From Palestine to Fiji, untold flu stories 100 years on

Thanks; Alasdair Soussi Published; 13 Feb 2018 Up to 40 million people died in the Spanish flu outbreak between 1918 to 1919 [AP] “I had a little bird, its name was Enza. I opened the window and in-flu-enza.” Almost like the creepy theme tune to a horror film, the rhyme above became a common refrain for…

CHILD REFUGEES ‘FORCED TO SELL THEIR BODIES’ TO ENTER EUROPE, RESEARCHERS WARN

THANKS:BY ISABELLE GERRETSEN  Published; 4/19/17 AT 7:29 AM Smugglers are forcing unaccompanied child refugees to sell their bodies in exchange for money to aid their traveling through Europe, a new report from Harvard University has claimed. There is a “growing epidemic of sexual exploitation and abuse of migrant children in Greece,” say the report’s co-authors, Dr…

How ‘guerilla’ start-ups can make the world a better place

Thanks; @IBGC_Fletcher & Word Economic Forum REUTERS/Thomas Peter At the Stockholm Tech Fest this year, Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström issued a rare and refreshing call to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their next startup idea. As founder of Skype, he knows a thing or two about opportunity-spotting. The UN goals involve complex problems, but…

MERS cases increase again; infection outside of hospitals reported

THANKS; Claire Lee;ASIA NEWS NETWORK The Korea Herald Publication Date : 24-06-2015 Korea quarantines 298 more people to prevent possible infection South Korea reported four more cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome Wednesday, while announcing that it has placed 298 more people under quarantine to prevent possible infection. The Health Ministry also reported the nation’s…

EBOLA RACISM REACHES A NEW LOW IN TEXAS

Thanks;ABBY HAGLAGE 10.15.14 “Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases.” It was with shock that 33-year-old Nigerian-American academic Idris Bello read this sentence, signaling the rejection of a friend’s Nigerian brother-in-law to the Texas community college based solely on his citizenship. “I didn’t believe it, I was so surprised….

KILLER 200 Ebola Deaths Recorded in One Day

Thanks; Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in history has jumped by almost 200 in a single day to at least 2,296 and is already likely to be higher than that, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The WHO said it had recorded 4,293 cases in five…

Chinese experts join fight against Ebola

Thanks;Shan Juan and Li Lianxing China Daily Publication Date : 12-08-2014 China has sent three teams of experts to Ebola-affected West African countries to help fight the deadly virus. It is the first time Beijing has offered overseas assistance in response to a public health emergency. Li Qun, emergency response chief at the Chinese Centre…

Ebola in Spain: Spanish Priest Quarantined in Madrid with Ebola

Thanks;NEWS WEEK By Reuters Filed: 8/7/14 at 10:03 AM | Updated: 8/7/14 at 10:14 AM Filed Under: World, Ebola, Spain MADRID (Reuters) – The first European infected by a strain of Ebola that has killed more than 932 people in West Africa, Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, was stable in a Madrid hospital on Thursday after…

Giant viruses blur clear line between life-forms

Thanks:SHOJI KODAMA, Nikkei senior staff writer April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST Pithovirus is over 10 times larger than the influenza virus and rivals the size of some bacteria. (Courtesy of Chantal Abergel, IGS, CNRS-AMU) TOKYO — Giant viruses discovered over the past decade are redefining the notion of life.      The latest giant…

Weed Could Block H.I.V.’s Spread. No, Seriously.

Thanks;Abby HaglageFeb 15, 2014 5:45 am EST But the U.S. government won’t let scientists try out this promising treatment on humans. On a warm summer day in Chicago at the International Cannabinoid Research Conference, hundreds of marijuana researchers were giggling. It wasn’t the groundbreaking research they’d just heard—proving the ability of THC, one of the…