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  • Two Mystery Illnesses Linked to 12 Child Deaths; 94 Paralysis Cases Since August

    12/15/2014 8:21:50 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | December 14, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In the span of four months, at least 94 children in 33 U.S. states have developed a devastating form of paralysis with symptoms similar to polio. Some require a ventilator to breathe. And some of the greatest government health minds in the country say they have no idea what’s causing it. At the same time, during the past four months, at least 12 children have died after falling ill with a respiratory virus called Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68). Again, federal health officials are at a loss to explain the origin of the epidemic. Are the mysterious outbreaks linked? The Centers for...
  • Health News Headlines: EV-D68 In 46 States; TB Global Spread Continues

    11/25/2014 9:11:11 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Sound Medicine Radio ^ | October 24, 2014
    The CDC reported nearly 1000 cases of Enterovirus D 68 have now shown up in 46 states ... Meanwhile the global spread of TB is getting worse. The World Health Organization reported nine million cases of the infectious disease last year—mainly in underdeveloped countries. 1.5 million people died from it. The WHO says TB is now the second fastest growing infectious disease killer after AIDS, and that it’ll take a lot more money to get TB under control. Doctors in Poland took to the internet this week looking for volunteers: specifically, patients with spinal cord injuries caused by a knife...
  • CDC: Twelve Deaths Linked to Polio-Like EV-D68

    11/25/2014 9:03:15 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | November 16, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    The U.S. death toll from the mysterious Enterovirus D-68, which primarily strikes young children, has reached twelve. But as the number of livest lost increases, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that most states over the last five weeks have indicated “reduced EV-D68-like illness activity.” The latest CDC update on the current outbreak of the polio-like Enterovirus D-68 states that it has now been detected “in specimens from twelve patients who died and had samples submitted for testing.” That’s one more death than was disclosed in last week’s update. The CDC account does not provide information as to where...
  • Obama’s Border Policy Fueled Epidemic, Evidence Shows [EV-D68 enterovirus]

    11/01/2014 7:55:27 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 31, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The deadly EV-D68 enterovirus epidemic, which struck thousands of kids this fall, was likely propelled through America by President Barack Obama’s decision to allow tens of thousands of Central Americans across the Texas border, according to a growing body of genetic and statistical evidence. The evidence includes admissions from top health officials that the epidemic included multiple strains of the virus, and that it appeared simultaneously in multiple independent locations. The question can be settled if federal researchers study the genetic fingerprint of the EV-D68 viruses that first hit kids in Colorado, Missouri and Illinois to see if they are...
  • Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

    10/24/2014 5:23:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Richard Weizel
    Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. ... Ebola fears have also touched one of the world's most reclusive countries, North Korea, which will bar entry...
  • New Jersey Customs Agent: We're Not Prepared for Ebola

    10/09/2014 3:07:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | Warner Todd Huston
    A federal customs official at New Jersey's Newark International Airport says that they are not trained or equipped to face passengers who might be infected with Ebola. ... The agent, who wanted to stay anonymous, noted that no doctors or CDC personnel had been assigned to his airport for any flights from Africa or countries with connecting flights to Ebola effected areas. ... This unnamed Customs agent isn't the only one saying that few are prepared for Ebola. A nurses union recently contradicted the CDC's Dr. Thomas Frieden who claimed that all of America's hospitals are ready for Ebola. The...
  • BP Agent: Nothing Done to Secure Border from Ebola, Apprehensions at 30%

    10/09/2014 3:00:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 9 Oct 2014 | Ian Hanchett
    Border Patrol Agent and National Border Patrol Council #3307 Vice President Chris Cabrera said that “nothing” has been done to secure the border in the event the Ebola virus spreads to Central America, and that the apprehension rate on the border was down to about 30% . ... Cabrera continued his criticism of the upper management of the Border Patrol, saying, “What needs to be done is we need to have our agents in the field where they belong, we need to stop cutting our manpower and stop cutting our hours and get our guys out there on the front...
  • St. Patrick Hospital 1 of 4 sites in U.S. ready for Ebola patients ( Montana )

