Sudan: Smallpox Breaks Out in Eastern Chad Refugee Camp

[Radio Dabanga]Farchana -Cases of smallpox are increasing in the Farchana refugee camp in eastern Chad. The camp is short of medicines. Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Abu Bakar Ahmed Abdallah, the deputy head of the Farchana camp, reported that the first cases of smallpox appeared two weeks ago.
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The smallpox vaccine has eradicated the potentially deadly disease. Anyone who has received this vaccination may notice that it left a scar. Learn more in this article.
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New England Journal of Medicine,Volume 381, Issue 20, Page 1897-1908, November 2019.
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AbstractThe first written record of intervention against what later came to be known as an infectious disease was in the early seventeenth century by a Buddhist nun. She dried 3 to 4 wk old scabs from patients with mild smallpox and asked well people to inhale the powder. More than a century later in 1796, Edward Jenner described vaccination against smallpox by using cowpox that later was found to be caused by cowpox virus which is non-pathogenic for humans. Another century later in 1890, Robert Koch published the Koch ’s Postulates allowing the study of pathogenic bacteria and subsequently the study of agents to fig...
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If you take blood pressure medication (and a lot of people do, or should)a new study find that taking them at night instead of morning cuts your risk of cardiac events in half, including death. Normally we like to provide information on absolute rather than relative risk, so here it is:Commenting on the findings, Tim Chico, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield, UK, said, “The results are impressive. From the 19 084 people who took part and were randomised to taking their tablets at either bedtime or morning, just over 9% suffered a heart problem over the 6.4 years of the study. O...
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Source: European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Published: 11/2019. This two-page report on smallpox is based on data for 2018 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on September 10, 2019. Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980. There were no reports of confirmed or possible smallpox in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) or other countries for 2018. (PDF)
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The 26-year-old was injecting a mouse with the vaccina virus (VACV) when the needle pricked her finger. It swelled and turned black, but after getting treatment, she recovered. The CDC was contacted.WebMD Health News
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Investigators say the worker had been briefed on the risks of working with the virus and was offered a vaccine to prevent it, but she declined to get it.
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Co-administration of tecovirimat and ACAM2000™ in non-human primates: Effect of tecovirimat treatment on ACAM2000 immunogenicity and efficacy versus lethal monkeypox virus challenge. Vaccine. 2019 Oct 30;: Authors: Russo AT, Berhanu A, Bigger CB, Prigge J, Silvera PM, Grosenbach DW, Hruby D Abstract Naturally occurring smallpox has been eradicated but research stocks of variola virus (VARV), the causative agent of smallpox, still exist in secure laboratories. Clandestine stores of the virus or resurrection of VARV via synthetic biology are possible and have led to concerns that VARV could be use...
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The 26-year-old, from San Diego, had unintentionally prodded herself with a needle while injecting mice with vaccinia virus as part of the experiment. A puss-filled blister developed within days.
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A Pakistani child receives a dose of the oral polio vaccine (OPV). Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Oct 25 2019 (IPS) In a “historic achievement for humanity”, two of three wild poliovirus strains have been eliminated worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday, following the conclusion by a group of experts that WPV3, type three of the disease, has been eradicated completely. The deadly viral disease is “very close” to disappearing altogether, with the number of affected children having dropped by 99 per cent since 1988, the UN Children...
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