When the weather turns cold and stormy around Cape Cod, it's common for some sea turtles to get stranded in the choppy waters and end up on the areas beaches. But the numbers of turtles getting beached has been going up dramatically every year, and that's worrying local scientists. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
Ever since Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818, the world has been fascinated with the idea of creating life in a lab. But it remained in the realm of fiction... until it became a bit closer to reality with genetic engineering work in a Swiss lab. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. scientists warn that a growing number of patients in Venezuela are getting vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, diphtheria and polio. One of the main hospitals at the Colombia-Venezuelan border says it's seeing more people who need treatment. Cristina Caicedo Smit has the story.
In the wake of Cyclone Idai's devastation, Mozambique now faces 1,000 cases of cholera. The soaring disease toll follows storm-surge flooding that contaminated wells with sewage. VOA’s Brian Padden reports international relief organizations are scrambling to prevent a deadly epidemic in the impoverished country where the storm's death toll is already over 800, with thousands more displaced and many in desperate need of emergency food and supplies.
Public health authorities are coping with outbreaks of measles in communities where vaccination rates are low. In the United States, this is fueled by a growing movement of people who view vaccines as dangerous. Mike O'Sullivan reports that the battle is being fought on the Internet and in state legislatures.