deaths (Link)
•  Chikungunya cripples US, Caribbean (Link)
•  UN Tally Of Ebola-Linked Deaths Tops 8,000 (Link)
•  Ebola Doctors Are Divided on IV Therapy in Africa (Link)
•  WHO Ebola Situation summary Data published on 02 January 2015 (Link)
•  WHO - 2014 in review: key health issues (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, December 31-January 1, 2014 (Link)
•  The Bird Flu Report; Daily News About Avian Influenza (Link)
•  How Many Ebola Patients Have Been Treated Outside of Africa? (Link)

Commentary
•  Helen Branswell: Largest Ebola outbreak ever reveals truths about the mysterious, deadly disease (Link)
•  Michael Coston: Avian Flu Diary new blog posts (Link)







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