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  • Victorian-Era diseases on the rise in Britain

    12/23/2015 10:01:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies ^ | 12/23/2015 | Max Foster, CNN
    Scurvy, tuberculosis, scarlet fever may conjure up images of a Charles Dickens tale. However, diseases of the Victorian Era are re-emerging in modern day Britain. ... TB is one disease often synonymous with poverty, affecting the most vulnerable. However, health officials warn strains of the disease lie undetected in all parts of modern society and could break out in the future. ... In fact, over the last five years in England, cases of scarlet fever have risen 136%, scurvy by 38% and cholera by 300%, though for scurvy and cholera the numbers are very small. So why the resurgence? "Reduced...
  • Cholera outbreak threatens world's largest refugee camp (Kenya, near Somalia)

    12/19/2015 8:09:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | December 19, 2015 | Radina Gigova
    Kenya's cholera epidemic has reached the world's largest refugee camp and doctors worry the outbreak could continue to spread....
  • India’s Sanitation Problem

    10/17/2014 6:19:32 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 51 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Jack Dini
    Diarrheal diseases kill 700,000 children in India every year Nationwide, at least two-thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people still defecate in the open, and many do not understand the dire public health consequences. Diarrheal diseases kill 700,000 children in India every year while also contributing to widespread malnutrition and childhood growth stunting, as well as diseases like typhoid and cholera. (1) In an attempt to improve upon this situation, Indian leaders are taking on the taboo of public hygiene, one of the country’s great problems. Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, says building toilets is a priority over temples. His finance...
  • Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida

    07/29/2014 11:36:50 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/29/14 | KATIE M
    Home> Health Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida Jul 29, 2014, 12:12 PM ET By KATIE MOISSE Katie Moisse More from Katie » Katie Moisse Health Editor via Good Morning America PHOTO: Crescent Beach in Sarasota, Fla. is pictured in this file photo. Florida Officials Warn About Deadly Bacteria in Water Next Video Flesh-Eating Bacteria Survivor Gets Service Dog Auto Start: On | Off Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes to cause flesh-eating disease. Vibrio vulnificus –- a cousin of the bacterium that causes Cholera –- thrives in...
  • Liberal Journalist Rushes to Hail Chelsea Clinton for Her 'Unshakeable Obsession with Diarrhea'

    08/25/2013 5:14:38 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    Liberal Journalist Rushes to Hail Chelsea Clinton for Her 'Unshakeable Obsession with Diarrhea' By Tim Graham Created 08/24/2013 - 11:39pm Joe Conason is still trying to be the number one journalistic ring-kisser to the Clinton family. His latest effort is fawning all over Chelsea Clinton, the humanitarian (and occasional NBC News correspondent.) He complained on her behalf that “the political press still seems far more inclined to ruminate over her supposed ambitions rather than report her real concerns.” Chelsea is Nobel Prize material, Conason wants you to know, with global concerns that include, “among other things, an unshakeable obsession with...
  • Cholera is Altering the Human Genome

    07/04/2013 4:06:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 3 July 2013 | Mitch Leslie
    Enlarge Image Laid low. A cholera ward in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a country where nearly half the people are infected with the cholera bacterium by age 15. Credit: Mark Knobil/Creative Commons Cholera kills thousands of people a year, but a new study suggests that the human body is fighting back. Researchers have found evidence that the genomes of people in Bangladesh—where the disease is prevalent—have developed ways to combat the disease, a dramatic case of human evolution happening in modern times. Cholera has hitchhiked around the globe, even entering Haiti with UN peacekeepers in 2010, but the disease's heartland is...
  • Cuban official reports 85 confirmed cholera cases in eastern Granma province alone

