- Aug 25, 2001
Now there's going to be a new Band Aid charity song to fight Ebola. If it's as bad as the last version it won't stand a chance, assuming the disease is a music lover.
Measures taken in the current Ebola outbreak may hold some clues for how to handle samples brought back to Earth from Mars, a place that could potentially host extraterrestrial microbes.
The 1971 sci-fi film "The Andromeda Strain" dramatized the idea of alien organisms infecting the Earth. Based on a novel by Michael Crichton, the film depicts the spread of an alien germ brought back to Earth by a satellite. An elite team of specialists responds, relying on protective hazmat suits, decontamination and disinfection safety levels, and a secret, high-tech underground facility named Wildfire to study and deal with the deadly extraterrestrial organism.
NASA officials have wanted to build and launch a robotic lander that scoops up some Martian samples and returns them to Earth. Similarly, a human expedition to Mars would surely hunt for past or present evidence of life on the Red Planet. Hauling back Martian samples means potentially dealing with biological "hot property," as well as public concern about creepy crawlers from Mars eating away at Earth's biosphere. ...
http://www.space.com/27599-ebola-outbre ... ssons.html
gncxx said:Now there's going to be a new Band Aid charity song to fight Ebola. If it's as bad as the last version it won't stand a chance, assuming the disease is a music lover.
Ringo_ said:I had the same type of revelation regarding Olive Oil only last year. I suddenly realised that it came from olives. I'm not sure where I thought it came from but there you go. I suppose I just call things what they are and not really think about it.
Dr Martin Salia, a surgeon who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone, has died at a hospital in Nebraska from the virus.
The 44 year-old was taken to hospital in Omaha on Saturday, but passed away on Monday according to hospital officials.
"We are extremely sorry to announce that the third patient we've cared for with the Ebola virus, Dr. Martin Salia, has passed away as a result of the advanced symptoms of the disease," the hospital said in a statement, which was reported by AFP. The other two patients who were treated at the facility were given clean bills of health. ...
Roadside bandits in Guinea stole a cooler containing blood samples that are believed to have ebola, officials said, warning of the risks and vowing tighter security measures for transport of potentially contagious cargo.
The vehicle was transporting test tubes containing blood when the roadside robbery took place on the route from Kankan prefecture in central Guinea to a test site in Gueckedou, in the south, national health officials said.
The bandits held up the minibus taxi carrying the samples from a suspected ebola patient on Wednesday, said Guinea Red Cross press officer Faya Etienne Tolno. Why they took the blood samples is unknown.
Officials appealed on national radio for the thieves to return the samples. ...
http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/guin ... 99068.html