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Zika Virus

A disease that has been spreading around in Brazil and some other countries called the Zika Virus started its outbreak in 2016 but was first discovered in 1947.

The Zika Virus has been spread through the yellow fever mosquito which will infect people by sucking their blood. The virus then goes inside the human and will give them a fever, but this is not life-threatening. However, it will do something more to pregnant women. The Zika Virus can potentially make the offspring’s head and brain shrink, making them have learning disabilities. There is no cure for this.

The virus cannot do much harm to most people but it will give them fever, similar to as if the person has a bad cold. The effects will go quickly, but the virus will stay with the infected person forever. Recently is has been discovered that the Zika Virus can be spread sexually. This could have effects on the population for Brazil and if it spreads, the world could be at risk.

By Dakota

Bullying Be Gone!

The topic on bullying is a strong and touchy subject for millions of people. Bullying happens everywhere and affects individuals all around the world. Not only within teenagers but with adults too. Bullying can take place within homes, schools and workplaces. Bullying from children to adults can also lead to domestic violence.

Did you know?

  • Statistics have shown that around 160,000 teens skip school due to bullying every day.
  • By the age of 14, less than 30% of girls and 40% of boys will talk to their peers about bullying.
  • 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will intervene only 40% of the time.
  • 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.

Now after seeing these facts, and answering some questions, two students and one teaching assistant have answered these three questions:

  • What is your opinion on bullying?
  • What do you think can be done to stop/ prevent bullying?
  • Why do you think bullying goes on?

I interviewed a Rooks Heath High School teenager who is a year 8 student who provided me with some great insights on her opinions of bullying. She told me, ‘In my opinion, bullying is bad and is frequently taking place nowadays. Not only bullying, but cyber bullying is also increasing.’

Another year 8 student happily answered the second question saying, ‘You should tell someone that you trust and ignore the person until the issue is sorted’.

A Teaching Assistant obliged to answering the third question and responded with, ‘Bullies bully others because they themselves have their own personal struggles and they take it out on innocent people whom they consider to be weak and can easily control. In a sense, bullies are cowards themselves but they also need help because they are suffering in silence.’

As you can now see, bullying affects millions of people around the world on a daily basis and can leave victims with deep emotional scars. Bullying should be stopped and tried to be prevented whenever it can.

By Esther

Refugees and Migrants in the E.U.

Refugees and migrants have been entering the E.U. since 2015 to get a better life and to get away from the war. They have been getting to countries by land or boat. The countries which are most affected by refugees and migrants are Germany, Hungary and England.

There have been over a million refugees and migrants that have crossed into Europe in 2015. The conflict in Syria is by far the biggest driver of migration. Germany received the highest number of new asylum applications.

We interviewed our head of year, Mr Sharp, to hear about his views on refugees and migrants.

We asked him about his thoughts on refugees entering the E.U. and this is what he had to say: “They are desperate for help and have come from very bad situations.”

We also asked him what the E.U. could do to help these people. He responded with, “All the countries should take a fair percentage of them.”

Another interview we did was with a local news anchor/ journalist. We asked him what his thoughts were on refugees and migrants entering the E.U. He told us, “As a journalist I have covered wars in Europe and the Middle East and have seen human misery at its worst. They considered Europe as the safest possible destination.”

In response to the dispersal of refugees and migrants in varying countries, he said, “All European countries are not rich enough to house a large number of refugees or migrants. If Europe doesn’t take their even share of the people then it will cause tensions between European states.”

In conclusion, we think that all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, should be treated equally and fairly.

By Fiza, Asia and Hibaq

Making the Meningitis B vaccine available for all children

Recently it has become a public knowledge, that Meningitis B vaccine is only available for children under the age of 1.

On the NHS Choices website, they only give out Meningitis B vaccine, to kids from the age 2 – 13 months of age.

The bacterial of Meningitis B vaccination programmes have helped reduce the number of different types of bacteria that can cause Meningitis.

However, there are currently a number of bacteria for which there currently aren't effective vaccines.  Such as:

  • Neisseria meningitidis bacteria
  • Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria
  • Spreading the bacteria

It’s most likely for babies from the ages from 2 – 13 months to get Meningitis B, but it is very rare for teenagers and adults to get Meningitis.

Babies and young children under five years of age are most at risk of developing bacterial Meningitis.

Did you know the following information?

A baby or young child with meningitis may:

  • have a high fever, with cold hands and feet
  • vomit and refuse to feed
  • feel agitated and not want to be picked up
  • become drowsy, floppy and unresponsive
  • grunt or breathe rapidly
  • have an unusual high-pitched or moaning cry
  • have pale, blotchy skin, and a red rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it (see below)
  • have a tense, bulging soft spot on their head (fontanels)
  • have a stiff neck and dislike bright lights
  • have convulsions or seizures

Symptoms of meningitis for teenagers and adults

  • a fever, with cold hands and feet 
  • vomiting
  • drowsiness and difficulty waking up
  • confusion and irritability
  • severe muscle pain
  • pale, blotchy skin, and a distinctive rash (although not everyone will have this)    
  • a severe headache
  • stiff neck
  • sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • convulsion or seizures

Again, these symptoms can appear in any order, and not everyone will get all of them.

These are a few questions about Meningitis B been asked and answered by my local GP.

  1. Do all the symptoms appear at once?

“No. Some will appear while others may not appear at all. This can cause difficulties in diagnosing meningitis, complicated by the fact that many symptoms are like the common cold. However, over and above the symptoms themselves, it will become obvious to anyone close to the sufferer that he/she is becoming very ill, very quickly.”

  1. What should I do if I see anyone showing these symptoms?

“Act quickly. Firstly, describe the symptoms as accurately as possible to the doctor. If you cannot reach him/her or if they cannot come immediately, get the person to the nearest ER and be prepared to maintain on immediate attention.

It’s extremely important that people are educated about this health issue so that they can protect themselves and stay safe.

By Jada

Can Manchester United win the Europa League?

Louis van Gaal from Manchester United has learnt from his mistakes and now has won four games and lost one game which was against West Bromwich.

After losing their recent game against West Brom at a score of 1-0, their top four ambition looks likely to fade away. However, their next game against Manchester City could be the vital point of the season.

Also, Manchester United have progressed to the last sixteen of the Europa League by thrashing Midtjylland 5-1—two of the goals coming from the Manchester United academy player, Marcus Rashford.

We asked a year 8 Manchester United fan about his opinions of the team and their capability of winning the Europa League and he said, “I think they can win the Europa League as they are facing some easy teams.”

We asked the same question to a year 8 Liverpool fan and this is what he had to say:

“I don’t think that they will win the Europa League because they are still Dortmund and Liverpool but they can always qualify for the Champions League.”

We also asked this year 8 student who he thinks could be a danger for Manchester United and he reported with, “…Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, Sturridge and Skrtel.”

By Saran and Ayaad