Epidemics

  • Death toll in West African Ebola outbreak rises to 518: WHO July 9, 2014

    Geneva: The number of people believed to have died from Ebola in west Africa has jumped to 518, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The UN health agency said that 50 new cases -- 25 of them fatal -- had been reported between July 3-6 by health authorities in Guinea, Liberia...
  • 'India's Rape Epidemic' among Time's top ten world stories of 2013 December 5, 2013

    Time magazine has listed "India's Rape Epidemic", about the nationwide uproar over a number of rape incidents, especially following a shocking gang rape in Delhi, as the ninth top world news story of 2013. Mass protests at the time over the shocking gang rape of a woman in a bus in...
  • There's lack of political will to eradicate encephalitis: Dr RN Singh October 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The killer encephalitis is back in Uttar Pradesh and has left over 350 children dead in Gorakhpur this year. Dr RN Singh, a petitioner and the convener of the encephalitis eradication movement has said that even as the government sanctioned money, no action has yet been taken. "We got...
  • UP: Encephalitis kills 350 kids this year in Gorakhpur October 9, 2013

    New Delhi/Gorakhpur: At least 350 children have died due to encephalitis in Gorakhpur in Eastern Uttar Pradesh so far in 2013. The epidemic strikes 135 districts across 17 states every year but more than 70 per cent of these cases are reported from UP. In the last 33 years, 50,000...
  • Threat of an epidemic looms large in Kedarnath, says doctor June 26, 2013

    The first team of doctors, which was sent to Kedarnath, are back in Dehradun. They were airlifted to Guptkashi. Dr Harish Kohli told CNN-IBN that their experience was terrible and that the bodies are rotting and a threat of an epedimic looms large. ...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Threat of an epidemic looms large June 26, 2013

    Rampur: There is a huge shortage of clean drinking water in Uttarakhand, one of the biggest problems after a natural disaster like this and there are fears of disease spreading, given what survivors have been exposed to. Hundreds of bodies also now need to be cremated at the earliest. To get...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Rescue work to continue despite turbulent weather June 26, 2013

    Dehradun: The heroic efforts by the Army and paramilitary teams to conduct rescue operations in Uttarakhand are on even with a major risk to the personnel's own lives. The IAF has said rescue operations will continue despite the MI-17 V5 crash on Tuesday and the bad weather. This even as...
  • Over 100 dead as flu epidemic grips US January 12, 2013

    Washington: The United States is in the grip of a flu epidemic. Over 100 deaths have been attributed to the disease with 24 states and New York City reporting high levels of flu activity, according to CDC's flu advisory report for December 30 through January 5. That's down from 29...
  • Bangalore: Beware, there is more than just dengue August 27, 2012

    Bangalore: If you thought that piled up garbage was just an eyesore, which also happens to attack your sense of smell, there is certainly something more you need to be worried about. Apart from the rising cases of Dengue being reported in the city (which BBMP continues to deny), there...
  • Anti-dengue drive starts in Chennai May 25, 2012

    CHENNAI : The city was brought under the blanket cover of an intensified anti-dengue fogging drive on Thursday, following a dengue outbreak in the southern districts of the State. Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy launched the drive by the Chennai Corporation at Varadharajapettai in Egmore.According to a health officer with Chennai...
  • 3 more test positive for swine flu in Mumbai March 27, 2012

    Mumbai: Testing times lie ahead for citizens. After a brief interlude for a greater part of last year, Mumbaikars are feeling the chills again, as the dreaded swine flu virus is back to stalk the city. While most medical experts mask their fears, five citizens have already contracted the deadly...
  • UP govt fails to contain encephalitis, 7 more die October 11, 2011

    Gorakhpur: Seven more children have succumbed to the encephalitis epidemic at a single hospital in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll in the state well above 500 in the last two months. Out of the seven children died at the encephalitis ward in Gorakhpur's BRD...
  • Thousands dead in Haiti from cholera December 28, 2010

    Port-au-Prince: At least 2,707 people have died in Haiti in the cholera epidemic that has affected the impoverished country since mid-October, according to figures released on Monday by the public health ministry. The bulletin said that another 128,251 people have been affected by the disease, of whom 68,764 were hospitalised, though...
  • Swine flu set to hit Delhi hard again September 27, 2010

    Delhi's worries continue to grow as swine flu is all set to make a comeback to the national capital. ...
  • After flood fury, U'khand fears health epidemic September 24, 2010

    With water levels going down, tonnes of relief material is making its way to some of the inaccessible regions of the state. ...
  • Heavy rains wreak havoc in north India, six die July 24, 2010

