RedskyNews Category: Diseases & Mutations

Killer Melons Claim More Victims


Rockmelons grown in the US state of Colorado have been linked to an outbreak of listeria monocytogenes that has killed 13 people and infected dozens more, US health authorities said. US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the

Pakistan Floods Make 2 Million Ill


Two million Pakistanis have fallen ill from diseases since monsoon rains left the southern region under several feet of water, the country’s disaster authority said Thursday. More than 350 people have been killed and over eight million people have been

Pakistan Hit By Dengue Fever


Pakistani authorities, already under pressure to help hundreds of thousands of flood victims, are struggling to contain dengue fever which has killed at least eight people, officials said on Wednesday. Around 4,400 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported

New Giant Wasp Shocks Scientists


An American scientist working with a team of Indonesians scientists has discovered a new giant black warrior wasp species. The wasp will be added to the list of items named after the country’s national symbol, the mythical bird Garuda. The

UN Warns Of Mutant Bird Flu


The United Nations has warned of a possible major resurgence of the deadly bird flu virus and the spread of a mutant strain in Asia and elsewhere. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says authorities need to undertake increased

West Nile Virus Hits Nebraska


West Nile Virus cases are increasing across the U.S. in areas that are stricken by both severe drought and flooding. Mosquitoes transmit the potentially deadly virus to humans. According to the North Platte Telegraph, a Nebraska news publication, recent flooding

Leprosy Spreading In India


Six years after leprosy was declared officially eliminated in India, officials and doctors are warning that the disfiguring disease is spreading in poverty-stricken pockets of the country. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in India, Nata Menabde, told

Tsunami Shuts UK Nuclear Plant


.The UK’s only plant for processing plutonium into new fuel for nuclear reactors is to close as a result of the Japanese tsunami, threatening the loss of hundreds of jobs. The MOX site at Sellafield in Cumbria, which employs 800

UNICEF: Cholera Kills 279


KINSHASA, Congo (AP) – A UNICEF official says a cholera outbreak in Congo has killed at 279 people and infected more than 4,000 others in the last four months. Dr. Ibrahim Cisse said Wednesday that northeastern Orientale province is worst

Weather Causes Death In Sea Turtles


The coastline of north Queensland is usually picture perfect in winter, but there is a problem in the shallows. Over the past few months sick, lethargic and sometimes dead sea turtles have been washing up onto the region’s beaches. Experts

Bacteria Causing Death In Gropers

Andrew Fisk, Aqua Culture Technologist and Rachel Bowater, veterinarian inspect the groper which was found in the Townsville Port. Pic. Lowe Suzanne JJ185751

Queensland scientists are studying bacteria from crocodiles and cows to understand what is causing it to turn deadly in groper fish in the state’s north. Since 2007, almost 100 of the protected species have washed up dead on beaches from

Two-Headed Snake Stuns Visitors


.A snake with two heads, each able to think and eat separately and even steal food from each other, has become a popular attraction at a Ukrainian zoo. The small albino California Kingsnake, now on show in the Black Sea