Disease 2020

31 Dec 2020

It is relentless in its spread, quietly but efficiently strengthening its grasp around the world in 2020. The highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu which has been exploding in Europe and Asia and earlier this month the disease control authorities in central China's Hunan Province confirmed a human infection case of the H5N6 bird flu virus. The patient is being treated in the ICU ward of a hospital in Ningyuan County and has stable conditions, but still cannot be removed from the ventilator. The poultry industry is on alert after previous outbreaks led to the culling of tens of millions of birds.

26 Dec 2020

Milk production in India - the highest in the world - has been hit by a relatively new disease. Lumpy skin disease (LSD), a transboundary animal disease that spreads quickly, has started affecting Indian cattle and Asian water buffalo. The disease can decrease milk production by more than half, damage hides and cause emaciation, infertility, and abortions in animals. It has spread to 20 of India's 28 states, putting at risk more than 303 million cattle and buffaloes that drive India's milk production.

 Characterized by skin nodules, nasal and ocular discharge, fever, and reduction in milk production, the diseases was first detected in India in July 2019.

24 Dec 2020

Japanese authorities have begun slaughtering more than 1 million chickens at an egg farm in eastern Japan after a bird flu outbreak was discovered. Chiba Governor Kensaku Morita asked the Defence Ministry to send soldiers to help cull the 1.16 million chickens and bury them in the city of Isumi, 80 kilometres south-east of Tokyo, in the first culling operation in eastern Japan this season. 

Morita vowed to contain the outbreak as early as possible. Workers at the farm found that about 220 chickens were dead on Wednesday and reported this to local government officials.

Dec 22 2020
The disease control authorities in central China's Hunan Province have confirmed a human infection case of the H5N6 bird flu virus. The infected person contracted the virus at a live poultry market in Ningyuan County in the city of Yongzhou and tested positive for H5N6 on Saturday, the provincial centre for disease control and prevention said on Monday. The patient is being treated in the ICU ward of a hospital in Ningyuan County and has stable conditions, but still cannot be removed from the ventilator. 

The live poultry trade in all farmers' markets in Ningyuan County has been suspended since Sunday, and the disinfection work has been completed.

 18 Dec 2020
There has been much speculation around the world claiming a link between 5G and the coronavirus.  While governments and the media have been quick to dispel such claims as not true, there is a connection, according to an NCBI report, 
(National Institutes of Health, link supplied below), who are claiming doses of charged particles from 5G, 4G can cause acute and persistent oxidative stress which can lead to cell and tissue damage, damaging proteins, and DNA and suppressing immune systems, which is probably why Covid-19 has been so destructive in wealthy countries such as the US and all of Europe but not nearly as destructive in 3rd world, or poor countries.

Dec 9 2020

The French farm ministry said on Tuesday that highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu had been found on a duck farm in the southwest of the country, confirming France's first farm outbreak of the virus this year. The outbreak was first reported on Monday but at the time it was unclear what strain of the virus it was. Bird flu has been spreading rapidly in Europe, putting the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks led to the culling of tens of millions of birds. 

"The ANSES national reference laboratory confirmed today the infection of a farm of 6,000 ducks by the H5N8 virus in the municipality of Benesse-Maremne (Landes region), in which high mortality was observed on Dec. 5," the ministry said in a statement.

 Dec 8 2020

A total of 77,386 chickens were culled at a farm in the western Japan city of Gojo following the detection of highly pathogenic bird flu, the Nara Prefectural Government said in a same-day announcement on Dec. 7 The egg-laying hens, which were culled by 6:09 p.m., will be incinerated in the prefectural city of Gose and at other locations. Analysis of genes by the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization found that the virus is the highly lethal H5N8 type virus. The same strain was also detected at farms in the western Japan prefectures of Hyogo and Kagawa. (Japanese original by Satoshi Kubo, Nara Bureau)

Bird flu has been detected at a chicken farm in Hiroshima prefecture, The Japan Times reported citing local government officials on Monday. The authorities ordered culled down 134,000 chickens at the site and other affiliated farms.

