Environmental Health

"UN Bungles Response To Yellow Fever Outbreak In Africa"

"KINSHASA, Congo — As a yellow fever outbreak in central Africa exploded, 1 million vaccines disappeared in Angola. Thousands more vaccinations were delayed when accompanying syringes got waylaid. Ice packs to keep the shots potent went missing. And while the epidemic of the hemorrhagic fever spilled across international borders, a senior outbreak expert at the World Health Organization acknowledged their response had "lagged" for months."

Source: AP, 08/05/2016

"Anthrax Outbreak Strikes Russian Arctic Amid Unusually Hot Summer"

"An anthrax outbreak in remote western Siberia has led to the hospitalization of at least 90 people in the Arctic town of Salekhard, with at least 20 confirmed cases of the illness. One person, a 12-year-old boy, has died from anthrax according to the TASS News Agency and other media reports."

Source: Mashable, 08/04/2016

"Zika Fear Prompts Travel Warning For Miami, CDC’s First In U.S."

"Federal health authorities on Monday urged pregnant women not to visit a South Florida neighborhood where new cases of the Zika virus have emerged, the first time officials have warned against travel to part of the continental United States due to the outbreak of an infectious disease."

Source: Wash Post, 08/02/2016

Toxicologist: Claim NC Well Water Was Safe Was 'Scientifically Untrue'

"Emails obtained through public-records requests by a conservation group show that State Toxicologist Ken Rudo forcefully resisted the McCrory administration last year as it moved to alter the do-not-drink letters sent to hundreds of well owners near coal-ash pits owned by Duke Energy."

Source: Winston-Salem Journal, 08/01/2016

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