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Vidyya Medical News Service For 23-October-2000:

As the world awaits the release of documents regarding the possible spread, containment and what role the UK government may have played in the spread of variant-Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) disease which is due on 26 October, the UK government has decided to compensate the families of the 70 known victims of the disease.

Earlier this week, Vidyya brought you news of a polio vaccine that may have been contaminated with vCJD. In today's issue, we bring you additional news about the disease and information for health professionals on how to deal with the disease and the families of those stricken.

The price tag of the Ebola epidemic in Uganda just got higher. The World Health Organization (WHO)   has asked for $848,000 to help contain and fight the disease. There have now been 149 cases and 54 deaths from the virus confirmed.

In other infectious disease news, it appears that around six to seven percent of the total population in Bangladesh are carrying the Hepatitis B virus. The disease is curable if detected physicians disclosed at a press conference held in Bangledesh on Thursday. The government may be preparing to ask WHO for funds for universal vaccination assistance.

You'll find both information for patients and treatment information for professionals in today's issue of Vidyya.

Planning a healthier diet that helps reduce the risk of heart disease just got easier. And a little tastier. Foods containing certain plant extracts, which have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels, have received the go-ahead to tout their ability to lower the risk of heart disease.

In 1995, an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) affected more than 300 people in and around the city of Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo (the former Zaire); approximately 80% of the patients died. More than one-fourth of all the patients were health care workers. After the outbreak, the DRC Ministry of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) developed practical recommendations for carrying out viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) isolation precautions in rural health facilities in Africa. These recommendations have been consolidated in a manual for the local health community which is available in today's Vidyya.

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