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2006-05-25 10:00:29

GENEVA (Reuters) - Angola's fast-spreading cholera epidemic claimed seven lives in the last 24 hours and has touched most corners of the southern African country, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. The United Nations agency said the outbreak, which has infected nearly 39,000 people and killed more than 1,400 in three months, had reached 12 of the country's 18 provinces. More than half of the infections have occurred near the capital Luanda, on the Atlantic coast....

2006-05-23 08:05:33

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - More than 500 people have died in a cholera outbreak in southern Sudan where two-thirds of the population drink unclean water, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Southern Sudan's towns are overflowing as hundreds of thousands of people return home after a peace deal signed last year to end more than two decades of civil war. Living in crowded, unsanitary conditions, diseases like cholera and meningitis are spreading fast. An outbreak of acute...

2006-03-31 08:41:01

GENEVA (Reuters) - Millions of people are at risk from deadly diseases such as cholera and meningitis in Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday, appealing for funds urgently to combat major outbreaks. "A significant increase in disease incidence and in preventable deaths is expected unless the shortfall of $24 million in funds for health are provided immediately," said Ala Din Alwan, WHO's representative for health action in crises. The United Nations agency, in...

2006-02-20 09:04:49

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Cholera has killed 24 people and infected more than 2,000 others in southern Malawi, where hunger is driving desperate villagers to eat contaminated food, health officials said on Monday. Blantyre, the eastern African nation's commercial hub, and the famous resort district of Mangochi are among the areas hardest hit by an outbreak of the disease, Secretary of Health Wesley Sangala told Reuters. At least 2,265 people have been infected, he said. The outbreak...

2006-01-11 20:23:16

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While diarrhea, fever and skin diseases still predominate among symptoms experienced by travelers to developing countries, the cause varies according to region visited, data from a large collaborative database show. Destination-specific differences can help guide diagnosis and therapy, according to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine for January 12. Most of the information concerning illness in returned travelers is based on...

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2005-09-30 17:00:00

Oakland, CA --  A new study conducted by researchers at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland is the first to discover that a chemical in cocoa beans can limit the development of fluids that cause diarrhea. Cocoa beans contain a large amount of chemicals called flavonoids. Scientists believe that these flavonoids can be used to create natural supplements to ease diarrhea symptoms. Dark chocolate contains high concentrations of cocoa and may offer mild relief. The study,...

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2005-09-17 10:10:00

NEW ORLEANS -- The most outrageous rumor was the report about two dogs poisoned by the toxic floodwaters that filled many New Orleans neighborhoods. At the start of the flooding, as the waters of already less-than-pristine Lake Pontchartrain poured through collapsed levees into low-lying areas, health experts and environmentalists feared the flood would break open chemical tanks, barrels of oil, and solvents. They worried that sitting floodwaters could dissolve the contents of buried...

2005-09-13 11:46:57

Washington, DC--September 13, 2005--In the wake of Katrina, the public health threats from infectious diseases in hurricane-devastated areas are more likely to come from milder, more common infections rather than exotic diseases. These common infections can often be prevented using simple hygiene measures and a little common sense. "Deadly diseases, such as typhoid or cholera, are unlikely to break out after hurricanes and floods in areas where these diseases do not already naturally occur,"...

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...

2005-09-07 13:30:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As many as five people have died from 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 patients, evidently evacuees, appear to have been infected with Vibrio vulnificus bacteria, a water-borne pathogen that is related to the bacteria that cause cholera and is common in water off the Gulf of Mexico. "There was one in Texas and I think three or four in...


Latest Water-borne diseases Reference Libraries

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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...

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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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