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WHO elections

WHO wants to tap Malaysia’s medical expertise, says Health D-G

The Malaysian health director Dr Abdullah said on his Facebook page that newly elected WHO director general Tedros Adhanom was particularly fascinated with the progress of Malaysia’s work on Hepatitis C curative treatment in collaboration with Drug for Neglected Diseases initiatives. He said WHO is looking into harnessing out expertise on this unique model of the research ecosystem in Malaysia to bring down the cost of medicine

May 27, 2017
Star Malaysia

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Hepatitis E cases on the rise in Borno — Officials

Health officers are reporting increasing cases of Hepatitis E in Borno State, North-east Nigeria. The Nigerian Ministry of Health on June 18 had notified the World Health Organisation of an outbreak of the disease in the state. However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on its official Twitter handle on Thursday raised fears that there is an increase in the number of cases in the state over the last few weeks

July 13, 2017
Premium Times
July 12, 2017

‘Clean Kerala’ campaign: State government finally wakes up to over 100 fever deaths in 2017

More than 100 people have died of fever in 2017 alone, with official data from the Health Department revealing that around 14 lakh people were affected by communicable diseases this year. While 53 people have died of H1N1, there were 800 confirmed cases of swine flu. Data also showed that until June this year, there were 7,300 confirmed cases of dengue, with 13 people dying from the mosquito-borne disease. Health Department stats reveal there were 204,926 cases of Hepatitis A and B, and 295 cases of malaria. And while these numbers are only from government hospitals, the actual figures may be twice this, with a number of patients going to private hospitals in Kerala as well

June 27, 2017
The News Minute

District in the grip of dengue fever

Ernakulam is in the grip of dengue fever as at least 25 to 30 cases are getting reported every day from various parts of the district. On Friday, 29 cases were reported taking the total number of cases this month to 203, and the number of cases from January to June 9 to 988. The spurt in diseases had started last month with intermittent pre-monsoon showers. Payipra had reported most number of dengue cases last month (335). “The number of cases has gone down there now,” said District Surveillance Officer Dr. Jayashree. In April, there were 156 cases. There is also an increase in the number of leptospirosis and acute diarrhoeal diseases. Hepatitis A and H1N1 cases are also being reported daily

June 10, 2017
The Hindu

Hepatitis A back to haunt Kalamassery again

Hepatitis A has returned to Kalamassery, even as the district is in the grip of a dengue outbreak which has seen 93 suspected cases reported in a month. There were a further four new cases of Hepatitis A in Kalamassery, making the total number of cases this month rise to 11, on top of the 77 Hepatitis cases reported in the district last month. Besides this, there is one case of leptospirosis and two fresh cases of H1N1

June 5, 2017
The Hindu

Dengue cases on rise in Ernakulam

The month of May has seen the maximum number of confirmed cases of dengue and leptospirosis this year. While 47 confirmed cases of dengue were reported in May, there were 17 cases of leptospirosis. In contrast, in May last year, Ernakulam registered 131 cases of dengue. Fever cases have gone up by 15,416 in May 2017. There are 18 confirmed cases of viral hepatitis, 108 cases of chicken pox and 53 cases of H1N1

June 1, 2017
Times of India

Lanarkshire hepatitis A outbreak total rises to 61

The number of confirmed cases of hepatitis A linked to a bakery in North Lanarkshire has increased to 61. Some people can become infected and have no symptoms for weeks and infect others. Others fall ill sooner. Authorities are seeking to raise awareness of this outbreak and urge people to seek medical assistance if they see symptoms

May 19, 2017
May 20, 2017
Outbreak News Today, STV , Daily Record

Niger hepatitis E outbreak kills 26 pregnant women to date

In a follow-up on the hepatitis E outbreak in the Diffa region in eastern Niger, as of May 3rd, there have been a total of 282 suspected cases including 27 deaths reported. All reported deaths except for one were among pregnant women 

May 7, 2017
Outbreak News Today

How Hepatitis Became A Hidden Epidemic In Africa

It is estimated that 100m people are affected by chronic hepatitis B in Africa, most of whom don’t know they have the infection; 19m adults have hepatitis C. Despite a lack of accurate epidemiological data at national levels, various estimations put B prevalence at around 8-10% of the population in many countries

March 10, 2017
Huffington Post

Non communicable diseases

More liver cancer deaths could be averted in the U.S

Death rates from liver cancer in the U.S. have doubled since the 1980s and continue to rise, largely due to risk factors like hepatitis that should be the focus of better treatment and prevention efforts, researchers say. Despite improved survival rates overall, the rise in new diagnoses of liver cancer means that death rates are still increasing faster than for any other cancer type, the study team writes. “Large racial and socioeconomic disparities in liver cancer death rates still exist, reflecting differences in the prevalence of risk factors and, to some extent, inequalities in access to high quality care,” study author Kimberly Miller said

