SINGAPORE (Xinhua) --
Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) is
reviewing the practice of isolating potential Zika-infected
patients, a senior official said on Sunday.
considering letting suspected Zika-infected patients rest at home
while their blood and urine samples are tested, Singapore’s Senior
Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources and Health Amy
Khor Lean Suan was quoted by the Straits Times.
The ministry is also considering sending confirmed cases home to
recuperate, but the infected persons are advised to take precautions
to prevent themselves from getting bitten by mosquitoes, Khor
revealed when she attended a community outreach event at Hong Kah
North in western Singapore on Sunday morning.
The suspected of having Zika virus are currently isolated at
Communicable Disease Center when they are waiting for the test
results, while those found to be Zika-positive are isolated in
Khor further explained that isolating the infected may not be
She added Zika-positive patients admitted to hospitals generally
have very mild symptoms, and they are discharged within one to two
days with negative test results.
Singapore confirmed 26 new cases of locally transmitted Zika
virus infection as of Saturday, according to a joint statement
released by MOH and National Environment Agency (NEA).
The update brought the total number of Zika infections in
Singapore to 215 since the first locally transmitted case was
reported on Aug. 27.
Two patients in Spain
suspected of having Crimea-Congo fever tested negative
MADRID Spain (Xinhua) --
Two patients suspected of having Crimea-Congo fever have given
negative test results and do not have the potentially fatal
hemorrhaging fever, which has claimed one life in Spain, health
authority have confirmed.
The two patients (both women) were taken to hospital on Friday
after showing symptoms and gave sampled which health authorities
said "fulfil the criteria to be investigated" at the National Center
One of the women has now been discharged from hospital and
although the other is still receiving treatment, she has been
removed from isolation, said the Regional Health Authority in the
Community of Madrid.
Meanwhile a nurse who is suffering from the illness is still
described as "stable but serious condition" and is currently in
isolation at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid.
She became infected while treating a 62-year-old man who died of
Crimea-Congo fever on Aug. 25.
The man is thought to have been infected after being bitten by a
tick while walking in field close to the town of Avila, northwest of
Madrid, in what is the first confirmed case of the illness in
Crimea-Congo fever is a tick-borne illness with a mortality rate
of up to 40 percent which is endemic in Africa, the Balkans and the
Middle East. It can also be transmitted through direct contact with
the blood, secretions and the organs of infected people.
Considerable progress made to
contain yellow fever outbreaks: WHO
GENEVA Switzerland (Xinhua) --
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said
considerable progress have been made to contain the yellow fever
outbreaks in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
following a meeting of WHO Emergency Committee held in Geneva.
The Committee noted the concerted efforts and progress made by
affected countries and partners to contain the yellow fever
outbreaks in Angola and the DRC.
No confirmed cases have been reported in Angola since June 23 and
in the DRC since July 12.
Despite there being no confirmation of cases in the Republic of
Congo to date, there was concern that intense population movements
between the DRC and Congo pose a risk of expansion of the outbreak.
The Committee was reassured to hear that the outbreak in Uganda
is now over, and the imported cases in China and Kenya have not led
to further transmission.
The Committee noted that the exceptional use of the fractional
dose strategy for yellow fever vaccination during the recent
campaign in Kinshasa, DRC, achieved very high population coverage.
After discussion and consideration of the information provided,
it was the view of the Committee that the current status of the
yellow fever outbreaks in Angola and the DRC does not constitute a
Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
However, the Committee concluded that the outbreak remains a
serious public health event which warrants continued national action
and international support.
Furthermore, the imminent onset of the rainy season will
intensify vector activity, thus raising subregional risks of yellow