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  • Dengue, Malaria and Deadly Disease Outbreaks Worldwide

    The tiny prick of a mosquito bite. Drinking tainted water. A sneeze by an infected person. The simplest acts can lead to the deadliest of diseases. And in great numbers, they become epidemics that can sicken or kill millions of people around the world every year. Illnesses such as diarrheal diseases, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis are among the leading causes of death worldwide.

    One of the greatest public health concerns right now is an epidemic of dengue fever. It's a mosquito-borne illness, with effects ranging from flu-like symptoms to, in the most extreme cases, death. With no vaccine available yet, poor surveillance and containment means the disease continues to spread. And it's even reached the United States. In Puerto Rico, which has frequent outbreaks, dengue has sickened nearly 5,000 people this year. Since September, public health officials have tracked four locally acquired cases of the disease in Florida.

    Dengue is now found in fully half the countries of the world.

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  • In a special "Around the World," Christiane Amanpour reports from Jerusalem after three days of fierce fighting in the region.

    For the first time, both the Israeli Army, the IDF, and Hamas have taken to social media and are threatening each other via Twitter. What the Israelis have said is that no Hamas leader had better show his face above ground. And Hamas has responded by saying that any more air attacks into their territory, any more assassinations, and they are going to reach out and hit vulnerable Israeli targets. What's likely to escalate the problem is whether Israel goes in with ground forces like it did four years ago.  And that turned an air war into a three-week ground war with huge numbers of casualties.

    Israel says it has already been able to intercept dozens of Hamas rockets. America stands ready to help but the U.S. thinks this is going to be resolved by the two parties and it will try to exert whatever influence it can, saying Israel has the right to self defense.

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  • Poaching, Trafficking a Menace for Already Endangered Animals

    A global phenomenon threatens some of the most endangered animals on the planet. Poaching and illegal trading are targeting dwindling populations of elephants in Africa; majestic big cats such as tigers in Asia; and rhinoceros populations in several parts of the world.

    China is the No. 1 destination in this illegal trade, where rising incomes are driving a demand for exotic pets, trinkets, traditional medicines and rare foods, with the United States coming in second. But the worldwide trade is so widespread, so pervasive that it's now estimated at up to $20 billion per year, second only to arms and drug smuggling, according to the U.S. Department of State.

    One of the most critical situations is the slaughter of elephants in Central and Eastern Africa. Poachers are killing tens of thousands of the animals every year, fueling the illegal trade in ivory.

    In late October, customs officers in Hong Kong confiscated nearly 4 tons of ivory, worth more than $3 million dollars in the biggest

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