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Tag: disease

  • Thursday, August 22nd 2019 - 08:36 UTC

    In peak tourist season Spain issues international alert on the country's listerosis outbreak

Amid concerns over possible infection among the more than 80 million tourists who visit Spain annually, the ministry said it was checking another 523 suspected cases

    Spain's health ministry issued an international alert over the country's biggest-ever listeriosis outbreak on Wednesday as the number of people affected rose to 150, including one fatality.

  • Monday, March 18th 2019 - 08:24 UTC

    US seizes pork shipments from China fearing contagion of African swine flu disease

    China, home to the world's largest hog herd, has reported 112 outbreaks of the highly contagious disease in 28 provinces and regions since August

    U.S. border agents have seized around 1 million pounds of pork from China, a spokesman for the agency said on Friday, over suspicions that it might contain African swine flu disease which has hit Chinese pork output. Federal agents have seized the supplies over the past week in New York.

  • Friday, February 15th 2019 - 07:08 UTC

    International Childhood Cancer Day 2019

    “Many countries are unaware of the extent of the childhood cancer burden,” says IARC Director Dr Elisabete Weider pass (Right)

    Each year, an estimated 215 000 cancers are diagnosed in children younger than 15 years, and about 85 000 cancers in those aged 15–19 years. These estimates are based on data collected by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) from population-based cancer registries around the world.

  • Thursday, February 7th 2019 - 09:50 UTC

    New Zealand' dairy industry struggling with an outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis

    More than 80 farms have tested positive for the disease. Minister O'Connor has pushed hard for officials to try and find out how Mycoplasma bovis got into NZ

    While experts struggle to pinpoint the original source of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, New Zealand Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor says resources may be better spent on bio security systems that prevent similar outbreaks. Last May the New Zeland government announced it would try to eradicate the disease, which can cause mastitis and abortions in cows, ordering a phased culling program that's expected to cost close to US$ 700 million.

  • Wednesday, January 16th 2019 - 09:31 UTC

    Hanta virus outbreak in a Patagonia Chubut province town

    In Epuyen where an epidemiologic contingency has been declared, ten people have died and some 85 residents out of a total population of 3.000 are in quarantine

    Argentina's northern province of Jujuy has reported a first case of a patient suffering of the hanta virus contagion. The report is considered very serious since in the Patagonian province of Chubut there have been several deaths and some 85 residents of a town are in quarantine to stop the spread of the virus contagion.

  • Saturday, June 16th 2018 - 11:12 UTC

    World Health Organization update on suspected polio case in Venezuela

    Final laboratory analysis received on Friday has confirmed that the AFP symptoms are not associated with wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus.

    Following unconfirmed reports on 8 June of suspected polio re-emergence in Venezuela, final laboratory testing has confirmed the cause of the paralysis is not wild poliovirus or vaccine-derived poliovirus, according to a release from WHO.

  • Monday, June 4th 2018 - 08:42 UTC

    New blood test could detect different types of cancer even in early stages

    “This is a very promising study,” said Dr. Kazuaki Takabe, the Alfiero Foundation in breast oncology at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo

    A new blood test shows promise for detecting many types of cancer, even in the early stages of the disease, according to a new study. In the study, researchers found that the test could detect 10 types of cancer and that it was 80 to 90% accurate for some cancer types. However, much more research is needed before doctors will be able to use the test on their patients, experts say.

  • Thursday, April 26th 2018 - 08:37 UTC

    Outbreaks of FMD in swine farms in China and Korea

    The Korean outbreak was the first farm affected in Korea since February 2017 and an extensive vaccination campaign has been launched

    The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) posted a new global swine disease monitoring report on earlier this month, with information on Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) activity in China and Korea presenting the highest concern.

  • Wednesday, December 20th 2017 - 10:11 UTC

    Acute intoxication with cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in Montevideo beaches

    A string of beaches along the Montevideo coastline. Photo: Sebastián Astorga (

    An acute case of intoxication with cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in recreational exposure during an algal bloom in Montevideo beaches, Malvin and Carrasco, was reported in the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

  • Wednesday, December 13th 2017 - 22:08 UTC

    “Ground break” in tackling protein defect that causes Huntington's disease

    Lead researcher Prof. Sarah Tabrizi, from University College London, said the drug's capacity to lower levels of a toxic protein was “ground-breaking”.

    Scientists have for the first time corrected a protein defect that causes Huntington's disease, by injecting a drug into the spine, offering new hope for patients with the devastating genetic disease. Lead researcher Sarah Tabrizi, professor of clinical neurology at University College London, said the ability of the drug to tackle the underlying cause of Huntington's by lowering levels of a toxic protein was “ground-breaking”.