Prophecy in today's headlines

First Case of Highly Resistant TB Seen in U.S.

It started with a cough, a cool-season hack that refused to go away. Then came the fevers. They bathed and chilled the skinny frame of Oswaldo Juarez, a 19-year-old Peruvian visiting to study English. His lungs clattered, his chest tightened and he ached with every gasp. During a wheezing fit at 4 a.m., Juarez felt […]

WHO Says H1N1 Could Infect Two Billion Worldwide

The World Health Organization says as many as two billion people could be infected by the new H1N1 virus, if the current outbreak continues to spread. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda made the comment Thursday at the daily WHO news conference in Geneva, not as a prediction, but as an observation about flu pandemics. In […]

Swine Flu Cases Spread

Swine Flu Update: The United States has activated an emergency plan to combat swine flu as the Obama administration announced measures Sunday to contain the sometimes deadly virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the strain of swine flu and is prepared to distribute a quarter of the U.S. stockpile of 50 […]

Swine Flu – US Very Concerned Over Outbreak

US medical authorities expressed strong concern Friday about an unprecedented multi-strain swine flu outbreak that has killed at least 60 people in Mexico and infected seven people in the United States. “It’s very obvious that we are very concerned. We’ve stood up emergency operation centers,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spokesman Dave Daigle […]

Swine Flu Cases Has Experts Scrambling

Concurrent outbreaks of human cases of swine flu in the southwestern United States and a mystery respiratory illness in Mexico had health authorities across the continent struggling Thursday to figure out what is unfolding. Laboratories in Atlanta and Winnipeg are looking at clinical specimens trying to determine if the mounting number of human cases of […]

New Bird Flu Cases Suggest Danger of Pandemic

First the good news: bird flu is becoming less deadly. Now the bad: scientists fear that this is the very thing that could make the virus more able to cause a pandemic that would kill hundreds of millions of people. This paradox – emerging from Egypt, the most recent epicentre of the disease – threatens […]

Japan Prepares For Flu Pandemics

The National Police Agency released an action plan this week for dealing with outbreaks of new types of influenza to which people have little immunity. Health experts fear that new types of influenza, such as bird flu, could soon hit large portions of the world population. The action plan lays out specific measures for the […]