People in Kansas and Oklahoma found themselves taking shelter amid wailing warning sirens Sunday as tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down as part of an extreme weather system plowing through the nation’s midsection. The system, which stretched from North Texas to Minnesota, also heaved hail — dime to softball sized — as well as heavy rainfall. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/19/18355926-tornadoes-tear-through-kansas-oklahoma?lite
Name, name, name…what’s in a name?!?!?! Well, it is important AND to keep us all straight there are some really smart folks who have been ruminating about this for the past few months. The group, the Coronavirus Study Group (CSG) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) took the lead on making sure we were all straight and this new virus was properly named! After careful consideration and broad consultation, the CSG has [...]
The H7N9 avian flu outbreak has spread to 3 more Chinese provinces, but no new cases have been reported since 7 May 2013. Since then, however, the epidemic has gone into a lull, with just one person falling ill with H7N9 since the start of May 2013. The drop might reflect that the authorities’ control measures, such as the closure of live bird markets, are working, but it is also possible that the epidemic will [...]
#nCoV – Mystery novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. 24 cases, 16 dead. Strain shrouded in mystery. Source & mode of transmission unknown.
You of course remember Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that erupted in 2003 changing how many of us viewed the mobility of diseases and the global economy??? Something interesting (and mysterious) is happening in Saudi Arabia… a new threat has emerged known as novel coronavirus or nCoV-EMC. The virus was first detected in mid-2012 and is a cousin of SARS, which triggered a scare 10 years ago when it erupted in East Asia, leaping to [...]