28 Aug 2015

Uganda using Twitter to detect disease outbreaks

“Uganda’s Ministry of Health is using Twitter to collect real time information about disease outbreaks in the East African country. In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency at the Public Health Emergency Operations Center in Kampala, Dr. Issa Makumbi said: ‘We set up this center in July 2013 because of

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28 Aug 2015

Ebola can survive in wastewater for at least a week: Study

“The Ebola virus has shown us some viability and survivability in the recent past as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on studies that showed that men who recovered from Ebola virus disease were reported to shed live virus in semen up to 82 days after onset of symptoms. Now,

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28 Aug 2015

Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa

“Israel wants to use its cutting-edge agricultural technology to improve food production — and win friends — across Africa, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. Visiting Israel’s crop-themed pavilion at the World Expo in Milan, Netanyahu said cooperation with Italy in Africa would be top of his agenda at talks

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26 Aug 2015

Experimental post-exposure antiviral treatment may protect humans from Ebola virus

“For the first time, UK physicians have demonstrated that antiviral-based therapies have the potential to protect humans from the deadly Ebola virus. The report, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, describes a case-series of eight British health-care workers who were evacuated to the Royal Free Hospital in London, UK

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25 Aug 2015

Sierra Leone Releases Last Known Ebola Patient

“Health authorities in Sierra Leone released the country’s last known Ebola patient from a hospital on Monday, a milestone that allows the nation to begin a 42-day countdown to being declared free of the virus that has killed nearly 4,000 people here.” Source: Sierra Leone Releases Last Known Ebola Patient

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23 Aug 2015

China blast hits Shandong chemical plant

“One person has been killed and nine injured after an explosion at a chemical plant in China’s eastern Shandong province, state media report. Xinhua news agency said a warehouse in Zibo city exploded, triggering a fire. Huge flames were visible. The site is just 1km from a residential area. No

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18 Aug 2015

Germany to expect 750,000 refugees in 2015

“The number of refugees seeking asylum in Germany could surge to 750,000 this year, according to reports citing official projections. The government in Berlin had earlier forecast that 450,000 asylum seekers could arrive in 2015, but is now set to increase that to 650,000 or higher.” Source: Germany to expect

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14 Aug 2015

Global warming increases ‘food shocks’ threat

“Climate change is increasing the risk of severe ‘food shocks’ where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly around the world. Researchers say extreme weather events that impact food production could be happening in seven years out of ten by the end of this century.” Source: Global warming increases

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13 Aug 2015

Congo Measles Outbreak Infects at Least 20,000

“It’s the worst measles outbreak in the region since 2010-2011. A measles outbreak in a southeast province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has killed more than 300 people and infected at least 20,000, according to a preliminary United Nations report.” Source: Congo Measles Outbreak Infects at Least 20,000

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01 Aug 2015

WHO Says Ebola Vaccine Effective in African Trial

“European researchers said an experimental Ebola vaccine tested in West Africa might be highly effective in protecting people from the deadly virus, raising the possibility that it could be used to prevent future epidemics.” Source: WHO Says Ebola Vaccine Effective in African Trial – WSJ

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