Jaundice Outbreak in India

The number of deaths due to a jaundice outbreak in Shimla in Himachal Pradesh has touched 10 with three deaths alone recorded in the last 60 hours. More than half of the total families residing in Shimla have reportedly been affected by the disease in the last two-and-a-half months.

Water samples collected by National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune have confirmed the presence of a dangerous virus in the water which was being supplied to the citizens from Ashwani Khad source. Experts have written to the state government saying the virus has origins in untreated sewage.


Ebola Outbreak, West Africa – Update

Sierra Leone has appealed to the United States on Wednesday to send military aid to help it battle Ebola as it falls behind its West African neighbours Guinea and Liberia in the fight against the virus.

The worst recorded Ebola outbreak has killed at least 5,689 people, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, as the virus has overwhelmed African countries with weak infrastructure and healthcare systems.

While the outbreak appears to be coming under control in Liberia, thanks partly to a health operation run by U.S. troops, infection rates have accelerated in Sierra Leone.

The rate of transmission is also beginning to slow in neighbouring Guinea, the first country to report an Ebola case, although case numbers are rising in Mali.

Jaundice Outbreak in India

An outbreak of jaundice in Saraspur has left 199 people affected in the last three weeks. There were nine new cases on Thursday across 24 chawl clusters in the area. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health officials were yet to confirm four additional jaundice cases.

“The jaundice strain is hepatitis E, which is not lethal among all those who are affected,” says a senior AMC health official.


Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

As of 18:00 on 1 May 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 226 clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 149 deaths. Of 210 patients tested for ebolavirus infection, 127 cases have been laboratory confirmed by PCR, including 81 deaths. In addition, 44 cases (34 deaths) meet the probable case definition for EVD and 55 cases (34 deaths) are classified as suspected cases. Twenty-five (25) health-care workers (HCW) have been affected (18 confirmed), with 16 deaths (11 confirmed). Seven (7) patients are in isolation facilities in Guinea; Conakry (4 patients, 2 confirmed) and Guekedou (3 patients, all confirmed).

Jaundice Outbreak in Nepal

As many as five people have died and 600 others have been taken ill to jaundice in various parts of Biratnagar sub-metropolis.

The jaundice outbreak spread in Biratnagar some 10 days ago with health workers citing polluted water, stale foods and adverse climate as the reason.

Of every 10 people visiting the clinics and hospital, 7 are found affected by the disease. Majority of the affected are found to be of 15 to 40 years old.