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Human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus – China

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 15:00
On 9 February 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 1 laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus.

A 44-year-old male from Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province developed symptoms on 27 January. He was admitted to hospital on 3 February and died on 6 February. The patient had history of exposure to dead wild fowl. On 8 February, the specimen of the patient tested positive for avian influenza A(H5N6) by the China CDC.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:00
Between 27 January and 4 February 2015, the IHR National Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (SAU) notified WHO of 10 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Cases are listed by date of reporting, with the most recent case listed first.

Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Qatar

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:00
On 2 February 2015, the IHR National Focal Point of Qatar notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

A 55-year-old, non-national male from Al-Shahaniya City developed symptoms on 28 January and visited a primary health care center as symptoms worsened on 31 January. Following laboratory confirmation of MERS-CoV infection, the patient was admitted to hospital on 1 February. He has no comorbidities but has frequent contact with camels and goats. The patient has no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. Currently, he is in stable condition in an isolation room with negative pressure.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:00
On 3 February 2015, the IHR National Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates notified WHO of 1 additional fatal case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

A 38-year-old, non-national male from Abu Dhabi developed symptoms on 29 December. As symptoms worsened, the patient presented to the emergency room of a hospital on 29 January and was admitted to the hospital on the same day. Investigation of history of contact with camels is ongoing. He had no comorbidities and no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. The patient was in critical condition, intubated in ICU and passed away on 6 February.

WHO Director-General addresses ministerial meeting on universal health coverage

WHO Director-General Speeches - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 18:00
Your Excellency, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister Gan, honourable ministers, distinguished experts, colleagues in public health, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour to address a ministerial meeting on universal health coverage in Singapore, a city-state with an inclusive health system known for its affordable excellence. Last year, Bloomberg’s second annual ranking of countries with the most efficient health care placed Singapore at the top.

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 15:00
On 4 February 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 83 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. Onset dates ranged from 20 December 2014 to 27 January 2015. Below is a breakdown of the 83 cases included in this notification by epidemiological week of symptom onset:

Cases ranged in age from 1 to 88 years with a median age of 56 years. Of the 83 cases, there were 19 deaths reported, ranged in age from 7 to 78 years with a mean age of 50 years. 60 of these 83 cases were male. The majority (78 cases, 93%) reported exposure to live poultry or live poultry markets; the exposure history of 4 cases is unknown.

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