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Not Bird Flu But Close 07-27-08 to 10-05-08

by: AlohaOR

Sat Jul 26, 2008 at 23:05:59 PM EDT

Post your news stories that don't seem to be H5N1 news, but might be notable or possibly related.
AlohaOR :: Not Bird Flu But Close 07-27-08 to 10-05-08
The previous Not Bird Flu But Close diary is here.
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Typhoid victims 'locked up for life in mental institution'

More than 40 typhoid carriers were locked up for life in a mental asylum to prevent them spreading the disease, according to nurses.

The patients, all women, were held at Long Grove asylum in Epsom, Surrey, between 1907 and its closure in 1992.

Although they had recovered from typhoid they still secreted the bacterium and were considered a public health risk.

Nursing staff said that some of the women may have been sane when they were admitted but went mad as a result of their incarceration.


Comment Not exactly news but a grim reminder of how disease has been tackled in the past. Very sad.

Undiagn. Hemor. deaths in China
Just by way of knowing what is going on in China about now.

International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: 27 Jul 2008

"China reported that approximately 20 days ago, a man suddenly died
from an unidentified disease in Wanjiakou Village, Xiaoguan Town,
Wendeng City, Shandong Province. His entire body turned dark purple,
and he bled from his mouth, nostrils, ears, and eyes just as he died.
Shortly after the man died, 2 other men who been in contact with him,
died showing the same symptoms. Villagers who had left the village to
work said "3 people died 10 days ago. 6 or 7 more are being treated in
the Wendeng Central Hospital. People have been to the area to
investigate, but they are unable to classify the disease." Most people
outside of the village do not know about the illness. Their families
do not want people who have left the village to return.
....the most likely diagnosis
would be Old World hantavirus infection (57 percent probability),
followed by Streptococcus suis infection (40 percent), leptospirosis
(1.8 percent) and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF -- less than
one percent probability).....


Be Prepared



[edit] Renal syndrome
Hantavirus has an incubation time of 2-4 weeks in humans, before symptoms of infection occur. These symptoms can be split into five phases:

Febrile phase: Symptoms include fever, chills, malaise, headaches, nausea, abdominal and back pain, respiratory problems such as the ones common in the influenza virus, as well as gastro-intestinal problems. These symptoms normally occur for 3-7 days.

Hypotensive phase: This occurs when the blood platelet levels drop and symptoms can lead to tachycardia and hypoxemia. This phase can last for 2 days.

Oliguric phase: This phase lasts for 3-7 days and is characterised by the onset of renal failure and proteinuria occurs.

Diuretic phase: This is characterized by diuresis of 3-6L per day, which can last for a couple of days up to weeks.

Convalescent phase: This is normally when recovery occurs and symptoms begin to improve.  

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could be...
could also be ABBF...

wouldnt be a new way of doing business would it?

Tell the truth

Northern India - Encephalitis
Encephalitis grips Gorakhpur once again
July 28th, 2008 - 12:46 pm

Gorakhpur, July 29 (ANI): Encephalitis a fatal disease, which causes the inflammation of the brain, has taken 88 lives in Gorakhpur.
In the past few months, almost 372 patients have been admitted in Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Hospital out of which 88 have lost their lives because of this dreadful disease.
Most of the patients fall in the age group of six months to 12 years. The patients admitted in the hospital are mostly virus infected.
"Presently, the cases that are coming in Gorakhpur are mostly virus infected cases. The most common viruses are enterovirus and coxsackievirus. The symptoms are almost same, but the disease is fatal which leaves person paralysed even if cured. Near about ten per cent kids infected by this disease are mentally or physically crippled," said Sunil Kumar Arya, a doctor of the BRD Hospital.
The symptoms are very common and the residents fail to recognise the fact that a mild fever can prove fatal.
"My child had fever initially, then he started vomiting then there was swelling. Now, the condition is better, but the fever is coming frequently," said Amina Nisha, a patient''s mother.
According to patients, almost four to five children loose their life due to this deadly disease.
"Daily eight to ten kids are infected with brain fever are coming here and daily four to five kids are losing their lives," said Raj Kumar, a patient''s father.
This disease is almost endemic to the region and immediate measures are required to restrain the spread of the infection any further.
Encephalitis is commonly known as brain fever, Japanese encephalitis virus causes the disease, the virus is transmitted to humans by Culicine mosquitoes.



Notice this quote:
"Daily eight to ten kids are infected with brain fever are coming here and daily four to five kids are losing their lives," said Raj Kumar, a patient''s father.  

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Bangladesh - Viral Fever
City hospitals struggle with rise in viral fever patients
Shamim Ashraf and Shaheen Mollah

Sitting on a bench at the outpatient department of Dhaka Shishu Hospital, two-year-old Shourav wailed in pain and discomfort as his mother tried to clam him down.

The situation was repetitive in the department where everyone seemed to be waiting in queue for a doctor to see them.

Shourav and his mother had been waiting since morning for admission at a general ward but there was no bed left at the hospital that has seen a surge in number of patients suffering from viral fever and colds.

The picture is the same in all public hospitals in the city as the number of patients has almost doubled due to spread of seasonal viral diseases.

Doctors at Dhaka Medical Hospital (DMCH), National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and Shishu Hospital are struggling to manage the large number of patients thronging to the hospitals every day.

Dr Monir Hossain, a physician at the DMCH outpatient department, told The Daily Star that the viral complaints start with the monsoons and last through to September.



Mysore, India

Mysore, July 31 (MTY&BRS)- Following the death of a youth, hailing from a village in Hunsur taluk, who was admitted to K.R. Hospital here, the parents have squarely blamed the doctors for their negligence.

The victim Raghunandan, 21, son of Nagendra Rao and Vijaya Bai, suffering from high fever, was admitted to K.R. Hospital's JC ward on Wednesday for urgent medical attention. The parents complained that only drips were administered by the nursing staff and no doctor had turned up to attend on the patient.

The patient, after a bout of intense coughing and vomiting on Wednesday night, became seriously ill. A doctor from the emergency ward attended on the patient early this morning after he was told about the serious nature of the patient. However, the patient breathed his last at 5.15 am, the parents said.

They charged that while the charts of all other patients in the ward were lying unfilled with any particulars, the chart of the deceased was filled after his death.



Northern Uganda - Hepatitis E
97 dead as epidemic ravages the north

Evelyn Lirri


The government yesterday announced an emergency plan to fight the Hepatitis E epidemic in northern Uganda after the death toll from the preventable disease rose to 97.

At least 25 people have died in the two weeks since July 17 when the Ministry of Health last issued an update, while the number of infected people rose from 4,829 to 5,779 in the last fortnight.

Health Minister Stephen Mallinga told journalists in Kampala yesterday that the government was launching a Shs10 billion "accelerated emergency response plan" to contain the epidemic in Kitgum, Pader and Gulu districts.

Hepatitis E is an acute viral disease that can cause liver failure. The virus is transmitted to humans through consumption of drinks or food contaminated with faecal matter.

An infected person develops a fever, headache, general body weakness, muscle pains and eventually develops yellow eyes and passes urine of a deep yellow colour. Hepatitis E initially struck Kitgum District in October 2007, but has since spread to Gulu, Pader and Yumbe.



Roukela, India - 10 deaths mysterious disease
Mysterious disease kills 10

Rourkela (PTI): At least 10 persons have died of a mysterious disease within a span of eight days near Bondamunda, about 10 km from here, triggering panic among local people.

Fifteen other patients from the area who complained of mild fever, severe headache and vomiting are being treated in several hospitals of the district, doctors said adding that efforts are on to identify the disease.

The mystery disease had claimed six lives last week while four people died yesterday in the Tilikanagar slum area near here.

Assistant District Medical Officer, R N Das told PTI that a team of doctors was rushed to the affected area this morning with medicines.

Residents of the slum area accused the Rourkela Municipality of ignoring the locals.



Fazilka, India - Mysterious Dairy Cattle Disease
Mysterious disease claims livestock
2 Aug 2008, 0434 hrs IST, Dinesh K Sharma,TNN

FAZILKA: Farmers of several villages in Fazilka sub-division under Ferozepur district are having sleepless nights as a virulent disease is gradually claiming lives of their precious livestock, which are the sole means of their very sustenance.
A visit by TOI to the affected areas that included Miniawala, Sadia, Khadunj, Dhani Harnek and Dhani Bulad Singh under Fazilka sub-division in Ferozepur district, revealed that about two dozens of milch cattle have already perished in the last couple of days because of the deadly disease, which has not yet been identified by the animal husbandry department. In fact, farmers are fighting a losing battle against the disease on their own as adequate help has not been extended by the authorities concerned. Although the government officials concerned were available in the area, they were reluctant to talk.
According to villagers, the authorities concerned have identified the disease, but they are not disclosing it for reasons best known to them.

Sources said, "A team of veterinary doctors including Dr Ravinder, Dr Balwinder and Dr Anil had visited the area to collect samples. But it also did not reveal the nature or the name of the disease. According to the farmers, the cattle run high fever before meeting sudden death in days. In Miniawala village alone, nearly 10 milch cattle have already perished because of the disease and nearly hundred are still suffering from it.




