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Medical News : Epidemics
  Last Updated: Nov 1, 2009 - 11:48:48 PM

Latest Research : Infectious Diseases : Dengue
New Test to Establish In-Vivo Safety of Dengue Vaccine
Washington, Feb 16 - Researchers have developed a test to determine whether vaccines against a virus that infects 100 million people annually, now ready for clinical trials, should really protect patients from infection, or would make it more dangerous for them.

Feb 16, 2009 - 4:35:46 PM

Healthcare : UK
Second foot-and-mouth case confirmed in southern England
London, Aug 7 - A second case of foot-and-mouth disease has been discovered at a farm in southern England, British Environment Minister Hilary Benn confirmed Tuesday.
Aug 7, 2007 - 3:21:06 PM

Healthcare
WHO warns of worsening dengue spread in western Pacific
Manila, July 23 - The World Health Organisation - Monday warned that the western Pacific region may be heading for a major dengue outbreak unless concerted effort and cooperation were undertaken quickly.
Jul 23, 2007 - 1:36:22 PM

Latest Research : Infectious Diseases : AIDS
Prostitution Defines AIDS Pandemic More Than Other Factors
In new academic research published today in the online, open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal PLoS ONE, male circumcision is found to be much less important as a deterrent to the global AIDS pandemic than previously thought. The author, John R. Talbott, has conducted statistical empirical research across 77 countries of the world and has uncovered some surprising results.
Jun 21, 2007 - 3:59:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Promising Flu Vaccine from Insects
An influenza vaccine produced with the use of insect cells appeared safe and produced an immunogenic response in healthy adults, suggesting promise as an alternative to using embryonated eggs for the development of influenza vaccine, according to a preliminary study in the April 11 issue of JAMA.
Apr 14, 2007 - 11:39:34 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Bird flu claims eighth victim in Egypt
Cairo, Dec 24 - With the death of an Egyptian woman due to bird flu Sunday, the death toll by the deadly disease rose to eight since March this year, a World Health Organisation - official said.
Dec 25, 2006 - 5:20:20 AM

Medical News : Epidemics
Global AIDS epidemic continues to grow: WHO
London/Geneva, Nov 30 - Despite progress being made in many countries in tackling HIV/AIDS, the global epidemic continues to grow, latest figures published by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization - show.
Nov 30, 2006 - 4:25:10 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Seoul reports second bird-flu outbreak in two weeks
Seoul, Nov 28 - South Korea Tuesday reported its second outbreak in two weeks of the strain of bird flu that can be deadly in humans.
Nov 28, 2006 - 11:32:36 PM

