California Family Sues Police Over In-Custody Death of Son

CALIFORNIA – A Lindsay man is suing the city, alleging wrongful death and use of excessive force after his grown son stopped breathing in the back of a police car while reportedly hog-tied and unable to breathe.

The city said he tried to attack officers and died from an overdose of methamphetamine.

Joshua Gonzales, 24, died April 10, 2015. He was single, never married and had no children.

The family has been grieving ever since and blaming the Police Department.

“We miss him very much,” said Joshua’s father, Ray Gonzales, an employee at a large retail store. “I’m very irritated because he’s gone and because of the circumstances involved.”

One year after he died, Joshua’s sister Kathy Gonzales, 28, held a candlelight vigil to remember him and draw attention to the case.

In January, Ray Gonzales and his ex-wife, Sheila DeoCampo of Patterson, sued Lindsay, population 12,670, in U.S. District Court in Fresno, seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

A magistrate on Thursday heard a request for a trial date next year and is expected to set the date soon.

Ray Gonzales gave this account of what happened:

He was at his job in Visalia and his son was at the family home with his grandfather – who has dementia and who his son was helping keep an eye on – when tools belonging to his grandfather were taken from a tool shed.

Joshua Gonzales suspected that a neighbor had taken the tools and confronted the neighbor. Blows were exchanged, then he went back inside.

Another neighbor witnessed the incident about 7:30 p.m. and called police.

Police arrived at the Gonzales home, which is surrounded by a 4-foot-high chain link fence and a locked gate.

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NBC Moves On from Border Patrol Death, ABC Gives More Time to Black Friday

Over the weekend, tragic news broke in Texas just miles from the U.S./Mexico border of an apparent attack that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another one seriously injured. According to reports as of Monday, it seemed to indicate that the agents may have been beaten with rocks by attackers in an ambush. Coverage of the death varied widely among the Big Three Networks on Monday evening. CBS Evening News led with the incident while NBC Nightly News omitted completely.

What made NBC’s lack of coverage on Monday more notable was the fact that they managed to cover the story earlier that morning on Today. But even there, they didn’t seem too concerned because they only gave the alleged stoning a news brief lasting only 31 seconds. So, to recap, this story went from a news brief to nothing in less than a day. But they did find time to hype Black Friday deals and report how the turkeys President Trump would pardon were staying in a fancy hotel room.

During ABC’s World News Tonight, sensationalist Anchor David Muir paid little mind to the death of a Border Patrol agent, only giving the story a 27-seconds long brief where he brushed over the details. “The agents were, quote, ‘responding to activity’ when one of them called for help, saying they were injured,” Muir claimed. But that was false.



According to the CBS report, Agent Rogelio Martinez was investigating a triggered ground sensor and called for backup when he figured out it was set off by people. By the time backup arrived, the other agent found Martinez unconscious. The agent who found him was also apparently ambushed and was in serious condition, suffering from memory loss. Both sustained traumatic head injuries.

The details of the heinous ambush were omitted from Muir’s news brief. Instead of reporting the details, he opted to whine about Trump pushing his border wall. “President Trump says it was an attack that showed the need for his border wall, but authorities tonight said they are now investigating whether it was an accident,” Muir lamented.

To add insult to injury, ABC actually spent more time reporting on Black Friday deals. For the dead Border Patrol agent, they only allowed 27 seconds. Yet, they dedicated a full report (one minute and 27 seconds) to hyping deals on TVs and computers.

In sharp contrast, CBS Evening News started off the program with full report dedicated to the attack. The report ran for two minutes and 10 seconds.

In this instance, the twisted priorities of the liberal media were on full display.

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World News Tonight
November 20, 2017
6:38:29 – 6:38:56 PM Eastern [27 seconds]

DAVID MUIR: We turn next here to a mysterious and deadly incident in southwest Texas involving two Border Patrol agents. The incident in a remote spot east of El Paso and 30 miles from the Mexican border. The agents were, quote, “responding to activity” when one of them called for help, saying they were injured. President Trump says it was an attack that showed the need for his border wall, but authorities tonight said they are now investigating whether it was an accident. Agent Rogelio Martinez did not survive. His partner is in serious condition tonight.

