Malaria: Kenya, Ghana And Malawi Get First Vaccine

The world’s first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi – starting in 2018. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. The World Health Organization (WHO) said…

Singapore Confirms Two New Cases Of Zika Virus

Singapore has confirmed two cases of locally transmitted infections of the Zika virus in a northeastern part of the city state, the National Environment Agency said on Wednesday, describing it as the first Zika cluster of 2017. The viral disease carried by mosquitoes has spread…

Meningitis Outbreak Kills At Least 140 in Nigeria

An outbreak of meningitis in several states of Nigeria has killed at least 140 people, officials say. It has been reported over the last week in six states and has so far infected more than 1,000 people, the Abuja Centre for Disease Control says. Meningitis…

Flu Vaccine Is Only Moderately Protective This Year, CDC Says

This year’s flu vaccine is offering moderate protection against the main family of viruses causing illness, data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. The data comes as what has been a pretty active flu season is near its apex in many parts of…

Brazil Confirms More Yellow Fever Cases; Over 100 Infected

Authorities in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state say three more people have died from yellow fever, adding to an outbreak that has seen more than 100 cases. The vast majority of cases are in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, where authorities had confirmed 97 cases…

Brazil Sees Sharp Rise In Yellow Fever Cases

Health officials in Brazil say there has been a sharp rise in the cases of yellow fever in the country. They said there had been 63 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne illness so far this year, up from seven in the whole of 2016. Most…

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