Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 89 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Mar-2003
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Iraq needs $325 million for emergency health care, says World Health Organization
The people of Iraq are in urgent need of better health care and their situation is deteriorating by the day. The UN has today appealed for at least $325 million in emergency funds to meet the immediate health, nutrition, water and sanitation needs of the most vulnerable populations. Out of this amount, the World Health Organization urgently appeals for $185 million.  more

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Update on cases and countries
As of today, a cumulative total of 1550 cases and 54 deaths have been reported from 13 countries. This represents an increase of 65 cases and one death compared with the previous day. more


CDC extends SARS travel advisory; Offers interim infection control guidance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today extended its travel advisory for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to include all of mainland China as well as Hanoi, Vietnam and Singapore. The previous CDC travel advisory was for only Hong Kong and Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China and Hanoi, Vietnam.  more

Information for clinicians: Updated smallpox fact sheet
Because the vaccinia virus used in smallpox vaccine can be spread to others from the vaccine site of an immunized person, the contraindications below apply to both potential vaccinees and their household contacts ("household contacts" include persons with prolonged intimate contact with the potential vaccinee, including the potential for direct contact with the vaccination site, e.g., sexual contacts). more

Parkinsonís symptoms indicated for first time on pet scans of brains of living patients
A University of Pittsburgh neurologist has used an advanced form of brain imaging to identify changes in small regions of the brains of living Parkinson's disease patients for the first time. These results were presented today at the American Academy of Neurology meeting being held in Honolulu, Hawaii.  more

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