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October 28 2014


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October 21 2014


396,900 nets on the way to Dowa District, Malawi

396,900 nets have shipped and will arrive in Dowa district in the middle of November for distribution from Dec14/Jan15 to protect 720,000 people and achieve universal coverage.

Our distribution partner Concern Universal will carry out the distribution.

AMF is funding both net and non-net costs, as was the case with the Balaka (2013) and Dedza (2014) distributions. We describe publicly the circumstances in which we cover non-net costs for a distribution.

A cost-driver led budget has led to detailed costings and we publish full budget details. Actual costs will be published at the end of the distribution.

The non-net cost per net is US$0.97. This covers shipping, pre-distribution activities (a district-wide household level registration to establish sleeping space net need), distribution and post-distribution follow-up (six, six-monthly check-ups of 5% of households, randomly selected and visited unannounced, carried out for three years post-distribution). 


October 14 2014


Which Contagious Diseases Are The Deadliest?

Do you know what the deadliest disease is? Hint: It's not Ebola (viral particles seen here in a digitally colorized microscopic image, at top right, along with similar depictions of other contagious diseases) NPR Composite/CDC hide caption

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Do you know what the deadliest disease is? Hint: It's not Ebola (viral particles seen here in a digitally colorized microscopic image, at top right, along with similar depictions of other contagious diseases)

NPR Composite/CDC

No one knows what the death toll in the Ebola epidemic will be. As of Tuesday, nearly 2,500 people have died and nearly 5,000 have caught the virus, the World Health Organization says.

So how does this epidemic compare with the toll taken by other contagious diseases?

Comparing fatality rates could help put the current Ebola outbreak in perspective. Trouble is, getting an accurate value for many diseases can be hard, especially in places where the health care infrastructure is weak.

Take the situation in West Africa right now. "We can only count those who come to the doctor, not those who stayed home and got well, or those who stayed home and died," says Carol Sulis, an epidemiologist at Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston Medical Center.

Another issue is that "deadliest" can mean two things. It can refer to the fatality rate — the number of deaths per number of cases — or it can mean the number of deaths in total caused by a disease.

What's more, diseases can take a different toll in different parts of the world. In low- and middle-income countries, only limited medical care may be available, if that. This will raise the fatality rate for many infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, malaria and infectious diarrhea.

"Similar to Ebola, people's chances of survival increase for most of these [contagious] diseases, some dramatically, if people receive medical treatment," says epidemiologist Derek Cummings, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Even if lists have their limitations, they can shed light. We spoke to Cummings and Sulis and consulted data from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to come up with two lists: the deadliest contagious diseases by death toll and by death rate if untreated.

Data are for all fatalities in 2012, except for infectious diarrhea and pneumonia. For those, death tolls represent a yearly estimate and represent childhood victims only.

Deadliest Contagious Diseases By Death Toll

Comparison point: As of Sept. 7, the number of reported deaths in the current Ebola epidemic is 2,218.

HIV/AIDS: 1.6 million deaths

Even though HIV takes a tremendous toll each year, the population of people living with the disease is about 35 million.

Since antiretroviral therapy — ART — became available in the mid-1990s, life expectancy for someone infected with HIV has dramatically increased. Today, a person who is promptly diagnosed with HIV and treated can look forward to a close-to-normal life span.

But as with other diseases, Sulas says, "we have to have the infrastructure to find the cases and be able to afford the medicine and deliver it to those affected."

Tuberculosis: 1.3 million deaths

Despite the death toll for this airborne disease, there is encouraging news: 7.3 million people developed TB and survived in 2012.

Recovery requires a regimen of several drugs over a six- to nine-month period. Patients who don't follow the drug schedule can develop drug-resistant TB. Drug-resistant forms of TB are also airborne. For those patients, treatment can extend to two years.

Pneumonia: 1.1 million children under the age of 5

It's the world's leading killer of children, "more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined," WHO says. The risks are also high for the elderly and those with other underlying conditions. In rich countries, like the U.S., vaccines can prevent the disease, but that is not the case in much of the world.

Infectious Diarrhea: 760,000 children under the age of 5

"That's an enormous waste," Sulis says. The majority of cases (about 1.7 billion globally each year) could be prevented and treated with better hygiene and sanitation, along with access to clean food and water. "There are many pathogens" that can cause these infections, she says, "but the whole class of diseases categorized as infectious diarrhea is deadly."

Malaria: 627,000 deaths

The world records about 200 million malaria cases each year. According to WHO, "most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria."

