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Publication Date:
3/23/2020
Post Date: 3/23/2020

There are no new cases of Ebola reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 17 February 2020. The World Health Organization requests $20 million to maintain surveillance and response operations until the end of the outbreak declaration. The WHO has not received new funding for the Ebola response since December 2019. 

 

 

Publication Date:
3/23/2020
Post Date: 3/23/2020

As of March 17, 2020, 39 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from six states.  The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O103 infections linked to clover sprouts.

Publication Date:
3/20/2020
Post Date: 3/20/2020

Scientists assessed the burden of disease in the 21 francophone African countries and compared the results with those for their non-francophone counterparts in three economic communities: the Economic Community of West African States, the Economic Community of Central African States, and the Southern African Development Community. 

Publication Date:
3/20/2020
Post Date: 3/20/2020

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory using the world's fastest supercomputer Summit, identified 77 drug compounds that might stop the virus from infecting host cells.  

Publication Date:
3/19/2020
Post Date: 3/19/2020

This information is current as of 19 March 2020 at 0900 hrs EDT.  Currently, approximately 219,000 cases of coronavirus reported worldwide,  There are approximately  8,900 deaths from COVID 19.  Over 20,000 cases were reported in the past 24 hours - a record high in daily new cases and over 5,000 more than China reported during the peak of the virus in Wuhan.

 

Publication Date:
3/19/2020
Post Date: 3/19/2020

Scientists are conducting clinical trials on several antivirals: chloroquine, arbidol, remdesivir, and favipiravir in China to test their efficacy and safety to treat COVID-19.  Some of the results from China are promising.  

 

 

Publication Date:
3/18/2020
Post Date: 3/18/2020

As of March 12, 2020, malaria-endemic regions in Africa have reported a few imported COVID-19 cases including in Nigeria, Senegal, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Africa needs to be prepared to deal with COVID-19, given the infectious potential of the disease and its capacity to undermine malaria control efforts.  There are lessons that can be learned from the 2014-2016 Ebola Outreak which undermined malaria control efforts in Africa. These lessons can be applied to the COVID -19 Outbreak.  

 

Publication Date:
3/18/2020
Post Date: 3/18/2020

This information is current as of 3/18/20 at 0900 hrs EDT.  A once in a generation pandemic is testing the world's population.  The pandemic has infected about 200,000 people and resulted in approximately 8,500 deaths in 164 nations. The global response triggered measures not seen since World War Two. 

Publication Date:
2/10/2020
Post Date: 2/10/2020

This information is current as of 0930hrs EST, 2 February 2020.  In China, the number of newly infected people has stabilized.  There have been 908 deaths in China with 40,171 infected people and 187,518 are under observation.  In Japan, 60 more people have tested positive on a cruise ship quarantined.  On the cruise ship, 130 out of 3,700 passengers are infected.  

Publication Date:
2/3/2020
Post Date: 2/3/2020

The Phase 2b/3 study, named HVTN 702 or Uhambo, began in 2016 and was taking place in South Africa.  The study was canceled because independent data and safety monitoring board (DSMB) found during an interim review that the regimen did not prevent HIV.  The board did not express any concern regarding participant safety.