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Rats are infecting humans with hepatitis, and nobody knows how

In 2018, infectious disease experts at the University of Hong Kong came across an unusual patient. The 56-year-old man, who had undergone a liver transplant, was showing abnormal liver functions with no obvious cause. Tests found that his immune system was responding to hepatitis E — but they couldn’t actually find the human strain of the hepatitis E virus (HEV) ...

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No apparent harm or benefit from hydroxychloroquine: study

A study performed in New York hospitals found no evidence of either harm or benefit from giving the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to severely ill coronavirus patients. “The risk of intubation or death was not significantly higher or lower among patients who received hydroxychloroquine than among those who did not,” the authors of the study said. They said the study, published ...

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’10 Plain truths’ about the coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, laid out “10 plain truths” about Covid-19 on Wednesday as he spoke at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the pandemic response. “In my 30 years in global public health, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Frieden, who now serves as president and CEO of ...

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COVID-19 lockdown risks 1.4 mn extra TB deaths: study

The global lockdown caused by COVID-19 risks a “devastating” surge in tuberculosis cases, with nearly 1.4 million additional deaths from the world’s biggest infectious killer by 2025, new research showed Wednesday. TB, a bacterial infection that normally attacks patients’ lungs, is largely treatable yet still infects an estimated 10 million people every year. In 2018, it killed around 1.5 million ...

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Importation of hydroxychloroquine from India and Pakistan should be stopped: US scientist

A fired American scientist has alleged that the Trump administration ignored the concern of doctors in the US over the importation of hydroxychloroquine from “uninspected factories” in India and Pakistan and flooded the country with the “unproven and potentially dangerous” anti-malarial drug. In a complaint filed on Tuesday before the US Office of Special Counsel, which oversees the protection of ...

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BSMMU Fever Clinic remains open on Buddha Purnima holiday

The ‘Fever Clinic’ of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on the first floor of Bangladesh Betar Bhaban at Shahbagh will remain open on the holiday of Buddha Purnima on wednesday. Besides, the Corona Virus Detection Lab regarding polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, set up on the second floor of the same building of BSMMU will also remain open. The ...

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Gilead Sciences exporting remdesivir, CEO says

The head of the maker of remdesivir, an anti-viral shown to reduce recovery times in COVID-19 patients, said Sunday the company has been exporting the drug and is making it available to patients in the United States through the US government. Gilead Sciences CEO Daniel O’Day said the company is donating its entire existing supply of the drug — 1.5 ...

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Virus efforts jeopardise vaccines for millions of MENA children: UN

The coronavirus pandemic could jeopardise vaccination campaigns in the Middle East and North Africa, UNICEF warned Sunday, saying millions of children could miss out on polio and measles immunisations. The UN agency said most countries in the region were continuing with routine campaigns, under strict controls to prevent the spread of the virus. But it warned that some vaccination campaigns ...

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WHO wants invite to China’s probe into virus origins

The World Health Organization said Friday it hoped China would invite it to take part in its investigations into the animal origins of the novel coronavirus. “WHO would be keen to work with international partners and at the invitation of the Chinese government to participate in investigation around the animal origins,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP in an email. ...

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COVID-19 drug Remdesivir helping patients recover faster

Remdesivir has been shown to speed up recovery times for patients with COVID-19 in a major US-led trial, becoming the first drug with proven benefit against the disease.   Here is what you need to know. – What is remdesivir? –   Remdesivir is an experimental, broad spectrum antiviral made by US pharmaceutical Gilead Sciences that was first developed to ...

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