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Title: EBOLA plague 2014-15-16-17...
Post by: Mark on March 25, 2014, 07:09:06 am
Guinea scrambles to contain deadly Ebola outbreak...
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-epidemic-spreads-guineas-capital-173304833.html;_ylt=AwrTWfyRVTBT5FgAIcrQtDMD

'High level of concern'...
http://news.yahoo.com/guinea-ebola-outbreak-believed-deadly-zaire-strain-150130735.html;_ylt=AwrTWVXpWDBTMh0AVNnQtDMD

Spreads to Liberia?
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-23/ebola-spreads-to-guinea-capital-conakry-with-at-least-59-deaths.html

Possible Ebola case in Canada...
http://news.yahoo.com/possible-ebola-case-canada-health-official-232704327.html

Man In Isolation; Critical Condition...
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26726745



Title: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on March 31, 2014, 05:25:58 am
FG issues red alert on Ebola outbreak :It is now confirmed that the outbreak has further spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone where suspected cases are being investigated.

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/03/fg-issues-red-alert-ebola-outbreak/


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 02, 2014, 07:43:55 am
A terrifying fight against the deadliest virus on Earth: Medic reveals true horror of Ebola outbreak as incurable disease liquifies victims from the inside

    Naoufel Dridi, 41, works with humanitarian charity Médecins Sans Frontières
    Medic describes suffering of patients and the difficulty facing aid workers
    Number of suspected cases in Guinea has now reached 122
    80 people are believed to have died from the tropical virus in the country
    Highly contagious virus has no cure, and there is no vaccine


A medic has spoken of the horrific scenes witnessed by emergency doctors and nurses in the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea.

Naoufel Dridi, who works with humanitarian charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), described the suffering by patients struck down by the tropical virus, and the difficulties facing aid workers as they attempt to treat those suffering.

French Mr Dridi, 41, has been helping coordinate the charity's relief work in the West African country and said that in his 13 years working with MSF he had never had to cope with the number of deaths in such a short space of time.

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2594853/Medic-tells-horrific-scenes-fight-against-deadly-Ebola-outbreak-Guinea.html#ixzz2xjTR3CCi



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 02, 2014, 07:44:59 am
US Licensing LIVE Rabies Based EBOLA Vaccine, Preps Pandemic Quarantine Stations & Injury Fund

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQbZcGXfyFA&feature=player_embedded

Just in time for the most recent outbreak of Ebola in Africa, which potentially has already spread into North America via Canada, the National Institute for Health is licensing a Rabies based Ebola vaccine produced by Exxell Bio.

    "trivalent filovirus vaccine based on killed rabies virus virions for use in humans to confer protection from all medically relevant filoviruses and RABV. Two additional vectors containing EBOV Sudan GP or MARV GP are planned to be constructed in addition to the previously developed EBOV Zaire GP containing vaccine. Live attenuated vaccines have been developed for use in at risk nonhuman primate populations in Africa and inactivated vaccines have been developed for use in humans."

Basically, what they have done here is taken the Rabies virus and altered its exterior coating to contain Ebola proteins. So if all works as planned, the person vaccinated is protected from Rabies and Ebola. Or course such things often have unintended consequences, we'll make a wager that giving live attenuated Ebola modified Rabies vaccines to wild non-human primates in Africa may result in some unusual and deadly selection pressures.

These efforts seem to tie in with recent government contracts to increase capacities at CDC Quarantine Stations located throughout the country. In similar regard, the government has also laid out its plans to reimburse people from injuries caused by governmental Pandemic actions. All these actions are tied in with a large Federal effort to mitigate the impact of a Zero Day Pandemic Exploit. (see sources below)

http://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2014/03/us-government-licensing-live-rabies.html?m=1


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 03, 2014, 07:32:17 am
Ebola spreads panic in West Africa

The rising death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has sparked fear across the region with at least 80 already having died from the nearly always fatal virus. 

http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/ebola-spreads-panic-in-west-africa/


5 new cases in past 24 hours...

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/04/02/Five-new-Ebola-cases-in-Guinea-in-24-hours


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 03, 2014, 10:32:06 am
US Licensing LIVE Rabies Based EBOLA Vaccine, Preps Pandemic Quarantine Stations & Injury Fund

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQbZcGXfyFA&feature=player_embedded

Just in time for the most recent outbreak of Ebola in Africa, which potentially has already spread into North America via Canada, the National Institute for Health is licensing a Rabies based Ebola vaccine produced by Exxell Bio.

    "trivalent filovirus vaccine based on killed rabies virus virions for use in humans to confer protection from all medically relevant filoviruses and RABV. Two additional vectors containing EBOV Sudan GP or MARV GP are planned to be constructed in addition to the previously developed EBOV Zaire GP containing vaccine. Live attenuated vaccines have been developed for use in at risk nonhuman primate populations in Africa and inactivated vaccines have been developed for use in humans."

Basically, what they have done here is taken the Rabies virus and altered its exterior coating to contain Ebola proteins. So if all works as planned, the person vaccinated is protected from Rabies and Ebola. Or course such things often have unintended consequences, we'll make a wager that giving live attenuated Ebola modified Rabies vaccines to wild non-human primates in Africa may result in some unusual and deadly selection pressures.

These efforts seem to tie in with recent government contracts to increase capacities at CDC Quarantine Stations located throughout the country. In similar regard, the government has also laid out its plans to reimburse people from injuries caused by governmental Pandemic actions. All these actions are tied in with a large Federal effort to mitigate the impact of a Zero Day Pandemic Exploit. (see sources below)

http://****inontheroses.blogspot.com/2014/03/us-government-licensing-live-rabies.html?m=1

What is the **** in this link? ???


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 03, 2014, 10:36:24 am
What is the **** in this link? ???

http://tinyurl.com/lkqsrld


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 03, 2014, 10:52:05 am
http://tinyurl.com/lkqsrld

Thanks!


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 03, 2014, 12:31:21 pm
Ebola, Crossing Borders in Africa, Could Land in US

An Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 78 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., health officials warned today.

Symptoms of the disease, such as fever, red eyes and bleeding, can take up to three weeks to appear — ample time for an unwitting victim to travel outside the West African hot zone.

“It’s true that anyone with an illness is just one plane ride away from coming to the U.S.,” said John O’Connor, spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But we have protections in place.”

Airline workers are trained to spot symptoms and quarantine officers at 20 major U.S. airports like New York City’s JFK are ready to respond to an in-flight illness. The CDC has also deployed a five-person team to help contain the outbreak on the ground in Guinea, O’Connor said. They arrived Monday night.

“There’s nothing to prevent someone traveling here asymptomatically during the incubation period,” said ABC News’ chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser, who served as acting director of the CDC during the swine flu outbreak. “It’s one of the reasons we have a vested interest in helping to control outbreaks where they start.”

Go Inside an Ebola Ward With Dr. Besser

At least 112 people have been sickened by the Ebola outbreak, which is thought to have emerged in the forests of southern Guinea before spreading to the country’s capital, Conakry. Neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone have reported two suspected cases each – three of them fatal and all four acquired in Guinea. And Senegal has closed its border with Guinea indefinitely.

The World Health Organization has yet to impose any travel restrictions on the area, stressing that it’s “highly unlikely” for the outbreak to spread by plane.

“The people who get Ebola tend to be in removed villages and tend not to have the money to be able to get on planes,” WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said, adding that it’s equally unlikely for an American traveler to bring the disease back. “They would be probably be aware of the situation going into it and be advised not to touch someone who looks ill and feverish.”

Nevertheless, the CDC has urged travelers to avoid contact with blood and body fluids from people who might be infected and to seek immediate medical care seek medical care for symptoms of the hemorrhagic fever, which include fever, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash and red eyes.

VIDEO: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2014/04/01/ebola-crossing-borders-in-africa-could-land-in-u-s/


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 03, 2014, 03:33:33 pm
Liberia reports suspected Ebola outbreak unconnected to Guinea

 Liberia said on Thursday it was dealing with the first case of suspected Ebola to have originated within its own borders, unconnected to the epidemic raging in neighbouring Guinea.