7 Dec 2020

A mysterious disease that began spreading in Eluru city in Andhra Pradesh claimed one life on Sunday even as about 292 residents fell sick. More than 140 of the patients have returned home after treatment at the hospital while the condition of others was stable, the West Godavari district medical and health officials said. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy spoke with AP Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney over the phone and enquired about the situation and said the Centre was ready to extend any possible help. 

The Union Home Ministry was also in touch with the Governor's office over this, official sources here said. Nothing has yet been established as to what caused the disease that saw people suddenly falling unconscious after suffering from symptoms of fits and nausea.

7 Dec 2020

South Korea confirmed another case of highly pathogenic bird flu at a duck farm in a southern county Saturday, putting quarantine authorities on high alert. The latest case was reported at a duck meat farm in South Jeolla Province's Yeongam County, according to the provincial government. It marks the third highly pathogenic case reported at a poultry house this year and the first such case confirmed in South Jeolla Province in three years.

Having blocked access to the affected farm and culled its ducks, local authorities plan to cull nearly 500,000 ducks and chickens in 10 nearby farms within a 3-kilometre radius as a precautionary measure, the regional government said. 

1 Dec 2020
South Korea has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu on a duck farm in the southwestern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. The outbreak, which occurred in the town of Girin-ri, killed 19,000 ducks, the OIE said in a website alert, quoting the South Korean agriculture ministry. Some 392,000 chickens and ducks at a total of six farms were killed preventively, the ministry also said. 

Meanwhile, bird flu has been detected in a fourth Japanese prefecture, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday, as a wave of infections at poultry farms sparks the country’s worst outbreak in more than four years. 
1 December 2020
Bird flu has been detected in a fourth Japanese prefecture, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday, as a wave of infections at poultry farms sparks the country’s worst outbreak in more than four years. Avian influenza was discovered at a poultry farm in Hyuga city in Miyazaki prefecture in southwestern Japan, the ministry said on its website. 

Japan’s worst outbreak since at least 2016 started last month in Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku island, which is adjacent to Kyushu island where Miyazaki is located. The 40,000 chickens at the Miyazaki farm will be slaughtered and buried, while exports in a 3 km (1.8 miles) radius around the farm will be restricted. The new action means more than 1.8 million chickens will have been culled since the latest outbreak began, according to Reuters.
30 Nov 2020
China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced Friday of an outbreak of H5N8 subtype highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild swans in Pinglu County, Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province. The outbreak occurred at the Sanwan Whooper Swan Scenic Area, Pinglu County, Yuncheng City. There are more than 4,000 wild swans living in this area, with 2 sick and 2 dead. After the outbreak, the local area immediately activated an emergency response mechanism, carried out emergency response work, and disinfected the surrounding environment. 

30 Nov 2020
An Oregon mink farm has reported an outbreak of coronavirus among mink and farmworkers. Ten mink samples submitted all came back positive for coronavirus, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) said in a news release on Friday. The farm has been placed under quarantine, meaning "no animal or animal product can leave the farm until further notice," according to ODA. The farmer and his staff have been advised to self-isolate after multiple coronavirus cases were reported among workers on the farm, the release said. 

Nov 26 2020

The Ministry of Health in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) reported a human case of infection with an avian influenza A(H5N1) virus. The case is a one-year-old female who developed symptoms of fever, productive cough, difficulty breathing and runny nose on 13 October 2020. She was hospitalized for her illness on 16 October and discharged on 19 October. 

As part of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) sentinel surveillance, a specimen was collected on the date of hospitalization and confirmed to be positive for avian influenza A(H5N1) on 28 October by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at the National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE).

State health officials warned Friday that doctors are seeing increasing cases of a severe form of gonorrhoea across the state, which they blame on patients not seeking treatment. The California Department of Public Health reported on Friday that over the past few months, it's "received reports of a severe form of gonorrhoea called disseminated gonococcal infections (DGI), which is an uncommon, but significant complication of untreated gonorrhoea."

