One of the deadliest virus outbreaks of recent times that took a death toll of millions of people and spread across continents is the deadly Ebola virus. Now, nearly two years after the initial spread of the virus, Guinea in Africa, one of the worst affected countries has been officially declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO). This declaration came after the country managed to go 42 days without reporting any new cases. It is to be noted that neighboring countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia, two other African countries that were hit badly by the Ebola outbreak have now been declared Ebola free.
Health workers have been instructed to remain vigilant and to take all measures to prevent the spread and recurrence of Ebola virus in the future. Similarly, WHO has made announcements to make people come forward if there are any new cases found and to undergo the required treatments. This will prevent the spread of the epidemic in the future.
Since, Ebola virus was announced as an epidemic in the African subcontinent more than 12,000 people have been killed by it in the African nations of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Renee.
Read More Commercial Ads Replaced by Posters Highlighting Climate Change November 2015
In Paris, as the International Summit for climate change was underway, a group of protestors under the name, Brandalism turned commercial spaces throughout the city with posters to highlight climate change. This campaign drew more than a large number of eyeballs and made people look twice at the regular commercial spaces.
Brandalism, a UK based group, used regular commercial places as a part of subvertising campaign and made impactful messages on climate change. Some of the corporations that were targeted as part of this campaign were Volkswagen and Mobil. It is to be noted that Volswagen was recently part of a debate on ignoring emission standards.
Members of Brandalism claimed that advertising played a major role in impacting the way we consume things adding to climate change. They made use of this campaign to reclaim public commercial places and use it in a positive way so as to create awareness about climate change.
A new study conducted by World Health Organization (WHO) has identified Tuberculosis (TB) as the lead infectious killer in the world for the last year. TB claimed a staggering amount of 1.5 million lives all over the globe with HIV/AIDS claiming 1.2 million lives. This new study now makes TB as the most infectious killer in the world replacing HIV which till now was considered as the most infectious killer.
However, the number of deaths taken by TB has reduced by a huge amount for the last twenty years. In addition, the number of deaths caused by HIV has even fallen more than that.
However, it is not all well in the case of TB as the new Multi Drug Resistant TB has claimed a huge amount of lives. This new strain of TB is resistant to several leading antibiotics and the new medicines are yet to be tested free of side-effects. The side-effects of this new drug are so severe that it even leads to permanent deafness in some patients.
Dr.Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Global Health TB program is worried about the spread of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) TB. One third f TB cases around the world are now MDR and the steps taken by governments are not effective enough to bring down the numbers. The director said in an official statement that governments and people are not aware of the seriousness of TB and it doesn’t attract the media attention as the other global killer HIV. Data findings by WHO report that approximately $6.6 billion was spent on drugs and other measures to prevent the spread of TB, whereas around $20.2 billion was spent on eradicating HIV/AIDS in third world countries.
This has led to TB not been taken seriously enough and caused further spread of the infection. Dr.Mario warns that TB is highly contagious as it spreads easily through air and drastic measures and sufficient awareness is needed to prevent the further spread of this infectious killer.