India - Mystery Fever, Two Deaths
Two kids dead, 100 ill as mystery fever grips Uttar Pradesh village
August 10th, 2008 - 6:21 pm

Lucknow, Aug 10 (IANS) Two children have died and nearly 100 have fallen ill as an as-yet-unidentified decease has gripped a village in Kanpur rural district of Uttar Pradesh, officials said Sunday. The "mysterious" disease came to light when district magistrate Rama Shanker Sahu Saturday visited a village in the Gajner block of the rural suburbs of the district, about 100 km from here.

"Two children died of some disease and nearly 100 people are ill. Besides suspending the lekhpal, two other health workers have been suspended," Sahu told reporters.

A lekhpal keeps revenue records of a village and is the administration's representative.

Lekhpal Arvind was suspended as he did not inform authorities about the deaths and the disease, he added.

Besides water-logging, a majority of the hand pumps in the village were found dysfunctional.

A medical team accompanying the officials also suspected water-logging to be the reason behind the disease.

"It may be a viral fever, but chances of Japanese encephalitis cannot be ruled out," a member of a team led by the chief medical officer of the district said, decling to be named.

Administrative and medical teams were camping in the village while a team of experts was also rushed there.


Uganda Mystery Disease - 9 deaths
Uganda: Strange Disease Kills Nine in Kasese

The Monitor (Kampala)

11 August 2008
Posted to the web 11 August 2008

Francis Mugerwa

Nine persons have been confirmed dead and 10 others hospitalised following an outbreak of an unknown disease that has hit Kasese District in recent weeks.

According to a report from the District health officer, Dr Peter Mukobi, one sdeath occurred at Buhinga Hospital in Kabarole District and that basing on ultrasound scan, the deceased is suspected to have died of a hepatitis and peritonitis disease.

The report says three other people have died of suspected hepatitis with underlying peritonitis, mismanaged malaria and injection abscess complications following I/M Quinine administration.

The report further says eight other cases with similar symptoms have been reported in Kilembe Hospital though the medical superintendent confirmed only two cases found with signs of salmonella typhi enteric fever.



Venezuela: Mystery disease kills 38,
16 since the beginning of June.

A mystery disease has killed dozens of Warao Indians in recent months in a remote area of northeastern Venezuela, according to indigenous leaders and researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, who informed health officials here of the outbreak on Wednesday....

...Preliminary studies of the latest outbreak indicate that it may be a type of infectious rabies transmitted by bites from bats, the researchers said. The symptoms, which last three to six weeks, include partial paralysis, convulsions and an extreme fear of water, they said, and those who die become rigid just before death. The disease is believed to be fatal in most cases....

...Recently, many animals in the area have died, the researchers said, but no correlation has been established between those deaths and the disease....


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

Hong Kong: second child death, disease(s) unknown
Another child has died hours after being admitted to a public hospital, feverish and vomiting, in the second such mysterious fatality this week. York Chow Yat-ngok, the secretary for food and health, said he was very concerned about the cases and had asked the Centre for Health Protection to heighten alerts and try to find the cause of the infections. The three-year-old girl, who lived in Sham Shui Po, was admitted to Kwong Wah Hospital at 8pm on Sunday. She received intensive-care treatment, but developed shock, convulsions and "disseminated intravascular coagulation", or a bleeding disorder...


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

more here
(Media-Newswire.com) - A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection ( CHP ) of the Department of Health said today ( August 14 ) that CHP was continuing investigations into the reported illnesses of two children yesterday. One child died possibly from myocarditis while the other, with an encephalitis-like illness, was being treated in hospital.

   The spokesman said ongoing investigations showed that the two children had different clinical pictures. They had no previous contact with one another and no common epidemiological link was evident.

   At the moment, their illnesses appeared unrelated to one another and they may have arisen from one or different agents, he said.

   The spokesman said examination of previous data from death certificates ( 2004-06 ) showed that on average, 15 to 20 children aged 9 or below died in Hong Kong each year from probable infective causes.

more http://media-newswire.com/rele...


All 'safety concerns' are hypothetical.  If not, they'd be called side effects...

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MD: blue-green algae warning
Charles County officials are urging residents to stay away from water in the Potomac River and Mattawoman Creek that might be contaminated with toxic algae. The brightly colored blue-green algae is known as Microcystis aeruginosa. Authorities say it can cause skin and gastrointestinal problems in humans, and can also be harmful to animals. The algae has been reported in both Mattawoman Creek and the area of the Potomac near where the creek empties into it....


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

Phippines - Zambo health officials probe 'severe type' of pneumonia

Zamboanga City's health office was reported to be studying a severe type of pneumonia among its residents.

1,500 patients suspected to be affected by the severe pneumonia were subjected to series of tests by the Department of Health.

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos said that a recent study by DOH among pneumonia patients showed that a "vectoral viral strain" was present.


Kanpur, India Disease
Five more die in Kanpur Dehat, authorities now say it's malaria

Express News Service
Posted online: Monday , August 18, 2008 at 02:23:54
Updated: Monday , August 18, 2008 at 02:23:54

Kanpur, August 17 Five more deaths in Kanpur Dehat during the last 48 hours have forced the district medical authorities to acknowledge that it was malaria and not jaundice, which was responsible for the deaths.

In the last two days, Payal (6) and Gore (7) from Serua village, Gopika (5) from Tadwara village, Satendra (35) from Hasemau village and Sunil (10) from Rohini Sikandara have died.

Kalika, father of Payal, said: "She fell ill and her condition continued to deteriorate with each passing day. Before we could understand anything, she expired."

According to official records, nine people have died in Kanpur dehat in the recent past. Moreover, 567 patients from 20 villages of Akbarpur and Bhognipur tehsils are at present under treatment.

Chief Medical Officer of Kanpur Dehat, Satya Singh, said: "Among the nine deaths in the district, tests have proved that only one had died due to malaria. But, no doubt malaria is on the rise in the district." He added that more cases of malaria have been detected in several villages of Akbarpur and Bhognipur. "Malaria and anaemia are the two major diseases being faced here," he said. Bahujan Samaj Party

legislator from Bhognipur, Raghunath Prasad Shankwar, said several villages in his Assembly constituency are under the grip of malaria and viral fever. "During monsoon, this is not unusual in this part of the district. Dirt, littered garbage and water pollution is responsible for more people being affected."

Shankwar claimed that he has made several visits to the affected villages including Pulandar, Thadwara, Vijaipur and Samau.

"Several medical teams deployed here are ensuring that patients receive proper treatment," he added.


Location: Uttar Pradesh state (n/t)

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3 More Deaths
3 more die of viral fever in Kanpur Dehat

Kautilya Singh
Posted online: Tuesday , August 19, 2008 at 04:32:30

Kanpur Dehat, August 18 After losing his 7-year-old son Ankit to Kanpur Dehat's mystery fever, Jagdish Singh is hoping for a miracle for his daughter Pooja.

A resident of village Tadhwara, Jagdish is disappointed with the district medical authorities. "After our repeated pleas, she was admitted to the district hospital on August 13," said Singh. "On the Independence Day, the doctors said that she has recovered. But after returning from the hospital, she had a relapse," added Singh.

The district and medical authorities, however, woke up from their slumber only after the fever spread across 150 villages of four blocks - Amraudha, Malasa, Dherapur and Sarvankheda - home to 3 lakh people.

Three more viral fever deaths were reported from the district on Monday. A resident of Macha village, Renu (16), Kelehi resident Rani (25) and Ayodhya Nagar resident Hasima Begum (40) succumbed to the disease. The medical authorities, however, are yet to confirm these deaths.

Over the last 20 days, over 40 people have died, 9,377 patients have been provided with medical treatment.



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Also notice
The article I posted for August 10 up above.  Same location.

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IMPORTANT - Mystery Virus kills 160
Mystery virus kills 160

Pawan Dixit, Hindustan Times

Kanpur Dehat, August 25, 2008

Rural Kanpur is fighting its most frightening scourge - a mystery disease that has left a long line of bodies in its trail and doesn't seem anywhere finished.

What started from one village two weeks ago has now spread to 350 and has so far claimed 160 lives. Thousands more are bed-ridden. On an average, 15 to 20 people have been dying every day; Saturday saw the highest toll in a day: 24.

The district's health department is somewhat confused about the nature of the disease that has struck. At the beginning, the diagnosis was viral fever. Then doctors concluded that it was falciparum malaria. But after two weeks, they have ruled out both but still don't have an exact answer.

"We really don't know what exactly it is; we are depending on the finding of a team of specialists from New Delhi," said Dr RC Agarwal, the district's new chief medical officer.

Specialists from the Infectious Disease and Surveillance Programme, New Delhi, have collected the blood samples of a few patients. The team will make its findings known in a few days.

But the fear of the unknown has resulted in a mass exodus of villagers. Pulandar and Dhar villages under Malasa block are
the worst affected. About 1,000 people in these two villages alone are battling the disease. Dhar has taken the maximum number of casualties. The village has lost about 30 people but only one doctor has visited it so far. That was 15 days ago.

Kuldeep Singh and Ram Avtaar of Dhar break down screaming: "A lot of people can still be saved; we need doctors." Rajesh (38) of Pulandar village says: "Everyone here is waiting for doctors to come and examine people; but they aren't coming and we are counting our dead." On Sunday morning, the mystery fever claimed Tilak Singh (35) and his nephew Vikas Singh (11).

Dhar still remains a perfect picture of neglect and apathy. Heaps of garbage continue to be littered all over. Houses are surrounded by stinking filth and roads are waterlogged - perfect breeding grounds for diseases like malaria. The village's secondary school has been shut down for an indefinite period. Children would wade through knee-deep water to reach the school.

