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Ebola: Swedish Hospital Investigating Suspected Case

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Ebola: Swedish Hospital Investigating Suspected Case

Sweden’s Uppsala University Hospital is treating a person in isolation on suspicion of infection with Ebola, the regional authority said the patient was admitted to Enkoping hospital before being transferred to Uppsala.

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Regional Authority said the test result will be available tonight. It also emphasized that it is still only a suspicion and other diseases are a clear possibility.

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According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain may appear up to three weeks after contact with the deadly virus.

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LASUTH Resident Doctors To Begin Strike Over Shortage Of Staffs

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LASUTH Resident Doctors To Begin Strike Over Shortage Of Staffs

Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH) Ikeja, resident doctors say they will begin three days warning strike next week, January the twenty-eighth over shortage of house officers and resident doctors.

Association of resident doctors president, Dr Fatai Balogun, says the association had went on an indefinite strike in September last year to demand for the replacement of the exited house officers and resident doctors in LASUTH.

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Balogun said that the strike was suspended based on the promises by the management to replace the officers but said the hospital management and the state government had gone back on their words.

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Balogun says the shortage of doctors has created loopholes in the provision of optimal clinical service delivery. Resulting in long waiting period by patients and inefficient sub-optimal healthcare service.

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2 Polio Cases Caused By Virus In Vaccine Identified In Mozambique

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2 Polio Cases Caused By Virus In Vaccine Identified In Mozambique

Global health officials say two cases of polio have been identified in Mozambique as a result of a mutated virus in the vaccine.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners in a report this week, said they had confirmed the two cases in a 6-year-old girl and one of her contacts, marking another setback for attempts to eradicate the crippling disease.

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Officials said test result found that they were infected by a virus derived from the oral polio vaccine. That in rare cases, mutate into a form capable of causing new outbreaks.

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Repeated deadlines set to wipe out polio have been missed. Officials are now facing numerous challenges in the remaining countries where the disease circulates. There were dozens of cases in Africa including Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia last year.

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Uganda On High Alert Following Ebola Outbreak In DRC

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Uganda On High Alert Following Ebola Outbreak In DRC

Uganda is on high alert following the Ebola outbreak in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC. Response teams have been placed on the border to stave off any spread of the deadly virus into Uganda.

Ebola is a rare disease spread by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person.

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The outbreak in the DRC has become the second deadliest in history with almost seven hundred thousand reported cases.  More than half of the people confirmed with the disease have died.

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To prevent its spread into Uganda, Ebola screening has been made mandatory for everyone going into the country from the DRC.

Increased vigilance by the humanitarian organizations working with the red cross has ensured no outbreak has been reported in Uganda.  But the volatile security situation in the eastern provinces of the DRC continues to pose a challenge in the fight against Ebola.

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