Nigeria: Cholera Responsible for Over 25 Deaths in Benue - Official
[Premium Times] Officials as Benue residents to avoid using untreated water. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Death Toll Rises in Benue Cholera Outbreak
[This Day] Benue State Government has announced an outbreak of cholera in the state, which it disclosed has killed 25 persons. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 14, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mozambique: Cholera Outbreak Claims One Life in Montepuez
[AIM] Maputo -- A cholera outbreak in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado has spread to Montepuez district, so far claiming one life out of 11 confirmed cases that have checked into the local Cholera Treatment Centre, according to a report in Wednesday's issue of independent daily "O Pais". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cholera – Togo
From 11 November to 28 December, 2020 a total of 67 suspected cholera cases presenting with diarrhea and vomiting, including two deaths a case fatality ratio (CFR: 3%) were reported from the municipalities “Golfe 1” and “Golfe 6” in Lomé, Togo. A total of four health areas (Katanga, Adakpamé, Gbétsogbé in Golfe 1, and Kangnikopé in Golfe 6) in the affected municipalities reported at least one case. On 17 November, cholera was confirmed by culture in the laboratory of the National Institute of Hygiene (INH) in Lom é, Togo and WHO was informed. On 19 November,...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

South Sudan: The Ministry of Health With Support From Who and Partners Vaccinated Over 63 000 People With Oral Cholera Vaccine in Bor South County, South Sudan
[WHO] To prevent the risk of a cholera outbreak following the devastating floods that displaced communities and led to contamination of water sources in Bor South county, the Ministry of Health with support from World Health Organization (WHO) and partners vaccinated over 63 280 individuals aged one year and above against cholera. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's Antimicrobial Resistance Threat to Grow If Not Tackled in a Holistic Manner
[WHO] There is growing evidence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Zimbabwe. A study conducted by local epidemiologists following the 2018 cholera outbreak concluded that there had been high incidences of drug resistance which made it difficult to contain the disease using the usual antibiotics. The latter, has been a result of Zimbabweans abusing antibiotics due to unregulated consumption and not completing the full course when prescribed by the doctors. Therefore, Zimbabweans need to stop misusing antibiotic (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 15, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

After years of conflict, Yemen remains the world ’s worst humanitarian crisis, a UNFPA 2021 appeal shows
UNITED NATIONS, New York– A new Humanitarian Action Overview report released today by UNFPA names Yemen as the country where the needs of women and girls in humanitarian emergencies are greatest. Since internecine conflict escalated in 2015, conditions in the country have steadily collapsed, resulting in internal displac ement, food insecurity and cholera outbreaks — all exacerbated by COVID-19.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Malawi: Covid-19 Protocols to Force Malawi Cholera Cases Down, Says Expert
[Nyasa Times] A health expert has predicated a drop in cholera cases this year in the country due to covid-19 protocols. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

IVI, ROK's GDEF join forces to provide OCV to 540K people at risk of cholera in Nepal & Mozambique
(International Vaccine Institute) The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) and the Republic of Korea's Global Disease Eradication Fund (GDEF) have agreed to conduct joint projects to fight cholera, which include vaccination for a total of approximately 540,000 people at risk of cholera in Nepal and Mozambique. KOICA GDEF is providing a grant of US $8.05 million to support the project entitled 'Enhancing Cholera Control' (ECHO). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Small molecules control bacterial resistance to antibiotics
(Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena) Antibiotics have revolutionized medicine by providing effective treatments for infectious diseases such as cholera. But the pathogens that cause disease are increasingly developing resistance to the antibiotics that are most commonly used. Scientists at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany have discovered a molecule that influences the antibiotic-resistance of cholera bacteria. They have published their results in the scientific journal " Nature Communications " . (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 27, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

LG Electronics, IVI join forces to conduct a cholera vaccination and prevention project in Ethiopia
(International Vaccine Institute) IVI and LG plan to provide free vaccination for 40,000 residents in areas at risk of cholera and establish a disease monitoring system to strengthen local public health capabilities in Ethiopia between 2021 and 2023.The Ethiopia Cholera Control and Prevention - LG (ECCP - LG) project will also evaluate the effectiveness and impact of OCV after vaccination and collect epidemiological data of cholera and other diarrhea diseases by conducting follow-up monitoring for several years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 24, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

