TB threat a risk to our wellbeing
According to the Angau Memorial General Hospital’s 2017 Annual Report, the TB DOTS Clinic in 2014 attended to a total of 6978 TB patients, then 6805 patients in 2015. In 2016 the clinic attended to a total of 8892 which increased to 10,945 in 2017. And PNG is recognised by the World Health Organisation as having a ‘high TB burden’.That is definitely a health security issue for PNG to deal with.
Thais urged to get flu shot
Thais are being urged to get an influenza vaccination as almost 100,000 people have been infected so far this year and at least six have died. Dr Tawee Chotepittayasunont, president of the Paediatric Infectious Diseases Society of Thailand, said on Friday that the number of child patients is nine times higher than adults. “As a precaution, it is best to take a vaccine shot,” Tawee said. The Disease Control Department found that as many as 99,087 people came down with influenza between January 1 and March 18, he said.
Report highlights success, challenges in fight to end TB
Analysts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported today that overall tuberculosis (TB) incidence and mortality continue to decline throughout Europe, but trends among countries vary widely, and multidrug-resistant (MDR)-TB remains a major concern. Although the decline in the notification rate is significant, the authors of the report point out that the 2030 target is a notification rate of 2.4 per 100,000.
Zika study may ‘supercharge’ vaccine research
Scientists looking at the genetics of Zika virus have found a way to fast-track research which could lead to new vaccines. The study, led by The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, used a new technique to uncover Zika mutations that help foster virus replication in mosquito hosts, while hindering its ability to replicate in mammals. “We used deep mutational scanning to survey all of the possible amino acid mutations in what’s known as the envelope protein of the virus, which is responsible for how it binds with, enters and exits host cells. We found two mutations that resulted in a virus that grew well in mosquito cells, but very poorly in mammalian cells, revealing the amino acids that are critical for Zika virus to survive in mammals.”
African swine fever spreads to VN-Cambodia border
African swine fever has spread to parts of Vietnam that border Cambodia’s Ratanakkiri and Kratie provinces, a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official said on Friday. Tan Phannara, the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production director-general, told a Phnom Penh workshop that he had received informal information from animal feed companies and animal raising associations that outbreaks of African swine fever in Vietnam were getting closer to Cambodia. He called on Ratanakkiri and Kratie department officials to remain alert in monitoring for outbreaks. “I have received information that [Vietnamese] provinces that border Ratanakkiri and Kratie are reporting cases of African swine fever, and so I urge all officials to be vigilant,” he said.
‘Avoid election rallies to prevent swine flu’
With the deadly swine flu virus (H1N1) becoming highly active since the beginning of the year and 35 new cases being detected in the last few days, health experts warned people to cautious during the election season. The experts said that the virus could spread quickly at political meetings and rallies due to large gathering.
DOH: Store water but avoid dengue
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appealed to Metro Manila and Rizal residents suffering from the water supply crisis to be cautious about how they store water to prevent a possible outbreak of dengue, which was already breaking records in terms of number of cases and deaths. Duque on Friday said even a small amount of water, like that which fills a bottle cap, could serve as breeding ground for the dengue-carrying mosquito Aedes aegypti if left unattended.
Lighting up hope from medical research
Vietnam so far has had to rely on foreign manufacturers for the supply of influenza vaccines. The best way to ensure access to these human lifesaving tools is to produce vaccines constantly and always be ready for pandemic response. Witnessing the achievements after much hardship, Dr. Le Van Be, former Head of the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVAC), confidently affirmed that this is a resounding success in research cooperation between IVAC and international organisations, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the global health organisation PATH and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). The success has been also praised by the world, recognising the prestige and intelligence of the Vietnamese medical sector. It not only brings great benefits to public healthcare but will also supply vaccines to the world in the near future.
Workforce Development Action Package meeting Bangkok
The GHSA Meeting on the Progress & Ways forward for the Regional StrategicFrameworks in Animal & Human Health on Workforce Development 13th-15th March 2019 , Arnoma Grand Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
Zika Virus Endemic In Thailand, Study Shows
Unlike in South America where the Zika virus disappears two or three years after outbreaks, Zika transmission in Thailand has persisted for at least 16 years. The Aedes mosquito is found in most tropical and subtropical countries, including Southeast Asia, and is a vector for the transmission of flaviruses such as the Zika virus. While the spread of Zika virus is well documented in South America, information on Zika outbreaks in Southeast Asia is scarce.