Re: ISIS Wave of Attacks in Baghdad Kill at Least 150 - YouTube

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Ebola 2014 is Mutating as Fast as Seasonal Flu :: Operon Labs

The current Ebola 2014 virus is mutating at a similar rate to seasonal flu (Influenza A).  This means the current Ebola outbreak has a very high intrinsic rate of viral mutation.  The bottom line is that the Ebola virus is changing rapidly, and in the intermediate to long term (3 months to 24 months), Ebola has the potential to evolve. 

We cannot predict exactly what the Ebola virus will look like in 24 months.  There is an inherent stochastic randomness to viral evolution which makes predictions on future viral strains difficult, if not impossible.  One basic tenet we can rely on is this: Viruses tend to maximize their infectivity (basic reproduction number) within their biological constraints (Nowak, 2006). 

These evolutionary constraints can be extremely complex, and can include trade-offs between virulence and infectivity, conditions of superinfection, host population dynamics, and even outbreak control measures.
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Baghdad Green Zone comes under attack :: Islamic Invitation ...

The heavily-secured Green Zone in Baghdad has been targeted with six mortar shells coming from the southern area of the capital, Press TV reports.

Security sources said the projectiles targeted the Green Zone at Tuesday night, three landing near the Babel Hotel, and three striking next to the US Embassy.

Ambulances rushed to the Green Zone, mainly towards the US Embassy, while Iraqi helicopters were seen in the skies above the Green Zone. Witnesses said they heard the sirens of the US Embassy sounding off very loud.

No one can enter the Green Zone easily without a badge that authorizes entrance. Car bombs do not take place there.

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Hezbollah chief tours east Lebanon, warns ISIS to 'retreat or ...

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has warned Islamist militants on the border with Lebanon that they face one of two options: retreat or die of cold.

Nasrallah told a group of scholars in the Bekaa Valley that Islamist militant groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda' affiliate in Syria, were "incapable of invading any Bekaa area because they are surrounded."

"[They face two options:] to die of cold or leave in civilian clothes to Lebanon and Syria," he told the scholars on the eve of the holy month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic Calendar which begins Friday evening.

According to the website of Hezbollah' Al Manar TV, Nasrallah made the comments during his second trip to the Bekaa Valley in east Lebanon.

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US to reroute air passengers from Ebola-stricken areas :: TheHill

All travelers from countries affected by the Ebola epidemic will now travel through one of five major U.S. airports, officials announced Tuesday.

Under pressure from lawmakers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is redirecting flights nationwide in an attempt to prevent more people from bringing Ebola across the border.

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Isis intercepts US arms drop to Kurds ::

At least one of the pallets of weapons the United States dropped on Sunday to defenders of the Kurdish town of Kobani appears to have fallen into the hands of Islamic State forces.

The incident is an embarrassing episode in the United States' campaign against the Islamic State, whose onslaught across Iraq and Syria since June 10 has been aided by millions of dollars in US weapons that the Islamist group captured as Iraqi soldiers fled before them.

US officials on Monday acknowledged that US aircraft had returned to Kobani to target a pallet of weapons and ammunition that had fallen into an area controlled by the Islamic State. In a statement, Central Command said the strike on what it called a "stray resupply bundle" had "prevented these supplies from falling into enemy hands".

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China reports two more cases of avian influenza :: Vaccine News ...

ong Kong' Centre for Health Protection at the Department of Health (DH) received notification on Saturday of two more cases of avian influenza A (H7N9) in mainland China, bringing the confirmed number of cases on the mainland up to 440.

The two latest cases include a 44-year-old woman from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, who died last month, and a 7-year-old girl from Beijing.

"All boundary points have implemented disease prevention and control measures," a DH spokesman said. "Thermal imaging systems are in place for body temperature checks of inbound travelers. Suspected cases will be immediately referred to public hospitals for follow-up investigation."

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