HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPO!

By: NRAamy , 7:11 PM GMT on April 18, 2013

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109. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:09 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
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108. toddluck
3:05 PM GMT on May 13, 2013
mornin amy
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107. NRAamy
1:31 PM GMT on May 13, 2013
New SARS-like virus can probably pass person-to-person, WHO says


Published May 13, 2013
Reuters


World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Sunday it seemed likely a new coronavirus that has killed at least 18 people in the Middle East and Europe could be passed between humans, but only after prolonged contact.

A virus from the same family triggered the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that swept the world after emerging in Asia and killed 775 people in 2003.

On Sunday French authorities announced that a second man had been diagnosed with the disease after sharing a hospital room with France's only other sufferer.

WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda told reporters in Saudi Arabia, the site of the largest cluster of infections, there was no evidence so far the virus was able to sustain "generalized transmission in communities" - a scenario that would raise the specter of a pandemic.

But he added: "Of most concern ... is the fact that the different clusters seen in multiple countries ... increasingly support the hypothesis that when there is close contact, this novel coronavirus can transmit from person to person."There is a need for countries to ... increase levels of awareness," he said.

A public health expert who declined to be identified, said "close contact" meant being in the same small, enclosed space with an infected person for a prolonged period.

The virus first emerged in the Gulf last year, but cases have also been recorded in Britain and France among people who had recently been in the Middle East. A total of 34 cases worldwide have been confirmed by blood tests so far.

NEW DEATHS

Saudi Deputy Health Minister for Public Health Ziad Memish told reporters that, of 15 confirmed cases in the most recent outbreak, in al-Ahsa district of Eastern Province, nine had died, two more than previously reported.

Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said in a statement the country had had 24 confirmed cases since last summer, of whom 15 had died. Fukuda said he was not sure if the two newly reported Saudi deaths were included in the numbers confirmed by the WHO.

Memish added that three suspected cases in Saudi Arabia were still under investigation, including previous negative results that were being re-examined.

The first French patient was confirmed as suffering from the disease on Wednesday after travelling in the Gulf. The second patient was transferred to intensive care on Sunday after the two men shared a room in a hospital in Lille.

Professor Benoit Guery, head of the Lille hospital's infectious diseases unit, said the first patient had not been immediately isolated because he presented "quite atypical" symptoms.

He added in comments broadcast by BFMTV channel the case suggested that airborne transmission of the virus was possible, though still unusual, and that the public "should not be concerned" as there had been only 34 cases globally in a year.

Fukuda, part of a WHO team visiting Saudi Arabia to investigate the spread of the disease, said although no specific vaccine or medication was yet available for novel coronavirus, patients were responding to treatment.

"The care that is taken in the hospitals, in terms of using respirators well, in terms of treating pneumonia, in terms of treating complications, in terms of providing support, these steps can get patients through this very severe illness," he said.

Fukuda said that as far as he knew all cases in the latest outbreak in al-Ahsa district were directly or indirectly linked to one hospital.

He added that Saudi Arabian authorities had taken novel coronavirus very seriously and had initiated necessary health measures such as increased surveillance systems


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106. hurricanecrab
1:27 AM GMT on May 12, 2013
Quoting NRAamy:
What did you do today to prep?


Pretty much the same as usual:

Shuffled the oldest foods to the front and vacuum-packed new stuff (pasta, beans, rice, whole wheat, coconut flour, canned goods). Made a new shelving on the last remaining unshelved wall of the storage room. Reorganized the room. Now we can get out tandem trike and inflatable boat without having to shuffle around things.

Caught two wild roosters early this morning. Cooked one and made rooster salad for lunch.

Will try to finish the new lid for the second cistern tomorrow. Next unrainy weather, I need to recoat the roof with this year's elastomeric paint.

Hoping to find brass hardware to replace the rusting stainless steel hinges and hooks for the hurricane shutters.

Prayed a little. Laughed a lot. M'Bride and I took the cats for a walk to the mango tree, and worked on the loop trail for an hour. Noni tree is almost ready for pickin'. Mango tree has a couple weeks to go.... Just life stuff.

Hope all's well ;o)
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105. NRAamy
3:04 AM GMT on May 11, 2013
What did you do today to prep?
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104. NRAamy
8:24 PM GMT on May 02, 2013
Rain rain rain = flooding.....


