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Message 1775017 - Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 1:42:58 UTC - in response to Message 1774909.  

WHO downgrades Ebola health risk

Ebola is no longer an "extraordinary health event" and the risk of the virus spreading is low, the World Health Organization says.

It means the disease is not thought to be a significant public health threat to countries outside of those affected in West Africa.

A small cluster of cases are still occurring in Guinea, but Sierra Leone and Liberia have not had any in months.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35921161
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Message 1775113 - Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 21:51:54 UTC - in response to Message 1775017.  
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Measles Reported In One Of California’s Most Unvaccinated Counties


An unvaccinated child has been diagnosed with measles in a California county with one of the state’s lowest rates for kindergarten immunization, the state’s department of public health announced Tuesday.

The department is investigating the child, who attends Yuba River Charter School in Nevada County and showed symptoms of measles after returning home from from a trip overseas. He has recovered but was infectious at school on March 17.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-nevada-county-measles-case_us_56faf06ae4b0daf53aede292?ir=Healthy+Living&section=us_healthy-living
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Message 1775425 - Posted: 31 Mar 2016, 21:29:09 UTC - in response to Message 1775113.  

Experts warn complacency on Ebola may leave vaccine work unfinished

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola emergency over, but action is still needed to fully develop effective vaccines and prepare the world for future outbreaks, experts said on Thursday.

Great progress has been made in Ebola vaccine development in the last two years, according to a report by an international panel of infectious disease experts, but this "could grind to a halt as memories of the outbreak in West Africa begin to fade".

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-ebola-vaccine-idUSKCN0WX1OW
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Message 1775589 - Posted: 1 Apr 2016, 17:32:27 UTC - in response to Message 1775425.  

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Liberia Suffers New Ebola Death Months After Outbreak Declared Over

MONROVIA, April 1 (Reuters) - A woman has died of Ebola in Liberia, months after the West African nation was declared free of the virus and weeks after neighboring Guinea also recorded a new flare-up, health officials said on Friday.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/liberia-new-ebola-death_us_56fe7312e4b0daf53aef62ad
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Message 1775774 - Posted: 2 Apr 2016, 17:57:13 UTC - in response to Message 1775589.  

Ebola Is Spreading Again in West Africa — But This Time There's a Plan to Stop It

At least 13 new cases of Ebola have been reported in West Africa in recent weeks, reviving fears of another deadly outbreak more than two years after the hemorrhagic fever began killing thousands in the region.

https://news.vice.com/article/ebola-spreading-west-africa-guinea-liberia-sierra-leone-vsv-ebov-vaccine
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Message 1775778 - Posted: 2 Apr 2016, 18:29:07 UTC

A link to understanding challenges and solutions to global health issues from an inter-disciplinary perspective.
https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-global-health-kix-kiglobalhx#!
There is also a new BOINC project, Help Stop TB, that has started.
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world's most dangerous diseases, and has plagued humans for thousands of years. About one-third of the world's population is currently infected, with 1.5 million people dying in 2014 alone, and the World Health Organization now ranks TB alongside HIV as the world's deadliest infectious disease. Through Help Stop TB, researchers are using World Community Grid to help fight this deadly disease.

https://secure.worldcommunitygrid.org/research/hst1/overview.do
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Message 1776032 - Posted: 3 Apr 2016, 21:32:30 UTC - in response to Message 1775778.  

Liberia confirms 2nd new Ebola case, possibly from Guinea

MONROVIA, Liberia — A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia months after the country had been declared free from transmissions, health officials said Sunday.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/once-ebola-free-liberia-confirms-2nd-case/2016/04/03/0f54784e-f986-11e5-813a-90ab563f0dde_story.html

Thanks for the fight TB link, janneseti
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Message 1776093 - Posted: 4 Apr 2016, 3:54:08 UTC

Sorry Lynn I'm not high jacking the thread with this post.

This last week I watched a award winner show on the ABC called Landline at the end of the show the said one of the reporters had won a award for a story about Q fever.

When I was 17 I worked in a slaughter house and became very sick for a few days .

High Temp , shivers , and my joints ached , at the time my father was going to take me to a hospital as he was worried however being a bloke I just said no dad I'm ok it's just Q fever and i'll be ok in a few days it doesn't kill just makes you sick like the flu .

Well I was wrong there are long term side effects that 20% of people get .

These effects are usually like Chronic fatigue syndrome .

Normally you only get it working around Beef , goats , sheep . It can also live in the soil for years and when a drought comes it can then be kicked up in the dust and become air bourne

So if you live in the country near farms and have become sick and suffer Chronic fatigue syndrome then you may have cought Q-Fever and you may want to have a test to see if you have the antibodies in your blood witch means you have cought Q-Fever at some time and can get help for the Chronic fatigue syndrome and depression that it can cause

There was a outbreak in Norway only a few years ago and 50,000 people became infected with it in a town and shows you that you don't have to live on the door step of a farm to get but just live near in a farming town and the government order'd a cull of all the infected goats in that country .

Australia has the only known vaccine for humans and the French have one for animals .

I'll put a link to it at ABC but I'm not shore if you will be able to watch the story but try it and see .

http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2015/s4333689.htm

I'm putting this up as some of our users have said they have Chronic fatigue syndrome and they can't get help so if you lived in the country in a farming area you may have had Q-Fever .(Suzie)

The latest outbreak in Australia saw 5 people get sick but it was not till a 6th person got sick and actually got a diagnosis of Q-Fever that the Farmer of the property realised what was going on .

It is common for this not to be diagnosed as people tend to think it's just the flu
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Message 1776258 - Posted: 4 Apr 2016, 21:40:19 UTC - in response to Message 1776093.  

