The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took steps to warn about the symptoms of acute flaccid myelitis(AFM) after doctors recorded a jump in cases this year. In 2018, the federal health watchdog confirmed 62 instances of the disease – which causes limb weakness and can paralyse sufferers. The illness has been compared to the polio and West Nile viruses.
The number is nearly double the amount observed in 2017, when 33 AFM cases were found in the US. In the CDC’s health warning the organisation said at least 65 other patients are being assessed after they displayed symptoms of the malady. read more..
Jakarta (AsiaNews/Agencies) – West Lombok authorities in West Nusa Tenggara Province have declared a health emergency after a surge in malaria cases followed multiple powerful earthquakes that rattled the region last month.
West Lombok Regent Fauzan Khalid announced on Friday that he signed the decree on Wednesday. “The status will enable us to gather support from the West Nusa Tenggara administration and the Health Ministry to handle the malaria cases because we can’t handle it on our own,” he said.
The earthquakes that struck Lombok damaged at least 57,000 homes and displaced more than 110,000 people.
In the wake of this, the number of malaria cases in the regency continues to rise. The first case of the disease was found in late August in a camp located in Panimbung village, Gunungsari district.
West Lombok Health Agency chief Rahman Sahnan Putra said the disease had infected 128 people as of Thursday, including a pregnant woman, two infants and two toddlers.
The agency’s preventive measures include handing out mosquito nets and mosquito repellent lotions to people in the four districts affected by the disease.
It is estimated that the regency needs as much as Rp 3.4 billion (US$ 229,800) to handle the malaria cases, which includes mass blood surveys in locations infected with malaria.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), almost half of all Indonesians live in areas where malaria is endemic. read more…
The Chagas disease, which used to be contained in Central and South America (infecting at least eight million people) has reached the US, infecting hundreds of thousands across 27 states. It is also becoming more common in Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, the UK, Australia and Japan.
A statement from the American Heart Association (AHA), aimed at increasing global awareness among physicians, warns that US doctors need to learn to recognize and treat Chagas before a devastating outbreak occurs.
“Early detection of Chagas disease is critical, allowing prompt initiation of therapy when the evidence for cure is strong,” wrote Caryn Bern, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California in San Francisco, in the online statement.
Doctors can detect the disease through a simple blood test and, if caught early, it can be treated by medication. “If untreated, infection is lifelong and can be life-threatening,” the CDC warns.n read more…
Emergency crews in hazmat suits were seen entering the medical facility on Sunday afternoon, after the medical center had admitted a man that morning who showed symptoms characteristic of the Ebola virus. As the patient was rushed into an isolation unit, the hospital was placed on lockdown, with ambulances diverted to other locations. Three ambulance staffers were also placed in a biocontainment unit, over fears that they might have been exposed to the virus.
After isolating the possibly infected persons and running initial tests, Ebola is being considered as a “potential but unlikely diagnosis,” the hospital said in a press release.
“From an initial review of the situation and the symptoms presented by the patient, it is unlikely that this will be confirmed as an Ebola case,” said Connie Price, an infectious diseases physician and Chief Medical Officer at Denver Health. “We are, however, following our standard procedures and taking every necessary precaution.” read more…