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22nd November, 2017
ACP/CDC new recommendations on hepatitis B screening and vaccination

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have jointly issued new recommendations for care of patients with hepatitis B including screening and vaccination with an aim to reduce chronic hepatitis B infections by screening at-risk adults, increasing hepatitis B vaccination rates, and linking infected persons to care.

Published November 21, 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the best practice statements are as follows:

  • Hepatitis B vaccination is the most effective measure to prevent Hepatitis B infection and its complications. All unvaccinated adults, including pregnant women, at risk for infection due to sexual, percutaneous, or mucosal exposure should be vaccinated against HBV. Other high risk groups including health care and public safety workers at risk for blood exposure; adults with chronic liver disease, end-stage renal disease (including hemodialysis patients), or HIV infection; travelers to HBV-endemic regions; and adults seeking protection from HBV infection should also be advised vaccination.
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Kawasaki Disease still remains largely undiagnosed in India
The goal of therapy for KD is to manage symptoms to maintain cardiovascular health
 
New Delhi, 21 November 2017: In what can be called a rare but rapidly spreading disease, the Kawasaki Syndrome or Disease (KD) continues to remain one of the largely undiagnosed conditions in Indian children, primarily due to lack of awareness amongst pediatricians. KD is believed to be the commonest vasculitic disorder of children. Incidence rates as high as 60 to 150 per 100,000 children below 5 years of age have been reported from several countries. The IMA indicates that untreated children are at risk for developing potentially fatal coronary artery aneurysms.
 
KD is a condition that causes inflammation in the walls of medium-sized arteries throughout the body, including the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle. It is also called mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome because it also affects lymph nodes, skin, and the mucous membranes inside the mouth, nose and throat.
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