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brazil yellow fever vaccine campaign struggling to meet goal


sao paulo — brazil's health ministry says a massive yellow fever vaccination campaign has reached less than 20 percent of the targeted population since it began three weeks ago.authorities have confirmed 407 cases in the current outbreak, including in areas not previously considered at risk. of those, 118 have died.the campaign aims to vaccinate more than 20 million people in sao paulo and rio de janeiro states. but just 3.95 million people have been vaccinated so far.the ministry said thursday that rio has decided to continue its campaign. it did not say for how long.sao paulo will decide whether to continue its campaign after a "mobilization day" on saturday that it hopes will draw many people to health centers to be vaccinated.






brazil to vaccinate 23.8 million people against yellow fever


sao paulo — brazil is vaccinating more than 20 million people against yellow fever to control a budding outbreak.the world health organization says that the campaign that began thursday is the largest ever using reduced doses that provide short-term coverage but cover more people with the same amount of vaccine.yellow fever is common in brazil, but the country saw an unusually large outbreak last year, including in areas that don't usually see cases.the health ministry says 130 cases have been confirmed and 53 people have died in the current outbreak.some 23.8 million people in rio de janeiro, sao paulo and bahia states will be vaccinated in coming weeks, most with fractional doses. the who says a one-fifth dose provides immunity for at least 12 months.






us facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers


new york — americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder getting it.a manufacturing problem has created a shortage of the only version of the vaccine licensed in the u.s. the centers for disease control and prevention said friday that doses could run out as early as next month. officials are bringing in another vaccine that's used in other countries, but it will be available at only about 250 of the 4,000 u.s. clinics that give the shot.the $141 vaccine is recommended for travelers to certain areas in south america and africa, and about 20 countries require proof of vaccination for entry. for most people, only one dose of vaccine is needed in their lifetime to protect against the potentially deadly disease.travelers who want the vaccine will need to plan ahead, s






an outbreak in brazil has u.s. health experts wondering if yellow fever could be


yellow fever has broken out in the jungles outside brazil’s most densely-populated cities, raising a frightening but still remote possibility: an epidemic that could decimate that country’s population and spread throughout the americas, including the united states.in an essay rushed into print by the new england journal of medicine on wednesday, two doctors from the national institutes of health warn that cases of yellow fever, which can kill as many as 10% of those infected, have seen an unusual spike in the last few weeks in several rural areas of brazil.those outbreaks have been limited to places where there aren’t enough people or virus-spreading mosquitoes to fuel a rapid run-up in transmission. but they are on the edge of major urban areas where residents are largely unvaccinated, an






rio state to vaccinate population against yellow fever


sao paulo — rio de janeiro state plans to vaccinate its entire population against yellow fever as a precaution amid brazil's largest outbreak of the disease in years.the health ministry has confirmed more than 300 cases of yellow fever so far during brazil's summer rainy season. over 100 of them died. much of brazil is considered at risk for the mosquito-borne disease and people in those areas are supposed to be vaccinated.rio state was not in that at-risk area for this outbreak and it has not had any cases. but the world health organization expanded its vaccination recommendation to include parts of the state in january.the state said saturday it expects to reach a 90 percent vaccination rate this year. it will need 12 million vaccine doses to do that.






brazil: millions vaccinated after yellow fever outbreak | news


in brazil, more than 20 million people are being vaccinated against yellow fever after an outbreak of the disease.at least 15 people have died in the southeastern state of minas jerais in the last month, and a public health emergency has been declared.al jazeera's teresa bo reports from mairipora, brazil.






brazilian state decrees emergency over yellow fever outbreak


sao paulo — the government of brazil's southeastern state of minas gerais has decreed a state of emergency for its public health system due to an outbreak of yellow fever in 94 of its 853 cities.the decree was published saturday in the state's official gazette and allows the government to contract health providers without going through a bidding process.since july 2017, 35 cases of yellow fever have been confirmed in brazil and 20 people have died, according to the latest figures from the health ministry.the world health organization said earlier this week that all of sao paulo state is also at risk for yellow fever and recommended that international visitors to be vaccinated.






