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Cliff on October 20th, 2014
"Earlier today, the World Health Organization announced that no new case of Ebola has emerged in Nigeria in 42 days. That's the standard length of time required for declaring the end to an outbreak, since it's twice the maximum 21-day incubation period for the virus. It's an incredible achievement — one that should assuage fears and show that Ebola can be contained. Moreover, it's proof that developing nations, with sufficient support from the international community, are fully capable of dealing with the epidemic."

As for the key elements that made Ebola containment possible:

- Effective Leadership and Public-Health Institutions
- Rapid Response to the Initial Case
- Sufficient Access to Resources
- High Quality Contact-Tracing
- Applying Lessons From Previous Outbreaks
- A Rigorous Public Education Campaign
- Screening At Borders — And A Refusal To Stop Air Travel
- Moving Forward With Vigilance

Article on +io9http://ow.ly/D3Rho 

How Nigeria Stopped Ebola “Dead In Its Tracks”
Finally, some good news to report on the Ebola front: Nigeria and Senegal are now completely free of the disease. Here’s how they contained the outbreak — and why the world needs to take notice.

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Cliff on October 19th, 2014
1. Ebola is NOT spread through casual contact, air, water, or food grown or legally purchased in the United States.

2. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone who is already showing symptoms of the disease.

3. The symptoms of Ebola include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding.

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common.

4. If a person does not have symptoms, they are not contagious.

In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms or has died of the disease.

From the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services: http://ow.ly/CZASm

Facts about Ebola

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Cliff on October 16th, 2014
Quote: Be Yourself

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Cliff on October 14th, 2014
Bill Nye (the Science Guy) does a wonderful job in explaining what genetically modified (GM) foods are and what the implications are of their use, for the environment and our health. In addition, he gives a nice historical overview of the developments of foods and animals in agriculture.

A great video to watch to get up to speed on the subject and understand the debate regarding GM foods.

Link to video: Eyes of Nye – GM foods – HTS2100 edition

#BillNye   #GMO   #gmofoods   #agriculture   #health   #science   #research  

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“The vaccine will be tested on healthy individuals to see how well it works, whether there are side effects and what the proper dosage is, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said in a news conference.””‘The Canadian vaccine provides great hope and promise because it has shown to be 100 per cent effective in preventing the spread of the Ebola virus when tested on animals,’ she said.”

“If it proves safe and effective in humans, the vaccine could help stop the devastating outbreak that has killed thousands of people in west Africa, she said.”

Article from the +Ottawa Citizen: http://ow.ly/CJHDc

Canadian-made Ebola vaccine to start clinical trials in healthy humans
TORONTO — An experimental Canadian-made Ebola vaccine will begin a clinical trials Monday in what officials are calling a promising development in the fight against the deadly disease. The vaccine will be tested on healthy individuals to see how well it […]

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