Dr. Bruce Aylward, who heads the WHO response to the crisis, said the public health organization now estimates the mortality rate in the countries affected by the outbreak—Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea—to be around 70 percent. Even though earlier statistics had shown a survival rate of around fifty percent, the UN-affiliated organization is now recording “at best 30 percent survival,” he said.
Red Death: White House in "crisis mode" over Ebola ~ link ~ Crisis mode simply means they crank up the bullshit!!! Stirling
There is a growing concern about the spread of Ebola in the United States after two health workers involved in the treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian and the first Ebola patient in the US, were also diagnosed with the virus.
Republican lawmakers, including US House Speaker John Boehner, have criticized the Obama administration for its handling of the disease.
They have called for travel bans for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three African nations most affected by the Ebola epidemic.
“We need to protect the American people, first and foremost,” said Rep. Fred Upton, (R, Mich.), at a hearing by a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. “People’s lives are at stake, and the response so far has been unacceptable.”
The White House responded by canceling two days of planned campaign events, but has ruled out a travel ban.
Putin warns Europe of natural gas supply risks ~ link ~
“If we see that our Ukrainian partners -- as in 2008 -- start siphoning off our gas from the export pipeline system in an unauthorized manner then we will also -- like in 2008 -- be gradually reducing supplies by the amount that has been stolen,” Putin said.He made the comments ahead of significant talks with EU leaders and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, in the Italian city of Milan later on Thursday and Friday.
USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrives in Mideast ~ link ~ Assets being moved into place for a massive general Mideast war! Stirling
Warplanes from the Bush aircraft carrier have been bombing ISIL targets since August 8.
The US-led coalition began conducting airstrikes on ISIL terrorists in August, after they seized large swaths of western Iraq and threatened to move onto Baghdad. Last month, the military campaign was extended to Syria.