RedskyNews Category: Diseases & Mutations

Dengue Fever Hits Queensland

The number of cases of dengue fever in cyclone-hit north Queensland has more than doubled this week. Authorities say they have identified 15 cases of the mosquito-borne illness in East Innisfail. Two different strains are present in the town.

China Swine Flu Claims 20 Lives

BEIJING (AFP) – At least 20 people have died of swine flu in China this year, the health ministry said, but officials said there was no reason to panic even as the flu season reaches its peak. The fatalities from

Bali Battles Legionnare’s and Rabies

Bali. Indonesia is investigating reports of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease on the resort island of Bali, an official said on Tuesday after 10 Australians returned home with the disease. Bali health department chief Nyoman Sutedja said the Australian government

Disease Threatens N Korea’s Food

There are reports North Korea is suffering from an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, which threatens to exacerbate already dire food shortages. South Korea’s Yonhap newspaper is quoting an intelligence official as saying that the North is unable to

Auckland’s Birds Die of Botulism

Animal protection authorities are pulling “bagfuls of dead birds” from Auckland’s waterways as the warm, sticky summer compounds the spread of a toxin outbreak. Hundreds of dead or sick birds suffering from paralysing disease botulism have been found by officials

Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Yet To Peak

The cholera outbreak in Haiti that has claimed 3,651 lives has not peaked, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. The deadly disease that also infected 171,304 people.

Haiti Cholera Response Shameful

A UN spokeswoman has blasted the response to an appeal to counter the deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti as “shameful” with the world body receiving only a quarter of the funding it needs. “Out of the $174 million, the UN

UK Swine Flu Deaths Reach 50

The number of Britons killed by swine flu in the northern winter has reached 50 after a 32-year-old woman became the latest casualty. Sarah Applin had given birth to a son just two weeks ago.

US Bee Population in Freefall

Disease and low genetic diversity might have caused US bumblebee decline over the past few decades, say scientists. The abundance of four common species of bumblebee in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according

Lethal Bird Flu Confirmed in S.Korea

SEOUL (AFP) – One of five wild ducks found dead in South Korea this week was confirmed Saturday to have been infected with a lethal strain of the bird flu virus as the country battles its first outbreak in over

UK: Swine Flu Deaths Jump to 39

Twelve more people have died from confirmed flu in the past week, taking the death toll to 39, according to the latest UK figures. Data from the Health Protection Agency showed that 39 people have died with flu since October,

Disease Fears in Flooded Towns

Queensland authorities say they are increasingly concerned about the spread of disease and supplying food to thousands of people affected by record floods. Thousands of residents in Emerald, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and other towns are likely to be evacuated from their

Swine Flu Kills 2 in France

French health watchdogs said on Wednesday the country was officially in the grip of a flu epidemic after 176,000 people had fallen sick, two of whom have died. December 29, 2010 French health watchdogs said on Wednesday the country was

Uganda: Yellow Fever Kills 45

AT least 2.5 million people will be vaccinated in northern Uganda against yellow fever that had by the weekend killed 45 people and infected 178 others. The disease, whose fatality rate ranges between 15% and 50%, is taken so seriously

Swine Flu Kills 22 in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (AFP) – Swine flu in Sri Lanka has killed 22 people and infected more than 300 over the past two months, the island’s health ministry said Monday. Official figures showed that 22 people infected with H1N1 — swine flu

45 Lynched in Haiti “Cholera Purge”

Angry Haitian mobs have lynched at least 45 people in recent weeks, accusing them of spreading a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 2,500 people across the country, officials said. The number included at least 14 suspected sorcerers previously