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  • Ebola: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Restricts Movements in Liberia

    07/28/2014 9:37:19 AM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    AP via CBC ^ | Monday, July 28, 2014
    Liberia's president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the measures late Sunday after the first meeting of a new task force she created and is chairing to contain the disease, which has killed 129 people in the country and more than 670 across the region. A top Liberian doctor working at Liberia's largest hospital died on Saturday, and two American aid workers have fallen ill, underscoring the dangers facing those charged with bringing the outbreak under...
  • Whooping Cough Cases Nearing 900

    07/19/2014 5:03:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 | Andie Adams
    If the rate stays on track, 2014 could break 2010's record high of 1,179 casesSan Diego County has seen more than double the number of pertussis cases this year compared to last, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). Nine new instances of whooping cough, which may have left others exposed, brings the county’s total to 895. Just 120 cases were reported by this time last year, and for the whole of 2013, 431 cases were confirmed. “The county and state are experiencing an epidemic of pertussis,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., a county public...
  • Outbreak on the Border: Federal health authorities contain pneumonia, swine flu outbreaks

    07/15/2014 9:42:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/15/2014 | Bill Gertz
    Health authorities at a Navy base in Southern California took steps last weekend to curtail an outbreak of pneumonia and swine flu among illegal immigrant children housed at the facility, according to U.S. officials. The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue. However, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said he was not aware of any cases of meningitis at the...
  • Outbreak on the Border

    07/14/2014 4:37:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    free beacon ^ | 7/14/14 | Bill Gertz
    Health authorities at a Navy base in Southern California took steps last weekend to curtail an outbreak of pneumonia and swine flu among illegal immigrant children housed at the facility, according to U.S. officials. The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue. However, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said he was not aware of any cases of meningitis at the...
  • A Public Health Crisis at the Border (tuberculosis, dengue fever on the rise)

    07/04/2014 10:20:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/03/14 | Marc Siegel
    **SNIP** Drug-resistant tuberculosis also appears to have spread, with several counties in southern Texas reporting twice the usual average number of cases. TB is a disease that needs to be carefully monitored and screened for, a prospect that is not possible under the current circumstances. Dengue fever, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease that causes fatigue, pain in the bones and muscles, and fever, and infects close to 100 million people worldwide every year, has been detected this year in southern Texas for the first time since 2005. Illegal immigrants, possibly from Mexico, are a likely source. If infected mosquitoes begin...
  • '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.
  • Benton County Health Department cracks down after food-poisoning outbreak

    06/26/2014 8:17:39 AM PDT · by fella · 5 replies
    40/29 TV ^ | 26 june 2014
    BENTON COUNTY, Ark. —The Benton County Health Department is cracking down after a food-poisoning outbreak at the Walmart home office cafe
  • Extremely Deadly Virus will Come from the Muslim World

    05/11/2014 3:23:02 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 98 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Extremely Deadly Virus will Come from the Muslim World By Shoebat Foundation onMay 10, 2014 inFeatured, General Exclusive by Walid Shoebat When it comes to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) it kills nearly a third of the people it sickened. Most people still haven’t twigged to the existence of MERS but that may be changing, with new MERS infections popping up recently in Malaysia, Greece, the Philippines, Egypt, and late last week, the United States became the 16th country to detect MERS in an American who has been living and working in Saudi Arabia. Some potential explanations for 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...
  • 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.
  • CDC Report: Chikungunya Fever Outbreak in Southern U.S. Probable

    03/12/2014 6:00:51 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 21 replies
    Liberty Voice ^ | January 2014 | GM
    The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC) is reporting that the mosquito borne illness, Chikungunya Fever, has the potential to be imported to the southern United States, areas with temperate climates and large mosquito vectors. Chikungunya Fever is a viral disease, a mosquito-borne pathogen, similar to Dengue Fever. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, the same type of mosquitoes that transmit the Dengue Fever Virus. Chikungunya Fever is endemic to Asia, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. A large outbreak was reported in 2006-2007 in India, and several other countries in southeast Asia....
  • Mystery poliolike illness affects as many as 25 children in California

    02/24/2014 5:53:49 PM PST · by nuconvert · 61 replies
    Doctors in California say as many as 25 children are suffering from a mysterious, poliolike virus that is leaving them with paralyzed limbs... The cause of most of these cases is not known, health officials say. The average age of the children is 12.
  • Small Number Of Children In California Get Strange, New Polio-Like Illness

