National Health News:
18 labs may have received live anthrax samples: US officials
A total of 18 laboratories may have accidentally received live samples of anthrax shipped out by the American military, US authorities said. The 17 other laboratories, including one at the US Osan Air Force Base in South Korea, received samples from the same batch and are therefore likely to also be live, the Pentagon and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said. The samples "are being carefully transferred to the CDC" in Atlanta, Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the agency, told AFP.
Assisted suicide bill advances in California legislature
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Thursday revived a controversial bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, after a renewal of debate on end-of-life issues prompted by the death of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard last year. The bill, which is being fought by numerous religious and medical organizations, was approved by the state Senate appropriations committee days after the powerful California Medical Association dropped its opposition to the bill. "We are one step closer to ensuring Californians have access to all options when they are facing the end of life,” said Senator Lois Wolk, a Democrat who co-authored the bill.
South Korea's tally of MERS cases at 7; one suspected patient heads to China
South Korea's tally of patients of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) rose to seven on Thursday, with authorities saying one suspected victim skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China. A rise in MERS cases has stirred alarm in South Korea, with health authorities being criticized for not moving quickly and effectively enough to quarantine suspected patients. Two new victims are believed to have caught the virus from the first case confirmed last week, a 68-year-old man who had traveled to Bahrain in April and May, and returned to South Korea via Qatar.
Miniature golf course coming to downtown Spartanburg
Greer unveils new master plan
School District 1 names new principal at Landrum Middle