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                                                                                            World Health News 2014 pg. 2


November 14, 2014

Australia
• Australia pledged Ebola workers three weeks before telling public, David Cameron reveals (Link)

Japan
• Highly pathogenic bird flu virus detected in Shimane (Link)
• Bird flu detected in swan droppings in Shimane, western Japan (Link)
• Highly pathogenic strain of bird flu virus detected in Shimane (Link)

Liberia
• In Ebola Outbreak in Liberia, a Family's Strength Can Be Its Fatal Flaw (Link)
• Liberia President to End Ebola State of Emergency (Link)
• Liberia lifts the state of emergency decreed to contain Ebola (Link)
• Liberia's Ebola Famine (Link)

Mali
• Mali rushes to contain Ebola outbreak, Liberia signals progress (Link)
• Ebola spreads in Bamako with another death, the third on Tuesday (Link)
• An elderly woman dies of Ebola in Mali, where the epidemic spreads (Link)
• Mali is worried about Ebola, quarantines nearly 100 (Link)
• Mali tries to trace over 200 contacts in second Ebola wave (Link)
• Mali tracks about 200 people who might have had contact with Ebola victim (Link)
• Second Ebola Outbreak in Mali Eclipses Early Success (Link)

Saudi Arabia
• CIDRAP: Saudi Arabia reports 2 new MERS cases, 1 fatal (Link)
• Saudi MOH Daily Press Release, Index Page Graphic Report, November 14, 2014 (Link)
• Saudi MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded' (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Sierra Leone surgeon with Ebola to become first non-US citizen to be flown to America for treatment (Link)

United Kingdom
• British dogs will not be put down if their owners get Ebola (Link)

United States
• CIDRAP: Five more cases of puzzling polio-like sickness reported (Link)
• Ebola survivor Ashoka Mukpo recounts illness in new essay (Link)
• New CDC report offers insight into Dallas County Ebola outbreak (Link)
• 80 U.S. Troops Returning From Liberia Showing No Ebola Symptoms (Link)
• Doctor Infected With Ebola En Route To Nebraska For Treatment (Link)
• U.S. Ebola policies proving to be correct (Link)

Research
• Ebola virus level falls after Aethlon treatment (Link)
• The Cable Momentum to Fund Ebola Vaccine Research Grows in Congress (Link)
• WHO: These Are The Most Promising Ebola Treatments (Link)

General
• CIDRAP: Liberia ends Ebola emergency; Mali cluster grows (Link)
• Dengue Fever Epidemic Neglected Amid Ebola Scare (Link)
• Ebola comic book created by Welsh nurse in bid to fight spread of deadly virus (Link)

Commentary
• Mali Already Has An Ebola Cluster: Can The Virus Be Stopped? (Link)


November 15, 2014

Democratic Republic of Congo
•  Congo declares its Ebola outbreak over   (Link)

Liberia
• CDC Releases New Reports on Ebola Cases in Liberia and the U.S.   (Link)
• Ebola cases plummet in Liberian hot spot as aid groups gain community trust  (Link)

Mali
• Mali tries to trace 343 contacts in second Ebola wave  (Link)
• Ebola Strikes Mali Just as Vaccination Effort Gets Under Way  (Link)
• Mali Already Has An Ebola Cluster: Can The Virus Be Stopped?  (Link)

Philippines
• Palace renews appeal not to panic over Ebola as final info on isolated peacekeeper due...  (Link)

Portugal
• CIDRAP: Portugal reports large outbreak of Legionnaires' disease  (Link)

Saudi Arabia
• CIDRAP: Saudis add 1 to MERS case count, Taif patients bolt from hospital  (Link)

Sierra Leone
• Md. surgeon with Ebola, Martin Salia, returning to U.S. for care  (Link)

United States
•  Returning troops comfortable while monitored for Ebola at Langley facility  (Link)
• CDC still mystified by Ebola infections in Dallas   (Link)

General
• Ebola death toll in West Africa could become 'unpalatable,' expert says  (Link)
• CIDRAP: Migrations in West Africa seen as challenge to stopping Ebola  (Link)
• The missing element in the fight against Ebola   (Link)
• As Ebola fight grows, some countries are noticeably absent   (Link)
•  Band Aid 30 stars record song for Ebola crisis  (Link)
• IMF to provide $300m in extra funding to help fight Ebola   (Link)
•  A reflective CDC director talks about how his agency is handling Ebola   (Link)
• Ebola Deeply - Ebola: The Executive Summary, 11/14  (Link)

