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  • The inspiring life of Ruth Pfau, leprosy doctor (the Mother Teresa of Pakistan)

    08/20/2017 3:44:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | August 17, 2017 | Carolyn Moynihan
    When it comes to Christians, news from Pakistan in recent years has seldom been good. An increasingly beleaguered minority in an Islamic republic, they have become targets of harassment and violent attacks, often motivated by tensions and conflicts between Islamists and the West on the world stage. This week, however, brings a notable exception. On Saturday there will be a state funeral at St Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi for the German-born Catholic nun and doctor, Ruth Pfau, who died last week at the age of 87 after giving 50 years of her life to the service of patients with...
  • Rand Paul: John Lewis Isn’t Immune From Criticism Because He’s A Civil Rights Icon

    01/15/2017 12:47:11 PM PST · by nodwam · 33 replies
    Hidden Americans ^ | 01/15/2017 | Richard Saunders
    Jake Tapper had Rand Paul on to discuss his healthcare plan, but instead tried to bait Paul into condemning Trump because John Lewis is a ‘civil rights icon.’ Paul wisely said, “I do appreciate what — him being a civil rights icon. But I would also say that that doesn’t make us immune from criticism or debate… I should be able to honestly disagree with him, and not have it all come back to, I have no appreciation for a civil rights icon because of this. And I think that’s the part that I think is sometimes unfair in this.”
  • Red squirrels carrying medieval strain of human leprosy as people warned to stay away

    11/11/2016 8:16:02 PM PST · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10 November 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Red squirrels are carrying human leprosy and people have been warned to stay away from the animals to minimise the risk of catching the disease. One of the strains – which is affecting squirrels on Brownsea Island, off the south coast of Dorset – shares close similarities with that responsible for outbreaks of the disease in medieval Europe. Researchers tested 25 samples from red squirrels on the island and found that all were infected with the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae, though not all showed signs of the disease. Those that did had swelling and hair loss on the ears, muzzle and...
  • Parents Demand Answers After Jurupa Valley Leprosy Scare

    09/07/2016 8:11:19 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 9/6/2016 | Staff
    JURUPA VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — Parents and students in Jurupa Valley could be dealing with a rare disease from the Middle Ages. Scared parents were demanding more information Tuesday after letters were sent went home to parents saying two students at Indian Hills Elementary in Jurupa Valley “might” be sick with leprosy. School officials say the letter was sent Friday out of what they called, an abundance of caution. Some parents refused to send their children to school Tuesday after receiving the warning from the Jurupa Unified School District. It was unclear whether the students are related to each other. Barbara...
  • Unconfirmed reports of leprosy at elementary school prompt parent notification

    09/06/2016 10:00:41 AM PDT · by mware · 66 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | Published: Sept. 4, 2016 Updated: Sept. 6, 2016 8:17 a.m. | By ALI TADAYON / STAFF WRITER
    Jurupa Unified School District officials received an unconfirmed report that two Indian Hills Elementary School students were diagnosed with leprosy, which prompted them to send a letter home to parents Friday, Sept. 2. Though the information has not been confirmed, said Superintendent Elliott Duchon, school district officials decided to send the letter home as a precaution. “We wanted parents of the students to know, we wanted to get ahead of any rumors and make sure they had access to ample information,” Duchon said in a phone interview Sunday evening. Duchon would not say where the report came from, but did...
  • Parents Remain On Edge Following Leprosy Scare At Jurupa Valley School

    09/06/2016 7:05:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    cbs2la ^ | September 6, 2016 5:57 AM | Jasmine Viel
    Parents and students in Jurupa Valley could be dealing with a rare disease from the middle ages. Some parents refused to send their children to school Tuesday after receiving a warning from the Jurupa Unified School District about two possible cases of leprosy affecting students at Indian Hills Elementary School. At this time, it remains unclear if the students are related to each other. The director of disease control for Riverside County said a school nurse notified the health department of the rare disease on Friday.
  • Obama Changes Law: Allows Immigrants with Blistering STDs and Leprosy into US

