China CDC hailed for supporting Sierra Leone’s fight against infectious diseases

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Xinhua, the minister said the government of Sierra Leone continues to realize greater commitment from the China CDC in terms of developing the health sector, and added that without the intervention of China CDC, it would have been extremely difficult for Sierra Leone to make the required gains in […]

China to accelerate improvement of monitoring system for infectious disease

An integrated platform with multiple channels for early warning and monitoring of infectious diseases at the national and provincial levels will be set up, Mao said, emphasizing developing new mechanisms for collaboration between medical institutions and disease prevention agencies and a smart warning mechanism with multiple triggers. Enditem

Benue Assembly passes Highly Infectious Diseases bill

“The passage of the bill would further enable the state governor to provide isolation apartment or quarters for health care workers involved in managing highly infectious disease outbreak in accordance with global best practices, among others,” Okponya said.

Infectious disease specialist dies after 4-month COVID fight

“As we wait for a vaccine, there’s one thing we can do,” he said. “We can get an immunization that already exists: the flu vaccine. Protecting ourselves against the flu is more important than ever. An influenza outbreak on top of the COVID-19 pandemic could be disastrous this fall and winter.”

Efforts to beat the coronavirus pandemic could cause over 1 million extra deaths from other diseases, experts warn

Data released by WHO last month showed that routine immunizations had been impacted in at least 68 countries worldwide, affecting around 80 million babies under age 1 in those countries. But subsequent funding commitments pledged at the Global Vaccine Summit in June, and new guidance from WHO on how to safely resume immunization campaigns, are […]

Climate change could trigger the spread of potentially fatal mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever to parts of Africa that are currently unaffected, study shows

Severe skin bleeding with spots of blood on and under the skinBlood in the urine and stoolsRespiratory distress – when the lungs cannot provide the vital organs with enough oxygenOrgan failureChanges in mental state and unconsciousnessDangerously low blood pressureSevere dengue is usually treated via a blood and platelet transfusion, IV fluids for rehydration and oxygen […]

Illinois reports 1,381 new confirmed COVID-19, 8 deaths

Heading into the Labor Day weekend National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci said Illinois and a half-dozen other states with increasing COVID-19 numbers are at risk for a surge in cases over the holiday.

Tokyo Olympics must be held at ‘any cost’, says Japanese minister

The comments from Hashimoto, who represented her country in speed skating and track cycling, echo those made on Monday by John Coates, vice president of the International Olympic Committee [IOC]. He said the event would go ahead next summer “with or without Covid”.

No 10 could toughen Covid rules for social gatherings in England

“It’s all very well saying that hospital admissions and deaths are at a very low level in the UK, which is true, but if you look further into the European Union, you can see that where case numbers rise initially in the younger parts of the population, they do, in turn, filter through and start […]

Why is there a problem with getting a test for Covid-19 in the UK?

Why has this happened now? The demand for testing has risen with the easing of lockdown restrictions, up 63% for first-time testers since mid-June. More people are mixing socially and coming into contact with each other as shops, gyms and cafes open and people return to school and work. On Sunday, the number of people […]