Author: Robert Cross

Robert is originally from California. His background is in ministry.

SEATTLE — The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a vector for several tropical diseases, most notably Dengue Fever. Dengue fever is a tropical disease that is common in parts of Africa and Latin America. A patient displays flu-like symptoms, including head and muscle aches, vomiting, rash, nausea, a 104 degrees Fahrenheit fever and swollen glands. In the early stages, it is nearly indistinguishable from the flu. What sets Dengue Fever apart from other illnesses is the high fever, which increases over a seven day period. The disease is most commonly found in young children and infants. For severe cases of Dengue…

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SEATTLE — Andrew Aho, touched by the plight of Maasai people, founded Africa Mission Services in the heart of the Maasai land in Maasai Mara in 2000. Originally intending to build a church, Andrew Aho quickly realized the need of the people. The Maasai people were once a great warrior tribe with influence in the region. However, their pride made them slow to embrace development in the region, and by the time that Andrew Aho arrived in Kenya, the Maasai people had fallen behind in education. In response to the overwhelming need of the people, Andrew Aho meet with the…

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PANGASINAN, Philippines — In 1999 Pastor Paul Sasis’ father built a bar in the town Lingayen Pangasinan in the Philippines. After converting to Christianity, his father tore down the bar and started construction on a church complex. The church complex currently called Be The Message Campus was finished in 2013. Under the leadership of Paul Sasis, Be The Message Church founded an ongoing mission in the community of Lingayen Pangasinan. The need of the community of Lingayen Pangasinan was great. Pastor Paul Sasis related to me during our interview that the average family living there struggles to provide themselves one…

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NEW DELHI — The H1N1 virus, or swine flu, has ravaged the world since 2008, killing millions of people in its wake. While strides have been made to eradicate this virus, especially in the western hemisphere, swine flu continues to ravage the nation of India. H1N1 is an acute infection that originated in pigs and is spread by the consumption of pork byproducts. One can also catch it by being exposed to coughing and sneezing of an infected person. The worst part of H1N1 is that it has the exact same symptoms as influenza. In the Western World, it has…

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MEXICO CITY — The fight for education in Mexico continues. An article in the Economist titled “Flunking the test” reported resistance to the education reform of President Enrique Peña Nieto. The source of the political unrest in the Mexican Education system is not coming from the student movements. Teachers are leading the fight against President Enrique Peña Nieto. The office of Section 22 of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) has been broadcasting against the reform of President Peña Nieto. Section 22 is the Oaxaca chapter of the CNTE and the newest in a long line of teacher movements through…

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KHARTOUM, Sudan — This is the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that is infamous around the world for spreading malaria, typhoid and dengue fever. It also a vector for one more troubling disease that is currently ravaging the Sudan. That disease is Yellow Fever and has currently infected about 200,000 global with an average of about 30,000 deaths. Yellow Fever comes on like the flu with headaches, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and muscle aches, redness of the eyes. In the second phase of the virus the disease becomes fatal with symptoms of organ failure, decreased urination, vomiting blood, bleeding from…

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SEATTLE — A new strain of typhoid fever has emerged in Africa called H58. Typhoid is caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhi, which is a disease contracted by consuming or coming into contact with food and water that has been contaminated by biological waste. Typhoid fever symptoms hit their victims over the course of three to four weeks, increasing in severity with each passing day. The initial symptoms are flu-like and include a high-grade fever, dry cough, intense headaches, weakness, diarrhea and constipation, loss of appetite and abdominal pain and rash By week two, the abdomen has distended and the temperature…

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