    02/23/2016 11:04:37 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/23/16 | Jim Hoft
    President Obama changes the law and now admits immigrants with lesions, blistering STD’s and leprosy into America. UNREAL!In his first year in office, President Obama lifted an entry ban on foreigners with HIV.Most U.S. cases of leprosy occur in people who traveled to the United States from areas of the world where the bacterial infection is endemic.It’s not clear how this new rule benefits Americans.The Washington Examiner reported: The administration has decided to let immigrants with three sexually transmitted diseases known for causing sores or lesions on genitalia to enter the United States, an expansion of a previous decision to...
  • Why Are Many Diseases Back, Decades After Being Wiped Out in the U.S.?

    12/25/2015 11:54:32 PM PST · by detective · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Dec 2015 | Tom Tancredo
    An E. coli epidemic in Seattle and Kansas City and 19 other states? TB in New York and Manassas, Virginia? Leprosy in New Hampshire? Dengue Fever in Laredo? What's going on here? If you think data about illegal alien crime is hidden from public, just try to find information on the contagious diseases brought across our borders by illegal aliens from nearly 100 countries. If we survey the anecdotal and sporadic official data of the past fifteen years, there is no doubt we are being invaded daily by dangerous diseases.
  • Breaking: Terrifying Disease Sweeps the U.S. - This Isn't Good

    12/02/2015 7:08:53 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 32 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 12/2/2015 | Teresa Monroe Hamilton
    Leprosy in Florida from Armadillos? Not that surprised, they carry a whole host of nasty bacteria. However, you'd have to snuggle with them to get it, or perhaps your dog would. As far as leprosy goes, it is far more likely that it is being brought in by either the illegal aliens going to Florida after coming across our southern border, the Cubans that are flowing into the state or other persons from foreign countries that just 'happen' to wind up in Florida. These invaders are bringing back diseases to the US we have not seen in a very, very...
  • Experts warn Floridians to steer clear of armadillos to avoid leprosy exposure

    07/21/2015 2:07:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.actionnewsjax.com ^ | 07-21-2015 | By Amanda Warford
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Leprosy cases in Florida are higher than normal and experts are blaming armadillos. Nine cases have been reported across Florida so far this year. On average, the state only sees 10 cases for the entire year. Action News spoke to a trapper who said he takes extra precautions because of this danger. Armadillos are very common all over Florida, and most of them live in the woods. But others could live near your home, and we learned that puts you and your family at risk. “We catch more armadillos than we do any other species,” said wildlife...
  • Floridians urged to avoid leprosy-infected armadillos

    07/21/2015 7:42:25 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 39 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 7/21/2015 | AP
    Leprosy cases in Florida are higher than normal, and experts are blaming armadillos. WJAX-TV reports that nine cases have been reported across Florida so far this year, already nearly matching the state's average of 10 cases per year, according to the Department of Health. Dr. Sunil Joshi, president of the Duval County Medical Society, says each case this year has involved people who were in direct contact with armadillos.
  • Report: Deadly suicide blast targets Nigeria leprosy clinic

    06/29/2015 4:15:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CBS ^ | 6/29/15
    An apparent terrorist attempted to attack a leprosy hospital with a suicide vest in the restive northern region of Nigeria, according to a report. Witnesses told Agence France Presse the bomber was stymied at the security checkpoint out front manned by vigilantes who have taken up arms in the fight against the ISIS-affiliated terrorist group Boko Haram. The bomber apparently detonated his vest in front of the hospital, killing 5 and wounding 10, AFP reports. Witnesses claimed he was one of three men dropped off near the hospital. The other two are believed to have fled in the confusion following...
  • How to Lose Your Leprosy (In Four Easy Steps) – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

    02/15/2015 6:08:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Lose Your Leprosy (In Four Easy Steps) – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn today’s Gospel, we see the healing of a leper (this means you and me). Leprosy in Scripture is more than just a physical illness, it is also a metaphor for sin. Leprosy itself is not sin, but it resembles sin and what sin does to us spiritually. For sin, like leprosy, disfigures us; it deteriorates us; it distances us (for lepers had to live apart from the community) and brings death if it is not checked....
  • Nine-banded armadillos believed to have caused LEPROSY in Florida patients

