Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wildfire rages near Maple Cree, Canada

Fire crews are making headway on a raging grass fire near Maple Creek, in southwest Saskatchewan, officials say.

The wild fire is burning north of the Trans-Canada Highway and led to the evacuation of at least two farmyards.

Late Tuesday night, local fire chief Keith Stork told CBC News the western edge of the fire was under control and crews were able to stop the fire from advancing east. It was stopped about five kilometres north of the Trans-Canada, near Highway 21.

The fire blazed through several farmyards, although there were no reports of injuries.

Stork said crews were tending to flare-ups and expected to be working through the night.

"We're getting lots of flare ups," Stork said. "We still have winds gusting up ... so what we're getting is these fingers burning out from the burnt spots." Read More

'Three suspected typhoid cases in Malabuyoc town', Philippines

AFTER the outbreak in Tuburan, the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) admitted there are three suspected typhoid fever cases in Malabuyoc District Hospital.

Dr. Cristina Giango, IPHO head, said the patients showed signs and symptoms of typhoid fever.

She asked the Rural Health Unit (RHU) in the town to check where these patients came from to determine if there are other similar cases in the area.

But Giango said they had yet to confirm if the cases in Alegria town were indeed typhoid fever.
At least 11 suspected victims ages between 5 and 18 and mostly children from barangays Legaspi and Poblacion of Alegria were brought to a local hospital after showing signs of typhoid fever.

But Giango said she has not received reports from the municipal health office confirming that these were cases of typhoid fever.

In Tuburan, cases have gone down as of yesterday.

Giango said that there were only four patients admitted yesterday and 10 were treated at the out-patient department.

There are now 46 patients confined in Tuburan District Hospital. Read More