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  • 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,"
  • Implanting Microchips In Sexually Aggressive HIV-Positive People

    11/25/2008 8:44:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,455+ views
    Emax Health ^ | November 25, 2008
    An Indonesian bill that includes a bylaw requiring "sexually aggressive" people living with HIV/AIDS to be implanted with microchips is causing debate between some lawmakers, who argue that the bill is necessary to curb the spread of the virus, and advocates, who say the bylaw is discriminatory and a violation of human rights, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. According to John Manangsang, a lawmaker who supports the bill, authorities would be able to identify, track and punish people living with HIV/AIDS in the country's province of Papua who intentionally spread the virus with a $5,000 fine or up to six...
  • Plague kills 37-year-old man in Arizona

    10/21/2008 1:43:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies · 2,000+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 21, 2008
    One day last October, Eric York lugged the carcass of an adult mountain lion from his truck and laid it carefully on a tarp on the floor of his garage. The female mountain lion had a bloody nose, but her hide bore no other signs of trauma. York, a biologist at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, found the big cat lying motionless near the canyon’s South Rim. He was determined to learn why she died. Because the park lacks a forensics lab, he did the postmortem in his garage, in a village of about 2,000 park employees. Epidemic experts...
  • China: Qingdao Experiences a Mysterious Epidemic(Cerebrospinal Meningitis in Yachting Venue?)

    07/18/2008 2:04:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 252+ views
    Boxun ^ | 07/16/08
    Qingdao Experiences a Mysterious Epidemic, Experts Suspect Epidemic Cerebrospinal Meningitis Jul 16, 2008 - 3:11:11 PM In July Qingdao Experiences a Mysterious Epidemic, Experts Suspect Epidemic Cerebrospinal Meningitis In July 2008, at the hospital affiliated with Qingdao University, Qingdao Municipal Hospital, and other large hospitals, every day tens of thousands of people exhibiting common cold symptoms have been referred from small and medium sized hospitals around the city. These patients all exhibit common symptoms including extreme headaches, vomiting, high fevers that do not break and other symptoms of illness. Senior citizens and children are exhibiting even more extreme symptoms that...
  • Vail: Beetle battle begins again this summer

    05/15/2008 8:32:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 392+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | May 14, 2008 | Edward Stoner
    Crews will cut trees on more than 200 acres around Vail this summer in their continuing efforts to battle the pine beetle epidemic. This summer’s work will continue to create a ribbon of “defensible space” around the town that seeks to prevent the spread of fire... “It’s to protect lives, homes and property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire,” ... The work is part of the Vail Valley Forest Health Project, a multi-year effort coordinated by the Forest Service that seeks to combat the pine beetle infestation from East Vail to Edwards. The mountain pine beetle epidemic has killed up...
  • The Chances Of Surviving The Black Death

    03/29/2008 4:52:00 PM PDT · by blam · 75 replies · 3,714+ views
    The chances of surviving the Black Death Why did some people survive the Black Death, and others succumb? At the time of the plague – which ravaged Europe from 1347 to 1351, carrying off 50 million people, perhaps half the population – various prophylactics were tried, from the killing of birds, cats and rats to the wearing of leather breeches (protecting the legs from flea bites) and the burning of aromatic spices and herbs. Now it seems that the best way of avoiding death from the disease was to be fit and healthy. Sharon DeWitte and James Wood of the...
  • Second Meningitis Death In A Week Hits NYC Area

    01/25/2008 9:47:04 AM PST · by syriacus · 16 replies · 200+ views
    CBS News ^ | January 25, 2008 | CBS News Interactive: Healthwatch
    A Catholic school guidance counselor in New York City has died from bacterial meningitis, CBS station WCBS-TV reported. The New York City health department confirmed the counselor worked at St. Francis Preparatory High School in the Queens borough. The victim's identity has not yet been released. On Thursday, a Long Island high school senior also died suddenly from the deadly bacteria. Michael Gruber, a senior at Massapaequa High School, was taking midterm exams and joking with friends on Wednesday when he came down with a fever and chills. He was dead by Thursday afternoon. After his death, the school district...
  • Norovirus reaches epidemic levels

