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Migration Map into Europe -ERCC


Ebola Map of Uganda- 6/21/19



Western Europe is expecting a potentially devastating heat wave that could reach temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.


“…….the heat wave is expected to peak by Thursday afternoon, where temperatures can reach more than 96 degrees Fahrenheit and rise above 104 degrees throughout most of the continent...…”

Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit


Prepare a disaster kit for your pet(s) with these items. Ask your veterinarian for help putting it together.


  • Photocopied veterinary records
    • Rabies certificate
    • Vaccinations
    • Medical summary
    • Prescriptions for medications
    • Most recent heartworm test result (dogs)
    • Most recent FeLV/FIV test result (cats)
  • Photocopied registration information (ex: proof of ownership or adoption records)
  • Pet description(s) (ex: breed, sex, color, weight)
  • Recent photographs of each of your pets
  • Waterproof container for documents
  • Microchip information (ex: microchip number, name and number of the microchip company)
  • Your contact information (phone numbers and addresses for your family and friends or relatives you may be staying with)
  • Pet boarding instructions Cdc-pdf[PDF – 2 pages]

Water, Food, Medications

  • 2-week supply of food for each animal stored in waterproof containers
  • 2-week supply of water for each animal
  • Non-spill food and water dishes
  • Manual can opener
  • Feeding instructions for each animal
  • 2-week supply of any medications (if applicable)
  • Medication instructions (if applicable)
  • 1-month supply of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative

Other Supplies

  • Leash, collar with ID, and harness
  • Litter and litterbox (cats)
  • Toys
  • Appropriate-sized pet carrier with bedding, blanket, or towel
  • Pet first aid book and first aid kit
  • Cleaning supplies for accidents (paper towels, plastic bags, disinfectant)

Pet Project: 5 Ways to Prep Your Pet for Emergencies



Posted on June 24, 2019 by Casey Barton Behravesh, MS, DVM, DrPH, DACVPM, Director, One Health Office, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Your pet is family. Their safety and wellbeing is a priority for you every day, but have you thought about what you would do with your pet in an emergency?

Many people don’t think about being prepared until an emergency is at their doorstep. When disaster strikes, they may choose to ignore evacuation orders because they don’t know what to do with their pets. Try to imagine having to make the decision to leave your pet behind during a flood, fire, hurricane, or other emergency—this was a reality for many pet owners during recent emergencies including hurricanes Florence and Michael, the California wildfires, and the eruption of Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano in 2018.

Although you can never completely control what will happen during an emergency, you can take steps to be as prepared as possible for advance-notice disasters, like hurricanes, and no-notice emergencies, like house fires. By taking some easy actions now, you can avoid having to make difficult and dangerous decisions during an emergency.

  1. Get your pet microchipped. It is relatively inexpensive to have a veterinarian implant a microchip that contains the owner’s contact information. Owners can be located if a shelter or veterinary clinic scans the chip. Finding a lost pet that hasn’t be microchipped can be extremely difficult and many times impossible. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure the registration info is up-to-date so you can be contacted if your pet is found.
  1. Prepare a disaster kit for your pet ahead of time, along with your family’s personal needs. Include everything your pet will need, from food and prescriptions to leashes and bedding. Although this may mean purchasing twice as much stuff, it will be faster and easier to gather your pet’s items if you have them all together and ready for an emergency.

Collect and protect your pet’s veterinary records, rabies vaccination certificates, microchip information, and any prescriptions. Make sure items are stored with your important paperwork in waterproof containers. And don’t forget the most basic, but important, information—your contact information and a photo of your pet; preferably one of you with your pet as further proof of ownership.

Visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website for a detailed checklist of items to include in your pet’s emergency kit.

  1. Plan where your pet will stay in case you need to evacuate. Pets are often not allowed in evacuation centers unless they are service animals. You can ask out-of-town friends or relatives about keeping your pet in an emergency ahead of time, or you can check a website that lists pet-friendly hotels (com or so you have some locations ready to book.Locate veterinary clinics and boarding facilities in areas where you plan to evacuate just in case you need to temporarily house your pet. You can also contact your local emergency management office to ask if they offer accommodations for owners and pets during a disaster.
    1. Use a buddy system with friends, family, and neighbors in case you’re not home during an emergency. Have a trusted person you can call to check on pets and evacuate them if necessary. Having a kit ready to go will make it easier for them if you aren’t there.
    1. Practice evacuating or sheltering in place with your pet. This will help familiarize your pet with the process so when the time comes, it won’t be scary for them. Training pets to be in their carriers can make them more comfortable and reduce the stress of getting everyone out safely. Know exactly how and where you will place your pet’s carrier and supplies in a vehicle.

