North Korea declares victory over COVID, suggests leader Kim had it – ET HealthWorld

Pyongyang: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared victory over COVID-19 and his sister indicated that he too caught the virus, while vowing “deadly retaliation” against South Korea, which the North blames for causing the outbreak. Kim ordered the lifting of maximum anti-epidemic measures imposed in May though adding that North Korea must maintain a “steel-strong anti-epidemic barrier and intensifying the anti-epidemic work until the end of the global health crisis”, North Korea’s KCNA news agency reported on Thursday. North Korea has never confirmed how many people caught COVID,…

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Polio spreading in London, booster campaign launched for under-10s :health agency – ET HealthWorld

London: Britain is launching a polio vaccine booster campaign for children in London aged below 10, after confirming that the virus is spreading in the capital for the first time since the 1980s. The UK Health Security Agency has identified 116 polioviruses from 19 sewage samples this year in London. It first raised the alert on finding the virus in sewage samples in June. The levels of poliovirus found since and the genetic diversity indicated that transmission was taking place in a number of London boroughs, the agency said on…

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Germany confirms first monkeypox case in a child – ET HealthWorld

Berlin: A 4-year-old girl in Germany’s Pforzheim city has become infected with monkeypox, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control said on Tuesday, confirming the country’s first case of the virus in a child. According to the RKI, the child, who lives in a household with two adult infected adults, currently has no symptoms, reports dpa news agency. She was examined by a doctor as a precautionary measure and a swab was taken from her throat for the purpose of the diagnosis. The child was not in contact with…

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Rectal pain & penile swelling new symptoms of monkeypox, doctors suggest isolation for 3 weeks – ET HealthWorld

The monkeypox outbreak has left several people worried around the world. India has reported six monkeypox cases so far – four from Kerala and two from Delhi. The first death due to monkeypox was reported in Kerala on Saturday (July 30), who tested positive in UAE and arrived in India on July 22. The cases in the national capital reported no recent history of foreign travel. There have been more than 21,000 cases in nearly 80 countries since May, and 75 suspected deaths in Africa – mostly in Nigeria and…

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Overlapping crises accelerating health inequality: WHO – ET HealthWorld

Montreal, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that overlapping crises of Covid-19, inflation and cuts to foreign aid by wealthy countries are accelerating health inequality and disrupting health services. Giving a keynote speech by video to the “health equity for all” of the 24th International AIDS Conference on Monday, known as AIDS 2022, Tedros said the growing inequality could reverse a decade of progress made in the fight against HIV, Xinhua news agency reported. In almost every country, the gap between rich and poor is getting…

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India confirms Asia’s first monkeypox death – ET HealthWorld

Kochi: India confirmed its first monkeypox death on Monday, a young man in the southern state of Kerala, in what is only the fourth known fatality from the disease in the current outbreak. Last week, Spain reported two monkeypox-related deaths and Brazil its first. The death in India is also the first in Asia. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency on July 23. The 22-year-old Indian man died on Saturday, Kerala’s revenue minister told reporters, adding that the government had isolated 21 people who had…

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Monkeypox can heal itself but will cause more deaths: WHO – ET HealthWorld

Amid four deaths due to monkeypox outside Africa, including India, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the infectious disease is likely to lead to more fatalities. “With the continued spread of monkeypox, we will expect to see more deaths,” Catherine Smallwood, Senior Emergency Officer at WHO Europe, said in a statement. Smallwood emphasised that the goal needs to be “interrupting transmission quickly and stopping this outbreak“. However, Smallwood stressed that in most cases the disease heals itself without the need for treatment. The latest monkeypox outbreak which was…

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In race for monkeypox vaccines, experts see repeat of Covid – ET HealthWorld

Moves by rich countries to buy large quantities of monkeypox vaccine, while declining to share doses with Africa, could leave millions of people unprotected against a more dangerous version of the disease and risk continued spillovers of the virus into humans, public health officials are warning. Critics fear a repeat of the catastrophic inequity problems seen during the coronavirus pandemic. “The mistakes we saw during the Covid-19 pandemic are already being repeated,” said Dr. Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University. While rich countries have ordered…

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Cheap copies of GSK’s HIV prevention drug could be ready in 2026 – ET HealthWorld

London: British drugmaker GSK has struck a deal to allow low-cost generic versions of its long-acting HIV preventive medicine to be used in the developing world, including sub-Saharan Africa where the virus remains a leading cause of death. Each year, roughly 1.5 million new cases of HIV are recorded globally, most of which occur in resource-limited countries, and disproportionately impact women and adolescent girls. The deal involves GSK issuing a voluntary licence – so the intellectual property does not get in the way – to the United Nations-backed healthcare organisation,…

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COVID-19 deaths rose in last 5 weeks with some countries showing increase in hospitalizations: WHO chief – ET HealthWorld

Geneva: World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said that COVID-19 deaths are on the rise for the last five weeks with some countries witnessing increasing trends in hospitalizations. Addressing a media briefing WHO Director-General Tedros said, “COVID-19 deaths have been increasing for the last five weeks, and several countries are reporting increasing trends in hospitalizations following waves of transmission driven by Omicron subvariants.” Tedros said that though the world has learned a number of important lessons by being with COVID-19 for over 2 years now…

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