Infectious diseases are diseases caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; which can be spread from one person to another, according to WHO.
Various infectious diseases such as influenza and Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) are caused by viruses. No drugs can be used to kill viruses; most of the time we have to depend on our own immune system to fight off viruses. We can’t see viruses with our naked eyes, so what can we do to avoid becoming a ‘victim’ of infectious disease?
Vaccines for infectious diseases were developed to act as protection for the public and to reduce disease transmission rates. Yet, many times subjects are not able to obtain proper vaccines due to cost and accessibility issues, especially in developing countries. More details about vaccines and disease prevalence can be found in the article titled Infectious Diseases in Asia Pacific: Top Five Targets for Prophylaxis Vaccines.
Dr. Leong Hoe Nam, an Infectious Diseases expert, advises people to get vaccinated as it is the most effective way to prevent influenza (flu) infection and its severe complications. In general, a flu vaccine offers a one-year protection for most people. He noted that the flu is often confused with common cold, in fact, they are not the same. Currently, the new flu vaccine FluQuadriTM by Sanofi Pasteur is designed to provide fuller protection against 4 different flu viruses.
You might have thought HFMD viruses are only prevalent among young children, but the fact is adults can be infected by them as well. Though it is a highly contagious infection, most HFMD cases are asymptomatic.
In the Spotlights section, you can find stories about the collaboration between Medtronic and SingHealth to address the needs of people living with diabetes, a pressing healthcare issue in Asia Pacific. An interview with Mr. Raman Singh from Mundipharma allows us to understand the objectives of the company establishing its new BETADINE® facility in Singapore.
A lot of biotech and healthcare developments are concentrated in this region. If you happen to find a copy of APBN on book shelf, we hope you will find pleasure in reading the September 2016 issue.
You can always find the latest issue online on www.asiabiotech.com.