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Fear Grips India As Rare Virus Continues To Claim Lives, May Become Global Epidemic

The disease is suspected to be caused by infected fruit bats.

Several people in southern India have died after they have been infected with a virus that causes flu-like symptoms at first and develops into something more agonizing as the disease progresses. What is more alarming is that, according to health officials, the rare disease may even become a global epidemic if it is not contained.

Emergency measures are being taken in the southwestern state of Kerala in India after almost 50 people have been infected with the Nipah virus. While those infected only experience flu-like symptoms at the onset, the agony aggravates as the symptoms progress to encephalitis, a condition characterized by the swelling of the brain.

Several people in India have already died because of the Nipah virus, which comes with flu-like symptoms that eventually develop to encephalitis.

Source: AP/K.Shijith

For now, there is no vaccine against Nipah and the only treatment given to those who have been diagnosed with the disease is meant to make them comfortable. Hence, the disease has a mortality rate of 70 percent.

It is still unclear as to how the Nipah outbreak began but a senior Health Ministry official has told the Indian press that it is likely to have originated from a person who has been infected by a fruit bat. It is also believed that Infections that followed are a result of the transmission of the virus to those who took care of the first victims, such as their relatives or health workers.

The Nipah virus is suspected to have come from infected fruit bats.

Source: AFP

However, after tests on several dead bats that were found at a secondary school in the state of Himachal Pradesh were ordered, the results revealed that the bats were not carrying Nipah. Despite this, fear continues to grip the people of India.

As part of the precautionary measures, health officials advise the public not to eat fruits that have fallen on the ground or appear to have tooth or claw marks. People are also dissuaded from traveling to the affected states, and coming near to abandoned wells as fruit bats eat dates from palm trees, and sometimes nest in wells.

Apart from not eating fruits that appear to have been bitten by fruit bats, people are also advised to stay away from abandoned wells.

Source: PTI

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the disease as one of the eight priority diseases that could cause a global epidemic, along with Ebola and Zika.

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More Than 220,000 Pounds of Spam Recalled Over Contaminated Cans

Check your SPAM cans now.

Hormel Foods Corporation has announced a recall of over 220,000 pounds of canned products, including the ever popular Spam, due to metal pieces reportedly found inside. Four consumers have complained about the metals found in the canned meats.

The US Department of Agriculture stated that there were reports of "minor oral injuries" but so far no one fell ill or was seriously injured from eating spam and other canned products from the Minnesota-based company. The first report was made to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on May 25.

The canned products involved in the recall was produced at the company's Nebraska plant.

The recall involves 12-ounce metal cans of "SPAM Classic" best by February 2021.

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UK Mosque Teacher Urged ISIS Supporters To Target Prince George At His School

The online terrorist posted a photo of the little prince along with the address of his school.

An ISIS-supporter has urged his online followers to launch an attack by injecting poisons into ice creams in the supermarke, as heard by jurors at a court hearing. Thirty-one-year-old terror suspect Husnain Rashid also allegedly urged ISIS supporters to attack Prince George at his school.

Woolwich crown court heard on Wednesday that Rashid of Nelson, Lancashire has shared with his followers on his online channel a sort of "e-toolkit for terrorism." He had provided advice to lone wolf terrorists on how they can launch attacks using bombs, chemicals, knives, and poison.

Rashid works as a teacher at the Muhammadi mosque.

Jurors heard that Rashid had advised ISIS supporters to visit the prince at Thomas' Battersea school in south-west London.

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Vatican Urges Nuns To Spend Less Time On Social Media

Nuns are warned to avoid the distraction of “noises, news and words.”

It looks like excessive social media usage is officially becoming a problem among Catholic nuns. In a recent statement, Vatican has recently ordered nuns to reduce time spent on social media and instead to focus more on contemplation.

A document entitled ‘Cor Orans’ (which is Latin for ‘Praying Heart’), the Vatican reminded 38,000 cloistered nuns in the Catholic Church that too much tweeting and reading the news can interfere with staying prayerful.

Excessive social media use can be a major distraction for nuns, Vatican warned.

The said document taught nuns about how they can more fully apply Pope Francis's Apostolic Constitution. Issued back in 2016, the constitution gives guidelines regarding life in monasteries – which includes matters pertaining to legal, administrative and spiritual subjects. ...

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