The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Philippines

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The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) had its humble beginnings soon after the culmination of over a decade of negotiations between the governments of the Philippines and Japan for the establishment of a tropical medicine research center. RITM was tasked to plan and implement research programs for infectious and tropical diseases.

The original building facilities of RITM, which included a laboratory wing and a 50-bed hospital for patients with infectious diseases requiring tertiary care, were inaugurated on April 23, 1981.

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Happy Holidays from APNES!

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APNES team would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season, and a happy New Year!

Surveillance Systems in US

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Sourced from CDC, US https://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/outbreaks-surveillance.html

Surveillance Systems

Information on cases and outbreaks of enterovirus infection is collected in the United States using two surveillance systems:

  • National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS): a voluntary, laboratory-based surveillance system that has included enterovirus reporting since July 2007. This system is used to track the number of enterovirus tests that are performed and the proportion that are positive, by specimen type, location, and when they were collected. Serotyping, demographic data, and clinical data are not reported. 

https://www.cdc.gov/surveillance/nrevss/

  • National Enterovirus Surveillance System (NESS): a passive, voluntary, laboratory-based system that collects basic data on specimens positive for enterovirus or human parechovirus, including serotype. NESS has been collecting data since the 1960s.

Lessons Learned: 20th Anniversary of Enterovirus A71 Epidemic of 1998 in Taiwan

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研討會主題 Lessons Learned:20th Anniversary of Enterovirus A71 Epidemic of 1998 in Taiwan
指導單位: 衛生福利部
主辦單位: 財團法人國家衛生研究院 / 衛生福利部疾病管制署
合辦單位: 長庚醫療財團法人 /長庚大學 / 國立成功大學 /臺大兒童醫院 /臺灣病毒學會
日  期: 2018 年 9 月 28 日 (五) 至 2018 年 9 月 29 日 (六)
會議地點: 張榮發會議中心 1101 會議室(台北市中正區中山南路 11 號 11 樓)
語  言: 英文 (Q&A將提供口譯)
報名方式: 採網路報名
招收名額: 300 人
報名日期: 即日起至 2018 年 9 月 10 日止。(額滿提前截止)
報名費用: 免費參加,會場備有午餐及茶點。
聯絡方式: 電話:(037)246-166 分機 35508,陳先生;
傳真:(037)586-457
E-MAIL:cyt@nhri.org.tw
會議說明: 適逢台灣投入腸病毒臨床研究與疾病防治二十年,為記錄並傳承歷年累積之腸病毒知識及經驗,本次活動針對腸病毒之病因、流行病監測、臨床醫療處置與疫苗開發等項目進行交流。大會亦安排國內外腸病毒領域的專家們提供引人入勝的演講及座談,以促進各領域先進們交流機會。為了使台灣腸病毒防治經驗得以延續發展並展望未來,本次活動積極地邀約世界各國先進來臺,進行腸病毒臨床研究國際交流,謹代表大會誠摯地歡迎您參與此一學術會議,希冀透過台灣醫學界與公共衛生領域共同的努力與付出,為台灣衛生醫療貢獻一份心力。

有關活動資訊請連結至活動報名網站:https://eva71.nhri.org.tw/index.php

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HFMD in Penang worsening with over 2,000 cases (Malaysia)

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New Straits Times  https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/07/392112/hfmd-penang-worsening-over-2000-cases#cxrecs_s

By Siti Sofia Md Nasir – 

GEORGE TOWN: The hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Penang is worrying, with over 2,000 cases reported as of today.

According to statistics by the state Health Department, 2,082 cases were reported as of 12pm, an increase of 93.5 per cent at 1,076 cases reported last year.

Thirty-two premises were ordered to close down for cleaning purposes, including seven primary schools, six pre-schools and 11 kindergartens.

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Toddler dead from suspected HFMD infection in Sarawak (Malaysia)

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The Star/Asia News Network http://www.asiaone.com/malaysia/toddler-dead-suspected-hfmd-infection-mukah-sarawak

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Hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak in Malaysia: 6 things you need to know about the disease

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The Straits News https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-outbreak-in-malaysia-6-things-you-need-to-know-about

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JUL 31, 2018, 10:03 AM SGT

(THE NEW PAPER) – A 17-month-old boy from Penang has become Malaysia’s first fatality due to hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

The boy died on June 6 and laboratory tests done on tissue samples from the boy confirmed that his death was because of the disease.

This comes after five schools in Malaysia were ordered to close for 10 days last Wednesday (July 25), following an increase in the number of HFMD cases nationwide.

Since January, 39,174 cases of HFMD have been recorded throughout the country.

Here are six things you need to know about the disease.

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