Commentary
• Ebola: epidemic echoes and the chronicle of a tragedy foretold  (Link)
• Maryn McKenna: Ebola Here and There: Knowing When It Is And Isn't Over   (Link)
• Avian Flu Diary (Link)


November 16, 2015

China
•  Hong Kong: CHP notified of two cases of human infection of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland (Link)
•  China reports two more human H7N9 bird flu cases, one fatality (Link)

Liberia
•  Chinese team lands in Liberia to fight Ebola (Link)
•  Bored with Ebola: Liberian schoolchildren with nothing to do (Link)

Mali
• U.N. scraps clinic contract as Ebola exposes Mali readiness gaps  (Link)

Mexico
•  Mexico reports 1st local transmission of chikungunya (Link)

Netherlands
•  Dutch authorities find "highly pathogenic" bird flu strain (Link)
•  Bird flu confirmed at chicken farm (Link)
•  Authorities say Dutch bird flu is H5N8 strain found in Germany (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Coronavirus patients run away from Taif hospital (Link)
•  Saudi MOH Daily Press Release, Index Page Graphic Report, November 16, 2014 (Link)
•  Saudi MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded', no recoveries, one death (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Sierra Leone News: Revealed:1,800 corpses buried at Kingtom Cemetery (Link)

United States
•  Critically ill Sierra Leone doctor with Ebola now in U.S. (Link)
•  U.S. hospital says Sierra Leone doctor with Ebola extremely critical (Link)
•  Ebola Patient's Wife Will Pay for Evacuation to Nebraska (Link)
•  As Ebola scare dies down in U.S., infectious disease preparations wane (Link)

Research
•  (US) Studies: Vaccine spray may not work for swine flu in kids (Link)
•  Ebola - the WHO surveys drugs to treat it, finds none effective yet (Link)
•  Very few drugs, trial sites in search for Ebola cure: WHO (Link)

General
•  Ebola survivors face long term health effects (Link)
•  Why confusion still surrounds the Ebola risk (Link)
•  UPMC Center for Health Security - Health Security Headlines - Headlines: Nov. 14, 2014 (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, November, 15 & 2014 (Link)
•  WHO, Ebola features map 2014 West African Ebola outbreak: feature map (Link)

Commentary
•  The Shifting Ebola Epidemic (Link)
•  Avian Flu Diary, Michael Coston: (Link)


November 17, 2014

Egypt
•  Egypt reports two additional H5N1 avian influenza cases (Link)

Guinea
•  Fear of Ebola Opens Wary Villages to Outsiders in Guinea (Link)

Liberia
•  Amid Signs of New Ebola Cases, UN Health Official Tells Liberians 'You Must Hunt the Virus' (Link)
•  Hand washing is key to protecting U.S. troops from Ebola (Link)

Mali
•  U.S. heightens Ebola screening for travelers from Mali (Link)
•  Mali Ebola threat back in focus, 'Band Aid 30' single airs (Link)
•  Mali Bracing Up After New Cases Spark Fears Of Major Outbreak (Link)

Netherlands
•  H5N8 bird flu identified at Dutch poultry farm (Link)

Philippines
•  Catapang breached Ebola quarantine protocol, says doc (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Saudi MOH Daily Press Release, Index Page Graphic Report, November 17, 2014 (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  The Story Of A 4-Year-Old Boy Helps Explain An Ebola Surge (Link)
•  Liberia Sets December 25 Goal: No New Ebola Cases (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Bird Flu Outbreak Reported on British Duck Farm (Link)
•  6,000 ducks will be culled after bird flu is found in Yorkshire (Link)

United States
•  Ohio National Guard unit might be sent to Africa on Ebola mission (Link)
•  California National Guard prepares for Ebola mission (Link)
•  US Ebola doctor 'extremely critical' (Link)
•  Doctor Being Treated for Ebola in Omaha Dies (Link)
•  Meet America's Top Ebola Doctor (Link)
•  New Ebola details emerge following release of Centers for Disease Control reports (Link)
•  Billionaire Paul Allen donates 10,000 smartphones to the Ebola battle (Link)

