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3rd Quarter 2022 - 2022-07-18

Monkeypox

Monkeypox virus is an enveloped double-strain DNA virus of the Poxviridae family. Orthopoxvirus genus. There are 2 distinct genetic clades, called the Central Africa and West African clades, depending on where they are originally described. The Central African clade causes more severe diseases. Various animal species are the natural hosts of this virus, mainly rodents, tree squirrels and some non-human primates.

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1st Quarter 2022 - 2022-06-07

Preventative medicine for men and women

Preventive medicine is a medical investigation, such as a yearly physical checkup, which is aimed at preventing health problems in an apparently healthy person. It is in contrast to the type of medical tests you get when you have specific symptoms that need to be diagnosed.

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1st Quarter 2022 - 2022-04-04

Non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS)

Non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) is the most sensitive and specific screening test for the common foetal aneuploidies. Due to advances in genomic technologies, we can detect the presence of foetal cell-free DNA, derived from the placenta, circulating in the maternal blood to screen for common foetal aneuploidies. The preferred nomenclature changed from NIPT to NIPS ('S' for screening) to emphasise that utilising a cell-free DNA approach is a screening test and not diagnostic.

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1st Quarter 2022 - 2022-04-04

Update on Malaria

Malaria is a CATEGORY 1 NOTIFIABLE CONDITION according to the National Department of Health's (NDOH)Notifiable Medical Conditions (NMC) list.

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1st Quarter 2022 -2022-04-04

Updates in the Diagnosis of Meningitis and Encephalitis

Meningitis presents with some combination of neck stiffness, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and photophobia. Encephalitis is distinguished from meningitis by the presence of abnormal brain function as evidenced by altered mental status, motor or sensory deficits, altered behaviour or personality changes, and speech or movement disorders.

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4th Quarter 2021 -2021-11-10

World Antimicrobial Awareness

Every year, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices among the general public, healthcare workers, and policymakers, to stop the further emergence and spread of drugresistant infections.

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