There's a growing worry for both malaria and TB, Sulis says, because "the organisms that cause those diseases are becoming increasingly drug resistant throughout the world."

Deadliest Contagious Diseases By Fatality Rate (If Not Treated)

Here, as in the list above, fatality rates can be lowered significantly depending on the presence of sanitary conditions and the availability of medical care and vaccines.

We present the diseases that appear to have the highest fatality rates if not treated. If the rate is a range, we ranked the disease by the highest possible fatality rate.

Comparison Point: Outbreaks of Ebola can have fatality rates up to 90 percent, WHO says. But in the current outbreak, it's about 50 to 60 percent.

Rabies is nearly 100 percent fatal if not treated. There are approximately 55,000 deaths each year, primarily in Asia and Africa.

Doses of the rabies vaccine after a bite from an infected animal will essentially abort the disease. But a person must receive treatment immediately. Initial symptoms include discomfort where the bite occurred, anxiety and agitation. Once clinical signs such as delirium and hallucinations arise, the patient almost always succumbs.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is apparently 100 percent fatal.

This neurodegenerative disease rapidly progresses. It is caused by prions (nonviral, nonbacterial infectious agents that consist of a misfolded protein) that damage healthy brain tissue. Prions create holes in the brain that make it look like a sponge under the microscope.

CJD is classified as a contagious disease because it can be transmitted through contact with contaminated tissue during medical procedures. But it's not spread through the air or by casual contact.

No treatment exists for CJD. Its incidence is very low, affecting about 1 in 1 million people each year, with about 300 cases annually in the U.S. CJD can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms often resemble those of dementia and other diseases, with memory lapses, behavioral changes and sleep disturbances.

Marburg hemorraghic fever: 24 to 88 percent

Marburg is caused by a virus similar to Ebola, transmitted mainly by contact with bodily fluids from someone who's been infected. Fever, chills, headache and muscle pain are the first symptoms, showing up within five to 10 days after infection. The next stage can cause vomiting, diarrhea, delirium and organ dysfunction or failure. There's no known treatment beyond supportive hospital therapy. Since 1967, when Marburg was first recognized by scientists, there have been 571 reported cases.

H5N1 and H7N9 flu viruses: 60 percent for the former, 25 percent for the latter

These two viruses "remain two of the influenza viruses with pandemic potential," WHO says. They're in wide circulation among some groups of poultry; humans do not appear to have any immunity. The total number of human cases for both viruses so far is about 1,000. Some antiviral treatments and vaccines are available.

Middle East respiratory syndrome: 41 percent

First detected in 2012, this illness can lead to coughing, shortness of breath, fever and pneumonia. When patients die, the cause may be a lack of oxygen passing from the lungs into the blood. Scientists theorize that MERS could have first appeared in bats, which passed it to Arabian camels, which may then have infected humans. The majority of the 800 cases have been on the Arabian Peninsula.


October 05 2014


Hiv May Have Emerged In Congo In 1920s - Wpfo Fox 23 | Maine, Local, News, Entertainment, Me

By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay News) -- A new study into the origins of the AIDS virus suggests one strain of the disease appeared in the early 20th century in the western region of Congo and spread through a swath of Africa over the next several decades without notice by the rest of the world. The researchers say the findings support -- but don't prove -- the theory that the virus expanded its reach in Africa due to social factors such as railroad expansion, changing sexual habits and unsafe medical practices. The study adds to our understanding of "how a virus that is less transmissible than other pathogens like malaria and the common cold can still become established in the human population and eventually grow into a devastating pandemic," said study co-author Philippe Lemey, from the Rega Institute for Medical Research at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. "The fact that social changes were critical in the rise of the virus suggests that such changes may also be an important factor in combating epidemic spread," Lemey said. The origins of HIV, the sexually transmitted virus that causes AIDS, are still hazy. Scientists believe variations of the virus migrated from primates, possibly monkeys and chimps, to humans in Africa. Then two strains of the virus, known as HIV-1 and HIV-2, developed in people. The new study, published in the Oct. 3 issue in the journal Science, looks at a form of HIV-1, the prevalent strain in the world today. Scientists previously determined that it existed in heterosexual populations in the first half of the 20th century, but exactly where and when it appeared wasn't clear.
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September 30 2014


