Latest cholera Stories

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...

2008-11-11 15:45:00

Researchers say they are now using satellite monitoring of marine environments for predicting cholera outbreaks. Cholera outbreaks follow seasonal increases in sea temperature, scientists said, and this could provide an early warning system for India and Bangladesh where cholera epidemics occur regularly. Tiny animals, which increase in number with sea temperature rise, bring the cholera pathogen into the drinking water supply. The satellites were able to pick up sea temperature changes in...

2008-10-24 13:25:49

United Nations agencies said on Friday that a dangerous cholera epidemic is spreading quickly in Guinea-Bissau, where campaigning for an upcoming election could put even more people at risk. So far this year, some 12,225 people in the West African state have caught cholera and 201 have died, raising fears among aid workers that the water-borne disease could resurge on the devastating scale seen in 2005. More than 1,000 people were getting infected each month in Guinea-Bissau, with the capital...

2008-10-13 12:00:41

Text of report by Afghan independent Tolo TV, on 13 October [Presenter] Public Health Ministry has confirmed the spread of a mild form of cholera in some parts of the country. A spokesman for the Public Health Ministry told a joint news conference with the person in charge of technical affairs at the World Health Organization today that three types of the disease have spread in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and India. He said the bug which has caused the disease in Afghanistan causes a...

2008-09-23 06:00:32

Napo Pharmaceuticals has announced positive clinical data on the effectiveness of crofelemer from a study for CRO-ID in treating severely ill cholera patients in conjunction with an antibiotic and rehydration therapy. A double-blind placebo-controlled study was conducted in 100 patients with confirmed severe cholera. Patients were randomized to placebo or 125mg crofelemer every six hours or 250mg crofelemer every six hours in a 1:2:2 randomization scheme. The purpose of the trial was to...

2008-09-22 12:00:11

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Maureen Dempsey, +1-212-300-1806, mdempsey@apcoworldwide.com, for Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Napo Pharmaceuticals (LSE: NAPL/NAPU) today announces positive clinical data on the effectiveness of crofelemer from a study for CRO-ID in treating severely ill cholera patients in conjunction with an antibiotic and rehydration therapy. A double-blind placebo-controlled study was conducted in one hundred (100) patients with...

2008-09-22 09:00:58

Waterborne diseases stalk flood relief camps in Nepal KATHMANDU, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- A number of Saptakoshi flood victims in southeastern Nepal have been suffering from waterborne diseases, local news website THT Online reported Saturday. During a medical check-up among flood victims putting up in Bhardaha-based temporary relief camps, 11 were found to be suffering from cholera, Dr. Sarbesh Jha, Saptari medical officer of the World Health Organization, said. According to him, most...

2008-09-21 12:00:10

By David Servan-Schreiber There is an epidemic of cancer today. One in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, often before the age of 65. I have been on the wrong side of this statistic since I was 31 years old, when I discovered I had brain cancer. Since 1940, we have seen in Western societies a marked and rapid increase in common types of cancer. In fact, cancer in children and adolescents has been rising by 1 to 1.5 percent a year since the 1960's. And these are cancers for...

2008-09-19 12:00:35

Text of report in English by Kuwaiti government-owned news agency Kuna website By Mubarak al-Hajeri Kuwait, Sept 19 (Kuna) - Kuwait has taken necessary measures as advised by the world health organization to prevent possible spill over of cholera, now reported in neighbouring Iraq. In remarks to Kuna on Friday, Dr Ali al-Sayf, the assistant undersecretary for public health affairs, said Kuwait had taken all the needed precautions after reported outbreak of the disease in Iraq. The...

2008-09-17 15:00:37

Iraqi health officials said 107 cases of cholera have been confirmed in the central and southern regions of the country. Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease that is often spread by contaminated water. Ihssan Jaafar, a spokesman for the ministry's cholera control unit, said health officials are offering medical treatment and raising awareness of the outbreak among the public, the U.N's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Wednesday. He said patients are being treated...

Latest cholera Reference Libraries

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...

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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