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23rd August 2016
Study suggests possible airborne Hepatitis B virus transmission 
A study from Korea has reported that the hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be detected in surgical smoke from laparoscopic surgeries on patients with hepatitis B.
Eleven 11 patients who underwent laparoscopic or robotic abdominal surgeries between October 2014 and February 2015 at Korea University Anam Hospital were included in the study. A high efficiency collector was used to obtain surgical smoke in the form of hydrosol. The smoke was analyzed by using nested PCR. 
All 11 patients had positive hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) prior to the surgery, while two had detectable HB surface antibody (HBsAb), two were positive for hepatitis B e antigen, and three were on anti-HBV medications. 
The hepatitis B virus was detected in surgical smoke in 10 of the 11 cases.
Although preliminary, these findings highlight the need to recognize and understand the risk when treating patients with HBV and take steps to control surgical smoke during laparoscopic procedures to protect doctors and other healthcare workers from exposure to the virus.
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Do not ignore a sore throat in children
New Delhi, August 22, 2016: Viral infections continue to plague Delhi with more and more people becoming victims of high fever, cough and nasal discharge. Mosquito borne diseases such as chikungunya and dengue are also on the rise.

"At such times it is important to remember a few basic guidelines. Firstly there is no need to take antibiotics when an adult patient has symptoms such as high fever, a cough and a cold. In patients with suspected dengue, NSAIDs barring Paracetamol must not be taken as they run the risk of capillary leakage. One must remember that Chikungunya though painful is not a life-threatening disease and takes about a week ten days for the symptoms to disappear". said Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal - President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Honorary Secretary General IMA.
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