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Rabid Dogs Reported in Haiti

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According to a recent U.S. CDC announcement, the Caribbean country of Haiti has been confronted again with an outbreak of dogs infected with the rabies virus. 
The CDC issued a Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions alert to international travelers of their potential health risks on May 5, 2022.
The CDC says ‘To prevent contracting rabies while in Haiti, travelers should avoid all contact with dogs and cats. Rabid dogs may be infectious for several days before showing signs of rabies.’

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More Monkeypox Cases Confirmed in England

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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) recently announced six additional individuals had been diagnosed with monkeypox in London. On May 14, 2022, the UKHSA confirmed these cases live together in the same household.
And on May 16, 2022, four new monkeypox cases were confirmed in England. Where and how they acquired their infection remains under investigation.

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U.S. Airports Digitally Prepare for Summer 2022

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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, that it is prepared for passenger screening activity that may match and occasionally exceed those of 2019.
As of May 13, 2022, TSA data reflects airport checkpoint screening has returned to about 90%.
However, the continued recovery from the low travel volumes may require more patience and planning than was necessary before the pandemic. 

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Australia’s Japanese Encephalitis Outbreak Turns Fatal

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reported Australia’s recent Japanese Encephalitis (JE) outbreak continues spreading unabated.
The first human JE case was reported in early March 2022 from Queensland.
As of April 28, 2022, Australian health authorities reported a cumulative 37 human cases of Japanese encephalitis (25 laboratory-confirmed cases and 12 probable cases) and 3 related fatalities in four Australian states.
This outbreak represents the first locally-acquired JE cases detected on the Australian mainland since 1998.

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Africa’s Yellow Fever Outbreaks Can Be Reduced with Vaccines

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Every year the World Health Organization (WHO) marks African Vaccination Week in the last week of April. The week provides the opportunity to showcase how innovative vaccines protect us, young and old, against more than twenty-five vaccine-preventable diseases.
This year’s theme, “Long Life for All,” highlights the life-saving potential of vaccines such as for yellow fever.
Yellow fever is an epidemic-prone mosquito-borne vaccine-preventable disease caused by an arbovirus transmitted to humans by the bites of infected Aedes and Haemagogus mosquitoes.

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Vaccinations Successfully Stop Polio Spreading in Tajikistan

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently led an outbreak response assessment in mid-April 2022, concluding that poliovirus is no longer circulating in Tajikistan.
And the WHO recommended an official closure of the polio outbreak on April 28, 2022.
The outbreak in Tajikistan marked the first detection of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in the WHO European Region. 
Detection of just one polio case from a wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus is considered an outbreak and requires an immediate and comprehensive response, says the WHO.

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Israel’s "Two Drops" Deploys 2.5 Million Polio Vaccines

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The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Israel recently confirmed the ninth polio case diagnosed in the Jerusalem area since March 2022.
These are Israel's first local polio cases in more than three decades.
Furthermore, testing of the virus revealed genetic links to circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 3 (cVDPV3) strains detected in environmental samples collected between September 2021 and January 2022 from sites in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Tiberias, and Modiin Illit.

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U.S. CDC Realigns Mask and Travel Health Notice Systems

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced two COVID-19 travel-related updates based on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and internationally.
As of April 13, 2022, the CDC confirmed its Mask Order remains in effect while the agency assesses the potential impact of the rise of cases on severe disease, including hospitalizations and deaths, and healthcare system capacity.

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Airport Activity Rebounded in Atlanta During 2021

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Airports Council International (ACI) World recently published the top 10 busiest airports worldwide for 2021.
Eight of the top 10 airports for passenger traffic are located in the United States, with two in China. 
According to the ACI, total global passengers in 2021 were estimated to be about 4.5 billion, representing an increase of almost 25% from 2020 or a 50% decrease from 2019.
Both the ACI data and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reporting on April 11, 2022, indicate encouraging signs of air travel recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Certain Canadian Oysters Contaminated with Vibrio vulnificus

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a Public Health Alert advising consumers and retailers to avoid potentially contaminated raw oysters from British Columbia, Canada.
On April 4, 2022, the FDA confirmed that the agency is working with federal, state, and local officials and Canadian public health authorities regarding potential norovirus outbreaks.