In Guinea, four people have died of Ebola in a resurgence of the disease that first emerged five years ago, the country's health minister said Saturday. Remy Lamah told the AFP news agency that officials were "really concerned" about the Ebola fatalities, the first since a 2013-2016 epidemic — which began in Guinea and saw 11,300 die from the disease across the region. One of the latest victims in the West African country was a nurse who developed symptoms in late January and was buried on February 1, National Health Security Agency chief Sakoba Keita told local media. "Among those who took part in the burial, eight people showed symptoms: diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding," Keita said. "Three of them died and four others are in hospital." The four deaths from Ebola hemorrhagic fever occurred in the southeast region of Nzerekore, the health official added. Keita told the local press that one patient had "escaped" only to later be found, and subsequently returned to the … [Read more...] about Guinea records 4 Ebola deaths
The government of Guinea officially declared a new outbreak of Ebola on Sunday. The official confirmation of the outbreak comes after several cases were identified in the West African country. The head of Guinea's health agency, Sakoba Keita, said the country was experiencing an Ebola "epidemic situation." Seven positive cases have been confirmed so far, including three deaths, he said. Health officials earlier reported four deaths. It was not immediately clear why the figure was lowered. On Saturday, Health Minister Remy Lamah told the AFP news agency that officials were "really concerned" about the Ebola fatalities, the first since a 2013-2016 epidemic — which began in Guinea and saw 11,300 die from the disease across the region. What do we know about the cases? One of the latest victims in the West African country was a nurse who developed symptoms in late January and was buried on February 1, Keita, who heads the National Health Security Agency, told local media. He … [Read more...] about Guinea officially declares new Ebola outbreak
The container ship Mozart was more than 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers/230 miles) off the Nigerian coast in January when the pirates struck out of nowhere. Media outlets published reports of dramatic scenes on board the vessel: While the ship's crew cowered in a safe room fearing for their lives, the pirates quietly set about their work getting to them. It took them six hours to break open the door to the so-called Citadel but they did it. In the end, one crew member was killed and 15 others were kidnapped. The men have since been freed, but it remains unclear if ransom money was paid for their release. According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), there were 135 maritime kidnappings recorded in 2020 —and 130 of them took place in the Gulf of Guinea. Much like the capture of the Mozart, many of those kidnappings followed an increasingly dangerous script. "We see that the pirates are acting with greater impunity," IMB Director Michael Howlett told DW. "They are … [Read more...] about Why is piracy increasing on the Gulf of Guinea?
TWENTY women are suing the makers of their breast implants after developing cancer. A top surgeon said victims were never told of potential risks and were treated “like guinea pigs”. More than 50 British women have developed anaplastic large cell lymphoma — linked to textured-surface implants, which experts say can damage the immune system. A watchdog claims one in every 24,000 given implants will develop it. Linzy Bromfield, 50, is among those taking legal action. She had a boob job in 2005 after having two children. "Last year she noticed her right breast was swollen and was diagnosed with implant-associated lymphoma. She told the BBC: “I was angry. I was worried I was going to die.” She has now had both of her implants removed and is disease free. But other women have needed further treatment, including chemotherapy. Nigel Mercer, chairman of an advisory group of surgeons monitoring cases of the cancer, said women were not being given enough information. … [Read more...] about Twenty women ‘treated like guinea pigs’ sue breast implant makers after developing cancer
A paramedic couple returning to the UK with their five-week-old daughter after four years living in Abu Dhabi have said travellers should not be used as 'guinea pigs'. From Monday, UK nationals or residents returning to England from 33 countries will be required to spend 10 days in Government-designated quarantine hotel at a cost of £1,750 for an individual. The regulations have been published just days before the scheme becomes law. But border guards and Heathrow airport have spoken today of how they feel under-prepared for the new rules, with officials saying earlier today that they feel powerless to stop travellers who may 'leg it' from airports to avoid quarantining. A Heathrow spokesman said on Saturday that the government's plan has 'significant gaps', while border officials said they did not feel adequately prepared, saying they have had little guidance on what to do if people refuse to comply. Parents living abroad whose unaccompanied minors travelling back to … [Read more...] about Parents who will be spending ten days in quarantine hotel with a five-week-old baby slam the government for treating them like ‘guinea pigs’ – as Heathrow boss blasts the ‘significant gaps’ in plan