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Doctors pull live 8cm parasitic worm from Aussie woman’s brain



This unprecedented occurrence, believed to be the world’s first recorded instance of a live worm inhabiting the human brain, has raised questions about zoonotic infections and the significance of food handling practices.

In what’s believed to be a world first, doctors in Australia have found an 8-centimetre or 3-inch live parasitic worm living in a 64-yr-old woman’s brain.

The surgeon who removed the worm said: “”I’ve only come across worms using my not-so-good gardening skills… I find them terrifying and this is not something I deal with at all.”

The discovery prompted a swift investigation into the identity of the parasite. Collaborating with an animal parasitology expert from a nearby governmental scientific research agency, Canberra Hospital infectious disease expert Sanjaya Senanayake unveiled the creature’s true nature.

The live worm was identified as Ophidascaris robertsi, a roundworm commonly found in pythons.

The patient resided in proximity to a lake area inhabited by carpet pythons in southeastern New South Wales.

Although she hadn’t directly interacted with these reptiles, it is speculated that the woman ingested the roundworm through the consumption of foraged Warrigal greens, a native leafy vegetable.

A snake’s faeces could have potentially contaminated the vegetation, leading to cross-contamination during cooking or consumption.

The patient’s ailment initially presented as abdominal pain and diarrhoea, evolving into a persistent dry cough, fever, and night sweats. Over time, her symptoms escalated to include forgetfulness and depression, prompting her referral to a hospital in the Australian capital.

Senanayake highlighted the broader implications of zoonotic infections, underscoring the encroachment of human habitats into animal territories.

The incident emphasises the increasing opportunities for interactions between humans, domestic animals, and wildlife, potentially leading to the transmission of diseases.

Senanayake cautioned that while the Ophidascaris infection does not transmit between humans, the prevalence of zoonotic infections, such as coronaviruses, necessitates greater vigilance.

The incident serves as a reminder of the risks associated with foraging and the importance of maintaining hygienic practices.

Proper hand hygiene and thorough washing of foraged materials used in cooking or salads are crucial to prevent contamination.

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Without drastic change, global IT outage will hit again



Elements of Friday’s global IT outage have occurred before and until more contingencies are built into networks, and organisations put better back-up plans in place, it will happen again.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines


The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 







It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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