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2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak in history spreads to major city

2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak in history spreads to major city

World
The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city. Butembo, a bustling city of almost a million people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is reporting an increasing number of cases of Ebola virus disease in the country's current epidemic. There has been a "significant increase" in infections there over the past three weeks, with a total of 25 confirmed cases thus far, according to Thursday's bulletin from the country's health ministry. Butembo is a key trading and transport hub with links to other major cities in the country as well as to neighboring Uganda. It's about two times the size of the city of Beni, the outbreak's epicenter, and is located just 35 miles away. The health ministry said the "high density and mobility" of Butembo's ...
Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern

Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern

Health
The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight. Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now reporting cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. That complicates Ebola containment work already challenged by rebel attacks elsewhere that have made tracking the virus almost impossible in some isolated villages. "We are very concerned by the epidemiological situation in the Butembo area," said John Johnson, project coordinator with Medecins Sans Frontieres in the city. New cases are increasing quickly in the eastern suburbs and outlying, isolated districts, the medical charity said. The outbreak declared on Aug. 1...
Math models could help police thwart city burglars

Math models could help police thwart city burglars

Science
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Mathematicians in Spain have developed a new model they think more accurately predicts burglary patterns in urban environs. Previous models, mostly focused on burglaries in suburban environs, have emphasized location and spatial patterns. The linear model developed by researchers Joan Saldaña, Maria Aguareles, Albert Avinyó, Marta Pellicer and Jordi Ripoll places a greater emphasis on timing. The group of mathematicians and their new model was inspired by age-dependent population models. "Our model puts the emphasis on when -- rather than where -- the burglaries will take place and on the type of victimized houses, represented by their age," Avinyó said in a news release. The researchers defined age -- of both burglar and home -- as the amount of time...
Man City 3-1 Man Utd: Hosts claim deserved derby victory & go back top

Man City 3-1 Man Utd: Hosts claim deserved derby victory & go back top

Sports
Manchester City returned to the Premier League summit with a convincing derby victory over Manchester United at Etihad Stadium.Pep Guardiola's side were seeking the result they needed to go back to the top of the table after Liverpool's lunchtime win over Fulham at Anfield - and it was rarely in doubt after David Silva bundled home an early goal to give them a narrow interval advantage.City got the second goal their superiority deserved with Sergio Aguero's rasping, rising finish past David de Gea three minutes into the second half following an exchange of passes with Riyad Mahrez. Jose Mourinho's side, without injured Paul Pogba, barely mounted a serious threat but were given hope of earning...
Manchester City vs Manchester United: Citizens predicted line-up for the derby

Manchester City vs Manchester United: Citizens predicted line-up for the derby

Sports
possible XI Who will Pep Guardiola pick for the city's footballing showpiece? Manchester City have shown this past week they can blow teams away regardless of which eleven players start the game. A heavily-rotated side battered Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, just four days after a stunning 6-1 victory over Southampton in the Premier League. Mahrez and Sane are both pushing to start on Sunday Pep Guardiola, therefore, has a selection headache ahead of the visit of bitter rivals Manchester United. Gabriel Jesus, who has very-much been second-choice to Sergio Aguero this season, bagged a hat-trick in midweek. And there is little to separate Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez, both of whom scored when picked against Saints an...