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Airlines Urged to Keep Flying in West Africa Amid Ebola Outbreak

(Bloomberg Businessweek) The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reached crisis proportions but poses no particular risk to air travelers, according to health officials and airlines—and air service should continue to serve affected areas to help combat the disease. That’s the message the International Air Transport Association, a trade group for global  Read More »

Hundreds of bioterror lab mishaps cloaked in secrecy

(USA Today) More than 1,100 laboratory incidents involving bacteria, viruses and toxins that pose significant or bioterror risks to people and agriculture were reported to federal regulators during 2008 through 2012, government reports obtained by USA TODAY show. More than half these incidents were serious enough that lab workers received medical  Read More »

Olive oil prices under threat from bacteria hitting trees in Italy

(The Daily Mail) A hostile bacteria, seen in Europe for the first time, is destroying centuries-old olive trees and threatening supplies of Italian oil. The microbe, first identified in the Americas, has now infected 800,000 trees in Salento, the southern half of Puglia, the heel of Italy. Puglia produces about 11million tonnes of olives  Read More »

Anthrax scare in Durban, 15 treated

(Independent Online) Fifteen people, including five police officers, were treated in hospital on Wednesday for possible anthrax contamination after coming into contact with an envelope containing suspicious white powder. The envelope, received by an unidentified business on Che Guevara (Moore) Road around midday, contained an ominous warning, according to a source:  Read More »

Ebola Clinic Is Looted In Liberian Capital’s Largest Slum

(The World Post) Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including blood-stained sheets and mattresses. The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were  Read More »