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Brain-eating amoeba kills man who swam in NC manmade lake

Health
A North Carolina man has died from a rare brain-eating amoeba after swimming in a manmade lake at a water park, officials said Wednesday. The state Department of Health and Human Resources said in a news release that the infection was caused by the amoeba naturally present in warm freshwater during the summer. The unnamed person became sick after swimming in Fantasy Lake Water Park in Hope Mills in Cumberland County on July 12. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed it was caused by Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism known as the brain-eating amoeba. It can be fatal if forced up the nose but does not cause illness if swallowed. Symptoms typically begin with severe headache, fever, nausea and vomiting and progress to stiff neck, seizures and coma. The amo...
Listeria outbreak linked to pre-packaged sandwiches kills 2 in Britain

Listeria outbreak linked to pre-packaged sandwiches kills 2 in Britain

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June 7 (UPI) -- British health officials on Friday said they're investigating an outbreak of listeria that killed three hospital patients. Public Health England said six patients became sickened after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads manufactured by the Good Food Chain. Hospital officials withdrew the company's products after the infections. PHE said North Country Cooked Meats, which supplies meat to the Good Food Chain, also recorded a positive test result for the strain of listeria. Both companies have ceased production of food products. The listeriosis infections happened at multiple hospitals, with the deaths occurring in Manchester and Liverpool. All six infections were in seriously ill patients. No illnesses outside the healthcare system have been reported. "Our thoughts a...
GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests

GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests

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A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests.Trials, which took place in Burkina Faso, showed mosquito populations collapsed by 99% within 45 days.The researchers say their aim is not to make the insects extinct but to help stop the spread of malaria.The disease, which is spread when female mosquitoes drink blood, kills more than 400,000 people per year. Worldwide, there are about 219 million cases of malaria each year.Conducting the study, researchers at the University of Maryland in the US - and the IRSS research institute in Burkina Faso - first identified a fungus called Metarhizium pingshaense, which naturally infects the Anopheles mosquitoes that spre...
Cyclone in Mozambique kills 5, displaces over 18,000

Cyclone in Mozambique kills 5, displaces over 18,000

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April 27 (UPI) -- A cyclone in Mozambique has killed five people, destroyed more than 3,000 homes and displaced more than 18,000 people since Thursday's landfall, authorities said Saturday. Tropical Cyclone Kenneth had the strength of a Category 4 hurricane when it arrived late Thursday in the southeast African nation of Mozambique packing 125 mph sustained winds. It made landfall between the districts of Macomia and Mocimboa da Praia, in Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique, a U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report shows. Kenneth has left at least five people dead, authorities said. Before reaching Mozambique, Kenneth killed three people in the island nation of Comoros on Wednesday. Kenneth has destroyed at least 3,384 houses and displaced more than 18,000, initi...
Madagascar measles epidemic kills more than 1,200 people

Madagascar measles epidemic kills more than 1,200 people

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Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children. They fear a measles epidemic that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor. As Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000, resistance to vaccinating children is not the driving force. Measles cases are rising in the United States and other parts of the world, in part the result of misinformation that makes some parents balk at a crucial vaccine. New York City is now trying to halt a measles outbreak by ordering mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood. In Madagascar, many parents would like to protect their children but face immense challenges including the lack of resources. Just 58% percent ...