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Zika and Ebola: A taste of things to come? - BBC News
Both diseases have been known about for decades, and yet in both cases no vaccines or drugs were available when we most needed them. So what's going on? Is this just a terrible coincidence, being caught off-guard like this twice in such quick succession, or is it part of a worrying trend and a taste of things to come? At first glance it wouldn't appear that the two diseases have much in common. One is difficult to catch but a ferocious killer, while the other spreads with ease but is relatively harmless to the vast majority of people infected. Yet, in both cases there is something novel, either in the way the virus has spread or in how it affected people which has made the outbreaks more of a threat. In global health security terms that is a real concern, because such sudden changes of modus operandi can not only make public health threats even more difficult to predict or anticipate than normal, but also make all the difference between a localised outbreak and global pandemic.
Zika-Virus  Ebola  National  Security  economic  damage  pandemic  epidemic  Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis  public  safety  public  health  WHO  Bill  Gates  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma  Malaria  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Wall  Street  capitalism  medical  profession 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Ebola 'devastates long-term health' - BBC News
Their studies on survivors in Liberia showed large numbers had developed weakness, memory loss and depressive symptoms in the six months after being discharged from an Ebola unit. Other patients were "actively suicidal" or still having hallucinations. More than 17,000 people in West Africa have survived Ebola infection. The evidence, being presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Neurology, is an early glimpse at a much wider study of long-term health problems after Ebola.
Ebola  economic  damage  public  safety  public  health  National  Security  epidemic  pandemic  Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis  Zika-Virus  swineflu  H1N1  birdflu 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Swine flu spreading across eastern Europe and Middle East | Global development | The Guardian
3,000 people a day in Ukraine are being hospitalised with H1N1 virus as scientists investigate why flu strain is hitting those in younger age groups hardest [...] Rates of severe H1N1 infection have spiked within the EU. Hospitals in eight countries have recorded an increase in the number of cases requiring intensive care over the past three weeks, according to the WHO. [...] CDC [...] estimates that the 2009-10 global H1N1 pandemic caused an estimated 284,000 deaths worldwide. Vaccination programmes and residual immunity were thought to have kept the virus under control. Experts are struggling to determine why the latest outbreak is proving so aggressive. [...] The vaccine for the 2015–16 season in the northern hemisphere includes H1N1, H3N2 and B virus strains [...] But less than 1% of Ukraine’s 45 million inhabitants have been vaccinated against the flu, and potentially life-saving treatments are in short supply.
Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis  pandemic  H1N1  swineflu  WHO  influenca  Influenza 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Narcolepsy boy wins £120k swine flu vaccine damages - BBC News
Families are entitled to £120,000 through the Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme, but only if they can prove "severe" disability. Josh's narcolepsy was triggered after he was given the H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine, known as Pandemrix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, in January 2010. He also suffers from cataplexy, which affects muscle control, but he had shown no symptoms of the illness before being vaccinated. [...] The vaccine, which is no longer used, has also been linked to narcolepsy in children from Finland, Sweden and Ireland.
vaccination  vaccine  Polio  H1N1  swineflu  unknown  unkown  pandemic  epidemic  Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Zika virus: US scientists say vaccine '10 years away' - BBC News
[ urging not to travel to place affected for high risk groups! ] [...] The main concern is for unborn babies and - because Zika is difficult to diagnose - it can be late in a pregnancy before expectant mothers are informed of the risk, if they are informed at all. [...] [FDA approval may take up to 10 years ...]
Zika-Virus  WHO  vaccination  vaccine  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  tourism  epidemic  pandemic  FDA  Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis  public  safety  public  health  policy  public  health 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
UK is 'vulnerable' to next Ebola outbreak - BBC News
"We are also concerned that, in the unlikely but possible event of a domestic outbreak, the UK lacks the capability to go further and manufacture enough vaccines to vaccinate UK citizens in an emergency. "Existing facilities are degraded and new plants will take years to build, leaving the UK in a vulnerable position." The concern is that should a disease such as Ebola spread around the world then countries would look after their own interests first, making it hard for the UK to get hold of vaccines. Prof Adrian Hill, who was involved in trialling Ebola vaccines at Oxford University, described the lack of vaccine manufacturing as a "national security issue". Those concerns were echoed by the chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, who told the committee that "we are looking at how we can try and attract companies back".
