Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Diseases and Famines

Epidemic – Pacific ocean – west – Philippines – Epidemic – ubAlert

The City Health Office revealed that dengue cases in the city reached a total of 774 by the end of April, prompting Mayor Celso Lobregat to declare an outbreak late Wednesday during an emergency press conference.

Lobregat said the figure drastically surged last month with 234 cases, breaching the outbreak level of 225 cases.“Our figure from the City Health Office is now 774, with April having the most cases from January. Because of this, I am officially declaring an outbreak here in the city”, Lobregat pronounced.Out of the figure, there were nine deaths recorded according to City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos.The mayor added that as of yesterday, there are now 42 cases of dengue for the month of May, bringing the total cases to 816.Lobregat has also authorized the release of emergency fund to help CHO in its campaign against the disease.“CHO is asking for P553,000.00 fund that will be used to combat dengue”, the chief executive saidLobregat said part of CHO’s campaign is the intensified clean up drive in all barangays, especially the top 10 barangays infected by dengue. CHO will also be conducting selective fogging in some areas.Dr. Agbulos appealed to the public to cooperate in their battle against dengue.“I appeal to all to help in preventing the escalation of the situation. Every barangay especially those affected to conduct clean up drive and intensify search and destroy operations of possible mosquito breeding grounds”, Agbulos said.Agbulos said a city-wide clean up drive will be conducted on Saturday (May 12), to help contain the disease.

He added that they will have a meeting today with hospital officials, health facilities, Department of Health, and other concerned agencies to map out measures to counter the surge of dengue cases. He will also convene the barangay officials of the 20 most affected barangays in the city to help contain the problem.Mayor Lobregat has also appealed for more blood donation for the victims.“We also appeal for more blood donations. With the situation, there should be continuous blood donations daily”, Lobregat stressed.CHO also mentioned the top barangays affected by dengue, namely Guiwan, Canelar, Tugbungan, Tumaga, San Roque, Zambowood, Sta. Maria, Putik, Mercedes, Cabatangan, Lumbangan, Sangali, Rio Hondo and Tetuan.Of these barangays, Tumaga has the highest number of cases recorded with 63, followed by Tugbungan with 57, Guiwan with 51 and San Roque with 47 cases.However, if based on attack rate, which is the number of cases against total population, Guiwan tops the list with 2.81 attacks per 1,000 population, followed by Canelar with 2.35, Tugbungan with 2.19, Tumaga with 2.09, San Roque with 1.88, and so forth.

via Epidemic – Pacific ocean – west – Philippines – Epidemic – ubAlert.


Whooping cough epidemic declared in Wash. state

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher.

It’s the first state to declare a whooping cough, or pertussis, epidemic since 2010, when California had more than 9,000 cases, including 10 deaths. Washington has had 10 times the cases reported in 2011, and so has Wisconsin with nearly 2,000 cases this year, though that state has not declared an epidemic.

via Whooping cough epidemic declared in Wash. state.


BBC News – Peru examines deaths of more than 500 pelicans

The government of Peru is investigating the deaths of more than 500 pelicans along a 70km (40-mile) stretch of the country’s northern coast.

Officials say most appeared to have died on shore over the past few days.

Scientists have also found the carcasses of 54 boobies, several sea lions and a turtle.

They were found in the same region where some 800 dolphins washed ashore earlier this year. The cause of their death is still being investigated.

The Peruvian government said it was “deeply worried”.

via BBC News – Peru examines deaths of more than 500 pelicans


Meningitis kills 749 in West, Central Africa – Xinhua | English.news.cn

OUAGADOUGOU, April 20 (Xinhua) — Meningitis has killed 749 people in West and Central Africa this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

In a report released here on Friday, OCHA said Burkina Faso and Chad were the most affected countries in West and Central Africa. In Burkina Faso, OCHA recorded 3,630 cases since the beginning of the year, which is 40 percent of all cases reported in the region and, out of which, 400 people had died by April 1.

via Meningitis kills 749 in West, Central Africa – Xinhua | English.news.cn


Vietnam asks WHO to help identify killer disease | Fox News

HANOI, VIETNAM – �Vietnam has asked international health experts to help investigate a mystery illness that has killed 19 people and sickened 171 others in an impoverished district in central Vietnam, an official said Friday.

via Vietnam asks WHO to help identify killer disease | Fox News


News from The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Sales of the nation’s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.

via News from The Associated Press.


Alarm as resistant malaria spreads rapidly

Deadly malaria that is resistant to drug treatment has spread rapidly from Cambodia to the border between Thailand and Myanmar, raising concerns of an uncontrollable epidemic, scientists said Thursday.

via Alarm as resistant malaria spreads rapidly.