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Everything you need to know about the McDonald's salad parasite outbreak

Everything you need to know about the McDonald's salad parasite outbreak

Health
As of July 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a total of 286 people in 15 states have been infected with a parasite called Cyclospora, an increase of 120 people in the last week alone. So far, there have been 11 hospitalizations but no deaths associated with this outbreak. The parasite has been linked to salads from McDonald’s. So what is this parasite, and why are the numbers still increasing? What is Cyclospora? Cyclospora is a parasite found in contaminated food or water -- which in the U.S. can mean fresh produce -- and causes a short-term illness known as Cyclosporiasis. The parasite isn’t typically transmitted from one person to another, but rather, makes people sick after it is ingested. What are the signs of an infection? Once someo...
DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city

World
The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million people about 130km (80 miles) from the area where the first cases were confirmed earlier this month.The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa. Forty-two people have now been infected and 23 people are known to have died.Ebola is a serious infectious illness that causes internal bleeding and often proves fatal. It can spread rapidly through contact with small amounts of bodily fluid and its early flu-like symptoms are not always obvious.Why is the spread to a city such a...
After romaine lettuce outbreak, here's what you should know about E. Coli

After romaine lettuce outbreak, here's what you should know about E. Coli

Health
Concerns are rising amid the nationwide outbreak of food poisoning from E. Coli that has killed one person in California and infected 121 so far, according to official counts. 52 people have been hospitalized. Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, is the culprit in these E. Coli infections, but the victims are spread among 25 states. The bacteria carried on the lettuce is a strain called E. Coli 0157:H7 What is E. Coli 0157:H7? Escherichilia coli, or E. Coli, is a large group of bacteria with multiple strains, most of which are harmless and part of the normal “flora” of bacteria in the digestive tract. Harmful strains of E. Coli produce something called a Shiga toxin, which can be deadly. The most common strain of deadly E. Coli in the U.S. -- the one linked to multiple outbreaks and
Health warnings after toxic caterpillar outbreak in London

Health warnings after toxic caterpillar outbreak in London

Science
An outbreak of toxic caterpillars that can cause asthma attacks, vomiting and skin rashes has descended on London, officials have warned.Oak processionary moths (OPM), which are in their larval stage, have been spotted across the south-east of England and in the capital.Hairs on the caterpillars can cause fevers and eye and throat irritations, the Forestry Commission said. The organisation has issued a caution not to touch the species.The biggest infestations of OPM were recorded in Greater London, stemming from Kingston upon Thames to Brent.Some infestations were also spotted in Bracknell Forest, Slough and Guildford. OPM caterpillars were spotted emerging from egg plaques in mid-April, and trees were later treated on 23 April, the Forestry Commission added."The treatment programme is ex...