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Ebola virus. Photo by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith


Lessons From Fourteenth Century Venice In Fight Against Ebola

The way in which the Italian city of Venice dealt with the outbreak of the plague in the fourteenth century holds lessons on how to even mitigate the consequences of today’s emerging threats, like climate change, terrorism and highly infectious or drug-resistant diseases. So says Dr. Igor Linkov of the US Army Engineer Research and […]

Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa


South Africa Says Ebola Not A Threat To Tourism

The Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, says South Africa’s tourism industry is not under threat from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). In a statement on Tuesday, the Minister said government reiterates that South Africa remains the destination of choice for tourism, despite a report in the media which stated that the industry had become the […]

Ebola virus
Ebola virus. Photo by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith


Senegal Seals Border With Guinea Due To Danger Of Ebola Virus Spread

Senegal has closed the land border with Guinea, fearing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the Interior Ministry of the West African state. In a statement, the ministry also noted that the sea and air borders of Senegal will be closed to vessels and aircraft from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra […]

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Seafood Substitutions Can Expose Consumers To Unexpectedly High Mercury

New measurements from fish purchased at retail seafood counters in 10 different states show the extent to which mislabeling can expose consumers to unexpectedly high levels of mercury, a harmful pollutant. Fishery stock “substitutions”—which falsely present a fish of the same species, but from a different geographic origin—are the most dangerous mislabeling offense, according to […]