    07/10/2012 3:11:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 10, 2012 | Juan O. Tamayo
    The number of cholera cases confirmed in eastern Cuba jumped from 30 to 85 over the weekend but the death toll remained at three, one government official said, although independent reports put the deaths at anywhere from five to 15. Up to five other cases of cholera also were unofficially reported in Havana and dissidents in Guantánamo near the eastern tip of the island reported a handful of cholera-like cases in Caimanera, a village on the edge of the U.S. navy base. The state-owned TV station in Granma province, where the outbreak hit hardest, suggested residents avoid travelling outside the...
  • Scientists: UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas

    01/14/2012 3:13:27 PM PST · by tired&retired · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ABC News ^ | Thu, Jan 12, 2012 | By MATTHEW MOSK, BRIAN ROSS and RYM MOMTAZ | ABC News
    Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera -- a super bug -- into the Western Hemisphere for the first time. The vicious form of cholera has already killed 7,000 people in Haiti, where it surfaced in a remote village in October 2010. Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School and elsewhere told ABC News that, despite UN denials, there is now a mountain of evidence suggesting the strain originated in Nepal, and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who came to Haiti to serve as UN peacekeepers after the earthquake that ravaged...
  • Scientists: UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas

    01/14/2012 8:14:56 AM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Janurary 12, 2012 | MATTHEW MOSK, BRIAN ROSS and RYM MOMTAZ
    Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera -- a super bug -- into the Western Hemisphere for the first time. The vicious form of cholera has already killed 7,000 people in Haiti, where it surfaced in a remote village in October 2010. Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School and elsewhere told ABC News that, despite UN denials, there is now a mountain of evidence suggesting the strain originated in Nepal, and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who came to Haiti to serve as UN peacekeepers after the earthquake that ravaged...
  • 5,000 Haitian cholera victims sue U.N. seeking compensation, adequate response to end epidemic

    11/10/2011 3:05:52 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | November 8, 2011 | Diogenes
    (CNS/Paul Jeffrey) Thousands of Haitians stricken with cholera during the last 13 months are seeking compensation and an improved response to ending the epidemic from the United Nations, according to a petition filed with the world agency.The petition filed by lawyers with Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti in conjunction with the Office of International Lawyers on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitians charges that cholera was introduced into the country by Nepalese troops serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti — MINUSTAH — and that the world body has done little in response to the spread...
  • Health conditions ripe for disaster, officials fear

    10/26/2011 5:17:13 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 22 replies
    Food-borne illnesses, a flu outbreak, hypothermia, sexually transmitted diseases and vermin are just some of the hazards experts say make Occupy Boston a public health disaster waiting to happen — as City Hall turns a blind eye. “The longer you’ve got a big group of people in an unsanitary location, the more at risk they’re going to be for infectious diseases. Time is only beginning to tell where this is going to go,” said Janelle Vaesa, a public health researcher who has studied similar deteriorating conditions at Occupy Wall Street in New York. San Francisco health officials report they’ve subjected...
  • Cholera pandemic has a single global source (Bay of Bengal)

    08/31/2011 11:27:34 AM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | August 25, 2011 | Hamish Pritchard
    A major cholera pandemic has spread in at least three waves from a single global source: the Bay of Bengal.A study in Nature reveals cholera's spread over the last 60 years into Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, continent-hopping on long-haul flights. The research by a team from Cambridge's Sanger Institute showed the infection is evolving, with the newest waves showing antibiotic resistance. A UK expert said it was "a scandal" cholera was still affecting people. Cholera is a bacterial infection of the intestine that causes diarrhoea. It affects 3-5m people annually in 56 countries, killing between100,000 and 150,000. If...
  • Cholera returns to Puerto Rico after a 126-year absence

    07/05/2011 6:57:27 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 10 replies
    El Nuevo Día (Spanish-language article) ^ | July 5, 2011 | Yanira Hernández Cabiya
    (English-language translation) A septuagenarian missionary became the first person to import the dangerous cholera bacterium to Puerto Rico in over a century. Confirmation was done by the Department of Health, following protocol which requires that confirmed cholera cases be reported within 24 hours. The man, whom the Department of Health only identified as a missionary who lives in the northern part of the island, traveled to the Dominican Republic two weeks ago to do work in an area where hygienic conditions were not the best. "He is a person who travels to the Dominican Republic frequently," State Epidemiologist Carmen Deseda...
  • 'Christmas of misery' for many in Haiti (Bill *Clinton is in charge of this mess)

