Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Rene is located about 985 mi…1585 km wnw of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Paulette is located about 810 mi…1305 km ene of the northern Leeward islands and about 1020 mi…1645 km se of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

NewsBytes:

West Africa – The flood situation has worsened in the West African countries of Niger and Burkina Faso. More flooding has affected parts of Niger, where almost 330,000 people have been affected by flooding since July. Meanwhile the government in neighbouring Burkina Faso the number of fatalities has increased to 13. On 09 September the government declared a state of emergency in response to flooding which has affected the country since late August.

Wildlife

Bushmeat Hunting, Wildlife Declines, and Fish Supply in West Africa

The multibillion-dollar trade in bushmeat is among the most immediate threats to the persistence of tropical vertebrates, but our understanding of its underlying drivers and effects on human welfare is limited by a lack of empirical data. We used 30 years of data from Ghana to link mammal declines to the bushmeat trade and to spatial and temporal changes in the availability of fish. We show that years of poor fish supply coincided with increased hunting in nature reserves and sharp declines in biomass of 41 wildlife species. Local market data provide evidence of a direct link between fish supply and subsequent bushmeat demand in villages and show bushmeat’s role as a dietary staple in the region. Our results emphasize the urgent need to develop cheap protein alternatives to bushmeat and to improve fisheries management by foreign and domestic fleets to avert extinctions of tropical wildlife.

Disease

New Ebola Cases – West Africa

The World Health Organization announced Friday that there were two confirmed cases of Ebola in Guinea.

The re-emergence of the disease suggests that the outbreak may go on its third year in 2016 in West Africa. The new cases are the first ones in West Africa since it was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) after passing 42 days without the disease. However, the new cases suggest that a place can be declared Ebola-free but with many carrying the virus.

Disease

Ebola outbreak now most deadly ever in West Africa

 West Africa’s first-ever Ebola outbreak in humans is now the most deadly and geographically widespread outbreak on record and is threatening to spread, health officials say.

According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been more than 635 cases of Ebola across three countries in the region since the outbreak was first declared in southeastern Guinea in March. It has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. At least 400 people have died.

The virus, one of the world’s most virulent, is transmitted by contact with the blood, fluids or tissues of infected animals or people. It causes high fever, vomiting, muscle pain and diarrhea, and can result in unstoppable internal bleeding and organ failure.

Transmission risk is especially high among doctors, nurses and other health care workers. There is no vaccine for it, nor any known cure.

Disease

The death toll in the ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has risen to 10.

A massive cholera epidemic in the coastal slums of West Africa is killing hundreds of people with thousands more infected.

Syphilis outbreak among porn actors in the California porn industry prompts calls for a halt to filming in the multi-billion dollar industry.

Epidemic of PRR [peste des petits ruminants] in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a contagious viral disease that has killed tens of thousands of goats and sheep.

Botulism outbreak on a bird farm in Wyoming, USA. 2 700 pheasants have died in the past week.