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  • Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

    06/25/2017 5:26:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | 06/24/2017
    Seized by violence and teetering on the edge of famine, Yemen is grappling with another danger that threatens to outpace them both: cholera. "We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," international health authorities said in a statement Saturday. Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise." They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing...
  • Cholera outbreak adds to war-torn Yemen's misery (WHO)

    05/12/2017 8:07:37 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 7 replies
    yahoo news UK ^ | 5/12/17 | Raf Sanchez
    A cholera outbreak in Yemen is gaining momentum, adding to the misery of the Arab world’s poorest country which is already wracked by war and on the brink of famine. Around 51 people have been killed since the outbreak began in late April and the rate of deaths has been increasing in recent days, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Yemen’s healthcare system has been decimated during two years of fighting and medicines are in desperately short supply, partly because of a blockade enforced by the Saudi-led military coalition that supports Yemen’s government. Around 7 million of the country’s...
  • U.N. Admits Role In Haiti Cholera Outbreak That Has Killed Thousands

    08/18/2016 11:45:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/18/2016 | Camila Domonoske
    In the fall of 2010, months after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, a new disaster began: a cholera outbreak that killed thousands of people and continues to sicken people across the country. Experts determined that the source of the disease was a U.N. peacekeeping camp. And now, nearly six years later, the United Nations has admitted it played some role in the deadly outbreak. After Bringing Cholera To Haiti, U.N. Plans To Get Rid Of It At a briefing Thursday, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said that over the course of the past year, "the U.N. has become convinced that it...
  • Victorian-Era diseases on the rise in Britain

    12/23/2015 10:01:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    wwlp.com ^ | 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
    Newsmax.com ^ | 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...