If confirmed, the case in the eastern town of Tapeta would mark a worrying development in the fight against Ebola, as cases so far have been attributed to people returning with the infection from Guinea, where 84 people have died.

"We have a case in Tapeta where a hunter who has not had any contact with anyone coming from Guinea got sick," chief medical officer Bernice Dahn told AFP.

"He was rushed to the hospital and died 30 minutes later. He never had any interaction with someone suspected to be a carrier of the virus and he has never gone to Guinea. This an a isolated case."

The fruit bat, thought to be the host of the highly contagious Ebola virus, is a delicacy in the region straddling Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and experts suspect bushmeat caught by huntsmen may be the source of the outbreak.

Tapeta, a small town in the eastern county of Nimba, is 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in southern Guinea, at least a five-hour drive and much further from the border than other suspected cases.

"The huntsman has 500 traps in the forest. He felt sick in the forest and was rushed to the hospital," Dahn told AFP, adding that seven new patients brought the total suspected Ebola cases in Liberia to 14.

The tropical virus leads to haemorrhagic fever, and which causes muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

- 'I am scared' -

Seven people have died, Dahn said, since Liberia reported its first cases of haemorrhagic fever last month, raising the previous toll by three.

Of the deaths, two are laboratory-confirmed Ebola cases -- a woman who died in hospital in the northern county of Lofa, and her sister who visited her.

The sister was allowed to return home to Monrovia and was pronounced dead this morning at hospital in nearby Margibi county, where the authorities were monitoring her, her family and others with whom she may have had contact.

Ebola can be transmitted to humans from wild animals, and between humans through direct contact with another's blood, faeces or sweat. Sexual contact, or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses, can also lead to infection.

No treatment or vaccine is available, and the World Health Organization said on Wednesday the fatality rate in Guinea so far stands at 65 percent, with the virus mainly hitting adults aged 15 to 59.

Liberia's health authorities say they are monitoring 44 people thought to have come into contact with confirmed or suspected Ebola patients.

"If the case in Tapeta is confirmed then we will have to worry because so many people might have eaten or touched the animals killed by the hunter. I am from Tapeta, I am scared," said Peter Dahn, 54, who had come to a public meeting in Monrovia.

In Guinea, health authorities have reported 134 suspected Ebola cases since the beginning of the year, most in the southern cities of Gueckedou and Macenta.

"Our efforts are aimed at containing the outbreak, which is accomplished by detection of the sick and isolating them from the rest of the population," said Anja Wolz, emergency coordinator of health charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Conakry.

"Although there is no cure for this disease, we can reduce its very high mortality by addressing the symptoms. This includes administering a drip to patients who have become dehydrated from diarrhoea and by confirming that they do not have a different disease, such as malaria or a bacterial infection like typhoid."

http://news.yahoo.com/liberia-reports-suspected-ebola-outbreak-unconnected-guinea-130714958.html;_ylt=AwrBEiFsmz1TRCoAQCnQtDMD


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 03, 2014, 03:34:10 pm
France alerts doctors for any signs of Ebola from West Africa

French health authorities on Thursday put doctors and hospitals on alert to report any signs that an Ebola virus outbreak affecting West Africa had infected patients in France, though no symptoms had yet been detected.

France maintains close relations with several former colonies in the region, with immigrants and the employees of French multinational firms travelling frequently back and forth.

An outbreak of the disease - which has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent - originated in Guinea two months ago and has spread to neighbouring Libera and Sierra Leone, while Gambia has placed two people in quarantine. [ID:nL5N0MU54S]

"We have put doctors in France on alert so that they will think of this disease if they come across certain symptoms," Health Minister Marisol Touraine told i>Tele television.

The move was preventative and not been prompted by the detection of any symptoms, she added.

France's DGS public health authority placed hospitals and emergency services on alert, a spokeswoman said.

Further instructions were sent to health authorities in the larger Paris region regarding passengers arriving at the Charles de Gaulle international airport, though no measures had yet been taken to restrict travel.

http://news.yahoo.com/france-alerts-doctors-signs-ebola-west-africa-134342708.html;_ylt=AwrBJSB4jT1TEi4AhXXQtDMD


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 03, 2014, 03:37:38 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgZ5goJibn0


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 05, 2014, 09:46:26 am
Mali suspects first Ebola cases as regional death toll tops 90...
http://news.yahoo.com/mali-suspects-first-ebola-cases-regional-death-toll-141251884.html;_ylt=AwrBJR471j5TohQAZpjQtDMD

Angry mob attacks treatment center...
http://news.yahoo.com/angry-mob-attacks-ebola-treatment-centre-guinea-210334084.html;_ylt=AwrBJSAwIT9TPDMAukHQtDMD

Plane from Guinea briefly quarantined in Paris...
http://news.yahoo.com/plane-guinea-briefly-quarantined-paris-ebola-scare-110832443.html;_ylt=AwrBJSBr2D5Tcz8AA7jQtDMD


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 07, 2014, 08:22:44 am
Spreading: Mali suspects first Ebola cases as regional death toll tops 90

(Reuters) - Mali said it had identified its first possible cases of Ebola since the start of an outbreak in neighbouring Guinea, adding to fears that the deadly virus was spreading across West Africa. More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned could turn into an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with poor health services.   

http://news.yahoo.com/mali-suspects-first-ebola-cases-regional-death-toll-141251884.html;_ylt=AwrBJR471j5TohQAZpjQtDMD


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 07, 2014, 11:50:27 am
The African Ebola outbreak that keeps getting worse

It began early this year in the forested villages of southeast Guinea. For months, the infected went undiagnosed. It wasn’t until March 23 that the news finally hit the World Health Organization. And by then, Ebola had already claimed 29 lives, the organization reported in a one-paragraph press release.

Since then, the organization has dispatched nine additional updates on a ballooning outbreak that’s received modest notice in the West, but has sent waves of panic across the African continent.

March 24: The outbreak is “rapidly evolving.” 59 dead. 86 confirmed cases.

March 27: The sickness spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. 66 dead. 103 confirmed cases.

March 30: “This is a rapidly changing situation,” WHO reported. 70 dead. 112 confirmed cases.

April 3: Ebola “has a case fatality rate of up to 90 percent,” the organization said. 83 dead. 127 confirmed cases.

On Sunday, after the number of dead topped 90 and Mali and Ghana recorded their first suspected cases of the disease, trouble began in remote villages.

A mob attacked an Ebola treatment center in Guinea, accusing it of infecting the town with disease, according to Reuters. In other villages, people stopped shaking hands.

“We fully understand that the outbreak of Ebola is alarming for the local population,” one doctor told the Independent. ”But it is essential in the fight against the disease that patients remain in the treatment center.”

What terrifies people so much about Ebola?

For starters, there’s no cure. Because it’s such a rare disease that primarily affects poor African villages, big drug companies perhaps haven’t seen enough economic opportunity to study the virus, Bloomberg reports.

Then there’s the fact that Ebola deaths are particularly gruesome. The disease comes from an infected animal – most likely the fruit bat, which infects monkeys, apes, pigs and, finally, humans. The disease is not airborne, but spreads through blood, secretions or other bodily fluids. Its early symptoms include fever and intense weakness, WHO says, then deepens with bouts of diarrhea, vomiting, and internal and external bleeding.

The migratory pattern of the outbreak, which aid workers call “unprecedented,” has baffled doctors. Outbreaks before this have stayed in remote pockets of the country, but this iteration shot hundreds of miles from southwest Guinea to the coastal capital of Conakry.

Exacerbating the situation is the scarcity of medical professionals in Guinea. According to the World Bank, there are only .1 physicians per 1,000 people — among the lowest ratios in the world, below even Afghanistan.

This has fed animosity among some in Guinea toward the government for its perceived inability to dispense medical services — or even enforce quarantines.

“You have a lot of people who have recovered from civil war and are living in war-ravaged areas with very poor infrastructures,” said Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations. “As soon as word goes out of quarantine, you have people start trying to escape and get away from the clutches of authorities.”

This has already happened, some in Guinea claim.

