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16 April 2019

Venezuela estimated to have had 1 million new malaria infections in 2018

Over the last two decades, Venezuela has transitioned into a deep socioeconomic and political crisis. Once recognised as a regional leader for public health and vector control policies and programming, Venezuela’s healthcare has fallen into a state of collapse, creating a severe and ongoing humanitarian crisis. Economic and political mismanagement have precipitated hyperinflation rates above 45,000%, people impoverishment and long-term shortages of essential medicines and medical supplies. In this context, well controlled diseases, such as malaria, are turning into epidemics of unprecedented magnitude.

 

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Spain
Elpais

Eldiario

elPeriodico

Venezuela
El-Nacional

ElPitazo

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Colombia
Taekwondoradio

Portafolio

Peru
Panamericana

Cuba
DiarioDeCuba

15 April 2019

European experts sound alarm as mosquito and tick-borne diseases set to flourish in warmer climate

Mosquito-borne virus infections, such as dengue and chikungunya, are continuously expanding their geographical range. The dengue virus, which is known to be a common cause of febrile illness in tropical areas of the Old World, is now widespread in the Americas. In most affected areas, all the four dengue virus serotypes have circulated. Recently, small clusters of dengue have been identified also in Southern Europe during the hot season. The chikungunya virus, initially restricted to Central Africa, where is a common cause of sporadic cases or small outbreaks, and Asia, where it is used to cause large epidemics, has recently invaded new territories. After ravaging Indian Ocean Islands and the Indian subcontinent, CHIKV caused an outbreak in north-eastern Italy.

 

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UK
DailyMail

The Guardian

Germany
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ZDF

NWZonline

Spain
Lavanguardia

Belgium
Sudinfo

Switzerland
NZZ

14 April 2019

Petting zoos could potentially transmit highly virulent drug resistant bacteria to visitors

Petting zoos are popular all around the world, allowing direct and indirect exposure of children and adults with diverse animal species. ESBL and AmpC-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL/AmpC-E) have become a great concern in human and veterinary medicine; and have been detected in petting zoos.

 

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UK
Telegraph

Independent

New Zealand
NzHerald

US
ScienceDaily

13 April 2019

Mode of delivery alters infants’ gut microbiota and this may impact respiratory health in first year of life

The impact of the human microbiome on health is becoming increasingly clear, with perturbations of the microbial community being associated with various (immune) disorders. Early life microbiota development seems influenced by mode of delivery, although it has been debated that this depends mostly on maternal antibiotic exposure.

 

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UK
TheGuardian

iNews

New Zealand
Newshub

Medical Press
MediBulletin

12 April 2019

Privacy curtains used in healthcare worldwide are a potential source of drug-resistant bacteria transmission to patients

Patient privacy curtains are high-touch surfaces that are cleaned infrequently and could contribute to pathogen transmission. The aim of this study was to evaluate curtain contamination with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in skilled nursing facility (SNF) rooms to inform curtain hygiene protocols. Within the US, SNFs care for both post-acute care patients (average length of stay ~22 days) and long stay residents (average length of stay up to 2 years).

 

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UK
The Guardian

The Daily Mail

Germany
Aerzteblatt

France
Francetvinfo

Canada - Major TV news network in Canada
CTVNews

USA
New York Post

Singapore
StraitsTimes