Hepatitis Outbreak in Syrian IDP Camp Follows Cholera Case Detection

In a matter of hours since I wrote about the diagnosis of a child suffering from cholera in the camp for housing the displaced population from Homs, I received yet another ProMED missive, informing us about the diagnosis of a hepatitis outbreak in the same settings. In fact, in addition to the information, there is a request for more information, especially data on the serologic … Continue reading Hepatitis Outbreak in Syrian IDP Camp Follows Cholera Case Detection

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Cholera Case in Syrian Refugee Camp: Ominous Signals

According to a report disseminated by the ProMED mail service, a case of cholera has been detected in a refugee camp housing displaced people from Homs. The translated report reads as below: The 1st case of cholera has been recorded in Zogra camp near Jarabulus city (125 km or 78 mi north of Aleppo) at the Syrian-Turkish border, which accommodates people displaced from Homs. A … Continue reading Cholera Case in Syrian Refugee Camp: Ominous Signals

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Patterns of leishmaniasis among Syrian refugees in Lebanon, 2012A,B) Lesions impinging and possibly hindering the function of vital sensory organs, including the nose and eyesC,D) Lesions >5 cm.E,F) Lesions disfiguring the faceG,H) Special forms of cutaneous leishmaniasis; shown here is a patient with spread and satellite lesions on the hand and armI,J) Patient with 15 lesions.

Diseases of Displaced People: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

Scabies, polio, tuberculosis, malaria, and a host of other diseases have been blamed on the penurious conditions that refugees are often forced to live in when in transitional shelters or refugee camps. In an “online ahead of print” report published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, which is run by the CDC, another disease has been shown to be affecting large groups of refugees: Cutaneous … Continue reading Diseases of Displaced People: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

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Now Syria Stops the Internet

Following in the footsteps of one Hosni Mubarak, the Syrian supremo, Bashar Al-Assaad has shut down access to internet to stem the growing tide of resentment against him, and to quell another rebellion in the state. Image from Amnesty USA According to the article in Mashable: “Starting at 3:35 UTC today, approximately two thirds of all Syrian networks became unreachable from the global Internet,” Internet … Continue reading Now Syria Stops the Internet

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