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Ebola Virus Can Be Killed with Soap and Water

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 07.08.2014 07:46

Ebola Virus Can Be Killed with Soap and Water


America, and even much of the world, is currently captivated by the Ebola virus that has, since its discovery in 1976, killed less than 2,000 people.

The reason people are so frightened by the virus is because of two factors: there is no cure, and if you are infected with it, you are more likely to die than survive. The current outbreak carries with it a 55 percent death rate. Other outbreaks have soared into the 90 percent mortality range.

The good news is that Ebola is not spread in the air. You get it from direct contact with an infected person's bodily fluids such as blood, sweat, vomit, or feces. So for developed countries that's encouraging because the Ebola virus can be killed simply with soap and warm water.

With that in mind, one wonders how more than 1,000 people have contracted it. The answer is, they don't wash their hands. They don't even wear gloves in hospitals, oftentimes, wear protective masks, or even use disinfectant and clean needles!

They touch - with their bare hands - dead people who haven't even been washed, who've died from Ebola, at funerals.

Fortunately, in recent days, through education and the involvement of other countries, these practices are changing. There are now buckets of diluted bleach scattered about villages for people to wash their hands. Some African governments are insisting that Ebola victims be cremated, and hospitals are receiving the gloves, masks, and needles they need.

The two American aide workers who contracted Ebola in Africa are back in American now, reportedly undergoing both traditional and experimental treatments.

Traditional treatments include strengthening the patient's immune system to help the body naturally fight off the virus. This means balancing their fluids, maintaining their oxygen levels and blood pressure, and treating them for any complicating infections.

The experimental treatment includes taking a drug called ZMapp, developed by a California-based biotech company called Mapp. The drug has reportedly only been tested on monkeys so far. But it was successful in those trials.

The ZMapp three-antibody cocktail isn't a vaccine. Instead, it provides an artificial immune response against proteins on the outside of the Ebola virus.

It's highly unusual for humans to receive drugs like ZMapp that have not completed the series of trials, including human testing, required by the Food And Drug Administration. However, the FDA does allow the use of a drug before its approval, in extreme cases, if a patient's situation warrants.

It's unclear why the American patients are not taking an experimental Ebola drug developed by a Canadian company, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, as their drug has advanced to human trials. However, like ZMapp, it has also not yet been approved for general use.

Considering the deaths of about 900 African Ebola victims with this current outbreak, both drugs may be fast-tracked for approval to treat the victims there.

Meanwhile, an Ebola vaccine is in the works, but reportedly still a ways off.

Symptoms of Ebola are much like the flu:
◾fever,
◾headache,
◾joint and muscle aches,
◾sore throat, and
◾weakness,
◾followed by diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain.

In some cases, the disease causes rashes, red eyes, and hiccups.

Unfortunately, a person can be infected, and contagious for a couple of days up to a few weeks before they start experiencing symptoms. That means infected people can literally travel the world virtually undetected.

Ebola kills by destroying the function of critical organs such as the liver and kidneys, as well as causing extensive internal and even external, bleeding.

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The Hamas Miracle

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 07.08.2014 08:00

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Yes to veggies; no to bacteria*

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 07.08.2014 08:26

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A Miracle

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 07.08.2014 08:48

Aharon Samet, owner of the “Samet” factory producing “tzitzis” fringes, is the Badatz community supervisor for the wheat harvest. On a radio program today with Rabbi Moshe Ben Lulu, Samet told the story of the great miracle which occurred for the people of Israel thanks to this year’s wheat harvest.

“This year we are getting ready for the Shmitta agricultural sabbatical year, so this summer we harvested wheat grain for two years. We searched the whole country, looking for wheat which was sown late in the season and needed rain which fell late. At Kibbutz Sufa right next to the Gaza border we found an entire field sown in mid-January, which was considered very unusual, so we found 2000 acres of green wheat which was just right for us, “said Samet.

“We harvested the wheat,” said Samet, “and we ran into military police, as well as undercover and regular police who came to check out who we were.” The Gaza air campaign was already underway, and Samet and his colleagues saw the smoke clouds over Gaza, and heard the sirens while they were busy harvesting and transferring the wheat to trucks and moving them towards the cleaning plant near Masmiya for cleaning the wheat, fumigating and tithing it.

