Wildfires

Wildfires – Idaho, USA

Fire crews are keeping busy battling several blazes in southwest Idaho. Five fires were started by lightning strikes Sunday evening, including two south of Glenns Ferry and another three south of Hammett.

The fire that has burned the most acres so far is the Kinyon Springs Fire, about 16 miles south of the Glenns Ferry. It burned about 1,466 acres before crews could contain it.

The Sailor Fire, located about 22 miles south of Hammett near the Sailor Creek Day Station, has burned about 363 acres. It also is contained.

Wildfires – Alaska

As of this morning, Alaska has over 25 active wildfires burning throughout the State. Two of those fires are located in Western Alaska, the largest one near the community of Anvik which burned through 90 acres. All the wildfires are small and do not pose a threat to communities. However, with the wildfire season approaching, authorities have cautioned people to be careful during their outdoor activities.

Disease

Bangladesh: Anthrax outbreak

Twenty five people have been sickened, 10 in critical condition and one boy died from a suspected anthrax outbreak in Bhangpur upazila in Pabna District in west central Bangladesh, according to a Daily Star report. The outbreak is linked to the handling and consumption of tainted cows late last month.

Indonesia: Leptospirosis

Health officials in Kulon Progo in the Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia are reporting 58 cases of the bacterial disease, leptospirosis, including eight fatalities since the beginning of the year. According to health officer Bambang Haryatno, leptopirosis is not only caused by rodents in the rice fields, but rat urine in homes can cause this disease.

Puerto Rico declares Zika outbreak over

Puerto Rico on Monday declared that the 2016 Zika epidemic is over, saying transmission of the virus that can cause birth defects when pregnant women are exposed has fallen significantly.

About 10 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported in each four-week period since April 2017, down from more than 8,000 cases reported in a four-week period at the peak of the epidemic in August 2016, the Puerto Rico Health Department said in a statement.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, has not changed its travel advice, noting that pregnant women should not travel to Puerto Rico.