Stool-Based diagnosis Could Eradicate TB In Children

A simple method for processing stool samples for Xpert MTB/RIF testing using minimal equipment has been announced at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health and could enable the identification of thousands of children with  tuberculosis (TB) and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) disease – drastically reducing the numbers of children under five dying from TB. Currently, an estimated 239,000 children die every year from tuberculosis (TB). Children with TB rarely die when they receive standard treatment for the disease, but 90 percent of children who die from TB worldwide went untreated.…

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Cholera Vaccine For Zim Prisons

With overcrowdedness  in Zimbabwe’s prisons , the cholera vaccination programme is to be extended to prison inmates and prison officers in the next couple of days to contain the spread of the epidemic , a World Health Organisation official said on Thursday. The World Prison Brief ranks Zimbabwe number 18 for having the most number of prisoners in Africa with 19 521 inmates.  Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of an Outbreak reporting workshop in Mazowe on Thursday, WHO Vaccination Expert Dr Marc Poncin said Harare prisons will not be…

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