Global Rise in Obesity Has Happened Due To Weight Gain in Rural Areas

Global Rise in Obesity Has Happened Due To Weight Gain in Rural Areas

Obesity rates all over the world have increased three times since the year 1975. The belief that prevails regarding this issue is, one should blame all those who live in cities. Now, a major study that covers up 112 million adults tends to suggest that weight gain in rural regions is mainly responsible for most of this increase. Members of an international group of health scientists, NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, have analysed more than 2000 studies of how people’s body mass index has changed all over the world from 1985 to 2017.

The results that have been published today. They clearly show that during this time frame, more than 55 percent of the increase in BMI all over the world had come from rural populations. The Body Mass Index has been increasing at a faster rate in rural areas than it has in urban regions. Now, this directly contradicts the belief that people who live in rural areas are less likely to gain weight due to healthier eating, consuming unprocessed foods and indulging in more physical labour. It would have definitely been the scenario but due to the industrialization of the rural regions, life has changed.

The data coming out from today’s study confirms that in wealthy countries, people staying in rural regions have had higher BMI along with highest obesity rates than all those who live in cities. People have started to notice this trend even in lower-income countries as well. Various global health efforts focus on malnutrition. Now it seems that time has come to shift one’s focus towards getting high-quality calories. There are groups like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They are trying to solve issues in rural regions. They do so by integrating health education with local institutions like in churches or community centres.

Cases of Hepatitis A in Arizona Go Up To Hundreds

Cases of Hepatitis A in Arizona Go Up To Hundreds

As per the health experts, there is a complete wave of causes related to Hepatitis A in Arizona. While most of these cases happen to be in Tucson, an increasing number of cases are taking place in the Valley as well. The massive outbreak of Hepatitis A started back in the month of November. This is a viral disease, which impacts the liver. In spite of all the efforts to boost up to the level of vaccinations, the outbreak started to expand. This could take several months to come under control.

As of now, Arizona has already had 212 cases of Hepatitis A in 2019. This number happens to be the highest figure for the total case in any state, for more than the period of 10 years. This is as per the statistics provided. Experts of the health department expect the number of cases related to Hepatitis to go up. Though there have not been any death in Arizona out of this disease in the year 2019, still the public health officials say, a number of infected people had to get hospitalized. The problem of Hepatitis A leads to the swelling of the liver, thereby resulting in jaundice, stomach pain, nausea, etc. People can remain contagious for two weeks previously and for one whole week once the symptoms appear.

The best way to confirm if any person has it is through conducting a blood test. The Deputy Director of Pima County Health Department, Paula Mandel said that the majority of cases related to Hepatitis A in Arizona have remained confined to the Tucson area. To go with vaccination, public health officials also suggest different strategies. They include washing hands with soap and water before eating food, should not share towels, toothbrushes, food, drinks with other people.

Rockland County Once Again Declares Emergency over Measles Outbreak

Rockland County Once Again Declares Emergency over Measles Outbreak

On Thursday, The Executive of Rockland County, Ed Day has issued a local State of Emergency. This comes in the wake of the measles outbreak. Thus the original declaration was renewed, which is set to expire at 11:59 pm. This fresh State of Emergency comes into effect from midnight on Friday and will continue to be in effect till Saturday 11:59 pm, i.e. 25th May 2019. This new declaration of emergency does not put any restriction on the Measles Outbreak Emergency Directive. It had prevented the non-vaccinated persons from making entry into the indoor places of public assembly. Judge had overturned that particular directive and also denied any other subsequent appeal.

The Rockland County Department of Health will keep on enforcing the orders from New Commissioner. The orders, which were announced last week. It gives out the mandate that any individual with measles or any person exposed to the illness should avoid going to public places. Violating this order would lead them to face a fine of $2000 per day. There are almost 50 newly confirmed cases that have come up in less than a month’s time. Hence, Ed Day confirms that their prediction has come true. This is because the measles outbreak keeps spreading in spite of the best efforts put in by the Health Department. This order is also applicable to a group of students. They must receive proper MMR immunizations, who till now not managed to demonstrate that the vaccine has got administered.

Officials have clearly specified that since the beginning of this outbreak back in October 2018, 19279 MMR vaccinations have been provided to all those staying within Rockland County. No fatalities have occurred in this present outbreak. For the last two decades, measles has resulted in only three deaths in the U.S.

Largest Outbreak of Measles in the US since 2000

Largest Outbreak of Measles in the US since 2000

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 695 cases of measles across 22 states in the US. As per their statement released late on Wednesday, this happens to be the greatest number of cases that have got reported in the United States since measles had got eliminated from the country back in the year 2000. The agency basically managed to attribute the increasing amount of cases mainly to few major outbreaks, which that occurred Washington, in the New York City and in New York State. The outbreaks of New York happen to be among the largest as well as the longest since 2000.

Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary has stated that the rise in the cases of measles can be avoided. Measles is a childhood illness, which is quite harmful. He believes that people, in general, have the ability to protect their children as well as their communities in a safe and secure manner. Vaccinations happen to be a safe option, which can be an extremely effective solution for public health for the prevention of this disease. The vaccines fall among medical products, which have been studied quite extensively. Plus, their safety has also been established quite firmly over a number of years.

The outbreak of measles was mainly imported by those travelers, who were vaccinated and had got exposed to the disease in some other country and came back to the US with it. CDC says that it is quite difficult to keep a check on the spread of this disease once it comes up in any community that is under-vaccinated. They would release fresh numbers on the outbreak of this disease on 29th April. This forms a part of their campaign to encourage the benefits of childhood immunizations in saving lives.

Ministry Of Health Orders Israeli Airlines to Vaccinate Their Crews

Ministry Of Health Orders Israeli Airlines to Vaccinate Their Crews

The EL AI airlines of Israel has vaccinated in excess of 250 of their flight crew members against measles recently. This comes after the Health Ministry had issued orders that all local airlines must inoculate all their staff as the extremely contagious disease keeps spreading. This order from the Health Ministry came up right after a flight attendant along with a 10-year-old boy was suspected to have suffered from irreversible brain damage caused by the disease. The Ministry of Health in their directive said that as a result of the constant spread of measles and the exposure of aircrews, they recommend that all of the workers must get vaccinated.

The Ministry emphasized on the fact that the workers of the airlines must get themselves two inoculations and put stress on the aircrews that happen to come in contact with the travellers. El AI had already started vaccinating their workers after the hospitalization of their flight attendant in the state of coma. This had happened after managing to contract the disease on a flight. Unfortunately, the health condition of the hospitalized El AI worker has become worse. She is currently in a coma and has been shifted to an isolated unit. Doctors suspect that she might have suffered brain damage.

In New York too, there has been a struggle for the officials to keep the cases of people getting affected by measles under check. The Health Officials have confirmed that there are 329 cases of measles in New York City and 184 people have got affected in Rockland County since the outbreak started off in the month of October. The cases of measles in Brooklyn as well as in Rockland have been linked towards the members of the Jewish community who have travelled to Israel and remained unvaccinated.