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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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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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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Israel, Once the Model for Beating Covid, Faces New Surge of Infections

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JERUSALEM — Last spring, Israel’s remarkably swift vaccination campaign was seen as a global model. Coronavirus infections plummeted, an electronic pass allowed the vaccinated to attend indoor concerts and sporting events, and distancing rules and mask mandates were eventually scrapped.

Israel offered the world a hopeful glimpse of the way out of the pandemic.

No longer.

A fourth wave of infections is rapidly approaching the levels of Israel’s worst days of the pandemic last winter. The daily rate of confirmed new virus cases has more than doubled in the last two weeks, making Israel a rising hot spot on the

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In Southeast Asia, robust immunity found up to 9 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection

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In late December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) received a report of a cluster of severe pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, China. Further investigation revealed that the causal agent was a novel betacoronavirus, namely, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Subsequently, SARS-CoV-2 caused the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, whose clinical spectrum ranges from asymptomatic to mild upper respiratory illness to severe pneumonia resulting in death.


After being infected with SARS-CoV-2, humans produce SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies, memory B cells, and CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. All of these cells have well-defined functions in the elimination of

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