    12/26/2010 10:14:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies · 3+ views
    St Catharines Standard ^ | 12/25/10 | Joseph Guyler Delva
    'Christmas of misery' for many in HaitiBy Joseph Guyler Delva, REUTERS Posted 1 day ago PORT-AU-PRINCE - Maritza Monfort is singing along to a Christmas carol in Creole on the radio, but the Haitian mother of two is struggling to lift her spirits. "I sing to ease my pain. If I think too much, I'll die," said Monfort, 38, one of over a million Haitians made homeless by a January earthquake that plunged the poor, French-speaking Caribbean nation into the most calamitous year of its history. With a raging cholera epidemic and election turmoil heaping more death and hardship on...
  • I’m from the UN and I’m Here to Help - UN inadvertently supplied Haiti with cholera.

    12/19/2010 10:25:51 AM PST · by opentalk · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 17, 2010 | Theodore Dalrymple
    That human action or activity often has unintended consequences is not a new observation. Among the activities that often have results very different from those envisaged or desired is foreign aid. There is probably not a single case of a very poor country being hauled out of poverty by such aid; there are many instances of dictators being kept in power and of civil wars virtually funded by it. ..To the roll of unintended consequences must now be added the likely introduction of cholera into Haiti by Bangladeshi troops there who are part of the UN peacekeeping force there. A...
  • Franklin Graham: Palin's Compassion Touched Haitians' Hearts

    12/16/2010 2:52:32 PM PST · by unseen1 · 47 replies ^ | 12/16/2010 | Henry J. Reske and Kathleen Walter
    Sarah Palin’s visit to the earthquake-ravaged Haiti showed she is not “afraid to get her hands dirty,” says the Rev. Franklin Graham. The former Alaska governor is a “woman of strong principle and no question she has a strong faith in God,” the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham said during a Newsmax.TV interview in which he discussed his hosting her Haitian visit...... ...The former GOP vice-presidential candidate “has tremendous compassion for people, she loves people, and she cares deeply about people,” Graham said. “She was an encouragement not only to the staff and to the relief workers (but) even...
  • (Presidential) Election in Haiti beset by cholera, confusion

    11/28/2010 10:13:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/28/10 | Jonathan M. Katz And Ben Fox
    Election in Haiti beset by cholera, confusionBy Jonathan M. Katz And Ben Fox Associated Press – 1 hr 13 mins ago PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The ballot is as crowded as the earthquake-ravaged capital itself, and a collapsed presidential palace is the prize. The voter rolls are filled with the dead, and living citizens are still struggling to figure out if and where they can vote while worrying about political violence and a spreading cholera epidemic. It's Election Sunday in post-quake Haiti. Most polls opened an hour or more after their 6 a.m. (1100 GMT) start time and confusion reigned at...
  • Cholera protesters attack cars in Haiti capital

    11/18/2010 1:11:04 PM PST · by Kartographer · 27 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 11/18/10
    <p>Protesters in Haiti's capital are lashing out at U.N. peacekeepers and the government, blocking roads and attacking foreigners' vehicles.</p> <p>Demonstrators are setting up burning barricades, and Haitian police have fired tear gas.</p> <p>U.N. and non-governmental organization vehicles have been pelted with rocks.</p>
  • Cholera and Dengue Fever: (FL) State health officials issue warnings of two diseases

    11/18/2010 8:17:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    WTSP 10 News ^ | November 18, 2010 | Eric Glasser
    State health workers say it's official: Florida is now witnessing incidents of two diseases we haven't experienced in years, if not decades. "It's of course important for Floridians in all parts of the state, but especially South Florida," says Dr. Carina Blackmore with the state's health department. The diseases being discussed are cholera and dengue fever. Cholera is spread by unsanitary conditions. Dengue fever, by mosquitoes.
  • Haiti’s Latest Misery (*Bubba is supposed to bring coordination, efficiency and transparency)

