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8th May, 2017
CDC updates guidance on interpretation of Zika testing results for pregnant women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated guidance for healthcare professionals to interpret Zika test results for women who live in, or frequently travel (daily or weekly) to areas with a CDC Zika travel notice.
 
Emerging data suggests that Zika virus IgM can persist beyond 12 weeks after infection in some individuals making it difficult to determine the timing of infection, especially in testing of asymptomatic people. It may not be easy to determine whether women were infected before or after they became pregnant.
 
Hence, the CDC has recommended the following guidance for healthcare professionals evaluating women without symptoms who had potential Zika exposure-particularly women who live in or frequently travel (daily or weekly) to areas with CDC Zika travel notices.
  • Screen pregnant women for risk of Zika exposure and symptoms of Zika. Test pregnant women promptly, using nucleic acid testing (NAT), if they develop symptoms at any point during pregnancy or if their sexual partner tests positive for Zika virus infection
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Inform, educate, and make people aware of Thalassemia this year
1 in every 25 Indians is a carrier of Thalassemia

New Delhi, May 07 2017: With a prevalence of 288,000 with 60,000 live births each year, Thalassemia is the world's largest rare disease community. Due to its heavy prevalence in the Mediterranean region (Italy, Greece), it is also called Mediterranean anemia. Statistics indicate that approximately 15 million people suffer from thalassemic disorders worldwide. Apart from this, there are about 240 million carriers of beta-thalassemia worldwide, which is 1.5% of the world population. One in every 25 Indians is a carrier of thalassemia.
 
A genetic blood disorder where the bone marrow fails to produce the required red blood cells for the body to thrive, Thalassemia requires lifelong blood transfusions and other therapies. Thalassemia minor people are carriers and can lead normal lives without any clinical interventions. Every year, 8th of May is marked as the World Thalassemia Day.
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