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Woman sues over too-spicy, ‘unfit for human consumption’ dish 

 

The lawsuit noted that Walia was aware the dish was spicy, but proceeded to order it even though she “does not tolerate spice,” asking the server to have a more mild version prepared for her.

“Harjasleen Walia was poisoned, made ill and burned necessitating medical care,” the scathing claim asserts.

“She incurred permanent injuries and will forever be damaged to her body. These consequences are the direct result of defendants serving to her foods unfit for human consumption.”

...‘unfit for human consumption’ ...

14-Year-Old Dies After Trying The Paqui ‘One Chip Challenge’

Dietitians reveal the 100 unhealthiest foods

Panera Pull High-Caffeine Drinks After 2 Wrongful Death Suits

Tags: Allergy, Complaint, Culture, Death, Drink, Food, Health, Illness, Insects, List, Parental Burden, Restaurant, Toxic

Filed under: Health/Food

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07-May-2024


West Nile virus and invasive mosquitos arrive in Shasta County 

 

Positive tests from samples of adult mosquitos in the Anderson and Shingletown area confirm the West Nile virus has returned to Shasta county.

The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMVCD) said in a press release Saturday that the positive tests came from routine collections as part of their surveillance program. The district is now attempting to decrease mosquito populations through ground treatments in areas where the positive mosquitos were found. They are also continuing their widespread mosquito trapping and testing to monitor virus activity.

West Nile virus and invasive mosquitos arrive in Shasta County

Mosquitoes carrying a virus that causes paralysis and death are swarming at least 6 states

California has reported its first West Nile death of the year

Protecting yourself from mosquito-borne diseases

OC man tests positive for West Nile virus

Tags: Awareness, Death, Environment, Health, Infected, Insects, Pests, Safety, Science, Terraforming, Threat, Warning

Filed under: Health/Food

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14-Aug-2022


This is what happens to all the rats when cities flood 

 

The New York City health department knows some rats drown when there is severe flooding, but as the city doesn't take rat censuses, there is no data on how many, spokesperson Michael Lanza said. The department uses complaints of rat sightings and inspection reports to track rodent activity. So far, reports have not increased since Ida passed through. The same is true in Philadelphia, which was also ravaged by rain, according to health department officials there.

This is what happens to all the rats

‘Ankle Biter’ Mosquito Population On The Rise In Orange County

THE RAT PACK

Tags: Animals, Disease, Environment, Health, Infestation, Insects, List, Neglect, Pests, Surge, Survival, Terraforming, Water, Weather, Wildlife

Filed under: Health/Food

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22-Oct-2021


Southern California travelers warned not to transport backyard citrus fruit 

 

The transport of backyard oranges, lemons, grapefruits and kumquats is illegal in most of Southern California, which is under a citrus fruit and plant quarantine. That’s because movement of fruit, citrus trees and even seeds can unknowingly spread a pest that can infect healthy citrus trees with a deadly plant disease that has no cure.

“Any citrus grown in your yard should not be moved,” explained Victoria Hornbaker, director of the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Division at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. “You can share them locally with neighbors.”

By locally, she means within your neighborhood. And if you do share fruit with neighbors, make sure you strip off all the leaves and wash the fruit thoroughly before moving it from your property, to remove any trace of the ACP or leaves infected with HLB.

Southern California travelers warned

Trees to Avoid Having in Your Yard

Rain is about to set off the 'tick time bomb' in California

Tags: Awareness, Ban, Danger, Death, Disease, Environment, Insects, Laws, Nature, Pests, Pets, Terraforming

Filed under: Health/Food

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22-Oct-2021


Streetlights are making caterpillars grow up faster—and that’s a bad thing 

 

To gather caterpillars from hedges, “you basically stick drain piping or any kind of open surface under the hedge, and then you basically whack the hedge with a stick five times. Which causes all of the caterpillars to fall out of the hedge and into your receptacles. So that was quite fun.”

In the grass, it’s a bit easier. “The caterpillars spend the day at the base of these grasses, and climb up the stems at night. So you just go along with a sweep net and just sweep through the vegetation.”

