Connect with us

World

Rare, deadly bacterial infection on the rise in Japan

Published

on

Rare, deadly bacterial infection on the rise in Japan
  1. Homepage
  2. Let’s know

He presses

People in Tokyo (symbolic image). © Aflo/Imago

Toxic shock syndrome caused by streptococcus is spreading in Japan. How to recognize the potentially deadly infection and how to prevent it

A record number of cases of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) in Japan this year has drawn attention to this rare and deadly bacterial infection. There were 1,019 cases of STSS in the first six months of 2024, exceeding the total number of cases recorded in the country last year.

Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases warned of a sharp rise in cases in March after 77 deaths from the disease were reported. Most of the cases at the time involved people over the age of 50. There have been 145 cases of STSS reported in the United States in 2021, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read The Washington Post for Free for Four Weeks

Your Quality Ticket washtonpost.com:Get exclusive research and over 200 stories. Four weeks free.

What is streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS)?

Toxic shock syndrome due to streptococci is a serious illness caused by the spread of group A streptococcus into the blood and deep tissues, according to the CDC. Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a common bacteria found in the throat and on the skin. The vast majority of GAS infections cause mild, common illnesses, such as: B. streptococcus. Life-threatening conditions such as STSS can occur when the bacteria enter areas where they are not normally found, such as: B. in the blood or muscles.

READ  War in Ukraine: Olaf Scholz urgently warns against Russia's use of nuclear weapons

Gases generally cause sore throats and skin infections, said Celine Gounder, senior public health editor at KFF Health News and an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at New York University and Bellevue Hospital. Blood and lung infections and “flesh eating” are “less common,” she added. Open wounds, diabetes and alcohol consumption are factors that can increase the risk of STSS, according to the CDC. The agency estimates that three in 10 STSS patients are likely to die.

Risk factors include recent surgery or a varicella-zoster illness such as chickenpox or shingles, the CDC said, adding that STSS is most common in people over age 65. STSS is “highly associated” with necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating form of group A streptococcus that can cause STSS, said Andrew Steer, director of infection, immunity and global health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

Necrotizing fasciitis can destroy muscle, skin and underlying tissue, according to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

What are the symptoms of STSS?

STSS symptoms begin with fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC. There are often no warning signs, according to Steer. “You tend to feel fine and then you get very sick,” he said, adding that a sunburn-like rash can also be one of the first signs of infection. Within 24 to 48 hours, your blood pressure drops, followed by organ failure and rapid heart rate and breathing, the CDC says. It’s important to get to the hospital as soon as possible.

While strep throat is often what comes to mind when you think of a bacterial infection, STSS is a different type of illness caused by the same type of bacteria, Steer added. “It’s basically one or the other,” he said.

READ  Ukraine expects more attacks deep inside Russia

How is STSS treated?

STSS is treated with antibiotics. According to the CDC, patients often also need intravenous fluids, procedures to treat organ failure, and surgery to remove infected tissue.

There is no vaccine for group A strep infection and he is among scientists working around the world to develop such a vaccine and hopes it will be available within “5 to 10 years.”

What is the cause of STSS outbreak in Japan?

Japan’s health ministry said this month that the reasons for the rise in cases were unclear. The ministry said the easing of coronavirus measures could be a factor contributing to the increase in patients with strep throat. The ministry statement said the trend was not limited to Japan, adding that travel to the country was safe. The ministry advised hand hygiene, cough etiquette and cleaning wounds to avoid infection.

The cases in Japan come amid a post-pandemic surge in group A streptococcal infections of various types around the world, Steer said. This may be because as people took precautions to avoid infection, they also avoided other diseases, weakening immunity.

Should you be worried?

STSS is rare and has been around for a long time. Stromal toxic shock syndrome and invasive streptococcal infections have been around in the United States for decades, decades, hundreds of years, Steer said. “They’re still rare, but the population and physicians need to be aware that the number of cases is increasing,” he said, advising people to pay attention to the symptoms.

Julia Mio Enuma contributed to this report.

To the authors

Francis Vinal Seoul-based correspondent for The Washington Post.

READ  Anti-regime protests: Once again, serious clashes in Iran

Neha Messiah She is a reporter in the Washington Post’s Seoul bureau, where she covers breaking news from the United States and around the world. She was previously the paper’s India correspondent, where she covered the rise of majoritarian nationalism, the conflict in Kashmir, the Covid crisis, and digital surveillance of citizens.

We are currently testing automatic translations. This article was automatically translated from English to German.

