Backyard chooks could be a biosecurity time bomb
Infectious disease experts have warned of a potential biohazard, literally in our backyards. CSIRO research director for Health and Biosecurity Paul De Barro said there was a growing risk your humble chicken, pig or goat could contract a zoonotic disease, which can be deadly to humans. Pets, particularly on the outskirts of towns and cities, are exposed to wild animals, like bats, that carry diseases such as the Hendra or Nipah virus.
Provinces take steps to control avian flu outbreak
Authorities in provinces in the southern part of the country are taking necessary measures to prevent disease in poultry and transmission to humans. The weather in the south is now in a transition period, which is creating favourable conditions for the development of disease if effective measures are not taken.
Mass drug administration leads to rapid, partial reduction of malaria
Chaeuea V et al.,
Mass drug administration with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine was able to rapidly interrupt malaria transmission in four villages in Myanmar where the prevalence of asymptomatic infection was high, but researchers reported that infections from a common malaria parasite recurred within months, demonstrating the importance of asymptomatic infections to malaria transmission in Southeast Asia.
ADB project to improve health care in disadvantaged areas in Vietnam
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today approved $100.6 million in financing to support the Government of Vietnam’s reform effort to improve health service delivery and the quality of health care providers, especially in poor and border crossings.
Alarm over plans to store samples of deadly diseases in Tokyo
Japanese scientists are planning to import samples of some of the world's deadliest viruses in a bid to understand them better amid fears of an influx of foreign visitors. Samples of the five viruses – Ebola, Marburg, Crimean-Congo, Lassa and Zika – will be stored at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Musashimurayama, a suburb to the west of central Tokyo.
70 years of human rights in global health: drawing on a contentious past to secure a hopeful future
Lawrence O Gostin et al.,
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted on Dec 10, 1948, established a modern human rights foundation that has become a cornerstone of global health, central to public health policies, programmes, and practices. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this seminal declaration, we trace the evolution of human rights in global health, linking the past, present, and future of health as a human right.
Open-source discovery of chemical leads for next-generation chemoprotective antimalarials
7 DEC Yevgeniya Antonova-Koch et al.,
Malaria parasites are evolutionarily prepared to resist drug attack. Resistance is emerging to even the latest frontline combination therapies, which target the blood stages of the Plasmodium parasite. As an alternative strategy, Antonova-Koch et al. investigated the possibilities of drugs against liver-stage parasites.
Leprosy was thought to be eliminated in Papua New Guinea – but it’s back
7 DEC - Doug Hendrie
Eliminated – but not eradicated. With the rate dropping below the World Health Organization’s elimination threshold – one in ten thousand – the nation’s government redirected scarce health money elsewhere. But leprosy never went away. Eighteen years later, leprosy is back with a vengeance in Australia’s nearest neighbour.
Deadly, highly resistant Klebsiella found in Indian hospital
Researchers at an Indian hospital have identified strains of hypervirulent, carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae associated with extremely high mortality rates, according to a new study in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India.
100 mozzie breeding spots in Bedok area destroyed
The authorities have found and destroyed 100 mosquito breeding habitats in the Bedok area - the largest among 17 active dengue clusters discovered here. The Bedok area accounted for 42 of the 110 dengue cases reported across Singapore in the week that ended last Saturday - the first time this year that dengue cases have crossed the century mark in a week.