    02/24/2014 7:57:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 86 replies
    AP) ^ | February 23, 2014 9:22 PM
    Dr. Keith Van Haren, a pediatric neurologist at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital who has worked with Glaser’s team, will present the cases of five of the children at the American Academy of Neurology’s upcoming annual meeting. He said all five patients had paralysis in one or more arms or legs that reached its full severity within two days. None had recovered limb function after six months. “We know definitively that it isn’t polio,” Van Haren added, noting that all had been vaccinated against that disease. Glaser wouldn’t provide the number of illnesses. Van Haren said he was aware...
  • Cruise ship w/ over 500 ill set to arrive in Bayonne, city officials on standby w/contingency plan

    01/28/2014 4:33:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 64 replies
    Jersey Journal NJ.com ^ | January 28, 2014
    Bayonne officials are planning to have several health officials on hand and local emergency services available tomorrow when a Royal Caribbean cruise ship which recently cut its trip short due to a gastrointestinal breakout overseas arrives at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne.
  • Grim Photos Show Why Flesh-Eating Drug 'Krokodil' Is Spreading

    11/19/2013 4:08:50 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/19/2013 | Adam Taylor
    Over the past few months there has been a number of concerning reports that desomorphine, a.k.a. "krokodil," a homemade alternative to heroin that is believed to have originated in Russia, may have made its way into the United States. Krokodil is understandably horrifying to a lot of people. The drug gets its name from the Russian word for a crocodile, which gives a little warning of one of its effects —green, scaly skin at the site of injection. Gangrene and amputations are common, while fleshy tissue is eaten away by the corrosive chemicals. Many users are reported to die a...
  • Less Vaccinations brings Childhood Diseases Back, plus Never Fear, Nanopatch is Here!

    11/09/2013 6:30:02 PM PST · by lee martell · 26 replies
    Nov. 9, 2013 | Lee Martell
    Today's young parents are confronted with a dilemma; should they obey the clear, strict instructions of the neighborhood school and make sure their child is vaccinated before school starts, or should they 'just say no'. Some folks on side of receiving immunization shots are quick to point out the worrying resurgence of various diseases most Americans thought were almost wiped out. Diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough have largely been held in check because of available immunization injections. In 2011 there were 167 cases of Whooping Cough reported. In 2013 there have been 352 so far. These almost...
  • Deadly brain amoeba infects US tap water for the first time

    09/20/2013 5:48:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    NBC News Health ^ | September 16, 2013 | Maggie Fox
    A deadly brain amoeba that’s killed two boys this year has been found in a U.S. drinking water supply system for the first time, officials said Monday -- in a New Orleans-area system. The Naegleria fowleri parasite killed a 4-year-old Mississippi boy who likely got it playing on a back yard Slip 'N Slide, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say. Tests show it’s present throughout the water supply system in St. Bernard Parish, directly southeast of New Orleans. “We have never seen Naegleria colonizing a treated water supply before,” said Dr. Michael Beach, head of water safety for...
  • Measles outbreak tied to Texas megachurch sickens 21

    08/28/2013 12:23:16 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | Aug. 27, 2013 | JoNel Aleccia
    An outbreak of measles tied to a Texas megachurch where ministers have questioned vaccination has sickened at least 21 people, including a 4-month-old infant -- and it’s expected to grow, state and federal health officials said. “There’s likely a lot more susceptible people,” said Dr. Jane Seward, the deputy director for the viral diseases division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sixteen people -- nine children and seven adults -- ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years had come down with the highly contagious virus in Tarrant County, Texas, as of Monday. Another five cases are...
  • Oral sex and throat cancer: Michael Douglas HPV report spotlights "epidemic"

    06/03/2013 1:59:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 94 replies
    CBS News/ ^ | June 3, 2013, 12:42 PM | Ryan Jaslow /
    Michael Douglas's announcement that his throat cancer was caused by human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease, has raised awareness about a men's health trend doctors have been alarmed about for years. ... However, a link between oral sex and throat cancer is no surprise to experts. "This is not a surprise by any stretch," Dr. Eric Genden, professor and chair of otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, told CBSNews.com. "There's an epidemic of HPV-related throat cancers." Throat cancer, also known as oropharyngeal cancer, refers to tumors that occur in the tonsils, base...
  • Two dead, others sick locally from unknown illness

    05/25/2013 8:22:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    The Dothan Eagle ^ | Updated: 6:28 pm, Tue May 21, 2013.
    Seven people have been admitted to area hospitals, and two of them have died, in what health officials described Tuesday as a “cluster” of respiratory illnesses with flulike symptoms. Peggy Blakeney, the area administrator for the state Department of Public Health, said officials with the state Department of Public Health in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control are investigating a “cluster” of respiratory illnesses across southeast Alabama. Blakeney said so far, through their ongoing investigation, they know of seven people hospitalized for treatment. She said two of those people have died. Corey Kirkland, the assistant administrator for the area,...
  • For Gay Men, a Fear That Feels Familiar (meningitis the new AIDS)

