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Plague kills 40

ANTANANARIVO - An outbreak of the Plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital.   (Reuters)   PREVIOUS:   Plague   Bubonic plague   Failed States rankings 

  

Death toll

SILIGURI - The death toll from Encephalitis outbreak in north Bengal has climbed to 102 while the disease has spread its tentacles to Assam as well taking 43 lives there.  (Indian Express)   MORE:   Outbreak   

 

Sites cleanup to cost more

OTTAWA - The federal government has underestimated the cost of cleaning up contaminated sites under its jurisdiction by at least $2B, according to an estimate by the parliamentary budget officer.    (CBC)   REPORT:   Federal contaminated sites cost    .pdf   Breakdown of sites    

 

Flu won't spread

The WHO says it is confident that the bird flu virus will not spread in Canada after an Alberta nurse who had recently travelled to China died of the virus.  (CTV)   PREVIOUS:   H5N1 death   Family statement   H5N1  H1N1 in lungs of child who died   NB woman dies, H1N1 strain  

 

Antibacterial soaps

WASHINGTON - The FDA says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs. (AP)   Ruling      

 

Electronic waste tracked

E-waste - all those discarded electrical or electronic devices, from cell phones and TVs to tablets and computers.   (Toronto Star)   MORE:   Toxic 'e-waste' dumped in poor nations   StEP   World e-waste map

 

Toxic places 

A list of 10 filthy sites, from Russia to Indonesia to Ghana, has been amassed by the global environmental group The Blacksmith Institute - which says 200M people are endangered daily in the top 10 places alone.  (Daily Mail)  REPORT:   Top toxic sites 2013   .pdf  10 most toxic places   World's worst polluted places 

 

No perceived health effects

TORONTO - A Health Canada study has found no evidence to support a link between exposure to wind-turbine noise and health effects reported by people living near the towering structures.   (CP)   REPORT:   Wind-turbine noise

 

Public health emergency

The World Health Organization has declared polio a 'public health emergency of international concern,' marking only the second time the UN agency has given such a designation after the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009.  (Toronto Star)  

 

Guilty plea

OTTAWA - Dr. Klaus Nielsen was arrested in October 2012 with 17 vials of potentially lethal brucella bacteria placed on ice in a kid's lunch bag and stowed in his suitcase as he prepared to leave Ottawa.   (QMI)   PREVIOUS:   Researcher charged   Pathogens to China   Former CFIA employee arrested   CFIA

  

Growing and aging populations 

The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer said cancer was growing "at an alarming pace" worldwide and new strategies were needed to curb the sometimes fatal and often costly disease.  (Reuters)   REPORT:   WHO: World cancer report 2014   World Cancer Day 2014   Focus on global spread of cancer    Cancer 'tidal wave' on horizon    

    

Air pollution deadly

GENEVA - 7M people died as a result of air pollution in 2012, the World Health Organization estimates.   (BBC)   REPORT:   7M deaths linked to air pollution  

 

Canada unprepared

Canada's mercury-waste facilities are either patchwork or non-existent as millions of light bulbs containing the highly toxic chemical are set to flood the marketplace.  So-called compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, will also enter the waste stream as they break or burn out, many destined for landfills where their harmful mercury can get into the water.  (CP)    

 

Already polluted

TORONTO - A report by Environmental Defence suggests babies are exposed to chemicals in the womb because pollutants are so pervasive in the environment and products.  (CP)   REPORT:  Pre-polluted 

 

Manganese linked to IQ

QUEBEC - The average IQ of children whose tap water was in the upper 20% of manganese concentration was 6 points below children whose water contained little or no manganese, the researchers found.  (CBC) 

 

Residents not told about bad air

VICTORIA - The BC NDP went on the attack in Question Period Thursday wanting to know why the Liberal government has remained silent for 18 months after learning about dangerously high pollution levels in Prince George.  In some areas, concentrations of formaldehyde were 20 times higher than what is considered safe in BC.   (CTV)

Get phthalates out

OTTAWA - Conceding a decade-old voluntary ban on hormone-disrupting chemicals in children's toys hasn't worked, Health Canada announced new regulations requiring toy companies to get phthalates out of soft vinyl toys.   (CanWest)     MORE:  'Rubber ducky'   BPA gets attention    Children win claim   EU's discarded computers are poisoning Africa's kids  

