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Ebola virus kills over 300 in West Africa: WHO

As per World Health Organization (WHO), the deadly Ebola virus has killed 337 people in West Africa so far. The region has reported 14 deaths and 47 new cases. Guinea is worst-hit with 264 Ebola-related deaths. In Sierra Leone, there have been 49 deaths and in Liberia 24.

The outbreak of the virus began in southern Guinea’s Guekedou region, but has now spread to its neighboring countries.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola – one of the world’s deadliest viruses. As per WHO, the virus spreads by close contact and has high rate of between 25% and 90%, depending on the strain of the virus.

Symptoms include internal and external bleeding, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Ebola virus disease (EVD)

  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Death rate can reach 90%
  • 2 to 21 days of Incubation period
  • No vaccine, No cure
  • Supportive treatment such as rehydration by administering fluid and electrolytes can help recovery
  • Fruit bats are considered to be the natural host of the virus

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RGCA’s Lab is India’s First NABL Accredited Aquaculture Pathology Lab

The Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), the Research & Development arm of MPEDA (Marine Products Export Development Authority), has now become the first aquaculture pathology laboratory in the India to be accredited by NABL (National Accreditation Board For Testing & Calibration Laboratories).

In September 2011, RGCA MPEDA started a state-of-the-art Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory at its HQs in Sirkali, TamilNadu. The laboratory has been attending to the aquaculture industry of India by furnishing well-timed and steadfast diagnosis of several diseases faced during the culture of finfish, shrimps and freshwater prawns. The laboratory is outfitted with all the state-of-the-art disease diagnostic tools and has 3 component units for Molecular Pathology, Histopathology and Microbiology which collectively help in diagnosis of several diseases faced by the aquaculture industry.

The laboratory manages periodical and requirement centred aquaculture disease surveillance in India for the help of the seafood export industry. All the identified diseases affecting the shrimp/prawn/ fish are identified at this laboratory which comprises the of late feared shrimp diseases viz. Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS)/ Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND). 

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