A health clinic that mistakenly revealed the identity of HIV-positive patients in a group email has been fined £250 by the UK’s data watchdog.
The Bloomsbury Patient Network provides information and support for people who are HIV-positive.
But twice in 2014, staff emailed up to 200 members at a time without obscuring other patients’ email addresses. Read More..
Farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says.
Some infections are becoming almost impossible to treat, because of the excessive use of antibiotics.
And more than half of those used around the world are used in animals, often to make them grow more quickly.
The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance called for new targets on the amount of antibiotics used.
The great threat of excessive antibiotics use in agriculture was highlighted in China last month.
Scientists warned the world was on the cusp of the “post-antibiotic era” after discovering bacteria resistant to the antibiotic colistin – the medication used when all others have failed. (Read more)—-
While rats are met with revulsion in most parts of the world, some communities put rodents pride of place on the dinner menu.
Before going to sleep, you ought to make sure no food is left forgotten somewhere on the floor or table. Otherwise, you may end up with some familiar and unwelcome guests: rats. Just a glimpse of a furry rodent is enough to inspire revulsion and complaints to authorities – for example, New York has recently renewed efforts to solve a ‘rat crisis’ in the city. But such guests are not despised everywhere. In fact, in some places around the world, rats are considered a delicious delicacy.On 7 March every year……. (read more)
More than 6,000 deaths a year could be caused by a 30% fall in the effectiveness of antibiotics in the US, a report in The Lancet suggests.
It said most of the extra deaths would happen in patients having colorectal surgery, blood cancer chemotherapy and hip replacements.
As BBC reports, UK experts said the study confirmed their fears that antibiotic resistance would affect routine surgery.
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Danger as Typhoid sweeps through Kampala
Health authorities in Uganda have pressed the danger alarm button following an outbreak of the deadly typhoid fever in the capital- Kampala.
In just two weeks, over 700 people have been admitted in different health facilities in the city with authorities warning that the situation might worsen if the situation does not change.
According to the Ministry of Health, people must observe proper sanitation in an effort to keep the disease at bay.
However the most shocking fact is that several Ugandans especially in most at risk areas like fishing villages have little information on typhoid, its causes and how to prevent it (see video) something that is worrying experts.
According to World Health Organization, typhoid fever is a bacterial disease, caused by Salmonella typhi. It is transmitted through the ingestion of food or drink contaminated by the faeces or urine of infected people.
Symptoms usually develop 1–3 weeks after exposure, and may be mild or severe. They include high fever, malaise, headache, constipation or diarrhoea, rose-coloured spots on the chest, and enlarged spleen and liver. Typhoid fever can be treated with antibiotics. However, resistance to common antimicrobials is widespread.
HIV/AIDS activists have quoted a new type of prostitution they term as “corporate prostitution”, where prostitutes do not line up on the streets, but have built a network of customers and have managers and a client list.
They say it is on the rise in Uganda and is crippling the fight against HIV.
AIDS activist Margaret Happy says : “They (corporate prostitutes) even have brokers who connect them to potential customers. And customers pay good money.”
The activists say complacency in behaviour is hampering the fight against the virus.
At a function organised by Childbirth Survival International (CSI) and Mildmay Uganda in Wakiso district, Rosemary Ssenyondo, a marriage counsellor with CSI, said:
“There is a lot of naivety among our girls. I do not know what causes it, but some girls who have completed university do not want to work. They want free things so they sleep with older, rich men. This is a big problem.”
She said such behaviour is contributing greatly to the spread of the virus.
According to latest UN Joint Programme on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS) statistics, Uganda is among the 15 countries contributing 75% of new infections in the world. The country is second in Africa, with South Africa contributing the most new infections while Nigeria comes in the third position.
Source: The New Vision.