Lassa fever kills 142

04-2018       Lassa fever has killed 142 people  since the start of the year, the  Disease Control (NCDC) said on Thursday, reporting a rise of 32 fatalities in a month. "Since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 142 deaths,". Cases have been recorded in 20 of Nigeria's 36 states, it said. "Eight states have exited the active phase of the outbreak while 12 states remain active," it said. On March 6, the NCDC reported 110 deaths in 18 states. Last month the World Heath Organization (WHO) said the epidemic had reached record highs and promised to support efforts to contain it and treat those affected. The NCDC said the southern states of Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi were worst-hit. "WHO and NCDC have scaled up response at national and state levels," it added. Lassa fever belongs to the same family as Marburg and Ebola, two deadly viruses that lead to infections with fever, vomiting and in worst-case scenarios,…
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spread of deadly Lassa fever

March 13, 2018

Even as doctors are grappling to contain the threat, health watchdogs are struggling to understand why the deadly virus has spread so dramatically.

The Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 353 Lassa cases

But the possible reasons for this surge are many, said NCDC director Chikwe Ihekweazu.

"The harder you look, the more you find," he said, citing a change in the virus's environment, viral mutation -- and better reporting of cases by the public in response to awareness campaigns.

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student kicked out of class after saying there are only two genders

student kicked out of  class after saying there are only two gendersLake Ingle was booted from his Special Topics in Christianity course for lodging a "disrespectful objection" to the professor, and making "angry outbursts" after being "required to listen to a trans[gender] speaker discuss the reality of white male privilege and sexism."That description came from religious studies professor Alison Downie, who has said she would only allow Ingle to return if he apologizes, displays respect for her, and explains the “importance of an atmosphere of safety for an educational environment.”Downie also wants Ingle to apologize to other students and then “listen in silence as the professor and/or any student who wishes to speak shares how he or she felt during Lake’s disrespectful and disruptive outbursts."Ingle has argued that he would lose the money he paid for the course if he were kicked out, and wouldn't be able to graduate in May as planned.“Also, I think I will have to pay back …
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ILLEGAL ALIENS VOTE IN US ELECTION

A Maryland city voted to ALLOW ILLEGAL ALIENS  noncitizens,  voting rights. With a tie-breaking vote from the mayor, the City Council in College Park approved the measure to allow undocumented immigrants, student visa holders and residents with green cards to vote in local elections, The Washington Post reports.Several other cities in Maryland already allow noncitizens to vote locally. Chicago and San Francisco also offer limited noncitizen voting. The trend runs counter to the anti-immigration sentiment in many areas of the country, but supporters say residents of cities and towns should have a say in how their government operates, whether they are citizens or not.Noncitizen voting is also legal in two other cities in Prince Georges County—Hyattsville and Mount Rainier—as well as the neighboring Montgomery County cities of Takoma Park, Barnesville, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Martin’s Additions and Somerset. Noncitizens are still barred from voting in federal and statewide …
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outbreak of HIV and syphilis

An outbreak of sexually transmitted disease is hitting the  area, and an alarming percentage of the patients are teenagers.

According to The Journal Sentinel, at least 125 people -- including some high school students -- have contracted HIV, syphilis or both in one of the largest sexually transmitted infection “clusters” discovered in the city. Most of those who were tested in the group were men and 45 percent were HIV positive, according to Ugland and other health care advocates. Information about which school or schools are affected by the cluster has not been released.

Even more concerning, health officials confirmed in a tweet that three local babies were also born with syphilis. "Troubling public health news, there has been an increase in new cases of HIV/Syphilis," the Milwaukee Health Department tweeted. "Sadly this included infants in 2017, " the message read.The statement read, "Because schools have a significant numb…
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school shooting several students shot

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBMA) — Two people were shot at a Birmingham area high school, police confirm.Sergeant Shelton of Birmingham Police says two students were accidentally shot at Huffman High School in what police are labeling an "accidental shooting."One of the students is suffering from life-threatening injuries, police confirm. Police have not yet confirmed the sex of either victim.http://abc3340.com/news/local/two-shot-at-birmingham-high-school-unknown-if-students-invovled
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hemorrhagic disease has broken out

Rabbit owners near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island need to take precautions to protect their pets against a deadly virus that is killing feral rabbits. According to Nanaimo Animal Control Services, about 30 dead rabbits have been found in the last four days on Vancouver Island University campus and in the surrounding area.The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources said in a statement it will continue testing, but it suspects the other rabbits died from the same illness."At some point it runs out of agents needed to clot blood and ongoing bleeding cannot be clotted and the rabbit just bleeds out... It's nasty," said Welch, who added the disease attacks rabbits like the Ebola virus attacks humans.Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is not a threat to humans or other animals, said Welch, but it is highly contagious and has an extremely short incubation period of one to two days.http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/province-warns-rabbit-owners-about-deadly-virus-on-vancou…
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congressman smokes pot for election ad

        Chicago congressional candidate smokes pot in new campaign ad

POSTED: FEB 26 2018 10:59PM EST

UPDATED: FEB 27 2018 12:56PM EST

A Chicago congressional candidate supports legalizing marijuana, and he smokes it in a new campaign ad. Benjamin Thomas Wolf is running against incumbent Mike Quigley in the 5th District. He is running on a progressive platform that includes legalizing recreational marijuana.
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drug kills flu virus approved for use

a new drug the company claims will kill the flu virus in one day. fast-track approval to begin immediately selling Xofluza in Japan, but the pill might not be available before May because a price hasn't been set, the company told The Wall Street Journal. Japanese regulators considered data from a first late-stage trial in making their decision. Xofluza, which was developed in 2015, is the first drug to be approved through the fast-track review system, .Shionogi and Switzerland's Roche, which has the rights to sell the drug outside Japan, including the United States, are in final stages of a second late-stage trial. They plan to file for U.S. approval after the second trial. In a late-stage trial on Japanese and American flu patients, the median time Xofluza took to rid the virus was 24 hours. Roche's Tamiflu, among the few drugs to treat people infected with the flu, took three times longer in the trial. Xofluza needs only a single dose compared with Tamiflu over five …
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drug used for euthanizing animals found in dog food

an investigation  uncovered a drug used for euthanizing animals inside various brands of dog food, a massive recall has been issued by multiple companies. The J.M. Smucker Company issued a voluntary recall of several types of their “Gravy Train,” “Kibbles ‘N Bits,” and “Skippy” wet dog food products. In a memo to retailers, obtained , J.M. Smucker said the move was being made “because a minor ingredient may contain low levels of pentobarbital.” Pentobarbital is a sedative used to treat insomnia but can also induce death when given in large doses. The sedative is a known euthanasia drug given to pets when they are put to sleep. Smucker’s memo claims that the amount detected was “extremely low” and did not pose a risk to pets, however, its presence was “not acceptable.” According to reports, 60 percent of Gravy Train samples in an independent test came back positive for pentobarbital. “Please know our internal investigation into this situation is ongoing. We take this ve…
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