l. U.S. News and World Report posts two bad news items today. Firstly, an area in Freetown, Sierra Leone, called Aberdeen has been ‘isolated’ or ‘locked down’ because of a localized outbreak of EBOV cases in this area of Freetown. Inhabitants of Aberdeen will remain isolated in this area for 21 days according to news reports. Aberdeen is the location of several nice hotels but also not far from the West Point slums in Freetown. Secondly, continued assaults on HCW are occurring in Guinea. The Guinean government needs to send troops to accompany HCW in their daily routines; local villagers need to be on all HCW teams to explain teams’ function to locals. See: http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2015/02/14/ebola-cases-prompt-mini-quarantine-in-sierra-leone-capital
Being the weekend, no new journal articles are posted on my normally reviewed websites. There are two non-EBOV articles worthy of note to WHO and UN below:
2. PNAS has a report by Torella, et. al. from Harvard Medical School on the use of the bacterium Ralstonia eutropha to produce an alcohol fuel through conversion of carbon dioxide combined with hydrogen and oxygen produced by solar-powered water splitting. The system is scalable. See: http://m.pnas.org/content/early/2015/02/06/1424872112.full.pdf.
3. U.S. Naval Institute has an essay by Kirk Ross, a doctoral student at King’s College, University of London re: the terrorism of Boko Haram in Nigeria and now Chad. The author believes that Boko Haram is attacking persons who do not belong to the Kanuri tribe, rather than attacking persons because they are non-Muslims. In my opinion, ‘non-Muslim’ and ‘non-Kanuri’ have nothing to do with the Boko Haram attacks. These maniacs attack because they are not stopped from attacking Nigerians by President Jonathan Goodluck or the African Union. See: http://news.usni.org/2015/02/11/essay-boko-harams-campaign-ethnic-cleansing?utm_source=USNI+News&utm_campaign=ab75872eb6-USNI_NEWS_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0dd4a1450b-ab75872eb6-230578433&mc_cid=ab75872eb6&mc_eid=ed7fb7d38a