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  • Vanity - Ebola model projects future case based on Daily Transmission Rate

    09/15/2014 2:50:13 PM PDT · by scouter · 103 replies
    Self | September 15, 2014 | Scouter
    My User Name on Free Republic is Scouter. I have been a member of Free Republic for 14 years. I don't write many vanity posts, but I consider this one to be very important. I had been working on this post for several days, and I was planning to post it tomorrow. But the Drudge Report headline CDC: PREPARE FOR EBOLA has moved up my timeline. I have developed a model for making future projections of the number of Ebola cases. I have undertaken this project for several reasons. First, out of simple professional curiosity. Second, I believe the time...
  • CDC Issues Ebola Checklist: 'Now is the time to prepare'

    09/15/2014 9:38:52 AM PDT · by scouter · 165 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 15, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning hospitals and doctors that “now is the time to prepare,” has issued a six-page Ebola “checklist” to help healthcare workers quickly determine if patients are infected.While the CDC does not believe that there are new cases of Ebola in the United States, the assumption in the checklist is that it is only a matter of time before the virus hits home.
  • Economist on Ebola Cure Development - Sept. 12, 2014

    09/13/2014 9:08:35 PM PDT · by Thud · 12 replies
    Economist ^ | September 12, 2014 | Economist
    … The scale of the present outbreak, together with the fear and suffering it is causing, has resulted in a burst of scientific activity to find new treatments and vaccines. Some of these medicines look promising. But to contain the spread of Ebola, scientists and health officials will have to bypass many of the existing rules that govern the delivery of new drugs, and develop potential remedies with unprecedented speed. This strategy is being endorsed widely. In August experts from the WHO concluded that, provided certain conditions are met, it would be ethical to offer unproven, experimental treatments or methods...
  • The Ebola Outbreak Has Reached A New Level Of Severity

    09/12/2014 4:44:21 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 9-12-2014 | Tom Miles and Kate Kelland, Reuters
    Tom Miles and Kate Kelland, ReutersSeptember 12,2014 West Africa's Ebola outbreak is running ahead of health authorities' ability to contain it, particularly in the three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. "The Ebola outbreak that is ravaging parts of West Africa is the largest and most complex and most severe in the almost four-decade history of this disease," the WHO's director general Margaret Chan told a news conference in Geneva. "The number of new patients is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them." (snip)
  • 'Unprecedented' Outbreak Strikes Hundreds of Kids

    09/07/2014 6:42:07 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 52 replies
    Newser ^ | Sep 7, 2014 | Neal Colgrass
    Hundreds of children have been hospitalized across several states with a respiratory illness that seems like a cold but can grow far worse, CNN reports. Colorado, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma have already called the CDC for help in tackling an enterovirus that appears to be EV-D68. The current hospitalizations may be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," says a CDC director. "We're in the middle of looking into this. We don't have all the answers yet." The virus itself resembles a bad cold (nasty summer colds are often...
  • Ebola toll tops 2 000, cases near 4 000

    09/05/2014 4:56:48 PM PDT · by Covenantor · 29 replies
    News24 ^ | Sept 5, 2014
    Ebola Toll Tops 2,000, Cases Near 4,000 2014-09-05 22:28 Geneva - More than 2 000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the World Health Organisation said on Friday, out of about 4 000 patients thought to have been infected in the three countries worst hit by the disease. The death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone totalled 2 097 as at 5 Sept, out of 3 944 cases, a WHO document said. The data did not include patients in Nigeria or Senegal, which have also been affected, nor Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been...
  • Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa started with two-year-old boy infected by a fruit bat

    08/24/2014 5:13:33 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 August 2014 | Paul Donnelley for MailOnline
    "The largest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola was caused by an infected bat biting a toddler say a group of international researchers. The 17-strong team of European and African tropical disease researchers, ecologists and anthropologists have spent three weeks investigating the outbreak of the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. The researchers captured the bats and other creatures near the village of Meliandoua in remote eastern Guinea, where the present epidemic began in December 2013."
  • Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 19 August 2014