Santosh Prajapati is struggling to cope with looking after eight family members who have been afflicted by the disease. He has hired a tractor to shift them to a hospital in Kanpur city. "I have borrowed money from my relatives... if they remain here they will die," he says.


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Mystery virus preys on children in eastern UP, 136 die this year

Lucknow, August 23, 2008

http://tinyurl.com/3z7unt link to URL below:

http ://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?

A mysterious virus is preying on children in eastern Uttar Pradesh, infecting 726 and killing 136 of them this year, according to State Health Department records.

The region, where Japanese Encephalitis rears its head virtually every monsoon, is no stranger to outbreaks. But this time, blood tests have shown that only 3.45 per cent of the children are infected with the Japanese Encephalitis virus. In the 96.55 per cent other cases, the virus is 'unidentified'.

This virus has spread to 13 districts - Mau, Azamgarh, Ballia, Basti, Siddharthnagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Maharajganj, Balrampur, Ambedkarnagar and Ghazipur.

As a result, the Health Department has sought help from the National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD), New Delhi, the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, and the Centre for Research and Medical Entomology (CRME), Madurai, for identification of the virus. The department has received no reply from these institutes even after a month.

State Health Minister Anant Kumar Mishra on Thursday told HT: "I have shot off a letter to the NIV, Pune, and the NICD, New Delhi, to identify the mysterious virus."

"Scientists from the premier institutes have collected 500 samples and assured us that they will let us know about the virus soon," Mishra said.

The mysterious virus has spread even though the Health Department has carried out an immunisation drive in 27 districts to protect children from Japanese Encephalitis.

The Director, Communicable Diseases, Dr RR Bharati, said four crore children were administered the Chinese SA 14-14-2 vaccine. "But the mysterious virus continues to strike children," he said.

Mishra said though the Health Department had established laboratories in 14 districts, they were good for identifying the Japanese Encephalitis virus only.

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13 Districts
From the article above:

"This virus has spread to 13 districts - Mau, Azamgarh, Ballia, Basti, Siddharthnagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Maharajganj, Balrampur, Ambedkarnagar and Ghazipur."

Please refer to the district maps linked below.  Most of the  districts mentioned are in the eastern portion of Uttar Pradesh.  With this in mind, you may also want to look at the Aug. 22 article I posted up above concerning 8 deaths from a mystery virus (with more sick) in Bihar state.  They may not be related, but then again they may since the districts mentioned in Uttar Pradesh are not that terribly far.  Highways connect the areas.

I do not believe this is a water borne disease.  It is too widespread.  I do not believe it is Hepatitis E either (as one article suggested), for the same reason.  There is probably some malaria in the mix.  But I believe it is being spread person to person.  Too widespread in too short a time period.  A highly contagious virus of some kind is my guess.  I am not a doctor though, so take my guesses with a grain of salt.

Uttar Pradesh District Map

Maps of each district in Uttar Pradesh

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Depending upon one's interpretation of why these health care workers are being let go or fined (or refusing to work) then this article has different meanings.

Central team to visit Kanpur Dehat

Kautilya Singh
Posted online: Thursday , August 21, 2008 at 02:57:33

Kanpur, August 20 With efforts of Kanpur Dehat district and medical authorities failing to check the viral fever and malaria deaths, a four-member Union health department committee will visit the district on Thursday.


The indifferent approach of junior staff has aggravated the situation. On Tuesday, the CMO had suspended 25 Auxillary Nurse Midwives (ANM) on charges of dereliction of duty. On Wednesday, Additional Director Health (state) S P Singh found during his inspection that many nurses and junior staff were missing from primary health centres. Singh has been stationed in the district for the last one week to directly monitor the activities of the medical department.

He told The Indian Express: "I have recommended the suspension of two health employees at the Malasa block and have ordered a salary-cut for four employees at Dherapur centre. A show-cause notice has also been issued to a nurse and a junior clerk of Akbarpur centre."

The CMO has also recommended to the state government to suspend District Malaria Officer Dr Ajab and officiating Medical Officer of Malasa, Dr Anil Verma. Services of 38 Asha-bahus have also been terminated with immediate effect.

S P Singh said there is an acute shortage of doctors in the district. "Against the sanctioned strength of 100 doctors, the district has only 54 doctors. We are planning to recruit doctors on contractual basis."



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More info?
(Hat tip to Shiloh over at FluTrackers for the article below.)  Comment:  I'm somewhat skeptical about the their confirmation in the article below, but hopefully they are right.  Why say it is something other than malaria, then say it is malaria, then not, then wait yes it is.  Maybe it is just that hard to identify, but I wonder.  Are they saying it is malaria to keep panic at bay?  I'm sure they remember what happened during the plague scare in the early 1990's.  (I think it was 1991, but am not sure.)  What ever it is I hope they get it stopped.  Good luck to them.  

Malaria claims 270 lives, mostly in endemic tribal belts

Aarti Dhar

NEW DELHI: The country is in the grip of a severe spell of communicable diseases, with over 270 people having died of malaria and 15 of dengue. Chikungunya cases have also increased over last year's figures.


Most of the malaria deaths have been reported from the endemic tribal belts in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. The deaths reported from Kanpur are now confirmed to have been caused by malaria. Over 42 people, belonging to the Saharia tribal community, died of malaria in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh alone in the past one month, according to Shiv Lal, Additional Director-General of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

A Union Health Ministry team that visited Kanpur confirmed that the deaths were due to malaria, he said.

The number of dengue cases crossed the 12,000-mark this year with 15 deaths, as against 69 deaths but only 5,534 confirmed cases last year.

Till Monday, 69,952 chikungunya cases were reported, up from 59,535 in 2007. Karnataka reported 45,157 cases and Kerala 24,247 so far.



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Thank you, Okieman
for your persistence with this story and for your analysis.  Let's hope that this malaria diagnosis is correct.  I'd really like to know more about these statements from the prior story:
On Tuesday, the CMO had suspended 25 Auxillary Nurse Midwives (ANM) on charges of dereliction of duty. On Wednesday, Additional Director Health (state) S P Singh found during his inspection that many nurses and junior staff were missing from primary health centres.
Out because of illness of themselves or family members?  Because of fear of the unknown viral disease?  

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Uttar Pradesh Rain And Disease
Heavy rain aftermath: diseases hit UP, Centre worries
(Sandhya)  Publication Date  26/8/2008 7:31:51 PM(IST)

Lucknow: Vector-borne and infectious diseases like Japanese Encephalitis (JE), Brain Fever, Malaria, Jaundice and Diarrhoea have claimed lives of over 15 people overnight in Uttar Pradesh.

A Central Government''s report stated that all in all 800 cases of Brain Fever have come to fore in 13 districts of East UP and of them 150 people have succumbed. The Centre has even asked the state government to tackle with these diseases, especially Brain Fever effectively.

According to official sources, east UP was under the jaws of the diseases as it was most affected due to flood and heavy rainfall.

In the last 24 hours, as many as 513 people were affected by diarrhoea in the state and of them four people have died.

Gastroenteritis has affected 10 people and taken the life of a person.

Similarly, Brain Fever has affected 24 people and resulted in the death of three person overnight in the state. Since the onset of monsoon season this year, Malaria has taken the lives of 55 people in Kanpur (dehat) and affected as many as 125 villages.



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Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur Dehat - 210 deaths as of this article
Mystery fever claims more lives in Kanpur
27 Aug 2008, 0446 hrs IST,TNN

KANPUR: The reports of 35 more patients falling to the mystery fever in Kanpur Dehat villages on Tuesday put the administration on tenterhooks.

While senior officials miserably failed to confirm the toll as teams of state health department and experts of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, who were rushed to Kanpur by the Centre to collect samples, too failed to shed light on the disease.

The deadly virus has, so far, claimed 210 lives across 350 villages of Akbarpur, Rasoolabad, Bhognipur and Sikandara tehsils of Kanpur Dehat, leaving villagers panicky. While they have helplessly watched their near ones dying, health experts have no idea about how to check spread of the killer virus.

After making its presence felt in about 350 villages of Kanpur Dehat within a couple of weeks, the virus is now spreading its tentacles into bordering districts of Mainpuri, Etawah, Farrukhabad and Kannauj.

"We are actually at a loss as how to tackle it,"said a paediatrician at the District Hospital. The hospital is already struggling to cope with the heavy influx of patients suffering from fever and viral infection.

On Monday evening, the hospital authorities referred Swapnil Kumar (14) from Malasa village and Munni (10) from Dhar, to LLR.

However, due to financial constraints their parents expressed helplessness to shift them. "I don't have enough money to get my children treated at the LLR Hospital. We are now at the mercy of the Almighty,"said a tearful Manohar.

Dhar and Malasa are the two worst affected village of the district.


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India Mystery Fever - Panel Formed
Scientific panel formed to check fever that killed over 120
August 27th, 2008 - 5:18 pm ICT by IANS -

Lucknow, Aug 27 (IANS) A panel of scientists, including experts from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, has been formed to contain a mysterious fever that has claimed over 120 lives in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur division in the last three weeks, an official said Wednesday."The scientific panel will be headed by M.M. Gore of NIV. At present, Gore is associated with NIV's field station in Gorakhpur district (of Uttar Pradesh)," an NIV scientist told IANS on phone from Pune.

