Fast becoming Saudi SARS-MOH – Based on FluTracker’s MERS Case Line Listing, this brings to 51 the number of cases in this cluster, along with 8 deaths (or 52 and 9 if you count the religious pilgrim who died this week in Malaysia with recent travel history to Jeddah.) Additionally, 22 (42%) are described as being Health Care Workers.
Cases clustered in hospitals, among healthcare workers and now two people who died after they returned home to Greece and Malaysia
This is a pretty straightforward situation—unless you’re an anti-government libertarian, or an anti-government libertarian who aspires to one day run the government.
“This is a real, I think, intellectual and constitutional and legal debate,” Senator Rand Paul told Fox News, “but it shouldn’t be about violence of arms, and I hope that the government will not be there in full arms and provoke a showdown and something terrible will happen. I hope that doesn’t happen.”
It’s Mr. Bundy who has done his utmost to provoke a showdown and there is no real debate, constitutional or otherwise. The Property Clause of the Constitution spells out that “Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the territory or other Property belonging to the United States.”
via The Pretend Complexity of the Nevada Cattle-Grazing Dispute – NYTimes.com – NYTimes.com.
The NYPD has released surveillance video that shows the alleged killer in yesterday’s slaying of a bodega clerk in Bushwick. They have identified the victim as 52-year-old Swadh Maged, who reports have described as a native of Yemen who worked hard to support his 13 children. No arrests have been made.
via Slain Bushwick Bodega Clerk Was A ‘Hard Worker’ Who Supported 13 Children: Gothamist.
Mumps in adult males can – oops – settle in testicles and cause sterility! All the more reason for 100% vaccination… guys!
As if it weren’t enough that Manhattan’s been plagued by a recent measles resurgence, eight students at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ have reportedly contracted mumps. Up next: smallpox, rinderpest, bubonic plague, dodo bird stampede.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health, the eight students were diagnosed with the highly-contagious disease last week. Officials say the virus is not spreading, and the students, aged 18-21, have been isolated in their off-campus homes.
There’s no cure or specific treatment for mumps—which is characterized by fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and the swelling of salivary glands, according to the CDC—though usually the illness passes on its own. The MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination helps prevent individuals from contracting the disease, and two doses of mumps vaccine are 88 percent effective in protecting you. But since vaccines rely on herd immunity to keep you from getting sick, it’s still possible to contract the illness. All of the Stevens Institute students who have fallen ill had received the recommended two vaccine doses.
Mumps spreads easily through coughing and sneezing, and it can cause serious complications in adults, according to the NJ Health Department [pdf]. Plus, swollen glands like these don’t seem so pleasant.
via 8 Confirmed Mumps Cases At Hoboken College Campus: Gothamist.
Colorectal cancer is a multi-factorial disease attributed to both genetic causes and lifestyle factors; including diet. About 30 known genetic susceptibility alleles for colorectal cancer have been pinpointed throughout the genome. How specific foods affect the activities of genes has not been established but represents an important area of research for prevention. “The possibility that genetic variants may modify an individual’s risk for disease based on diet has not been thoroughly investigated but represents an important new insight into disease development,” said Dr Li Hsu, the lead statistician on the study.
via Gene variant increases risk of colorectal cancer from eating processed meat — ScienceDaily.
Hayashi, who took the ministerial post overseeing the country’s whaling program in December, said criticism of the practice is “a cultural attack, a kind of prejudice against Japanese culture.”
via Japan will never stop whaling: fisheries chief | The Japan Times.