​Hawaii dengue fever case count reaches 15 – Pacific Business News

Hawaii officials are urging the community to work collectively to prevent the spread of dengue fever, as the case count rose to 15 on the Big Island as of Wednesday afternoon.State vector control experts are on ground on the Big Island to conduct mosquito abatement, but stopping the virus will take community involvement, Hawaii State Epidemiologist and Chief of the Disease Outbreak Control Division Sarah Park told PBN.

Source: Hawaii dengue fever case count reaches 15 – Pacific Business News

France now more repressive of boycott calls than Israel | The Electronic Intifada

On 20 October, France’s highest court of criminal appeals upheld the conviction of a dozen Palestine solidarity activists for publicly calling for the boycott of Israeli goods.The ruling by the Court of Cassation adds to growing concerns about the harsh crackdown on free speech, backed by French President François Hollande, since the murders of journalists at the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in January.It also makes France, along with Israel, the only country to penalize appeals not to buy Israeli goods.But the French law, which includes criminal penalties, is arguably harsher than Israel’s which allows boycott supporters to be pursued for financial damages, but not jailed.

Source: France now more repressive of boycott calls than Israel | The Electronic Intifada

California man has tapeworm removed from his brain in life-saving surgery

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Luís Ortíz, 26, became disoriented and started vomiting, and doctors found the larva embedded in a cyst that was stemming the flow of water to his brain

When the headaches first started in late August, Luís Ortíz tried to ignore them.

But after a day spent skateboarding in early September, the 26-year-old university student found the pain had become too much to bear.

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NorCal Man’s Headache Was Actually Worm Eggs In His Brain: SFist

Well, here’s nightmare fodder for pretty much ever. Sacramento State senior Luis Ortiz just thought he had an awful headache, but when he sought medical attention, he learned that things were much, much worse. Wormy worse.According to CBS5, the Napa man was rushed to the hospital after the pain in his head worsened. Once he was there, doctors made a gruesome discovery: Ortiz had a tapeworm in his head. It laid eggs. And those eggs caused a cyst that was preventing blood from circulating, which doctors say means he would have died in the next 30 minutes without medical attention.

Source: NorCal Man’s Headache Was Actually Worm Eggs In His Brain: SFist