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Information on the epidemiology sector, for professionals only


- Prevention -


- El SALVADOR - Prevention plan against Leprosy -

Currently, the disease affects about seven million people worldwide are infected and more than 900 thousand people each year. The prevalence in El Salvador was a rate of 0.15x10, 000 inhabitants in 1996. In this regard and in order to sensitize staff to the early detection of health services, there was a day that included updating the epidemiological situation, the proper management of the disease and the projection in support national program of Leprosy. Also, the health minister summarized in three major actions as may confront in the coming years: "One: think about the disease; two: identify; Three: treat. Knowing that we will have 100% success with tracking disease, with promotional campaigns, identification and dissemination of leprosy and enabling people to recognize the signs and symptoms of this disease. "The minister recalled that diagnosis and treatment is completely free of health facilities.*

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The cholera outbreak in Haiti has killed almost 8,000 people and infected more than 600,000 people. The United Nations says it will not pay compensation for the cholera outbreak in Haiti and that they have "advised the claimants representatives that claims are not receivable.


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- Breast Cancer -

Report launched


Breast cancer is a major global problem which requires much more attention in view of the disparities which exist and the rapidly increasing incidence and death rates, particularly in low-income countries. The 600-page report was authored by experts from a wide range of countries on all continents. Breast cancer has been known and written about for millennia and has been the subject of research into its treatment and causes for centuries. Despite all this interest and activity, breast cancer remains a major and growing threat to global Public Health .* 

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- AMERICAS - Health Situation and Indicators 2012 -

This edition highlights the mortality due to external causes (EC); those causes of death different from natural causes and recognized as avoidable such as suicides, homicides and accidents. From the data reported by the countries, it is estimated that over 5.5 million people died from EC in the Region between 1999 and 2009. Three and a half million deaths (64%) occurred among the young and adult population (10-49 years old) with an average of 319,000 deaths per year; 84% of the deaths happened among males, five times more deaths among men than women. The most frequent causes were homicides (33%) and land transport accidents (26%).*

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MARCH  2013


No paid compensation for

cholera outbreak


- Training -


- CHINA - IEA 5th International Course on Epidemiological Methods -

April 15-26, 2013

Beijing University, Hangzhou, China

Topics: lectures, exercises, discussion sessions, and practical experience in the design of a research proposal.

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In 2009, South Africa has promulgated its Animal Health Act. By this act, South Africa establishes measures to improve animal health and control animal diseases.  To achieve these goals, South Africa act provides that Minister could promulgate different schemes according the different species of animals and diseases.  The act establishes measures to regulate the importation and exportation of animals and things. The act indicates the meaning of words used into the act. Now, the definitions are clearer and are useful to a better understanding of the act.*

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3rd International conference Operations Research and Statistics



22th – 23th April


Hotel Fort Canning 

Topics: Epidemiology and further subjects

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- Animals Focus -


Animal Health Act


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- Europe -


- SAUDI ARABIA - Coronavirus, epidemiology update – 

- Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about an additional confirmed case of novel coronavirus (NCoV) infection. An investigation by the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia is on-going. This case has been notified through the International Health Regulation (IHR) on 20 February 2013. Since April 2012, thirteen cases of NCoV have been confirmed, including seven deaths. On 19 February, in light of the NCoV family cluster in the United Kingdom, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has updated its risk assessment.*

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- Networking -


- Infection Ecology and Epidemiology, network (IEE) -

- IEE network is collaboration for researchers with interest in zoonotic infections. IEE is an integration concept including several universities and governmental organizations that wish to contribute to a sustainable intellectual platform where veterinarians, physicians, molecular biologists, ecologists and environmental chemists with an interest in zoonotic infections can interact and create synergies. Main partners are: Uppsala University, National Veterinary Institute, SVA, Swedish Agricultural University, SLU and Linnaeus University, Kalmar.*

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- New syndromes emergence   -

-Recurrent de novo mutations in PACS1 cause defective cranial-neural-crest migration and define a recognizable intellectual-disability syndrome -   ››› Read


- Germline Mutation in EXPH5 Implicates the Rab27B Effector Protein Slac2-b -   ›››› Read


- Legislation -


- USA When a health crisis superseded privacy laws -

- State Health Department workers visited multiple hospitals daily during the early weeks of the recent deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. But it was taking too long as the number of patients rapidly grew. So for the first time, agency leaders decided they needed the hospitals to allow them to access the records from their computers. Emails obtained by The Associated Press under the state’s public records law indicated that less than three weeks after the Health Department alerted the public to the meningitis outbreak, most of the hospitals involved had created an electronic tunnel that allowed the state to quickly monitor treatments and patient conditions without physically visiting each facility.*

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- UK - Crowdsourcing, a new method to fight against outbreaks

- Crowdsourcing has been used to fight against E Coli bacteria epidemic. Indeed, The E. coli crowd-sourcing project showed that experts around the world can come together via the internet, blogs and social networks to quickly organize themselves to tackle important issues for society. *

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- CANADA - Disease Surveillance On-Line -

 - Disease Surveillance On-Line is a tool providing four applications to visitors to Public Health Agency of Canada Web site which allow them to access data on cancer, cardiovascular disease and notifiable diseases over a range of years, and to customize the data for their specific needs .*

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ISSN 2262-1997

N 24

34th Annual conference of  International society for clinical biostatistics



25-29 August 2013

Munich , Germany

Topics :  Relative survival in epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology , Quantile regression in epidemiology, Statistical issues in epidemiology ...

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ISSN 2262-1997


Global Human Health May Be Affected By Unchecked Antibiotic use in Animals



The increasing production and use of antibiotics, about half of which are used in animal production, is mirrored by the growing number of antibiotic resistance genes, or ARGs, effectively reducing antibiotics' ability to fend off diseases - in animals and humans.Daily exposure to antibiotics, such as those in animal feed, allows microbes carrying ARGs to thrive. In some cases, these antibiotic resistant genes become highly mobile, meaning they can be transferred to other bacteria that can cause illness in humans. This is a big concern because the infections they cause can't be treated with antibiotics.*

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