In 2015, there were an estimated 214 million malaria cases and some 438,000 malaria deaths. Since 2000, malaria mortality rates have fallen globally by 60%. The word ‘malaria’ comes from Italian and literally translates to ‘bad air’ as the disease was associated with swampy areas where the air smelled bad. (,

US to send 50 experts to fight Ebola

The US has announced plans to send at least 50 public health experts to West Africa to help fight the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola.

A senior US health official said the outbreak was out of control but insisted it could be stopped.

Ebola has claimed 728 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone this year. The current mortality rate is about 55%.

Meanwhile, an American doctor infected with the virus is improving in hospital after returning to the US from Liberia.

Dr Kent Brantly arrived at a military base in Georgia on Saturday before being driven to Emory University Hospital.

A Gulfstream airplane departs after transporting American doctor Kent Brantly who is infected with Ebola, at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia August 2, 2014
The aircraft chartered to transport the infected Americans can only carry one patient at a time
Another infected American, aid worker Nancy Writebol, is expected to arrive in the US soon.

The virus spreads through human contact with a sufferer’s bodily fluids.

Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas like eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead to organ failure.

‘Scary’ disease

Dr Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced the new US measures in an interview with ABC’s This Week.

“We do know how to stop Ebola. It’s old-fashioned plain and simple public health: find the patients, make sure they get treated, find their contacts, track them, educate people, do infection control in hospitals.”

The experts would arrive in West Africa within 30 days to fight what he called the “scary” disease.

He rejected fears that this would put more US citizens in harms way.

Dr Kent Brantly at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia
Kent Brantly (right) insisted the only serum available go to a colleague
“The single most important thing we can do to protect Americans is to stop this disease at the source in Africa” he said.

The plane carrying Dr Brantly was outfitted with a special portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases.

The same aircraft is due to bring missionary Nancy Writebol from West Africa.

The hospital facility which will treat both patients is one of four in the US able to handle Ebola patients.

US officials say they are confident the patients can be treated without putting the public in any danger.

The National Institutes of Health in the US has said it will begin testing a possible Ebola vaccine in September.

• Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage

• Fatality rate can reach 90%

• Incubation period is two to 21 days

• There is no vaccine or cure

• Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery

• Fruit bats are considered to be virus’ natural host

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Posted by Damian

Computer viruses + other diseases!!!

In view of all the deadly computer viruses that have been spreading lately, I would like to remind you:
When you link up to another computer, you are linking up to every computer that that computer has ever linked to. – D. Miller.

Sounds familiar; doesn’t it?

Reminds you certain diseases / viruses associated with men and women ‘linking up’?

Or is it my mind playing tricks on me?

In any case just be warned that it’s real and stay faithful to your one computer then or maybe ‘install’ an anti virus?

Even then that does not guarantee safety!

Ok that’s it for me for now, see you on the WWW!