    09/30/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    There are four places in the United States set up to handle a patient sickened by the Ebola virus, and Missoula is one of those. .... And any hospital equipped to care for a tuberculosis patient can care for an Ebola patient, according to Dr. George Risi, an infectious disease specialist who recently returned from spending 20 days in a Sierra Leone Ebola ward. Accompanied by St. Patrick’s intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley, Risi helped local clinic staff care for up to 95 patients at a time. While untreated Ebola kills more than 70 percent of its victims, more...
  • U.S. to give refugee status to limited number of Central American minors

    09/30/2014 1:39:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9-30-14 | JIM KUHNHENN
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  • Schools scramble to help teens who crossed border

    09/30/2014 6:42:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | September 29, 2014 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING
    FRANKFORD, Del. — American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months. Officials were caught off guard by about 70 new students mostly from Guatemala — part of the wave crossing the border — enrolling last year, mostly at Sussex Central High School. The students are eager but face barriers. Some can barely read or write in their native language. Donald Hattier, a school board member, said advance warning would have helped with planning. The federal government, he said, "just dropped this on us." He wonders...
  • Surprise: After Illegal Immigration Wave, Tuberculosis Plagues El Paso Hospital

    09/29/2014 10:48:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this summer when the unaccompanied minor crisis was at its peak (after really starting in October 2013) in Texas and Arizona, Border Patrol agents working inside processing facilities reported cases of Tuberculosis, scabies and other diseases being brought into the United States by unvaccinated illegal aliens. Warnings were issued by local communities about the impact these diseases could potentially have in the public school system where their children are educated. For example, protestors in Murrieta, California turned bus loads of illegal immigrants away, citing concerns about public health. Those protestors and people who warned about the spread of...
  • A New Border Surge Opens Us To Surge Of Epidemics

    09/26/2014 4:57:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Border Surge: Secretary of State John Kerry warns of a new surge of illegals, just as Central America is being hit by a new wave of epidemics. No doubt about it: President Obama's open-borders policy is exposing us to disease, too. In a background press briefing at the U.N. last Tuesday, a senior State Department official said Secretary of State John Kerry told his counterparts from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico that the pause in minors coming across our southern border was temporary, and that "we have to use this time to put in place more efforts, greater efforts...
  • More Than 700 Infants Exposed To TB At Texas Hospital

    09/19/2014 6:03:42 PM PDT · by detective · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 19, 2014
    More than 700 infants at an El Paso hospital have been exposed to tuberculosis by an employee infected with the disease, according to public health officials. The city’s Department of Public Health says the infants along with about 40 employees at Providence Memorial Hospital were exposed.
  • doctor: gov’t ‘tight-lipped’ on respiratory virus, may be from illegals

    09/17/2014 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    BREITBART TV ^ | 9/17/14 | IanHanchett
    Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, reported that the government has been “real tight-lipped” about the mysterious respiratory illness that has struck children in the United States, expressed concern that the illegal immigrant minors from Central America could be the source, and argued that the government should devote more resources to border security to combat the spread of disease on Wednesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.”
  • Hundreds tested for TB in Lynn

    09/09/2014 9:28:57 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 60 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 9, 2014 | AP via Boston Herald
    LYNN, Mass. — More than 30 Lynn Community Health Center employees and 800 patients are being tested to determine if they were exposed to tuberculosis after center doctors confirmed a case.
  • Arrest warrant issued for Santa Barbara tuberculosis patient

    08/24/2014 5:16:04 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    la times ^ | 8-22-2014 | VERONICA ROCHA
    <p>Agustin Zeferino, 24, received "extensive" information and medication for his illness, but he discontinued his treatment, public health officials said.</p>
  • Feds Bend CDC Rules for Sick Illegal Immigrants

    08/08/2014 12:29:34 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 21 replies
    August 7, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas Individuals and families immigrating to the U.S. legally are required to pay for and undergo medical examinations by approved physicians; those who are deemed as having "inadmissible health-related conditions" are not allowed into the country. But the same standards are not applied to illegal immigrants, many of whom remain in the U.S. despite testing positive for diseases that would prevent law-abiding migrants from entering. ...tens of thousands of Central Americans entering the U.S. illegally. Some ...individuals have tested positive for illnesses including tuberculosis, chicken pox, and other viruses...most of them are not immediately deported. .. they stay and...
  • Illegal Immigrants Bring Risk of Ebola and Global Array of Viral Illnesses

