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    (CNN)At least 13 people who got tested at Amsterdam Schiphol airport after traveling from South Africa on Friday have tested positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant, Dutch health authorities said on Sunday.The Netherlands' National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said in a statement that the variant had been detected through the sequencing of the 61 positive Covid-19 results obtained by local health authorities at the airport on Friday.
    One of the most worrying elements about the new variant is its "constellation" of more than 30 new mutations, said Tulio de Oliveira of the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa. "We can see that the variant is potentially spreading very fast," de Oliveira added. "We do expect to start seeing pressure in the healthcare system in the next few days and weeks." "[The] very high number of mutations is a concern for predicted immune evasion and transmissibility," he explained. What has been the international reaction? News of the new variant has caught the attention of scientists and public health officials around the world. The British government on Thursday announced that it would be banning flights from South Africa and five other southern African countries effective Friday. Other European countries, such as the Netherlands, have followed suit. Video surfaced on social media Friday appearing to show travelers from South Africa being instructed not to exit their plane after landing in Amsterdam. NOW - Passengers from South Africa are currently...
    The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is no evidence a new sublineage of the highly contagious Delta variant is impacting the effectiveness of Covid vaccines or treatments. In a press briefing on Wednesday, Dr Rochelle Walensky addressed the AY.4.2 subvariant, which currently makes up nearly 10 percent of all infections in the UK. It is far less prevalent in the U.S. with just seven cases identified across four states and the District of Columbia.     'At this time, there is no evidence that the sublineage AY.4.2 impacts the effectiveness of our current vaccines or therapeutics,' Walensky said. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday (above) there is no evidence that the new Delta sublineage AY.4.2 is impairing the effectiveness of vaccines or treatments She added there have been no clusters identified in the U.S. with just seven cases detected in California, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington state and Washington, DC (above)  According to outbreak.info, AY.4.2, appears to have derived from the Delta AY.4 sub-variant, which itself comes from the original...
    THE "worst cold ever" is spreading across the UK - with Brits complaining they "can't shift" the bug. More and more people are being struck with the nasty illness, and taking days to recover. 1People are suffering with a nasty cold - as people all across the UK are taken downCredit: Getty - Contributor It seems to have started in the south a few weeks ago, with many people saying they feel dreadful and drained. And now news outlets in more northern spots are reporting it appears to have spread further, as cases increase. Dr Philippa Kaye, a London GP, confirmed numbers are higher than usual for this time of year all over the country. She told the BBC: "We've actually been seeing a rise in the number of coughs and colds and viral infections. "We are mixing in a way that we haven't been mixing over the past 18 months. "During those first lockdowns, we saw numbers of other [non-Covid] infections fall. We think that that was primarily due to the restrictions on meeting up." Most read in Health...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A warning for dog owners — canine influenza, or dog flu, has been spreading quickly across Los Angeles County. Whether it’s at a dog park or doggie daycare center, some dogs are getting loud and debilitating coughs. READ MORE: Housing Crisis: Newsom Signs Measures To Allow For More Duplexes, Apartments Near Transit There have been dozens of confirmed cases in Los Angeles County and hundreds more suspected cases. Dr. Julio Lopez with the Encino Veterinary Center said dogs get the flu just like people do, by interacting with other dogs in group and social settings along with indoor settings. READ MORE: Beach Erosion Suspends All Metrolink, Amtrak Service Between OC, San Diego Some basic symptoms of dog flu can include coughing and sneezing. other symptoms include extreme lethargy, not having enough energy and decreased appetite. If owners think their dogs are sick, Lopez suggests contacting your vet to alert them. “Depending on how the conversation goes, they may advise you to come into the practice,” he said. “Other times, if your dog is doing all right,...
    ALMOST two months on from Freedom Day and coronavirus cases are once again on the up. UK infections today grew by 37,622 as the number of patients admitted to hospital reached its highest level since February. 3Covid hospitalisations are at their highest since FebruaryCredit: EPA But while 1,063 Covid patients were admitted to hospital on Monday 6 - the highest the figure has been since Feb 24 - hospitalisations are still far lower than when the virus peaked. The UK has also dished out a stonking 48,370,340 first doses of the Covid vaccine, understood to protect against the bug's numerous variants. Government data up to September 1 shows there are 16 different Covid variants spreading across England - with the majority of these in the rest of the UK too. There is no evidence to suggest the Delta variant, the most common of the 16, makes vaccines less effective or causes more serious illness. Here is the full list of those being kept under closest watch and how many cases the UK has seen so far. ALPHA The...
