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BREAKING: China Records Outbreak Of A New Virus Known As Hanta virus |The Republican News

Amidst outrage of the Coronavirus spread, China has reported another outbreak of a deadly disease, Hantavirus.

In a report by China’s English tabloid, Global Times, on Monday, revealed that a person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus.

He was tested positive for hantavirus on Monday and other 32 people on bus were tested. In a research, An orthohantavirus or Hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide. Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people.

Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as “New World” hantaviruses and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Other hantaviruses, known as “Old World”

hantaviruses, are found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). Each hantavirus serotype has a specific rodent host species and is spread to people via inhalation of aerosolized virus that is shed in urine, feces, and saliva, and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.

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Kano Confirms Suspected Monekypox Case |The Republican News

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The Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabir Getso, has confirmed that a suspected case of monkeypox has been recorded in Bebeji Local Government Area of the state.

The commissioner, who stated this while briefing newsmen on Saturday in Kano, disclosed that the blood sample of the patient had been sent to Abuja for clinical verification.

He added, “One of the symptoms of the disease was noticed in the patient, but we are suspecting that the diseases is more of chicken pox than monkeypox.”

Getso said the suspected victim had been isolated and put on intensive clinical watch until the result of the sample was received.

“The state also identified 60 people who had contacts with the patient and all of them have been quarantined,” he said.

The commissioner said that a team had put the entire area where the suspected case was recorded under clinical watch, adding that the state had established a special clinic to handle any outbreak.

“For now only 11 states are affected by the monkey pox disease and 94 persons are the victims, out of which only six are confirmed.

“The Kano case from Bebeji Local Government has yet to be confirmed. The blood sampling will take three weeks before it is ready,” he said.   (Punch)

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Ebola: Federal Ministry Of Health Orders Compulsory Test For Fever Patients

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Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole 

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The Federal Government has asked every health official in the country to test every fever patient – showing symptoms of bleeding – for the Ebola Virus Disease.

It also asked all port health officials to step up inspection of all persons coming into the country.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this in a statement by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Saturday.

The statement came less than 24 hours after the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of Ebola in Congo, describing the outbreak as “a public health crisis of international importance.”

The ministry of health said, “The health minister directs all Nigerian health workers to maintain a high index of suspicion by screening all haemorrhagic fever patients for Ebola

“Similarly, the minister encourages members of the public to observe a high level of personal hygiene which includes regular hand washing and to also report all cases of fever to the nearest health facility.”

The minister said he had directed health workers to increase efforts at ports of entry.

He added, “The Federal Government in response to the announcement by the WHO on confirmed cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has directed port health officials to step up inspection activities and to report any sick person or suspects to ensure that Epidemiologists in the states conduct relevant tests.

“The symptoms to look out for include: fever, fatigue, weakness dizziness and muscle aches. Patients with more severe cases show bleeding under the skin, internal organs or even from bodily orifices like mouth, nose and ears.”

The minister also urged Nigerians not to panic as the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control is on the ground and equipped to secure the health of citizens.

He said the CDC had for a while been strengthening states’ capacities to detect, manage and respond to hemorrhagic fevers including Lassa fever.

Adewole called on states to begin social mobilisation and media awareness efforts via television, radio, print and social media.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Medical Association has called on doctors nationwide to immediately report suspicious cases to the Federal Government.

Speaking with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, the President of the NMA, Prof. Mike Ogirima, said doctors across the nation should begin to take precaution and report suspicious cases.

He said, “The Federal Government already has adequate experience on dealing with this because of the first outbreak so we advice them to consolidate.

“We also want to advise them to quickly set up and put in measures to prevent any case and even if by chance we have any case within the country, we should control the spread.

“We advise Nigerians to take care and stick to universal basic precautions such as regular washing of hands, avoid over-crowding, report suspicious cases immediately to the nearest health centre.

“We also advise our members all over the country to be on the alert and to make sure that they are well prepared and have the proper gadgets to face any challenge.” (Punchng.com)

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