Gore's field of specialisation is anti-viral immunology, she said.

Besides NIV experts, scientists and doctors from Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science, Lucknow, B.R.D. Medical College Gorakhpur and other hospitals are also the members of the panel, sources said.

I.S. Srivastava, director general (medical and health), confirmed that the scientific panel has been constituted to counter the mysterious fever.

The unofficial count of the deaths due to the mysterious disease in six districts of Kanpur division is 160.

The worst hit by the mystery disease is Akbarpur district, where 100 people have died, said a district administration official.

Several villages of the district including Akorhi, Satti, Naseerpur and Chataina are badly affected, he added.

Even as experts fear the disease can spread to adjoining districts of Kanpur division, health officials refused to comment.

The mysterious disease, which is afflicting about 8-10 people daily, is marked by high fever, an official said. Symptoms of the mystery disease are similar to that of malaria and jaundice, he added.

A team of officials from the union health ministry arrived in Kanpur rural district and collected patients' blood samples.


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20 More Deaths in 24 hours
Mystery fever takes toll among Dalits
28 Aug 2008, 0337 hrs IST, Faiz Rahman Siddiqui,TNN

KANPUR: With 20 more deaths being reported from the Kanpur Dehat region during the last 24 hours, the mystery fever continued to take a heavy toll, especially among the poor Dalit families.

However, the state health minister and the four MLAs of the region - three from BSP and one from SP - have so far not cared to visit the region despite the fact that 70 per cent of the victims are Dalits.

On Wednesday, TOI visited primary health centres at Gujrain and Purwa Khurd in Dalit-dominated Sarwankhera block of Akbarpur tehsil but both were locked. Villagers claimed that two PHCs had remained non-functional for the last six months.

The pharmacist and the nurse deployed at these centres were seldom available, they said. As a result, patients were being rushed to the district hospital.

Pointing his finger towards the PHC at Gujain, Abdullah, who lost his wife Zain on Wednesday, said, "the dispensary has remained closed since the outbreak of mystery fever."


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Malathion and Rapid Test Kits
UP seeks Centre's help to tackle rising fever cases

Express News Service
Posted online: Thursday , August 28, 2008 at 01:34:21

Lucknow, August 27 Following a sudden spurt in incidents of vector-borne diseases in the state and the health hazard posed by waterlogging at various places, the state government has asked the Centre to supply more of the drug malathion and rapid blood testing kits.

n a recent letter to the central government, the state said that it would help bring the situation under control and provide better diagnostic facilities.

The Centre had supplied around 40 metric tonnes of malathion for spraying in areas having a high density of vector population.

As the number of fever cases - be it encephalitis, malaria or viral fever - started rising, and the waterlogging caused by heavy rains showed no signs of abetting, the state government felt the need to have more malathion at hand to ensure that proper fogging was done in all affected areas.

"We have demanded extra supply of around 30 metric tones of malathion and expect that it would reach here next week," said Prashant Trivedi, Secretary, Medical and Health, Uttar Pradesh Government.

Also, with the state facing shortage of rapid blood testing kits in the district, it has demanded around one lakh such kits.

"These are necessary to facilitate quick diagnosis so that treatment can be started soon. This will prevent spreading of rumours of mysterious fever. We expect that this demand will also be met soon," Trivedi added.

Chief Minister Mayawati, meanwhile, said that the state government has requested the Union Health Minister to provide medicines and necessary equipment for treatment of people affected by malaria.

She said that so far around 50,000 people have been treated for fever by Health Department in Kanpur Dehat.

She said of the 12,600 blood slides made for testing, just 600 were found positive for malaria and rest had fever due to other viral infections.

Of the 124 who died in Kanpur Dehat, she said fever has killed only 21, the rest were suffering from other viral diseases.

Teams of doctors have been sent to worst-affected parts of Kanpur Dehat like Pulander, Narayanpurwa, Dhar, Malasa.


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Future Articles
Please note that future articles concerning this "mystery virus" will be posted in the new India-Bangladesh Diary.

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Area had a big rally
Comment:  This area was the site of a large political rally by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which was held August 9.  (Wikipedia has a short description of them.)  The first article I posted concerning this outbreak was on Aug 10 (see up above), that is if the article addresses the same disease in the articles posted today.  If infected people were at this rally then the disease (what ever it is) has had the opportunity to spread far and wide by now.  Not good.  This could potentially have some bearing upon why the government is being a bit closed mouthed about it.  They may be trying to prevent panic on a larger scale.

Two BSP workers die, many fall sick
10 Aug 2008, 0525 hrs IST,TNN

LUCKNOW: Sun scorching at a high temperature and humidity, made a BSP worker fall sick every 20 minutes here at Ramabai Rally Sthal on Saturday. In all, 18,000 workers took ill to the sultry weather conditions during the six-hour-long karyakarta sammelan, according to authorities. Two workers, Bachchu Singh of Agra and Rakam Singh of Saharanpur, however, succumbed to cardiac arrest.

"The majority complained of common ailments like diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and body ache. Fatigue can be identified as the main reason for the trouble. It was aggravated by high temperature and humidity," said chief medical officer, Dr AK Shukla.




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Measles outbreaks may be linked to vaccine fears
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Measles cases in the U.S. are at the highest level in more than a decade, with nearly half of those involving children whose parents rejected vaccination, health officials reported Thursday.

Worried doctors are troubled by the trend fueled by unfounded fears that vaccines may cause autism. The number of cases is still small, just 131, but that's only for the first seven months of the year. There were only 42 cases for all of last year.

The CDC's review found that a number of cases involved home-schooled children not required to get the vaccines. Others can avoid vaccination by seeking exemptions, such as for religious reasons.

Measles, best known for a red skin rash, is a potentially deadly, highly infectious virus that spreads through contact with a sneezing, coughing, infected person.

More: http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH...

Mysterious disease - 8 dead (maybe important)
Mysterious disease killing people in Patna
22 Aug 2008, 1309 hrs IST,IANS

PATNA: Villagers in Bihar's East Champaran district on Friday claimed that eight people have died in the past 10 days of a disease that doctors have been unable to diagnose.

Residents of Akauna village near Motihari town, about 200 km from here, claimed that the men who died were part of a group of 18 labourers who had returned from Nagaland, where they worked in forests.

The labourers had been complaining of severe body ache, high fever and weakness since their return. Jitendra Rai, a villager, said: "Eight of the 18 who returned from Kohima died one by one in the last 10 days."

Mobin Hashmi, the doctor who treated the men, said he had failed to diagnose the disease they were suffering from and failed to understand the cause of the deaths.

"It appears to be the result of some mysterious communicable disease," Hashmi said. "The government should take it seriously because the disease may spread fast and is likely to claim more lives if preventive measures are not initiated soon. The government should send a team of doctors to treat the others who are suspected to be infected," he added.

Dharmdev Singh, the district civil surgeon, said he had no information about the deaths from the local administration.


Map of location of Patna (in state of Hindustan), also see Motihari location in upper center part of map near Nepal border :


Map of location of state of Nagaland:

Nagaland experiencing rodent explosion
Bamboo flowering and Rodent menace-The Harsh Reality

Kesamsang | Citizen Reporter 20 August, 2008 11:36:00
Jalukie Town | August 20 : It is a known fact that bamboo flowering leads to an increase in rodents' population which destroys our crops and consequently threaten our life with disasters like famine etc. The best example being Mizoram, of which we have seen and heard. The Media has highlighted this natural phenomena taking place in our state for a time or two. Now the time is not far from us to face the bitter consequences.
Nature-blessed Peren district with very rich flora and fauna includes varieties of bamboos in abundance. Of late, with bamboo flowering and consequent increase of rodents, the much-feared famine is about to strike the people. Jalukie valley which is known as the "rice bowl of Nagaland" being the worst-affected region. The destruction caused by rodents on our economy is quite visible from now. Previously Jalukie town's daily market used to be flooded with vegetables and crops from neighbouring villages for sale at this season of the year. But sadly, this time we hardly see a few cucumbers and some corns sparsely scattered here and there. The signal is clear; the worst is yet to come. "This killer rodents destroyed everything, nothing is spared. Now our fields are barren and empty", lamented a farmer from Lamhai Dungki. He said that 'many farmers had abandoned their fields as nothing could be cultivated'.



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Could it be...
Plague?  Or do you think they would have found that by now with testing?

Meteorologist in Florida!?!  Now we're talkin'!!!

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Don't know
Plague is treated by administering antibiotics.  See:  

I suspect that they would have started them on antibiotics after the first few started getting seriously ill.  But maybe they are in a very poor area and this was not an option.  I don't know.

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Mumbai, India Viral Fever
Changing weather makes viruses active
25 Aug 2008, 0534 hrs IST,TNN

Mumbai: There has been a steady increase in cases of fever over the past one week, according to doctors in the city. Not only are there long queues at clinics, but even several public hospitals have been seeing many patients with fevers.

"There are plenty of cases of viral fever,'' said intensivist Dr Khusrav Bhajan of Hinduja Hospital, Mahim. "Of all the fever cases that come to a doctor, one can say that 30% would be viral fever. But in the past few days, the number of these cases too have been high,'' he said. Viral diarrhoea, for instance, is common in the city.