“How can we trust them now?” Conakry resident Dede Diallo told Reuters. She’s stopped working — and keeps her kids at home, where she says it’s safe. “We have to look after ourselves.”

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2014/04/wp-ebola-map2.jpg)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/07/the-african-pandemic-that-keeps-getting-worse/?tid=pm_national_pop


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 07, 2014, 11:51:34 am
Fatal virus in Ghana was not Ebola

Blood tests have shown that a 12-year-old girl in Ghana who died of viral fever with bleeding did not have Ebola, Health Minister Sherry Ayittey said on Monday.

The girl was the first suspected case in Ghana of Ebola, which has killed more than 90 people in Guinea and Liberia. Another suspected case has been reported in Mali.

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has warned of an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with weak health services.

Samples from the girl, who has not been identified, were brought to the capital Accra from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana's second-largest city.

"The report from the Noguchi Memorial Institute says categorically that the samples of the blood they analyzed is negative ID Ebola virus and also negative of any common viral fever," Ayittey told a news conference.

"We would like to allay the fears of Ghanaians that the Ebola virus has been detected in Ghana," she said.

Ayittey said Ghana, which borders Togo, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, has stepped up its health surveillance since the Guinea outbreak.

It has trained port and borders workers to detect signs of the disease, set up a national committee, restocked testing equipment and established a telephone hotline, she said.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/04/07/fatal-virus-in-ghana-was-not-ebola/


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 08, 2014, 11:42:12 am
WHO: Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever...
http://news.yahoo.com/west-africa-ebola-outbreak-among-most-chilling-ever-154200277.html;_ylt=AwrTWfwRIkRTVUcASETQtDMD

Will last months...
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-still-spreading-expects-outbreak-last-2-4-145626363--finance.html;_ylt=AwrSyCXRI0RTQDIAV0fQtDMD

Survivors return to family, stigma remains...
http://news.yahoo.com/guineas-first-ebola-survivors-return-family-stigma-remains-121725298.html;_ylt=AwrTWfwYJURTb0wAKfHQtDMD


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 09, 2014, 12:16:25 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-still-spreading-expects-outbreak-last-2-4-145626363--finance.html;_ylt=AwrSyCXRI0RTQDIAV0fQtDMD
WHO says West African Ebola outbreak to last 2-4 months
4/8/14

GENEVA (Reuters) - A "challenging" outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is expected to take from two to four months to contain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

The virus is still spreading in three "hotspots" of Guinea Forestiere, a southeastern region some 900 km (560 miles) from Guinea's capital of Conakry, a city which has itself reported 20 cases to date, the United Nations agency said.

But the WHO said it was not recommending any travel restrictions for Guinea, which has a total of 157 suspected and confirmed cases including 101 deaths, or for Liberia, which has 21 suspected and confirmed cases, including 10 deaths.

"We fully expect to be engaged in this outbreak for the next two to three to four months before we are comfortable that we are through it," Dr. Keija Fukuda, WHO assistant director-general, told a Geneva news briefing.

"This is one of the most challenging outbreaks of Ebola we have ever faced," he said.

It is also the first to strike West Africa, where some people have become infected from burial practices that involve direct contact with body fluids of the deceased.

WHO medical officer Stephane Hugonnet, just back from Guinea, said: "In Guinea Forestiere, the outbreak is not over, this is the epicenter. As long as it is not over there, there will be cases exported to the rest of the country."

Some 50 foreign experts have been deployed to help with infection control measures at hospitals and to trace 600 known contacts of infected patients, he said.

Most new cases were linked to known transmission chains, which he said was "reassuring".

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay Editing by Gareth Jones)


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 11, 2014, 08:18:12 am
Aid groups take emergency steps against Ebola onslaught

 International aid organisations launched a series of emergency measures across west Africa on Thursday in a bid to contain one of the worst ever outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus, which is threatening every country in the region.

The tropical bug is thought to have killed more than 110 people in Guinea and Liberia since January, with suspected cases reported in Mali and Sierra Leone and aid workers warning that vital hygiene products could run out.

The Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) announced emergency training for 70 people who would fan out across the Guinean capital Conakry to track people who have had close contact with Ebola patients.

The UN agency is also setting up a special alert and response operation centre within the Guinean health ministry and training staff at Guinea's main hospital and other health facilities.

The organisation has described west Africa's first Ebola outbreak as one of the most challenging since the virus emerged in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It is also one of the most deadly, with 157 people infected and 101 deaths in Guinea alone.

The outbreak began in the impoverished country's southern forests, but has spread to Conakry, a sprawling port city on the Atlantic coast and home to two million people.

In neighbouring Liberia, there have been 21 cases, including 10 deaths.

While the WHO has not recommended any trade or travel restrictions, the region is braced against the epidemic, with Senegal closing its border with Guinea.

Action Against Hunger, a global aid group, warned of a looming shortage of sanitation stocks and said it had begun distributing chlorine and soap to families and schools in Guinea and setting up hand-washing facilities.

"We are checking the availability of chlorine in the country, because we could be running out in the coming hours. So we are going to have to get it from other countries," Lucia Prieto, the charity's Guinea country director, said in a statement.

- Tapping cell phone power -

In Dakar, UNICEF said it was working with WHO and other agencies to spread awareness by sending text messages and links to a specially written five-minute radio drama and television shows automatically to mobile phones across west Africa in numerous languages.

"Most of the people in this part of the world had never heard of Ebola before," Guido Borghese, the organisation's principal adviser on child survival and development for the region, said in a statement.

"In this environment, unfounded fears and rumours spread quickly and widely. More than ever, it is crucial that families have both the means and the right information to protect themselves and prevent dangerous misunderstandings."

The French Red Cross said in Paris it was deploying its first emergency response team to the epicentre of the outbreak in southeastern Guinea.

The team -- made up of volunteers and a specialist in infectious diseases -- will supervise and train 150 local Red Cross volunteers in disinfection and techniques to track down people who may have had contact with the infected.

The most severe strains of Ebola have had a 90-percent fatality rate, and there is no vaccine, cure or specific treatment.

The virus leads to haemorrhagic fever, causing muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

It can be transmitted to humans who handle sick or dead wild animals -- believed to be its original source -- and between humans through direct contact with another's blood, faeces or sweat.

Ebola can be stemmed by identifying the sick and tracing those with whom they have had contact -- more than 600 people in Guinea, according to the WHO -- and applying infection-control measures in homes and clinics.

The chances of survival increase if patients are kept hydrated and treated for secondary infections, according to aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

MSF said it had reopened a treatment centre in Macenta in southeastern Guinea which it was forced to close on Friday last week after locals pelted it with stones.

A crowd had gathered as rumours circulated in the town that the virus had been brought into Guinea by the aid group.

http://news.yahoo.com/unveils-emergency-moves-against-ebola-onslaught-guinea-100840104.html


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 16, 2014, 06:20:32 am
Ebola spreads from jungle to urban centers...
http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/ebola-outbreak-least-100-die-west-africa-n80351

Death toll tops 120...
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AF_WEST_AFRICA_EBOLA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-04-15-08-05-06


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 16, 2014, 09:30:59 am
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/14/health/gupta-ebola-guinea/index.html?hpt=he_c2
Ebola: A swift, effective and bloody killer
 

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

updated 8:43 PM EDT, Tue April 15, 2014

Conakry, Guinea (CNN) -- It took only moments to feel the impact of what was happening here.

We had just landed in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. In the fields right outside the airport, a young woman was in tears. She started to wail and shout in Susu, one of the 40 languages spoken in this tiny country of 12 million people. The gathered crowd became silent and listened intently.

The young man sitting next to me quietly translated, although I already had my suspicions. He told me the woman's husband had died of Ebola, and then quickly ushered us away.
 
It is probably not surprising the airplane bringing us into Conakry was nearly empty, as are all the hotels here. Not many people in the United States have ever visited Guinea, or could even identify where it sits in West Africa. It is already one of the world's poorest countries, and the panic around Ebola is only making that worse.

Some of it is justified. That's because this time, the outbreak is different. In the past, Ebola rarely made it out of the remote forested areas of Africa.

