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Chinese Famine

Connection Between Chinese Famine And T2DM Epidemic

The Chinese Famine of 1959-61 has been widely interpreted; as an important contributor to later epidemics of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitis (T2DM); but in re-examining 17 related Chinese studies researchers; at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Leiden University Medical Center; found little evidence for this association. The paper is; published in Nature…

Outbreak

Ebola Epidemic In DR Congo: Exceeds 1,000 Cases

Ebola virus disease (EVD); also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola; is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans; and other primates caused by ebola viruses. Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks; after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain, and headaches. Vomiting, diarrhea and rash…

Outbreak

A Human-rights Approach: To End The Global TB Epidemic

“Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies,” wrote John Keats; in his acclaimed “Ode to a Nightingale.” His words probably summarized his struggle against tuberculosis (TB; an ancient disease that killed millions in his time. Sadly, Keats lost his fight against TB in 1821; and died at the age of 25. Dramatic success in…

Outbreak

Cryptosporidium Parasite: In Minnesota’s Public Water Systems

Cryptosporidium is a genus of apicomplexan parasitic alveolates that can cause a respiratory and gastrointestinal illness (cryptosporidiosis) that primarily involves watery diarrhea (intestinal cryptosporidiosis) with or without a persistent cough (respiratory cryptosporidiosis) in both immunocompetent and immunodeficient humans. Treatment of gastrointestinal infection in humans involves fluid rehydration, electrolyte replacement, and management of any pain. As of January 2015, nitazoxanide is the only…

Outbreak

228 Measles Cases Already In 2019

In a given year, more measles cases can occur for any of the following reasons: an increase in the number of travelers who get measles abroad and bring it into the U.S., and/or further spread of measles in U.S. communities with pockets of unvaccinated people. The U.S. experienced 17 outbreaks in 2018. Three outbreaks in…

Measles epidemics

Ukraine Measles Outbreak Kills 11, Infects 30,000

Measles is a viral disease that can spread rapidly. Also known as rubeola or morbilli, measles is an endemic disease, meaning it is continually present in a community, and many people develop resistance. It is an unpleasant condition but one that normally passes without treatment within 7 to 10 days. So, after a bout of…

US communities reach out to homeless

As Liver Disease Surges: US Communities To Homeless

This industrial city in central Massachusetts has had many nicknames through the years, including “the Heart of the Commonwealth” and “Wormtown.” Among them was this less-known medical moniker: “Hepatitisville.”Worcester has endured several outbreaks of the liver-battering disease, including one that sidelined 90 members of a college football team in 1969. Given its history and its…

Epidemics

To Halt DRC Ebola Outbreak Within Six Months

The deadly Ebola outbreak raging in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; should be over within six months; the head of the World Health Organization said. Seven months since the outbreak erupted; in DRC’s violence-torn North Kivu province; WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters; there were clear signs the spread of the virus was “contracting”. “Our…

Measles outbreak

Unvaccinated Children Amid Measles Outbreak: Italy Bans Them

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It remains an important cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Under the Global Vaccine Action Plan, measles and rubella are targeted for elimination in five WHO Regions by 2020. WHO is the lead technical agency responsible for coordination…

Influenza

World Is Not Prepared For Killer Flu Pandemic

The World Health Organisation has said that; the world is not prepared for a global flu pandemic; and that resources are inadequate. They followed by saying that a global pandemic of flu; is a matter of “when” and not “if”. The news comes after the WHO released a global influenza strategy. In a statement, WHO…

Outbreak of Typhoid

Introducing Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine In Africa & Asia

Each year there are nearly 11 million cases of typhoid; a disease that is spread through contaminated food, drink and water. However, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are leading an international consortium; that is studying the impact of a typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) in an effort; to accelerate introduction of the…

Epidemics

A Mumps Quarantine: On Rights Of Detained Immigrants

A mumps outbreak and quarantine at the Pine Prairie Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center in Louisiana blocked immigrants from legal resources, including their lawyers and the law library, for about two weeks in January and February, according to the attorneys. The outbreak has also raised questions about how officials dealing with public health concerns…