Category «Infectious Diseases»

New Ebola Outbreak in DRC

The WHO advises against any restriction of travel and trade to the DRC and has released an update about the latest news and information regarding the latest outbreak of acute haemorrhagic fever (Ebola virus disease) The WHO says: “it is important for neighbouring provinces and countries to enhance surveillance and preparedness activities. WHO will continue …

Recommendations about the urgent Recall of Valsartan In Response to the Potential Risk of Cancer

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), in collaboration with other regulatory agencies are reviewing medicines containing the active substance valsartan, supplied by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, located in Linhai, China. This review was triggered because of the detection of an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the valsartan active substance which the company supplies to manufacturers …

Listeria: Deadly outbreak

South Africa is in the middle of a difficult conundrum with health officials scrambling to locate the source of the deadly listeriosis outbreak. According to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases [NICD], listeriosis has so far claimed the lives of 172 people. As of February this year there were over 900 laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis. …

Invest in health to end plague in Madagascar

World Health Organization

ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR – The Director-General of WHO has outlined his vision for a Madagascar free of plague epidemics during a three-day visit to the island nation that started on 7 January 2018. “Madagascar can make plague epidemics a thing of the past through strategic investments in its health system – including better access to healthcare, …

WHO Update on Plague in Madagascar

World Health Organization

* Since August 2017, Madagascar is experiencing a large outbreak of plague affecting major cities and other non-endemic areas. * From 1 August through 30 October 2017, a total of 1801 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of plague, including 127 deaths, have been reported by the Ministry of Health of Madagascar to WHO * Since …