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News Reports for September 1, 2013

by: NewsDiary

Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 22:33:39 PM EDT


Reminder: Please do not post whole articles, just snippets and links. Thanks!

Costa Rica
• Swine flu deaths in Costa Rica total 12 victims (Link)

Italy
• ProMED: Unexplained deaths - Italy: (RM) hospital staff, RFI (Link)

Nepal
Bird flu in Kavre (Link)

Saudi Arabia
• ProMED: MERS-CoV - Eastern Mediterranean (64): Saudi Arabia, WHO (Link)
•  Health Announces healing two to Mkhaltin for people living with HIV (Corona) in Batin and Riyadh (translated) (Link)
• The Ministry Announce Full Recovery of Two Coronavirus Patients (Link)

Thailand
• Border offices go on H5N1 virus alert (Link)

Commentary
• crofsblogs: Saudi Arabia - Two more recovered MERS patients (Link)
• Virology Down Under: Is there a better smoking bat or camel? (Link)


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NewsDiary :: News Reports for September 1, 2013

News for August 31, 2013 is here.


Thanks to all of the newshounds!
Special thanks to the newshound volunteers who translate international stories - thanks for keeping us all informed!
Other useful links:

WHO H7N9 web page

WHO A(H1N1) Site
WHO H5N1 human case totals
Charts and Graphs on H5N1 from WHO
Google Flu Trends
CDC Weekly Influenza Summary
Map of seasonal influenza in the U.S.
CIDPC (Canada) Weekly FluWatch
UK RCGP Weekly Data on Communicable and Respiratory Diseases
Flu Wiki

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Nepal: Bird flu in Kavre
DHULIKHEL: Bird flu has been confirmed in Kavre villages. (Snip) the H5N1 virus has spread to the villages from Kavre's Nasikasthan, Sanga, Ugratara Jangal, Mahendrajyoti, Dhulikhel, and Panauti. Samples (Snip) had tested positive for bird flu on Friday, the livestock office informed. Dr Hari Kumar Raghu Shrestha said both Ghimire and Dahal's farms have 700 fowls each. The DLO plans to cull fowls in both farms from Sunday. The avian influenza is suspected to have broken out in the villages after farmers brought the flu-infected fowl droppings to use as manure in their fields. http://thehimalayantimes.com/f...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Swine flu deaths in Costa Rica total 12 victims
A six-year-old girl died from the H1N1 virus (Snip) last week, bringing the death toll in the country to 12 (Snip).

(Snip) the girl died in the National Children's Hospitals, after she had been admitted with symptoms of encephalitis.

The patient was not identified due to her age. She was from Puntarenas, located on the central Pacific coast, where there also has been an outbreak of dengue, which the girl also suffered from (Snip).

In the country, the dengue epidemic surpassed 31,000 cases on Aug. 24, while H1N1 cases exceed 200. (Snip). http://www.ticotimes.net/More-...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


ProMED: Unexplained deaths - Italy: (RM) hospital staff, RFI
Date: Wed 28 Aug 2013
Source: Corriere della Sera newspaper [In Italian, a translated extract by Michele Calatri, summ., edited]
http://roma.corriere.it/roma/n...

Undiagnosed illness, hospital morgue operator, Rome, Italy
----------------------------------------------------------
The follow information has been posted in the online edition of the Corriere della Sera daily newspaper:

Two patients have died, and another 3 affected by an unexplained condition. At the Tor Vergata Polyclinic a doctor has fallen ill [and died] during treatment of a patient. The Regional Health Authorities have established an investigation committee and will do everything to find out why he died in this manner.

For the Director-General of the San Giovanni hospital, it has also became an obligation to establish why a liver transplantation performed at the Tor Vergata Polyclinic was accompanied by the death of a 64-year-old Hospital morgue attendant. The attendant's death happened on [11 Aug 2013] and the cause of death has still not been established. The [victim], with other morgue staff, performed a necroscopy on an elderly woman who had [died] unexpectedly during treatment for her cancer.

Continued: http://www.promedmail.org/

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


ProMED: MERS-CoV - Eastern Mediterranean (64): Saudi Arabia, WHO
August 31, 2013

http://beta.promedmail.org/dir...

(Note: I suggest you read the entire article.)

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


followup on "asymptomatic cases"
http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/...

(I copied this from Croft's blog, because I loved his very wry comment!)

Saudi Arabia: The official word on the asymptomatic MERS cases
The Saudi Ministry of Health has a new post: The ministry of health (MoH) announces full recovery of two patients that contracted Coronavirus.

   The (MoH) announces the full recovery of two patients who contracted Coronavirus in Hafr Al-Baatin. The results of the tests carried out on the two children aged seven, and sixteen were successful. Their health was evident as they left the hospital fully cured. - All praise due to Allah-.

If they were asymptomatic to begin with, it was not a very dramatic recovery.


