'Dark day': Congo rebels kill 2 health agents fighting Ebola

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congo’s health minister called it a “dark day” for everyone fighting the deadly Ebola outbreak after rebels shot and killed two medical agents with the Congolese army who had been assisting health officials. It appeared to be the first time health workers have been killed by rebels in this outbreak, which is […]

US official optimistic Congo Ebola outbreak can be controlled

US official optimistic Congo Ebola outbreak can be controlled

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The leading Ebola expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday he believed an outbreak in Congo can be brought under control quickly and that the high rate of new cases is due largely to improved detection. The haemorrhagic fever’s outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of […]

Ebola outbreak WARNING: Killer virus could SPREAD sparking major 'deterioration' warns WHO

Ebola outbreak WARNING: Killer virus could SPREAD sparking major 'deterioration' warns WHO

A World Health Organization (WHO) nurse shows a bottle containing Ebola vaccine (Image: JUNIOR D. KANNAH/AFP/Getty Images) At least 139 people have died in the outbreak in Congo’s North Kivu Province, which borders Uganda and Rwanda, and the number reported cases has reached 215.  The WHO said the risk of Ebola escaping from the Democratic […]

EU drug agency urges approval for dengue vaccine

EU drug agency urges approval for dengue vaccine

Europe’s drug regulator has recommended approving the first vaccine for dengue despite concerns about the vaccine’s wide use and a lawsuit in the Philippines alleging that it was linked to three deaths. The European Medicines Agency said Friday it had adopted a “positive opinion” of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi’s Dengvaxia. The vaccine is the world’s […]

Globalization of Antibiotic Stewardship Programs: The World Is Waiting

Globalization of Antibiotic Stewardship Programs: The World Is Waiting

The globalization of antibiotic stewardship programs is necessary in the fight against antibiotic resis­tance.1 Individual countries must take meaningful actions to counter antimicrobial resistance, tailoring implemen­tation according to their national circumstances. One of the key challenges is preventing the overprescription of antibiotics in hospitals. Every unnecessary dose of antibiotics contributes to the escalating rate of […]

Caribbean Ministers approve plan to prepare for the health impact of climate change on Small Island Developing States

Caribbean Ministers approve plan to prepare for the health impact of climate change on Small Island Developing States

Third Global Conference on Health and Climate Change: Special Focus on Small Island Developing States, concluded on Wednesday with an Action Plan to be implemented in the Region Washington, D.C., October 18 2018 (PAHO / WHO) — Ministers from across the Region of the Caribbean have agreed on an Action Plan to ensure that the […]

UN: Ebola outbreak is worrying but not a global emergency

UN: Ebola outbreak is worrying but not a global emergency

The World Health Organization says it is “deeply concerned” by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. After convening an expert group to assess the epidemic on Wednesday, the U.N. health agency said “response activities need to be intensified and ongoing vigilance is critical.” […]