Transforming the Global Economy or Parachuting Cats into Borneo?
Credit: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)By Lawrence SurendraBANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 24 2020 (IPS) The COVID 19 Pandemic continues relentlessly. Deaths approaching a million globally, 22 million infected and growing. Brazil, India, the US and Russia accounting for almost 50% of the total cases in the world. Medically the promise of a vaccine is given as signs of hope; what surprises awaits us when such a vaccine is available, would be another story. Economically, to address the uncertainty and the grim future ahead, the UN, some governments and even Joe Biden the US Presidential hopeful, are waving ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lawrence Surendra Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Nigeria: A Tale of Two Diseases - Covid-19 and Lassa Fever in Nigeria
[Nigeria Health Watch] Two hundred and nineteen (219) - That is the number of lives lost to Lassa fever between January and June 2020, according to the latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Nigeria has been experiencing a yearly outbreak of the viral haemorrhagic fever since it was first identified in Borno state in 1969. However, the 2020 outbreak happened to be the largest with 1040 confirmed cases across 27 states, with Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 21%. In 2019, the country recorded 810 confirmed case (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 31, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

'I'm cautiously optimistic': Imperial's Robin Shattock on his coronavirus vaccine
Team is using new approach that could be cheap and scalable and become the norm within five yearsProf Robin Shattock would have liked slightly longer to develop the revolutionary approach to vaccines that he is pretty sure will not only save lives in the Covid-19 pandemic but become the norm for vaccine development within five years.His team at Imperial College were working on Ebola and Lassa fever vaccines using new technology but had not got as far as human trials when a novel coronavirus started to kill thousands of people in Wuhan, China.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus outbreak Medical research Health Science Society Source Type: news

Nigeria: What to Know About COVID-19 Strains in Nigeria - Molecular Biologist
[Premium Times] During the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak, Professor Christian Happi and colleagues used advanced genomics and deep sequencing technology to rapidly develop a new rapid five minutes diagnostics tests against Ebola Virus disease, within four months of the outbreak. The WHO and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have since approved this diagnosis. He and his team have also worked to develop a novel five minutes rapid diagnosis test for Lassa fever. In addition to these major breakthroughs, Mr Happi discover (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 27, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Data scientists invent new tools to analyze the spread, evolution of novel coronavirus
(Scripps Research Institute) Scripps Research is collaborating with Johns Hopkins University and UCLA to develop better statistical models and visualization software for COVID-19. The project has won a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, with operations based out of the Scripps Research-led Center for Viral Systems Biology. The funding supplements an initial $15 million NIH grant that enabled Andersen to launch the center in 2018, with the goal of helping eradicate infectious diseases such as Ebola and Lassa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 11, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Lassa Fever: Annual Epidemiological Report for 2018; Surveillance Report
Source: European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Published: 4/30/2020. This two-page document reports that no cases of Lassa fever or other viral hemorrhagic fevers caused by arenaviruses for were reported in the European Union/European Economic Area for 2018. The report is based on data for 2018 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on September 10, 2019. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Declares Lassa Fever Emergency Phase Over
[Premium Times] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, on Tuesday, declared the emergency phase of the Lassa fever outbreak in the country over. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: 19 Die of Lassa Fever in Bauchi
[Premium Times] The Bauchi State Government says 19 people have lost their lives to Lassa fever in the state since January. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Killing More Than COVID-19
[Daily Trust] In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lassa fever has killed at least 188 Nigerians this year, with experts saying the disease has wreaked havoc since its discovery in the country 51 years ago. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Kills 188
[Premium Times] The ongoing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has claimed 188 lives since the beginning of the year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Diverse Voices Should Be Represented in Coronavirus Experts on TV
By Esther NgumbiILLINOIS, United States, Apr 6 2020 (IPS) During a crisis, such as the novel coronavirus, whose impact changes with every passing minute, the urge to listen to and watch the news, and get firsthand insights and real time updates can be constant. Indeed, millions of Americans are frequently checking the news. I know I am. What I’ve noticed on three of the major TV stations I’ve watched across the day is the absence of diversity in the experts commenting on the pandemic. This is inexcusable. The United States is made up of people of many different races and ethnicities, many of whom are profession...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Esther Ngumbi Tags: Headlines Health North America TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever's Death Toll Reaches 185
[Premium Times] The death toll from the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has risen to 185, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Neglected Diseases Kill More People than COVID-19 – It’s Time to Address Them
Credit: UNBy Ifeanyi Nsofor and Adaeze OrehABUJA, Mar 30 2020 (IPS) As COVID-19 surges globally and leaves fear and panic in its wake, global efforts are underway to find a cure. Yet, the same level of response is lacking for several other infectious diseases that kill millions annually. These kinds of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a broad group of communicable diseases which affect more than two billion people and cost developing economies billions of dollars every year. Lassa Fever is an example and is endemic in Nigeria and other West African countries such as Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor and Adaeze Oreh Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Source Type: news