Research
•  A Recommended Numbering Scheme for Influenza A HA Subtypes (Link)
•  Development of reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay for rapid detection of novel avian influenza A (H7N9) virus (Link)
•  Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) mediates influenza H7N9 virus-induced acute lung injury (Link)
•  Development of reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay for rapid detection of novel avian influenza A (H7N9) virus (Link)
•  Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) mediates influenza H7N9 virus-induced acute lung injury (Link)
•  Differential innate responses of chickens and ducks to low-pathogenic avian influenza (Link)

General
•  Red Cross Officials: Ebola Flaring Anew in Africa (Link)
•  In pictures: Ebola orphans (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, November, 16 & 17, 2014 (Link)

Commentary
• Virology Down Under: Ebola testing: 48-72 hours for a negative to turn positive  (Link)


November 18, 2014

China
•  WHO: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus - China (Link)

Egypt
•  Bird flu: Egyptian woman dies of H5N1 virus (Link)

Germany
•  Patient cured of Ebola in Germany treated with biofiltration device (Link)

India
•  India's First Ebola Patient Has Been Quarantined (Link)

Liberia
•  Frail System Raised Ebola Risk for Liberian Health Workers (Link)
•  Liberians Support House-to-House Ebola Searches (Link)
•  Improved Ebola Situation in Liberia May Complicate Vaccine Trials (Link)

Mali
•  Mali on high alert with new Ebola cluster (Link)
•  600 in Mali under Ebola watch (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Saudi MOH Daily Press Release (Link)
•  Saudi MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded, one recovery and no deaths (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Man who died from Ebola endured treatment delays (Link)
•  Africa's Village Healers Complicate Ebola Fight (Link)
•  7th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone (Link)

United States
•  Doctor hesitates, then returns to Ebola front line (Link)
•  Is the U.S. pursuing the right strategy against Ebola? (Link)
•  Enhanced Airport Entry Screening to Begin for Travelers to the United States from Mali (Link)
•  NY: Remains of woman who died at Brooklyn hair salon to be tested for Ebola (Link and link)

Research
•  Respiratory influenza virus infection induces intestinal immune injury via microbiota-mediated Th17 cell-dependent inflammation (Link)
•  Identification of Molecular Markers Associated with Alteration of Receptor-Binding Specificity in a Novel Genotype of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Viruses Detected in Cambodia in 2013 (Link)

General
•  Bird flu discovered in U.K., Netherlands, but authorities play down risk to humans (Link)
•  EU Commission adopts emergency measures to contain bird flu (Link)
•  Ebola epidemic 'nowhere near over' in West Africa, CDC director says (Link)
•  New Study Shows How ZMapp Binds to Ebola, Ways to Boost Potency (Link)
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•  Ebola surveillance may become quicker and cheaper (Link)
•  Wanted: Ebola test with perfect negative predictive value at time zero (Link)
•  Ebola: The Executive Summary, 11/18 (Link)


November 19, 2014

Egypt
•  Egypt records second bird flu death in 2 days (H5N1) (Link)

Mali
•  Mali Nurse Braves Neighbors' Stoning to Battle Ebola (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  CIDRAP: Saudi Arabia reports new MERS case, recoveries, and death (Link)
• Saudi MOH Daily Press Release-One new case, one recovery and two deaths (Link)
•  H (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Cuban doctor treating patients in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola (Link)

Thailand
•  Thailand On Alert Against Bird Flu (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Cull begins in Cherry Valley - the UK bird-flu duck farm (H5N8) (Link)

United States
•  Ebola Test Is Negative on Woman Who Died in New York  (Link)
•  Hospitals improvise Ebola defenses, at a cost  (Link)
•  H (Link)

General
•  Bird Flu Spread Seen by WHO as Likely, Human Cases Unlikely but Possible (H5N8) (Link)
•  WHO warns of bird flu spreading in Europe (H5N8) (Link)
•  Ebola outbreak: thousands more health-care workers 'crucial,' EU says (Link)
•  Ebola crisis forces aid agencies to rewrite the rules  (Link)
•  H (Link)

Commentary
•  CIDRAP: Commentary -- Ebola virus transmission via contact and aerosol - a new paradigm (Link)
•  H (Link)


November 20, 2014

China
•  Hong Kong: Upper respiratory tract infection outbreak under CHP investigation (Link)

Egypt
•  Egypt Sees Second Bird Flu Death in Two Days (Link)

