Posts By Mike Hartung

Source: Associated Press Dominican physicians report that cholera has been reported in 28 of the country’s 32 provinces, and the number of new cases has risen about 50% over the last two weeks, according to the Dominican Health ministry. Since the outbreak began in November, there have been over a thousand cases and fourteen deaths, and there are fears that…

Nominations close in less than four weeks for ecotourism lodges you may have visited that demonstrate outstanding achievement in responsible tourism. There are awards in thirteen categories and all are judged on their commitment to conserving cultural heritage, preserving local environments and contributing to the sustainable livelihoods of local people. Since 2004 members of the public have nominated over 10,000…

Dengue season—June and July—is approaching in Cambodia where the National Dengue Control Program (NDCP) is warning of an impending outbreak at least as severe as the 2007 epidemic when 40,000 people were hospitalized, 10,000 in one week. A spokesman for the NDCP says the number of cases in recent months has been unusually high, which has been a reliable predictor…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the 2012 edition of its definitive Yellow Book is now available in bookstores. This authoritative reference work is written by health professionals but is very accessible for international travelers who want to understand the risks of infectious disease around the world and how to manage common problems such as…

Recent reports from Cairo paint a grim picture of a massive crime wave and unchecked sectarian violence. Known for its abuses and arrogance, the Cairo police force, a target of the recent revolution, is now reeling from broken morale and lacks strong training in legitimate police methods. In an extraordinary announcement, Egypt’s new Prime Minister Essam Sharaf reiterated the government’s…

Human rights groups say the Assad regime has killed more than 350 civilians since unrest began, and more than 100 over the last three days. Security forces using tanks have launched pre-emptive strikes against the most restive cities, among them Daraa, Nassib, Jablah and the Damascus suburb of Douma in what protest leaders call “a war to annihiliate the pro-democracy…

At its founding in the U.S. in 1970 as the National Environmental Teach-In, Earth Day inspired an estimated 20 million participants, most of them students and teachers, to address local environmental issues. Springing from college campuses, environmental awareness marched steadily around the globe so that in 1990 the first International Earth Day was celebrated by 200 million people in 141…

The Philippine Department of Health reports that the incidence of dengue fever doubled in metro Manila during the first quarter of 2011. The Philippines have been a dengue fever hotspot for several years, but the latest statistics are alarming: 4,399 cases in 2011 versus 1,984 in 2010. This outbreak comes despite the distribution of over 700,000 mosquito trap kits in…

A recent report in the New York Times, based in part on research by Human Rights Watch, paints an alarming picture in Bahrain.  Security forces are invading hospitals and clinics or stopping ambulances to find wounded protesters and then taking their care-givers into custody. Presuming sympathy with the protests, the Bahraini government has announced that 30 doctors and nurses had…

New research published this week in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet has disclosed the presence of super bacterium NDM-1 in the drinking and ground water in Delhi, India. NDM-1 resists treatment by the most powerful antibiotics available and could spark a worldwide spread of untreatable infections. NDM-1 has already been carried from India to Europe by “medical tourists” who…

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