H5N1: Eyewitness testimony from the heart of Guinea’s Ebola outbreak

“At the start, neither the patients nor the doctors understood what was happening. There was talk of a mysterious illness that was similar to cholera and typhoid fever. Some patients snuck out of hospitals to get the opinion of traditional practitioners, which only helped spread the virus.

When a family member is sick, all of his relatives stay by his bedside

“In this city, like in surrounding towns, people don’t know what to do. When a family member is sick, all of his relatives stay by his bedside. Then, once they die, since it’s unthinkable to abandon a body, the body is buried. At any one of these moments, loved ones risk being infected.

“It is essential to do real work on the risks and means of transmission. Up until now, the authorities have broadcast advice over local radio, but that isn’t enough. I think that we don’t have an exact idea of the number of infected people because we only count people that are admitted for treatment. But there’s probably a lot more if we include surrounding towns and villages.”

via H5N1: Eyewitness testimony from the heart of Guinea’s Ebola outbreak.

ECDC finds only one in three MDR TB patients complete treatment | Vaccine News Daily

Multi-drug-resistant TB on rise

The data, which was jointly created by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, found that only one out of every three patients with MDR TB infections successfully completed treatment. More than half of all MDR TB patients died, did not follow recommended treatment plans or stopped treatment all together.

Only seven out of 21 countries reported maintaining a five-year decline in MDR TB notification rates. Across the EU, the rate of MDR TB treatment success is approximately 30 percent below the target of 70 percent set by the EU Framework Action Plan to Fight Tuberculosis.

via ECDC finds only one in three MDR TB patients complete treatment | Vaccine News Daily.

Serious Resistant Infections Increasingly Found in Children – Wired Science

the really unnerving thing (though not new to anyone who has followed the ESBL story) is the high proportions of resistance that were found in children when they came to outpatient clinics: in 2010-11, 37.6 percent of the third-generation cephalosporin resistance and 48.8 percent of the ESBLs. The authors note that there is no way to know whether those children had previously been hospitalized, so it is possible they could have picked up those resistant bacteria inside a healthcare institution. But it is also possible that ESBL is spreading in children in the outside world. And that suggests that the problem of these difficult-to-treat bacteria is larger than anyone knows or can count.

via Serious Resistant Infections Increasingly Found in Children – Wired Science.

The dependent generation: half young European adults live with their parents | Society | The Guardian

An Italian family eating their meal. In Italy, 79% of young adults were living with their parents in 2011, according to Eurofound. Photograph: Ingolf Hatz/ Ingolf Hatz/zefa/Corbis

Almost half of Europe’s young adults are living with their parents, new data suggests – a record level of dependency that has sobering social and demographic implications for the continent.

via The dependent generation: half young European adults live with their parents | Society | The Guardian.

Ex-Pres. Carter fears US monitoring of calls and email; handwrites and mails sensitive letters

Carter says: “For the last two or three years, when I want to write a highly personal letter to a foreign leader, or even some American leaders, I hand-write it and mail it, because I feel that my telephone calls and my email are being monitored, and there are some things I just don’t want anybody to know.”

via Ex-Pres. Carter fears US monitoring of calls and email; handwrites and mails sensitive letters.

Publications – ebola-guinea-rapid-risk-assessment.pdf

An outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever is currently ongoing in Guinea. Eighty cases were reported, including 59 deaths. This is the first such outbreak in Guinea.

As of 23 March 2014, the situation in Sierra Leone is also under investigation, as there are concerns about the disease’s spread in the districts which border affected prefectures in Guinea.

via Publications – ebola-guinea-rapid-risk-assessment.pdf.

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“The fundamentalists that strike Christians also threaten the local Imam”, said the apostolic administrator of Mombasa – Fides News Agency

“I do not know who committed the attack against the Evangelical church, but most probably it was committed by a group of fundamentalists”, says to Fides Agency His Exc. Mgr. Emanuel Barbara, Bishop of Malindi and Apostolic Administrator of Mombasa, where yesterday, March 23, an attack was carried out against the evangelical Church of Likoni, during the Sunday celebration.

“I was not in Mombasa, but I was informed immediately over the phone by my collaborators about what had happened”, says Mgr. Barbara. “According to what I was told, a gunman came shooting out the back door of the church, while the other two accomplices were at the main door to prevent the faithful to escape. Four people died on the spot and 21 were injured”. According to local media, two of the people admitted to the hospital died later.

“The area of Mombasa is considered the stronghold of an Islamist movement of secession” adds the Bishop. “These groups even threaten the local Imam, accused of being moderate”.

“In Kenya – continues the Bishop – it is believed that these groups are funded by some businessmen in Mombasa. The majority of the members of these groups are young people from Somalia, but there are also local youth who shoot and kill just for money, not because they are religious fanatics”.

“Pray for us and especially for the conversion of the hearts of these young people, so they do not commit violence”, concluded Bishop Barbara. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 24/03/2014)

via “The fundamentalists that strike Christians also threaten the local Imam”, said the apostolic administrator of Mombasa – Fides News Agency.

Dennis Banks Calls for the Reinvigorating of the American Indian Movement

To reinvigorate AIM, Banks, 77, has called for a national and international gathering of AIM families, chapters, support groups and individuals to meet during the first week of October 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“It’s an invitation to a lot of people to come together to reinvigorate AIM. We have to have a voice. With where we are today, we should be more professional and be issuing statements on Native issues, such as ICWA,” Banks commented to the Native News Online.

“The Green Bay chapter of AIM will be hosting this meeting,” Banks said. “I have AIM chapters asking me all the time why AIM is not meeting on these issues. As a matter of fact, it was the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate grassroots group that has been pushing for this.”

via Dennis Banks Calls for the Reinvigorating of the American Indian Movement.

Jewish extremists vandalize 45 cars in East Jerusalem | Maan News Agency

Suspected Jewish extremists punctured the tires of dozens of Palestinian cars in annexed East Jerusalem on Monday in the latest so-called “price tag” hate crime, police and an AFP correspondent said.

The attack took place in Beit Hanina with Hebrew graffiti on a nearby bus reading “Gentiles in the country are enemies”.

Police said the tires of 34 cars were punctured, but an AFP correspondent at the scene placed the number at 45, noting all four wheels of each car were slashed.

via Jewish extremists vandalize 45 cars in East Jerusalem | Maan News Agency.