Category Archives: pandemic

Italy Loosens Vaccine Law Just as Children Return to School – The New York Times Italian Fascists find new way to kill innocent people at random!

Only a year ago, the number of measles cases in Italy climbed to 5,006 in 2017, from 843 in 2016. Last year, Italy had Europe’s third-highest per capita rate of measles after much-poorer Romania and Greece. Mexico has recommended that its citizens be vaccinated before traveling to Italy.

Superbug strains resistant to all known antibiotics discovered by Melbourne researchers – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Major Oops!

Australian scientists discover a new strain of superbug capable of causing near untreatable infections, prompting renewed calls for hospitals to do more to fight antibiotic resistance.

Source: Superbug strains resistant to all known antibiotics discovered by Melbourne researchers – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

AfD: Who chooses them chooses Nazis – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Anyone who continues to vote for the AfD after this weekend wants a totalitarian state, wants the restriction of basic rights. He at least accepts a policy in the tradition of the National Socialists. Protest as an excuse is no longer valid. Even if you are afraid of foreigners, if you do not like the politics of Angela Merkel and you do not like Andrea Nahles, you should think about choosing neo-Nazis. To state that is neither left nor radical. The AfD is – in parts – against the free-democratic basic order. This has impressively proved this weekend. You have to know that as a voter. And you have to want it.

Source: AfD: Who chooses them chooses Nazis – SPIEGEL ONLINE

‘Utterly stupid’: Samoan PM hits out at climate change sceptics in fiery Sydney speech

Samoa’s Prime Minister urges Australia to make deeper cuts to carbon emissions to help save Pacific Island nations from the disaster of climate change.

Source: ‘Utterly stupid’: Samoan PM hits out at climate change sceptics in fiery Sydney speech

Doctor in eastern Congo contracts Ebola in ‘dreaded’ scenario: WHO | Reuters

A doctor has become the first probable Ebola case in one of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s most violence-ridden and inaccessible zones, a scenario “we have all been dreading”, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Source: Doctor in eastern Congo contracts Ebola in ‘dreaded’ scenario: WHO | Reuters

Worries about security and healthcare exposures as DRC Ebola total grows to 52 | CIDRAP

In Twitter posts today, Peter Salama, MD, the WHO’s deputy director-general of emergency response, said sadly, many health workers in Mangina were exposed to Ebola early in the outbreak. And since health worker infections are known to amplify Ebola outbreaks, health officials expect the current DRC outbreak to get worse before it gets better. “Given complexities, we ask all partners to support government-led response with their most experienced staff,” he said. Salama said the event is on an “epidemiological precipice” and that there’s a crucial time-limited window of opportunity to prevent the Ebola outbreak from taking hold in areas that are much more difficult to access due to security concerns. “There is not a minute to lose,” he said.

Source: Worries about security and healthcare exposures as DRC Ebola total grows to 52 | CIDRAP

DRC Ebola outbreak climbs to 43 cases in 6 health zones | CIDRAP

Earlier conventional lab tests highly suggest that the Ebola Zaire species is the cause of the latest outbreak, but the WHO said genetic sequencing is needed to confirm the finding. Ebola Zaire is the species most deadly to humans. Genetic characterization will help guide the use of vaccines and drugs; VSV-EBOV, the candidate vaccine furthest along in clinical trials, targets the Ebola Zaire species and could be used if the new outbreak strain matches the vaccine strain. Ebola Zaire caused both the earlier DRC outbreak that was declared over on Jul 24 and the devastating 2014-16 outbreak in West Africa.

Source: DRC Ebola outbreak climbs to 43 cases in 6 health zones | CIDRAP