October 24, 2020

Sierra Leone death toll now up to 450 after mudslides

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Associated Press From AJC Rescue officials in Sierra Leone warned Friday that the chances of finding survivors in the debris of this week’s mudslides “are getting smaller every day,” as bereaved and homeless survivors faced the magnitude of all they have lost. Burials and rescue efforts pressed on amid the threat of further disaster. Up […]

Seaweed invades prestigious beaches in West Africa, Caribbean

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By Steff Gaulter From Gulf Times It might be too hot to use them at the moment, but the beaches in Qatar are beautiful. It’s nice to know they’ll still be there, ready to use, when the weather finally improves in the autumn. Not all countries are so lucky. In many parts of West Africa […]

Jamaica’s Gov’t lifts ban on individuals from Ebola-hit countries

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From Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Government of Jamaica has lifted its ban on individuals entering the island from countries affected by Ebola, with immediate effect. According to a release from the security ministry today, the decision was made recently by Cabinet, and was guided by recent indications received from the World Health Organization […]

Sierra Leone’s stinking seaweed linked to Caribbean invasion

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Lisa O’Carroll Fromm The Guardian UK Proliferation of thick brown algae is affecting fishing, tourism and marine life on both sides of the Atlantic, say scientists Saturday 17 October 2015 12.00 BST The pristine white beaches may not be as famous as those of the Caribbean, but their unspoilt beauty makes them a haven for […]

British Ebola nurse now ‘critically ill’

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From Sky News Au A British nurse who was successfully treated in January after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone is now ‘critically ill’ because of rare late complications with the virus, the hospital treating her says. ‘We are sad to announce that Pauline Cafferkey’s condition has deteriorated and she is now critically ill. ‘Pauline is […]

Diary of UK nurse with Ebola reveals devastating suffering in Sierra Leone

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By Blathnaid Healy From Mashable The nurse being treated for Ebola in a London hospital described her experiences working in Sierra Leone in a diary published only days earlier in a Scottish newspaper. In the piece, published by The Scotsman on Dec. 28, Pauline Cafferkey stated that before going to work in Sierra Leone’s infectious […]

UN says Ebola-hit nations at risk of hunger

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From Aljazeera Up to one million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone face starvation due to border closures and quarantines. Up to one million people are at risk of going hungry in West African nations battling the Ebola virus due to border closures, quarantines and crop losses, UN food agencies have said. The deadly […]

More on Ebola preparedness from Cayman Islands Ministry of Health

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Although there are no reported cases of Ebola neither in Cayman Islands nor in the Caribbean, local medical personnel and the Ministry of Health are continuing preparations for the unlikely event of an Ebola (EVD) patient requiring care. Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), met with the Hon. Osbourne […]

Inadequate response to Ebola should not be repeated with Chickungunya

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By Sir Ronald Sanders BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday November 20, 2014 – The good news is that a prophylactic vaccine against chikungunya, developed by the Austrian biotech company Themis Bioscience GmbH, is reported to induce a significant neutralizing immune response to the disease and is confirmed as safe. The not so good news is two-fold: first, […]

Ebola preparedness in Cayman Islands Update

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Although there are no current reported cases here in the Cayman Islands, local medical personnel and government officials are continuing preparations for the unlikely event of an Ebola (EVD) patient requiring care. In preparation for any threat of Ebola, a total of $2.9 million has been provided to date. This is broken down as: $1.2 […]