2018 Advisories

LOCAL & REGIONAL FLOODING: As flooding recedes, some streets open | Recently, NC governor Roy Cooper announced a state of emergency throughout all of Western North Carolina due to heavy rains, flooding and mud slides, as reported on May 30, 2018, at Foxcarolina.com: More> | RELATED NEWS: In some areas of Asheville, as the flooding begins to recede, the City of Asheville continues to clean up and open some streets, such as in Biltmore Village, via Ashevillenc.gov: More>

FORAGERS EVERYWHERE: New Instagram cookbook includes potentially toxic mushrooms, published Aug. 1, 2018, at Buzzfeed.com: More>

BREAKING NATIONAL NEWS: Trump goes soft on China; beware if your cell phone is a ZTE phone | Trump tweets he will help unemployed in China by helping China's ZTE telecom company, which the U.S. has sanctioned for selling to Iran and North Korea: More> via Rueters. Also, the U.S. military will not sell any ZTE cell phones at its PXs because they believe ZTE phones — such as those sold at Walmart and other retailers — may provide hidden parts to spy on the US: More> via Fox News; warning to those who use ZTE telephones: More> via Themaven.net; i.e., ZTE is the 4th largest seller of cell phones to US citizens: More> via Mobilegeeks.com, and could be bugging US citizens and taking away their privacy, reports major news sources, such as ABCnews.com, CBSnews.com, CNN.com, Slate.com, and others: Defensesystems.com, NDtv.com, Theverge.com. | RELATED NEWS — China gives $500 million loan to Trump organization via National Review: More>; via Slate.com: More>; via CNN.com: More> | Trump continues to keep his tax forms from public view as well as his finances, via CNN.com: More> | Does the 'Emoluments Clause' apply to Pres. Trump? via Washingtonpost.com: More>; via NBCnews.com: More>; via Heritage.org: More>

E. coli breakout, do not eat romaine lettuce, throw it away, warns CDC | People are getting sick eating contaminated romaine lettuce in many states. On April 20, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted the warning to tell Americans to stop eating all types of romaine until the problem is resolved. Tip: If you have any romaine lettuce, throw it away, even if you have not yet gotten sick from it, advices CDC.gov: More>

UPDATE: Deadly news of 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season in North Carolina: 386 dead this season | News Flash: Yes, you can get the flu twice in one year, because there are different strains of the flu. The season's flu season runs from October through May. As of Mar. 13, 2018, the total death toll of this season (Oct. 1, 2017 to now) in North Carolina was 276; as of Mar. 20, 2018, the total was 305; as of Mar. 30, 2018, the total was 342. Currently, as of May 23, 2018, the total flu deaths in North Carolina starting Oct. 1, 2017, to now is 386, which includes three more flu deaths  reported between May 6 to 12, 2018. Beware. Be safe. Be smart. Be clean. | For details about this flu season in North Carolina, visit Flu.nc.gov: More>To understand why getting the flu does not protect you from getting another strain of the flu in the same year, Scientificamerican.com posted info on Feb. 4, 2018: More>


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