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  • Guinea: Mobilisation against an unprecedented Ebola epidemic (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF)

    04/01/2014 6:17:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 5 replies
    MSG ^ | 31 Mar 14 | MSF
    With eight confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the capital Conakry, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is facing an unprecedented epidemic in terms of the distribution of cases now scattered in several locations in Guinea. “We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country: coordinator of MSF's project . Sixty international staff on the ground MSF continues to strengthen its teams. By the end of the week, there will be around sixty international field workers who have experience in working on haemorrhagic fever divided between Conakry and south-east of...
  • Liberia confirms spread of 'unprecedented' Ebola epidemic

    03/31/2014 5:17:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    ABC/YAHOO ^ | 3-31-14 | By ABC News 4 hours ago
    Conakry (AFP) - Aid organisation Doctors Without Borders said Monday an Ebola outbreak suspected of killing dozens in Guinea was an "unprecedented epidemic" as Liberia confirmed its first cases of the deadly contagion. Guinea's health ministry this year has reported 122 "suspicious cases" of viral haemorrhagic fever, including 78 deaths, with 22 of the samples taken from patients testing positive for the highly contagious tropical pathogen. "We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country: Gueckedou, Macenta, Kissidougou, Nzerekore, and now Conakry," Mariano Lugli, the organisation's coordinator in...
  • Ebola Spread to Guinea's Capital Raises Fears

    03/29/2014 1:19:43 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 29, 2014 | MSN News
    CONAKRY, Guinea — Ebola, one of the world's most deadly viruses, has spread from a remote forested corner of southern Guinea to the country's seaside capital, raising fears that the disease, which causes severe bleeding and almost always death, could spread far beyond this tiny West African nation's borders.
  • Ebola 'a regional threat' as contagion hits Guinea capital

    03/28/2014 4:49:16 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 53 replies
    APF via Yahoo News ^ | 3/28/14 | Mouctar Bah
    Guinea's capital Conakry was on high alert on Friday after a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens in the southern forests was confirmed to have spread to the sprawling port city of two million people. Eight cases have been confirmed in the capital, the Guinean health ministry said late Friday, including one fatality. All those infected have been put into isolation at the capital's biggest hospital to avoid the highly contagious virus from getting into the population.
  • Four Ebola cases confirmed in Guinea's capital

    03/28/2014 5:47:21 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3/27/2014 | Mouctar Bah
    Conakry (AFP) - An Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens of people in Guinea's southern forests has spread to the capital Conakry, health sources said on Thursday, confirming four new cases. The patients were immediately put in isolation centres to avoid the highly contagious virus getting into the population, the sources told AFP. Conakry, a vast, sprawling port city on Guinea's Atlantic coast, is home to between 1.5 million and two million people. Aid organisations have sent dozens of workers to help the impoverished country combat a haemorrhagic fever outbreak which has claimed at least 66 lives, according to a...
  • Guinea dispatches equipment to contain outbreak of Ebola

    03/23/2014 6:05:20 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:50pm EDT | Saliou Samb
    (Reuters) - Health officials fighting an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea on Sunday dispatched specialized medical equipment, imposed restrictions on funerals and sought to contain panic to prevent the fever from spreading. There have been 29 confirmed deaths from the hemorrhagic fever among 59 people killed by a mysterious illness in southeastern Guinea since early February, international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. U.N. health officials have expressed concern that the disease, which has a fatality rate of 90 percent and has not been recorded in the West African state before, may spread to Sierra Leone after cases showing...
  • Bishop issues letter on the ‘epidemic plague’ of porn, calls on men to recommit to purity

    03/09/2014 11:34:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life site news ^ | Hilary White
    “I call on every man in the Diocese of Arlington to search his heart and renew his commitment to purity. I call on every husband and father to renew his sacred commitment to his wife and children.” - Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde ARLINGTON, VA, March 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The growth of pornography use, particularly on the internet, is “a matter of utmost urgency for every son and father today,” Bishop Paul Loverde of the Catholic diocese of Arlington, Virginia said in a letter to his flock released this week. Titled “Bought with a Price: Every Man’s Duty to Protect...
  • In California, Thousands Exposed to Measles

