Health & Fit Tackling Ebola outbreak in remote Congo presents huge challenge - WHO

01:25  19 may  2017
01:25  19 may  2017 Source:   Reuters

Major Cheesemaker Recalls Products After Two Listeria-Related Deaths

  Major Cheesemaker Recalls Products After Two Listeria-Related Deaths Ouleout cheese — a popular soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in Walton, New York — is being recalled after a dangerous outbreak of listeria hospitalized six and resulted in two deaths. The producers of the cheese, which is distributed nationally, are being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration to determine the cause of the outbreak of bacteria. "Six people infected with the outbreak strain of listeria have been reported from four states since September 1, 2016," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. "All six people were hospitalized, and two people from Connecticut and Vermont died. One illness was reported in a newborn. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery of Walton, New York, is the likely source of this outbreak." Unpasteurized cheese is particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, as the pasteurization process kills most bacteria, including listeria. Listeria infections are not usually fatal, but can be deadly in small children, the weak or sickly, and the elderly. The cheeses were mostly sold to supermarkets in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States; California; Chicago; Portland, Oregon; and the District of Columbia. Although only one type of Vulto cheese was recalled, the CDC is urging consumers to refrain from buying any soft cheese from Vulto at this time.

LONDON An Ebola outbreak affecting up to 20 people in an extremely remote area in the Democratic Republic of Congo presents a high risk at a national level, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Thursday.

An Ebola outbreak affecting up to 20 people in an extremely remote area in the Democratic Republic of Congo presents a high risk at a national level, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Thursday.

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An Ebola outbreak affecting up to 20 people in an extremely remote area in the Democratic Republic of Congo presents a high risk at a national level, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Major Cheesemaker Recalls Products After Two Listeria-Related Deaths

  Major Cheesemaker Recalls Products After Two Listeria-Related Deaths Ouleout cheese — a popular soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in Walton, New York — is being recalled after a dangerous outbreak of listeria hospitalized six and resulted in two deaths. The producers of the cheese, which is distributed nationally, are being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration to determine the cause of the outbreak of bacteria. "Six people infected with the outbreak strain of listeria have been reported from four states since September 1, 2016," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. "All six people were hospitalized, and two people from Connecticut and Vermont died. One illness was reported in a newborn. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery of Walton, New York, is the likely source of this outbreak." Unpasteurized cheese is particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, as the pasteurization process kills most bacteria, including listeria. Listeria infections are not usually fatal, but can be deadly in small children, the weak or sickly, and the elderly. The cheeses were mostly sold to supermarkets in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States; California; Chicago; Portland, Oregon; and the District of Columbia. Although only one type of Vulto cheese was recalled, the CDC is urging consumers to refrain from buying any soft cheese from Vulto at this time.

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) - An Ebola outbreak affecting up to 20 people in an extremely remote area in the Democratic Republic of Congo presents a high risk at a national level, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Thursday.

Tackling Ebola outbreak in remote Congo presents huge challenge : WHO . In an update on an outbreak that officials believe began in late April, the United Nations health agency said there were two confirmed and 18 suspected cases of Ebola infection.

In an update on an outbreak that officials believe began in late April, the United Nations health agency said there were two confirmed and 18 suspected cases of Ebola infection.

Three people have died among the suspected and confirmed cases, including a 39-year-old man thought to be the first, or so-called "index" case.

Peter Salama, the WHO's executive director for health emergencies, said the agency's risk assessment on the outbreak was that it is high at a national level, medium at African regional level and low at global level.

However, he added: "We cannot underestimate the logistic and practical challenges associated with this response in a very remote and insecure part of the country.

"As of now, we do not know the full extent of the outbreak, and as we deploy teams over the next few weeks, we will begin to understand . . . exactly what we're dealing with," Salama told reporters on a telephone briefing.

Two Killed in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Cheese

  Two Killed in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Cheese Two people have died and four more hospitalized in an outbreak of Listeria linked to cheese made using raw milk, federal investigators say.They've traced to cases to Ouleout cheese, a soft cheese made by Vulto Creamery in New York. The cheese is distributed nationally and it's all being recalled.

An Ebola outbreak affecting up to 20 people in an extremely remote area in the Congo presents a high risk at a national level, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Thursday. In an update on an outbreak that officials believe began in late April

An Ebola outbreak in a remote region in DR Congo 's far north poses a logistical challenge for doctors and aid workers although the sheer remoteness could "Four-wheel drives won't go through," the narrow forest roads, said Eugene Kabambi, the spokesman for the WHO 's Congo mission.

He said the immediate priority would be to trace the around 400 recorded contacts of the suspected and confirmed cases.

This latest Ebola outbreak is Congo's eighth, the most of any country. The deadly hemorrhagic fever was first detected in its dense tropical forests in 1976 and named after the nearby river Ebola.

The WHO said the outbreak is centered in the Likati Health Zone in the remote province of Bas-Uele in northeastern Congo near the border with Central African Republic.

Salama described the area, which is around 1400 kilometers (870 miles)from the capital Kinshasa, as isolated and hard-to-reach, with virtually no functioning telecommunications and few paved roads.

Asked about the potential for using an experimental vaccine, Salama said the logistics were "complex" but that the WHO was working with Congo's government and regulatory authorities.

The vaccine, known as rVSV-ZEBOV and developed by Merck, is not yet licensed but was shown to be highly protective against Ebola in clinical trials published last December.

To use the vaccine, Salama said the WHO would need a fully-approved protocol signed off by regulators, the government and ethics committees, as well as the logistics in place to gain informed consent from all those offered it and to transport and store it at the required minus 80 degrees Celsius (-176 F).

"In an area without telecommunications, without road access, without large-scale electrification, this is going to be an enormous challenge," he said.

"But we are committed to working with . . . partner agencies to implement a vaccination campaign if the (Congo) government gives us a green light."

The three deaths so far are the "index" case - the man who fell sick and sought medical care on April 22 - a motorcycle rider who took him to hospital, and another person who cared for him en route.

Ebola scare shows that the world is still not ready for a major disease outbreak .
A small outbreak of Ebola in May showed that world is still not as prepared as it should be to prevent or withstand the next disease outbreak. There is a dangerous rift between smart solutions and the political action needed to get them done.After the West Africa Ebola outbreak was contained in 2015, multiple panels and commissions recommended reforms in the way that political, scientific, and health leaders approach global health security.

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