Nigeria: Country Records 176 Deaths From Lassa Fever Outbreak
[This Day] Amidst the burden from COVID-19, Nigeria has recorded three new deaths from Lassa fever, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 176 since the outbreak in January. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 27, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

We ’re Moving Fast to Help Health Workers Worldwide Combat COVID-19
By Polly Dunford, President and Chief Executive OfficerMarch 26, 2020Today, asCOVID-19 continues to invade our thoughts and lives, my mind is on frontline health workers.They don’t have the option to work from home, as many of us are doing today. They’re on the front lines as I write this—in hospitals, clinics, and triage centers around the world—putting themselves at risk to stop this pandemic. Now, more than ever,health workers need our support.Last week, as I began my new job as president& CEO at IntraHealth International, I saw that our country and global teams had mobilized immediately to...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Digital Health Health Workers Source Type: news

Lessons from Nigeria in Responding to Coronavirus
By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Mar 20 2020 (IPS) Coronavirus is now a pandemic and the World Health Organization considers Europe as its new epicenter. Italy, Spain and France are on lockdown and several nations are banning travelers from countries where cases are on the rise. But it’s a problem beyond Europe too, and governments in 61 countries have closed schools to slow the spread of the virus. In the U.S., President Trump recently declared a national emergency after the virus had spread to nearly every U.S. state, and he urged state governments to set up emergency operation c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Africa Headlines Health Coronavirus Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Kills 161 As New COVID-19 Cases Rise
[Premium Times] Few minutes after Nigeria announced five new confirmed cases of Covid-19, the weekly Lassa fever situation report from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control showed that 161 people had died from the ongoing outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever - Death Toll Reaches 144
[Premium Times] Few minutes after the Covid-19 disease was classified as a pandemic, Nigeria reported that the death toll from the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country rose to 144. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 12, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Don ’t Blame China. The Next Pandemic Could Come from Anywhere
The northern side of Chatuchak Weekend Market feels a bit like Noah has hit hard times and decided to offload the entire contents of his Ark. In wooden cages, bright-plumed fighting cocks squawk and peck. Around the corner are snakes in plastic takeout containers, prices scrawled on them in sharpie. Hairless squirrel kits snooze in a pile as a meerkat and giant iguana gaze on. A pygmy monkey leaps about with a furious scowl, perhaps indignant at the 30,000 baht ($950) price tag fixed to his enclosure. Across the narrow alleyway, a lynx prowls restlessly within its cage. “He’s 250,000 baht [$7,900],” says ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell / Bangkok Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk overnight Source Type: news

