World’s first human case of rat transmitted hepatitis confirmed in Hong Kong

The first known case of a human infected with a version of the hepatitis E virus carried by rats was confirmed in Hong Kong Thursday, September 27. According to University of Hong Kong (HKU) researchers, it remains unclear how the patient contracted rat hepatitis E, a genetically distinct form of the virus that was previously isolated in rodents

World’s first human case of rat transmitted hepatitis confirmed in Hong KongResearchers say it is unclear how the man contracted the virus, but refuse bins outside his home were infested with rats. There had been no previous evidence that this strain of the virus could be transmitted to humans. The human version of hepatitis E is usually spread through contaminated drinking water. ‘Highly divergent’ Doctors discovered […]

Shocking: Nearly 2.6 lakhs of deaths in India caused due to alcohol abuse

The figures in India relating to the alcohol consumption are worrisome and raise a number of red flags. The alcohol per capita consumption in India was at 2.4 litres, 4.3 litres and 5.7 litres in 2005, 2010 and 2016 respectively

Shocking: Nearly 2.6 lakhs of deaths in India caused due to alcohol abuseWHO’s Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 presents a comprehensive picture of alcohol consumption and the disease burden attributable to alcohol worldwide. More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. This represents 1 in […]

WHO: 10% hospitalised patients acquire infection during their stay

The report mentions that situation is worst in low and middle-income countries where 10 per cent of hospitalised patients can expect to acquire an infection during their stay, as compared to 7 per cent in high income countries

WHO: 10% hospitalised patients acquire infection during their stayAccording to a new joint report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank – poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels. The report highlights that inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or […]

WCNR 2018: Doctors discussed about neurological infections

At day two of the World Congress for Neuro Rehabilitation (WCNR) 2018, one of the most awaited sessions was about neuroinfections in developing countries. It spoke about infections like chikungunya and encephalitis in these countries

WCNR 2018: Doctors discussed about neurological infectionsThe second day of WCNR seems more than just promising. Whether it is the topics chosen or the guests who have come down to Mumbai, it was a marvel to attend. One such dynamic session was about neuroinfections in the developing world. The session was chaired by Dr M Chandrashekhar, Dr R Chakor and Dr […]

Post the deluge in Mumbai, BMC held an emergency review meeting on Monday

It has been nearly a week since August 29 which turned out to be a dreadful day for several people in Mumbai. The city itself came to a standstill due to incessant rains. After this, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) held an emergency meeting on Monday to review the preparations to stop the spread of infectious diseases in the city. The meeting was chaired by the Dr Avinash Supe, dean of KEM Hospital in Parel, Mumbai

Post the deluge in Mumbai, BMC held an emergency review meeting on MondayTuesday, August 29, will be a day that will go down in history. Mumbaikars will never forget this fateful day, when aamchi Mumbai was severely flooded. The BMC had recently urged the citizens to take preventive medication in order to avoid diseases like leptospirosis. There is a risk of an increase in mosquito breeding sites […]

Pune NCP workers protest against PMC, owing to the rise in infectious diseases

The party workers have put forward their demands to the Municipal Commissioner of Pune and have highlighted the loop holes in the implementation program to the control infectious diseases

Pune NCP workers protest against PMC, owing to the rise in infectious diseasesPune has been witnessing a rise in a number of people suffering from infectious diseases. On Thursday, August 03, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) protested against the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) health department, over their inaction to control the menace of infectious diseases in the city. This agitation was held in front of PMC’s administrative building. […]

Mumbai witnesses 3 leptospirosis deaths in July

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) released a report on Thursday evening about the number of cases and deaths in the city this year. Doctors across the city say that the numbers of cases are lesser this year, owing to better drainage management

Mumbai witnesses 3 leptospirosis deaths in JulyThe month of July so far has seen 3 deaths owing to leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is caused mainly through infected water. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) released a report on Thursday evening about the number of cases and deaths in the city this year. BMC’s Executive Health Officer, Dr Padmaja Keskar said “There have been only three deaths […]

Maharashtra soon to get its own antibiotic policy

The government appointed six-member committee will finalise and submit the first draft of the policy. Doctors feel that it was long overdue. According to doctors, the rising antibiotic resistance had affected treatment of community acquired pneumonia, urinary tract infections and typhoid the most. The doctors’ welcome state’s decision to have an antibiotic policy in place

Maharashtra soon to get its own antibiotic policyMoving forward in order to get its own antibiotic policy the Maharashtra state government appointed six-member committee will finalise and submit the first draft of the policy. The committee will submit the first draft of the policy two weeks’ time. Maharashtra will become the second state in India, after Kerala, to get an antibiotic policy in […]