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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...
Teacher on life support as worst flu outbreak in years engulfs US

Teacher on life support as worst flu outbreak in years engulfs US

Health
A special education teacher in Texas is reportedly on life support after contracting both strains of influenza, as the worst flu season in years engulfs the United States. Crystal Whitley, who teaches in Mullin, got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, family members told ABC affiliate WFAA. But she caught both the H3N2 and H1N1 flu strains two weeks ago. Then she came down with pneumonia in both lungs and contracted MRSA, a bacterial infection that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics. Now, Whitley is on life support at Baylor University Medical Center, according to WFAA. "She's making all of this progress, but [doctors] keep telling us she is still very ill. She is still critical, and she is still on life support," Whitley's mother, Mary O’Connor, told WFA