A deadly and infectious condition know as 'zombie deer disease' is said to be spreading rapidly across the US - and humans could be next, an expert has warned. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is currently plaguing deer, elk and moose across 24 states and two Canadian provinces. The disease attacks the brain, spinal chord and other tissues in the creature, before ultimately resulting in death. It also causes dramatic weight-loss, loss of coordination and bouts of hyper-aggression. WHAT IS 'ZOMBIE DEER DISEASE'? As of January 2019, Chronic wasting disease (CWD), also known as 'zombie deer disease,' has been reported in 24 US states and two Canadian provinces. The infection attacks the brain, spinal
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say the flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 47 percent effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send someone to the doctor's office. Officials are generally pleased if a flu vaccine works in 40 to 60 percent of people. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the estimates Thursday. CDC officials estimate that somewhere between 10,000 and 16,000 people have died from flu and its complications so far this season. Last season, an estimated 80,000 died. Overall, flu is widespread in 47 states, according to the most recent CDC
MARYLAND — At least 63 more illnesses have been confirmed due to a salmonella outbreak that federal health officials have linked to raw turkey products. The new illnesses — which include four Maryland cases — were added to the list since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's last update on Dec. 21. In total, 279 people have become infected with salmonella in 41 states and the District of Columbia as of Feb. 13. At least one person has died and 107 people have been hospitalized, officials said. The raw turkey products making people sick have come from a variety of sources, the CDC says. Ill people have reported eating different types and brands of turkey products and at least four ill
CALmatters.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California policies and politics. Three years after California stopped allowing families to easily opt out of childhood vaccines, the number of kids getting medical waivers has tripled—the result, critics say, of some doctors loosely issuing exemptions to help families get around the law. The decrease has left some counties, including Nevada and Plumas, below the recommended vaccination rate required for "community immunity" against dangerous diseases such as measles and whooping cough. The authors interviewed local public health officers across the state, some of whom complained of doctors charging fees in exchange for writing exemptions.
(HealthDay) SATURDAY, Feb. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Following the recipe for food safety is a must anytime you're in the kitchen, and it starts with clean hands, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. "Always wash your hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food," spokeswoman Isabel Maples advised in an academy news release. "Don't forget to wash your hands after handling raw meat and poultry to avoid spreading germs through the juices." Wash fruits and vegetables, but don't wash meat and poultry before cooking. Doing so could spread harmful bacteria to your sink and surrounding kitchen areas, she explained. "Clean your countertops with hot, soapy water.
Cases of infectious diseases with enormous public health influence have been reported in different countries in West Africa. During clinical Ebola investigations in West African countries, the biomedical community raised concerns regarding the prospects of bioterrorism. The situation of the biological warfare has been encouraged by the advances in aeronautical technologies that have made it easier for these weapons to be launched even through bomblets delivered by aircraft or spray tanks straddled on aircraft or tall buildings. In most cases around the world, public health is an important tool for the containment of infectious diseases through investigation, detection and tracking of outbreaks, identification of etiologic agents and their modes of transmission and the creation of prevention and control strategies.
Farmers in 45 countries still use antibiotics to boost animal growth, despite warnings from health experts and bans on the practice in many parts of the world, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday. Of 155 countries that reported data for 2015 to 2017 in an OIE update on use of drugs in livestock farming, 45 said antibiotics were given to animals to prevent infections and fatten them up. Among those, 12 countries said a "last resort" drug known as colistin is still being used as a growth promoter. The use of antibiotics to promote growth in healthy animals has been banned in Europe Union since 2006 and in the United States since 2017 because it fuels the development of dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people.
The country has been hit by African Swine Fever (ASF) which has already caused the death of 156 pigs in Nyakomba and Nyamaropa areas in Manicaland. Government has since moved in to curb the spread of the transboundary animal disease that is highly contagious and can be spread by live or dead pigs, domestic or wild pigs and pork products. A quarantine has been imposed on Nyanga District and the movement of live pigs and pig products into and out of the area have been banned to avoid the spread of the disease to other areas. Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement director for the Department of Veterinary Service, Dr Josphat Nyika, yesterday confirmed the outbreak of the fever.
President Mnangagwa has declared Harare Metropolitan Province and other areas a state of disaster due to the intermittent outbreaks of cholera. The notice was published in the Government Gazette General Notice 268 of 2019 yesterday. "It is hereby notified that His Excellency the President has in terms of Section 27(1) of the Civil Protection Act (Chapter 10:06) declared that because of the public emergency occasioned by the intermittent outbreaks of cholera in Harare Metropolitan Province and other areas affected, a state of disaster exists with effect from September 2018," reads the gazette The President's declaration was prompted by a series of cholera outbreaks in some suburbs in Harare and
The last four years of the Narendra Modi government have seen trajectory-altering policies and programmes covering a broad spectrum of areas, from Sagarmala targeting the waterways and coastline for enhancing port development and pushing the growth of coastal areas; to Digital India enabling online infrastructure and internet connectivity. India is currently also undergoing a powerful wave of social and behavioural change movements, with Swachh Bharat Mission ensuring 601 open defecation free districts in 2019. This movement towards a clean India is being complemented by the 'Eat Right India Movement' launched by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with its key focus on public health and safe food.
SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (AP) — An unlicensed landfill just south of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta has been burning for nearly five months, sending sulfur-scented smoke throughout the area. State Environmental Protection Division spokesman Kevin Chambers tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the property owner hasn't cooperated with efforts to dampen the flames. South Fulton Mayor Bill Edwards says Tandy Ross Bullock has already been jailed twice over the six-acre fire. The county has been fighting with Bullock over the unlicensed landfill since at least 2007. State environmental officials and Democratic Rep. Debra Bazemore say emergency funds will be used to extinguish
HAYWARD, CA — A rabid bat has been found at Southland Mall in Hayward, the Alameda County Public Health Department reported Friday afternoon. The bat was found at entrance 8 on Feb. 5 but was not submitted to the health department laboratory for testing until Feb. 13. The health department is warning that "Anyone who touched or may have been bitten by this bat may have been exposed to rabies and should call the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m." Since we are going into a holiday weekend, between now and Tuesday, callers should follow the voicemail prompts to reach the Public Health Duty Officer on-call. The health department
OTTAWA, Feb. 15, 2019 /CNW/ - The food recall warning issued earlier today has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation. Old Fashion Foods is recalling repackaged Brewers Yeast Debittered from the marketplace because it contains peanut which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to peanut should not consume the recalled products described below. The following products have been sold in Saskatchewan. Recalled product What you should do Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the
Researchers from the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP) say that the Government will know by the end of March if mosquitoes on the eastern side of the island have also become resistant to insecticides. The United States Agency for International Development-funded programme was tasked with conducting tests on mosquitoes islandwide after it was discovered that mosquitoes in St Andrew had become resistant to common insecticides. ZAP Entomology Manager Dr Sheena Francis says that insecticide resistance is a global problem and other Caribbean countries have also reported resistance in mosquitoes. She noted that the resistance in St Andrew mosquitoes does not necessarily indicate an islandwide problem. “Mosquitoes
Health officials in San Diego are warning parents about a suspected wind-borne disease that has sickened 16 children since the beginning of 2019. They caution that the tally will likely rise through March, as Kawasaki disease, which can lead to heart disease and sudden death, has been tracked in a winter-spring seasonality pattern, Fox 5 San Diego reported. “Kawasaki disease is not an illness many physicians have diagnosed, and it can initially be confused with other more common illnesses,” Wilma Wooten, San Diego County Public Health Officer, said in a news release. “We are alerting health professionals and parents today to raise awareness of the increased Kawasaki disease activity currently