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TV/Movies / Everyone Is Waiting On The Black Panther. by Varbie(f): 11:16am On Feb 08, 2018
My thoughts on the Black Panther Movie.

The Black Panther by Marvel Studios would be in cinemas from the 15th of February, 2018.

It is going to be a long Valentine's Day weekend and also a bad seller for Fifty Shades Freed.

So calculatively speaking, I will watch mine on the 15th of March, 2018 on my online cinema.

You get?
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Religion / Religion Not Enslavement by Varbie(f): 11:10am On Jan 28, 2018
I am a great believer, a testifier of God and his marvelous ways. My faith has worked for me in most circumstances and sometimes I just trust in him for his greater purpose when it comes to those that are not forthcoming coming; So therefore I apply hope.

Religion was made for each and everyone to have a choice, it is between you and God they always say, so why do we sometimes currently live not under the doctrine but under the laws created by religious leaders?
Overtime we read about pastors that perform inhumane acts on their congregation, converting worship to a kind of 'followership'. Demanding outrageous sums for a special prayer request, calling out non-tithers publicly, ostracizing a select few who they feel still operate on a carnal level, subject their followers to a kind of practice just because they say so and then I ask again, is religion still among a certain individual and their God?

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Health / All You Need To Know About Lassa Fever by Varbie(f): 11:17am On Jan 23, 2018

Key facts

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness of 2-21 days duration that occurs in West Africa.
The Lassa virus is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces.
Person-to-person infections and laboratory transmission can also occur, particularly in hospitals lacking adequate infection prevention and control measures.
Lassa fever is known to be endemic in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, but probably exists in other West African countries as well.
The overall case-fatality rate is 1%. Observed case-fatality rate among patients hospitalized with severe cases of Lassa fever is 15%.
Early supportive care with rehydration and symptomatic treatment improves survival.

Though first described in the 1950s, the virus causing Lassa disease was not identified until 1969. The virus is a single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the virus family Arenaviridae.
About 80% of people who become infected with Lassa virus have no symptoms. 1 in 5 infections result in severe disease, where the virus affects several organs such as the liver, spleen and kidneys.
Lassa fever is a zoonotic disease, meaning that humans become infected from contact with infected animals. The animal reservoir, or host, of Lassa virus is a rodent of the genus Mastomys, commonly known as the “multimammate rat.” Mastomys rats infected with Lassa virus do not become ill, but they can shed the virus in their urine and faeces.
Because the clinical course of the disease is so variable, detection of the disease in affected patients has been difficult. When presence of the disease is confirmed in a community, however, prompt isolation of affected patients, good infection prevention and control practices, and rigorous contact tracing can stop outbreaks.
Lassa fever is known to be endemic in Benin (where it was diagnosed for the first time in November 2014), Ghana (diagnosed for the first time in October 2011), Guinea, Liberia, Mali (diagnosed for the first time in February 2009), Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, but probably exists in other West African countries as well.
Symptoms of Lassa fever

The incubation period of Lassa fever ranges from 6–21 days. The onset of the disease, when it is symptomatic, is usually gradual, starting with fever, general weakness, and malaise. After a few days, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, cough, and abdominal pain may follow. In severe cases facial swelling, fluid in the lung cavity, bleeding from the mouth, nose, vagina or gastrointestinal tract and low blood pressure may develop.
Protein may be noted in the urine. Shock, seizures, tremor, disorientation, and coma may be seen in the later stages. Deafness occurs in 25% of patients who survive the disease. In half of these cases, hearing returns partially after 1–3 months. Transient hair loss and gait disturbance may occur during recovery.
Death usually occurs within 14 days of onset in fatal cases. The disease is especially severe late in pregnancy, with maternal death and/or fetal loss occurring in more than 80% of cases during the third trimester.

Humans usually become infected with Lassa virus from exposure to urine or faeces of infected Mastomys rats. Lassa virus may also be spread between humans through direct contact with the blood, urine, faeces, or other bodily secretions of a person infected with Lassa fever. There is no epidemiological evidence supporting airborne spread between humans. Person-to-person transmission occurs in both community and health-care settings, where the virus may be spread by contaminated medical equipment, such as re-used needles. Sexual transmission of Lassa virus has been reported.
Lassa fever occurs in all age groups and both sexes. Persons at greatest risk are those living in rural areas where Mastomys are usually found, especially in communities with poor sanitation or crowded living conditions. Health workers are at risk if caring for Lassa fever patients in the absence of proper barrier nursing and infection prevention and control practices.

