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2005-09-07 14:59:43

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three people have died from bacterial infections in Gulf states after Hurricane Katrina, and tests confirm that the water flooding New Orleans is a stew of sewage-borne bacteria, federal officials said on Wednesday. A fourth person in the Gulf region is suspected to be infected with Vibrio vulnificus, a common marine bacteria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Julie Gerberding told reporters,...

2005-09-07 13:35:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three people have died from suspected bacterial infections caused by the dirty water that Hurricane Katrina drove ashore last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The CDC initially said it had reports that up to five people had died, but CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said three had died and another one was ill. The patients, possibly evacuees, were infected with Vibrio vulnificus bacteria, a water-borne pathogen that is...

2005-09-06 16:12:58

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal health officials disputed criticisms on Tuesday that the government was not prepared to deal with disaster, saying their agencies at least were ready. Health experts on the ground also said they had not been caught by surprise, noting that some teams arrived a day before Katrina hit the Gulf coast and that preparations began a week in advance. Field hospitals have been installed across the Southeast and...

2005-09-01 16:49:13

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Experts in sanitation, infectious disease and mosquito-borne illnesses are heading to the Gulf region to help cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the CDC is combing its ranks for doctors who can pitch in. But there is not a rush to send hundreds of personnel yet, because it is not clear what is going on and resources must be saved for the long haul, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

2005-07-21 16:10:33

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Levels of lead have dropped dramatically, exposure to second-hand smoke is down and most women are not burdened by unsafe levels of mercury, according to the latest U.S. government survey on chemical exposures. The third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has details on 148 different chemicals found in the blood and urine...

2005-07-19 17:29:19

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal health officials affirmed the safety of vaccines on Tuesday in an unusual news conference called to counter a growing movement alleging that vaccines can cause autism. Autism activists planned a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to press their contention that the government has covered up evidence linking autism to a mercury-based product once used in vaccines. They will also demand more research...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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