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What is the deadly Nipah virus?

What is the deadly Nipah virus?

Health
A deadly virus that spreads to humans from contact with infected bats, pigs or other people has in its latest outbreak killed 17 of 18 people confirmed to be infected and has led to the quarantine of 1,400 people in their homes. The new outbreak of the Nipah virus in the state of Kerala in southern India began just a few weeks ago. What is the Nipah virus? It is a zoonotic virus, which means it is spread from animals to humans and infects both. Nipah likes to live in fruit bats, its natural host. How does one get infected with Nipah? The virus can spread to humans who come into direct contact with infected bats, pigs or other infected people, the World Health Organization says. The spread of Nipah to humans from close contact with infected pigs -- that were infected by bats -- has o...
Syria regime 'in deadly gas attack on civilians'

Syria regime 'in deadly gas attack on civilians'

World
The Syrian government has been accused by opposition activists of launching a deadly chlorine gas attack in the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta.The pro-opposition Orient News claimed a child had been killed in the reported attack by a regime aircraft on the town of al Shifuniyah.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor also reported the youngster's death and said 13 people had suffered breathing difficulties.Yaqub, a doctor who treated those affected in hospital, said he suspected "chemical weapons, probably a chlorine gas attack".He said a three-year-old had died of asphyxiation.A US medical organisation said 16 patients in the hospital had symptoms indicating they were exposed to chemical compounds.The Syrian American Medical Society said among those being treated with oxygen...
Deadly nationwide flu outbreak shows no sign of easing

Deadly nationwide flu outbreak shows no sign of easing

Health
A nationwide flu outbreak is showing no sign of easing up as at least four more deaths have been reported in the past few days, including three children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said 14,676 people have been hospitalized with influenza since the flu season began in October, double the number from all of last year and the highest ever recorded. In New York City, health officials confirmed Tuesday that two children had died. One was identified as 8-year-old Amely Baez of Queens, who died Monday shortly after she was rushed to a hospital with flu symptoms, health officials said. Dr. Mary Bassett, the New York City health commissioner, said 6.5 percent of all patients seen at hospitals in the city in the past few days were for flu-related symptoms. "That's the highe...
New antifungal drug combats deadly microscopic yeast

New antifungal drug combats deadly microscopic yeast

Health
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a novel drug compound capable of combating drug-resistant yeast strains.Microscopic yeast are a menace in hospitals. The fungi can grow in the nooks and crannies of medical equipment and hospital surfaces and can cause infections in patients with weakened immune systems. For some, an infection can prove fatal.Candida auris is one of the most problematic species, as it has developed resistance to multiple antifungal drugs.Current antifungals attack yeast by puncturing the cell membranes or by blocking sterol production. The new drug works by blocking vital proteins from attaching to the yeast cell wall. In doing so, the antifungal compound disrupts the yeast's growth process and prevents the formation of drug-resistant fungal communities.The compo...
USS John McCain crew rated it 'below average' before deadly collision

USS John McCain crew rated it 'below average' before deadly collision

Business
Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Crewmembers serving aboard the USS John S. McCain were overworked, unprepared and unhappy in the year leading up to its collision with a merchant vessel in the Pacific that killed 10 Navy sailors, according to a report obtained by UPI.In a 163-page report detailing the results of a mandatory climate survey aboard the Navy destroyer, its 142 crew members rated 17 of 18 major categories "below service average." The survey, conducted July 21, 2016 -- 13 months before the Aug. 21, 2017 crash -- included questions on exhaustion, job satisfaction, organizational effectiveness and leadership prowess.Meanwhile, a Government Accountability Office report requested by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., shows the McCain -- and the USS Fitzgerald, which was also involved in a deadly crash in ...