Key to that is a grim version of good news/bad news: because Ebola tends to incapacitate its victims and kill them quickly, they rarely have a chance to travel and spread the disease beyond their small villages. Now, however, Ebola is in Conakry, the capital city, with 2 million residents. Equally concerning: it's just a short distance from where we touched down, at an international airport.

It has gone "viral," and now the hope is that it doesn't go global.

Ebola: What you need to know

When I asked doctors on the ground about that scenario, they had split opinions. Several told me the concern is real but unlikely. Most patients with Ebola come from small villages in the forest and are unlikely to be flying on international trips, they told me. Furthermore, they don't think Ebola would spread widely in a western country; our medical expertise and our culture -- not touching the dead -- would prevent it.

Others aren't so sure.

No one wants to test that theory.

WHO: Ebola outbreak one of 'most challenging'

With Ebola, there is an incubation period of two to 21 days. Remember these numbers. This is the range of time it takes to develop symptoms after someone has been exposed.

With an international airport close by, that means you could be on the other side of the world before you develop the headache, fever, fatigue and joint pain which make up the early symptoms of an Ebola infection. The diarrhea, rash and bleeding come later. Hiccups is a particularly grave sign with Ebola. It means your diaphragm, which allows you to breathe, is starting to get irritated.

There is a lot we know about Ebola, and it scares us almost as much as what we don't know.

We do know Ebola, a simple virus with a small genome, is a swift, effective and bloody killer. The mortality rate is higher than 50% and in some outbreaks reaches 90%.

Ebola appears to kill in a clever way. Early on, it strategically disarms your immune system, allowing the virus to replicate unchecked until it invades organs all over your body. It convinces your blood to clot in overdrive, but only inside your blood vessels. While those blood vessels choke up, the rest of your body starts to ooze because the clotting mechanisms are all busy.

You start to hemorrhage on the outside of your body. Nose bleeds, bruising, even a simple needle stick will refuse to clot. But, it is the bleeding you don't see -- the bleeding on the inside -- that causes even more catastrophic problems.

Many patients die of shock, within an average of 10 days.

What is ebola?

It sounds like the stuff of horror movies. But despite the real danger, Ebola is not at all easy to "catch." If it were, my wife would have refused to let me come in the midst of an outbreak.

To become infected, you generally need to spend extended time with someone who is gravely ill, and come into contact with his or her infected body fluids. That's why family members and health care workers are the most likely to get sick.

Over the last three weeks, at least 112 people have died, including 14 health care workers.

With some infections, you can shed and spread the virus long before you get ill. That's not the case with Ebola. It's only after you are sick and feverish do you become contagious. However, it only takes a miniscule amount to infect and kill. A microscopic droplet of blood or saliva on your bare hand could enter through a break in your skin. And, whether you realize it or not, we all have breaks in our skin.

Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated with outbreaks. I learned in medical school that new pathogens generally make a jump from animals to humans, a process called zoonosis.

This is happening in areas where human and animals come into continuous contact. David Quammen refers to it as "Spillover," in his book of the same name. A stew of ducks, geese, chickens, pigs and humans in southeast Asia led to the spillover of avian flu, H5N1. Contact between pigs and humans in Mexico led to swine flu, H1N1; pigs and fruit bats were the recipe for Nipah fever in Malaysia.

The best guess is that fruit bats may be a natural reservoir for the Ebola virus too, but this has not been confirmed. Quammen makes the point: Ebola didn't enter our world -- we entered its world.

Pathogens can be predators, like lions, tigers and bears. A virus may not plan the way a big cat does, but in a sense it stalks its prey -- waiting for the moment of opportunity, then attacking with fury. Because it can lie silent for years, it's also easy to see Ebola as a killing ghost, like Jack the Ripper.

Presumably outbreaks begin through some human-animal contact, but since that contact is ongoing we don't know what it is that leads Ebola to rear its ugly head. We don't know how to treat the illness or vaccinate against it. We certainly don't know how to cure it.

I thought about all of this as I left that woman in the airport, and I have thought about her a great deal since then. Her grief made an impression on all of us.

It also made this mysterious, exotic virus the world knows, but doesn't fully understand, so much more real and frightening. For the next 21 days (the outer range of the incubation period) the woman we saw will be monitored for a fever or any early signs she may have contracted Ebola from her husband. If she exhibits symptoms, she will be isolated and treated with fluids, oxygen and nutrition.

That is all that can really be offered. Again, there is no cure for Ebola.

For her neighbors, in Guinea and across its border, another critical number is 42 -- as in 42 days, or two incubation periods. If the health care teams here don't see any new cases during that time then they officially say the outbreak is over. We are not there yet, not even close.

The clock is ticking.


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Post by: Mark on April 17, 2014, 11:57:23 am
World Health Organization: The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives - @AP


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Post by: Mark on April 19, 2014, 06:07:47 am
Ebola virus circulating in Guinea is new strain

 The virus that has caused a deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea is a new strain that emerged locally, possibly transmitted by fruit bats, virologists have said.

The outbreak is the first to be recorded in west Africa, but researchers said the virus causing it did not come from other countries where Ebola already circulates.

An international team of scientists unravelled the genome of the virus and found it to be distinct from strains in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, though they share an ancestor.

The virus is of the EBOV type -- one of three species that have caused outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa, said the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

"This study demonstrates the emergence of EBOV in Guinea," the authors wrote.

Data from the genetic analysis "suggest a single introduction of the virus into the human population," probably in early December 2013 "or even before", according to the study.

"It is suspected that the virus was transmitted for months before the outbreak became apparent," it added.

"This length of exposure appears to have allowed many transmission chains and thus increased the number of cases of Ebola virus disease."

Though it has not been confirmed, the study said fruit bats found throughout west Africa were "potential reservoirs" of the virus.

"It is possible that EBOV has circulated undetected in this region for some time," said the authors.

"The emergence of the virus in Guinea highlights the risk of EBOV outbreaks in the whole West African subregion."

Guinea has seen 197 cases of laboratory-confirmed or suspect Ebola since the beginning of the year.

The World Health Organization raised the death toll on Thursday to 122 since the start of the year, from a previous figure of 108. Liberia continues to report 13 deaths.

The fatality rate was between 71 and 86 percent in the cases they studied, the researchers wrote.

There is no vaccine or cure for Ebola.

People can contract the disease from handling the blood or other bodily fluids of sick or dead forest animals.

The virus can then easily spread among humans through contact with infected blood, body fluids and tissue.

An epidemic can only be stopped by isolating suspected cases in ultra-clean conditions and quarantining those who had been in contact with them.

Symptoms include muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in extreme cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

Past Ebola outbreaks in Africa have happened in DR Congo, Sudan, Gabon, Republic of Congo and Uganda.

http://www.geo.tv/article-144969-Ebola-virus-circulating-in-Guinea-is-new-strain


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Post by: Mark on April 19, 2014, 06:33:28 am
42 new Ebola cases reported in West Africa: WHO
English.news.cn   2014-04-18 19:12:22    

NAIROBI, April 18 (Xinhua) -- A total of 42 new cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), including suspected and confirmed cases, were reported in West Africa in the past three days, according to a latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO).

In an EVD status update published Thursday on its website, the WHO says that death toll from the Ebola virus increased from 121 to 137 in the past three days, with most of the new deaths, or 87 percent, reported in Guinea.

The total number of suspected and confirmed EVD cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has jumped from 194 to 236 in the past three days. Most of the new cases came from Guinea and Sierra Leone.

There is still no cure for the deadly Ebola virus disease which has an incubation period between two and 21 days and carries a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.

Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, taking its name from the Ebola River where the DR Congo outbreak was found in a nearby village.

The WHO defines the Ebola virus disease, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, as "a severe, often fatal illness" and "one of the world's most virulent diseases."

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2014-04/18/c_133273774.htm


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on April 21, 2014, 03:15:33 pm
Ebola Suspected In Europe: “Broken Through All Containment Efforts”

Though officials at the World Health Organization are feverishly working to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in what is now seven African nations, their efforts may be for naught. In Guinea, a hot spot for the deadly contagion, government health officials have said that the outbreak is nearly under control. Yet, Reuters reports that the government “planned to stop publicly releasing the death toll to avoid causing unnecessary panic.”

