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Last week the British Medical Journal The Lancet reported that a new bacterium resistant to almost all antibiotics, coined New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1 or NDM-1 has emerged from India and Pakistan, and infected patients in Canada, the United States, Australia, Sweden, and a number of other countries. Labeled “superbugs” by medical authorities, these bacteria resist strong antibiotics that are administered only…

The pronouncement last week by WHO Director General Margaret Chan that the H1N1 pandemic is officially over apparently ignores the latest reports from India. Health officials in the world’s second most populous nation say that the number of new H1N1 cases for the week of August 2-8 reached a new peak for the current season with 942 cases resulting in…

A recent article in the Washington Post detailing criticism of the World Health Organization’s handling of the H1N1 (swine) flu pandemic, suggests that “much ado was made about nothing” and that the WHO was unduly influenced by drug manufacturers who stood to gain from widespread panic over the spread of the novel H1N1 virus. Yet in a separate, sparsely circulated…

Last summer we analyzed the World Health Organizations (WHO) comprehensive study of road hazards across the world.   The report showed that the differences in fatalities in the analyzed countries were a result of road safety laws and the resources necessary to support them.  Some countries don’t have the road and traffic patterns necessary to manage the large volume of travelers. …

Good news for travelers throughout Asia.  There is a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis that significantly reduces typical side effects. We all know that mosquitoes transmit some very serious viruses to humans. In addition to malaria and dengue fever, another mosquito-driven disease is Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV).  As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) JEV is endemic in parts of…

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