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The Extinction Protocol

September 2014AFRICASierra Leone’s largest newspaper, the Awareness Times, is reporting with alarm that at least 1,028 Ebola patients appear to be missing in the country, as official Ministry of Health statistics account for a smaller number of combined victims and survivors of the disease than the total number of registered cases. The Awareness Times report notes that the Ministry of Health has confirmed 2,000 cases of Ebola in the country. Its official statistics note that 540 have died, while 432 are classified as survivors. That leaves 1,042 unaccounted for cases. The report follows up on a New York Times piece in which a Western diplomat is quoted as saying that official statistics in Sierra Leone are highly untrustworthy. According to the Times, those numbers are believed to be “largely inaccurate,” rendering them borderline useless. Said the diplomat: “Even a 2-year-old child can look at them and…

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The Extinction Protocol

September 2014KASHMIR– An epidemic threat is looming large over flood hit Srinagar with thousands of carcasses of livestock lying dead in the streets of the summer capital. In Army’s largest dairy farm at Bemina on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, bodies of hundreds of Jersy cows and buffaloes are lying unattended for the past eight days after the flood hit the city. The farm opposite to the Army’s cantonment, Toto Ground, is spread over hundreds of kanals of land in the middle of residential area. Doctors termed the situation as “very threatening” saying if the dead animals were not removed and buried along with decomposing agents, the situation could lead to an epidemic outbreak. “This situation is a breeding ground for deadly diseases like cholera, hepatitis and typhoid,” said a known doctor at SMHS hospital. A young boy who identified himself as Saifullah Gulzar of Al-Shakir colony, Bemina said…

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The Extinction Protocol

April 2014HEALTH – Antibiotic resistance is now a bigger crisis than the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, a landmark report warned today. The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is happening across the world, United Nations officials have confirmed. The effects will be devastating – meaning a simple scratch or urinary tract infection could kill. The WHO said in some countries, because of resistance, carbapenems now do not work in more than half of people with common hospital-acquired infections caused by a bacteria called K. pneumoniae, such as pneumonia, blood infections, and infections in newborn babies and intensive-care patients. Resistance to one of the most widely used antibiotics for treating urinary tract infections caused by E. coli -medicines called fluoroquinolones – is also very widespread, it said. In the 1980s, when these drugs were first introduced, resistance was virtually zero, according to the…

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