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Deadly bacterial disease with no known cure discovered in Italy

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A deadly bacterial disease with no known cure that ravaged olive groves in southern Italy three years ago has been detected in the French island of Corsica, industry officials confirmed on Tuesday.

 

“The verdict is in,” Corsica’s olive growers federation SIDOC said in a statement. It said Xylella fastidiosa has been detected in the island’s olive trees, adding that a lab in western France is working to identify the particular strain. A strain is known as “multiplex” less virulent than the one that devastated olive groves in Italy in 2015 has previously been detected in southern France as well as Corsica, but not on olive trees.

 

However, since wild olive trees cover more than 300,000 hectares (750,000 acres) of the Mediterranean island, the risk of contamination is “immeasurable”, the statement said. Xylella fastidiosa, spread by tiny sap-sucking insects known as leafhoppers, has also been found on Corsica’s holm oaks, which cover more than 100,000 hectares. “It’s the first time that the olive tree and the holm oak have been affected in Corsica,” SIDOC president Sandrine Marfisi told AFP.

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Corsica’s olive oil sector has an annual turnover of some 3.0 million euros ($3.7 million). The disease was detected for the first time in Europe in southern Italy’s Puglia region in 2013, and has since been found in Spain and Germany as well as France.

 

Known in the United States as Pierce’s disease, it devastated Californian vineyards in the late 19th century. World olive oil prices surged following a disastrous harvest in 2014-15 in Italy and Spain, the two countries that account for 70 percent of global output, according to the International Olive Council (IOC).

 

Spain suffered an extremely hot and dry summer in 2014, while Italy was hit with fruit fly infestations as well as Xylella fastidiosa.  Total world output in 2015 of 2.3 million tons was a one-third decrease from the previous year and the lowest level since 2000, the IOC said.

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Photos: Akwa Ibom-based optician rescues little girl with Cerebal palsy, left to die in a pit toilet by her mother (Photos)

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Four months ago, the little girl pictured above was reportedly abandoned at a pit toilet in Akwa Ibom by her own mother. The little girl whose name is MmeyeneAbasi has Cerebral Palsy.

 

Her mother got tired of nursing her and abandoned the child in the pit toilet in her blind mother’s compound.

 

An optician, Benjamin Omin, pictured above with her, was alerted by residents of the community and he immediately took her to his hospital in the state where she has since been recuperating.

”When I got the call about a little child thrown off to die by a pit toilet, it jolted me and I immediately moved to the location and found her wrapped in feaces and even though she had becomed undesirable to the world around her, I saw a life waiting for help and I made myself available and today we celebrate 4months in the Majesty Hospital and Eye Clinic, 60 Barracks Road, Uyo. Akwa Ibom  State and she has recovered greatly.

A story of Hope and New Beginning” Benjamin wrote

 

Photos: Akwa Ibom-based optician rescues little girl with Cerebal palsy, left to die in a pit toilet by her motherPhotos: Akwa Ibom-based optician rescues little girl with Cerebal palsy, left to die in a pit toilet by her motherPhotos: Akwa Ibom-based optician rescues little girl with Cerebal palsy, left to die in a pit toilet by her motherPhotos: Akwa Ibom-based optician rescues little girl with Cerebal palsy, left to die in a pit toilet by her mother

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Photos: Akwa Ibom-based optician rescues little girl with Cerebal palsy, left to die in a pit toilet by her motherPhotos: Akwa Ibom-based optician rescues little girl with Cerebal palsy, left to die in a pit toilet by her mother

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China to kill 1,332 pigs following fresh outbreak of swine fever

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Authorities in China’s Zhejiang province said it will kill 1,332 hogs after an African swine fever outbreak was reported in the city of Yueqing, the city government said in a post on its official Weibo account on Thursday.

 

Already, authorities have sealed off an area within 3 km (1.8 miles) from the pig farming community where the deadly disease was found, according to the statement. The local government has also banned the movement of animals that can be easily infected inside and outside the affected area, and closed some live hog trading markets and slaughterhouses following the outbreak, the statement said.

 

The latest cull will bring the total number of pigs deliberately killed to prevent African swine fever to over 25,000 in an effort to control the spread of the highly contagious disease, which was first reported in the city of Shenyang in the northeastern province of Liaoning just three weeks ago.

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Graphic content: Baby born with two heads survives after one of them containing part of its brain is amputated (Photos)

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A Syrian baby born with two heads is lucky to be alive after a successful operation to amputate his second head.

Abdullatif Shekrak was born with part of his brain protruding from his head but managed to escape death after a risky operation to close the opening.

He was diagnosed with encephalocele, which is estimated to strike around one in 12,000 babies, in the womb.

The condition arises when a baby’s skull doesn’t close properly, causing a sac-like protrusion of the brain and its covering membranes through an opening in the skull.

Abdullatif was left with a mammoth 2.2lbs (1kg) mass, which appeared to look like he had a second head.

Surgeons were forced to operate on him when he was just three days old, but the complex procedure to push his brain back in proved successful.

Abdullatif’s mother Sana Hilel, of Aleppo, decided to cross the Turkish border to have her seventh child by C-section.

The 37-year-old made the 60-mile (97km) journey across war-torn Syria to Mustafa Kemal University Hospital in Antakya.

Facing almost certain death, Abdullatif was rushed to Iskenderun Developmental Hospital on the Mediterranean coast.

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Abdullatif Shekrak was diagnosed with encephalocele, which is estimated to strike around one in 12,000 babies, in the womb (pictured before)

The condition arises when a baby's skull doesn't close, causing a sac-like protrusion of the brain and its covering membranes through an opening in the skull (pictured after)

Surgeons were forced to operate on him when he was just three days old, but the complex procedure to push his brain back in proved successful (pictured during the operation)

Abdullatif's mother Sana Hilel (pictured with Dr Mehmet Koparan, who performed the surgery), of Aleppo, decided to cross the Turkish border to have her seventh child by C-section

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