Some of you may have heard the news or story about an African drum maker who became infected with naturally occuring b. anthracis, while working with untreated animal skins. Here's an exerpt from an email I received on one of the email groups highlighting this story:
"Subject: Update on Vado + Regarding Anthrax: Specific Facts for Drum-makers, Drummers, & Dancers
hi all,I've been requested to get this out to everyone by the people closest to Vado, the West African dancer from the East coast who came down with anthrax last week. This is an 8 page pdf, written by Krista Retto, the daughter of a registered nurse and a close personal friend of Vado &Lisa's, who is helping them get through this crisis. I have already posted this information to the Djembe-L files section, you can click here to see the pdf I have also put the entire text, with photos, on The African Music Encyclopedia, as a public service: http://africanmusic.org/anthrax_info.html
Feel free to download the pdf and distribute to anyone who might be interested or whom might really need this information. One request from the friends and family - please try to restrain yourselves from emailing them for updates, they are overwhelmed with the hundreds of emails they have already received. I have suggested they add a guestbook totheir site http://www.kotchegna.com/ for everyone's well-wishes, please try to be patient and give them some time to get this done. If you would like to help:f or the friends and community who love Vado, Loving friends of Vado's have set up a recovery donation fund for him.
If you would like to contribute, send a check or money order to:
c/o A. King105 E. 15th Street #48
New York, NY 10003