Because the symptoms of Lassa fever are so varied and non-specific, clinical diagnosis is often difficult, especially early in the course of the disease. Lassa fever is difficult to distinguish from other viral haemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola virus disease as well as other diseases that cause fever, including malaria, shigellosis, typhoid fever and yellow fever.
Definitive diagnosis requires testing that is available only in reference laboratories. Laboratory specimens may be hazardous and must be handled with extreme care. Lassa virus infections can only be diagnosed definitively in the laboratory using the following tests:
reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay
antibody enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
antigen detection tests
virus isolation by cell culture.
Treatment and prophylaxis

The antiviral drug ribavirin seems to be an effective treatment for Lassa fever if given early on in the course of clinical illness. There is no evidence to support the role of ribavirin as post-exposure prophylactic treatment for Lassa fever.
There is currently no vaccine that protects against Lassa fever.
Prevention and control

Prevention of Lassa fever relies on promoting good “community hygiene” to discourage rodents from entering homes. Effective measures include storing grain and other foodstuffs in rodent-proof containers, disposing of garbage far from the home, maintaining clean households and keeping cats. Because Mastomys are so abundant in endemic areas, it is not possible to completely eliminate them from the environment. Family members should always be careful to avoid contact with blood and body fluids while caring for sick persons.
In health-care settings, staff should always apply standard infection prevention and control precautions when caring for patients, regardless of their presumed diagnosis. These include basic hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (to block splashes or other contact with infected materials), safe injection practices and safe burial practices.
Health-care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Lassa fever should apply extra infection control measures to prevent contact with the patient’s blood and body fluids and contaminated surfaces or materials such as clothing and bedding. When in close contact (within 1 metre) of patients with Lassa fever, health-care workers should wear face protection (a face shield or a medical mask and goggles), a clean, non-sterile long-sleeved gown, and gloves (sterile gloves for some procedures).
Laboratory workers are also at risk. Samples taken from humans and animals for investigation of Lassa virus infection should be handled by trained staff and processed in suitably equipped laboratories under maximum biological containment conditions.
On rare occasions, travellers from areas where Lassa fever is endemic export the disease to other countries. Although malaria, typhoid fever, and many other tropical infections are much more common, the diagnosis of Lassa fever should be considered in febrile patients returning from West Africa, especially if they have had exposures in rural areas or hospitals in countries where Lassa fever is known to be endemic. Health-care workers seeing a patient suspected to have Lassa fever should immediately contact local and national experts for advice and to arrange for laboratory testing.
WHO response

The Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, WHO, the Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance, the United Nations, and other partners have worked together to establish the Mano River Union Lassa Fever Network. The programme supports these 3 countries in developing national prevention strategies and enhancing laboratory diagnostics for Lassa fever and other dangerous diseases. Training in laboratory diagnosis, clinical management, and environmental control is also included.

Culled from​ who.int

TV/Movies / My Review On The Movie I, Tonya by Varbie(f): 11:56am On Jan 22, 2018
After much deliberation on my part, I decided to watch the movie I, Tonya which is a biography of the early life of figure skater Tonya Harding.
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Education / Why Your Talent Is Never Enough by Varbie(f): 12:56pm On Jan 17, 2018
Talent is like a key and also like a diverse window of opportunities. Just because you have the key, doesn't mean you get to walk through the door and that is the tricky thing.
You could say, I have talent, I am what everyone wants but trust me it can never be enough. You have it doesn't mean other people don't and they could be more willing than you are.
Talent is like a plant, for it to grow you have to expose it to sunlight and feed it the required amount of nutrients it deserves. If you ignore that plant because you feel the plant is beautiful, rare and for that, it can take care of itself, that plant will die and all you will be left with is the charred remains of what could be made beautiful.
Talent dies! Let that sink in!

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TV/Movies / My Review On Stranger Things by Varbie(f): 12:37pm On Jan 15, 2018
I definitely recommend this Series for anyone! If you have watched the movie or maybe needs a bit of info on what it entails then head over to


If you hate spoilers, avoid this post like a plague!
Education / Let's Talk Talents! by Varbie(f): 9:48pm On Jan 14, 2018
Sometimes the word Talent goes beyond what we know, this will help you understand how what you thought wasn't a talent, is a talent.

During my service year at the General Hospital, I was mostly busy at work with my tablet, working on my illustrations. It was a rural area so most times when patients came in and we tell them about the price to run tests, they turned away and preferred to stick to drinking their local concoctions.
So on a day when there was virtually nothing to do, I decided to work on my illustrations instead of just sitting and moping around.
A young girl that was on Industrial training came up to me in admiration and said in her own words ...
"I wish I had a talent"
'Come again?'
I wanted to hear it again because it felt a little bit abysmal for her to say such words.

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Literature / Mandy's Law 1 by Varbie(f): 6:49pm On Jun 13, 2017
A young lawyer's life changes after he gets his dream job at a multinational firm.

Read more at www.thereineseries.com

Literature / Lame Red 3 by Varbie(f): 3:10pm On Jun 04, 2017
There is never a worst fate than the fate of betrayal from those that was once dear to us. Where will she go from this moment?

read here www.thereineseries.com

Literature / Lame Red #2 by Varbie(f): 2:45pm On May 21, 2017
Weddings are scary, marriage is scarier. What could possibly go wrong on her big day?