In the face of ridicule: one woman ’s fight to bring sanitation to a Nepali village
4.2 billion people are living without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at increased risk of catching a host of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. On this year’s World Toilet Day, which is marked on 19 November, we look at how Ratna Khawas has fought ridicule and tradition to improve hygiene in her Nepali village, with the help of the UN. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In the face of ridicule: one woman ’s fight to bring sanitation to a Nepalese village
4.2 billion people are living without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at increased risk of catching a host of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. On this year’s World Toilet Day, which is marked on 19 November, we look at how Ratna Khawas has fought ridicule and tradition to improve hygiene in her Nepalese village, with the help of the UN. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bringing Clean Water On Tap To Rural Villages In Polynesian Island Nation Of Tuvalu
Technical experts measure the salinity of groundwater wells on Vaitupu Island, Tuvalu. This month work will begin on building the network of tanks and pipes which will eventually convey clean water from the north of Vaitupu Island to the 1,500 people who live in the villages of Tumaseu and Asau in the south. Courtesy: Pacific CommunityBy Catherine WilsonCANBERRA, Nov 18 2020 (IPS) Rural communities on one of the nine islands that make up the Polynesian nation of Tuvalu are anticipating how life will change when they are connected to piped clean water for the first time. Despite being surrounded by millions of square kilome...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation The Pacific Community (SPC) Tuvalu Source Type: news

Potential cholera vaccine target discovered
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed antibodies recovered from humans who survived cholera. Experiments showed that the antibodies block V. cholerae bacteria's motility. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Eight Dead, 10 in Hospital for Suspected Cholera Outbreak in Ibadan
[Premium Times] No fewer than eight people have lost their lives as a result of a strange disease, suspected to be cholera in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malawi: Ministry of Health in Cholera Fight Drive
[Malawi News Agency] Blantyre -- In the middle of Covid- 19 pandemic, Ministry of Health has said it is ready and committed to dealing with Cholera and all related illnesses as the country draws closer to rainy season. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 30, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

COMMENTARY: The Sinatra Doctrine Confronts a Global Consensus
A photo-collage. Credit: Peter Costantini.By Peter CostantiniSEATTLE, Oct 23 2020 (IPS) By late September, the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States had claimed 200,000 lives. That’s equivalent to a slightly higher toll than the 418,500 United States deaths in World War II, adjusted for relative population and duration. [See note below.] With four percent of the world’s population, the U.S. has suffered 20 percent of global COVID-19 deaths. Tragically, most of these deaths need never have happened. They were caused primarily by the public-health equivalent of friendly fire: massive malpractice and deception by...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Peter Costantini Tags: Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

U.K. Plans ‘Challenge Trials,’ Which Will Intentionally Give People COVID-19 to Test Vaccines
On Oct. 20, researchers at the Imperial College of London announced plans for the first human challenge study of COVID-19, which involves deliberately infecting volunteers with the virus that causes the disease, in order to test the effectiveness of vaccines. The strategy is controversial, as researchers have to weigh the risks of infection against the benefits of learning how well the various vaccine candidates can fight that infection. The strongest argument in favor of the studies has to do with time. If cases of COVID-19 are waning, then the likelihood that people who are vaccinated would get exposed to and potentially...
Source: TIME: Science - October 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

U.K. Plans ‘Challenge Trials,’ Which Will Intentionally Give People COVID-19 to Test Vaccines
On Oct. 20, researchers at the Imperial College of London announced plans for the first human challenge study of COVID-19, which involves deliberately infecting volunteers with the virus that causes the disease, in order to test the effectiveness of vaccines. The strategy is controversial, as researchers have to weigh the risks of infection against the benefits of learning how well the various vaccine candidates can fight that infection. The strongest argument in favor of the studies has to do with time. If cases of COVID-19 are waning, then the likelihood that people who are vaccinated would get exposed to and potentially...
Source: TIME: Health - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

