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2006-02-28 04:23:16

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam has called on the population to help fight a crippling mosquito-borne virus which has swept across several countries in the Indian Ocean region. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has been spreading through islands off the southeast coast of Africa since January, infecting more than 150,000 people in Reunion, Seychelles and Mauritius. Mauritius has 1,174 confirmed...

2006-02-26 06:43:55

By Bernard Grollier SAINT-DENIS-DE-LA-REUNION, France (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin promised La Reunion 76 million euros ($90 million) in aid on Sunday to tackle a crippling disease that has swept the Indian Ocean island and put him under political pressure. Villepin made the pledge at the start of a two-day visit to La Reunion which is intended to show solidarity with the distant French territory and shake off criticism that he has done too little to help...

2006-02-25 07:55:00

PARIS -- Doctors in mainland France have detected a mosquito-borne disease among people returning from the Indian Ocean region, where the virus is spreading rapidly, a senior health official said on Saturday. France's health minister has blamed "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, for directly or indirectly killing 77 people on the French island of La Reunion off the southeast coast of Africa. French health officials say 157,000 people have now been infected by...

2006-02-22 15:58:15

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man has been accidentally exposed to anthrax poisoning, most likely from handling infected animal skins, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Wednesday. There was no evidence of terrorism or criminal intent, the mayor said. He said the 44-year-old man was believed to have been infected by animal hides he brought back from Africa, and was hospitalized in Pennsylvania, where he became sick. "At this time we have every reason to believe that this infection is...

2006-02-02 12:43:53

By George Thande VICTORIA (Reuters) - Seychelles said on Thursday it had mobilised its army to control an incurable crippling mosquito-borne disease that has affected thousands of people on the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago. Over the last four weeks, 2,000 of the island's 80,000 people have been inflicted with "chikungunya" fever, named after a Swahili word meaning "that which bends up" and referring to the stooped posture of those afflicted. The disease, first recognised in...

2006-01-19 02:05:00

By Aseel Kami and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi justice ministry said on Thursday that U.S. forces would release six Iraqi women prisoners but that the move was not related to the demands of a militant group that kidnapped an American journalist. Al Jazeera television said on Tuesday that the kidnappers of Jill Carroll had threatened to kill her unless all Iraqi women detainees were freed. The U.S. military did not confirm the releases would take place. A spokesman said it could not...

2006-01-18 12:09:44

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - An outbreak of dengue fever in Brazil's tourist mecca of Rio de Janeiro has prompted the authorities to step up prevention measures, fearing a repeat of a 2002 epidemic that killed more than 100 people, officials said on Wednesday. "We have flare-ups in two districts. It needs to be blocked urgently, because without such control we have a risk of having an epidemic again in Rio," Aloisio Ribeiro, head of Rio state government's Epidemiology Vigilance...

2006-01-18 09:00:00

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD -- U.S. forces in Iraq said on Wednesday they were holding eight women prisoners, after the abductors of an American journalist threatened to kill her if the authorities did not free all Iraqi women within 72 hours. "We have eight females. They are being held for the same reasons as the others, namely that they are a threat to security," said Lieutenant Aaron Henninger, a spokesman for the U.S. military detentions operation. Some 14,000 men are held at Abu Ghraib and...

2005-12-19 17:12:42

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's weapons experts, known as "Dr Germ" and "Mrs. Anthrax," are being released by U.S. forces, an Iraqi lawyer said on Monday, and the U.S. military confirmed several "high-value detainees" were being freed. The U.S. State Department said Rihab Taha, who was dubbed Dr. Germ by the popular press in the West and admitted to producing germ warfare agents, was released because U.S. forces could not justify keeping her as a security...

2005-12-19 17:43:29

By Gideon Long and Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces in Iraq are freeing "Dr Germ and "Mrs. Anthrax," two of Saddam Hussein's leading biological warfare experts, following the failure to find weapons of mass destruction, lawyers said on Monday. Partial results from last week's parliamentary elections suggested that Shi'ite Islamists would hold on to their dominant position in Iraqi politics. And bomb attacks in three cities signaled an end to a lull in violence...


Latest Biological weapons Reference Libraries

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2011-04-15 15:02:18

Francisella tularensis is a pathogenic species of gram-negative bacteria and the causative agent of tularemia or rabbit fever. It is a facultative intracellular bacterium. It is classified as a Class A agent by the U.S. government due to its ease of spread by aerosol and its high virulence. In 1911 the species was found in ground squirrels in California. There are four subspecies that have been classified. Biovar tularensis is found mostly in North America. Biovar palearctica is found...

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2011-04-14 16:11:25

Burkholderia pseudomallei is a Gram-negative, bipolar, aerobic, motile rod-shaped bacterium. It causes the disease melioidosis in humans and animals and is also capable of infecting plants. The bacteria can from in a number of artificial environments. Optimal temperature is around 40°C in pH-neutral or slightly acidic environments. Most strains can ferment sugars without gas formation. The bacteria produces both exo and endo toxins although the role of these toxins has not been fully...

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2011-03-04 17:38:30

Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease with a 40 to 50 nm enveloped RNA virus with positive sense of the Flaviviridae family. It is transmitted by the bite of female mosquitoes and is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa, but not in Asia. Primates and a few kinds of mosquitoes are the only known hosts. The origin of the disease is most likely Africa. From there it was introduced to South America through the slave trade in the 16th century. There...

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2011-02-23 21:21:50

Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus is a mosquito-borne viral pathogen that causes Venezuelan equine encephalitis or encephalomyelitis (VEE). It can affect all equine species, such as horses, donkeys, and zebras. Equines may suddenly die or show progressive central nervous system disorders after infection. It is contractible by humans and will usually experience flu-like symptoms when infected. People with a weak immune system can become seriously ill or die. It is transmitted primarily...

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2011-02-23 20:38:02

Rinderpest (also cattle plague) is an infectious viral disease of cattle, domestic buffalo, and some species of wildlife. It is characterized by fever, oral erosions, diarrhea, lymphoid necrosis, and high mortality. The last confirmed case was in 2001. In 2011 it should be announced that a global eradication of rinderpest was complete. The term comes from the German language meaning cattle-plague. The rinderpest virus is closely related to measles and canine distemper viruses. It is a...

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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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