    10/28/2010 10:23:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/26/10
    Haiti’s Latest MiseryPublished: October 26, 2010 The cholera outbreak in Haiti — the first in 50 years — has layered fresh anxiety atop long-standing misery. By Tuesday the disease had sickened more than 3,000 people and killed more than 250. While the authorities have expressed cautious hope that the outbreak might soon stabilize and remain largely confined to the rural Artibonite region, there is still fear that the disease could overwhelm the shattered capital, Port-au-Prince. **SNIP** More than 1.3 million Haitians were left homeless by the quake, and more than 1.3 million remain homeless today. Thousands of people live in...
  • UN probes base as source of Haiti cholera outbreak

    10/27/2010 8:19:42 PM PDT · by aposiopetic · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/27/2010 | Jonathan M. Katz
    MIREBALAIS, Haiti – U.N. investigators took samples of foul-smelling waste trickling behind a Nepalese peacekeeping base toward an infected river system on Wednesday, following persistent accusations that excrement from the newly arrived unit caused the cholera epidemic that has sickened more than 4,000 people in the earthquake-ravaged nation. Associated Press journalists who were visiting the base unannounced happened upon the investigators. Mission spokesman Vincenzo Pugliese confirmed after the visit that the military team was testing for cholera — the first public acknowledgment that the 12,000-member force is directly investigating allegations its base played a role in the outbreak.
  • Cholera outbreak hits rural Haiti - 142 dead

    10/22/2010 10:46:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 1+ views
    ap via yahoo ^ | 1 hr 36 mins ago | JACOB KUSHNER,
    ST. MARC, Haiti – At least 142 people have died in a cholera outbreak, and aid groups are rushing in medicine and other supplies Friday to combat Haiti's deadliest health problem since its devastating earthquake.
  • Sick desperate to get help as Haiti cholera outbreak kills 138

    10/22/2010 11:16:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | October 22, 2010 | Greg Botelho,Azadeh Ansari and Alanne Orjoux
    CNN) -- Chaos reigned north of Haiti's capital Friday as hospitals overflowed with people rushing to get help from a fast-moving cholera outbreak that has killed at least 138 people.
  • Old Irish bones may yield murderous secrets in Pa.

    08/17/2010 8:28:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | 8-16-10 | KATHY MATHESON
    Online: Malvern, PA -- Young and strapping, the 57 Irish immigrants began grueling work in the summer of 1832 on the Philadelphia and Columbia railroad. Within weeks, all were dead of cholera. Or were they murdered? Two skulls unearthed at a probable mass grave near Philadelphia this month showed signs of violence, including a possible bullet hole. Another pair of skulls found earlier at the woodsy site also displayed traumas, seeming to confirm the suspicions of two historians leading the archaeological dig. "This was much more than a cholera epidemic," William Watson said. Watson, chairman of the history department...
  • New cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2009 9:55:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 413+ views
    UPI ^ | Oct. 21, 2009
    Cholera has reappeared in Zimbabwe, where more than 4,300 people died of the disease in a recent epidemic, the United Nations Children's Fund reports. UNICEF said Tuesday there have been at least five deaths in the current outbreak... "The fundamentals of the last epidemic are still there. Water is only sporadically available, and sewerage reticulation and refuse collection are only partially working," "It's not the catastrophe that it was last year but it's still a big epidemic of an easily preventable disease that should never have been allowed to happen,"
  • North Korea can unleash 13 types of biological agent, South Korea says

