Epidemics - page 5

HIV budding

Tracking the origins of HIV

Alfred Roca, an assistant professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, thinks that the genomes of an isolated West African human population provide important clues about how the Human immunodeficiency

December 26, 2012

amca_img_hp slideshow 01

2012 record setting West Nile Virus year

The summer of 2012 has seen the worst outbreak of the West Nile Virus since its discovery during 1999 in the U.S.  The record high temperatures appear to have allowed for the rapid spread of mosquito-borne arboviruses.  With over 50% of the cases appearing Texas, the

September 14, 2012

West Nile Virus

Largest outbreak of West Nile virus in United States

According to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the recent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever seen in the United States.West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. The disease was first detected in the United States

August 22, 2012

Harbor Seal Pup1

Mutated flu virus is killing New England harbor seals

In the fall of 2011, 162 young harbor seals were discovered stranded or dead on New England beaches. It was officially declared and classified as UME (Unusual Mortality Event) by federal government. H3N8 seal virus is likely to have caused the 2011 mortality event in

August 08, 2012

ebola outbreak uganda

Outbreak of Ebola virus in Uganda - quarantine near impossible

The Ugandan Government has created an emergency task force to deal with an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Dozens of terrified patients have fled hospitals afraid of contracting the disease, making quarantine near-impossible.The onset of the virus outbreak – the third

July 31, 2012


Scientist found new powerful way to combat flu viruses

International research team has manufactured a new protein that can combat deadly flu epidemics. Scientists used manufactured genes as antivirals, which disable key functions of the flu virus. The most potent design has proven effective on the vulnerable sites on

June 01, 2012


Squirrel tested postive for plague in US

A ground squirrel found in the Cedar Grove Campground on Palomar Mountain has tested positive for plague, San Diego County health officials announced on May 3rd. Officials found the infected animal during routine monitoring, according to local North Country Times.

May 07, 2012

images183132_benh la

Deadly mysterious disease claiming victims in Vietnam

Vietnam has asked international health experts to help investigate a mystery illness that has killed 19 people and sickened 171 others in an impoverished district in central Vietnam. Most of the patients are from Ba Dien village in Ba To. It is one of the poorest

April 23, 2012

757px Aedes_aegypti_biting_human

Dengue numbers in Sri Lanka triple in first quarter of 2012

Sri Lankan health personnel have reported a three-fold increase in the number of recorded dengue fever cases in the first quarter of this year. The Epidemiology Unit said 9,317 dengue cases and 38 deaths were reported in the first three months of 2012, against 3,103

April 19, 2012


27 districts in Nepal face high risk of bird flu

The Directorate of Animal Health (DAH) reported that 27 districts, including the capital Kathmandu, are facing high risk of bird flu.DAH program director Ram Krishna Khatiwada said during a press meeting on Sunday that they had intensified surveillance in those high

April 02, 2012

hong kong market

Winter solstice in Hong Kong - H5N1 avian flu virus found in chickens

At the same time we saw mass media making news of Dutch scientists who created highly contagious killer bird flu, yesterday, deadly H5N1 avian flu virus was found in a chicken carcass at a wholesale market in Hong Kong. Workers began culling 19,451 birds, including

December 22, 2011

Dutch scientists bird flu

Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu

A deadly strain of bird flu with the potential to infect and kill millions of people has been created in a laboratory by European scientists – who now want to publish full details of how they did it. The discovery has prompted fears within the US Government that the

December 21, 2011


Europe must take action to prevent continued measles outbreak in 2012

Measles, a highly infectious vaccine-preventable disease, remains one of the leading causes of childhood mortality, leading to an estimated 450 deaths each day worldwide. Rubella is an infection that is usually mild when experienced in childhood, but it can often

December 12, 2011


Crow deaths in India

The mysterious epidemic that has claimed hundreds of crows in Jharkhand has now spread to Hazaribagh, with 350 crow deaths in Vishnugarh and Katkamsandi over the weekend, triggering panic among residents who have been advised by experts not to touch the carcasses....

December 12, 2011


Bird flu virus can be modified into bioweapon?

Scientists and security specialists are in the midst of a fierce debate over recent experiments on a strain of bird flu virus that made it more contagious. The H5N1 virus has been circulating among birds and other animals in recent years. It's also infected about

November 20, 2011

zimbabwe cholera 2008 12 10 13 33 1

Typhoid outbreak in Zimbabwe due to shortage of clean water

A shortage of clean water and adequate sanitation in one of the most populous townships in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, have caused typhoid outbreak. Experts warn it could herald the resurgence of cholera. Most of the typhoid infections have occurred in the highly

November 18, 2011

Vaccine immune

Baxter recalls 300,000 Preflucel flu vaccines for serious adverse reactions

Baxter Healthcare Corp. has announced it is recalling roughly 300,000 doses of its Preflucel influenza vaccine due to what it says is an excessive number of adverse events. Baxter is the same drug company that was caught inserting Avian Flu Virus into flu vaccines back

November 11, 2011