    05/19/2013 12:00:54 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 131 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 17, 2013 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    ... A new, casually transmittable infection — a unique strain of bacterial meningitis — has cast a pall over the gay night life and dating scene, with men wondering whether this is AIDS, circa 1981, all over again. Seven men have died in New York City, about a third of diagnosed cases, since 2010. And in the last few months, the contagion seemed to be accelerating. It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why. The city’s best hope to curb the outbreak is to vaccinate as many at-risk men as possible, focusing on those most in...
  • 2 new diseases _ 1 related to SARS and 1 new bird flu _ could both spark global outbreaks

    05/13/2013 5:48:45 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 18 replies
    WP ^ | May 13 2013 | AP
    Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials - a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China.
  • Cicada Swarm 2013: A Pictorial Guide To The Bug Plague

    All around the Northeast -- from Pennsylvania to Maryland to Connecticut -- billions of cicadas are starting to emerge from the ground after 17 years of underground adolescence mostly spent feeding on the fluid inside tree roots. While this emergence is the biggest in the Northeastern U.S. in a long while, the Southern states have had recent visits too. There are about 15 distinct broods of cicadas that emerge regularly in the U.S. In 2011, the Great Southern Brood popped up across the American Southeast.
  • First case of deadly SARS-like virus in France

    05/08/2013 10:26:15 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 08 May 2013 12:01 GMT+02:00
    France's health ministry on Wednesday reported the country's first case of a SARS-like virus that has killed 18 people so far, mostly in Saudi Arabia. An unidentified person who came back to France from a trip to the United Arab Emirates was diagnosed with the deadly novel coronavirus, the ministry said. "This is the first and only confirmed case in France to date," it added. The patient is currently in intensive care in hospital and has been placed in isolation. The virus, known in medical jargon as nCoV-EMC, was first detected in September 2012 and since then more than 30...
  • Sex Superbug Could Be 'Worse Than AIDS'

    04/30/2013 11:36:45 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 44 replies
    CNBC ^ | 04/29/13 | Mark Koba
    An antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea—now considered a superbug—has some analysts saying that the bacteria's effects could match those of AIDS. "This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly," said Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine.
  • Is 'Slut-Shaming' Contributing to the Rise of STDs? [barf alert]

    04/29/2013 9:59:48 PM PDT · by grundle · 67 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 29, 2013 | No name is cited for author
    Slut-shaming is at the root of all problems. Well, it seems to be at the root of a lot of mine, anyway. Anyone who’s ever been slut-shamed understands when I say that it can alter your sexual health decisions, erode your self-esteem, and change how you interact with both sexes. And for anyone who’s not familiar with the term, “slut-shaming” is the act of declaring someone a slut (or a whore or any other similar word, or even promiscuous, for that matter) based upon perceived sexual behavior: the clothing someone wears, the way they communicate with potential partners, the people...
  • Bedbugs invade hospitals

    04/22/2013 11:14:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | April 22, 2013 | Jen Wieczner
    Why more patients share rooms with the blood-sucking pests. As if adapting to health-care reform and curbing the “nightmare bacteria” weren’t challenge enough, hospitals are increasingly plagued by another problem: Bedbugs. More than a third of pest management companies treated bedbug infestations in hospitals in 2012, 6% more than the year before and more than twice as many as in 2010, according to a survey released today by the National Pest Management Association. The percentage of exterminators dealing with bedbugs in nursing homes has also almost doubled since 2010, to 46%. Bedbug experts also report seeing them in ambulances. Hospitals...
  • Another killer disease striking homosexuals

    04/16/2013 4:55:44 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 15, 2013 | Garth Kant
    “Gay” sex is becoming even more dangerous. Health officials are warning sexually active “gay” men about an outbreak of potentially deadly bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles and New York. The disease has infected 22 people in New York and caused seven deaths since 2010. Health officials in Los Angeles are testing to see if the strain infecting “gay” men there is the same one hitting New York. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation began offering free meningitis vaccines today after a “gay” man from West Hollywood was declared brain dead on Friday. Thirty-three-year-old lawyer Brett Shaad died within a week of feeling...
  • Another killer disease striking homosexuals

