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Angola experiences outbreak of Yellow fever, 158 dead.
There is an outbreak of Yellow fever in Angola, the World Health Organization says, with a total of 158 deaths so far. As of today it is restricted to the capital, Launda and its immediate environ but WHO says the outbreak may spread to other the other parts of the country if not contained.
Yellow fever is common in Africa, South and Central America but surprisingly not in Asia. Why it is not found in Asia is inexplicable though racial resistance is suspected. Epidemic outbreaks have occurred from time to time in the past in Sudan, Ethiopia, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and the Gambia. For Nigerians who travel to Central and South America, the disease is found in Honduras, parts of Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.
Yellow fever is a notifiable disease and certain countries still insist on yellow vaccination for travelers from countries where the disease is common before entry.
Yellow fever affects man and monkeys and can spread from monkeys to man.
A full recovery from an infection confers lifelong immunity.
Yellow fever is an infectious disease of sudden onset which is characterized by fever, yellowness of the eyes, bleeding from the nose/mouth/anus, body pains, headache etc. It is caused by a virus which is carried by a specific type of mosquito from man to man or from monkey to man.
Yellow fever is spread by a mosquito which carries the virus from an infected person or monkey to another person.
It could be confused with Hepatitis (infection of the liver), malaria, dengue fever and even Ebola fever. Differentiation is by laboratory tests.
The disease has no treatment but it is vaccine preventable
Medical student killed by cooking fire, buried.
A 24 year old final year medical student (Uchenna) of the College of Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Awka, Anambra state, South east Nigeria is dead.
A indigene of Amagunze, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State also in South east Nigeria, he died from burns suffered in a cooking gas explosion in the college’s hostel common kitchen.
Unknown to him, another student had used a cooking gas without putting it off, when Uchenna was about lighting his own cooking stove, he was caught up in a web of fire with heavy degree burns and was rushed to an orthopedic hospital,Enugu where he died after some days.
It was also gathered that another medical student of the college also died trying to escape the incidence by jumping a two storey building; he hit his head on a concrete floor.
DOCTORS raise alarm over Renal Disease in Nigeria.
Dr. Timothy Olanrewaju, a nephrologist at the University Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, kwara, North central Nigeria and the Director, Worthy Life Education and Health Foundation, Mrs. Ruth Abayomi, during an awareness program me in commemoration of World Kidney Day in Jebba Local Government Area of Kwara State, said that chronic kidney disease in children and adults is on the rise according to data of the seven communities screened in the state, he stated the major causes of the disease in children are recurrent infection, congenital diseases and heredity while in adults, hypertension, HIV, Diabetes, Urinary tract obstruction etc.
He added that some of the diseases are not curable but could be controlled..
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Plane crash claims 62 in Russia
A Boeing 737-800 aircraft owned by FlyDubai has crashed at Rostov-on-Don airport in Southern Russia, every one on board is said to have died; 55 passengers and 7 crew members.
The aircraft is said to have broken into pieces when it crash landed at the airport after hovering around the airport for about two hours due to bad weather (wind, snow and rain) which reduced visibility.
The two data recorders have been recovered but investigations are likely to take about three months according to Russian authorities.
The plane was en-route Dubai (UAE)-Russia, most of the dead were Russian.