Thursday, June 23, 2011

Scarlet fever epidemic in South China

Hong Kong was hit by a scarlet fever epidemic, with 400 people infected resulting in two deaths, both of children, a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. Mainland China and Macau are also suffering from unusually high numbers of scarlet fever cases and is believed to be a regional phenomenon.
Caused by group A streptococcus bacteria and mostly affects children below the age of 10, scarlet fever is spread through contact with contaminated respiratory secretions. It is similar to a strep throat, only accompanied by a rash. Symptoms include a high fever, a sore throat with difficulty in swallowing, white or yellow spots on the throat and tonsils, and swollen lymph nodes on the neck.
According to reports, the scarlet fever now occurring in Hong Kong and southern China is a mutated form of the disease, resistant tosome extent to the standard anti biotic procedure because of the change in the genetic structure of the scarlet fever bacteria isolated from a six-year old boy which may have enhanced its ability to spread.
The epidemic is said to be already about four times the number of victims as there was during the previous year's outbreak. This suggests that the scarlet fever outbreak is going to be long lasting and wide spread. It is still unknown at this time whether the disease will spread beyond China. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Shrek Invades the Beautiful People has been stormed by about 30,000 not-so beautiful registrations last month. A virus called Shrek, named for the funny looking green monster of filmdom, allowed 30,000 "ugly" people into the exclusive site. is a dating website exclusively for the use of "beautiful men and women," where members select and exclude those who did not match their definition of good looks.
Every applicant must pass a "rating" stage when existing members vote whether the applicants are beautiful enough to join. Those whose appearances receive a majority of positive votes are welcomed as official members to the site and people who failed to attract enough votes from their looks may resubmit with a better profile picture and more interesting profile text, according to the Beautifulpeople site.
When the virus took away the rating module, anyone was allowed access to the site. The dating site received tens of thousands of new registrants over a six-week period last month which made the administration and some of the members suspicious.

The site quickly acted on the damage that the Shrek Virus has caused. The 30,000 people who were wrongly admitted were put back into the rating module so that original members may vote on who will be accepted.


Weird Al Yankovic – Perform this Way

The word “weird” has been taken to a whole new level when Weird Al Yankovic’s video of ‘Perform this Way’ was released.

'Perform This Way' is the lead single from Yankovic's new Alpocolypse album, which will hit shelves June 21. The video shows a female body with Yankovic's head superimposed. The costumes featured in the video, such as bees, intestines, or a squid suit, give even the outrageous Lady Gaga a run for her money.
According to some reports, there was a bit of controversy surrounding the release of 'Perform This Way.' Weird Al had submitted the lyrics to Gaga's camp, which subsequently denied the parody. The issue ended soon after the news went viral, with Gaga declaring that having a song parodied by the master is a "rite of passage" for pop stars.

Weird Al's mastery of pop-culture parody has been a constant in the music industry for over three decades. He is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time. Yankovic's newest record, 'Alpocalypse,' will hit record stores on June 21 via Jive.


Demi Moore to Host and Report a CNN Documentary

“Nepal’s Stolen Children”, a documentary by the CNN Freedom Project will be hosted by actress Demi Moore and her husband Ashton Kutcher. The documentary exposes the sex trade of children in Nepal.
It was announced earlier this year that CNN was marshalling its global resources to take on human trafficking with the launch of ‘The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery’.  Through this multi-platform initiative, CNN aims to expose the horrors of modern-day slavery, highlight the growing efforts to stop the trade and exploitation of human beings and amplify the voices of the victims.
In an interview, Moore talks about her commitment to sex trafficking and shares her experiences in Nepal and the relevance of this documentary. According to her, “the beauty of the community and witnessing not just what was a second chance for these women, but really - based on their cultural gender discrimination - a first opportunity at life. How they supported one another and really Anuradha (a survivor of human trading, who works with victims in Nepal to try and give them a new life) had created her own ecosystem that was this microcosm within Nepal operating in a full circle.”
'Nepal’s Stolen Children' will air on CNN/U.S. Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. The one-hour documentary premieres on CNN International Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. local time, and replays Saturday, July 2 at 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 3 at 5 a.m. All times Eastern.