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Hong Kong Reports 2nd Case Of H7N9, Quarantines 19

“Hong Kong’s Center of Health Protection said Saturday authorities have quarantined 19 people that had come in contact with a H7N9 bird flu victim,” Forbes reports (Flannery, 12/8). Most of those quarantined have tested negative for the virus, “with the results of one patient pending,” Deutsche Welle writes, noting “Hong…

PAHO Releases Update On Cholera In Haiti, Latin America

“The South Asian strain of cholera most likely introduced to Haiti by U.N. peacekeepers in 2010 has infected more than 700,000 people and spread to three other countries,” according to an update (.pdf) from the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) issued last week, Slate’s “The World” blog reports. In Haiti, “there have…

Capitol Hill Briefing Examines Advances In Diagnostic Technology For Global Health

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a Capitol Hill briefing last week that examined “how progress in diagnostic technology is accelerating progress against HIV, TB, malaria, and other emerging infectious diseases.” Noting the briefing was sponsored by CDC and AdvaMedDx, the blog quotes Thomas Kenyon…

Cell Phones Helping To Track Malaria In Africa, Marketplace Reports

Noting the WHO on Wednesday released its 2013 World Malaria Report, Marketplace examines how an epidemiologist at Harvard is using cell phones to track the disease in Africa by “plotting malaria cases on a map and then overlaying data showing where people are moving, which helps make better predictions about…

China Reports First Human Case Of H10N8 Bird Flu

“Chinese authorities said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Chinese woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the [WHO] called ‘worrisome,'” the Associated Press reports (Wong, 12/17). “The [H10N8] virus has been detected in birds since 1965…

Mosquito-Transmitted Chikungunya Virus Detected For First Time In Caribbean

“A nasty virus first detected in Africa that is spread to people by the bite of infected mosquitoes is being locally transmitted in the Americas for the first time on the tiny French Caribbean dependency of St. Martin, health officials said Tuesday,” the Associated Press reports. “Epidemiologists have so far…

Experimental Malaria Test Would Not Require Blood Sample

New York Times: A New Test for Malaria, No Blood Required “Rice University researchers have developed a rapid malaria test that uses a laser pulse, eliminating the need to draw blood. The test has not yet been tried on humans with the disease, but in experiments with blood samples and…

Taiwan’s CDC Reports New H7N9 Case

News outlets report on the most recent case of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus reported in Taiwan in an elderly Chinese man. RTT News: WHO: One Confirmed Case Of Human H7N9 Infection Reported In Taiwan “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that Taipei Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

Canadian Health Officials Report North America’s First H5N1 Case

News outlets summarize information reported on Wednesday by Canadian health officials, who recorded North America’s first known case of H5N1 avian influenza infection in an Alberta woman who died last week. Canadian Press: Fatal case of H5N1 bird flu reported in Alberta, first North American case “Canada has reported North…

Canadian Who Died Of H5N1 Was Young, Otherwise Healthy Woman, WHO Reports

News outlets continue to report on North America’s first H5N1 case, with the WHO confirming the fatality and releasing additional information on the victim. CIDRAP News: Exposure source in Canadian H5N1 case a mystery “It remained unclear today how the victim of the first H5N1 avian influenza infection in North…