The consequences could prove devastating.
Bad news, world: The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history just became your personal problem.
Reports now say that on July 24, a Liberian man named Patrick Sawyer tested positive for the lethal virus — in the mega city of Lagos, Nigeria.
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Now that the virus has spread to Nigeria, its global consequences could prove devastating.
A primer on Lagos: First off, it’s huge.
The largest city in Africa, this densely populated metro houses 21 million people at a concentration of 53,000 citizens per square mile. It’s also a major international hub, with at least 7.1 million passengers passing through Murtala Muhammed International Airport every year.
According to the Nigerian Tribune, Sawyer’s was the first Ebola case ever recorded in the country. But it might not be the last: Quartz reports that — due to the city’s density and poor health infrastructure — the virus’ appearance here sharply increases its likelihood of spreading to the rest of the world.
It gets worse: When Patrick Sawyer started having symptoms, he was on the three-hour flight from the Liberian capitol of Monrovia to Lagos.
After a lengthy bout of vomiting and diarrhea, he turned himself in to Nigerian authorities for quarantine. There’s just one problem: None of the other 100 or so passengers were detained. This means up to 100 people are walking around Lagos as we speak, unwittingly hosting a virus with a 90% fatality rate.
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A frantic manhunt is currently underway to track down the remaining passengers, according toQuartz. Only in the days since have Nigerian health authorities started screening incoming travelers for Ebola.
What does the virus look like? Anyone who read The Hot Zone for biology class can tell you it’s an ugly way to die.
Ebola victims typically exhibit flu-like symptoms at first, which makes it incredibly difficult to detect. It’s often mistaken for malaria or typhoid, but from there, all hell breaks loose: Headaches, fever and stomach pain devolve into vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding from the mucous membranes, climaxing with massive boils on the skin and an eventual shutdown of the internal organs.
The virus spreads when victims “spew” blood or phlegm into the cuts or mucous membranes of its next host. You read that correctly.
Background: The battle to contain it thus far has been arduous.
Since March, doctors and aid workers have worked tirelessly to stop Ebola from spreading throughout the continent, even as it wreaked havoc throughout the region. In the four months before Sawyer, at least 1,100 people in the aforementioned nations had contracted the virus, including 100 health workers, 50 of which have died.
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But Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are largely rural, meaning the outbreak has been slightly easier to contain, according to Quartz. Nigeria is a different story altogether. And the rest of the continent, and by extension, the world, may depend on how well Lagos can keep the virus from spreading.
Source: Zak Cheney-Rice for World.Mic
my chinese students really love english profanity because they dont get in trouble for it
i try to just ignore it so they don’t get a reaction and keep using it
but today during a creative writing exercise, a character was arguing with a dragon, and the kids needed to decide what the character would yell
this one kid raises his hand and calmly submits his suggestion of “f*ck you, you foolish dragon motherf*cker”
i dont know its just
its difficult not to react to that
DO YOU REALIZE WHAT THEY’RE SETTING UP HERE THOUGH
THIS SHOW IS NOW IN A POSITION TO UNDO LITERALLY EVERYTHING NAGISA HAS WORKED TO ACHIEVE
Nagisa is the one who is continually making new suggestions as to how they can attract new members - they still don’t have any.
Nagisa recruited Rei to join the swim team - now Rei might be leaving.
Nagisa is the only one on their team who swims the breaststroke, AND he’s always managed to either maintain or increasethe lead Makoto usually starts them off with - now Nitori is determined to beat him at it.
NAGISA HAS ALWAYS FELT THE NEED TO PUT 10X MORE ENTHUSIASM AND WORK INTO EVERYTHING HE DOES BECAUSE HE’S NOT “SPECIAL” - HE’S NOT ESPECIALLY TALL OR FAST OR STRONG OR SMART, HIS ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM IS ALL HE HAS - SO IF HE DOESN’T KEEP WORKING HARD, HE’LL FEEL LIKE HE HAS NOTHING LEFT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE TEAM.
now, especially considering that he has older sisters who “treat him like he’s a toy”, and also that Haru and Makoto are now 3rd years and this is their last chance to make it to nationals, NAGISA IS PROBABLY SCARED TO DEATH OF BECOMING USELESS. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IF THIS SEASON IS GOING WHERE IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING.
LET THE BREAKING OF HAZUKI NAGISA COMMENCE
THAT EXPLAINS THIS
I have nothing and no one
YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO WATCH FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TO FIND THIS FUNNY
long hair dont care 2k14
Humans piss me off. They’re only sheep. Pawns for the stronger willed no matter how awful and self centered they are
GET THIS OUT OF MY LIFE
I know Free! might be confusing to the uninitiated, so I made a helpful table describing the characters:
Attack on Titan and the Walnut - Symbolism
Why the walnut?
While I was driving to student teaching today, I listened to “The Great Escape” by Cinema Staff. After some thought, I wondered why the animation staff decided to show a rolling walnut for the beginning and ending of the end credits. This led me to do some research regarding walnuts their symbolic meaning.
Various websites state that many folktales and stories use the walnut to symbolize something precious hidden under a tough exterior. In this case, we can compare a walnut’s shell to the Walls that guard the cities, and the cities as the actual nut. While the nut itself may represent the importance of the walls and the cities, the task of opening walnut can represent an entirely different meaning. According to Jungian tradition opening walnuts can represent the“attempts to solve a difficult problem in which something valuable is at stake”. Woah there, that means that the struggle to open the walnut can represent the struggle to preserve humanity.
And here’s where it gets crazy. According to other websites, while it is a known struggle to open up a walnut, the individual never knows if the nut will be good or bad. If the nut is good, then it implies that the labor was well worth it. On the flip side, if the nut is rotten or bitter, this can represent failure and a person’s struggle on something worthless.
SO, because we see the walnut uncracked, we have no idea if the nut inside will be good or bad. My interpretation? Well, I like to think that the walnut represents the whether preserving humanity was worth preserving or a pointless, fruitless struggle.
And this is how hardcore the SnK fandom is.
I didn’t know walnut’s were so metal
Forty years ago, a vast molten cavity known as the Darvaza crater – nicknamed the “door to hell” – opened up in the desert of north Turkmenistan, and has been burning ever since. Now, Canadian explorer George Kourounis has became the first to make the descent into the fiery pit to look for signs of life (x)
"We did find some bacteria living at the bottom that are very comfortable living in those high temperatures, and the most important thing was that they were not found in any of the surrounding soil outside of the crater," he says. "Outside of our solar system, there are planets that do resemble the conditions inside this pit, and [knowing that] can help us expand the number of places where we can confidently start looking for life outside of our solar system."