    01/12/2008 9:27:38 PM PST · by PureSolace · 42 replies · 517+ views
    Times Online / The Sunday Times ^ | January 12, 2008 | Brendan Montague
    The winter vomiting bug norovirus has struck 2.8million people, with health professionals braced for another rise as people return to schools and offices. The virus - which causes projectile vomiting, diarrhoea, mild fevers and headaches - is striking down more than 200,000 a week, according to official estimates. Three hospitals have been placed on red alert, while hundreds of wards up and down the country have been closed to new patients as the number of beds being taken up by bug victims reaches critical levels.
  • Does fire threat drop as trees fall ?

    11/09/2007 8:08:42 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 78+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | November 8, 2007 | Edward Stoner
    Local foresters predict that up to 90 percent of lodgepole pines will die in some areas near West Vail. Local firefighters say that creates a veritable tenderbox that could easily ignite and spread. Sackbauer was pleased to see lots of work being done near his home this summer to reduce the risk of fire spreading, either from the forest into the neighborhood, or vice versa. workers created a 200- to 300-foot barrier of “defensible space,” a clear-cut area that aims to help stop the spread of fire. The town also hired a six-man “hand crew” to cut trees on town-owned...
  • Do we have a beetle-battle straetgy?

    09/21/2007 8:09:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies · 819+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 20, 2007 | Judith Kohler
    Almost half of Colorado’s lodgepole forests are infested. Amid mountains covered by ailing, rust-colored pines, about 100 people pored over maps and discussed priorities Thursday in the battle to slow the spread of forest-killing beetles and clean up the destruction already wreaked. The Colorado Bark Beetle Cooperative is helping shape the U.S. Forest Service’s strategy for dealing with more than 1,000 square miles of trees infested by the bugs that burrow beneath a tree’s bark and sap its life. The result has been huge swaths and, in some cases, entire mountainsides of brown trees. The Forest Service, state agencies and...
  • U.S. self-government is in peril (SPP Alert)

    09/11/2007 5:33:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 98 replies · 3,458+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2007 | Phyllis Schlafly
    It's now leaking out that there was more going on than met the eye at the Security and Prosperity Partnership Summit in Montebello, Canada, in August. The three amigos - President George W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon - finalized and released the "North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza." The "Plan" - that's what they call it, with a capital P - is to use the excuse of a major flu epidemic to shift powers from U.S. legislatures to unelected, unaccountable "North American" bureaucrats. This idea was launched on Sept. 14, 2005,...
  • Vail creating barrier against fire

    08/28/2007 11:06:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 576+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | August 28, 2007 | Edward Stoner
    Crews cutting trees in hopes stopping wildfire from jumping between neighborhoods and the forest. As the color red has grown in the forest... The mountain pine beetle epidemic has hit ...hard. Whether it’s a lightning strike or a barbecue sparking a blaze, Spaeh says she understands the risk of a destructive forest fire. ....town, county and the U.S. Forest Service are cooperating to create a layer of “defensible space” — a 200-to-300-foot barrier — that aims to stop the spread of a fire, either from the forest into the neighborhood or vice versa. “This is a really good thing,” ......
  • Black Death Casts A genetic Shadow Over England

    08/01/2007 2:00:38 PM PDT · by blam · 85 replies · 2,191+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Colin Barras
    Black Death casts a genetic shadow over England 12:26 01 August 2007 NewScientist.com news service Colin BarrasBlack Death as illustrated in a 15th century bible The Black Death continues to cast a shadow across England. Although the modern English population is more cosmopolitan than ever, the plagues known as the Black Death killed so many people in the Middle Ages that, to this day, genetic diversity is lower in England than it was in the 11th century, according to a new analysis. Rus Hoelzel at the University of Durham, UK and his colleagues looked at the mitochondrial DNA from human...
  • Mexican medics take sick to U.S.