    08/04/2014 3:46:38 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    The Conservative Pundit ^ | 8/4/2014 | By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
    Ebola. Chikungunya. Dengue. Norovirus. Hantavirus. Swine flu. Varicella. Variola. The names sound like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. Yet, threats to Americans are real, and escalating by the week. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported on August 1 that serious diseases are spreading at detention centers for Illegal border crossers. Health care workers and Border Patrol agents, plus their children, have tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), swine flu, chicken pox, lice and scabies. Instead of being quarantined, illegal border crossers are being dispersed rapidly across the U.S., with those of school age being registered in public schools opening...
  • HOMELAND SECURITY REPORT CONFIRMS DISEASES SPREADING AT BORDER FACILITIES

    08/01/2014 12:13:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/01/2014 | Kerry Pickett
    The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General released a memo on Thursday confirming the problem of communicable diseases that are being spread throughout detention centers. The OIG outlined a two-week report from the beginning of the month on the detention of Unaccompanied Alien Children. According to DHS IG John Roth’s memo to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, the IG office continues to make unannounced site visits to numerous detention centers along the southern border where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are temporarily sheltering UACs. The IG says they did not observe any misconduct or inappropriate conduct of DHS employees...
  • Illegal immigrant kids exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox ...

    08/01/2014 5:32:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jana Winter
    Complete Headline: Illegal immigrant kids exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, report says Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. [Snip] “UAC and family unit illnesses and unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities resulted in unsanitary conditions and exposure to human waste in some holding facilities. “DHS employees reported exposure to communicable diseases and becoming sick on duty. For example, during a recent site visit to the Del Rio...
  • Illegal Immigration is Creating a Public Health Catastrophe

    07/31/2014 8:21:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/31/14 | Tim Dunkin
    Why can't we be just as free to assert our nation's sovereign right to affirm and defend our own borders? America is rapidly approaching the precipice when it comes to not just the quality, but even the availability, of health care in this country.
  • Immigration is now President Obama’s worst issue

    07/31/2014 7:35:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/31/14 | Aaron Blake
    Immigration has emerged as perhaps President Obama's worst issue -- definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency -- when it comes to public perception. A new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) disapprove of Obama's handling of the immigration issue in general. Just 31 percent approve -- down from 38 percent two months ago. When you separate those most passionate about the issue, the difference is even more stark, with 57 percent opposed and just 18 percent in favor. That's more than three-to-one. We tried to find an issue on which Obama has...
  • Part of CMC ER roped off, officials say patient being tested

    07/30/2014 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 163 replies
    WSOCTV ^ | 07/30/14
    A corridor of Carolinas Medical Center – Main’s Emergency Room is roped off on the first floor near the entrance. A security guard is posted outside to prevent anyone from crossing the line. CMC officials said a patient is being tested, but a spokesman would not specify what they are testing the patient for. Wednesday morning, the issue at CMC was not impacting Medic services, according to officials. The hospital is taking “all normal precautions,” according to officials. The Centers for Disease Control said it has not been contacted.
  • Tuberculosis patient who refused treatment arrested in California

    07/30/2014 12:35:12 AM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2014 7:36pm EDT | Dan Whitcomb
    <p>Cruz was taken into custody on Monday night during a traffic stop in the community of Lamont, California, about 15 miles north of Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said.</p> <p>"We took him to Kern Medical Center and had him admitted there, under guard," Pruitt said.</p>
  • Man with tuberculosis shuns treatment, eludes police

    07/25/2014 11:43:18 AM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 07/25/2014 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    STOCKTON, Calif. — Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old transient, went to the San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room in March, complaining of a severe cough. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, medical staff told him to stay in a Stockton motel room, where a health worker would deliver his medication and watch him take it. But officials say he took off. County health officials asked prosecutors to seek the warrant, in part,...
  • 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...
  • Illegal Alien Minors Spreading TB, Ebola, Dengue, Swine Flu

