The sudden and unexpected Ebola outbreaks in a region entirely unprepared to respond is a challenge for international public health agencies. The people of West Africa have seen their share of misery in the last forty years. Corruption and civil wars have combined to impoverish millions.
The search has been ongoing since the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 souls aboard. There has been little confirmed news but lots of anonymous sources have opinions, speculations and even a little news of value. The current belief is that the airliner turned and flew across the Indian Ocean towards the northwest.There is just one problem with the associated speculation that the plane flew to Central Asia. It had to fly through Indian airspace.
With the release of the Jan. 2014 employment situation report on Feb. 7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) updated its estimates of a number of data items. This is a yearly occurrence, and can make a significant difference in the numbers. With those changes, the data that the BLS considers most accurate can be examined and analyzed.
The discovery, in early December of 2012, that chikungunya was causing illnesses on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Martin came as little surprise to public health authorities. The nations of the Western Hemisphere have been expecting the mosquito-borne virus to make the leap to the Americas for several years. The only questions were when, and where.
The Associated Press and other media outlets are reporting that two U.S. military aircraft came under fire as they attempted to land in the South Sudan city of Bor. Four servicemen are reported wounded. Details remain sketchy at this time.