In a rare case, girl overcomes rabies
An 8-year-old California girl who contracted rabies — likely from a wild cat — is a rare survivor of the infection without having received the life-saving vaccine, hospital officials said. Precious Reynolds of Willow Creek, Calif., was treated by pediatricians at the University of California at Davis Children's Hospital. Precious contracted the disease in April, but it was not clear exactly when, which was why she did not receive the usual series of shots that follow animal bites and keep humans from developing symptoms, the hospital said in a statement Sunday. It said she's the third person in the United States known to have recovered from the virus without having antiviral inoculations immediately after becoming infected.
Donors promise $4B for vaccines
Donors promised Monday to give the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization more than $4 billion to help it protect millions of children from diseases like measles, pneumonia and yellow fever. At a conference in London, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Britain would provide $1.3 billion. The alliance is a group of organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, major vaccine makers and others. Health officials hope to vaccinate more than 250 million children, saving about 4 million lives in the next few years. They estimate 2 million children die each year from diseases that a shot could prevent.
Firefighters who died on duty in 1978, the most recorded except for 2001, when hundreds died at the World Trade Center
Firefighters who died on duty in the United States in 2010, the lowest since the National Fire Protection Association began tracking the total in 1977