Zoo’s siamang felled by digestive tract infection

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Brian, a 32 year old male siamang, died Monday at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, apparently from complications of a digestive tract bacterial infection. (COURTESY NEW MEXICO BIOPARK SOCIETY)

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The same digestive tract bacterial infection that has forced the removal of gorillas and orangutans from their public habitats at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, is apparently responsible for the death Monday of Brian, a 32 year old siamang.

Brian began showing symptoms of illness over the weekend and zoo veterinarians and staff immediately began treating him, said BioPark spokesman Greg Jackson. Brian and the other siamangs were

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American Hospital Association supports COVID-19 vaccine mandates

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The American Hospital Association supports hospitals and health systems that require their workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the group announced Wednesday.

AHA, which represents nearly 5,000 hospitals and health systems, joins dozens of providers and several associations that have also backed vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.

“The evidence is clear: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in reducing both the risk of becoming infected and spreading the virus to others,” AHA CEO Rick Pollack said in prepared remarks. “The AHA supports hospitals and health systems that choose, based on local factors, to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for their workforce. Doing

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Man gets ‘flesh-eating’ bacterial infection from eating raw oysters

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A man in Indiana developed a life-threatening infection with “flesh-eating” bacteria after eating raw oysters, according to news reports. 

The 50-year-old, Patrick Baker, who lives in Anderson, Indiana, bought the oysters from a store and ate them raw, according to The Herald Bulletin. A few days later, he started to experience flu-like symptoms, and he developed purple blisters on his legs, along with pain, The Herald Bulletin reported.

Baker was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a severe bacterial infection that destroys skin and muscle

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Peru arrests state hospital workers for charging COVID-19 patients $21,000 per bed

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People wait next to empty oxygen tanks to fill them up for patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), outside a private oxygen supplier, in Lima, Peru February 25, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda

LIMA, July 21 (Reuters) – Peruvian police said on Wednesday they had dismantled an alleged criminal ring that had charged as much $21,000 per bed for seriously ill COVID-19 patients in a state-run hospital, aggravating care in a country hit by one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks of the virus.

Authorities arrested nine people in an early morning raid on Wednesday, including the administrators of Lima’s Guillermo Almenara

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Hawaii records 2 new coronavirus-related deaths, 647 additional infections

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported two new coronavirus-related deaths and 647 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 554 fatalities and 52,846 cases.

The two latest deaths were on Oahu. According to the state Department of Health, the deceased — a man and a woman — were in their 70s and had underlying conditions.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 428 fatalities on Oahu, 62 on Maui, 59 on Hawaii island, two on Kauai and three Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death

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