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As flu epidemic spreads, 11 deaths reported in San Diego County, Calif.

As flu epidemic spreads, 11 deaths reported in San Diego County, Calif.

Health
Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Laboratory-confirmed cases of contagious flu are on the rise in the United States, with 11 deaths attributed to the virus in San Diego County, Calif., alone.County health officials said six more deaths were reported this week, as were 3,873 confirmed cases of the illness. At this time in 2016, only four deaths were attributed to the virus, they said Wednesday.The California Department of Public Health said that as of Dec. 16, the date of its most recent report, it counted 10 deaths in its under-65 population. It added that two or fewer deaths per year are typical at this time of the year.The flu season, usually about 12 weeks long, may have started earlier than normal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The flu has reached epidemic proportions in seven of...
Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Technology
A volcano in southwestern Japan is erupting for the first time in six years, spewing ash over nearby farms, cities and towns. Japanese broadcaster TBS showed elementary school students wearing helmets and masks Thursday on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano. Residents also described hearing rumbles from the volcano and ash fell in at least four cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture. Street cleaners swept ash from city streets, and farmers used leaf blowers to clear the growing piles of ash from the tops of their plastic greenhouses. The volcano on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures started erupting Wednesday for the first time in six years. On Thursday, an ash plume rose 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) from the crater, the Japan Meteorological Agency ...
Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads in South East Asia

Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads in South East Asia

Health
The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning.This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable. Prof Arjen Dondorp, the head of the unit, told the BBC News website: "We think it is a serious threat."It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further [and eventually] jump to Africa."Failing treatmentsIn a letter, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers detail the "re...
Vicky Pattison spreads legs in gown split to privates for intimate tease

Vicky Pattison spreads legs in gown split to privates for intimate tease

Entertainment
The MTV beauty took to Instagram to show off her killer pins and teased her privates in the process.Dressed in a floral two-piece, Vicky wowed as she posed up a storm in the summer sun.With her legs seductively parted, Stephen Bear's ex ramped up her sex appeal as she gazed into the camera.Thanks to the thin material, Vicky's black bra and knickers could clearly be seen through the garment.INSTAGRAMSTUNNER: Vicky opens her legs for the racy snapVicky Pattison sexiest pix Reality TV star Vicky Pattison shows of her hot figure in these saucy snaps.Instagram Vicky Pattison's hottest pictures GETTYREVAMP: Vicky has come a long way since Geordie ShoreShe completed the look with open-toed studded heels.Within minutes the upload was flooded with comments of adorati...