India Battles Black Mold and a Covid Variant
Doctors in India have been fighting a deadly surge in COVID-19 – and now they face a new threat: mucormycosis, a rare and possibly fatal infection known as black fungus. After hundreds of hospitalizations, at least 90 people have succumbed to this uncommon contagion.
Catching black fungus most often happens when a person inhales fungal spores in the air, but infections can also spread through open wounds, scratches, and burns. Symptoms include facial swelling, skin ulcers, fever, and lesions or sores in the mouth. The Indian Health Ministry explained that the contamination “spreads to eyes, lungs and can even spread to the brain. It leads to blackening or discoloration over the nose, blurred or double vision, chest pain, breathing difficulties and coughing of blood.”
At this time, there is no evidence that the United States has any cases associated with COVID-19. Yet much is unknown about the lingering effects of the many strains and variants of the Coronavirus.
Can Oregon Counties Secede To Idaho?
According to a report from KTVB-TV in Boise, there is a lot to do before a move can be made: “To make it a reality, the group would need all 19 counties to approve of it, plus portions of a few others. Then it would need both the Oregon and Idaho legislatures to pass it, and Congress would also give it the OK.”
But it has happened in the United States before:
- 1792: Kentucky was created from Virginia’s territory.
- 1820: From Massachusetts, Maine was created.
- 1863: During the Civil War, when counties were divided by North and South, West Virginia was carved into the latest U.S. state.
The voter turnout in the special secession election was high: 43% – of which 63% voted to become part of Idaho. Petitioners are now encouraging eastern parts of California and Washington state to sign up as well.
Now That’s a Fish Story
A 240lb sturgeon was pulled out of the water as it came up for a snack, weighed and measured, and then released.
A female sturgeon usually lives 70 to 100 years, while males live around 55 years. The sturgeon is a threatened species in 18 states, including Michigan. They are freshwater fish that live at the bottom of rivers and lakes, including the Mississippi River, Hudson Bay, and the Great Lakes. As such, anglers are limited to one sturgeon a year in many states. Any sturgeon caught in the Detroit River must be safely released.
Now the old gal has done her part for research and can live many more years in peace and quiet. Now that is an epic fish story.