Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/14/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Disease made worse by conflict which restricts medical access.

An outbreak of yellow fever is responsible for almost 100 deaths in the troubled Darfur province in Sudan, Africa. Exacerbating the outbreak is an ongoing, extensive conflict, which has prevented access to health care for the sick.

Refugees live in makeshift camps such as these and are especially susceptible to mosquito borne illnesses.

Refugees live in makeshift camps such as these and are especially susceptible to mosquito borne illnesses.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/14/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Yellow fever, mosquitoes, disease, conflict, Darfur, Sudan, WHO


KHARTOUM, SUDAN (Catholic Online) - According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Sudan's Health Ministry, there are 329 suspected cases of the disease and likely many more unreported. At least 97 people have died. The outbreak has spread across the region, but seems most prevalent in Darfur.

Nearly half of the victims are young people between the ages of 15 and 30. Another twenty-five percent of the victims are under age 5.

Making the situation worse is a chronic conflict between Christian and minority groups who have rebelled against the Islamic state's government. Conflict in the region is believed to have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, although the government claims the death toll is closer to 10,000.

The constant fighting has limited access to health care for hundreds of thousands of people, and made it difficult for aid organizations such as the WHO to operate in the region. Civilians, particularly those in minority groups in rebellion against the government, also have a difficult time accessing services on their own.

The International Criminal Court blames the country's President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir for the conditions associated with the conflict and has issued a warrant for his arrest on war crimes charges. Al-Bashir denies that he has committed any crimes against his people.

Meanwhile, yellow fever continues to sweep through the region. The mosquito-borne hemorrhagic fever has a vaccine, but this is difficult to distribute int he region leaving millions vulnerable. In severe cases, victims may develop internal bleeding, organ failure, and die.

There is no treatment for the disease beyond dialysis, blood transfusions, and IV fluids, all of which are difficult to obtain in Darfur.

The official death tolls is expected to rise for some time to come.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2015
Universal:
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Health

A TIP BEFORE YOU TAKE A DIP: Parasite 'Crypto' lurking in many swimming pools Watch

Image of Kiddie pools are a major source of outbreaks. Personal cleanliness among adults is also an important tool in battling Crypto.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The water is clear, blue, and refreshing in the summer sun. We are ready to jump into the pool for some instant refreshment, when - WAIT A MINUTE! There is a strain of bacteria that can make you deeply sick with diarrhea. Called "Crypto," the strain has been ... continue reading


AIDS vaccine in monkeys shows success - but doesn't necessarily translate to human use Watch

Image of The monkeys were first vaccinated and then given repeated large doses of SIV. The immune response to the vaccine was strong.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"I think it is quite promising," Mitchell Warren of the HIV vaccine and treatment advocacy group AVAC, says. A new vaccine tested on monkeys first given a massive dosage of the simian equivalent of HIV - SIV, proved successful, with half of the monkeys ... continue reading


Are you at risk for skin cancer? Too much citrus may lead to melanoma Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Consuming large amounts of orange juice or grapefruit may increase the risk of the most dangerous type of skin cancer, melanoma, according to recent studies. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, who ... continue reading


PUBLIC HEALTH VICTORY: Cuba becomes first nation to eliminate mother-to-child HIV, syphilis Watch

Image of Antiretroviral treatment to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, authorities remind the public, is not 100 per cent effective. A small number of cases are allowed to persist, despite the certification.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Heralded as one of the "greatest public health achievements possible," World Health Organization director-general Margaret Chan has declared that the Caribbean nation of Cuba has become the first nation to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from ... continue reading


Health experts warn on animal diseases used as biological weapons Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO), animal health and national defense officers announced on June 30 the need for a wider international cooperation to sidestep the spread of animal diseases that could potentially be utilized as deadly biological weapons.  ... continue reading


Lazy lifestyles pose dangerous and deadly threat to today's generation Watch

Image of Laziness can lead to problems with being overweight.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

You might not be entirely aware, but according to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is now the fourth most notorious global killer. In fact, the impact of physical inactivity has been claimed as the reason for more fatalities than the collective effect ... continue reading


5 wonderful facts about sunscreen that you didn't know Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The need to use sunscreen is something emphasized everyday, not only by dermatologists but also by the beauty industry, media, etc. It's basically everywhere. It is not an alien fact to us that using sunscreen religiously will help us combat premature aging, the risk ... continue reading


Is getting plastic surgery a sin against God? Watch

Image of Plastic surgery is considered a simple medical procedure nowadays but remains as an intriguing aspect for the Catholic Church.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Plastic surgery may seem to be a common medical procedure for several individuals around the globe, but the Catholic Church still has different points of views when it comes to changing the naturally bestowed beauty from God. Some medical practitioners, on the other ... continue reading


'Swimming pool eyes' are not because of chlorine... but because of urine Watch

Image of Swimmers that use the pool for their toilet causes the urine to react with chlorine. This in turn creates a chemical compound that hurts the eyes.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a sage bit of advice that has a double meaning - you may not want to "go" to a public swimming pool after you learn this disgusting fact. If you emerge from the pool with red, stinging, sensitive eyes, it is not because of the chlorine... it is because of ... continue reading


Recording reveals anesthesiologist's shocking verbal abuse against unconscious patient Watch

Image of An anesthesiologist [not pictured] is caught make rude comments about patient.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Instead of simply recording his doctor's post-operation instructions, as intended, a Virginian man accidentally recorded the anesthesiologist's verbal onslaught against him while he was asleep. Concealing his identity, the patient filed a lawsuit, including the doctor ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 28:10-22
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 91:1-2, 3-4, 14-15
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:18-26
18 While he was speaking to them, suddenly one of the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 6th, 2015 Image

St. Maria Goretti
July 6: Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter