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Bat-eating ban to curb Ebola virus

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"That'll be a bat and lagerGuinea has banned the sale and consumption of bats to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, its health minister has said.

Bats, a local delicacy, appeared to be the "main agents" for the Ebola outbreak in the south, Rene Lamah said.

Sixty-two people have now been killed by the virus in Guinea, with suspected cases reported in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Ebola is spread by close contact. There is no known cure or vaccine.

It kills between 25% and 90% of victims, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Symptoms include internal and external bleeding, diarrhoea and vomiting.


People who eat the animals often boil them into a sort of spicy pepper soup, our correspondent says. The soup is sold in village stores where people gather to drink alcohol.


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An Alternative protein source needs to be found

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Different foods for different folks...."That'll be a bat soup and lager, please!"

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Water.org | Safe Water & Sanitation Charity

Water.org | Safe Water & Sanitation Charity | Random thoughts | Scoop.it

Water.org is an international non-profit dedicated to solving the global water and sanitation crisis.

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Financing African infrastructure: Can the world deliver? - Brookings Institution

Financing African infrastructure: Can the world deliver? - Brookings Institution | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
In a new paper, Jeffrey Gutman, Amadou Sy and Soumya Chattopadhyay offers recommendations on how to better exploit the political, technical, and financial synergies needed to address Africa's infrastructure gap.

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Ghana Environment Profile | glObserver Global Economics

(Red-throated bee-eater perched on branch, Murops belocki, Mole National Park, Ghana ) The task of environmental protection in Ghana has not been easy, but for the completed four decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made tremendous strides in the discharge of that responsibility.

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The task of environmental protection in Ghana has not been easy, but for the completed four decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made tremendous strides in the discharge of that responsibility.

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Let's consider ICT in tackling Ebola

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By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, UK. Sierra Leone is at the helm of a serious and very challenging public health issue that has the propensity (...)

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Competition, Innovation, Transparency, and What it Takes to Reduce Internet Prices in Nigeria

Competition, Innovation, Transparency, and What it Takes to Reduce Internet Prices in Nigeria | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
A global coalition working to make broadband affordable for all

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all African countries need affordable yet reliable broadband connections

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Dengue vaccine trial poses public health quandary

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We live to fight another

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Parasite Nibbles Human Cells to Death - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Parasite Nibbles Human Cells to Death - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
A diarrhea-causing parasite latches onto human cells and nibbles away at them until they die. The surprising finding—seen in live recordings—may lead to new ways to block the parasite.
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wound interesting to look at the intestinal structure of a study population in peri-urban Lusaka that had 22% positive stool microscopy screen for Entamoeba histolytica

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Low HPV transmission risk associated with genital wart removal | Infectious Disease

Low HPV transmission risk associated with genital wart removal | Infectious Disease | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
Infectious Disease | There appears to be a low risk for transmission of HPV in health care workers during the treatment of genital warts or cervical dysplasia, researchers reported at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting.
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Bat-eating ban to curb Ebola virus

Bat-eating ban to curb Ebola virus | Random thoughts | Scoop.it

"That'll be a bat and lagerGuinea has banned the sale and consumption of bats to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, its health minister has said.

Bats, a local delicacy, appeared to be the "main agents" for the Ebola outbreak in the south, Rene Lamah said.

Sixty-two people have now been killed by the virus in Guinea, with suspected cases reported in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Ebola is spread by close contact. There is no known cure or vaccine.

It kills between 25% and 90% of victims, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Symptoms include internal and external bleeding, diarrhoea and vomiting.


People who eat the animals often boil them into a sort of spicy pepper soup, our correspondent says. The soup is sold in village stores where people gather to drink alcohol.


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An Alternative protein source needs to be found

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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, March 27, 2014 5:55 AM

Different foods for different folks...."That'll be a bat soup and lager, please!"

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Standard Chartered private equity initiates ‘po...

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“Lusaka, Zambia – Tues 11 March 2014: Standard Chartered’s Private Equity Africa division (“SCPE”) announced its first investment in Africa’s developing power sector.” (Standard Chartered #PE initiates ‘power #Africa’ partnership with ...