    10/05/2009 11:41:00 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 957+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/6/2009 | Richard Lloyd Parry in Pyongyang
    North Korea’s armed forces are capable of carrying out 13 kinds of viral and bacterial attack, the South Korean Government said yesterday in one of the most detailed assessments of the dictatorship’s biological weapons arsenal. In a submission to the South Korean National Assembly, the Defence Minister also said that the North had 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons, believed to include mustard gas, phosgene and sarin. Among its biological agents are cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus, typhoid fever and dysentery. Despite the alarming assessment, Kim Tae Young also said that his country’s armed forces had the capacity pre-emptively to destroy...
  • Red Cross: Nightmare Scenario Unfolding in Cholera-Stricken Zimbabwe

    01/27/2009 8:49:33 PM PST · by Clive · 21 replies · 726+ views
    Voice of America News ^ | 2009-01-23 | Lisa Schlein
    By Lisa Schlein Geneva 23 January 2009 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says a nightmare scenario is unfolding in Zimbabwe as the number of cholera deaths and cases continues to mount. The Red Cross says it is hit with a severe funding crisis and this is hampering its ability to contain the deadly disease. Senior health officer for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Tammam Aloudat, has recently returned from Zimbabwe. He says the cholera outbreak in the country is increasing in scale and it is claiming more lives. "The scenario...
  • Cholera Epidemic Spurs Rare Cooperation Between NGOs and Zimbabwe Government

    01/16/2009 5:36:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 247+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 16 January 2009 | Patience Rusere
    The death toll from Zimbabwe's tenacious cholera epidemic rose by 24 to 2,225 from a total of 42,675 cases, the World Health Organization said Friday in a statistical update. Notes to the report compiled through Thursday hinted at the difficulties facing authorities trying to bring the persistent epidemic to a halt. Cholera treatment centers are having trouble ensuring supplies of clean water, as in Makonde and Zvimba, Mashonaland West province. Authorities were trying to respond to an outbreak in the Gokwe South district of Midlands province, but Mateta ward the nearest medical facility was 30 kilometers away. A new cholera...
  • Zimbabwe cholera deaths climbs past 2,000

    01/14/2009 3:26:19 AM PST · by Clive · 7 replies · 494+ views
    Reuters via National Post ^ | 2009-01-14 | Nelson Banya
    <p>HARARE -- Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic has killed more than 2,000 people and almost 40,000 have contracted the normally preventable disease, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.</p>
  • Zimbabwe cholera surges, as doctors urge charges for Mugabe (crimes against humanity)

    01/13/2009 9:30:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 575+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/13/09 | AFP
    HARARE (AFP) – The death toll of Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic swelled past 2,000 people Tuesday, as a global doctors group called for President Robert Mugabe to be charged with crimes against humanity. Fresh data from the World Health Organization showed that the treatable water-borne disease has killed more than 2,000 people since August with the number of diagnosed cases reaching almost 40,000. The new figures came as US-based Physicians for Human Rights said Mugabe should be charged with crimes against humanity over rights abuses and the collapse of the nation's health system. The recommendation was made in a damning 45-page...
  • Zim cholera death toll tops 1,100

    12/23/2008 4:47:36 PM PST · by Clive · 13 replies · 458+ views
    Mail & Guardian ^ | 2008-12-18
    Zim cholera death toll tops 1 100HARARE, ZIMBABWE Dec 18 2008 13:03The death toll from a cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has soared to 1,111, the United Nations said on Thursday, adding to pressure for a quick solution to the crisis in the Southern African country. African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma backed a diplomatic push as the way to end political deadlock and rejected any suggestion of sending troops. The latest cholera figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva included a new outbreak in Chegutu Urban in Mashonaland West, west of Harare, where...
  • Zimbabwe: Cholera is genocide by UK ( CNN Didn't blame bush!!! )

    12/13/2008 2:36:42 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies · 533+ views
    CNN ^ | December 12th
    One of Zimbabwe's top officials blamed his country's spreading cholera outbreak on what he calls "a genocidal onslaught" by Zimbabwe's former colonial ruler -- Britain. "Cholera is a calculated, racist attack on Zimbabwe by the unrepentant former colonial power, which has enlisted support from its American and Western allies so that they can invade the country," Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told reporters. Britain ruled the country as a colony until 1965. Ndlovu's claims triggered quick and pointed reaction from Britain and the United States.
  • Zimbabwe says Britain "planted" cholera in "genocide" bid

