Africa: Health Practitioners From 5 African Countries Meet in Monrovia
[New Dawn] Over ninety health practitioners from five African countries are currently in Monrovia, participating in a week-long intensive and interactive brainstorming symposium of the World Health Organization (WHO's) health emergencies country readiness strengthening workshop on infection prevention and control guidelines for Ebola and Marburg disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Africa Health and Medicine Liberia West Africa Source Type: news

Deforestation, Encroachment Threaten West Africa ’s One Health Plans
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary – a conservation center dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and protecting Sierra Leone’s national chimpanzee. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulFREETOWN, Nov 3 2023 (IPS) Thirty-three years ago, Bala Amerasekaran – a Sri Lankan by birth – visited Freetown, Sierra Leone. Since then, the West African nation has been his home, where Amerasekaran has dedicated his life to conserving the chimpanzee – Sierra Leone’s national animal. In 1995, with support from the national government, he founded Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary – the country’s first conservation center that rescue...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 3, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Africa Biodiversity Conservation COVID-19 Environment Featured Headlines Health Sustainable Development Goals TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau IPS UN Bureau Report Sierra Leone Source Type: news

ChatGPT may help educate interventional radiology patients
ChatGPT is a relatively safe and accurate tool for patient education in interventional radiology, according to a study published October 23 in CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology. A team at Philipps University of Marburg in Germany explored the use of GPT-3 and GPT-4 for in-depth patient education prior to interventional radiology procedures and found both versions of the model highly accurate.“The feasibility and accuracy of these models suggest their promising role in revolutionizing patient care. Still, users need to be aware of possible limitations,” wrote first author Michael Scheschenja, MD, and colleague...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 26, 2023 Category: Radiology Authors: Will Morton Tags: Imaging Informatics Artificial Intelligence Source Type: news

The Fight Over AIDS-Relief Program PEPFAR Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences
Congress narrowly avoided—at least for now—a federal shutdown thanks to a stopgap funding bill approved on Sept. 30. But throughout the whirlwind of activity on Capitol Hill to keep the government running, the deadline passed to reauthorize a vital global health program that’s been credited over the last two decades with saving more than 25 million lives across some 50 countries. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The long-term prospects for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)—launched in 2003 by President George W. Bush and reauthorized with broad bipartisan ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 6, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mathias Hammer Tags: Uncategorized Congress Source Type: news

Tanzania: Govt Recognises WHO Support in Curbing Marburg Virus
[Daily News] THE Tanzanian government has appreciated the World Health Organisation (WHO) for showing deliberate cooperation to the country which led to timely curbing of the Marburg Virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 31, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: East Africa External Relations Health and Medicine International Organizations and Africa Tanzania Source Type: news

Is a ‘polyepidemic’ humanity’s next big threat? Childhood vaccine crusader shares concerns for future
By the start of 2011, the year epidemiologist Seth Berkley became CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the ambitious nonprofit had over its 11-year history supported the immunization of 288 million children in poor countries. But it also had a $3.7 billion funding gap between its plans and donor financial pledges. Making matters worse, an internal battle raged about how much it should invest in strengthening health systems versus more technological solutions, such as new or improved vaccines, favored by its main funder, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “It was a crisis,” Berkley says. Berkley plans to step ...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 20, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

Rare link between coronavirus vaccines and Long Covid –like illness starts to gain acceptance
COVID-19 vaccines have saved millions of lives, and the world is gearing up for a new round of boosters. But like all vaccines, those targeting the coronavirus can cause side effects in some people, including rare cases of abnormal blood clotting and heart inflammation. Another apparent complication, a debilitating suite of symptoms that resembles Long Covid, has been more elusive, its link to vaccination unclear and its diagnostic features ill-defined. But in recent months, what some call Long Vax has gained wider acceptance among doctors and scientists, and some are now working to better understand and treat its symptoms...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 3, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

Tanzania: Experts Conduct Ecological Study On Marburg Virus Disease
[Daily News] Bukoba -- A SECTORAL team comprising experts from different ministries are conducting ecological study on the originality of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD), which has claimed lives of six Tanzanians. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 19, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: East Africa Health and Medicine Tanzania Source Type: news

Africa: Govt Declares the End of Marburg Virus Disease
[Africa CDC] Addis Ababa/ Bata -- Today, Equatorial Guinea announced the end of the outbreak of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) which was confirmed on 13 February 2023 in the north-western part of the country in the province of Kie Ntem. This was the first Marburg epidemic in the country with a total of One confirmed case, nine deaths and 16 suspected cases reported from two communities in the province. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 11, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Africa Central Africa Equatorial Guinea Health and Medicine Source Type: news

Outbreak of deadly Marburg virus ends in Equatorial Guinea: WHO
The outbreak of Marburg virus infection in Equatorial Guinea has ended, the World Health Organization's regional office for Africa said on Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 8, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: Minister Mwalimu Tasks Research Institutions to Study Marburg Virus
[Daily News] Bukoba -- MINISTER for Health, Ms Ummy Mwalimu has tasked research institutions in the country, including the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) to assist in finding a scientific solution on the originality of the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) that claimed lives of six Tanzanians. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 5, 2023 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: African Scientists Are Working to Pool Data That Decodes Diseases - a Giant Step
[The Conversation Africa] Infectious disease outbreaks in African countries are, unfortunately, all too common. Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Uganda; Marburg virus in Guinea or Equatorial Guinea; cholera in Malawi; malaria and tuberculosis are among them. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 11, 2023 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New Outbreaks of Marburg Virus Disease: What to Know New Outbreaks of Marburg Virus Disease: What to Know
Since the first discovery of Marburg virus, there have been at least 14 Marburg virus disease outbreaks worldwide, with nearly 600 cases and case fatality rates of 23%-90%.MDedge (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - May 10, 2023 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Pediatrics Commentary Source Type: news

Tanzania: Marburg Death Toll in Tanzania Rises to Six After Baby Dies
[New Times] Tanzanian health authorities say that an 18-month-old child died of Marburg virus disease in the northwestern region of Kagera, Xinhua reports. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 3, 2023 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malawi: Health Authorities Fear Marburg Virus Disease Presence in the North
[Nyasa Times] Health authorities say there is another suspected case of the Marburg virus disease at Songwe border in Karonga. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 13, 2023 Category: African Health Source Type: news