Typhoid, cholera alerts issued in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe health officials issued health alerts for two serious bacterial pathogens Friday in light of serious water shortages, according to a state media report.

Officials say the erratic water supply poses serious problems with water borne disease outbreaks. “The impact may not be serious now, but when it rains and there are flash floods, all this dirt will be washed away into shallow and unprotected water sources. This is when you see an increase in water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and diarrhoea,” Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa said.

The capital city of Harare has already reported 60 cases of typhoid. The water problem has forced many to dig shallow wells and the use of “bush toilets”.

Syphilis up 33 percent in Brazil

In 2016, the government forecasts 41,762 new syphilis infections among pregnant women—49 times higher than that reported a decade ago. And those numbers might even be underselling the problem; Brazilian health authorities estimate half of all cases go unreported. The sexually transmitted infection is beginning to spread at epidemic rates thanks to a troubling rise in unprotected sex, and has been exacerbated by shortages of the one medication that can stop syphilis in its tracks.

Cholera in Yemen

At least nine people have died of cholera in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden as the infectious disease continues to spread rapidly across the conflict-stricken Arab country. The sources said 190 people with severe diarrhoea had been admitted to hospitals in Aden. The WHO has warned that the scarcity of drinkable water had worsened the hygiene situation in Yemen, fuelling a marked increase in cases of severe diarrhoea, in particular among people displaced from their homes in the centre of the country.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Seymour is located about 395 mi…640 km SW of Manzanillo Mexico and about 560 mi…900 km S of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h


Manchester, England – Manchester residents have begun cleaning-up after heavy rain flooded streets. The flash flooding from rain is causing major headaches for people across the state. The Queen City was hit hard; some of the streets were under several feet of water.

Malaysia – An overnight downpour triggered flash floods in to two low-lying suburban village areas in George Town. Intermittent heavy rainfall which began at 3am flooded a number of households at Kampung Nelayan and Kampung Suluk, both in Teluk Kumbar, Bayan Lepas. Both neighbourhoods were in knee-deep water by about 5am, causing residents to scramble to prevent floodwaters from seeping into their houses, to no avail.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits Colima, Mexico.

5.1 Earthquake hits the south Indian Ocean.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.


Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Authorities say the wildfire in southern Colorado has now destroyed nine homes and 18 structures as residents along Road 387 remain under evacuation orders. The Junkins Fire has now grown to 18,099 acres with 39 percent containment. The sheriff’s department says the fire started when high winds blew a metal outbuilding into a power line.