Health Highlights: May 15, 2017
Britain's NHS Cancels Surgeries, Appointments as it Recovers From Cyber-Attack Honest Company Baby Wipes Recalled Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Britain's NHS Cancels Surgeries, Appointments as it Recovers From Cyber-Attack
The National Health Service has canceled routine surgery and primary care appointments in some regions of England and Scotland as it recovers from a cyber-attack on Friday.
Sixteen of the 47 hospital trusts that were hit by the global ransomware outbreak are still facing issues, BBC New reported.
There has not been a second attack, but "that doesn't mean there won't be one," according to the National Crime Agency.
In response to criticism that the NHS left itself open to such an attack, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told BBC that the NHS had "massively" upgraded its security.
The NHS was just one target of the ransomware attack that has infected 200,000 machines in 150 countries since Friday, BBC News reported.
Honest Company Baby Wipes Recalled
Jessica Alba's the Honest Company is recalling baby wipes in the United States and Canada because of the possible presence of mold.
The wipes with mold are not likely to pose a health risk, according to the company.
The recall includes: 10 count packages, UPC 0817810011276, 0816645024079, 0817810011276; 72 count packages, UPC 0817810011863, 7000000011863, 0816645023584, 0816645023591; 288 count packages, UPC 0817810014680; and 576 count packages, UPC 0817810028540.
The wipes are also included in Honest Diaper Cakes, Baby Basics Gift Set and Baby Arrival Gift Set.
For more information, consumers can call the company at 1-888-862-8818.
Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo
Three deaths from Ebola have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and health officials are investigating 17 other suspected cases.
Test show that the outbreak in a remote northern area of the central African country involves the Zaire strain, the most dangerous of the Ebola viruses, CNN reported.
The cases have occurred in Bas-Uele province, which borders the Central African Republic.
On the weekend,Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization's regional director for Africa, met with DRC government officials to discuss how to respond to the outbreak, CNN reported.
"WHO has already mobilized technical experts to be deployed on the ground and is ready to provide the leadership and technical expertise required to mount a coordinated and effective response," Moeti said.