Mosquitoes are one of nature’s perfect killing machines. Small, fast, flying carriers of disease that seem to evade nearly every attempt to thwart them. So relentless in pursuit of their hosts, they have even mutated to become resistant to the many widely used pesticides. Annually over one million people die from mosquito-borne diseases, and many millions more suffer debilitating illnesses. Zika, Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, and the newly reinvigorated Yellow Fever are creating a grim landscape with little options for relief.
One of the largest missteps taken by the World Health Organization was their public dismissal of Zika as a public health emergency in 2016. Up until that point, precautions were ramped up and awareness was high. However, we know that nothing lulls one into a false sense of security quite like a public declaration from a trusted source. Unfortunately, while Zika has now been relegated to a ‘chronic illness’, no one gave the mosquitoes the memo that it was quittin’ time– and they are back with a vengeance.
Brazil is in the grips of a staggering outbreak of Yellow Fever. This is so massive in scope, that all travelers headed to Brazil are currently required to obtain the Yellow Fever vaccine ten days before travel into the country. Yellow Fever can, indeed, be fatal, so please make sure you obtain this very necessary immunization. Recognizing the Symptoms: Yellow fever develops quickly, with symptoms occurring three to six days after exposure. The initial symptoms of the infection are like those of the influenza virus. They include:
Acute Phase -This phase usually lasts for three to four days. Common symptoms include:
a loss of appetite
Many people recover from yellow fever at this stage, but some people will develop a more serious version of this condition.
The symptoms that you experienced in the acute phase may disappear for up to 24 hours. Then, those symptoms will return, along with new and more serious symptoms. These include:
vomiting (sometimes with blood)
heart rhythm problems
bleeding from the nose, mouth, and eyes
This phase of the disease is often fatal, but only 15 percent of people with yellow fever reach this phase.
For Women traveling to high risk areas, the Maternova NovaVeil line is a wildly effective and stylish line of protective apparel attractively priced for a limited time. You can select from a dress, leggings, or scarf in a flattering and feminine camouflage. Nanotechnology embeds a permethrin-free repellent inside the fabric on a molecular level. Each garment can be worn over 70 times without losing efficacy with normal washing. Making yourself invisible to mosquitoes has never been easier.
Now as a next step, we ask what could be done to lower the costs of the implementation of the E-MOTIVE bundle? The most obvious answer is to consider displacing the tens of thousands of disposable plastic drapes with a purpose-built reusable device.
Fortunately one of the obstetricians involved in the E-MOTIVE study, Dr. Justus Hofmeyr, had been innovating around this very issue, designing a tray with wells that could fit under a woman’s buttocks, collect and accurately measure the. blood. This tray, theMaternaWellTraywas conceived as a device that could be sterilized and reused, and is manufactured in South Africa by Umoya.
The Pumani bubbleCPAP was designed to meet this need for Malawi and is now widely available through Maternova. We had a few questions about post-research phases of the Pumani bubbleCPAP which we posed to Jocelyn Brown, inventor of the Pumani bubbleCPAP, and Molly McCabe, Director of Product Management.