August 3, 1994 |
As dysentery steals cholera's grim title as the most widespread affliction in Goma's refugee camps, one relief official Tuesday predicted the almost unimaginable--an upsurge in deaths. Children will be hardest hit, she said, by the deadly dysentery spreading among the more than 1 million Rwandans jammed into camps along Zaire's eastern border. "Dysentery has overtaken cholera" as the main disease afflicting refugees, said Samantha Bolton of the relief group Doctors Without Borders.
September 21, 1989 |
An estimated 500 Americans came home from Cancun, Mexico, last year with a severe form of dysentery that sent some of them to the hospital for a month, according to a U.S. government study. The disease was caused by a strain of bacteria almost identical to one that infected 500,000 people in Central America between 1969 and 1972, killing 20,000, said Dr. Julie Parsonnet of Stanford University.
August 29, 1993 |
Sue Allison listened carefully as the tour director admonished her group not to eat anything but the meals provided during the seven-day riverboat trip from Peru to Brazil. The risk was illness transmitted through contaminated food or water. Even though she followed instructions, the 50-year-old Santa Monica resident woke up on the third night of her trip with abdominal cramping and bloody diarrhea. No matter how much water she drank, she still felt thirsty.
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October 29, 2012 |
The yellowing government survey map of San Nicolas Island dated from 1879, but it was quite clear: There was a big black dot on the southwest coast and, next to it, the words "Indian Cave. " For more than 20 years, Navy archaeologist Steve Schwartz searched for that cave. It was believed to be home to the island's most famous inhabitant, a Native American woman who survived on the island for 18 years, abandoned and alone, and became the inspiration for "Island of the Blue Dolphins," one of the 20th century's most popular novels for young readers.
February 16, 1992 |
Bible Tabernacle, a little stucco church in Venice that has been home to thousands of families with nowhere else to go, has been shut down by county officials for violations of health and safety standards. The church is the largest family shelter on the Westside. It was quarantined last month after officials discovered an epidemic of dysentery due to unsanitary conditions they claimed was caused by the crowding of more than 200 people in the tiny church.
November 10, 2001 |
An epidemic of an infectious dysentery disease has swept this city in recent months, afflicting mostly young children in diapers and their caregivers. The city health department has tracked more than 2,000 cases of shigellosis, which causes stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea. That tally--mounting daily--makes the outbreak the second-largest shigellosis epidemic recorded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.