Nov 20 2020
According to the Kyodo news agency, 350,000 chickens would be culled at one farm and 495,000 at another. Not transmissible to humans, the highly pathogenic H5 flu was first detected at a bird farm near Kagawa's city of Mitoyo, where nearly 4,000 chickens died between November 1 and 4. On November 13, Russia imposed restrictions on poultry imports from Japan over the bird flu outbreaks. 

 On Thursday, media reported that a large number of birds had died at two farms in Kagawa. Further tests confirmed that they had been infected with bird flu, as Japanese authorities discovered a sixth and seventh outbreak in just the last several weeks.
Nov 15 2020
Belgium has detected an outbreak of bird flu, leading authorities to order all poultry farmers and individual bird owners to keep the animals confined, the country's food safety agency AFSCA said Saturday. Avian influenza has recently spread to western Europe after outbreaks in Russia and Kazakhstan this summer.

"Three wild birds that stayed in a bird sanctuary in Ostend tested positive for the H5N8 virus," AFSCA said in a statement on Saturday, adding that the outbreak was confirmed the day before by the Sciensano public health institute. AFSCA said the new measures would be effective from Sunday and would apply to private poultry houses as well as individuals who keep birds in their homes, in a country where there is a strong tradition of pigeon racing.

Credit WHO

Stock markets around the world are going through the roof after Pfizer and BioNTech have revealed they have developed a vaccine for Covid-19 today with a company spokesman describing the development as a "great day for science and humanity".

The new vaccine is said to be more than 90% accurate in stopping people from getting the virus after nearly 50,000 have been tested preliminary analysis shows with no safety concerns. The vaccine will be authorised and will be available by the end of this month.  The UK has already put in an order for 40 million doses, enough for 20 million people. 

A female chick hatching, credit Wikipedia.

Another bird flu case has been confirmed at a poultry farm in Kagawa Prefecture, the prefectural government said Sunday, marking the country's second outbreak of avian influenza at a farm this year. The virus is believed to be a highly pathogenic strain. About 48,000 chickens being raised at the farm in the city of Higashikagawa will be culled.

The prefectural government instructed three poultry farms within 3 kilometres of the affected facility not to transfer their chickens and eggs, while nine farms within 3 to 10 kilometres were told not to move their chickens and eggs outside the 10-kilometre zone.

The Dutch authorities are racing to contain a bird flu outbreak at two poultry farms and the same strain - H5N8 - has also infected chickens and wild birds in north Germany. A farm in the eastern Dutch town of Puiflijk and another nearby have been told to cull 200,000 chickens.

Chickens are also infected at a small poultry farm in Nordfriesland, part of Germany's Schleswig-Holstein state. H5N8 is very low-risk for humans, but the economic cost can be significant. Health experts say people should avoid touching sick or dead birds, and chicken and eggs are safe to eat if cooked thoroughly, as that kills the virus. A poultry farm in Frodsham, north-west England, also has cases: a cull of 13,000 birds was ordered there on Monday.

African swine fever virus virion TEM, credit Wikipedia

It's a disease which wiped out nearly 50% of the global pig population in 2019 and is still killing millions of pigs in 2020 but African Swine Flu is thought not to infect humans.

An infectious disease expert at the University of Alberta says it's shocking to hear about Canada's first human case of a rare swine flu variant, but she expects it's likely a one-off situation. Dr Lynora Saxinger, an associate professor in the department of medicine, wrote on Twitter "what fresh hell is this"[?] when she first heard about the case in central Alberta.

As many as 17 million minks are to be culled in Denmark after a mutated version of the coronavirus that can spread to humans was detected on mink farms.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the mutated virus posed a "risk to the effectiveness" of a future Covid-19 vaccine.

Denmark's prime minister said Wednesday that the government wants to cull all minks in farms to minimise the risk of the weasel-like mammals' re-transmitting COVID-19 to humans. Mette Frederiksen said a report from a government agency that maps the coronavirus in Denmark has shown a mutation in the virus found in 12 people in the northern part of the country who were infected by minks.

