Health Security Digest

  • Bangkok Post

    User-charges for UC get new push

    6 September 2018

    6 SEP (Bangkok) - A proposal that people earning more than 100,000 baht annually be subject to co-payments of 10-20% for health services covered by the Universal Healthcare Coverage (UC) scheme has come under fire as agencies distance themselves from the idea. 

  • UniMelb

    This is not a drill: 5 reasons why the experts are worried about the next pandemic

    6 September 2018

    6 SEP -  By officially designating an unknown pathogen as a likely cause of a global outbreak, the WHO has upped the ante on the need to be better prepared. While we may not know what ‘Disease X’ is, in all probability it’s coming. Conditions are ripe for its arrival. 

    But are we ready? Here’s five reasons why we should answer that question carefully.

  • CDC Global

    Rapid Detection Accelerates India’s Response to Nipah Outbreak

    6 September 2018

    6 SEP - On May 17, 2018, almost two weeks after his brother died of febrile illness, a male patient in his mid-twenties visited a hospital in Kerala, India, with a fever. A day later, he was dead — but not before his doctors noticed his symptoms were consistent with encephalitis.Recognizing the potential danger, they immediately sent samples from the patient to the Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR), followed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, where laboratory tests identified the cause of death as Nipah virus.

  • The Nation

    Limiting universal healthcare to those who earn less than Bt100,000 unfair, says activist

    5 September 2018

    5 SEP (Thailand) -  A PROMINENT health activist yesterday attacked the government over reports that it plans to provide free medical service under the universal healthcare scheme to only those earning less than Bt100,000 a year. This idea made the headlines earlier this week, causing widespread concern. The scheme currently covers more than 48 million Thais who are not covered by the social security scheme and the medical benefit programme for civil servants, state-enterprise employees and their family members.

  • Kineta

    First human trial of Lassa fever antiviral

    5 September 2018

    5 SEP -  Phase 1 study to assess the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetic profile of LHF-535 in healthy volunteers. No therapy or vaccine currently approved for use in Lassa fever. 

  • CIDRAP

    New single-dose antiviral cuts flu symptoms, viral loads

    5 September 2018

    5 SEP - Baloxavir reduced flu symptoms by 1 day and reduced viral shedding.

  • Reuters

    U.N. holds emergency meeting in Asia as China battles African swine fever

    5 September 2018

    5 SEP - The United Nations is holding an emergency meeting this week with animal health experts in Asia to discuss the threat of African swine fever after the first outbreak of the disease in the region was discovered in China last month.

  • ABC RN

    Jonathan Quick: The End of Epidemics - The Drawing Room on ABC Radio National

    5 September 2018

    5 SEP - Presented by Patricia Karvelas. According to the 2003 British Medical Journal, "Plagues are as certain as death and taxes." But in his new book, Dr Jonathan Quick argues that this doesn't have to be the case.

  • Global Times

    Myanmar calls for cooperation in combating antimicrobial resistance

    4 September 2018

    4 SEP - Myanmar has called on countries in the Mekong basin region to cooperate in combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR) under a regional health security project, Myanmar News Agency reported Tuesday. 

  • Infectious Diseases of Poverty

    Correlation between adult pyrethroid resistance and knockdown resistance (kdr) mutations in Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) field populations in China

    4 September 2018

    4 SEP - The five field populations of Ae. albopictus adults were all resistant to deltamethrin, permethrin, beta-cypermethrin and lambda-cyhalothrin. Mutant F1534S was clearly associated with pyrethroid resistance phenotype in Ae. albopictus and this could be developed as a molecular marker to monitor the pyrethroid resistance problem in China.

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