    National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins said on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that raising concerns over COVID-19 cases among migrates at the U.S.-Mexico border is a “distraction.” In a video, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) said, “Whatever variance are around the world, they are coming across that southern border, so he’s not shutting down the virus. He’s helping to facilitate it in our country.” Anchor Chris Wallace said, “You talk about dealing with the science, dealing with facts, I’m going to ask you about that. Parts of Texas, the positivity rate for COVID among some of the illegal migrants coming across the border is over 10%. How responsible are they for spreading this wave of COVID that is sweeping the country right now?” Collins said, “It certainly a cause of concern. They have very significant masking requirements there, but it is certainly possible. But, you know, let nobody try to say that’s why the U.S. is in trouble. The rate of infection in Mexico is actually lower than it is right now in places like Texas...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Potential Tropical Storm 6 is in the northeastern Caribbean Sea and is likely to become a tropical storm on Tuesday. As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, the disturbance was 65 miles southwest of Guadeloupe. READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Office: State Education Board Could Withhold Salaries Of Superintendents, School Board Members Who Implement Mask Mandates The system is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph and this general motion is expected to continue during the next few days. (CBS4) On the forecast track, the disturbance is expected to pass near or over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late Tuesday and Tuesday night, and be near or over Hispaniola on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 35 mph with higher gusts. READ MORE: Tracking The Tropics: Heavy Rains, Gusty Winds From Potential Tropical Storm 6 Spreading Across Leeward Islands Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and the disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm Tuesday morning. Some weakening is likely while the system interacts with Hispaniola on Wednesday. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND...
    Enormous wildfires are burning across several Western states, but winds are carrying the smoke much further. The National Weather Service shared satellite images Tuesday showing smoke drifting southeast across New York and the tri-state area. The service said the smoke would filter the sunshine throughout the day — and some New Yorkers woke up to hazy skies and a bright orange sun. Apparently I can’t escape the climate beat. Woke up to wildfire smoke from thousands of miles away clogging New York skies and turning sun deep orange pic.twitter.com/4AVoX8lY2U— Brian Kahn (@blkahn) July 20, 2021 This phenomenon has happened before, when smoke from wildfires in the West spread all the way to Washington, D.C. in September 2020, causing the sky to look hazy and orange. In 2020, wildfires in Australia caused "unprecedented" conditions, NASA said. The space agency released satellite images that showed smoke from the fires moving around the globe. The smoke was expected to make at least one full circuit around the world, said Colin Seftor and Rob Gutro of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.  On Tuesday, the New York Department...
    An unknown infection that is blinding and killing songbirds in the US is spreading, officials warn. The disease—which causes swelling and crusting over of the eyes, as well as neurological impairments—was first reported in the greater Washington D.C., area in early May. Now, cases are being cited in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and as far west as Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.  Many of the birds have crusty, swollen eyeballs, according to a statement from the United States Geological Survey, 'accompanied by wobbly movements that suggest neurological issues.' The New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that most of the impaired birds are otherwise in good body condition, 'likely still being fed by their parents.'  At first, the USGS indicated the disease was confined to fledgling grackles and blue jays, two species commonly found in the mid-Atlantic region. The agency subsequently updated its report last week to add European starlings, American robins, northern cardinals, house sparrows, brown-headed cowbirds and other songbirds to the list.    Wildlife experts first started receiving reports of a mystery infection causing eye swelling and neurological...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hurricane Elsa’s rain, gusty winds spreading over the Windward Islands At 11 a.m., the center of the storm was located 5 miles north of St. Vincent. READ MORE: Fire Erupts In Mobile Home Near The Miami River Elsa was moving toward the west-northwest near 29 mph with sustained winds of 75 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. On the forecast track, Elsa will move away from the Windward Islands during the next several hours, move across the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday, and move near the southern coast of Hispaniola late Saturday or Saturday night. By Sunday, Elsa is forecast to move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba, and move near portions of central and western Cuba Sunday night and early Monday. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for: St. Vincent The Grenadines St. Lucia Southern portion of Haiti from Port Au Prince to the southern border with the Dominican Republic A Hurricane Watch is in effect for… Southern portion...
    WASHINGTON - The United States and its Western allies are being forced to confront a grim reality in Africa where years of work to blunt the spread of terrorism, whether inspired by al-Qaida, the Islamic State or local groups, has fallen short, and could soon be eclipsed by the need to focus on adversaries like China and Russia. "Despite all of our best efforts this terrorism continues to spread,” the commander of U.S. forces in Africa, General Stephen Townsend, told a virtual defense forum Tuesday. “The spread of terrorism has continued relatively unabated," Townsend added, noting the fate of future efforts could depend on the U.S. Defense Department’s ongoing force posture review, which will determine whether his command will get more troops or resources or be asked to find ways to do more with less. FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2017 file photo, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend takes a tour of an area north of Baghdad, Iraq. (U.S. Africa Command photo)This is not the first time Townsend has called attention to Washington’s struggles to prevent...
    filadendron/Getty Images The CDC says to test for RSV if a patient with a respiratory illness tests negative for COVID-19. There's been an uptick in RSV cases across the Southern states.  Toddlers and older infants are susceptible. Symptoms include sneezing and wheezing.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Cases of a respiratory virus are rising across the Southern US, and it's not COVID-19. RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) typically circulates in the fall and winter months, mainly affecting children. But rates plummeted in 2020 — likely because of COVID-19 mitigation strategies, such as social distancing, according to an advisory warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 10.  As the US opens up, rates of RSV are rising, and the CDC is recommending that clinicians should test for RSV if a patient with cold or flu-like symptoms tests negative for COVID-19. "The reason why it's spreading now is unclear, but likely relates to the reason we didn't see much RSV and influenza in the winter: masking, distancing and good handwashing," Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a pediatrician...
