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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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Health Ministry Cautions Over Existence of Dengue Fever In Tanzania

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Health Ministry Cautions Over Existence of Dengue Fever In Tanzania

The Tanzania Ministry of Health has cautioned citizens on the existence of dengue fever disease in the country. The ministry says there are more than 200 diagnosed patients in Dar Es Salaam region.

Speaking with, the deputy health minister, Dr Faustine Ndugulile, told the citizen newspaper early this week that Dar Es Salaam and Tanga regions had been found to have the disease.  He said there are no reports of deaths yet from the disease.

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The deputy minister says health service providers should test patients for the disease.  He said those who are positive should be given proper treatment.

He said the country not only has malaria fever but also Uti, typhoid and dengue fevers that are caused by viruses in Tanzania.  Dr. Ndugulile also said the ministry is now strengthening tracking systems to have correct statistics in both public and private hospitals.”

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He called upon residents of the regions to take precautions including covering pools of water with soil and protecting against mosquito bites.

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Cholera Outbreak: Vaccination Campaign Still Ongoing In Mozambique

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Cholera Outbreak: Vaccination Campaign Still Ongoing In Mozambique

It’s nearly four weeks since cyclone Idai struck Southern Africa. In the badly hit Port City of Beira, anti-cholera vaccines have been provided for close to a million people. Mozambique’s National Director of Medical Care says vaccination campaign has succeeded in covering 84% of the target.

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The deputy representative for UNICEF in Mozambique, Michel Le Pechoux said there are still more than thirty-five hundred confirmed cases. So far six persons have died from cholera.

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World Health Organization recently provided the country with 900,000 anti-cholera vaccines.

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Researchers Find Traces Of ‘Deadly Viruses In Slum Water’ Of Kampala And Arusha

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Researchers Find 'Deadly Viruses In Slum Water' Of Kampala And Arusha

Researchers from I.H.E. Delft Institute for Water Education, and their peers from Uganda and Tanzania, have found traces of 25 DNA virus families in underground water in the slums of Kampala and Arusha. Some of the viruses are said to carry adverse health risk for humans.

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The findings, which were presented at the assembly of the European Geo-Sciences Union in Vienna on Monday, showed most groundwater in the two slums contains traces of Harpis virus, Pox virus and Papilloma virus.

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Researchers say Papilloma virus could be one of the causes of cancer which is the top killer in East Africa. Each year, at least a hundred thousand deaths are attributed to the disease.

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Scientists have expressed concern that the widespread use of groundwater for cooking, cleaning, and bathing poses a risk for residents.

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