The Chinese government announced on Sunday that 29 children in the northern city of Shijazhuang were given incorrect vaccines by a nurse who was working for “personal gain.” According to China’s state-run Global Times, police have detained the nurse and suspended the business license of the community health center where she administered the vaccines. Authorities also removed two local health officials from their posts.The vaccine incorrectly administered to the children reportedly costed 100 yuan per dose, while the correct vaccine costs 600 yuan per dose. The Global Times report implied the nurse was pocketing the difference. Local authorities promised the children will be given the correct vaccine and reassured parents the injection they were given was not harmful. The Global Times nevertheless anticipated an angry response from parents fed up with endless medical scandals by reminding its readers that a large number of people have been sacked, arrested, or both … [Read more...] about China Blames Greedy Nurse for Dozens of Fraudulent Child Vaccinations
Shanghai (AFP) – At least 145 children were administered expired polio vaccines in eastern China, state media reported, despite the government promising to prevent such lapses in the industry following a major scandal last year.Thirteen county-level health officials in Jiangsu province have been dismissed since the case came to light earlier this week — the latest to raise public health concerns — Jinhu county government said late Friday according to state broadcaster CCTV. Three other county-level health officials are under investigation and a case has been established against a local official, the broadcaster said. A parent discovered earlier this week that a batch of orally administered polio vaccines were being given to children at a county-run health facility nearly one month after their December 11 expiration date, CCTV reported on Thursday. The local government has since found 145 children received the vaccines between December 11 and January 7, CCTV said, … [Read more...] about Chinese children given expired polio vaccines in latest scare
A crowd of angry Chinese parents gathered outside the Licheng Health Center in Jiangsu province on Friday and demanded answers about the seemingly bottomless vaccine scandal that saw thousands of children receiving substandard or expired doses of vaccine. Scuffles erupted between protesters and police as parents demanded accountability for the scandal and hard information about which children were injected with expired doses. A viral video caught a Health Center official surrounded by an enraged mob chanting “Beat him! Beat him!” The official does, in fact, appear to take a few punches during the incident: Friday’s protest was hardly the first incident of public unrest over vaccines. A smaller and less physical group of parents dared to protest in Beijing over the summer, demanding “justice for the victims” of corruption and incompetence in the Chinese pharmaceutical industry. A series of scandalous revelations rocked China over the past year, with each … [Read more...] about China: Mob of Angry Parents Surround Official, Yell ‘Beat Him!’ over Vaccine Fraud
A Virginia woman died of rabies after being bitten by a dog infected with the virus in India, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. It happened last spring, after the 65-year-old returned home from an extended stay in India for a yoga retreat. She's the ninth U.S. resident to die of rabies after being exposed to the disease while traveling abroad since 2008, according to the CDC.In a case study published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), doctors said the woman first began experiencing symptoms on May 3, 2017. She reported pain and a tingling sensation in her right arm while gardening. Three days later she went to an urgent care facility where she was misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.The next day, her symptoms worsened and she was hospitalized with shortness of breath, anxiety, insomnia, and difficulty swallowing water. Her test results appeared normal and doctors treated her for a presumed panic attack. She was … [Read more...] about Virginia woman dies from rabies after dog bite in India
When a Virginia woman went to the emergency room with shortness of breath, anxiety, sleeping troubles and difficulty swallowing water, doctors thought she was having a panic attack. But her symptoms were actually due to something much rarer: she had a rabies infection — one that would prove fatal — which she contracted from a dog bite while on a yoga retreat in India, according to a new report. The case marks only the ninth time in the past decade that a person has died from rabies in the U.S. from an infection acquired abroad, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The tragic case highlights the need for travelers to be aware of the risks of rabies when visiting certain countries and to receive "preexposure" rabies vaccines before travel when recommended, the report said. [The 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth] The report is published in the Jan. 4 issue of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The 65-year-old … [Read more...] about Doctors Thought a Woman Was Having a Panic Attack. She Actually Had Rabies.