Ebola outbreak: Jet passenger alert over US nurse

This is something you simply cannot be negligent about. And that pretty much sums up this Texas hospital’s handling of Ebola. Outrageous.

Amber Vinson -undated photo

US health officials are seeking 132 people who flew on a plane with a Texas nurse on the day before she came down with symptoms of Ebola.

The second person infected in the US, Amber Vinson, 29, fell ill on Tuesday.

Both she and nurse Nina Pham, 26, had treated Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who died a week ago in Dallas.

A nurses’ union has said those treating Duncan were not given full protection and had parts of their skin exposed.

More than 70 healthcare workers who may have come in contact with him at the hospital are being monitored for symptoms, the hospital’s director has said.

Meanwhile, the UN’s Ebola mission chief says the world is falling behind in the race to contain the virus, which has killed more than 4,000 in West Africa.

On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it wanted to interview the passengers on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas, Texas on 13 October.

It said it was taking the measure “because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning”.

The BBC’s Alastair Leithead visited the National Biocontainment Training Centre in Galveston, Texas to try on a bio-hazard suit

Both Ms Vinson and Ms Pham treated Duncan early in his stay at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas when he had “extensive production of body fluids”, said CDC director Tom Frieden.

A national nurse union told reporters on Wednesday the health workers treating Duncan had not been properly protected and called for all health workers treating Ebola patients to receive full protective suits and training from hospitals.

Union director RoseAnn DeMoro said staff treated him for days without the necessary protective gear, and hazardous waste was allowed to pile up to the ceiling.

In this photo posted on Twitter by the City of Dallas Public Information Managing Director Sana Syed, members of Dallas Fire-Rescue Haz Mat Unit tape off the door at the The Village Bend East apartment of a second healthcare worker who has tested positive for Ebola, in Dallas, on 15 October 2014Dallas officials tape off the apartment of the second nurse who tested positive for Ebola

The CDC has appointed a “site manager” in Dallas to standardise the protective equipment and supervise the method of putting it off and on.

Ms Vinson flew to Cleveland on 10 October, even though she was being monitored for signs of Ebola and therefore should not have flown on a commercial aeroplane, Dr Frieden said.

When Ms Vinson returned from Ohio, she was not showing symptoms of the disease, the crew has told CDC investigators.

Health experts say people who are not showing symptoms are not contagious.

One of the ill women is to be transferred to Emory University hospital in Atlanta, which oversaw the recovery of two US aid workers who had caught the disease in Africa.

Mr Duncan, who was the first person to be diagnosed in the US with Ebola, started showing symptoms of the disease just days after he arrived in Texas from Liberia, where he contracted it.

An initial set of 48 people who were in contact with him before he was admitted to hospital are nearing the end of the window in which they could develop an Ebola infection.


Ebola patients treated outside West Africa*

Map showing Ebola cases treated outside West Africa

*In all but three cases the patient was infected with Ebola while in West Africa. Infection outside Africa has been restricted to health workers in Madrid and in Dallas. DR Congo has also reported a separate outbreak of an unrelated strain of Ebola.

How not to catch Ebola:

  • Avoid direct contact with sick patients as the virus is spread through contaminated body fluids
  • Wear goggles to protect eyes
  • Clothing and clinical waste should be incinerated and any medical equipment that needs to be kept should be decontaminated
  • People who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex or use condoms for three months

Ebola basics: What you need to know

How Ebola attacks

Ebola: Mapping the outbreak


The World Health Organization (WHO) says 4,447 people have died from the outbreak, mainly in West Africa.

Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have been hardest hit by the outbreak, which began in December 2013 but was confirmed in March.

The White House has announced President Barack Obama will convene a meeting of his cabinet over the US response to Ebola later on Wednesday, cancelling a political trip.

Health officials have repeatedly warned more Ebola cases could be diagnosed in the US.

In other developments:

  • Liberia’s transport minister has gone into quarantine after her driver died from Ebola
  • Ghana is to lodge a complaint with authorities in the Czech Republic after a video showed a Ghanaian student not infected with Ebola being carted around an airport on a trolley by people in protective gear - while his face is covered with a black plastic bag
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) warns the infection rate could reach 5,000 to 10,000 new cases a week in two months if efforts are not stepped up
  • The WHO says it will declare the end of the outbreak in Senegal at the end of this week (17 October) and in Nigeria next week (20 October), if no new cases are detected before then.
  • France has joined the US, Canada and the UK in instituting Ebola screening at airports

Cumulative deaths up to 12 October

ebola cumulative death toll chart up to October 12Note: figures are occasionally revised down as suspect or probable cases are found to be unrelated to Ebola. The sharp increase in Sierra Leone in early October is a result of retrospective analysis of hospital records






Can’t keep meowt. [video]