The volunteers lining up for Covid-19 challenge trials
Non-profit organisation 1Day Sooner has attracted over 38,500 willing participantsCovid: firm secures £10m to infect young volunteers to hasten vaccineHuman challenge trials – in which young, healthy volunteers are intentionally infected with a virus to allow vaccines and treatments to be tested quickly – have been used in the fight against diseases ranging from typhoid and cholera to malaria.Withthe announcement on Tuesday of such trials to help develop a vaccine against Covid-19 there is a key difference – there are as yet very few proven therapies for the virus and we know little about its long-t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Science correspondent Tags: Coronavirus UK news Infectious diseases Science Medical research Source Type: news

How do pandemics end? In different ways, but it ’s never quick and never neat | Mark Honigsbaum
Just like the Black Death, influenza and smallpox, Covid-19 will affect almost every aspect of our of lives – even after a vaccine turns upOn 7 September 1854, in the middle of a raging cholera epidemic, the physician John Snow approached the board of guardians of St James ’s parish for permission toremove the handle from a public water pump in Broad Street in London ’s Soho. Snow observed that 61 victims of the cholera had recently drawn water from the pump and reasoned that contaminated water was the source of the epidemic. His request was granted and, even though it would take a further 30 years for th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Mark Honigsbaum Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Cholera Health Society UK news Source Type: news

Ghana: Ghana Has No Cholera Case in 3 Years
[Ghanaian Times] Ghana for the past three years has not recorded an outbreak of Cholera due to strict health measures implemented by the government, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 16, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What Developing Countries Can Teach Us About How To Respond To a Pandemic
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post What Developing Countries Can Teach Us About How To Respond To a Pandemic appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

In Terms of Child Mortality, It ’s a Good Time for Public Health
Despite the crises of 2020, parents can realistically expect that children born today will outlive them. That wasn ’t always the case. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perri Klass, M.D. Tags: Children and Childhood Infant Mortality Babies and Infants Parenting Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization Smallpox Cholera Antibiotics Source Type: news

The Triple Humanitarian Crisis and Why Kenya Deserves An A + in its Response
This article was originally published in Forbes Africa.   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post The Triple Humanitarian Crisis and Why Kenya Deserves An A + in its Response appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Cause of 1990s Argentina cholera epidemic uncovered
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) The evolution of epidemic and endemic strains of the cholera-causing bacterium Vibrio cholerae in Argentina has been mapped in detail. The researchers used whole genome sequencing to study the bacteria circulating during the 1991-1998 outbreak of cholera in the country. Published in Nature Communications, the data have influenced health policy in Argentina, where whole-genome sequencing is now used to distinguish between pandemic and non-pandemic lineages of V. cholerae bacteria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mozambique: Prime Minister Launches Cholera Vaccination Campaign
[AIM] Maputo -- Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario urged the population of the northern province of Cabo Delgado to participate in the cholera vaccination campaign that the government launched on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Historical case studies on pandemics
(Kiel University) Whether it's the plague, cholera or currently COVID-19: epidemics are part of human history. Long before there were vaccinations or microscopes for the investigation of pathogens, societies had to develop coping strategies. These are described in the brochure 'Distant Times so Close: Pandemics and Crises reloaded', which is the first in a series of historical-archaeological publications on current topics published by the Cluster of Excellence 'ROOTS - Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies' at Kiel University (CAU). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How Data Visualization During Public Health Crises Has Saved Lives for Centuries
When publicized far and wide enough, infographics, some experts argue, can save lives. The communicative value in visualizing data towards improving public health outcomes is long-established, going back over two centuries. And while the earliest examples were intended to inform discussion and debate among an elite social sphere, they also sought to address real-world problems. From 1820 to 1830, an enthusiasm for statistics began to emerge across the western world, leading to an era of statistics concerned with reform. It was led by individuals who sought to disrupt what they saw as the chaos of politics and replace it wi...
Source: TIME: Health - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Murray Dick / The MIT Press Reader Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 health Public Health syndication Source Type: news

