Latest Water-borne diseases Stories

2008-07-21 12:00:20

Callisto Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Pink Sheets: CLSP; FWB: CA4), announced today that its Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. closed a $3.0 million private placement. The proceeds of the private placement will be used to fund the development of SP-304, its guanylate cyclase C (GC-C) receptor agonist, for chronic constipation (CC) and constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C). Simultaneously with the closing of the placement, Callisto and certain recipients of Synergy restricted stock...

2008-07-17 18:00:27

By Jeff Mosier, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 17--A popular private lake in Fort Worth has temporarily closed after eight customers were diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, a disease caused by a microscopic parasite. The Tarrant County Public Health Department announced this morning that Burger's Lake had voluntarily closed the night before. Vanessa Joseph, a county public health spokeswoman, said water samples had been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and...

2008-07-17 15:00:36

By Jeff Mosier, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 17--A popular private lake in Fort Worth has temporarily closed after several customers were diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, a disease caused by a microscopic parasite. The Tarrant County Public Health Department held a news conference this morning to announce the closing of Burger's Lake. The 30-acre park has a 1-acre spring-fed pool, a water slide, a trapeze that swings over the water, beaches and picnic tables, according to its Web site....

2008-07-16 09:00:15

Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPTR) today announced positive results from its first double-blind Phase 3 trial assessing the safety and efficacy of Prulifloxacin as a once-daily (600 mg), three-day oral therapy for infectious diarrhea. The top-line analysis of data from this study shows that Prulifloxacin met the primary endpoint of Time to Last Unformed Stool (TLUS) in both the mITT (modified intent-to-treat; n=187) and microbiologically evaluable (per protocol; n=165)...

2008-07-12 06:00:28

By Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 12--Yet another diarrhea-inducing illness is plaguing Franklin County, and this time it is highly infectious and easily spread from person to person. City and county health officials have seen a spike in cases of shigellosis, an infection with bacteria that live in feces. Toddlers, especially those who are potty training, are particularly prone to spreading infection. Transmission at day-care centers and in kiddie pools is a prime...

2008-06-25 12:02:34

Some 250,000 residents of Britain's East Midlands have been warned to boil their drinking water to ward off possible cryptosporidium bacteria contamination. The advisory was posted in Northamptonshire, where county officials discovered the bacteria in water samples and have issued an alert affecting 108,000 properties, The Times of London reported Wednesday. Officials were handing out bottled water to vulnerable residents, including the young and the elderly, who are most prone to suffer...

2008-06-16 21:00:24

By Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jun. 16--A cluster of E. coli cases in Franklin County was declared an outbreak today, as reports of new cases accumulated and workers in a local emergency room registered an unusual number of patients with gastrointestinal woes. Three E. coli cases within the county have been linked genetically, which means they are likely from the same source. That prompted the Columbus Public Health declaration of an outbreak. Four new cases are being...

2008-06-13 11:37:39

The development of a new experimental patch could protect travelers from developing diarrhea, known as Montezuma's Revenge.Created by Iomai Corp., the needle-free vaccine protected more than 70 percent of visitors to Mexico and Guatemala from becoming ill, according to a research report published in the Lancet medical journal on Wednesday."I think it's one of the most exciting new developments in travel medicine," said Dr. Herbert DuPont of the University of Texas in Houston, who helped test...

2008-05-28 08:40:00

Despite claims by Myanmar's junta that health conditions are normal in the nation's devastated Irawaddy delta, many believe the area is a recipe for disease.Myint Hlaing and his family cook and bathe with water from an irrigation ditch fouled by human waste and a rotting cow carcass.  His 10-year-old daughter suffers from diarrhea, while his family and other cyclone survivors endure daily rains in damaged huts as monsoon season approaches."Shelter is the most important thing we need,"...

2008-04-11 14:15:00

Government officials released a 10-state report on Thursday that found the country's efforts to cut foodborne illnesses have not succeeded in reducing the number of infections. The report found infections from Salmonella, Listeria, E.coli O157, Shigella and others remained fairly flat in 2007 compared with the three previous years. The report also showed that levels of Cryptosporidium, a parasite that causes diarrhea, actually increased in 2007 compared with 2004-2006.Data for the report...

Latest Water-borne diseases 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...

2011-04-14 16:27:41

Campylobacter jejuni is a species of curved, helical shaped, non-spore forming, Gram-negative microaerophilic, bacteria commonly found in animal feces. It is one of the most common causes of human gastroenteritis in the world. This food poisoning can be severely debilitating but rarely life-threatening. It has also been linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome which generally develops two to three weeks after the initial illness. It is commonly associated with poultry, and it naturally colonizes...

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