Monthly Archives: April 2015

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 14 and 20 April 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Cases are listed by date of reporting, with the most recent case listed first.
Contact tracing of household contacts and […]

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Meningococcal disease – Niger

Between 1 January and 25 April 2015, the Ministry of Public Health of Niger notified WHO of 1543 suspected cases of meningococcal disease, including 147 deaths. Suspected cases have been reported in seven of Niger’s eight regions. Meningococcal meningitis outbreaks have been confirmed in several areas of Dosso and Niamey regions. In Dosso region, […]

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‘Diet swap’ shows how Westernization may raise colon cancer risks

Researchers were surprised by how quickly and dramatically risk factors for colon cancer switched between two groups of Americans and Africans after they swapped diet for 2 weeks. …read more

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Microneedle patch for measles vaccination could be a game changer

A new microneedle patch being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could make it easier to vaccinate people against measles and… …read more

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Are hospitals doing all they can to prevent C. diff infections? Not yet, new study finds

Survey of nearly 400 hospitals finds half lack programs to cut use of antibiotics that can encourage dangerous gut infectionC. difficile bacteria fluoresces under UV light. …read more

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