NIH Issues Alert Over Risk of Infectious Diseases’ Outbreak

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has issued an alert cautioning about the risk of epidemic infectious diseases in the winter season.

As per the details, the institute has dispatched a letter to the health authorities and professionals.

The letter, Seasonal Awareness and Alert Letter (SAAL), aims to alert the health professionals about the epidemic-prone infectious diseases and to facilitate them in preparation of a timely and efficient response to the potential outbreak of the infections.


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The health ministry has issued the SAAL for the season of Oct 2018-Feb 2019.

The health department has issued the alert on Dengue fever, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), Chikungunya, Diphtheria, Gastroenteritis (Acute), Leishmaniasis, Malaria, Measles, Meningococcal Meningitis, Pertussis, Poliomyelitis, Seasonal Influenza – A(H1N1, H5N1), Typhoid Fever and Viral Hepatitis (Acute).


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The alert includes the details of the diseases like diagnosis, treatment, and other information about their management. It has also outlined the elements responsible for spreading the diseases.

It also explains the preventive measures for the said diseases and details the information on vaccination, if any.

The SAAL is also available on the website of NIH.