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Researchers Link Virus to Starfish Disease- 11/18/14 9:00 S.S.

Scientists now believe a virus is what is causing the disease that has killed millions of sea stars in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers at UC Santa Cruz, Cornell University, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium have found evidence that links the disease to a densovirus (which is a type of parvovirus that is found in invertebrates). The disease has caused sea stars from Alaska to Southern California to lose their limbs and eventually disintegrate. The sea star wasting disease is affecting at least 20 different species of sea stars, but is reportedly hitting the five-legged ochre sea stars, and the sunflower sea stars particularly hard.

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Monterey Bay Area Prepares for Ebola Response Test- 11/18/14 8:30 S.S.

With the 2014 Ebola epidemic being the largest in history, health services agencies around the Monterey Bay Area plan to participate in an Ebola response test this week. Thursday’s “test” is designed to strengthen the response to communicable diseases in general, and Ebola in particular. Although it is still believed that the risk of a major Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is unlikely, most health professionals say they would rather err on the side of caution.

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Son Attacks Father with Hatchet in Salinas- 11/18/14 5:00 S.S.

A 45-year-old man, who allegedly hit his father in the head with a hatchet last night, has been arrested and‎ booked into Monterey County Jail. The just before 7 p.m. incident on the 1600 block of Atherton way in Salinas led to law enforcement officers surrounding the home for several hours, before they realized that Steven Ferguson was in the parking lot of the hospital where his father had been taken for treatment. The 69-year-old man was treated for a severe, but non-life-threatening, laceration. Ferguson faces a possible charge of attempted murder.

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