June 16, 2017

Hepatitis Infection May Raise Risk for Parkinson's Disease

People with the liver infection hepatitis may be at heightened risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a large new study suggests. The study is the second in the past year to link Parkinson’s and hepatitis

March 30, 2017

1 in 5 Indians suffers from liver disease: Doctors

One in every five Indians suffers from liver disease for which alcohol consumption and Hepatitis C are found to be the top causes. As many as 30% of Indians suffer from fatty liver and a quarter of this number develop liver cirrhosis and liver failure

March 25, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

Health systems

We can cure hepatitis C. But we’re now making the same mistake we did with AIDS

The World Health Organization now reports that 4 out of 5 people infected with hepatitis C aren’t even aware of it. Of those who do know, fewer than 1 in 50 have received treatment. These numbers are far worse in parts of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of the global extreme poor live. In many places, such as Rwanda, infected patients remain on waiting lists for treatment, without which many succumb early to liver failure, cancer and other related complications. This is a failure not of science but of delivery

July 29, 2017
Washington Post

Hepatitis drugs more affordable but disease still deadly: WHO

Prices of drugs to cure hepatitis C and to treat hepatitis B are dropping dramatically, offering affordability and hope to 325 million people living with the viral liver disease that can be fatal, the World Health Organisation said. A generic antiviral drug for hepatitis C, which can be cured in three months, was placed this week on WHO`s list of pre-qualified medicines. That means it can be used safely by aid agencies and countries for bulk purchasing

July 27, 2017

Merck reports HepB vaccine shortage

Pediatric hepatitis B vaccine will not be available from Merck until early 2018, the company announced. GlaxoSmithKline has an adequate supply of hepatitis B vaccine to make up for the shortage, but doctors may not have a choice between vials or syringes, according to the CDC. Merck said demand around the world and manufacturing process updates caused the shortage of Recombivax HB in both pediatric and adult formulations

July 21, 2017
AAP News & Journals

Britain to hold inquiry into contaminated blood scandal which killed 2,400

Britain will hold a public inquiry into contaminated blood supplied to patients in the National Health Service which killed at least 2,400 people. During the 1970s and 1980s, blood products supplied to the NHS were contaminated with viruses such as HIV or hepatitis C and infected thousands of people with haemophilia or other disorders. A report by lawmakers in 2015 said the Department of Health estimated that more than 30,000 people might have been infected with hepatitis C between 1970 and 1991 when Britain imported some blood products from the United States but just 6,000 had been identified. A further 1,500 were infected with HIV between 1978 and 1985

July 11, 2017
Reuters, Bloomberg
July 14, 2017
July 11, 2017

Transfusions happening in Nepal without testing blood for deadly diseases

No hospital in Nepal has the necessary kit to test blood for HIV during the crucial ‘window period.’ According to NCASC, since July 2016, 116 people have contracted HIV due to transfusion of blood and blood. This figure is 0.4 per cent of the total 28,865 HIV cases in Nepal. “The collected blood should be tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Syphilis,” NPHL Director Dr Raj Kumar Mahato said

June 14, 2017
Himalayan Times

Illegal blood banks spreading disease

Illegal blood banks are thriving under the nose of the health department in Pakistan, and spreading diseases like hepatitis, HIV and thalassemia. According to the health department, there are at least 1,600 blood banks across the Punjab province and they need to be regulated. Express Tribune reported that the Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority has never conducted any raids on these illegal banks which sell blood on without a screening process

May 15, 2017
Express Tribune

Cómo no discriminar en estrategia de hepatitis C

El Economista Mexico praises the IMSS plans to offer a coordinated innovative therapy to combat hepatitis C virus. However, it points out that only patients fortunate enough to enter the IMSS will benefit and this highlights the postcode lottery impact of the healthcare system which means you get better treatment depending on which part of the health system you connect with. Other experts are wondering why only the IMSS and not other institutions, resulting in expensive therapies for the few, not for all. NGOs are asking the government for clarity on who can access this treatment and on what conditions. Finally, what about people with co-infections such as HIV and their progression to advanced hepatitis stages – how is the new treatment going to relate to this group?

