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DRC faced with largest outbreak of mpox on record; The latest health stories from around the world

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was experiencing its largest, most deadly outbreak of mpox ever, with more than 12,000 suspected cases so far this year and nearly 600 deaths, far surpassing those from the global outbreak of the same viral disease over the past …

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Genetic editing, the answer to bad cholesterol? The latest health stories from around the world

A technique for precisely rewriting the genetic code directly in the body has slashed “bad” cholesterol levels—possibly for life—in three people prone to dangerously high levels of the artery-clogging fat. The feat relied on a blood infusion of a so-called base editor, designed to disable a liver protein, PCSK9, that regulates cholesterol. https://www.science.org/content/article/base-editing-a-new-form-of-gene-therapy-sharply-lowers-bad-cholesterol?  “It is …

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Strain of flu eradicated during pandemic? The latest health stories from around the world

An influenza virus variant that circulated widely before the COVID-19 pandemic has disappeared, leading an expert group that advises the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend last week that it no longer be included in flu vaccines. https://www.science.org/content/article/news-glance-more-success-fusion-medical-tests-under-scrutiny-and-grizzly-reintroduction?  The strain, known as Yamagata, has not been detected since March 2020, and some scientists suspect it …

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New 2019 n-CoV cases dropping

The outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019 n-CoV) has sparked much controversy and panic. However, there may be some cause for optimism as the first consecutive decline in new 2019 n-CoV cases has been reported in recent days.  Between February 5th and February 7th, the number of new cases reported dropped day-by-day. 3,900 2019 n-CoV cases …

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Swine flu cases in Gujarat: Symptom of a national problem?

Gujarat recorded the second-highest number of swine flu cases in India in just under the first seven months of 2019, the Gujarat High Court has been informed.  Between January 1st and June 23rd, 4,772 cases were recorded resulting in 149 deaths. Only Rajasthan recorded more cases while Rajasthan and Maharashtra recorded more fatalities. At the …

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A spike in monsoon flu cases in Lucknow

Doctors in Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow are warning of a spike in cases of flu amidst the monsoon season.  Since the onset of rains, cases have jumped by 600 percent with multiple hospitals reporting increased visitors of individuals with flu in their outpatient departments. At the King George’s Medical University, between fifty and sixty …

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Future epidemics: The list goes on

India is no stranger to infectious diseases. Conditions such as malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis (TB) have long plagued the country. However, there are a myriad of conditions which have either not yet hit the Indian shores or are otherwise geographically isolated. Any number of these conditions could reach epidemic proportions if left to spread unchecked. …

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A swine flu lab inaugurated in Punjab

A swine flu lab has been inaugurated in Punjab as part of ongoing efforts to curb the disease in India. A relatively recent phenomenon, swine flu – officially known as H1N1 – came to prominence with a spate of global outbreaks which began in Mexico in 2009. In India, the disease has become an issue …

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Lessons from the dengue and H1N1 rise in Mumbai

The first quarter of 2019 saw an increased burden of dengue fever in Mumbai compared to last year, official figures show. Yet there may be other causes for concern when it comes to infectious diseases in the metro. India’s largest city and the state capital of Maharashtra reported 44 cases of dengue in the January-March …

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