Dengue cases in Odisha rise to 2,076

Bhubaneswar : The number of dengue cases in Odisha rose to 2,076 with the state health department Tuesday confirming 120 new cases since Sunday.

"The number of dengue cases increased to 2,076. About 120 of them reported in last two days" a state health department official told IANS.

"The worst hit Jajpur district reported nearly 30 new cases, taking the total in the district since July to 762," the official said.

"The number of people who have died of the mosquito-borne disease however remained at four, as no new death has been reported from any part of the state.

Ebola cases can exceed 20,000 in five-six weeks: Experts

Geneva : Cases of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) could exceed 20,000 within five to six weeks if measures to control the epidemic are not immediately strengthened, leading experts said in an article published Tuesday.

Liberia, Guinea Conakry and Sierra Leone were, in order of severity, the countries where the Ebola virus is most intensely circulating, according to the article in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Ebola toll hits 2,800: WHO

Geneva : The deadliest Ebola virus disease epidemic in history has claimed 2,800 lives in West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Monday.

A total of 5,800 people were infected with the Ebola virus in the hardest-hit countries -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the UN health agency said.

The WHO said that the response measures for the outbreak would cost at least $1 billion.

Parental opposition defeating anti-polio efforts in Pakistan

Islamabad : A lot of Pakistani parents' reluctance to administer oral polio vaccine (OPV) to their children is plaguing the anti-polio endeavour in the country, a media report here said Monday citing official statistics.

According to official data, 149 of the total 166 polio-affected children recorded this year so far are of those who have not received polio drops and it is because of parents' refusal to get OPV administered to their children, Dawn news reported Monday.

Haj pilgrims tested for Ebola at Jeddah airport

Jeddah Haj pilgrims arriving at Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) are being screened, tested and given preventive medication against the Ebola virus, media reported Monday.

Fahd Al-Ghazwi, supervisor of the preventive centre at the airport, said a medical team wearing protective clothing “examines pilgrims who have flown in for Haj, especially pilgrims coming from West Africa”, the Arab News reported.

Passengers are required to fill out medical forms and are administered medication as soon as they disembark from their flights.

Eight members of Ebola fact-finding mission killed in Guinea

Dakar: Eight members of a government team were killed with machetes and knives by residents of a village in a remote area of Guinea where they had gone to gather data about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease, African media outlets said.

The reports Friday said the incident occurred Wednesday in the town of Wome in the rainforest region of the West African country, where the Ebola outbreak emerged last March and then spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, the two countries most seriously affected.

Dengue cases in Delhi, NCR rise to 55

New Delhi : The number of dengue cases in the national capital and its adjoining areas has climbed to 55, civic officials said Thursday.

According to figures from the municipal corporations, 48 cases of dengue have been reported from the capital.

The remaining seven cases are from the adjoining areas in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana as of Sep 13. Similarly, 41 cases of malaria have been recorded in the national capital this year.

NHRC notice to health ministry over HIV drug shortage

New Delhi:The NHRC has issued a notice to the health ministry following a report that HIV patients were suffering due to shortage of medicines at government centres, a statement said Thursday.

Taking suo motu cognizance of the report, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent a notice to the secretary of the health ministry, calling for a government response within two weeks.

The commission has also asked the ministry secretary to submit a separate report on the measures proposed for preventing such shortages in the future.

World Bank warns Ebola's economic impact in West Africa

Washington: The Ebola virus that has become rampant in West Africa will enormously hurt fragile economic growth of the three hard-hit nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone if it goes unchecked, the World Bank warned Wednesday.

The bank said this year, the economic growth rate for Guinea will fall to 2.4 percent from 4.5 percent, Sierra Leone to 8 percent from 11.3 percent and for Liberia to 2.5 percent from 5.9 percent, Xinhua reported.

34 kids died of contaminated measles vaccines: Syrian rebels

Damascus: At least 34 children have died in rebel-held Syria after being injected with contaminated measles vaccines, the rebels have claimed.

They also warned that the deaths might be caused by saboteurs linked to the Bashar Al- Assad regime, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

The death toll was expected to rise, with many children from eight towns in Idlib province, north-west Syria, being in intensive care till Tuesday night.