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Cows Infected with Bird Flu Have Died in Five US States
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Cows Infected with Bird Flu Have Died in Five US States

Bird flu has caused the death of cows in five U.S. states, as reported by state officials and academics. The affected states are South Dakota, Michigan, Texas, Ohio, and Colorado. This news highlights that bird flu, usually associated with poultry, can also infect and seriously harm cows, leading farmers to unexpected financial losses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has stated that while some have died from bird flu, most recover from the virus. However, the exact number of cows that have died or been culled in these states remains unclear. Since late March, this flu has affected dairy cows in over 80 herds across ten states. Secondary infections developed after it weakened the immune systems of some cows, leading to their death. Farmers culled other that failed to recove...
Karachi Reports Over 100 Heat Stroke Cases in 10 Days
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Karachi Reports Over 100 Heat Stroke Cases in 10 Days

Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, has reported more than 100 heat stroke cases in the past 10 days. According to recent reports, Dr. Irfan Siddiqui, who is in charge of treating heat stroke patients, mentioned that Jinnah Hospital has treated 80 cases, while Civil Hospital has handled over 50 cases. The rising heat in the city has also led to an increase in gastroenteritis cases. Dr. Siddiqui noted that more than 30 gastroenteritis cases were reported yesterday alone. These cases are mostly seen between 12 noon and 5 pm when the heat is at its peak. The Pakistan Meteorological Department had issued a heat wave alert on May 19, warning that most parts of the country, including Sindh, would experience intense heat from May 21 to 27. Following this alert, the Sindh Disaster Management ...
46% of Adults Over 18 Suffer from Hypertension in Pakistan
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46% of Adults Over 18 Suffer from Hypertension in Pakistan

Health experts have revealed that 46% of adults over the age of 18 in Pakistan suffer from hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure. This alarming statistic highlights the growing health crisis in the country. The primary causes of high blood pressure among young people in Pakistan include a sedentary lifestyle, excessive consumption of processed foods, and lack of exercise. Additionally, smoking and addiction to online gaming are contributing factors. Experts from five leading medical societies have noted that around 18% of Pakistani youth over the age of 15 are also dealing with high blood pressure. The consequences of uncontrolled high blood pressure are severe. Increasingly, young adults are experiencing heart attacks and strokes due to complications from high blood p...
Rising Cigarette Prices Lead to Decline in Smoking Rates
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Rising Cigarette Prices Lead to Decline in Smoking Rates

Higher prices for cigarettes in Pakistan are causing fewer people to smoke. A recent report from Islamabad’s Center for Research and Dialogue (CRD) shows that smoking rates have gone down by 18%. This decrease is linked directly to the increase in cigarette prices. The World Health Organization (WHO) supports the idea of raising taxes on tobacco products because it helps in reducing smoking. The report reveals that 15% of people surveyed said they are smoking less because cigarettes cost more now. This means there are about 11 billion fewer cigarettes being smoked in Pakistan each year. Normally, Pakistan sees between 72 to 80 billion cigarettes smoked annually, including those that are taxed, smuggled, or not taxed. However, even with these positive changes, cigarettes in Pakistan ...
Bird Flu Found in Western China as US Battles Cattle Outbreak
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Bird Flu Found in Western China as US Battles Cattle Outbreak

Chinese authorities confirmed cases of bird flu in wild birds located in western China's Qinghai province. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced the findings in May 2024. Moreover, the report specifies H5 avian influenza among dead Pallas' gulls and other wildfowl. Chinese authorities confirmed cases of bird flu among wild birds in western China, adding another layer of concern to the ongoing animal health crisis. This news comes as the United States continues to battle a separate outbreak of bird flu affecting cattle herds. The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory identified 275 cases of H5 influenza in dead Pallas's gulls and other wildfowl in two counties of Qinghai province. This confirms the findings announced by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture an...