    04/15/2013 12:09:44 PM PDT · by wesagain · 87 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 15, 2013 | Garth Kant
    "Health officials work to diffuse fears of national epidemic"“Gay” sex is becoming even more dangerous. Health officials are warning sexually active “gay” men about an outbreak of potentially deadly bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles and New York. The disease has infected 22 people in New York and caused seven deaths since 2010. Health officials in Los Angeles are testing to see if the strain infecting “gay” men there is the same one hitting New York. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation began offering free meningitis vaccines today after a “gay” man from West Hollywood was declared brain dead on Friday. Thirty-three-year-old lawyer...
  • It started with a cough: Deadly China bird flu outbreak raises fears of pandemic

    04/14/2013 4:41:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:47 PM EDT | Li Le and Ian Johnston, NBC News
    Around the world, scientists are now beginning to examine samples of the virus with a significant question in mind: Could this strain of the disease cause a global pandemic? This international network of scientists keeps constant watch for good reason. In 1918 and 1919, a flu pandemic killed between 20 million and 40 million people, more than the total death toll of World War I, more in a year than the Black Death of 1347 to 1351. More recently, an H1N1 swine flu pandemic was blamed for more than 284,500 human deaths worldwide between April 2009 and August 2010. So...
  • Tuberculosis outbreak in downtown L.A. sparks federal effort

    02/24/2013 5:32:22 PM PST · by shineon · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 21, 2013
    Public health officials have launched a new, coordinated effort to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis in downtown L.A.’s skid row, including searching for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed to the disease.
  • Mexican government says bird flu outbreak hits 582,000 chickens in central Mexico

    02/16/2013 2:27:55 PM PST · by null and void · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2013
  • '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.
  • Google Flu

    01/16/2013 2:43:28 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    Google ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2012
  • Surge In Flu Patients Crushing Hospitals Nationwide

    01/09/2013 8:16:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 09:47 PM | Stephen Feller
    Hospitals across the country are being stretched for service as this year’s flu season looks to be the most intense in nearly a decade, with facilities beginning to turn patients away because of the danger that it could spread through their staffs. Thirty-nine states and New York City have reported significant levels of influenza-like-illnesses as medical professionals are reminded of the 2003-2004 season when more than 40,000 people died because the predominant strain was so dissimilar from the vaccine that year, reported Fox News. Hospital officials have described the season so far as “chaotic.” Doctors are telling patients to begin...
  • 18 dead of flu in Massachusetts

    01/09/2013 7:38:01 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 9, 2013 | Christine McConville
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting that 18 Bay Staters have died from the flu so far this season. At least four of these people were from Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission’s Nick Martin told the Herald. “We’re seeing a significant increase in sickness and severity,” Martin said.
  • 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...
  • Meningitis Death Toll Rises To 15

    10/14/2012 3:45:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    WBUR/AP ^ | Oct 13, 2012
    -excerpt- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has now sickened 197 people in a 13 states.
  • Another rabid beaver attacks in Northern Virginia

    09/14/2012 5:00:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12 September, 2012 | Naomi Jagoda
    A rabid beaver approached young children at a nature center in Fairfax County over the weekend, officials said, just days after another rabid beaver bit an 83-year-old woman in a Fairfax lake. About 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Fairfax County Animal Control officers went to Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield. The incident occurred during a program in which about 15 children were participating. The kids were fishing when a beaver was spotted approaching a dock where about four or five children were located, a nature center staff member who witnessed the incident told Fairfax County Park Authority spokeswoman Judy Pedersen. The...
  • Live Updates: Severe Weather Outbreak

    A severe weather outbreak is underway over parts of the Midwest and South. Follow our live coverage of the latest breaking warnings, storm reports, and photos in our streaming ticker below.
  • Noblesville Schools cancels events over measles cases (Indianapolis - They came for the Superbowl an

    02/15/2012 10:39:31 AM PST · by Scythian · 16 replies
    Indy Star (Gannett: Title and Link Only)
    How wonderful, the next time your city wants to host some big international event, think twice, now we have measles outbreak that is directly linked to the superbowl, it's already now in the schools here, spreading, uggh !!! A person from another country stopped over for a visit, they had the measles ... http://www.indystar.com/article/20120215/LOCAL/202150316/Noblesville-Schools-cancels-activities-due-measles-cases?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com
  • Tweeting the word 'drill' could mean your Twitter account is read by U.S. government spies

