May 16, 2013 |
PRAGUE - Was he or wasn't he? The video footage shows the new Czech president clearly worse for wear, propping himself up against a wall at a public event, struggling to negotiate a step and being aided by a cardinal. Milos Zeman makes no secret of his drinking. But on this occasion - a rare and highly ceremonial public display of the Czech crown jewels last week - his office insisted he simply had a virus and subsequently needed a day or two of rest. Since then, the video has prompted a storm of social-media gags.
December 21, 1986 |
Chester County swine farmers are taking precautions so that a highly infectious animal virus centered mainly in Lancaster County does not travel across the county line. Cheryl Fairbairn, Chester County agricultural/livestock agent, said the virus, swine pseudorabies, had "absolutely no effect on pork for human consumption. " The disease affects hogs, and they can transmit it to other animals. "Where it becomes an economic disaster is when it gets into breeding swine herds," Fairbairn said.
March 20, 1992 |
I cancelled my CompuServe Membership March 7. I've never used it - or my modem - for lack of interest, fear of virtual reality, whatever. Nonetheless, when I received my monthly bank statement, it showed a $1.87 CompuServe charge on my credit card. Livid, confused, I called and negotiated the (expletive) Press 1, Press 2, Press 3 routine until I was finally connected with a Suzanne. Poor Suzanne, she probably wishes she was still down at her place by the river . . . Apparently, the $25 "credit" I was issued upon joining CompuServe has been used up in monthly service charges.
May 31, 1999 |
A pervasive but little-known herpesvirus has emerged as the cause of a common childhood disease, a threat to organ transplant patients, and possibly even the trigger for some cases of multiple sclerosis. Human herpesvirus 6, or HHV-6, is a cousin of the notorious organisms that cause chicken pox, genital sores and mouth sores. In recent years, scientists have begun to understand how important the virus may be, according to an article in the current issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
August 4, 1987 |
An examination of a bottlenose dolphin that was found dead Sunday in Delaware Bay showed that it died of bronchial pneumonia, but New Jersey environmental officials and experts at a mammal stranding center in Brigantine disagree over whether a virus that precedes the pneumonia is responsible for 85 dolphin deaths along the East Coast this summer. James Staples, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), said last night that the virus Pasteurella multocida might have led to the deaths of the dolphins.
March 25, 1996 |
Beyond the grave of Tim Richmond lies a trail of pretty women, following him into the ground. Fresh flowers rest beside the tombstone of one former lover. A second ex-girlfriend, still fighting for her life, has picked out her casket. At least two former partners are in seclusion on the East Coast, awaiting the inevitable. And there might be more to come, according to a story published in the Miami Herald yesterday. The Herald reported that Richmond, an auto racing star who died of AIDS seven years ago, infected numerous women with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
February 17, 1988 |
When it strikes, it feels like food poisoning. So you immediately start to review your diet for the past 24 hours. But don't bother. What's been going around for the past few weeks has the symptoms of food poisoning, but it's actually a stomach virus (sometimes called intestinal flu) that lasts two to five days. Bala Cynwyd internist Steven Saris describes the progression of the virus: You're feeling fine. Then, you have this sudden urge to vomit. And you have abdominal cramps.
May 11, 2007 |
You see some weird stuff on the Internet, like the description of Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" as a "zombie romp. " The movie was anything but a romp. In fact, it was one of the first really good post-9/11 movies to imagine how terror attacks could break containment and morph into something apocalyptic (see also "Children of Men"). Boyle framed it as a genre picture, and avoided obvious commentary. He peeled away politics and boiled everything down to seething anger - his "zombies" were actually living people infected with a "rage virus," a disease (like hate itself)
January 22, 1993 |
Jennifer Capriati, taking pills for a stomach virus that had kept her in bed the day before, fought back from the edge of defeat to overcome Florencia Labat of Argentina, 6-7 (8-10), 7-5, 6-2, yesterday in the second round of the Australian Open. The 16-year-old Capriati, who spent Wednesday in bed with a high fever, was worked over a bit by the lefthanded Labat, whose top-spin returns blunted her power game. But the seventh-seeded Capriati, who won the New South Wales Open on Sunday, prevailed in a 2-hour, 17-minute thriller.
February 11, 2016 |
Pennsylvania and Delaware health officials Tuesday confirmed their first cases of the Zika virus. Two women in Pennsylvania who recently traveled to countries affected by the virus tested positive. "They were very, very mild cases: fever, rash, no complications," state Health Secretary Karen Murphy said in a conference call with reporters. She declined to say whether the women were pregnant. Health officials' prime concern about the virus has been reports of a small percentage of babies born with abnormally small heads to women who were infected while pregnant in Brazil, the center of the epidemic in the Americas.