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Casual healthcare contact with Ebola survivors poses low risk

Non-invasive contact with Ebola survivors 6 weeks after the virus has been cleared poses little risk for healthcare workers, though contact with semen, ocular humor, and cerebrospinal fluid requires Ebola-appropriate precautions, according to a study yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

A cross-sectional cohort study evaluated 555 specimens from 112 Ebola survivors without fever seeking follow-up care at a clinic in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from Apr 2 to Jun 16, 2015. Almost one third of survivors (34, or 30%) were under the age of 16, and 50 (40%) were male.

Samples were obtained from the armpit (103 specimens), blood (93), conjunctiva (92), forehead (54), mouth (105), rectum (17), semen (1), urine (69), and vagina (21). The median time from Ebola treatment unit discharge to specimen collection was 142 days.

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WHO calls emergency meeting on yellow fever outbreak

GENEVA - The World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on the yellow fever outbreak that has hit hardest in Angola but risks spreading further if vaccinations are not ramped up.

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Sexual transmission involved in tail end of Ebola epidemic

Some of the final cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone were transmitted via unconventional routes, such as semen and breastmilk, according to the largest analysis to date of the tail-end of the epidemic.


An international team of researchers has produced a detailed picture of the latter stages of the outbreak in Sierra Leone, using real-time sequencing of Ebola virus genomes carried out in a temporary laboratory in the country.

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Delays in Receiving Zika Test Results Reported

        

Dr. Denise Jamieson - Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

obgynnews.com/news - by Michele G. Sullivan - May 16, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending blood or urine testing for all pregnant women with possible Zika exposure through travel or because they live in an endemic area, regardless of whether they are symptomatic, Dr. Denise J. Jamieson said at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Couples interested in conceiving who live in or have traveled to areas of active transmission should be alert for any signs of infection, no matter how slight; if they notice any, they should be tested for exposure before attempting conception, Dr. Jamieson, a medical officer with the CDC’s division of reproductive medicine, said in a video interview.

Unfortunately, she said at an update on the Zika situation, labs that process Zika blood and urine samples are backed up, and test results are being “unacceptably delayed.”

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Deadly virus detected in sperm of survivors months after recovery

The deadly virus is passed on through contact with body fluids and 

The epidemic has now been declared over but researchers have monitored 450 survivors of both sexes for a year, testing tears, saliva, faeces, vaginal fluids and semen every three months thereafter.

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I knew death was imminent': nurse Pauline Cafferkey on surviving Ebola

Pauline Cafferkey opens her bathroom cabinet and reaches for a tub of tablets.

“So this is where I keep medications,” she explains in a quiet, matter-of-fact voice, before taking me through the roster of drugs she takes daily, to keep epileptic seizures, spinal swelling, nerve pain and generalised body aches at bay.

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WHO Ebola Situation Report

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The Most Polluted City in the World Isn’t Beijing or Delhi

           

Commuters travel through a traffic jam on their way to New Delhi from Gurgaon on May 3. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

CLICK HERE - WHO Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database (update 2016)

washingtonpost.com - by Adam Taylor - May 13, 2016

What's the most polluted city in the world? Some might point to Beijing, the Chinese capital, and its now legendary smog problem. Others may point towards India, where Delhi's own air pollution problems are become similarly infamous. However, a new report from the World Health Organization suggests that these megacities are actually only the tip of the iceberg – and the actual city with the world's worst pollution is probably in Iran.

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Zika Virus - Fight the Bite

collab.nlm.nih.gov - NLM - NIH - Presentations in Medicine for High School Students - April 2016 - Published May 9, 2016

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner talks to students in a National Library of Medicine Distance Learning Program about the Zika virus and how information technology can be used in efforts to combat it.

Presentations in Medicine for High School Students

http://collab.nlm.nih.gov/webcastsandvideos/drew/presentationsinmedicine.html

Video Presentation - Zika Virus - Fight the Bite

http://collab.nlm.nih.gov/webcastsandvideos/drew/gavin%20macgregor-skinner%202016/gavin%20macgregor-skinner%202016.html

Video Presentation - YouTube - Zika Virus - Fight the Bite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9quox7im_8&sns=em

Slideshow - Zika Virus - Fight the Bite (36 page .PDF file)

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