Dozens of high fever deaths cause panic in northern India
14 SEP - Indian health authorities are rushing medical supplies to north Indian towns and villages where at least 50 people have died from fever over the past two weeks, topping the number of fever-related deaths over a three-month period last year.
Ebola infects 5 more in DRC, lifting total to 137
13 SEP - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in updates yesterday and today, reported five more confirmed Ebola cases, including two from the urban hub of Butembo, one of which involves a health worker from a clinic where the city's first case had been treated.
European Parliament representatives adopt One Health AMR action plan
13 SEP - The growing threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria can only be tackled through a “One Health” approach, MEPs said on Wednesday.
In the non-binding resolution, adopted with 589 votes to 12 and 36 abstentions, MEPs stress that the correct and prudent use of antimicrobials is essential to limit antimicrobial resistance (AMR) from emerging in human healthcare, animal husbandry and aquaculture.
India bans 328 combination drugs in setback for pharma companies
13 SEP - The Indian government has banned 328 combination drugs in a blow to both domestic and foreign pharmaceutical firms, but the ban has been cheered by health activists worried about growing antibiotic resistance due to the misuse of medicines.
PNG get Australian support to fight polio outbreak
13 SEP - Australia will provide $US7million to help Papua New Guinea fight infectious diseases including polio. Canberra said the funds would assist in a major vaccination campagn against polio, measles and whooping cough.
World must prepare for return of Zika, scientists warn
13 SEP - Hot weather and drought could spark the return of the Zika virus, scientists have warned.
UK-India project combats infections threat with diagnostics
13 SEP - A £3 million interdisciplinary research project is to address the growing threat of drug-resistant infections in India.
Papua New Guinea to launch nationwide polio vaccination campaign
The initiative, which is organised by the PNG government and the World Health Organization (WHO), is aimed at stopping the spread of the disease after 10 cases were confirmed in the country.
JOB: Professor of Neglected Tropical Diseases
12 SEP - The Professor of NTD will join the Department of Parasitology and contribute towards a multi-disciplinary group of high profile NTD researchers, key NTD policy makers, practitioners and specialists. The post holder in particular will expand links and activities with the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust (MLW) Clinical Research Programme, oversee ongoing implementation and research activities and lead and collaborate with academics in LSTM and MLW to develop cutting edge capacity for NTD research.
China's small farmers pose huge challenge in swine fever battle
12 SEP - Even after 14 outbreaks of African swine fever across China in just over a month, pig farmer Wang Wu does not believe the threat to his livelihood is real. “I heard about the African swine fever thing. But then people said it was just rumor. It was fake news,” said Wang, who raises about 60 pigs in a village near Harbin, capital of China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province.