Reinforcing the fight against Ebola in Guinea
As reinforcement to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is deploying four teams of French-speaking epidemiologists to support surveillance and response in Guinea.
ECDC call for epidemiologists to join its Ebola response teams in Guinea
Despite a dramatic improvement of the epidemiological situation in Guinea in 2015, the elimination of human transmission of the Ebola virus will require sustained efforts over the next few months. ECDC will continue deploying experts to Guinea to contribute to the field work related to surveillance and response activities, under the World Health Organization's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) umbrella.
Enhancing community engagement in preparedness: Crucial for ensuring effective response
The importance of involving communities in all the phases of emergency preparedness is highlighted in the new ECDC literature review on ‘Community and institutional preparedness synergies ’.
Swine influenza A(H1N1) in the US and Mexico a public health event of international concern
In a communication following the meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) yesterday, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the Swine flu outbreaks in Mexico and the United States are a public health event of international concern (PHEIC).
Three European countries report a total of 12 persons under investigation for swine influenza virus infection.
As of 27 April the media in three European countries (Spain, France, Scotland/UK) report a total of 12 persons under investigation for swine influenza virus infection. All of them have a history of travel to Mexico. The patients reported from Scotland are currently hospitalised.
Suspected human-to-human transmission of swine influenza in the US linked to outbreak of respiratory diseases in Mexico
In its most recent communication on April 25, the United States CDC in Atlanta, confirmed eight cases of an infection with a novel swine influenza A(H1N1) virus in two US states (California and Texas).
Research commissioned during the 2009 Pandemic – three themed reports from the UK
A number of countries in Europe and elsewhere rapidly commissioned influenza researc h that was undertaken during the 2009 pandemic or subsequently.
Influenza A (H3N2)v Virus in Humans and Swine in the United States – an update
A report in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) MMWR this week describes the investigation of mild respiratory illness among swine and people at a county fair in Indiana, USA between 8 and 14 July 2012. This is an important report as it is very clearly documents simultaneous detection of H3N2v influenza viruses in humans and swine in close contact.
Swine influenza A(H1N1) in the US and Mexico – Update
In its most recent communication on 25April, the United States CDC in Atlanta confirmed eight cases of an infection with a novel swine influenza A(H1N1) virus in two US states (California and Texas). These cases have presented with mild flu-like symptoms between the end of March and mid-April and all have fully recovered.