According to a doctor from a civic hospital , "Last week, the weather was sunny to begin with and it then started raining heavily. This changing weather has meant that viruses are more active.'' Children are especially vulnerable to viral infections at such times. "The number of children with sore throats and diarrhoea has increased,'' he added.



I could not work out the dates on this since one site:
says Nov 2006 with a copywrite of 2007 but first published today.

Is this now, or is it just recycled??

Be Prepared

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The article in the Hindustan Times matches the articles posted above concerning the "mystery disease" in Kanpur Dehat.  The link you have is different from the one I posted above.  Where does it come from?  Just trying to figure things out.

I have been following this particular outbreak for a while, so I feel confident this is a current article and not a recycled article.  Please, everyone double check me to make sure.  I have been wrong before, and it would be nice to be wrong now, but I do not believe I am.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Unknown viral infection
Nine children down with unknown viral infection


Nine children were admitted to the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC), Cheras, on Aug 15 for an unknown virus infection involving fever and a rash.
Its public relations officer, Foziah Hanon Ahmad, said that they had not received the last report on the blood test conducted and could not verify the source and type of virus.

"However, the children are in a stable condition and are being given the best care," she said when contacted by Bernama, here today.

The affected children, aged between six and 12, were from the Tunku Budriah Children's home in Cheras.


Malaria claims 270 lives; dengue 15
NEW DELHI: The country is in the grip of a severe spell of communicable diseases, with over 270 people having died of malaria and 15 of dengue. Chikungunya cases have also increased over last year's figures. The government says it is prepared to deal with any adverse situation.
Most of the malaria deaths have been reported from the endemic tribal belts in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. The deaths reported from Kanpur are now confirmed to have been caused by malaria. Over 42 people, belonging to the Saharia tribal community, died of malaria in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh alone in the past one month, (Snip) A Union Health Ministry team that visited Kanpur confirmed that the deaths were due to malaria, he said.

The number of dengue cases crossed the 12,000-mark this year with 15 deaths, as against 69 deaths but only 5,534 confirmed cases last year. Till Monday, 69,952 chikungunya cases were reported, up from 59,535 in 2007. Karnataka reported 45,157 cases and Kerala 24,247 so far.

Delhi hospitals alerted
Delhi has reported 72 cases of malaria and 60 of dengue, while Noida has seen an upsurge in the incidence of gastroenteritis and diarrhoea. All hospitals in the capital have been asked to gear up for any outbreak and there is enough provision for supply of blood and blood platelets. http://www.hinduonnet.com/theh...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


Uttar Pradesh - 6 Lucknow University Students Sent Home With Jaundice
Jaundice scare at LU hostel
26 Aug 2008, 0419 hrs IST,TNN

LUCKNOW: Jaundice is spreading in the hostels of the Lucknow University. As many as six students of the Birbal Sahni hostel have taken ill in last three days.

Though a team sent by the CMO inspected the hostel and provided medicines to the students, university authorities have decided to send these boys home for recovery.

While hostel inmates claimed that contaminated water supply in the hostels was the source of the disease, university officers said that the residences of the teachers and other hostels located in the same vicinity also got water supply from the same source but no such problem had been reported from anywhere else.

"The source could be food, as students often eat out in dhabas outside the campus," said a teacher in the proctorial board.

Nishi Pandey, dean student welfare, when contacted, said that university was providing all help to the ailing students.


Uttar Pradesh - Muzaffarnagar District- Fever Cases With Deaths

Post Kanpur, Muzaffarnagar under scanner for fever cases

Posted online: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 02:19:06

Lucknow, August 26 After Kanpur, a sudden increase in the number of fever cases in Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining districts has become a cause of concern for the state Health department.

Several health centres in the district are handling around 300 cases of fever every day for the last one week. According to sources, in the recent past, around 20 people have died after suffering from fever in the district.

Health authorities, however, had claimed that in each of these cases, fever was coupled with pneumonia, malnutrition or anaemia - the main reasons behind the deaths.

The fact, however, remains that a sudden rise in the number of fever cases point towards a lack of proper preventive measures taken in the districts for vector control, with the heavy rains followed by waterlogging in the rural areas compounding the problem.

Dr P K Jain, Chief Medical Officer of Muzaffarnagar, said: "In order to confirm the reason behind these cases, we are going to conduct some tests," he said.

The other affected districts which have been reporting a sudden rise in cases of viral fever and malaria are Chandauli, Fatehpur, Mainpuri and Saharanpur.

Dr I S Srivastava, Director General of Medical and Health, Uttrar Pradesh, said: "The deaths so far have not taken place due to some mysterious fever. These are mainly cases of viral fever and malaria. Luckily, majority of the cases are of non-fatal."

He added: "We have put all districts on alert. They have also been asked to ensure immediate fogging in at least 50 houses around the area which reports a single case."

So far, around 30,000 malaria cases have been reported in the state. The number of deadly plasmodium falciparum malaria cases is around 125. Recently, six PF malaria cases were reported from Kanpur district. PF malaria is transmitted by anopheles mosquitoes and has the highest mortality rate of all types of malaria.


Uttar Pradesh District Map link is below.  Muzzaffarnagar is in the upper right hand (western) portion of the map.

960 babies in TB scare at Kaiser in S.F.
I'm postiing this in the News diary AND in the Not Bird Flu diary. It's an important story---


(08-26) 18:06 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Kaiser Permanente is contacting 960 mothers whose babies may have been exposed to a health care worker in San Francisco who has an active case of tuberculosis.

The worker was assigned to the postpartum unit in the maternity ward of Kaiser's San Francisco Medical Center to care for mothers and infants. Kaiser officials say the infection risk for patients is very low, but testing will be provided along with treatment if necessary.

Kaiser also is notifying 115 employees who may have been exposed.


Anyone who wants more information should call Kaiser at (800) 464-4000; information will be posted on Kaiser's Web site at kp.org/newscenter.

TB, human to animal transmission
South Africa's tuberculosis [TB] epidemic has jumped from humans to pets, zoo animals, and wildlife.  The human strain of the disease has been found in springbok, mongooses, baboons, chimpanzees and, most recently, a Maltese poodle.  Worldwide, the human strain of the disease, [Mycobacterium tuberculosis], is rare in animals, who are more commonly infected with another strain, Mycobacterium bovis.

"While in most of the rest of the world animals are always regarded as a potential source of TB, in this area we have to be worried about the reverse situation," said veterinary pathologist Tertius Gous, who recently diagnosed human TB in springbok near Cape Town, and a new TB strain in dassies (a dassie is a small, plump, and tail-less guinea-pig-like animal, which is about as large as a big rabbit and haunts rock outcrops, hillocks, and mountain cliffs.  They are the African elephants closest living relative.)  (Snip)

The risk of contaminating pets is highest in low-income areas such as townships, according to Sven Parsons from the University of Stellenbosch, who recently recorded South Africa's 1st case of human TB in a dog, a stray Maltese cross. There is concern that animals with human TB could infect people although this still needs to be researched. More: http://www.promedmail.org/pls/...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


Weaponized Bird flu in comment.
 The comment was made on Market Watch about the drop in Japonese home sales. It shows what others are thinking and saying publicly.

 MarketWatch is a mainstream group and not the typical radicals with an agenda.

Story  source:http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/sohken-becomes-latest-japan-home/story.aspx?guid=%7BAC5525F2-A369-4D05-A645-585D6B7BBEEC%7D&dist=msr_77

 Quotes from bottom of page

1st comment:  Japanese population is decreasing due to small birth rate. Houses will become vacant later.

1st reply
ffischer76 20 hours ago +1 Vote (1 Up / 0 Dn)

  Is this why housing is DEAD in Japan????

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 idwxman 16 hours ago -1 Vote (1 Up / 2 Dn)
 Wait till the weaponized bird flu hits Asia and the America's... Then there will be lots of empties. RE is dead money for years and years to come.

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 Reply to idwxman
   Reply to ffischer76
RogerGodby 9 hours ago
   True to some degree, but if a house becomes open because the owners die, the children (if there are any) might simply do nothing with the property, because land is often worth more than the buildings on it--even in rural areas. So the house is allowed to slowly decay on the hope of selling the land for bigger money than it will probably ever again be worth. Japanese rental laws favor renters: they're hard to throw out if they quit paying, which can prevent people renting otherwise vacant houses. In urban areas, used homes (and condos) often sell for far less than they were purchased for. If you've seen a new Japanese house being built

Even thought BF is sort of mentioned off-handedly, this story really has nothing to do with PanFlu, Avian Flu, Bird Flu or any kind of flu.
Let's try to stick to stories with some substance. Thanks.

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FAO assures Bangladesh of support towards food security
...Making a courtesy call on caretaker government Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam, FAO Asia Pacific Region head Hey Cheng Chyue also assured to provide assistance in the country's fight against bird flu, ongoing agriculture census and agriculture research activities, according to private news agency UNB....

...Azizul said that the FAO official emphasized on developing hybrid as well as deep and saline water-resistant seeds to increase food production in the country while assuring technical assistance in this regard, if necessary....


Food security will become an issue during a pandemic, with workforce absenteeism and deaths, but climate change and weather catastrophes will have their usual continuing imact as well.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

Saudi bans dogs and cats as pets
(Pet scorpions, anyone?)

8-25-08  http://123news.org/go.php?id_n...

