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Locust Plague Devouring Madagascar, $41M Needed To Combat Infestation
2013-03-28 08:11:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A plague has gripped Madagascar and a UN body says the country will need $41 million over three years to help fight off the infestation that has gripped more than half of the world´s fourth-largest island. The plague comes in the form of locusts, a term generally referring to the swarming phase of several species of short-horned grasshoppers. This plague has been increasingly threatening Madagascar´s crop production and...

UK Railway Project Unearths Possible Black Death Plague Graves
2013-03-17 08:54:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online More than a dozen bodies believed to be those of plague victims have been unearthed by excavation workers working on the construction of a new railroad in the UK, various media outlets reported late last week. According to Joe Shute of The Telegraph, engineers working on the $22 billion Crossrail project uncovered a total of 14 bodies in a previously undiscovered Black Death plague pit located at Charterhouse Square in...

2013-03-16 23:02:52

Fleas and ticks are troublesome for pet owners. Assisi wants to help educate the public on prevention and treatment of these insects during the month of March. Malverne, NY (PRWEB) March 16, 2013 Fleas are small, biting, jumping insects that live in the fur of many different animals. Fleas are common and can cause many health problems for pets and their owners. Throughout the month of March, Assisi Veterinary Hospital is helping to educate their patients´ owners on proper treatment and...

Bubonic Plague Caught Just In Time, Young Girl Survives Ordeal
2012-09-06 10:50:22

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A seven-year-old girl from Pagosa Springs, Colorado has survived the bubonic plague after a two week fight at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke´s. The is the first confirmed case in the state of Colorado in more than six years. The girl picked up the infection during a picnic at a Colorado campground when she asked her parents to give a half-eaten squirrel carcass a proper burial. Apparently fleas...

US Health Officials Warn International Community Over Hantavirus Outbreak
2012-09-05 11:24:55

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A week after Yosemite National Park officials reported two cases of deaths caused from contact with feces and urine from Hantavirus-infected rodents, US health officials jumped onboard to alert the international community. The US Department of Health and Human Services is notifying 39 countries that any of their citizens that may have stayed in Yosemite´s Curry Village tent cabins, or anywhere else within the park this...

Prehistoric Flea-Like Insects Were A Mean Bunch
2012-05-02 07:09:47

Illustration by Wang Cheng, Oregon State University --- Massive flea-like insect fossils discovered by Chinese scientists are believed to be the oldest of their kind, and may have feasted on dinosaurs some 165 million years ago, according to zoologists who analyzed the creatures. The fossils were discovered in Inner Mongolia by a group of Chinese scientists, and recently announced in the journal Current Biology. The blood-sucking pests, which are similar to fleas, are more likely...

FDA Approval Gives Us A Chance To Fight Bioterrorism, Plague
2012-04-30 12:33:18

The FDA has announced its approval of the antibacterial agent levofloxacin, or “Levaquin,” to treat and prevent the plague. Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Levaquin was approved under the FDA´s Animal Efficacy rule which allows results from animal testing to be studied if such tests on humans aren´t ethical or feasible. Why prevent the plague, and why now? Also known as Yersinia pestis, the plague is considered to be a bioterrorism threat. As such, the US...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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