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23 Feb, 2016

Back in hospital


Cafferkey returns to hospital for a third time after contracting the virus initially two years ago. She is being treated at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University hospital. NHS spokesperson:

Under routine monitoring by the Infectious Diseases Unit, Pauline Cafferkey has been admitted to hospital for further investigations.

17 Nov, 2015

HIV positive


Sheen tells Lauer on Today, that he is HIV positive, but he does not have AIDS:

I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV Positive…It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches. I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over. It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life…[I had to speak out] to put a stop to this barrage of attacks of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that threaten the health of so many others…I have a responsibility now to better myself and help a lot of other people.

Sheen also says he has been the victim of years of blackmail, giving millions of dollars in extortion money to prostitutes with whom he had relations in hopes that they would keep his HIV status a secret.

My trust turned to their treason.

He admits having unprotected sex with two individuals, whom he says were warned beforehand and “under the care” of his doctor.He also says he’s no longer doing drugs, but still drinks “a little bit.”

Charlie Sheen: ‘I’m HIV Positive,’ Paid Many Who Threatened To Expose Me | TODAY

25 Aug, 2015

In coma, receiving experimental drug

Riley, an honors student who has qualified for the Junior Olympics three times in cross country, is in a medically-induced coma after contracting Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) as a result of amoeba Naegleria fowleri. Doctors believe the amoeba entered through his nose and got into his brain when he jumped into a lake at the Sam Houston National Forest on Aug. 13. A week later, Riley developed a fever and headache, and his mother took him to a local clinic. which sent him home. A few days later, his symptoms got worse. He was disoriented, with a fever, severe headache and neck pain similar to symptoms of meningitis. His parents took him to Texas Children’s Hospital, where doctors recognized the condition from having recently treated another case in the area.  His family says he is now receiving an experimental drug that was used to save Kali Hardig.

12 Aug, 2015

Cancer diagnosis

Carter says that recent liver surgery revealed he had cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. He does not say where the cancer had spread. The Carter Center in Atlanta says that he had undergone elective surgery at Emory University Hospital to remove a small mass in his liver. It adds that the operation had proceeded without issues and that the prognosis was excellent for a full recovery.

I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.


13 Jul, 2015

Withdraws with testicular cancer

Basso withdraws during the first rest day of the race after a routine medical check up reveals a tumour in his left testicle. Basso is to return to his home country of Italy for further medical tests. This leaves the eight remaining members of his Tinkoff Saxo team to carry on in their quest to put Alberto Contador into the yellow jersey.


Ebola returns to Liberia

Ebola returns to Liberia with five recent cases of the disease. Sequencing data show the virus is genetically similar to the past Ebola outbreak. WHO conducts further tests to see if people unknowingly had the virus and explores other possibilities such as sexual transmission.

There are a considerable number of survivors. And we also know that it persists in certain bodily fluids, and that it can subsist for at least six months.

9 Jul, 2015

CDC security failures

AccusationIndustrial Accident

A report shows CDC fails to prevent power outages between January 2013 and July 2014, leading to staff evacuation to prevent pathogen exposure. The report indicates one incident in Building 23 of Atlanta, Georgia where a lightning strike lead to airflow failures, the inability to open hallway doors, and loss of phone communication. The report also includes instances of worker pathogen exposure by needles, maintenance workers opening doors to restricted areas, and malfunctions in gear that protect scientists from pathogens. However, the report lacks comprehensive details. Biosafety Consultant:

This is not a comprehensive list. I look at these documents, and it’s very clear to me that leadership has not defined for the workforce what is a reportable incident or accident.

Colorado Representative:

It is unacceptable that the CDC, our nation’s premier institution committed to preventing the spread of infectious disease, has not resolved these problems after years of oversight and attention. It is more vital than ever that the CDC, from leadership on down, commit to a strategy that will prevent future lapses in safety.

