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Shakespeare First Folio Discovered in Library in Scotland
LONDON – A copy of the First Folio, a book containing a collection of 36 plays by William Shakespeare, has been discovered east of Scotland, British media reported on Thursday.


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Michigan patient’s mysterious infection matches deadly Wisconsin outbreak
WEST MICHIGAN - A bloodstream infection that matches an ongoing bacteria outbreak in Wisconsin has been identified in Michigan, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

New Legionnaires’ disease cluster found in the Bronx
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials are monitoring a new cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases in the Bronx.

‘Super-gonorrhoea’ outbreak across north of England sparks national alert
Public Health England ‘concerned’ about drug-resistant strain first reported in Leeds but which has spread to Macclesfield, Oldham and Scunthorpe

Bird flu confirmed at Iowa farm with 5.3 million chickens
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

Canada quarantines chicken farm infected with bird flu
Ottawa (AFP) - Canadian health officials have quarantined another poultry farm found to be infected with bird flu, authorities said.

Dog Flu Outbreak: What You Need to Know
A new strain of flu that likely came from Asia has sickened thousands of dogs in the Midwest, experts say.

Minnesota finds lethal bird flu in two more turkey flocks
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minnesota, the top U.S. turkey producing state, has found two more commercial turkey flocks to be infected with a lethal strain of avian flu, including one in a previously established quarantine zone, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.

Fleas test positive for plague near Flagstaff
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -Coconino County officials are taking precautions after finding fleas collected in Picture Canyon northeast of Flagstaff have tested positive for plague.

Illegal Immigrant with Drug-Resistant TB to Be Released into US, say Congressional Leaders
On Friday, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, along with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE Deputy Assistant Secretary Saldaña warning them not to release an illegal immigrant with drug-resistant tuberculosis into the general public.

Drug-resistant intestinal illness Shigellosis spreading in US


Medieval remedy to treat eye infections found to kill MRSA superbug
Researchers in Britain and the U.S. have found that a medieval concoction meant to treat eye infections also has the ability to kill the MRSA superbug.
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From American Cattle Become Airborne, But Is It Life-Threatening?
Airborne particulate matter wafting off American cattle yards contains antibiotics, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant DNA, a new study finds. Environmental tests on the spread of antibiotics have been performed in the past, but this is the first time researchers have examined aerial dispersion.

Indiana Declares Health Emergency over HIV Outbreak
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has declared a public health emergency for areas of southeastern Indiana hit with 79 cases of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Mutating H7N9 bird flu may pose pandemic threat, scientists warn
LONDON (Reuters) - A wave of H7N9 bird flu in China that has spread into people may have the potential to emerge as a pandemic strain in humans, scientists said on Wednesday.

Monkeys infected after deadly bacteria escapes at Louisiana lab, USA Today reports
The newspaper said that a federal investigator also became sick a day after entering the Tulane National Primate Research Center near New Orleans in January and tested positive for the bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei, but it was unclear whether she had been exposed to the bacteria at the center or beforehand. Health officials said there was no evidence of a threat to public health, USA Today reported.

Deadly bacteria release sparks concern at Louisiana lab
A dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public. Yet despite weeks of investigation by multiple federal and state agencies, the cause of the release and the extent of the contamination remain unknown, according to interviews and records obtained by USA TODAY.

Doctors don’t know what killed this Missouri mom, son
St. Peters, MO — A mysterious sudden death of a mother and her adult son are raising concerns of a possibly dangerous virus.

Emergency responders investigate possible Virginia Ebola case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Medics, firefighters and a hazardous materials team investigated a possible case of the deadly Ebola virus in a Virginia suburb of Washington on Thursday, an official said.

Newly Found Virus Linked to Kansas Death After Tick Bite
(Bloomberg)—U.S health officials are investigating a new strain of virus linked to the death of a Kansas man, who fell ill after being bitten by a tick, then went into organ failure and died about two weeks later.

New, aggressive strain of HIV discovered in Cuba
Scientists have discovered a highly aggressive new strain of HIV in Cuba that develops into full-blown AIDS three times faster than more common strains of the virus. This finding could have serious public health implications for efforts to contain and reduce incidences of the virus worldwide.

Why are Ebola Health Workers Being Attacked in Guinea?
Crowds destroyed an Ebola facility and attacked health workers in central Guinea on rumors that the Red Cross was planning to disinfect a school, a government spokesman said on Saturday.

Just as Obama Opens Relations, a New Strain of HIV Appears in Cuba
In the United States, fear of HIV has recently faded as treatments and awareness have caused some complacency with the disease. But a new, more virulent strain seems to be upsetting that complacency, and the source of this stronger version of the deadly virus is Cuba, the very nation that Obama wants opened up to American tourism.

First case of mad cow disease since 2011 confirmed in Alberta
OTTAWA/CALGARY – Canada confirmed its first case of mad cow disease since 2011 on Friday but said the discovery, which helped drive cattle prices higher, should not hit a beef export sector worth $2 billion a year.

“PathoMap” Traces Subway Bacteria, Finds DNA Linked to Plague, Sauerkraut
Researchers have mapped out the particles found across the city’s subway system, and they found a range of DNA from mozzarella cheese to the Bubonic plague.

