Day: July 22, 2019

‘Terrifying prospect’ of resistant malaria spreading

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Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South East Asia, researchers from the UK and Thailand say.
The parasites have moved from Cambodia to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, where half of patients are not being cured by first-choice drugs.
Researchers say the findings raise the “terrifying prospect” drug-resistance could spread to Africa.
However, experts said the implications may not be as severe as first thought.
What is happening?Malaria is treated with a combination of two drugs – artemisinin and piperaquine.

The drug combo was introduced in Cambodia in 2008.
But by 2013, the first cases of the parasite mutating and developing resistance to both drugs were detected, in western parts of the country.
The latest study, published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, analysed blood samples from patients across South East Asia.
Inspecting the parasite's DNA showed resistance had spread across Cambodia and was also in Laos, Thailand ..

‘Terrifying prospect’ of resistant malaria spreading to Africa

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Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South East Asia, researchers from the UK and Thailand say.
The parasites have moved from Cambodia to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, where half of patients are not being cured by first-choice drugs.
Researchers say the findings raise the “terrifying prospect” drug-resistance could spread to Africa.
However, experts said the implications may not be as severe as first thought.
What is happening?Malaria is treated with a combination of two drugs – artemisinin and piperaquine.

The drug combo was introduced in Cambodia in 2008.
But by 2013, the first cases of the parasite mutating and developing resistance to both drugs were detected, in western parts of the country.
The latest study, published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, analysed blood samples from patients across South East Asia.
Inspecting the parasite's DNA showed resistance had spread across Cambodia and was also in Laos, Thailand ..

Fatick : l’ARD mise sur une “synergie d’actions concertées” pour assister les communes bénéficiaires du PACASEN

Fatick, 22 juil (APS) – L'Agence régionale de développement (ARD) de Fatick (centre), dans le cadre d'une “synergie d'actions concertées”, promet d'assister les six communes urbaines de la région sélectionnées pour la phase-pilote du Programme d'appui aux communes et agglomérations du Sénégal (PACASEN) à en respecter les conditions minimales obligatoires (CMO) pour bénéficier de fonds additionnels.


Société

Faux médicaments de Touba Bélel : la Cour d’appel de Thiès confirme les peines et décerne un mandat d’arrêt contre Amadou Oury Diallo

Thiès, 22 juil (APS) – La Cour d'appel de Thiès a confirmé lundi la condamnation de Bara Sylla et Mamadou Oury Diallo à sept et cinq ans de prison ferme respectivement, tout en ordonnant qu'un mandat d'arrêt international soit décerné contre ce dernier, un ressortissant guinéen, dans le cadre du procès des faux-médicaments de Touba Bélel.


Société

JS Ondara: The Kenyan rising star singing about life in Trump’s America

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Modest and quietly spoken but with a penchant for the nattiest threads this side of the Tana River, JS Ondara has, in the space of several years, moved to America, taught himself how to play guitar, released an album with Decca Records and supported rock royalty on a US tour.
“It's a little overwhelming in some ways, so I try not to think about it so much,” he explains backstage at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.
“Because when I think about it, I get really emotional. It's just like, 'Whoa, this is not real life'.”
There he is mistaken. His fairytale rise is very real as are his affecting vignettes of life as an immigrant in the United States, laid bare on his debut album Tales of America – which was released in February.
Weaved in among his tales of love and yearning are songs like the provocatively-titled God Bless America, which reveals Ondara arguably at his most personal as he pleads: “Will you let me in, or are you at cap..

DR Congo health minister resigns in Ebola row

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Oly Ilunga a breach of ethics and interference in his resignation letter

The health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo has resigned in protest at the handling of the Ebola outbreak in the east of the country.
In his resignation letter, Oly Ilunga condemned a decision by President Félix Tshisekedi to replace him as the head of the Ebola response team.
He also criticised what he described as outside pressure to roll out a new experimental Ebola vaccine.
The outbreak has killed more than 1,700 people over the past year.
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak an international health emergency.

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An Ebola epidemic devastated parts of West Africa from 2014 to 2016, and killed more than 11,000 people.
Why is Mr Ilunga resigning?In his letter to Félix Tshisekedi, he criticised the decision to remove ..