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Ebola-like Marburg virus kills two in Uganda: official

Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country’s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry said Thursday. “Blood samples were taken from two people who have since died and were found positive for Marburg”, Uganda’s health ministry permanent …

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Minister confirms Monkey pox cases in Nigeria

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said all the Monkey Pox test samples obtained from Lagos tested negative. This was disclosed during a press conference in Abuja on Monday. He said only four cases of monkey pox have been confirmed in Nigeria. Adewole said, “As of October 13, 2017, there were 17 suspected cases reported from Yenagoa LGA in Bayelsa State. “We have received laboratory confirmation for Monkey pox virus from three of these cases from the WHO Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. Samples from 12 other cases from Bayelsa were negative. “With these results, four suspected Monkeypox outbreak in Yenagoa have been confirmed with laboratory evidence. The most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, with secondary person-to-person transmission. “Since our initial announcement, a total of 43 other suspected cases have been reported from eight other States (Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa, Rivers, and FCT). Of these, four cases from Lagos have also been tested and confirmed to be negative for the Monkeypox virus. “We expect that many of these cases being reported from other states in Nigeria are not caused by the Monkeypox virus, but we will continue to investigate all those cases that fit the case definition. “Further laboratory tests using whole genome sequencing are being carried out by the Africa Center for Genomics and Infectious Diseases in Redeemers University Ede, Ogun State.”

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said all the Monkey Pox test samples obtained from Lagos tested negative. This was disclosed during a press conference in Abuja on Monday. He said only four cases of monkey pox have been confirmed in Nigeria. Adewole said, “As of October 13, …

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Magic mushrooms may ‘reset’ the brains of depressed patients, study shows

Magic mushrooms may 'reset' the brains of depressed patients, study shows

The active ingredient in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, may have a ‘reset’ effect on the brain that helps patients overcome depression scientists have shown. Many of the study participants voluntarily described a sense of their brains ‘rebooting’ after just two psilocybin experiences. The psychoactive substance temporarily disintegrates the ‘default mode network’ …

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Doctor’s research could buy time for snake bite victims

Doctor's research could buy time for snake bite victims

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – A researcher at the University of Arizona is experimenting with a new therapy to help treat rattlesnake bites. The Arizona Daily Star reports Dr. Vance G. Nielsen hopes once ready for humans, the therapy will be administered like an EpiPen, injected into a snakebite victim in …

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Monkeypox: No confirmed case in Nigeria yet, Minister explains

The Nigerian government has said that it is yet to confirm if the ailment spreading across some states is monkeypox. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who briefed journalists after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, said the Centre for Disease Control has taken samples for laboratory analysis …

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Monkeypox: Seven patients recover fully in Bayelsa

Seven out of the 13 monkey pox patients on admission at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri in Bayelsa have fully recovered, the state Commissioner for Information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has said. The commissioner said in a statement on Wednesday in Yenagoa that the seven patients had been discharged from …

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Monkeypox: 12 things you must know about deadly disease

Monkeypox is a rare and infectious disease caused by monkey virus, transmitted from animals to human, with symptoms similar to those of smallpox, although less severe. The first case was reported on September 22 in Bayelsa, and according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 31 suspected cases have …

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