New Ebola outbreak strikes the Democratic Republic of the Congo

May 9, 2018 by  
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The deadly virus Ebola has returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A new outbreak of Ebola stuck the northwest town of Bikoro with 21 suspected cases of the virus. Out of five samples sent to the DRC’s National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) , only two were positive for Ebola. In 1976, the first case of Ebola was documented in the DRC, and there has been nine outbreaks of the virus since then. The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa from 2014 to 2016 infected 28,000, killed 11,000 and shocked the world. However, the virus ‘s latest reemergence in the DRC is no reason to panic. Previous outbreaks in the DRC have been contained thanks in part to the country’s vast, largely inaccessible land area, which inhibits travel and trade between towns. The DRC’s last Ebola outbreak occurred in the village of Likati in 2017, however the virus was contained within forty-two days. Related: Ebola mutated to become even deadlier during recent outbreak Led by Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, the first scientist to document Ebola, the INRB is experienced in responding to Ebola outbreaks. “We’re advanced in public health ,” an epidemiologist at the INRB told the Atlantic . “If you compare us with Europe or the U.S., eh, but here in Africa, we are high. We have experience.” Early monitoring and reporting is key to success. “We have a surveillance system that works,” Kinshasa School of Public Health leader Emile Okitolonda said. “Here, nurses know that if they see a suspected case, they report it.” The INRB will also receive expert assistance from the World Health Organization and Médecins Sans Frontières in responding to Ebola. The primary challenge in the DRC is a lack of resources – a problem that may be exacerbated by President Trump ‘s recent request to cut $252 million in funding for international Ebola relief. Congress must decide within 45 days whether to act on Trump’s request. If they do nothing, as they are wont to do, the funding will remain in place. + INRB Via The Atlantic Images via Wikimedia Commons and Depositphotos

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Civil war in the Congo is putting rare gorillas on the brink of extinction

April 6, 2016 by  
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Many creatures find themselves with dwindling numbers at the hands of mankind, but the fate of the Grauer’s gorilla has nearly been sealed in just the last two decades. Civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused a 77 percent decline in the primates’ population and conservationists are crying for help on their behalf. Read the rest of Civil war in the Congo is putting rare gorillas on the brink of extinction

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Costa Rica’s ‘Land of the Strays’ is a canine paradise where nearly 1,000 dogs roam free

April 6, 2016 by  
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Bathroom tissue gets even more eco-friendly

August 29, 2012 by  
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The bathroom tissue manufacturing industry has made progress in reducing its environmental impact in recent years.

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Managing the Requirements of the SEC Conflict Minerals Rules

August 28, 2012 by  
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By a 3-2 vote, the US SEC agency’s commissioners agreed to adopt the final rules required to implement Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Production Act. The respective Conflict Minerals Rules mandate disclosures of the origin of the derivative minerals that are the refined into gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries. Due to the ubiquitous use of the metals covered by the conflict minerals rules, it is widely assumed that the scope of parties that will be impacted by the rules will be unprecedented, as will the level of information required to declare a product or company “Conflict Free”. As a continuation of Foresite’s popular regulatory briefing webinar series, we will be hosting an event on Tuesday, September 12, 2012, from 8:00-9:00AM PDT (11:00-12:00PM EDT, 4:00-5:00PM GMT). This Webinar will focus on the obligations, challenges, and responses leading companies will face when seeking to comply with the disclosure and due diligence requirements associated with sourcing and analyzing Conflict Minerals due diligence declarations from international supply chains.

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SEC sets vote on conflict minerals rule

July 3, 2012 by  
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Whose job is it to ensure purchases of tungsten, gold and other minerals don't fuel atrocities in the war-torn DRC? It could be public companies' responsibility, if federal regulators approve a proposed Dodd-Frank Act rule. 

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