Mystery Ailment Kills 18 in Nigeria’s Ondo State

mystery ailment Ondo state Nigeria

Mystery Ailment Kills 18 in Nigeria’s Ondo State (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

A mystery illness has killed 18 people on Nigeria’s Ondo state since April 13, health officials said on Sunday. Health officials are scrambling to find the cause. Though some suspect locally brewed alcohol as the culprit.

Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, Ondo’s state commissioner of health, said 18 people have died and five people are currently being treated, ranging in ages from 25 to 60. He said the disease does not appear to be contagious.

Amidst conflicting and confusing information, the investigating team of experts sent by government to the area gathered that all the casualties died within hours of affliction. In all, 17 deaths have been confirmed in Ayadi Community and Ode Irele township and all the deaths were preceded by symptoms of sudden blurred vision, headache and loss of consciousness. Source:  Ondo State Ministry of Health

The World Health Organization said doctors will carry out toxicological tests on one of the decedents.

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama will make his first official trip to Kenya in July. The White House said he will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be attended by business leaders, governments and international organizations.

Obama visited Kenya as a senator but never as the president.

President Obama’s father was born in Kenya and had returned there shortly after his birth. He died more than 30 years ago.

Riots Erupt in Zambian Capital Over Acting President Guy Scott Firing Edgar Lungu

Riots Erupt in Zambian Capital Over Acting President Guy Scott Firing Edgar Lungu

Riots Erupt in Zambian Capital Over Acting President Guy Scott Firing Edgar Lungu (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Riots have erupted in Zambia’s capital city Lusaka as protests mount over white acting president Guy Scott, firing Edgar Lungu, the ruling party’s secretary general following the death of president Michael Sata.

The riots started on Monday night in several places in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, including the University of Zambia and a government building designated as a place for Sata’s mourners to gather, according to witnesses.

Protesters had descended on the building, Belvedere Lodge, with stones, machetes and other weapons, and police fired tear gas into the venue to clear demonstrators from the area.

The protesters were angry over the decision by acting president, Guy Scott, to dismiss Edgar Lungu, the ruling party’s secretary general.

Lungu, who remains defence and justice minister, said his dismissal was illegal and accused Scott, who is of Scottish descent, of “insulting our culture”. Source: News 24

Man Dies from Ebola-Like Marburg Virus in Kampala, Uganda

Man Dies from Ebola-Like Marburg Virus in Kampala, Uganda

Man Dies from Ebola-Like Marburg Virus in Kampala, Uganda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the mainstream media’s coverage of the deadly Ebola virus coming to the U.S. via Liberian national Eric William Duncan borders on sensationalism, a medical technician died of the Marburg virus in Kampala, the Ugandan government said on Sunday.

The man, aged 30, died in the Mengo hospital where he worked in the capital of the east African country on September 28, 11 days after falling ill, the authorities said.

Tests confirmed the presence of the disease two days later.

The Marburg virus is one of the most deadly known pathogens. Like Ebola, it causes severe bleeding, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The victim’s brother and one other person he was in contact with have so far “developed signs” of the disease, the ministry of health said in a statement.

“So far, a total of 80 people who got into contact with the initial confirmed case have been identified and isolated” for the 21-day incubation period, it added. Source: AFP

 

Ebola Virus Spreads to Senegal As Riots Break Out in Southeastern Guinea

Ebola Virus Spreads to Senegal As Riots Break Out in Southeastern Guinea

Ebola Virus Spreads to Senegal As Riots Break Out in Southeastern Guinea

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak spread to the Senegal, as riots broke out in southeastern Guinea, where the infection rates are rising rapidly. The World Health Organization (WHO) said cases of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 people, rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic started in West Africa in March.

More than 3,000 have been infected since the virus was discovered in the remote jungle region of southeastern Guinea in March. It spread across the border to Sierra Leone, where more than 400 people were killed, and Liberia. Six people died in Nigeria.

Senegal’s first case is a 21-year-old male student from Guinea, who crossed into Senegal and had been living in the Dakar suburb of Parcelles Assainies for weeks. His prognosis for recovery is reportedly quite good.

 

Seychelles Denies Sierra Leone Soccer Team Entry Over Ebola Virus Fears

Seychelles Denies Sierra Leone Soccer Team Entry Over Ebola Virus Fears

Seychelles Denies Sierra Leone Soccer Team Entry Over Ebola Virus Fears (Attribution Unknown)

The Seychelles forfeited the African Nations Cup qualifying tie against Sierra Leone after refusing the soccer team entry over Ebola virus worries, Reuters reports. This comes as American Nancy Writebol’s condition worsens.

