US Centers reports 91 cases of fungal meningitis outbreak
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported new total 91 cases of fungal meningitis outbreak. Most of the new cases were reported in Michigan, where the total increased to 20 from eight.
On Sunday, US health officials reported more 27 cases in a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections which has killed seven people and now infected 91 in the nine states.
Most of the new cases were reported in Michigan, where the total rose to 20 from eight. Meanwhile, Virginia’s total rose to 18 from 11.
The widening outbreak has shocked US health officials and focused attention on regulation of pharmaceutical companies like the one that produced drugs.
The Massachusetts Health Department said, the company shipped 17,676 vials of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate to 76 facilities in 23 states from July through September.
The company has suspended its operations while the investigation proceeds and earlier recalled the three lots of drug. As per the announcement on its website, the company issued broader recall out of an abundance of caution due to the potential risk of contamination.
Nine states where fungal meningitis has been reported are Indiana, Maryland, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
Meningitis is an infection of membranes that covers the brain and spinal cord, and affected patients started showing symptoms from one to four weeks after their injections.
The fungal meningitis symptoms include headache, nausea and neurological problems which would be consistent with deep brain stroke.
Vuram launches automated app to track COVID-19 supplies
A new app that tracks COVID-19 supplies in real time time has launched.
Built by hyper-automation services company Vuram, Trackable can monitor the progress of vaccines, oxygen cylinders, PPE, and masks as they move through the supply chain.
The app's features include street view to facilitate coordination between drivers, and trained facial recognition software powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure goods are only handled by authorised personnel.
Other functions include:
* Demand management for inventories, to prioritise deliveries using automation
* Demand analysis to predict sales trends based on stock levels
* Offline multilingual feature for drivers
* A dashboard to see the status and location of drivers
* Insights on how products are performing in real-time
The team at Vuram built Trackable as part of the Appian World 2021 Online Hackathon, where participants can take their ideas for innovative software and create a custom app. The tracking app went on to win the contest.
“Custom component building is at the heart of this application, and we focussed on making them more creative to provide an improved user experience" said Santosh Kumar, co-developer of Trackable.
"We are happy that we have managed to make it to the top in just a month. On behalf of Vuram, I thank the Appian Hackathon team for their efforts in conducting the event, and my hearty congratulations to all the winners."