HEALTHBEAT When worlds collide: human, critter and virus
Two of the more intriguing health stories this past summer didn't involve rogue sharks, swine flu or any of the other usual suspects. The stars of this particular show were the hantavirus and the West... Posted on 9/26/12 at 9:47 AM
HOME IMPROVEMENT WITH ANDY LINDUS Mosquitoes Are Using Your Clogged Gutters as a Vacation Home
Mosquitoes love gutters clogged with water, wet leaves and other debris. In fact, a significant percentage of mosquitoes in your neighborhood are bred right at home, in your own wet gutters. From a ... Posted on 9/3/12 at 2:00 AM
A European or Asian fish virus may be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of carp in the waters behind Jamestown Dam, according to Gene van Eeckhout, fisheries biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
UPDATED 7:51 P.M. A new way to cause mischief quickly spread through short-messaging service Twitter this morning before the site could fix the problem, as mysterious "tweets" of blocked-out text propagated themselves and caused popup windows to open.
The directors of North Dakota’s State Fair considered firing manager Bob Wagoner more than a year before they decided to do it this week.
Meeting minutes show the board discussed asking for Wagoner’s resignation in May 2008. The issue was later dropped and Wagoner got a 4.4 percent pay raise. Board member Neil Fleming of Cavalier said he saw improvements in marketing and staff relationships.
Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography. Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses — the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card numbers. In this twist, it’s your reputation that’s stolen.
Preliminary tests show three pigs in Minnesota may have contracted the swine flu virus making them the first potential U.S. cases in swine, agricultural officials said Friday. They stressed the finding does not threaten food safety. The samples were taken from pigs shown at the Minnesota State Fair between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1 as part of a university research project. Officials expect results next week to confirm whether the pigs were infected with swine flu virus, also known as H1N1.
Swine flu is causing unprecedented illness for so early in the fall — including a worrisome count of child deaths — and the government warned Friday that vaccine supplies will be even more scarce than expected through this month.
The Internal Revenue Service is alerting taxpayers in North Dakota and South Dakota to a phony e-mail about underreported income that the agency said is being used in a “phishing” scam to gain access to personal information.
Minnesota and North Dakota’s first shipments of H1N1 influenza vaccine, due next week, will be targeted toward health providers on the front lines in treating flu victims. In North Dakota, state health officials also said Thursday that they expect the next batch of H1N1 vaccine to arrive in mid-October, and eventually expect to receive enough of the vaccine to meet demand. Similarly, Minnesota’s first 28,000 doses of swine flu vaccine are earmarked for health care workers.
A proposal from the state Transportation Department and the Aeronautics Commission to trade in two 30-year-old planes for one newer one is on hold.
Representatives of the two agencies told the state Emergency Commission that sharing a new plane would save money. They said the old planes need repairs.
Computer-virus infections don’t cause your machine to crash anymore.
Nowadays, the criminals behind the infections usually want your computer operating in top form so you don’t know something’s wrong. That way, they can log your keystrokes and steal any passwords or credit-card numbers you enter at Web sites, or they can link your infected computer with others to send out spam.
As word of the fake parking tickets found in Grand Forks promoting a virus-inflicting Web site takes a global lap around newsstands and the blogosphere, local authorities are taking steps to find the perpetrators.
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