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2009-07-03 10:55:00

For many parents, the summer season is a time when they send their children off to camps, but in light of the recent spread of the H1N1 swine flu earlier this year, many parents are opting to keep their children at home.Summer camp counselors such as those at New Jersey's Liberty Lake Day Camp are also more aware of the dangers of the H1N1 influenza, which has killed 170 people in the US and more than 300 worldwide."We try to create a temporary community in the summer and we are very vigilant...

2009-07-02 15:41:02

Beijing's municipal health department says some influenza A H1N1 patients have been treated using traditional Chinese medicine. The Beijing Health Bureau said as of Thursday, eight of 17 flu patients handpicked to receive the treatment using 5,000-year-old traditional Chinese medicine were fully recovered, China Daily reported. The non-Tamiflu medication has shown great promise for the remaining nine recovering patients, officials of the Beijing Health Bureau said. The Ministry of Health...

2009-06-23 22:14:25

The World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, says there have been 231 confirmed deaths worldwide attributed to the H1N1 virus. WHO says on its Web site that as of Monday, there have been 52,160 cases of the so-called swine flu confirmed in about 100 nations since the outbreak started in Mexico in April. Mexico has had 7,624 cases and the most deaths -- 113 -- while the United States has had the most cases -- 21,449 -- and 87 deaths. Canada is third in cases and deaths, 5,710 and 13,...

2009-06-21 12:05:00

Brazilian health authorities began their yearly polio vaccination program on Saturday that will immunize 95% of the country's children under the age of five this year. The health ministry says the $24 million campaign will provide 14.7 million children with anti-polio injections. The second stage of the program will be taking place August 22. Polio is an acute viral disease, usually affecting children and young adults, characterized by inflammation of the motor neurons of the brain stem and...

2009-06-19 09:33:29

The swine flu outbreak has called for appropriate and immediate responses from leaders, health officials, virologists and the crucial research community. However, the research community needs to pick up their pace in order to still learn beneficial information from the outbreak, doctors argue in a recent Lancet editorial. The World Health Organization recently declared a global influenza pandemic as a result of over 150 infection-related deaths. Response to the outbreak has been applauded...

2009-06-18 06:12:59

The World Health Organization is looking into a potential outbreak of bubonic plague in Libya near the Egyptian border. According to Libyan officials, one person had died from the disease and several more are sick in the town of Tubruq. The disease, also known as the Black Death, has been reported in sub-Saharan Africa multiple times, but can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early enough. According to Aphaluck Bhatiasevi, spokeswomen for the WHO, the organization received a request...

2009-06-15 06:20:00

On Sunday, Australia announced that it has raised its swine flu alert level during a time that victims have reached a pandemic amount. The country's Health Minister Nicola Roxon said that with the national tally reaching almost 1,500 cases, the whole country will soon move to the "sustain" phase in line with the hotspot state of Victoria. The "sustain" phase is Australia's second highest phase.  It gives authorities the power to cancel sports events, close school and restrict travel,...

2009-06-12 15:58:36

Britain is preparing now for an expected surge in swine flu cases when children return from their summer vacations, health officials said. Millions in Britain could be infected, including an estimated 25 percent of healthcare professionals who would be needed to treat others, Department of Health officials told The Daily Telegraph in a story published Friday. An surge in cases is expected this fall when children return to school and again after the Christmas holidays, the Telegraph reported....

2009-06-11 12:24:05

Health Department officials say residents of Santa Fe County, N.M., should take precautions amid three confirmed cases of bubonic plague in the county. Paul Ettestad, the state public health veterinarian, said residents also need to be cautious with pets that are allowed outside because the county is seeing a number of bubonic plague cases involving animals, The (Santa Fe) New Mexican said Thursday. Besides the human cases, we're also having animal cases, Ettestad said. Those span from Taos...

2009-06-08 09:05:00

According to a report, Australia's second city of Melbourne has become the "swine flu capital of the world," as the country's confirmed tally of the disease soared to 1,009.The health department said Saturday that about 874 infections have been detected in Victoria, with most of those cases concentrated in the north and west of the state capital Melbourne.The Australian newspaper said that the disease has spread over 1,000-fold in the past three weeks, hitting schools in the Melbourne area...

Latest epidemics Reference Libraries

2011-01-12 16:33:15

Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), caused by the dengue virus, is among the spectrum of acute febrile tropical disease and is transmitted by mosquitoes. Occurring mainly in the tropics it can be life threatening and is caused by four closely related virus stereotypes of the genus Flavivirus. It was identified and named in 1779. It has a nickname of "breakbone fever" due to it causing sever generalized bodyache. It tends to be more prevalent in the urban districts of its range...

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