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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2001 |
He's not a genius or neurotic. Nor is he a man with extraordinary drive or with anything to him extraordinary at all, but just someone who seems to feel unshakably sure he can handle whatever he comes up against and not get hurt trying. . . . He is the only one of the thousands of targets I have met in the shooting part of the present war to whom it has never occurred, under any circumstances, that he could be killed. He's got this belief in himself and it sits in him like an anvil.