Daily Archives: October 6, 2014

NEW WIDGET AT EUZICASA: CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)


Spanish health worker contracts Ebola at Madrid hospital

The case could mark the first local transmission of Ebola outside of West Africa.

this pressed: WHO Ebola situation assessment / What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 6, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ebola situation assessment – 6 October 2014

The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit.

The Ebola virus has also been detected in breast milk, urine and semen. In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70 days; one study suggests persistence for more than 90 days.

Saliva and tears may also carry some risk. However, the studies implicating these additional bodily fluids were extremely limited in sample size and the science is inconclusive. In studies of saliva, the virus was found most frequently in patients at a severe stage of illness. The whole live virus has never been isolated from sweat.

The Ebola virus can also be transmitted indirectly, by contact with previously contaminated surfaces and objects. The risk of transmission from these surfaces is low and can be reduced even further by appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Not an airborne virus

Ebola virus disease is not an airborne infection. Airborne spread among humans implies inhalation of an infectious dose of virus from a suspended cloud of small dried droplets.

via WHO Ebola situation assessment / What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans.

this pressed: WHO, CDC dissect Ebola transmission risk | CIDRAP ( Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)

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A study in a patient-care setting found little Ebola virus persistence in non-bloody samples.

In the wake of suggestions from some experts that the Ebola virus could evolve into an airborne pathogen, the World Health Organization (WHO) took pains to explain today that the virus is known to spread only through contact with bodily fluids—mainly blood, feces, and vomit.

The agency also said that the virus has been detected in breast milk, urine, and semen, and that even saliva and tears may pose some risk.

Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in updated guidance for infection control in hospitals, said the virus can persist on environmental surfaces for a few days. But with daily cleaning and disinfection in a US hospital environment, it would be unlikely to survive longer than a day, the agency said.

via WHO, CDC dissect Ebola transmission risk | CIDRAP.

WHO, CDC dissect Ebola transmission risk | CIDRAP


Judge rules against police in Ferguson protest case


Nato has plan to defend Turkey against Islamic State – The Times of India on Mobile


this pressed: Graffiti rearing its ugly head again in NYC

Graffiti rearing its ugly head again in NYC

Graffiti, a “broken windows” indicator about the quality of life in any city, is starting a slow, ugly creep around the Big Apple — with new tags appearing nightly.

via Graffiti rearing its ugly head again in NYC.

Senator: Congress Should Debate Terrorist Threat – ABC News


Fetal Exposure to Plastics Chemical Tied to Breathing Ills in Kids – WebMD


Illinois man busted trying to join ISIS left letter behind for parents: FBI – NY Daily News


Israeli families scarred by Gaza war

Israeli families scarred by Gaza war http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29503439

Nurse infected with Ebola in Spain

Nurse infected with Ebola in Spain http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29514920

Street battles as IS enters key town

Street battles as IS enters key town http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29515431

Inside Sierra Leone’s Ebola clinics

Inside Sierra Leone’s Ebola clinics http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29507673

Attack code for USB flaw released

Attack code for USB flaw released http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29475566

US considers Ebola airport checks

US considers Ebola airport checks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29510173

Border town ‘may fall soon to IS’

Border town ‘may fall soon to IS’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29509828

Kara Karayev – The Seven Beauties Naxos: make music part of your life series

Kara Karayev – The Seven Beauties Naxos 1CD 8573122

Preston-Friedman-Kreger Trio Plays Beethoven Trio in B-flat Major, WoO 39: great compositions/performances

Preston-Friedman-Kreger Trio Plays Beethoven Trio in B-flat Major, WoO 39

The Adipose return home – Doctor Who – Partners in Crime – Series 4 – BBC

The Adipose return home – Doctor WhoPartners in Crime – Series 4 – BBC

Saint of the Day for Monday, October 6th, 2014: St. Bruno

today’s holiday: Egypt’s Armed Forces Day

Egypt’s Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day in Egypt is an important national holiday marking the surprise attack on Israel that began the October War of 1973 (also known as the Yom Kippur War). The war ended with a cease-fire secured by the US and was declared a victory by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, enabling him to seek an honorable peace with Israel. The holiday is celebrated with grand parades, speeches by government officials, and fireworks. It was while reviewing a military parade on this day in 1981 that Anwar Sadat was assassinated by opponents of peace with Israel. More… Discuss

quotation: “With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please…”. Jane Austen

With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss

today’s birthday: Louis-Philippe of France (1773)

Louis-Philippe of France (1773)

Louis-Philippe was the last king to rule France, reigning from 1830 to 1848. A nobleman who joined the liberal opposition to kings Louis XVIII and Charles X, he was made lieutenant general of the realm during the July Revolution of 1830 and then king. At first, he was much loved and called the “Citizen King,” but his increasingly autocratic rule as well as economic woes diminished his popularity. Faced with impending civil war, he abdicated and fled to England. How did he get there? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Cubana Flight 455 Bombed (1976)

Cubana Flight 455 Bombed (1976)

The bombing of Cubana Flight 455 killed all 78 people on board, including several Cuban government officials. At that time, it constituted the most deadly act of airline terrorism ever carried out in the Western Hemisphere. An investigation uncovered evidence implicating anti-Castro Cuban exiles and members of the Venezuelan secret police in the plot. Four men were arrested: two received 20-year prison terms, one was acquitted, and another fled. How were the CIA and FBI linked to the attack? More… Discuss

healthwise and such: Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses

One’s sense of smell, more specifically the loss of one’s sense of smell, could be an indicator of impending death. A study finds that older adults whose sense of smell has declined have a greater risk of dying within five years. Of participants with the most severe olfactory dysfunction, 39 percent passed away within five years. By comparison, just 19 percent of those with moderate dysfunction and 10 percent of those with a normal sense of smell died during that same period. This is not to say that the loss of sense of smell is directly causing deaths. Rather, researchers believe, it is a warning sign of declining health. More… Discuss

Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum

English: Bazooka gum

English: Bazooka gum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chewing gum has been around for millennia, making bubble gum a comparatively recent invention. The first bubble gum formulation—an unmarketable, sticky confection called Blibber-Blubber—was developed in 1906 by Frank Fleer. Twenty-two years later, Fleer employee Walter Diemer developed the first commercially successful bubble gum, Dubble Bubble. Its first competitor, the Topps Company‘s Bazooka, arrived on the market after World War II. How did bubble gum acquire its now-iconic pink color? More… Discuss



Definition: (verb) To smear all over with something thick, sticky, or dirty.
Synonyms: besmear
Usage: The hunter bedaubed himself with mud as a form of camouflage. Discuss.

New cracks in Hunterston reactor

New cracks in Hunterston reactor http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29481481

Ukraine city readies for rebel advance

Ukraine city readies for rebel advance http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29503377

New drug may treat root cause of type 2 diabetes – Financial Express


U.S. regulators probe steering in estimated 938,000 Ford vehicles


Kurds Repel Jihadist Attack on Syrian Town – ABC News


Popular painkillers will be harder for patients to get | Albuquerque Journal News