What We Don ’t Know About COVID-19 Can Hurt Us
Countries around the world have introduced stringent control measures to stop COVID-19 outbreaks growing, but now many find themselves facing the same situation again. From Melbourne to Miami, the relaxation of measures had led to increasing flare-ups, which in some places has already meant reclosing schools, businesses or travel routes. Within the U.S. and among different countries, places with wildly varying public-health policies have experienced wildly diverse outcomes. Most ominously, infections are rising rapidly in many places where they once were falling. So how do countries avoid an indefinite, unsustainable, cycl...
Source: TIME: Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adam Kucharski Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Microbiome confers resistance to cholera
(University of California - Riverside) Many parts of the world are in the midst of a deadly pandemic of cholera, an extreme form of watery diarrhea. UC Riverside scientists have discovered specific gut bacteria make some people resistant to it -- a finding that could save lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Opinion: Look to Cholera Vaccine Campaigns for COVID-19 Guidance
Accounting for a limited stockpile of cholera vaccine can provide insight into the most effective way to distribute future COVID-19 vaccines. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - June 15, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Human and Societal Behaviour: How Pandemics Have Shaped Them
Left: German Ambassador to Singapore Ulrich Sante and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the official opening of the German European School Singapore on Sept 13, 2018. Dr Sante says he will be leaving Singapore with a heavy heart but also a treasure trove of good memories. PHOTO: GERMAN EUROPEAN SCHOOL SINGAPOREBy Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed ChowdhurySINGAPORE, Jun 15 2020 (IPS-Partners) The departing German envoy in Singapore, Ambassador Ulrich Sante, in a recent published article in the Straits Times shared some of his thoughts with the readership including on the impact on the community of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Among other...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Tags: Economy & Trade Health Source Type: news

Slowing the Coronavirus Is Speeding the Spread of Other Diseases
Many mass immunization efforts worldwide were halted this spring to prevent spread of the virus at crowded inoculation sites. The consequences have been alarming. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman and Ruth Maclean Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Measles Poliomyelitis Cholera Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

What is lost in the smoke of COVID-19
Devyn Holliday, Research Officer, Economic, Youth & Sustainable Development Directorate   This blog is part of the seminar series on ‘The Economics of COVID-19’.By Devyn HollidayJun 10 2020 (IPS-Partners) When countries shuttered their shops, closed their markets, and cordoned off places of gathering to help ward off the coronavirus, they did so out of immediate concern for the health and wellbeing of their citizens. However, as these measures endure the virus is no longer the sole threat to the health and wellbeing of citizens. People across the globe are facing mounting threats to their wellbeing ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Devyn Holliday Tags: Economy & Trade Health Labour Source Type: news

Africa: Africa's COVID-19 Resilience Must Not Lead to Complacency
[Chatham House] Africa is confounding predictions of a COVID-19 apocalypse, but widespread anxiety remains. Valuable lessons must be taken forward from the successful national responses so far across public health, security, and the economy. COVID-19 responses across Africa built on lessons learned from combatting infectious diseases such as cholera and tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Ebola, using World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines tailored to local demands. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 8, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Donors pledge $8.8bn for global vaccination programmes
Support is projected to save up to 8m lives from diseases such as measles and cholera (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - June 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

DRC has seen epidemics before, but Covid-19's toll on older people leaves me sleepless
Many of the people I support in Kinshasa have no money, no soap, no water – and when they are struggling to breathe, no ventilatorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWe ’re used to emergencies and people dying in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whether it’s a result of the long-runningconflict or Ebola, cholera and malaria. But coronavirus has knocked us for six, because it has affected people we are very close to.I ’ve been working in development for decades, but I have to admit I have shed tears these past few weeks.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Anatole Bandu Tags: Global development Democratic Republic of the Congo Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science World news Africa Source Type: news

