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Two New Rabies Cases Reported In Sarawak Involving A 3-Year-Old Boy

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The Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) through the Press Statement of the Director-General of Health recently informed that there are two new cases of rabies among people in Sarawak.

This brings the number of rabies cases among people in Sarawak to eight people by 2020.

The seventh case of rabies was a 3-year-old boy with a history of being bitten by a dog on the face on November 2, 2020. He was immediately admitted to Bau Hospital to receive rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) and anti-rabies vaccines. The case was discharged in good health on November 6, 2020.

“However, on 13 November 2020 until 15 November 2020, this child has a high fever, weak limbs, poor appetite, restlessness, hydrophobia and shows aggressive behavior.

“He was admitted to Sarawak General Hospital (HUS) on 16 November 2020 for further treatment and confirmed to be infected with rabies virus through laboratory tests conducted by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) on 25 November 2020. This child is being treated at HUS and is in stable condition. . MOH prays that these children recover as soon as possible, ”said the statement.

The eighth case of rabies is a 58-year-old man who was admitted to the ward at Lundu Hospital on 19 November 2020 with symptoms of pain and weakness for three (3) days. He also complained of a sore throat with difficulty eating and drinking.

“The case was transferred to Sarawak General Hospital on 21 November 2020 when his health condition worsened. He died on 25 November 2020 with a diagnosis of rabies meningoencephalitis. The diagnosis was confirmed with a positive laboratory test for rabies by IMR on 25 November 2020. The MOH extends its condolences to the family members of the deceased,” the statement said.

The increase in these cases also brings the total number of cases in the rabies epidemic in Sarawak declared on 31 July 2017 to 30 cases with 28 deaths. There are only two (2) surviving cases and both are children with a history of seeking early treatment.

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Source: KP Kesihatan

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Due To Their Loss of Smell, Covid-19 Survivors Have To Get Creative In The Kitchen

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Dr. Alex Yeats who is an emergency physician has taken out an amazing dinner option one day. According to his wife, she has nothing to do with it even though it does look so appetizing. Sarah Yeats who is an emergency nurse from Atlantic Beach, Florida said, “It was black bean pasta with almonds and turmeric chunks and I was like ‘I’m not eating that, it’s disgusting”.

The husband and wife work at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Sarah Yeats had contracted Covid-19 at work and brought it home in August.

According to a report, people who have been contracted with COVID-19 usually lost much of their sense of smell and also taste. The condition is called Anosmia which means a condition known as “smell blindness” or even loss of smell. This is actually a common symptom of COVID-19. Despite having the symptom, people still need to eat and of course, they have to modify their meals as a result.

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Because of the restriction of not having the ability to smell and taste correct, they have to be creative when they are preparing their meal so that they get enough flavor and nutrition in their meal for them to eat. These are some simple tricks that they follow to be creative in the kitchen:

1) Serving New Flavor Combinations On The Table

Dr. Marta Becker who is an otolaryngologist said, “Some sensations of our food such as spicy hot pepper, mintiness are things we experience with the hot and cold sensors of our mouth”. She also added, “You can get the acid, heat, even saltiness, but not the layers of things like cilantro and chipotle”. Because of that, texture, color, and even rituals around cooking have become more important to some people right now rather than just the taste.
Alex Yeats said that texture has become a lot more important when cooking. He and Sarah Yeats tend to eat salmon several times a week because it has a fuller, more umami body, and a better mouthfeel than a flaky white fish, which just tastes dry for them. Sarah Yeats also stated, “I wanted to make sure there was green in everything because foods that are white and gray, they’re just so unappealing now”. Immersing in the processes of cooking and meal planning each week also helped her keep interested in food prep. She added, “Having Covid inspired us to use our raclette oven because it’s a process for cooking that makes it fun”.
2) Odd Odors Are A Promising Sign
Phantom smells are actually a common topic in the online Covid-19 support group. The couple said that they have gotten whiffs of jet fuel and cigarette smoke where there was none. Becker said, “A lot of people get trash, or smoke, something rotten or burning rubber”. She also added, “It’s really gross, but it’s usually a good sign things are trying to sort themselves out. When the recovery happens, sometimes the wires can get crossed”.
3) Scent Training Helps
“Scent Training” is a method of using things like rose, lemons, cloves, garlic, eucalyptus, and menthols that have a really strong smell to retrain the brain. Becker said it’s a tactic she recommends to patients since there is no cure for anosmia. She mentioned, “Retraining your brain to what things smell like so you can remember is a bit mysterious. But using the memory to retrain the neurons can work in both directions. The memory can help you smell, and the smell can help you remember”.
Sources: CNN 
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Different Colors On Vegetables And Fruits Have Various Benefits? What Is it?

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Certainly, many Malaysians do not know that different colors of vegetables and fruits have different vitamins and minerals as well as different functions.

Through a post on Facebook by the Nutrition Department Ministry of Health Malaysia, we are advised to take various types and colors of vegetables and fruits.

Take at least three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit daily.

Follow the information sharing by MOH below to find out more about the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables:

1) Red color

  • Contains Lycopene as an antioxidant that helps protect against cell damage and is good for heart health.

2) Purple color

  • Contains Anthocyanin as an antioxidant that helps lower the risk of cancer, improve the body’s immune system and memory.

3) Green color

  • Contains chlorophyll, fiber, and iron which are good for red blood cell formation, good for digestion, and boost the body’s immunity.

4) Orange color

  • Contains Beta-Carotene as an antioxidant that can improve eye health and anti-aging agents.

“But there is a similarity despite the different colors … that VEGETABLES and FRUIT can help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases,” wrote MOH Nutrition Department on the post.

“VEGETABLES & FRUIT contain phytochemicals that supply antioxidants that help fight free radicals as well as support our body’s immune system …,” added MOH Nutrition Department.

Source: Nutrition Department Ministry of Health Malaysia

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As Part of Curriculum, Children In Siberia’s School Throw Buckets of Icy Water Over Themselves

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As school children, having a cold shower in the morning is the least favorite thing that they have to go through first thing after they woke up. They would prefer to have a nice warm shower instead so that they are going to feel great to start the day.

The story is different for Siberian school children as they have to throw buckets of icy water over themselves. This has to be done because it is part of the school curriculum.

All the five and also six-year-old at the school in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia have to drench themselves in icy water. In fact, most of the students’ parents have given their permission for their children to take part daily because they believe that doing that, can help to ward off infections.

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The teachers there stated that the cold showers that they are doing could lead to the children being less sick. Other than that, they also say it could make the children be more “sensible, balanced and also optimistic”. According to a report, the children would take cold showers daily after they had a hot sauna. They also declared that the temperature should be no lower than 25C.

A spokesperson for the Krasnoyarsk education department said, “The little walruses warmed themselves in the sauna and went outside for a traditional cold water shower”. Even though the process might sound challenging for the children to withstand, they actually have been taught breathing exercises for the deep cold.

A teacher named Lyubov Daniltsova said, ” Our doctor confirms that children in groups that practice dousing get through the flu season a lot more easily but generally the statistics show there is 95 percent of healthy children in the ‘wet’ group, compared to 75 percent among the others”.

Sources: DailyMail

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