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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A Torrance marsh has been temporarily closed amid heightened concerns over West Nile virus and the first confirmed death this year in Los Angeles County attributed to the disease. City officials said the closure of Madrona Marsh, effective immediately, was “a precautionary measure” and that the marsh will remain closed until the city receives more data from local vector control officials. Two weeks ago, one of the marsh's sentinel chickens contracted West Nile, according to vector control officials.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A 78-year-old Carson man diagnosed by doctors with West Nile virus has died, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported . Albert Shipman died Tuesday night in San Pedro, two weeks after being hospitalized with stroke-like symptoms, including memory loss and slurred speech, Shipman's son Alfonso told the newspaper. County health officials have not officially attributed the death to West Nile, the paper says.  In addition to Shipman, five people with West Nile cases have been reported in Los Angeles County this year.
SCIENCE
July 5, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
A senior World Health Organization official announced that the United Nations agency would convene an emergency committee to plan for a possible escalation in illnesses caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV.  Dr. Keiji Fukuda, assistant director general for health security and the environment, told reporters Friday that the names of the disease experts on the team would be revealed Monday. He characterized the move as a precautionary measure.
SCIENCE
July 3, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Two HIV-positive lymphoma patients who received bone marrow transplants to treat their cancer no longer have detectable virus in their blood cells - even after stopping antiretroviral therapy in recent weeks, researchers reported Wednesday at the International AIDS Society Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While saying it was too early to declare the men cured, Dr. Timothy Henrich and Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes, both of the division of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, called the results “exciting” and said they would help guide scientists' efforts to fight HIV.  But bone marrow transplants are highly unlikely to become a standard therapy for people with HIV, Henrich said in an interview with The Times.
SCIENCE
June 29, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
ATLANTA - In a war room of sorts in a neatly appointed government building, U.S. officers dressed in crisp uniforms arranged themselves around a U-shaped table and kept their eyes trained on a giant screen. PowerPoint slides ticked through the latest movements of an enemy that recently emerged in Saudi Arabia - a mysterious virus that has killed more than half of the people known to have been infected. Here at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, experts from the U.S. Public Health Service and their civilian counterparts have been meeting twice a week since the beginning of June to keep tabs on the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
SCIENCE
June 19, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
The virus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS -- which has so far killed 38 of the 64 people known to have been infected with it -- has been especially aggressive in Saudi Arabia, where, as of Wednesday, health officials had reported 49 cases and 32 deaths . Now a team of U.S. and Canadian scientists has teamed with Saudi health officials and others to report on how MERS spread through four hospitals in the eastern part...
SCIENCE
May 30, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The unfolding mysteries of the illness known as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus already have the makings of an epidemiological thriller, and two newly published case reports offer grist for whoever writes the screenplay based on the latest infectious outbreak. Since it was first detected in September 2012 in Saudi Arabia, this strain of coronavirus appears to have sickened at least 49 and killed roughly 26 people in seven countries. But public health sleuths are still scrambling to figure out some essential facts about the virus: how it spreads from person to person, who is most (and least)
NATIONAL
May 15, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson is expected to take the stand Wednesday as he seeks a new trial on his 2008 convictions for robbery and kidnapping, which sent him to prison for up to 33 years. For two consecutive days, the fallen Hall of Fame running back  and Heisman Trophy winner from USC has sat shackled to his seat as witnesses testified about events leading up to the night in 2007 when he and several friends stormed into a $39-a-night hotel room here demanding the return of sports memorabilia Simpson insisted had been stolen from him. Defense lawyers argued that he was merely trying to recover property that was rightfully his. Simpson has said he didn't know that the five men who accompanied him to the Palace Station hotel had guns.
SCIENCE
April 29, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
Citing recent evidence that HIV infections are best managed when treated early, an influential panel of medical experts has finalized its recommendation that all people ages 15 to 65 be screened for the virus that causes AIDS. The recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force seeks to address one of the key challenges in the fight against HIV/AIDS: The window during which patients respond best to treatment is also the time when symptoms of the disease are least noticeable.
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