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103. toddluck
3:14 PM GMT on April 29, 2013
mornin amy
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102. FtMyersgal
2:28 PM GMT on April 29, 2013
Hello Amy! Just a quick drive bye to say hello. Hope all is well in your world
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101. NRAamy
2:20 PM GMT on April 29, 2013
28 April 2013 -


US health leader warns of human-to-human H7N9 bird flu



AFP - There is no evidence that the deadly H7N9 bird flu has yet spread between humans in China but health authorities must be ready for the virus to mutate at any time, a top US virologist has warned.

Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said officials in China had studied more than 1,000 close contacts of confirmed cases and not found any evidence of human-to-human transmission.

"That is powerful evidence because if you had a thousand contacts with someone with the flu you would be pretty sure some of them would have been infected," Fauci said in an interview with AFP.

Nevertheless, Fauci cautioned that authorities needed to be ready for the possibility of the virus mutating and spreading between humans.

"It's unpredictable as are all the influenza
. One of the things we need to be concerned about is this might gain the capability of going human-to-human which up to this point has not happened and is somewhat encouraging news," Fauci said.

"But we still need to be very prepared for the eventuality of that happening."

Researchers are already developing a diagnostic test to identify H7N9, along with a vaccine, with clinical trials due in July or August.

"Work is under way on making a diagnostic test to be able to pick it up quickly," Fauci said.

"We have already started on an early development of a vaccine as we did with H5N1 years ago... Hopefully, we will never have to use it."

More than 110 people in mainland China have been confirmed to be infected with H7N9, with 23 deaths, since Beijing announced on March 31 that the virus had been found in humans.

Most of the cases have been located in eastern China, although Taiwan has reported one case. Another case has been found in southern China, while Chinese officials confirmed a further outbreak in the central province of Hunan.

Chinese authorities have identified poultry as the source of the virus and have confirmed that patients became sick from contact with infected live fowl.

A visiting team from the World Health Organization, which wrapped up a week-long visit to China on Wednesday, said there had been no human-to-human transmission but warned H7N9 was "one of the most lethal" influenza viruses ever seen.

Fauci praised Beijing for its handling of the current crisis, contrasting it to the response of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2002-2003, when China stood accused of covering-up the scale of the crisis.

"It was not the case with SARS in 2003 but the transparency has been excellent," Fauci said. "I am quite satisfied with the Chinese response."

Fauci likened the current H7N9 strain of bird flu "in some respects" to the H5N1 bird flu strain of several years ago.

"The similarities are that it is fundamentally a chicken or bird flu that jumps from chicken to humans and is quite severe when it infects humans," he said.

However, Fauci added: "The difference between H7N9 and H5N1, is that H5N1 kills chickens very rapidly so it is easy to identify where the infected flocks of chickens are. H7N9 doesn't make the chicken sick, so it has been difficult to pinpoint where the infected chickens are."

There have been 566 confirmed cases of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which killed 332 people in the world -- a mortality rate of 58 percent, compared to 20 percent for the H7N9 bird flu strain.

The H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic o 2009, which appeared in Mexico at the same time of year as the H7N9, eventually infected 60 million people throughout the world and killed more than 12,000.

The 1918 Spanish flu, which has been called one of the deadliest plagues in human history, had a mortality rate of only two percent
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100. NRAamy
12:28 AM GMT on April 29, 2013
Hopefully the Twinkie will not change.....
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99. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:08 AM GMT on April 27, 2013
EVERYTHING CHANGES
NOTHING STAYS
THE SAME

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98. NRAamy
1:34 AM GMT on April 27, 2013
I'm a "holocaust denier" because I take issue with Agenda 21.....

????????

Better put them hip boots on....

Time for a Twnkie......
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97. NEwxguy
3:09 PM GMT on April 25, 2013
Ok,thats two pictures of Al too many.
I will never look at twinkies again with conjuring up that picture.
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96. toddluck
3:00 PM GMT on April 25, 2013
mornin all
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95. Ylee
2:36 PM GMT on April 25, 2013
That's gotta be photoshopped; Al's mouth is a LOT bigger than that! :' )
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94. NRAamy
9:02 PM GMT on April 24, 2013
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93. NRAamy
8:56 PM GMT on April 24, 2013
yes Rob, we got married last month...

