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EH-20170914-59844-ZWE - Epidemic Hazard - Zimbabwe - Africa

At least 15 people have contracted anthrax in central Zimbabwe, the state-run Herald reported on Friday, apparently after butchering infected cows. The latest outbreak was first noticed in cattle early this month, with the first human case reported on October 20, Midlands provincial medical director Christopher Zishiri told the paper. Of the 15 people suffering from anthrax, two are in a serious condition and are receiving treatment at a hospital in the central town of Kwekwe. Zishiri accused the nation's veterinary services of lagging in their response to the outbreak. "No vaccination of ......

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NC-20170914-59847-USA - Nuclear Event - USA - North-America

The D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of an unusual event that resulted in reactor coolant leaking into a relief tank exceeding 10 gallons per minute. The NRC said the notification is under "emergency action level S8," and was caused due to actuation of the letdown relief valve that resulted in reactor coolant system leakage to the pressurizer relief tank exceeding 10 gpm. The NRC sent a news release about the event at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. The plant was making preparations to proceed to cold shutdown to support their refueling outage, the NRC said. ......

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FR-20170914-59838-MYS - Fire - Malaysia - Indonesian Archipelago

Twenty-five students and two wardens died when a blaze tore through a Malaysian religious school in what officials described as one of the country's worst fire disasters for years. The blaze broke out before dawn on Thursday in the two-storey building of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school, located in the centre of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.Firefighters had the blaze out within an hour but the damage was extensive. Pictures in local media showed beds blackened by fire and covered in ash. Khirudin Drahman, the director of Kuala Lumpur's fire and rescue department, said: "It really does not ......

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BH-20170914-59837-USA - Biological Hazard - USA - North-America

A blue-green algae bloom has developed at Lawson Lake County Park. The bloom may pose health problems to people and pets. Right now, it's limited in size and is concentrated near the beach area. Fishing and boating are still allowed, but you should rinse off any parts that come into contact with the bloom, with clean water and soap. It is recommended that people not eat fish coming from the areas of dense blooms. If anyone who experiences symptoms associated with exposure to the bloom, such as asthma or nausea, they should get away from the water and seek medical attention if needed....

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BH-20170914-59836-USA - Biological Hazard - USA - North-America

The Ionia County Health Department has issued a no contact advisory with parts of Long Lake due to toxic algae. The department says that people and pets should not come in contact with the "scummy" water in the lake, which looks like spilled paint and has a green coloring. The water may contain flecks, foam or clumps. The department says that people and pets can still enjoy boating, fishing and swimming in other parts of the lake. The advisory comes after water samples were tested on September 11. The department says that most algae blooms are not harmful, but there some that can produce ......

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