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Ebola – the new danger from West Africa

Since a few months there is one topic, that is permanently in the news. The “new” disease (new in this context means it was discovered in the 1970’s) raging in Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone called Ebola.

First we have to distinguish between the Ebola-virus and the Ebola-disease. The Ebola-disease is a deadly fever-disease caused by the Ebola-virus with symptoms like fever, vomiting, muscle pain and diarrhea. The Ebola-virus itself is 800 nm long and one of the five viruses of the Group V.
The Ebola-disease:

There are over 15.000 infected people in the world, but over 99% of them live in west Africa, namely in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. Almost 5.500 of them died due to the symptoms. A big problem in these areas are the bad hygienical conditions and the lack of good care for the ill people. These problems are mainly caused by the fact that the named countries are some of the poorest countries in the world, so they just can not afford professional care on their own and are dependent on support from other countries. But there are also 4 infected people in the USA, so the virus slowly spreads into the first world, but by now there are no recorded cases of Ebola in Europe.

World Map

The Ebola-Virus:

The Ebola-Virus is a virus from the tropical rainforests in central Africa. It spreads through direct body contact, humor and transplanted organs. It can not only spread from human to human, but also from animal to human (e.g. from monkeys) and it also infects monkeys like chimpanzees. The virus causes the deadly Ebola-disease. There are no working and proven vaccines yet, but there are many scientists doing research on it right now, because of course they want to stop the virus from spreading more than it is already. They want to stop a big epidemic before it even starts properly.

Ebola_virus

Problems of the infrastructure-project in Karlsruhe

Problems of the infrastructure-project in Karlsruhe

The project, which I talked about in my other article is also connected with many problems.To construct this tunnel for the underground system, they had to make many building lots. Because of these many building lots,the trains in Karlsruhe often have much delay and the volume of sales from many shops, which are difficult to reach, goes down. Many tramlines in Karlsruhe can not drive regulary, but with alternative lines. This takes up more time and is sometimes complicated, because of changing the trains.
To sum up you can say that the project will have many pros, when it is finished but during it will be finished , there are many negative aspects. So I hope that they complete it on shedule, to avoid even more problems.

Building Lots at the "Kaiserstraße"

Building Lots at the “Kaiserstraße”

25 anniversary of Berlin Wall fall

 

festival at the Brandenburg Gate with 10.000 visitors

festival at the Brandenburg Gate with 10.000 visitors

More than one million visitors came to Berlin to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. It existed from the 13th of August, 1961 to the 9th of November, 1989 and was the famous symbol for the divided world into east and west. 245 people left her lives at the wall for flee before the communistic system of DDR. On this day, it was thought to these courageous people and also on the day, as the wall fall. Already two days before the festival, they put up 8000 balloons straight through Berlin.

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Gasexplosion in Ludwigshafen

Two dead men and a destroyed district

Explosion-in-Ludwigshafen

On Thursday the 23rd of October a gasexplosion in the Ludwigshafen quarters Oppau and Etigheim
occured. Four builders were excavating a gasline from a cooperation between the chemical concern BASF and the russian gassupplier GAZPROM for maintenance.
Then, emissive gas caught fire and exploded. The explosive flame was over 40 metres high and could be seen over a distance of several hundred metres. (more…)