The sale of cats and dogs as for pets is banned in Saudi Arabia

August 25, 2008

The sale of pet is a gold case in many countries including in Muslim countries.  As in other regions of the world, we find everything and of course the traditional cats and dogs.  However, Saudi Arabia, religious police recently banned the sale of these animals as pets.

The implementation of this ancient religious decree scrapped a long time was officially announced by Othman Al-Othman, head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Riyadh Wednesday, July 30, 2008. According to his explanations provided daily Al-Hayat, this decision was taken ago this month by a Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, governor of the capital of Saudi Arabia, not least an accidental...

Indeed, the daily walk cats and dogs in particular has become an excuse for men to make advances to women they see in the streets, a good old method that works well in all strokes and is vulgar way. But this course of action would disrupt family life!

So it is now forbidden to pet shops to sell dogs and cats. They will therefore have to stick only to exotic animals such as chameleons, scorpions, turtles, spiders like the black widows and tarantulas for example, which need not move around the legs.


Japan: 15 thousand take part in annual quake drill in Tokyo
Armored vehicles cruised along a main shopping street, while firefighters rescued shoppers from a department store and an American warship ferried commuters to safety in an annual earthquake drill in Tokyo on Sunday.

Some 15,000 people - including residents, medical personnel, public transport employees, coast guard officials and rescue teams from South Korea and Taiwan - took part in the drill, based on a scenario of a severe quake striking the Japanese capital and its surrounding area, the Tokyo metropolitan government said....

...drills also took place at the city's Haneda airport and a major railway station in western Tokyo, where emergency workers practiced rescuing people stuck inside elevators.

Nearly 4 million people in Tokyo are likely to be unable to return home if a big quake strikes the city....


Poll:  50% say can't walk home after quake

...In the event of such a natural disaster, the Tokyo metropolitan government advises people to first check the safety of their family members through the 171 emergency telephone messaging service and other similar services.

It is hoped that this would limit street congestion caused by people rushing home because they are concerned about their family members' safety.

When asked whether they have discussed measures with their family members, such as safety confirmation procedures if a major earthquake should occur when they are away from home, 64 respondents answered that they had not discussed such measures, suggesting a lack of readiness for potential street congestion....
I wonder what those stranded people are planning to do?

Poll:75% fear major quake will hit where they live
Asked what kind of preparation measures they had taken at home, with multiple answers allowed, 48 percent said they had flashlights, radios and medicine ready; 31 percent had drinking water and food stocked; and 30 percent had fire extinguishers ready. Altogether, 80 percent of those polled had taken some kind of specific measures.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

Russia: epidemic in Vladivostok
An outbreak of enterovirus infection has occurred in the city of Vladivostok. About 300 cases have been registered, 269 of whom are children. In half of the cases the disease developed into serous (aseptic) meningitis, which can have serious consequences. Galina Shklyar, the senior infectious diseases specialist in Vladivostok, said that all the infections occurred as a consequence of people swimming in the sea around the shores of the territory.)


Aseptic meningitis:
Aseptic meningitis is an illness characterized by headache, fever, and inflammation of the lining of the brain (meninges). Although it looks like bacterial meningitis, bacteria do not grow in cultures of the cerebrospinal fluid (fluid around the brain and spinal cord)...

...Coxsackie virus and echovirus, two members of a family of viruses called enteroviruses, account for about half the cases of aseptic meningitis. Other enteroviruses, herpes viruses, and mumps are additional causes. The rate of these enteroviral infections increases in the summer and early fall.

West Nile virus is a cause of aseptic meningitis that has recently spread across the United States. Usually, West Nile virus causes a self-limited (gets better on its own, without treatment) meningitis. Infrequently, it causes a more severe illness, which may include encephalitis (inflammation in the actual brain tissue) or paralysis similar to that seen in polio. These severe forms usually occur in elderly people or people with lowered immunity.

Enteroviruses are spread by hand-to-mouth contact and coughing. To a lesser extent, they also spread by contact with fecal matter. Mumps is spread by coughing or contact with secretions from the mouth and throat, with increased incidence in the spring....

Sounds like this can be contagious to caretakers and other family members.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

Montenegro - unknown vius > 800 ill

Some 700 children and 130 adults have been taken ill in the Montenegrin capital. The Montenegrin Institute for Public Health announced that the number of people registered with stomach problems during the weekend and on Aug. 25 exceeded 800. It was stated that the Department for Infectious Diseases of the Montenegrin Clinical Center in the past two days hospitalized 15 persons, and the Institute for Childhood Illnesses 17 children with stomach problems. According to them, help is required by patients whose problems include vomiting, diarrhea and increased temperature, so it is supposed that the cause of the infection is "most probably" a virus. However, the Institute stated that they are investigating the cause and the source of the infection.


Recomb. Commentary: H1N1 Tami resistance

The recent reports from South Africa and Australia have increased concerns that H1N1 oseltamivir resistance (H274Y) is becoming widespread during the current flu season in the southern hemisphere.  Similarly, the recent HA sequences released by the US Air Force surveillance program has raised concerns that H274Y is also becoming dominant in the Americas.

Tamiflu resistance can be assessed indirectly through phyogenetic analysis of HA sequences which include sequences from isolates known to contain H274Y.  In the United States, there is a dominant HA sequence associated with H274Y on NA.  The 2008 sequences from the Air Force, A/New JerseyAF1291/2008 and A/Texas/AF1960/2008 both map to this branch, indicating the isolates are likely to contain H274Y.  Similarly, another branch has H274Y positive isolates from Wyoming and Arizona, indicating the co-mapping sequence from A/Oklahoma/AF1901/2008, is also from an isolate positive for H274Y.  Another branch has H274Y positive sequences from Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota, indicating A/Alabama/AF1952/2008 is also H274Y positive. Yet another branch, which has A/Paris/1208/2008, also has the five recent isolates from Guatemala and Honduras, raising concerns that H274Y is present at high frequencies in H1N1 isolates in North America.

(more, go to link above)

Meteorologist in Florida!?!  Now we're talkin'!!!

Fiji dry season dengue - interesting
Health Officials observe dengue outbreak
Saturday, September 06, 2008

The out-break of dengue fever in the western division particularly in this dry conditions is a very interesting observation says the western hospital divisional director Dr Tarid Ali.

However, Dr Ali says it is not too unusual as neighboring countries Kiribati and Samoa had epidemics and it is believed the type of dengue being experienced was imported into the country.

"As far as the rainy season is concerned the mosquito population at the moment is not that huge," said Dr Ali.

"But the surveys done by our health inspectors have revealed that mosquitoes are already breeding in places that contained water," he added.

"The main mosquito breeding area that our inspectors have found is in and around the households that are the pot plants and flower vases," said Dr Ali.



Fever burns up West

Saturday, September 06, 2008

THERE has been a dramatic jump in the number of dengue fever cases in the West with the authorities reporting an increase from 12 to 42 cases in five days.

Among those affected are three health officials who live in government quarters on Lautoka's Vomo Street.

The situation has prompted the Health Ministry to renew its call to people to seek medical attention if they experience flu-like symptoms.

West medical officer Dr Tharid Ali said 25 of the West cases were detected in Lautoka and the others from Sigatoka and Tavua.

These areas have been designated dengue hotspots.

Dr Ali said the victims were exposed to environments conducive to mosquito breeding.

"For the health officials, they live on Vomo Street where there is stagnant water," he said, adding the affected officials are a dentist, a dietician and a lab technician.

Dr Ali said contingency plans have been laid and that officials have had two emergency meetings at Lautoka Hospital where extra beds have been provided.

"Non-serious cases are being discharged," Dr Ali said, adding people with flu-like symptoms must take early bed rest before their condition worsens.

"They must also take only paracetamol and a lot of fluids to avoid dehydration."

Dr Ali is advising the public to destroy all mosquito breeding places like tyres and metal cans.

He said a spraying campaign would only kill adult mosquitoes and not the larvae.

"If the larvae is still there, the mosquito population will multiply," Dr Ali said.

In response, the Lautoka City Council plans to remove tyres, empty cans, containers and others items that can hold water. For this, the council will charge residents $5 per load and commercial property owners $7.

One official said the council needed support to "kill mosquitoes before they kill you".


Fiji Dengue Up 18 In A Day

Dengue cases up 18 in a day

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Medical authorities have recorded an alarming rise in dengue fever cases in the West from 42 to 60 within 24 hours.

And it is expected to increase as doctors receive an average of 15 cases a day.

Senior Medical Officer Western Dr Tharid Ali said as of yesterday, the number of reported cases increased by 18.

Dr Ali said the medical authority has a contingency plan in place to control the outbreak. They ordered for more drugs and IV fluids and prepared more bed spaces as part of the plan.

He said the Health Ministry was working closely with local authorities to organise clean up campaigns in the area.

He reiterated calls to the public to help destroy the mosquito breeding grounds.

He said parents should ensure their children were protected by making them wear mosquito repellent.

Among those affected in the West are three medical officials at the hospital who live in the Vomo Street government quarters.

Dengue fever is a flu-like viral illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. It usually starts suddenly with a high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain. The severity of the joint pain has given dengue the name "breakbone fever."

The mosquitoes that transmit dengue breed in discarded tyres, flower pots, old drums, and water storage containers close to human dwellings. Unlike the mosquitoes that cause malaria, dengue mosquitoes bite during the day.