    02/13/2014 8:51:41 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 117 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 13 20124 | By JoNel Aleccia
    Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents may have been exposed to measles last week when an unvaccinated student at the Unversity of California, Berkeley, attended classes and rode the area's BART transit system. Public health officials in Contra Costa County, outside of San Francisco, said anyone riding BART from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 during the morning or late evening commutes could have been exposed to the highly contagious respiratory virus. The young man in his 20s lives in the county and was confirmed to have measles on Wednesday. He was likely infected while traveling recently in Asia, health...
  • Executive Order -- HIV Care Continuum Initiative

    07/18/2013 6:54:39 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 40 replies
    http://www.whitehouse.gov ^ | July 15, 2013 | White House
    EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ACCELERATING IMPROVEMENTS IN HIV PREVENTION AND CARE IN THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE HIV CARE CONTINUUM INITIATIVE By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to further strengthen the capacity of the Federal Government to effectively respond to the ongoing domestic HIV epidemic, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. Addressing the domestic HIV epidemic is a priority of my Administration. In 2010, the White House released the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Strategy),...
  • UK Muslim Paedophile Rings Are an Epidemic

    06/03/2013 2:29:59 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 18 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 3 June 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    The Russian TV channel RT is, as usual, doing something right and something wrong, often in the same breath. Two days ago I saw its broadcast on the anti-Islam backlash in the UK following the brutal beheading of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, East London. In it they mentioned graffiti on mosques, attacks on Muslims and protest marches by the English Defence League (EDL), whose images were shown. Even in me, despite my distrust for the mainstrean, socio-communist media, they created a subliminal, temporary association between the first two, which are criminal acts, and the third, which is lawful exercise...
  • China Begins Mass Slaughter Of Poultry As Bird Flu Kills Six, On Verge Of Becoming Epidemic

    04/05/2013 5:40:02 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | April 5, 2013
    While everyone is fascinated by the unraveling slow-motion North Korean theatrical trainwreck, which is nothing but a desperate attempt by a broke "leader" to get paid some "nuisance" cash by the west just so he goes away, the real Asian story has been the latest outbreak of birdflu in China which has not only claimed six lives already (and many more coming), but is starting to have major spillover effects on the broader economy, such as mass slaughter of poultry at local markets - a move which will have certain inflationary effects to an economy already on the cusp of...
  • '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.
  • 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...
  • Hospitals Full-Up: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic (Video)

    10/26/2012 5:39:30 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | November 8, 2008 | UPMC Center for Biosecurity
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpzxNoLZx0w
  • Hidden Epidemic: 
Tapeworms Living Inside People's Brains

    05/19/2012 5:44:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 106 replies
    Discover ^ | 5/15/12 | Carl Zimmer
    Hidden Epidemic: 
Tapeworms Living Inside People's Brains05.15.2012Parasitic worms leave millions of victims paralyzed, epileptic, or worse. So why isn’t anyone mobilizing to eradicate them? by Carl Zimmer A human brain overrun with cysts from Taenia solium, a tapeworm that normally inhabits the muscles of pigs. Courtesy of Theodore E. Nash , M.D.Theodore Nash sees only a few dozen patients a year in his clinic at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. That’s pretty small as medical practices go, but what his patients lack in number they make up for in the intensity of their symptoms. Some fall into...
  • Washington state health officials declare whooping cough epidemic, seek CDC help as cases soar

    05/11/2012 8:18:08 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2012 | AP
    Washington state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher. It’s the first state to declare a whooping cough, or pertussis, epidemic since 2010, when California had more than 9,000 cases, including 10 deaths. Washington has had 10 times the cases reported in 2011, and so has Wisconsin with nearly 2,000 cases this year, though that state has not declared an epidemic. California responded to its crisis two years...
  • Autism cases rise by 23% from ’06 to ’08: CDC report