epidemic  Ebola  Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis  pandemic  National  Security  public  health  policy  public  health  public  safety  public  awareness  public  perception  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma  WHO  economic  damage 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
'Almost too late': fears of global superbug crisis in wake of antibiotic misuse | Society | The Guardian
Despite European Union regulations aiming to cut back on the unnecessary use of antibiotics, Dr Brown believes it will take more than just legislation to tackle the superbug crisis. Market forces will need to be compelled to cut usage, perhaps when prompted by a shift in public opinion, he said. “Those with a vested interest find ways around legislation. So, in addition to public policy we will need also the power of market forces,” he added. “When the public start demanding meat that has not seen antibiotics - because they understand that the meat may contain antibiotic resistant bacteria - only then will real progress be made. We need education about the threat.”
antibiotics  antibiotic  resistance  post-antibiotic  era  superbug  MCR-1  Colistin  E.  coli  food  poisoning  food  borne  illness  EHEC  Salmonella  Campylobacter  Listeria  MRSA  Hospital-acquired  infection  ESBL  tuberculosis  public  sentiment  food  industry  public  awareness  public  perception  public  image  PR  livestock  farming  Meat  Poultry  Fish  public  relations  public  safety  public  health  policy  public  health  Milk  Dairy  Egg  conglomerate  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  epidemic  pandemic  WHO  economic  damage  accountability  oversight  white-collar  crime  Industrial  Factory  animal  rights  animal  cruelty  animal  welfare  COP21  carbon  tax  carbonfootprint  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonemission  climate  change  global  warming  climate  science  climate  crisis  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  mass  extinction  humanity  democracy  interest  groups  vested  interest  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  crony  capitalism  capitalism 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Bacteria that resist 'last antibiotic' found in UK - BBC News
[ over 80% of antibiotic use - livestock farming. also use of colistin. self-regulated. ] Bacteria that resist the most common antibiotic of last resort - colistin - have been discovered in the UK. Officials say the threat to human health is low, but is under ongoing review. Scientists warned the world was on the cusp of a post-antibiotic era when such resistance was discovered in China last month. Now checks have discovered the same resistance on three farms and in samples of human infections. [...] Colistin-resistance was discovered in fifteen of them, including samples of Salmonella and E. Coli. [...] The DNA that gives bacteria resistance to colistin - the mcr-1 gene - can spread rapidly between species. The concern is that colistin-resistance will now find its way into other superbugs to create infections that doctors cannot treat. //&! //&! //&! //&! //&! 50-50 chance to salvage situation -
antibiotics  antibiotic  resistance  post-antibiotic  era  superbug  MCR-1  E.  coli  Salmonella  C.  diff  food  industry  public  safety  public  health  policy  public  health  health  crisis  sick  population  medical  care  medical  advances  medical  research  medical  profession  Colistin  public  awareness  public  perception  public  sentiment  Meat  Livestock  farming  Industrial  Factory  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  No  Representation  pandemic  epidemic  Career  Politicians  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  food  poisoning  Politics  Dairy  Egg  Poultry  Fish  Milk  conglomerate  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  MRSA  ESBL  EHEC  Campylobacter  Listeria  food  borne  illness 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
1982 - 1992 News Clips On HIV/AIDS (The First Ten Years) - YouTube
USA. //&! The Origin of AIDS (Full Documentary) - //&! The History of HIV and Current Epidemic - University of California Television (UCTV) - - min 18 - cross-over event, humans and non-human primates late 19th century, (primate) bush meat trade. making it a zoonotic disease. //&! Frontline Documentary - The Age of AIDS Documentary (p1) - //&! Aids: What you havent been told (Complete, Official) (early 90's) - //&! Conspiracy Docu? - & & (polio vaccine theory) &
HIV  AIDS  Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis  pandemic 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Dr. Mercola & Dr. Greger on How Not To Die (Full Interview) - YouTube
need to be active at least 30min a day, if not even 90min, sitting is deadly. inactivity is deadly // 19:50 infectious diseases from domestication of animals; influenza, ducks, common cold, horses, small pox, camels, // UTI = food borne illness. chicken meat; cross contamination (kitchen hygiene) & rectal bacteria creeping into bladder through pee hole opening. // +80% of antibiotics fed 2 farm animals (USA) // 25:30 got to eat real food! engineered food upsets and wreaks havoc to your microbiome & your health! probiotics are present in raw fruits and vegetables. no pharmacy/pill. but farmacy // 29:00 reductive science by pharma 2 treat depression symptoms with SSRIs&Co. dopamine/serotonin // regular exercise reduces cancer risk, if mitochondria goes south = cancer, upregulate mitochondrial activity through exercise = lower risk. metabolic treatment of disease. // 33:30 higher raw/vegan mimics caloric restriction! real food = caloric density lower vs engineered food. // 39:30