    12/11/2002 11:08:46 PM PST · by sarcasm · 105 replies · 1,629+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 12, 2002 | Jerry Seper
    <p>Mexican ambulance drivers are transporting hospital patients unable to pay for medical care or emergency-room services in their country to facilities in the United States, where their treatment is mandated by federal law, authorities said yesterday.</p> <p>The border crossings have been reported from Brownsville, Texas, to Douglas, Ariz., and involve Mexican ambulance companies whose drivers have been instructed by hospital officials in Mexico to take ailing and uninsured patients to the United States, the authorities said.</p>
  • China blames pig deaths on blue-eared disease

    05/13/2007 10:13:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 551+ views
    AFP ^ | 05/10/07
    China blames pig deaths on blue-eared disease Thu May 10, 12:09 PM ET A mystery virus killing hundreds of pigs in south China has been identified, the agriculture ministry said Thursday, warning it could mutate and spread during the hot summer months. The virus was probably linked to a reproductive and respiratory condition known as blue-eared pig disease, the ministry said in a statement on its website. "This disease spreads especially fast during the summer," the ministry said, citing the hot and humid weather of the season. The agriculture ministry requires veterinary departments to stay on high alert for the...
  • Epidemic Is Killing Pigs in Southeastern China

    05/08/2007 1:31:16 AM PDT · by Cyropaedia · 34 replies · 2,027+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 7, 2007 | Keith Bradsher
    HONG KONG, May 7 — A mysterious epidemic is killing pigs in southeastern China, but international and Hong Kong authorities said today that the Chinese government is providing little information about it, or about the contaminated wheat gluten that has caused deaths and illnesses in other animals. The lack of even basic details is reviving longstanding questions about whether China is willing to share information about health and food safety issues with potential global implications. The Chinese government — and particularly the government of Guangdong Province, which is adjacent to Hong Kong — was criticized in 2003 for concealing information...
  • China Tells Little About Illness That Kills Pigs, Officials Say(another covered-up?)

    05/07/2007 9:54:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 952+ views
    NYT ^ | 05/08/07 | KEITH BRADSHER
    May 8, 2007 China Tells Little About Illness That Kills Pigs, Officials Say By KEITH BRADSHER HONG KONG, May 7 — A mysterious epidemic is killing pigs in southeastern China, but international and Hong Kong authorities said Monday that the Chinese government was providing little information about it or the contaminated wheat gluten that has caused death and illness in pets in the United States. The lack of even basic details is reviving longstanding questions about whether China is willing to share information about health and food safety issues with potentially global implications. The Chinese government — and particularly the...
  • 'Stress Threatens Epidemic Of Heart Disease'

    04/19/2007 6:22:24 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 606+ views
    'Stress threatens epidemic of heart disease' Last Updated: 1:36am BST 20/04/2007 The stress of everyday life is threatening a global epidemic of cardiovascular disease, a report by international health experts has warned. High blood pressure is a "silent condition" which is "grossly underestimated" by patients, their families, medics and politicians, according to the study unveiled at the European Parliament in Brussels. The move towards "Westernised" lifestyles - associated with high-fat diets, long working hours and lack of exercise - is partly to blame. But by 2025 almost two thirds of the world's adults could have high blood pressure. The report,...
  • Scientists Think 1919 Corpse Key to Bird Flu

    02/28/2007 3:46:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,088+ views
    AOL News ^ | February 28, 2007 | RAPHAEL G. SATTER
    LONDON (Feb. 28) - Scientists want to exhume the body of a British diplomat who died of "Spanish flu" during a pandemic in 1919 in hopes of discovering clues to fight a possible future global outbreak sparked by H5N1 bird flu . Sir Mark Sykes, best known for his work dismantling the Ottoman Empire, is believed to be buried in a lead-lined coffin, something which may have preserved enough human tissue to yield useful information on how he died, and the nature of the avian flu that killed him. "We're after an intact body," said John Oxford, a professor of...
  • Meningitis/unknown disease kills 1,000 in south Sudan outbreak last week

