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'It's not possible to eradicate plague', scientists warn
Professor Allen Cheng, an infectious disease expert at Monash University, warned this year's outbreak in Madagascar has been 'unusual' - because of it being airborne. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New outbreak: Deadly virus, similar to Ebola, with NO treatment... now strikes Uganda
(Natural News) Uganda is in the middle of a health care crisis as the deadly Marburg virus has once again hit the African nation. Health chiefs have announced that the virus, which is clinically similar to the Ebola virus, has been detected in five cases. The reports note that an emergency Marburg virus screening is being carried... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Over 800 Dead in DRC Cholera Outbreak
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -MORE than 800 people have been killed as a result of a cholera epidemic linked to escalating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The deaths of the 882 victims have been recorded from over 44 000 outbreaks since the beginning of the year. Authorities said while the cholera epidemic has been on a downward trend, however, a relatively large increase in the number of cases has been observed in the Kasai and Lomani provinces. The provinces of are the last to be affected by the epidemic and had n (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Madagascar:Plague Outbreak - Where Does It Still Exist and Could It Spread?
[The Conversation Africa] An outbreak of plague has been occurring in Madagascar, with more than 2,000 cases and 170 deaths reported since August 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Nov. 17, 2017
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Human Cases of Salmonella Rise to 66 in U.S. Outbreak Linked to Pet Turtles The number of people sickened in a multistate salmonella outbreak... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 17, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

UN agencies rush in medical supplies for thousands wounded in Iran-Iraq earthquake
United Nations agencies have delivered medical supplies to the areas of Iran and Iraq struck by a devastating earthquake, and are urging vigilance against the possible outbreaks of infectious and waterborne diseases. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Toxic algae becoming severe threat nationwide
Outbreaks have been reported in every state, a trend likely to accelerate as climate change boosts warmer temperatures (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Legionnaires' disease outbreak tied to Disneyland
Health officials say three more cases of Legionnaires' have been reported, bringing the total to 15, and may be tied to the popular theme park (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Officials are still searching for the source of 4 Legionnaires' cases. Disneyland cooling towers haven't been ruled out
Disneyland shut down two cooling towers contaminated with Legionella after 11 people who spent time at the park were infected with Legionnaires'. But four more people who didn't visit the park were also infected, raising questions about the outbreak's source. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

'The Brazilian Zika outbreak could end soon'
(German Center for Infection Research) Scientists have elucidated the Zika burden in a Brazilian metropolis. Their data indicate: the outbreak may be coming to an end and further outbreaks in the region seem unlikely. The study has also provided new evidence supporting the link between Zika infection during pregnancy and malformations in newborns. A third finding is important with regard to intervention measures: Zika virus infection predominantly affects poor regions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

In the heart of devastating outbreak, research team unlocks secrets of Ebola
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) In a comprehensive and complex molecular study of blood samples from Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, published today (Nov. 16, 2017) in Cell Host and Microbe, a scientific team led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified signatures of Ebola virus disease that may aid in future treatment efforts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

During a hepatitis A emergency, there's a nationwide shortage of vaccine
The battle against Hepatitis A outbreaks across the US is being stymied by a national shortage of the vaccine needed to combat it. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A single mutation in the prM protein of Zika virus contributes to fetal microcephaly
Zika virus (ZIKV) has evolved into a global health threat because of its unexpected causal link to microcephaly. Phylogenetic analysis reveals that contemporary epidemic strains have accumulated multiple substitutions from their Asian ancestor. Here we show that a single serine-to-asparagine substitution [Ser139->Asn139 (S139N)] in the viral polyprotein substantially increased ZIKV infectivity in both human and mouse neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and led to more severe microcephaly in the mouse fetus, as well as higher mortality rates in neonatal mice. Evolutionary analysis indicates that the S139N substitution arose b...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Yuan, L., Huang, X.-Y., Liu, Z.-Y., Zhang, F., Zhu, X.-L., Yu, J.-Y., Ji, X., Xu, Y.-P., Li, G., Li, C., Wang, H.-J., Deng, Y.-Q., Wu, M., Cheng, M.-L., Ye, Q., Xie, D.-Y., Li, X.-F., Wang, X., Shi, W., Hu, B., Shi, P.-Y., Xu, Z., Qin, C.-F. Tags: Epidemiology reports Source Type: news

Anaheim Legionnaires' outbreak grows; 11 cases linked to Disneyland visits
The number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires ’ disease after visiting Anaheim or Disneyland increased to 15, Orange County health officials said Wednesday.The victims were infected between late August and October. Two patients have died, though neither of them visited Disneyland.Legionnaires ’... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Second death in Anaheim Legionnaires outbreak; 2 new cases linked to Disneyland
Orange County health officials said Wednesday that three more people had been infected with Legionnaires ’ disease, including one who died, as part of an outbreak linked to Disneyland.In total, 15 people who spent time in Anaheim or visited Disneyland between late August and October have been diagnosed... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