    08/19/2014 4:38:27 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 6 replies
    WHO - Africa ^ | Aug 19, 2014
    Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 19 August 2014 Epidemiology and surveillance Between 14 and 16 August 2014, a total of 113 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 84 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia*, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Health sector response The response of WHO and other partners to the Ebola Virus outbreak is continuing to grow in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. To reduce the likelihood that those who are infected will carry the disease outside their communities, the governments have set up quarantine zones in areas of...
  • You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough About Ebola

    08/16/2014 1:23:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | August 14, 2014 | Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, CFR
    Experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this plague. If Ebola hits Lagos, we're in real trouble. Attention, World: You just don't get it. You think there are magic bullets in some rich country's freezers that will instantly stop the relentless spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa? You think airport security guards in Los Angeles can look a traveler in the eyes and see infection, blocking that jet passenger's entry into La-la-land? You believe novelist Dan Brown's utterly absurd description of a World Health Organization that has a private C5-A military transport jet and disease...
  • Sierra Leone News: Ebola spreading in Western Area, Bo & Port Loko – Miatta Kargbo

    08/15/2014 9:31:43 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 15 replies
    Awoko - Sierra Leone ^ | Friday August 15, 2014 | Poindexter Sama
    Minister of Health and Sanitation, Miatta Kargbo yesterday disclosed to the leadership of Parliament that while Kailahun district is recording downward trend in the Ebola virus cases, the Western Area, Bo and Port Loko districts are recording high cases of the Ebola virus in the country. She was speaking at an emergency meeting summoned by the leadership of the House of Parliament at Committee Room No. 1. The Minister accompanied by senior health officials, unraveled government’s latest strategy in the fight against the Ebola menace. While establishing the fact that Kenema district remains the most Ebola ravaged spot so far,...
  • MSF says Ebola 'fast,' medics 'facing war-like scenario'

    08/15/2014 8:42:14 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 40 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 15.08.2014 | Deutsche Welle staff
    The medical charity MSF has warned that western Africa's Ebola crisis is "moving faster" than medics can cope with. Its warning follows a WHO admission that the epidemic requires "extraordinary measures." The head of Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Joanne Liu -- fresh from a visit to western Africa -- said in Geneva on Friday that more experts were needed in the hard-hit region. "It is deteriorating faster, and moving faster, than we can respond to," Liu told reporters. "Like in a war time, we have a total collapse of infrastructure," she added. Lui said the world community needed to get...
  • Why I fear the Ebola virus threat in Lagos

    08/12/2014 6:30:30 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Sede Alonge
    With an ill-equipped healthcare system, poor hygeine and crowded streets, Nigerians living in the country's biggest city are understandably anxious about the deadly Ebola outbreak... Our mediocre, ill-equipped healthcare system hardly gives much cause for confidence. Nor the fact that doctors in state run hospitals happen to be currently on strike....
  • Ebola outbreak is overwhelming health services, warns top US medic

    08/12/2014 6:00:46 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 32 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 12 Aug 2014 | Colin Freeman
    Dr Kevin De Cock, of the US Centre for Disease Control, says the situation in Liberia is "extremely severe" The scale of the west African Ebola outbreak in Liberia is completely overwhelming the capacity of specialist isolation units that treat victims, a senior US health official assessing the crisis has warned. De Kevin De Cock, the director for global health at America's Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said one of the country’s two main treatment clinics, in Lofa County, currently had 80 patients in a 20-bed unit...
  • Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 11 August 2014

    08/12/2014 4:12:56 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 11 replies
    WHO-Africa ^ | Aug 11 2014 | WHO-Africa
    Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 11 August 2014 Epidemiology and surveillance Between 7 and 9 August 2014, a total of 69 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 52 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Health sector response The recent treatment of two health workers, who were infected with EVD, with an experimental medicine has raised important questions about whether medicines or treatments that have never been tested or shown to be safe in humans should be used in this outbreak. Currently, quantities of the medicine are...
  • Canada quarantines patient with Ebola-like symptoms

