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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New Oxford Study Reveals the Origins of HIV

October 7, 2014 by  
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A new study published in Science  has traced the origins of the HIV-1 group M pandemic to 1920s Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While strains of  HIV are known to have crossed from other primates to humans on a number of occasions, only this particular outbreak has led to a pandemic. Scientists have long wanted to know why this particular strain was able to spread so successfully, when others had petered out. An international team lead by scientists from Oxford University and the University of Leuven reconstructed and examined the genetic history of the virus. This led them to conclude that a “perfect storm” of social factors allowed the virus to break out of Kinshasa in the 1920s and spread around the world. Read the rest of New Oxford Study Reveals the Origins of HIV Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aids , contagious diseases , Democratic Republic of the Congo , DRC , epidemic , hiv , HIV originated in Kinshasa in 1920 , HIV transmission , Kinshasa , pandemic , sexually transmitted diseases , transmissible diseases , urban development

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8 of the Greatest Conservation Triumphs of the Last 50 Years

January 8, 2011 by  
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Photo: RealGap A new study asserts that the epidemic of global species loss that we’re experiencing right now is something of a self-fulfilling prophecy — and that in order to turn the tide, we must focus on the conservation triumphs that have been made possible over the years. In order to stress the success of the conservation movement, the researchers pointed to 8 of the greatest achievements in protecting wildlife over the last 50 years.

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BP, Halliburton Likely to Face Criminal Charges Over Spill

January 8, 2011 by  
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Image via Freshness In light of the presidential report on the Gulf oil spill that’s due to be released next week, speculation is running rampant that the companies involved — BP, Halliburton, and Transocean — could soon be facing criminal charges.

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Our Cars Will Soon be Running on Four Loko

January 7, 2011 by  
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Image: Health Related Info I never did have the bad fortune to drink any Four Loko during the brief period of around four and a half minutes when it was legal to do so. Alas, the controversial alcoholic energy drink has been banned and huge shipments of the stuff kept from coming to market. But what’s surely a loss for college kids and aspiring rappers everywhere is the

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