    01/21/2007 4:45:29 PM PST · by DrGunsforHands · 41 replies · 2,516+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01/21/2007
    Meningitis outbreak kills 1,000 in south Sudan Sun 21 Jan 2007 7:47 AM ET JUBA, Sudan, Jan 21 (Reuters) - At least 1,000 people have died in one week in south Sudan's Warap state from meningitis and another unknown disease, state governor Anthony Bol Madut said in a statement sent to Reuters on Sunday. Emerging from Africa's longest civil war, south Sudan's infrastructure is almost non-existent and outbreaks of disease are frequent. A cholera outbreak last year killed 147 people. "There is an outbreak of meningitis and (an) unknown disease spreading fast throughout the state and there is fear it...
  • Bird Flu Epidemic Rumbles On Around The World

    01/11/2007 4:06:18 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 313+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-11-2007 | Debora MacKenzie
    Bird flu epidemic rumbles on around the world 12:31 11 January 2007 NewScientist.com news service Debora MacKenzie The H5N1 bird flu virus shows no signs of going away in 2007, with outbreaks in poultry and people flaring up across its heartland in east Asia and, most worryingly, in Africa. Other countries the virus reached in winter 2006, including Europe, are watching nervously for its return. And hitherto unaffected areas are anxiously testing mysterious bird deaths to see if they will be next. The biggest flare-up so far has been in Vietnam, where an outbreak in poultry that started in early...
  • Fat Bacteria in Human Guts Tied to Obesity

    12/20/2006 6:43:34 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 17 replies · 1,567+ views
    Many people worry about putting on a few pounds during the holiday season. But when you reach for a Christmas cookie, keep in mind that you're not the only one who's going to enjoy that tasty treat: It will also get eaten by the bacteria living in your gut. And it turns out that the kind of bacteria living there may affect how much weight you gain. Until a couple of years ago, scientists didn't have the tools to figure out exactly what lives in a person's digestive tract. But with new genetic probes, they can do a kind of...
  • Beetles take big bite out of forests ( 43 percent infested )

    11/29/2006 10:24:12 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies · 953+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 29, 2006 | Jim Erickson
    The number of Colorado lodgepole pines killed by bark beetles jumped nearly fivefold in 2006 as the explosive, decadelong bug epidemic continues to gain steam. About 4.8 million lodgepoles were killed this year, up from roughly 1 million trees last year, according to Bob Cain, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Golden. The lodgepole acreage under attack by mountain pine beetles jumped about 50 percent this year to 644,840 acres, up from 430,526 acres last year. The new numbers, which are considered preliminary, come from aerial tree-damage surveys conducted this summer. "We had a significant increase in both...
  • China's hidden Aids epidemic soars

    11/23/2006 12:04:56 AM PST · by MadIvan · 7 replies · 623+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 23, 2006 | Richard Spencer
    The number of Chinese testing positive for HIV is growing dramatically according to new figures, adding to fears that a once-hidden epidemic is spreading through the country's booming sex trade.By the end of October, 183,733 people had tested positive for the virus this year, compared to 144,089 for the whole of last year, a rise of almost 30 per cent in 10 months. While local Aids activists say the government is still underestimating the crisis, international agencies said the increase was partly due to the extension of testing programmes as the authorities become more open about a disease whose infection...
  • Epidemic in North Korea spreads despite quarantine efforts: sources (Scarlet fever)

    11/14/2006 10:59:50 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 1,173+ views
    Yonhap News (South Korea) ^ | November 15, 2006
    SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Yonhap) -- Scarlet fever has been spreading fast in North Korea for nearly a month and is showing signs of becoming a full-blown pandemic despite efforts by North Korean authorities to contain the disease, a source close to the North said Wednesday. The disease first broke out in the communist state's northern Yanggang Province last month, but is quickly spreading to other parts of the country, the source told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity.
  • Three Million Body Bags May Be Stockpiled In Disaster Plans (UK)

