#AceHealthNews – RIYADH – April 22 – Saudi Arabia’s health minister, Abdullah al-Rabeeah, has been replaced by Labour minister Adel Fakieh as the kingdom struggles to contain the surge of new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
Rabeeah has been made an adviser to the Royal Court, Monarch’s decree said.
Last week, the kingdom confirmed an additional 49 cases, mostly in the port city of Jeddah.
Overall, Saudi Arabia has acknowledged 244 cases of MERS since 2012, of which 79 have died. MERS is a viral infection that causes pneumonia-like symptoms.
So far, about 30 percent of people with known infections have died.
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#AceHealthNews – SAUDI ARABIA – April 13 – (ALJ) – A foreigner has died from the deadly MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, while Yemen has reported its first case of the disease.
The foreign man, whose nationality has not been disclosed, died from the coronavirus as eight others in the kingdom, including five health workers in the city of Jeddah, were infected.
The death brings the nationwide toll in the world’s most-affected country to 68, with 189 people infected.
The Saudi health ministry, which announced the death, said five health workers – two women and three men – and three other people had been infected by MERS in Jeddah.
The announcement came days after panic over the spread of the virus among medical staff led to the closure of the emergency room at the city’s main public hospital.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said that it had been told of 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS infection worldwide, of which 88 were fatal.
MERS is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.
Experts are still struggling to understand MERS, for which there is no known vaccine.
A study has said the virus has been “extraordinarily common” in camels for at least 20 years, and may have been passed directly from the animals to humans.
The UAE news agency WAM said on Friday an expatriate health worker had died from the virus and five others had been infected in the Gulf state. This followed Saudi reports last week of two deaths and nine other cases of infection in the kingdom, including among hospital staff.
#AceHealthNews – A large five-day vaccination campaign against polio has been launched in Iraq, Syria and Egypt after health officials reported a suspected polio case in Baghdad.
“Polio eradication is a global priority,” said UNICEF’s representative in Iraq, Marzio Babille. The contagious, crippling disease which affects children under 5 years, cannot be cured but it can be prevented.
#AceHealthNews – WHO – April 07 – World Health Day – 7 April 2014
The topic for 2014 is vector-borne diseases
World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The Day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.
The topic for 2014 is vector-borne diseases.
What are vectors and vector-borne diseases?
Vectors are organisms that transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person (or animal) to another. Vector-borne diseases are illnesses caused by these pathogens and parasites in human populations. They are most commonly found in tropical areas and places where access to safe drinking-water and sanitation systems is problematic.
The most deadly vector-borne disease, malaria, caused an estimated 660 000 deaths in 2010. Most of these were African children. However, the world’s fastest growing vector-borne disease is dengue, with a 30-fold increase in disease incidence over the last 50 years. Globalization of trade and travel and environmental challenges such as climate change and urbanization are having an impact on transmission of vector-borne diseases, and causing their appearance in countries where they were previously unknown.
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#AceHealthNews – Geneva – April 6 – (WHO) – In new estimates released by the World Health Organization indicated that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure.This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.
In particular, the new data reveal a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air-pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and Ischaemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. This is in addition to air pollution’s role in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
The new estimates are not only based on more knowledge about the diseases caused by air pollution, but also upon better assessment of human exposure to air pollutants through the use of improved measurements and technology.
This has enabled scientists to make a more detailed analysis of health risks from a wider demographic spread that now includes rural as well as urban areas.
Regionally, low- and middle-income countries in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions had the largest air pollution-related burden in 2012, with a total of 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 million deaths related to outdoor air pollution.
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#AceHealthNews – GUINEA – March 30 – In an effort to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, neighbouring Senegal has closed its land border.
So far 70 people have died in Guinea, the discovery of 11 suspected deaths from Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia in recent days, forced Senegal to further secure its borders.
Meanwhile Guinea health officials announce that they introduced strict measures to stop the epidemic and told citizens not to panic.
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