7 Jul, 2015

WHO can’t handle Epidemics

AccusationNatural Disaster

A 28 page report by a panel led by Dame Stocking says the World Health Organisation unable to handle public health emergencies judging from its performance in the Ebola epidemic. The report suggests fault in WHO’s financial preparedness, reliance on diplomacy, and lack of decisive actions by director general Chan. Furthermore, the report recommends regional and country representatives to play a more active role in pushing their governments to take immediate action to epidemics; this is in response to WHO’s delayed declaration of an Ebola crisis only after the death of 1,000 people.

WHO does not currently possess the capacity or organisational culture to deliver a full emergency public health response.

WHO accepts the report’s criticism and prepares improvements to its workforce and financial reserves. Medecins Sans Frontieres Dr. Liu:

The question is how will this translate into real action on the ground in future outbreaks?

4 Jul, 2015

Second Philippines case

Officials confirm Philippine’s second case of MERS in a 36-year-old man from Dubai, who flew to Manila on a flight from Dubai, after making a stopover in Saudi Arabia. He began showing symptoms and was admitted to the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa city, about 30km (18 miles) south of the capital, Manila, where he tested positive and was quarantined. The patient is recovering, but authorities continue to investigate those who he was in contact with.

29 Apr, 2015

Hurts ankle

Spears falls onstage during her Las Vegas show and hurts her ankle.

 Thank you for all of the sweet wishes. Had a little scare on stage tonight with my ankle but I’m ok.

Britney sprains ankle during performance

28 Apr, 2015

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Gibson is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles…While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.

21 Apr, 2015

Fighting cancer

Smulders reveals she is fighting ovarian cancer at age of 25.

I had tumors on both ovaries and the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes and surrounding tissues. She adds that it took multiple surgeries over the course of two years to remove the cancerous tissue…. I don’t think I’ll ever feel like I’m cancer-free. Now that I’m five years out, I’m trying to think of it as a positive thing and what can I learn from it. And if I can create more awareness, I’ll do it.


Irreversible brain damage

Makes Statement

Houston issues a statement saying that Brown’s prognosis is unclear.

While she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive…Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me. We can only trust in God for a miracle at this time.

20 Apr, 2015

Going blind

Barr states she is losing her sight due to both glaucoma and macular degeneration. She also says she smokes marijuana to help relieve the associated pressure in her eyes.

My vision is closing in now. It’s something weird. But there are other weird things. That one’s harsh, ’cause I read a lot, and then I thought, ‘Well, I guess I could hire somebody to read for me and read to me.’ But I like words and I like looking. You do what you have to do. I just try and enjoy vision as much as possible—y’know, living it up. My dad had it, too.

Apr 2015

Cat allergy

Harris is allergic to Swift’s cats. The cats sleep in Swift’s bed, proving problematic for the relationship. Source:

When he stayed over at Taylor’s L.A. house . . . Calvin says he was up all night blowing his nose and complaining he couldn’t breathe. Apparently he’s allergic to the long fluffy hair on Taylor’s cats and they usually sleep in the bed so it’s everywhere.

20 Mar, 2015

$25 million bail set

Bail hearingTrial

Judge Ronald S. Coen sets the rapper’s bail at $25 million. Prosecutors had argued that the bail should be set at $25 million because of Knight’s past criminal record, citing police reports showing past links to robberies, assaults and battery. After hearing this, Knight collapses and is taken to the hospital.

Suge Knight — Collapses in Court (VIDEO)

25 Feb, 2015

Cancer in remission

Quessenberry is in remission from non-Hodgkin T lymphoblastic lymphoma after having completed an aggressive series of chemotherapy treatments followed by radiation therapy. He hopes to play football in 2015.

23 Feb, 2015

Promising Ebola drug

An experimental antiviral drug, called favipiravir, is still in early stages in West Africa, and too few people have been treated to really know whether the drug helps shows some promise in the fight against Ebola in West Africa. It is only effective, however, if patients get it early. The survival rate of 85% in the ones who have received it is encouraging. European Commission for Research Moedas:

If these results are confirmed by the ongoing clinical trial, it will be the first-ever treatment to be deployed against this deadly disease during the current outbreak.

