Evening Ebola Update, Sun, 2/15: Funds for EBOV rx missing in S.L./Immune response not due to genetics, but environmental factors/B.H. using girls as bombers to kill children   Leave a comment

2/15/15

Dear Colleagues:

l.  NY Times has an article today on ‘missing’ funds in Sierra Leone.  An auditor found $3.3 Million ‘missing’ and $2.5 Million only partially documented (same as ‘missing’ to me) out of a total of $19 Million for Sierra Leone.  The ‘missing’ money is thus 25% of the total funds given to Sierra Leone for EBOV treatment and protection.  See: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/world/africa/sierra-leone-loses-track-of-millions-in-ebola-funds.html for more details.

2.  Cell has an article published 15 January by Brodin, et. al. from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden stating that the immune response of a person is dependent on non-heritable influences (‘nuture not nature’).  The authors studied twins.  This finding may explain in part why some portion of West Africans have EBOV antibodies but do not remember have a severe febrile and diarrheal illness earlier in life.  See the summary of this nicely written article at: http://www.cell.com/cell/abstract/S0092-8674(14)01590-6

3.  Time reports that Boko Haram sent a 16 year old girl as a suicide bomber.at a bus station in Nigeria.  Sixteen children were reported killed in initial report.  Somebody has to do something to eliminate these terrorists.  See the Time initial report at: http://time.com/3710469/nigeria-teenage-suicide-bombing/. 

RGL, MD

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Posted February 15, 2015 by levittrg in Ebola

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