RIP: Thomas M. Menino, Mayor Who Transformed Boston, Dies at 71 – NYTimes.com

Mr. Menino remained a creature of its neighborhoods. He spent his whole life in Hyde Park, where he was born. He spent his days ambling along the city’s streets, talking with residents, reporting potholes and rarely missing a ribbon cutting. In a remarkable achievement for a big-city mayor, he met more than half of Boston’s 625,000 residents in person, according to polls. He left office with approval ratings at an astronomical 82 percent.

via Thomas M. Menino, Mayor Who Transformed Boston, Dies at 71 – NYTimes.com.

Ebola fears grip North Korea; foreigners to be quarantined | CTV News

Governor Christie and North Korea taking the same stance on public health zealotry/foolishness. If you needed any more “proof” about how silly and bullying people are being about Ebola when they are thousands of miles away from anyone who may have it – here it is!

North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.

An announcement distributed to diplomatic missions in Pyongyang said that, regardless of country or region of origin, all foreigners will be quarantined under medical observation for 21 days.

Foreigners from affected areas will be quarantined at one set of locations, while those from unaffected areas will be sent to other locations, including hotels. The staff of diplomatic missions and international organizations will be allowed to stay in their residences.

via Ebola fears grip North Korea; foreigners to be quarantined | CTV News.

Liberia: 300,000 people at risk of malaria as Ebola epidemic damages healthcare system | MSF UK

On 29 October, 20,000 families – 100,000 people – living in the New Kru neighborhood had already received one treatment. The distribution will continue for several days in other neighbourhoods. It will be repeated the next two months at the same locations, with the same treatment and mosquito nets.

Given the backdrop of Ebola, vigilance is essential. To protect both the population and healthcare workers against the risk of infection, the distribution takes place early in the morning, when the streets are still empty. Participants keep their distance from each other to avoid any physical contact.  The operation is divided among 55 sites.

After each distribution, the MSF-trained volunteers ensure that the message has gotten through, going door-to-door to confirm that all family members have taken the drugs even if they are not ill, because the treatment both cures and prevents the illness.

via Liberia: 300,000 people at risk of malaria as Ebola epidemic damages healthcare system | MSF UK.