    By Maggie Fox, CNN (CNN) — A common cold virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is spreading across the South, causing an unusual wave of late spring disease, the US Centers for Disease Control and prevention said Thursday. The CDC issued a Health Advisory Network warning to doctors and other health care providers to be on alert for the virus, which can cause pneumonia, especially in very small children and babies. “Due to this increased activity, CDC encourages broader testing for RSV among patients presenting with acute respiratory illness who test negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC said in the alert. “RSV can be associated with severe disease in young children and older adults. This health advisory also serves as a reminder to healthcare personnel, childcare providers, and staff of long-term care facilities to avoid reporting to work while acutely ill — even if they test negative for SARS-CoV-2.” RSV is spread like most other respiratory diseases — by small droplets and on contaminated surfaces. “RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia...
    The pandemic is winding down. Get ready for California’s next crisis: A new drought. California is in the middle of its driest two-year period since 1976-77. The state’s newly emerging drought, which is already increasing the risk of wildfires this summer and beginning to strain water supplies, is part of a wider drought unfolding across the American West. After three wet or normal years in 2017, 2018 and 2019, conditions became dry last winter and worsened this winter. Large storms that the state counts to sweep across the Pacific Ocean and fill reservoirs didn’t arrive. They were mostly diverted north to Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon by high-pressure ridges. The result has been dramatic. On Oct. 1, 2019, only 2% of California was in a drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NOAA and the University of Nebraska. But now 100% of the state is in some level of drought, with 73% in extreme or exceptional drought. That’s the highest level since February 2015, when 77% of California...
    Loading the player... Fentanyl overdoses, including by people taking pills falsely sold to them as Xanax or Percocet, are spreading across Georgia. Officials say they have found clusters in the Savannah and Columbus areas after an initial set of cases was found mostly around Augusta. The suspected overdoses began in January. The state Public Health Department warned of the problem in April and urged people who notice unusual overdose activity or counterfeit pills to contact the Georgia Poison Center or the Public Health Department’s opioid unit. The Savannah Morning News reported that from Jan. 1 to April 19 in Chatham County, there were 336 suspected overdoses, compared to 368 in all of last year. There have been 20 deaths through April 19, compared to 44 last year. Read More: Columbia professor finds work-life balance through recreational drugs “I don’t think that there is any overwhelming demographic for drug use or overdose,” said Chatham Emergency Services CEO Chuck Kearns. “It attacks all. It’s nondiscriminatory.”  Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team Director Michael Sarhatt told the county commission recently that the agency has made...
     ABC’s "Good Morning America" fretted about individuals who traveled to see their mothers for Mother's Day, as it caused a "big spike" in air travel and is "shattering pandemic records," despite the continued dip in coronavirus cases.  "New concerns about people getting together in large gatherings and spreading the virus. Today's worry, of course, is Mother's Day," said co-anchor Dan Harris. "1.7 million travelers passing TSA Friday compared to 200,000 this time last year," noted correspondent Zoreen Shah, reporting in Los Angeles International Airport. "Here at L.A.X., some kids flying just to surprise mom." "Now, all of this coming as states are turning down thousands of vaccine doses, as demand plummets," Shah said. "Experts fearing that the places where the vaccinations are being turned down, that there could be an outbreak as variants spread." NBC'S CHUCK TODD FAILS TO ASK FAUCI ABOUT COVID ORIGINS AMID QUESTIONS ABOUT WUHAN LAB "Good Morning America" co-anchor Whit Johnson tried to continue the lecture, later asking guest NIH director Dr. Francis Collins how much it "concerns" him that people will be indulging in Mother's Day gatherings. "COVID anxiety is a network news staple," observed Newsbusters executive...
    (CNN) — A new, more contagious and potentially more deadly variant of the coronavirus is spreading across the US, and health officials are worried. The B.1.1.7 variant, first spotted in the UK, is not only more easily transmitted, but it also appears to be more deadly. Dr. Anthony Fauci warned about it Friday in a White House coronavirus update. READ MORE: No. 10 Maryland Beats No. 7 UConn, Will Face No. 2 Seed Alabama Next It was first spotted in Colorado at the end of December, said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to President Biden. “Since then it has been detected in 50 jurisdictions in the United States, and likely accounts now for about 20 to 30% of the infections in this country. And that number is growing,” Fauci said. “Of concern is that there are about 50% increase in transmission with this particular variant that has been documented in the UK and there’s likely an increase in severity of disease if infected with this variant,” he said....
