HealthMap Global Disease Alerts

The latest alerts on infectious disease around the world
  1. Anthrax -- Kenya
    An anthrax outbreak that affected Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park is over, and the last buffalo death was recorded on 10 May [2019], the country's wildlife conservation agency said on Saturday [25 May 2019]. John Waweru, director general of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), said in a statement that the total mortalities to date are 145 buffaloes representing 3.54% of the estimated population of 4100 buffaloes in Lake Nakuru National Park.
    "Our partnership with the local administration and
  2. Anthrax -- United Kingdom
    A burial site underneath land earmarked for development in Yeovil could bring the risk of deadly disease contamination, according to local councils. A housing estate featuring 765 homes is planned to be built on land at the outskirts of the town. The redevelopment plans, to the north of Yeovil at Upper Mudford, also include a 65-bed care home, shops, a health centre, and a new primary school.
    A decision is expected to be made on the applications "in the coming months," according to a South
  3. Bovine TB -- United Kingdom
    A Scottish family had to be tested for tuberculosis (TB) after their cats contracted a strain of the infection that can be passed to humans. [NT], 43, from Kirkintilloch, had been feeding her cats the wild venison flavour of Natural Instinct pet food, which is being investigated by Food Standards Scotland over a possible link to TB in cats. Her beloved tabby, Jax, was ill for 9 months before he was diagnosed with the bovine strain of TB, and sadly he passed away in March [2019]. Her older cat,
  4. Ebola -- DR Congo
    - 123 526 vaccinated persons;
    - 831 people vaccinated on 23 May 2019;
    - Of those vaccinated, 34 048 are high-risk contacts (CHR), 60 522 are contacts of contacts (CC), and 28 956 are front-line providers (PPL);
    - Persons vaccinated by health zone: 32 412 in Katwa, 25 048 in Beni, 15 798 in Butembo [total numbers can be seen at the source URL above];
    - The only vaccine to be used in this outbreak is the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine, manufactured by the pharmaceutical group Merck, following approval
  5. Polio -- Pakistan
    Paralysis cases spiked after a vaccination drive was derailed by false rumors that dozens of children had collapsed and died.
    After serious setbacks in April [2019] led to a cluster of new polio cases, Pakistan is revamping its vaccination strategy in a renewed effort to wipe out the virus. The country is one of just 3 -- along with Afghanistan and perhaps Nigeria -- in which polio is still endemic. Eradication of the virus in Pakistan is crucial to the drive to rid the world of polio, once
  6. Newcastle Disease -- Russia
    Information received on [and dated] 24 May 2019 from Dr. Nikolay Vlasov, Deputy Head, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Ministry of Agriculture, Moscow, Russia
    Report type: Immediate notification
    Date of start of the event: 30 Apr 2019
    Date of confirmation of the event: 7 May 2019
    Report date: 24 May 2019
    Date submitted to OIE: 24 May 2019
    Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed disease
    Date of previous occurrence: 7 Jan
  7. Other Animal Disease -- Austria
    Information received on [and dated] 20 May 2019 from Dr. Ulrich Herzog, Chief Veterinary Officer, Consumer Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Vienna, Austria
    Report type: Immediate notification (final report)
    Date of start of the event: 1 Apr 2019
    Date of confirmation of the event: 8 Apr 2019
    Report date: 20 May 2019
    Date submitted to OIE: 20 May 2019
    Date event resolved: 7 May 2019
    Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed disease
    Date of previous occurrence: 2 Feb
  8. Legionnaires' -- Belgium
    The Flemish Agency for Health and Safety reported (computer translated) that 5 of the 17 company cooling towers tested were positive for the bacterium _Legionella_. Two companies reported high values of the organism. Officials remind us that this does not mean that the source of the infection is known. The samples will now be genetically tested. In the remaining 12 company cooling towers tested, 10 were negative and 2 had different kind than the _Legionella pneumophila_ that made the people
  9. Other Animal Disease -- India
    Information received on [and dated] 23 May 2019 from Mr. Tarun Shridhar, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, New Delhi, India
    Report type: Immediate notification (final report)
    Date of start of the event: 18 Jan 2018
    Date of confirmation of the event: 15 May 2019
    Report date: 23 May 2019
    Date submitted to OIE: 23 May 2019
    Date event resolved: 3 Feb 2019
    Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a
  10. Schistosomiasis -- Myanmar
    Arakan state [now Rakhine state] has the largest outbreak of schistosomiasis cases among 14 states and regions in Myanmar, said Dr. Kyi Lwin, head of the Department of Public Health in Arakan State. "The outbreaks of schistosomiasis are still discovered here. Diarrhea is also prevalent here. Arakan has the most rampant cases of schistosomiasis in Myanmar," Dr. Kyi Lwin told the media in a campaign held on [21 May 2019] at U Ottama Hall in Sittwe to prevent schistosomiasis disease caused by
  11. Babesiosis -- United States
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just came out with strict new recommendations on screening for the parasite causing the tick-borne infection babesiosis. Medical screening has always been part of the blood donation process, but this month [May 2019] a new recommendation from the FDA includes wholesale testing of donor samples in certain areas of the country for the tick-borne infection babesiosis.