    Canadian health officials said a patient who returned from Nigeria has been put in isolation in a hospital in a suburb of Toronto. The patient showed symptoms of fever and flu, possible signs of the deadly Ebola virus. Nigeria is one of several countries in West Africa that has had confirmed cases of Ebola, in the world's largest ever outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. 961 people have died following the outbreak and nearly 1,800 people have been infected since the beginning of the year. The unnamed male patient was being treated at the William Osler Health System's Brampton Civic...
  • Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

    08/05/2014 9:21:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 5, 2014 | Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., Neurologist, public health specialist, author
    With the largest Ebola epidemic ever recorded raging across West Africa and as two Americans who were infected in Liberia have entered the U.S. for treatment, the question has been raised: will Ebola happen in the U.S? Actually, an Ebola outbreak has happened in the U.S. before -- not just once, but at least three times. In 1989, Ebola entered into the U.S. through infected monkeys, which were shipped from the Philippines for experimentation. At the time, Hazleton Laboratories (now Covance, Inc.) owned a facility in Reston, Virginia. After one shipment, monkeys were falling rapidly ill and dying. The Reston...
  • Report: 6 Tested in NYC Tested for Ebola; News Withheld from Public

    08/05/2014 5:50:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 4, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke about six patients in New York City that were tested for Ebola and one who had recently traveled to Africa that is undergoing tests for the Ebola virus on Monday’s broadcast of “Wolf.” Gupta said, “I would guess by tomorrow sometime we'll have a better idea” what malady the individual has. He also pointed out that even though the patient isn’t in isolation, “This isn't the kind of thing that they worry about spreading to other patients in the hospital, spreading to people who are walking around the hospital. This is not an airborne virus....
  • Could Medical Robotics Be Used to Handle Ebola Patients?

    08/01/2014 10:25:35 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    Mind of Coporate Stepsister | August 2, 2014 | Coporate Stepsister
    Now, should the medical workers in the Ebola infected countries use robotic technology to handle patients, administer certain drugs, and then do certain functions that could prevent the spread of the disease to the workers in the medical field? I thought this would be a much better way to have patients taken care of and reduce risk drastically in regards to patient to doctor/carer transmission.
  • Exposure of health workers weakens Africa's Ebola fight

    08/01/2014 9:52:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 1, 2014 | Umaru Fofana, Daniel Flynn and Kate Kelland
    Jenneh became a nurse in Sierra Leone 15 years ago with the hope of saving lives in one of the world's poorest countries. Now she fears for her own after three of her colleagues died of Ebola. Health workers like Jenneh are on the frontline of the battle against the world's worst ever outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever that has killed 729 people in Sierra Leone, neighboring Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria so far. With West Africa's hospitals lacking trained staff, and international aid agencies already over stretched, the rising number of deaths among healthcare staff is shaking morale and...
  • First Ebola Patient Coming to USA for Treatment

    07/31/2014 7:47:14 PM PDT · by The Sons of Liberty · 81 replies
    Tha Daily Beast ^ | July 31, 2014 | Abby Haglage
    First Ebola Patient Coming to USA for Treatment One of two Americans infected with ebola in West Africa will be brought to the United States for treatment at Emory University. One of two Americans infected with ebola in West Africa will enter the U.S. for treatment at Emory University in Atlanta “in the next several days,” according to an internal memo sent to physicians on Thursday and seen by The Daily Beast. The memo offers few other details about the patient, with no stated time of arrival or departure city, or indicators as to the exact identity of the patient....
  • Liberia closes borders as Ebola hits major west African cities

    07/28/2014 9:18:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    APF via Yahoo News ^ | 2/28/14 | Zoom Dosso
    Liberia, along with neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, is struggling to contain an epidemic that has infected some 1,200 people and left at least 670 dead across the region since the start of the year. Last week authorities in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown and Lagos in Nigeria announced their first cases, marking an alarming new front in the fight against a disease mainly confined to remote villages and rural outposts. "All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points," Sirleaf said in a statement late Sunday. Monrovia's international airport, a provincial airport and three major...
  • Puerto Rico Declares Chikungunya Epidemic