3 more Legionnaires' cases — one fatal — reported in outbreak linked to Disneyland
Orange County health officials said Wednesday that three more people had been infected with Legionnaires ’ disease, including one who died, as part of an outbreak linked to Disneyland.In total, 15 people who spent time in Anaheim or visited Disneyland between September and early November have been... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Madagascar's healthcare will be unable with the plague
EXCLUSIVE Madagascar's healthcare system will be unable to cope if the deadly plague outbreak continues to spiral out of control, a scientist has warned. Scores of doctors have been struck down. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liberia:Looming Dangers for Many Liberians If Health Issues Continued to Be Politicized/Overlooked
[Observer] Center for Liberia's Future conducted an 18 month qualitative nationwide study on Ebola Survivors, Orphans, Caregivers and Stakeholders. The research findings outlined/revealed several factors that if not taking care of, just in case another outbreak of the same magnitude occurs, there will be more deaths or casualties. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Stopping the dengue threat
(Queensland University of Technology) Improved disease surveillance at Australian ports and borders could prevent the growing threat of dengue infection spreading across the country. A new QUT study has identified potential risk factors linked to dengue outbreaks beyond climatic conditions, including social factors, interstate and overseas travellers, rainwater tanks and economic status. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Marburg virus disease – Uganda and Kenya
Disease Outbreak News Uganda Kenya Marburg virus disease (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Plague – Madagascar
Plague Madagascar DON (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Scientists sound alarm as PLAGUE mutation could become resistant to all known conventional medicine
(Natural News) Although it might sound like a disease of yesteryear to many Americans, plague is not uncommon in Madagascar. However, this year’s outbreak, which has already killed nearly 170 people there, is markedly different from the strain that usually emerges in the country, and it has some experts seriously concerned about what’s in store.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine Shortage Complicates Efforts to Quell Hepatitis A Outbreaks Vaccine Shortage Complicates Efforts to Quell Hepatitis A Outbreaks
San Diego County, battling a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A, is postponing an outreach campaign to provide the second of two inoculations against the contagious liver disease until a national shortage of the vaccine is resolved.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

PBS Newshour: Cholera, Hunger, and War are Ravaging Yemen. What Role Does the U.S. Play?
In the NewsPBS Newshour: Cholera, Hunger, and War are Ravaging Yemen. What Role Does the U.S. Play?November 14, 2017Justin Armstrong, the Yemen country director for Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF), discusses the cholera outbreak and the effects of the blockade by the Saudi-led coalition.View External Media.Read More: Yemen: Saudi-Led Coalition Must Allow Access for Humanitarian Organizations (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Three decades of responding to infectious disease outbreaks
NIAID director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., highlights lessons from AIDS to Zika. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - November 14, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Three decades of responding to infectious disease outbreaks
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) In 1984, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before Congress showing a world map annotated with a single emerging infectious disease threat, HIV/AIDS. Since then, numerous diseases and pathogens were added, providing a powerful visual reminder of infectious diseases around the globe. In an essay in Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Fauci reflects on the efforts to address infectious disease outbreaks of the past three decades. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Madagascar 'worst plague outbreak' in 50 years
The island is one of the global hotspots most prone to the deadly disease. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Madagascar's 'worst plague outbreak' in 50 years
The island is one of the global hotspots most prone to the deadly disease. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fears of a new deadly PLAGUE growing, as Malawi becomes latest African nation on alert
(Natural News) Malawi is the latest African nation in danger of experiencing an outbreak of deadly plague, as the disease continues to spread throughout the island of Madagascar, the UK’s Daily Mail reports. Some 143 people have died so far, and another 2,000 have been infected in Madagascar since an outbreak of the disease in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plague on decline in Madagascar, but 9 countries on alert
The plague outbreak in Madagascar is continuing to slow, but nine countries neighboring the island nation are on alert in case the infection reaches their borders. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Madagascar plague death toll rises to 165
Data shows a 15 per cent jump in fatalities over three days, with scientists concerned it has reached 'crisis' point and 10 countries now placed on high alert for potential outbreaks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reports of adverse health effects related to synthetic cannabinoid use in New York State - Papadopoulos EA, Cummings KR, Marraffa JM, Aldous KM, Li L, Ahmad N.
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: We assessed synthetic cannabinoid (SC) outbreaks from 2011-2012 and 2015. METHODS: The National Poison Data System was utilized to collect reports of SC adverse effects in New York State from 2011-2012 and 2015 (N  = 713).... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Another outbreak at Disneyland: Legionnaire’s disease infections tied to contaminated water coolers
(Natural News) Theme park Disneyland has been forced to shut down a pair of cooling towers that were contaminated with bacteria, after health officials from Orange County discovered an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in people who had visited the Anaheim-based park. Officials said that at least 12 cases of the illness, which is caused by... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aid Groups Sound Alarm on DRC Crisis
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2017 (IPS)The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and the international community must step in before it worsens, humanitarian agencies warn. The escalation of ethnic clashes in southeastern DRC in recent months has left millions displaced and on the verge of starvation.In the past year alone, the conflict has displaced nearly 2 million, 850,000 of whom are children and some of whom have fled to the neighboring nations of Angola and Zambia. DRC already had the highest number of new displacements in the world in 2016.Last month, the U...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Peace Religion TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Cholera: The link between the world's major outbreaks leads to better control strategies
(Institut Pasteur) Researchers at the Institut Pasteur and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in collaboration with international institutions, recently published two studies tracing the history of cholera outbreaks from the last 60 years. The results show that the latest cholera pandemic originated in Asia, and that the majority of antibiotic resistant strains come from this continent. These findings help to improve understanding of how the cholera bacterium circulates, and to anticipate the risk of new outbreaks emerging. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eye syphilis outbreak: CDC warns disease has spread to more than 200 people across 20 states
(Natural News) There has been a steady rise in reported cases of eye syphilis infection in the U.S., according to health officials. Cases of ocular syphilis were once rare, but have been steadily gaining ground in the U.S. – from data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 12 cases were initially reported from two... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disneyland shuts down cooling towers over Legionnaires' cases
Disneyland Park has shut down two cooling towers at its park in Southern California following an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evidence mounts that PLAGUE outbreak in Africa is an engineered depopulation bioweapon
(Natural News) Thousands of people have been infected and over 143 are now reported dead from the plague outbreak that’s now threatening Africa, reports the UK Daily Mail. “Health officials are unsure how this year’s outbreak began,” reports the paper. “Experts warn the disease spreads quicker in heavily populated areas.” Isn’t it interesting that just... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Legionnaires sickens 12 in California, including 9 at Disneyland
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Disneyland has shut down and decontaminated two cooling towers following an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that sickened 12 people, nine of them guests or employees at the theme park in Anaheim, county health officials said on Saturday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Disease outbreaks are often staged to generate funding for Big Pharma
(Natural News) When you have a product to sell, you need to strike the right balance between supply and demand. The basic laws of economics state that when you have a supply of products that you’d like to move, one way to sell them is to create a demand for them. If you’re selling scarves,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aid Groups Condemn Yemen Blockade, Warn of ‘Catastrophic’ Famine
Fatima Shooie sits between her 85-year-old mother and 22-year-old daughter who are both receiving treatment for cholera at a crowded hospital in Sana’a. Credit: WHO/S. HasanBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Nov 10 2017 (IPS)If aid deliveries are not resumed, Yemen will experience the worst famine the world has seen in recent decades.Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia closed all land, air, and sea ports in Yemen after Houthi rebels fired a missile at Riyadh.Though the Saudi-led coalition reopened the southern port Aden, humanitarian officials have warned of a famine and health crisis if other entry points remain sh...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Famine OCHA Saudi Arabia Yemen Source Type: news

