Health Security Digest

  • Antara News

    Health Ministry warns of emerging infectious diseases

    6 November 2018

    6 NOV - Indonesia`s Health Ministry has called on the public to increase awareness against the emerging infectious disease and address global health threat.

  • Lancet

    Phase 2 trial shows chikungunya vaccine to be safe, immunogenic

    5 November 2018

    5 NOV - Reisinger et al. 

    MV-CHIK showed excellent safety and tolerability and good immunogenicity, independent of pre-existing immunity against the vector. MV-CHIK is a promising candidate vaccine for the prevention of chikungunya fever, an emerging disease of global concern.

  • Research matters

    Community-based cohort studies may hold the key to tackling dengue infections

    5 November 2018

    5 NOV -  The monsoons in India bring with them a much-awaited relief from the summer's heat, and a host of headline-catching infectious diseases. In a country with a population of over 100 million, managing contagious diseases that burden the economy and public health is a challenge.

  • Gen bio

    Zika Biomarkers Could Lead to Prenatal Diagnostic

    2 November 2018

    2 NOV - Discovery that could lead to screening tests and a better understanding about how the infection leads to fetal abnormalities. Findings from the new study were published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight. 

  • UN University

    Health insurance and patient satisfaction: Evidence from the poorest regions of Vietnam

    2 November 2018

    2 NOV - Nga Le et al., 

    Even though health insurance is expanding rapidly in Vietnam, its coverage is not effective. There remain inefficiencies in the healthcare  system with quality concerns, especially at primary care and in remote areas. However, very little is known about how health insurance is  valued by people and whether health insurance coverage can translate  into quality healthcare. This paper investigates the relationship between health insurance and patient satisfaction with medical care in the poorest regions of Vietnam. The authors use multi-level models for ordinal responses on a cross-sectional dataset of the poorest regions of Vietnam in 2012. They find that it is not health insurance coverage per se but the financial coverage that matters to improve patient satisfaction with medical care. Patient satisfaction depends on the breadth and depth of insurance coverage (i.e. services and medicines covered, co-payment rate for each service) and the ability to use health insurance to reduce medical costs via the co-payment mechanism. 


  • Emerging Infectious Diseases (Journal)

    Influenza H5/H7 Virus Vaccination in Poultry and Reduction of Zoonotic Infections, Guangdong Province, China, 2017–18

    31 October 2018

    Ahead of print - Wu et al. 

    We compared the detection frequency of avian influenza H7 subtypes at live poultry markets in Guangdong Province, China, before and after the introduction of a bivalent H5/H7 vaccine in poultry. The vaccine was associated with a 92% reduction in H7 positivity rates among poultry and a 98% reduction in human H7N9 cases.

  • Oxford Academic

    Study notes high MCR rates in healthy villagers in Vietnam

    31 October 2018

    31 OCT - Via CIDRAP subscription required

    More than 80% of Escherichia coli–positive stool specimens collected from healthy people in a village in Vietnam contained the colistin-resistance MCR gene, according to a research letter today in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.


  • Radio NZ

    Drones to be trialed for vaccine transport in Vanuatu

    30 October 2018

    30 OCT  - The Vanuatu government has contracted two companies to trial drones that could one day fly vaccines to children in remote areas. The government has partnered with the UN children's agency UNICEF to select an Australian and a German company for the trial in January.

  • Polio Global Eradication Initiative

    Four nations report total of 9 new polio cases

    30 October 2018

    30 OCT- Three cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) were reported this week from Jiwaka province, Gulf province and  Southern Highlands province, with dates of onset of paralysis  on 20 August, 29 August and 8 September , respectively.

    Via CIDRAP

  • Reuters

    China reports new African swine fever in Hunan province

    29 October 2018

    29 OCT - China’s agricultural ministry reported on Sunday a new outbreak of African swine fever in Changde city of central Hunan province, where 99 pigs were killed and 106 were sick.


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