Health Security Digest

  • The Himalayan Times

    Govt issues new National Health Policy

    4 January 2019 - The Himalayan Times

    Nepal -  The government has issued a new National Health Policy in line with the right to health guaranteed by the constitution... The vision of this policy is to enable all Nepali citizens to live a quality life with good physical, mental, social and emotional health.

  • One Health Commission

    The Future is Coming! Is One Health Ready?

    4 January 2019 - One Health Commission

    RSVP 8 Jan - The One Health Academy meets at the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MICROBIOLOGY at 1752 N St NW, Washington, DC every second Wednesday, September - June. There is a 50 person space limit. 


    Korean experts weigh adding diarrhea to MERS criteria

    3 January 2019 - Via CIDRAP

    Lisa Schnirring

    Diarrhea was the main symptom that a South Korean man experienced upon returning from a business stay in Kuwait, which didn't trigger isolation for possible MERS-CoV until further work-up at the hospital, raising questions about whether the case definition should be revised to include diarrhea.

  • Radio NZ

    Wallis raises dengue alert

    3 January 2019 - Radio New Zealand

    The authorities in Wallis and Futuna have decided to use thermal cameras at the international airport to detect possible carriers of dengue fever.The additional vigilance at the airport comes after a dengue spike in New Caledonia which declared a state of epidemic just before Christmas.

  • Lancet

    Effect of point-of-care C-reactive protein testing on antibiotic prescription in febrile patients attending primary care in Thailand and Myanmar: an open-label, randomised, controlled trial

    1 January 2019 - Science Direct

    Thomas Althaus et al., - In southeast Asia, antibiotic prescription in febrile patients attending primary care is common, and a probable contributor to the high burden of antimicrobial resistance. The objective of this trial was to explore whether C-reactive protein (CRP) testing at point of care could rationalise antibiotic prescription in primary care, comparing two proposed thresholds to classify CRP concentrations as low or high to guide antibiotic treatment.

  • Telegraph logo

    Fears over spread of Ebola as violence shuts down control activities

    31 December 2018 - The Telegraph

    Anne Gulland

    Aid agencies are warning over a possible spike in the number of cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the suspension of control activities due to violence. In an earlier statement WHO warned of the impact of suspending control activities at a “critical point” in the response to the disease.

  • BMJ

    Global health disruptors: Migration

    28 December 2018 - The BMJ Opinion

    Michaela Told

    Migration has always been part of human history. The overall number of migrants across the world has remained stable over the past decade, but in recent years we have seen an unprecedented level of movement of people resulting from conflict, persecution, violence, poverty, economic disparities and climate change, which is disrupting global health. How should we respond to migration as a political and governance issue and how can we ensure the health of migrants?

  • New England Journal of Medicine

    Ramping Up the Response to Ebola

    27 December 2018 - The New England Journal of Medicine

    Jennifer B. Nuzzo et al.,

    Ebola is again spreading in urban areas, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Though there are clear signs that global preparedness for epidemics has been strengthened, efforts to contain the DRC outbreak have not been sufficient. Additional human and financial resources are needed to prevent this outbreak from becoming a major epidemic.

  • Telegraph logo

    The battle against the world's deadliest diseases 'can be won'

    24 December 2018 - The Telegraph

    Anne Gulland

    World leaders have been urged to dig deep into their pockets to ensure that three of the world's deadliest diseases are wiped out within the next 10 years.The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Executive Director has said that the three diseases can be beaten but only if both donors and affected countries continue to invest.


    Henipavirus Gap Analysis, Workshop Report, November 2018

    21 December 2018 - STAR-IDAZ

    Henipavirus is the taxonomic genus for a group of viruses in the family Paramyxoviridae that includes Hendra virus (HeV) and Nipah virus (NiV).  These viruses are zoonotic agents that are highly pathogenic in humans with case fatality rates of 40% to 70%.  As such, these viruses are classified as Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) agents, requiring the highest level of laboratory biocontainment.  Importantly, they have many of the physical attributes to serve as potential agents of bioterrorism, and are also considered emerging zoonotic pathogens with increasing geographical distribution in Australia, New Caledonia, Southeast Asia, and Madagascar.


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