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Vogelgrippe: Was wurde aus H5N1? - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die H5N1-Viren, über die wir heute sprechen, sind nicht mehr dieselben wie jene, die man erstmals 1996 beschrieben hat. Grippeviren verändern sich schnell. Glücklicherweise seien die Erreger aber nicht ansteckender für Menschen oder besser von Mensch zu Mensch übertragbar geworden, teilt die WHO auf Anfrage mit. Ungefährlicher sind sie jedoch auch nicht. "Im vergangenen Jahr haben sich einige H5-Viren, die mit den in Asien zirkulierenden H5N1-Viren eng verwandt sind, in anderen Teilen der Welt ausgebreitet und sich dort mit lokalen Vogelgrippeviren vermischt, sodass neue Viren entstanden sind - etwa H5N2 sowie ein neues nordamerikanisches H5N1", heißt es seitens der WHO. Bei solchen Vermischungen können Viren entstehen, die das Potenzial haben, eine weltweite Grippewelle unter Menschen auszulösen. "Diese Vermischungen und ihre Folgen sind unvorhersehbar und besorgniserregend."
H5N1  Vogelgrippe  Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis  H5N2  Poultry  Industry  Meat  Industry  Dairy  Industry  Milk  Industry  food  Livestock  farming  pandemic  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  post-antibiotic  era  superbug  antibiotics  antibiotic  resistance  crony  capitalism  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  public  health  public  health  policy 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Pig MRSA Superbug Spreading To Humans Through Pork - YouTube
Pigs, Antibiotics and Us: This Guardian report exposes the shocking conditions of the UK's intensive pig farms, and the horrifying risk they pose to your health. // animal source of MRSA found in newborns umbilical cord. // long-term catastrophic consequences of producing cheap mass market meat, poultry, dairy, eggs. >> abuse of antibiotics to scale. // meat itself is not only a dose dependent toxin (public health) but by 2nd and 3rd degree IS a public health threat and a environmental and ecological thread. // companies (global conglomerates rootless crony capitalistic tax avoiders) are no stakeholders and don't share the same economic interests (long-term) // once you get livestock associated MRSA, you are dependent on a strong antibiotics probably for life and will probably not get rid of it //
post-antibiotic  era  antibiotic  resistance  antibiotics  omnivore  industrial  agriculture  Factory  Farming  livestock  Farming  MRSA  superbug  pandemic  epidemic  WHO  environmental  disaster  ecological  disaster  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  nanny  state  policy  error  policy  folly  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  long-term  long-term  view  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  shared  economic  interest  stakeholder  Hospital-acquired  infection  NHS  public  health  public  health  policy 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Mers-Virus: Südkorea meldet 64 Infizierte und fünf Tote - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Sixth Mers death in South Korea amid sharp rises in cases [...] More than 23 people were confirmed to have contracted the disease on Sunday, bringing the total to 87, health officials say. It is the biggest outbreak of Mers outside the Middle East. About 2,300 people have been placed under quarantine and nearly 1,900 schools have been closed. On Monday morning, a man in his 80s became the latest person to die of Mers-related illness in Daejeon, about 140km (87 miles) south of Seoul. // Mers is caused by a new type of coronavirus, a type of virus which includes the common cold and Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome). First cases emerged in the Middle East in 2012, and the first death in Saudi Arabia in June that year. Patients have a fever, cough and breathing difficulties, but Mers can also cause pneumonia and kidney failure. Approximately 36% of reported patients with Mers have died - there is no vaccine or specific treatment
MERS  Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis  South  Korea  global  pandemic  pandemic  SARS 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Coronavirus: Signs the new Sars-like virus can spread between people
Prof John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the Health Protection Agency (HPA), said: "Confirmed novel coronavirus infection in a person without travel history to the Middle East suggests that person-to-person transmission has occurred, and that it occurred in the UK. "Although this case provides strong evidence for person to person transmission, the risk of infection in most circumstances is still considered to be very low." The exact source of the new virus and how it spreads is still unknown. The leading theory is that it comes from animals, the new Sars-like virus does appear to be closely related to bats.
Coronavirus  SARS  Zoonotic  Diseases  pandemic  public  health  policy  WHO  public  health 
february 2013 by asterisk2a
Flu Widespread, Leading a Range of Winter’s Ills -
The country is in the grip of three emerging flu or flulike epidemics: an early start to the annual flu season with an unusually aggressive virus, a surge in a new type of norovirus, and the worst whooping cough outbreak in 60 years. And these are all developing amid the normal winter highs for the many viruses that cause symptoms on the “colds and flu” spectrum.