Medical News : Epidemics
Tomatoes in Restaurants Linked to Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the results of an investigation by state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigators, which found consuming tomatoes in restaurants as the cause of illnesses in the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak. To date, 21 states have reported 183 cases of illnesses to the CDC.
Nov 5, 2006 - 4:23:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Are Flu Vaccines Worth the Effort?
Each year enormous effort goes into producing influenza vaccines and delivering them to appropriate sections of the population. But a review of the evidence in this week’s BMJ suggests that they may not be as effective as we think.
Oct 29, 2006 - 9:20:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Lessons from SARS may help prepare for bird flu
Lessons learnt from SARS epidemics in China may help us prepare for new epidemics, such as human avian flu, say experts in this week’s BMJ. Mainland China experienced three outbreaks of SARS between November 2002 and May 2004. The first outbreak resulted in a pandemic and caused huge financial loss and social panic, but rigorous control policies prevented further pandemics.
Aug 19, 2006 - 9:51:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Incomplete vaccination could worsen the spread of avian flu
Incomplete vaccination of poultry flocks could make the spread of deadly strains of avian flu such as H5N1 worse, scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick have found. The research shows that even though the available vaccines are effective on individual birds, the disease is likely to spread unless almost all of a flock has been protected. The study, published in Nature journal, is the first to quantify how incomplete vaccination of flocks can contribute to the undetected spread of the disease.
Aug 18, 2006 - 6:39:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics
Singapore facing unprecedented outbreak of Fusarium keratitis
Researchers in Singapore have reported an outbreak of Fusarium keratitis (a fungal infection of the cornea) associated with soft contact lens wear and linked with use of certain contact lens cleaning solutions, according to an article in the June 28 issue of JAMA.
Jun 29, 2006 - 4:44:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Scientists aim to thwart use of flu as bioweapon
Flu is already a big killer, responsible for more than 35,000 deaths in the United States alone each year. And wild birds infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu are gradually broadening the scope of that disease. This week in Rochester, scientists are discussing ways to better understand the flu and also how to prevent the possibility that terrorists could somehow modify flu as a bioweapon to make it even more lethal than it is already.
Jun 22, 2006 - 5:14:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Pakistani poultry industry demands 10-year tax holiday
Pakistani poultry farmers have sought a 10-year tax exemption to support their dwindling business after the detection of the H5N1 strain of bird flu triggered a fall in demand and prices, a poultry trader said.
May 7, 2006 - 6:26:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Pandemic prevention plan approved for Asia Pacific
Government officials from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries Friday approved a regional plan to stave off a new influenza pandemic - or at least to keep the global economy running if millions of people die or fall ill with the disease.
May 7, 2006 - 6:15:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
H5N1 threat puts human flu back in spotlight
The emergence of the avian influenza virus H5N1 that is currently devastating chicken flocks in many countries and threatening to unleash a worldwide epidemic among humans has triggered a renewed interest among scientists in studying influenza A viruses, according to investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This renewed interest could lead to new discoveries of immune system response to viruses that could lead to better drugs and vaccines, the researchers write in a review article that appears in the May issue of Nature Immunology.
May 7, 2006 - 3:20:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Bird flu hits ninth poultry farm in Pakistan
The H5N1 strain of avian influenza has struck the ninth poultry farm in Pakistan as authorities struggled to contain the spread of the deadly virus at poorly maintained facilities, officials said Monday.
May 3, 2006 - 1:06:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Conjunctivitis caused by H7 avian influenza in a UK poultry worker
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed that a poultry worker is suffering from conjunctivitis caused by H7 avian influenza. The individual works on the Norfolk poultry farm confirmed as having an outbreak of (low pathogenic) H7N3 avian influenza.
Apr 30, 2006 - 11:42:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics
75 die of malaria in Assam, over 300,000 affected
The death toll from a malaria epidemic sweeping Assam state has gone up to 75 while 335,000 people are affected by the disease, health officials said Friday.
Apr 28, 2006 - 1:42:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Bird flu strain makes Britain slaughter chicken
The British government has ordered the slaughter of some 35,000 chickens at a farm in the south-eastern county of Norfolk after dead birds tested positive for a strain of bird flu, it was reported Thursday.
Apr 28, 2006 - 1:15:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
China confirms new human case of bird flu
An eight-year pupil in southwest China's Sichuan province was confirmed to be infected with H5N1 bird flu, the health ministry said Thursday.
Apr 28, 2006 - 1:10:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Chhattisgarh chicken samples test negative for flu
Chhattisgarh said Thursday that 5,500 chicken samples collected from poultry farms across the state have tested negative for bird flu.
Apr 28, 2006 - 12:56:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
EU for support to bird flu-hit poultry market
European Union farm ministers Tuesday gave their backing to a plan under which European producers of eggs and poultry, hit by a slump in demand and prices over bird flu fears, will be eligible for partial compensation from the bloc's joint budget.
Apr 26, 2006 - 2:46:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Pakistan culls 40,000 chickens to control the outbreak of H5 strain
Pakistan has culled around 40,000 chickens at six farms near the national capital, where confirmed cases of bird flu have come to fore, officials said Sunday.
Apr 25, 2006 - 8:14:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Pakistan suspects first human case of bird flu
A man suspected to be Pakistan's first human case of bird flu was hospitalised near here Saturday.
Apr 23, 2006 - 7:31:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics
Malaria alert in Tripura
Health authorities in Tripura Saturday sounded a malaria alert after at least 50 people died of the disease in neighbouring Assam.
Apr 23, 2006 - 7:17:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics
RealOpt - Computer Program to Halt Pandemics
Your city has 48 hours to vaccinate every man, woman and child to prevent a dangerous pandemic. Where do you put the clinics, how many health care workers will you need and how do you get 2 million people to a finite number of emergency clinics?
Apr 22, 2006 - 6:30:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Pakistan confirms fourth bird flu outbreak
Pakistan Friday confirmed an outbreak of bird flu at a chicken farm near the capital and announced the culling of 10,000 chickens there.
Apr 22, 2006 - 5:55:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Madhya Pradesh relaxes ban on transporting poultry
With no fresh cases of bird flu being reported, Madhya Pradesh Friday relaxed a ban on transportation of poultry products except in one district in view of the losses suffered by poultry owners, officials said.
Apr 22, 2006 - 5:49:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Fresh bird flu scare in Pakistan
Pakistan Thursday ordered the culling of over 16,000 chickens in the vicinity of a poultry farm near Islamabad following reports of a poultry death due to suspected avian flu. The food and agriculture ministry ordered the culling around Tarlai after reports that a bird had died at a poultry farm there Wednesday night.
Apr 20, 2006 - 10:53:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics
Malaria epidemic kills 50 in Assam
At least 50 people have died and up to 25,000 affected in a malaria epidemic in Assam, officials Tuesday said. "Doctors and paramedics have fanned out to take preventive steps and cure those hit by the disease," Assam Health Minister Bhumidhar Barman told IANS.
Apr 18, 2006 - 2:16:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Thousand birds die in Orissa poultry farm
Over a thousand chickens have died in a poultry farm in Orissa, a media report said Tuesday, though officials confirmed the deaths of only five birds and said it had nothing to do with avian flu.
Apr 18, 2006 - 2:12:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Pakistan confirms bird flu outbreak near Islamabad
Pakistan Sunday confirmed a second outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain at a poultry farm near its capital Islamabad.
Apr 18, 2006 - 8:15:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics
Assam health alert after malaria claims 35
Authorities in Assam sounded a health alert Thursday following an outbreak of malaria that has claimed at least 35 lives and affected about 20,000 people.
Apr 15, 2006 - 6:16:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics
Bank notes, photocopiers could help check epidemics
Applying antiviral coating on bank notes, vending machines and photocopiers could help fight epidemics, scientists say.
Apr 15, 2006 - 5:52:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
WHO confirms Indonesia's 33rd bird flu victim
UN health officials confirmed that a poultry worker in West Sumatra is infected with the bird flu virus, bringing the number of human cases in Indonesia to 33, a health ministry official said Tuesday.
Apr 12, 2006 - 1:33:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Bird flu small dark cloud on world economy: IMF
Despite an upbeat report card on the workings of the world's financial systems, the International Monetary Fund Tuesday saw a few dark clouds on the horizon - including worries about the impact of a potential bird-flu pandemic. A global avian flu outbreak in humans could cause high absenteeism in the financial industry, interfering with payments, clearing, settlements, trading and communications, the IMF warned in its periodic evaluation of the international finance systems, the Global Financial Stability Report.
Apr 12, 2006 - 1:28:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics
Unusual Outbreak of Streptococcus suis with Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome in China
Streptococcus suis is a pathogen with serious economic effects on the pig industry worldwide. The disease is endemic in adult pigs in most countries where pig farming is common. Infections in adult pigs are usually asymptomatic, but infant piglets that get infected through contact with colonized adult females can develop fatal sepsis. Transmission to humans is rare and generally restricted to individuals with occupational exposure to live or dead pigs. The first human case of S. suis infection was reported in Denmark in 1968. Most of the approximately 200 previously reported human cases were characterized by meningitis and septicemia, and associated with a mortality of less than 10%.
Apr 12, 2006 - 1:18:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
More donor money needed for bird flu: UN official
Donor nations should be prepared to pledge hundreds of millions more dollars to combat bird flu as the H5N1 virus affects more developing nations, a senior UN official said Monday.