Read the second episode of Lame Red on www.thereineseries.com

Literature / Lame Red Issue #1 by Varbie(f): 8:19pm On May 07, 2017
It's no news that the Nigerian comic industry is growing daily with a lot of creative stories mixed with captivating art for your reading pleasure. Now if you liked Archie comics, Josie and the pussycats, sex and the city. Then there is a comic book for you! Lame Red is a comic book series that tells a story of four young women who are bosses in their various careers. A story of love, betrayal, scandal, secrets and a whole lot more.

Do you want to know more?

Head over to www.thereineseries.com and read the intro to the series 'Meet the squad'

Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 38 by Varbie(f): 10:07pm On Feb 29, 2016

Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 37 by Varbie(f): 9:21pm On Feb 28, 2016

Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 36 by Varbie(f): 10:03pm On Feb 24, 2016

Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 35 by Varbie(f): 10:10pm On Feb 22, 2016
There is this tension between Mandy and Bello, but I guess we are yet to find out... http://reineseries..com.ng/2016/02/mandy-law-episode-thirty-five-shady-you.html?m=1

Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 34 by Varbie(f): 9:45pm On Feb 18, 2016

Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 33 by Varbie(f): 8:58pm On Feb 17, 2016

Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 32 by Varbie(f): 8:51pm On Feb 15, 2016

Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 31 by Varbie(f): 9:08pm On Feb 08, 2016
Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 30 by Varbie(f): 9:50pm On Feb 05, 2016
After a hiatus, we are back and better... read episode 30 here http://reineseries..com.ng/2016/02/mandy-law-episode-thirty-meet-crew.html?m=1

Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 29 by Varbie(f): 9:02pm On Dec 25, 2015
Merry Christmas y'all, I was once skeptical about posting updates on Mandy's Law here but I am glad I did because most of my views come from Nairalanders, I wish you all the best this season, all your heart desires, you might not know it but you all make me smile when you click Reine Series. Here is episode 29 http://reineseries..com.ng/2015/12/mandy-law-episode-twenty-nine-friendly.html?m=1. happy holidays
Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 28 by Varbie(f): 9:15pm On Dec 24, 2015
"For someone who just escaped death, is it healthy to start your day with such work load?"

she looked down at him working with the stack of files scattered on his table.

"Tell that to Mr Barrington the terminator" he said in dismal.

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Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 27 by Varbie(f): 8:54pm On Dec 23, 2015
He probably had not felt that much confidence surge through him as he graced the office with his presence that morning.

He missed being there, after spending a whole week at the hospital and he was indeed happy to be back.

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Literature / Mandy's Law: Episode 26 by Varbie(f): 8:55pm On Dec 21, 2015
She probably had been awake all through the night, tossing and turning as random thoughts rushed through her mind like a flood.

Did she make a grave mistake? She couldn't ascertain the right answer to the question but she still hates the way she felt, horrible, dirty but above all ashamed.

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Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 25 by Varbie(f): 8:33pm On Dec 19, 2015
He struggled aimlessly to get out of the binds that cut deep into his skin, his mouth was taped shut so he could only make muffled sounds, the room was pitch black and smelled of old chemicals.

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Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 24 by Varbie(f): 9:21pm On Dec 18, 2015
She poked her head into the ward and saw his face lighten up as he met her gaze.

"I come bearing good tidings, wow Mike even with the bruises you still look cute as ever" she teased

Read more here http://reineseries..com.ng/2015/12/mandy-law-episode-twenty-four-risks-we.html?m=1
Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 23 by Varbie(f): 9:18pm On Dec 17, 2015
"I don't know, I barely remember how it happened"

He wished she would stop quizzing him on details of the attack he wanted buried and forgotten.

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Politics / Re: PDP Reacts To Buhari's $300,000 Saga ... ' We Have Been Vindicated ' by Varbie(f): 8:59pm On Dec 16, 2015
Nigeria jaga jaga *in idris voice* visit www.reineseries..com for hot stories with dope arts
Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 22 by Varbie(f): 8:55pm On Dec 16, 2015
She stood at the lounge for minutes and counting waiting hopelessly for the receptionist who promised to inform Peggy that she wanted to see her.... urgently.
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Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 21 by Varbie(f): 9:34pm On Dec 15, 2015
what is the aftermath of Mike's ill fated batery in the hands of thugs he had no idea of who they aren't? Find out here http://reineseries..com.ng/2015/12/mandy-law-episode-twenty-one-aftermath.html?m=1
Literature / Mandy's Law Episode 20 by Varbie(f): 10:17pm On Dec 12, 2015
Not every day is a good day, some days the risk shows up and Mike didn't see it coming. Read here http://reineseries..com.ng/2015/12/mandy-law-episode-twenty-we-dont-see-it.html?m=1

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