    04/02/2012 4:56:37 AM PDT · by dangus · 68 replies
    News Medical ^ | 4/1/12 | By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD
    According to latest figures, nearly one in 88 U.S. children have autism spectrum disorders. The report further urges national attention on the need for earlier diagnosis and treatment, especially in rural and minority communities. Figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show a 23% increase in autism spectrum cases from 2006 to 2008, and 78% increase since 2002. The largest increases in autism prevalence were found among black and Hispanic children, who have lagged behind whites in previous counts. Numbers are higher for boys, with one in 54 8-year-olds now considered to have autism, Asperger's...
  • Novel Swine Flu Virus Now Reported in 5 States, Says CDC

    12/29/2011 1:15:14 PM PST · by tired&retired · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Medscape ^ | December 28, 2011 | Robert Lowes
    — The number of reported cases of a novel swine influenza virus has risen to 12 since July, encompassing 5 states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus includes a gene from the human pandemic strain and affects mostly children. The infections in question involve a variant of the A(H3N2) virus that circulates among pigs. It contains a gene from the pandemic 2009 influenza A(H1N1) virus that codes for matrix proteins found in the viral shell. In 3 of the 5 states where the A(H3N2)v virus has surfaced — Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Maine —...
  • British used bioweapon in US war of independence

    08/19/2011 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies
    New Scientist Blog ^ | 19 August 2011 | Debora MacKenzie
    (Image: Everett Collection/Rex Features) A document has just gone on display at Mount Vernon, Virginia - the museum in the former home of George Washington, first US President. It is an order dated 1777 and signed by Washington himself to send troops that had not been vaccinated for smallpox - or survived it - to Philadelphia to be vaccinated. These troops were then to join up with the main army, where the disease was raging. It sounds like amazing foresight for its day. "Washington's careful handling of the smallpox epidemic at the beginning of the war was a significant...
  • Drug-Resistant Staph Infections in Europe Could Mark Start of a New Epidemic

    10/18/2011 10:04:33 AM PDT · by FritzG · 3 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 16 Oct 2011 | Robin Lloyd
    FLAGSTAFF, Arizona—A relatively new type of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus could represent the world’s next bacterial epidemic, an environmental health expert said here today at a conference for science writers. The superbug, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain 398, or MRSA ST398, was first identified in an infant in the Netherlands in 1994 and traced back to her family’s pigs. Now, researchers are starting to see more serious infections and some of the cases reveal no direct link to livestock, said Lance B. Price, director of the Center for Microbiomics and Human Health at The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), in Flagstaff. “The rate...
  • Franklin Graham: Palin's Compassion Touched Haitians' Hearts

    12/16/2010 2:52:32 PM PST · by unseen1 · 47 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 12/16/2010 | Henry J. Reske and Kathleen Walter
    Sarah Palin’s visit to the earthquake-ravaged Haiti showed she is not “afraid to get her hands dirty,” says the Rev. Franklin Graham. The former Alaska governor is a “woman of strong principle and no question she has a strong faith in God,” the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham said during a Newsmax.TV interview in which he discussed his hosting her Haitian visit...... ...The former GOP vice-presidential candidate “has tremendous compassion for people, she loves people, and she cares deeply about people,” Graham said. “She was an encouragement not only to the staff and to the relief workers (but) even...
  • UN worries its troops caused cholera in Haiti

    11/22/2010 12:00:43 AM PST · by Enchante · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/19/10 | JONATHAN M. KATZ
    "It very much likely did come either with peacekeepers or other relief personnel," said John Mekalanos, Harvard University microbiology chair. "I don't see there is any way to avoid the conclusion that an unfortunate and presumably accidental introduction of the organism occurred."
  • Calif. whooping cough outbreak may be largest in 55 year

    09/16/2010 5:47:35 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 22 replies
    AP via MSNBC.com ^ | 09/16/2010 | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    Over 4,000 cases, 9 deaths reported this year; decline in vaccinations blamed . LOS ANGELES — State health officials reported Thursday that California is on track to break a 55-year record in whooping cough infections in an epidemic that has already claimed the lives of nine babies.
  • Obesity epidemic simply caused by eating too much, claims academic