A catastrophe has been declared in a Texan city after a brain-eating amoeba was discovered of their native water provide – examined after a six-year-old boy died. Josiah McIntyre died on September 8 after enjoying within the water in Lake Jackson. Credit News Chant

Residents of eight cities have been alerted that a brain-eating amoeba was found in a southeast Texas water supply, leading one of the towns to issue a disaster declaration. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a water advisory to residents served by the Brazosport Water Authority warning customers not to use any water due to the presence of Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba, found in the water supply on Friday evening.

A frightening new outbreak of viral pneumonia much deadlier than Covid-19 is causing concern for citizens of Kazakhstan. The situation is described as very grim: Meanwhile, an unknown disease has killed 130,000 Saiga antelope.

A frightening new outbreak of viral pneumonia much deadlier than Covid-19 is causing concern for citizens of Kazakhstan.  Since the start of the year, 1,772 people have died of pneumonia in the country. In June alone, there were 628 fatalities, including Chinese citizens, a statement on the embassy’s website.

Between Covid-19 and the pneumonia outbreak, the diplomats described the health situation in Kazakhstan as “very grim.”

While the Chinese embassy described the illness as “unknown pneumonia”, Kazakhstani officials and media have only said it is pneumonia. It was not clear why the Chinese embassy had described the illness as “unknown” or what information it had about pneumonia. The embassy’s website, citing local media reports, said the provinces of Atyrau and Aktobe and the city of Shymkent have reported significant spikes in pneumonia cases since the middle of June. 

A suspected case of bubonic plague has been registered in China’s north, according to local health authorities and a further two more cases in neighbouring Mongolia.
A suspected case of bubonic plague has been registered in China’s north, according to local health authorities and a further two more cases in neighbouring Mongolia.  It’s believed the patient in question is suffering from the bubonic form, which causes swollen lymph nodes, and is considered to be the most easily treated variant of the disease but can also kill a person in one day.

Cases of bubonic plague are periodically reported around the world. Madagascar saw more than 300 cases during an outbreak in 2017. In May last year, two people in the country of Mongolia died from the plague, which they contracted after eating the raw meat of a marmot - a type of rodent.

The great and enduring plagues, and grievous and enduring sicknesses of 2020: Covid-19 approaches 10 million cases: The African Swine Flu outbreak, the end of pork? Avian flu killing millions of birds: The worst locust outbreak in nearly a hundred years, surely all lives matter
Humans and Pigs have remarkably similar immune systems. Long before the Covid-19 Pandemic had infected almost 10, million people and killed almost 500,000 another devastating disease broke out of China which has probably killed an estimated 300 million pigs around the world since 1918. The latest country to suffer is Nigeria after their worse outbreak ever culminated in the loss of almost a million pigs culled due to African Swine Fever, (ASF). It is believed more than 40% of all farm-reared pigs have died globally since 2018 from the killer virus with an almost 100% death rate. Can you imagine the carnage if this virus

The African Swine Flu outbreak (“There just isn’t enough pork in the world to fill the gap.”)

However, the African swine fever (ASF) pandemic will be even worse this year than in 2019, say, experts, warning that the spread of the highly contagious virus, which is fatal to pigs, is unrelenting.

A new report claims billions worldwide, nearly 70% of people aged between 1-49 were living with herpes up to 2016 and there is no cure. Most had an oral infection but nearly 200 million had a genital infection
Billions worldwide living with herpes and there is no cure.

About half a billion people worldwide are living with genital herpes, and several billion have an oral herpes infection, new estimates show, highlighting the need to improve awareness and scale-up services to prevent and treat herpes. About 13% of the world’s population aged 15 to 49 years were living with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infection in 2016, the latest year for which data is available. HSV-2 is almost exclusively sexually transmitted, causing genital herpes. Infection can lead to recurring, often painful, genital sores in up to a third of people infected.

Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is mainly transmitted by oral to oral contact to cause oral herpes infection – sometimes leading to painful sores in or around the mouth (“cold sores”). However, HSV-1 can also be transmitted to the genital area through oral sex, causing genital herpes. Around 67% of the world’s population aged 0 to 49 had HSV-1 infection in 2016 – an estimated 3.7 billion people. 