But panic may be in order.

Despite the best efforts of emergency health workers it appears that virus may have crossed out of Africa into Europe.

    The outbreak of Ebola Virus in seven west African countries has broken through all containment efforts and is spreading like wildfire.  According to Christian Relief groups working in Guinea and Liberia, the number of confirmed infections jumped 15% in just the last 24 hours. In addition, 40 illegal alien migrant workers from the outbreak area, who came ashore in Pisa, Italy, are showing signs of Ebola infection and are being isolated in Pisa Italy because of fever and “conjunctivitis” (bloody around the eyes).  According to the World Health Organization, this strain of Ebola is entirely new and although it is close to the Zaire strain, it is different, thus accounting for false-negative test results . . . . . for weeks!

    Those false-negative results meant people who were actually infected with Ebola, were returned to their families and neighborhoods to recover from what they believed was the Flu or a case of food poisoning, only to spread the Ebola further.

    The result has been a complete loss of containment of this Ebola outbreak. 

    With the likely arrival of Ebola in Pisa, Italy, the European continent is now at severe risk.

Italian officials deny the reports, but alternative media in the country suggests this is the reason for a complete lock down of a hospital in Pisa, where it is believed to have infected some 40 individuals. Other reports trickling in from various sources like social media indicate the virus may have also appeared about 50 miles from Pisa in Tuscany, Italy.

Alarmingly, a story that appeared about the outbreak on national news wires was reportedly removed by the Italian government for “national security reasons,” suggesting that there is more to the reports than Italian officials are willing to express to the public at this time.

Though they have denied that the Pisa hospital was locked down due to Ebola, they seem to be bracing for the possibility of a severe epidemic in Rome and Milan.

    (Google Translation via Italy’s Vnews24)

    And ‘mystery about forty hypothetical cases of Ebola registered in our country. The virus is particularly common on the African continent – the cases “official” were recorded in Senegal, Mali and Ghana - may have arrived in Italy “thank you” to the massive exodus of immigrants to our shores. A first “bell” d ‘alarm was launched by Lampedusa. According to a report appeared in the network (and immediately removed for reasons of “national security”), in fact, April 16 would be recorded on an epidemic ‘island, never confirmed nor refuted by our Ministry of Health.

    A new ”SOS” about the spread of the virus’ Ebola in the Bel Paese is, this time, from Tuscany. Means of dissemination of the news shock is always the network: blogs, social networks, websites dedicated highlighted the “Curious Case of St. Flushing,” reception center site in Pisa, closed to the public due to the presence, all ‘inside of it, forty non-EU nationals which are to some strange symptoms. Capuzzi Sandra, Councillor for Social Policies of the Municipality of Pisa, he would have dismissed the alarmism of his countrymen, by classifying the health status of the refugees in the structure in these terms: “They have just a little bit fever, caused by stressful travel conditions under which the children were subjected. “

    Fear, meanwhile, remains. The forty possible carriers of the virus’ Ebola have been subjected to all the tests required in high-risk situations. The Italian population, however, does not feel the climate of reassurance that high institutional positions and subjected try to transmit information through various channels, official and unofficial. The tension increases, although the Ministry of Health said that, in the unlikely event of an outbreak, Rome and Milan would be ready to face the ‘epidemic.

According to Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief group actively working with hospitals and health officials in Guinea and Liberia, what makes Ebola so dangerous is that it can be transmitted through human contact and may take weeks before symptoms appear:

    The initial Ebola outbreak in Guinea is believed to have started when hunters came in contact with infected fruit bats. The Ebola virus is spread between humans through direct contact. Once infected, it can take up to 21 days for symptoms to appear, which include high fever, headaches, and fatigue. At that point, the infected person is contagious.

With details lacking and health officials opting to keep reports of infections from the public, it is impossible to know exactly how far the virus has spread.

As noted above, this new strain was not identified immediately, thus blood tests of people showing possible symptoms may have shown false-negatives even though those individuals may have been carrying the virus. Once returned to the general population and assuming they did not contract the virus, it is certainly possible that it was then transmitted to others.

If Ebola has taken hold in Italy, then we can expect more reported cases all over the continent in coming weeks, with the real possibility that the virus could make its way to U.S. shores via hundreds of international flights arriving on a daily basis.

It’s understandable that government officials do not want to overreact and cause panic, especially insofar as global air travel is concerned, because doing so would lead to a lock down of airports worldwide.

The panic would be unprecedented.

As noted by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition, even if the public became aware that a pandemic was in progress, many would remain in denial about such a prospect and would remain oblivious to the long-term repercussions. She notes that the effects of a pandemic could be swift and drastic, leading to societal upheaval :

    Understanding that our lives will change drastically if the population is faced with a pandemic and being prepared for this can help you make better choices toward the well being of your family. Some changes could be:

        Shut downs of business commerce
        Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
        Payroll service interruptions
        Staffing shortages in hospitals and medical clinics
        Interruptions in public facilities – Schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings such as sporting events or worship services may close temporarily.
        Government mandated voluntary or involuntary home quarantine.

    (Source: Pandemic Preparedness)

Given the continued spread of the virus to numerous countries in Africa, and now possibly Europe, we urge readers to remain vigilant and have, at the very least, their basic essentials in place.

This virus is incurable and is believed to have a mortality rate of up to 85% of those infected.

If it is spreading outside of Africa, then it is only a matter of time – perhaps several weeks – before it becomes apparent in developing nations.

    These posted probabilities are in no way authoritative, and should be considered a “best guess” only.

    Probabilities of unchecked infection at this point, based upon a method of travel, times and frequencies of airline flights to various cities, also including certain assumed volumes of “mixed maritime” traffic between north Africa and southern Europe -  the Probability that Ebola will strike is:

    63% in Italy within 8 days
    44% in Spain within 15 days
    77% in Riyadh/Saudi within 21 days
    40% in Libya within 25 days
    29% in the US within 28 days
    37% in Egypt within 33 days

    By the time we get to 35 days, it can be in 25 countries on 4 continents.

    (Source: TRN)

In the United States, the CDC has issued a travel alert to airlines and set up emergency quarantine stations at domestic airports, though there are no specific guidelines in place at this time according to BD Live:

    The US is well prepared to handle infected patients on its soil with 20 CDC quarantine stations in place at US airports that are designed to deal with anyone who has symptoms of a wide range of infectious illnesses, including Ebola, according to spokeswoman Christine Pearson. Despite the outbreak, there are no special requests or guidelines to airlines about Ebola, though the CDC has issued a travel alert, she said.

    “The time it takes to travel from rural Guinea to anywhere in the US is more than enough time to incubate the virus and be symptomatic,” Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Laurie Garrett said in New York.

If in the next month we see Ebola popping up in North America then we may have a serious problem on our hands.

This is a developing report and is in no way conclusive. Official statements from the WHO, CDC and European governments have yet to confirm Ebola’s crossover into Europe or the United States. Updates will be provided as details become available.

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/report-ebola-suspected-in-europe-broken-through-all-containment-efforts_04202014


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Post by: Mark on April 27, 2014, 07:29:20 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6900-P_a7bQ

all links to news report on page site


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 01, 2014, 06:46:17 pm
Matthew 8:28  And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
Mat 8:29  And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
Mat 8:30  And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
Mat 8:31  So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
Mat 8:32  And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on May 06, 2014, 01:49:24 pm
Guinea Ebola death toll at 155

The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 231 clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 155 deaths, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) update today.

There have been 5 new probable cases and 5 new deaths among the probable cases of EVD since the last report (currently 49 cases, including 39 deaths). In addition, 55 cases (34 deaths) are classified as suspected cases.

The geographical distribution of clinical cases of EVD since the beginning of the outbreak is: Conakry (53 cases, including 24 deaths), Guekedou (145/105), Macenta (22/16), Kissidougou (6/5), Dabola (4/4) and Djingaraye(1/1). There have been no new cases of EVD in Kissidougou since 1 April and in Macenta since 9 April. In Djingaraye and Dabola, no new cases have been reported since the end of March 2014.

