Health workers sent to north Uganda as malaria epidemic kills over 650

Uganda dispatched a team of more than 370 health workers to the northern part of the country on Monday where a malaria epidemic ravaging the region since July has killed about 658 people.
Uganda reported an unusual outbreak of malaria in the north of the country in July, which health officials say has affected one million people from a population of about 39 million.

WHO: More Than 48 Ebola Contacts Missing in Sierra Leone

Dozens of people linked to the most recent cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone are still missing, the World Health Organization warns, saying that among them 18 contacts are at high risk of having the virus.
WHO representative Dr. Anders Nordstrom said that while some 70 people under quarantine in three northern Districts, Kambia, Port Loko and Tonkolili, are being released, more than 48 contacts are missing.

Zika Virus Information & News

Zika Virus Information & News / Informations et actualités sur le virus Zika 



Comienza reunión latinoamericana de ministros de salud sobre el zika

Comienza reunión latinoamericana de ministros de salud sobre el zika 

La Razón Digital / EFE / Montevideo
10:10 / 03 de febrero de 2016


Zika : dix questions sur un virus qui inquiète

Transmis par des moustiques, comme la dengue ou le chikungunya, ce virus a déjà touché 1,5 million de personnes au Brésil, et 3 à 4 millions de cas sont attendus sur le continent américain en 2016. Des cas importés ont été identifiés en Europe, dont cinq en France métropolitaine. Accusée d’avoir réagi trop faiblement lors de l’épidémie d’Ebola, l’OMS a annoncé toute une série de recommandations pour mieux lutter contre cette nouvelle menace.

Zika : Sanofi se lance dans la recherche d'un vaccin

Le groupe français Sanofi a annoncé mardi qu'il travaillait sur un vaccin contre l'épidémie du virus Zika. 
Sanofi Pasteur, la division vaccins de Sanofi, a annoncé mardi qu'il se lançait dans la recherche d'un vaccin contre le virus Zika, transmis par des moustiques et soupçonné de provoquer des malformations congénitales. Sanofi explique dans un communiqué vouloir s'appuyer "sur les succès obtenus dans le développement de vaccins contre des virus similaires", comme son vaccin contre la dengue, Dengvaxia, enregistré récemment.

Race for Zika vaccine gathers momentum as virus spreads

Companies and scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine as concern grows over the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is spreading quickly through the Americas.
Zika is now present in 23 countries and territories in the Americas. Brazil, the hardest-hit country, has reported around 3,700 cases of the devastating birth defect called microcephaly that are strongly suspected to be related to Zika.

32 dead, 100 infected in Ghana meningitis outbreak

Health authorities in central Ghana have denied that there is a meningitis outbreak in the country's Ashanti region, a report says.
The Ashanti regional health directorate claimed that there were only nine people who had tested positive after critical tests were done, according to Citi News.
In a press conference, the Ashanti Regional Health Director, Dr Alexis Nang Beifugbah said that six of the nine people had died, but, he was quick to say that the disease was under control.

Africa: FAO Pushes for a Road Map to Control and Contain Zoonotic Diseases

Infectious animal-borne disease threats such as Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are here to stay, and further painful outbreaks are likely to flare up or new disease threats will definitely emerge in the near future, said Juan Lubroth, FAO's chief veterinarian, querying whether the world is prepared to detect them and prevent their spread.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 27 December 2015 and 13 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.
Details of the cases