Oxidative stress, linked to radiofrequency radiation obesity diets processed foods, smoking, alcohol consumption, medications, pollution, exposure to pesticides or industrial chemicals: Modern living behind the Coronavirus outbreak!
This week mobile masts were set on fire in the parts of the UK amid conspiracy theories claiming a link between 5G and coronavirus. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was quick to calm the incidents by claiming, "there is absolutely no credible evidence" of a link between 5G and Covid-19. Actually, there is evidence and a worrying connection.

People are living in the 21st century with suppressed immune systems due to a medical term called 'Oxidative stress,' which is linked to radiofrequency radiation, obesity diets rich in fat and sugar, processed foods, smoking, alcohol consumption, medications, pollution, exposure to pesticides or industrial chemicals, in other words, modern life.

Dear readers and friends. If you are waiting for reports or updates, well I got sick this weekend I have pneumonia from a bacteria and NOT a virus: Hope to be back in the saddle sometime later this week.
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Dear readers and friends. If you are waiting for reports or updates, well I got sick this weekend and a scare too, a 39.6 fever, along with breathing difficulties, a headache and aching muscles led me to believe I had, contracted the coronavirus...

I was tested on Monday at home and the doc said I had contracted pneumonia, from a bacteria and not a virus, I am slowly improving but very weak but I  hope to be back in the saddle sometime later this week. Thanks once again for your wonderful support.

Avian Flu Virus: Vietnam culls 137,000 birds to contain avian influenza outbreaks just months after it culled 1.2 million farmed pigs infected with African swine fever
Vietnam culls 137,000 birds to contain avian influenza outbreaks Vietnam has so far this year culled 137,180 birds to contain the spreading of bird flu outbreaks, the government said on Thursday. The outbreaks, including 38 outbreaks of H5N6 and five outbreaks of H5N1, have been detected in 13 out of Vietnam's 63 provinces this year, the government said in a statement. All of the bird flu outbreaks have happened at farms where the birds have not been vaccinated, it said, adding that, in several provinces, only 10%-20% of the birds were vaccinated. Vietnam has a poultry flock of 460 million, and small-sized bird flu outbreaks have not been uncommon in the country during the past five years.Vietnam culled more than 1.2 million farmed pigs infected with African swine fever in May. Pork accounts for three-quarters of total meat consumption in Vietnam, a country of 95 million people where most of its 30 million farm-rais

A Disaster Waiting To Happen! Conflicting reports are coming from Iran as they "continue epidemic protocols to contain virus" by not enforcing lockdowns or self quarantine on people with symptoms
Medical officials have assured that Iran will, in the near future, rein in the spread of a flu-like virus originating from China and that conditions of most of the patients diagnosed with the new coronavirus have improved. Ali Akbar Velayati, head of Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari Hospital, said at a press conference on Monday that the task of responding to the novel coronavirus — named COVID-19 — is no harder than that of tackling an influenza epidemic in the country, which has been brought under control. “Given the measures being taken to control the disease, we will have better news in the coming days and there is no reason for concern,” he said, assuring that there will soon be a decline in the spread of the epidemic and “the disease will be contained.”

Coronavirus censorship: Will they shut down the web? What happens when the virus hits third world countries? Leaders and the media are lying (Projected 500,000 contaminated and 114,000 deaths by mid Feb
On Jan 30th, The National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China released its latest "official" figures: 10,000 confirmed cases in the Republic of China, which is probably a very conservative number. Another 15,000 are suspected. At this rate by the 1st of February, 25,000 people will be contaminated with 500 deaths and by the middle of February more than 500,000 will be contaminated and 114,000 deaths. As Stephen King once wrote: Done bun, can't be undone!
Deaths outnumbering the recovered
We are being constantly told the death rate is relatively low, however, The National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China's own stats show Deaths are easily outnumbering the recovered...