The cumulative total of laboratory confirmed cases and deaths since the beginning of the outbreak is: Conakry (40 cases, including 20 deaths); Guekedou (72/50); Macenta (13/10); Kissidougou (1/1); and Dabola (1/1). The analysis of the epidemiological data during the last 3 weeks shows that the number of new cases is decreasing in Guekedou.

The numbers of cases and contacts remain subject to change due to consolidation of case, contact and laboratory data, enhanced surveillance activities and contact tracing activities. The recent introduction of ebolavirus serology to test PCR negative clinical cases is also likely to change the final number of laboratory confirmed cases.

As the incubation period for EVD can be up to 3 weeks, it is likely that the Guinean health authorities will report new cases in the coming weeks and additional suspected cases may also be identified in neighbouring countries.

http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/guinea-ebola-death-toll-at-155/


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on May 27, 2014, 07:26:38 am
Guinea announces 2 new cases of Ebola in previously unaffected area

Guinean health officials announced two new confirmed cases of Ebola on Friday in an area previously untouched by the virus, which has killed more than 100 people in West Africa... West Africa's first deadly outbreak of Ebola spread from a remote corner of the country to the capital, Conakry, and into neighbouring Liberia, causing panic across a region struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders.   

http://news.yahoo.com/guinea-announces-2-cases-ebola-previously-unaffected-area-080122135.html


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on May 27, 2014, 09:19:59 am
Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone confirms first deaths

Four people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone, the first confirmed cases in the country following an outbreak in Guinea, the health ministry has said.

They died in the eastern Kailahun district, which borders southern Guinea where the outbreak started in March and has killed more than 145 people.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola - one of the world's deadliest viruses.

But people have a better chance of surviving if it is identified early and they get supportive medical care.

Ebola can kill up to 90% of those infected and is passed on through contact with the fluids of infected people or animals, such as urine, sweat and blood.
'Scared'

Dr Amara Jambai, the director of disease prevention and control at Sierra Leone's health ministry, said a health worker was among the four people who had died of Ebola.

The deaths had occurred over the last three to four days, he said.

People who developed a fever should immediately report a medical facility and an emergency medical team has been deployed to the remote area, Dr Jambai said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27576831#TWEET1139396


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on June 20, 2014, 02:26:56 pm
Doctors Without Borders: Ebola 'out of control'

The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is "totally out of control," according to a senior official for Doctors Without Borders, who says the medical group is stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond.

The current outbreak has caused more deaths than any other on record, said another official with the medical charity. Ebola has been linked to more than 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization.

International organizations and the governments involved need to send in more health experts and increase public education messages about how to stop the spread of the disease, Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the group in Brussels, told The Associated Press on Friday.

"The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave," Janssens said. "And, for me, it is totally out of control."

The outbreak, which began in Guinea either late last year or early this year, had appeared to slow before picking up pace again in recent weeks, including spreading to the Liberian capital for the first time.

"This is the highest outbreak on record and has the highest number of deaths, so this is unprecedented so far," said Armand Sprecher, a public health specialist with Doctors Without Borders.

According to a World Health Organization list, the highest previous death toll was in the first recorded Ebola outbreak in Congo in 1976, when 280 deaths were reported. Because Ebola often touches remote areas and the first cases sometimes go unrecognized, it is likely that there are deaths that go uncounted, both in this outbreak and previous ones.

The multiple locations of the current outbreak and its movement across borders make it one of the "most challenging Ebola outbreaks ever," Fadela Chaib, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization, said earlier in the week.

The outbreak shows no sign of abating and that governments and international organizations were "far from winning this battle," Unni Krishnan, head of disaster preparedness and response for Plan International, said Friday.

But Janssens' description of the Ebola outbreak was even more alarming, and he warned that the governments affected had not recognized the gravity of the situation. He criticized the World Health Organization for not doing enough to prod leaders and said that it needs to bring in more experts to do the vital work of tracing all of the people who have been in contact with the sick.

"There needs to be a real political commitment that this is a very big emergency," he said. "Otherwise, it will continue to spread, and for sure it will spread to more countries."

The World Health Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But Tolbert Nyenswah, Liberia's deputy minister of health, said that people in the highest levels of government are working to contain the outbreak as proved by the fact that that Liberia had a long period with no new cases before this second wave.

The governments involved and international agencies are definitely struggling to keep up with the severity of the outbreak, said Krishnan of Plan, which is providing equipment to the three affected countries and spreading information about how people can protect themselves against the disease. But he noted that the disease is striking in one of the world's poorest regions, where public health systems are already fragile.

"The affected countries are at the bottom of the human development index," he said in an emailed statement. "Ebola is seriously crippling their capacities to respond effectively in containing the spread."

The situation requires a more effective response, said Janssens of Doctors Without Borders. With more than 40 international staff currently on the ground and four treatment centers, Doctors Without Borders has reached its limit to respond, he said.

"It's the first time in an Ebola epidemic where (Doctors Without Borders) teams cannot cover all the needs, at least for treatment centers," he said.

It is unclear, for instance, if the group will be able to set up a treatment center in Liberia, like the ones it is running in in Guinea and Sierra Leone, he said. For one thing, Janssens said, the group doesn't have any more experienced people in its network to call on. As it is, some of its people have already done three tours on the ground.

Janssens said this outbreak is particularly challenging because it began in an area where people are very mobile and has spread to even more densely populated areas, like the capitals of Guinea and Liberia. The disease typically strikes sparsely populated areas in central or eastern Africa, where it spreads less easily, he said.

By contrast, the epicenter of this outbreak is near a major regional transport hub, the Guinean city of Gueckedou.

He said the only way to stop the disease's spread is to persuade people to come forward when symptoms occur and to avoid touching the sick and dead.

"There is still not a real change of behavior of the people," he said. "So a lot of sick people still remain in hiding or continue to travel. And there is still news that burial practices are remaining dangerous."

VIDEO: http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/ap_993adaed87fa4dd1ab4186311a8d31af


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 23, 2014, 11:11:57 am
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/current-ebola-outbreak-now-worst-145726380.html
Current Ebola Outbreak Is Now The Worst In History And 'Totally Out Of Control'
6/23/14

Healthcare workers from the Doctors Without Borders prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola, hemorrhagic fever operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea.

An outbreak of the terrifying Ebola virus emerged in the West African nation of Guinea in February and has been spreading ever since, infecting people in Sierra Leonne and Liberia as well. It is now the biggest and deadliest outbreak of Ebola since the virus was identified in 1976.

The disease's spread seemed to slow down for a while, but has picked up in recent weeks. An estimated 528 people have been infected, and 337 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. While it's likely that many cases go uncounted, the Associated Press notes that previously, the largest reported death toll was in the Congo in 1976, when 280 people died. (The most widespread outbreak infected 425 people in Uganda in 2000, killing 224.)

"The epidemic is now in a second wave," Bart Janssens, the director of operations for Doctors Without Borders told the Associated Press. "It is totally out of control."

The World Health Organization has planned a meeting between the three countries affected by this latest outbreak for June 23.

"There needs to be a real political commitment that this is a very big emergency," Janssens added. "Otherwise, it will continue to spread, and for sure it will spread to more countries."

This outbreak is unique because it has struck densely populated areas like Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, and Conakry, the capital city of Guinea. Ebola usually emerges in sparsely populated rural regions, where fewer people pass through.

In an interview with NBC News, Robert Garry, a microbiology professor at the Tulane University School of Medicine, warned that the outbreak so far is just "the tip of the iceberg."

Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses ever known, with the most fatal strains killing up to 90% of people infected. The current strain is killing about 60% of people infected, NBC News reports.

Ebola begins as fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat, but soon progresses to vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and impaired organ function. A large proportion of those infected also bleed profusely, both internally and externally. It's considered highly contagious, though it isn't transmitted through the air — instead it's spread by bodily fluids like blood and saliva which can be very hard to avoid when someone is bleeding heavily from every orifice.