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Foul Play in Death of Michael Collins Piper?



This does not change the fact however that just because you don’t deliberately do damage that somehow you are detached and disassociated from causing problems, this latest business on your website dealing with Mike’s passing and the mad rantings of Tony Blizzard being a prime example.

For the record, here is a ‘bird’s eye view’ of the items listed in Tony Blizzard’s blizzard of nonsense–

Mike’s position on Sandy Hook, Boston, etc, were Mike’s. Anyone who knew Mike knew that he had an indomitable intellect and could not be convinced of anything which he himself did not believe to be true. As he liked to describe himself, he was a ‘stickler for details’ and had NO patience whatsoever for sloppy theorizing and speculation.

Blizzard and others who are bothered by this and seek some ‘conspiracy’ in understanding and explaining Mike’s take on SH, Boston, etc, do nothing more than make fools of themselves in doing so, because, after all, what they are expecting us all to believe is that Mike–clearly the brightest mind this ‘movement’ ever produced who singularly decoded and uncovered the whosits and whatsits of the JFK assassination (and other events) was somehow unable to ‘see’ what people such as Blizzard & co have convinced themselves was the case.

By the way, as a friend, Mike thought very highly of Tony Blizzard but thought his views on Sandy Hook et al were insane and was more than a little bothered that someone whose intellect he had always respected could have gotten so completely detached from reality as to become a full fledged ‘hoaxer’.

Next, how Blizzard would somehow associate Mike’s favorable ideas concerning Islam with me (a Christian and not a Muslim, but who has gone to great lengths in explaining to people just how they are being lied to by Jewish interests concerning what Islam teaches) leaves me bewildered, in addition to what Blizzard asserts are the directives in the ‘Koran’ referring to Christians as ‘infidels’ who deserve to be killed.

He is delusional and if he can’t get this one right–what the Qu’ran actually says–when all it takes is a mere 5 minutes of reading then why anyone would give such an ‘investigator’ a place of honor on their website to peddle his latest ‘theories’ concerning Mike’s death would lead me to question their sanity as well.

Next, Mike did not ‘choose’ to come and live with us–he had no other choice other than to die on the streets of DC. He had an estranged relationship with his brother–the only ‘family’ he had, and the only other person (of which I am aware) who offered Mike a home was Nashid Abdul Khalliq who had rental properties in Texas and offered one to Mike rent-free for life, which Mike did refuse on the basis that he needed help getting around and didn’t know anyone in Houston where these rental properties were. And while it is possible Mike was offered to come and live with Blizzard, he made no mention of it to me that I can recall.

Next, my ‘guest house’, as Blizzard referred to it (and just why he would put that in quotation marks as if it didn’t exist I can’t even begin to imagine. I guess it must be a ‘hoax’ as well) did not ‘burn down’, a little discrepancy that reveals just how detached from the facts Blizzard (and hence his theories and conclusions) are. The roof caught fire, burned along the entire length of the house, (roughly 34 feet and a good 4 feet down the rafters to the collar ties) and did substantial structural damage that necessitated Mike going to a hotel for safety reasons. The ‘railing on the porch’ as Blizzard put it was not ‘sabotaged’ and the proof of this is that there WASN’T ANY RAILING. A section of the porch did collapse under Mike’s weight as he stepped on it, hurting the shin of his right leg considerably, but 15 minutes later when I asked MIke if he wanted to go to the hospital he said no, that the pain was subsiding, which amazed me, given as much pain as he was constantly in and how much worse it had to have been after he scraped his legs. 

The reason the floor collapsed is that it was a new porch built with old wood right before Mike arrived, had 3 feet of snow sitting on it throughout the months of December, January, February, and March and afterwards was subjected to months of rain which weakened the wood and thus collapsed in one section when Mike stepped on it. I know Mike thought it was sabotaged, but the person to blame for this was me, the guy who used old wood in building it and who did not put a roof over it as I was in a rush to get the living quarters themselves in order for Mike before he arrived.