    07/08/2014 12:16:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 84 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 8, 2014
    The hordes of illegal immigrant minors entering the U.S. are bringing serious diseases—including swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis—that present a danger to the American public as well as the Border Patrol agents forced to care for the kids, according to a U.S. Congressman who is also medical doctor. This has created a “severe and dangerous” crisis, says the Georgia lawmaker, Phil Gingrey. Most of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) are coming from Central America and they’re importing infectious diseases considered to be largely eradicated in this country. Additionally, many of the migrants lack basic vaccinations such as...
  • Immigration crisis: Tuberculosis spreading at camps

    07/08/2014 7:57:48 AM PDT · by libstripper · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 8, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Are the thousands of illegal immigrant kids housed in detention facilities happy and well fed -- or are they living in disease-infested compounds shrouded in secrecy? Well, it depends on who you ask. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seems to think the children coming across the southern border are remarkably healthy. It's a sentiment shared by BCFS -- the Texas-based agency formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services contracted to run camps at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
  • Illegal Immigrant Children Have Lice So Bad ‘They Can Be Seen Crawling Down’ Their Faces

    07/07/2014 9:17:55 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 81 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Todd Starnes told Sean Hannity on FOX News tonight that the illegal immigrant children held at Lackland Air Force base in Oklahoma are bringing diseases into America. The children have tuberculosis, scabies and lice so bad you can see them running down their faces. “It’s one giant emergency room. They tell me tuberculosis has become a very dangerous issue there. Nurses say the number of children representing symptoms of tuberculosis is ‘simply staggering.’ Spitting up blood, chest pains, constant coughing. There are at least three confirmed cases for the illegals in Austin, Texas… The federal government is covering up the...
  • Immigration Crisis: Tuberculosis Spreading at Camps

    07/07/2014 9:27:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | Monday, July 7, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    SNIP The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seems to think the children coming across the southern border are remarkably healthy. It's a sentiment shared by BCFS -- the Texas-based agency formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services contracted to run camps at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. More than 7,000 children have been processed through the two camps, according to a BCFS official. They allege that only 119 children have been treated for lice, 22 for scabies, and one for the H1N1 Flu. BCFS says the most common illnesses seen...
  • 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...
  • Tuberculosis outbreak at Sacramento high school

    07/02/2014 12:26:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2014 3:17 PM EDT
    A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday. Four more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB. Three related tuberculosis cases are considered an outbreak, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland said. …
  • We Must MAKE the Republicans stand and fight against Obama and his diseased illegal invaders

    06/24/2014 9:05:56 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/24/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    While it is satisfying to watch Barack Hussein Obama’s presidency coming apart, it has made him a dangerous enemy who will strike without warning. He is being exposed as a fraud and the pressure of being found out is driving him to be increasingly reckless and dangerous. He’s quickly morphing into something resembling a wounded animal. His latest assault on us, his American enemies, involves erasing our Southern border to allow tens of thousands of unaccompanied illegal alien children and gang members to walk in, sit down and start demanding whatever they think they are entitled to get. We’re hearing...
  • 59 test positive for TB after Las Vegas outbreak

    12/23/2013 3:06:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 23, 2013 6:02 PM EST | Hannah Dreier
    Las Vegas public health officials say dozens of people linked to a tuberculosis outbreak at a neonatal unit have tested positive for the disease. The Southern Nevada Health District reported on Monday that of the 977 people tested, 59 showed indications of the disease, though all but two of the cases are latent—meaning patients don’t show symptoms and aren’t contagious. Dr. Joe Iser, chief medical officer at the health district, said the report demonstrates the importance of catching tuberculosis early. …
  • 100 Students Tested for Turberculosis

    09/19/2013 9:40:53 PM PDT · by HigherEducationOutrage · 7 replies
    cbs dallas news ^ | 09192013 | stopamnestyirvingtexas
    Irving Texas 100 students at Nimitz High School in Irving were tested for tuberculosis Wednesday. The group of students was offered the free testing because they may have been exposed to TB when they shared a class last spring with a student recently diagnosed with the contagious disease. That student, who has not been identified, began showing symptoms late this summer.
  • Synthetic molecule chokes TB growth - Compound acts by novel mechanism and is effective in mice.

