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"Medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale"—Rudolf Virchow



Published: 2018-02-19T08:07:18-08:00

 



Household chemicals rival vehicles as smog source

2018-02-19T08:07:18-08:00

Via Nature News & Comment: Household chemicals rival vehicles as smog source. Excerpt: Everyday items such as soaps, perfume, paint and pesticides now contribute as heavily to certain sorts of air pollution in US cities as cars and trucks —...



Oaxaca requests aid after strong Mexico quake damages 1,000 homes

2018-02-19T07:59:29-08:00

Via Thomson Reuters: Oaxaca requests aid after strong Mexico quake damages 1,000 homes. Excerpt: Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca requested federal emergency funds on Sunday to supply food, shelter and health services in more than 30 municipalities battered by last...



Malawi cholera cases pass 500, eight people dead

2018-02-19T07:54:39-08:00

Via Reuters: Malawi cholera cases pass 500, eight people dead. BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Cholera cases in Malawi have tripled and four more people have died, the Ministry of Health said on Monday, a month after the spread of the disease...



Yemen: 1,063,090 cholera cases as of February 18

2018-02-19T07:49:52-08:00

WHO's Cholera Response Dashboard reports 1,063,090 cases and 2,258 deaths as of February 18. That is an increase of 667 cases and zero deaths in 24 hours.



WHO EURO: Europe observes a 400% increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous year

2018-02-19T07:43:46-08:00

A WHO EURO news release: Europe observes a 400% increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous year. Excerpt: Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. The disease affected 21 315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017,...



Saudi Arabia: One new MERS case on February 17

2018-02-19T07:35:37-08:00

The KSA MOH Command and Control has posted this item for February 17: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. A 74-year-old Saudi woman, with indirect contact with camels, is in stable condition in Rafhaa. No recoveries or deaths are...



No cases of H5N8 avian flu recorded, says Saudi Environment Ministry

2018-02-18T17:15:14-08:00

Via Al Arabiya: No cases of H5N8 avian flu recorded, says Saudi Environment Ministry. The full report and then a comment: The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said in its daily briefing that no cases of H5N8 avian...



Hong Kong: Two-year-old boy in intensive care as public hospitals swamped once more by flu crisis

2018-02-18T15:23:01-08:00

Via the South China Morning Post: Boy, 2, in intensive care as public hospitals swamped once more by Hong Kong flu crisis. Excerpt: Another young child in Hong Kong has required intensive care in hospital after suffering serious complications from...



Yemen: 1,062,423 cholera cases as of February 17

2018-02-18T07:18:57-08:00

WHO's Cholera Response Dashboard reports 1,062,423 cases and 2,258 deaths as of February 17. That is an increase of 561 cases and zero deaths in 24 hours.



Brazil battles yellow fever — and a ‘dangerous’ anti-vaccination campaign

2018-02-18T07:12:26-08:00

Via The Washington Post: Brazil battles yellow fever — and a ‘dangerous’ anti-vaccination campaign. Excerpt: Brazil is suffering one of its worst outbreaks of yellow fever, a potentially lethal mosquito-borne virus. The surge of cases comes after the country suffered...



India: Three crows test positive for H5N1 bird flu

2018-02-18T07:05:03-08:00

Via Nyoooz.com: Paradip panics as 3 crows test positive for bird flu. KENDRAPADA: Fear gripped Paradip on Saturday after scientists of the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal found that three dead crows from the port town...



Haiti's president says Oxfam claims are 'tip of iceberg' as he accuses Médecins Sans Frontières

2018-02-17T22:12:06-08:00

Via The Independent, an ugly situation gets uglier: Haiti's President says Oxfam claims are 'tip of iceberg' as he accuses Medecins Sans Frontieres. Excerpt: Haiti’s President said on Friday that sexual misconduct by staff of British charity Oxfam was only...



Lassa fever erupts in Nigeria

2018-02-17T14:38:51-08:00

The New York Times takes note: Lassa Fever Erupts in Nigeria. Excerpt: The World Health Organization has sent a six-person team and 40 boxes of personal protective gear to help fight a major outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. About...



WHO: Epidemiological update - yellow fever - 16 February 2018

2018-02-17T14:24:26-08:00

Via ReliefWeb, a WHO/PAHO report: Epidemiological Update - Yellow Fever - 16 February 2018. Situation summary in the Americas Between January 2016 and January 2018, seven countries and territories of the Region of the Americas reported confirmed cases of yellow...



Brazilian gang 'held nurses hostage' to vaccinate Rio favela against yellow fever

2018-02-17T09:01:05-08:00

Via teleSUR, a February 14 report: Brazilian Gang 'Held Nurses Hostage' To Vaccinate Rio Favela. Excerpt: A wanted drug dealer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil kidnapped medical staff so that his community could be vaccinated against the current crisis of...



Dengue fever fears for Cyclone Gita-ravaged Tonga

2018-02-17T08:09:05-08:00

Via Newshub.co.nz: Dengue fever fears for Cyclone Gita-ravaged Tonga. Click or tap through for links and a video. There are major fears for the spread of disease as Tonga struggles to pick up the pieces following Cyclone Gita. The storm...



US: Flu vaccine is working better than expected, CDC finds

2018-02-17T07:58:00-08:00

Via The New York Times: The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds. Excerpt: The flu vaccine is more effective than expected, federal health officials said on Thursday at a special news conference held to discuss the dangerous...



Influenza A(H7N9) virus antibody responses in survivors one year after infection, China, 2017

2018-02-17T07:46:05-08:00

Via EID: Ahead of Print -Influenza A(H7N9) Virus Antibody Responses in Survivors 1 Year after Infection, China, 2017. The abstract: Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus has caused 5 epidemic waves in China since its emergence in 2013. We investigated the dynamic...



Yemen: 1,061,862 cholera cases as of February 16

2018-02-17T07:32:35-08:00

WHO's Cholera Response Dashboard reports 1,061,862 cases and 2,258 deaths as of January 16. That is an increase of 490 cases and zero deaths.



Mexico: Earthquake affects residents of the Oaxaca coast

2018-02-16T16:50:00-08:00

Google Maps Via NVInoticias.com: Afecta sismo a pobladores de la Costa en Oaxaca.[Earthquake affects residents of the Oaxaca coast] The report, with my translation: Decenas de casas resultaron afectadas en varios de municipios de la Costa de Oaxaca, tras el...