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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...