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Loss and damage: Who is responsible when climate change harms the world’s poorest countries?
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Loss and damage: Who is responsible when climate change harms the world’s poorest countries?

By Bethany Tietjen, Tufts University You may be hearing the phrase “loss and damage” in the coming weeks as government leaders meet in Egypt for the 2022 U.N. Climate Change Conference. It refers to the costs, both economic and physical, that developing countries are facing from climate change impacts. Many of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries have done little to cause climate change, yet they are experiencing extreme heat waves, floods and other climate-related disasters. They want wealthier nations – historically the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions – to pay for the harm. A powerful example is Pakistan, where extreme rainfall on the heels of a glacier-melting heat wave flooded nearly one-third of the country in the summer of 2022. The flooding turne...
Last case of Marburg Virus in Ghana has recovered, health officials say
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Last case of Marburg Virus in Ghana has recovered, health officials say

The last known case of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Ghana has fully recovered, health officials announced yesterday. Last month, the World Health Organization confirmed there were three cases of the deadly Marburg Virus. Two people infected with the virus reportedly have died -- an adult male and 14-month-old child. In July, the country confirmed the outbreak of Marburg. MVD is a highly infectious disease similar to Ebola. It has been linked to fruit bats. RELATED: Deadly Marburg virus cases confirmed in Ghana Nearly 200 people who came into contact with the three people infected were followed up with by health experts. None of those people have presented any symptoms of the virus, according to Ghana Health Service. Last month's infections were the second time the Marb...
Deadly Marburg virus cases confirmed in Ghana
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Deadly Marburg virus cases confirmed in Ghana

The first cases of the deadly Marburg virus have been confirmed in Ghana after two people died, health officials announced on Sunday. According to the World Health Organization, tests were conducted on the two infected people in Ghana and returned a positive result on July 10, but needed to be verified by a lab in Senegal for the cases to be confirmed.  The highly infectious disease is similar to Ebola and currently has no cure. The fatality rate is up to nearly 90% for those who have been infected by the virus. Marburg was first discovered in Europe in 1967. The diseases is often transmitted by fruit bats, but can spread from human contact through blood and saliva. The recent confirmed cases are the second outbreak of Marburg in West Africa; the virus was detected in Guinea last ye...
Doctors puzzled by mysterious “nosebleed” disease that killed 3 people in Tanzania
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Doctors puzzled by mysterious “nosebleed” disease that killed 3 people in Tanzania

Doctors in Tanzania are trying to learn more about a mysterious disease that has reportedly killed three people so far and infected at least 10 others. The unidentified illness has several symptoms, including nosebleeds, fever, headaches, and fatigue, according to government medical officials in Tanzania. Doctors believe the illness is possibly caused by an unknown viral hemorrhagic fever -- a virus that damages the walls of small blood vessels causing them to release blood. The symptoms of the unknown illness resembles that of several viruses, including Ebola, the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, and Marburg. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these viruses have the potential to trigger pandemics. All of the patients stricken by the mysterious illne...