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Health officials inspect HCMC school as 5th cholera case confirmed

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2010 at 9:34 am

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health April 13 confirmed yet another case of cholera, raising the number of people with the illness in the city to five.

City residents couldcontract diarrhea from such roadside eateries ( Photo: Tuoi tre)

The latest case prompted officials from the city’s Department of Health to visit Hong Bang Junior High School, where the latest case is thought to have contracted the disease, to ensure measures are being taken to prevent an epidemic.

An eighth grader from the school is the latest patient to test positive for the Vibrio cholera bacterium, which causes acute diarrhea, vomiting and can be fatal if left untreated.

The student’s older brother, a university student from HCMC’s Ward 7, District 5, was also confirmed to have the illness on April 9 at HCMC’s Tropical Disease Hospital.

Health officials also held a meeting with relevant agencies in District 5 to implement cholera prevention measures as most patients said they had eaten food from roadside eateries around the school.

City hospitals April 13 reported an alarming rise in the number of patients being diagnosed with severe diarrhea. The Children Hospital II said that last week 140 young children had been admitted to the facility suffering diarrhea, and that this week the number was 80. Both figures are much higher than average.

Dr. Nguyen Tran Chinh, director of HCMC’s Tropical Diseases Hospital, said his clinic had recently been receiving over 30 people a day, adding that doctors are currently treating 10 cases of acute diarrhea, some of which may be cholera. 

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Source: SGGP

Japan launches 5th spy satellite

In World on November 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Japan launched its fifth spy satellite into orbit Saturday in a bid to boost its ability to independently gather intelligence, the government said.

The domestically developed H-2A rocket carrying the $565 million satellite lifted off from a space center on the southern island of Tanegashima, said Hisashi Michigami, an official at the Cabinet Office.

“The satellite will gather intelligence for our defense and diplomatic purposes,” Michigami said. “We hope to upgrade our ability to gather intelligence on our own. Intelligence gathering is vital to our national security.”

Michigami said the launch was successful.

An H-2A rocket carrying a spy satellite lifts off from a space center on the southern island of Tanegashima, on Saturday Nov. 28, 2009.

Japan has long relied on the United States for intelligence. But it launched its first pair of spy satellites in 2003, prompted by concerns over North Korea’s missile program.

North Korea shocked Tokyo in 1998 when it test-fired a missile over Japan. Since then, Japan has launched spy satellites primarily to watch developments in North Korea.

In April this year, a North Korean long-range rocket flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean.

Michigami said Japan has three working spy satellites. The fourth spy satellite became unresponsive in 2007 due to apparent electrical problems. Each spy satellite will last around five years, he said.

Japan has long been one of the world’s leading space-faring nations, having launched its first satellite in 1970. But it has been struggling to get out from under China’s shadow in recent years.

While China put its first men into orbit in 2003, Japan has yet to send astronauts on its own, though Japanese have joined U.S. space missions.

Last year, Japan’s parliament voted to allow the nation’s space programs to be used for defense for the first time as part of Tokyo’s push to give its military a greater international role.

In January this year, Japan launched its first satellite to monitor greenhouse gases, a tool to help scientists better judge where global warming emissions are coming from, and how much is being absorbed by the oceans and forests.

The country also plans to have a two-legged robot walk on the moon by around 2020.

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