WHO declares Congo’s Ebola outbreak an international emergency

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5175881.1560530297!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/ebola-health-uganda.jpg The World Health Organization has deemed the Ebola outbreak in Congo a public health emergency of international concern. Ebola is highly infectious and spread through bodily fluids. The current outbreak, largely confined to Congo apart from three deaths in Read more …

Listeria risk from recalled packaged kale highlights pathogen’s challenge

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5206258.1562727315!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/eat-smart-kale-salad-mix.jpg This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Last week the Read more …

Infected bat ‘ran into’ hand of B.C. man who later died from rabies: health officer

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5213310.1563288417!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/little-brown-bat.jpg A 21-year-old man who died from rabies after coming into contact with an infected bat on Vancouver Island this spring ran into the nocturnal mammal in an “unusual” daytime encounter, health officials said Tuesday. The man, whose identity has Read more …

This abortion doula drives clients hundreds of kilometres to access services — for free

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5212953.1563288218!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/autumn-reinhardt-simpson.jpg Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson is a chauffeur; a librarian, digging up resources and information; a covert operative, helping clients circumvent unsupportive partners; a therapist; and a friend. Her actual job title is abortion doula. That phrase might seem like an oxymoron — although she does sometimes Read more …

20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines, UN warns

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5212771.1563227160!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/mkcoursin-dollow-101.jpg More than one in 10 children — or 20 million worldwide — missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus, the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children’s fund said on Monday. In a Read more …

Ontario preparing for a ‘very difficult’ flu season, health minister says

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5150441.1563219422!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/nb-measles-20190524.jpg This year’s flu season will likely be a bad one, Ontario’s health minister said Monday, and the province is stocking up on extra high-strength vaccines in preparation.  “We expect that it’s going to be a very difficult year,” Christine Read more …