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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 »

Experimental Chikungunya Vaccine Shows Promise

(Global Biodefense) An experimental vaccine to prevent the mosquito-borne viral illness chikungunya elicited neutralizing antibodies in all 25 adult volunteers who participated in a recent early-stage clinical trial conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. 

U.S. Completes Destruction of Sarin Precursors from Syria on the Cape Ray

(Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) All 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas that were removed from the Syrian Arab Republic and trans-loaded onto the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray in early July, have been destroyed with neutralisation technology aboard the ship while sailing in international waters  Read More »