Health Officials Investigating Report of Legionella at Mercy Hospital

Health Officials Investigating Report of Legionella at Mercy Hospital

legionella risk at hospitalThe Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating a report of Legionella in the water system at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center and two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in patients who were possibly exposed to the bacteria at the hospital.

The investigation is currently limited to the facility on the city’s Near South Side, according to health officials, who say the general public is not at risk.

Follow up on the investigation by visiting News WTTW.

More than Half a million Honey Bees Killed After Attacker Sets Hives on Fire

bee hive burntMore than half a million bees have been killed after someone set their hives alight in a rural area of south east Texas.

Most of the 20 hives, once thriving with bees that had nurtured mature colonies, were incinerated, but some had been tossed into a pond or toppled over.

About 600,000 bees were dead after the attack on Saturday, according to the Brazoria County Beekeepers Association.

The Independent reports the full story.

Older bees pass on immunity-boosting molecules to other bees in jelly

bees passing molecules onBee colonies are even more of a superorganism than we thought. When disease strikes, bees can add immunity-providing molecules to the jellies they feed to larvae, to give the hive a kind of collective immune system.

A decade ago, Eyal Maori at Cambridge University and colleagues tested a new way of treating diseases in bees. The treatment was based on a technique RNA interference, which involves feeding the bees double-stranded RNA molecules that shut down specific genes. Many insects naturally produce these double-stranded RNA molecules as an immune response to infections by viruses, bacteria or fungi.

The News Scientist reports on this incredible story.

Rats Save Lives in Landmine-Infested Areas

rat landminesThe APOPO external linknon-governmental organisation, with its foundation in Geneva, receives about a third of its CHF4.5 million ($4.48 million) annual budget from Swiss donors and organisations. The NGO was set up by Belgian scientist, Bart Weetjens who, in 1995, came up with the idea of training rats to detect landmines and to screen for tuberculosis.

Swiss Info reports more on how rats can be trained to seek-out landmines.

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