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Scientists Have New Climate-Change Warning: Locusts

Researchers say climate change will prompt more outbreaks of crop-destroying insects

(Newser) - Extreme wind and rain may lead to bigger and worse desert locust outbreaks, with climate change likely to intensify the weather patterns and cause higher outbreak risks, a new study has found. The desert locust—a short-horned species found in some dry areas of northern and eastern Africa, the Middle...

In Europe, This 'Canary in a Coal Mine' Is Afoot

Measles is surging, with outbreaks especially prevalent in UK; US also seeing an uptick

(Newser) - As we get our legs after the COVID tsunami, another set of outbreaks is taking hold, especially in Europe. The BBC reports that measles are cropping up throughout the EU, with a nearly 45-fold spike in cases last year, according to the World Health Organization. The UN agency found that...

One Dead in Botulism Outbreak Linked to Sardines

A dozen people affected in incident at wine bar in France's Bordeaux region

(Newser) - Matt Jackson was riding an electric bike through France's Bordeaux wine country when he started feeling strange. Nine days later, he's on a breathing machine in a French intensive care unit, unable to open his eyes, communicating only via notes on a whiteboard—and infected with botulism. Jackson...

School to Reopen After Students Fall Ill, 6-Year-Old Dies

Diagnosis is in for two of the Detroit cases

(Newser) - An outbreak of flu-like symptoms is being investigated at a Detroit school after dozens of students fell ill and a kindergartner who was sent home died. The Marcus Garvey Academy was shut this week for a deep cleaning, ABC News reports, and is scheduled to reopen Monday. The 6-year-old died...

Superbug Fungus Spreading in 2 US Cities

CDC says drug-resistant 'Candida auris' is moving from person to person in Dallas and DC

(Newser) - US health officials said Thursday they now have evidence of an untreatable fungus spreading in two hospitals and a nursing home, per the AP . The "superbug" outbreaks were reported in a Washington, DC, nursing home and at two Dallas-area hospitals, the CDC reported. A handful of the patients had...

At Oregon Church That Sued Over COVID Limits, an Outbreak

Peoples Church in Salem, Ore. to host 3 services on Sunday

(Newser) - At least 74 COVID-19 cases are associated with a 3,700-member church in Salem, Ore., that is planning three in-person Mother's Day services on Sunday regardless. The Oregon Health Authority began investigating the outbreak at Peoples Church two days after Easter Sunday, when the church hosted three indoor services,...

At Everest Base Camp, 'Coughing Everywhere'

Some think Nepal is hiding real numbers of coronavirus cases to keep mountain open

(Newser) - This is the peak time of year to climb Mount Everest, before monsoon season hits. But the Guardian notes 2021's climbing season may now be up in the air, as a COVID outbreak at the base camp in Nepal has led to "many" infections in a country already...

Listeria Outbreak Hits 3 States
Listeria Outbreak Hits 3 States

Listeria Outbreak Hits 3 States

Listeriosis can get worse if it moves to the nervous system

(Newser) - A listeria outbreak has hit 10 people across 3 states—apparently all sickened after eating deli meat, per Consumer Reports . The Centers for Disease Control hasn't identified a supplier, retailer, or brand yet, but nine of the victims said they had eaten Italian-style meats like prosciutto or mortadella bought...

Outbreak Spares No Resident at Kansas Nursing Home

10 have died; one person is in the hospital

(Newser) - Coronavirus has infected every resident of a Kansas nursing home, with deadly results. Ten of the 62 residents of Andbe Home in Norton have died and one is in hospital, reports NBC News . The Norton County Health Department announced the outbreak at the privately owned facility on Monday, saying an...

Criminal Charges Filed After Deaths of 76 at Veterans' Facility

Mass. AG: Former officials Bennett Walsh, David Clinton made 'deadly decision' that caused deaths

(Newser) - Two former officials at a Massachusetts veterans home have been hit with criminal charges after dozens died there during a COVID-19 outbreak. NBC Boston and CBS Boston report that Bennett Walsh, 50, the facility's former superintendent, and 71-year-old David Clinton, who served as the facility's medical director, are...

Fauci Has New Warning for Colleges on COVID

Don't send students home if there's an outbreak

(Newser) - As COVID-19 outbreaks crop up at college campuses across the country, some schools are reverting to online classes and, in some cases, even sending students back home. Dr. Anthony Fauci's strongly worded advice to schools on that latter move: Don't do it, per NBC News . "It's...

Profs 'Terrified' by Order to Keep Quiet About Outbreak

The University of Alabama sent staffers an email

(Newser) - The University of Alabama is telling professors to keep quiet about a coronavirus outbreak afflicting the student body, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Do not tell the rest of the class," administration officials wrote in an email, underlining the word "not." An online COVID-19 dashboard reports 1,...

Mystery Salmonella Outbreak Hits 23 States

Health officials are struggling to find the source

(Newser) - A salmonella outbreak of no known origin has struck nearly two dozen states and hospitalized 31 people, USA Today reports. The CDC said on Friday that 212 cases have emerged in 23 states, with 8 new states listed since Tuesday. While bacterial outbreaks are often linked to a food source,...

Inmates Warned of Alarming Conditions. Now, an Outbreak

More than 500 test positive for COVID-19 at Texas federal medical prison

(Newser) - More than 500 women at a federal medical prison in Texas have tested positive for the coronavirus, in one of the largest confirmed outbreaks at a federal prison, the Bureau of Prisons said. The number of confirmed cases at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell in Fort Worth jumped to 510 on...

In One California County, a 'Steep' Spike in Virus Cases

And LA County isn't the only county in the Golden State to see alarming reversal in COVID-19 progress

(Newser) - California was seen as an early success case in combating COVID-19, shutting down early and getting the numbers low enough so that Gov. Gavin Newsom felt comfortable in starting to reopen the state. Now, however, the coronavirus has come roaring back, and in LA County especially, the state's epicenter...

Parasite Is Hiding in Salad Mixes Across 8 States

206 people have already tested positive

(Newser) - Salad lovers, watch out: The FDA and the CDC are warning about an outbreak linked to certain salads sold at Jewel-Osco, Hy-Vee, and Walmart stores, USA Today reports. Long story short, the stores are recalling garden-salad mixes made by a Fresh Express facility in Streamwood, Illinois, and other brands may...

Drop in Vaccinations 'Could Set Us Back Years'

CDC warns of possible measles outbreak

(Newser) - The CDC is warning about possible outbreaks of diseases, including measles, as immunizations fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. The organization analyzed immunization data on children in Michigan up to the age of 2, finding a drop in vaccinations for all diseases except hepatitis B—a vaccine typically administered in hospitals...

Zoo Tiger Tests Positive
Zoo Tiger Tests Positive

Zoo Tiger Tests Positive

Nadia, a 4-year-old Malayan, showed symptoms in March

(Newser) - A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the US or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday, per the AP . The 4-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia—and...

Couple Gets 'Trapped in Paradise'—Alone

Raul and Olivia De Freitas never expected this

(Newser) - Raul and Olivia De Freitas only planned to stay for six days—and then a pandemic broke out. Which meant the South African couple was stranded at a Maldives resort, all alone with the staff, trapped in paradise. "Everyone says they want to be stuck on a tropical island,...

Scientist: New Data on US 'Gives Me Hope'

Nation is 'cooling,' according to smart thermometers

(Newser) - Hundreds of millions of Americans are staying home amid tight restrictions aimed at slowing down the coronavirus pandemic. It appears to be working, according to Kinsa Health, a company that makes "smart thermometers" and has used the data to create a "Health Weather" map of the US . The...

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