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2 killed and 6 others hospitalized in a stabbing attack in the Finnish city of Turku




54 people received medical treatment (51 hospitalized) after a Spanish commuter train crashed into the buffers in a station in northeastern Barcelona early Friday



Texas: First human case of indigenous Zika Virus infection

Texas Health


Measles continues to spread and take lives in Europe


Press release

Copenhagen, 11 July 2017

Ongoing measles outbreaks in the WHO European Region have caused 35 deaths in the past 12 months. The most recent fatality was a 6-year-old boy in Italy, where over 3300 measles cases and 2 deaths have occurred since June 2016. Several other countries have also reported outbreaks; according to national public health authorities, these have caused 31 deaths in Romania, 1 death in Germany and another in Portugal.

“Every death or disability caused by this vaccine-preventable disease is an unacceptable tragedy,” says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “We are very concerned that although a safe, effective and affordable vaccine is available, measles remains a leading cause of death among children worldwide, and unfortunately Europe is not spared. Working closely with health authorities in all European affected countries is our priority to control the outbreaks and maintain high vaccination coverage for all sections of the population.”

The Region has been progressing towards measles elimination. A total of 37 countries have interrupted endemic transmission, according to the assessment of the Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination based on 2015 reporting. However, remaining pockets of low immunization coverage allow the highly contagious virus to spread among those who choose not to vaccinate, do not have equitable access to vaccines or cannot be protected through vaccination due to underlying health conditions.

In response, several countries are adopting measures, such as school-entry checks, to increase coverage rates for routine vaccinations against measles and other diseases. WHO recommends that every eligible child receive 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine. It also encourages adults who are not fully immunized, or who are not sure of their immunity status, to get vaccinated.

In line with the Regional Director’s call for intensified efforts, Romania conducted a nationwide campaign of enhanced routine immunization activities. Italy implemented outbreak control measures including notifying suspected cases, tracing contacts and offering post-exposure prophylaxis and vaccination.

On 21 June 2017 in Rome, Italy, experts from the WHO Regional Office for Europe contributed to a consultation with regional public health officials, representatives of the Italian Institute of Health (ISS), and measles and rubella laboratory officials. Together they decided on further strategies to improve vaccination coverage among adolescents, adults, vulnerable population groups and health-care workers. The range of identified activities includes strengthening disease surveillance and communication practices.


A U.S. military plane used for refueling crashed into a field in rural Mississippi, killing at least 16 people aboard



Wildfires continue to barrel across the scorched landscape of the western U.S. and Canada

IMSR Summary
July 9th, 2017

National Preparedness Level

Level 3
National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Moderate (230) new fires
New large incidents: 20
Large fires contained: 9
Uncontained large fires: 50
Area Command Teams Committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 6
Type 2 IMTs committed: 10

Incident Management Situation Report

Army lab may have lost small amount of sarin

Stars and Stripes

“…..Dugway is the same facility that was the source of a nationwide scare in 2015 after it was reported the facility had inadvertently shipped hundreds of samples of live anthrax to medical labs in all 50 states and nine other countries when the samples were supposed to be inactive. ….”


At least 123 people who had gathered to collect fuel from an overturned tanker truck in Pakistan were killed and more than 100 were injured, many with severe burns, when it caught fire Sunday.




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Tropical cyclone potential globally

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