21 Feb, 2015

Liberia exposure

Eight healthcare workers are being sent home due to Ebola exposure from S.D. Cooper Hospital in Monrovia. They will be under heavy observation for 21 days. This number still remains far lower than last year when the West African nation had the worst outbreak in history. To this date, Liberia reports 3,900 Ebola deaths according to the World Health Organization. Assistant Health Minister for the country, Nyenswah states:

You cannot be under observation and then at the same time go to work to expose people. No way.

20 Feb, 2015

Bourbon virus

The CDC discovers a new virus termed “Bourbon,” naming it after the county located in Kansas with the first fatality and is only the eighth known case of its type.

The victim in Kansas, described as a man in his 50s, had been bitten by ticks multiple times in the days before falling ill.

19 Feb, 2015

Breast cancer

Rodriguez reveals that she is has breast cancer in her blog ChemoCouture.

On September 24, 2014 at age 30, I was diagnosed with stage 2B ductal carcinoma: in-situ and invasive. Fancy words for breast cancer. Now as far as cancer goes, I have the Cadillac of tumors. It’s slow growing, highly treatable and not really interested in spreading. My doctor calls it an ‘old lady cancer.’ I always knew I was ahead of my time!


Cancerous tumour

Dickinson announces he is being treated for a cancerous tumor on his tongue. Band statement:

Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.

17 Feb, 2015

Meningitis outbreak

The death of a University of Oregon student is found to be related to a bacterial infection form of meningitis. An 18-year-old is found in her room unconscious is later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. She is the fourth case at this particular university. The other three students are recovering. The university announces a full-scale vaccination program the first week in March.

28 Jan, 2015

LA outbreak

endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) duodenoscope

The deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients have been linked to contaminated endoscopes and more than 170 other patients have been exposed. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center’s Dr. Robert Cherry:

The instruments were found to have “embedded” infections even though they had been cleaned according to manufacturer’s instructions.

8 Jan, 2015

Utah vaccination recommended

Utah Department of Heath follows up with 200 potential cases of measles that may have come into contact with the two youth cases in Utah. Department Health Educator Becky Ward recommends vaccination to prevent larger cases as the virus may infect other individuals during the 10-12 days prior to visible symptoms.

Often people feel good enough to be out and about, and that is what we don’t want. Spread is possible, and public health officials are trying to reduce that to zero if we can. Make sure you’re vaccinated. Measles can kill, and it did before the vaccine came along. It can cause brain inflammation and seizures, among other things. It’s a very serious disease, and this is a good reminder for people to get vaccinated.

12 Dec, 2014

Misses events due to chicken pox

Makes Statement

Jolie releases a public announcement to let her fans know why she will be missing all the upcoming events for her film Unbroken. 

I just wanted to be clear and honest about why I will be missing the Unbroken events in the next few days, which is, I found last night that I have chicken pox. I will be home itching and missing everyone, and I can’t believe it because this film means so much to me I can’t believe it! But such is life. There it is. I send everyone my love and hope everything goes well.

5 Nov, 2014

Reassures fans

Makes Statement


Iwata's reassures publicIwata addresses public concerns about his gaunt appearance post-surgery via Twitter.

I saw many worried comments over how thin I’ve become. The truth is that after a major operation, I lost weight, but during these past two and a half months, thankfully my weight has stabilized, and I’m progressing well. I would truly like to thank my doctors, the hospital staff, and everyone who has assisted me.

28 Aug, 2014

Rushed to hospital in critical condition


Rivers is hospitalized after she stops breathing during throat surgery at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic on East 93rd Street, New York. She is rushed to Mount Sinai hospital after a 911 caller reports somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers is by her side. Hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay:

This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.

22 Aug, 2014

Hiding patients illegal

Sierra Leone has voted to pass an amendment to its Health Act whereby people caught hiding Ebola patients could face possible jail time of up to two years. The amendment still needs to go for presidential approval. The country has been hit hard by the current outbreak with at least 392 deaths and 910 cases recorded.
Sierra Leone majority leader Ibrahim Bundu:

[Sierra Leone has suffered] abandonment and isolation from those we viewed to be our biggest friends in the region and beyond. These ugly developments are evidenced in the cancellations of flights, closing of borders, reduction of operational hours of banks and further isolation by shutting down businesses at the time of greatest need.