 

Bodies pile up

KONO DISTRICT - Ebola has killed 6,346 people in West Africa, with more than 17,800 infected.  (BBC)  

2014 Time 'Person of the Year'

Sierra Leone banning Christmas

House-to-house search

Canadian armed forces deploy

Canada won't issues visas

Timeline of NY Ebola case

      

2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak

WHO admits it botched attempt

Cleared to fly

Anger over flight

Nurse to be moved  

Spanish nurse

121 more dead 

Canadian vaccine to begin trials 

Vaccine delay 

10,000 mark

Ebola case in Mali  

'Most severe' 

 

Ebola 'could lead to failed states'

2nd care worker tests positive  

Health worker tests positive

Screening 'mostly a waste of time'

Canada screening at 6 airports

Don't joke about Ebola

Deaths exceed 4,000  

ScienceInsider

NewLink Genetics

Texas patient dies

Mishandling of US patient

Blunders

Ebola in the US

'Trash bag' method success

More than 3,000 dead 

From the Ebola clinic

Real risk to UK

Aid row

Dead abandoned in streets

Risk in Canada is still low 

Don't panic

Liberia's chief medical officer

Liberia finds 'missing patients'

Liberia creates 'plague villages'

Confusion as patients vanish    

Liberia buckles under Ebola strain

Global health emergency

Guinea shuts borders 

Treatment centre overwhelmed  

Confirmed in Dallas

 

Sierra Leone begins lockdown

House-to-house hunt

6M confined to their homes

Accelerating  

Bodies dumped in the street

Ebola victim dies in Saudi Arabia

Ebola blockades

Core of experimental drug

Drug made from tobacco plant

How to protect yourself  

Treated with untested drug

Ethics of using experimental drugs

Use of untested drugs ethical

Releasing patients poses no risk

Clinic raided 

Deaths rise

Suspects arrested

8 bodies found in village latrine  

Ivory Coast blocks refugees

More deaths

Death toll jumps

'Out of control'

Virus spreading

Outbreak 'most challenging'

Ebola virus

Crowd attacks treatment centre

Ebola vials found in car trunk

Bio material smuggled

Accused of smuggling Ebola 

Another doctor dies 

 
     

High radon levels

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg couple are living in a government-owned house that exposes them to potentially deadly radon gas at levels exceeding the government's own guidelines.  (CBC)  

High radon levels

Radon

Get your home tested for radon

Radon in RCMP buildings 

 
     

Measles outbreak

Measles, all but wiped out by 2002, has begun resurfacing in Canada this year.  The BC outbreak involves a church group in Chilliwack that doesn't believe in vaccinations.   (QMI) 

Confirmed in Edmonton
Warning at 2 Calgary restaurants
4 cased in MB
Across Canada
Anti-vaccination movement
Outbreak shows importance of education 

 
     

Canada won't oppose limits

Canada's dying asbestos industry was dealt another blow with Minister Christian Paradis announcing that the federal government will no longer oppose global rules that restrict use and shipment of the substance.  (CBC)

Asbestos time bomb

Asbestos

BBC asbestos report slams Canada

Mining Watch: Asbestos

Deadly dust

Inside the asbestos trade

 

 

Lead poisoning fears

BUCHANS - Every resident in the small central Newfoundland community of Buchans has been told they should get a blood test to find out if they've been poisoned by lead.   (CBC) 

 

What they found in Buchans

NL health minister quits

Lead taints city's water

Lead poisoning

Recall  

 

 

Downwind of plants

EDMONTON - Other pollutants, including some known to cause cancer, also measured well above normal. And cancer rates linked to those chemicals were found to be higher in communities closest to the so-called Industrial Heartland.  (CP)

Air quality in the heartland of AB

Pollution in area with cancer spikes

Government defend air quality

Air pollution causes cancer

Air pollution leading cause of cancer deaths   .pdf

Air pollution and cancer

IARC

Air pollution  

Air pollution deaths

Price of smog

National illness cost of air pollution

Killer smog

Cancer prevalence in the population 

Pollution tied to death rate  

Coal causing lung cancer  

Canadian Gazette Mar. 7, 2009

Polluting firms can be forced to pay

India's tea bosses on polluted water

Dangerous waste is intercepted

Alberta embarks on toxin testing

'Horror stories' at meeting

Study links bad air to early deaths

Pollution 'kills thousands'