May 9, 2017
El Economista

WHO urges action over growing hepatitis epidemic

The number of people dying from hepatitis is rising, and most of the 325m infected are unaware they have the virus and lack access to potentially life-saving medicines, the World Health Organization said. In its first global report on the infection WHO said millions were at risk of a slow progression to chronic liver disease, cancer and a premature death and swift action on testing and treatment is needed

April 21, 2017
April 22, 2017
Med.News.am, Global Times

Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment

Michael Botticelli, who served as President Obama’s National Drug Control Policy chief, said ‘he is concerned the proposed Republican health plan will reduce access to health services for people with addiction’

March 15, 2017

Communicable diseases

Expecting mothers with hepatitis C have 90% chance of infecting their babies

Worryingly, there has been an eight per cent rise in the number of HCV cases among pregnant women in the last decade. Experts say that babies born with HCV often have a mild liver disease and around 80 per cent have very low to no liver scarring in the first 18 years. However, the actual nature of the disease becomes apparent once the child reaches adulthood as HCV usually takes more than a decade to cause liver problems — but whenever it happens, it is disastrous

July 28, 2017
India.com, The Health Site

500,000 Malaysians likely have hepatitis C

About half a million Malaysians are believed to have hepatitis C, said Health Minister S. Subramaniam, adding that many were unaware they had been infected with the virus because of a lack of awareness about the disease. If left untreated, hepatitis C could be fatal, or lead to liver cancer or cirrhosis

July 22, 2017
Straits Times

Hepatitis B affects 3.5 million Ugandans

Ugandan government figures show the prevalence rate of Hepatitis is 10% compared to the 7.3% of HIV/AIDs in Uganda. One of the biggest challenges in the fight against the disease is that people who test positive and are referred for treatment do not even know where to go. There are few available facilities for testing Hepatitis viral load across the country and they are very expensive with poorly trained staff

July 20, 2017
New Vision

Rwanda Begins Massive Vaccination Against Hepatitis

Rwanda has started offering free diagnosis and vaccination against the deadly Hepatitis B disease. Several points have been set up by Rwanda Biomedical centre to conduct this massive exercise at Centre de Jeunes in Kimisagara, Amahoro stadium, Bumbogo stadium in Gasabo district, IPRC-ETO Kicukiro and at Masaka hospital. Rwanda considers Hepatitis B a dangerous health hazard currently killing millions around the world

July 10, 2017

WHO for use of devices to test multiple diseases

The World Health Organization released new advice to countries, recommending the use of multi-disease testing devices for Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis. A single device called the GeneXpert can be used to diagnose TB and HIV infections, and quantitatively measure HIV and hepatitis C viral loads. India recently procured 600 GeneXpert machines for the National Tuberculosis programme. “With the power and adaptability of molecular technologies, we are in an era of great advancement for the rapid diagnosis of many diseases using single platforms,” said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme

June 27, 2017
The Hindu

Hepatitis detection remains high among voluntary blood donors, HIV dips

While the National Aids Control Organization (NACO) programme conducts active screening and treatment for HIV infections, making a considerable dent in new cases, hepatitis has no active screening campaign under central or state government, however, SBTC data showed that while blood donation escalated in 2015 to 2016, the government had to do away with at least 50,799 blood units in two years due to HIV, hepatitis, malaria or syphilis detection. The WHO says that the size of the Indian hepatitis population remains hidden as most do not know about the infection until they suffer from liver cirrhosis

June 6, 2017
Indian Express

New Hepatitis C Infections Reach 15-Year High

Preliminary surveillance data released by the CDC shows that the number of reported hepatitis C virus cases has almost tripled in number from 2011-15 reaching a 15 year high. The CDC attributes the rising numbers among younger individuals primarily to injection drug use related to the ongoing opioid epidemic in the USA. However, younger individuals are not the most affected by HCV, Baby Boomers are

May 12, 2017
Contagion Live
May 13, 2017
May 12, 2017
Last Minute
May 11, 2017

WHO Report Slashes Number of Worldwide Hepatitis C Cases

The estimated number of individuals living with hepatitis C virus worldwide has been slashed in half by a new WHO report. Surprisingly the drop has little to do with the release of lifesaving HCV drugs. The dramatic decrease is largely due to tests that measure patients’ RNA, rather than seroprevalence, which are less precise. The meta-analysis of studies conducted in sub-Saharan Africa showed that only 51% of patients diagnosed as positive from antibody tests had evidence of viral RNA. The inaccuracy is because patients can spontaneously clear the virus, while the antibodies will hang around – so the issue is more due to diagnostic tests rather than treatment

May 2, 2017
Specialty Pharmacy Times

Candidato a director de la OMS: "Los laboratorios deben bajar los precios a los paises pobres"

On a visit to Guatemala to learn more about the health challenges the country is facing, David Nabarro, candidate to be the next Director General of WHO, said ‘pharmaceutical companies should seek to find a way in which to reduce prices for medicines in poorer countries’

March 29, 2017
America Economica
March 28, 2017
Noticias Terra, La Conexion USA, Emisoras Unidas 89.7