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Lassa Fever: Nigeria Steps Up Measures To Control Outbreak

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No Case Of Lassa Fever In Asokoro, NCDC Confirms

Nigeria has begun stepping up its measures to control the Lassa fever outbreak in the country, that has already claimed the lives of 42 persons since January.  Lassa fever has become an annual occurrence in the country and proven to be one of the most significant threats to Nigeria’s health care system.

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Nigeria recorded the highest reported cases in the history of the disease in last year.  The World Health Organization is scaling up its response to the outbreak by collaborating with tertiary health institutions to strengthen the rapid containment of the disease.

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In the city of Jos in Plateau State, eight deaths have been reported and over 40 confirmed cases recorded so far.  The state government has started a sensitization and awareness program for health workers and community leaders to prevent the spread.

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Malawi To Test Child Malaria Vaccine

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Malawi To Test Child Malaria Vaccine

Malawi is due to conduct, a large-scale trial of what has been called the world’s first malaria vaccine, to give partial protection to children. The vaccine development is with the collaboration of World Health Organization.

RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite that is spread by mosquito bites.

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Smaller trials earlier conducted, showed that nearly 40% of the 5-to-17-months-olds who received the treatment were protected. Malawi saw nearly five million confirmed cases in 2017 and it has been chosen, along with Kenya and Ghana, to be used in the large-scale pilot of the RTS,S vaccine.

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Malaria cases appear to be on the rise again after a decade of success in combating the deadly disease. Most recent annual figures show, global malaria cases are no longer falling, sparking concerns about its resurgence. Children are said to be particularly vulnerable.

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Kenya: Nairobi Hospital Battling To Contain Cholera Cases

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Kenya: Nairobi Hospital Battling To Contain Cholera Cases

A private hospital in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, is battling to contain a cholera outbreak as health crisis looms in the country. Local newspaper, daily nation, says, the number of staff infected has risen to 52.

It is reported that the epidemic hit the Nairobi hospital on Tuesday, claiming the life of one staff member, while several other people were admitted.

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The paper quotes sources, at the hospital as saying, at least 23 cases of the waterborne disease had been treated, at the facility in April alone. The cafeteria was shut down indefinitely.

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The daily nation says, Nairobi county health officials have asked all referral hospitals within the city to reactivate their cholera treatment units.

Meanwhile, it is reported, that Kenyan medical regulator has deregistered more than 2,000 doctors and at least 200 dentists for failing to comply with the law that demands a renewal of their registration.

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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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