    (CNN)A new, more contagious and potentially more deadly variant of the coronavirus is spreading across the US, and health officials are worried.The B.1.1.7 variant, first spotted in the UK, is not only more easily transmitted, but it also appears to be more deadly. Dr. Anthony Fauci warned about it Friday in a White House coronavirus update.It was first spotted in Colorado at the end of December, said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to President Biden."Since then it has been detected in 50 jurisdictions in the United States, and likely accounts now for about 20 to 30% of the infections in this country. And that number is growing," Fauci said."Of concern is that there are about 50% increase in transmission with this particular variant that has been documented in the UK and there's likely an increase in severity of disease if infected with this variant," he said.Read MoreFauci pointed to one study showing a 64% increased risk of death for people infected with B.1.1.7 compared to those infected with...
    (CNN)It's an exciting time for filmmakers and movie fans around the world: Academy Awards season is here. And with several African films up for official nominations, people across the continent will be paying close attention when those nominations are announced on Monday."My Octopus Teacher," a South African documentary about a man who formed an unlikely bond with an octopus, is on the shortlist for the Documentary Feature category, while "The Man Who Sold His Skin" -- a Tunisian film about a Syrian man whose body is used by an artist as a canvas -- is up for a nomination in the International Feature category. The South African documentary film "My Octopus Teacher" is on the shortlist for an Academy Award this year.As films from the continent continue to gain international recognition, Philippe Lacôte, Ivorian director of the 2020 film "Night of the Kings" (also on the shortlist for an International Feature Oscar nomination) says it is important for Africans to create movies that include their vision of the world.His film explores themes across the physical world and the mythical one....
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Arid conditions are spreading across Alabama because of a lack of rain, and much of the state's acreage is now abnormally dry, a federal assessment showed Thursday. More than half the state's 67 counties lie within an area stretching from the southwest to the northeast that is drying out, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and a moderate drought has developed in a rural area of southwestern Alabama with about 85,000 residents. About 37% of the state's land mass is too dry, the assessment showed, compared to less than 8% at the same time last year. While Alabama is the driest among states in the Deep South, conditions are far worse in the Southwest, where an exceptional drought covers much of the region. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Alabama, Associated PressRelated ArticlesBest States5 Facts From the Best States RankingsBest StatesPandemic Is States’ Most Pressing IssueBest StatesThe 10 Richest StatesBest StatesIdaho’s Economy Gets High MarksBest States10 Best States to Find a JobBest StatesMost Dangerous...
    BRITS are being warned about deadly fake toxic Covid vaccines spreading across Europe as sick criminals seek to cash in. The chilling message comes after authorities in China busted a 70 strong gang involved in a multi-million pound scam that shipped fake jabs abroad. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4A dark web advert for fake vaccines found by Europol 4Chinese cops busting the fake jabs gangCredit: cctv13 The gang - led by a criminal identified as Kong - made a profit of £2million by selling 58,000 of the vaccines. International crime fighting organisations Europol and Interpol are both warning about the spread of fake Covid vaccines. Europol said the fake vaccines are “a significant public health threat if they are ineffective at best or toxic at worst, given their production in underground labs without hygiene standards”. A spokeswoman told The Sun Online said fake vaccines are now appearing more frequently for sale online. “Given than criminals operate online across borders it’s going to be inevitable that these products will be circulating for sale...
    A coronavirus strain first detected in Los Angeles, Calif. appears to be blanketing the U.S., though scientists are still studying the variant’s degree of transmissibility and virulence.  A team of researchers from Cedars-Sinai say the variant, called CAL.20C, was first discovered in July before it began rapidly circulating in November and December. Findings were published in a JAMA Network research letter on Thursday, drawing on 185 analyzed samples from a total of 2,311. The team identified the variant in 36% of the 185 samples.  "Since then, this variant’s prevalence has increased in California state and Southern California, where on January 22, 2021, it accounted for 35% (86 of 247) and 44% (37 of 85) of all samples collected in January, respectively," a research letter reads. LA SHUTTING DOWN COVID-19 VACCINATION SITES AMID STRIPPED SUPPLY This variant has also been found in 26 states, Washington D.C., and six countries, study authors say. "The strain now accounts for nearly half of current COVID-19 cases in Southern California -- nearly double the percentage in the region compared to just a month ago, according to the...
    Cases of the 'super COVID' variant that originated in the UK are spreading rapidly across the United States, a new study published on Sunday claims.    Researchers estimate that the variant, known as B 1.1.7., is between 35 percent and 45 percent more transmissible than strains seen earlier on in the pandemic. Because of its more contagious nature, infections of the variant in the U.S. appear to be doubling about every 10 days.  The study appears to back a forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which predicted the variant would become the dominant variant in the nation by March. Currently, there are at least 700 confirmed cases of the variant in the U.S., according to a DailyMail.com analysis of state and federal data.   Experts are also warning that the increased transmission rate of B 1.1.7. makes a spring surge inevitable and increase the urgency of getting as many Americans vaccinated as quickly as possible.   There are at least 700 cases of the UK variant known as B 1.1.7. in the U.S., a DailyMail.com analysis of state...