    12/12/2008 4:12:24 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 33 replies · 810+ views
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 12 Dec 2008 | Unknown
    Harare - While Zimbabwe's government was backtracking on President Robert Mugabe's denials about his country's cholera outbreak, one minister was accusing Britain of 'planting' the cholera in Zimbabwe's soil to achieve 'genocide.' Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu also accused what he called 'gun-boat' Western media outlets of passing off photos of victims of conflict in other parts of Africa as Zimbabwean cholera victims. 'They take photos of people dying in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Darfur (Sudan) and say these are cholera victims from Zimbabwe. CNN please stop those pictures,' he appealed. Ndlovu was addressing a government press conferences...
  • Watching Zimbabwe die. From Cholera,Anthrax and Mugabe.

    12/07/2008 12:53:08 PM PST · by stillafreemind · 41 replies · 1,513+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 12/07/2008 | Bobby Tall Horse
    With sewage running in the streets of Zimbabwe, children playing in standing water, no way of boiling water, no chlorine, shortages of medicines and everything from forks and spoons to professionals and volunteers, we are watching Zimbabwe die a slow and horrible death.
  • UK plotting to invade Zimbabwe: Mugabe spokesman

    12/07/2008 9:36:35 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies · 1,004+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 7, 2008 | MacDonald Dzirutwe
    Zimbabwe's government has accused former colonial ruler Britain of using a cholera epidemic to rally Western support for an invasion of the collapsing southern African nation, a state-run newspaper said on Sunday. President Robert Mugabe is under mounting pressure from the international community, especially Western nations which accuse him of ruining the once prosperous country and exposing its people to famine and disease. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has branded Mugabe's government a "blood-stained regime" and said it was responsible for the cholera epidemic that has killed at least 575 people. The world must tell Mugabe "enough is enough," he...
  • State of Emergency - The cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe may be spreading to other African nations.

    12/04/2008 10:48:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 787+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 04, 2008 | Roger Bate
    December 04, 2008, 0:00 p.m. State of EmergencyThe cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe may be spreading to other African nations. By Roger Bate On December 2, the United Nations announced that over 12,500 Zimbabweans have cholera and at least 565 have died as a result. The normal fatality rate from cholera, even in the bad situations that it arises, is about one percent — so a rate of roughly four times that amount points to how severe the epidemic sweeping Zimbabwe truly is, as well as to how general living standards have deteriorated in this African nation. Today, the Zimbabwean...
  • Zimbabwe cuts water supplies

    12/01/2008 9:26:52 AM PST · by george76 · 27 replies · 808+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | December 01, 2008
    ZIMBABWE has cut water supplies to the nation's capital Harare, state media reported today, leaving most of the city dry as authorities struggle to contain a cholera epidemic. "Most parts of Harare - including the city centre - did not get water yesterday amid claims by Zinwa staff that the authority had stopped pumping after it ran out of one of the essential chemicals,"
  • Hatred in the Time of Cholera - Zimbabwe collapses as an epidemic sweeps the nation.

    11/28/2008 4:37:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 66 replies · 2,066+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 26, 2008 | Roger Bate
    November 26, 2008, 0:10 a.m. Hatred in the Time of CholeraZimbabwe collapses as an epidemic sweeps the nation. By Roger Bate While Americans give thanks this holiday season, they warily contemplate what the partial collapse of financial institutions means for them. But for Zimbabweans, simply being alive is reason to give thanks. A cholera epidemic is sweeping across Zimbabwe, with over 9,000 cases and 360 deaths, according to the United Nations. Local sources tell me these figures underplay the seriousness of the problem. The British charity Oxfam has called for a State of Emergency to be declared in Zimbabwe,...
  • Satellites to Predict Disease Outbreaks