    02/28/2015 1:53:53 PM PST · by LucyT · 73 replies
    UK DailyMail ^ | 28 February 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Three people have been diagnosed with leprosy in Florida and some of the cases are thought to be linked to armadillos. Health officials in Volusia County said that the cases are not related, though two of those who have been diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, or leprosy, since October had been in contact with nine-banded armadillos.
  • Leprosy diagnosed in Ohio prison inmate

    10/17/2014 1:17:05 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    AP via WFTV ^ | 10/17/14
    An Ohio prison inmate has been diagnosed with leprosy, but health officials aren't concerned the infection will spread.
  • Data belies Dan Patrick’s ‘illegal invasion’ claim (Chron Hit Piece Barfer)

    03/26/2014 8:50:20 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Nolan Hicks
    State Sen. Dan Patrick is no stranger to over-the-top statements about immigrants and immigration. The Houston-area Republican, who is the GOP’s leading candidate for lieutenant governor, told a group in 2006 that immigrants are “bringing Third World diseases with them,” referencing “tuberculosis, malaria, polio and leprosy.” (A top official at the Department of State Health Services had to slap that down, pointing out, for instance, there hasn’t been a case of polio in decades). When asked to address the issue of immigration at a forum of leading business groups during this campaign, Patrick chose to talk about violent crime, as...
  • Medieval leprosy genome shows history of disease and beyond

    06/18/2013 9:32:37 AM PDT · by Renfield · 4 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 6-14-2013
    An team of scientists and researchers from across the world have managed to reconstructed a dozen medieval and modern leprosy genomes. The results suggest a European origin for the North American leprosy strains found in armadillos and humans, and there is a common ancestor of all leprosy bacteria within the last 4000 years.Humans appear to be the ones who adapted to leprosy, causing its decline in Europe. Credit: EPFL A breakthrough in sequencing ancient bacteria It is the first time scientists have reconstructed an ancient genome without a reference sequence (de novo) due to the extraordinary preservation of the medieval...
  • Southern U.S.: Armadillos blamed for leprosy (don't eat Armadillo meat)

    04/30/2011 4:55:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 04/28/11
    Armadillos blamed for leprosy A strain of leprosy found in armadillos has been identified in dozens of people in the southern United States, indicating the skin disease can be transmitted directly from animals to humans. 6:19PM BST 28 Apr 2011 The report published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the disease, most often found in India, can originate in the United States and infect humans who hunt armadillo and butcher the meat. Leprosy, sometimes called Hansen's disease after the Norwegian doctor who discovered it in 1873, is a bacterial infection that causes lesions on a person's extremities....
  • Armadillo leprosy found in US patients: study

    04/27/2011 3:53:11 PM PDT · by decimon · 30 replies
    AFP ^ | April 27, 2011 | Kerry Sheridan
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A strain of leprosy found in armadillos has been identified in dozens of people in the southern United States, indicating the skin disease can be transmitted directly from animals to humans. The findings are the first to confirm a long-suspected link between the disease in armadillos and humans, but are not a sign that a new epidemic is underway, researchers said. Rather, the report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the disease, most often found in India, can originate in the United States and infect humans who hunt armadillo and butcher the...
  • Armadillos pass leprosy to humans, study finds

    04/27/2011 6:52:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 27, 2011 | Eryn Brown
    They're cute. They're often roadkill. Some gourmands say they're tasty, whether baked or barbecued. Now Louisiana researchers have learned something else about nine-banded armadillos. "A preponderance of evidence shows that people get leprosy from these animals," said Richard W. Truman, director of microbiology at the National Hansen's Disease Program in Baton Rouge and lead author of a paper detailing the discovery in the New England Journal of Medicine. Until now, scientists believed that leprosy was passed only from human to human. Every year, about 100 to 150 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the malady, which is also known...