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Black Plague outbreak may mutate, become untreatable, experts warn

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:15:41 +1200

A strain of plague which has already killed more than 140 in Madagascar could mutate and become untreatable, an expert has warned. There are fears the disease could spread to Europe and America via plane travel as Ebola did in 2014,...

Media Files:|caption=Ibrahima Soce Fall, Regional Emergency Director for Africa, of the World Health Organization, WHO, speaks during a press conference, about the Update on the plague situation in Madagascar. Photo / AP

Reducing child poverty: How will Jacinda Ardern do it?

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +1200

Children with "diseases of poverty" still walk into Dr Russell Wills' clinic in Hastings every day.The paediatrician who made reducing child poverty his primary goal as Children's Commissioner from 2011-16 is delighted Prime Minister...

Media Files:|caption=Dr Russell Wills welcomes the new Government's committment to a policy and legislative agenda on child poverty. Photo / Warren Buckland

West coast shellfish toxin warning extended to cover Manukau Harbour

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:24:36 +1200

The entire Manukau Harbour is now off limits for shellfish gathering after a spike in toxin levels.Paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have risen "significantly" in the area, and eating the shellfish is now considered dangerous.The...

Media Files:|caption=Pacific oysters on the mud near Papakura's Pahurehure Inlet are among those unsafe to eat due to the risk of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Photo / File