GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that it feared outbreaks of infectious diseases due to dirty water and people fleeing fighting nearing Tripoli, where it has about two weeks of emergency supplies for hospitals and health facilities. After a week of fighting, 75 people have been killed and 323 wounded, including seven civilians killed and 10 wounded, Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO representative in Libya, told a Geneva news briefing by telephone from Tripoli. The WHO has delivered trauma kits and medicines to hospitals, he said, adding: “These supplies will last for two weeks, the acute phase.” So far 6,000 have fled the fighting but WHO has contingency plans in case “thousands if not hundreds of thousands” are displaced in the acute phase of fighting. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Catherine Evans … [Read more...] about Disease outbreaks feared in Libya, as supplies stretched: WHO
Ask folks which animal kills the most people each year and they’ll probably say crocodiles, sharks or maybe lions. But the correct answer is a lot less obvious — the mosquito. To give a sense of the damage they’ve wrought, an analysis of all the deaths that have occurred on Earth estimates that the pests, through the spread of infectious diseases, have killed 32 times more people than every war in human history combined. A research effort in Puerto Rico is raising hopes that deep learning can take a serious bite out of mosquitoes’ deadly impact, which can reach epidemic proportions in the nearly 100 countries where malaria, Zika and dengue are prevalent. “Our goal is to try to identify the tools that can be used to prevent these epidemics,” said Leslie De Jesus, innovation director at Wovenware, an AI and deep learning company based in Puerto Rico. Wovenware’s project has taken on added significance since Hurricane Maria devastated the … [Read more...] about Swatting Down Disease: Puerto Rican Startup Takes Bite Out of Mosquito-Borne Sickness
Marc Daalder Detroit Free Press Published 12:10 PM EDT Oct 9, 2018 A former Comerica Park employee charged with food law violations after he was filmed spitting in pizza he was preparing at the baseball stadium has tested negative for infectious diseases, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. Jaylon Juwan Kerley, 20, of Roseville, was charged on Sept. 25 with felony and misdemeanor food law violations, which could land him in prison for up to four years. He was filmed spitting on pizzas at Comerica Park during a Sept. 21 Tigers game. One condition of Kerley's bond was that he subject himself to testing for certain communicable diseases. More: Comerica Park employee fired, arrested after he was filmed spitting in food Accused Comerica Park pizza spitter faces 4-year felony, Hep A testing On Tuesday morning, the prosecutor's office said in a statement that Kerley "has tested negative for any sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), … [Read more...] about Accused Comerica Park pizza spitter has no diseases
The Detroit News Published 11:06 AM EDT Oct 9, 2018 A worker at Comerica Park who is accused of spitting on pizza dough has been tested and found to be free of infectious diseases, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday. Jaylon Juwan Kerley, 20, of Roseville was tested Sept. 27 at the Macomb County Health Department and waived his right to privacy regarding the test results, the prosecutor's office said. The results show he tested negative for any sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and hepatitis. Authorities allege Kerley spat on a pizza he was preparing and covered his saliva with pizza sauce while working at the Tigers ballpark Sept. 21. The incident was captured on video and reported to police by the head of security at Comerica Park. Kerley, who was fired, is charged with one count of food law violations, a four-year felony, and one count of food law violations, a 90-day misdemeanor. He is scheduled for an arraignment … [Read more...] about Alleged pizza spitter disease-free, tests show
Don’t forget your bug repellant as you make your summer plans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report last week that the number of illnesses caused by mosquito, tick, and flea bites more than tripled in the United States between 2004 and 2016. “Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and chikungunya—a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea—have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick. And we don’t know what will threaten Americans next,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in a statement. “Our Nation’s first lines of defense are state and local health departments and vector control organizations, and we must continue to enhance our investment in their ability to fight against these diseases.” Local experts began cautioning in early April that ticks alone in particular would be a headache for New Englanders this spring and summer. To learn more about … [Read more...] about The CDC says diseases from ticks, mosquitos, and fleas have tripled in recent years. Here’s what Massachusetts residents need to know.