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2010-04-29 06:25:00

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Wednesday that the dramatic die-off of honey bees around the world, threatening crops that rely on the insects for pollination, is not due to any one single factor. The OIE said that a host of issues are plaguing the honey bees - including parasites, viruses, bacterial infections, pesticides, and poor nutrition resulting from the impact of human activities on the environment. Bee colonies naturally lose about 5 percent of their populations...

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2010-01-08 07:15:00

A worldwide vaccination campaign has finally succeeded in ridding the globe of a disease that has been plaguing cattle for millennia, the world's paramount veterinary agency announced on Thursday. Rinderpest, or cattle plague, is a disease that can kill off entire herds of cattle and buffalo, resulting in severe economic problems and malnutrition in villages in poor countries, reported AFP. A rigorous effort to vaccinate animals against the virus that causes the disease is finally bearing...

2006-03-21 17:20:00

By Jim Loney ATLANTA -- Fewer than three dozen nations are capable of the early detection and quick response needed to contain rapidly spreading bird flu and other viruses that could threaten humans, a health official said on Tuesday. Combating the spread of the H5N1 avian influenza, which has killed 103 people worldwide since it reemerged in 2003, has become critical to governments across the globe because experts fear it could become a pandemic that could kill millions and cause...

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2005-11-08 06:25:00

By Patricia Reaney GENEVA -- Animal and public health experts firmed up plans at an international meeting on Tuesday to halt the spread of bird flu as the hardest-hit country, Vietnam, reported its 42nd death from the avian virus. Containing the H5N1 bird flu virus that has spread from Asia to Europe and threatens Africa and the Middle East is considered the best way to stop it turning into a human pandemic strain. Officials from more than 100 countries meeting at the World Health...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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