A Fleet Of Weatherproofed Boats Stole The Spotlight At Clooney's Wedding

Great, you made it down here without collapsing. George Clooney, a man notorious for being handsome and desirable for all 53 years on His Earth, is now married to a woman who most agree is better than him , Amal Alamuddin. The pair had their intimate and obsessively photographed nuptials at the Aman Canal Grande in Venice, Italy on Saturday evening. To quote People magazine , "Congratulazioni!" to the happy couple. Pure, earnest love between a man who has malaria and a successful barrister and author will always be beautiful, but today it could never be quite as stunning or waterproof as the wedding's real stars: a mess of boats puttering about in the canals of Venezia. Molto bellissimo, Giorgio!
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September 26 2014


An Authentic Genius Who Saved Thousands Of Lives | Albuquerque Journal News

But near the conclusion of his illustrious Sicilian campaign, the volatile Patton slapped two sick GIs in field hospitals, raving that they were shirkers. In truth, both were ill and at least one was suffering from malaria. Public outrage eventually followed the shameful incidents. As a result, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was forced to put Patton on ice for 11 key months.
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September 20 2014


Malaria Identified As Cause Of Illness On Ship Docked In New Orleans | Nola.com

(AP Photo/David Goldman, File) View/Post Comments Federal health officials have identified malaria as the cause of an illness that hospitalized at least one crew member aboard a ship docked Wednesday evening in New Orleans. Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts said the Centers for Disease Control updated parish officials with the information Wednesday night, as at least one crew member of the Liberian-flagged ship, "Marine Phoenix," tested positive for the potentially fatal mosquito-born disease while at West Jefferson Medical Center. Two other ship occupants were also at West Jefferson, Roberts said. The CDC issued a statement late Wednesday saying that two other patients had "mild symptoms and are being assessed." The CDC did not disclose the nature of the crew member's symptoms. West Jefferson officials initially issued a statement saying that one of ship's crew members was in the hospital's care, and up to four crew members and the river pilot who boarded the ship could be on their way. "Our doctors and staff are ready and we have instituted full safety precautions in the unlikely event that this turns out to be something of concern," according to the hospital statement. The ship was on its way to the Jourdan Road Terminal in eastern New Orleans after finding a new river pilot, Roberts said. The Centers for Disease Control said the ship's previous stops included the port of Matadi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It's a region that has experienced some reported cases of the deadly Ebola virus, but health officials initially said the chances of the ill crew member having Ebola are "exceedingly low." "There is no evidence to suggest that the crew members traveled to, or had any contact with anyone from the remote inland region of DRC where Ebola cases are occurring," according to a CDC statement. One of the ship's crew members fell ill and disembarked in the Bahamas two days ago, where according to the CDC he was diagnosed with malaria and later died.
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September 14 2014


What You Need To Know About The Ebola Outbreak | Abc7.com

Health officials also suspect an "invisible caseload" in Liberia because new treatment facilities are filling with previously unidentified Ebola patients as soon as they open. Ebola Toll May 'Vastly Underestimate' Crisis US Hospitals and Colleges Taking No Chances Colleges will be screening students from West Africa for Ebola, according to the Associated Press . Some are testing students' temperatures and having private discussions with them about travel history. Hospitals and state labs across the country recently have reported dozens of possible Ebola cases to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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September 10 2014


Guest: Ebola Just One Of Many Infectious Diseases Ravaging The World | Opinion | The Seattle Times

These diseases are infecting people around the globe at an alarming rate. Currently, more than 35 million people are living with HIV, and every minute, six people under the age of 25 are infected with the virus. Tuberculosis is a worldwide health crisis, and second only to HIV/AIDS as the largest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent. In 2012, 8.6 million people contracted tuberculosis, and 1.3 million died from the disease. Even as the battle to combat Ebola in West Africa and prevent its spread continues, the public cannot lose sight of the much larger struggle against infectious disease being waged today. Whether global media cover it or not, every day millions of people around the world are suffering from infectious diseases that still have limited treatment options and no known cure. The current Ebola outbreak has captured the attention of the world. But as I, and others in my field know too well, this is just one small battle in the war against a deadly foe. Greater awareness of the horrific impact these diseases wage on communities, families, parents and children every day would help ensure that the public is able to sustain the commitment and resources needed to eradicate infectious diseases from the world once and for all.
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September 06 2014


Boston Doctor Infected With Ebola In Stable Condition - News, Weather And Classifieds For Southern New England