    11/05/2006 5:52:19 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 835+ views
    Three million body bags may be stockpiled in disaster plans Last Updated: 1:17am GMT 06/11/2006 Secret plans to stockpile millions of body bags to be used in the event of a flu pandemic, terrorist attack or other disaster are being considered by the Government and health experts, according to a senior minister. The proposals reflect mounting concern at the lack of space to store bodies in morgues and bury them in the event of mass deaths. A senior member of the Government involved in policy planning for a flu pandemic told The Daily Telegraph that "various scenarios" involving hundreds of...
  • Past may hold clue to future flu fight Secrets may be in blood of 1918 survivors

    10/05/2006 6:52:51 PM PDT · by Coleus · 38 replies · 847+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 09.29.06 | CAROL ANN CAMPBELL
    People who lived during the 1918 influenza epidemic may hold secrets in their blood that could help fight a future pandemic, but finding them now is a race against time. People who were toddlers at the end of World War I -- when the epidemic swept the globe and killed 50 million -- are in their 90s now. Nearly a lifetime after the notorious outbreak, researchers are hoping those who lived through it will come forward and donate a vial of blood, which then will be analyzed for antibodies to the virus. In particular, a New Jersey researcher is seeking...
  • 'Friendly Fire' An Epidemic S Africa

    09/27/2006 6:37:41 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 379+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-28-2006 | Celean Jacobson
    'Friendly Fire' an Epidemic in S. Africa Thursday September 28, 2006 2:01 AM By CELEAN JACOBSON Associated Press Writer PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - South Africans are killing relatives and acquaintances at an alarming rate, police said Wednesday, acknowledging traditional methods for battling crime do little to stem the tide. According to an annual police report on crime, nearly 50 people killed every day across the country - a figure that will likely add to South Africa's reputation as a violent society. The government is desperate to counter the country's violent image, especially in the run-up to the soccer World...
  • An Empire's Epidemic (Justinian Plague)

    09/18/2006 4:38:39 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 1,248+ views
    UCLA ^ | 5-6-2002 | Thomas H Maugh II
    An Empire's Epidemic Scientists Use DNA in Search for Answers to 6th Century Plague By THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Staff Writer By the middle of the 6th century, the Emperor Justinian had spread his Byzantine Empire around the rim of the Mediterranean and throughout Europe, laying the groundwork for what he hoped would be a long-lived dynasty. His dreams were shattered when disease-bearing mice from lower Egypt reached the harbor town of Pelusium in AD 540. From there, the devastating disease spread to Alexandria and, by ship, to Constantinople, Justinian's capital, before surging throughout his empire. By the time...
  • 'Virtually untreatable' TB found

    09/07/2006 1:36:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies · 2,089+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 September 2006
    About 1.7 million people die from TB globally each year A "virtually untreatable" form of TB has emerged, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Extreme drug resistant TB (XDR TB) has been seen worldwide, including in the US, Eastern Europe and Africa, although Western Europe has had no cases. Dr Paul Nunn, from the WHO, said a failure to correctly implement treatment strategies was to blame. TB experts have convened in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss how to address the problem. TB presently causes about 1.7 million deaths a year worldwide, but researchers are worried about the emergence of...
  • Diarrhoea Epidemic Spreading In Ethiopia

    09/05/2006 10:24:00 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 590+ views
    Diarrhoea epidemic spreading in Ethiopia 15:30 05 September 2006 NewScientist.com news service A diarrhoea outbreak in Ethiopia has infected at least 15,000 people and killed 148 so far, the United Nations announced on Tuesday. Heavy flooding in the region is partly responsible for the epidemic, and the outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea could spread even further, aid agencies fear. Ethiopia's southern region is particularly hard-hit, says Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. "We are concerned that this epidemic could cross the border, contaminating the whole of the southern region of Ethiopia and Kenya,"...
  • Bird flu's evolution, links to 1918 pandemic studied, debated

    11/29/2005 8:05:54 AM PST · by Toidylop · 21 replies · 702+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | November 23, 20005 | Gina Kolata
    Science moves in mysterious ways, and sometimes what seems like the end of the story is really just the beginning. Or, at least, that is what some researchers are thinking as they scratch their heads over the weird genetic sequence of the 1918 flu virus. Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger, a molecular pathologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Technology who led the research team that reconstructed the long-extinct virus, said that a few things seemed clear. The 1918 virus appears to be a bird-flu virus. But if it is from a bird, it is not a bird anyone has studied before....
  • Saratoga Man 1st West Nile Case In Santa Clara Co.