    08/05/2013 11:55:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Nature News ^ | 04 August 2013 | Richard Johnston
    A new drug candidate has shown promising signs in treating tuberculosis. The synthetic molecule is effective in mice and bears no similarity to existing TB drugs, many of which have become inadequate as drug-resistant bacterial strains have developed. If it is shown to be safe and effective in humans, it could help to combat a disease that killed 1.4 million people in 2011. A team led by Kevin Pethe, a microbiologist at the Pasteur Institute Korea near Seoul, investigated more than 120,000 compounds over 5 years, infecting mouse immune cells called macrophages with Mycobacterium tuberculosis — the bacterium that causes...
  • Illegals Bringing Drug Resistant TB to US

    03/04/2013 4:22:04 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 12 replies
    WND ^ | March 1, 2013 | Jack Minor
    Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, told WND that it’s not suitcases, clothes or the like – it’s the highly infectious cases of drug-resistant and lethal tuberculosis that are walking across the Mexican border. Last week it was reported that a persistent strain of tuberculosis had developed in some Los Angeles neighborhoods. Officials said as many as 4,500 people may have been exposed to the disease.
  • Dangerous TB Patient Nabbed On U.S. Border

    03/01/2013 6:01:27 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 1, 2013 | BETSY MCKAY
    In medical isolation in South Texas, 100 miles or so from Mexico's border, is a man who embodies one of U.S. health officials' greatest worries: He is the first person to cross and be held in detention while infected with one of the most severe types of drug-resistant tuberculosis known today. His three-month odyssey through 13 countries—from his homeland of Nepal through South Asia, Brazil, Mexico, and finally into Texas—shows the way in which dangerous new strains of the disease can migrate across the world unchecked.
  • Whole genome sequencing better at tracing TB outbreaks than standard test

    02/14/2013 2:26:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | February 13, 2013 | NA
    A new form of genetic testing of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis can provide better information on TB transmission and also trace TB outbreaks more accurately than the current standard test, according to a study from Germany published in this week's PLOS Medicine. A team of researchers led by Stefan Niemann from Forschungszentrum Borstel, Molecular Mycobacteriology, compared the results of the two types of tests on 86 M. tuberculosis isolates from a TB outbreak in the German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein between 1997 and 2010, in which 2301 people were diseased in the study period. They found that the...
  • Doctors Struggling to Fight 'Totally Drug-Resistant' Tuberculosis in South Africa

    02/12/2013 1:38:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | February 11, 2013 | JASON KOEBLER
    TB kills more people annually than any other infectious disease besides HIV In a patient's fight against tuberculosis—the bacterial lung disease that kills more people annually than any infectious disease besides HIV— doctors have more than 10 drugs from which to choose. Most of those didn't work for Uvistra Naidoo, a South African doctor who contracted the disease in his clinic. For those who contract the disease now, maybe none of them will. A new paper published earlier this week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases journal warns that the first cases of "totally drug-resistant"...
  • The latent threat of tuberculosis

    02/03/2013 12:33:41 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 15 August 2012 | Clare Sansom
    Although TB was close to being eradicated in the developed world, it is a major problem in developing countries. With drug-resistant strains on the increase, Clare Sansom outlines the latest in the fight against this killer disease From a historical viewpoint, what is the world’s most deadly infectious disease? Tuberculosis (TB) must be one of the strongest contenders. The disease that the seventeenth-century writer John Bunyan described as ‘the captain of all the men of death’ is still rightly feared today. Despite some recent progress, the latest figures released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that there were an...
  • U.S. faces drug shortages in treating multidrug-resistant TB

    01/22/2013 7:36:19 AM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | By David Beasley
    Reuters) - More than 80 percent of health departments in the United States that treat tuberculosis resistant to standard treatment have trouble obtaining the drugs they need to cure the disease, according to a national survey released on Thursday.
  • Infectious disease: TB's revenge

    01/04/2013 12:28:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Nature News ^ | 02 January 2013 | Leigh Phillips
    The world is starting to win the war against tuberculosis, but drug-resistant forms pose a new threat. If there was any doubt that tuberculosis (TB) was fighting back, it was dispelled in 2005, at the Church of Scotland Hospital in the village of Tugela Ferry, South Africa. Doctors at the hospital, in a rough, remote corner of KwaZulu-Natal province, were hardened to people dying from gunshots and AIDS. But even they were puzzled and frightened when patients with HIV who were responding well to antiretroviral drugs began dying — rapidly — from TB. With ordinary TB, patients start to feel...
  • TB drugs chalk up rare win

