Epidemic

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Liberia’s West Point: Life After Ebola Quarantine

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Voice of America

Residents of Liberia’s West Point neighborhood are jubilant now that the government has lifted a10 day-old quarantine of the densely populated borough of the capital, Monrovia.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the quarantine was necessary to control the spread of the virus, which the World Health Organization says has killed more than 1,500 people in four West African countries.

Frustration with the quarantine led to protest and, in one confrontation, police opened fire and used tear gas on the residents.

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Encephalitis inches closer to Kolkata heart

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Times of India

TNN | Aug 29, 2014, 12.22AM IST

KOLKATA: A 51-year-old from Alipore has been detected with Japanese Encephalitis (JE). Tests done at the School of Tropical Medicine (STM) have found the virus in the blood samples of Mohamamd Ahsan Ali, an ASI of Kolkata Police.

Ahsan, who has been admitted to Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI), is on ventilation and his condition is stated to be critical.

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Measles vaccination to start in Solomons

Health authorities in Solomon Islands are scrambling to control a measles outbreak in the country which has claimed the lives of two children, with more than 500 cases reported so far.

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Two dead in Solomons from measles

The Solomon Islands Health Ministry has confirmed that two children have died from complications related to measles, as the outbreak escalates.

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Liberia + 3 others
WFP's Response To Ebola Emergency

The UN World Food Programme is responding to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa with an operation that aims to provide food to 1.3 million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WFP is bringing food for people under treatment, their relatives, and people under medical quarantine. WFP is also assisting the wider humanitarian community with logistics, helping other organisations to get aid workers and critical supplies into the affected areas. Donate here

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Chikungunya Sensitisation Efforts Continue

Published on August 29, 2014 by Joy Springer

The Ministry of Health continues its public awareness programme about the chikungunya virus and how it can be prevented this Saturday, August 30 in St. Andrew.

Health officials will conduct a walk-through, in collaboration with the St. Andrew Constituency Council, in St. Simons, Isolation Road and Belleplaine between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Residents are asked to cooperate with the team from the Health Ministry.

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Sindh puts off polio drive as Islamabad crisis hits vaccine delivery

By Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: A three-day polio vaccination campaign scheduled to begin on September 1 has been put off by the provincial authorities after the federal health ministry refused to send oral polio vaccine (OPV) to the province due to political unrest in Islamabad, officials confirmed to Dawn on Saturday.

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Sierra Leone + 4 others
Ebola: Farnesina earmarks another 1.5m euro for emergency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has outlined an approximately 1.5 million eo emergency intervention programme to fight the Ebola epidemic affecting some Western African countries.

The Italian Cooperation has earmarked 240,000 euro for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to send doctors, medical supplies and equipment, and boost epidemiological surveillance and provide logistical support and coordination to emergency response activities.

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Chikungunya confirmed in 6 Iloilo towns

By: Lilibeth A. French

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA6) - - The results of the laboratory tests have confirmed cases of chikungunya in six municipalities of the province of Iloilo.

Iloilo Provincial Health Office Assistant Chief Dr. Maria Socorro Quinon said on Wednesday that some of the results of the serum samples taken from suspected chikungunya patients in the six municipalities which were sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine of the Department of Health in Muntinlupa City turned out positive.

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Nigeria + 4 others
Ebola : un nouveau cas confirmé au Nigeria, les agents de santé en première ligne

08/31/2014 20:46 GMT

LAGOS, 31 août 2014 (AFP) - Le Nigeria a annoncé dimanche un nouveau cas confirmé d'Ebola, celui de l'épouse, elle-même médecin, d'un docteur tué par le virus, la liste des membres du personnel soignant fauchés par la fièvre hémorragique en Afrique de l'Ouest ne cessant de s'allonger.

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Health workers death toll mounts in W.Africa as Ebola spreads

08/31/2014 21:54 GMT

LAGOS, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of healthcare workers in west Africa hit by the epidemic.

The woman's husband was also a doctor who died in the city of Port Harcourt on August 22 after treating a patient that had contact with the Liberian man who brought the virus to Nigeria in late July.

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Liberia + 1 other
Ugandan team brings Ebola experience to Liberia

A team of Ugandan doctors and health workers are deployed by WHO to provide medical support for an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. This team comes with vast experience in managing Ebola outbreaks, having faced many cases of this disease since 2000. They work shifts alongside their Liberian colleagues to provide around the clock care and to help maintain strict infection control measures.

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Paludisme: mise au point d'un test rapide et peu coûteux

08/31/2014 17:01 GMT

PARIS, 31 août 2014 (AFP) - Un nouveau test rapide et peu coûteux pour détecter le paludisme, maladie tropicale qui coûte la vie à 600.000 personnes par an, a été mis au point par des chercheurs de Singapour et des Etats-Unis, ont-ils annoncé dimanche.

"Notre système offre un niveau élevé de sensibilité (...), est moins sujet à l'erreur humaine, utilise un faible volume de sang (...), requiert peu de préparation, peut être utilisé sur le terrain et a un coût très faible par test (moins de 10 cents)", ont affirmé ces universitaires.

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New test fast-tracks diagnosis for malaria

08/31/2014 17:01 GMT - HEALTH-DISEASE-MALARIA-TEST - World News (EAA) - AFP

PARIS, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - A new invention can cheaply and accurately diagnose malaria infection in just a few minutes using only a droplet of blood, researchers reported Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine.

The tool could replace the laborious, error-prone method by which a lab technician looks for malaria parasites in blood through a microscope, they said.

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Senegal + 1 other
Ebola virus disease update – Senegal

Epidemiology and surveillance

On 30 August 2014, Senegal’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Affairs provided WHO with details about a case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) announced in that country on 29 August.

WHO has also received details of the emergency investigation immediately launched by the Government. Testing and confirmation of Ebola were undertaken by a laboratory at the Institut Pasteur in Dakar.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey - 29 August 2014

Regional highlights:

  • The rising number of conflicts in the region is further increasing the complexity of the Syrian refugee response. Host governments and communities are responding to meet the needs of both nationals and refugees affected by insecurity. In Iraq, an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis are displaced within the country, which is also hosting some 220,000 Syrian refugees. Clashes in Arsal, Lebanon, have caused widespread damage, affecting both Lebanese residents and more than 40,000 Syrian refugees.

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Widow of Nigeria's sixth Ebola victim also has virus: state govt

08/31/2014 11:31 GMT

PORT HARCOURT, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - The widow of a doctor who died from Ebola in Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt has also tested positive for the virus, the state government said on Sunday.

Rivers State health commissioner Sampson Parker said test results showed the woman had the disease, which claimed the life of her husband, Ike Enemuo, on August 22.

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En Afrique de l'Ouest, le virus Ebola décime les blouses blanches

08/31/2014 06:51 GMT

Par Mouctar BAH

CONAKRY, 31 août 2014 (AFP) - Toujours pressée, celle qui se fait appeler "Dr Mara" court d'un service à l'autre de l'hôpital Donka de Conakry avec la tenue et les gants qu'elle a achetés à ses frais pour se protéger du virus Ebola.

Tout comme cette infirmière de la capitale guinéenne, manquant souvent de tout, les personnels de santé se sacrifient pour arrêter la terrible épidémie qui frappe l'Afrique de l'Ouest, souvent au prix de leur vie.

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