Imported cases of Lassa fever often missed for days

From 1969 to 2016, 33 cases of Lassa fever were diagnosed in travelers from West Africa to nine other countries, according to a new report. Researchers suggested that the “ease and frequency of international travel” means health care providers will continue to see Lassa fever cases in areas where the disease is not endemic.

Pathogen research could aid prediction, response to anthrax and other epidemic diseases

Scientists will conduct research in two national parks in southern Africa that differ in the timing and severity of anthrax outbreaks. They will investigate the roles of host, pathogen and environment to understand how the pathogen-host interaction evolves and contributes to the differences in anthrax occurrences in the two study areas.

Role of Backyard Flocks in Transmission Dynamics of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N8) Clade 2.3.4.4, France, 2016–2017

Highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) clade 2.3.4.4 spread in France during 2016–2017. Researchers assessed the biosecurity and avian influenza virus infection status of 70 backyard flocks near H5N8-infected commercial farms. Backyard flocks linked to commercial farms had elevated risk for H5 infection.