Germany
•  Source of highly contagious bird flu still unknown - German authorities (H5N8) (Link)

India
•  Advanced technology helped identify Ebola carrier (Link)
•  Doctors sweat over whether Ebola positive man spread virus (Link)

Liberia
•  Ebola Response Is Hampered By Infighting (Link)
•  Ebola crisis in Liberia: 'One in two workers now jobless' (Link)
•  Ebola Stokes Liberian Food Shortage as Farmers Eat Seeds (Link)
•  Science: A dose of reality (Link)

Mali
•  WHO: Mali records five Ebola deaths, five confirmed cases (Link)
•  Doctor becomes eighth person to die of Ebola in Mali Reuters (Link)

Netherlands
•  Dutch suspend poultry distribution again amid second bird flu outbreak (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  CIDRAP: MERS claims 2 more lives in Saudi Arabia, 1 in a new case (Link)
•  Saudi MOH Daily Press Release, Index Page Graphic Report, November 20, 2014 (Link)
•  Saudi MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded', no reccoveries, 1 death (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone as toll rises, says WHO (Link)
•  CIDRAP: WHO reports intense Ebola activity in large part of Sierra Leone (Link)
•  WHO: Ebola transmission 'intense' in Sierra Leone (Link)
•  How communities in Sierra Leone fought back Ebola (Link)

United States
•  Delaware has first flu-related death of season (Link)
•  Exclusive: U.S. to allow people from nations hit by Ebola to stay temporarily (Link)
•  CDC: Best Practices for Procuring Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola Response (Link)
•  Bedford-Stuyvesant man, recently returned to New York from Mali, being tested for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital (Link)

Research
•  Better Managing of Ebola Outbreaks? (Link)

General
•  OIE says European bird flu viruses similar to Korean one (H5N8) (Link)
•  Ebola Virus In Semen: Everything You Want to Know (Link)
•  Ebola's Economic Cost Re-Examined (Link)
•  Ebola spread remains intense in Sierra Leone, WHO reports Outbreaks in Guinea and Liberia appear to be driven by intense transmission in several key districts (Link)
•  The Untold Story of Orphans and Ebola (Link)
•  Ebola orphans now face stigma, stress (Link)
•  Don't worry about Ebola-but be very worried about flu (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, November, 20, 2014 (Link)
•  Science: Saving lives without new drugs (Link)
•  Ebola Deeply: Ebola: The Executive Summary, 11/20 (Link)
•  UPMC Center for Health Security - Health Security Headlines (Link)


November 21, 2014

Egypt
•  Egypt's hospitals on alert after two bird flu deaths (Link)

Guinea
•  Guinea imam's trip to Mali exposes gaps in Ebola response (Link)
•  International Bandits in Guinea Steal Suspected Ebola Blood (Link)

Liberia
•  Scientific American: A Day in the Life of an Ebola Worker (Link)

Mali
•  Doctor becomes eighth person to die of Ebola in Mali (Link)
•  Doctor who treated source of second Mali Ebola outbreak dies (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  CIDRAP: Fourth MERS case in Al-Kjarg in a week, 1 death in Taif (Link)
•  Saudi MOH Daily Press Release, Index Page Graphic Report, November 21, 2014 (Link)
•  Saudi MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded', 1 recovery (Link)
•  Saudi Arabia tackles MERS virus, still hunting source (Link)

United States
• U.S. seeking ways to speed blood samples from remote areas for Ebola tests in Liberia  (Link)

Research
•  CIDRAP: H10N7 detected in massive harbor seal die-off (Link)
•  CIDRAP: Study hints flu shot effects may last more than one season (Link)
•  Surprising Study of Human Immune Responses Could Lead to Better Flu Vaccines (Link)
•  Caltech researchers develop method to produce antibodies to fight flu (Link)

General
•  CIDRAP: Caribbean chikunguyna outbreak nears 900,000 cases (Link)
•  Outbreaks of H5N8 in Europe raise concerns in Post Soviet Union block (Link)
•  Ebola virus protein linked with severe inflammation, blood vessel leakage (Link)
•  Probing Ebola's deadly inflammatory effect (Link)
•  World Health Organization's Ebola Response Draws Criticism (Link)
•  Better Protective Suit Sought for Ebola Caregivers (Link)
•  WHO: Newest Ebola response roadmap - Situation report update 21 November 2014 (Link)
•  UPMC Center for Health Security - Health Security Headlines - Headlines: Nov. 20, 2014 (Link)
•  Ebola Deeply: Ebola - The Executive Summary, 11/21 (Link)