brazilian state decrees emergency over yellow fever outbreak


sao paulo (ap) — the government of brazil’s southeastern state of minas gerais has decreed a state of emergency for its public health system due to an outbreak of yellow fever in 94 of its 853 cities.the decree was published saturday in the state’s official gazette and allows the government to contract health providers without going through a bidding process.since july 2017, 35 cases of yellow fever have been confirmed in brazil and 20 people have died, according to the latest figures from the health ministry.the world health organization said earlier this week that all of sao paulo state is also at risk for yellow fever and recommended that international visitors to be vaccinated.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.






u.s. may run out of yellow fever vaccine next month


the $141 vaccine is recommended for travelers to certain areas in south america and africa.        






small brazil city on edge after man dies from yellow fever


casimiro de abreu, brazil — this small city in the state of rio de janeiro is on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one man by yellow fever and are investigating several other possible cases.health authorities this week confirmed that 38-year-old watila santos died from the illness on march 11.authorities are investigating possible cases involving four relatives of santos, including a 13-year-old and a 9-year-old.in the city center and rural areas of casimiro de abreu, about 93 miles (150 kilometers) from rio de janeiro, a large tent has been set up to vaccinate people. authorities say around 30,000 of the city's 42,000 people have been vaccinated in recent days.yellow fever is transmitted by mosquito and causes fever, body aches, vomiting and sometimes jaundice.






oh great, another awful tropical disease we have to worry about


the yellow fever virus. (image: science photo library/getty)an old enemy—yellow fever—is rearing its ugly head in parts of brazil, prompting concerns that the mosquito-borne virus could spread across the americas and into the united states. it’s a headache in the making given the severity of the disease—and the fact that vaccines are in short supply.advertisementin a new perspective article published in the new england journal of medicine, anthony fauci and catherine paules from the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases (niaid) warn that the current yellow fever outbreak in brazil could start to spread in a manner similar to other mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue and zika. they say physicians and healthcare workers need to be on alert, especially when treating patien






who: all of sao paulo state at risk for yellow fever


sao paulo — the world health organization announced tuesday that it now considers all of sao paulo state at risk for yellow fever, recommending that all international visitors to the state be vaccinated.that puts the megacity of sao paulo on the list. but brazil's health ministry said in a statement that it was not changing its own, recently updated map of at-risk areas, which includes only certain parts of the state and city. the ministry said that the who's more-cautious recommendation for foreigners made sense since it would be impossible to know where visitors might travel once they arrived in sao paulo state.the announcement comes as an outbreak is gathering steam in brazil during the southern hemisphere summer rainy season and just weeks ahead of carnival, a major draw for foreign to






brazil yellow fever 'kills hundreds of monkeys' | brazil news


an outbreak of yellow fever has claimed the lives of more than 600 monkeys and dozens of humans in brazil's atlantic rainforest region, threatening the survival of rare south american primates, according to a zoologist.the monkeys, mostly brown howlers and masked titis, are falling out of trees and dying on the ground in the forests of espirito santo state in brazil's southeast."the number of dead monkeys increases every day," said sergio lucena, a professor at the federal university of espírito santo.referring to the impact of the disease's spread in his state, he said: "we now know that the rare buffy-headed marmoset is also threatened by the yellow fever virus and dying."the howler's sounds closely resemble grunts or barks. it was the silence that fell on the forests that first alerted






small brazil city on edge after man dies from yellow fever


casimiro de abreu, brazil — this small city in the state of rio de janeiro is on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one man by yellow fever and said they were investigating several other possible cases.health authorities this week confirmed that 38-year-old watila santos died from the illness on march 11.a neighbor of santos, alessandro valenca couto, was infected and sent for treatment to a hospital in the city of rio de janeiro, where he is recovering.authorities are investigating possible cases involving four relatives of santos, including a 13-year-old and a 9-year-old.in the city center and rural areas of casimiro de abreu, about 93 miles (150 kilometers) from rio de janeiro, a large tent has been set up to vaccinate people. authorities say around 30,000 of the city's






small brazil city on edge after man dies from yellow fever


casimiro de abreu, brazil — this small city in the state of rio de janeiro is on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one man by yellow fever and are investigating several other possible cases.health authorities this week confirmed that 38-year-old watila santos died from the illness on march 11.a neighbor of santos, alessandro valenca couto, was infected and sent for treatment to a hospital in the city of rio de janeiro, where he is recovering.authorities are investigating possible cases involving four relatives of santos, including a 13-year-old and a 9-year-old.in the city center and rural areas of casimiro de abreu, about 93 miles (150 kilometers) from rio de janeiro, a large tent has been set up to vaccinate people. authorities say around 30,000 of the city's 42,000 peo






us facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers


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yellow fever updates for brazil and peru | the global dispatch


share thistagsbrazilespírito santojunínlatin america and the caribbeanminas geraisparáperurio de janeirosao paulotocantinsyellow feverin brazil, since the beginning of the outbreak in december 2016 up to 20 april 2017, there were 2,900 cases of yellow fever reported, of which 681 were confirmed. this total includes 372 deaths (234 confirmed), according to the latest data from the pan american health organization (paho). the case fatality rate (cfr) is 34% among confirmed cases.female aedes aegypti mosquitoimage/james gathanyconfirmed cases were distributed among 115 municipalities in 6 states (espírito santo, minas gerais, pará, rio de janeiro, são paulo, and tocantins).this week, a new state, tocantins, confirmed a case of sylvatic yellow fever in an unvaccinated resident of the xambioá,






small brazil city on edge after man dies from yellow fever – the denver post


by yesica fisch,the associated presscasimiro de abreu, brazil (ap) — this small city in the state of rio de janeiro is on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one man by yellow fever and said they were investigating several other possible cases.health authorities this week confirmed that 38-year-old watila santos died from the illness on march 11.a neighbor of santos, alessandro valenca couto, was infected and sent for treatment to a hospital in the city of rio de janeiro, where he is recovering.authorities are investigating possible cases involving four relatives of santos, including a 13-year-old and a 9-year-old.in the city center and rural areas of casimiro de abreu, about 93 miles (150 kilometers) from rio de janeiro, a large tent has been set up to vaccinate people. au






philippines suspends troubled dengue drug after more than 730,000 immunized


the philippines suspended a dengue fever vaccine that was given to thousands of children and launched an investigation, after the drug’s manufacturer said new evidence showed it could worsen symptoms in some cases.the tropical country last year became the first nation to widely distribute the vaccine, branded dengvaxia, after a fast-track approval process. the government says more than 730,000 people, mostly children older than nine, were given the vaccine, manufactured by the vaccinations division of french pharma giant...






sanofi says it is cooperating with authorities on vaccine


manila, philippines — the manufacturer of a dengue vaccine whose use was suspended by the philippines last week after a study showed risks of severe cases in people without previous infection says it is working to resolve those fears.dr. ng su-peing, global medical head at sanofi pasteur, said monday that those stricken with dengue in the study all had fully recovered.most of the study participants who fell ill after receiving the vaccine had cases in the milder two of four levels of severity: dengue hemorrhagic fever 1, where a tourniquet test is positive and a patient easily bruises and dhf 2, where the patient's nose and gums could bleed.the department of health suspended its dengue public immunization program, the world's first, after sanofi's new findings on the vaccine, dengvaxia.






sanofi says it is cooperating with authorities on vaccine


manila, philippines (ap) — the manufacturer of a dengue vaccine whose use was suspended by the philippines last week after a study showed risks of severe cases in people without previous infection says it is working to resolve those fears.dr. ng su-peing, global medical head at sanofi pasteur, said monday that those stricken with dengue in the study all had fully recovered.most of the study participants who fell ill after receiving the vaccine had cases in the milder two of four levels of severity: dengue hemorrhagic fever 1, where a tourniquet test is positive and a patient easily bruises and dhf 2, where the patient’s nose and gums could bleed.the department of health suspended its dengue public immunization program, the world’s first, after sanofi’s new findings on the vaccine, dengvaxi






15 children die in botched south sudan vaccine campaign


juba, south sudan -- fifteen young children have died in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines, south sudan's government announced friday.the united nations said the children died of "severe sepsis/toxicity" from the contaminated vaccine, and the health ministry blamed the deaths on human error. one syringe was used for all the children during the four-day campaign, and the vaccine was stored without refrigeration the entire time.playvideocbs evening newsairdrops feeding thousands in south sudan, but some in need still lose out more than 100,00 people are in imminent danger of starvation in south sudan, and international aid groups are trying to help those affected with ... measles is yet another challenge facing the desp