    07/18/2014 10:18:28 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 14 replies
    ElVocero.com (Spanish-language article) ^ | July 17, 2014 | Yennifer Álvarez Jaimes
    (English-language translation) The Department of Health declared a Chikungunya virus epidemic in Puerto Rico since it is a new virus in the island, the population does not have the antibodies to fight it, and cases are concentrated in the same zone. As of June 25, 206 cases were reported in the island. It was [also] reported that 89% of cases in Puerto Rico were registered in the Metropolitan Area: San Juan, Carolina, and Bayamón. So reported Health Secretary Ana Rius this morning, explaining at the same time that, through Administrative Order 324 that declares the epidemic, all health plans must...
  • 'Drastic action is needed' now to stop Ebola epidemic

    06/27/2014 11:27:38 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/27/14 | Danielle Dellorto, Miriam Falco, and Jen Christensen
    Officials believe the wide footprint of this outbreak is partly because of the proximity between the jungle where the virus was first identified and cities such as Conakry. The capital in Guinea has a population of 2 million and an international airport. People are traveling without realizing they're carrying the deadly virus. It can take between two and 21 days after exposure for someone to feel sick.
  • Crying Rape: Is there really a rape epidemic on Campus? Probably not.

    05/20/2014 7:39:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/20/2014 | A.J. Delgado
    Rape. Decades ago, women who were raped and reported it, particularly those raped by someone outside their race or social class, were often disbelieved and shamed. That is tragic. But how far the pendulum has swung in the other direction! Now, the term “rape” or “sexual assault” is thrown around almost effortlessly, accusations easily made and lives easily ruined. First, the pendulum shift began with feminists pushing the notion that women claiming they were raped should always be believed and never questioned. Presumption of innocence, a foundation of our culture, suddenly went out the window. Consider how quickly the...
  • Spread of Polio is 'World health emergency' as disease spreads through Asia, Africa and Middle East

    05/05/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:46 EST, 5 May 2014 | By Leon Watson
    "The spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization warned today. The agency said the problem could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. It described current polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an 'extraordinary event' that required a coordinated international response. It was the first-ever international alert on polio. 'Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyze susceptible kids,' Dr Bruce Aylward, who leads WHO's polio...
  • UN: Spread of polio now a world health emergency

    05/05/2014 8:34:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2014 10:45 AM EDT | Maria Cheng
    Raising a worldwide alarm, the World Health Organization announced Monday that spread of polio is an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. […] Polio usually strikes children under five and is most often spread via infected water. There is no specific cure, but several vaccines exist. Experts are particularly concerned that the virus continues to pop up in countries that were previously free of the disease, such as Syria, Somalia and Iraq—where civil war or unrest complicates efforts to contain the virus. That...
  • Banker Death 'Epidemic' Spreads To China

    04/23/2014 7:18:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4/23/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Until now, the terrible trail of dead bankers has been only among US and European financial executives. However, as Caixin reports, the increasing pressures on the Chinese banking system appear to have take their first toll. Li Jianhua, director of China's Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), died this morning due to a "sudden heart attack" - he was less than 49 years old. Li was among the main drafters on new "caveat emptor" market-based rules on China's shadowy banking system and recently said in an interview that "now is not only a time to control risk, but to transform the trust...
  • Report: Ebola Suspected In Europe: “Broken Through All Containment Efforts”

    04/20/2014 1:38:13 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 135 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/20/14
    Though officials at the World Health Organization are feverishly working to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in what is now seven African nations, their efforts may be for naught. In Guinea, a hot spot for the deadly contagion, government health officials have said that the outbreak is nearly under control. Yet, Reuters reports that the government “planned to stop publicly releasing the death toll to avoid causing unnecessary panic.” But panic may be in order. Despite the best efforts of emergency health workers it appears that virus may have crossed out of Africa into Europe.
  • 18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels

    04/19/2014 10:22:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 04/17/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million? In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system. And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs? When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale...
  • Guinea: Mobilisation against an unprecedented Ebola epidemic (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF)

    04/01/2014 6:17:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 5 replies
    MSG ^ | 31 Mar 14 | MSF
    With eight confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the capital Conakry, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is facing an unprecedented epidemic in terms of the distribution of cases now scattered in several locations in Guinea. “We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country: coordinator of MSF's project . Sixty international staff on the ground MSF continues to strengthen its teams. By the end of the week, there will be around sixty international field workers who have experience in working on haemorrhagic fever divided between Conakry and south-east of...
  • Liberia confirms spread of 'unprecedented' Ebola epidemic

    03/31/2014 5:17:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    ABC/YAHOO ^ | 3-31-14 | By ABC News 4 hours ago
    Conakry (AFP) - Aid organisation Doctors Without Borders said Monday an Ebola outbreak suspected of killing dozens in Guinea was an "unprecedented epidemic" as Liberia confirmed its first cases of the deadly contagion. Guinea's health ministry this year has reported 122 "suspicious cases" of viral haemorrhagic fever, including 78 deaths, with 22 of the samples taken from patients testing positive for the highly contagious tropical pathogen. "We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country: Gueckedou, Macenta, Kissidougou, Nzerekore, and now Conakry," Mariano Lugli, the organisation's coordinator in...
  • Ebola Spread to Guinea's Capital Raises Fears

    03/29/2014 1:19:43 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 29, 2014 | MSN News
    CONAKRY, Guinea — Ebola, one of the world's most deadly viruses, has spread from a remote forested corner of southern Guinea to the country's seaside capital, raising fears that the disease, which causes severe bleeding and almost always death, could spread far beyond this tiny West African nation's borders.
  • Ebola 'a regional threat' as contagion hits Guinea capital

    03/28/2014 4:49:16 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 53 replies
    APF via Yahoo News ^ | 3/28/14 | Mouctar Bah
    Guinea's capital Conakry was on high alert on Friday after a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens in the southern forests was confirmed to have spread to the sprawling port city of two million people. Eight cases have been confirmed in the capital, the Guinean health ministry said late Friday, including one fatality. All those infected have been put into isolation at the capital's biggest hospital to avoid the highly contagious virus from getting into the population.
  • Four Ebola cases confirmed in Guinea's capital

    03/28/2014 5:47:21 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 17 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3/27/2014 | Mouctar Bah
    Conakry (AFP) - An Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens of people in Guinea's southern forests has spread to the capital Conakry, health sources said on Thursday, confirming four new cases. The patients were immediately put in isolation centres to avoid the highly contagious virus getting into the population, the sources told AFP. Conakry, a vast, sprawling port city on Guinea's Atlantic coast, is home to between 1.5 million and two million people. Aid organisations have sent dozens of workers to help the impoverished country combat a haemorrhagic fever outbreak which has claimed at least 66 lives, according to a...
  • Guinea dispatches equipment to contain outbreak of Ebola

    03/23/2014 6:05:20 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:50pm EDT | Saliou Samb
    (Reuters) - Health officials fighting an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea on Sunday dispatched specialized medical equipment, imposed restrictions on funerals and sought to contain panic to prevent the fever from spreading. There have been 29 confirmed deaths from the hemorrhagic fever among 59 people killed by a mysterious illness in southeastern Guinea since early February, international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. U.N. health officials have expressed concern that the disease, which has a fatality rate of 90 percent and has not been recorded in the West African state before, may spread to Sierra Leone after cases showing...
  • Bishop issues letter on the ‘epidemic plague’ of porn, calls on men to recommit to purity