    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough blamed Facebook for spreading lies about everything from the pandemic to politics, calling the social media giant “a malignant force across the globe.” Scarborough devoted an entire segment of Friday’s “Morning Joe” to a rant calling for regulation that would break up Facebook’s monopoly and stop the dissemination of the type of disinformation that he said led to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. (RELATED: ‘Beyond Grotesque’: Joe Scarborough Flames Fox News Over Newt Gingrich Claim That Democrats Want To ‘Exterminate’ Republicans) WATCH: Scarborough began by saying that Facebook’s algorithms were designed to cater to extreme views and to push people toward radicalization rather than away from it. Calling for Facebook to be regulated and broken apart, Scarborough continued, “Facebook is a monopoly. It controls over 50 percent of news gathering, and they are reckless as hell! There is no accountability! And they are destroying not just American democracy, they’re destroying democracy across the globe. They are actually working with tyrannical governments to help chase out freedom fighters in certain countries. They are a...
    Facebook has long been a favorite target on Morning Joe. And now, Joe Scarborough is amping up the pressure on the social media giant in a big way. In an utterly brutal eight-minute tirade Friday on Morning Joe, the MSNBC host laced into Facebook over rapidly spreading conspiracies on their platform — accusing the company of having “set up algorithms that radicalize people.” Scarborough further called for the company to be split up. “No more socialism for [Mark] Zuckerberg,” Scarborough said. “No more protection for Facebook. They need to be thrown into the free market system. They’re a monopoly, they need to be broken up.” He added, “Facebook is a monopoly. It controls over 50 percent of news gathering, and they are reckless as hell! There is no accountability! And they are destroying not just American democracy, they’re destroying democracy across the globe. They are actually working with tyrannical governments to help chase out freedom fighters in certain countries. They are a malignant force across the globe!” Scarborough raised the temperature even higher by assigning the company significant blame for...
    A 40-year-old Texas woman has died from the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19.  Felicia Parker passed away at a Houston hospital on Saturday, five days after she was admitted to the facility because she was having trouble breathing.  Subsequent testing confirmed that Parker had contracted the UK variant of the coronavirus, known as B 1.1.7 and dubbed 'Super COVID' because it is feared to be up to 70 percent more transmissible.  Relatives say they have no idea how Parker contracted that particular strain of the disease.  So far, 82 'Super COVID' infections have been detected in 10 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. While the strain is more transmissible, doctors say it is not more deadly.  Felicia Parker, 40, passed away at a Houston hospital on Saturday after testing positive to the highly-infectious UK stain of COVID-19  Relative Romeka James told news network KTRK that Parker first fell ill over the holidays.  The mom-of-two had recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.  'This is serious. 'This is not just another person....
    Black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) carrying Lyme Disease may soon broaden their territory across the Midwest, new research suggests. For the study, published in the journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B.,” researchers using 65 peer-reviewed articles traced the black-legged ticks’ spread since the 1960s when the blood-sucking arachnid was first identified in Wisconsin and Minnesota. (RELATED: Lone Star Ticks Are Causing This Weird Meat Allergy) A new model built by #ILLINOIS entomology professor Brian Allan and U. of Maine professor Allison Gardner accurately predicts where black-legged ticks and Lyme disease will appear next in the Midwest. https://t.co/GmzjKRRtdd pic.twitter.com/aqzfKNqcxQ — U of I News Bureau (@NewsAtIllinois) December 23, 2020 After examining the spread patterns, they concluded that the ticks demonstrated proof of spreading in all directions in the Midwest. According to a model that the researchers developed, the Lyme disease-carrying ticks are projected to infest 42 additional Midwestern counties in 2021.  The scientists reportedly built their model using county-level data on ticks and Lyme disease occurrence, regional environmental data, notably the number of rivers and forest cover in various counties, Centers for Disease Control and...
    A NEW strain of Covid-19 is spreading across the UK, the Health Secretary has revealed. Matt Hancock gave the shock announcement in the Commons this afternoon, as he confirmed London would be moving into Tier 3. 2A new strain of Covid-19 is spreading across the UK, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced today Credit: PA:Press Association He said scientists have identified a new variant of coronavirus which may be responsible for the “faster spread” in South East England. At least 1,000 cases of the coronavirus have been caused by this strain, mostly in the South of England. It was first identified in Kent last week during routine surveillance by Public Health England (PHE), with ministers told about it on Friday, Sky News reported. Kent is currently fighting an uphill battle with the disease, and has some of the highest Covid cases in the UK despite the toughest restrictions being in place since December 2. The numbers of cases linked with the latest mutation are growing "rapidly", Mr Hancock said, as he urged everyone to stick to the Covid restrictions....