    09/16/2010 3:16:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/16/10 | Richard Alleyne
    Despite appearances, overall physical activity levels have remained constant for the last quarter of a century during which time weight levels have rocketed, Professor John Speakman said. He claimed that the average man burned 1380 calories per day in the 1980s and continues to do so today. The average woman has burned 950 calories a day during the same period. What has changed is that calorie intake has increased by at least a third to on average 3,500 calories a day, he said.
  • Heirloom Diseases

    08/27/2010 10:10:35 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 18 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 08-27-10 | Stoutcat
    ...While heirloom vegetables are actually benign–and frequently very tasty–it seems to me that we are currently witnessing an alarming wave of another type of heirloom: diseases. I started thinking about it when I read this post from Gateway Pundit earlier today, about an outbreak of typhoid (yes typhoid) in California and Nevada. Typhoid, once the scourge of many major cities, was nearly eradicated by the advent of clean water technologies in the early part of the twentieth century. Yet typhoid is back, and it’s not the only heirloom disease we’re seeing in America of late. We’ve probably all seen the...
  • Whooping cough outreach targets Latinos in California

    07/15/2010 5:38:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | July 15, 2010 | By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    LOS ANGELES—California health officials are reaching out to minority communities about the statewide whooping cough epidemic that has claimed the lives of five Latino babies. The California Department of Public Health is teaming with New America Media, an ethnic media collaborative, to raise awareness through foreign language media about vaccinations for parents, caregivers and children. The highly contagious disease has been found in 1,337 Californians of all backgrounds as of June 30, and new parents are being asked to get vaccinated to prevent spreading it to vulnerable newborns.
  • Syrian troops ovewhelmed by diarrhea epidemic, heat wave, budget shortfall

    07/11/2010 5:35:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies · 2+ views
    world trbune ^ | 7/11/10 | bbc news staff
    Syria was said to have halted military exercises amid a troop epidemic. The Syrian opposition has asserted that President Bashar Assad ordered the suspension of military training. Assad was said to have issued the order in mid-June 2010 amid an epidemic of diarrhea at army camps. The Syrian military, said to have come under increasing domination by Iran, has not acknowledged the training suspension.
  • California Calling Whooping Cough Outbreak an Epidemic

    06/24/2010 8:28:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Tech Jackal ^ | Thursday, 24 Jun 2010
    Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough is an extremely contagious infection which has now been considered an epidemic in California. With a rising number of infections, whooping cough is well on the way to break the 50 year old record which was set in 1958. The last outbreak was five years ago, and claimed 8 lives. Already this year, five infants have died from whooping cough, according to California public health officials. This infection has come roaring back. The number of cases that are being investigated as or considered whooping cough is already at an unusual 1,510. Officials fear the...
  • Whooping Cough Declared An Epidemic In Calif

    06/23/2010 12:49:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 97 replies · 1+ views
    (AP) ^ | Jun 23, 2010 11:31 am US/Pacific | No Byline
    Whooping cough is now an epidemic in California, and is on pace to break a 50-year record for infections and deaths for the year. As of June 15, California had 910 recorded cases of the highly contagious disease, and five babies -- all under 3 months of age -- have died from the disease this year. This year's surge in whooping cough cases, which is also known as pertussis, is a fourfold increase from the same period last year, when 219 cases were recorded. At least 600 additional cases of pertussis are currently under investigation by local health departments. Health...
  • U.S. has 71 million unused flu vaccine doses

    05/03/2010 3:52:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies · 510+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2010 | Maggie Fox
    Grassley says he is worried about wasting tax dollars. The United States still has 71 million doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine that have not been used, but it is not yet time to throw them out, the federal government said on Monday. States and other providers should hang on to the vaccine and continue to offer them to people until drug companies can start distributing seasonal vaccine for the coming influenza season in the autumn, said Health and Human Services Department spokesman Bill Hall. Senator Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance committee, released a letter on...
  • Killer fungus spreading in US, Canada