    12/28/2011 9:18:53 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    ukdailymail ^ | 9:59 AM on 28th December 2011 | Rob Waugh
    The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks for 'sensitive' words - and tracking people who use them. Simply using a word or phrase from the DHS's 'watch' list could mean that spies from the government read your posts, investigate your account, and attempt to identify you from it, acccording to an online privacy group. The words which attract attention range from ones seemingly related to diseases or bioweapons such as 'human to animal' and 'outbreak' to other, more obscure words such as 'drill' and 'strain'. The DHS also...
  • Canine Flu Outbreak Plagues Metro Area

    11/14/2011 1:13:53 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 3 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 11/14/11 | none stated
    "Veterinarians are reporting an outbreak of canine flu in the New York metro area." "The Journal News reports that officials at the Cornell University Veterinary School say canine flu has been spreading in New York City, the lower Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey."
  • New HIV infections up 50percent in gay black men

    08/03/2011 3:48:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/3/11 | Julie Steenhuysen
    Chicago - The number of Americans newly infected with HIV remained stable between 2006 and 2009, but infections rose nearly 50 percent among young black gay and bisexual men, U.S. experts said on Wednesday. New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal progress since the peak of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. But the sharp increases in infection rates among young black men who have sex with men show there is much more work to do, they said.(Snip) While blacks represent 14 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 44 percent of new HIV
  • Germany: E. Coli Not Found in Initial Testing of Sprouts (Cucumber => Beansprouts => ?)

    06/06/2011 5:59:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | 06/06/11 | JUDY DEMPSEY and JAMES KANTER
    E. Coli Not Found in Initial Testing of Sprouts By JUDY DEMPSEY and JAMES KANTER Published: June 6, 2011 BERLIN — A day after German agricultural officials identified locally grown sprouts as a possible cause of the E.coli outbreak that has killed 22 people and sickened more than 2,200, the officials said Monday that initial tests had failed to show conclusively that the bacteria originated with the sprouts. Results from the first 23 of 40 tests on several varieties of sprouts came back negative, said officials from the agriculture ministry in the state of Lower Saxony. The ministry did not...
  • Palm Sunday Tornadoes--April 11, 1965

    04/27/2011 7:29:12 AM PDT · by madison10 · 2 replies
    Ohio History ^ | April 27, 2011 | Various
    Ohio History A wide outbreak of 37 tornadoes killed 256 people, mostly in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana on Palm Sunday 1965. This was deadliest tornado outbreak in 33 years in the United States and has been exceeded since only by the April 1974 outbreak. The 55 people killed in Ohio on April 11, 1965, made this the second deadliest tornado day in Ohio history, after the 1924 Lorain Tornado. The only tornado on April 11 to touch down in a large city hit Toledo at about 9:30 PM. It cut a six-mile long path across the northern edge of Toledo....
  • Highly Contagious AIDS-like Disease Spreading in China

    04/05/2011 1:00:58 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 88 replies
    http://www.theepochtimes.com ^ | Updated: Apr 2, 2011 | Chen Yilian
    In a small hotel across from the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a reporter from New Express Daily, dressed in an isolation suit, interviewed a dozen “unusual” patients from different areas of China. Their symptoms are painful and debilitating, and AIDS-like, but repeated tests for HIV have come up negative.
  • Outbreak at Playboy Mansion

    02/12/2011 7:35:47 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 02/12/2011 | Staff
    Can the Playboy Mansion make you ill? Hugh Hefner's iconic bachelor pad is under investigation after more than 80 guests at a conference and party there became sick with a suspected strain of Legionnaires' disease. Scores of attendees at the Domainfest conference in Santa Monica, held Feb. 1 to 3, came down with symptoms including fever, respiratory infections and violent headaches. Four Swedish guests were diagnosed with Legionellosis or pontiac fever -- a milder form of Legionnaires' caused by bacteria that thrives in warm air-conditioning systems.
  • Deadly Whooping Cough, Once Wiped Out, Is Back

    08/14/2010 9:15:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/14/2010
    California is in the midst of its worst outbreak of whooping cough in a half-century. More than 2,700 cases have been reported so far this year — eight times last year's number at this point. Seven of the victims, all infants, have died. And here's what really worries pediatricians like UCLA's Harvey Karp: Doctors thought they wiped out whooping cough when they developed vaccines decades ago. The disease hits young children hardest, especially ones who are not vaccinated or who have not yet built up full immunity. The prescribed vaccination regimen begins with a shot at two months and continues...
  • Dengue Fever Outbreak

    08/06/2010 6:33:54 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 8 replies
    LiveShots ^ | August 6, 2010 | Phil Keating
    <p>"I've had kidney stones. This was worse. I never want to have it again," says Richard Branch, a Navy Lieutenant stationed in Key West. He ended up having to be hospitalized in Miami after a mosquito carrying the Dengue virus got him.</p>