Liberia president sacks 10 officials told to return to fight Ebola

(Reuters) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sacked 10 senior officials because they failed to heed a warning to return from overseas travel to help the government’s fight against an Ebola epidemic that has killed at least 1,100 Liberians. The officials, who include six assistant ministers, two deputy ministers and two commissioners, were dismissed with immediate effect for being “out of the country without an excuse,” according to a statement from the president’s office. […]

Dengue cases in NCR, decreasing

According to the National Capital Region Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Department of Health, from January 1 to August 30, only 3, 096 dengue cases were recorded. This is a 75% decrease compared to last year’s 12, 473 cases recorded in the same period. Most of the dengue cases in Metro Manila were recorded in Manila with 663 cases, followed by Quezon City, Caloocan City, Las Piñas, Parañaque and Pasig City.

More than 1,000 children hospitalized across U.S. with severe respiratory virus

(Reuters) — More than one thousand children across the United States have been hospitalized with a severe respiratory virus called Enterovirus D68. “It’s a virus. It’s spread by the respiratory route. Children mostly get involved and it has a propensity for for causing respiratory problems in people with a predisposition. There have been about a 1000 both confirmed and highly suspected cases in 10 or more states. We see outbreaks like this intermittently They are not predictable except […]

DOH: PH remains Mers-Cov free

The Department of Health assured the public that the Philippines is still free from the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, after a Filipina nurse from Saudi Arabia allegedy infected with the virus, tested negative for MERScov.

Leading Ebola researcher discusses lab success of experimental drug ZMapp

(Reuters/CCTV) A leading Ebola researcher said on Tuesday that the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp has a good chance of curing people who are infected in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ZMapp, co-developed by U.S. researchers and the Public Health Agency of Canada, is a cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies – extracted from tobacco plants – that is designed to bind to the protein of the Ebola virus, neutralizing the virus so it can’t cause further damage. According to a […]

U.N. says $600 million needed to tackle Ebola as deaths top 1,900

(Reuters) – The United Nations said $600 million in supplies would be needed to fight West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, as the death toll from the worst ever epidemic of the virus topped 1,900 and Guinea warned it had penetrated a new part of the country. The pace of the infection has accelerated, and there were close to 400 deaths in the past week, officials said on Wednesday. It was first detected deep in the forests […]

Weight of the world: 2.1 billion people obese or overweight

(Reuters) – Obesity is imposing an increasingly heavy burden on the world’s population in rich and poor nations alike, with almost 30 percent of people globally now either obese or overweight – a staggering 2.1 billion in all, researchers have said. The researchers conducted what they called the most comprehensive assessment to date of one of the pressing public health dilemmas of our time, using data covering 188 nations from 1980 to 2013. Nations in […]