He said lawmakers would soon review the country’s partnerships “so as to form a permanent record of who are true friends are.”

8 Aug, 2014

Nigeria: State of Emergency

Nigeria declares a State of Emergency after seven cases of Ebola are confirmed in the country after a man arriving from Liberia fell sick. Two of the confirmed cases die while several people who have come into contact with the man are under surveillance.

6 Aug, 2014

Arrives in US

Writebol, the second American who contracted Ebola while working with a missionary group in Liberia, is airlifted to Emory hospital in Atlanta for treatment. The aid worker, 59, is the second American to be flown into the US for treatment. David Writebol:

Now we have a real reason to be hopeful.


Pledges $200 million

The World Bank pledges $200m in emergency aid to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra-Leone, in a bid to counter further spread of the deadly virus. Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, says that he is ” deeply saddened” by the progress of the epidemic thus far. The funds will be used to undertake numerous relief activities including providing medical supplies, paying staff and driving a campaign that will contain the epidemic.Yong Kim:

I have been monitoring (Ebola’s) deadly impact around the clock and I’m deeply saddened at how it has ravaged health workers, families and communities, disrupted normal life and has led to a breakdown of already weak health systems in the three countries.

5 Aug, 2014

CDC concerned about spread

The CDC is now concerned about the risk of Ebola spreading beyond Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Dr. Skinner, an infectious disease specialist from the organization, says that travelers could unknowingly transfer the deadly virus beyond more international borders. Dr. Rob Dretler, CDC:

We know what to do and can completely isolate them but someone coming home who doesn’t know they are sick and is here a few days and gets sick, that’s the risk.

12 Jul, 2014

Withdraws from doubles match

Williams struggles through a doubles match with her sister Venus against competitors Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Vögeleas.  A stomach virus has left her very vulnerable and out of energy.

I decided not to play in Bastad, because I am still not feeling 100%. I want to be in perfect condition to go back on court, but unfortunately it’s not the case. I really hope to be able to get back to training from next week, Williams issued a statement after her withdrawal from Bastad.

Serena Williams forced to withdraw from doubles – Wimbledon 2014

Jul 2014

Lecpetex botnet destroyed

Facebook works with Greek police to take down Lecpetex, a botnet affecting 50,000 Facebook accounts and 250,000 computers worldwide. Victims receive a private message with an executable file in a .zip folder. When run, the program harvests login credentials or uses the computer’s power to mine cryptocurrency. The botnet is able to infect so many people because it constantly changes to evade Facebook’s threat detection measures:

Over the last seven months we saw the botnet operators experiment with different social engineering tactics, including embedding Java JAR files, using Visual Basic Scripts (VBS), and creating malformed ZIP archives and Microsoft Cabinet files (CAB) . . . The files used in the spam messages were also refreshed frequently to evade anti-virus vendor detection.

27 Jun, 2014

Breast cancer diagnosis

Lunden is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a rare and aggressive form. Two small tumors were discovered in her right breast by doctors during a precautionary ultrasound. Lunden tells CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta,

I knew the minute the doctor walked in the office. You could just tell by her demeanor. She said, ‘you definitely have breast cancer.’ When I heard those words — it doesn’t make any difference if you’re a doctor — those are scary words and they’re shocking,

Lunden says she immediately consulted specialists and sought other opinions before starting with chemotherapy. Lunden told CNN that she decided to shave her hair before losing it to chemotherapy, and has decided on therapy aimed at reducing the size of a tumor with chemotherapy, a lumpectomy to remove the cancer, followed by radiation therapy.

