It is known gender-specific differences are a factor in the prevalence, transmission, and exposure to neglected tropical diseases. A study conducted in Ethiopia provided insights into the role gender plays in receiving care for these diseases.
A real-world multicenter study found Bezlotoxumab was successful at preventing the reoccurrence of Clostridiodes difficile infections.
The US Department of Agriculture has reported to the World Health Organization for Animal Health (OIE) low-pathogenic H7N3 avian flu outbreaks at three turkey farms in North Carolina.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports an increase in cyberattacks on WHO networks.
Summary of new viruses this week (AFP cases and environmental samples):
- Pakistan: five WPV1 cases, three WPV1 positive environmental samples and 13 cVDPV2 cases
- Angola: one cVDPV2 case
- Chad: two cVDPV2 cases
- Côte d’Ivoire: one cVDPV2 case and one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample
- Malaysia: one cVDPV1 case
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.