Sacra, a doctor from suburban Boston who spent 15 years working at the Liberia hospital where he fell ill, said he felt compelled to return after hearing that two other missionaries with whom he'd worked were sick. Sacra, who served with the North Carolina-based charity SIM, delivered babies at the hospital, and was not involved in the treatment of Ebola patients, so it's unclear how he became infected with the virus that has killed about 1,900 people. Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Omaha unit, has said a team of 35 doctors, nurses and other medical staffers will provide Sacra with basic care, including ensuring he is hydrated and keeping his vital signs stable. The team is discussing experimental treatments, including using blood serum from a patient who has recovered from Ebola, Smith said. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the disease, but about half a dozen are in development. Rupp said he's unaware whether Brantley and Writebol have been asked about donating blood serum for Sacra. "These folks are friendly and know one another, and they would presumably be willing to help their compatriots," Rupp said, adding a battery of tests must first be performed, including one to ensure that any blood serum is compatible with Sacra's blood type Much attention has focused on the unproven drug ZMapp, which was given to seven patients, two of whom died.
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September 01 2014


Magnetic Detection Of Malaria Shows Promise - Scientific American

Other available detection techniques are not quantitative and are expensive or impractical to use in the field, especially in developing countries. Jongyoon Han, a bioengineer at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Centre, and his colleagues, have devised a diagnostic test that avoids many of those problems. Their method, described in a paper published on 31 August in Nature Medicine , works with a tiny droplet as little as 10 microlitres of blood, and can provide a diagnosis in just a few minutes. In addition, it does not rely on the expertise of a technician. WhenP. falciparuminvades red blood cells and feeds on their contents, it breaks down haemoglobin into amino acids and haem, a chemical compound that contains iron.
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August 27 2014


Us Journalist Held Since 2012 Freed In Syria

In a statement released by the U.S. State Department,Curtis's family expressed gratitude to the U.S. and Qatar goverments and others who helped secure his release. "My heart is full at the extraordinary, dedicated, incredible people, too many to name individually, who have become my friends and have tirelessly helped us over these many months," said Curtis' mother, Nancy Curtis, of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Britain said it is close to identifying a man, thought to be British, as the Islamic State fighter who beheaded American journalist James Foley as a protest against U.S.
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August 22 2014


Chikungunya Vaccine Performs Well In Early Clinical Trials - Health News - Redorbit

The candidate vaccine prompted a robust immunological response in recipients and was very well tolerated, noted Ledgerwood. Notably, the levels of neutralizing antibody produced in response to the experimental vaccine were comparable to those seen in two patients who had recovered from a chikungunya virus infection acquired elsewhere. This observation gives us additional confidence that this vaccine would provide as much protection as natural infection. The new vaccine is different from most typical vaccines because, rather than being made from killed viruses or weakened live viruses, this one is created from a virus-like particle (VLP) developed from the outer structural proteins of the West African strain 37997. Vaccines created from VLPs usually prompt an immune system reaction similar to that of natural, whole virus exposure. Dr.
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August 21 2014


Novartis Hands Over Experimental Tb Drugs In Antibiotic Pullback - Yahoo News

The TB Alliance deal reflects renewed scrutiny of the Novartis portfolio under new chairman Joerg Reinhardt, who is focusing the Swiss company's research on core areas such as cancer, respiratory drugs, heart failure and dermatology. While scientists are exploring novel avenues in the hunt for urgently needed new bacteria-fighting medicines, many companies now have little appetite for the chase, preferring to concentrate on more lucrative areas such as cancer and diabetes. "Novartis is not really focused on anti-infectives, so I think it makes sense," Kepler Cheuvreux analyst Fabian Wenner said of the licensing deal. Under the terms of Wednesday's agreement, TB Alliance will fund further research and development and be responsible for seeking approval and commercializing the TB treatments discovered at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Disease. NO UPFRONT PAYMENT "The goal of this agreement is to enable the program to be successful and bring needed medicines to patients," Novartis said in an emailed statement, adding that it had not asked for any upfront or milestone payments. Among the drugs Novartis is licensing is a class of medicines known as indolcarboxamides, which target drug resistant and multi-resistant strains of TB. One of the compounds, NITD304, works by blocking a protein that is essential for the TB bacterium's survival.
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August 11 2014


The Roots Of Our Ebola Fears - Cnn.com

The virus infects, say, a chimp or gorilla, and a human who has close contact with that animal becomes infected. Coming into contact with, or eating, the types of animals that become infected with Ebola would be a highly unusual scenario in the United States -- as unusual as mass human-to-human infection. Still, ambivalence is not the attitude we should have when it comes to diseases such as Ebola, says Wald, the "Contagious" author. We should have some level of deference to Ebola's virulence; it kills between 60% to 90% of the people it infects. At the same time, it must be acknowledged that becoming infected is difficult. "Should you be scared?
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July 28 2014


