January 31, 2016

Zika virus disease: Questions and answers

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As the Zika viral disease continues to spread explosively across the Americas, people are increasingly worried especially of pregnant women amongst them getting infected. However, the World Health Organization continues its enlightenment to increase awareness, and reduce infection to the barest minimum possible. WHO's Epidemiologist Erika Garcia provides more information about Zika virus disease.

January 30, 2016

Rio de Janeiro Olympics: IOC Advise National Olympic Committees on Rampaging Zika Virus

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The IOC advised national Olympic committees on Friday to follow the World Health Organization's guidance on dealing with the Zika virus ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, asserting its confidence that the games will be safe.

January 29, 2016

Zika Virus Disease: What You Need to Know

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For some weeks now, the world has seen a near 'explosive' and alarmingly increasing rate of the Zika Virus infection, and its consequences. What exactly is this little-known viral infection? This article takes a look at and summarizes the key facts of this infection, while shedding light on its symptoms and signs, mode of transmission and how to diagnose it, and what the WHO has been doing.

WHO to Convene Emergency Meeting on Zika Virus and Observed Increase in Neurological Disorders and Neonatal Malformations

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WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, will convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations.

January 17, 2016

Low Bicarbonate Levels Linked to Early Death In Healthy Seniors

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Healthy Older People are at high risk of Death if Low Bicarbonate
Elderly people who are healthy but who also have low blood levels of bicarbonate are at very high risk for premature death, according to a new study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN)

January 15, 2016

Ebola virus: New case emerges in Sierra Leone, WHO stress risk of more flare-ups

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A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, reflecting the ongoing risk of new flare-ups of the virus in the Ebola-affected countries. This comes few hours after the World Health Organization declared the latest West Africa Ebola outbreak over.

French Drug Trial Gone Badly Wrong Leaves One Brain Dead and Five More In Hospital

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One person has been left brain dead and five others have been hospitalized after taking part in a clinical trial in France of an experimental drug made by Portuguese drug company Bial, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Friday.

January 14, 2016

WHO Declare Liberia Ebola-free in Latest Outbreak; Says West Africa is at Zero, But New Flare-Ups Likely

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Today, the World Health Organization declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa. But the Organization says the job is not over, more flare-ups are expected and that strong surveillance and response systems will be critical in the months to come.

January 12, 2016

Nigeria Moves to Control Outbreak of Lassa Fever

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The Nigerian government on Tuesday said it would offer free treatment to dozens of victims of the latest outbreak of Lassa fever, a sign of how 2014’s Ebola epidemic has West African nations paying closer attention to the health of their citizens.