Five Infants From Palatine Daycare Center Diagnosed With Measles
CHICAGO (CBS) – Cook County and Illinois public health officials have begun investigating a cluster of measles cases linked to a daycare center in Palatine.

Summer before Canada declared free of avian flu
VANCOUVER - It could be as late as June before British Columbia farms are declared free of the avian flu, but recovering from the international trade implications may take far longer, an expert says.

Measles may become ‘endemic’ without vaccination, proper clinical diagnosis, CDC official says

Harsh Respiratory Virus Slamming Colorado
Colorado is being hit with a rise in cases of upper respiratory illness this year, and doctors are warning that without treatment, patients could suffer for weeks once they’ve contracted the virus.

NYC Health Officials Warn of Increase in Bronx Cases of Severe, Potentially Deadly Form of Pneumonia
City health officials are warning New Yorkers about an increase in cases of Legionnaire’s disease, a potentially deadly form of pneumonia, in the Bronx.

Japan culls 42,000 chickens after second bird flu outbreak
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Monday ordered the slaughter of some 42,000 chickens after officials confirmed the country’s second bird flu outbreak in less than a month.

First Ebola boy likely infected by playing with bats
BBC - The Ebola victim who is believed to have triggered the current outbreak - a two-year-old boy called Emile Ouamouno from Guinea - may have been infected by playing in a hollow tree housing a colony of bats, say scientists.

Health Care Worker Diagnosed With Ebola in Scotland
LONDON (AP) — Scottish authorities say a health care worker who has just returned from Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in a Glasgow hospital.

CDC reports potential Ebola exposure in Atlanta lab
Washington Post - Researchers studying Ebola in a highly secure laboratory mistakenly allowed potentially lethal samples of the virus to be handled in a much less secure laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, agency officials said Wednesday.

Child with fever checked for Ebola virus after screening at O’Hare
Chicago Tribune - A child with a fever has been admitted to University of Chicago Medical Center to be checked for the Ebola virus after being screened at O’Hare International Airport.

Swiss trial of Canadian Ebola vaccine suspended due to unexpected side-effects
Canada.com - Swiss researchers have temporarily halted a clinical trial of a Canadian-made Ebola vaccine after seeing an unexpected side-effect in a few people who received the serum.

Half of B.C. designated avian flu control zone
Canadian Press - VANCOUVER - Half of British Columbia has been designated an avian flu control zone in an effort to limit the spread of the virus and reassure other countries that Canadian commercial poultry is safe.

Ebola ‘czar’ urges Congress to authorize emergency funding
Stars and Stripes - (TNS)  WASHINGTON — The Ebola outbreak can only be successfully contained if the U.S. takes the lead and provides funding to fight the deadly virus at home and in West Africa, the man tapped to coordinate the federal government’s response to the disease said Friday.

Ebola reaches Italy: Doctor who became the country’s first victim of the disease is flown into Rome in specially sealed military plane
Daily Mail - A doctor who became Italy’s first Ebola victim after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone arrived back in his home country in a specially sealed military plane this morning.

Notable Absence of New Ebola Quarantines at New York Area Airports
New York Times - A day after a doctor who had returned from Guinea about a week earlier became New York’s first Ebola case, the governors of New York and New Jersey announced that they would begin quarantining travelers who had been in contact with Ebola patients in West Africa.

Madagascar plague kills 40 as outbreak spreads to capital
Authorities in Madagascar say they are trying to contain an outbreak of plague similar to the Black Death that swept Medieval Europe.

Bandits in Guinea steal blood containing EBOLA: Minibus carrying contaminated samples is robbed as officials plead for their safe return
DailyMail - Armed bandits in Guinea have stolen a batch of blood samples infected with the deadly Ebola virus which were being delivered to a test centre.

Exclusive: U.S. to allow people from nations hit by Ebola to stay temporarily
(Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to people from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola who are currently residing in the United States, department officials said on Thursday.

CDC chief drops worst-case Ebola estimate
The government’s worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won’t happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday.

Ebola outbreak: thousands more health-care workers ‘crucial,’ EU says
CBC - European Union officials back from Ebola-hit countries of West Africa say thousands more physicians, especially epidemiologists, and other health professionals are needed there to halt and eradicate the deadly epidemic.

India’s First Ebola Patient Has Been Quarantined
Time - An Indian resident who tested positive for Ebola—and was cured—has landed in Delhi from Liberia.

Doctor Dies in Nebraska After Ebola Infection in Sierra Leone
A physician infected with the Ebola virus died today at the Nebraska Medical Center after being evacuated from Sierra Leone.

Obama Immunizes Gov’t Contractors From Being Sued for Importing Ebola to US
CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Thursday immunizing federal contractors hired to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa against lawsuits for importing Ebola into the United States.

Jihadis Send vial of ‘Ebola Virus’ to Newspaper
Truth Revolt - According to reports a vial “supposedly” containing Ebola virus was sent to a major newspaper.

African funeral rites are ‘superspreaders’ of Ebola
Yahoo News - Washington (AFP) - Traditional funeral rites in West Africa that include kissing and touching a dead body are “superspreaders” of Ebola and must be halted, researchers said Thursday.



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