More Information About Ebola

By: Anish A

The current outbreak of Ebola originated in Guinea and has ever since travelled between countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia. The first case of this monstrous outbreak was in March 2014. The recent Ebola outbreak (2014) has killed more than 4500 people. In the current outbreak there has been more cases and deaths than in all other outbreaks combined. For that reason it is the largest and most complex outbreak since this virus was first recorded in 1976. In 1976 the Ebola virus broke out in two different places, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ebola virus originated from a village near the Ebola River from where the virus got its name. Recently Ebola spread to the U.S. when Thomas Eric Duncan unknowingly flew from Liberia to the Texas on September 19. Duncan was hospitalized on Friday September 25, 2014, but since he did not have insurance he was released from the hospital. Two days later went to the hospital in an ambulance. Two days after that he was diagnosed with Ebola. Eight days later he died. There is a also a second case in the USA spread by Duncan. That second case (Amber Vinston) flew to the Cleveland area and then came back to Texas. Some organizations that help people with Ebola are the World Health Organization (WHO), Doctors Without Borders and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Everybody should not be freaking out statistically speaking. People say this because Ebola and similar viruses don’t usually happen in big numbers as they currently are.


By: Shreeya S.

Ebola is an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding. Ebola has been spreading across Africa and doctors all across the world come to help the people who have it. They need special suits to help them because Ebola is highly contagious. There is no cure for Ebola that can kill the virus but research scientist are working on a new vaccine that can prevent the infection. Ebola started in West Africa and about 4,400 people died because of Ebola there. At least 17 Ebola cases have been treated outside of West Africa in the current outbreak, including two Dallas hospital workers who have tested positive for Ebola. More than 400 health care workers in West Africa have been infected with Ebola during the current outbreak, and 233 have died as of October 8, 2014. The prevention of Ebola is still a very challenging task as it is still unknown how humans really contract the disease. Symptoms of Ebola include fever, severe headache, vomiting, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, and abdominal (stomach) pain. The picture (below) shows Ebola virus mutating rapidly. Ebola is a big consequence in Africa and it is now getting to the U.S.

Enterovirus D68

By Ani and Anmol

Enterovirus D68, also known as Human Rhinovirus 87, is a respiratory illness that has killed 7 people including a Michigan 4-year old toddler. The 68th mutation of the original Enterovirus D68 is an incurable disease. There is no vaccine either. First spotted in 1962 in isolation, it has slowly spread throughout the world. Sometimes, though rarely, it can cause paralysis and brain swelling. A few kids in Colorado have been paralyzed due to D68.

Although D68 has no vaccine you can lower your risk of infection with basic hygiene like washing your hands. People who have asthma need to be careful because kids with asthma have a higher chance of infection . D68 is also transferred by skin and touching. If you have a family member with D68, do not touch any of his/her possessions. This increases the risk of getting the infection.



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NASA Hires Private Companies to Fly Astronauts

By: Sydney G.

On August 1, NASA hired Boeing, SpaceX, and Sierra Nevada to charter astronauts to and from the space station, and possibly to an asteroid or Mars some day. NASA was previously reliant on Russia to send supplies, astronauts, and experiments back and forth from the International Space Station. The United States and Russia have been working together to achieve space travel for  quite some time. Since the end of the space shuttles in 2011, NASA astronauts have been dependent on Russia for a ride to space. Some people believe Russia refused to keep transporting American supplies and astronauts. Others believe the United States stopped asking Russia for help. It won’t be easy to let Russia go, and the United States had to find a company who would be able to bring their astronauts back and forth.

Boeing, a large company who has worked with NASA previously, is believed to be the best option for this job by The White House. They will be ready to launch within three years, much faster than other companies are expected to be prepared. SpaceX is a newer company, however it was designed solely for space travel and has already successfully launched rockets and delivered cargo to the Space Station. Sierra Nevada is an older company which is still very small. Although NASA hired all three companies, in the end Boeing or SpaceX will most likely be completing all the research and engineering. NASA hasn’t mentioned what they hope to accomplish with these companies other than transportation to the station, but many suspect they have bigger projects in mind.

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What You Should Know About The Midterm Elections This November

By: Zach C.

The midterm elections this year fall on November 4th, the same date as the presidential elections. All eligible voters can vote for senate, governor, and the representatives in their district. The two senators’ positions are up for grabs every six years, even though there is no limit to their time in office. Representatives from Illinois serve two year terms, and the governor serves a four year term. This year, the republican Bruce Rauner is running for governor against the current incumbent, Pat Quinn, a democrat. This race currently is extremely close, with both polling forty three percent. In the senate race, Dick Durbin, who is currently in office is the primary democratic candidate. He will be running against Jim Oberweis, who won the republican primary elections. Durbin is currently polling higher, but the elections will show who will serve with Mark Kirk. In our district, the 59th district, Carol Sente and Leslie Munger are running for state representative. No matter how many hate ads, or misinterpreted quotes there are, the democratic system will choose great candidates, and our magnificent state will have new representation for the citizens of Illinois.

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