China Crisis: An Italian cruise ship with 7,000 people on board is being held off the coast after a Chinese woman fell ill with a suspected case of coronavirus
Translated from Italian

Russia closes the borders with China Couple in solitary confinement on the cruise ship: stuck in 7 thousand Two people are currently in solitary confinement in the hospital onboard the Costa Smeralda ship, currently stopped at the port of Civitavecchia. It is a couple from Macau. The 54-year-old woman showed up at the hospital on board last night with a fever and mild flu symptoms. Immediately both she and her partner (who for now has no symptoms) were put in solitary confinement. Doctors from the National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Spallanzani" of Rome arrived on the Costa Crociere ship. Health workers tested the couple to find out if it was normal flu or coronavirus that caused the woman to get a fever.

3 glaringly obvious coincidences missed by the MSM: Flu virus killed 200 million pigs in China last year: The Wuhan Biosafety Lab is the only one in China: Situated just 20 miles from Huanan Seafood Market
Swine flu is a particularly nasty disease and can jump from pigs to humans. (apparently, African swine fever can not but...it can mutate!) 
In 2019 an astonishing one-quarter of the world's domestic pig population died of African Swine Fever, an estimated 200-million pigs, died in China alone. A report by the Guardian in November 2019, claimed, since August 2018, when China notified the World Organisation for Animal Health that ASF (swine fever) was in the country, the disease has spread with extraordinary speed. (sound familiar?

The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory is the only lab in China designated for studying dangerous pathogens like SARS and Ebola: Coincidence? Had annual safety drill days before outbreak!
It could be the scenario of a Hollywood Blockbuster but, could the mysterious Coronovirus which has exploded in China and other parts of the world in just 25 days have accidentally leaked from China's only lab in China designated for studying dangerous pathogens like SARS and Ebola. "No chance" I hear you saying but it has happened before, in 2004, a SARS virus 'leaked' from a lab in Beijing. It seems highly coincidental that The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory is the only lab in China designated for studying dangerous pathogens and is the city where the mysterious coronavirus began!

Norovirus Update: Simulation it could kill 65 million people: Arrives in Europe: Virus escaped lab in Wuhan? More than 150,000 unaware they are sick as the incubation period is 5-to-10 days.
China built a lab to study SARS and Ebola in Wuhan - and US biosafety experts warned in 2017 that a virus could 'escape' the facility that's become key in fighting the outbreak. The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory is the only lab in China designated for studying dangerous pathogens like SARS and Ebola Ahead of its January 2018 opening, biosafety experts and scientists from the US expressed concerns that a virus could escape the lab In 2004, a SARS virus 'leaked' from a lab in Beijing

Chinese Mystery Disease Update No 7: Coronavirus linked to pigs? Hundreds of millions of Chinese pigs died of disease last year: Up to 50,000 people are walking around, many unaware they are sick.
BEIJING - Chinese health authorities announced Friday that 830 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had been reported across 29 provincial-level regions in the country by the end of Thursday. Among them, 34 had been cured and discharged from hospitals, according to the National Health Commission (NHC). A total of 1,072 suspected cases have been reported in 20 provincial-level regions, according to the commission. If we break these figures down using  Prof Neil Ferguson table 830 confirmed cases would mean anything up to 50,000 people are walking around unaware they are sick.

Chinese Mystery Disease Update No 6: 2nd city shut down: 20 million quarantined: 3rd city closes train stations: incubate's in a person for 5-to-10 days: Thousands walking around not knowing they are sick
The virus is now spreading at an alarming rate. The problem here is the Chinese, through no fault of their own have closed the stable door after the horse has bolted. Before officials quarantined Wuhan, millions of people were coming and going, Wuhan was shut down yesterday but this is the problem, the coronavirus is known to incubate in a person for 5-to-10 days, sometimes even 24 days. The cat is already out of the bag, literally, thousands will be affected, and people will be walking around for days before they even realise they are sick.

Huanggang is the second city to shut-down as authorities try to halt the spread of the newly-discovered virus.