    Dr. Steven Sloan is the medical director of the blood bank at Boston Children's
  12. Strangles -- United States
    In January of this year [2019], there were confirmed cases of equine strangles in Snohomish County, Washington. The Washington Department of Agriculture has confirmed on 15 May 2019, 2 horses on a property in the county were positive for strangles. Eight other horses were exposed on the property.
    A 4-year-old Arab gelding and a 4-year-old Arab mare on that property began showing clinical signs of strangles on 11 May 2019. Those signs included fever, nasal discharge and swollen lymph nodes.
  13. Chronic Wasting Disease -- Sweden
  14. Other Animal Disease -- India
    Even though the drought has not affected cattle in Thirthahalli taluk [administrative district], as is the case in other drought-affected taluks of Shivamogga district, the death of 2 heads of cattle at Araga village recently has set off alarms in the district. However, a thorough investigation conducted by the Obscure Disease Research Center, Shivamogga, has revealed they [the cattle] died after consuming the toxic _Ficus tsjahela_ leaves.
    This is not the 1st such incident reported in the
  15. Leishmaniasis -- Armenia
    Information received on [and dated] 21 May 2019 from Dr. Hovhannes Mkrtchyan, head, Veterinary Inspectorate of the State Service for Food Safety, Ministry of Agriculture, Yerevan, Armenia
    Report type: Immediate notification (final report)
    Date of start of the event: 8 May 2019
    Date of confirmation of the event: 21 May 2019
    Date event resolved: 9 May 2019
    Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease
    Manifestation of disease: Clinical disease
    Causal agent:
  16. Tick-borne Encephalitis -- Czech Republic
    The Czech Republic recorded the highest number of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) cases in the EU last year [2018]. In the whole of Europe, only Russia recorded more cases of the potentially deadly disease.
    There were 712 recorded TBE cases in the country last year [2018], the highest number since 2011, a Czech member of the International Scientific Working Group on TBE (ISW-TBE) said in a press release on Thursday [23 May 2019].
    Only about one-quarter of inhabitants of the Czech Republic
  17. Foot and Mouth -- Israel
    The VP1 sequencing results of the recent foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus isolate from Daliyat Al-Karmel presents a higher than 99% similarity to the isolate from cattle in Tamra. The causative agent is O/ME-SA/PanAsia-2(QOM-15).
    Dr. Avi Vaserman
    Field Veterinary Services Director, IVSAH
    Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
    Communicated by:

    [The above information, which addresses ProMED-mail's RFI in, was
  18. Polio -- Iran
    On 9 May 2019, the Global Polio Laboratory Network (GPLN) notified WHO of the detection of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from an environmental sewage sample collected on [20 Apr 2019] in Konarak district, Sistan-Baluchistan province, Islamic Republic of Iran. The virus was detected in an environmental sample only, and to date, no associated cases of paralysis have been detected.
    The subsequent scheduled sewage sample collected from the same site on 4 May 2019 (2 weeks after the positive