Dark shadow of Ebola now a global threat: Trinidad PM

By Paras Ramoutar,

Port-of-Spain : The dark shadow of the Ebola has now become "a real and imminent global threat", Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said.

In a message marking Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, the Indian-origin Prime Minister of this Caribbean nation said that her government was well prepared to deal with the Ebola virus.

Second MERS case reported in Qatar

Doha : A 43-year-old man in Qatar has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the second confirmed case of the deadly virus in 10 days, media reported Thursday.

The patient had fever for a few days and was shifted to the emergency department of the Hamad General Hospital, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said Wednesday, The Peninsula reported.

He was diagnosed with pneumonia and subsequently confirmed MERS-COV case.

Last week, the SCH reported the first MERS case of this year, when a 71-year-old person was found infected with the virus.

Dengue cases rise to 225 in Delhi

New Delhi : The number of dengue cases in Delhi and its adjoining areas has risen to 225, authorities said Monday.

According to figures, 205 cases have been reported from the national capital till Oct 18.

"The remaining 20 cases have been reported from the adjoining areas -- Uttar Pradesh and Haryana," the authority said.

There has also been one death due to dengue in the national capital.

African Union seeks India's support on Ebola

By Hadra Ahmed ,

Addis Ababa:In a bid to fight the rapid spread of the Ebola virus disease, the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), a team formed for emergency response on Ebola that is under the African Union Commission (AUC) Social Affairs, has urged the Indian government to lend support with medical human resources.

Pakistan responsible for most polio cases: WHO

Islamabad:The World Health Organisation (WHO) has held Pakistan responsible for nearly 80 percent of polio cases reported globally.

"The situation is primarily due to a lack of access to children for vaccination, largely owing to a continuing ban on immunisation imposed by militants in the North and South Waziristan, and insecurity and killing of polio workers in the field," said a progress report released Thursday.

India holds high-level meeting on Ebola preparedness

New Delhi : India Thursday held a high-level meeting on the country's preparedness to handle the "emerging" global crisis on Ebola.

The meeting, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, was attended by chief secretaries and health secretaries of all states which have international airports and sea links.

The Ebola epidemic that broke out in west Africa last March has already caused 4,447 deaths and infected 8,914 people, especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Saudi health ministry begins project to study flu during Haj, Umrah seasons

Makkah : The Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Institute of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for Haj and Umrah Research, Umm Al-Qura University have jointly collaborated with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and the Australian National Center for Research on AIDS and epidemiological surveillance to initiate a research project for the prevention of infectious respiratory diseases during the Haj and Umrah seasons.

70 fall ill after eating 'prasad' in Tripura

Agartala : Around 70 people, including women and children, fell sick after eating 'prasad' - offering to deity - in Tripura, an official said Thursday.

At least 27 of them were hospitalised.

"About 70 people, including women and children, suffered stomach pain and disorders like loose motions after eating 'prasad' at a religious function at Udaipur (60 km from Agartala) Wednesday night," a health official said.

Washing hands can prevent disease, death: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi : The deaths of children due to preventable causes is "shameful" and simple measures like hand-washing which can prevent it should be promoted, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Wednesday.

"Hand-washing is likely to become the strongest possible public health movement. This prevents deaths in children," he said at an event to mark the Global Hand-washing Day here.

"It is a shame that we are not able to avoid deaths which are entirely preventable," he said.

Heathrow starts screening for Ebola, Sudanese patient dies

London/Berlin/Monrovia : London's Heathrow airport Tuesday began applying new precautionary measures to detect possible cases of Ebola virus disease in passengers arriving from West African countries even as a Sudanese national infected by the virus died in Germany.

A Heathrow spokesman told Efe news agency that the new measures went into effect Tuesday morning and were being applied by the staff of Public Health England (PHE), the authority under Britain's Public Health Service (PHS) that manages medical tests.