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2009-01-29 13:48:00

Working with PSI and P&G to Stem Cholera Outbreak STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AmeriCares is doubling its supply of water purification treatments to Zimbabwe in an effort to stem a deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 3,000 innocent lives. The outbreak is one of Africa's deadliest in 15 years and experts say more than half of the country is at risk. With limited medical resources and dismal sanitation, families in Zimbabwe have almost no protection...

2009-01-28 13:07:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continues to provide assistance to the people of Zimbabwe in the aftermath of a widespread cholera outbreak that began in August 2008. USAID is consigning nearly 440,000 bars of soap --- valued at nearly $365,000 --- to the U.N. Children's Fund, which will provide it to humanitarian organizations to distribute as part of hygiene education programs in areas most affected by the cholera...

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2009-01-20 11:41:19

Coral reefs around the world are in serious trouble from pollution, over-fishing, climate change and more. The last thing they need is an infection. But that's exactly what yellow band disease (YBD) is"”a bacterial infection that sickens coral colonies. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues have found that YBD seems to be getting worse with global warming and announced that they've identified the bacteria responsible for the disease. Just as a...

2008-12-23 11:26:00

P&G to provide a total of US$90,000 for safe drinking water relief effort utilizing its PUR(TM) Purifier of Water technology and its partnership with PSI CINCINNATI, Dec. 23, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) and global health organization Population Services International (PSI) will provide 10 million liters of safe drinking water to help prevent cholera in Zimbabwe. More than one-thousand people have died from the current cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe....

2008-12-11 10:52:00

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $6.2 million and has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to help combat the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe. This assistance is in addition to more than $4.6 million for emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene program that USAID is already implementing in Zimbabwe. This new funding will provide additional health and water,...

2008-12-10 14:01:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Napo") is pleased to announce a collaboration with Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Salix") for the license of crofelemer for all indications in North America, Europe (excluding certain smaller countries), and Japan, and certain indications worldwide. Crofelemer is Napo's novel anti-secretory, gastrointestinal agent currently in a final Phase 3 trial for the treatment of chronic diarrhea in people living with HIV/AIDS (the...

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2008-12-04 14:25:00

Zimbabwe's health minister has announced a national emergency resulting from a deadly cholera outbreak and called for international assistance.Health minister David Parirenyatwa said health officials were suffering from a staff shortage, state media reported on Thursday. The outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 560 people.The declaration came one day after a riot began between police officers and health care workers who were demonstrating for better pay and working conditions in the...

2008-11-23 14:35:00

In 430 B.C., a new and deadly disease"”its cause remains a mystery"”swept into Athens. The walled Greek city-state was teeming with citizens, soldiers and refugees of the war then raging between Athens and Sparta. As streets filled with corpses, social order broke down. Over the next three years, the illness returned twice and Athens lost a third of its population. It lost the war too. The Plague of Athens marked the beginning of the end of the Golden Age of Greece.The Plague of...

2008-11-23 10:33:02

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is trying to cover up the extent of a cholera epidemic in the country, doctors say. Medics protesting outside the Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare were beaten by riot police last week as they called for Mugabe to provide drugs and intravenous drips for cholera victims, The Sunday Times of London reported. The doctors said the government is paralyzed by the cholera crisis and is only interested in covering it up so as not to show any weakness while...

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2008-11-20 13:25:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported Thursday that the number of foodborne diseases seem to be on the rise in both wealthy and poor nations. Jorgen Schlundt, director of food safety at the WHO, said additional research is needed to assess how much illness and death is caused by contaminated food, such as tainted milk in China that sickened thousands and a U.S. outbreak of salmonella that sickened 1,400 people. During a meeting of experts, Schlundt said 30 percent of new infectious...


Latest cholera Reference Libraries

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2011-04-28 16:37:36

Vibrio vulnificus is a species of Gram-negative, motile, curved, rod-shaped bacteria of the Vibrio Genus. Hollis et al. first reported it in 1976. It was given the name Beneckea vulnifica by Reichelt et al. in 1976 and in 1979 Vibrio vulnificus by Farmer. V. vulnificus is related to V. cholerae and is present in marine environments such as estuaries, brackish ponds, or coastal areas. It causes an infection often incurred after eating seafood, especially raw or undercooked oysters. It can...

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2011-04-28 15:06:23

Vibrio cholerae is a gram negative comma-shaped bacterium with a polar flagellum that causes cholera in humans. V. cholerae belongs to the gamma subdivision of the Proteobacteria. Classical and El Tor are the two types of V. Cholerae identified by hemaggluttination testing. El Tor is found throughout the world, while the classical biotype is found only in Bangladesh. It was first isolated as the cause of cholera by Italian anatomist Filippo Pacini in 1854; however, this discovery was not...

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