Apr 10, 2006 - 11:53:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
First case of H5N1 virus confirmed in Britain
The first case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was confirmed in Britain Thursday following tests on a decomposed swan floating in the harbour of a Scottish town.
Apr 7, 2006 - 3:44:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Bird flu scare: Bangladesh burns Indian chicks
Bangladesh's paramilitary border police seized nearly 16,000 one-day-old smuggled Indian chickens and set them ablaze out of fear of bird flu epidemic spreading from across the border, officials said Saturday.
Apr 3, 2006 - 7:04:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics
91 infants die in Indian hospital, probe ordered
Health experts have begun a probe into the mysterious deaths of a large number of children at a government hospital in Tripura, India, officials said.
Mar 28, 2006 - 7:46:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Avian flu lab likely in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Rajasthan, home to the sprawling Bharatpur bird sanctuary, plans to open a laboratory to test for the avian flu virus.
Mar 27, 2006 - 4:11:37 PM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
U.S. Unlikely To Have Enough Vaccines To Stop Avian Flu Pandemic
A group of medical experts who attended a national avian flu conference last fall believe there is little chance the United States will be able to manufacture and stockpile enough vaccine or antiviral medication to stop a bird flu pandemic should the virus mutate into a form that can be spread easily from human to human, according to a survey led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The results of the survey will be published in the June 2006 issue of the journal Global Public Health.
Mar 22, 2006 - 8:09:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Third bird flu case among humans confirmed in Egypt
Egyptian officials confirmed on Tuesday a third case of bird flu among humans three days after announcing the death of a woman by the deadly virus.
Mar 22, 2006 - 1:43:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Pakistan confirms presence of bird flu
Pakistan's authorities confirmed Tuesday the presence of deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in the country, an official statement said.
Mar 22, 2006 - 1:34:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics
Meningitis claims 34 lives in Delhi in three months
Meningococcal meningitis has claimed 34 lives while 486 people have reportedly been affected by the killer disease in the last three months in the city, a senior Delhi government health official said Tuesday.
Mar 22, 2006 - 1:31:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Attractive birds more immune against bird flu
A research team at Uppsala University, Sweden has shown in a new study, published in the journal Acta Zoologica, that the size of the spot on a male collared flycatcher's forehead reflects how well the immune defence system combats viruses such as avian influenza. The white spot is also attractive to female birds searching for a mate.
Mar 21, 2006 - 2:36:37 AM

Medical News : Epidemics : Avian Influenza
Culling operations completed in Maharashtra
Culling operations in four Maharashtra villages that reported India's latest cases of bird flu have been completed but house-to-house mopping up will continue for a few days, it was announced Monday.
Mar 21, 2006 - 2:19:37 AM

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