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Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

By Robert On Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
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The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act fails to pass cloture

On Monday, the US Senate voted on S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation, which passed the House of Representatives last October, would have protected the lives of unborn children More...

By Robert On Sunday, January 28th, 2018
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Rand Paul introduces bill to redirect funds for Pakistan to fund infrastructure

Senator (Dr.) Rand Paul of Kentucky, a long time foe of foreign aid, introduced legislation to prohibit the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from sending American More...

By Robert On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
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Norovirus outbreak sickens dozens on Island Princess

Nearly 80 passengers and crew on board a recent Princess Cruises’ Island Princess voyage were stricken with diarrhea due to norovirus, according to federal health officials. Norovirus Image/CDC The trip set More...

By Robert On Friday, January 12th, 2018
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Chagas disease: 7 family members from Lábrea infected, Açaí consumption suspected

In a follow-up on a report from last week, the Health Surveillance Foundation (FVS-AM) now reports seven Chagas disease cases from the same family group in  the southernmost municipality of Lábrea in Amazonas More...

By Robert On Sunday, November 19th, 2017
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Socialist policies playing out: A great commentary on the demise of Venezuela

While I have talked and written about the tragedy that full-blown socialism has brought to Venezuela, mostly focusing on the return of infectious diseases and the health consequences, both on this website and on More...

By Robert On Saturday, November 4th, 2017
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Methanol poisoning results in 17 deaths in Ecuador

The Ecuadorean Ministry of Health now puts the death toll to the methanol poisoning outbreak to 17, according to a Yahoo Noticias report (computer translated). IMage/OpenClipart-Vectors via pixabay “We have More...

By Robert On Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
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Shigella cases triple last year’s total in Hillsborough County

The number of Shigellosis cases reported in Hillsborough County, FL in 2017 year-to-date is more than triple the number reported during the same period last year, according to data from the Hillsborough County Health More...

By Robert On Sunday, October 29th, 2017
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Congressional hearings set for Wednesday for Steve King’s Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017

The US House of Representatives will hold a hearing in the Judiciary Committee Wednesday for H.R.490 – Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 that was introduced by Iowa Representative Steve King earlier this year. photo More...

By Robert On Friday, October 27th, 2017
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Florida Vibrio vulnificus update: 43 cases and 9 deaths through October

The number of fatalities related to infection with Vibrio vulnificus in the state of Florida has increased by two with cases reported in Lee and Citrus counties. This brings the number of fatalities through Oct. More...

By Robert On Friday, October 27th, 2017
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Japan: High school student sues school for forcing her to dye her hair black

An 18-year-old high school student in Osaka prefecture is suing the school for forcing her to dye her brown hair black, according to a Mainichi report (computer translated). Image/mariamichelle via pixabay The female More...

By Robert On Thursday, October 12th, 2017
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Ukraine: Salmonella sickens dozens in Lviv, linked to smoked fish

The Department of Civil Protection of the Lviv Regional State Administration has reported 71 Salmonella cases linked to smoked fish, according to a Donetsk report (computer translated). Salmonella image/CDC This More...

By Robert On Sunday, October 8th, 2017
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Syracuse University: Mumps cases prompt cancellation of fall lacrosse events

Officials with Syracuse University announced Friday that its men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will not participate in fall season events due to a current mumps outbreak among players. Mumps virus/CDC Since More...

By Robert On Monday, October 2nd, 2017
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Las Vegas carnage: At least 20 dead at country music festival

Tragedy hit the Las Vegas strip Monday morning as what appears to be a lone shooter apparently using an automatic weapons opened fire at concert goers at the Route 91 Harvest festival on the east side of the strip, More...

By Robert On Sunday, October 1st, 2017
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Krugman calls out Trump for cholera in Puerto Rico, CDC does not anticipate

It’s so unfortunate that politics trumps everything in 2017 (no pun intended), so much to the point that it is nauseating to continue to read and hear about. Whether it be the NFL or Dr. Seuss books, it is More...

By Robert On Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
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Bernie Sanders Medicare for All Act of 2017: Some thoughts on the legislation

While much attention has been on the legislation proposed by Senators Bill Cassidy (La.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), or the Graham Cassidy bill, and the no vote decision Tuesday, some people may not be aware that More...

By Robert On Monday, September 25th, 2017
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Pray for the President

North Korea, the Middle East, a fragile economy…these are just a few of the items on the desk of the President of the United States. In addition, at least a half-dozen threats are made on the President each More...

By Robert On Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
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Philippines: Dr Vicente Soco is the latest physician murdered

For years we have been reported on the rash of murders of journalists on the Philippines archipelago. Now it appears the public health physicians are the latest targets of violence in the country as another doctor More...

By Robert On Saturday, September 9th, 2017
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Rand Paul’s ‘America First’ amendment tabled by Senate

On Thursday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced the “America First” amendment to the hurricane relief legislation that would provide assistance while preventing the federal government from further running More...

By Robert On Monday, August 14th, 2017
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Measles strikes nine members of Israel Defense Forces

The very contagious viral disease, measles, was contracted by nine members of the Israel Defense Forces, according to a Jerusalem Post report today. Measles rashImage/CDC Apparently, one case (the index case) contracted More...

By Robert On Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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Salmonella: Laboratory-acquired outbreak identified by CDC

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigated a multistate Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that sickened dozens, which was linked to clinical and college and university teaching More...


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