Gsk Seeks Regulatory Ok For World's First Malaria Vaccine - Upi.com

According the World Health Organization, the parasite infected 207 million people in 2012. Some 627,000 of those infected perished. Humans become infected with the disease via mosquitos which carry the parasite and transfer it when they bite. "This is a key moment in GSK's 30-year journey to develop RTS,S," said Sophie Biernaux , head of the company's malaria vaccine program. "And brings us a step closer to making available the world's first vaccine that can help protect children in Africa from malaria." Most of the world's malaria cases occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, but peoples of the tropics all over the globe are at risk. The CDC refers to the disease as "one of the most severe public health problems worldwide." The malaria parasite, which spawns the disease, produces more than 5,000 proteins during its lifetime, making it exceedingly difficult for researchers trying to figure which one to mimic in order to trigger an effective immune response from the body. But scientists seemed to have finally located a combination of proteins that works, and if the EMA offers their approval, the drug will soon be available to some of the world's most vulnerable populations. RTS,S has shown promise in trials ever since its earliest development in the 1990s.
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July 19 2014


Health Aware: Clinic Offers Better Shot At Healthy Travel | Naperville Sun

Kathleen Kelley, medical director of the Edward Travel Medicine Clinic, prescribed medication to limit altitude sickness. Unlike some members of the climb, Bergamini developed no symptoms of this potentially dangerous condition. Bergamini checked in with the clinic again in preparation for a summer 2014 trip to South America. She found she already was covered regarding vaccinations. And she didnt need the anti-malarial medications she took for an earlier South American trip because the new itinerary did not include the same malaria hot spots. As a medically run travel clinic, we take into account the patients chronic medical conditions, medications and allergies before making our recommendations, Dr.
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June 26 2014


Red Card: President Obama Mistaken For England Soccer Player Chris Smalling On Souvenir Mug - Ny Daily News

A bumbling souvenir company deserve a red card - after mistaking Barack Obama for England player Chris Smalling on a memento mug. The unnamed company - they're embarrassed - were keen to go top of the league with a range of merchandise for the World Cup. But when they unpacked the 2,000 mugs featuring the faces of our brave - and underperforming - heroes, it was clear someone's footballing research skills were strictly non-league. They turned to Dorset-based expert clearance resellers Wholesale Clearance UK to try and shift the stock that could have easily appeared in an Only Fools and Horses episode. The FA/The FA via Getty Images Chris Smalling is a player on England's national soccer team. Enlarge Karl Baxter MD for Wholesale Clearance says the company contacted him with the hope of off-loading the stock.
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June 22 2014


Ranking The 5 Greatest England Vs. Uruguay Clashes | Bleacher Report

It was the opening match of the tournament played in front of over 87,000 people at Wembley Stadium. Interestingly, Martin Peters and Hurst, who would go on to play a key role in England's win over West Germany in the final, started this one on the bench. 2006: England 2-1 Uruguay Alex Livesey/Getty Images In the buildup to the 2006 World Cup, Sven-Goran Eriksson invited Uruguay to Anfield for a match designed to test his fringe players. An entertaining game dominated by England finished 2-1 to the hosts, with Joe Cole, the Man of the Match, scoring one and assisting another. England fell behind to an incredible 30-yard Omar Pouso volleyhis first for his countrybefore Peter Crouch equalisedwith a header from a Cole cross with 15 minutes left. Cole's last-minute winner gave England the win and boosted his chances of making the 23-man World Cup squad. It was an entertaining game with late drama and a couple of excellent goals.
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June 19 2014


As The Games Begin, Deadly Floods Threaten World Cup Host City | Thinkprogress

Iran is scheduled to play Nigeria in Curitibas Baixada Arena on Monday, followed by Spain versus Australia on June 23. Across the state of Parana more than 33,000 people were forced from their homes. While deadly floods are not uncommon in Brazil, the timing of the latest deluge is bizarre. Flooding mostly occurs in Brazil during the summer rainy season. Brazils winter months, May to August, are usually mostly dry. This is just the latest in a series of climate-related events that have plagued Brazil over the last few months as final preparations for the World Cup have been underway. January and February, which usually bring the years heaviest rains to the country, were extremely dry and hot, and sparked fears of water rationing and power shortages as hydroelectric reservoirs dwindled. Brazil depends on hydropower for two-thirds of its energy.
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