Virus

48 Y.O. MAN IS S'PORE'S FIRST IMPORTED ZIKA VIRUS CASE

On Friday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) reported Singapore's first case of Zika virus. According to their statement, the infected patient is a 48 year-old male Singaporean permanent resident who travelled to Sao Paulo, Brazil from 27 March to 7 May. He developed fever and rash on 10 May and was admitted to Mt Elizabeth Novena on 12 May, where he was diagnosed with the epidemic and deadly virus. He was transferred to the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital for quarantine and further treatment. He will only be discharged once his system is free of the virus.

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FIRST CASE OF SUSPECTED MERS IN THAILAND

According to Thai media reports on Thursday, the first case of Middle East Respiratory Disease (MERS) was detected in the country. However, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha refused to confirm the reports, saying that no MERS patient had been diagnosed in Thailand yet.

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SOUTH KOREA ANNOUNCES FIRST DEATHS FROM MERS VIRUS

South Korea confirmed today that 2 people have died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The 2 are the first South Korean fatalities from the disease. The deceased are a 58 year-old woman and a 71 year-old man, both of whom have been confirmed to be carriers of the virus.

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RUSSIA TO SEND EBOLA VACCINE TO AFRICA IN 2 MONTHS

In two months, Russia is planning to send a new experimental vaccine against Ebola to Africa, according to the country’s health minister. The efficiency of the drug, which is to be tested on the ground, is about 70-90 percent. “Today we are discussing that we will have enough of Triazoverin vaccine in two months so that we can send them to our personnel in Guinea and test its efficiency in clinical conditions,” Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said. The vaccine has so far proved efficient against various hemorrhagic fevers, including the Marburg virus which is very similar to Ebola.

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WARNING: NEW FACEBOOK GIFT SCAM ON THE LOOSE

There is a new scam on Facebook offering free Nike vouchers that is meant to hijack Facebook accounts and spread malware by redirecting users to malicious websites. Take note that there is no such giveaway from Nike and this will compromise the user’s Facebook account and computers. Once compromised, the hijacked Facebook account will be used to further spread the spam post. If you see the following or similar in your news feed, your friend(s) accounts may be compromised and you may wish to notify them:

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8 FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT THE DEADLY EBOLA VIRUS

European and Asian countries went on alert on Aug 13th, 2014 amid growing fears that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could spread to other continents with a stark warning by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders that the epidemic was out of control. The outbreak has already claimed more than a thousand lives, making it the worst ever on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have borne the brunt of the recent epidemic. Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, recorded its first death on July 25.

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