    10/13/2008 3:28:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 294+ views
    Discovery ^ | Oct. 8, 2008 | Eric Bland
    By looking at satellite imagery, University of Maryland scientists hope to predict cholera epidemics four to six weeks before they actually happen. The research could help save lives worldwide, and could be used to develop other models to predict other seasonal or climate-driven infectious diseases. "Predicting the conditions that trigger cholera outbreaks in coastal regions could be very valuable for public health," said Rita Colwell, a University of Maryland scientist who has studied cholera for decades. "If we see this coming we could go into these areas with bottled water and medication to save lives." Cholera, a disease that gives...
  • Health worries cloud recovery in Mexico

    11/09/2007 3:48:59 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 233+ views
    Houston Chronicle Foreign Service ^ | Nov. 9, 2007 | GREG BROSNAN
    As high waters recede, officials rush to ward off onset of disease VILLAHERMOSA, MEXICO — Holding her pale, 18-month-old grandson in her arms in Tabasco's flooded state capital, Marisela Aceituno wondered whether the infant's vomiting and diarrhea was a sign of the dreaded C word. Cholera. "Everything I give him he throws up," Aceituno said as she stroked Christopher's curly brown hair. With animal carcasses rotting in doorways and disease-carrying mosquitoes in the air, Mexican authorities are racing to prevent Tabasco from turning into a hot zone. Cholera, malaria and dengue fever, they say, could pose an even bigger risk...
  • First cholera case confirmed in Baghdad

    09/20/2007 8:11:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 213+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Sep. 20, 2007 | SAMEER N. YACOUB
    Associated Press The World Health Organization confirmed on Thursday the first cholera case in Baghdad since 2003, raising fears the disease is spreading from the north of the country where it has struck more than 1,000 people. A 25-year-old woman from eastern Baghdad was found to have cholera after she turned up at a hospital with severe diarrhea, said Dr. Naeema al-Gasseer, the WHO's representative in Iraq. Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease that is typically spread by drinking contaminated water and can cause severe diarrhea that, in extreme cases, can lead to fatal dehydration. The disease broke out in Iraq...
  • Cholera Epidemic Infects 7,000 People in Iraq

    09/12/2007 12:10:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 455+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 12, 2007 | JAMES GLANZ and DENISE GRADY
    BAGHDAD, Sept. 11 — A cholera epidemic in northern Iraq has infected approximately 7,000 people and could reach Baghdad within weeks as the disease spreads through the country’s decrepit and unsanitary water system, Iraqi health officials said Tuesday. The World Health Organization reported that the epidemic is concentrated in the northern regions of Kirkuk and Sulaimaniya and that 10 people are known to have died. But Dr. Said Hakki, president of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, a relief organization that has responded to the epidemic, said that new cases had turned up in the neighboring provinces, Erbil and Nineveh, indicating...
  • Tanzania: Control Cholera Outbreak in Two Weeks or Lose Jobs, PM Says

    11/24/2006 7:26:43 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 179+ views
    All Africa ^ | November 22, 2006 | AllAfrica Story Monkey
    Tanzania: Control Cholera Outbreak in Two Weeks or Lose Jobs, PM Says   UN Integrated Regional Information Networks   November 22, 2006Posted to the web November 22, 2006   Dar es Salaam   Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Lowassa has given Dar es Salaam regional administrative officials two weeks to eradicate cholera or lose their jobs.   "I give you up to December 3," he told the officials on Monday during a brief health inspection of the city's cholera-infected neighbourhoods of Temeke, Buguruni and Mburahati.   Over the past 12 months, the disease has killed 117 people in the city, the...
  • Disease outbreaks considered unlikely

