PULSE: A Day in the Life of an Undertaker

PULSE: A Day in the Life of an Undertaker

Have you ever wondered who will take care of you once you have reached life’s end?


For most social and religious groups, embalming is respectfully practiced upon death.

Undertakers take responsibility for such task of taking care of the dead body; make sure that it is clean and presentable.

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The Worsening Threat of Dengue in Asia

The Worsening Threat of Dengue in Asia

Dengue virus dwells in the tropics and sub-tropic parts of the planet. Thus, Asia has suffered most in terms of the rallying cases of the vector-borne disease.

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Having been known for fatal results when not given immediate attention, the virus sets an alarming tone each time an outbreak is reported. Here are the cases that swept Asia in 2017:


Fresh from the scandal that brought Philippine health officials and Sanofi in shambles, the Philippines recorded 657 dengue-related deaths from November 2016 to November 2017. With a total case of 117,654 nationally, Dengue virus still imposes grave challenges to the Filipino nation.


In a week’s time, New Delhi covered 176 cases in the first week of December 2017. Although a decline in 2017 Dengue cases were revealed, the number of fatalities still alarm  health officials; the urge to find immediate solutions still an utmost priority. 9,072 cases were recorded this year making up a portion of 153 635 cases and 226 deaths in the entirety of India. 


174, 889 cases have been reported in Sri Lanka for 2017. The upsurge in number was brought by all 4 dengue strains found in the country. These strains have brought about 320 deaths according to the Epidemiology  Unit of the Ministry of Health.


A town in Pakistan,Peshawar, unfortunately had 69 deaths due to delayed blood transfusion and fluid overload after the dreaded dengue outbreak out of 24,807 laboratory-confirmed cases. 2,849 cases were recorded in the town of Karachi followed by 229 fatalities. 


For Malaysia, 81,790 new cases comprise the dengue statistics in 2017. 170 fatalities were recorded for the entire year.




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ATTENTION: 719 Alarming Fresh Cases of LEPROSY in India!

ATTENTION: 719 Alarming Fresh Cases of LEPROSY in India!

Eradicating Leprosy has been a long time battle in India.

Since 2005, although gradually decreasing the disease  statistics, Leprosy remains.

Leprosy is caused by Myobacterium leprae which affects the nerves of the extremities, lining of the nose and the upper respiratory tract.

Disturbing new number of Leprosy cases have already ballooned to 719 new patients in November 2017 which contributes to 63% of the world’s total cases according to a report by WHO.

The World Health organization strategizes to eliminate Leprosy by 2020. However, with these new cases rapidly increasing, a much effective policy seems to be needed now more than ever.

Leprosy can spread through mucus and droplets which can be heavily communicable; public awareness about the disease is certainly important.

Delayed attention to the disease could lead to:

  • disfigurement

  • hair loss, particularly on the eyebrows and eyelashes

  • muscle weakness

  • permanent nerve damage in the arms and legs

  • inability to use the hands and feet

  • chronic nasal congestion, nosebleeds, and collapse of the nasal septum

  • iritis (inflammation of the iris of the eye)

  • glaucoma (an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve)

  • blindness

  • erectile dysfunction and infertility

  • kidney failure


Prevention is always better than cure. Although Leprosy is treatable, avoiding the disease would be better.

“The best way to prevent leprosy is to avoid long-term, close contact with an untreated, infected person,” according to Health Line.

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ATTENTION: Rajasthan, India Recorded First DEATH From Japanese Encephalitis

ATTENTION: Rajasthan, India Recorded First DEATH From Japanese Encephalitis

Rajasthan, India – A 30-year-old woman from Bundi recently became the very first casualty of Japanese Encephalitis in the Rajasthan state.

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According to reports, this incident is unusual since Rajasthan is located in northernwest part of India; far from the usual endemic areas where Japanese Encephalitis is rampant.

The woman only complained of fever upon admission to New Government Medical College Hospital of Kota on 8 Oct  2017 then suddenly went into coma later on.

