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Lion dies in Hungary zoo from anthrax-infected meat

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A lion in a Hungarian zoo died after it ate beef infected with the deadly anthrax disease identified in a nearby farm in the eastern region of the country, national news agency MTI reported on Thursday. Citing the local veterinary authority, MTI said the infected meat came from the village of Esztar. It went to the zoo in the city of Debrecen.

WHO unveils emergency moves against Ebola onslaught in Guinea

The World Health Organization launched a raft of emergency measures in the Guinean capital Conakry Thursday to control an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has so far killed a hundred people across the country. The UN health agency announced emergency training for 70 people who would fan out across the community to track people who have had close contact with Ebola patients. The agency is also setting up a special alert and response operation centre within the Guinean ministry of health in order to handle all matters relating to the Ebola scare.

WHO unveils emergency moves against Ebola onslaught in Guinea

The World Health Organization launched a raft of emergency measures in the Guinean capital Conakry Thursday to control an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has so far killed a hundred people across the country. The Geneva-based UN health agency announced emergency training for 70 people who would fan out across the community to track people who have had close contact with Ebola patients. The agency is also setting up a special alert and response operation centre within the Guinean ministry of health in order to handle all matters relating to the Ebola scare.

New-look Paris Zoo rethinks 'humanimal' relationship

Paris Zoo reopens its gates on Saturday after a six-year revamp to shed its image as a traditional city zoo and change how humans see wild animals. Swept away is the zoo as a place simply to gawp at animals for being weird, exotic or dangerous -- replaced by an environment designed to appreciate their uniqueness in bigger, less crowded and more nature-mimicking enclosures.

Why are Canadian measles outbreaks so much larger than U.S. outbreaks?

TORONTO - It's an inescapable reality: As long as measles is infecting children in other parts of the world, Canada is going to have occasional outbreaks. The same is true in the United States, but public health officials there typically have managed to more quickly extinguish spread of the virus when it comes from abroad, leaving some experts on this side of the border wondering: Why does Canada have such large measles outbreaks?

Phase out program that keeps whales and dolphins in captivity: Vancouver mayor

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Aquarium is defending itself after the city's mayor expressed his personal beliefs against keeping whales and dolphins in captivity. A statement issued by the aquarium Wednesday said Gregor Robertson may have personal feelings on the issue, but he might not understand the vital role belugas and dolphins play in its conservation efforts. "Dolphins and belugas at Vancouver Aquarium play a direct and vital role in engaging people in key ocean issues," the aquarium states.

Bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. The bill, dubbed the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act," was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo and is aimed at overriding bills in about two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such.

Amoeba study puts bite on dysentery

An amoeba parasite that causes potentially fatal dysentery in poor countries wreaks its havoc by eating intestinal cells alive, scientists reported on Wednesday. Called Entamoeba histolytica, the parasite destroys cells lining the colon, causing ulcers and abscesses and sometimes spreading in the blood to the liver and other organs. But how it does this has been unclear, until now. A common presumption was that the amoeba injects a toxic cocktail into the cells to kill them and then gobbles them down.

Belgium destroys 1.5 tonnes ivory stockpile

Belgium crushed 1.5 tonnes of ivory, its entire stockpile of seized ivory tusks and statuettes, as a global campaign to save the world's elephants gathered pace. "Not only are we losing an elephant every 15 minutes but the ivory trade is undercutting law and order... and enriching organised crime syndicates," said Azzedine Downes, who heads the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). As the ivory seized by customs was heaped into a crusher to be turned into dust, Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx said the idea was to send "a strong signal" to elephant poachers.

Japanese researcher stands by her disputed stem cell discovery

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Fighting back tears, a Japanese researcher under fire for fabricating parts of scientific papers hailed as breakthroughs in stem cell research said on Wednesday she stood by her discovery and hoped it could still help the world.
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