Influenza is widespread, and causing local crises. On Wednesday, Boston’s mayor declared a public health emergency as cases flooded hospital emergency rooms.


“Today was the first time I think I was experiencing my first pandemic,” said Heidi Crim, the nursing director, who saw both the swine flu and SARS outbreaks here. Adding to the problem, she said, many staff members were at home sick and supplies like flu test swabs were running out.

2 days Later - New York State declares influenza emergency
pandemic  flu  influenca  USA  2013  public  health  public  health  policy 
january 2013 by asterisk2a
The looming zoonotic danger – Global Public Square - Blogs

We've seen an unprecedented rise in infectious diseases in recent decades, 75 percent of which are “zoonotic,” meaning they come from animals. About 300 new animal-to-human diseases have emerged in the last 60 years.

This summer, the International Livestock Research Institute released a report estimating that zoonotic diseases cause 2.5 billion cases of human illness each year and 2.7 million human deaths worldwide. Most of these illnesses and deaths are caused by diseases spread from farm animals.

Meanwhile, we’ve seen a dramatic spike in pork and poultry production. Tens to hundreds of thousands of caged animals under a single roof allow for zoonotic diseases to emerge, amplify and spread. Of all the emerging threats, the greatest concern is influenza, the only known virus with the potential to infect millions of people within months.

agriculture  policy  public  policy  farming  Industrial  regulators  regulation  oversight  animal  welfare  pandemic  FDA  public  health  Viehhaltung  Livestock  Massentierhaltung  birdflu  swineflu  H1N1  Nile  virus  West  Nile  virus  Heartland  Hantavirus  SARS  Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis  Food  Industry  unintended  consequences 
september 2012 by asterisk2a
Lungenpest in China: Behörden stellen 10.000 Menschen unter Quarantäne - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft
Albert Camus' Klassiker "Die Pest"
The Plague , pandemic , epidemic
-- new form of epidemics are on the rise due to new mutations and resistances against antibiotics
pandemic  epidemic  H1N1  china 
august 2009 by asterisk2a

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