World Bulletin / News Desk
A nine-year-old boy with a massive tumour was whisked from a gang-infested neighbourhood in Mexico by US agents and taken across the border for treatment in New Mexico.
The boy and his parents were snatched from the gang-infested neighbourhood in Ciudad Juarez – one of the deadliest cities in the world – in an armoured vehicle after members of a New Mexico Baptist church saw him near an orphanage and sought help.
The parents of the child, identified only as Jose to protect his family, said the tumour on his shoulder and neck had grown so large that it affected his eyesight and could move into his heart.
With no money for medical care, the family sought treatment in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, but did not receive any help removing the tumour, which has afflicted Jose since birth.
Denise Gutierrez, a victim assistance co-ordinator for Homeland Security Investigations, said the boy and his parents were granted a 45-day humanitarian visa for treatment in New Mexico, and a coalition of US agencies led by Homeland Security Investigations began working to get them into the United States.
The US Border Patrol helped the family enter the United States.
It is still unclear, however, what treatment is needed or if he will need to return for follow-up visits.
Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the action plan, which includes placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave.
Scientists analysed blood samples from 1,241 malaria patients in 10 countries across Asia and Africa and found resistance to the world's most effective antimalarial drug.
The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows those of dozens of local health workers and the infection of two American medics in neighbouring Liberia
The hospital will be shut for a week and all staff monitored to ensure the virus has not spread
The new measures announced by the government came as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone struggle to contain the worst outbreak yet of the virus.
Angry crowds gathered outside the country's main Ebola hospital in Kenema where dozens are receiving treatment for the virus, and threatened to burn it down and remove the patients.
Asia’s largest copper mine in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is causing serious damage to the environment.
The victim has been identified as Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old Liberian who arrived in Lagos on Sunday.
An MSF report found that malaria cases in Bossangoa had more than tripled to 6,507 in May with almost two-thirds of those children under the age of five.
If confirmed, the case would be the first on record of one of the world's deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and, with 170 million people, its most populous country.
Researchers said the findings challenge the universal endorsement of paracetamol as the first choice painkiller for lower back pain.
The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country
Shanghai food watchdog said it sealed more than 1,000 tonnes of suspected meat products from OSI in China, and a further 100 tonnes of products from a range of its customers.
Children in Syria are at greatest risk as routine immunisation has been disrupted and many health centres are severely damaged after more than three years of conflict
151 people who came into direct contact with the victim were also placed in quarantine.
Viruses that spread through air - such as flu viruses for example - are far more likely to spread swiftly and widely in human populations