Ebola sickens 2 more in DRC Equateur outbreak, 62 total, with 27 deaths
Two more Ebola infections were confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Equateur province outbreak, both of them in Mbandaka, the provincial capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office and its DRC office said on Twitter.
The new cases push the outbreak total to 62 cases, which include 58 confirmed and 4 probable cases. Three more people died from their infections, raising the fatality count to 27.
Yesterday the WHO's DRC office said six suspected patients from one family have agreed to go to the treatment center following intense community advocacy in Ipeko, the hot spot in Mbandaka. Three confirmed cases have already been reported in the group.
The DRC's latest outbreak, its 11th, is occurring in the same area where an outbreak occurred in 2018. The illness total in the current outbreak recently passed the earlier total. The WHO has said the virus spread is occurring across a broad area of the province, and cases in Mbandaka are a concern, given its travel connections to Kinshasa and neighboring countries. Also, several infected patients were still in the community, raising the risk of further virus spread.
Jul 22 WHO African regional office tweet
Jul 21 WHO DRC office tweet
Jul 21 WHO DRC office tweet about suspected cases
Salmonella Newport outbreak sickens 125 people in 15 states
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported an outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections that has sickened 125 people, 24 of them hospitalized, in 15 states as of Jul 20.
The outbreak was first identified on Jul 10, when 13 people became ill from Salmonella Newport in three states. Infected people reported starting to feel sick from Jun 19 to Jul 7.
No deaths have been reported in the outbreak, which has not been linked to a specific food, grocery store, or restaurant chain. But after analyzing specimens from those infected, investigators determined the bacteria causing the illnesses are closely related genetically, meaning that there is likely a common source of infection.
Cases have been reported in Oregon (42 infections), Utah (28), Michigan (12), Montana (11), Wyoming (9), Ohio (5), California (3), Iowa (3), Minnesota (3), North Carolina (3), and Missouri (2). In addition, Illinois, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Washington state all reported 1 case.
The CDC does not recommend avoiding any particular food or food source but advises washing hands and surfaces often, washing fruits and vegetables, keeping raw and cooked separate, cooking foods to a high enough temperature to kill pathogens, and refrigerating perishable foods within 2 hours, or 1 hour if serving outside and the temperature is 90°F or hotter.
Jul 21 CDC investigation notice