    An unprepared China downplayed the spread of coronavirus in February, keeping secret thousands of confirmed daily cases just as the pandemic spread rapidly across the world, newly revealed documents show. Coronavirus test results took an average of over 23 days, and a previously undisclosed influenza outbreak wracked the future epicenter of the pandemic in December, according to classified documents from the Hubei Province Center for Disease Control and Prevention that were leaked to CNN.    China's government has maintained that it has been transparent in its public statements about coronavirus, which was first identified in the Hubei Province city of Wuhan late last year. Chinese officials reported 2,478 coronavirus cases on a single day in February, while officials in Hubei - home to Wuhan - had a confidential list of 5,918 new cases from that day. Medical staff members walk at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25 Chinese President Xi Jinping, leader of the Communist Party, faced a crisis of legitimacy as the novel coronavirus spread in early 2020. While he moved aggressively to lock...
    A German official said Tuesday that he has observed anti-Semitism growing among anti-lockdown protesters across the political spectrum, the Associated Press reported. Felix Klein, who leads the German government’s efforts to combat anti-Semitism, said that anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have proliferated in Germany during the pandemic and that those spreading the bigotry range from alternative healing advocates to peace campaigners and the far-right. (RELATED: Man Reportedly Attacks Jewish Student With Shovel As He Enters Synagogue In Germany) Protesters have pushed common anti-Semitic tropes in response to the pandemic by claiming that it was being used to control and oppress the population. Protesters have also reportedly compared their circumstances to persecution, especially the persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany, by wearing yellow stars that appear nearly identical to the ones Jewish people were forced to wear during the Holocaust.  LEIPZIG, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 21: People are protesting prior a rally against coronavirus lockdown measures during the second wave of the pandemic on November 21, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images) Anti-lockdown protesters have also carried signs that referenced...
    THE slaughter of mink with coronavirus is continuing after the disease was discovered in the animals in Greece. Shocking pictures show mink being buried amid fears a mutant strain found in them could return to humans and undermine the effectiveness of vaccines. 3Mink that tested positive for Covid being buried in GreeceCredit: EPA The slaughter began in Denmark when it was reported that 11 people had become ill after being infected by the mutated version of the coronavirus. The country began killing farmed minks in the north of the country and plans to cull 17 million in all. But it had not registered any new infected humans with the so-called Cluster-5 mutated coronavirus strain stemming from mink, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said. In Greece, the culling began after some of the animals tested positive for the coronavirus at a farm near the village of Kaloneri. The strain found in the mink had not mutated from that found in humans, said an agriculture ministry official. More than 2,000 minks are to be culled after some of the animals tested positive for...
    MINNESPOLIS (AP) — COVID-19 is sweeping across Minnesota at an unprecedented pace, breaking records for new cases and daily deaths and raising concerns over the ability of hospitals to keep up. The Star Tribune reports Saturday’s tally of 4,647 new cases — a figure that would have easily set a record during the first eight months of the pandemic — wasn’t even close to the biggest single-day count of the past week. For the seven-day period ending Saturday, Minnesota reported more than 25,000 new COVID-19 cases, or more than 10% of the state’s cases since March. The Minnesota Department of Health reported another 34 deaths on Saturday, bringing the week’s total to 168, the second highest one-week count since the start of the pandemic. Hospitals, meanwhile, are scrambling to treat more COVID-19 patients even as the virus threatens to sideline more health care workers. With the Upper Midwest leading the way, the U.S. for the first time last week passed the grim landmark of 100,000 new cases per day. North Dakota and South Dakota once again led the nation Saturday...
    A waiter sweeps the street of a tapas bar area near Elvira street on October 24, 2020 in Granada, Spain.Carlos Gil Andreu | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — A variant of the coronavirus that is believed to have originated in Spain has spread across Europe and now accounts for most of the new cases reported in several countries in the region, according to the findings of a new study. The research, which is due to published on Thursday and has not been peer reviewed, details how an international team of scientists has closely monitored the coronavirus through its genetic mutations. Each variant of the coronavirus has its own genetic signature, meaning it can be traced back to the place it first emerged. It says a new variant of the disease, identified as 20A.EU1 by researchers from Switzerland and Spain, was first observed in Spain in June. The new variant has been recorded in Spain at frequencies of above 40% since July, the study said. Elsewhere, the new variant of the coronavirus has increased from "very low" values...
    Monday, MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski slammed President Donald Trump for continuing to hold “superspreader events” as he campaigns for reelection. Brzezinski claimed the virus is “spreading more rapidly” because of Trump. She added that Trump is leaving “a trail of germs that’s spreading across the country.” “As you are going out to vote, especially if you are a senior, just read in any newspaper. I just grabbed this from ‘USA Today’ on Friday: the president has participated in nearly three dozen rallies since mid-August, all but two at airport hangars. A USA Today analysis shows COVID-19 cases grew at a faster rate than before — at least five of those rallies — in the following counties, and it lists the counties, including a Wisconsin County. This is crazy,” Brzezinski argued. “He is holding superspreader events. The virus is spreading more rapidly because of him. He’s got a trail of germs that he’s spreading across the country in the final days of his campaign. It’s incredible to me the people that choose to believe him at this...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new round of election stress disorder is spreading across the U.S., according to experts. They say the tension is even worse this time because of the coronavirus pandemic. Stress levels have been sky-high for months now. We’ve been dealing with the coronavirus since March and tensions have escalated the last few weeks before the election. Marsha Palanci says she’s been feeling election anxiety. “I was keeping pretty zen about the whole situation, until I watched the debates, and then that went out the window and I have been incredibly stressed,” Palanci said. “I’m getting a lot of emergency calls of resentment or anger,” therapist Dr. Steven Stosny said. Stosny says stress over the election is causing many Americans to fight with their spouses, friends and co-workers. During the 2016 election, he coined a term for it: election stress disorder. And he says, this year, the anxiety is even worse. “Anxiety makes you feel powerless, and resentment and anger makes you feel temporarily more empowered,” Stosny said. Stosny says we often turn that resentment and anger on...
