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Anthrax may have killed 100 hippos in Namibia

Windoek - Over 100 hippos have died in Namibia in a remote national park in the past week, the country's environment minister said on Monday, warning that anthrax could be to blame.

Insight into how anthrax evades the immune system

Cells of the bacteria which causes the disease anthrax are able to trigger an unfavorable immune response which allows the organism to evade attack from the body’s defense system. This relates to differences with the bacterium in the spore state.

New insight into why anthrax is so deadly

To delve into the toxicity of anthrax, scientists have constructed a three-dimensional map of the anthrax toxin. The model shows how the toxin is efficiently transferred into the cytoplasm of cells.

Essential Science: New pathogen causes anthrax like disease

A new report has detected a species of Bacillus, genetically distinct to the bacterium that causes anthrax, which causes a similar disease in chimpanzees, gorillas and other animals in Africa.

Anthrax case confirmed on British farm

A cow which died in the British country of Wiltshire has been confirmed as having been infected with anthrax bacteria. The risk to public health is described as low.

North Korea invites US Congress to visit alleged 'anthrax' plant

Seoul - North Korea has challenged the entire US Congress to come and inspect a bio-tech institute in Pyongyang that US experts have suggested is a facility for mass-producing anthrax for the military.

U.S. anthrax error originated from military base

Bethesda - The U.S. military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples across the country to a commercial lab in Maryland. The source of the error has been traced to a military location in the Utah desert.

18 labs may have received live anthrax samples: U.S. officials

Washington - A total of 18 laboratories may have accidentally received live samples of anthrax shipped out by the American military, U.S. authorities said.

Dozens may have come in contact with anthrax: US military

Washington - As many as 22 people in South Korea and four US lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax after the American military accidentally shipped out at least one live sample, officials said.

U.S. army says 22 possibly exposed to anthrax at S. Korea base

Seoul - As many as 22 personnel may have been exposed to anthrax during a laboratory training exercise at a U.S. military base in South Korea, a military statement said Thursday.

U.S. military shipped live anthrax to lab by accident

Washington - The U.S. military accidentally shipped at least one live anthrax sample across the country to a commercial lab in Maryland and four workers were undergoing medical treatment as a precaution, officials said.

Using anthrax to fight cancer

In an attempt to use Bacillus anthracis to kill cancer, scientists have succeeded in sending “antibody mimics” inside tumor cells.

Top CDC anthrax researcher resigns

Atlanta - The former head of a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention biosecurity laboratory has left his post following a safety review of U.S. government labs.

U.S. CDC halts hazardous material transfers

Atlanta - Following recent high-profile safety lapses in government labs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has placed a moratorium on movement of all hazardous biological materials.

Op-Ed: What’s behind mishandling of anthrax and smallpox

Atlanta - The closing of labs at the nation’s premiere medical science labs is a big story but is anyone asking why government seems to be failing so often?

Small Anthrax outbreak in Hungary raises alarm

Budapest - Illegally slaughtered beef looks like the source of a recent Anthrax outbreak in Hungary. The beef originated from Tiszafured, a small municipality only 100 miles east of the nation's capital city, Budapest.

CDC anthrax researcher is reassigned

Atlanta - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes its first disciplinary action in the wake of the biosecurity oversight that potentially exposed 75 agency scientists to anthrax. The head of the laboratory has been "reassigned."

75 lab workers at the CDC may be infected with anthrax

Atlanta - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Thursday that around 75 lab workers in Atlanta may have been infected with anthrax. An investigation into the incident is apparently ongoing.

Faster method developed to detect bioterrorism

Anthrax spores represent one of the most likely forms of bioterrorist attack. Researchers have tested a new method for anthrax detection that can identify anthrax in only a few hours.

Washed-up microbe can kill anthrax

San Diego scientists say they have found a compound in the ocean off Santa Barbara, Calif., that can kill anthrax and other infectious diseases.

Studying zebras offers anthrax clues

Scientists have caged some dead zebras in Africa to help understand the spread of the killer bacterial disease anthrax amongst animals. The disease is threatening several species.

Silk fibers developed to counter bioterrorism

Scientists have developed chemically treated silk fibers which could be used by the US government as protective sheets in the event of a biological weapons attack. The fibers can also be used for humanitarian relief projects.

Deadly man-made strain of H5N1 bird flu virus raises controversy

A group of scientists are trying to publish a paper on how they created a new flu virus that could wipe out all humanity. The study that produced the virus is the subject of raging controversy, with some scientists saying it should never have been done.

Powder substance found in parcel triggers post office evacuation

Branxton - A mysterious powder substance has been found in an envelope by employees of the Braxton post office in Hunter Valley, Australia.

London heroin user has tested positive for Anthrax

London - The Health Protection Agency and NHS London confirmed on Sunday that a person is being treated in hospital after testing positive for anthrax. The patient is a heroin user.

Heroin contaminated with anthrax blamed for 8 deaths in Europe

The body responsible for dealing with the threat from infectious diseases in Europe has warned that there is quite likely a batch of heroin circulating on the continent which contains anthrax and has caused the deaths of eight people.

NH Woman Critically Ill with Anthrax

African drums are suspected as a possible source of spores that have left a New Hampshire woman in critical condition with a case of gastrointestinal anthrax.

Second heroin related anthrax death in Glasgow, UK

A second heroin user has died in Glasgow, UK, from anthrax. Health officials in the city confirmed that the man, who had been treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, had tested positive for anthrax.

Asides from Cholera, Zimbabwe Is Now Faced With An Anthrax Outbreak

As if the government of Zimbabwe has more than its hands full in dealing with a cholera break, now it has to deal with an anthrax outbreak.

Government Announces New Anthrax Attack Response Measures

Unknown to many Americans is the emergency preparedness initiative of the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services for a potential outdoor anthrax attack in key cities.
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