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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: External Situation Report 5 (19 May 2017)

    May 20, 2017 5:34 PM 5

    WHO, UN Agencies, International organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and partners continue to support the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo to rapidly investigate and respond to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province located in the northeast of the country. On 19 May 2017, three

  • Thailand’s chunky monkey on diet after gorging on junk food

    May 19, 2017 10:03 AM 4

    Wildlife officials caught the chunky monkey — nicknamed “Uncle Fat” by locals — after photos of the animal started circulating on social media last month. Wild monkeys roam free in many parts of Thailand, attracting tourists who feed and play with the animals. Most of the monkeys are macaques like Uncle Fat, and they typically weigh around 9 kilograms

  • US teen dies of caffeine overdose

    May 17, 2017 1:05 AM 8

    MIAMI, United States — A coffee, a caffeinated drink and an energy soda proved a deadly combination for a South Carolina teenager who died within two hours of consuming them, triggering warnings about the risks of caffeine overdose. Davis Allen Cripe died on April 26 from a “caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia,” the Richland

  • UN experts to help fight Ebola outbreak in Congo

    May 16, 2017 9:57 AM 5

    He noted that the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has already mobilised teams, and is also ready to provide the technical expertise and leadership required to mount a coordinated and effective response. The visit follows notification by the government of an outbreak in the Likati health zone, in the north. At least three people have died, as of Saturday

  • British Patients Suffer as Hospitals Race to Revive Computer Systems

    May 13, 2017 4:14 PM 32

    Ms. Rudd said the number of affected N.H.S. organizations in England and Scotland had risen to 48, of which all but six were back to normal. Britain’s National Cyber Security Center is working with the N.H.S. to ensure the attack is contained, she added. The opposition Labour Party criticized the government sharply on Saturday for what it called negligence

  • UK Health Service ignored cyberattack warnings for months

    May 13, 2017 1:54 PM 5

    LONDON: Britain’s National Health Service ignored numerous warnings over the last year that many of its computer systems were outdated and unprotected from the type of devastating cyberattack it suffered Friday. The attack caused some hospitals to stop accepting patients, doctor’s offices to shut down, emergency rooms to divert patients, and critical

  • Nissan's Sunderland plant hit by cyber-attack

    May 13, 2017 1:54 PM 10

    Car firm Nissan's Sunderland plant has been hit by the worldwide ransomware attack with production affected. "Like many organisations our plant was subject to a ransomware attack affecting some of our systems on Friday evening," a spokeswoman confirmed. The government's emergency committee, COBRA, is due to meet to discuss the global cyber attack which

  • NHS cyber attack: Infosec bod halts WCry spread... by buying a domain for eight quid

    May 13, 2017 1:54 PM 7

    'Accidental hero' stumbles across kill switch in ransomware code A BRIT INFOSEC BOD has halted the global spread of the WannaCry ransomware, by buying a domain name for eight quid. The kill switch detects that a particular web domain exists, and when it does, stops spreading the infection. MalwareTechBlog registered the domain name - iuqerfsodp

  • World's reportedly heaviest man recovering from bypass surgery in Mexico

    May 12, 2017 8:42 PM 6

    The man believed to be the world's heaviest is recovering from biliopancreatic bypass surgery in Mexico, after doctors recommended the procedure amidst fears for the patient's health. According to local media, thirty-three-year-old Juan Pedro Franco - who has weighed up to 1,311 pounds - has been largely bed-ridden for the last seven years due to his large

  • Ransom reportedly demanded in cyberattack on England’s health-care system

    May 12, 2017 5:39 PM 6

    LONDON — Computer systems in more than a dozen hospitals and doctors’ offices across England suffered large-scale failures Friday in a suspected cyberattack possibly waged by ransom-seeking hackers. The BBC broadcast a screen-shot of a message apparently sent to the National Health Service medical facilities demanding payments for unlocking computer