There have been 2 deaths linked to heroin containing anthrax in the Blackpool area. The Health Protection Agency have issued this advice:
“Anthrax can be cured with antibiotics, if treatment is started early.
Drug users may become infected with anthrax when heroin is contaminated with anthrax spores. This could be a source of infection if injected, smoked or snorted.
We urge all heroin users to seek urgent medical advice if they experience signs of infection such as redness or excessive swelling at or near an injection site, or other symptoms of general illness such a high temperature, chills, severe headaches or breathing difficulties.”
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A number of people have been injured after a building collapsed in a suspected gas explosion in Wirral
Thirty-two people have been taken to hospital and two buildings have collapsed in an explosion thought to have been caused by a gas leak.
Dry, fine and sunny this weekend across the NW. Maybe a touch more cloud around and slightly breezier on Mothering Sunday than on Saturday