    08/16/2006 12:10:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 313+ views
    CBS5 ^ | Aug 15, 2006
    Saratoga Man 1st West Nile Case In Santa Clara Co. (BCN) SARATOGA, Calif. The first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in the Bay Area in 2006 is a 65-year-old Saratoga man who was never hospitalized and has recovered, Santa Clara County public health officials announced Tuesday. The county Public Health Department suspects that a second man, a Cupertino resident over 50, may also have been infected with the virus but the results of confirming tests will not be known until next week, according to county Deputy Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. "We know that West Nile Virus is...
  • Kosovo Meningitis Epidemic Affects 250 People

    08/14/2006 7:14:18 AM PDT · by joan · 8 replies · 306+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | August 10, 2006
    Text of report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV website on 10 August More than 250 cases of meningitis have been reported so far. Children are most vulnerable, and then pass it on to their parents, said Dr Muharrem Bajrami of the infection ward at Prishtina [Pristina] hospital. The infection ward is full of parents whose children have been affected by the disease. The towns of Vushtrri [Vucitrn], Gllogoc [Glogovac] and Malisheve [Malisevo] have been the most affected areas by meningitis, although there are cases coming from all over Kosova [Kosovo], said Dr Bajrami. He added that extreme poverty was the main...
  • China confirms bird flu death in 2003

    08/11/2006 12:47:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 256+ views
    China Daily ^ | 10-08-2006 | China Daily
    The Chinese Ministry of Health has confirmed on Aug 8 that the country's first human case of H5N1 bird flu occurred two years earlier than previously thought, in November 2003. A letter published by eight Chinese scientists on June 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine said that the bird flu virus had been isolated in a 24-year-old man who died in Beijing in 2003. The man, surnamed Shi, became ill with pneumonia and respiratory disease in November 2003 and died four days after being hospitalized. China was then in the aftermath of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and...
  • N Korean flood toll thought to be 10,000(regime breaker in the making?)

    08/02/2006 5:12:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies · 1,616+ views
    N Korean flood toll thought to be 10,000 Up to 10,000 North Koreans are believed dead or missing in what Pyongyang's official media is describing as the worst flooding in a century, a respected South Korean humanitarian group says. "About 4,000 people are now listed as missing, and we expect the final toll of dead and missing to reach 10,000," the independent aid group Good Friends said. North Korea's official media has so far admitted that hundreds of people are dead or missing after the country was battered by heavy rainfall for nearly two weeks from July 10. Seoul-based Good...
  • US 'flag epidemic' reaches peak on Fourth of July

    07/04/2006 5:54:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,139+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/4/06 | Chantal Valery
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - It's a true epidemic: the red, white and blue, stars-and-stripes banners are everywhere in the United States - on house facades, front lawns, cars and clothes. Hitting an high point on the July 4 US Independence Day holiday, it is a genuine phenomenon of American national pride that, inevitably, gets a good but also sometimes unwanted boost from commercial exploitation. "It's a little strange, this obsession of the flag," French author Bernard-Henri Levy wrote after traveling across the country. "Everywhere, in every form, flapping in the wind or on stickers, an epidemic of flags that has spread...
  • BSE could incubate in people 50 years or more before symptoms show: study

