Study: Flu vaccine protection starts to wane within weeks
11 SEP - Though the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends administration of the flu vaccine by the end of October, a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that vaccine effectiveness may begin dropping within weeks of administration, adding more evidence of waning protection over the course of a single flu season.
Polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea reaches capital Port Moresby
11 SEP - First case confirmed in the capital which is preparing to host high-level Apec summit, prompting an emergency vaccination campaign.
A practical guide for developing and conducting simulation exercise
10 SEP - The aim of this document is to support countries in developing and conducting simulation exercises to test and validate their national pandemic influenza preparedness plans.
Molecular Evolution, Diversity, and Adaptation of Influenza A(H7N9) Viruses in China
AHEAD OF PRINT (OCT 2018) - The substantial increase in prevalence and emergence of antigenically divergent or highly pathogenic influenza A(H7N9) viruses during 2016–17 raises concerns about the epizootic potential of these viruses. We investigated the evolution and adaptation of H7N9 viruses by analyzing available data and newly generated virus sequences isolated in Guangdong Province, China, during 2015–2017. Our results indicate that highly pathogenic strains likely emerged from viruses circulating in eastern Guangdong Province during March 2016 and are associated with a high rate of adaptive molecular evolution.
Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance: Sharing industry data
10 SEP VIA CIDRAP - A set of recommendations from a Wellcome Trust pilot project to make human antimicrobial resistance (AMR) data generated and collected by the pharmaceutical industry publicly accessible.
Early-Stage Clinical Trial of Antimalarial Drug Begins
10 SEP VIA CIDRAP - Enrollment has begun in a Phase 1 clinical trial to test the safety of a new investigational drug designed to treat malaria, as well as its effect on the human body. The first-in-human study is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is being conducted at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.
South Korea reports MERS in Kuwait business traveler
10 SEP - South Korea on Sep 8 announced that a 61-year-old man who got sick during a business trip to Kuwait tested positive for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) after arriving home, marking the country's first imported case in 3 years.
MERS case revives unhappy memories in South Korea
10 SEP - A 61-year-old South Korean man is being treated in a hospital in Seoul after being diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), reviving unpleasant memories of an outbreak in 2015 that killed 38 people and left millions of people reluctant to leave their homes.
Meat Tracking Key to Fight African Swine Fever-OIE
10 SEP - African swine fever (ASF) has spread rapidly in eastern Europe and China, the world's largest pork producer, where new cases are appearing every day and the disease is travelling vast distances.
China detects new African swine fever case in Anhui province
10 SEP - China on Monday reported another outbreak of the deadly African swine fever in the eastern province of Anhui as the highly contagious disease spreads further in cities that have already reported infections.
China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement on its website that 23 hogs have died and 63 were infected in the new case in Tongling city in Anhui.