[ Parent ]
Saudi MOH: Health Announces healing two to Mkhaltin for people living with HIV (Corona) in Batin and Riyadh
http://translate.google.com/tr...

[This appears to be two new asymptomatic cases.]

10/26/1434 (Gregorian calendar date: Sept. 2, 2013)

Ministry of Health announced the healing of two of the contacts of citizens with HIV (CK), the first case of a citizen in Batin-old (26 years old), and the other case of a citizen in Riyadh-old (19 years old), where the results of the tests that have already been conducted for two positive , has similarity to heal and thankfully, left the hospital, where he enjoyed good health.


Saudi MOH (English version): The Ministry Announce Full Recovery of Two Coronavirus Patients.
http://www.moh.gov.sa/en/Coron...

9/1/2013

The ministry of health announces the fully recovery of two patients who contracted the Coronavirus.

The results of the tests carried out on the patient from Hafr Al-Baatin aged twenty six and the patient from Riyadh aged nineteen were successful.

Their health was evident as they left the hospital fully cured. - All praise due to Allah-.


[ Parent ]
Do we know which case numbers these were?


Always have a plan B.

[ Parent ]
Direct link to the article above:
http://www.moh.gov.sa/CoronaNe...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


[ Parent ]
Virology Down Under: Is there a better smoking bat or camel?
http://virologydownunder.blogs...

Sunday, 1 September 2013

That teensy fragment of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) sequence (yes, I called it a fragment of that virus) from a Taphozous perforatus bat caused a lot of hassle last week,certainly a disproportionate amount to it's representation of only 0.5% of a MERS-CoV genome. Similarly, the report of MERS-CoV protein-reactive antibodies in camels some weeks back.

In a New York Times (NYT) article discussing the discovery of the 180-203 nucleotide (nt) gene fragment in a Saudi Arabian tomb bat, Donald McNeil opened with..

Health officials confirmed Wednesday that bats in Saudi Arabia were the source of the mysterious virus that has sickened 96 people in the Middle East, killing 47 of them.

The size range represents numbers used in various articles and of the fragment from the public sequence database GenBank (203nt) -"~190 nt" noted in the actual scientific publication). BY the way, has so much ever before been written about so tiny a sequence?

Because he did not include in this line, or his article, a list of all the various possible scientific shortcomings, he didn't write in more detail about the difficulties with linking a virus in any sample to the cause of a disease  in humans, he forgot to specify that this was not the actual virion that caused MERS in the human index case in Bisha, he left out the PCR-101 section on why detecting a genetic sequence is not the same as isolating an infectious virus or how to interpret a PCR fragment's sequence....he was, in some circles, criticised.

Okay, so the bat study did not isolate infectious virus, could not obtain any other sequence, found sequence in a bat from the family Emballonuridae rather than the "expected" Vespertilionidae bats and the positive sample was from bat faeces rather than blood or some other sample more convincing. Perhaps insects, food for T.perforatus, carry MERS-like CoVs? No-one has ever found that though. Is there evidence for 2 CoVs to be completely different except for a stretch of ~100% identity? Don't know, but don't think so. As Prof Andrew Rambaut noted in his very detailed analysis of this fragment, it does differ by 1 nucleotide from many MERS-CoV sequences (so its 99.5%-100% identical). Is there a more likely animal carrying a more similar MERS-CoV strain of virus that is spilling over to humans causing MERS cases? None that has been publicised to date. And therein likes my beef with some of the criticisms I have read this week.

So far, this finding is the best lead we have in finding an animal source. There is no evidence to dispute the link, any more than there is evidence to prove it. Yes, there may be a another smoking bat or camel or something else out there. But it hasn't been found yet. And the public might like to hear how researchers are progressing rather than wait the very long time it will take to dot Is and cross Ts on the final MERS-CoV life-cycle, once they determine it.

much more...


Border offices go on H5N1 virus alert-
26 Aug 2013

Public Health Minister Pradit Sintawanarong has ordered public health offices in seven provinces along the Thai-Cambodian border to monitor the possible spread of the H5N1 virus.

The seven provinces are Trat, Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket, Surin and Ubon Ratchathani.

Dr Pradit said it is possible the virus could spread to the border after reports of avian flu cases in Cambodia.

He said the H5N1 virus was most active during the rainy season and in cool and humid weather.

Dr Pradit said this virus was especially contagious as it could be passed from person to person, and he warned that children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.

He said in severe cases, the virus can prove fatal, as victims can die from pneumonia and respiratory failure.

He said the virus could also pass from poultry to humans, so the Livestock Department and provincial public health offices must work together to keep a watch on the spread of the virus.

Public Health Ministry permanent secretary Narong Sahamethapat said the World Health Organisation this year has reported bird flu outbreaks in six countries - Egypt, Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Of the 24 reported cases. 17 of the patients died. Fourteen of the cases were recorded in Cambodia, with nine deaths.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/bre...

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


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