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Fiji Dengue - 10 very severe/13 additional cases
Fiji Hospital Reports 10 "Very Severe" Dengue Cases

Posted on: Sunday, 7 September 2008, 12:00 CDT

Text of report by Fiji Daily Post website on 6 September

[by Sanjay Goundar] Ten very severe dengue fever cases were reported at second largest hospital in the country and medical authorities appear baffled with the situation. General manager community health services in the west [i.e. Western Division - western Viti Levu, including the main tourist area] Dr Tharid Ali yesterday revealed the 10 who were admitted at the Lautoka Hospital had acquired the dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Ali said that because of the fever patients started suffering from nose bleeding and body pains. He added that all the patients were undergoing thorough medical treatment and were under the close observation of doctors at the hospital.

Ali, however, confirmed that so far there have not been any casualties from the virus in the Western Division or throughout the country. He said that as of yesterday morning 42 cases of dengue fever were reported from throughout the Western Division, out of which 22 cases were from Lautoka Hospital alone.




13 more diagnosed with dengue

Monday, September 08, 2008

ANOTHER 13 people have been diagnosed with dengue fever in the West, a dramatic jump from 60 to 73 in less than 24 hours.

Most of these people are from Lautoka.

Medical authorities are still trying to find out why Lautoka is the dengue hot spot.

Divisional Medical officer Western Dr Tharid Ali said they've noticed that most of the affected people were from places experiencing water problems.

"Patients come from where the PWD water supply is not regular," he said.

Most patients come from areas like Waiyavi, Field 40 and Kashmir.

Dr Ali said most of those people store their water in 44 galloon drums and other big containers which later become mosquito breeding places.



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Fiji Dengue Cases Up To 80
Dengue Cases Increase In West
Publish date/time: 09/09/2008 [13:02]

People should take precautionary measures as Dengue Fever cases in the Western division alone now stands at 80.

The Divisional Medical Officer Western Dr Tharid Ali said they are currently receiving 20 cases of dengue daily and most of the cases reported are from the Sigatoka and Lautoka Hospitals.

Ali said Lautoka Hospital sees 12 patients and Sigatoka 6 patients daily suffering from Dengue. He said currently 3 people with severe dengue are admitted at the Sigatoka Hospital while 7 are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Northern Division had no reported cases of Dengue while the Health Department in the Central/Eastern division is currently compiling a report on the number of cases.


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26 More Fiji Dengue Cases
More dengue cases reported
Twenty six new dengue cases have been reported at the Sigatoka and Lautoka hospitals.

Out of these six people are admitted with severe hemorrhagic fever.

Divisional Medical Officer Western Dr Tharid Ali said those who suffer severe dengue fever tend to have unusual bleeding from the nose and gums and continuously vomit.

The six who fall in this category are currently under close supervision by doctors and nurses.

He said, "the ministry has noticed that the cases are becoming more serious especially for the people in the central and western divisions as more cases are arising daily and it seems that warning and precautions given by the ministry are not being followed".

General Community Health manager Dr Sala Saketa said dengue cases in Suva/ Rewa areas were increasing on an alarming rate as well.

She advised those who are free from dengue to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes and clean compounds especially areas with stagnant water.

Dr Ali confirmed the patients' families were being visited by health inspectors who carried out peri-focal mosquito spraying in their respective compounds.

There have been no fatal cases reported.

A one-year-old child in the West is the latest victim of the dengue epidemic.

Reports from the ministry indicate that since August this year, close to 100 dengue cases have been recorded.


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Fiji Dengue Up To 800 Cases
Dengue cases reach 800: Health ministry
The number of dengue cases in Fiji has reached the 800 mark but the exact figure is yet to be confirmed, says the Ministry of Health.

Of this estimate number, 226 are from the Western division.

Director of Curative Health Services Ami Chandra said yesterday they had 223 cases in the West. Another three were reported this morning.

Director of Preventive Health Services Dr Losevati Alefaio told Fiji Live, 35 cases were reported in the Eastern division and 23 in the North.

The number for the central area is yet to be confirmed.

Divisional Medical Officer Western Dr Tharid Ali said they had a standardized report situation during an outbreak as such and that was how they got their updates and feedbacks from hospitals and district health centers.

He said, "So far the highest number of cases have come up in Lautoka and we are advising people who store water to keep it covered and clear their surroundings of any mosquito breeding places".

Dr Ali stressed that the severity of cases was also increasing and people in the Central and Western divisions continue to contract dengue fever with an alarming increase in admittance recorded daily, despite warnings and advice by the health authorities since the outbreak.

The youngest patient of dengue is a one-year-old child admitted at the Lautoka hospital. Yesterday a two year child was also admitted with severe fever, a symptom of dengue.

Dr Chandra confirmed that the ministry had started peri-focal spraying in all divisions to control the epidemic.


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Oklahoma: 1 dead, 11 hospitalized; possibly e. coli infection - source unknown
One person died and 11 others are suffering from illnesses possibly related to E. coli, a St. Francis Hospital spokeswoman confirmed late Sunday. The identity of the person hasn't been released and it is believed the person died over the weekend, the spokeswoman said. The 11 people with illnesses remained as St. Francis patients late Sunday, the spokeswoman said. Leslea Bennett-Webb, communications director for the Oklahoma Department of Health, confirmed at least 10 people were taken to the hospital after eating at a restaurant in Locust Grove. She said St. Francis notified them about the victims Friday. However, she said, between 12 to 20 more people in Beggs, Pryor and Bixby were treated at various Northeast Oklahoma hospitals with similar symptoms this past week....


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

I've been following this
206 cases as of last night, with 20 or so still with symptoms.  I have kept tabs on this off an on over the past couple of weeks.  They think it has just about burned itself out and there are no more additional cases.  Thank goodness.

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India, West Bengal: cholera kills 2, infects 70
Around 70 people at Sidhar village under Suti-I block in Murshidabad are suffering from cholera for the last week or so. The disease has already claimed two lives. Sources said all the tube wells in the village are lying defunct for the last few months. Some of the wells are also in a poor condition. So, the villagers were collecting drinking water from river Banshlai. The disease possibly broke out as villagers drank the water without boiling it....


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

Montenegro: More than 800 sickened with stomach trouble, cause unknown
Some 700 children and 130 adults have been taken ill in the Montenegrin capital. The Montenegrin Institute for Public Health announced that the number of people registered with stomach problems during the weekend and on Aug. 25 exceeded 800. It was stated that the Department for Infectious Diseases of the Montenegrin Clinical Center in the past two days hospitalized 15 persons, and the Institute for Childhood Illnesses 17 children with stomach problems. According to them, help is required by patients whose problems include vomiting, diarrhea and increased temperature, so it is supposed that the cause of the infection is "most probably" a virus...


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

"Perfectly Safe" -- first non-falsifiable scientific assertion?

In the next 24 hours, the Large Hadron Collector in Switzerland is going to start up.

According to the BBC News (see Earth 'not at risk' from collider, at: http://tinyurl.com/622882 )
the collider "will smash together protons at super-fast speeds in a bid to unlock the secrets of the Universe," but the European Organization for Nuclear Research says it poses "no conceivable danger".

This is happening tomorrow. A press release from the operators of the collider "reiterates safety of Large Hadron Collector on eve of first beam," at:

The reassurances are absolute. But if they turn out wrong, we won't know it. Thus this is the first, or one of the first, nonfalsifiable claims of scientific certainty that I can recall.

[Excerpts from the Press Release]

>"The LHC safety review has shown that the LHC is perfectly safe," said Jos Engelen, CERN's Chief Scientific Officer<

CERN Director General Robert Aymar: >"The LHC is safe, and any suggestion that it might present a risk is pure fiction."<

The BBC News article (link above)states that physicist Adrian Kent "expressed concern that a fundamental question (how improbable does a cataclysm have to be to warrant proceeding with an experiment?) had never been seriously inspected."

Somehow that question -- how improbable does a cataclysm have to be...? -- got me thinking about pandemics.

Should this be engraved on a titanium plaque and sent into space first?
Five of these independent scientists, including one Nobel Laureate, examined in detail the 2008 report and endorsed the authors' approach of basing their arguments on irrefutable observational evidence to conclude that new particles produced at the LHC will pose no danger. The full SPC agreed unanimously with their findings.

The Youtube dramatization was nerve-wracking.  (The six-part sci-fi piece.)
This one is only 3 minutes and concludes there's an 11 to 25% chance of disaster.  :-/

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

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The youtube film isn't there anymore:
This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.

It may have been a film made for tv first.

Link to short Youtube:

Youtube is doing maintenance now, they say, but it's still playing.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

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Iraq: cholera
Two more cholera cases have been diagnosed in Baghdad, bringing the number of cases to seven since last week, including a fatality in the south, the Health Ministry said on 7 September. "So far seven cases have been confirmed since last week: five in Baghdad's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, one in its eastern Rasafa side and the seventh was the fatality in Maysan province," Ihssan Jaafar, director-general of the public health directorate, told IRIN. Maysan's fatality was a three-year-old boy. The province is about 350km south of Baghdad. "Cases of suspected cholera are emerging in southern Iraq, especially in Babil province, but so far no case has been confirmed. They are being treated in their local hospitals. We have received between 15 to 20 diarrhoea samples from Babil in our central laboratories and results will come after 24 or 48 hours," Jaafar added. Babil is about 100km south of Baghdad. Jaafar added that the scarcity of clean water during the scorching summer months had forced more people to drink water from unsafe sources and as long as the scarcity continued, cholera would remain a problem. "The health ministry is trying to stop the disease from spreading by early diagnosis of infection and distribution of water sterilisation tablets and also through a public awareness campaign, but with the dearth of safe drinking water the disease will stay around," he said....


