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  • NEET-PG 2018 is being conducted on 7th January 2018 (Forenoon Session)
    Number of Cities 147
    Number of Centers 364
    Number of Candidates 1,33,435
    Security Features: Finger prints and digital photograph capture, CCTV surveillance, frisking with handheld metal detector, provision of jammers at all centers and seating of candidates and room allocation of invigilators
  • India reported more over 1.5 lakh cases of dengue in 2017 and 250 deaths; 60,000 cases of Chikungunya were reported across the country. The data from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) under the Union Health Ministry showed that maximum dengue deaths were reported from Tamil Nadu (63 deaths out of the total 23,035 cases). Tamil Nadu was followed by Maharashtra, where 41 people died from dengue out of the total 7,442 cases reported. As many as 37 deaths were reported from Kerala while the disease claimed the lives of 28 people in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij has indicated the private hospitals to make self-regulatory rules after the state government cancelled the licence of the blood bank and pharmacy of the Fortis hospital at Gurugram.
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Food poisoning reported as one of the commonest disease outbreaks in India
Hand washing and food hygiene play an important role in preventing this condition
New Delhi, 04 January 2018: Recent government data has indicated food poisoning as one of the commonest outbreaks reported in India, next to acute diarrheal disease (ADD).
Statistics indicate that out of the 1,649 disease outbreaks reported till December 2017, 312 were due to ADD and 242 were that of food poisoning. The incidence is more in areas that have bulk production of food such as canteens, hostels, and wedding venues.
Food poisoning, also called food borne illness, is illness caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms — including bacteria, viruses and parasites — or their toxins are the most common causes of food poisoning. Infectious organisms or their toxins can contaminate food at any point of processing or production. Contamination can also occur at home if food is incorrectly handled or cooked.
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