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What if it bites me and it dies?

that means you’re poisonous. jesus christ, nate, learn to read.

What if it bites itself and I die?

It’s voodoo.

What if it bites me and someone else dies?

That’s correlation, not causation.

what if we bite each other and neither of us die

that’s kinky

oh my god

this is still my favorite text post collaboration ever

I rarely reblog stuff like this, but this is so damn clever and hilarious.

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By Year 9, I hated it. I was doing Game of Thrones and trying to fit in at school, catching up with my schoolwork, surrounded by people who didn’t like me. I was different and being different doesn’t go down well at secondary school. It wasn’t necessarily bullying, just girls being girls. They would have hated anyone – it was anger at the opportunity. That [opportunity] doesn’t happen to girls where we come from.
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Denying Ebola Turns Out To Be A Very Human Response
It was not a disease. It was a curse.
That’s what the family of one Liberian Ebola patient told Dr. Kent Brantly after their relative died in the treatment center where he worked in July.
The logical next step, the family believed, was to seek revenge and kill the person who placed the curse.
Brantly, an American Ebola survivor, shared that story on Capitol Hill last week. “In societies like this,” Brantly told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, “where fear and distrust of authority are the norm, many still deny that Ebola is real and actively seek other explanations for the deaths of their loved ones.”
When stories circulate about a seemingly irrational response to disease, it’s easy to dismiss the reaction as a bizarre denial of reality.
But is it so hard to understand? In fact, attributing Ebola deaths to a curse is not as unreasonable as it might first seem. Communicable diseases are “especially terrifying because they are so chaotic and unpredictable,” says Dartmouth political scientist Brendan Nyhan, who specializes in the study of misperceptions and beliefs in health and politics. “It’s existentially terrifying. It makes us psychologically want to find simple explanations and cures.”
And we all are susceptible. It’s not uncommon for belief to trump medical fact. There’s a long tradition of denial, superstition, wishful thinking, risk-taking (calculated or not) and willful ignorance when it comes to illness and health — true over time, anywhere in the world and for people of varying backgrounds.
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Photo: A sign in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s capital, warns residents that “the Ebola threat is real.” (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Glimmer Of Hope: Nigeria May Have Beaten Ebola
School is back in session. And President Goodluck Jonathan has given a victory speech.
It’s a rare upbeat Ebola story: Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, may have contained its outbreak after only 19 confirmed cases and seven related deaths.
The outbreak began in July. But the country hasn’t seen a new case since Aug. 31, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. All but threeof the 900 people who had contacts with Ebola patients have passed the 21-day incubation period without showing any symptoms of the disease. The last three will complete their incubation period by today’s end.
"Although Nigeria isn’t completely out of the woods, their extensive response to a single case of Ebola shows that control is possible with rapid, focused interventions," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement.
A region or country is considered Ebola-free after 42 days without any new cases. That means Nigeria can formally declare success on Oct. 12, which would truly be cause for celebration.
The country is home to 170 million people, so the potential for Ebola to spread quickly was high. Nigeria is also a major transport hub; millions of passengers pass through the international airport in Lagos every year.
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Photo: Secondary students learn about Ebola during an assembly in Abuja. Nigeria’s schools have reopened after being closed to prevent the spread of the disease. (AFP/Getty Images)
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After Losing Parents To Ebola, Orphans Face Stigma
In the countries of West Africa where Ebola is taking its heaviest toll, one special concern is for the thousands of children whose parents have died from the illness.
According to UNICEF, at least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the outbreak’s start.
The figures are climbing, says Andrew Brooks, UNICEF’s head of child protection for West and Central Africa. In Liberia alone, where he’s currently based, Ebola has robbed about 2,000 children of their parents.
One particular case struck him.
On Sunday, he says, “I was called to one of the Ebola treatment units urgently. There was a 4-year-old boy there whose mother was admitted a couple of days before. She had arrived in such a terrible state that [social workers] could get very little information from her. All they had was the mother’s name, two cell phone numbers, and the boy’s name — not even his age.”
The woman died. Her son was tested for Ebola, and the test result was negative.
"So, there was a need to get the boy quickly out of the Ebola treatment unit," Brooks says. Treatment centers are rough places for children, and also are filled with the potential for infection.
Government social workers found a survivor, considered likely immune to the disease, who was willing to take the boy in that day.
"But once the little boy was taken to the survivor’s home," Brooks says, "the community around refused to let the boy stay with her because of the fear, because of the stigma, that the virus could come into the community."
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Photo: A girl cries outside an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia in late September. Both her parents died in the Ebola outbreak. (Zoom Dosso /AFP/Getty Images)
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Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks
The classic slogan for Firestone tires was “where the rubber meets the road.”
When it comes to Ebola, the rubber met the road at the Firestone rubber plantation in Harbel, Liberia.
Harbel is a company town not far from the capital city of Monrovia. It was named in 1926 after the founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Harvey and his wife, Idabelle. Today, Firestone workers and their families make up a community of 80,000 people across the plantation.
Firestone detected its first Ebola case on March 30, when an employee’s wife arrived from northern Liberia. She’d been caring for a disease-stricken woman and was herself diagnosed with the disease. Since then Firestone has done a remarkable job of keeping the virus at bay. It built its own treatment center and set up a comprehensive response that’s managed to quickly stop transmission. Dr. Brendan Flannery, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s team in Liberia, has hailed Firestone’s efforts as resourceful, innovative and effective.
Currently the only Ebola cases on the sprawling, 185-square-mile plantation are in patients who come from neighboring towns.
Long rows of dappled rubber trees cover Harbel’s landscape. Prevailing winds cause the adult trees to lean westward. Back when Firestone was still based in Ohio, employees used to joke that the trees are “bowing to Akron.”
When the Ebola case was diagnosed, “we went in to crisis mode,” recalls Ed Garcia, the managing director of Firestone Liberia. He redirected his entire management structure toward Ebola.
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Photo: At Firestone’s plantation, workers gather at a shelter in the rubber tree forest, where buckets of sap are collected for processing.(John Poole/NPR)
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"We are all afraid"— a Liberian doctor after another leading physician here died of Ebola.
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