Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 54 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Feb-2003
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Ebola confirmed as cause of outbreak in Republic of Congo; WHO and partners send expert teams
Laboratory tests have confirmed that the Ebola virus is the cause of an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in the northwest of the Republic of the Congo. As of Tuesday, 18 February, 80 cases have been reported including 64 deaths. Most of the cases -- 72 people reported ill with 59 deaths -- are in the district of Kéllé.  more

Information for patients and practitioners: Ebola hemorrhagic fever
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is one of the most virulent viral diseases known to humankind, causing death in 50-90% of all clinically ill cases. The disease has its origins in the jungles of Africa and Asia. Several different forms of Ebola virus have been identified and may be associated with other clinical expressions, on which further research is required. more


One case of “bird flu” confirmed in Hong Kong – investigation ongoing
Today, results from two laboratories have confirmed the presence of an avian influenza virus in a single child in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. Tests of two samples from this single patient have identified the virus as the strain of influenza A(H5N1), sometimes known as “bird flu.” more

Study may help explain sunlight's role in melanoma development, have screening implications
A strong link exists between lifetime exposure to ultraviolet light, particularly lifetime sunburns, and the development of melanoma - the most lethal form of skin cancer.  more

Information for patients: What you need to know about melanoma
Melanoma is the most serious cancer of the skin. In some parts of the world, especially among Western countries, the number of people who develop melanoma is increasing faster than any other cancer. In the United States, for example, the number of new cases of melanoma has more than doubled in the past 20 years.  more

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