    04/23/2010 3:22:28 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 16 replies · 859+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 23 April 2010 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern US and the Canadian province of British Columbia, researchers reported on Thursday. The airborne fungus, called Cryptococcus gattii, usually only infects transplant and AIDS patients, but the new strain is genetically different, the researchers said. “This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people,” said Edmond Byrnes of Duke University in North Carolina, who led the study. “The findings presented here document that the outbreak of C gattii in Western North America is continuing to expand throughout...
  • Chronicle of the Devastating Flu Epidemic is Frightening, Readable

    12/05/2009 9:47:08 AM PST · by T.L.Sink · 17 replies · 1,010+ views
    The Great Influenza pandemic killed as many as 100 million worldwide when the global population was less than a third of what it is today. It killed more people in twenty-four weeks than AIDS has killed in twenty-four years, more people in a year than the Black Death of the Middle Ages in a century. It didn't single out the very young and the very old. Half those who died were young people in the prime of life - in their 20's and 30's. By a bizarre and unprecedented stroke it turned the immune system itself into a killer. Two-thirds...
  • Has Swine Flu Been Oversold?

    12/09/2009 3:02:14 PM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 17 replies · 625+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/08/2009 | JOSEPH BROWNSTEIN
    A new analysis, using H1N1 deaths in the United States in the spring and projecting likely outcomes for this fall, shows that a typical -- or possibly even a milder flu season than average -- should have been expected. The finding begs the question: Has swine flu been oversold? The new study, done by researchers at Harvard University and the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit in the U.K., says swine flu cases in the spring indicated a flu season that might be, at worst, slightly worse than normal. "It would have been great to have that back in June," said...
  • Ukraine Black Lung Epidemic Kills 12 In A Single Day

    11/18/2009 4:25:32 PM PST · by FromLori · 24 replies · 1,790+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 11/18/09 | Vince Veneziani
    The mysterious Ukrainian mutant flu we reported on earlier is now in full swing as eastern Europe buckles down for its potential spread into neighboring countries. Over 1.4 million people are now infected. 12 people have died in the past 24 hours even. Ria: The death toll from the flu epidemic in Ukraine has reached 328, with 12 deaths registered over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Last week, Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) chief, Raisa Bohatyryova, said there were "constitutional prerequisites" for a state of emergency amid the flu epidemic, which has left...
  • On the epidemiology of influenza

    11/18/2009 3:56:37 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 10 replies · 647+ views
    Virology Journal ^ | 02.25.2008 | John Cannell et al
    Abstract The epidemiology of influenza swarms with incongruities, incongruities exhaustively detailed by the late British epidemiologist...propose a parsimonious theory explaining why influenza is, ..."seemingly unmindful of traditional infectious disease behavioral patterns." Recent discoveries indicate vitamin D upregulates the endogenous antibiotics of innate immunity and suggest that the incongruities explored by Hope-Simpson may be secondary to the epidemiology of vitamin D deficiency. We identify – and attempt to explain – nine influenza conundrums: (1) Why is influenza both seasonal and ubiquitous and where is the virus between epidemics? (2) Why are the epidemics so explosive? (3) Why do they end so...
  • President's address to the Ukrainian people on the occasion of flu epidemic in Ukraine

    11/13/2009 5:52:07 PM PST · by FromLori · 16 replies · 772+ views
    Dear fellow citizens! I address you in performance of my constitutional duty under the Article 106 of the Basic Law of the state. The reason is the emergency epidemic situation in the country. Infections of viral origin, including the A/H1N1 flu, are rapidly spreading across Ukraine. The emergency is evident in the scale of the epidemic: the speed and the geography of its spreading, rapid progress of the illness and the exceptional number of deaths. People are dying. The epidemic is killing doctors. This is absolutely unprecedented and inconceivable in the XXI century. All the limits have been exceeded -...
  • SHOCK! Epidemic of pneumonic plague in Ukraine? (updated at 05:39 pm)

