By Anne Soy Published 19 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing An outbreak of Ebola in Uganda is proving more difficult to deal with than more recent epidemics, but the president has rejected calls for a lockdown. So far 31 cases have been confirmed, though it is feared that there could be many more. What is Ebola? It is a deadly virus with initial symptoms which can include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat. Subsequent stages can include vomiting, diarrhoea and - in some cases - both internal and external bleeding, known as haemorrhaging. The incubation period can last from two days to three weeks. Ebola can be associated with other illnesses such as malaria and typhoid. Why is this outbreak so serious? The fact that it was three weeks before the first case was detected on 20 September has caused concern. … [Read more...] about What is Ebola and why is Uganda’s outbreak so serious?
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Health chiefs have warned of an “extremely worrying” drop in childhood vaccinations such as MMR since the pandemic. Latest figures show falls in 13 of 14 routine immunisations with uptake levels for some of the main jabs far below recommended levels. The figures show uptake for the measles , mumps and rubella among two-year olds was just 89.2 per cent in 2021/22 - down from 90.3 per cent the year before. The figures show just 85.7 per cent of children had received their 2nd dose of MMR vaccine by their fifth birthday, falling from 86.6 per cent in the previous year. The World Health Organisation recommends minimal levels of 95 per cent, in order to prevent the spread of avoidable disease which can be deadly. It follows warnings that too many children have missed jabs, amid disruption caused by coronavirus , with school closures, and changes in vaccination schedules in order to roll out Covid jabs. Health experts are predicting a surge in such illnesses among children … [Read more...] about ‘Extremely worrying’ drop in childhood vaccinations since the pandemic
When Kate Garraway left the I'm A Celebrity jungle in December 2019, the first thing she and husband Derek Draper planned to do was renew their vows. But fate had other ideas in store, and as the world locked down the following March amidst the Covid pandemic , the couple - who celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary today - both took ill with the virus. For GMB host Kate, 55, the illness was relatively mild, but for Derek, also 55, things quickly took a serious turn and he was rushed to hospital with breathing difficulties. There, he was transferred to intensive care where doctors put him in a coma. Kate - who had to stay at home isolating with their children Darcey, 16, and William, 13 - was told to prepare for the worst and at one point endured a 24-hour wait to find out if he was dead. For more of the news you care about, straight to your inbox, sign up for one of our daily newsletters here. Kate Garraway and Derek Draper had been planning to renew … [Read more...] about Kate Garraway’s Derek two years post-Covid – trapped by brain but with glimmer of hope