    03/09/2014 11:34:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life site news ^ | Hilary White
    “I call on every man in the Diocese of Arlington to search his heart and renew his commitment to purity. I call on every husband and father to renew his sacred commitment to his wife and children.” - Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde ARLINGTON, VA, March 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The growth of pornography use, particularly on the internet, is “a matter of utmost urgency for every son and father today,” Bishop Paul Loverde of the Catholic diocese of Arlington, Virginia said in a letter to his flock released this week. Titled “Bought with a Price: Every Man’s Duty to Protect...
  • In California, Thousands Exposed to Measles

    02/13/2014 8:51:41 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 117 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 13 20124 | By JoNel Aleccia
    Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents may have been exposed to measles last week when an unvaccinated student at the Unversity of California, Berkeley, attended classes and rode the area's BART transit system. Public health officials in Contra Costa County, outside of San Francisco, said anyone riding BART from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 during the morning or late evening commutes could have been exposed to the highly contagious respiratory virus. The young man in his 20s lives in the county and was confirmed to have measles on Wednesday. He was likely infected while traveling recently in Asia, health...
  • Executive Order -- HIV Care Continuum Initiative

    07/18/2013 6:54:39 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 40 replies
    http://www.whitehouse.gov ^ | July 15, 2013 | White House
    EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ACCELERATING IMPROVEMENTS IN HIV PREVENTION AND CARE IN THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE HIV CARE CONTINUUM INITIATIVE By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to further strengthen the capacity of the Federal Government to effectively respond to the ongoing domestic HIV epidemic, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. Addressing the domestic HIV epidemic is a priority of my Administration. In 2010, the White House released the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Strategy),...
  • UK Muslim Paedophile Rings Are an Epidemic

    06/03/2013 2:29:59 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 18 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 3 June 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    The Russian TV channel RT is, as usual, doing something right and something wrong, often in the same breath. Two days ago I saw its broadcast on the anti-Islam backlash in the UK following the brutal beheading of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, East London. In it they mentioned graffiti on mosques, attacks on Muslims and protest marches by the English Defence League (EDL), whose images were shown. Even in me, despite my distrust for the mainstrean, socio-communist media, they created a subliminal, temporary association between the first two, which are criminal acts, and the third, which is lawful exercise...
  • China Begins Mass Slaughter Of Poultry As Bird Flu Kills Six, On Verge Of Becoming Epidemic

    04/05/2013 5:40:02 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | April 5, 2013
    While everyone is fascinated by the unraveling slow-motion North Korean theatrical trainwreck, which is nothing but a desperate attempt by a broke "leader" to get paid some "nuisance" cash by the west just so he goes away, the real Asian story has been the latest outbreak of birdflu in China which has not only claimed six lives already (and many more coming), but is starting to have major spillover effects on the broader economy, such as mass slaughter of poultry at local markets - a move which will have certain inflationary effects to an economy already on the cusp of...
  • 'Severe epidemic' of sexually-transmitted diseases is sweeping the nation, warns CDC Valentine's Day

    02/14/2013 8:52:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278457/CDC-warns-Valentines-Day-eve-severe-epidemic-sexuall | Daily Mail Reporter
    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released data Wednesday revealing that 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are diagnosed each year nationwide, costing some $16 billion in taxpayer funds. Half of the 20 million new infections affect people ages 15 to 24 - who only make up a quarter of the population,l according to the statistics. Human papillomavirus (HPV) tops the list as the most common infection followed by chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B, HIV and trichomoniasis.
  • New Bacteria Raises Concern

    12/03/2012 1:31:48 AM PST · by neverdem · 167 replies
    KDLT ^ | November 29, 2012 | Laura Monteverdi
    A deadly bacteria known as Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, is raising concerns in the medical community. Jennifer Hsu in an Infectious Disease Physician at Sanford Health and has been closely studying this 'super bug' which is best known for it's ability to defy even the strongest of drugs. “What has happened over time with increasing exposure to antibiotics the bacteria have developed ways to evade those antibiotics and they become resist to a certain class of antibiotics,” said Hsu. In the United States, the bacteria have been found primarily in healthcare facilities and hospitals and are known to prey on...
  • Hospitals Full-Up: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic (Video)

