EPIDEMICS

  • Bill Gates to give $500 million for malaria, other diseases November 3, 2014

    Washington: US philanthropist Bill Gates has announced he will donate over USD 500 million to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in the developing world, saying the Ebola outbreak is a call to action. The former Microsoft CEO told the 63rd annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine...
  • Norovirus scare grounds flight in New Zealand October 29, 2014

    Wellington: An Air New Zealand flight was grounded on Wednesday after it emerged that a group of passengers had been exposed to the Norovirus, which could cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain, a media report said. Passengers of the Mount Cook flight NZ5374 were held onboard at the Christchurch Airport after...
  • China, US to fight Ebola epidemic together October 19, 2014

    Beijing: Setting aside their differences, the US and China agreed to cooperate in stepping up efforts to control the Ebola epidemic in Africa. Visiting Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State John Kerry, who met in Boston, agreed to enhance cooperation on fighting the Ebola epidemic, Chinese...
  • Ebola death toll climbs to 2,461 out of 4,985 cases: WHO September 17, 2014

    Geneva: The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected nearly 5,000 people in west Africa and killed around half of them, the World Health Organisation said. The UN health agency said a total of 4,985 people had been infected across five west African countries, and that 2,461 had died....
  • Ebola epidemic spiraling out of control: Barack Obama September 17, 2014

    Washington: The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is "spiraling out of control" and posing a potential threat to global security, US President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday. "If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected, with profound political and economic and...
  • J&K floods: In this Pulwama village, epidemic fears loom large as authorities look away September 16, 2014

    The JammuSrinagar Highway has finally reopened after the devastating floods. Authorities continue to distribute relief material. The big priority is food, drinking water and essential medical supplies, but sanitation and hygiene remains a big problem. Mufti Islah sends us a ground report from a village in Pulwama. ...
  • Jammu floods: Possibility of an epidemic biggest worry, says Army September 11, 2014

    As water recedes in Jammu and Kashmir, the possibility of an epidemic is the biggest worry says the Army. There will be a urgent need for doctors in central and south Kashmir especially if such a situation arises. Massive rebuilding and rehabilitation is the next big challenge for the Army. ...
  • Ebola threatening Liberia's existence, minister warns September 10, 2014

    Monrovia: Ebola is threatening the very existence of Liberia as the killer virus spreads like "wild fire", the defence minister warned on Tuesday, following a grim World Health Organization assessment that the worst is yet to come. After predicting an "exponential increase" in infections across West Africa, the WHO warned that...
  • US to provide $75 million to expand Ebola care centers September 4, 2014

    Dakar: The US aid agency is providing $75 million to fund 1,000 more beds in Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and tens of thousands of protective suits for health care workers. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 1,900 people already and officials say it is out of control. The US...
  • Health officials set to begin trials on experimental Ebola vaccine September 1, 2014

    The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in Africa has risen above 1500. More than 3000 people have been infected, with 40 per cent of those cases reported in the last 3 weeks. Health officials are set to begin trials on an Ebola vaccine this week. ...
  • WHO sounds alarm over Ebola infections as deaths top 1,500 August 29, 2014

    Accra: The World Health Organization said on Friday that the number of Ebola cases was increasing rapidly and could exceed 20,000 before the virus is brought under control, as the death toll topped 1,500. New figures showed the massive scale of the crisis, which the WHO said indicated a "rapid increase...
  • Ebola epidemic to get worse: Health official August 28, 2014

    London: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will get worse before it gets better, said a top public health official, the BBC reported on Thursday. Tom Frieden, director of the USbased Centres for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an "unprecedented" response to bring it under control. Health ministers from the...
  • 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 36 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 CNNIBN 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 MI17 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...
  • Antidengue drive starts in Chennai May 25, 2012

    CHENNAI : The city was brought under the blanket cover of an intensified antidengue 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

    PortauPrince: At least 2,707 people have died in Haiti in the cholera epidemic that has affected the impoverished country since midOctober, 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 floodlike 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...