10M people at risk from pollution

The world's most polluted places

Cancer-causing agents found

11th report on Carcinogens

Guide to less toxic products

Dirty air in arenas could pose risk

Tritium on Tap

Cancer hotspots linked to industry

Cancer linked to industrial activity

Chromium in well water

Nuclear plant spills tritium

EPA reins in smog limit

Canadian health measures 2007-09

BPA present in 91% of Canadians

Contaminants found in Canadians

Scientific test skewed

Study finds pollutants in samples

Chemicals pollute Ontario's leaders

Feds plan to manage chemicals

'Contaminated' with cancer

10 most common environmental toxins

Cooking may cause cancer

Cancer cases 'to hit 300,000 annually

 

 

Teck liable

Teck Resources treated the Columbia River as a free waste disposal system for decades, said a Washington state judge who has ruled the Canadian company is liable for the cost of cleaning up the contamination of the river south of the border.  (CBC)   PREVIOUS:   Century of slag 

Container ordered out

MONTREAL - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has sounded the alarm, ordering that a shipping container be removed from the Port of Montreal after its contents tested positive for radioactivity.  (CBC)  MORE:   CNSC issued an order   Hanjin Shipping Cobalt-60 

 
     

Mining linked to toxins

CALGARY - High levels of toxic pollutants in Alberta's Athabasca River system are linked to oilsands mining, researchers have found.  (CBC)   

Tailings in groundwater

OTTAWA - Tailings ponds from oilsands production are leaking and contaminating AB groundwater.   (PostMedia)  PREVIOUS:   Canadian oil sands

 
     

Cosmetics contain heavy metals

Many of the makeup products that Canadian women apply every day contain a number of toxic heavy metals - and some contain arsenic and lead levels that exceed Health Canada recommended limits.    (CTV)   REPORT:    Lead in lipstick    FDA lipsticks and lead

Flame retardants

A probe conducted by Marketplace tested the effectiveness of chemical retardants in upholstered furniture and also examined their potential health risks. Environmental and health researchers are also concerned that some of the chemicals are linked to a wide range of health problems.  (CBC)

 

 

Dust a cancer risk

The substance is coal tar sealant, a waste product of steel manufacturing that is used to protect pavement and asphalt against cracking and water damage, and to impart a nice dark sheen. It is applied most heavily east of the Rockies but is used in all 50 states.  (Investigate West)  

Work-related carcinogens

As part of a three-part series, Exposed: On the Job, CBC News looked at what carcinogens are present in Canadian workplaces and how Canadian regulations stand up.  (CBC)   MORE:  North's limits weakest in Canada   Fewer Canadians dying from cancer  

 

 

Gene predicts time of death

The study, led by University of Toronto professor Dr. Andrew Lim and published in the November edition of Annals of Neurology, emerged from research into seniors’ sleep-wake cycles.  (Toronto Star)

Doctors quit

SEPT-ILES - Twenty doctors have quit their practice in a remote Quebec town because of plans to build a uranium mine.  (CP)   PREVIOUS:  Government sitting on report   Thetford Mines

 

 

Company acquitted

SEATTLE - A federal jury cquitted WR Grace & Co. and three of its former officials of charges that they knowingly exposed residents of Libby, Mont., to asbestos poisoning associated with a mining operation and conspired to hide it.  In Libby, where an estimated 1,200 residents have died or developed cancer or lung disease, the judgment dashed hopes that someone would be held accountable for decades of suffering.  (LA Times) 

Just passing through

MONTREAL - About 50 trucks will be required to move the uranium, thought to be the last stocks of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program, to a processing facility operated by Cameco Corp. in Blind River, Ont.  The 550 tonnes of concentrated natural uranium, also known as yellowcake, was purchased in a US brokered deal reported to be worth tens of millions of dollars. (Gazette)   PREVIOUS:  Stockpile arrives in Montreal   2004 report: No WMD stockpiles in Iraq

 

 

Radioactivity leaked unchecked

KASHIWAZAKI - The nuclear power station at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant pumped radioactive particles into the air for nearly 3 days after Monday’s massive Niigata earthquake.  

