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Health > Infectious Diseases
Bungling by WHO hurt Ebola response: AP
The chlorine was expired. The protective gear was missing. And the red tape was so thick that responders fighting last year's Ebola outbreak had trouble getting approval for boots and buckets.
Antibacterial hand soaps containing a chemical flagged as potentially dangerous are not much better at killing germs than regular suds, researchers said Wednesday.
The dengue fever epidemic in Taiwan has now climbed to over 7,000 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday that the outbreak of the dengue fever in Tainan, southern Taiwan could turn around at the end of this month.
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public Sunday to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes when traveling to Southeast Asian countries, as outbreaks of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, are also serious there.
Vaccination rate too low to prevent rabies outbreak
Government data shows that Taiwan's rabies vaccination coverage has dropped below 70 percent of the dog and cat population – the rate recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for outbreak prevention.
Dengue fever cases are surging in Southern Taiwan as the number of people infected reached a record high of 4,667, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 疾管局).
Tainan City said Thursday it will introduce 5,000 paper-based dengue NS1 antigen test kits for early diagnosis of dengue fever, which has raged the southern Taiwan city with 2,381 confirmed cases so far this year.
The Tainan City Government reported more than 2,000 dengue fever cases in the southern Taiwan city on Wednesday.
Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient was released from hospital Monday, raising hopes the west African nation may finally have beaten the devastating epidemic.
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