Health


China fortifies virus defences as deaths hit 56 China fortifies virus defences as deaths hit 56
- January 26, 2020

In 2003 the Xiaotangshan Hospital was built in barely a week to cater to patients suffering from SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed 349 people in mainland China and 299 in Hong Kong in 2002-2003. The rapid increase in reported deaths and illnesses does not necessarily mean the crisis is getting worse. It would save the government "a lot of hard work" tracking flights and movements in and out of Wuhan if they allowed people to self-report. (more...)
China coronavirus: United Kingdom tests come back negative China coronavirus: United Kingdom tests come back negative
- January 26, 2020

Also on Saturday, Hong Kong ordered all kindergartens, primary, and secondary schools to close until February 17 as part of an expanded New Year holiday. As of Friday, 18 people between the ages of 3 and 58 had been tested for the virus in California, according to the state Department of Public Health. (more...)
'Presumptive positive' coronavirus case detected in Toronto 'Presumptive positive' coronavirus case detected in Toronto
- January 26, 2020

China's National Health Commission reported Saturday that the death toll from the new coronavirus had climbed to 41, with the number of people infected rising to 1,287. At the time, Public Health Ontario didn't exist and officials didn't even know what strain of flu they were dealing with, she said. De Villa stressed the importance of practising good hygiene to prevent transmission of viruses. (more...)
S. Korea on high alert to prevent spread of Wuhan coronavirus S. Korea on high alert to prevent spread of Wuhan coronavirus
- January 25, 2020

Schools that are now on Lunar New Year holidays will remain closed until February 17 and education authorities have asked universities to extend leave for students. And the United States reported its second case, a Chicago woman in her 60s who was hospitalized in isolation after returning from China . Earlier, the charity SOS Medecins said it had treated a 48-year-old patient of Chinese origin who was showing symptoms of a fever and who said he had been in contact with people from Wuhan. (more...)
41 dead from China coronavirus, 1300 cases
- January 25, 2020

The total number of confirmed cases in China now stands at 1,287, the National Health Commission said in a statement on Saturday. "This is the first confirmed case ". "We will intensify our level of preparedness, we are on high alert", said Dr Dzulkefly, adding that the Finance Ministry has also pledged additional funds in the event of an outbreak . (more...)
Coronavirus death toll rises to 41 in China, more than 1200 sickened Coronavirus death toll rises to 41 in China, more than 1200 sickened
- January 25, 2020

In France , Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said that both infected patients had traveled in China and that France should brace for more such cases. "We are able to detect very early stages (of the virus) even if there is no increase in their temperature but there is evidence they suffer from this virus", he said. (more...)
Coronavirus symptoms: Where does coronavirus come from? Is it deadly? Coronavirus symptoms: Where does coronavirus come from? Is it deadly?
- January 25, 2020

Tests were then sent to the CDC in Atlanta and were confirmed to be positive on Monday. "If Wuhan is taking such drastic measures, we must assume widespread community transmission in this central China megacity & transport hub", Lawrence Gostin, a public health expert at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, wrote in a tweet. (more...)
New virus mutes Lunar New Year mood in Asia New virus mutes Lunar New Year mood in Asia
- January 25, 2020

A third person, who is a close relative of one of the other two, has also been confirmed to have the virus . NSW Health said while there are no confirmed cases in the state, four are now under investigation. China also reported today that a relatively healthy young man was killed by the virus. The Public Health Agency of Canada says the new coronavirus poses a low risk to the general public. (more...)
Mass. health officials announce season’s first pediatric flu death Mass. health officials announce season’s first pediatric flu death
- January 25, 2020

So far this season, DPH said up to 3,000 MA residents have been hospitalized with the flu , with an estimated 15,000-20,000 visits to the emergency room also linked to the illness. "The number of deaths and cases being reported are a sign that influenza is not easing up", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer. (more...)
Why you might catch the flu twice this season Why you might catch the flu twice this season
- January 25, 2020

Twenty-four flu-related deaths had been confirmed at this time a year ago, health officials said. Officials say it is important to see a doctor especially if a person in your household has a low immune system. The results also suggested that a single dose of the oral vaccine tablet is enough to provide immunity against H1 influenza infection. In fact, 28 of the 39 children who've died this year - including Lacie Rian Fisher - are known to have contracted the B strain. (more...)
Alliant Energy: Earns top marks in 2020 Corporate Equality Index Alliant Energy: Earns top marks in 2020 Corporate Equality Index
- January 25, 2020

Airbnb is proud to receive the designation this year, joining more than 680 major US businesses. "Palo Alto Networks is honored to receive 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2020 Corporate Equality Index ", said Liane Hornsey, EVP and chief people officer at Palo Alto Networks. (more...)
Mass coronavirus quarantines seen in China won't happen in Canada: authorities Mass coronavirus quarantines seen in China won't happen in Canada: authorities
- January 25, 2020

Toronto's medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, urged people to consult credible information sources on the outbreak. While the risk of the new coronavirus remains low for our region, Lee says the potential is always there and Barrie isn't immune to these global outbreaks. (more...)
France confirms first European coronavirus cases
- January 25, 2020

Buzyn said this patient was 48 years old and had returned two days ago from a trip to China which included a stop in Wuhan. The minister said that person also travelled to China but that she had little other information about that case because it was only confirmed just minutes before she spoke at a hastily called evening news conference. (more...)
Steep rise in cervical cancer as ‘Jade Goody’ effect fades Steep rise in cervical cancer as ‘Jade Goody’ effect fades
- January 25, 2020

It said around 400 cases a year are in women aged 25 to 29. Among this group, rates rose from 12 cases per 100,000 women in 2004 - 6 to 18.5 cases per 100,000 in 2015/17 - a 54 per cent increase. This helps identify those with the highest risk of developing cervical cancer so they can get the right care. Gem Sofianos, a 32-year-old from London, was diagnosed with the disease in 2015 when she was 28. (more...)
Cuomo says state officials probing potential cases of coronavirus Cuomo says state officials probing potential cases of coronavirus
- January 24, 2020

The person is in stable condition and doing well, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during a news conference organized by the CDC. Some scientific details were also released, with the World Health Organization saying 25% of reported cases were developing severe symptoms. The infection was confirmed in a man in his 40s who lives in Wuhan - the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak - and travelled to Japan , the health ministry said in a ... (more...)
China rushes to build new hospital for virus within 10 days China rushes to build new hospital for virus within 10 days
- January 24, 2020

But there are checks ongoing on other people, according to Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty. Although all coronavirus-related deaths were previously those of elderly people, authorities confirmed on Thursday the death of a 36-year-old male. (more...)
Hyderabad airport screens 250 passengers in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak Hyderabad airport screens 250 passengers in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak
- January 24, 2020

In a health update issued Wednesday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said that health care providers are being asked to contact DHSS or their local public health agency immediately if they find any patients who meet the criteria for evaluation of the virus. (more...)
43 people identified as close contacts of coronavirus patient 43 people identified as close contacts of coronavirus patient
- January 24, 2020

Meanwhile, one man was treated in Belfast for symptoms associated with coronavirus . Some 26 people have died, including the first two deaths outside Hubei. The UK is monitoring direct flights arriving from China as a precaution. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was keen to stress that the decision was not final, while urging countries to take steps to limit the virus' spread. (more...)
Researchers uncover two-drug combo that halts the growth of cancer cells Researchers uncover two-drug combo that halts the growth of cancer cells
- January 24, 2020

While this type of treatment was initially used in patients with an advanced form of leukaemia, a new breakthrough meant that T-cell therapy could be used for many other types of cancer. Experiments are now underway to determine exactly how the new TCR distinguishes between healthy cells and cancerous cells, the news release said. Tests on mice found cutting the intake of asparagine in the diet reduced the ability of cancer to spread. (more...)
9 people screened for deadly coronavirus at Boston’s Logan International Airport 9 people screened for deadly coronavirus at Boston’s Logan International Airport
- January 24, 2020

PHE's announcement that 14 people in the United Kingdom had been tested came on Thursday night, but they did not give details of where the cases were. The virus has already spread to other Chinese cities, while overseas, Thailand has confirmed four cases, South Korea and Japan have two cases each while the United States, Singapore and Taiwan have each reported one. (more...)

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