    08/31/2005 12:03:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 636+ views ^ | Aug. 30, 2005 | David Brown
    The Washington Post Dampness, however, could exacerbate asthma It is likely to be weeks before the health consequences of Hurricane Katrina are known. But recent experience with similar natural disasters in the United States suggests that most deaths will have occurred when people trapped in automobiles drowned, that many survivors have minor injuries, and that large-scale outbreaks of disease will not occur. In particular, epidemics of cholera and typhoid sometimes seen in the developing world when drinking water becomes contaminated are impossible because the microbes are not present in the population. Standing water, even when heavily polluted, is not very...
  • 5 dead of cholera, 300 cases of Norwalk Virus

    09/06/2005 11:03:17 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 62 replies · 1,939+ views
    me | 9/6/05
    According to CNN....going to be more where that came from
  • Cholera Warning for West Africa

    09/02/2005 4:18:22 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 3 replies · 236+ views
    BBC ^ | 2 Sept 2005 | Staff
    A cholera epidemic is spreading rapidly across West Africa, killing nearly 500 people and infecting thousands of others, United Nations officials warn. The head of the UN humanitarian co-ordination office in the region said the outbreak needed a rapid response. "It's not business as usual. We have a crisis that needs immediate attention," said Herve Ludovic de Lys. With heavy rains across the region, cholera is likely to spread to Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, the UN warns. Guinea-Bissau is the worst hit country, with 9,047 infections and 172 deaths reported between June and August by the health authorities. The country...
  • 560 infected, 7 dead in Iran cholera outbreak

    08/17/2005 12:53:07 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 38 replies · 762+ views ^ | August 17, 2005
    560 infected, 7 dead in Iran cholera outbreak Wednesday, August 17, 2005 LONDON, August 17 (IranMania) - The number of people infected in a cholera outbreak in Iran has risen to 560 while another person has died bringing the death toll to seven, health ministry officials said Wednesday. They said the spread of the disease had slowed despite the latest rise in infections, up from 477 official cases reported a day earlier. "All medical care and hygiene resources to control cholera have been mobilised," said a ministry statement carried by the student news agency ISNA. So far, 1.3 billion rials...
  • Cholera Cases Increase in Guinea-Bissau

    08/13/2005 5:43:55 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 1 replies · 141+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 11 August 2005 | Gabi Menezes
    The World Health Organization (WHO) says a cholera outbreak in Guinea-Bissau has claimed more than 90 lives over the past month. More than 5,600 cases of cholera have been recorded in seven of Guinea-Bissau's nine provinces, and new cases are reported each day. A journalist in the capital, Bissau, Alain Mballow, says, the cholera outbreak was announced in July, but authorities took little notice of it because the country was caught up in elections. Cholera causes severe diarrhea, and if not treated, death from acute dehydration. Although the disease can be easily treated, Mr. Mballow says the stocks of cholera...
  • Cholera breaks out in Zimbabwe

    06/27/2005 7:39:26 PM PDT · by Clive · 28 replies · 451+ views
    Zim Online ^ | 2005-06-28
    Cholera breaks out in Zimbabwe Tue 28 June 2005 HARARE -- Zimbabwe has sent an SOS to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for help to fight a cholera outbreak ravaging its eastern Nyanga district, a senior government official said. More than 210 cases of cholera have been reported with 15 deaths recorded in the past few months in Gaerezi, Nyamaropa, Nyakomba and Katerere areas of Nyanga district, which lies along Zimbabwe's border with Mozambique. Deputy Health Minister Edwin Muguti told ZimOnline his ministry had battled unsuccessfully to control the disease which he said was spreading from Mozambique. Harare had now...
  • Illegals: TB Delivery Systems

    06/10/2005 8:28:25 AM PDT · by Disambiguator · 32 replies · 895+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 10, 2005 | Jennifer Harper
    <p>A multidrug-resistant tuberculosis known as MDR-TB is persistent in California, primarily among its "foreign-born" population, and has serious financial implications for the state's public-health system, federal and state health officials said yesterday.</p> <p>"Treatment for MDR-TB is very expensive -- ranging from $200,000 to $1.2 million per person, over an 18- to 24-month time period," said Dr. Reuben Granich, a lead investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a press conference in the District yesterday.</p>