One part Blizzard did manage to get right was Mike being upbeat before he died. He had gotten himself into a new apartment in the old part of CdA that was considerably more comfortable than our (hoax) ‘guest’ house and indeed he was getting ready to start writing again. The topic he planned on ‘exposing’ dealt Willis and Elizabeth Carto and the dealings they had had with others over the years, how they had screwed various people over (just as they had Mike) and what he believed to be criminal activity on their part in hiding money from both the government and the readers/subscribers to AFP and TBR. Before Mike left DC and came out here, he wrote everything down and sent it to me (a 20+ page document) detailing what had been done to him by them and asked that I go public with it when/if he ever died.

I still have the papers but due to the fact that what they represented to me were just the bitter words of a man who had been stabbed in the back by the people to whom he had given 34 years of his life, I saw no point in opening yet another ugly chapter in all of this that would have caused even more heartache for everyone in the aftermath of his passing and thus just put the papers away, to say nothing of the manner that they would have made Mike appear when he was not in the position to defend himself.

Next I suppose that Blizzard will allege that there is something ‘fishy’ about me not releasing the papers, a charge to which–if indeed it were to come forth–my response would be that he can take a running jump straight into hell, something Mike used to say quite often.

Next–Blizzard’s assertion that there is an ‘exaggeration’ in my description of how bad-off Mike was physically. What absolute, unbridled idiocy on his part. Was Mike’s 98% blockage in his arteries a fabrication or exaggeration? How about his quintuple bypass surgery–an exaggeration as well? How about the fact that there were complications during Mike’s procedure where he almost died, or the various heart-related episodes he had here during his 6-month stay that required me personally taking him to the emergency room, on several occasions–Exaggerations? Fabrications? On this issue alone, Blizzard’s assertion that these are ‘exaggerations’ indicates that Mike’s original concerns that Blizzard had gone insane were/are well-founded.

As far as the meds Mike took ‘for pain’, I know he took Lyrica for a short while prior to coming out here but he told me it did him no good and he said he didn’t like the way it made him feel loopy and disconnected, so Blizzard’s theory concerning Mike being ‘delusional’ because of drugs is a non-starter as well.

Henry, you used to be one of the sharpest knives in the drawer and a gifted intellectual, so for the life of me, I can’t even begin to imagine why you would waste good web space on something like this other than it possibly causes your conspiracy funny bone to tingle and therefore you feel the need to ‘pass the bottle around’ to everyone else, making you in substance no different from the self-admitted lunatic Gordon Duff who proudly asserts that nearly half of the material he posts on VT is–in his own words– ‘deliberate disinformation.’

Goodbye Henry, have a good life


Why? In order to provoke an informative response from you. Thank you Mark!   -H

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There Is No Way to Stop the Planet-Wide Spread of the “Black Death”


The Black Death is thought to have originated in the dry plains of Central Asia, where it then travelled along the silk Road, eventually reaching Crimea by 1343. From that point, it was most likely carried by Oriental rat fleas   living on the black rats that were regular passengers on various merchant ships. Then this “Black Death” spread throughout the Mediterranean and Europe.

The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe’s total population. All together, the plague may have reduced the population of the world from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century. The world population, as a whole. did not recover to pre-plague population levels until the 17th century. This was largely due to the fact that the plague recurred as outbreaks in Europe until the 19th century. Now, humanity is looking at the potential for a similar scourge. This is not a statement to made lightly because the devastation lasted over 300 years. The most amazing thingg about the spread of the pathogen, was that the enormous number of victims, as well as the vast geography that the disease covered, was accomplished without the aid of carriers spreading the disease without modern air travel.

The disease cannot be eradicated, thus leaving a feeling of helplessness among humans seeking to eliminate the plague. Writing for The Conversation, Professor Allen Cheng, infectious disease expert at Monash University, described the airborne plague as “unusual” due to the number of cases reported in major cities. Cheng stated “It’s not possible to eradicate plague, as it is widespread in wildlife rodents outside the sphere of human influence.”

