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Dozens Dead or Injured in Pakistan Dust Storms

Posted by feww on June 7, 2012

Major dust storms sweep Pakistani cities killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 60

Powerful dust storms struck multiple cities in Pakistan including Lahore, Faisalabad, Quetta and Peshawar, leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 60 injured.

The dust storms hit the country amid a severe heatwave which had persisted for the 8 days. “On Tuesday, Lahore and Noor Pur Thal remained the hottest places in the province where mercury rose as high as 45 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded at 30 C,” said a report.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • China. Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is now a ‘serious epidemic’ in China At least a million Chinese develop TB each year, researchers say, of which 110,000 get a strain that’s resistant to the mainstay drugs isoniazid and rifampin.
    • According to a  new survey, more than 8,200 Chinese contract extensively resistant or XDR-TB, most of which are incurable.

Under a high magnification of 1,5549x, this colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted some of the ultrastructural details seen in the cell wall configuration of a number of Gram-positive Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. As an obligate aerobic organism M. tuberculosis can only survive in an environment containing oxygen. This bacterium ranges in length between 2 – 4 microns, and a width between 0.2 – 0.5 microns. See PHIL 8438 for a black and white version of this image.
TB bacteria become active, and begin to multiply, if the immune system can’t stop them from growing. The bacteria attack the body and destroy tissue. If in the lungs, the bacteria can actually create a hole in the lung tissue. Some people develop active TB disease soon after becoming infected, before their immune system can fight off the bacteria. Other people may get sick later, when their immune system becomes weak for another reason. Babies and young children often have weak immune systems. People infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, have very weak immune systems. Other people can have weak immune systems, too, especially people with any of these conditions: substance abuse; diabetes mellitus; silicosis; cancer of the head or neck; leukemia or Hodgkin’s disease; severe kidney disease; low body weight; certain medical treatments (such as corticosteroid treatment or organ transplants); specialized treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, or Crohn’s disease. Caption: CDC/ Dr. Ray Butler. Photo: Janice Haney Carr

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TDR-TB Outbreak in India

Posted by feww on January 17, 2012

Totally drug resistant (TDR) TB infections strikes India

At least a dozen people in India are infected with a strain of tuberculosis disease that is totally resistant to all antibiotics.

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  • Mumbai, India. At least 12 patients have acquired an “incurable” [Totally Drug-Resistant, TDR] form of the tuberculosis infection, and three have died, doctors at a Mumbai hospital reported.
    • Previously, cases of partially drug-resistant TB have been reported worldwide, and multidrug resistant (MDR) TB strains in China, Iran, Italy and Russia.
    • “We know one patient transmitted it to her daughter,” a researcher at the Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Center in Mumbai told New Scientist. “It’s estimated that on average, a tuberculosis patient infects 10 to 20 contacts in a year, and there’s no reason to suspect that this strain is any less transmissible,” he warned.
    • TB is one of the world’s major killers among infectious diseases, claiming about 1.45 million lives from nearly 9 million reported cases in 2010, a death rate of about 1 in 6.
    • Drug-resistant TB strains are rising worlwide.
    • Some 110,000 cases of MDR-TB were reported in India in 2006.
    • TDR-TB cases were first reported in Italy in 2007.
    • “It’s very worrying, but kind of inevitable, given the gradual emergence of resistance,” said a TB researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “It’s like watching a slow-motion horror movie unfold.”
    • The London 2012 Olympics and similar mass gatherings, “can be a hotbed of diseases from across the world, public health experts have warned.”

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