26 Jun, 2014

Cancer treatment

Martin has a radical hysterectomy performed at Nashville’s TriStar Centennial Medical Center as treatment for cervical cancer. The cancer is believed to be in the early states and no further treatment will be needed following the operation. Her rep says:

Joey is recovering really well and everyone is in great spirits. Both Joey and Rory are so humbled by the outpouring of love and support they’ve been shown over the past 24 hours. They know that God has a plan for everyone and they’re just taking the journey one day at a time.

24 Jun, 2014

Statement on illness

Makes Statement

Nintendo issues Iwata’s statement on his absence on E3:

Thank you very much for your continued extraordinary support of us. I am Satoru Iwata, President of the company. Today, there is one thing that I would like to share with you…Recently, as the result of one of my routine physical examinations, an issue was detected. Following a more detailed examination, a growth was found in my bile duct.In general, it is said that a bile duct growth can be difficult-to-treat, partly because of the difficulty of detecting it early. In my case, luckily, it was detected very early and I had no symptoms. I was counseled that removal at an early stage would be the desirable medical option. Therefore I had surgery last week, and I came through it well, as predicted. I have already resumed my business by email and by other means, but it is anticipated that a little more time is needed for me to return to my regular work schedule. As a result, I have no choice but to miss the company’s very important activity, the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, to be held this month. As the president of the company, I regret that I cannot attend the meeting. However, I understand that I have to prioritize my medical treatment and to recover as soon as possible so that I will again be able to do my best to help the company to grow. I hope that you understand. Best Regards, Satoru Iwata

9 Jun, 2014

Sierra Leone locks down

Sierra Leone declares a 4-day lockdown from the 18th to the 21st of September 2014. This is in a bid to tackle the Ebola outbreak in the country. The aim of the move is to allow health care workers to isolate new cases and prevent the disease from spreading further. Health workers will be given vaccines in November, after safety checks have been completed.

5 Jun, 2014

President not attending E3


Iwata will  not attend E3 this year due to an unnamed health condition.

He’s been instructed by his physician not to travel overseas in the immediate future, and so he will not be making the trip to Los Angeles…Please understand that it is business as usual for Mr. Iwata, and he continues his normal duties as president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. while he remains in Japan. As always, he will be actively involved in all of Nintendo’s activities at the show.

31 May, 2014

Algeria confirms first cases

Two Algerian men, ages 66 and 59, test positive after returning from a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.  The Algerian Health Ministry confirms the cases but gives no details as to the men’s condition.

30 May, 2014

Iran reports first death

Iran’s official news agency reports that a 53-year-old woman in southeastern Iran has died.  The news comes a day after a daily newspaper reported two sisters in that area had the disease, one of them critically ill.  A health official says the women’s immune systems were weakened because of chronic illness but gave no details on how they acquired the disease.  Measures have been taken to inform pilgrims who plan to make the journey to Mecca about the disease.

27 May, 2014

US contacts OK to work

Hospital workers in two states, who had contact with MERS patients, are cleared to go back to work.  In Florida, none of the 23 healthcare workers there who were exposed has had positive followup testing.  In Indiana, a second test clears all 50 employees of Community Hospital in Munster who had direct contact with a patient there.

26 May, 2014

Scientists to test dogs, cats and rats

An expert tells BBC News that lack of knowledge about the disease, which has about a 30% death rate, is forcing researchers to look more closely at domestic animals, including dogs and cats.  If camels were the only source of infection, he notes, more people who work with them should be infected.  A small number of fatal cases have happened without any known contact with camels.  No evidence of infection has been found in goats and sheep.

The others that we are looking into or are trying to look into are cats, dogs – where there is more intimate contact – and any other wild species we can get serum from that we are not currently getting.

18 May, 2014

First US person-to-person transmission

US health officials report that an Illinois man, a business associate of the first American diagnosed with the disease, has shown evidence of infection after meeting the first patient twice in late April.  The two men sat face to face during a 40-minute meeting and then had a shorter meeting later.  The Illinois man didn’t get sick enough to seek treatment.  An expert at the CDC notes that the new case highlights how little is known about how the disease the disease spreads and how many people are infected, but he also insists that it doesn’t change their belief that MERS is not spread easily, like flu.