The Czech Republic recorded the highest number of tick-borne encephalitis
(TBE) cases in the EU last year. In the whole of Europe, only Russia
recorded more cases of the potentially deadly disease.
There were 712 recorded TBE cases in the country last year, the highest number since 2011, a Czech member of the International Scientific Working Group on TBE (ISW-TBE) said in a press release on Thursday.
Only about one quarter of inhabitants of the Czech Republic are vaccinated against TBE, a low percentage compared to other EU countries. Within the bloc, the second-highest number of TBE cases was recorded in Germany, which has a population eight times larger.
Encephalitis patients suffer from fever, headache, aching joints and muscles. It can develop into meningitis.
An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world suffer from poor vision and over one billion people, mostly in the developing world, can’t afford glasses or don’t have access to them. Previous efforts to address the problem failed because the proffered solutions were either too complex or too costly to scale globally. Now a Czech-US start-up, DOT Glasses, has come up with a solution that offers huge promise. Their one-size-fits-all glasses, designed by a joint venture of Mercedes Benz and Akka Technologies, are self-adjustable, accommodate standard
The Czech Republic’s health minister has outlined a plan to reform the country’s long-neglected psychiatric care. The emphasis should be shifted from large psychiatric institutions to a network of mental health centres that would serve patients locally. Up to a third of psychiatric patients could be transferred to the centres by 2030.
The number of people infected with measles could rise to 1,000 this year,
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said in a debate on Czech television on
The estimate is based on the steep increase of cases since the beginning of this year. Doctors have registered 366 case of measles since the start of the year, with sixty cases in the last week alone. There were 203 cases in 2018.
The increase is attributed to the fact that many parents are refusing to get their children immunized for fear of side effects. The Czech Immunization Association has warned that immunization of the population has now dropped below the protective threshold.
The amount of cases where people have contracted measles continues to rise
in the Czech Republic. This week 57 patients were diagnosed with the highly
contagious disease, the largest recorded rise in one week Czech Television
reports. The overall number of cases has now risen to 366. More than a
third of the diagnoses came from Prague, with the regions of Pardubice and
Hradec Králové also registering a particularly large amount of new
Due to the Europe wide nature of the measles outbreak and frequent travel within the continent, hygienists expect the disease to continue spreading.
On the eve of World Water Day, which falls on March 22, the Czech branch of the environmental organisation Greenpeace published an alarming report on the presence of micro-plastics in Czech rivers. According to the study, plastic fibres were found in all ten samples taken from the Vltava and Elbe Rivers. I asked Jan Freidinger of Greenpeace for more details:
Police have charged seven people with illegal production and sale of
marihuana over the internet.
The suspects allegedly produced large quantities of marihuana at eleven plantations in Moravia selling it to people in 75 countries.
The two main organizers, who were in charge of production and sales, may get a jail sentence of up to 12 years.
An increasing number of Czech children suffer from speech impediments,
according to data released by the Institute of Health Information and
Statistics. Between the years 2010 and 2017 their number increased by over
26,000, reaching around 156,800 last year.
The number of school-children who require speech-therapy is increasing as well. Last year, the Ministry of Education registered over 7,200 children with speech problems, which is around three times more than ten years ago.
The World Health Organization is ringing alarm bells as an increasing number of European countries, including the Czech Republic are fighting an outbreak of measles. Measles cases in Europe tripled in 2018, and the reasons are the same - immunization hesitancy which has interfered with maintaining a high coverage rate in the population and greater movement of people.
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