Is…is that a container full of WATER they put in front of the door?  They had to put in a motherfucking moat to keep this cat out and it STILL DIDN’T WORK?!  This cat is hardcore.

fuckin cats man

They literally just need to buy a doorknob

(Source: ForGIFs.com)


Saturn at Equinox
How would Saturn look if its ring plane pointed right at the Sun? Before August of 2009 nobody knew. Every 15 years, as seen from Earth, Saturn’s rings point toward the Earth and appear to disappear. The disappearing rings are no longer a mystery — Saturn’s rings are known to be so thin and the Earth is so near the Sun that when the rings point toward the Sun, they also point nearly edge-on at the Earth. Fortunately, in this third millennium, humanity is advanced enough to have a spacecraft that can see the rings during equinox from the side. The Saturn-orbiting spacecraft, Cassini, was able to snap a series of unprecedented pictures of Saturn’s rings during equinox. A digital composite of 75 such images is shown above. The rings appear unusually dark, and a very thin ring shadow line can be made out on Saturn’s cloud-tops. Objects sticking out of the ring plane are brightly illuminated and cast long shadows. Inspection of these images may help humanity understand the specific sizes of Saturn’s ring particles and the general dynamics of orbital motion.

Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, ISS, JPL, ESA, NASA

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Teen Girls Who Fled Austria To Join ISIS Now Pregnant, Desperately Want To Come Home

The two young Austrian girls that abandoned their families to join ISIS say they made a mistake and want to come home.

Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15 were conned by Muslim clerics at a local mosque. They were led to believe their European lifestyle was evil. Clerics told them that the only way to know true peace was to travel to Syria and take part in the holy war.

In April, the teen girls packed their bags, abandoned their families and headed out. They left the following note,

Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah, and we will die for him.

Samra and Sabina are believed to be married to Chechen fighters, pregnant, and living in the ISIS controlled city of Ragga in Northern Syria, Central European News reports.

Since leaving their home city of Vienna, the teens have become “poster girls” for the Islamic State.

The teens social media accounts show them happily enjoying their new life as ISIS terrorists. The smiling girls are pictured wearing Muslim garb while flanked by armed ISIS fighters. Some photos display the girls themselves carrying weapons.

However, Austrian police say the teens social media accounts have been hijacked by ISIS terrorists. Many of the images are fake. According to the Vienna Times, a security services insider in Austria said,

It is clear that whoever is operating their pages it probably is not the girls, and that they are being used for propaganda.

The Austrian newspaper Oesterreich says the girls have recently established communication with their parents.

To no one’s surprise, the Western born teens have become disillusioned with their new oppressive lifestyle and the brutality of ISIS. They regret their decision to leave Austria and desperately want to come home.

Unfortunately, a spokesman for the Austrian Interior Ministry, Karl-Heinz Grundboeck, has said their change of heart may be too late.

The main problem is about people coming back to Austria. Once they leave it is almost impossible.


This new battery charges to 70% in two minutes, and lasts for 20 years

Researchers have developed a groundbreaking new lithium ion battery that charges super quickly and lasts 10 times longer than today’s batteries. It’ll be on the market within two years.


Sick of waiting an hour for your phone to charge before you leave the house? Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have come up with the best solution yet - a lithium ion battery that charges to 70 percent in just two minutes. 

Even better, it also lasts for 20 years, and will reportedly be available to the public within two years.

Rechargeable lithium ion batteries are already common in our mobile phones, tablets and laptops - but most only last around 500 recharge cycles, which is around two to three years of typical use. And at the moment batteries take around two hours to fully charge.

The new battery drastically improves this process, and will allow you to charge your phone while you look for your keys on the way out the door. It would also help make electric vehicles a more viable alternative to fossil-fuel-powered cars, by reducing battery replacement costs and allowing drivers to recharge their cars in minutes. 

“Electric cars will be able to increase their range dramatically, with just five minutes of charging, which is on par with the time needed to pump petrol for current cars,” said Professor Chen Xiaodong who led the study, in a press release. “Equally important, we can now drastically cut down the toxic waste generated by disposed batteries, since our batteries last 10 times longer than the current generation of lithium-ion batteries.”

The breakthrough came after the scientists replaced the traditional graphite that makes up the anode (the negative pole of the battery) in lithium-ion batteries with a new gel material made from titanium dioxide nanotubes that they created themselves.

These nanotubes are a thousand times thinner than a human hair, and they speed up the rate at which electrons and ions can transfer in and out of the batteries, allowing for super-fast charging. They also allow more energy to be packed into the batteries. This means that the battery can now offer 10,000 charging cycles, instead of the usual 500.

Even better, the new batteries will be relatively cheap, as titanium dioxide is inexpensive and already readily available in soil. The team has published details on how they formed the titanium dioxide gel in Advanced Materials, and have already had the technology licensed to eventually produce the devices. They expect they’ll be on the market within two years.

We literally can’t wait.




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