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Scientists develop “Catch and Kill” air filter that kills COVID-19

The scientists at the University of Houston have developed “Catch and Kill” air filter. The filter is capable of killing COVID-19 virus that has the potential to stay alive in air for 3 hours. About the filter The filter in the device is 200 degrees Celsius hot in working condition. The temperature has been set ..

Kyasanur Forest Disease

A 48 year old woman in Wayanad, Kerala, recently died from Kyasanur Forest Disease. Several other are being treated for the disease. About the Disease The Kyasanur Forest Disease, also called as the Monkey Fever, was first reported in 1957 from the Kyasanur Forest region of Karnataka. It is was initially an epizootic disease and ..

Ebola Outbreak in Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak as an international health emergency. This comes on the heels of a report where it was reported that the virus has spread to an urban agglomeration of two million people. What is Ebola? Ebola is a disease caused by a Virus. It is a rare ..

Fatalities due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar

43 children died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur of Bihar. Acute Encephalitis Syndrome Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) refers to a group of clinically similar neurologic manifestation mostly observed in children and young adults. The outbreak is usually reported during monsoons (June-October). AES can be attributed to a wide range of virus, bacteria, ..

The scientists at University of Michigan find that cold plasma can kill 99.9% of airborne viruses

Scientists from University of Michigan in the United States have found that dangerous airborne viruses can be rendered harmless on-the-fly when exposed to ‘cold plasma’ – a stream of energetic, charged fragments of air molecules. The researchers have measured the virus-killing speed and effectiveness of non thermal plasmas – the ionised, or charged, particles that ..

Paralyzing illnes in US kids due to AFM

The US officials were alarmed at the rate of increase in paralyzing among the kids. The cause was identified as AFM or Acute Flaccid Myelitis. Many other countries like Canada, Britain, FRance and Norway have also reported to have identified victims of the disease. More than 550 Americans are affected by the disease. 90% are ..

Kerala’s alert regarding West Nile Virus

The death of a child in Kerala’s Malappuram district has drawn attention to the epidemiology of the little-known West Nile Virus in India. Though awareness is low, the virus is endemic to several States. However, official records do not reflect this, given the difficulty of diagnosing WNV in its acute phase. More tests are typically ..

Rotavac becomes India’s first indigenously developed vaccine to be pre-qualified by WHO

India’s first indigenously developed vaccine “Rotavac” has been pre-qualified by the World Health Organisation (WHO). To be “pre-qualified” means that the vaccine can be sold internationally to several countries in Africa and South America. The vaccine was developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech Limited (BBL) and was included in India’s national immunisation programme. The Rotavac ..