    10/30/2009 4:42:41 AM PDT · by Uncle Ike · 522 replies · 8,399+ views
    MIGnews.com.ua ^ | // 29.10.2009 // 12:54 // | MIGnews.com.ua
    SHOCK! Epidemic of pneumonic plague in Ukraine? (updated at 05:39 pm) MIGnews.com.ua Ministry of Health has not established the exact diagnosis of the epidemic disease in the western regions of Ukraine. Health Minister Vasyl Knyazevich has given information about spread of diseases in the Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv Regions today at the meeting of Cabinet of Ministers. According to the Minister, the World Health Organization is ready to render assistance to Ukrainian experts and the Ministry of Health in order to establish the cause of death and development of disease flu in the Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv Regions. "We are...
  • Military to Get Mandatory Swine Flu Shots Soon

    09/30/2009 1:39:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 1,298+ views
    AP ^ | 9/29/09 | Lolita C. Baldor
    U.S. military troops will begin getting required swine flu shots in the next week to 10 days, with active duty forces deploying to war zones and other critical areas going to the front of the vaccine line, a top military commander said Tuesday. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart also told The Associated Press that as many as 400 troops are ready to go to five regional headquarters around the country to assist federal health and emergency management officials if needed as the flu season heats up. The Pentagon has bought 2.7 million vaccines, and 1.4 million of those will go...
  • World celebrities sing to stop global warming

    09/14/2009 4:54:24 PM PDT · by jongaltsr · 36 replies · 1,210+ views
    World celebrities sing to stop global warming (AFP) – 10 hours ago GENEVA — British rock group Duran Duran and heavy metal band Scorpions are among 55 world celebrities who have joined in recording a song to draw attention to the global warming crisis, organisers said on Monday. The song is part of a mass media campaign on the threats of climate change organised by the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum, headed by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The song entitled "Beds'r Burning", which was originally recorded by the Australian group Midnight Oil in the 1980s, can be downloaded from...
  • The last great swine flu epidemic (FYI)

    09/07/2009 11:16:54 AM PDT · by yoe · 15 replies · 1,432+ views
    April 28, 2009 | There is evidence there will be a major flu epidemic this coming fall. The indication is that we will see a return of the 1918 flu virus that is the most virulent form of the flu. In 1918 a half million Americans died. The projections are that this virus will kill one million Americans in 1976. -- F. David Matthews, secretary of health, education, and welfare (Feb., 1976) In January 1976, 19-year old U.S. Army Private David Lewis, stationed at Fort Dix, joined his platoon on a 50-mile hike through the New Jersey snow. Lewis didn't...
  • Swine Flu Symptoms

    09/05/2009 2:55:19 AM PDT · by CitizenM · 17 replies · 2,333+ views
    Email | Unknown | Internet
    Hi All. I don't want to worry you, but with all the hype and attention in the media recently concerning the spread of H1N1 virus I decided to ring the Government's new Swine Flu Helpline yesterday just to check on what the Symptoms are and... what to watch for. Basically ..If you wake up looking like this .. don't go to work! Swine Flu Symptoms
  • UK: National Health Service cannot cope with swine flu epidemic, report warns

    07/28/2009 6:15:24 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 263+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/28/2009 | Rebecca Smith
    The NHS may not be able to cope with a swine flu epidemic this winter as intensive care beds will be overwhelmed, a Lords report has warned. While preparations for a flu pandemic in Britain are more advanced than in most countries, there is more that could have been done, peers said in a report. The report criticised the Government's failure to keep its promise to set up a flu telephone helpline by April The Government has failed to offer reassurance that NHS services can deal with an expected "second wave" of swine flu in the autumn, The House of...
  • Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Public Health Report

    06/26/2009 3:40:25 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 25 replies · 810+ views
    CDC via utah.health.gov ^ | 6-24-2009 | CDC (via Utah Dept. of Public Health)
    CDC is now estimating that the H1N1 virus will be a category 2. Case fatality ratio of 0.1 percent to less than 0.5 percent. Between 90,000 and 450,000 deaths in the US. Illness rate between 20 and 40 percent. Similar to 1957
  • Bush Team Strategy Now Obama's Swine Flu Playbook

