• Global dirty money watchdog revamps rules to battle weapons financing, U.S. says
    on October 23, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A global dirty money watchdog on Friday agreed to revamp its standards to beef up monitoring of financing aimed at evading U.S. and United Nations sanctions and proliferating weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. Treasury Department said. Read full story

  • UAE welcomes Sudan's decision to start relations with Israel -WAM
    on October 23, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    CAIRO (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates welcomed Sudan's decision to start relations with Israel, state news agency WAM reported early on Saturday citing a foreign ministry statement. Read full story

  • Economic situation becomes EU citizens' top concern: survey
    on October 23, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    BRUSSELS, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The general economic situation, public finances situation, immigration and health are the top concerns of European Union (EU) citizens, according to a Standard Eurobarometer survey published on Friday. Read full story

  • Bolivia official vote count confirms landslide socialist win
    on October 23, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia's official vote count on Friday confirmed a landslide win for Luis Arce, who won just over 55% of the vote, sweeping the country's socialists back into power about a year after leftist leader Evo Morales was ousted amid protests. Read full story

  • Number of active U.S. drilling rigs increase this week
    on October 23, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    HOUSTON, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The number of active drilling rigs in the United States increased by five to 287 rigs this week, down by 564 year on year, according to the weekly data released Friday by Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes. Read full story


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  • Oropouche virus disease - French Guiana, France
    on October 13, 2020 at 12:00 am

    On 30 September 2020, the French Guiana Regional Health Agency (ARS) reported the first detection of Oropouche virus (OROV) in French Guiana. On 22 September 2020 the Pasteur Institute in Cayenne (a member of the French National Reference Laboratory for arboviruses) notified the France IHR National Focal Point of seven laboratory-confirmed cases of Oropouche virus infection in the village of Saül. These cases were identified following clinical investigations of an unusually high number of dengue-like illnesses in the village. Between 11 August and 25 September, there were 37 clinically-compatible cases of Oropouche virus disease identified in Saül. The results of serology for dengue, chikungunya, and Zika were negative, and seven of nine cases tested positive for OROV by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Among the 37 clinically-compatible cases, most cases are male (60%) and the median age is 36 years (range 3-82 years). The most represented age range is 15 to 54-years-old (19 cases) followed by 0 to 14-years-old (10 cases). A peak of cases was observed in mid-September however, the outbreak investigation remains ongoing.

  • Monkeypox – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on October 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

    From 1 January through 13 September 2020, a total of 4,594 suspected cases of monkeypox, including 171 deaths (case fatality ratio 3.7%), have been reported in 127 health zones from 17 out of 26 provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The first epidemic peak was observed at the beginning of March 2020 (epi week 10), with 136 cases reported weekly (Figure1). From 1 January through 7 August, the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) received 80 samples from suspected cases of monkeypox, of which 39 samples were confirmed positive by polymerase chain reaction. Four out of the 80 specimens were skin lesions (crusts/vesicles), the remaining samples were blood. There is no further information at this time regarding the outcome of these 80 patients whose samples were tested. Confirmatory testing remains ongoing. During the same period in 2019, 3,794 suspected cases and 73 deaths (CFR 1.9%) were reported in 120 health zones from 16 provinces while a total of 2,850 suspected cases (CFR 2.1%) were reported in 2018.

  • Chikungunya – Chad
    on September 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

    On 28 August 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Chad notified WHO of an outbreak of chikungunya in Abéché, eastern Chad.

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on September 3, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Three months after the declaration of the eleventh Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the number of confirmed cases continues to increase, and the geographic spread of the outbreak continues to expand. As of 1 September 2020, 110 cases (104 confirmed and six probable) including 47 deaths (case fatality ratio 43%) have been reported from 36 health areas in 11 health zones. In the past 21 days (12 August – 1 September 2020), 24 confirmed cases have been reported in 15 health areas across eight health zones. To date, three healthcare workers have been affected, making up 3% of all cases. In addition, 48 people have recovered from EVD to date.

  • Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Sudan
    on September 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

    On 9 August 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan notified WHO of the detection of a

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