    For sheltering in place, pick a room with few or no windows, no toxic chemicals or plants, and make sure to close off small areas where frightened pets could get stuck. Include your pet in your family’s plan—everyone should know who will grab the pet(s), supplies, and where you will meet during an emergency.

    Learn more about preparing your pet for emergencies on CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.

Grey adult cat resting inside a pet carrier.

Saudi Arabia has now reported 153 MERS-CoV cases for this year.

Saudi MOH

Health Events: Epi-week 25, 2019   م2019  ﻌﻟﺎم 25 ثاﺪﺣأ اﻷﺳﺒﻮع اﻟﻮﺑﺎﺋﻲ

Date  ﺦﻳرﺎﺘﻟا
Event#  ﻢﻗر ثﺪﺤﻟا

20/06/2019 19-1931
MERS from Madinah City: a 70-year-old male in Madinah city, Madinah region Contact with camels:  Yes Case classification: Primary Current status: Active
ﻣ ﺔﻣزﻼﺘ قﺮﺸﻟا ﻂﺳوﻷا ﺔﻴﺴﻔﻨﺘﻟا ﻦﻣ ﺔﻨﻳﺪﻣ اﻟﻤﺪﻳﺔﻨ اﻟﻤﻨﻮرة:    ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ، ﻋﺎ ًﻣﺎ ﻦﻣ ﺔﻨﻳﺪﻣ اﻟﻤﺪﻳﻨﺔ اﻟ ةرﻮﻨﻤ 70 ﻞﺟر ﺒﻳﻎﻠ اﻟﻤﺪﻳﻨﺔ اﻟﻤﻨﻮرة ﺔﻄﻟﺎﺨﻣ ﻞﺑﻺﻟ :ﻢﻌﻧ ﻒﻴﻨﺼﺗ ﺔﻟﺎﺤﻟا :ﺔﻴﻟوأ ﺔﻟﺎﺣ اﻟﻤﺮﻳﺾ :ﺔﻄﺸﻧ
22/06/2019 19-1932

MERS from AlRass City: a 42-year-old male in AlRass city, Qassim region Contact with camels:  Yes Case classification: Primary Current status: Active
ﻣ ﺔﻣزﻼﺘ قﺮﺸﻟا ﻂﺳوﻷا ﺔﻴﺴﻔﻨﺘﻟا ﻦﻣ ﺔﻨﻳﺪﻣ ﻟاسﺮ:    ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ اﻟﻘﺼﻴﻢ ، ﻋﺎ ًﻣﺎ ﻦﻣ ﺔﻨﻳﺪﻣ اﻟﺮس 42 ﻞﺟر ﺒﻳﻎﻠ ﺔﻄﻟﺎﺨﻣ ﻞﺑﻺﻟ :ﻢﻌﻧ ﻒﻴﻨﺼﺗ ﺔﻟﺎﺤﻟا :ﺔﻴﻟوأ ﺔﻟﺎﺣ اﻟﻤﺮﻳﺾ :ﺔﻄﺸﻧ

A methanol poisoning cluster in Malaysia and deaths have been reported.

Outbreak News

“…..For the period of June 11 to June 21, 2019, where three methanol poisoning clusters reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Center (CPRC).

The incidents involved 19 cases…..”

From January 1 to June 20, 2019, 1,077 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 28 states.


This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.

This thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or “virion”, of measles virus. The measles virus is a paramyxovirus, of the genus Morbillivirus.

Histopathology of measles pneumonia, (Giant cell with intracytoplasmic inclusions.)


India: Encephalitis in Bihar State has killed more than 142 children.

India Today


Cambodia: Through the rubble of a collapsed seven-story building rescuers recovered the bodies of 17 construction workers and pulled out 24 injured

NY Post


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