RedskyNews Category: Diseases & Mutations

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

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

Earless Rabbits Born By Nuke Plant

Earless rabbits has been discovered just outside the radiation zone of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. FRESH fears over a nuclear leak at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima plant have re-ignited after rabbits born close to the facility were found to

Killer Cucumbers Claim More Lives

BERLIN (Reuters) – A killer bacteria linked to contaminated cucumbers claimed a 15th victim in Germany on Tuesday and its first fatality abroad when a Swedish woman who had been travelling in Germany died, authorities said. One of the largest

Chinese Girl Born With Two Heads

BEIJING – A hospital in southwestern China says conjoined twin girls with a single body and two heads have been born at its facility. A staffer surnamed Wang at Suining City Central Hospital in Sichuan province says the girls were

Superbug Found In New Delhi Water

A deadly superbug was found in about a quarter of water samples taken from drinking supplies and puddles on the streets of New Delhi, according to a new study. Experts say it’s the latest proof that the new drug-resistant bacteria,

Swine Flu Doubles In Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan health officials say the number of confirmed swine flu cases in the country has risen to more than 400 people. Health Minister Eugenia Sader says the 415 people have been diagnosed with swine flu in 19

Cholera Epidemic Kills 60 In Ghana

ACCRA (Reuters) – A cholera epidemic in Ghana has killed 60 people and infected almost 4,000 since the first cases emerged last September, with 482 new cases reported this week alone, health authorities said on Friday. The outbreak, which started

Fungus Turns Ants Into Zombies

Researchers combing the rainforests of Brazil have uncovered four new species of fungi that turn ants into zombies. Although it is not the first time the fungi has been seen affecting ants, the discovery of four distinct species in close

Rabies Claims 124 Lives In Bali

Denpasar. Despite an ongoing canine vaccination campaign, rabies has claimed the lives of three people in four days on the resort island of Bali, a health official said on Wednesday. Ketut Karnu, a 62-year-old from Bunutin village in Karangasem district,

Livestock Diseases Ravage Africa

New assessments from International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) have spelt out how livestock diseases present ‘double trouble’ in developing countries where increasing numbers of domestic livestock and more resource-intensive production methods are encouraging animal epidemics.

Leprosy & Cholera in New York

When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera, it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like — but also of exotic diseases.