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

The report from 9/8 is labeled "catastrophic"
with 1000 dead and 10,000 infected.  I didn't notice if their front page said this when I posted the story originally.


The location in Iraq is Babil, Abu Ghraib, Maysan province.

BAGHDAD - The World Health Organization met Iraq's Ministry of Health in Baghdad yesterday to offer the UN's increased support to Iraq's cholera control activities. This follows the Government's announcement of 21 new confirmed cholera cases in Babil governorate, with another 90 - 95 suspected cases under investigation....

...Last year, Iraq reported 4696 cholera cases and 24 deaths, mostly in the country's northern cities. "This year's outbreak is very different," said Dr Naeema Al-Gasseer, WHO Representative to Iraq. "The majority of cases are now in rural areas where most people lack access to safe water and adequate sanitation", she added....

BAGHDAD (IRIN) - The number of confirmed cases of cholera has risen to 107 in central and southern parts of the country, a Health Ministry spokesman said on 16 September.
"The number of confirmed cases has reached 107: Babil 64 cases, Karbala 14, Baghdad 24, Najaf two, Diyala one, Basra one case and the last case in Maysan," said Ihssan Jaafar, director-general of the public health directorate and spokesman for the ministry's cholera control unit....


I don't know where those large numbers on the front page of rsoe came from.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

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Zimbabwe: cholera, 4 dead, 35 infected
The Zimbabwean government has confirmed the deaths of four people from cholera, and is verifying the cause of death of eight others in the dormitory town of Chitungwiza, 25km southeast of the capital, Harare. Persistent water cuts, breaks in the sewerage system that allow raw sewage to flow into the streets, and the inability of the local authorities to collect and dispose of domestic refuse have all been blamed for the outbreak. Health officials confirmed that 35 people were admitted to the local hospital for treatment of the waterborne disease. Chitungwiza town council buys treated water from Harare, but the capital is not supplying its own residents with enough clean water, causing diarrhoea and cholera outbreaks earlier this year after some areas went for more than three months without water....


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

Russia: trichinellosis from eating smoked bear meat
An outbreak of trichinellosis has been registered in the settlement Myaundja of the Susumanskiy region of Magadan oblast. It involves 12 people, including 3 children under 14. The severity of the disease is mild to moderate. All the cases had consumed smoked bear meat at the end of July and the beginning of August 2008. All affected people are now receiving treatment in the infectious diseases department of the regional hospital....


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

preparedwarrior's comment about MRSA posted 9/8 in previous Not Bird Flu But Close diary:
Post begins:
Nearly 7 years ago, I wasn't even sure I could identify what MRSA of the skin looked like.  And now I see 3-10 cases of it a WEEK....

Link to diary:

I'm linking here so that it won't be overlooked.  This is something to be careful of, imo.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

Unknown disease in Orinoco basin (Venezuela)
from BBC earlier today...

Death and distress on the Orinoco

In Venezuela, a mysterious disease has killed nearly 40 people from indigenous river communities. In one village, 10% of the population has died. James Ingham investigates.

full article here...


some interesting snippets...

There is just so much water. The hundreds of tributaries and channels spill with wildlife.

A chorus of birds, frogs and monkeys fills the air.


"The patients had high fevers, they were partially paralysed, thick saliva was coming from their mouths and they could not drink. Some even feared water.

"We thought it must be rabies," she said, explaining that some of the patients had been bitten by bats, carriers of this killer disease.

After its tour of the region, the health ministry announced that it had found no evidence of rabies.

"There hasn't been rabies in the Delta for 20 years," it said in a statement without giving more information on the scope or nature of its inquiries. "But we are still trying to find the cause of these deaths" it said.

In just six months, three of her four children died of these same lethal symptoms.

Nothing could stop their rapid deaths. No Western medicines, no traditional Warao medicines.

More surf, less web

Recall: Melamine found in Cadbury goods
...Cadbury had earlier recalled 11 chocolate types from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia because of fears of contamination...

...He emphasised that the only goods affected were those made in the company's Beijing factory, and not those produced in the UK or elsewhere....

In Jakarta, the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency said on Monday that it had found traces of melamine in chocolate and biscuit products apparently made in China by Kraft Foods and Mars.
The two companies said they were investigating the claims, although their products had earlier been cleared of melamine tainting.

Some reports raised the possibility the products - including Oreo wafers, M&Ms and Snickers - could be counterfeit....


More on recalls:

...Chinese-made M&Ms, Snickers bars and Oreo biscuits have also been recalled by manufacturers.  

It comes after traces of melamine in the Heinz's DHA+AA Vegetable Formula Cereal, manufactured in mainland China, were reported in Hong Kong last week....


An accompanying photo shows Chinese language writing on the packaging.  US hasn't banned them, but I wonder if they are sold here in Asian markets?

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

This is terrifying, Cadbury's chocolate is one of the main food groups ;-) n/t

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India: Seven more succumb to brain fever; toll goes to 308

GORAKHPUR (UP): Seven children succumbed to deadly brain fever at Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur during past two days, official sources said on Wednesday.

With this the total death toll in the state due to brain fever has mounted to 308 since January last. A total of 22 patients with the symptoms of brain fever were admitted to the BRD Medical College hospital, the hospital sources said.

As many as 179 patients are undergoing treatment at the BRD hospital and other adjoining district hospitals, they said. (snip)

Mystery Fever, 1200 cases - Orissa State, India
Mystery fever casts shadow in flood-hit villages
KalingaTimes Correspondent
Kendrapara, Oct 2: Mystery virus-borne fever has made a fresh appearance in flood affected villages across this district with over 1,200 persons reported ill since past one week.

The mobile medical units have been pressed into service to take stock of the situation. It is believed that fever is due to suspected attack of Chikungunya like virus-borne disease.

The mystery fever has cast its shadow in Balisuan, Siringipur, Mahanangala, Sobala, Chanda, Gadaramita, Belar and Nuagaon villages under flood-hit Mahakalpada block.

The disease has almost affected every household in the said villages.

The national-highway-side villages are located in close vicinity of Paradip port town and sizeable chunk of the population of the village are migrant workers. Some of the migrant workers might be the carrier of the virus borne disease.

"We are keeping round-the-cloak vigil on the situation. From the reports received from the medical teams, it is believed that villagers are hit by intense viral fever," according to members of the medical team who visited the affected villages.

The sick villagers are undergoing rigour and most of them are going through high body temperature. Besides some of them are experiencing excruciating pain on bone joints.



CT, CA, NY: melamine-contaminated candy found in stores
HARTFORD, Conn. - An industrial chemical blamed for sickening thousands of infants in China has been found in candy in four Connecticut stores, a state official said Wednesday.

Days after contaminated White Rabbit Creamy Candy was found in California, Connecticut Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr. said tests this week found melamine in bags of the candy sold at two New Haven stores, a West Hartford market and an East Haven store. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recall notice on the candy says it was also distributed in New York....


(I don't know what the flashplayer nonsense is, at the top; this is a print story.  I just clicked on No and scrolled down.)

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

Officials fear Greyhound passengers exposed to TB
Officials fear Greyhound passengers exposed to TB


Ontario health officials are searching for 27 people who may have been exposed to tuberculosis while travelling on a Greyhound bus from Toronto to Windsor on Aug. 31.

There's a "moderate risk" they contracted the disease, public health officials said Thursday.

A passenger on the bus was sick with the tuberculosis and may have spread it by coughing while in close proximity to the other bus passengers. The passenger, identified only as a woman with a Canadian passport, was detained by American custom officials at the border between Windsor and Detroit.

Passengers who were on the bus should call their local public health department or call 1-866-532-3161.

Respiratory illness hits remote Alaska island
ANCHORAGE, Alaska--  The State Health Department and U.S. Centers for Disease Control are investigating an outbreak of a respiratory illness on Prince of Wales Island.

Health department officials are reporting 26 suspected or confirmed cases of the unknown illness in communities like Craig and Klawock.

Officials say seven people have been hospitalized.

Symptoms of the illness include a severe dry cough and a fever above 101 degrees.    

The health department says so far the state is not prohibiting travel to and from the island or quarantining anyone but is advising people to practice good respiratory hygiene.

"Basically you can go a long way with just washing your hands meticulously and covering your cough and using tissues and throwing them away," Medical Epidemiologist Dr. Beth Funk said. "Don't leave them lying around, just sort of simple things like that."  

The health department is collecting samples and sending them to the CDC, as well as testing samples in an Anchorage lab.


Be Prepared

Dengue fever on the rise in American Samoa

Oct. 4, 2008

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa: Health officials in American Samoa say there were more confirmed cases of dengue fever reported in the U.S. territory in September than in all of 2007.

The Department of Health says the 115 cases of the mosquito-borne disease brought the total number so far this year to 162, compared with 109 last year. One person, a 10-year-old boy, died of the disease this year. (continued)

Call to DEFRA to save bees
A group of insect-killing agrochemicals known as neonicotinoids, that  
are widely used in UK farming, have now been banned in 4 European  
countries because they are thought to be killing bees. Italy has just  
joined Germany, Slovenia and France in banning them....


"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

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