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WUHAN VIRUS: WHO calls new emergency talks Thursday

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The World Health Organization on Wednesday called a new emergency meeting on a deadly virus outbreak following cases of onward transmission outside China, warning that all governments should “take action”. The meeting of the WHO’s Emergency Committee on Thursday will decide whether to declare an …

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The measures taken to curb a virus

China shuts down Beijing, China | AFP | China has enacted extraordinary measures to contain the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed more than 130 people, infected thousands and reached some 15 countries. Here is a rundown of the steps taken so far in an unprecedented effort: – …

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20 year old woman loses sight after drug reaction

Namutumba, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  A 20-year-old woman has developed a rare condition, resulting in blindness after swallowing over the counter tablets.   Miria Ntono, a resident of Ituba Busone village in Namutumba district now has itchy and scaly wounds which appear like burns all over her body. Her body releases …

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Measles cases rise to 26 in Lamwo

Lamwo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Lamwo district health teams have heightened sensitization campaigns within communities in the district following an increase in cases of measles. At least 26 people have tested positive to the highly contagious infection since its outbreak early this month. The first five confirmed cases of measles …

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XI JINPING: China faces a ‘grave situation’

China says virus situation ‘grave’ as Lunar New Year curtailed Wuhan, China | AFP | President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a “grave situation” as authorities raced to contain a virus that has killed 41 people and caused a drastic scale-back of Lunar New Year celebrations. The world’s most …

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Only 72 percent of TB patients complete treatment

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Only 72% of TB patients complete treatment. This is according to Dr Stavia Turyahabwe, the Assistant Commissioner for the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme. Turyahabwe says this creates worry as those who don’t complete their doses risk spreading multi-drug resistant TB in addition to …

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