THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental DNA-based vaccine protected monkeys from infection with the birth defects-causing Zika virus, and it has proceeded to human safety trials, researchers report.
Health workers in western Niger are racing to contain an outbreak of Rift Valley fever that has killed at least 21 people over the past month, an aid agency said on Wednesday [21 Sep 2016].
The highly contagious disease, which is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes or close contact with contaminated animals, has infected 52 people in Niger's western region of Tahoua since late August, the country's health ministry said.
The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) and Niger's health authorities have opened an emergency treatment center, in the region's hardest-hit district of Tchintabaraden, to look after the infected and stop the disease from spreading.
"Unfortunately, the 52 severe cases officially registered at present only represent the tip of the iceberg," ALIMA's medical coordinator Oumarou Maidadji said in a statement.
With no specific treatment or effective human vaccine, Rift Valley fever can cause blindness and severe haemorrhaging, leading the victim to vomit blood or even bleed to death.
Herders and farmers [and veterinarians] are deemed at higher risk of infection from the disease, which can devastate livestock.
Niger's health ministry said people in the Tahoua region, especially pastoralists, should avoid handling meat from infected animals, boil raw milk before consumption, and ensure that the corpses of dead animals are buried carefully.
ALIMA is also working with local partners and doctors to provide a mobile clinic which travels the region to inform the public about the disease and how to prevent it from spreading.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
A real, as opposed to the previous imaginary threat.
A yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Congo has been brought under control by a major vaccination campaign, the World Health Organization’s director of infectious hazard management Sylvie Briand has said. “One (piece of) good news is that this outbreak is under control now. We haven’t had any new cases in Angola since June 23, …
Infectious diseases disproportionately affect low-income and middle-income countries, yet many do not have optimal therapies or vaccines,1, 2 as underscored by the west African Ebola virus outbreak.3 Product developers are increasingly focusing on Africa and countries with high disease burden. However, regulatory processes and systems in many African countries are weak and unclear.4, 5 For these reasons, in 2006 WHO established the African Vaccine Regulatory Forum (AVAREF) to build capacity of regulatory and ethics agencies, and improve harmonisation of practices in support of product development. AVAREF has played a crucial role in the successful development of several vaccines and Ebola virus therapies.6, 7
In 2000, measles was declared eliminated in the US. But last year saw a record number of measles cases since - 644 over 27 US states. This year is unlikely to be any better, with 102 cases reported so far.
Pneumonia, gonorrhoea and urinary tract infections that no longer respond to antibiotics are fast becoming a reality worldwide. Last week, global leaders pledged to unite to protect the medicines that protect us.
Gene therapy is a kind of experimental treatment that is designed to fix faulty genetic material and help a patient fight off or recover from a disease. Now scientists have engineered the smallest-reported virus-like shell that can self-assemble. It could someday carry potentially therapeutic DNA or RNA and transfer it to human cells.
Here’s good news for anyone affected by chikungunya this year: the virus is unlikely to infect them ever again. This has been confirmed to TOI by virologists from AIIMS who said that the chikungunya virus has only one serotype and hence the risk of repeated infection is minimal.
An Asian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo has tested positive for the EEHV1A virus for the second time in five months, a zoo official aid Friday. Low levels of the virus were detected in Achara's blood in a round of testing done this week. Each of the zoo's five elephants is tested weekl
“The risk to the wider population is negligible as the tick that carries CCHF is not established in the UK and it cannot survive here.”
Ed Rybicki's insight:
“The risk to the wider population is negligible as the tick that carries CCHF is not established in the UK and it cannot survive here.” And it is endemic where I live, and I've never met anyone who is even seropositive?
Ebola is 40 today! The discovery of filoviruses: Marburg and Ebola Marburg virus In 1967, the world was introduced to a new virus: thirty-one people in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany, and Belgrade in the then Yugoslavia, became infected in a linked outbreak with a novel haemorrhagic fever agent. Twenty-five of them were laboratory workers associated…
Viral hepatitis is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Unlike most communicable diseases, the absolute burden and relative rank of viral hepatitis increased between 1990 and 2013. The enormous health loss attributable to viral hepatitis, and the availability of effective vaccines and treatments, suggests an important opportunity to improve public health.
Epidemiologist credited with eradicating smallpox. Born on Sept 7, 1928, in Lakewood, OH, USA, he died of complications from a broken hip on Aug 19, 2016, in Towson, MD, USA, aged 87 years.
When Donald “D A” Henderson took the helm of WHO's global campaign to end smallpox in 1966, he faced scepticism from the public health community that the disease affecting at least 10 million people in more than 50 countries at the time could be eradicated. Over the next 11 years, thousands of health workers vaccinated people in smallpox hotspots in Africa, Brazil, and South Asia using a newly developed freeze-dried vaccine administered via a jet gun that injected it further into the skin. But rather than vaccinate large swaths of the population, they adopted a strategy developed by epidemiologist William Foege to identify and isolate people with the disease and vaccinate everyone in close proximity, and in turn everyone in contact with those people. The last case of smallpox was recorded in Somalia in 1977 and 3 years later WHO declared it eradicated.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.