Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for January, 2020

The total number of coronavirus cases in China rose to 639 Thursday

On January 23, 1556, an earthquake in Shaanxi, China, kills an estimated 830,000 people.

Wuhan, a Chinese city of nearly nine million people, is to temporarily shut public transport


“…..Those living in the city have been told not to leave, and the airport and train stations will be closed to outgoing passengers.

Bus, subway, ferry, and long-distance transport networks will be suspended from 1000 local time on 23 January.

The outbreak has killed 17 people, and there are 440 confirmed cases….”

Rapid Nanopore Whole-Genome Sequencing for Anthrax Emergency Preparedness

McLaughlin HP, Bugrysheva JV, Conley AB, Gulvik CA, Cherney B, Kolton CB, et al. Rapid Nanopore Whole-Genome Sequencing for Anthrax Emergency Preparedness. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020;26(2):358-361.


“……as few as 8.5 hours would be required to find evidence of known AMR genes/markers or engineering, including gene insertions and extrachromosomal plasmids from B. anthracis. Although conventional AST remains essential for characterizing functional antimicrobial resistance in B. anthracis, nanopore sequencing provided same-day, on-site genomic characterization useful for an anthrax emergency response.….”

A person in Washington State is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the United States


“……He was hospitalized with pneumonia last week, and infection with the coronavirus was confirmed on Monday afternoon.

Local officials declined to identify the patient, who was said to be quite ill……”

2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than 200 confirmed human infections in China and exported cases in Thailandexternal icon, Japanexternal icon, and The Republic of Koreaexternal icon. The outbreak in Wuhan, China has been linked to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting a possible zoonotic origin to the outbreak. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.



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