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Covid-19 Updates

The John Hopkins Center for Health Security has provided the following updates on Copid-19. (26th March 2020) EPI UPDATE The WHO COVID-19 Situation Report for March 25 reported 414,179 confirmed COVID-19 cases (40,712) and 18,440 deaths (2,202 new) globally. As of 1030 AM EDT, the Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard reported 491,623 confirmed cases along with 22,169 deaths and 118,245 people […]

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What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Self isolation and quarantine are both practices used to reduce the spread of infectious diseases. Self-isolation Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus. This is to stop other people from getting it. You will need to self-isolate: if you have symptoms of […]

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Ebola

Ebola

The Ebola virus itself was first discovered in 1976, but it’s one of a group of viruses that cause a similar syndrome known as viral hemorrhagic fevers. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) it is thought that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are natural Ebola virus hosts.The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals (such […]

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Covid-19

COVID-19: Trudeau to Canadians: ‘Enough is enough. Go home and stay home’

JUSTIN TRUDEAU, PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it clear that his government is out of patience with people ignoring advice to stay home and potentially spreading Covid-19. “Enough is enough. Go home and stay home. This is what we all need to be doing,” Trudeau said at a press conference […]

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Launch of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan from the World Health Organisation.

On 25 March, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. The Secretary-General was joined by the UN’s Under- Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. https://www.facebook.com/WHO/videos/2781434875225622/ Secretary General’s remarks at the conference…… The world faces an unprecedented threat. The […]

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Covid-19

We are daily faced with worldwide news headlines from health professionals, politicians and anyone with a voice to express an opinion. What is being said? USA The World Health Organization has said it is seeing a “very large acceleration” in coronavirus infections in the United States which had the potential of becoming the new epicentre. […]

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Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB)

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) today (24/03) is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. TB remains one the world’s deadliest infectious killer with over 4,000 loosing their lives daily and nearly 30,000 falling sick with this avoidable and curable disease. World TB Day is recognised annually on March 24th. This date is chosen to honour […]

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Mumps

Mumps

Mumps in Men Pain and swelling of the testicle affects 1 in 4 males who get mumps after puberty. The swelling is usually sudden and affects only one testicle. The testicle may also feel warm and tender. 50% of men who get mumps-related orchitis notice some shrinkage of their testicles and an estimated 1 in 10 […]

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Vaccines

What is the 4 in 1 vaccine?

The 4 in 1 vaccine immunises against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough) and Poliomyelitis (Polio). Children should be given vaccines protecting them from these diseases at 2, 4 and 6 month. A further booster shot should be given when children are between 4-5 years of age. https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/schoolprog/4in1mmr/4n1mmrleafleteng.pdf Diphtheria is an infection caused by the […]

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Going to South America or Africa? Consider a Yellow Fever Vaccination or Prevention.

“The most effective way to prevent infection from Yellow Fever virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Mosquitoes bite during the day and night.  Use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, treat clothing and gear, and get vaccinated before traveling, if your doctor recommends vaccination” https://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/prevention/index.html Use Insect Repellent Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellentsexternal icon with […]