Australians to tax parents whose children not immunized

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Australia’s six-stage immunization programme covers 9 out of 10 children, the Sydney Morning Heraldreports, but the highest prevalence of whooping cough in 20 years is in part driving a campaign to increase the number of immunized children. The government will expand its programme to encourage families to get their children covered. An […]

Measles outbreak shifts from western to eastern Switzerland

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The 2011 measles epidemic that spiked in Basel, Geneva and Lausanne in the first four months of the year is moving on to eastern Switzerland, figures published Monday by the Federal Public Health Office show, with 515 cases throughout the country from 1 January to 24 May. The 2011 epidemic appears to […]

Geneva, Vaud, Basel at centre of measles epidemic

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland has seen 497 cases of measles declared since the start of 2011, compared to 211 for the same period a year earlier, the weekly newsletter from Swiss public health authorities shows. Geneva (110 cases) and Vaud (93) are feeling the impact of a major epidemic in France, while Basel, with […]

Geneva schools asked to alert parents as measles outbreak spreads


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Parents of children in canton Geneva schools will be asked to ensure their children are fully vaccinated against measles, with 80 cases now reported since January. Several of those who have become ill were hospitalized, says cantonal public health doctor C-A Wyler Lazarevic, who has sent a letter to schools through […]

Tuberculosis epidemic building up in Nigeria

Tuberculosis in Nigeria is reaching the crisis stage, with an epidemic of drug-resistant cases threatening, say medical sources in Nigeria, according to allAfrica. Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases are rapidly on the rise and could cause the “”imminent and total collapse of the efficacy of the available first-line drugs for TB treatment”. First-line drugs are […]

Five new cases of cholera confirmed in Haiti’s capital

Health authorities in Haiti 24 October confirmed five new cases of cholera in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, bringing to more than 3,000 the number of infected people. More than 250 people have died of the disease since it was first recorded one week ago. The five new cases were infected in the Artibonite region north of […]

Green leafy foods can be dangerous

In a 6 October 2009 article, the Huffington Post says Americans have reason for their eternal, but ever-changing, plate fright. In the US, E. Coli, Salmonella, Norovirus and numerous other bacteria and viruses are found in food more often that we might think. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit, consumer […]

Swine flu numbers rise rapidly, but story behind the statistics more complex

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a 16 percent increase in 24 hours in the number of A/H1N1 (swine flu) cases worldwide, from 6,497 confirmed cases Thursday 14 May to 7,500 Friday. During the previous week, the increase was 200 percent. The statistics hide a more complex picture than the dramatic […]

Swiss Army recruits offered free MMR jabs to fight measles spread


Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – New arrivals at the spring session of the Swiss military recruits’ schools Monday 9 March will be offered free MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations, part of the government’s efforts to fight the rise in measles cases in Switzerland. The shots will be voluntary.

Measles outbreak in Switzerland: update

There is no treatment for measles and complications include pneumonia and encephalitis.