Boko Haram threat: Leaders vow to wage ‘total war’ on ‘Al Qaeda of West Africa’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

West African leaders have agreed to work together to wage “total war” on Boko Haram, saying the Nigerian Islamist group had become a regional Al Qaeda that threatened them all.

Nigeria, its neighbours – Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin – and Western officials met in Paris to flesh out a plan enabling them for the first time to share intelligence, coordinate action and monitor borders.

It comes as a suspected Boko Haram attack was carried out on a Chinese work site in northern Cameroon, killing at least one Cameroonian soldier with 10 others feared kidnapped.

Although Boko Haram has been fighting for five years, carrying out bombings and attacks on civilians and security forces, the kidnapping last month of more than 200 schoolgirls in the north-east has focused world attention on them.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan says Boko Haram is no longer a local threat, but has become West Africa’s Al Qaeda.

via Boko Haram threat: Leaders vow to wage ‘total war’ on ‘Al Qaeda of West Africa’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Doctors Reattach Teen’s Arm Severed Cleaning Pasta Machine: Gothamist

Last month, a teenager employed at an upstate NY Italian restaurant severed his arm while cleaning an industrial pasta maker. Brett Bouchard, 17, was cleaning the machine at Violi’s Restaurant on April 24th when his right arm became caught and was severed at the elbow. “It wasn’t a sharp cut,” one of his surgeons, Dr. Kyle Eberlin, told CBS. “His arm had actually been sort of pulled off which makes it a more difficult injury to treat.” Despite that, doctors were able to reattach the arm.

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Avian Flu Diary: Saudi MOH Announces 9 New MERS Cases

 

 

Daily Report of (MERS-CoV) Cases

As of Saturday, May 17th, 2014 corresponding to Rajab 18th, 1435H,

12 pm Local Time in Makkah

Total numbers of confirmed cases in last 24 hours : 9 cases

Recovered and discharged cases that previously tested positive and are now negative: 1 case

The total number of deaths: 5 from previously confirmed cases

Overview of the Health Status of the Cases:

6 stable cases

1 case without symptoms

2 critical cases in the ICU

Summary of the cases:

a) In Riyadh:

A 36-year-old female currently isolated in a government hospital. She has been in contact with a positive case and does not have any symptoms.

A 27-year-old female developed respiratory symptoms on May 16th, 2014. She was admitted to a government hospital on the same day. Her condition is stable.

b) In Jeddah:

A 58-year-old female developed respiratory symptoms on May 11th, 2014. She was admitted to a government hospital on May 13th, 2014. Her condition is stable.

A 33-year-old female developed respiratory symptoms on April 27th, 2014. She was admitted to a government hospital on May 2nd, 2014. The first two tests for MERS were negative. The third test came back positive on May 16th, 2014. Her condition is stable.

A 29-year-old male developed mild respiratory symptoms on May 13th, 2014. He is currently in home isolation.

c) In Al-Madinah:

A 36-year-old male developed fever on May 11th, 2014. On May 13th, 2014 he was admitted to a government hospital. He was discharged against medical advice on May 15th, 2014. He was admitted to another government hospital on May 16th, 2014. His condition is stable.

A 37-year-old male developed respiratory symptoms on May 6th, 2014. On May 10th, 2014 he visited the ER in a government hospital, but he refused to get tested for MERS-CoV. On May 16th, 2014 he was admitted to another government hospital. He is currently in the ICU.

A 28-year-old female developed respiratory symptoms on May 16th , 2014. She was admitted o a government hospital on the same day. Her condition is stable.

d) In Makkah:

A 55-year-old male, suffering from chronic renal failure, developed respiratory symptoms on May 15th, 2014. He was admitted to a government hospital on the same day. He is currently in the ICU.

Deaths from Previously Reported Cases:

An 80-year-old female was admitted to a government hospital in Jeddah.  Her case was reported on May 11th, 2014. She passed away on May 11th, 2014. May Allah have mercy upon her.

A 67-year-old male was admitted to a government hospital in Jeddah. His case was reported on April 23th, 2014. He passed away on May 16th, 2014. May Allah have mercy upon him.

A 55-year-old male was admitted to a government hospital in Jeddah. His case was reported on May 1st, 2014. He passed away on May 16th, 2014. May Allah have mercy upon him.

A 71-year-old male was admitted to a government hospital in Riyadh. His case was reported on May 14th, 2014. He passed away on May 16th, 2014. May Allah have mercy upon him.

A 77-year-old male was admitted to a government hospital in Al-Madinah. His case was reported on May 7th, 2014. He passed away on May 16th, 2014. May Allah have mercy upon him.

Recovered and Discharged Cases that Previously Tested Positive and are Now Negative:

A 26-year-old female was discharged from a private hospital in Jeddah on May 16th, 2014.

via Avian Flu Diary: Saudi MOH Announces 9 New MERS Cases.