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Elephant, wedding cake, gonorrhea: Maine CDC official talks public health ... - Kennebec Journal

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Apple Opens Up to Praise New Book on Steve Jobs, and Criticize an Old One

Apple Opens Up to Praise New Book on Steve Jobs, and Criticize an Old One | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
Apple brass, including its chief, Timothy D. Cook, are throwing their weight behind the unauthorized biography of Mr. Jobs, which goes on sale Tuesday.

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African Integration: A New Opportunity for China-US CooperationCHINA US Focus | CHINA US Focus

African Integration: A New Opportunity for China-US CooperationCHINA US Focus | CHINA US Focus | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
In 2015, much emphasis has been placed on a partnership between the African Union and China in order to accelerate the construction of the three major networks

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Angola has 14 million mobile phone users - Macauhub

Angola has 14 million mobile phone users - Macauhub | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
Angola currently has about 14 million users of mobile networks, 3 million Internet users and over 400,000 users of multimedia libraries, said Wednesday in Luand

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Obama to give Africa $38M, but tells young leaders: Stop ‘making excuses’ for economy

Obama to give Africa $38M, but tells young leaders: Stop ‘making excuses’ for economy | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
President Obama, whose first political protest as a college student was aimed at the Western oppressors of African nations, told a summit of young African leaders Monday to stop “making excuses” for their continent’s lagging economic development.

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Growth in Africa's pension industry to unlock growth potential

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Growth in Africa's pension industry has seen an increase in opportunity for the development of various sectors in dire need of financial support. (Private equity opens up opportunities for long term investing for African businesses.

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I just wish that the actual pensioners could benefit from this when they retire

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Urbanisation of rural Africa associated with increased risk of heart disease and diabetes | University of Cambridge

Urbanisation of rural Africa associated with increased risk of heart disease and diabetes | University of Cambridge | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
Over 530 million people live in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, where rates of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases tend to be much lower than in urban areas. However, many of these areas are becoming increasingly urbanised, with people living within larger populations in more built-up environments, with better access to education, health facilities and utilities, for example.
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Development in rural areas will provide people with much needed access to education, healthcare and improved sanitation... But it could come at a cost of a greater incidence of heart disease and diabetes

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Ebola virus disease, West Africa (Situation as of 25 April 2014) - WHO | Regional Office for Africa

As of 18:00 on 23 April, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 218 clinical cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 141 deaths. To date, 191 patients have been tested for ebolavirus infection and 115 cases have been laboratory confirmed, including 72 deaths. In addition, 42 cases (34 deaths) meet the probable case definition for EVD and 61 cases (35 deaths) are classified as suspected cases. Twenty-six (26) health care workers (HCW) have been affected (18 confirmed), with 16 deaths (12 confirmed).
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Girl (13) defiled, killed - Times of Zambia

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Girl (13) defiled, killed
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“As Zambia Police, we are concerned about the number of dead bodies that have been picked in different places in Lusaka.
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The value of human life esp that of women needs to be instilled in people[boys] while they are very young

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Vaginal gel might prevent HIV hours after exposure

Vaginal gel might prevent HIV hours after exposure | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
With clinical trials, gel could become as widely used as birth control devices such as condoms and spermicide, said researchers
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Prevention is always the best

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How to get more Venture Capital investments in Africa

How to get more Venture Capital investments in Africa | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
This article by TMS Ruge previously appeared on tmsruge.com and is published with permission. "Africa is still viewed from the post-colonnial lens of poverty, famine, warlords and political unrest", writes TMS Ruge.

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Quick Test Finds Signs of Diarrheal Disease Caused by Cryptosporidiosis

Quick Test Finds Signs of Diarrheal Disease Caused by Cryptosporidiosis | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
Bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston have developed a simple, highly sensitive and efficient test for the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis that could have great impact on global health.
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would love to do a field trial of this in Zambia

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World Bank Assesses Urban Sanitation in East Asia and the Pacific - Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage

World Bank Assesses Urban Sanitation in East Asia and the Pacific - Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage | Random thoughts | Scoop.it
The World Bank has released a report titled 'East Asia and the Pacific Region Urban Sanitation Review: A Call for Action,' which provides an overview of urban sanitation in the region and an analysis of the urban sanitation sector.
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