According to the national news media, it is not too early to start talking about the 2016 presidential election.
On March 23rd, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas announced that he was running for president. He was the first major candidate from either party to do so. “It is a time for truth, it is a time for liberty, it is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.” he said.
Here are some others who might throw their hat in the ring:
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On April 14th, a militant group kidnapped around 200 girls from a school in Nigeria. The group, Boko Harem, said they planned to sell the girls.
In early May, a social media campaign, #bringbackourgirls, brought the plight of the girls to international attention. Up to that time, Nigerian military and government agencies had not been able to locate the girls.
Many countries, including the US , the UK and Israel , have offered their help.
Boko Harem, which means “Western education is forbidden,” does not believe the girls should be in school but should instead be married. They have since offered to return the girls in exchange for the release of imprisoned militants.
Here is a timeline of events.
Here are some news reports:
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With Ebola still in the spotlight another disease has come to the attention of health care professionals.
According to The Center for Disease Control, Enterovirus D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Until this summer, it was not commonly reported in the United States.
The symptoms are flu-like – sneezing, coughing, fever and body aches. Some patients, especially those with asthma or other respiratory problems, may need to be hospitalized. The enterovirus spreads through contact with respiratory secretions of the infected.
Anyone can get EV-D68 but infants and children are most likely to get ill from it because they are lacking immunity.
According to the CDC, as of Sept. 17, 140 people in 16 states have been infected. The CDC notes that testing samples is a complex process and as the backlog gets processed, there will likely be an increase in cases and states with cases. This does not mean that the enterovirus is now spreading more, just that more current cases are coming to light.
The first Connecticut case was confirmed on the 9/17. The patient, a 6-year-old girl who was treated at Yale/New Haven hospital, has since been released.
To protect yourself from EV-D68: wash your hands often, avoid direct contact with people who are sick and disinfect surfaces often.
More on Entrovirus D68 from the CDC
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