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Heartbleed: Teen arrested in Canada Revenue Agency information theft

Heartbleed: Teen arrested in Canada Revenue Agency information theft

By Tashauna Thompson

OTTAWA, CANADA (BNO NEWS) — Canadian authorities arrested a 19-year-old Ontario man Tuesday in relation to Friday’s theft of private information from the Canada Revenue Agency website by exploiting the Heartbleed bug, authorities…

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell resigns over wine gift

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell resigns over wine gift

By Heidi Pullyard

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (BNO NEWS) — Barry O’Farrell, the premier of New South Wales, resigned Wednesday morning after failing to inform a commission about an expensive bottle of wine he had received as a gift three years ago, though he …

Powerful quake strikes the Atlantic Ocean off Africa, no tsunami alert

Powerful quake strikes the Atlantic Ocean off Africa, no tsunami alert

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (BNO NEWS) — A powerful and shallow earthquake struck the Atlantic Ocean far south of Africa on early Tuesday morning, but no tsunami was generated and the tremor was centered too far from land to have caused any damage, seismo…

Dutch police arrest teen over threatening tweet to American Airlines

Dutch police arrest teen over threatening tweet to American Airlines

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) — A Dutch teenager was arrested in Rotterdam on Monday afternoon after she tweeted a terrorist threat at American Airlines that quickly went viral online, police officials said. It was not immediately known what c…

Pakistani cannibal re-arrested after baby’s head found at home

Pakistani cannibal re-arrested after baby’s head found at home

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) — A Pakistani man has been arrested on suspicion of cannibalism after the head of a newborn baby was found at his home, police said on Monday, years after he and his brother admitted to eating at least five corpses they …

Kenyan airliner goes off runway in Tanzania, injuring 7 passengers

Kenyan airliner goes off runway in Tanzania, injuring 7 passengers

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA (BNO NEWS) — A Kenya Airways passenger plane carrying 55 people skidded off the runway Friday as it landed in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam during heavy rains, the airline said, adding that seven passengers were injured d…

Ebola death toll soars past 100 after Guinea reports 15 new deaths

Ebola death toll soars past 100 after Guinea reports 15 new deaths

CONAKRY, GUINEA (BNO NEWS) — The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa soared past 100 on Tuesday after Guinea reported more than a dozen new deaths and a number of new cases, international health authorities said, warning that the outbreak is likely to continue for months.

Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, Dr. Stéphane Hugonnet of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Guinea and neighboring Liberia had reported 178 cases including 111 deaths by late Wednesday afternoon. This includes 157 cases with 101 deaths in Guinea and 21 cases with 10 deaths in Liberia.

Hugonnet said there were still three districts of Guinea that are considered to be ‘hotspots,’ the main one being the district of Guekedou in the country’s southeast, where the outbreak is believed to have started. “In those three areas there are active transmission chains that still produce cases,” he said.

By Wednesday, the World Health Organization had around 50 experts and support staff on the ground to help stop the spread of the disease, in addition to medical staff from local facilities and international charities. WHO is expected to send at least 17 more experts to the affected countries to strengthen the international response.

“Clearly in Guinée forestière the outbreak is not over,” Hugonnet said. “This is the epicenter of the outbreak and as long as this is not controlled there, there will be cases being exported from Guinée forestière to the rest of the country and, likely as it happened in Liberia, to other countries.”

Hugonnet called on people who may have been infected with Ebola to seek medical treatment, despite there not being a treatment and the disease killing up to 9 out of 10 patients. He said symptomatic treatment is “extremely important,” such as patients being hydrated after they vomit and painkillers being given when patients have pain.

“We fully expect to be engaged in this outbreak for another 2, 3, 4 months,” Hugonnet added.

Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the Assistant Director-General of the WHO’s Health Security and Environment cluster, said the wide geographic dispersion of cases, including in a capital city, has made it a difficult situation. “This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced,” he said.

Fukuda added: “This is an infection with a high fatality [rate], but it is also an infection which can be controlled … This is a virus that is transmitted through body fluids or by close contact with an infected person. If people take the right precautions, this is an infection for which the transmission can be stopped and the risk of getting infected is low with the right precautions.”

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) earlier described the outbreak in Guinea and Liberia as an “unprecedented epidemic,” though WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl emphasized the spread of the disease was not unusual as patients tend to travel to big cities in search of more effective treatment. The current outbreak in West Africa is the worst of its kind since an outbreak killed 187 people in the province of Kasai-Occidental in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007.

Ebola is a highly infectious disease and kills its victims in a very short time, though the virus can easily be confused with many other diseases. The signs and symptoms include high grade fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, measles-like rash, red eyes, and in some cases bleeding from body openings.

The virus, for which there is no cure or vaccine, can spread through direct contact with body fluids such as saliva, blood, stool, vomit, urine, and sweat but also through soiled linen used by an infected person. It can also spread by using skin piercing instruments previously used by an infected person or by touching the dead body of a person who died of Ebola.

The first outbreak of Ebola in 1976 in Zaire – which is now the Democratic Republic of Congo – was also the deadliest, killing at least 280 people and sickening 38 others, putting the fatality rate at 88 percent. The Ebola outbreak in Uganda in 2000 was the largest ever recorded, killing 224 people and sickening at least 201 others.

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Moroccan man in Conn. accused of plotting ‘flying bomb’ attacks

Moroccan man in Conn. accused of plotting ‘flying bomb’ attacks

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (BNO NEWS) — A Moroccan man, who received permission to stay in the United States after fabricating a story that he’d face prison time and torture in his native country, was arrested in Connecticut on Monday after allegedly plott…

British model and TV presenter Peaches Geldof dead at 25

British model and TV presenter Peaches Geldof dead at 25

LONDON, ENGLAND (BNO NEWS) — Former model and TV host Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Irish singer and activist Bob Geldof and the late TV presenter Paula Yates, was found dead at her home in southeast England on Monday afternoon, British police said….

Police: Former ABN Amro banker killed self after killing wife, daughter

Police: Former ABN Amro banker killed self after killing wife, daughter

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) — A former senior executive at Dutch bank ABN Amro, who was criticized for taking a large pay-off after the bank’s nationalization in 2008, committed suicide after killing his wife and daughter, Dutch police said …