Anita Oluchi Ogbu

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The need for an effective family planning in Nigeria

The need for an effective family planning in Nigeria Nigerians have been charged by health experts to embrace workable family planning methods that would reduce poverty, ensure social protection and healthcare, as well as the successful implementation of government’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the light of this, it is important that the Nigeria Population […]

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Indiana confirms death associated with Hepatitis A outbreak

Indiana state health officials are reporting the state’s first death related to a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A, a highly contagious disease of the liver. The outbreak has caused nearly 4,000 illnesses in 10 states and resulted in multiple fatalities nationwide. Since November 2017, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has confirmed 214 outbreak-related

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Kenya target over 2 million children in polio immunization campaign

The Kenyan government has launched a polio immunization campaign that seeks to reach at least 2,416,750 children under 5 years of age in 11 counties across the country. Lamu County Health Department Chief Health Officer Said Bwanamkuu said the exercise began on Tuesday July 10 and will end on Sunday, July 16. Apart from the

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cholera vaccination program kick off in Adamawa State, Nigeria

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigerian government have launched the first round of a two-phased oral vaccination program against the cholera outbreak in Adamawa State. In a statement released on June 10, the WHO said the campaign will run from June to June 17, targeting high-risk wards in the Mubi North, Mubi South

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North Carolina reports 1st EEE case of 2018

  known to be the carrier of EEE Eastern equine encephalitis virus usually referred as EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. This is the first case of EEE in North Carolina this year. EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord and is usually fatal. Symptoms

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Human case of Tularemia reported in Colorado

Larimer County, CO health officials confirmed the first human case of tularemia in a county resident in 2018. The patient developed swollen lymph nodes, and may have been exposed while gardening at home. Soil can be contaminated by tularemia-causing bacteria from the droppings or urine of sick animals, most often rabbits. When a person mows,

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Measles cases on the rise in England

Health officials in England report more measles cases in the current outbreak, 170 additional cases in the past five weeks. This brings the total to 757 laboratory confirmed measles cases in England since the beginning of the year. This includes 268 cases in London. In addition, the South-East (161), South-West (118), West Midlands (85) and

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The outbreak of Norovirus at Shanghai university, China

  Health officials in Yangpu District, Shanghai are reporting a norovirus outbreak that sickened some forty students at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, according to a local media report. Norovirus was confirmed by laboratory testing in both vomit and feces samples. The university said it has disinfected all canteens, classrooms, dormitories and

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Wisconsin reports 1st documented Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever death

On Tuesday, Wisconsin state health officials and the La Crosse County Health Department announced the first documented death from Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in the state. “We are saddened to learn of this death and encourage Wisconsin residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families from tick bites while enjoying the outdoors,”

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Schistosoma researchers ‘ah-ha’ moment – Outbreak News Today

    The parasitic disease schistosomiasis is one of the developing world’s worst public health scourges, affecting hundreds of millions of people, yet only a single, limited treatment exists to combat the disease. Researchers at the Morgridge Institute for Research are searching for potential new targets by probing the cellular and developmental biology of its

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Update on Ukraine measles and diphtheria outbreak

    Measles Ukrainian health officials recorded an additional 1,021 measles cases in the past week, bringing the total cases for the year to 25,008. Of this total, 10,085 adults and 14,923 children have been affected. Most people suffered from measles in Lviv (only 4412 people: 1377 adults and 3035 children), Transcarpathian (total 2840 people:

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Antibiotics: FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolones

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is requiring safety labeling changes for a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones to strengthen the warnings about the risks of mental health side effects and serious blood sugar disturbances, and make these warnings more consistent across the labeling for all fluoroquinolones taken by mouth or given by

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Advise on safer sex practices, testing as syphilis numbers rise

    The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health is emphasizing the importance of sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and testing as reports of syphilis rise in the county. “Safer sex practices are vital for preventing the contraction and spread of syphilis and other STIs,” said Dr. Fredrick Echols, Director of Communicable Disease Control

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The effect of Pertussis type of vaccine on immune response

The current whooping cough vaccine was universally adopted in the US in 1996 to replace the original vaccine based on killed Bordetella pertussis because of a stronger safety profile. The new formulation was found to be effective in preventing whooping cough during vulnerable stages in the lifespan but the kind of pertussis vaccine used to

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Switzerland reports increased numbers of tick-borne encephalitis, Lyme disease cases so far in 2018

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) reported recently on the tick-borne disease situation in the country (computer translated), and the data shows that case numbers of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and acute Lyme disease are up during the first half of the year, prompting health officials to talk to the

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Florida reports dramatic increase in Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year

On July 3, the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported on the following: The Florida Department of Agriculture has reported the following 14 confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) occurred in June, 2018. 14 cases in just one month. Image/markusspiske It has been a very heavy year for “Triple E”

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Maryland reports Vibriosis cases linked to Venezuelan crab meat

Maryland health officials released the following statement concerning Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections linked to imported crab meat from Venezuela: Maryland map/National Atlas of the United States “The Department is investigating a cluster of Vibrio infections in individuals who reported eating “fresh” (non-pasteurized) crab meat—from a plastic tub—with a label indicating that it

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Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) torment Nigeria

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has scaled up support to help the Nigerian government eliminate over 20 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that remain endemic in the country. The projects are meant to help the country achieve the goals set in its 2012 NTD roadmap which prioritized 3 diseases for control, 5 for elimination and 2

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