Reuters reports Nigeria’s civil aviation authority said it has started temperature screening passengers arriving from countries places at risk from the deadly Ebola virus. The country has also suspended pan-African airline Asky after it brought the first case to Lagos — American Patrick Sawyer, who has since died from the virus.

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Who Led Fight Against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Dies from Virus

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Who Led Fight Against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Dies from Virus

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Who Led Fight Against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Dies from Virus

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, who led the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, died from the virus. Government officials have hailed Khan, 39, as a “national hero.”

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan’s death comes days after prominent Liberian doctor Samuel Brisbane died from the disease.

The government of Sierra Leone said last week that Dr. Khan was being treated for Ebola and had been quarantined.

American doctor Kent Brantly is said to be in grave condition in Liberia after contracting the disease. American Daniel Sawyer also died from the disease. He became visibly ill during a trip from Liberia to Nigeria. He had been taking care of a sister who had also contracted the disease.

 

Boko Haram Militants Seize Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister’s Wife in Latest Attack

Boko Haram Militants Seize Cameroon's Vice Prime Minister's Wife in Latest Attack

Boko Haram Militants Seize Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister’s Wife in Latest Attack (Photo credit: SPM.Gov.CM)

The wife of Cameroon Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali was among several people kidnapped by Boko Haram militants, who attacked Kolofata, a town on the country’s Far North Region near Nigeria.

Colonel Felix Nji Formekong said, “The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you Boko Haram elements are still in Kilofata town in a clash with our soldiers,” Reuters reports.

Formekong said, “Some of them have already taken away the wife of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali and her house help while the bodyguards of the Vice Prime Minister succeeded in taking him out of town to Mora.”

Sudanese Doctor, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Facing Flogging Death for Marrying Christian

Sudanese Doctor, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Facing Flogging Death for Marrying Christian

Sudanese Doctor, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Facing Flogging Death for Marrying Christian

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Sudanese doctor, pregnant with her second child, is facing death by flogging for marrying a Christian. A Sudanese court gave her until Thursday to abandon her newly adopted Christian faith and return to Islam or face a death sentence.

Ibrahim was charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man. Muslim women are prohibited from marrying Christians. She was also charged with apostasy.

Mariam was arrested on February 7, 2014  with her 20-month-old son, after a relative turned her in to police for marrying Daniel, who is a Christian, according to Sudan’s Public Order Criminal Code. She was charged with adultery and apostasy on March 4. The apostasy charge, which is abandoning Islam, came with a punishment of death, while the adultery charge came with 100 lashes.

If Ibrahim doesn’t abandon Christian faith, she will be put the death following the birth of her second son. Her first son is with her in a women’s prison because his father isn’t allowed to take care of him.

This is just plain reprehensible. The Sudanese government, led by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has come under blistering criticism for the plight of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim.

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Report: Western Union, MoneyGram Charge Africans Twice as Much to Send Money Home

Report: Western Union, MoneyGram Charge Africans Twice as Much to Send Money Home

Report: Western Union, MoneyGram Charge Africans Twice as Much to Send Money Home

A new report found that Western Union and Moneygram reportedly charge Africans working in the U.S. and Europe twice as much to wire money home than their Latin American and Southeast Asian counterparts.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) found that transactions fees cost the region an estimated $1.8 billion annually. Western Union and MoneyGram account for two-thirds of remittances, or $586 million of the loss associated with fees, the report found.

Remittance fees have gone down for people sending money to Southeast Asia and Latin America, which is in keeping with G8 and G20 targets to reduce transactions costs, but the cost of sending money home to Africa has remained the same.

The remittances to Africa account for five percent of the continent’s GDP. Maria Quattri, one of the authors of the ODI report, told Al Jazeera that the “message of the report is the poorest people in the world, Africans, are paying the highest charges for remittance fees.”

Quattri calls for better regulation of money transfer service providers and banks. She blamed a lack of competition in the industry for the exorbitant fees.

She said, “We want to see greater transparency on charges, in particular charges on currency conversion fees.” She added that ODI has called on U.S. and British financial regulators to better assess transaction costs. She also called for international governments to promote the creation of more viable money transfer providers.

Read more at america.aljazeera.com

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