In an interview with her husband by the Hindustan Times, it was revealed that the woman still underwent treatment for 4 days before heading to a laboratory to have her blood samples tested.

“I took my wife to a private hospital (Sudha Hospital) in Kota where neurosurgeon Dr Amit Dev treated her for 4 days, and later she was referred to the Government Maharao Bhim Singh Hospital for treatment, where her blood samples were sent to NIV through the laboratory at the hospital,” according to the woman’s husband.

The woman died later on at the Government Maharao Bhim Singh Hospital during treatment on 16 Oct 2017 with unknown reasons. It was revealed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune weeks later that Japanese Encephalitis was indeed the cause of the woman’s death.

Dr Suresh Kumar Jain, chief medical health officer in Rajasthan, wanted the people to know that anti-larval activity are being implemented to control the possible rise in Japanese Encephalitis cases. If not addressed properly, this could lead to a serious threat of outbreak.

Rapid onset of high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, seizures and spastic paralysis are the most common characterization of the Japanese Encephalitis virus.

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Since the onset of MERS-COV virus in 2012, 699 casualties have already been reported out of 1,730 laboratory-confirmed cases. 1,014 have recovered while 14 cases are currently being treated as active infections according to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health.

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In October, 4 new cases were added to the list. According to Saudi’s MOH, these cases were 3 males with ages ranging from 36-59 year-old and a 76-year-old female. The locations where the new cases were found came from Taif, Hufoof and Tabuk; all cases were believed to have had contact with camels.

For suspected cases, it is important to practice clean hygiene at all times. There is currently no available vaccine to prevent the virus. Hence, proper hand washing is advised.

CDC suggests to do the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, or sharing cups or eating utensils, with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.

With 9 deaths in October , 3 in September and 8 in August, MERS-COV preventive measures are extremely advised so further fatalities could be prevented.




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Death Wish Coffee Company, home of ‘The World’s Strongest Coffee’,  is asking the public to dispose all their DEATH WISH NITRO CANS.

An image screen-grabbed from one of their social media pages.

“As a precautionary measure, we’re issuing a recall”, according to their website.

They see to it that the company’s safety process and production for each coffee can is always in its best quality hence a recommendation for an additional step to their nitro cold brew production process decided the recall.

“Death Wish in conjunction with an outside Process Authority has determined that the current process could lead to the growth and production of the deadly toxin, botulin, in low acid foods commercialized in reduced oxygen packaging”, according to the Death Wish website.

A slight risk of ‘Botulism’ is feared to have contaminated the said product.

According to PeN’s PULSE Virus Tracker, Botulism is a rare and potentially fatal illness caused by Clostridium botulinum. 

A few retorts from the public have shown utter panic. One common issue being raised was that the recall was declared a bit late that some drinkers have already consumed bottles not knowing that there was an issue of Botulism in the Death Wish Nitro can.

“No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased Death Wish Nitro should not consume it and can either dispose of it or return the product to the location with proof of purchase for a full refund”, replied Death Wish Coffee.

A full refund awaits everyone who purchased the coffee products.

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An overview of the locations infested with Avian Flu Virus using the Pulse Virus Tracker of Pen Chat Mobile App.

An official information from the World Health Organization confirms 16 new cases of the Avian Flu Virus from June 5 to June 23 of this year. This number adds up from the 5 initial reported cases from April 25 to June 6, 2017 with a total number of 21 A(H7N9) Avian Flu Virus cases in China. Continue reading →

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Global Warming Woes: Communicable Disease More Imminent

Global Warming Woes: Communicable Disease More Imminent

In the recent past, a wide array of global phenomenon has contributed transformative impacts to animals, landscapes and mankind. These impacts were easily induced by excessive pollution and superfluous burning of fossil fuel that brought further consequences, immensely affecting every living organism on this planet. One of these consequences is the proliferation of old and new viruses and bacteria. Continue reading →

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