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Approximately 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses or diseases that spread from animals to humans. To better prevent and control infectious disease, systems for human health and animal health need to be closely linked.
Public health messaging for dengue control often encourages the clean-up of mosquito breeding sites. But a novel method that researchers at the World Mosquito Program have introduced to several communities over the past eight years directly counters that concept.
A polio case has been confirmed in the country, the first in Malaysia in 27 years. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the last polio case in Malaysia occurred in 1992, and in 2000, the country was declared as being polio-free.
Rising temperatures across Asia and the Americas have contributed to multiple severe outbreaks of dengue fever globally over the past six months, making 2019 the worst year on record for the disease. In 1970 only nine countries faced severe dengue outbreaks.
The leader of Australia’s emergency medical response team in Samoa has labelled the measles outbreak as an “extraordinary crisis” as the Pacific Island nation grapples with 249 new recorded cases in the last 24 hours alone.
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The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is a form of insect birth control. The process involves rearing large quantities of sterilized male mosquitoes in dedicated facilities, and then releasing them to mate with females in the wild. As they do not produce any offspring, the insect population declines over time.
The role of social media in giving a platform to unscientific anti-vaccine messages and organizations has become a flashpoint. Research calls attention to the threat of social media misinformation as it may contribute to increasing "vaccine hesitancy," which the World Health Organization ranks among the top threats to global health this year.
The government of Korea has pledged to invest more in Ghana’s health sector, which remains a priority area of development assistance and cooperation between the two countries.