    07/24/2012 2:58:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Nature |ews ^ | 24 July 2012 | Amy Maxmen
    Combination therapy is just one emerging weapon in the fight against tuberculosis. AIDS is infamous for its rampant rise in Africa. Yet the biggest killer of Africa’s HIV-positive population — tuberculosis (TB) — has a much lower profile. Its reach is global: it has appeared in pernicious new drug-resistant forms among addicts, prisoners and impoverished people worldwide. In the face of this deadly march, however, medicine has made little apparent progress. That is now set to change. Earlier this year, two companies filed for regulatory approval for drugs that should enhance existing TB therapies, and at the XIX International AIDS...
  • Notebooks Shed Light on an Antibiotic’s Contested Discovery

    06/17/2012 7:36:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 11, 2012 | PETER PRINGLE
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — For as long as archivists at Rutgers University could remember, a small cardboard box marked with the letter W in black ink had sat unopened in a dusty corner of the special collections of the Alexander Library. Next to it were 60 sturdy archive boxes of papers, a legacy of the university’s most famous scientist: Selman A. Waksman, who won a Nobel Prize in 1952 for the discovery of streptomycin, the first antibiotic to cure tuberculosis. The 60 boxes contained details of how streptomycin was found — and also of the murky story behind it, a...
  • Drug-resistant "white plague" lurks among rich and poor

    03/19/2012 8:24:45 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 41 replies · 1+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | 19MAR2012 | Kate Kelland
    LONDON (Reuters)- On New Year's Eve 2004, after months of losing weight and suffering fevers, night sweats and shortness of breath, student Anna Watterson was taken into hospital coughing up blood. It was strange to be diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB)- an ancient disease associated with poverty - especially since Watterson was a well-off trainee lawyer living in the affluent British capital of London. Yet it was also a relief, she says, finally to know what had been making her ill for so long. But when Watterson's infection refused to yield to the three-pronged antibiotic attack doctors prescribed to fight it,...
  • Totally drug-resistant TB at large in India (Open Borders = Coming to US Soon)

    01/13/2012 7:50:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies · 4+ views
    New Scientist ^ | January 12, 2012 | Andy Coghlan
    A strain of tuberculosis that is resistant to all existing TB drugs has emerged in Mumbai, India. "We currently have 12 confirmed cases, of which three are dead," says Zarir Udwadia of the Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre in Mumbai, and head of the team whose diagnoses of four cases has just been published.
  • This Ancient, Deadly Disease Is Still Killing In Europe

    12/30/2011 3:33:45 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-30-3011 | John Donnelly
    This Ancient, Deadly Disease Is Still Killing In Europe John Donnelly, GlobalPost Dec. 30, 2011, 12:53 PM GENEVA, Switzerland – On the sidelines of a conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, just three months ago, a senior health official from Belarus met privately with Mario Raviglione, whose job here at the World Health Organization’s headquarters is to control the spread of tuberculosis around the world. Belarus needed help. It had just confirmed a study that found 35 percent of all TB cases in the capital of Minsk were multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) – the highest rate in the world ever recorded for...
  • Tuberculosis Breaks Out at Occupy Atlanta's Base

    11/12/2011 1:51:40 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 16 replies
    CBS ^ | Nov. 11, 2011
    The Fulton County Health Department confirmed that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. Tuberculosis is contracted through air contact. One of these persons was confirmed to have a strain of TB that is resistant to a single, standard medication used to treat this condition. [When mobs congregated in many cities urinate in the streets, have unprotected sex, and ignore the most rudimentary health and sanitary measures, a viral and bacteriological time bomb is created which will inevitably spread into the general population. This is not "your grandfather's TB" but a newly...
  • Tuberculosis Breaks Out At Occupy Atlanta’s Base

    11/10/2011 4:19:15 PM PST · by Tench_Coxe · 24 replies · 1+ views
    ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis. The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease