Govt to improve immunisation following mumps outbreak

Health Minister Joe Phaahla says they are looking at improving immunisation following the outbreak of mumps. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed the outbreak after a sharp increase in positive cases were recorded in three provinces. Most positive cases were found in children between the ages of four and[…]

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China locks down millions as COVID cases rise before winter

Officials in Chinese cities and provinces across the country are pulling no punches in stamping out sporadic COVID-19 outbreaks as winter nears, quickly closing venues and enforcing longer temporary lockdowns on millions of people. Cases in mainland China hit 2,898 on Sunday, topping 2,000 for a second straight day and pressuring the country’s controversial[…]

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Viral meningitis cases rises to 41

The Western Cape Health Department has  confirmed the viral meningitis cases in Mossel Bay has risen to 41. Patients have been hospitalised at a private facility since the outbreak in December. Mostly children under 12 are infected. They have all been treated in an isolated ward. The department’s Marika Champion says[…]

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WHO: 21 000 ebola cases by Nov

New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up. Since the first cases were reported six months ago, the tally of cases in West Africa has reached an estimated 5,800 illnesses. WHO[…]

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World lost ‘precious time’ in Ebola fight: EU

The European Union urged the international community Monday to make up for “precious time” lost in the response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa, calling for more contributions to fight the crisis. “We are behind the curve and for a reason,” EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said[…]

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