Chinese Mystery Disease Update No 5: WORLD IN PANIC! 440 confirmed cases equal almost 20,000, unconfirmed cases according to Prof Neil Ferguson's table: MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis
A staff member checks passengers' body temperature at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 22, 2020. Chinese health authorities announced Wednesday that 440 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had been reported in 13 provincial-level regions in the country by the end of Tuesday. Strict measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the virus. 

A total of 15 thermal detectors have been set up in the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, and 20 thermal detectors have been installed in three major railway stations of the city. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)
Chinese health authorities announced Wednesday that 440 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had been reported in 13 provincial-level regions in the country by the end of Tuesday.

Chinese Mystery Disease Update No 4: Hundreds of millions of Chinese are on the move this week as human-to-human transmission confirmed: Will spread more quickly and widely: No of cases in the 1000s
The head of a Chinese government expert team said Monday that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus, a development that raises the possibility that it could spread more quickly and widely. Team leader Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory expert, said two people in Guangdong province in southern China caught the virus from family members, state media said. Some medical workers have also tested positive for the virus, the English-language China Daily newspaper reported. The late-night announcement capped a day in which authorities announced a sharp uptick in the number of confirmed cases to more than 200, and China’s leader called on the government to take every possible step to combat the outbreak. 

Chinese Mystery Disease Update No 3: 139 new cases of mysterious virus in two days: 3rd death: 2 cases in Thailand 1 in Japan: Actual cases now probably in the thousands, British Prof
You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube! Map RSOE
Chinese authorities have reported 139 new cases of a mysterious virus in two days, marking the first time that the infection has been confirmed in the country outside of Wuhan city. The new cases were identified in the cities of Wuhan, Beijing and Shenzhen. The total number of confirmed cases now exceeds 200, and three have died from respiratory illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of cases rose because of "increased searching and testing". The new coronavirus strain first appeared in Wuhan in December and has already spread abroad, with two cases in Thailand and one in Japan.

African Swine Fever and Bird flu: Avian Flu, New Europe outbreak feared: 200,000 birds dead or culled in the first 2 weeks of 2020: African swine fever have been confirmed in nine EU countries
The H5N8 strain of bird flu has been found at a large turkey farm in northwestern Hungary, the National Food Chain Safety Authority (NEBIH) said on the 13th of January. Slovakia, Hungary’s northern European Union neighbour, reported its first outbreak of the same highly pathogenic strain of the virus in nearly three years in backyard poultry in the western part of the country. Hungary’s NEBIH said the full turkey stock at the farm, more than 50,000 birds, would have to be culled and other precautionary measures implemented to contain the spread of the infection.
Bird flu detected in eastern Hungary, 115,000 ducks destroyed, January 15, 2020, Hungarian food safety authority NÉBIH said it detected avian flu virus at a duck farm in Hajdú-Bihar County (about 215 km east of Budapest), marking the second major discovery of the H5N8 strain of the virus in the country in the last few days, state news wire MTI reports.

New Chinese virus infected hundreds: "I am substantially more concerned than I was a week ago," disease outbreak scientist: Actual number could be over 2,000 infected NOT 45 confirmed cases
The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC. There have been 45 laboratory-confirmed cases of the new virus, but UK experts estimate the figure is closer to 1,700. Two people are known to have died from the virus, which appeared in Wuhan city in December. "I am substantially more concerned than I was a week ago," disease outbreak scientist, Prof Neil Ferguson, said. The work was conducted by the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London, which advises bodies including the UK government and the World Health Organization.

A second person has died in China from a mystery virus that has stricken dozens and has appeared in Thailand and Japan: Human-to-human transmission "cannot be excluded"
A second person has died in China from a mystery virus that has stricken dozens and appeared in two other Asian countries, officials said late on Thursday. Local authorities said a 69-year-old man died on Wednesday in Wuhan, the central Chinese city believed to be the epicentre of an outbreak of a coronavirus from the same family as the deadly SARS pathogen. 