Nigeria: COVID-19 - FCTA Takes Open Defecation Campaign to Rural Areas
[Daily Trust] The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Lassa fever has necessitated the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to mobilise its staff to rural areas in Gwagwalada Area Council to sensitise residents about the effects of open defecation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 9, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria Battles Lassa Fever As Coronavirus Spreads Globally
[Premium Times] The last 13 weeks have seen the world combating the Covid-19 (coronavirus) plague which has now been reported in every continent except Antarctica. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 9, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Death Toll Rises to 132 As Epidemic Kills More
[This Day] At least 11 more deaths have been recorded in the current outbreak of Lassa fever in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said in its weekly situation update. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Amid COVID-19 Fears, Lassa Fever Still Threatens Nimba County
[Observer] Amid the growing concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) raging across the world, Liberia continues to grapple with Lassa fever outbreak in Nimba County, Liberia's second-most populous county. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: NEC Receives Updates On Nigeria's Handling of Coronavirus, Lassa Fever
[Premium Times] The members of the National Economic Council, NEC, comprising the 36 governors and some ministers, were on Thursday briefed on the rising Covid-19 (coronavirus) epidemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: 72% of Lassa Fever Cases Found in Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi - NEC
[Daily Trust] The National Economic Council (NEC) has said that 72 percent of Lassa fever cases were discovered in Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi states. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Disease Centre Says 118 People Killed By Lassa Fever in 2020
[Daily Trust] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that at least 118 people have been killed by the outbreak of Lassa fever in just eight weeks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Death Toll From Lassa Fever Hits 118 - Report
[Premium Times] The deaths recorded from the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has reached 118, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 27, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever and Other Plagues - When We Eat Our Way to Death
[Vanguard] Of serious health concern lately has been the ravaging scourge and spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria. Lassa fever has been a major health challenge in West Africa and its spread has created panic even as concerned private and public health institutions battle hard to curtail it every year when it raises its ugly head. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 27, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Coronavirus, Lassa Fever - House Seeks Procurement Power for Ministry of Health
[This Day] Abuja -Worried about the shortage of protective equipment at the Ministry of Health to contain threats of coronavirus and Lassa fever, the House of Representatives has urged the federal government to restore the procurement powers of the ministry with immediate effect. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 27, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Coronavirus, Ebola, Lassa Fevers Caused By Corruption, Magu Insists
[Premium Times] The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has insisted that the raging Corona virus is caused by corruption. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 27, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Den-L Distributes Medical Equipment
[New Dawn] The Development Education Network-Liberia (DEN-L) has embarked on the distribution of medical equipment to health facilities in Gbarnga, Bong County amid the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 26, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever - How We're Eliminating Rodents in Shops - Lagos Market Leader
[Vanguard] Traders at Binukonu Ultra Modern Market, Ojota, on Tuesday, say regular sanitation in the market has helped in eliminating all types of rodents from the market. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 26, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: NCDC Scales Up Lassa Fever Response in Nigeria
[Vanguard] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has worked out modalities in response to the Lassa fever outbreaks across the country to strengthen rapid containment of the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 24, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Claims Over 100
[CAJ News] Abuja -An outbreak of Lassa fever, caused by rats, has killed more than 100 people in Nigeria since the beginning of the year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 24, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: How Kano Contained Its Current Lassa Fever Outbreak
[Nigeria Health Watch] It was the last day of 2019. Everyone, including health workers at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), the largest healthcare facility in Kano State, looked forward to the New Year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: No Lassa Fever in Niger, Govt Declares
[Vanguard] Niger State Government, yesterday dismissed insinuation of outbreak of Lasa Fever in the state, insisting that there was no case of Lassa Fever recorded in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria Gets EU's N32m Aid to Tackle Lassa Fever
[Vanguard] The European Union on Thursday announced a donation of 80,000 Euros (N32 million), in humanitarian aid to assist families affected by Lassa fever in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: EU Supports Nigeria With N32 Million to Fight Lassa Fever
[Premium Times] The European Union has pledged to assist Nigeria with N32 million humanitarian aid to curb the spread of Lassa fever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: EU Announces N32m Humanitarian Aid to Fight Lassa Fever Outbreak
[This Day] The European Union (EU), has announced the allocation of ?80,000 (N32 million) in humanitarian funding to assist in the fight to eradicate Lassa fever in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria Requires $2bn to Develop Coronavirus Drugs - Pharmacist
[Daily Trust] Abeokuta -A Professor of Pharmaceutical Science, Peace Chinedum Babalola, says Nigeria requires about $2 billion to detect, diagnose and develop drugs to fight Coronavirus, Ebola, Lassa fever and other epidemics in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 20, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever - How Infected Student Arrived Lagos
[Daily Trust] Lagos -The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in the state, assuring residents that the infected person has been isolated, as "everything is under control." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 20, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: 63 People Under Surveillance for Lassa Fever - Abayomi
[Vanguard] Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health has said that the state has put out a report confirming 63 persons under surveillance following the discovery of the case of Lassa fever in Lagos State. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 20, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Death Toll from Lassa Fever Rises to 103
[Premium Times] Since the onset of the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria, no fewer than 103 people have lost their lives to the disease, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 20, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Lassa Fever – Nigeria
From 1 January through 9 February 2020, 472 laboratory confirmed cases including 70 deaths (case fatality ratio= 14.8%) have been reported in 26 out of 36 Nigerian states and the Federal Capital Territory. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lagos Records One Case of Lassa Fever
[Premium Times] Lagos State on Tuesday recorded one case of Lassa fever, the state's commissioner of health, Akin Abayomi, has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: NCDC Confirms 70 Deaths From Lassa Fever
[Vanguard] A total of 70 people died from 472 confirmed cases of Lassa Fever out of 1,708 suspected cases in 92 Local Government Areas of 26 States of the Federation within the first six weeks of 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever - LUTH Confirms Case
[Vanguard] The Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, has confirmed a case of Lassa Fever in the hospital even as it explained that the patient was responding to treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Spreads to Lagos
[Vanguard] Lagos has recorded a case of Lassa fever currently raging in 19 other states in the country. Announcing the development on Wednesday morning, the State (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever - Why There's a Call to Declare a Health Emergency in Nigeria
[The Conversation Africa] The Nigerian Academy of Science has called for the current outbreak of Lassa fever in Africa's most populous nation to be declared a national health emergency because of its severity. Adejuwon Soyinka asked Dr Doyin Odubanjo to unpack the background. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Eat More Insects to Tackle Lassa Fever, Others, Don Tells Nigerians
[Daily Trust] Abeokuta -An entomologist, Professor Olusegun Lawal has advocated regular eating of insects among Nigerians as a better alternative source of protein to boost body immune system against infectious diseases such as Coronavirus, Lassa fever among others. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news