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2009-07-22 17:02:05

A study in Mali and Senegal where river blindness was endemic has provided evidence of the feasibility of the disease's elimination, researchers said. Previously, it was thought that elimination of river blandness, also known as onchocerciasis, was only possible in the limited, isolated areas in the Americas where the disease is endemic, officials at the World Health Organization in Switzerland. This evidence is an historic milestone -- it has far-reaching implications for the fight against...

2009-06-23 09:30:00

Despite economic challenges, donations exceed expectations BIRMINGHAM, England, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the final push to rid the world of a crippling and potentially fatal disease, Rotary International today announced that it has raised US$90.7 million toward its US$200 Million Challenge, a fundraising effort to end polio worldwide. Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Jonathan Majiyagbe announced the new figure to an international audience of 18,000 Rotary members at the...

2009-04-16 11:49:55

Some countries still harbor wild poliovirus, so all polio-free countries need to maintain sensitive surveillance systems, U.S. health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Weekly Report released Thursday said that from 2007-2008, the cases of polio in Africa increased 144 percent, from 387 cases in 2007 to 946 in 2008, primarily because of a resurgence of cases in Nigeria as well as increases in Angola, Chad and Sudan. The importations of wild poliovirus resulted...

2009-02-03 10:48:00

Volunteers play a critical role in world's largest global health endeavor EVANSTON, Ill., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the coming months, hundreds of Rotary club members from the United States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Italy, Korea, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean will join thousands of their fellow Rotary members, other volunteers and health workers to immunize children against polio in India and Nigeria. Through Rotary International, the fight against this crippling...

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2009-01-21 13:43:10

According to the Associated Press, the international effort to eradicate polio was boosted by a donation of over $630 million from Bill Gates and other donors, after the disease spiked and spread to seven countries that were previously polio-free. The money will be donated over the span of two years, according to official announcements on Wednesday from Gates' foundation and the charity group Rotary International along with the British and German governments. However, the World Health...

2008-12-04 18:00:00

- GSK CEO marks 10th anniversary of drive to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) with donation of one-billionth albendazole tablet and grant to The Carter Center LONDON and PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a meeting today with former U.S. President and founder of The Carter Center, Jimmy Carter, as well as global health thought leaders from around the world, GlaxoSmithKline (LSE/NYSE: GSK) announced that it has made a $250,000 donation to The Carter Center to assist the...

2008-12-04 09:00:00

The Eastern Mediterranean region achieves measles goal three years early ATLANTA and GENEVA and NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74% between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750,000 to 197,000. In addition, the Eastern Mediterranean region* which includes countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and the Sudan has cut measles deaths by a remarkable 90% -- from an estimated 96,000 to 10,000 -- during the same period, thus...

2006-03-11 04:59:11

By Tim Cocks KAALOKOL, Kenya (Reuters) - Millions of children in drought-hit East Africa are threatened by a "lethal cocktail" of measles and malnutrition and urgently need vaccinations against the highly infectious disease, a U.N. official said. "The high rates of malnutrition among these children means they're extremely vulnerable to diseases, especially measles," said Geoff Wiffin, East and Southern Africa Regional Emergency adviser for the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF), on...

2006-01-31 13:32:26

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it is about to announce that Egypt is polio-free, for the first time in 5,000 years, bringing global eradication a step closer. The last sample of the crippling virus in Egypt was found in sewage in mid-January 2005, but the U.N. agency said it is waiting for the final data for this month before making an expected announcement on Wednesday. A full year must pass without any new detection of...

2005-10-12 13:06:10

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N.-led campaign conceded on Wednesday that it would miss its target of halting the spread of polio worldwide in 2005, saying it would take another year to complete the job in northern Nigeria. Although cases have plummeted from 350,000 a year when the $4 billion campaign was launched in 1988, the virus is still crippling children in Africa's most populous country and has reinfected many surrounding countries, it said. So far this year...


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Guinea Worm, Dracunculus medinensis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is a species of roundworm with the Nematoda phylum. This species is once ranged throughout Asia and Africa, including the west coasts of Africa in Guinea. Although it is not present in this range anymore, the species retains its common name. It was identified in this area by Carl Linnaeus, who discovered the parasite in many merchants along the coast. Its scientific name was also given due to a large population in one area, called Medina. Dracunculus...

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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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