Ebola first emerged in humans in 1976, and there have been more than 18 outbreaks since then. There is currently no vaccine and no cure.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 23, 2014, 11:15:37 am
Quote
Ebola first emerged in humans in 1976, and there have been more than 18 outbreaks since then. There is currently no vaccine and no cure.

Remember the 70's was the same decade when the NIV was put out into the market(and the 501c3 corporate "church" started embracing it) - it was also the same decade when abortion was legalized, and "Star Wars"/"Rocky"(movies with Gnostic influences) turned into franchises which bewitched generations of the world from thereon.

Pt being that every time God's word gets perverted(and the "church" embraces it), other abominations will follow it.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 27, 2014, 10:10:51 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/risk-ebola-spread-west-africa-warns-174741373.html
Risk of Ebola spread in west Africa, WHO warns
6/27/14

Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization has warned that Ebola could spread beyond hard-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to neighbouring nations, but insisted that travel bans were not the answer.

"We want other countries in west Africa to be ready," WHO Ebola specialist Pierre Formenty said on Friday. "I'm talking about bordering countries like Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau."

Those countries are among 11 nations due to attend WHO-brokered talks on the crisis in Ghana next week.

To date, there have been 635 cases of haemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, most confirmed as Ebola. A total of 399 people have died, 280 of them in Guinea.

With the hardest-hit countries struggling to contain the outbreak, Sierra Leone announced on Friday that it was dedicating 1.3 million euros ($1.8 million) to a public education campaign on haemorrhagic fever.

Abubakarr Kamara, an official from the country's health ministry, said the funding would also help teams on the ground to carry out door-to-door health visits in the worst-affected areas.

Ebola, which is deadly in up to 90 percent of cases, is believed to be carried by animals hunted for meat, notably bats.

Speaking to reporters, Formenty said highways appeared to be key to the virus's spread from a forested region between the three most badly-affected nations.

"Of course there are some controls, but we all know that all these borders are quite porous," he said, adding that draconian measures on travel would not help.

"We are not recommending any travel or trade restrictions to be applied to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone," he underlined.

"If we try to institute measures that are going to be seen as restrictive by the population, we are going in fact to fuel the outbreak," he said.

"We favour dialogue with the affected families, the affected villages, the affected districts, rather than trying to be a sort of sanitary police."

- "Not out of hand" -

Last week, Formenty told AFP that a recent surge in cases was partly because efforts to contain the virus were relaxed too quickly after the outbreak appeared to lose pace in April.

"This failure of the system has created a clandestine chain of transmission that explains why we are where we are today," he said.

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders has warned the outbreak is out of control, although Formenty played that down.

"This is not out of hand," he said. "We have been able to control this outbreak in a number of places. In some other places it's been more difficult."

Ebola can fell victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhoea -- and in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

It spreads via bodily fluids including sweat, meaning you can get sick from simply touching an infected person, and with no vaccine, patients believed to have caught the virus have to be isolated to prevent further contagion.

Funeral rites involving touching corpses also pose a threat, but Formenty noted it had been difficult to spread that message, because the passing of a loved one was such a sensitive time.

"The only way we will succeed is when the people will understand clearly how dangerous it is for their lives to conduct unsafe burials during an outbreak of Ebola," he said.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on June 28, 2014, 06:53:20 am
Ebola outbreak spreading, World Health Organization calls for 'drastic action'

The World Health Organization said it was "gravely concerned" about the "further international spread" of the Ebola virus, already responsible for some 400 deaths. In a message released Thursday, the group called for "drastic action" to stymie the spread.

The outbreak began in the West African country of Guinea; the disease has since spread to neighboring nations Sierra Leone and Liberia. Officials remain worried that the virus could move elsewhere.

"There is an urgent need to intensify response efforts...this is the only way that the outbreak will be effectively addressed," WHO officials pleaded.

WHO has already sent 150 experts West Africa to try to slow the spread. But even though officials last week denied the virus was increasing its pace of infection, their recent statement acknowledged that: "there has been significant increase in the number of daily reported cases and deaths."

The state from WHO comes only days after the international aid group Doctors Without Borders claimed the outbreak was "out of control."

And though it's quickly become the single most deadly outbreak in Ebola's history, it could be worse. Previous outbreaks have featured mortality rates close to 95 percent. The current outbreak has killed roughly 60 percent of those infected.

No vaccine or cure currently exists for the flu-like virus, which causes fever with chills, joint pain, muscle pain and chest pain.

But even as international groups like WHO and other aid workers sound the alarms, experts say the chance Ebola making its way to the U.S. or Europe remains quite low -- most travel in the region is local.

http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/upiUPI-20140626-182748-1476


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 02, 2014, 12:04:24 pm
http://news.msn.com/world/wafrican-nations-in-crisis-talks-as-ebola-spreads
W.African nations in crisis talks as Ebola spreads
7/2/14

Health ministers from across western Africa will meet on Wednesday to plan "drastic action" against the deadliest ever Ebola epidemic as dozens of new cases continue to emerge.

There have been 759 confirmed or suspected cases of the haemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, with 467 people dead.

"This makes the ongoing Ebola outbreak the largest in terms of the number of cases and deaths as well as geographical spread," the WHO said in a statement announcing a two-day conference in Ghana to be attended by 11 West African health ministers.

"Decisions taken at this meeting will be critical in addressing the current and future outbreaks," it said.

Since West Africa's first ever epidemic of the deadly and highly contagious fever broke out in Guinea in January, the WHO has sent in more than 150 experts to help tackle the regional crisis.

Despite the efforts of the UN agency and other health workers, there has been a "significant increase" in the rate of new cases and deaths in recent weeks, the WHO said.

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF)said last week that the spread of the virus, which has had a mortality rate of up to 90 percent in previous outbreaks, was "out of control", with more than 60 outbreak hotspots.

The Who’s latest figures confirm 129 additional cases of Ebola. There have been 22 new cases and 14 deaths in the past week.

The agency has warned that Ebola could spread to other countries, warning those hardest hit could struggle to contain the disease.

The agency's top Ebola specialist Pierre Formenti told AFP last month that the recent surge in cases had come in part because efforts to contain the virus had been relaxed too quickly after the outbreak appeared to slow down in April.

"One case can restart an entire epidemic," he warned, justifying the dramatic measures taken to contain Ebola, which is spread via bodily fluids including sweat, meaning just touching an infected person is enough to spread the virus.

Unstoppable bleeding

Ministers from Guinea, where 413 confirmed, suspected and probable cases have surfaced so far including 303 deaths, and Liberia, which has seen 107 cases and 65 deaths, will take part in the meeting.

Sierra Leone, which has recorded 239 cases and 99 deaths, will also be represented at the conference.

In addition, officials from Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau, along with Ghana and countries as far afield as Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo -- where Ebola was first detected nearly 40 years ago -- have been invited, the WHO said.

They will be joined by a host of UN agencies and other aid organisations including MSF and the Red Cross, as well as personnel from disease control centres in western Africa, the United States, Britain and the European Union.

The WHO has described the current Ebola epidemic as one of the most challenging since the virus was first identified in 1976 in what is now DR Congo.

That outbreak, the deadliest until this year, killed 280 people, according to WHO figures.

Ebola can fell its victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, weakness, vomiting and diarrhoea -- in some cases shutting down organs and causing unstoppable bleeding.

No medicine or vaccine exists for Ebola, which is named after a small river in the DR Congo.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 03, 2014, 01:56:57 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/red-cross-suspends-ebola-operations-southeast-guinea-threats-120150113.html
Fear, cash shortages hinder fight against Ebola outbreak
7/2/14

 ACCRA (Reuters) - West African states lack the resources to battle the world's worst outbreak of Ebola and deep cultural suspicions about the disease remain a big obstacle to halting its spread, ministers said on Wednesday.

The outbreak has killed 467 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February, making it the largest and deadliest ever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

West African health ministers meeting in Ghana to draw up a regional response mixed appeals for cash with warnings of the practices that have allowed the disease to spread across borders and into cities.

Abubakarr Fofanah, deputy health minister for Sierra Leone, a country with one of the world's weakest health systems, said cash was needed for drugs, basic protective gear and staff pay.

