Two leading experts concluded in August that between 6,000-12,000 people are currently infected with MRSA CC398, a variant that can be transmitted from livestock to humans.
CC398 has seen a massive increase in Denmark over the past seven years. According to the State Serum Institute (SSI), the CC398 variant only accounted for two percent of all MRSA cases in 2007 but this year is up to 35 percent. In July alone, 105 people were infected with MRSA – the highest monthly total ever.
See also: Every fifth pack of pork carries MRSA
Last month, an analysis of pork products in Denmark’s supermarkets found that every fifth pack is contaminated with MRSA. Just five years ago, a similar analysis found the bacteria in just five percent of products.
via Ministry’s MRSA reaction to be investigated – The Local.
Since ancient times, mothers in Madagascar have feared tetanus, an excruciating disease that kills one newborn every nine minutes around the world. Today, however, they can finally be free of that fear. Madagascar is the latest country—there have been 35 since 1999—where UNICEF and its partners have helped to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
via In Madagascar, a Once-Feared Disease Is No More | UNICEF USA.
Whooping cough used to be thought of as a disease of the past, but it’s making a comeback – and 2014 is on track to be a busy year!
There are many factors contributing to the current resurgence of whooping cough. The best protection is to get vaccinated against it. While offering protection, the whooping cough vaccines used now do not protect people for as long as healthcare professionals would like. Additionally, doctors are more aware that whooping cough is still around and affecting communities. This raised awareness, along with better tests to diagnose patients, has contributed to an increase in the number of whooping cough cases being diagnosed and reported.
via CDC – Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise | Latina Lista.
Late last month, Chile became the first nation in South America to tax carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The new tax—$5 per ton of CO2 emitted—targets 50 megawatt or higher fossil fuel-emitting power plants, while smaller plants and those fueled by renewable sources will remain exempt. Most of the funds will go into Chile’s education system, says Blue and Green tomorrow.
About 80 percent of Chile’s energy comes from fossil fuel resources, so the move comes in an effort to force power plants to use cleaner energy resources as Chile works towards a voluntary goal to cut greenhouse gases by 20 percent from their 2007 levels by 2020. Four companies—Endesa, AES Gener, Colbún, and E.CL—are expected to contribute the most to the tax, estimated to bring in about $160 million in revenue as part of a larger tax reform, says Reuters.
via Chile Becomes First South American Nation to Tax Carbon | The Beacon: Oceana’s Blog.
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Total plop and scare the bejabbers to sell papers and ads! The deadly Ebola virus could spread across the world infecting people from the U.S. to China within three weeks, scientists have warned.
There is a 50 per cent chance a traveller carrying the disease could touch down in the UK by October 24, a team of U.S. researchers have predicted.
Using Ebola spread patterns and airline traffic data they have calculated the odds of the virus spreading across the world.
They estimate there is a 75 per cent chance Ebola will reach French shores by October 24.
And Belgium has a 40 per cent chance of seeing the disease arrive on its territory, while Spain and Switzerland have lower risks of 14 per cent each.
The virus is spreading rapidly across West Africa, with more than 3,400 people known to have died and 7,500 infected.
via Ebola could hit UK ‘within three weeks’, scientists warn | Daily Mail Online.
Bhopal (Agenzia Fides) – Police in Madhya Pradesh have annulled the marriage between a young Christian and a Hindu woman, after protests by extremist groups. As Fides learns, the Christian Joseph Pawar, 20 years old, and the 19-year-old Hindu girl Ayushi Wani, got married in Bhopal, a Hindu temple, on September 28 and then fled to Gujarat. They were traced by the police of Gujarat, after the girl’s parents had filed a complaint and after several radical Hindu groups had threatened to launch a general protest.
According to one version, the girl is in love with Joseph and the two got married freely, refusing to go back to their parents. According to the Hindu activists, Joseph lured the girl and forced her to get married. They were found by the police where Joseph was escorted to ensure his safety. Police met with the families of the two separately. The local superintendent declared the nullity of the marriage, saying that Joseph is not a Hindu and in order to marry Ayushi he should have converted to Hinduism, following a procedure prescribed by the Freedom of Religion Act, the text of the law in force in the state of Madhya Pradesh. According to the law, a person who intends to convert or marry must notify it to the District Magistrate with a month in advance. The decision to annul the act, the police said, was nevertheless taken immediately to avert the danger of a mass uprising.
In a report published in recent days, more than 90 religious leaders and representatives of civil society organizations in India have asked the Indian Premier Narendra Modi to protect the rights of minorities and to take measures to stop extremist groups that create tension in the Indian society. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 06/10/2014)
via The marriage between a Christian and a Hindu annulled due to extremist group protest – Fides News Agency.
In essence, the relative success or failure of a terrorist act cannot be measured by the number of casualties inflicted, or the level of financial damage incurred, but can really only be gauged by how much attention it gets. The act needs to secure front-page headlines, airtime and iconic images.
via Terrorism craves an audience and we are playing into Islamic State’s hands by watching — New Internationalist.