Leak bigger than thought

Radiation leak at Russian plant

Nuclear waste dumped

Open-air storage

Environmentalists criticize storage

Toxic legacy of the Cold War

Japan disaster poses 'small' risk  

Cancer's 'chaos' explained

 

 

Mercury in fish widespread

WASHINGTON - No fish can escape mercury pollution. The toxic substance was found in every fish sampled, a finding that underscores how widespread mercury pollution has become.  (AP)   REPORT:  Mercury in stream ecosystems

SCC rules on bankrupt company

OTTAWA - The SCC says a bankrupt company doesn't have to pay to clean up the environmental mess it left in Newfoundland and Labrador.   (CBC)

PREVIOUS:  Toxic environment   AbitibiBowater  Resolute Forest Products

 

 

DND denies blame for cancer

SHANNON - Residents of Shannon, outside Quebec City, are seeking more than $200M  in damages for health problems they say were caused by water tainted with an industrial solvent used on the military base in the 1950s.  (CBC)

Turkey euthanization

VANCOUVER - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is expected to begin euthanizing as many as 60,000 birds on a BC turkey farm as early as Monday, over fears of an H5 avian influenza outbreak.  (CTV)   PREVIOUS:  Avian flu in BC   Farms quarantined

 

 

'Genetic discrimination'

VANCOUVER - With medical advances, Canadians can now learn whether they carry the genetic risk for devastating diseases. But that knowledge could come at a price, suggests a study that looked at the growth of "genetic discrimination."  (CTV)  World's first GM babies born

Cities not getting true air quality

TORONTO - The federal and provincial governments are lulling Ontario residents into a false sense of security about the level of pollution they're breathing in on city streets.

 

 

Hazardous waste charges

VANCOUVER - Edward Ilnicki, doing business as Valley Demolition and Design and Repair, is charged with failing to comply with handling, storage and management requirements for hazardous wastes under the Environmental Management Act and Hazardous Waste Regulations.  (Vancouver Sun)

Radiation tests 'alarming'

PORT HOPE - New tests that show radiation contamination in a few Port Hope residents should compel the federal government to put the town under a health microscope, local advocates say.  (Toronto Star)   MORE:  Self-funded study says residents contaminated   85,000 radioactive baby teeth

 

 

MERS virus deaths over 200

Saudi Arabia says 282 people are now confirmed to have been killed by the Mers virus, almost 100 more than initially thought.  (BBC)

MERS-CoV alert and response

MERS-CoV  

MERS virus spreads easily

More cases, deaths from MERS

Saudi officials report more deaths

 

 

Cat parasite affects everything

The parasite, toxoplasma gondii, has been transmitted indirectly from cats to roughly half the people on the planet, and it has been shown to affect human personalities in different ways.  (ABC)   Invasion of the brain snatchers

Trip to outer space makes nasty bacteria nastier

Space flight can increase the virulence of disease-causing microbes such as Salmonella typhimurium, the main bacterial culprit in food poisoning, say U.S. researchers.    (CBC)  

 

 

Hundreds exposed to radiation

Almost 900 Canadian military personnel were exposed to radiation from nuclear weapons tests during the Cold War as well as two serious reactor accidents in Chalk River during the 1950s, according to a report produced for Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor.  (Ottawa Citizen)

First genome transplant turns one species into another

ROCKVILLE, Maryland - Scientists have converted an organism into an entirely different species by performing the world's first genome transplant, a breakthrough that paves the way for the creation of synthetic forms of life. (Guardian Unlimited) Craig Venter    Science

 

 

Effects of nanomaterials unknown

OTTAWA - Not enough is known about the potential health and environmental hazards of nanomaterials - used in everything from sunscreens and drugs to car exhaust systems - and the Canadian government should review existing criteria for assessing and approving new products that contain them, says a panel of scientific experts.  (CTV) 

Herbicide test pose disease threat

CFB GAGETOWN - Only individuals who had direct contact with herbicides at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick are at risk of contracting a number of diseases associated with exposure, including various cancers, Parkinson's disease and Type 2 diabetes, according to a study.  (CanWest)  PREVIOUS:  Report on say health risk minimal

 

 