Commentary
•  Recombinomics: Wild Bird H5N8 Transmission from Asia to Europe (Link)
•  Fighting Ebola in Liberia: The C.D.C. Director's View (Link)
•  Avian Flu Diary: `Dr. Tariq Madani: 97% Of #MERS Cases From Human-to-Human Transmission'  (Link)


November 22, 2014

Guinea
•  Ebola crisis now 'stable' in Guinea, WHO says (Link)

Madagascar
•  CIDRAP: Plague outbreak in Madagascar sickens 119, kills 40 (Link)

Mali
•  Mali records new Ebola case, linked to dead nurse (Link)

Netherlands
•  Poultry cull continues in Netherlands as third case of avian flu found (Link)
•  Netherlands: Bird flu found on three more Dutch farms (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Saudi MOH Daily Press Release (Nov. 21 and Nov. 22
•  Saudi MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded' (Link)
•  WHO: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds (Link)

United States
•  CIDRAP: EV-D68 count reaches 1,121, possibly related polio-like illness adds 13 (Link)
•  Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now Get vaccinated (Link)

General
•  CIDRAP: Global leaders warn against Ebola complacency (Link)
•  Officials Revise Goals on Containing Ebola After Signs of Wider Exposure in Mali  (Link)
•  International Ebola fight helping but more work needed: U.N. chief (Link)
•  Ebola Docs Adopt New Tactics to Stop Epidemic (Link)
•  Flu shot 'back-boost' discovery may change the way vaccines are made (Link)
•  Mutation increases risk of [avian influenza] infections (Link)
•  Ebola - Health Security Headlines (Link)
•  ProMED Reports, November 21 & 22, 2014 (Link)
•  Ebola: The Executive Summary, 11/21 (Link)
•  Branswell: Worst case scenario is off the table, but where are Ebola numbers going?  (Link)
•  Science, Kai Kupferschmidt: A new phase in the Ebola war (Link)

Commentary
• Recombinomics: H5N8 Spread In Europe Mimics H5N1 In 2005 (Link)
•  Avian Flu Diary: Nature Comms: Host Adaptation Of Avian Influenza Viruses  (Link
•  Avian Flu Diary: Germany & Japan Both Report H5N8 In Wild Birds (Link)


November 23, 2014

Australia
•  Ebola tests to continue indefinitely at Australian main airports (Link)

Germany
•  Germany reports second case of bird flu - H5N8 found in wild bird (Link)

Japan
•  Bird flu detected in Chiba Prefecture (Link)

Madagascar
•  40 people dead in Madagascar from bubonic plague, 119 infected since August (Link)

Mali
•  New Ebola case confirmed in Mali, 2 more suspected (Link)
•  UN Ebola Response Team Establishing Office in Mali (Link)

Netherlands
•  Netherlands: Ducks culled as bird flu spreads (H5N8) (Link)

Pakistan
•   MERS Coronavirus - Heading off viral disease with inadequate tools (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Officials deny coronavirus rumors at Riyadh care home (Link)
•  Saudi MOH Daily Press Release, Index Page Graphic Report, November 22 & 23, 2014 (Link)

Sierra Leone
•  Ebola survey teams take a grim census in Sierra Leone (Link)

Sudan
•  More reports of hemorrhagic fever in Sudan's South Kordofan (Link)

Switzerland
•  Cuban doctor with Ebola virus in stable condition, Swiss hospital says (Link)

United States
•  AK: Dogged scientist unearthed Alaska victims of horrific flu pandemic to help pinpoint cause (Link)
•  AK: Villagers' remains lead to 1918 Spanish Flu breakthrough (Link)
•  OH: Two Columbus Children Undergoing Ebola Testing (Link)
•  US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak  (Link)

Research
•  Why are some flu viruses more dangerous than others? (Link)
•  Potential New Flu Treatment Would Starve the Virus, Limiting Resistance (Link)

General
•  Belize confirms 1st three autochthonous chikungunya cases while El Salvador record an additional 30,000 (Link)
•  Ebola Mappers Track Epidemic in Real Time (Link)








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