Top of the Morning: Many Children Killed in Afghan Airstrike; Dengue Fever Worse than we Thought

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Many Children Reportedly Killed in US Airstrike in Afghanistan

Ten Afghan children died as the result of an airstrike intended to hit a Taliban commander. “The attack occurred Saturday during a joint mission of Afghan and American Special Operations forces that were targeting a high-profile Taliban commander in Kunar Province, Afghan officials said. After several hours of fierce fighting with insurgents, the American forces called in an airstrike to level the home of the commander, Ali Khan, officials said. In addition to killing Mr. Khan and about four other Taliban fighters, at least 10 children died in the strike, and at least 5 women were wounded.” (NYTmes

Dengue Fever: Much Worse than WHO Thought

A new global estimate of dengue cases finds three times as many as WHO estimates.“The new finding, based on several years of analysis, underscores the growing burden of the mosquito-borne viral disease, which is also called ‘breakbone fever’ because of the severe pain it can cause. There is as yet no approved vaccine or specific drug to treat dengue, which is not normally fatal but lands many victims in hospital. Researchers from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust presented their results, along with a detailed map of dengue distribution, in the journal Nature.” (AlertNet href=”” target=”_blank”>