    05/01/2009 10:57:53 PM PDT · by South40 · 3 replies · 479+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 1, 2009 | Scott Wilson and Spencer S. Hsu
    The Obama administration has relied on a Bush-era public health strategy aimed at coordinating its response across an array of government agencies in the week since the first reports of a swine flu outbreak emerged, officials say, as it attempts to balance safety concerns with a desire to prevent a panic. While Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has become the public face of the administration's effort to manage the outbreak, President Obama has been briefed three times a day on his administration's first public-health crisis. Behind the scenes, Deputy National Security Adviser John O. Brennan is coordinating the response to...
  • government corruption and open borders lead to flu epidemic

    04/30/2009 1:14:01 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 14 replies · 829+ views
    MSG ^ | MSG
    The flu epidemic has finally reached America and already we have our first casualty, a toddler in Texas. The flu epidemic will no doubt have an effect on these and other vulnerable groups with weak immune systems including the elderly and Aids patients. I decided to write about this after listening to Michael Savage discuss it. His take was as you can very well imagine controversial as is some of his other remarks. Savage noted also that the government has done nothing useful to prevent the spread of this new influenza strain despite the fact that it may have as...
  • U.S. Government Swine Flu Warning TV Spots

    04/28/2009 2:58:22 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 17 replies · 998+ views
    US Government / The Ad Council ^ | April 27, 2009 | Tarot1984
    Official U.S. government PSAs warning people to get Swine Flu shots
  • Mexico Raises Swine Flu Death Toll to 149

    04/27/2009 12:06:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1,033+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 27, 2009 | Joshua Partlow
    The suspected death toll from the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico rose Monday to 149 people as health authorities cancelled all schools across the country until May 6. Mexican cabinet officials led by Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova gave a press conference today in Mexico City with the latest information they have gathered about the outbreak of a deadly new strain of swine flu that has halted many aspects of public life here and appears to continue to be spreading. Since the first case of swine flu was reported, 1,995 people have been hospitalized with serious cases of pneumonia,...
  • Who should MDs let die in a pandemic? Report offers answers

    04/26/2009 12:14:37 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 269 replies · 7,144+ views
    AP ^ | 05/04/08 | Lindsey Tanner
    CHICAGO – Doctors know some patients needing lifesaving care won't get it in a flu pandemic or other disaster. The gut-wrenching dilemma will be deciding who to let die. Now, an influential group of physicians has drafted a grimly specific list of recommendations for which patients wouldn't be treated. They include the very elderly, seriously hurt trauma victims, severely burned patients and those with severe dementia. The suggested list was compiled by a task force whose members come from prestigious universities, medical groups, the military and government agencies. They include the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control...
  • Americans told to wear masks as swine flu spreads round globe

    04/26/2009 12:42:27 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 76 replies · 3,828+ views
    Doctors in America are advising worried patients to buy painters’ masks as a precaution against the global outbreak of swine flu that appears to have spread from Mexico to the United States, New Zealand and possibly Europe. With the worldwide death toll standing at about 81 and with about 1,300 people infected, authorities across the globe are torn between the desire to slow down a potential flu pandemic and the need to avoid bringing major cities on every continent to an economic standstill. As of today, the US was still allowing people to cross the border from Mexico – where...
  • QNS. SCHOOL FEAR: CANCUN TRIP EYED IN SWINE OUTBREAK

    04/26/2009 3:38:03 AM PDT · by Scanian · 24 replies · 2,139+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 26, 2009 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE and MICHAEL BLAUSTEIN
    group of Queens high school students likely brought Mexico's deadly swine flu epidemic to the city after they went on a wild spring-break party to Cancun earlier this month. Some seniors from St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows took the trip over Easter hiatus two weeks ago. Days later, an outbreak of flu-like symptoms erupted at the school, leaving about 200 kids complaining of being ill. Yesterday, city health officials confirmed that eight students "have probable human swine influenza" after testing positive for Influenza A, which officials say causes the swine strain of disease. "We're very concerned about what may...