Ebola-like outbreak reported in Congo Republic

first_imgMay 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Nine people have died in the Republic of Congo from a hemorrhagic disease that authorities are describing as “Ebola-like,” and at least another 52 people who had contact with the victims are being monitored, according to news reports today.The prelude to the cluster of deaths follows a plot that could be lifted from past Ebola outbreaks. A hunting party from Itoumbi and Mbomo districts, several hundred kilometers north of Brazzaville, the capital, encountered a dead monkey and ate it, according to Alphonse Gando, the Congo Republic’s minister of health, as reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on May 12.Ebola is a highly contagious filovirus that can cause a gruesome death following hemorrhaging and is lethal in 50% to 90% of cases. Although there is no treatment and little is understood about its animal reservoir, contact with primates has been known to precipitate human outbreaks. The Congo Republic and neighboring Gabon have had several Ebola outbreaks, which have killed about 360 people since 1994, AFP reported.”We don’t have lab confirmation yet, but it has all the features of an Ebola outbreak,” said Dick Thompson, a World Health Organization spokesman, as quoted in a New York Times story today.Congo Republic health officials have moved quickly since the outbreak began in late April to investigate and stop the spread of the disease, according to the Times. This may indicate the country is learning how to cope with such outbreaks, Thompson told the newspaper.In nearby Angola, authorities are still struggling with the deadliest known outbreak of a similar hemorrhagic disease caused by the Marburg virus. New cases were still being reported, Reuters news service reported today, despite repeated announcements from local authorities that the outbreak was coming under control.”The outbreak is not over,” Aphaluck Bhatiasevi of the WHO told Reuters. The death toll stood at 292, with 336 known cases, Reuters reported. WHO numbers reported May 11 were lower: 316 known cases and 276 deaths.Authorities seemed most concerned about the appearance of apparently unrelated cases. “We’ve seen new cases in new municipalities that don’t have obvious links to earlier cases of Marburg,” Bhatiasevi said. “We are trying to do as much tracing as possible.”Preventing the spread of Marburg as a byproduct of certain traditional practices, particularly cleaning the dead before burial, continues to be a challenge for healthcare workers, Jose Van Dunem, a deputy health minister, told Reuters. Six traditional healers have died, but others are beginning to change their habits, he added.See also:May 13 WHO statement on Congo Republic outbreakhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_13/en/index.htmlMay 11 WHO statement on Marburg outbreak in Angolahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_11/en/index.htmllast_img read more


ANC’s Cummings Donates US$3,000 to Bolongoidu Mosque

first_imgThe political leader of the Alternative National Congress, (ANC) Alexander B. Cummings has made good his promise to the people of Bolongoidu, Quardu Gboni District in Lofa County.During his first county tour recently, Mr. Cummings assured the inhabitants in that Muslim community of his willingness to participate in the reconstruction of the area.For his compassion for the people, Mr. Cummings made a cash donation of US$3, 000 to complete a bigger mosque that would serve the surrounding villages in the area.Making the presentation, Mr. Cummings said he remains committed to serving the people of Liberia without any discrimination.He said his donation was an initial fulfillment, and promised to revisit the district during the dedication of the mosque.Receiving the donation, Imam Amara Kamara, Chairman of the Bolongoidu Mosque Project of Quardu Gboni, expressed appreciation for the donation and pledged their support to Mr. Cummings’ quest for the presidency in next year’s legislative and presidential elections.Imam Kamara said the people of Bolongoidu will forever remember the gesture of Mr. Cummings because he is the first political leader in recent times to visit Bolongoidu .Meanwhile, to further appreciate Mr. Cummings’ gesture, the people of Bolongoidu gowned the ANC leader and presented him with a cow to demonstrate their willingness to work with him.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Thomas’ Three-Pointer Lifts Drake Men’s Basketball Over Milwaukee

first_img“Roman sucked in two defenders and I couldn’t even see where my guy went,” Thomas said. “I couldn’t have been any more open, thankfully. I just lined it up and knocked it down.” DeVries displayed the trust he has in his players by keeping his final timeout in his back pocket during the waning seconds. Fans won’t have to wait long to see Drake back in action at home. The Bulldogs (7-2) host Southeast Missouri State on Saturday at 5 p.m. Print Friendly Version Postgame Notes “Milwaukee didn’t have a timeout left, and I didn’t want them to get set up,” DeVries said. “I had something in my mind that we wanted to run. It was basically for Roman Penn to get an isolation on the side and get our shooter in the corner.” Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 Mediacom MC22 Liam Robbins scored a team-best 11 points, and Garrett Sturtz collected a game-high eight rebounds. Anthony Murphy set a new career high with five assists. Story Links Southeast Missouri State 12/7/2019 – 5 p.m. “We’re really happy to come away with the win tonight,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “It was a hard-fought game and both teams defended extremely well. It came down to the last play and Noah hit a big three to win it at the buzzer. That was great. I was really proud of the guys for their ability to stay with it.” Watch Livecenter_img Next Game: Tuesday’s triumph pushes the Bulldogs’ win streak to three games, and Drake is now 18-2 at the Knapp Center under DeVries. DES MOINES, Iowa – Noah Thomas’ clutch three-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining lifted the Drake University men’s basketball team past Milwaukee, 56-53, Tuesday night at the Knapp Center. Full Schedule Roster Penn came up big for the Bulldogs down the stretch. He lofted home a floater in the paint before drilling a mid-range jumper on the next possession to give Drake a four-point cushion with 2:35 remaining. Penn’s assist on the game-winner made him responsible for the Bulldogs’ last seven points. “I know our guys can feel the energy level when we’re playing at home,” DeVries said. “They really feed off of it. I thought tonight down the stretch the crowd made an impact on the game. We have to protect homecourt. We talk about it all the time and I think our guys really embrace being here and all the fans that come out and support us.” “Roman is one of those guys we trust with everything we do offensively,” DeVries said. “He gets everyone where they need to be, he knows all the plays, he knows what we’re looking for out of those sets, even when things break down. That’s a credit to him on the very last play. He recognized that he didn’t have it so he made the right basketball play and kicked it to Noah for three in the corner.” Box Score (PDF) Penn penetrated deep down the right side, drawing two defenders before kicking out to Thomas in the near corner. Thomas confidently stepped into the shot and swished home the game-winner for his first points of the night.last_img read more