This article was first published in English on June 19, 2024 on the website „Washington Post.com„It was published – as part of the cooperation, and is now also available in translation for readers of the IPPEN.MEDIA portals.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Twój adres e-mail nie zostanie opublikowany. Wymagane pola są oznaczone *

World

Obama insider says Democrats have no chance — and offers details

Published

on

Obama insider says Democrats have no chance — and offers details
  1. Homepage
  2. Policy

He presses

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod writes Biden off the race. Meanwhile, Trump prepares to take office.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. President Joe Biden wants to continue his bid to challenge Donald Trump in the November U.S. election. Biden is being criticized in part because, due to his advanced age, there are serious doubts about his fitness for a second term in office — at least since his failed televised duel with Trump.

Now Biden’s longtime buddy is also moving away: David Axelrod, former senior adviser to former US President Barack Obama, has moved to the station. CNN Clearly from Biden. Axelrod accused Biden of not understanding “where he stands in the race against Trump.”

Political consultant David Axelrod writes off US President Biden in US election campaign. © IMAGO/USA TODAY Network/MediaPunch; Monday: KB

Why Biden’s Polls Leave Him Cold? Obama’s Closer with Explanation

Axelrod offered a straightforward explanation for Biden’s stubbornness: Joe Biden, Axelrod explained, has “seen so much suffering and failure” in his life that he doesn’t like his current disastrous poll numbers. Biden’s assessment that the November election is more or less all about him is correct, according to an Obama confidant. But “this is exactly why” Biden had to resign, the Obama confidant said. Axelrod stressed that Biden’s age is an “indisputable fact of life” that he must face.

Biden on withdrawal: Only 'God Almighty’ can make him surrender

Even before Biden’s poor showing in the televised showdown with Donald Trump, there were serious doubts about the 81-year-old’s ability to serve a second term as US president. Since the televised duel, critical voices from the Democratic Party have become increasingly loud, calling for Biden to withdraw.

READ  Ukraine News: G7 wants to hold Putin accountable for war crimes

All information about the US elections summarized in a compact form!

Subscribe to our exclusive newsletter and get the most important reports from our renowned media partners in the US such as The Washington Post, translated into German, to your inbox. Click here to subscribe to the US Election Charter newsletter.

Internally, Democrats are said to have advised their congressional candidates to distance themselves from Biden if necessary on the campaign trail. For a short time, rumors of Biden’s withdrawal were circulating on news feeds. In an interview with American radio ABC For his part, Biden closed the discussion: Biden said that only “God Almighty” could convince him to withdraw.

Harvard Politics Professor: If Trump Wins, There Will Be a Threat of “Minority Tyranny”

The November election, as Harvard political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt describe in their recent book, The Tyranny of the Minority , may be the last democratic election in the United States. The Trump project is designed to ensure that the minority rules the majority in an uncontrollable way. This has long been part of the Republican Party.

„Project 2025” – Radical Right Republicans Plan to Seize Power in the United States

The far-right Heritage Foundation has already articulated what a Trump-led minority tyranny might look like in a hundreds-page manifesto. The primary goal of the “2025 Project” is to give the Trump-era executive branch as much power as possible. The goal of that power is to reorganize American society according to heteronormative, racist patriarchal norms.

The essence of this strategy is to expect that the extreme majority in the Supreme Court will wave all the measures. The judges for this were proposed by the Federalist Society, a legal association associated with the Heritage Foundation.

Even if Biden or another candidate wins the election in November, Levitsky and Ziblatt analyze, democracy in the United States remains extremely fragile: the electoral system allows a minority to elect the president, the Senate can rule and block, and the Supreme Court is very powerful in emergencies. (kilobytes)

Continue Reading

World

Billions in revenue: Putin increases taxes to finance war of aggression against Ukraine

Published

on

Billions in revenue: Putin increases taxes to finance war of aggression against Ukraine
outside Billions in revenue

Putin raises taxes to finance war of aggression against Ukraine

He needs money for his bloody war: Vladimir Putin

He needs money for his bloody war: Vladimir Putin

Source: Photo Alliance/DPA/Press Office of the Russian President/Pavel Birkin

The bloody campaign against Ukraine is costing the Russian state several billion dollars. President Putin has signed amendments to the law to raise the equivalent of 27 billion euros a year. Higher-income earners should pay more, as should companies.

You can listen to our WELT audio files here.

In order to display embedded content, it is necessary to obtain your revocable consent to the transfer and processing of personal data, as the providers of embedded content require this consent as external service providers. [In diesem Zusammenhang können auch Nutzungsprofile (u.a. auf Basis von Cookie-IDs) gebildet und angereichert werden, auch außerhalb des EWR]By setting the switch to “On”, you consent to this (revocable at any time). This also includes your consent to the transfer of certain personal data to third countries, including the USA, in accordance with Article 49(1)(a) of the GDPR. You can find more information about this. You can revoke your consent at any time using the switch and privacy at the bottom of the page.