The plague has spread to at least 10 nations, probably more. As healthcare officials scramble to treat patients, experts believe the highly lethal bacteria may evolve to become resistant to antibiotics leading to “eternal” plague outbreaks. Enter Paul Martin, as he presents a much more dire picture based partially upon the fact that humans have so overused antibiotics that the use of antibiotics will accelerate the severity of the pathogen as well as the spread.

In a recent interview, I conducted with Paul Martin, he cited an inside CDC source in which it was stated that with the present state of antibiotic resistance levels among humans, there is nothing that can be done to spread the disease. Here is the interview:


Please note the same mantra that our immune systems are depleted because of the use of antibiotics and there is no practical way to stop the spread once it starts.


The evidence is mounting that the “Black Death” is a bioweapon. From The Sun:

A medical expert has warned that the plague, which has already killed well over 140 people in Madagascar, could mutate and become untreatable.

Professor Paul Hunter also warned it was possible for the disease to reach Europe and North America like the Ebola virus did in 2014 following an outbreak in West Africa.

The spread of the Black Death is not controllable. Even if every plane and ship were to be stopped, the disease would still be spread by the fleas attached to rats. Quarrantines will not work! Additionally, my source told me that the disease is airborne and the thinking is that it will spread through climate patterns. Further, he confirmed what Paul Martin said in the previous interview in that the victims are now dying within 90 minutes to 3 hours after exposure. The prevailing fear is that this disease will mutate several times, thus making it likely that health officials will be left to contend with multiple “Black Deaths” instead of just one. There is no cure or treatment, although I suspect that Bill Gates will try and make up believe otherwise.

I find it interesting that the local media in Madagascar is providing more detail than our MSM. Is this the major depopulation event that so many of the globalists have spoken of with regard to the perceived need to depopulate the planet by 90%. Certainly, the dynamics of this scenario has to potential to do exactly that.


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Charles Manson alive, but reportedly on death's doorstep in California hospital: 'It’s just a matter of time'

Mass murderer Charles Manson is alive in a California hospital, but new reports suggest he may be near to death after serving more than four decades behind bars for committing one of the most notorious crimes in modern history. 

Officials rushed the 83-year-old convict from the Corcoran State Prison to a Bakersfield hospital earlier in the week.

Authorities have released only limited information about his condition, citing privacy laws, but the New York Post reported that a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed that Manson is currently alive in the hospital. 

And while it’s not the first time he’s been hospitalized this year, TMZ reports that Manson’s latest health scare may be his worst yet.

“It’s just a matter of time,” one source told TMZ.

Manson has been serving nine concurrent life sentences for orchestrating one of the most notorious crimes in U.S. history, had been imprisoned for more than 45 years in prison.

In the 1960s, Manson, an ex-convict, assembled a group of runaways and outcasts known as the “Manson Family.” In the summer of 1969, he directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war.

Among the victims was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. She was stabbed 16 times by cult members.

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Prisoner kills inmate who beat infant daughter to death

Authorities said a man serving a life sentence for murdering his two-day-old baby was found dead in his U.K. prison cell over the weekend.

Liam Deane, 22, who was jailed in October for punching, shaking and squeezing his baby girl to death after she wouldn’t stop crying, was found dead in his cell at HM Prison Leeds in England on Sunday, The Yorkshire Evening Post reported.

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Deane admitted to murdering his daughter, Luna, while her mother was sleeping in their family home in Wakefield, England, last July.

He reportedly lost his temper during the night he subjected his daughter to a brutal attack. The baby died in intensive care after suffering “catastrophic brain injuries” from her father.

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As a result, Deane was sentenced to life in prison and could have served a minimum of 10 years.

Another inmate, John Westland, 28, was charged with Deane’s murder in court on Tuesday and is being held in custody. It remains unclear why Westland was originally admitted to jail.

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BREAKING: North Korea Just Sentenced Donald Trump To Death

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Uh oh. US President Donald Trump — who is somewhat famous for his relentless commentary on Twitter — has offended the wrong leader. After tweeting, “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”, he not only offended Kim Jong-un, but the entire populace of North Korea.

According to the newspaper Rodong Sinmun, Trump “hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership” when he criticized Kim Jong-un’s regime during his visit to South Korea. Because of this, he apparently deserves the death penalty. The editorial reads, “The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared (to) malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership. He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people.”

