Health and military personnel must work together in conflict and disasters
The military has a key role to play in helping to avert outbreaks of infectious diseases during conflicts and humanitarian disasters, the former surgeon-general of the UK army has said.
Clamping down on the mysterious Disease X
Medical experts realise though that history will repeat itself – and that someday another pathogen will emerge with the potential to become the next global epidemic. They call it “Disease X” and are already preparing the tools they’ll use to fight it.
Sufficiency economy ‘can sustain health security’
A FORMER public health minister has recommended the sufficiency economy philosophy and friend therapy as the means to sustain the country’s health security
Zoonotic parasites carried by invasive alien species in China
This review summarizes the reported zoonotic parasites carried by invasive alien species in China based on the Database of Invasive Alien Species in China. We summarize their prevalence, threat to human health, related reported cases, and the roles of invasive alien species in the life cycle of these parasites, and the invasion history of some invasive alien species.
Bird flu outbreaks spotted in northern Vietnam
Vietnam's northern Quang Ninh province has recently detected three outbreaks of H5N6 bird flu outbreaks which have affected thousands of fowls, the provincial animal health bureau said on Wednesday. The latest outbreak, spotted on Monday, infected 3,000 chickens raised by a household in Hai Ha district. All the affected chickens have been culled to prevent the disease from spreading.
Provinces take action against disease outbreaks among cattle, poultry
An outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza occurred in late December in Can Duoc District in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Long An, according to Dinh Thi Phuong Khanh, deputy director of the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Provinces across the country are taking action to prevent the spread of disease that has affected cattle and poultry breeding facilities and farms in recent weeks.
20% more dengue cases in 2018 than previous year, 207 cases reported in first week of 2019
Singapore - The number of dengue cases has increased over the past three weeks, with the first week of 2019 reporting 207 cases, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Wednesday (Jan 9). Last year, 3,285 cases of dengue were reported - almost 20 per cent more than in 2017.
Study sheds more light on delamanid role in treating MDR-TB
A phase 3 trial of delamanid, a newer oral drug for treating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), found no statistically significant reduction in time to sputum culture conversion when compared to placebo, but that it was safe and well tolerated.
Irish scientists help create new tuberculosis treatment almost 100 years after original vaccine was developed
Irish scientists have helped create a new treatment for tuberculosis – 97 years after the original vaccine was developed. The bacterial infection is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, and last year it caused 10 million illnesses and resulted in 1.6 million deaths. The United Nations has pledged to eradicate the global epidemic by 2030, but with 4,000 lives lost every day it remains the top infectious killer.
New bat-borne virus related to Ebola discovered by Singapore team
Researchers from Singapore's Duke-NUS Medical School, in collaboration with scientists in China, have identified and characterised a new genus of filovirus from a Rousettus bat in China. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Microbiology. Bat-borne viruses around the world pose a threat to human and animal health.