With the continued risk of international spread, WHO has announced that polio will remain a public health emergency for three more months. Polio was declared as public health emergency of international concern in 2014 and has continued to remain one since then. Based on the risk of international spread of poliovirus, the World Health Organization … Continue reading Polio continues to remain a public health emergency
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Measles cases continue to increase globally since 2016
There has been a 59% drop in measles cases between 2000 and 2018. Yet, since 2016, there has been a spike in the number of cases reported. There were over 3,53,000 cases last year while it has already crossed the 4,00,000 mark by mid-November this year. Even as the number of reported measles cases globally … Continue reading Measles cases continue to increase globally since 2016
Deadly Ebola virus on the brink of being tamed
Preliminary analysis of 499 Ebola infected participants has sprung a surprise — the chances of survival may be as high as 90% if patients are treated with one of the two drugs – REGN-EB3 and mAb114 – soon after infection. The Ebola virus, which has had a free run so far, is all set to be … Continue reading Deadly Ebola virus on the brink of being tamed
WHO declares Ebola in Congo as public health emergency
On July 17, the WHO finally declared Ebola virus disease outbreak in Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Since the beginning of the outbreak in August 2018, Ebola virus has killed nearly 1,700 people and made more than 2,500 people ill. Merck's vaccine has shown promise in protecting people. After holding back on … Continue reading WHO declares Ebola in Congo as public health emergency
Can Congo again swiftly control Ebola spread, death?
Days after the WHO declared the end of the May 8 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a fresh outbreak was reported on August 1 in North Kivu. If Congo displayed its considerable experience and also promptness in its response to the May 8 outbreak, the WHO matched it with double-quick response. The investigational … Continue reading Can Congo again swiftly control Ebola spread, death?
Polio outbreaks in Congo raise global concern
The polio endgame is proving to be much more challenging with 28 children becoming paralysed by the circulating type 2 vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPVs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has spread to five more provinces since June 2017. And there are three different polio outbreaks in the country. Efforts to immunise all children have failed, and … Continue reading Polio outbreaks in Congo raise global concern