Two days later 13 terrorists came from Gaza out from the tunnel which opened into the fields near Sufa. The terrorists had been planning a big attack, and had been counting on hiding among Sufa’s giant wheat field–which the matzah makers had just chopped down in its entirety. The terrorists couldn’t understand how their camouflage had disappeared.

The empty field enabled military observers to easily spot and identify the terrorists and open fire on them. Many Jewish lives were thus saved by the grace of Heaven.
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Hibuki (Huggy

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 08.08.2014 08:52

Israel’s community of social workers and psychologists is responding in a variety of ways to the distress of hundreds of children in rocket range of Hamas’ missiles from Gaza. One therapeutic approach is Hibuki (Huggy), a stuffed dog with a sad face and extra-long arms. Professionals and parents are trained how to use the doll to calm their frightened children. When they get a Hibuki doll, the kids are told he is upset about the missile attacks and they’re encouraged to comfort the pup. The idea is to transfer the child’s emotions onto the toy and give a measure of control to the child. Hibuki is not a new program, but rather tried and true. It was the brainchild of Tel Aviv University Prof. Avi Sadeh in 2006 when northern Israel was bombarded with rockets fired from Lebanon by Hezbollah, and his psychology student Shai Hen-Gal approached him to help devise a quick, effective treatment strategy for displaced children. Sadeh looked in toy stores for a stuffed animal that might help, and came across Hibuki, made in China. Hen-Gal administers the program on behalf of the Joint Distribution Committee-Israel’s Ashalim program for at-risk children and youth, along with psychotherapist Flora Mor, a project director specializing in trauma at Ashalim and the Israeli Education Ministry. About 60,000 Israeli children have received a Hibuki doll since then — during the two previous Gaza conflicts, the 2010 Carmel fire and other disasters. Hen-Gal, Mor and Daniella Hadassi, an art therapist working with the Foreign Ministry, brought 180 Hibuki dogs to Japan and taught locals how to use them to soothe children traumatized by the 2011 tsunami and 2012 earthquake. “The Hibuki doll is a simple solution to the complex problem of trauma,” Mor said in press reports. “Children receive the doll with an explanation that it is in distress, like the distress in which they find themselves immersed. The teachers give the children a task to treat and care for them. It is amazing how quickly we see results.” (via Israel21c)
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Caroline Glick: A realistic alternative to the failed "Two-S

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 08.08.2014 12:32

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A Prayer for Hope

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 10.08.2014 19:23

A Prayer for Hope

by Holley Gerth

God,
Sometimes this world is hard to understand.
And even when we trust you, our hearts still ache.
So we come to you today asking for the hope we need.
Hope that sees past the here-and-now to the then-and-there.
Hope that believes what we cannot yet glimpse.
Hope that holds our hearts up in the moments when life brings us to our knees.
You are the only One who can sustain us.
You are the only One who can save us.
Be the rescuer of our souls, the deliverer of our dreams, the holder of our hearts.
We believe that even the darkest night must lead to dawn.
We wait with expectation.
Give us courage.
Surround us with comfort.
Love us through to the other side in the way only you can.
We put our hope, and our hopes for those we love, in you.
Amen.

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Israel map throughout history

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 11.08.2014 08:46

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Messianic Soldier Explains the War in Gaza

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 11.08.2014 20:14

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After War, Israeli Schools to Teach Tolerance for Arabs

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 11.08.2014 20:26

After War, Israeli Schools to Teach Tolerance for Arabs

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As two months of abductions, street violence and outright warfare (hopefully) draw to an end, Israel on Monday once again demonstrated how it is different than its enemies.

Education Minister Shai Peron announced at the Knesset that the upcoming school year will kick off with a week-long campaign to combat racism and encourage greater tolerance for the nation’s Arab and Muslim enemies.

The abduction and execution of three Jewish teens by Palestinian terrorists earlier this summer sparked a wave of anti-Arab sentiment from many sectors of Israeli society. The subsequent Gaza war, during which Hamas fired 3,500 missiles into Israel, only served to create more tension.

By contrast, the ongoing Arab street violence, primarily in Jerusalem, that began in the wake of the revenge killing of a young Palestinian boy has barely warranted the attention of local Arab leaders.

In July alone, Jews in Jerusalem found themselves the victims of no fewer than 360 violent assaults.
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