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Preparedness, surveillance and response

‘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

Non communicable diseases

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

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

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

Communicable diseases

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