Swine flu claims first victim in Odisha

Bhubaneswar : The dreaded swine flu Sunday claimed its first victim of this year in Odisha, with a 42-year-old man dying of the disease at a hospital in Cuttack, a doctor said.

Aditya Narayan Jena of Mukundaprasad in Khurdha district died due to the swine flu disease at the SCB Medical College and Hospital, the hospital's emergency officer Bhubananada Maharana said.

Rajasthan ex-CM Gehlot tests positive for swine flu

Jaipur : Former Rajasthan chief minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot Sunday said he is suffering from swine flu.

"I have tested positive for swine flu. However, I have started treatment on time and now there is improvement," Gehlot tweeted.

He criticised the Vasundhara Raje government for not launching awareness campaigns on swine flu.

"Why did the state government not launch awareness campaign on swine flu earlier? People are dying because of lack of information and awareness."

Fresh polio cases reported in Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan's National Institute of Health (NIH) detected three new polio cases, taking the number detected in 2015 to six, a media report said Saturday

The first cases of the new year were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Dawn online reported.

A health ministry official said that the new cases were reported from Nowshera, South Waziristan and Sindh.

"In all three cases, the patients were infected with the P1 virus, which can be transmitted directly from child to child," he said.

Andhra Pradesh reports two swine flu deaths, 24 cases

Hyderabad : Swine flu, which has so far claimed 25 lives in Telangana, is also spreading in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, as the state Wednesday reported two deaths and 24 positive cases.

This was revealed by Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas to reporters in Ongole, around 320 km from Hyderabad.

A pregnant woman in Anantapur district has tested positive for H1N1 influenza, while four suspected cases were also reported in Anantapur, Chittoor and Visakhapatnam districts.

Ebola virus toll nearly 8,800: WHO

Geneva : The number of people killed by the Ebola virus disease has reached 8,795, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

A total of 22,057 cases of the Ebola virus disease have been reported, WHO said in a statement Tuesday.

In line with statistics, the maximum number of Ebola-related deaths has been registered in Liberia. There have been a total of 3,686 cumulative deaths and 8,622 cumulative cases in the country. Liberia is followed by Sierra Leone (3,199 deaths and 10,518 cases) and Guinea (1,910 and 2,917, respectively).

Ignorance leads to TB spreading in Assam's tea gardens

By Azera Parveen Rahman,

Tezpur (Assam) : Tuberculosis (TB) has become a major problem in Assam's tea gardens, often leading to the death of workers. Experts say ignorance among workers and poor management response are to blame.

'Polio-free status for Gujarat an important milestone'

Gandhinagar: The achievement of a polio-free status by India, including Gujarat, was an important milestone in health indicators for the South-East Asia region, Ban Soon-taek wife of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday.

Ban Soon-taek congratulated the national, state and local governments for their strong will and painstaking efforts to drive out polio at a function to celebrate Gujarat's polio-free status.

Centre to fund new ayurveda research centre in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: The central government will extend financial support to set up a new ayurvedic clinical research centre in Kerala to help scientifically validate traditional systems of healing, a union minister said Sunday.

Shripad Yesso Naik, minister of state for AYUSH, said this as he announced the new National Programme of Ayurveda Inspired Research initiated by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) and the proposed ayurveda expo National Arogya 2015 at a function here.

Over 20,000 people contracted Ebola in 2014: WHO

Geneva: The number of people infected with the deadly Ebola virus reached 20,381 people by the end of 2014, and 7,989 of them died of the disease, according to figures released Friday by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The data includes confirmed, suspected and probable cases recorded in Guinea Conakry and Sierra Leone until Dec 31 and in Liberia until Dec 28.

The country most severely affected by the epidemic is Sierra Leone, where 9,633 infections and 2,827 deaths have been reported, followed by Liberia with 8,018 infections and 3,423 deaths.

Swine flu cases in Delhi now 38

New Delhi : Three fresh cases of swine flu were Wednesday reported in the national capital, taking the number this year to 38, a health official said.

"The afflicted include a 30-year-old man from Krishna Nagar, and two women aged 46 and 52 from Paschim Puri and New Delhi area, respectively," Charan Singh, an officer at the Delhi health department, told IANS.

According to the health department, the total number of swine flu cases in December has now risen to 12. On Tuesday, a report said two 33-year-old women and a five-year-old boy were also affected.