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How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly?

This article is from the In-Depth Report Ebola: What You Need to Know

What we can learn from the boot leather, organization and quick response times that stopped Ebola from spreading in this African nation

October 18, 2014 |By Katherine Harmon Courage

Empty ebola ward in Nigeria. 
Credit: CDC Global via flickr

On July 20 a man who was ill flew on commercial planes from the heart of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia to Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. That man became Nigeria's first Ebola case—the index patient. 

In a matter of weeks some 19 people across two states were diagnosed with the disease (with one additional person presumed to have contracted it before dying).

But rather than descending into epidemic, there has not been a new case of the virus since September 5. And since September 24 the country's Ebola isolation and treatment wards have sat empty. 

If by Monday, October 20 there are still no new cases, Nigeria, unlike the U.S., will be declared Ebola free by the World Health…

52% of the world's animals have died off in just four decades

Thursday, October 16, 2014 

by: Julie Wilson staff writer
Tags: extinction, overconsumption, African elephants

(NaturalNews) While it is common knowledge that living unsustainably has its consequences, that hasn't prevented the majority of the world from excessively over consuming its limited resources.

A recent report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) presents us with a stark reminder of the impact that humans are having on the planet, with statistics repugnant enough to make your heart sink.

For quite some time, Natural News has reported on the decline of marine life along the West Coast and other areas, highlighting the dangers of overfishing, the use of harmful pesticides and the consequences from environmental pollution caused by humans.

The 2014 Living Planet Report provides us with a bleak overview of those consequences. 

WWF measured more than 10,000 populations of over 3,000 different species across the globe, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, of all which …


Taking Honey Gold mangoes to the world ... Pinata Farms' Honey Gold mangoes will be distributed in the USA by fresh produce company, Melissa's, once quarantine protocols are finalised for Australian mangoes.

 Pinata's managing director Gavin Scurr caught up with Melissa's at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit 2014 in California, October 17-19.

‪#‎FreshSummit‬Aussie Mangoes, Good Fruit and Vegetables‪#‎MelissasProduce‬

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~ From Pinata Farms Facebook Page

Ground-breaking work on mangoes being done at new Science Village


October 20, 2014 Updated 5 hours ago

Dr. Michael Hass works as a biochemist at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami. He is putting all 600 species of mango from Fairchild farms into a DNA bank. AL DIAZ/Miami Herald

Michael Hass wears a white lab coat as he leans over the liquid nitrogen to grind a brittle leaf from a mango tree with mortar and pestle into fine white powder.

He is attempting to break the leaf cells open in order to extract DNA, part of a larger scale project collecting DNA from various rare and endangered plant species at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami.

Under the leadership and supervision of Fairchild's Director Carl Lewis, Ph. D., Hass is working to catalog Fairchild Farm's 600 species of mango into a DNA bank at Fairchild's Baddour DNA laboratory.

Traditionally, the fleshly yellowish-red tropical fruit is seasonally available only from March to September, but for Hass and the interns in the lab, the mango D…