    By Stephen Lam ST. HELENA, Calif. (Reuters) - A wind-driven wildfire erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California's Napa Valley wine country and spread across more than 1,000 acres (404 hectares), forcing the evacuation of several communities and a hospital, authorities said. The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out east of Calistoga, about 75 miles (120 km) north of San Francisco, and raced toward the adjacent towns of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames advancing to within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital. All 55 patients who were at the hospital at the time were safely evacuated by ambulance and helicopter over the course of five hours, beginning around 7 a.m. in the morning, hospital spokeswoman Linda Williams told Reuters. "We had ambulances lined up from all over the Bay area," she said, adding that while the facility was surrounded by smoke, the skies over the hospital itself remained clear enough for helicopters to land and take off with patients who needed to be evacuated by air. She said it was the second...
    DONALD Trump has told black voters that Black Lives Matter was “destroying many lives” because it “spread violence across the US’. The Republican President, 74, blasted the BLM movement during a speech at an event called “Black Economic Empowerment” where he set out his “platinum plan” for Black voters. 5Donald Trump made the comments at a 'Black Economic Empowerment' eventCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5There have been a number of Black Lives Matter protests across the country in the past few daysCredit: The Mega Agency Taking up the issue of the recent high-profile deaths of several Black Americans, such a Breonna Taylor, at the hands of the police, Mr Trump said: “Many of those who are spreading violence in our cities are supporters of an organization called Black Lives Matter or BLM. “It’s really hurting the Black community. This is an unusual name for an organization whose ideology and tactics are right now destroying many Black lives.” Attendees could then be heard booing. Mr Trump’s comments came after he described his opponent in the race for the White House Joe...
    LONDON (Reuters) - COVID-19 is spreading widely across all age groups in England and there are increased hospital and intensive care admissions, particularly among older people, a top health official said on Friday. "We’re seeing clear signs this virus is now spreading widely across all age groups and I am particularly worried by the increase in rates of admission to hospital and intensive care among older people," said Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England. "This could be a warning of far worse things to come," she said. "Our monitoring also suggests we’re seeing a spike in other viruses that cause the common cold." (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Thousands of tiny, parasitic wasps were released across Southern California this week – but officials say they are beneficial bugs that will reduce a pest spreading a disease that’s killing the region’s citrus trees. (credit: UC Riverside) The tiny wasp, Tamarixia radiata, is stingless and is no bigger than the period at the end of a sentence. They are being released in neighborhoods across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties this week to reduce the populations of Asian citrus psyllid, the pest carrying Huanglongbing, according to the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture. (credit: UC Division Of Agriculture and Natural Resources) Trees with Huanglongbing, also known as HLB, have been found more than 2,000 residential citrus trees in northern Orange County cities, Long Beach, eastern Los Angeles County, and Riverside County, according to UC Riverside’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The disease has not been detected in Ventura County, but several Asian citrus psyllid, also known as ACP, have been collected there. Officials say the wasps, which are a natural predator of ACP, were...
    Think you live in a place that's free from disease-carrying ticks? Don't be so sure. Citizen scientists found ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in dozens of places across the United States where the pests had never previously been recorded, a new study reports. All told, disease-carrying ticks were detected in 83 counties where they'd never been found before across 24 states. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The numbers reflect a rise in tick populations across the country, said study author Nate Nieto. He's an associate professor with Northern Arizona University's department of biological sciences. "People should be aware of ticks and tick-borne disease, even when they may think there's not a recorded incidence of a tick in a county," Nieto said. "These things, they're not obeying borders. They're going by biology. If they get moved there by a deer or bird or people or pets, they're going to establish themselves and start growing." Study confirms this method of repelling ticks really does work The massive nationwide study also provides evidence that...
