Refugees: There is a lot of unjustified fear related to importation of communicable diseases!

The big migration streams are stoking fears: Do the immigrants bring dangerous infection diseases to Europe, is one of this anxieties, which are obviously greater than the real danger. We asked Dr. Santino Severoni, Coordinator Public Health and Migration from the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Refugees suffer not only from respiratory tract infections, but […]

Refugees: which medical challenges we have to face?

A potential danger due to a reactivation of latent tuberculosis infection is mentioned in the current epidemiological bulletin of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Could this lead to a problem – and which medical challenges we have to face else in relation to the refugee issue? We asked Dr. Rainer Löb, Federal Doctor of Malteser […]

ECDC: Migrants entering Europe are in general healthy and are not bringing new or exotic diseases with them!

Possible infection diseases due to the streams of refugees: This is a very delicate item and there are differing views on it. How is the situation really? Which infectious diseases are already/ resp. could be a problem in the future for Europe? Which challenges we will have to face? We enquired at the European Centre for […]

Rapid diagnostic tests for superbugs

Researchers of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology develop rapid and cost-effective options for diagnosing life-threatening infectious diseases. An interview with Dr. Ivan Barisic, scientist at the AIT Health & Environment Department Vienna. With the new tests patients remain spared from unnecessary or ineffective treatments. What treatment is meant here? Could you give an example? […]

Highly promising Ebola vaccine, developed with Austrian participation, goes into phase II

Research projects to prevent and cure the Ebola virus run at full speed. Among the most promising vaccines is a live vaccine, based on the Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV). Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Ramharter from the MedUni Vienna is one of the researches developing this new vaccine. Until now Ebola has killed more than 10.000 people […]

WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan

7 April – WHO dedicates its 2015 World Health Day to food safety

Food safety is a hidden and often overlooked problem. For these reasons, the WHO is dedicating its 2015 World Health Day to food safety. In this regard Austria is one of the safest countries in the world. Yet about 0,4 percent of the food samples are harmful to health. Everyone needs food, and food must […]

Ebola outbreak – where are we one year later?

The Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, is a year old this days. According to the official counts there are infected 25.000 people and 10.000 are killed. What were the failures and what are the challenges in dealing with this disease? With Prof. Didier Pittet from the WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety spoke […]

Mers-CoV: WHO published new Global Alert!

Exactly three years after the first case of MERS-CoV (April 2012) the WHO is informing about the recent developments concerning the disease. Until now there has been notified 1075 cases (including at least 404 deaths) worldwide. “In order to interrupt the chain of infection, we have to focus on the transmission of MERS-CoV from dromedary […]

Tuberculosis: Old lady in new outfit!

In Europe tuberculosis is causing deaths of nearly 38.000 people each year. 85 percent oft the new cases occur in 18 high-risk countries such as Ukraine, Bulgaria or Moldova. The fight against Mycobacterium tuberculosis is difficult because oft he rising number of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), says Vera Katalinic-Jankovic from the Croatian National Institute of […]

MRSA-study: bacteria are nesting in households

A recent study of MRSA shows an interesting picture: Easily transmissible bacteria remain for years and continue to develop. Carola Timmel spoke with the head of the study, Prof. Michael David from the University of Chicago Biological Sciences. (short summary in german: MRSA Erreger nisten sich in Haushalten ein: Eine kürzlich veröffentlichte Studie über MRSA […]