    06/22/2006 9:52:41 PM PDT · by familyop · 12 replies · 769+ views
    Canada.com (The Canadian Press) ^ | 22JUN06 | Sheryl Ubelacker
    TORONTO (CP) - It could take half a century or more for someone infected with prions - the cause of mad cow-like diseases - to start showing symptoms, say researchers, who drew that conclusion after studying a similar illness among Papua New Guinean people who once feasted on their dead. Their findings suggest that the number of human cases of variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease (vCJD) could end up being much larger than originally suspected, say the researchers, whose study is published in Friday's edition of The Lancet. With 160 cases, the United Kingdom has the highest number of recorded cases in...
  • Study Busts Meth 'Myths,' Says Abuse Is Not an Epidemic or Even Widespread

    06/14/2006 6:24:41 PM PDT · by paudio · 213 replies · 3,277+ views
    AP via Foxnews ^ | June 14, 2006
    Methamphetamine use is rare in most of the United States, not the raging epidemic described by politicians and the news media, says a study by an advocacy group. Meth is a dangerous drug but among the least commonly used, The Sentencing Project policy analyst Ryan King wrote in a report issued Wednesday. Rates of use have been stable since 1999, and among teenagers meth use has dropped, King said. "The portrayal of methamphetamine in the United States as an epidemic spreading across the country has been grossly overstated," King said. The Sentencing Project is a not-for-profit group that supports alternatives...
  • The Deadly Virus (The Influenza Epidemic Of 1918)

    06/04/2006 4:33:03 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 1,323+ views
    The Deadly VirusThe Influenza Epidemic of 1918 True or False? The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 killed more people than died in World War One.Hard as it is to believe, the answer is true. World War I claimed an estimated 16 million lives. The influenza epidemic that swept the world in 1918 killed an estimated 50 million people. One fifth of the world's population was attacked by this deadly virus. Within months, it had killed more people than any other illness in recorded history. The plague emerged in two phases. In late spring of 1918, the first phase, known as the...
  • May 19, 1997: Avian flu kills young boy

    05/19/2006 1:36:13 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 148+ views
    History.com ^ | May 19, 2006 | anon
    May 19, 1997: Avian flu kills young boy http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/tdih.jsp?category=disaster&month=10272957&day=10272984 http://tinyurl.com/grelo A three-year-old boy dies of avian influenza in Hong Kong on this day in 1997. By the time the outbreak was controlled, six people were dead and 1.6 million domestic fowl were destroyed. The young boy, the first victim of the flu outbreak, had been hospitalized six days earlier with severe coughing and fever. He had been around chickens that were found to be infected with avian influenza. This virus, identified as flu type A(H5N1), had been found in chickens in March. Other people who worked with the chickens were...
  • Iowa Mumps Outbreak Spreads Quickly to Other States

    04/04/2006 3:18:25 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 13 replies · 1,102+ views
    MedPage Today ^ | 4/3/2006 | Peggy Peck
    DES MOINES, Iowa, April 3 - The mumps outbreak that started in Iowa has spread to Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, an epidemiologist with the Iowa Department of Public Health said today. Meghan Harris, M.P.H., said all states bordering Iowa -- with the exception of Missouri -- have reported cases of mumps. Moreover, said Harris, the end is no where in site. "You can expect the numbers that we report tomorrow to be up [from cases reported March 30] and the numbers that will be reported Thursday are likely to be higher again," she said in an interview....
  • UW Researcher Debunks Warnings of Autism Epidemic

    04/03/2006 2:43:46 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 441+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | April 3, 2006 | Staff Writer from AP
    MILWAUKEE, WI (AP) -- Special education figures being used to suggest a national autism epidemic are faulty and do not substantiate such a claim, according to a new study by a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher. Paul Shattuck of the university's Waisman Center authored the study published in Monday's issue of the journal Pediatrics. From 1993 to 2003, statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Education showed a 657 percent increase in autism across the country, a jump that signaled an epidemic to many. But Shattuck discovered that, at least in most cases, the numbers don't support a dramatic increase in...
  • Iowa experiencing mumps epidemic

