AMERICA/ARGENTINA – Dengue continues to spread: prevention and health monitoring

Posadas – The outbreak of dengue fever, that was proliferating in the Country, has been declared an epidemic and there is a greater spread of cases in various provinces. The infections started from Misiones province, where 36 cases were confirmed and about 800 considered suspect cases. Health services in Misiones are responding well, through actions of rapid rehydration for patients who have symptoms. According to the Ministry of Health, there are outbreaks of dengue in six locations in the province of Misiones and a total of 173 positive cases, plus others scattered in different cities for a total of 379 cases.
The Ministry has sent economic aid in the provinces where carriers of the virus have been identified and has strengthened the prevention campaign. In areas affected by dengue the health office is providing the distribution of insecticides and repellents for fumigation.

[Update] [NSFW] Video: Topless Activists Disrupt Saturday’s Anti-Abortion Rally, Get Arrested: SFist

 

The group, reports Jezebel, is called Femen, and specifically sought to disrupt the speech of David Daleiden. Daleiden, you may remember, is the guy whose highly edited Planned Parenthood videos caused an uproar among anti-choice activists last year. He was scheduled to speak at Saturday’s event, and that’s when Femen made their move.”Seconds after Daleiden took the stage,” reads a press release from the group, “FEMEN activist Anni Ma set off a personal security alarm from within the crowd, and took her shirt off to reveal ‘FREEDOM MEANS CHOICE’ painted on her chest. Activist Carly Mitchell joined Ma in chanting ‘Fraud! Hypocrite! Liar!’ at Daleiden.””Ducote and Marston climbed up the wheelchair lift and tossed 200 fake subpoenas at Daleiden,” continues the group’s statement, “featuring his face stamped with ‘Fraud,’ ‘Fake,’ and ‘Liar.'”Ducote and Marston were charged with violating a park code prohibiting women from being topless, notes Jezebel, after six rally attendees physically restrained the women (you can watch a partial video of the arrest below).“I have written to SF Board of Supervisors at length about changing this park code, but they have not risen to the occasion,” notes Ducote.As we’ve learned before, SF’s current ban on public nudity does not extend to certain sanctioned events, beaches, and permitted protests, and activists have claimed successfully in court that other instances of nude protest might be legal as well.Update: Houston Public Media is now reporting that David Daleiden, the focus of Femen’s protest and featured speaker at Saturday’s anti-abortion rally, has been indicted by a Texas grand jury.Both David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have been indicted for Tampering with a Governmental Record, which is a felony. Daleidan was also indicted for Prohibition of the Purchase and Sale of Human Organs, meaning he illegally offered to purchase human organs in the video recording. A violation of this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

Source: [Update] [NSFW] Video: Topless Activists Disrupt Saturday’s Anti-Abortion Rally, Get Arrested: SFist

WHO expects Zika virus to spread through Americas, except Canada and Chile | News | DW.COM | 25.01.2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that the mosquito-borne Zika virus is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas – with the exception of Canada and Chile.Speaking in Geneva, Director General of the WHO Margaret Chan said she was “very concerned” by the outbreak and by the possibility that it could lead to “neurological syndromes” – although she gave no further details.

Source: WHO expects Zika virus to spread through Americas, except Canada and Chile | News | DW.COM | 25.01.2016