First-Mile Family Planning Can Help More Women Avoid Unintended Pregnancies
November 10, 2017In the global health community, we often talk about reaching the “last mile”—generally those who live in the hardest-to-reach places of the world, farthest from the health services they need. But from the point of view of those families, the last mile is in fact the first mile.The global information and communications technology community seems to understand this more than we do in health. Studies  such as this look directly at first-mile issues—that is, “how connectivity looks, feels, and behaves from the subscriber's perspective. ” And researchers have done&n...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Tourists say they contracted hepatitis A on trip to San Diego
San Diego County is battling the worst hepatitis A outbreak ​ seen in the U.S. in decades, with 20 dead and hundreds of cases confirmed (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Death toll from Legionnaires' disease in Lisbon hospital up at four
LISBON (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in a large Lisbon hospital doubled to four on Friday, Portugal's health authority DGS said, but the number of new cases being discovered appeared to subside. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Gay and bisexual men at higher risk of hepatitis A in L.A. County as outbreak grows
L.A. County's hepatitis A outbreak has been much smaller than San Diego's, with 29 cases compared with 544. But officials say gay men are now at risk here and that an LAPD officer who works on skid row was infected, raising questions about the county's strategy to focus on the homeless. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla, Gale Holland Source Type: news

Meeting Summary: State and Local Implementation Strategies for Increasing Access to Contraception During Zika Preparedness and Response - United States, September 2016
Report summarizes a September 2016 meeting to discuss strategies for states to increase access to contraceptive services as a means of preventing pregnancy during a Zika virus outbreak. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Waterborne Disease Outbreaks Associated With Environmental and Undetermined Exposures to Water - United States, 2013-2014
Fifteen outbreaks associated with an environmental exposure to water and 12 outbreaks with an undetermined exposure to water from 2013 to 2014 were reported to CDC, resulting in at least 289 cases of illness, 108 hospitalizations, and 17 deaths. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Surveillance for Waterborne Disease Outbreaks Associated with Drinking Water - United States, 2013-2014
During 2013-2014, a total of 42 drinking water-associated outbreaks were reported to CDC, resulting in at least 1,006 cases of illness, 124 hospitalizations, and 13 deaths. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman
Disease Outbreak News for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Oman (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 10, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news