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Uncontacted Amazon Tribe In Brazil Is Getting Malaria Because Of Illegal Gold Miners

The lives of the tribes people are at great risk because of pollution.

An uncontacted tribe in the Amazon jungle of Brazil is now experiencing threats from illegal gold miners in the area – as shown on the aerial photos that have recently been circulating on the internet.

Located in Yanomami in the northern part of Brazil, the indigenous territory is home to around 22,000 people.

It is said that there are at least 3 tribal groups living on this side of the Brazilian border that have no contact whatsoever with outsiders.

The aerial images give us a glimpse of a Yanomami yano, a communal house used by several families of the tribe.

Every family occupies individual square sections and that’s also where they store their food, hang their hammocks, and create fires. This small community has about a hundred individuals.

These isolated tribes are sometimes considered as ‘lost tribes’ because of the fact that they have no contact with other people outside their territory. Some also believe that members of these tribes are among the world’s most vulnerable people since they are vulnerable from possible violence and diseases brought by outsiders.

And so it isn’t a good thing that their peace and safety is now being disturbed by miners.

In a statement, Stephen Corry, director of human rights organization Survival International, said:

“These extraordinary images are further proof of the existence of still more uncontacted tribes. They’re not savages but complex and contemporary societies whose rights must be respected.

“It’s obvious that they’re perfectly capable of living successfully without the need for outside notions of ‘progress’ and ‘development.'”

Reports are telling us that the illegal gold mining activities close to the villages has brought malaria, flu, and measles to the tribe.

Making matters worse, the sources of food and water has been polluted with mercury. In fact, pollution resulted to death of fishes and shrimps in the rivers.

Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, a Yanomami shaman, described the miners as termites that keep coming back to disturb their peace. Survival International hopes that they will be able to help the indigenous tribes against the risks of illegal mining activities.

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Millions of Baby Milk Products Recalled Due To Fears Of Salmonella Contamination

Infants have fallen ill and now the recall involves “several million” products distributed in many countries.

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Lactalis, a French baby milk formula maker, has recently made headlines after they ordered a worldwide recall of their baby milk powder products due to fears of salmonella contamination.

According to reports, 26 infants in France have become sick early this month as confirmed by health officials. The recall covers “millions of baby milk powder products marketed globally under the Milumel, Picot and Celi brands,” the Daily Mail reported.

The threat covers millions of baby milk products distributed in several countries.

The report further mentioned that the recall directly affects customers “in Britain, Greece, Morocco, Sudan, Peru, Colombia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China.”

Meanwhile, the threat does not affect the United States, despite the fact that it is considered a major market for Lactalis.

The company has since issued an apology over the matter.

In an interview with Associated Press, company spokesperson Michael Nalet said that the “precautionary” recall affects “several million” products produced by the company since February.

Lactalis confirmed that the 26 cases of infection “were linked to products branded Picot SL, Pepti Junior 1, Milumel Bio 1 and Picot Riz.”

A company-issued statement tells us Lactalis is “sincerely sorry for the concern generated by the situation and expresses its compassion and support to the families whose children fell ill”.

Moreover, they’ve also taken action, disinfecting and cleaning suspected affected sites in France.

Based in Laval, France, Lactalis also produces President and Galbani cheeses and Parmalat milk.

The French company is considered one of the biggest dairy groups across the globe. They employ 75,000 workers in 85 countries and they generate an annual revenue of about US$20 billion.

Customers who bought Lactalis products are encouraged to watch out for symptoms of salmonella infection.

Common symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever. Although most people recover without needing any treatment, young children are at a bigger risk of becoming very ill. Hospitalization is highly recommended because dehydration can be potentially life-threatening.

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China’s Famed Rooftop Daredevil Dies After Falling Off a Skyscraper

His fans are devastated.

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Wang Yongning has made a name for himself in China as the country’s first, self-styled rooftop daredevil. The extreme sports enthusiast, martial artist, and occasional supporting actor in TV and movies became famous for his risky stunts, which usually involved him walking or hanging on the edge of sky-high buildings without any protective gear.

Wang gained popularity in Chinese social media networks like Weibo (with screen name @Jixian-Yongning) and Meipai (a Chinese video-recording app), but his outrageous stunts also stirred controversy. Some concerned citizens feared that young and impressionable people might try and copy the daredevil.

But after his prolonged absence in social media, Wang’s fans started to worry.

The stuntman’s followers questioned why his accounts had not been updated for over a month. His last post was dated November 8, and users started to speculate that he had gotten into a major accident or, worse — he had died. Confirmation of Wang’s death came only recently.

Wang’s camp issued a statement to confirm that the Chinese daredevil had fallen down a skyscraper and died.

The tragic accident happened on November 8, too. His body was discovered the following day.

The statement also clarified that a previous video posted by Wang showing him dropping from a building was a gimmick recorded by Wang himself. It is not the footage of the fall that led to his death.

Wang’s social media has been flooded with condolences and tributes.

The last video he posted has earned thousands of likes, and users have been leaving his account with comments expressing their sadness over his passing.

Fans also thanked Wang for his contributions to the field of extreme sports.

Wang’s bio on Weibo reads:

“The goal is to challenge all skyscrapers in the world without any protection.”

Do you follow Wang and his stunts? How do you feel about this tragic news?

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Father Wants Justice For Daughter Who Died of Dengue After Dengvaxia Vaccine

“My daughter would still alive if she wasn’t vaccinated,” the father lamented.

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We’ve recently heard the controversy regarding the Dengvaxia vaccine. Hailed as the world’s first vaccine against dengue, French pharmaceutical Sanofi Pasteur came up with the revolutionary vaccine.

Eventually, however, the manufacturer admitted that Dengvaxia may pose harmful effects. This is where a huge problem lies since over 700,000 children have already been vaccinated in the Philippines alone – and netizens are understandably outraged about it.

Now a Filipino father has recently surfaced, saying his daughter died of severe dengue after being given the said vaccine.

Source: GMA

According to reports, Nelson De Guzman is seeking justice for the death of his daughter Christine Mae, a grade 5 student who was vaccinated with Dengvaxia and later died of severe dengue.

The father has since approached the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) to ask the Department of Justice (DOJ) for help in examining “the bodies of three children believed to have died due to the effects of Dengvaxia shots,” a report said.

In an interview, the father said someone should be held responsible for the program.

“Someone should really be held liable. My daughter would still alive if she wasn’t vaccinated,” lamented De Guzman.

Source: GMA

A GMA news article further tells us Christine “had no history of dengue infection”. However, she eventually developed severe headache and fever. She passed away a day after she was rushed to the hospital. She received a Dengvaxia shot 6 months earlier.

De Guzman further said that they have documents proving their daughter has been vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

Source: Blogspot

He said:

“We have her card.”

Now a year has passed since their daughter’s death and, so far, the family has not received any assistance from the health department or from the local government.

Meanwhile, Sanofi has clarified that Dengvaxia can only be beneficial in preventing dengue for those who already had serotypes virus in the past.

Source: AFP

Moreover, the company defended that the vaccine “does not contain any viruses that can make people ill with dengue or severe dengue.”

The Department of Health has since halted its vaccination program and the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines has ordered suspending Dengvaxia’s sale, distribution, and marketing. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is also conducting an investigation to determine who should be held accountable for putting the public’s lives in danger.

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