The article went on to accuse Trump of canceling a visit to the country ruled by a dictatorship because he is “too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.” In reality, the trip was called off due to inclement weather, according to the White House.

The entire purpose of Trump’s tour through Asia was to unite the continent’s powers against Kim. The goal, reportedly, is to “end the isolated nation’s nuclear weapons program.” While he was in South Korea, the US President denounced the regime up north as a “cruel dictatorship.” His tweet on November 11, 2017 did nothing to smooth things over.

To help contain the North Korean threat, President Trump called on China to intervene. According to China’s foreign ministry, President XI Jinping’s special envoy will be sent to Pyongyang within the week to talk with Trump. In previous meetings, the US president urged XI to act. He warned that “time is quickly running out.” It doesn’t look like China is in the mood to pick sides, however.

Fortunately, “China is now actively making diplomatic efforts,” according to Wang Dong, a foreign policy specialist at Peking University.  He said, “Before Trump’s visit to China, there was a strong smell of gunpowder between the US and North Korea. The nuclear issue at a key point. If the US or North Korea make a wrong move, it will likely result in military conflict. So China is trying to do all sorts of work, first to persuade the United States, and now also North Korea.”

As The Independent reports, the state newspaper has attacked Trump before. Earlier this year, it called him a “rabid dog,” a “psychopath” and even suggested that it could “reduce the US mainland” to rubble at any moment.

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Sick death row inmate will be given special pillow to help him breathe during lethal injection

A sick death row inmate set to die by lethal injection this week will be given a special wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he is executed.

WCPO reports that death row prisoner Alva Campbell, 69, will be executed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, on Wednesday for the 1997 murder of a Columbus teen.

According to the Associated Press, Campbell suffers from severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as the result of a decades-long two-pack-a-day smoking habit, which makes it extremely difficult for him to breathe while lying down.

His attorneys said he uses a walker, relies on a colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer.

Additionally, medical professionals had a hard time finding suitable veins in Campbell’s arms during an earlier medical exam, which might make it difficult to administer the lethal drugs and cause him excessive pain. 

To help mitigate some of these issues, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction plans to use a wedge-shaped pillow to help Campbell breathe during his execution.

“At this time, (the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction) intends to use a wedge-shaped pillow on the gurney at Mr. Campbell’s execution,” JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the department, told the Columbus Dispatch. “Mr. Campbell’s medical condition and history are being assessed and considered in order to identify any necessary accommodations or contingencies for his execution.”

Photo: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Campbell first made parole in 1992 after serving 20 years behind bars for killing a patron in a Cleveland bar.

While on his way to a court hearing five years later on April 2, 1997, on several armed robbery charges, Campbell, who was in a wheelchair and had allegedly been faking paralysis, overpowered a sheriff’s deputy, stole his gun and carjacked 18-year-old Charles Dials.

Campbell drove around with the teen for hours before shooting him twice in the head in the trunk of his own car. He was sentenced to the death penalty over Dials’ murder.

Last month, Campbell petitioned that he instead be executed by firing squad, a request which Federal Judge Michael Merz rejected on Tuesday.

Campbell’s legal team asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Wednesday’s execution. At the time of writing, the court had not said whether it would consider the request.

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iPhone X owners complain of ‘green line of death’ on screen of $999 device

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A so-called “green line of death” has been appearing on the screens of several iPhone X devices, owners of the eye-wateringly expensive new Apple device are reporting.

According to multiple users who took to social media and several different forums to complain about the glitch, a thin green line has randomly appeared down the right or left side of some of the $999 devices, just one week after the smartphone launched worldwide.

The green line doesn’t appear on the display when users first turn the phone on apparently, but spontaneously shows on screen after a short period of normal usage, reports MacRumors who cited users from the US, Canada, Poland, and Australia as having experienced the glitch.

While Apple has been reportedly replacing all affected units free of charge, several consumers complained on Twitter about receiving slow or lackluster service.

Other iPhone X owners also complained on social media of a similar “green line of death” appearing above all media on the site.