south sudan: 15 children die in botched vaccine campaign


juba, south sudan — fifteen young children have died in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines, south sudan's government announced friday.the united nations said the children died of "severe sepsis/toxicity" from the contaminated vaccine, and the health ministry blamed the deaths on human error. one syringe was used for all the children during the four-day campaign, and the vaccine was stored without refrigeration the entire time.measles is yet another challenge facing the desperately poor east african country that already has been devastated by more than three years of civil war and a recently declared famine, as well as a cholera outbreak.the government said all of the children who died were under the age of 5. it is set






south sudan: 15 children die in botched vaccine campaign


juba, south sudan — fifteen young children have died in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines, south sudan's government announced friday.the united nations said the children died of "severe sepsis/toxicity" from the contaminated vaccine, and the health ministry blamed the deaths on human error. one syringe was used for all the children during the four-day campaign, and the vaccine was stored without refrigeration the entire time.measles is yet another challenge facing the desperately poor east african country that already has been devastated by more than three years of civil war and a recently declared famine, as well as a cholera outbreak.the government said all of the children who died were under the age of 5. it is set






south sudan: 15 children die in botched vaccine campaign


juba, south sudan (ap) — fifteen young children have died in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines, south sudan’s government announced friday.the united nations said the children died of “severe sepsis/toxicity” from the contaminated vaccine, and the health ministry blamed the deaths on human error. one syringe was used for all the children during the four-day campaign, and the vaccine was stored without refrigeration the entire time.measles is yet another challenge facing the desperately poor east african country that already has been devastated by more than three years of civil war and a recently declared famine, as well as a cholera outbreak.the government said all of the children who died were under the age of 5. it i






south sudan: 15 children die in botched vaccine campaign


nairobi, kenya (ap) — fifteen young children have died in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines, south sudan’s government announced friday.the united nations said the children died of “severe sepsis/toxicity” from the contaminated vaccine, and the health ministry blamed the deaths on human error. one syringe was used for all the children during the four-day campaign, and the vaccine was stored without refrigeration the entire time.measles is yet another challenge facing the desperately poor east african country that already has been devastated by more than three years of civil war and a recently declared famine, as well as a cholera outbreak.the government said all of the children who died were under the age of 5. it is s






who should'nt get the flu shot?


winter is coming! it’s time to line up and get your flu shot once again. all around you people are succumbing to the usual seasonal misery of fever, vomiting and chills. it’s a symphony of achoo out there and the best medical advice is that you should get the flu shot as early as you can.indeed, seasonal influenza causes up to half a million deaths every year worldwide, as the new england journal of medicine noted, and the nation sees a staggering 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations from the flu annually.still, there are some people who should not get the flu shot. but most doctors warn that a lot of what you have heard on the topic is bunk.“there are a lot of myths about the flu vaccine and not getting it,” says dr. jonathan blum, an infectious disease physician at kaiser permanente santa






botched vaccination kills 15 children in south sudan | south sudan news


at least 15 children have died in rural south sudan in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering vaccinations. south sudan's health ministry blamed the deaths on human error. health workers vaccinating the children against measles used the same syringe without sterilising it, and failed to store the vaccine properly. health minister riek gai kok said on friday the deaths occurred in nacholdokopele village in eastern equatoria state, where about 300 children aged up to five years old were vaccinated from may 2 to may 5.more than one million on brink of starvation in south sudan"the team that vaccinated the children in this tragic event were neither qualified nor trained for the immunisation campaign," said kok.an investigation supported by






botched vaccination kills 15 children in south sudan | south sudan news


at least 15 children have died in rural south sudan in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering vaccinations, reports say.south sudan's health ministry on friday blamed the deaths on human error.health workers vaccinating the children against measles used the same syringe without sterilising it, and failed to store the vaccine properly, according to the reports. riek gai kok, south sudan's health minister, said the deaths occurred in nacholdokopele village in eastern equatoria state, where about 300 children aged up to five years old were vaccinated from may 2 to may 5.more than one million on brink of starvation in south sudan"the team that vaccinated the children in this tragic event were neither qualified nor trained for the immunisat






sanofi: no proof that vaccine linked to philippines deaths


paris — drugmaker sanofi insists there's no evidence of a link between the world's first dengue vaccine and children's deaths in the philippines.paris-based sanofi said wednesday it lost 19 million euros in the fourth quarter on the vaccine as it bought back unused medicines, but doesn't expect further related losses this year.ceo olivier brandicourt called concerns about the vaccine "very worrisome" but said no problems were reported outside the philippines. he said "we have absolutely no evidence that the vaccine has been linked to any deaths."sanofi said in november that the vaccine could put people at risk of severe disease if they hadn't previously been infected.philippines authorities say the deaths of three children may have "causal association" to the vaccine, and the government wa






