Germany, Lithuania, Thailand, China

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 5:04pm

AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – Germany, health authorities confirm a report that the E. coli strain that's killed at least 17-people has never been seen before. So it could be a while before they'll figure out its source. Right now, more than 15-hundred people are sick in eight countries in Europe and as many as forty percent of those people are in intensive care.

Lithuania – No more pigs are allowed to come in or out of the country after an outbreak of swine fever. There have been 63-confirmed cases so far. The disease is highly contagious and once a pig gets it’s almost a 100% chance it will die. Swine fever does not affect humans.

Thailand – Hundreds of rare and endangered reptiles have been seized by customs officials. A man allegedly had them in his suitcases. The haul is worth an estimated 33-thousand dollars. No word yet on where they were headed.

China – Officials are still holding out hope that 9-miners are still alive in a flooded coal mine. They've been there since Sunday and all week rescue crews have been pumping water out of the mine so they can go in and try to find them.

And staying in China, the drought there is so bad that people are resorting to drastic measures. The people are making cloud seeding rockets. When shot up into the air they release silver iodide and some believe it helps clouds produce rain. Many are hoping this works because drinking water is scarce. Entire lakes and rivers have even dried up.

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