WHO: Bubonic Plague Kills 40 in Madagascar, Could Spread to Capital City

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WHO: Bubonic Plague Kills 40 in Madagascar, Fears It Could Spread to Capital City (Photo Credit: CDC file photo)

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports an outbreak of the Bubonic plague in Madagascar that has claimed 40 lives. WHO warns that the deadly disease could spread to the densely populated capital city of Antananarivo.

The first case, a male from Soamahatamana village in the district of Tsiroanomandidy, was identified on 31 August. The patient died on 3 September. As of 16 November, a total of 119 cases of plague have been confirmed, including 40 deaths. Only 2% of reported cases are of the pneumonic form.

Cases have been reported in 16 districts of seven regions. Antananarivo, the capital and largest city in Madagascar, has also been affected with 2 recorded cases of plague, including 1 death. There is now a risk of a rapid spread of the disease due to the city’s high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system. The situation is further complicated by the high level of resistance to deltamethrin (an insecticide used to control fleas) that has been observed in the country.

What is the bubonic plague?

Plague is a bacterial disease caused by Yersinia pestis, which primarily affects wild rodents. It is spread from one rodent to another by fleas. Humans bitten by an infected flea usually develop a bubonic form of plague, which produces the characteristic plague bubo (a swelling of the lymph node). If the bacteria reach the lungs, the patient develops pneumonia (pneumonic plague), which is then transmissible from person to person through infected droplets spread by coughing. If diagnosed early, bubonic plague can be successfully treated with antibiotics. Pneumonic plague, on the other hand, is one of the most deadly infectious diseases; patients can die 24 hours after infection. The mortality rate depends on how soon treatment is started, but is always very high.

Florida State University Shooter ID’d as Alumnus Myron May

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Florida State University Shooter ID’d as Alumnus Myron May

The Florida State University shooter has been identified as alumnus Myron May. The AP reports Abigail Taunton, who runs a foster home, says he was staying in her guest house in the Florida Panhandle. Three students were wounded in the gunfire inside the library.

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Myron May ID’d as Florida State University Library Shooting Suspect (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Myron May graduated from Florida State and later attended Texas Tech University’s law school. He was fatally shot early Thursday after he opened fire in the library hitting three students. Two remain hospitalized and one has been released.

Cousins Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal ID’d as Jerusalem Synagogue Attackers

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Cousins Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal ID’d as Jerusalem Synagogue Attackers (Photo Credit: Google Maps)

Palestinian cousins Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal [Udai Abu Jamal] have been identified as the west Jerusalem synagogue attackers. Neither man was known to have extremist ties.

The four dead at Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, a 68-year-old British-Israeli citizen, Mosheh Twersky, Arveh Kupinsky and Cary William Levine, who are Israeli-Americans. Seven others were injured when the cousins stormed the Kehilot Yaakov synagogue with meat cleavers, knives and a gun.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attacks and vowed to demolish the homes of the attackers and their family. Sky News reports Palestinian radio called the attackers “martyrs” and Hamas praised the attack.

Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal are from the Jerusalem district of Jabal Mukaber. The FBI has launched an investigation since three of the victims were Americans.

Israel will now ease its strict restrictions on carrying weapons for self-defense. The Times of Israel:

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch pledged to ease controls on carrying weapons for self-defense after a gruesome terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue that left four dead Tuesday

It was not clear exactly what new measures would be put in place, but it was reported that the move would apply to anyone licensed to carry a gun, such as private security guards and off-duty army officers.

Ebola Stricken Dr. Martin Salia Dies in Nebraska Hospital

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Ebola Stricken Dr. Martin Salia Dies in Nebraska Hospital (NBC Video Screengrab)

Ebola-stricken surgeon Dr. Martin Salia dies in Nebraska hospital, days after he was transported from Sierra Leone to the US for treatment. He is the second patient to die in the U.S. from the deadly disease. Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, known as patient zero, also died from the deadly disease.

One has to wonder why the two patients to die from the deadly disease in the U.S. are black males. I will say Dr. Salia was in critical condition when he was transported to the U.S. He was reportedly on a ventilator.

Dr. Salia, who contracted the Ebola virus in Africa, was a permanent resident in the U.S. He resided in Maryland with his wife and sons.

Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center said, “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news.”

Dr. Martin Salia was 44.

Gun Sales Spike As Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Ruling in Michael Brown Shooting

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Gun Sales Spike As Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Ruling in Michael Brown Shooting (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Gun sales spike in Ferguson as residents brace for the grand jury decision in Michael Brown shooting by Officer Darren Wilson.  It isn’t just whites who are arming themselves more, but black residents are too.

On Monday, Steven King, who owns Metro Shooting Supplies told CNN that customers bought 100 guns this weekend. A typical weekend brings in about 30 buyers.

“People are afraid they are gonna throw Molotov cocktails,” says King, referring to the mostly nonviolent protests that have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting.

The increase in gun sales reaches across racial and ethnic lines, he says.

“A lot of black people coming in saying they are afraid of the hooliganism,” he says.

“But not all of Ferguson is hooliganish. The media portrays us that way. If the world can just see this is one little street in Ferguson going crazy, they’d understand that we’re not just one big burning city.”

At Metro Shooting Range in nearby Bridgeton, Missouri, manager John Stephenson says gun sales are up 40 to 50% as of last week.

And lots of folks are coming in to the gun range for training, which he says is important for new gun owners.

