Total fail in actually getting word out to people and about how this is different!
The minister said the virus appeared to have been transmitted by an old man who showed symptoms of haemorrhagic fever after visiting Dinguiraye in central Guinea, far from the identified outbreaks of Ebola in the remote southeast.
Four of the man’s brothers, who attended his funeral in the central town of Dabola, started to show the same symptoms and were tested for Ebola on their return to Conakry.
“The four tested positive,” Lamah told Reuters. “They have been placed in an isolation ward in Donka hospital.” The old man’s family has also been quarantined, the minister said.
The spread of the disease to Conakry, a city of some 2 million people, marked an escalation in the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, which ranks as one of the poorest nations on earth despite rich deposits of bauxite and iron ore. As of Wednesday, 63 deaths had been reported from suspected cases of infections.
via H5N1: Four cases of Ebola confirmed in Guinean capital Conakry.
“Hitchhikers” on ships and planes – globalization of trade and tourists drives modern “evolution” of species and ecosystems.
A section of War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam has been closed after the presence of the invasive little fire ants was discovered.
Pacific Daily News (http://is.gd/LJzSmU) says the Asan Beach unit of the park has been closed to reduce the possibility of spreading the little fire ants.
The closure also aims to protect the public from the ants, which are tiny but can produce painful stings.
Officials are considering several options to eradicate the pest from Asan Beach, including the application of pesticides, and cutting and burning infested trees.
The little fire ant was first discovered in Guam in 2011 and first found in Hawaii in Puna in 1999.
The species is native to South America.
via Section of national park in Guam closed after discovery of invasive little fire ants.
This initiative of Sandoz is in line with South African Government’s five-year (2012 – 2016) National Strategic Plan on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and TB, and supports the provincial plans to revitalise its primary health care programme.The scooter initiative of Sandoz not only provides a workable solution to a problem, but it is also a very visible demonstration of community involvement and private – public partnership to help eradicate TB.
U.S. Embassy Medical Practitioner attended the World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola Task Force meeting hosted by WHO today and reports:
• There are a total of 88 suspected individuals of hemorrhagic fever in Guinea.
• 63 of these individuals have died.
• Out of 37 samples, 11 have tested positive for the Ebola virus to date.
• All of the positive tests have come from the far South Eastern Region of Guinea.
• There have been NO proven Ebola cases in Conakry and at this time there are NO suspected cases in Conakry.
via H5N1: Guinea: Ebola update from the US Embassy.
What do we mean when we say someone is cool? A new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will explore this very theme, through photography, history and popular culture
‘Cool is the opposite of innocence or virtue. Someone cool has a charismatic edge and a dark side.’
via Eleven photos that define ‘American Cool’ | Art and design | theguardian.com.
The legendary jazz saxophonist Lester Young created the modern usage of “cool” in the 1940s. At first it meant being relaxed in one’s environment against oppressive social forces, but within a generation it became a password for stylish self-control.
This exhibition does not reflect our opinion of who’s cool. Each cool figure was considered with the following historical rubric in mind and possesses at least three elements of this singular American self-concept:
1.) an original artistic vision carried off with a signature style
2.) cultural rebellion or transgression for a given generation
3.) iconic power, or instant visual recognition
4.) a recognized cultural legacy
via American Cool | National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Actually, they lose for going back to wrong side of history but bullies are happy for now.
Federal Way-based World Vision U.S. said it made a “mistake” earlier in the week regarding the hiring of married same-sex workers, and said it now won’t hire married gay employees.
On Monday, the Seattle Times reports the ministry organization said it would allow hiring of married gay employees, but the backlash from conservative Christian supporters was so intense, the board was forced to change its stance just two days later.
via World Vision admits ‘mistake,’ won’t hire married gays – Puget Sound Business Journal.