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Covid-19

Dexamethasone & COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it welcomes the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom which indicates that dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19.  Dexamethasone is a steroid-based medication which works by suppressing the immune system, which has been in existence since the 1960s. […]

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The immune system

What is an immune system? How does the body fight infection? When germs, such as bacteria or viruses, invade the body, they attack and proliferate. This invasion, called an infection, is what causes illness. The immune system uses several tools to fight infection. Blood contains red blood cells, for carrying oxygen to tissues and organs, […]

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Influenza-Flu Vaccines

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Hib is a bacteria which can cause: pneumonia meningitis severe inflammatory infections of the face, mouth, blood, epiglottis, joints, heart, bones, peritoneum and trachea. This almost exclusively effects children less than 5 years of age. It can also effect people with weakened immune system. link It is transmitted […]

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Herpes (HSV-1)

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1)

Herpes (HSV-1) or type 1 is a common infection which typically causes orolabial herpes (relating to the mouth and lips. One of the main symptoms is a rash of blisters that are sometimes referred to as a herpes rash. This rash of blisters is commonly known as cold sores. It spreads in the saliva and […]

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Cholera

Cholera

Cholera is an intestinal infection caused by strains of the bacteria Vibrio cholerae serogroup O1 or O139, which produce cholera toxin. The deadly effects of the disease are the result of the toxin the bacteria produces in the small intestine. The toxin causes the body to excrete large amounts of water, leading to diarrhoea and […]

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Covid-19

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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Yellow Fever

World Health Organisation International Travel and Health Vaccine Information for Yellow Fever and Malaria country by country