 

Milwaukee Shooting: 5-Year Old Laylah Petersen Fatally Shot While Watching TV

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MILWAUKEE SHOOTING: 5-Year Old Girl Dies After Being Shot While Watching TV in Milwaukee Home

MILWAUKEE SHOOTING:  A 5-year old girl died after being hit by a stray bullet as she watched television with her grandparents and sibling at a home in Milwaukee Thursday evening.

A 5-year-old girl sitting on her grandfather’s lap was struck and killed by gunfire Thursday evening at a home on Milwaukee’s northwest side, police said.

The shooting was reported shortly after 6 p.m. at a home near N. 58th St. and W. Fairmount Ave., Milwaukee Police Capt. Eric Moore told reporters at the scene.

According to Moore, the home was targeted, and police were searching for suspects Thursday night.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, who arrived at the scene later Thursday night, said two individuals approached the house and fired numerous times, with one bullet piercing a wall and striking the girl in the head.

Officers called to the scene entered the home and found the girl with a “devastating head wound,” Flynn said. Source: Journal Sentinel

 

Unmanned NASA Antares Rocket Explodes on Launch in Virginia

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NASA Antares Rocket Explodes on Launch in Virginia

A NASA Antares rocket explodes on launch at the Wallops Flight Facility, which is located on the eastern coast of Virginia. The rocket was originally scheduled to take off yesterday but was delayed. The unmanned rocket was taking 5,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station.

There is no indicated loss of life but significant vehicle and property damage. Mission control is trying to access what went wrong. Orbital Sciences had the contract with NASA to launch the rocket to take the supplies to the ISS.

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Kaci Hickox, Nurse Held Under Mandatory Ebola Quarantine in NJ, Hires Attorney

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Kaci Hickox, Nurse Held Under Mandatory Ebola Quarantine in NJ, Hires Attorney (Photo Credit: MySpace)

Kaci Hickox, the nurse held under New Jersey’s mandatory Ebola quarantine, has hired civil rights attorney Norman Siegel to challenge her detention. Her lawyer say New Jersey’s “policy is overly broad as applied.” She told CNN’s Candy Crowley that her “basic human rights” were violated and her treatment is “inhumane.” Her attorneys are hoping they’ll have a hearing to plead her case.

Kaci Hickox’s decision to hire a lawyer comes as the White House is pressuring New York and New Jersey to reverse their mandatory Ebola quarantine orders, the NY Times reports.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are standing by their decision, saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough. Two more states, Illinois and Florida, have announced they are instituting similar policies, thereby creating a big headache for the Obama Administration.

Federal officials have said they disagree with the two governors about the “need or effectiveness of a total quarantine for health care workers, though they were careful not to directly criticize the governors themselves,” the NY Times reports.

WHO: Death Toll from Ebola Virus Rises to 4,922 Cases in 8 Countries

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WHO: Death Toll from Ebola Virus Rises to 4,922 Cases in 8 Countries (Chart Credit: World Health Organization)

The World Health Organization reports the death toll from the Ebola outbreaks have risen to 4,922 out of 10,141 cases in eight countries, through Thursday. The eight countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali, Spain, U.S.A., Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria, with the latter two countries deemed free from the Ebola virus disease.

This comes as the first case of the Ebola virus in Mali was diagnosed. The 2-year-old girl has since died, but traveled with her grandmother from Guinea to Mali after her mother died. The child was already symptomatic in Guinea, with bleeding from the nose. She traveled to Mali via public transportation through Keweni, Kankan, Sigouri and Kouremale to Bamako. They then traveled to Kayes.

This report also includes the first case of the deadly virus in New York City. Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the virus after returning from Guinea where he had been treating Ebola patients while working for Doctors Without Borders.

“A total of 450 health-care workers (HCWs) are known to have been infected with EVD up to the end of 23 October:  80 in Guinea; 228 in Liberia; 11 in Nigeria; 127 in Sierra Leone; one in Spain; and three in the United States of America. A total of 244 HCWs have died,” WHO reports.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita says Mali will not close its borders with Guinea after the 2-year-old girl died from the virus there this week. “Guinea is Mali’s neighbor. We have a shared border that we did not close and we will not close,” Keita said. He told France’s RFI radio station that the incident showed it was impossible to completely seal Mali off from Ebola in Guinea. He also said potential contacts have been traced in his country’s first case.

In his weekly address, President Obama commended New Yorkers for their calm response to the city’s first case of the deadly virus. He said the response to the domestic cases of the Ebola virus disease needs to be based on “facts, not fear.”

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Dr. Craig Allen Spencer Tests Positive for Ebola After Treating Patients in Guinea

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Dr. Craig Allen Spencer Tests Positive for Ebola After Trip to Guinea (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Dr. Craig Allen Spencer, who returned from Guinea 10 days ago after helping Ebola patients, has tested positive for the deadly virus after initial tests were conducted. Dr. Spencer works at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

Spencer, 33, a Doctors Without Borders physician, is the fourth case of Ebola in the U.S. and is the first case in New York City. His girlfriend has been quarantined.

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control to confirm the initial test.

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Dr. Spencer had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, treating Ebola patients, before returning to New York City on Oct. 14, according to a city official.

Dr. Craig Allen Spencer went bowling in Brooklyn one day before he became ill. He also took the subway and later took an Uber cab. Why didn’t he self-quarantine after coming back from West Africa? Sounds very irresponsible.