Slacking over sewage oversight

TORONTO - Billions of litres of untreated sewage are gushing into Ontario's waterways due to aging infrastructure and poor provincial oversight, says a report by environmental group Ecojustice.   The report, "Flushing out the truth," compiles the amount of sewage dumped into lakes and rivers by various Ontario municipalities in 2006 and 2007.   (CP)

New rules for sewage plants

When sludge rules are broken

Halifax’s raw 'floatables'

'Floatables' flow

Biosolids

'Disaster waiting to happen'

Farmers split over safety

Illness followed sludge on the fields

Family files suit over sewage lagoon

False Creek sewage spill

Sewage dumped in ocean

Metro Vancouver wastewater

More raw sewage in local water

Vancouver moves to ban bottled water

Bilfinger Berger files suit

Is sewage fertilizer safe?

Workplace safety sludge disease

 

 

Lead exposed kids prone to violence in adult years

Young children exposed to high levels of lead 25 years ago were more likely as adults to have smaller- than-normal brain structures that regulate impulses and to commit violent crimes, studies found.  (Bloomberg)

Lead poisoning

Association of lead concentrations with criminal arrests

Decreased brain volume in adults with childhood lead exposure

Behavioral consequences of  lead exposure

 

 

Court dismisses lawsuits

TORONTO - Nurses, people who contracted SARS and their families cannot sue the Ontario government over the deadly 2003 outbreak that claimed 44 lives, Ontario's top court ruled.  (CP)

 

Guardian Special Report: SARS

CBC Indepth: SARS

 

 

Sample of killer flu virus found

GENEVA - All samples of the killer influenza virus sent outside the United States have been destroyed except for one in Lebanon, the UN health agency said.  (AP)

Labs told to destroy flu strain

College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Dying fish had twice the sea lice

US labs mishandling deadly germs

 

 

China warns against unsafe, maverick research into bird flu

BEIJING - China has warned maverick scientists against conducting "unsafe" research into bird flu, ordering them to seek explicit approval from the authorities first.  (China News)

The War is approaching us

RAND: Bioterrorism

Avian influenza

WHO reports Tamiflu-resistant flu

Bird flu cull hit by 'corruption'

Bush unveils $7.1B flu pandemic plan

Birds with H5 flu virus found

Deadly silence

Second avian flu discovery

Japan bans Canada poultry

Pandemic spending

Timeline: Bird flu in the UK

Mystery swirls around bird flu timeline

China grapples with fresh bird flu

Bird flu mutated in family cluster

China had bird flu case years earlier

Bird flu spreads to far western China

Fox Series:  Bird Flu: Part 1   Part 2   Part 3    Part 4    Part 5

Category: Biological weapons

Q&A: Avian influenza

China says it will stop misuse

China in national bird flu alert

A nightmare scenario

Bird Flu drug rendered useless

Supermarkets braced for turkey recall

Experts puzzled over halt of bird flu

Vaccine in hands of advocates

 

Cooling tower source of legionnaires' outbreak

TORONTO - The source of the legionnaires disease outbreak that killed 20 residents of a Toronto nursing home has been traced to a cooling tower that was on the roof of the home.   (CTV)

 

Legionnaires' class action

Expert warned test flawed

Six more dead from T.O. outbreak

Memo on dealing with media

Toronto Public Health

Barriers considered

HANFORD - Covering the ground with a durable plastic or asphalt barrier is one option possible to stop the spread of radioactive waste leaking from Hanford’s underground tanks, said Jane Hedges, manager of the Department of Ecology’s nuclear waste program.   (Tri-City Herald)

7 tanks leaking

Underground nuclear tanks leaking

Hanford waste tank is leaking

Hanford cleanup cost soars

Radiation and heart disease link

Hanford site

Downwinders

Columbia Basin  

Tourist site

Tank troubles at Hanford

Study: No radiation level safe

Downwinders' court win

Sick DOE workers' claims languish

Hanford water cleanup not working

Hanford site: Past horror, future hope

Hanford watch

Poisoned legacy: Part 1

Poisoned legacy: Part 2

Marburg virus death toll hits 180 of 205 reported cases 

The World Health Organization is investigating an outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever in northwestern Angola.  (CNN)  

 

Congo's Ebola town is sealed off

Marburg fever death toll tops 300

WHO to warn on changing avian flu

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