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Norovirus slowing down

VICTORIA -- A fast-spreading norovirus outbreak that sickened 150 and could be linked to nine deaths may be coming to an end at a Victoria, B.C., seniors' home, the Vancouver Island Health Authority said Wednesday.

The virus infected 100 residents and 50 staff members at Selkirk Place since the outbreak began on July 11.

While nine people have also died since then and norovirus may have been a contributing factor, the health authority said the causes of deaths still have to be determined.

Noroviruses are part of a group of viruses that cause severe vomiting and diarrhea. While it is common in the summertime, and in long-term care homes, Plank said the outbreak at Selkirk Place was unusually wide-spreading.

 

Walking worm had relatives

VANCOUVER -- A walking worm that lived in Canada 505 million years ago is not quite as unique as once believed.

Researchers in Canada and the United Kingdom have discovered the strange fossil first found in Yoho National Park more than a century ago had relatives around the world.

In an article published Wednesday, the team says the Hallicigenia sparsa was part of a group of animals that once lived on the sea floor from Canada to China, the U.K. to Australia.

 

No sign of fishermen

BAKER LAKE, Nunavut -- A search for two U.S. fishermen missing on a lake in Nunavut has failed to turn up any sign of the men.

An official with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre at CFB Trenton in Ontario says a C-130 Hercules airplane searched the area until Tuesday evening.

A second Hercules flew for several hours overnight.

Both have returned to their home base at CFB Winnipeg and the RCMP is continuing an investigation.

A charter aircraft was sent to pick up a man and his adult son on Monday after four days of fishing on Dubawnt Lake. Only their boat and fishing gear were spotted -- the boat had run out of gas.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 1, 2013 A8

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