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Scientists infect mosquitos with bacteria to curb malaria transmission

US scientists have found a way to infect mosquitoes with bacteria in order to break the chain of malaria transmission, according to research published Thursday in a leading scientific journal. A similar approach has helped cut back on dengue in some locations, and researchers hope that the findings could offer…

Zoo probes mystery rhino deaths

An Australian outback zoo was Wednesday investigating the sudden and mystifying deaths of four white rhinos who showed “neurologic abnormalities” like stumbling. The Taronga Western Plains Zoo, a safari-style animal park about 400 kilometres (248 miles) west of Sydney, said toxins, bacterial infection, snake venom and organ failure had so far been ruled out…

Walmart pulls formula from shelves after baby dies

CHICAGO — Walmart has pulled infant formula from the shelves of its 3,000 stores after two babies in Missouri got sick and one of them died, the retailer said Thursday. Health officials have not yet determined whether the bacterial infection which sickened the newborns was linked to the powdered formula,…

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