At least 68 people have died and hundreds of others have been infected in a viral outbreak in Mexico suspected to have been caused by a strain of swine flu. The World Health Organization thinks the virus may be behind the deaths in Mexico since mid-March.
The lightest and most earth-like planet ever discovered outside our solar system was identified this week using data from Chile’s La Silla observatory, said the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO).
A Florida state veterinary pharmacy has revealed that the dosage of the medication it prepared for 21 polo ponies that died last weekend minutes before an international competition was incorrect. Franck's Pharmacy said the horses' medication was prepared on an order from a veterinarian.
Two children were born with dengue in the northern Argentine province of Salta, more precisely in the town of Orán after their mothers caught the mosquito transmitted disease in the last week of pregnancy, according to what was reported.
Health authorities in Paraguay acknowledged this week the existence of an outbreak of cholera in an isolated Indian settlement in the western region of Chaco. Paraguay, as well as neighbouring Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina are also suffering a serious outbreak of the mosquito transmitted dengue
Getting back to the relatively slim, trim days of the 1970s would help to tackle climate change, researchers say. The rising numbers of people who are overweight and obese in the UK means the nation uses 19% more food than 40 years ago, a study suggests.
Brazil became in 2008 the world's top consumer of agriculture pesticides (ahead of the US), and continues to use a range of dangerous pesticides banned in other countries, according to a study released Friday.
Germany is to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) maize - the only GM crop widely grown in Europe. The decision, announced on Tuesday by German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner, is a blow to the US biotech firm Monsanto, which markets the maize.
The mosquito transmitted dengue disease which has ravaged Bolivia, Paraguay, North Argentina (and now threatens Buenos Aires) has also severely punished the Brazilian north-eastern state of Bahía where in the first quarter of this year, 40.000 cases have been confirmed and 32 deaths.
On the 200 anniversary of Charles Darwin birth and in the same month of 1833, when HMS Beagle anchored in the Bay of Maldonado, Uruguay, a volunteer rediscovered in Cambridge a bird egg collected by the world famous scientist in Uruguay.