Black-legged ticks connected to encephalitis cases in New York state | Vaccine News Daily

Black-legged ticks, which are known for spreading Lyme disease, were linked to Powassan encephalitis in New York state, according to a study recently published in Parasites and Vectors.

Powassan encephalitis is a disease caused by the Powassan virus and the deer tick virus. The virus spreads from infected ticks and can cause encephalitis, meningitis and central nervous system disruption. Reported cases have a 10 to 15 percent fatality rate, and many survivors suffer long-term neurological damage.

“We’ve seen a rise in this rare but serious illness in parts of New York state that are hotspots for Lyme disease,” Rick Ostfeld, one of the paper’s authors, said. “And we suspected it was tied to an increase in black-legged ticks carrying deer tick virus, particularly on the east side of the Hudson River.

via Black-legged ticks connected to encephalitis cases in New York state | Vaccine News Daily.

KSA Announces Two New MERS-CoV Cases

MOH: ‘Two New Cases of Novel Coronavirus Recorded in Asir’

17 July 2013

Within the framework of the epidemiological surveillance of the novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that two confirmed cases of this virus have been recorded. The first case is for a 26-old-year Saudi male in Asir, who was in contact with one of the confirmed cases. The second case is for a 42-year-old female resident working at the health sector in Asir. Both cases have mild symptoms that not required admitting to hospital.

via KSA Announces Two New MERS-CoV Cases.

Horse Slaughter Plants Hope to Open Aug. 5

The attorney representing newly licensed horse slaughterhouses in New Mexico and Iowa says the plants are set to open Aug. 5.

But lawyer Blair Dunn says those plans hinge on an Aug. 2 court date before a federal judge in New Mexico overseeing a lawsuit by animal protection groups.

The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue of Larkspur, Colo., and others filed the suit against the Department of Agriculture, alleging it failed to conduct the proper environmental reviews before issuing permits for Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa.

Dunn says the judge will decide whether to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the plants from opening. They would be the first horse slaughterhouses to operate domestically since 2007.

via Horse Slaughter Plants Hope to Open Aug. 5.

Hungarian Leader Viktor Orbán Warns of German Dominance – SPIEGEL ONLINE

“When a person reads about a rapprochement between Russia and an EU led by Germany, he looks out to see whether his children are still in the yard,” Orbán said on Tuesday in remarks to an annual meeting of Hungarian ambassadors, according to the German news agency DPA.

via Hungarian Leader Viktor Orbán Warns of German Dominance – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

When there is a spike driven through the heart of your democracy, complain about the possibility of a splinter in someone else’s eye?

Free school meals leave 21 children dead in India | News | DW.DE | 17.07.2013

Another 30 children are still being treated in the hospital in the state capital Patna, state education minister P K Shahi said, adding that an investigation into the incident was underway.

The children, aged between eight and 11, fell ill around midday on Tuesday soon after eating the free school lunch in the village of Masrakh, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Patna.

The meal of lentils and rice was reportedly cooked in the school kitchen. Preliminary investigations suggest the meal may have contained traces of insecticide.

via Free school meals leave 21 children dead in India | News | DW.DE | 17.07.2013.

Someone, by mistake or on purpose, added an insecticide to the meal…

‘Fake’ iPhone charger cited in electrocution death probe | South China Morning Post

A woman killed by an electric shock while using her iPhone may have been using a non-Apple-made battery charger at the time of her death, Chinese state media reported.

The victim, 23-year-old Ma Ailun, had been using what appeared to be an unauthorised iPhone 4 charger, CCTV reported on Tuesday. According to Xiang Ligang, a telecommunications expert interviewed by CCTV, the charger Ma had been using may have been a “knockoff”‘ – a fake.

“Knockoff chargers sometimes cut corners,” Xiang said. “The quality of the capacitor and circuit protector may not be good, and this may lead to the capacitor breaking down and sending 220 volts of electricity directly into the cell phone battery.”

via ‘Fake’ iPhone charger cited in electrocution death probe | South China Morning Post.