The differences were stark: lighted hedges contained just half the caterpillars of their dark counterparts. Grass had one third fewer.

Streetlights are making caterpillars grow

Sick of Mosquitoes?

Tags: Death, Disease, Ecology, Insects, Pests, Tech, Terraforming

Filed under: Health/Food

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26-Aug-2021


More than 200 people in U.S. being monitored for possible monkeypox exposure, CDC says 

 

More than 200 people in 27 states are being monitored for possible exposure to monkeypox after they had contact with an individual who contracted the disease in Nigeria before traveling to the United States this month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, no additional cases have been detected.

“It is a lot of people,” McCollum acknowledged.

The efforts stem from the discovery that a U.S. resident infected with monkeypox traveled from Lagos, Nigeria, on an overnight flight to Atlanta that arrived on July 9; the person then traveled the same day to Dallas. On July 15, the individual sought care at a Dallas hospital emergency room, where the diagnosis of monkeypox was made.

More than 200 people in U.S. being monitored for possible monkeypox exposure, CDC says

US sees COVID-19 cases surge by 224% in last three weeks as CDC director says the Indian 'Delta' variant now makes up 83% of all new infections

More than 1.5 MILLION children around the world lost a parent, grandparent or caregiver due to COVID-19

As many as 200 Americans have now reported possible symptoms of 'Havana Syndrome,'

Covid: Anger as half of Australians in lockdown again

ICMR sero survey says two-thirds of Indians exposed to Covid

Georgia boy, 5, with NO underlying conditions, dies of COVID-19 complications including a stroke

More than half of California is under mask mandate again as hospitalizations jump 62%

I was a Covid super-spreader and the guilt is killing me

Colorado 10-year-old dies as health officials investigate plague activity

Tags: Children, Choices, Contagion, Disease, Environment, History, Insects, Lockdown, Masks, Parental Burden, Study, Travel, Treatment, Vaccine, Video, World

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25-Jul-2021


Massachusetts Man Reportedly in a Coma After Contracting Brain Infection From a Mosquito 

 

A rare, sometimes fatal viral infection spread by mosquitoes has resurfaced in Massachusetts—and has likely sent at least one man into a coma. Over the weekend, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that a local resident contracted the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. Dozens of communities remain at critical or high risk for the virus, and residents are being advised to stay indoors at night.

Gizmodo

Tags: Contagion, Environment, Health, Insects, Pests, Safety, Virus, Warning

Filed under: Health/Food

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13-Aug-2019


Deadly Virus Found In Florida, Causes Brain Swelling From Mosquito Bites 

 

The latest U.S. healthcare news warns the rapid spread of a deadly mosquito-borne virus known as Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Florida that causes brain-swelling.

According to reports, many sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEE.

The confirmed presence of the virus in Orange County’s sentinel chickens have raised “the risk of transmission to humans,” according to a statement by the county’s department of health.

Sentinels are fowls tested for the West Nile virus and EEE. Their blood samples may show the presence of the diseases but it is not necessary that they would suffer from the viruses.

The EEE virus spreading to humans via carriers like mosquitoes will lead to brain infection and swelling.

ibtimes

Tags: Brain, Disease, Environment, Health, Insects, Nature, Pests, Science, Terraforming, Threat, Warning

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29-Jul-2019


Airline Passengers Horrified As Bugs Fall From Overhead Compartments Before Takeoff 

 

Passengers on board an Air Transat Canada airline were horrified after an army of bugs fell out of the overhead compartments of the plane. According to reports, the incident took place when the plane was about to take off from London Gatwick to Vancouver on Wednesday.

One passenger said dozens of cockroach-type insects fell into screaming flyers, while many were seen scattered along the aisle of the Boeing A300. Flight attendants reportedly told the passengers to squash them.