How data analysis helped Mozambique stem a cholera outbreak
Silicon Valley start-up Zenysis drafted in to help authorities tackle disease (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cholera Fast Facts
Read CNN's Fast Facts about cholera and learn more about the acute diarrheal infection. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Vaccine Against COVID-19 Would Be the Latest Success in a Long Scientific History
Here’s betting you wouldn’t want anyone blowing smallpox scabs up your nose. But you might feel differently if you lived in 15th century China. Long ago, the Chinese recognized that people who had contracted smallpox once were immune to reinfection. They came up with the idea of preserving scabs from individuals who had suffered mild cases, drying them out, crushing them to a powder and blowing them up the nostril. For boys it was the right nostril, for girls it was the left because, well, 15th century. That is how the story of vaccines usually begins, though that version is decidedly incomplete. For one thing,...
Source: TIME: Science - May 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer health Source Type: news

New Resource for Spotting COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories
The COVID-19 pandemic provides fertile ground for the emergence and spread of new conspiracy theories, often with significant negative implications for public health and well-being. A new resource has been developed by experts in communications and the spread of misinformation to help people spot and respond to conspiracy theories. "How to Spot COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories," was developed by Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Ullrich Ecker, and Sander van der Linden. According to the authors: "When people suffer a loss of control or feel threatened, they become more vulnerable to believing conspiracies....
Source: AIBS News - May 11, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

New Resource for Spotting COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories
The COVID-19 pandemic provides fertile ground for the emergence and spread of new conspiracy theories, often with significant negative implications for public health and well-being. A new resource has been developed by experts in communications and the spread of misinformation to help people spot and respond to conspiracy theories. “How to Spot COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories,” was developed by Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Ullrich Ecker, and Sander van der Linden. According to the authors: “When people suffer a loss of control or feel threatened, they become more vulnerable to believing conspiracies. ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 11, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Time for the World Bank and IMF to Be the Solution, Not the Problem
Franciscka Lucien is Executive Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Joel Curtain is the Director of Advocacy at Partners in Health.By Franciscka Lucien and Joel CurtainPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti and BOSTON, May 7 2020 (IPS) The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have a historic opportunity to help stabilize a world reeling from COVID-19. Doing so will require the institutions to change course and aggressively support poor countries’ ability to invest broadly in the government services their populations need. The pandemic is exposing the consequences of four decades of reduced ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Franciscka Lucien and Joel Curtain Tags: Aid Economy & Trade Education Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Polio, Measles Outbreaks ‘Inevitable’, Say Vaccine Experts
A young boy in Pakistan receives an oral polio vaccine (OPV). Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Laura MackenzieMay 6 2020 (IPS) Interruptions to vaccination programmes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could result in new waves of measles or polio outbreaks, health experts warn. A growing number of one-off immunisation campaigns and national routine vaccine introductions are being delayed amid social distancing and other measures to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2, leaving millions unprotected. With both preventive campaigns and routine immunisations impacted, “we’ll have an increasing number of children who will becom...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Laura Mackenzie Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Cholera Outbreak --- Zimbabwe, September 2018--March 2019
A 2018 cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe underscored the importance of community-wide water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions, as well as vaccination and outbreak detection in reducing cholera's impact. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - April 30, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Cholera (Vibrio cholerae) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Outbreaks Source Type: news

Dr. Larry Brilliant and Dr. Leana Wen on How We Need to Prepare for the Next Pandemic
This article is part of #TIME100Talks: Finding Hope, a special series featuring leaders across different fields sharing their ideas for navigating the pandemic. Want more? Sign up for access to more virtual events, including live conversations with influential newsmakers. (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 TIME 100 TIME100 Talks video Source Type: news

Cholera studies reveal mechanisms of biofilm formation and hyperinfectivity
(University of California - Santa Cruz) Free-swimming cholera bacteria are much less infectious than bacteria in biofilms, aggregates of bacterial cells that form on surfaces. This accounts for the surprising effectiveness of filtering water through cloth, such as a folded sari, which can reduce infections dramatically in places where the disease is endemic, despite the fact that individual cholera bacteria easily pass through such a filter. A new study goes a long way toward explaining the hyperinfectivity of cholera biofilms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Coronavirus could erode global fight against other diseases
As the world focuses on the pandemic, experts fear losing ground in the long fight against other infectious diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis and cholera that kill millions every year. Also at risk are decades-long efforts that allowed the World Health Organization to set target dates for eradicating malaria, polio and other illnesses. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news