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Georgia woman’s viral rant says she’s infecting men with HIV – New York Post

Georgia woman’s viral rant says she’s infecting men with HIV – New York Post

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AMERICUS, Ga. — A Georgia woman who went on a viral Facebook Live rant claiming she was HIV-positive and intentionally infecting others is now being investigated by police. Americus police Major Herman Lamar told news outlets they received several tips Friday on the video. The woman is identified as Brandi Yakeima Lasiter. The roughly 1-minute video shows Lasiter rattling off a list of men she allegedly infected, along with their wives and girlfriends. She bragged about getting revenge on the men, saying she always gets the last laugh. Lamar says one of the men named in the video came forward and filed a communication harassment complaint. The investigation is ongoing and Lamar says police need to first prove Lasiter has HIV. It is a felony in Georgia to knowingly transmit HIV. Share thi
Does a Meme Show the Faces of Suspected Mass Shooters in US in 2019? – Snopes.com

Does a Meme Show the Faces of Suspected Mass Shooters in US in 2019? – Snopes.com

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In the aftermath of two back-to-back mass shootings in the United States in early August 2019, much debate turned to the demographic dimensions of such massacres, with some commentary pointing the finger at white men, in particular.  In response to such observations, others pointed out the role of non-white assailants in gun violence in the U.S. One graphic in particular caught the attention of internet users.  The meme was first posted on Aug. 5 to the /pol/ (“Politically Incorrect”) section of the website 4chan, which is notorious as a forum for far-right and white nationalist imagery, tropes and discussion threads. It was entitled “Mass Shooters 2019” and bore the sub-heading “Every person charged with or arrested for shooting 4+ people in a single incident.” Underneath that
How vaccines could fix our problem with cow burps – BBC News

How vaccines could fix our problem with cow burps – BBC News

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The cows grazing peacefully in the vicinity of New Zealand’s farming science research institute AgResearch look much like any other. They plod slowly around the pastures, heads bowed as they tear up mouthfuls of grass and let out soft, low moos.But some of these animals are not like the cattle you might find on other farms. Away from view, inside the hard-working stomachs of these cows, an experiment that could potentially change the planet is taking place.They have been given a vaccine against certain gut microbes that are responsible for producing methane as the animals digest their food. Methane is one of the most egregious of greenhouse gases, roughly 25 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.You might also like:• What if the world went meat free? • The poisons releas
Mass Shootings Can Be Contagious, Research Shows : Shots – Health News – NPR

Mass Shootings Can Be Contagious, Research Shows : Shots – Health News – NPR

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Enlarge this image Crosses memorialize the victims of a mass shooting, which left at least 22 people dead, in El Paso, Texas. It was one of cluster of shootings that took place in roughly a week. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mario Tama/Getty Images There were three high-profile shootings across the country in one week: The shooting in Gilroy, Calif., on July 28, and then the back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this past weekend. That...
Philippines declares national epidemic as Dengue fever cases rise past 145,000 – Fox News

Philippines declares national epidemic as Dengue fever cases rise past 145,000 – Fox News

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Health officials in the Philippines have upgraded the country’s outbreak of Dengue fever to a national epidemic as more than 145,000 cases have been reported since January alone.The agency's Secretary Francisco Duque III made the announcement Tuesday in hopes that local governments would now be able to tap into a special Quick Response Fund to combat the quick-spreading disease.At least 146,062 cases of Dengue fever have been reported from January to July 20, showing a 98 percent jump from the same period last year. The outbreak has lead to 622 deaths, officials said.PHILIPPINES DECLARES NATIONAL EMERGENCY AFTER MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE CONTRACT DENGUE FEVER  In this April 30, 2019 file photo, Philippine Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III displays a graph showing the dec
The Real Ebola “Emergency” – Slate

The Real Ebola “Emergency” – Slate

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World Health Organization worker Belinda Landu changes her protective outfit after decontaminating the house of a pastor who has just tested positive for Ebola in Beni, Congo, on June 13. Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Can a U.S.-Funded Park Help Make El Salvador Safer? ASAP Rocky Has Unwittingly Stumbled Into a Bitter Debate Over Race and Cri...
West Nile virus confirmed in Los Angeles county for first time in 2019, health officials say – Fox News

West Nile virus confirmed in Los Angeles county for first time in 2019, health officials say – Fox News

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Two residents in Los Angeles County have been infected with the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, marking the county’s first confirmed cases of the 2019 season, local health officials said Monday.The residents — who were not identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health — are from the San Fernando Valley region and the southeastern region of Los Angeles County, respectively, per officials. They were both infected in late July and are still recovering.“We are glad to hear that these two people are recovering from their West Nile Fever infections and wish them well. Every year in Los Angeles County, we see cases of West Nile virus infection, which can be serious, even deadly, especially for people over 50 and those who have existing health problems,” Muntu Davis, a Los Ang
Philippines declares dengue epidemic as deaths surge – BBC News

Philippines declares dengue epidemic as deaths surge – BBC News

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The Philippines has declared a "national dengue epidemic" after at least 622 people lost their lives from the mosquito-borne disease this year. At least 146,000 cases were recorded from January to 20 July - a 98% increase on the same period last year - the health department said.The epidemic was declared so that officials can identify areas in need of emergency attention. The infection causes flu-like illness, but occasionally becomes more severe.The global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Philippines declared an initial "national dengue alert" in July. Media playback is unsupported on your device "It...