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Bubonic Plague In Colorado!

A squirrel in a Colorado has tested positive for bubonic plague.  The rodent was found in Morrison Colorado. The county's health officials said in a statement that the squirrel was the first case of plague in the county.
Bubonic plague is one of three forms of the infectious disease caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria. If left untreated, the bubonic plague, which is typically transmitted from animals to humans by fleas, has a fatality rate of 30 percent to 60 percent.  This disease caused the Black Death and killed some 50 million people in the 14th century.
This report comes on the heals of a human case reported in China
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Chinese Bubonic Plague Confirmed!

China has closed the city of Bayannur in its Inner Mongolia region after a case of bubonic plague was identified and confirmed on Tuesday. Visitors are prohibited from entering the affected area.
The patient is being isolated and treated in a hospital, and is in stable condition, according to the Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency. It is believed the plague was contracted from eating raw marmot meat.
China has issued a level 3 warning for Fatal Bubonic Plague. 
The bubonic plague causes painful, swollen lymph nodes and fever, chills and coughing. Antibiotics can prevent complications and death if they are administered quickly enough.

Intense Wisconsin Illinois Heat Wave Buckling Roads

A  heat wave that's gripped the Midwest for days and will only grow more intense by next week is taking its toll on roads across the region, creating hazards for motorists as roads buckle. The combination of prolonged intense heat and humidity has added stress on highways and local roads across the region.
The National Weather Service's said that temperatures in a warm air mass over the Midwest will climb into the 80s and low 90s on Wednesday from the Corn Belt eastward to the central Appalachians.
The Illinois Department of Transportation warned motorists on Monday to watch for damaged roadways that may buckle during this intense stretch of heat.
“One of the hottest weeks of the year means the potential for pavement failures will increase,” said Omer Osman, acting transportation secretary. “At IDOT, we have the necessary staffing and materials in place to make repairs as quickly as possible."

More Blasts In Iran

Six explosions have happened at strategic locations in Iran over the last few weeks. Early Tuesday morning two Iranians were killed and three injured in a blast at a factory south of Tehran, IRNA reported.
Like with other recent explosions and fires, official statements downplayed this latest blast as an accident. "Human error was the cause of the blast in a factory... The explosion that was caused by some workers' negligent handling of oxygen tanks.... was so powerful that the walls of a factory nearby were also totally destroyed," a local official stated.
Several mysterious fires and explosions have broken out at sites in Iran lately, including explosions at a weapons depot, power station and a medical facility.
The incidents are now coming with such frequency that the question of foreign sabotage is impossible to ignore, also considering Israeli leaders have over the past year vowed they'll do anything to ensure the Islamic Republic can't possibly develop a nuke.

Israel Strikes Iranian Nuclear Site

Israel hit an Iranian nuclear facility with a powerful bomb last week that caused “significant damage” and set back Tehran’s nuclear program by months
Iran admitted the blast had caused serious damage to the site as satellite images were released last week. “We first learned that, fortunately, there were no casualties as a result of the incident, but financial damages incurred to the site due to incident were considerable,” said Iran’s atomic agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi. He also admitted the damaged building was indeed a centrifuge center and not an .industrial shed
It is believed the bomb was planted inside the building, not a fire as originally reported. Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz remained tight-lipped but didn’t deny the allegations outright.

Syria Preps For War With Turkey

The Syrian Army military is on high alert in response to the new round of aggression by the Turkish Army in  Northern Syria. Several convoys of government forces, including several T-62M battle tanks and a number of trucks equipped with heavy machine guns, deployed to the countryside of Ayn Issa after intense Turkish artillery strikes on positions of Syrian Democratic Forces near al-Nuyhat, Hushanah and Tell Tamr.
According to local sources, there were no casualties among civilians or military personnel. Syrian state media also reported that Turkey set up a new training camp for its proxies northwest of Tell Tamr.

New Type Of Swine Flu Warning!

Researchers have warned of new swine flu strain found among pigs in China. They have warned it carries all of the hallmarks of a global pandemic as it can infect humans. At this point there is no vaccine for this strain.
From the  BBC:
So far, it hasn’t posed a big threat, but Prof Kin-Chow Chang and colleagues who have been studying it, say it is one to keep an eye on.
The virus, which the researchers call G4 EA H1N1, can grow and multiply in the cells that line the human airways.
They found evidence of recent infection starting in people who worked in abattoirs and the swine industry in China.
“Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses,” Prof Kin-Chow Chang of the UK’s Nottingham University told BBC, adding that we should “not ignore” the recent discovery.