By giving patients the plasma of people who had recovered (or convalesced) from COVID-19, the idea was to infuse the body with antibodies, a strategy tried, with various degrees of success, for other infectious diseases. But growing evidence, shows the therapy does not save lives of people critically ill with COVID-19
Inputs of NEIS can greatly aid policymakers and various arms of the Indian government to prepare for future potential threats to public health in India
Jean-Jacques Muyembe first came across the virus in 1976 as a field epidemiologist when he was called to the village of Yambuku in northern DRC for a mysterious illness that had just appeared.
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A vaccine developed by the US group Merck Sharp and Dohme was found to be very effective in a major study carried out in Guinea in 2015.
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Ebola outbreaks are usually thought to result from the virus "spilling" from an animal host to a human. But the analysis showed the Guinea strain was virtually identical to that from a 2013-16 wave.
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The Marburg virus belongs to the same family as Ebola, and previous outbreaks have erupted elsewhere across Africa in Angola, Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda
WHO Regional Director for Africa said “We are getting faster, better and smarter...we must stay alert for a possible resurgence."
The outbreak first recognized in Guinea in January has reportedly infected at least 18 people and killed nine so far.
The survivor harboured the virus for at least five years and then transmitted it via semen to a sex partner, researchers reported in articles published in Science and Stat. Until now, the longest the ebola virus had been known to persist in a survivor was 500 days
Authorities said some of the doses would head straight to Nzerekore, the capital of Guinea's southeastern forest region where five people have recently died of Ebola.
Access to healthcare in Guinea has improved marginally over the years but the country still struggles with one of the worst health-care infrastructures in the world.
WHO is reportedly helping Guinea to obtain the Ebola vaccine, which proved instrumental in controlling outbreaks in the DRC.
The cases marked the first known resurgence of the virus in West Africa since the 2016 epidemic that left more than 11,300 dead across the region
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Patients have been isolated and an investigation was ordered to determine the home villages of all who took part in the burial to carry out contact tracing, said head of National Agency for Health Security
National Health Security Agency head Sakoba Keita told local media on Saturday that one of the latest Ebola victims in Guinea was a nurse who fell in late January and was buried on 1 February. Keita also told local media that one patient had escapes but had been found and hospitalised in the capital Conkry.
While the source of contamination is still unknown, the woman who died was the wife of an Ebola survivor, according to the government.
According to WHO, a Disease X is the possibility of an international epidemic that can spread from a pathogen unknown to humankind.
The WHO along with its partners have treated and vaccinated more than 40,000 people at high risk, across dense rainforests and crowded urban areas.
The report says an estimated 1.7 million currently undiscovered viruses are thought to exist in mammal and avian hosts.
The HKH region is warming up to three times faster than the global average. This creates a perfect storm for new diseases to emerge.