:)
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92. Spetrm
11:40 AM GMT on April 22, 2013
OOOOO, so you two did get together!!! Hurrah! (Rob five years behind the times....)
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91. NRAamy
1:38 AM GMT on April 22, 2013
Rob...... yes, the purple cake as enjoyed by all ( me, husband, brother in law, and husband's cousin.....oh, and Smooshy, my cat)

:)
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90. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
10:48 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
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89. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
10:30 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
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88. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
10:28 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
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87. RobDaHood
10:28 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
So....is that Purple Cake ready yet?
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86. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
10:23 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
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85. NRAamy
10:15 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
Link

The Global Warming Hoax For Dummies.
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84. NRAamy
10:10 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
Link

Charlton Heston on global warming.....
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83. NRAamy
11:43 PM GMT on April 20, 2013
Snow in NY today.....global warming must be to blame.....
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82. NRAamy
10:41 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
That would be so awesome.....

:)
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81. ihave27windows
4:31 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
Quoting Skyepony:

If you can learn the subtle variances in the size & behavior of your afro you can forecast the local weather from it.


I keep picturing the hot weather chick on the local news forecasting with freaked out hair. =D
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80. ihave27windows
4:29 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
I need 5400 comments!

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79. RobDaHood
1:56 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
Wasted time over there Amy.

But does bring to mind a really pretty song.

Enjoy!


(also one of my fav songs to sing with my friend's band)
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78. NRAamy
1:47 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
Uppy!!! Yeah! Where is he?


Sorry, I was defending my honor on Rood' s blog..... I give up...... not agreeing with them makes me a troll....
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77. RobDaHood
1:18 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
Wake up Amy!!!!

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76. RobDaHood
12:36 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
Also...we need to get Uppy back.

The one we did on your blog was great!
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75. RobDaHood
12:34 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
Not until 'Snake is healthy again.
You missed a couple. They even had General Horatio Hippo in them.

Oh...and Cap'n Hood and Krissy are an item now...apparently.
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74. NRAamy
12:27 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
We need another epic story!

:)
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73. RobDaHood
12:24 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
Quoting NRAamy:
If you add up all my handles, I am WAY over 20,000 posts....

;)


Happened to you long ago, my friend.
:o)

Probably around the time you started reading all the wacky stories on mine.
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72. NRAamy
12:21 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
If you add up all my handles, I am WAY over 20,000 posts....

;)
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71. RobDaHood
12:04 AM GMT on April 20, 2013
Quoting ihave27windows:
LOL! Y'all are crazy!

Yeah...well, be forewarned. If you hang around WU long enough...
Usually happens around 20,000 posts.
You're getting there.
:o)
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70. Skyepony (Mod)
9:36 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
Quoting NRAamy:
I have a permanent afro now......poof!

If you can learn the subtle variances in the size & behavior of your afro you can forecast the local weather from it.
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69. ihave27windows
9:06 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
LOL! Y'all are crazy!
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68. airman45
8:36 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
You would need a hair dryer on steroids to make that mop top.
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67. RobDaHood
8:24 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
ROFL!

It's always about the money.
I couldn't afford you!
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66. ihave27windows
8:20 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
Quoting RobDaHood:

You could come dust my office with that mop!


Haha!

Ummmmmm....how much would you pay me?
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65. NRAamy
8:09 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
Or join a 70's cover band......
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64. RobDaHood
8:07 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
Quoting ihave27windows:
I have lived in the Houston area most of my life, and I am STILL not used to the humidity.

On the bright side, humidity is better for your skin. We won't talk about what it does to my hair.


You could come dust my office with that mop!
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63. toddluck
7:57 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
waiting sux
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62. airman45
7:03 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
Nothing like timeliness, is there?

Good luck in the LPN program. I am going to school full time (and working full time also, so I have NO time) to complete my degree in business administration. Eventually it will be finished, before I am 100 years old.
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61. NRAamy
6:42 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
I was supposed to be notified by the 15th.....
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60. NRAamy
6:41 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
"The Summer Licensed Practical Nurse program is still currently under review by the department. Decisions regarding the program will go out early next week."


AAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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59. NRAamy
6:22 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
I have a permanent afro now......poof!

But mostly the humidity just drains me.......
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