Ebola Virus Ecology Graphic

This graphic shows the life cycle of the ebolavirus. Bats are strongly implicated as both reservoirs and hosts for the ebolavirus. Of the five identified ebolavirus subtypes, four are capable of human-to-human transmission. Initial infections in humans result from contact with an infected bat or other wild animal. Strict isolation of infected patients is essential … Read more

Ebola death rates 70%, says WHO

The UN World Health Organization say that new figures suggest 70 percent of those infected with Ebola in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported. The WHO has warned that Ebola infections will treble to 20,000 by November if efforts to tackle the outbreak are not stepped up. In the worst case scenario, cases … Read more

Devote 100 hours a year for cleaning public places

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made an emotional appeal to all citizens to contribute for cleaning. The Prime Minister asked every citizen to devote 100 hours a year for cleaning public places. Prime Minister was addressing a gathering in Bangalore, organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to lead the cleanliness … Read more

NOTTO – Transparency assured in upcoming government organ transplantation network

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, has called for total, Information Technology-guided transparency in the interface between organ donor and recipient when the National Organ & Tissue Transplantation Organisation (NOTTO) becomes operational. After a visit to Safdarjung Hospital, where NOTTO is housed on two floors of the Pathology Building, the Minister said, “There will be … Read more

Tamil Nadu Ebola ‘suspect case’

The Ministry of Health, in coordination with the Ministries of Home Affairs (Immigration Department), External Affairs and Civil Aviation, is constantly tracking passengers arriving in India from the West African countries affected by Ebola. Mandatory self reporting is in place. Health officers posted in identified international airports all over India are screening passengers (originating / … Read more

Ebola prevention plan to fight Ebola spread

World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday officially declared the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) as the “most complex outbreak leading to public health emergency”. It has called for global health alert in all countries. As of August 4, WHO says 1,711 people have been infected, of whom 932 have died. The four countries … Read more

Autism and Related Disorders in India

Data on Autism, which is a neuro-developmental disorder, is not maintained on a centralized basis in India. There are no large scale studies on population prevalence of autism in India. Therefore, it is not possible to estimate the number of individuals affected by autism in India. However, the numbers of cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder … Read more

Task Force to manage use of antibiotics in India

Comparative data regarding antibiotic consumption in India and other countries is not maintained.  There has been a growing public health concern regarding antimicrobial resistance in pathogens on account of increased availability and use of antibiotics across the country meant for human, animal and industrial consumption. The Government, therefore, constituted a Task Force to recommend measures … Read more

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