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2008-10-13 09:00:09

Infectious diseases claim 949 lives in China in September BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua)-- China's Ministry of Health on Friday reported 949 deaths from infectious diseases nationwide last month, including a Tibetan couple killed by plague. The figure was slightly down from 1,023 in August, and no serious outbreak was reported in areas hit by the May 12 earthquake, the ministry said. In September, more than 340,000 cases of A and B class infectious diseases occurred and claimed 939 lives....

2008-09-03 15:00:22

By CHET BROKAW INTERIOR, S.D. -- On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the country's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets. The deadly disease sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the area's 290...

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2008-09-03 11:10:00

Scientists announced on Wednesday that previously unexplainable outbreaks of plague in the U.S. may be linked to climate change in the Pacific Ocean. Scientists from Norway, The US and Sweden found that the number of infections in the US seemed to shift along with changing climate conditions known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). The outbreaks seemed to occur during times of warm, wet conditions, authors wrote in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. The so-called "Black Death"...

2008-09-01 00:01:35

By The Associated Press INTERIOR, S.D. (AP) - On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the nation's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets. The deadly sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the area's...

2008-08-31 12:05:00

By Chet Brokaw Associated Press INTERIOR, S.D. -- On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the nation's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets. The deadly disease sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the...

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2008-07-17 10:05:00

Endangered black-footed ferrets, like children, aren't exactly lining up to be stuck with a vaccine, but in an effort to help control an extensive outbreak of plague in South Dakota, some of the ferrets are getting dosed with a vaccine given by biologists. This is the first time the vaccine has been used during a major plague epizootic "” an animal version of a human epidemic. Sylvatic plague is an infectious bacterial disease usually transmitted from animal to animal by fleas. This...

2008-07-16 09:00:44

By Jim Robbins A colony that contains nearly half of the black-footed ferrets in the United States and that biologists say is critical to the long- term health of the species has been struck by plague, which may have killed a third of the 300 animals. A much-publicized endangered species in the 1970s that had dwindled to 18 animals, the black-footed ferret had struggled to make a comeback and had been doing relatively well for decades. But plague, always a threat to the ferrets and their...

2008-07-15 09:00:44

By Michelle Dynes By Michelle Dynes mdynes@wyomingnews.com CHEYENNE - Plague is threatening black-footed ferrets in South Dakota and putting local biologists on alert for signs of the disease in Wyoming. About 10,000 acres of prairie dog colonies have been infected in South Dakota's Conata Basin, tainting the endangered ferrets' favorite meal, said Martin Grenier, non-game mammal biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. It's still too early to calculate the impacts to...

2008-07-03 06:00:23

By Shawna Morrison shawna.morrison@roanoke.com 381-1665 It's taken three weeks, three treatments and the removal of a hidden animal carcass, but the fleas are almost gone from the Pulaski County Courthouse. Employees there began complaining in early June that the tiny critters were all over the place, Assistant County Administrator Robert Hiss said. "They just called it the way it was," he said. "They said, 'We have fleas.' " The pests were biting employees and visitors, he said, to the...

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2008-05-22 00:10:00

In the wake of treacherous earthquakes throughout China, more than 5,000 health workers are now faced with the task of protecting survivors from the threat of diseases.A sports stadium in Mianyang has become a shelter for more than 20,000 earthquake survivors. Refugees in the stadium are from Beichuan, a town that was almost destroyed by the 7.9 magnitude quake which struck southwest China just ten days ago. Residents were moved into the stadium two days after the quake, due to fears that a...