[Correspondence] The first 2019 novel coronavirus case in Nepal
Anup Bastola, Ranjit Sah, Alfonso J Rodriguez-Morales, Bibek Kumar Lal, Runa Jha, Hemant Chanda Ojha, Bikesh Shrestha, Daniel K W Chu, Leo L M Poon, Anthony Costello, Kouichi Morita, Basu Dev Pandey | thelancet.com | 2020-02-10
In January, 2020, the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China spread progressively to other countries,1,2 with WHO declaring it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.3 Among the affected countries beyond China (where 12‚Äà307 cases and 259 deaths were reported as of Feb 1, 2020) are others in Asia, including Nepal.4…
[Comment] Balancing sensitivity and specificity of Zika virus case definitions
Gabriela Paz-Bailey, Christopher J Gregory | thelancet.com | 2019-12-20
In a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Raquel Burger-Calderon and colleagues1 characterise the clinical profile of Zika virus infection and assess the performance of WHO and Pan American Health Organization case definitions in a large paediatric cohort from Nicaragua. They show that Zika disease primarily manifests with undifferentiated fever or afebrile rash, and that the occurrence of symptoms increases with age. As a result, Zika in children is likely to be missed by recommended case definitions more frequently than in adults.