brazil closes giant pile of trash, depriving residents of a treasure


cidade estrutural, brazil—sandra montes, 32, once dreamed of being a famous singer, but her hopes were crushed by a recession that brazil is still struggling to overcome. so she turned to rummaging through latin america’s largest dump looking for recyclables to sell, clothes to wear and toys to give her children.now she and her fellow scavengers at the estrutural landfill will have to find work elsewhere. nearly 60 years after brazil carved a modernist capital out of its wind-swept central plateau and began dumping its solid...






shingles vaccine 'has cut cases by a third' in england


image copyrightscience photo libraryimage caption shingles causes a nasty, painful rash and can lead to complications in older people cases of shingles have reduced by 35% in england since a vaccine was offered to 70-year-olds, public health england says.but it is urging more people in their 70s to get their free injection against the painful condition.they are most at risk of shingles and more likely to develop complications, such as severe nerve pain.shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chicken pox virus and results in a nasty skin rash and fever.the vaccine programme started in england in 2013 and 5.5m people were eligible for the free single injection over the first three years.a report in the lancet journal of public health on how much difference the jab has made between 2013






sanofi: no proof that vaccine linked to philippines deaths


paris (ap) — drugmaker sanofi insists there’s no evidence of a link between the world’s first dengue vaccine and children’s deaths in the philippines.paris-based sanofi said wednesday it lost 19 million euros in the fourth quarter on the vaccine as it bought back unused medicines, but doesn’t expect further related losses this year.ceo olivier brandicourt called concerns about the vaccine “very worrisome” but said no problems were reported outside the philippines. he said “we have absolutely no evidence that the vaccine has been linked to any deaths.”sanofi said in november that the vaccine could put people at risk of severe disease if they hadn’t previously been infected.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.philippines authorities say the deaths of three children may






measles sweeps an immigrant community targeted by anti-vaccine activists


fatuma ishtar wishes the persistent people who warn that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine causes autism would leave her community alone. they’ve done enough damage, she says. for years, anti-vaccine activists have worked on the sizable somali-american community in minnesota, urging them to refuse to let their children receive the mmr vaccine. they’ve been successful:…






who chief praises guineans for help with ebola vaccine


conakry, guinea — the head of the world health organization is praising guineans for their role in helping to develop a vaccine against the deadly ebola virus.on a visit to the country where the world's deadliest ebola outbreak emerged in 2013, dr. margaret chan said guineans had "fought back" by helping scientists.there is no licensed treatment for ebola, and the outbreak killed more than 11,300 people. researchers began testing the vaccine as the outbreak was waning.who, which has acknowledged shortcomings in its response to the ebola outbreak in west africa, led the study of the vaccine.the vaccine was developed by the canadian government and is now licensed to the u.s.-based merck & co.chan says the vaccine's impact will be significant even if supplies initially are limited.






flu vaccine ineffective for people 65 and older last winter


new york — the flu vaccine was ineffective in protecting older americans last winter against the illness, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around.u.s. health officials on wednesday released new vaccine data. they showed the vaccine did a so-so job overall— it was about 42 percent effective in preventing illness severe enough to send a patient to a doctor's office.but it did a poor job protecting some age groups. that includes people 65 and older — the group that's hardest hit by flu, suffering the most deaths and hospitalizations.the data were presented at a medical meeting in atlanta. annual flu shots are recommended for virtually all americans age 6 months or older.






pixinotes are so old school they're cool


it’s the return of snail mail with an app that creates cool postcards you send through the u.s. postal service.name: pixinotewhat it does: the app prints and sends a card with a square image and three lines of text to the recipient within two to seven business days.available: in the app store, requires ios 8.0 or later. compatible with iphone, ipad and ipod touch.cost: free to , $2.50 per card to send a note.what’s : pixinotes are printed on quality paper and look great. there’s also a cute airmail-themed envelope. the app simplifies sending a postcard because you don’t need a stamp (first-cl “forever” postage is included), keep track of addresses or even write a lengthy note about what you’ve been up to. my favorite feature was in the “create contact” tool: start typing your recipient’s a