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Updates From the Field: Protecting Health and Building Capacity Globally
Quarterly Update from CDC's Division of Global Health Protection (proposed)
Fall 2013, Issue 12

India’s EIS Officers Investigate Mysterious Illness Affecting Children

EIS officer Dr. Kapil Goel interviewing the mother of a
EIS officer Dr. Kapil Goel interviewing the mother
of a child with ANS in Muzaffarpur District, India
In May 2013, India’s first Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) class of 7 officers travelled to Muzaffarpur district in the state of Bihar in northeast India. They went to investigate a recurrent outbreak of an unknown acute neurological syndrome (ANS) that causes swelling of the brain and seizures and can lead to death within hours of disease onset. There have been previous large outbreaks of ANS in Muzaffarpur in 2005, 2011 and 2012 affecting hundreds of young children. The outbreaks consistently occurred during the dry, hot months of May and June and primarily affected young children (2-5 years) who had seizures and/or altered mental status; 35-44% of the children died. This year there were 130 cases and 59 deaths.
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Also in this issue:
An Up Close Look at Nipah Virus in Bangladesh
A John Snow Moment in a Small Rural Village in Vietnam
Thailand’s International FETP Launch Thailand-Burma Surveillance Evaluation
South Africa’s National Department of Health and National Department of Treasury meet with CDC about NPHI Development
WHO/HHS Workshop on Enhancing Communication around Influenza Vaccination
CDC Identifies a Novel Poxvirus in Georgia, July 2013
The Haiti Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Graduates its Second Cohort
IDSR Training in the Democratic Republic of Congo Embraces the One Health Approach


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