"A bug fell right down by my seat and another landed in the lap of the man next to me. The flight attendant told him to squash it. It was disgusting," Jenna Sullivan, 25, told U.K.'s Daily Mail. "Most of the bugs seem to be at the back of the plane, but others on board said they saw them running up the main aisle."

ibtimes

Tags: Environment, Health, Insects, Terror, Travel

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28-Jun-2019


This 10-Year-Old's Feet Were Covered in Green and Black Lesions After Insects Infested Her Skin 

 

An otherwise-healthy 10-year-old girl is featured in an alarming case report from the New England Journal of Medicine. The girl had been playing in a pigsty in rural Brazil two weeks before visiting a doctor. For the 10 days leading up to her appointment, she had developed painful and itchy lesions on her feet and toes, according to the report, with "black dots in the center."

The girl turned out to have a skin condition called tungiasis, a parasite infestation caused by a female sand flea. The flea, called Tunga penetrans, can spread the disease to humans and animals.

Health

200 people possibly exposed to measles at California emergency department

Tags: Contagion, Disease, Health, Insects, Nature, Travel, Treatment, Vaccine, Water

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04-Apr-2019


SCIENTISTS SAY SKRILLEX STOPS MOSQUITOES FROM BITING 

 

It sounds like an April Fools’ prank, but scientists say that music by dubstep star Skrillex can keep mosquitoes from biting.

If it’s a joke, it goes deep: the research is at the center of a paper published in the journal Acta Tropica last week, and the story has been picked up by the BBC News, HuffPo, and The Telegraph.

Assuming it isn’t an elaborate joke — and, given the timing, it’s hard not to be a little suspicious — the finding could suggest futuristic sound-based ways to keep disease-transmitting insects at bay.

Futurism

Tags: Disease, Environment, Insects, Music, Nature, Pests, Science, Study, Treatment

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02-Apr-2019


Rising temperatures will help mosquitos infect a billion more people 

 

Mosquitoes are unrelenting killers. In fact, they are among the most lethal animals in the world. When they carry dangerous viruses or other organisms, a bite can be unforgiving. They cause millions of deaths every year from such infectious diseases as malaria, dengue, Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, and at least a dozen more.

But here's the really bad news: climate change is expected to make them even deadlier. As the planet heats up, these insects will survive winter and proliferate, causing an estimated billion or more new infections by the end of the century, according to new research.

Popular Science

Tags: Disease, Environment, Insects, Killer, Nature, Pests, Study, Weather

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29-Mar-2019


Scathing Report Accuses the Pentagon of Developing an Agricultural Bioweapon 

 

A new technology in which insects are used to genetically modify crops could be converted into a dangerous, and possibly illegal, bioweapon, alleges a Science Policy Forum report released today. Naturally, the organization leading the research says it’s doing nothing of the sort.

The report is a response to a ongoing research program funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dubbed “Insect Allies,” the idea is to create more resilient crops to help farmers deal with climate change, drought, frost, floods, salinity, and disease. But instead of modifying seeds in a lab, farmers would send fleets of insects into their crops, where the genetically modified bugs would do their work, “infecting” the plants with a special virus that passes along the new resilience genes.

Gizmodo

Tags: Abuse, Chemicals, Children, Disease, Ecology, Insects, Nature, Opinion, Population, Program, Safety, Science, Self Interest, Survival, Terraforming, World

Filed under: Health/Food

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05-Oct-2018


Pests to eat more crops in warmer world 

 

Insects will be at the heart of worldwide crop losses as the climate warms up, predicts a US study.

Scientists estimate the pests will be eating 10-25% more wheat, rice and maize across the globe for each one degree rise in climate temperature.

Warming drives insect energy use and prompts them to eat more. Their populations can also increase.

This is bound to put pressure on the world's leading cereal crops, says study co-author Curtis Deutsch.

BBC

Tags: Ecology, Environment, Food, Health, Insects, Nature, Pests, Population, Science, Survival, Weather, World

Filed under: Health/Food

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01-Sep-2018


Bees took over a Times Square hot dog stand 

 

When bees aren't interrupting baseball games in Arizona, they are apparently taking in the sights at Times Square in New York.

A section of Times Square was blocked off on Tuesday after a massive bee swarm invaded a hot dog stand. The collection of bees immediately became the biggest attraction at the New York tourist destination with hundreds of people lining up to snap a photo.

USA Today

Tags: Backlash, Environment, Insects, Nature, Population, Reckless, Safety, Science, Survival

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28-Aug-2018




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