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News Scan for Apr 02, 2021

News Scan for Apr 02, 2021

CDC reports 8-state Salmonella outbreak tied to wild songbirds

Eight people have been hospitalized amid a 19-person Salmonella outbreak linked to wild songbirds in eight states, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigation notice released yesterday.

Contact with infected wild songbirds such as pine siskins is believed to be behind the outbreak, which has sickened people in California, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington state. No deaths have been reported.

Illnesses-onset dates range from Dec 26, 2020, to Mar 16, 2021. Sick people range in age from 2 months to 89 years, with a median age of 16 years, and 63% are female.

Birds can carry Salmonella while appearing normal and healthy. The CDC recommends washing hands after touching a wild bird, bird feeder, or bird bath; regularly disinfecting bird feeders and baths outdoors; keeping pets away from bird feeders and baths; calling the state wildlife agency or wildlife rehabilitator if you find dead birds in your yard; and contacting your healthcare provider if you have diarrhea for more than 3 days, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and signs of dehydration.
Apr 1 CDC investigation notice

New Ebola case reported in Guinea’s outbreak

Guinea has reported a new Ebola case, the first since March 4, the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office said yesterday.

The patient is from the village of Soulouta in N’Zerekore, where the outbreak is centered.

The WHO’s Guinea representative Georges Alfred Ki-Zerbo told Reuters that the case comes in the wake of a cluster of suspicious deaths in the area. Local officials said after the latest case was confirmed, residents first blocked access to response teams, and other people with suspected infections fled the area.

Guinea now has 19 cases, 9 of them fatal. The development comes as a disappointment, given that country had recently started its 42-day countdown until the end of the outbreak, following the discharge of its last Ebola patient.
Apr 1 WHO African regional office tweet
Apr 2 Reuters story
Mar 25 CIDRAP News scan

Afghanistan, Senegal report more vaccine-derived polio cases

Two countries—Afghanistan and Senegal—reported new polio cases over the last week, both involving circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2), according to the latest weekly update from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

Afghanistan reported five more cases in five provinces: Zabul, Wardak, Logar, Hirat, and Farah. The spurt of new illnesses lifts the country’s 2021 total to 23.

Senegal reported two cVDPV2 cases, both in Diourbel region, which mark the country’s first cases of the new year.
Apr 1 GPEI update

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