    New Delhi: Heavy rains claimed six lives and continued to wreak havoc in Bihar and several parts of north India. After Punjab and Haryana, now Uttar Pradesh is experiencing a flood-like crisis. National Highway 119 is submerged under over two feet of water, bringing traffic to a halt on the...
  • Swine flu could cause 90,000 deaths in US: report August 25, 2009

    Washington: The H1N1 flu virus could cause up to 90,000 US deaths, mainly among children and young adults, if it resurges this fall as expected, according to a report released Monday by a presidential advisory panel. The H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu virus, could infect between 30 percent and...
  • WHO predicts 'explosion' of swine flu cases August 22, 2009

    Beijing: The global spread of swine flu will endanger more lives as it speeds up in the coming months and governments must boost preparations for a swift response to a coming "explosion" of cases, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Many countries could see swine flu cases double every three...
  • H1N1 Pune toll 3; schools, colleges, malls shut August 10, 2009

    Mumbai: The civic authorities in Pune have decided to close down all schools, colleges, cinema halls and malls from Monday in an attempt to arrest the spread of swine flu in the city. While schools and colleges will be closed for the entire week, cinema halls will be shut for three...
  • Govt invokes tough act for swine flu patients June 13, 2009

    New Delhi: A 35-year-old businessman and his mother refused to be hospitalised in the Capital for treatment of swine flu. The businessman arrived in Delhi from New York on June 2 and headed straight to his farmhouse at Rajokari. After displaying flu-like symptoms, he tested positive to the virus on...
  • 2 billion people may get swine flu, warns WHO May 8, 2009

    Geneva: The World Health Organization said on Thursday that up to 2 billion people could be infected by swine flu if the current outbreak turns into a pandemic. The agency said a pandemic typically lasts two years. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said the number wasn't a prediction, but that experience...
  • Pope's cure for AIDS-ravaged Africa: shun condoms March 18, 2009

    Yaounde, Cameroon: Pope Benedict XVI has said condoms are not the answer to the AIDS epidemic in Africa and can make the problem worse, setting off criticism as he began a weeklong trip to the continent where some 22 million people are living with HIV. Benedict's first statement on an issue...
  • International community wants end to Mugabe's misrule December 22, 2008

    New Delhi: It is finally time for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to go or that is what the US and most of the international community is saying. The US is withdrawing support from Mugabe's power-sharing deal with opposition leader Thabo Mbeki. Speaking to the media at Washington on Sunday, US Secretary...
  • Bird flu hits 7 districts in Assam, culling operations on December 13, 2008

    Guwahati: Assam has been hit by bird flu once again. Seven districts have been affected and culling operations are underway and poultry sale has been banned. There are unconfirmed reports of probable spread of avian influenza to humans. And though isolation facilities in hospitals are ready, the authorities seem helpless...
  • 30,0000 people under watch for bird flu in Assam December 12, 2008

    Guwahati: Health authorities in Assam have placed under surveillance about 30,0000 people in bird flu affected areas with reports of some 150 people suffering from fever and upper respiratory infections, fuelling fears of the deadly virus spreading to humans, officials said on Friday. “Isolation facilities have been strengthened to admit and...
  • Kosi leaves behind a trail of death, disease in Bihar September 7, 2008

    Saharsa (Bihar): Water level in the flood-hit areas in Bihar is receding but the Kosi river has left behind a trail of death and disease. Ten cases of diarrhoea deaths have already been reported from Supaul district and this, it seems, is just the beginning. Waterlogging, unhygienic sanitary conditions and...
  • UP's Rapid Response Teams to fight flood diseases September 4, 2008

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh will have Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) to fight any outbreak of infectious diseases and epidemics following floods in the state, an official said on Thursday. "RRTs have been constituted exclusively to fight the outbreak of water-borne or vector-borne diseases in a particular district," UP Director General Medical and...
  • Bihar flood victims falling prey to diseases September 4, 2008

    Purnea (Bihar): Mohan has been lying at the Purnea Sadar hospital since the day he was rescued from his flood-hit village. Like several other flood victims, he is suffering from jaundice. Mohan's father, Ramesh Lall says, "He has had very high fever for some days now. The doctor said that...
  • Bihar: Politics gains centrestage in flood relief September 3, 2008

    New Delhi: In the state of Bihar, the flood waters may be subsiding but the need for humanitarian relief is rising with every passing hour. Several Central ministries may have announced relief but the Health Minister seems to be unaware of the situation at Ground zero. Once ex-chief minister of Bihar, Lalu...
  • Epidemic outbreak in Bihar nothing new: Ramadoss September 3, 2008

    New Delhi: There is a fear of outbreak of an epidemic in Bihar because of floodwater stagnation, poor sanitation and impure drinking water. But Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has shrugged off such fears calling outbreaks of epidemic in the state a routine affair. “Bihar has been a center of epidemics...