Texas state health officials are urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus, after the state confirmed its first case of the illness for the season. In a report released Friday, The Texas Department of State Health Services stated that the first case of the West Nile illness of [...More...]
Last year, two Louisiana residents died from a single-celled organism that thrives in warm, freshwater after using tap water for flushing their sinuses. The amoeba, known as Naegleria fowleri, can cause primary amoebic meningoecephalitis (PAM), which is fatal in 99 per cent of cases. Both victims, a 51-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, had [...More...]
San Diego County health officials announced on May 3rd that a ground squirrel found in the Cedar Grove Campground on Palomar Mountain in California has tested positive for plague. Officials found the infected animal during routine monitoring. Officials stated that it is not unusual to find plague in mountainous communities during the summer. Visitors should [...More...]
Customers who ate at a McDonald's in Northport, AL between February 28 and March 14 may have been exposed to hepatitis A through an infected employee, according to the Alabama Department of Health. In a news alert, state health officials advised customers who visited the McDonald's at 2000 McFarland Blvd. in Northport, Alabama any [...More...]
Smartphones can improve disease surveillance in the developing world with more accurate, faster, cheaper gathering of disease information, U.S. researchers say. A study presented Monday at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta reported smartphone use was cheaper than traditional paper survey methods in tracking disease spreads in Kenya. The Kenya Ministry of [...More...]
When dead sea mammals started washing ashore on Canada's west coast in greater numbers, marine biologist Andrew Trites was distressed to find that domestic animal diseases were killing them. Around the world, seals, otters and other species are increasingly infected by parasites and other diseases long common in goats, cows, cats and dogs, marine mammal [...More...]
Prions, the much-maligned proteins most commonly known for causing “mad cow” disease, are commonly used in yeast to produce beneficial traits in the wild. Moreover, such traits can be passed on to subsequent generations and eventually become “hard-wired” into the genome, contributing to evolutionary change.
High corn prices are leading many growers to plant corn every year and to overuse pesticides and other bug-killing technology to maximize yields, researchers report. In many instances, pesticides are applied without scouting fields to see if they are needed, violating a bedrock principle of integrated pest management. The result is a biological diversity desert in many corn and soybean fields in the agricultural Midwest, and signs that the surviving insects are becoming resistant to several key bug-fighting tools now available to farmers.
Aggressive infections in hospitals are an increasing health problem worldwide. The development of bacterial resistance is alarming. Now a young Danish scientist has found a natural substance in a Chilean rainforest plant that effectively supports the effect of traditional treatment with antibiotics.
Two Moscow Region residents have been hospitalized, twelve of their relatives are on ambulant treatment after coming into contacting with a rabid moose, the Life News tabloid website wrote on Monday. Forester Sergei Fioktistov, 50, and game specialists Alexander Mikhnuk found a moose in distress near a road in Odintsovo district, the news portal [...More...]
Alabama has been hit with the first U.S. outbreak of a foreign form of the virus that causes the childhood illness called hand, foot and mouth disease this winter, according to state health officials. That's causing more and tougher cases of the disease, including infections in adults and some hospitalizations, said Mary McIntyre, an [...More...]
Health experts in Germany are baffled by a small village where cancer has hit almost every household. Wewelsfleth, which has a population of 1,500, has been labelled the ‘village of the damned’ as new cancer cases are 50 per cent above average. Researchers who investigated the phenomenon, which includes breast, lung, oesophageal, womb and [...More...]
The Swine flu vaccine, Pandemrix, is the leading drug responsible for the largest number of suspected adverse reactions. A whopping 779 suspected adverse reactions were linked to the vaccine between 2010 and 2011. Most of reported symptoms were relatively mild, such as localized swelling, gastrointestinal problems and flu-like symptoms. Health official have identified [...More...]
Nine people have tested positive for 'Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), known as Monkey disease in Theerthahlli taluk in the past 15 days a top district official said in India. Kyasanur Forest Disease is a tick-borne viral hemorrhagic fever endemic to South Asia. The disease is caused by a virus belonging to the family flaviviridae, [...More...]
Questions still surround the mysterious Tourette’s like symptoms affecting 19 teens in Le Roy. Experts are now questioning if a 40-year old chemical spill has contaminated the local water supply. Around 30,000 gallons of trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial solvent that's hazardous in high doses and can affect the nervous system, were dumped into the [...More...]
The number of patients with swine flu (H1N1) infection has increased in Mexico. According to the representatives of the Ministry of Health, 3,000 cases of the flu have been registered since the beginning of the year. The death toll reached fifty-eight people. The number of infected people is expected to increase in the near [...More...]
More than 200 passengers on two cruise ships headed to south Florida have been stricken with a rapidly spreading gastrointestinal illness. Princess Cruise Lines say two of its ships were hit with a norovirus that causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. The Crown Princess returned from a seven-day cruise Saturday and was docked [...More...]
The Preventive Health Department under the Health Ministry reported that the meningococcal meningitis epidemic has spread in five provinces and cities in Vietnam. To date, 11 patients, all of them children, have been confirmed to suffer from the disease Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis, a serious infection of the meninges that [...More...]
MEXICO CITY (BNO NEWS) — An ongoing swine flu outbreak in Mexico has left at least 29 people dead and nearly 1,500 others infected, health officials confirmed on Saturday. Thousands more are also ill as the country faces several types of flu this season. Since the start of the ongoing winter season, at least [...More...]
The number is now more than two dozen girls, all with Tourettes like symptoms, including twitching, jerking and vocal tics. As our health reporter Marcie Fraser reports, the case spans New York State and is gaining national attention. CORINTH, N.Y. — "My daughter is Alycia Nicholson. We are from Corinth, N.Y." Randy Nicholson is [...More...]