    03/31/2006 1:44:21 PM PST · by flutters · 98 replies · 1,408+ views
    WSYX 6 News ^ | March 31, 2006
    A puzzle for health officials and a worry for parents. Iowa is experiencing an epidemic of mumps. State health officials say 245 confirmed, probable or suspected cases were reported as of yesterday. State epidemiologist Patricia Quinlisk says that's enough for officials to call it an epidemic and not just an outbreak. Quinlisk says before this year, Iowa counted only about five cases annually. The illnesses that have spread across more than a third of the state add up to the country's only mumps outbreak, and Iowa's first such epidemic in more than 20 years. Federal health watchers say they have...
  • What You Should Do To Prepare For An Epidemic (DHHS)

    03/13/2006 10:10:32 AM PST · by blam · 285 replies · 5,447+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3-12-2006 | Lara Setrakian
    What You Should Do to Prepare for an EpidemicStock Up on Essentials and Have an 'Outbreak Plan'How To Protect Yourself Bird Flu How Would You Know If You Had Avian Flu?A Bit of Context on the Bird Flu Threat How To Protect Yourself By LARA SETRAKIAN March 12, 2006 — Will there be an outbreak of avian flu that threatens humans? Many experts disagree on when or if a human pandemic will occur, but do say there is a chance that the virus could mutate, leading to widespread infection. In that case, the best thing you and your family can...
  • For First Time, Flu Spreads From Birds

    03/06/2006 1:13:31 PM PST · by Kjobs · 72 replies · 1,248+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Melissa Eddy
    VIENNA, Austria - Three cats have tested positive for the deadly strain of bird flu in Austria's first reported case of the disease spreading to an animal other than a bird, state authorities said Monday. The sick cats were among 170 living at an animal shelter where the disease was detected in chickens last month, authorities said. The World Health Organization called bird flu a greater global challenge than any previous infectious disease, costing global agriculture more than $10 billion and affecting the livelihoods of 300 million farmers. [snip] Dr. Margaret Chan, who is spearheading WHO's efforts against bird flu,...
  • Nazis Tried To Halt Allies In Italy With Malaria Epidemic Attack

    02/13/2006 6:00:29 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 470+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-14-2006 | Hilary Clarke
    Nazis tried to halt Allies in Italy with malaria epidemic attack By Hilary Clarke in Rome (Filed: 14/02/2006) The Nazis tried to halt the advance of British and American troops through Italy in the Second World War by unleashing malaria-carrying mosquitoes in what is believed to be the only biological warfare attack out in Europe, according to new research. The plan was designed to hinder the Allied push from the south and to punish the Italian population for what the Germans saw as treachery after they switched sides and joined the Allied powers. According to Prof Frank Snowden, a history...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 02-09-2006

    02/09/2006 5:30:25 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 190+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 02-09-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Nigeria has the bird flu And now they don't know what to do While culling their birds Let us all say these words God Help Them! (AIDS and now this, too!)
  • Airman Is Shot After Brief Chase

    02/01/2006 9:27:22 AM PST · by JTN · 49 replies · 2,109+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 31, 2006 | Lance Pugmire and Michelle Kelle
    A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy shot an Air Force security officer late Sunday night after the airman told the deputy that he was in the military and "on your side." A videotape of the incident, which was shot on a residential Chino street about 10:30 p.m., was of poor quality, showing only a silhouette of the deputy and the face of the man who was shot — illuminated by the deputy's flashlight. But the tape appears to show the deputy opening fire as the man was trying to comply with the officer's apparent order to stand up. Senior Airman...
  • Sexy substitute teacher 'has relations with boy'

    01/25/2006 7:18:42 PM PST · by wagglebee · 230 replies · 24,905+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 1/25/06 | WorldNetDaily
      Cameo Patch A 29-year-old substitute teacher in Utah is facing felony charges for allegedly performing oral sex on a 17-year-old male student. Cameo Patch was a fill-in instructor at Tooele High School, and was arrested after an informant disclosed her alleged relationship with the boy. The pair reportedly met in the classroom, but engaged in the alleged wrongdoing off campus after school. All indications are the sexual activity was consensual. According to the police report, "... [Patch] and the juvenile met in a local restaurant, exchanged phone numbers, and arranged to meet to talk later in the evening. During...