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Black Death and incurable Marburg Virus now spreading across Africa’s cities… world’s medical system helpless to stop it

Image: Black Death and incurable Marburg Virus now spreading across Africa’s cities… world’s medical system helpless to stop it

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Africa is currently contending with two serious disease outbreaks. The pneumonic plague has been making headlines as it sweeps across Madagascar, but there are concerns about it are being eclipsed by a far more sinister threat: A rare and fatal virus known Marburg virus disease (MVD), which has now broken out in Uganda.

The World Health Organization reports that five cases of MVD have already been identified, and emergency screenings are being carried out at the border between Kenya and Uganda after three people in the same Ugandan family succumbed to the disease.

What makes this situation so worrying is that MVD proves fatal in nine out of ten cases. The disease is clinically similar to Ebola, and the outbreak is believed to have started in September. A man who was reportedly in his 30s was admitted to a local health center complaining of a high fever, diarrhea and vomiting. He worked as a game hunter and resided near a cave containing a lot of Rousettus bats, which are natural hosts of the virus.

When antimalarial treatment did not help and the man’s condition continued to deteriorate, he was brought to another hospital, but he died soon after arriving. His sister passed away shortly after that, and a third victim died at a local health center. The sister might have contracted the virus through burial preparation rituals. Lab tests confirmed Marburg as the cause of their deaths. Another brother who showed symptoms and refused to go to the hospital has yet to be located.

Untreatable virus transmitted easily

The Marburg virus can be transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids, tissues or blood of people or wild animals infected with the disease – for example, it can be spread through bites from fruit bats and monkeys. In addition, contact with contaminated materials and surfaces like bedding and clothing could also spread the virus.

It is believed that several hundred people have already been exposed to this virus, and it is considered one of the most virulent pathogens that humans can be infected with. Early symptoms of the disease include chills, high fever, myalgia, and severe headache, and it has an incubation period of two to 21 days. The fatal cases typically entail bleeding from multiple areas.

Patients are said to appear “ghost-like” in appearance, with expressionless faces, deep-set eyes and drawn features. People are contagious for as long as their blood contains the virus. Because there is no treatment, medical interventions typically entail supportive care like that seen in Ebola cases. For example, fever control, IV fluids and electrolyte replacement can sometimes help. It is also believed that some of the experimental drugs used during the outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa could help this virus as well, so experimental antiviral therapies might be used in these cases.

MVD was first detected in Marburg, Germany, when workers who were exposed to the African green monkey in a lab experienced an outbreak in 1967. Fatality rates have ranged from 24 to 88 percent in the past depending on the viral strain and how well the outbreak is managed.

MVD first struck Uganda in 2007, when the virus hit the western district of Kamwenge. A 2012 outbreak was responsible for the deaths of 10 individuals, while one man died of the disease in 2014. The Kween district where the current outbreak is occurring has a total population of nearly 94,000 people. A third of those living there are illiterate, and only four percent of households can access electricity. The mountainous area’s rural nature makes it harder to get resources to it, but it can also help keep it from spreading as much as it might have otherwise.

One big hurdle is the superstitions among these people, who often believe that witchcraft is behind the deaths of their loved ones. They also view healthcare workers with suspicion, believing they kill people intentionally to spare others from disease, which means convincing them to go to the hospital can be quite difficult. This explains why one of the confirmed cases headed to Kenya to find traditional healers.

Plague outbreak in Madagascar reaches crisis point

Meanwhile, a plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 127 people so far, reaching the crisis point after cases of the illnesses spiked by 37 percent over a period of just five days. That outbreak has been labeled the worst in half a century, and the pneumonic strain is deadlier than the traditional bubonic variety that typically strikes the country every year.

So far, there are more than 1,800 suspected cases, and experts believe this situation could get worse. If it continues to spread at its current rate, it could strike as many as 20,000 people in just a few weeks. It is spread easily through sneezing, coughing or spitting.

Warnings have been issued in nine African countries, including Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros, Seychelles, Ethiopia, and Reunion. Schools and businesses are closed and public gatherings are canceled in Madagascar as the island nation tries to keep the death toll down.

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