IIn an attempt to raise additional revenue to finance the war of aggression in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law changes that would increase taxes by billions of dollars.

Putin signed a series of changes to the tax code on Friday, including raising income tax rates for high earners and corporate tax rates. The finance ministry estimates the increases will generate the equivalent of about 27 billion euros a year.

The finance ministry presented the plans in May. Parliament approved the amendments to the law earlier this week. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said in May that the changes, known in the country as “systemic reforms,” are aimed at “a fair and balanced tax system.” The extra money would boost Russia’s “economic well-being” and flow into a range of public investment projects.

Here you will find content from third parties.

In order to display embedded content, it is necessary to obtain your revocable consent to the transfer and processing of personal data, as the providers of embedded content require this consent as external service providers. [In diesem Zusammenhang können auch Nutzungsprofile (u.a. auf Basis von Cookie-IDs) gebildet und angereichert werden, auch außerhalb des EWR]By setting the switch to “On”, you consent to this (revocable at any time). This also includes your consent to the transfer of certain personal data to third countries, including the USA, in accordance with Article 49(1)(a) of the GDPR. You can find more information about this. You can revoke your consent at any time using the switch and privacy at the bottom of the page.

Since Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February 2022, government spending has far exceeded revenues. In 2023, Russia ran a budget deficit of around €33 billion, or about 2 percent of Russia’s GDP. The deficit is expected to be around 1.1 percent this year.

US, Russian Defense Ministers Hold Phone Call

In the evening, the Russian side reported that Defense Minister Andrei Belousov and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin had a phone conversation and discussed reducing the risks of „possible escalation.” The Russian Defense Ministry said the initiative for the phone call came from Moscow. It added that the issue of avoiding security threats and reducing the risks of possible escalation was discussed.

READ  Russia's losses "several times higher"

The last official conversation between the defense ministers of Russia and the United States took place on June 26. According to Moscow, Belousov then “emphasized the danger of further escalation” regarding “the supply of American weapons” to Kyiv.

Continue Reading

World

US Election: Joe Biden’s Team Reports Tens of Thousands of Donations After Press Conference

Published

on

US Election: Joe Biden’s Team Reports Tens of Thousands of Donations After Press Conference

Despite calls for Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race, many are backing his team, according to his team. Democrats Continuing financial support for the US president’s election campaign. Michael Tyler, a spokesman for the Biden campaign team, said during a trip to Detroit that donations to the campaign exploded during Biden’s press conference at the end of the NATO summit in Washington, DC, on Thursday evening.

“We got almost 40,000 donations last night alone,” Tyler said. “They were coming in seven times faster than average. That shows that support for Biden is still very high.”

Biden still clings to his candidacy

The US president himself again sought to dispel doubts about his mental fitness during a campaign appearance in the embattled state of Michigan. „We have to finish this job. I promise you I’m fine,” the 81-year-old told supporters in the town of Northville. Michigan is one of the so-called swing states that will be crucial to the November presidential election.

Meanwhile, some major Democratic donors appear to be withholding support for the campaign as long as Biden commits to his candidacy. Donors told Biden advocacy group Future Forward that, mentioned The New York Times Citing two unnamed sources, the newspaper said they did not want to comment more specifically on the identity of the donors. In total, the donations amount to an estimated $90 million.

Movie stars demand Biden withdraw

An adviser to Future Forward, a so-called super PAC, said he expected donors whose funds were frozen to release them once the uncertainty was resolved, the newspaper reported. Future Forward itself did not want to comment.

READ  Ukraine expects more attacks deep inside Russia

This page is all about the acronym PAC and its meaning as Political Action Committee. Super PACs are organizations that can accept unlimited donations and use them to promote specific candidates or political causes – although the groups are not allowed to give money directly to candidates. This means that their influence on an election campaign is significant. Election campaigns in the United States are very expensive.

There were reports last week that a wealthy Disney heiress wanted to withhold her financial support for the party until Biden dropped out of the presidential race. Wealthy movie stars are also among the party’s major donors. The article, written by actor George Clooney, attracted a lot of attention. The New York Times This week Biden called for withdrawal.

American actress Ashley Judd joined the call. In one of her USA Today In a published opinion piece, Judd wrote that the 81-year-old should retire “voluntarily and with dignity” and make way for a “talented and strong candidate.” As a committed Democrat, it’s not easy for her to make that call. She knows what Biden has done for the country. But voters deserve a real alternative to Donald Trump.

Biden has so far been undeterred and has shown no signs of doubting his mental fitness. Since his poor performance in the televised showdown with his Republican rival Trump, about 20 Democratic lawmakers have publicly opposed the US president. He will be formally nominated as the Democratic nominee for the November presidential election at the Democratic convention in August. He has already secured the necessary delegates in the primaries.

Continue Reading

Trending