Diseases Current Affairs - 2020

MERS claims two lives in South Korea

Two people have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea making it country’s first fatalities from the disease. The first victim was a 58-year-old woman who had contact with the original case, a South Korean who visited the Middle East and second one is of a 71-year-old man. So far, 25 confirmed Read More…

WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free

World Health Organization (WHO), a U.N. health agency has declared Liberia Ebola-free. WHO has hailed Liberia’s Ebola eradication efforts as an enormous development in the long crisis and monumental achievement as the virus has killed more than 4,716 people in the country alone. Now, Liberia’s neighbous Guinea and Sierra Leone are only two countries fighting Read More…

Indian-Origin Scientist Sangeeta Bhatia wins Heinz Award 2015

Sangeeta Bhatia, an Indian-Origin scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has won prestigious Heinz award for year 2015. She had won this award for her work in tissue engineering and disease detection in the Technology, the Economy, and Employment category of the award. Ms Bhatia’s team has developed artificial human microlivers for drug Read More…

Peter Jan Graaff of Netherlands appointed as head of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response

United Nations (UN) has nominated Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the new chief of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). He will replace Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed who was recently appointed as special UN envoy for Yemen. With this appointment, Peter Jan Graaff  will work closely with Special Envoy on Ebola Read More…

25 April: World Malaria Day

Every year World Malaria Day (WMD) is observed on 25 April. The day is observed to recognise the global efforts to control preventable disease malaria. The theme of this year WMD-2015 is “Invest in the Future and Defeat Malaria”. This day also seeks to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for elimination Read More…