    10/26/2012 5:39:30 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | November 8, 2008 | UPMC Center for Biosecurity
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpzxNoLZx0w
  • Hidden Epidemic: 
Tapeworms Living Inside People's Brains

    05/19/2012 5:44:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 106 replies
    Discover ^ | 5/15/12 | Carl Zimmer
    Hidden Epidemic: 
Tapeworms Living Inside People's Brains05.15.2012Parasitic worms leave millions of victims paralyzed, epileptic, or worse. So why isn’t anyone mobilizing to eradicate them? by Carl Zimmer A human brain overrun with cysts from Taenia solium, a tapeworm that normally inhabits the muscles of pigs. Courtesy of Theodore E. Nash , M.D.Theodore Nash sees only a few dozen patients a year in his clinic at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. That’s pretty small as medical practices go, but what his patients lack in number they make up for in the intensity of their symptoms. Some fall into...
  • Washington state health officials declare whooping cough epidemic, seek CDC help as cases soar

    05/11/2012 8:18:08 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2012 | AP
    Washington state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher. It’s the first state to declare a whooping cough, or pertussis, epidemic since 2010, when California had more than 9,000 cases, including 10 deaths. Washington has had 10 times the cases reported in 2011, and so has Wisconsin with nearly 2,000 cases this year, though that state has not declared an epidemic. California responded to its crisis two years...
  • Autism cases rise by 23% from ’06 to ’08: CDC report

    04/02/2012 4:56:37 AM PDT · by dangus · 68 replies
    News Medical ^ | 4/1/12 | By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD
    According to latest figures, nearly one in 88 U.S. children have autism spectrum disorders. The report further urges national attention on the need for earlier diagnosis and treatment, especially in rural and minority communities. Figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show a 23% increase in autism spectrum cases from 2006 to 2008, and 78% increase since 2002. The largest increases in autism prevalence were found among black and Hispanic children, who have lagged behind whites in previous counts. Numbers are higher for boys, with one in 54 8-year-olds now considered to have autism, Asperger's...
  • Novel Swine Flu Virus Now Reported in 5 States, Says CDC

    12/29/2011 1:15:14 PM PST · by tired&retired · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Medscape ^ | December 28, 2011 | Robert Lowes
    — The number of reported cases of a novel swine influenza virus has risen to 12 since July, encompassing 5 states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus includes a gene from the human pandemic strain and affects mostly children. The infections in question involve a variant of the A(H3N2) virus that circulates among pigs. It contains a gene from the pandemic 2009 influenza A(H1N1) virus that codes for matrix proteins found in the viral shell. In 3 of the 5 states where the A(H3N2)v virus has surfaced — Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Maine —...
  • British used bioweapon in US war of independence

    08/19/2011 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies
    New Scientist Blog ^ | 19 August 2011 | Debora MacKenzie
    (Image: Everett Collection/Rex Features) A document has just gone on display at Mount Vernon, Virginia - the museum in the former home of George Washington, first US President. It is an order dated 1777 and signed by Washington himself to send troops that had not been vaccinated for smallpox - or survived it - to Philadelphia to be vaccinated. These troops were then to join up with the main army, where the disease was raging. It sounds like amazing foresight for its day. "Washington's careful handling of the smallpox epidemic at the beginning of the war was a significant...
  • Drug-Resistant Staph Infections in Europe Could Mark Start of a New Epidemic

    10/18/2011 10:04:33 AM PDT · by FritzG · 3 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 16 Oct 2011 | Robin Lloyd
    FLAGSTAFF, Arizona—A relatively new type of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus could represent the world’s next bacterial epidemic, an environmental health expert said here today at a conference for science writers. The superbug, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain 398, or MRSA ST398, was first identified in an infant in the Netherlands in 1994 and traced back to her family’s pigs. Now, researchers are starting to see more serious infections and some of the cases reveal no direct link to livestock, said Lance B. Price, director of the Center for Microbiomics and Human Health at The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), in Flagstaff. “The rate...
  • 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...