Category: Microbiology

DENGUE and Dengue Hemorrhagic fever (DHF)

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DENGUE and Dengue Hemorrhagic fever (DHF) History The term “dengue” is a Spanish attempt at the Swahili phrase “ki denga pepo“, meaning “cramp- like seizure caused by an evil spirit“. It was given its name during a Caribbean outbreak in 1827-1828.Dengue pronounced Dengee, otherwise called break bone fever gets its name because it is a fever that […]

Stem Cells

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The Stem Cell Reality Stem cells and their applications have been making headlines with regularity, for the right as well as wrong reasons. Leading magazines such as National Geographic have carried whole issues devoted to stem cells. Certain terms used when talking about stem cells need to be explained. Definitions “Stem cell research” includes research into […]

Nosocomial infections

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Nosocomial Infections The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the year 2006 as the year for creating awareness on “Nosocomial infections”. People working in the health care sector have doubled their efforts globally, towards prevention and containment of nosocomial infections. In the early days, hospitals were the refuge of the destitute and dying – avoided […]