Ebola Virus Outbreak

In August of 2014, The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of Ebola in West Africa an international health emergency. WHO officials said a coordinated international response was essential to stop and reverse the spread of the virus (WHO statement, 8 August 2014).

During this outbreak of Ebola, most of the disease has spread through human-to-human transmission.  According to WHO guidelines, hand hygiene is the most important infection prevention and control measure1. WHO has recommended hand washing as a key measure in infection control since the skin is a routine source of infection transmission.

Mundipharma believes industry must play its part in the fight against Ebola.

To support the guidelines, Mundipharma has partnered with leading aid organization, Direct Relief to donate supplies of the BETADINE® range of antiseptics to provide more than two million hand washes in Ebola treatment centres in West Africa.

 

1 (WHO, August 2014). http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/130596/1/WHO_HIS_SDS_2014.4_eng.pdf, Accessed 27 November 2014

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a virus called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and is known to affect the respiratory system.[1]

The South Korea outbreak which was contained in July 2015, where 185 people were infected, 36 killed and more than 16,000 quarantined, has demonstrated the need for effective preventative measures to reduce the spread of the virus.[2] Most MERS patients developed severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and 3-4 out of every 10 patients reported with MERS have died.[3]

To date, there is no specific medication or vaccination available to effectively combat MERS, raising a tremendous  concern in today’s globally connected population. In an effort to contain the spread of infectious diseases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued guidelines on maintaining good personal hygiene, highlighting regular hand washing, as the first line of defence in disease prevention and infection control.[4]

A recent in-vitro research study, conducted at Marburg University, Germany, on BETADINE® range of products including 4% PVP-I (BETADINE® Skin Cleanser), 7.5% PVP-I (BETADINE® Surgical Scrub), 1% PVP-I (BETADINE® mouthwash and gargle) scientifically proves the efficacy against the MERS virus and the modified vaccinia virus type Ankara (considered to be one of the toughest enveloped viruses).[5]

With collaboration of MOH in Egypt and KSA Mundipharma MEA was involved in many campaigns and activities in aim to educate society about MERS (its prevention, symptoms and treatment) across the region.

1 Centers for Disease control and prevention http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/about/index.html
2 Christopher S. Bowron, Salahudin M. Maalim. Saudi Arabia: Hajj Pilgrimage. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/selectdestinations/
saudi-arabia-hajj-pilgrimage, accessed on August 26th, 2015.
3 http://www.who.int/emergencies/mers-cov/en/
4 http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/about/index.html
5 http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/tools/9789241597906/en/