Sorry Lynn I'm not high jacking the thread with this post.

This last week I watched a award winner show on the ABC called Landline at the end of the show the said one of the reporters had won a award for a story about Q fever.

When I was 17 I worked in a slaughter house and became very sick for a few days .

High Temp , shivers , and my joints ached , at the time my father was going to take me to a hospital as he was worried however being a bloke I just said no dad I'm ok it's just Q fever and i'll be ok in a few days it doesn't kill just makes you sick like the flu .

Well I was wrong there are long term side effects that 20% of people get .

These effects are usually like Chronic fatigue syndrome .

Normally you only get it working around Beef , goats , sheep . It can also live in the soil for years and when a drought comes it can then be kicked up in the dust and become air bourne

So if you live in the country near farms and have become sick and suffer Chronic fatigue syndrome then you may have cought Q-Fever and you may want to have a test to see if you have the antibodies in your blood witch means you have cought Q-Fever at some time and can get help for the Chronic fatigue syndrome and depression that it can cause

There was a outbreak in Norway only a few years ago and 50,000 people became infected with it in a town and shows you that you don't have to live on the door step of a farm to get but just live near in a farming town and the government order'd a cull of all the infected goats in that country .

Australia has the only known vaccine for humans and the French have one for animals .

I'll put a link to it at ABC but I'm not shore if you will be able to watch the story but try it and see .

http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2015/s4333689.htm

I'm putting this up as some of our users have said they have Chronic fatigue syndrome and they can't get help so if you lived in the country in a farming area you may have had Q-Fever .(Suzie)

The latest outbreak in Australia saw 5 people get sick but it was not till a 6th person got sick and actually got a diagnosis of Q-Fever that the Farmer of the property realised what was going on .

It is common for this not to be diagnosed as people tend to think it's just the flu


Thanks for posting this. Makes sense to me.
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Message 1776259 - Posted: 4 Apr 2016, 21:41:53 UTC - in response to Message 1776258.  

Probe of Ebola flareup in Liberia widens; Woman traveled from Guinea after husband died

A 30-year-old woman who died from Ebola last week arrived in Liberia from Guinea, where her husband had died of unknown causes, the World Health Organization said Monday as it traced the source of a flareup that put authorities on high alert for the virus that had been nearly stamped out after a two-year outbreak in West Africa.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/4/probe-ebola-flareup-liberia-widens/
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Message 1776357 - Posted: 5 Apr 2016, 9:39:43 UTC

Thanx for the many updates Lynn :)
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Message 1776670 - Posted: 6 Apr 2016, 18:16:18 UTC - in response to Message 1776357.  

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Ebola claims another victim in Guinea as vaccinations ramped up

Conakry (AFP) - A new outbreak of Ebola in rural Guinea has claimed another victim, health authorities said Tuesday, as experts work to establish whether a cluster of deaths there is linked to two other cases in Liberia.

"We have eight deaths out of nine confirmed cases. The last fatality dates back to Sunday," said Ibrahima Sylla, spokesman for Guinea's Ebola response unit.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ebola-claims-another-victim-guinea-vaccinations-ramped-192323781.html
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Message 1776909 - Posted: 7 Apr 2016, 18:41:28 UTC - in response to Message 1776670.  

US Lawmakers Warned Against Short-Changing Ebola to Fight Zika

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U.S. lawmakers and international health officials warned against siphoning funds for Ebola to fight the Zika virus one day after the Obama administration announced plans to do just that.

“While new cases of Ebola have been dramatically reduced, Ebola is not over. And the conditions that made it an epidemic persist,” said Democratic Senator Ed Markey at a hearing of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa.

http://www.voanews.com/content/us-lawmakers-warned-short-changing-ebola-fight-zika/3274877.html
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Message 1776913 - Posted: 7 Apr 2016, 19:14:12 UTC

2015 flu jab was wrong one.
Flu jab blunder fuelled biggest spike in deaths since 1960s

The flu jab blunder contributed to the largest spike in deaths in a generation, new figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

An extra 28,189 people died last year compared with 2014, the largest percentage increase since 1968. The majority of the excess deaths, 24,000, were people aged over 75, many of whom died from flu or dementia.

There were 16,415 excess deaths last winter, with flu likely to be a major explanatory factor compared to 577 the previous year.

The number of deaths in England and Wales was so high that it has lowered life expectancy for girls born this year by two months to 79.3, and boys by three months to 82.9, the first fall in two decades.


The decision about which strains of flu are likely to be circulating are taken 12 months before the winter flu season by the World Health Organisation, with different vaccines recommended for the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

It takes from February through to September to produce sufficient quantities of the flu vaccine. And if a change in the virus is detected once production has started it is not possible to change it.
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Message 1777099 - Posted: 8 Apr 2016, 8:50:16 UTC

Funds for Ebola in US transferred to fight Zika:
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/04/after-stand-off-with-congress-white-house-robs-ebola-fund-to-pay-for-zika/

seems like that US is protecting "their interests" now! :/


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Message 1777289 - Posted: 8 Apr 2016, 21:50:30 UTC - in response to Message 1777099.  

What Americans don't know about Zika could hurt them

Americans don't know a lot about the Zika virus, the infectious disease that's been linked to birth defects and is creeping steadily closer to the U.S., according to a new poll that found about 4 in 10 say they've heard little to nothing about the mosquito-borne threat.

Even among people who've been following the Zika saga at least a little, many aren't sure whether there's a vaccine or treatment (which there isn't) or if there's any way the virus can spread other than through mosquito bites.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-americans-dont-know-about-zika/
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