    (CNN)Firefighters across three states are battling wildfires that have destroyed more than 60,000 acres in the US West.In the rugged hills near California's Lake Hughes in Los Angeles County, the Lake Fire has grown to 10,000 acres and is 0% contained as of Wednesday evening. The fire was first reported at 3:40 p.m. and is spreading at a very rapid rate, according to fire officials.Several structures are threatened and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has set up an evacuation center at a local high school. More than 400 firefighters have been assigned to control the blaze."This robust number of resources will be placed strategically to protect homes that may come under fire threat," the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.Temperatures in the area are in the 90s with humidity in the teens, according to the National Weather Service forecast office in Oxnard.Read MoreA plume of smoke from the Lake Fire is seen from Los Angeles, nearly 60 miles away.In neighboring Oregon, the Mosier Creek Fire has prompted evacuations in Wasco County. Several large air tankers are on the way...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle,” Vice President Mike Pence stated that “absentee balloting is perfectly acceptable.” Because people have to apply for absentee ballots and signatures are checked, but “universal, mail-in voting, where you’re going to see literally ballots showered all across the state” is “ripe for fraud.” Pence stated, “Look, the right to vote, the one person, one vote right is at the very center of our democracy, and the president’s made it very clear that we’re not going to stand idly by while you see Democrat states and Democrat governors use the backdrop of the coronavirus to send millions of ballots all across their states and all across this country. Let’s be clear though, Laura, absentee balloting is perfectly acceptable. You have to apply for an absentee ballot, signatures are checked, it’s confirmed, it has a long tradition, and we want to encourage any American that is not able to go to the polling place for any reason to apply for an absentee ballot today. But this universal, mail-in voting, where you’re going...
    Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said the US is in a “new phase” of the pandemic – with the outbreak more widespread than when it first swept across the US, according to a report. “What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas,” Birx said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” She urged Americans to follow public health recommendations, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. “To everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus,” Birx said. “If you’re in multi-generational households, and there’s an outbreak in your rural area or in your city, you need to really consider wearing a mask at home, assuming that you’re positive, if you have individuals in your households with comorbidities.” She added: “This epidemic right now is different and it’s more widespread and it’s both rural and urban.” The US has surpassed 4.6 million confirmed cases of the illness, with more than 154,000 deaths,...
    CNN’s Dana Bash confronted Dr. Deborah Birx on State of the Union Sunday about the serious rise in coronavirus cases across the United States in the past month. “America is not even close to controlling this like other places,” Bash said. “So Dr. Birx, why has the U.S. failed so badly at this?” Birx said talked about how the virus has spread from back in March when there was an “eruption” of cases in cities to after Memorial Day when “we saw this explosion across the south and the west.” “So, Dr. Birx, you’re explaining what happened. The question that everybody out there has is why?” Bash followed up. “Why did this happen? Why was the government particularly — I mean, you’re the coordinator for the federal response. Why weren’t you able to stop this from spreading and continuing to spread uncontrollably as it is now?” Birx talked about what she’s seen across America and said, “As I traveled around the country, I saw all of America moving and I think it’s our job as public health officials to...
    Coronavirus cases continue to rise in California, breaking new records for hospitalizations, new cases, and deaths. The spread of the virus is accelerating, but worsening outbreaks are concentrated in some parts of the state. To see where the virus is spreading, we calculated the rate of new cases in each county, the number of cases reported in the previous 14 days per 10,000 residents, then mapped that data over time. The animated map shows how — and when — the coronavirus spread around California from April 1 through July 9. In early April, the virus was most prevalent in Bay Area and Southern California counties, then became more concentrated in Los Angeles and Imperial counties toward the end of the month, spurred by widespread community transmission. In May, the virus spread farther into the state, as large outbreaks at prisons caused spikes in Santa Barbara and Kings County. In June the virus took a stronger hold in many parts of Southern California and the Central Valley, and in late June and early July the virus has been spreading quickly nearly...
    Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, listens for the duration of a Senate Overall health, Training, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on June 30. Al Drago/Pool/Getty Visuals The United States’ major infectious ailment qualified, Dr. Anthony Fauci, stated White House coronavirus undertaking power chief Vice President Mike Pence is performing “a extremely very good career.” Fauci and process drive coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx routinely audio the alarm about the pandemic at briefings or in interviews, whilst Pence has touted what a great career the Trump administration is executing. “He is attempting in his purpose as the vice president to genuinely, in a particular perception, also issue out some of the matters that are going properly,” Fauci told the Wall Road Journal in a podcast Wednesday.  “So, he is a human being who’s an optimistic person and he is carrying out a pretty good job as the chief of the task pressure, I must say. “I look at the info, I review the info and I give my ideal belief based on the...
    Len Bias: The saddest what-if in sports history? How the name Karen became a stand-in for problematic white women Dollar General is cheap, popular and spreading across America. Its also a robbery magnet, police say Full screen 1/8 SLIDES © Maddie McGarvey for CNN Dave Dukes stands in his lawyer's office in Dayton, Ohio in March. Dukes was a Dollar General clerk who shot and killed a man during an armed robbery. It was the fourth robbery he had witnessed on the job. 2/8 SLIDES © Maddie McGarvey for CNN The Dayton Police Department says in 2017 it recommended Dollar General keep its windows clear as a security precaution. This store on Dayton's Salem Avenue, which was the site of four robberies between 2018 and 2020, had its windows covered as of March 2020. 3/8 SLIDES © Maddie McGarvey for CNN Lieutenant Jason Hall, photographed in March, says the Dayton Police Department repeatedly made security recommendations to dollar stores in the area...
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