Health & Science

Health & Science
Friday, April 11th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Rio do Janeiro admits dengue epidemic and tourism losses

Army is helping to combat the Dengue

For the first time Brazilian authorities admitted that the dengue epidemic in Brazil is having a serious impact on the tourist industry, particularly in Rio do Janeiro where bookings have been plummeting.

Wednesday, April 9th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Japanese Girl, 11, to cycle across South America

Akane Toyoda ready to ride 7,000 kmts across SA continent

An 11-year-old girl from Saitama Prefecture is due to set off on a seven-month journey by bicycle across South America with her parents.

Tuesday, April 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Ban Ki-moon: climate change, major threat to human health

Top United Nations officials have warned that global warming and its effects, including a rise in air and sea temperatures and extreme weather patterns endanger not only the planet but also pose a major threat to human health.

Tuesday, April 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Two human fatal cases of mad cow reported in Spain

The human variant of the mad cow disease, (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), BSE killed two persons, one three months ago and the other last week, Spain announced this week on public radio.

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Army joins dengue epidemic combat in Rio do Janeiro

Fumigation to avoid the 1.4 case of Dengue per minute

Brazilian Armed Forces joined on Monday the fight against dengue fever in Rio do Janeiro Monday setting up three field hospitals to combat an epidemic that has caused 54 deaths in 2008 and has surged to 1.4 new cases each minute.

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

WTO rules against EU import ban of beef with hormones

The World Trade Organization on Monday backed United States and Canadian arguments against the European Union's import ban on beef treated with hormones.

Sunday, March 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

UN climate change talks kick off in Bangkok

UN headquaters in Bangkok where the meeting will take place

A fresh round of United Nations-sponsored climate change talks, expected to draw 1,000 participants, will kick off next week in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thursday, March 27th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Dengue death toll in Rio do Janeiro: 54 and 60 suspects

Emergency Plan to combat Aedes aegypti mosquito

Rio de Janeiro state officials admitted on Thursday that the mosquito transmitted dengue epidemic has claimed at least 54 lives January, health officials said Thursday. Hospitals have reported a total of 114 deaths from the mosquito-borne disease, but 60 of those cases are still being investigated.

Thursday, March 27th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

EC warns Italy over contaminated mozzarella

Italy has not done enough to ensure contaminated mozzarella cheese does not reach consumers said the European Commission and warned Italy to take further urgent action, or risk a ban on exports of the cheese from the Campania region, reports BBC.

Tuesday, March 25th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Earthquake strikes northern Chile, no damage reported

A 6.1-magnitude quake has hit northern Chile close to the border with Bolivia, the US Geological Survey reports.

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