Category «Infectious Diseases»

Anthrax outbreak amongst in cattle reported in Lesotho and measures to prevent human exposure in South Africa

Since 12th May 2019, three anthrax outbreaks have been reported in the Maseru district of Lesotho. Twenty-four cattle have died and a further 106 cattle infections are suspected. There has also been a report in a local Lesotho newspaper that over fifty local people became ill after eating meat from cattle that died of anthrax. …

Influenza in South Africa

Influenza (also known as flu) kills between 6000-11,000 South Africans every year. About half of those deaths are in the elderly, and about 30% in HIV-infected people. People with HIV, tuberculosis, the elderly, infants, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses like diabetes or lung disease are at increased risk of severe flu. Getting a …

WHO sending urgent health assistance after Cyclone Idai displaces thousands of people in Southern Africa

World Health Organization

Brazzaville, 20 March 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing urgent assistance to meet the health needs of thousands of people impacted by flooding in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The floods were triggered by Tropical Cyclone Idai, which swept through the region last week. Cyclone Idai, which formed over the northern Mozambique channel, …

Ebola virus disease – risk of national and regional spread is very high: WHO

“As the risk of national and regional spread is very high, it is important for neighbouring provinces and countries to enhance surveillance and preparedness activities. The International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) Emergency Committee has advised that failing to intensify these preparedness and surveillance activities would lead to worsening conditions and further spread. WHO will continue …

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. …