The outbreak has caused alarm because of the link with SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 349 people in mainland China and another 299 in Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

New Report: More than 140,000 die from measles as cases surged worldwide in 2018: 2019 set to be even worse: Nearly 10 million cases estimated this year

The World Health Organisation, (WHO) released a new shocking report: More than 140,000 people died from measles as cases surged worldwide in 2018. Infants and young children were most at risk of fatal complications, health agencies warn 5 December 2019 Joint News Release.

Worldwide more than 140,000 people died from measles in 2018, according to new estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). 

40% of Chinese pigs, hundreds of millions of animals have died from swine fever in just over a year and It's not if but when, the unstoppable disease reaches the West
Back in May 2019, The Big Wobble claimed this year would be the year when the pork farming industry would begin to unravel as China, who produce half of the world's pork was set to drop because millions of pigs were being culled or dying from being infected as African swine began to ravage Asia.

Step forward six months to November 2019 and there is not enough pork in the world’ to deal with China’s demand for meat. Hundreds of millions of pigs, 40% of the total have died or have been culled from swine fever, and the prices are soaring.

20 Congolese boys were tested for Ebola in Texas back in April as ISIS armed militias are killing health care workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Photo World Bank/Vincent Tremeau Health Workers treat a 15-year-old who is suspected of being infected by Ebola, Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. (2019) 

The UN health agency yesterday identified a 5-year-old Congolese boy as the first confirmed case of Ebola in Uganda.
Despite numerous previous alerts in Uganda, this is the first instance in which the virus has been identified outside DRC during what has become the worst-ever outbreak in its history.
The five-year-old Congolese boy travelled across the Ugandan border on Sunday, through the Bwera Border post.

2019, has become the year when the pork farming industry begins to unravel as hundreds of millions of pigs dead or dying from an unstoppable swine flu outbreak in East Asia
2019, has become the year when the pork farming industry began to unravel as China, who produce half of the world's pork is set to drop by almost one-third because 200 million pigs have been culled or dead from being infected as African swine fever spreads through the country.
According to Rabobank, China’s pork production is seen at around 38 million tonnes in 2019 versus 54 million tonnes last year, Sherrard told Reuters, citing the company’s latest forecast.
That would be the lowest level in at least 20 years, according to the National Bureau of Statistics data, with repercussions across the global market for all animal proteins.

A mysterious deadly Infection is spanning the globe and shrouded in secrecy and is spreading like wildfire but word of it is not: Candida Auris
A mysterious deadly infection is loose around our planet and is shrouded in a cloak of secrecy and the drug-resistant germ called Candida auris is on the rise and has become a very serious health threat around the globe, leading the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to add it to a list of germs deemed “urgent threats.”
No need’ to tell the public 
In late 2015, Dr Johanna Rhodes, an infectious disease expert at Imperial College London, got a panicked call from the Royal Brompton Hospital, a British medical centre outside London.

A new disturbing Ebola-related virus has been found in bats in China known as the filovirus or Mengla virus and can be deadly to humans
Researchers have discovered a new Ebola-related virus in bats in China, a study says.
The potentially dangerous filovirus, known as Mengla virus, comes from the Rousettus bat in Yunnan Province, China, and can lead to fatal fever diseases in humans, according to findings published Monday in Nature Microbiology.
"Studying the genetic diversity and geographic distribution of bat-borne filoviruses is very important for risk assessment and outbreak prevention as this type of infectious disease can affect the general public without warning with devastating consequences," Wang Lin-Fa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Signature Research Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, said in a news release.

Ebola Europe shock! Swede is suspected of Ebola contamination and is being treated at the Uppsala University Hospital Sweden
A person in Sweden is being treated for suspected Ebola contamination at Uppsala University Hospital, the regional authority said on Friday.
The patient, who is currently in isolation, was first admitted at a hospital in Enkoping -- about 50 miles (80km) from Stockholm -- before being transferred to Uppsala.
It is not clear if the individual travelled to an area where Ebola is being transmitted prior to developing symptoms.
Ebola -- which causes fever, severe headaches and in some cases haemorrhaging -- kills about half of those infected.
Authorities said the emergency room at Enkoping has since closed and staff who were in contact with the patient are being looked after.