Sierra Leone announced on Wednesday that President Ernest Bai Koroma, his vice president and all cabinet ministers would donate half of their salaries to help fight the outbreak, though the total amount of the donations was not disclosed.

"In Liberia, our biggest challenge is denial, fear and panic. Our people are very much afraid of the disease," Bernice Dahn, Liberia's deputy health minister, told Reuters on the sidelines of the Accra meeting.

"People are afraid but do not believe that the disease exists and because of that people get sick and the community members hide them and bury them, against all the norms we have put in place," she said.

Authorities are trying to stop relatives of Ebola victims from giving them traditional funerals, which often involve the manual washing of the body, out of fear of spreading the infection. The dead are instead meant to be buried by health staff wearing protective gear.

Neighboring Sierra Leone faces many of the same problems, with dozens of those infected evading treatment, complicating efforts to trace cases.

RED CROSS STAFF THREATENED

The Red Cross in Guinea said it had been forced to temporarily suspend some operations in the country's southeast after staff working on Ebola were threatened.

"Locals wielding knives surrounded a marked Red Cross vehicle," a Red Cross official said, asking not to be named. The official said operations had been halted for safety reasons. The Red Cross later said only international staff were removed.

A Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) center in Guinea was attacked by youths in April after staff were accused of bringing the disease into the country.

Ebola causes fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea and kills up to 90 percent of those it infects. Highly contagious, it is transmitted through contact with blood or other fluids.

WHO has flagged three main factors driving its spread: the burial of victims in accordance with tradition, the dense populations around the capital cities of Guinea and Liberia and the bustling cross-border trade across the region.

Health experts say the top priority must be containing Ebola with basic infection control measures such as vigilant handwashing and hygiene, and isolation of infected patients.

Jeremy Farrar, a professor of tropical medicine and director of The Wellcome Trust, an influential global health charity, said people at high risk should also be offered experimental medicines, despite the drugs not having been fully tested.

"We have more than 450 deaths so far, and not a single individual has been offered anything beyond tepid sponging and 'we'll bury you nicely'," Farrar told Reuters in an interview. "It's just unacceptable."

(Additional reporting by Misha Hussain in Dakar and Umaru Fofana in Freetown; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Joe Bavier, Toni Reinhold)


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 08, 2014, 11:12:07 am
http://news.yahoo.com/fifty-ebola-cases-25-deaths-west-africa-142505895.html
Fifty new Ebola cases and 25 deaths in West Africa: WHO
7/8/14

GENEVA (Reuters) - Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3, as the deadly virus continues to spread in families, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the United Nations agency said that the latest figures from health ministries in the three countries showed a total of 844 cases including 518 deaths in the epidemic that began in February.

Guinea's ministry reported two deaths since July 3, but no new cases in the past week, the WHO said, calling the situation in the affected region of West Africa a "mixed picture".

Sierra Leone accounted for 34 of the new cases and 14 deaths, while Liberia reported 16 new cases and 9 deaths, it said, adding: "These numbers indicate that active viral transmission continues in the community."

WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib, speaking to a Geneva news briefing earlier on Tuesday, said: "This means that the two main modes of transmission are home care, people who care for their relative at home, and during funerals, are still ongoing.

"If we don't stop the transmission in the several hotspots in the three countries we will not be able to say that we control the outbreak," she said.

West African countries and international health organizations adopted a fresh strategy last Thursday to fight the world's deadliest Ebola epidemic to date. Measures include better surveillance to detect the virus and enhancing cross-border cooperation.


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Post by: Mark on July 11, 2014, 10:32:29 am
Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO

Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6-8, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. This brought the total in West Africa's first outbreak of the deadly viral disease to 888 cases including 539 deaths since February, the United Nations agency said.

http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-deaths-surge-sierra-leone-liberia-080720101.html;_ylt=A0LEV2E0479TmTcACVFXNyoA


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 15, 2014, 09:52:12 am
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-crisis-west-africa-deepens-500-dead-104712412.html
Ebola crisis in West Africa deepens; 500+ dead
7/14/14

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Deep in the forests of southern Guinea, the first victims fell ill with high fevers. People assumed it was the perennial killer malaria and had no reason to fear touching the bodies, as is the custom in traditional funerals.

Some desperate relatives brought their loved ones to the distant capital in search of better medical care, unknowingly spreading what ultimately was discovered to be Ebola, one of the world's most deadly diseases.

Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever that can cause its victims to bleed from the ears and nose, had never before been seen in this part of West Africa where medical clinics are few and far between. The disease has turned up in at least two other countries — Liberia and Sierra Leone — and 539 deaths have been attributed to the outbreak that is now the largest on record.

The key to halting Ebola is isolating the sick, but fear and panic have sent some patients into hiding, complicating efforts to stop its spread. Ebola has reached the capitals of all three countries, and the World Health Organization reported 44 new cases including 21 deaths on Friday.

There has been "a gross misjudgment across the board in gauging the severity and scale of damage the current Ebola outbreak can unleash," the aid group Plan International warned earlier this month.

"There are no cases from outside Africa to date. The threat of it spreading though is very much there," said Dr. Unni Krishnan, head of disaster preparedness and response for the aid group.

Preachers are calling for divine intervention, and panicked residents in remote areas have on multiple occasions attacked the very health workers sent to help them. In one town in Sierra Leone, residents partially burned down a treatment center over fears that the drugs given to victims were actually causing the disease.

Activists are trying to spread awareness in the countryside where literacy is low, even through a song penned about Ebola.

"It has no cure, but it can be prevented; let us fight it together. Let's protect ourselves, our families and our nation," sings the chorus.

"Do not touch people with the signs of Ebola," sings musician and activist Juli Endee. "Don't eat bush meat. Don't play with monkey and baboons. Plums that bats have bitten or half-eaten, don't eat them."

Guinea first notified WHO about the emergence of Ebola in March and soon after cases were reported in neighboring Liberia. Two months later there were hopes that the outbreak was waning, but then people began falling ill in Sierra Leone.

Doctors Without Borders says it fears the number of patients now being treated in Sierra Leone could be "just the tip of the iceberg." Nearly 40 were reported in a single village in the country's east.

"We're under massive time pressure: The longer it takes to find and follow up with people who have come in contact with sick people, the more difficult it will be to control the outbreak," said Anja Wolz, emergency coordinator for the group, also referred to by its French name Medecins Sans Frontieres.

This Ebola virus is a new strain and did not spread to West Africa from previous outbreaks in Uganda and Congo, researchers say. Many believe it is linked to the human consumption of bats carrying the virus. Many of those who have fallen ill in the current outbreak are family members of victims and the health workers who treated them.

There is no cure and no vaccine for Ebola, and those who have survived managed to do so only by receiving rehydration and other supportive treatment. Ebola's high fatality rate means many of those brought to health clinics have been merely kept as comfortable as possible in quarantine as they await death. As a result, some families have been afraid to take sick loved ones to the clinics.

"Let this warning go out: Anyone found or reported to be holding suspected Ebola cases in homes or prayer houses can be prosecuted under the law of Liberia," President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated recently.

Her comments came just days after Sierra Leone issued a similar warning, saying some patients had discharged themselves from the hospital and had gone into hiding.

At the airport in Guinea's capital, departing passengers must undergo temperature screening, and those with a fever are pulled aside for further evaluation. Still, the stigma of Ebola follows Guineans well outside the region.

"The police treated us like we were aliens. They said they didn't want us in their country because of the disease affecting Guinea," says Tafsir Sow, a businessman who was briefly detained at the airport in Casablanca, Morocco before continuing on to Paris. "I had tears in my eyes."

Still, WHO health officials are hopeful they will be able to get the situation under control in the next several weeks. A recent conference in the capital of Ghana brought together health authorities from across the affected areas, and the countries agreed on a common approach to fight Ebola.

"When you have it spread, of course it's moving in the wrong direction," said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO's assistant director-general for health security and environment. "You want to see the number of infections going down. So we really have to redouble our efforts. But saying that it's out of control makes it sound like there are no solutions. This is a virus for which there are very clear solutions."



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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 26, 2014, 04:41:46 pm
http://news.msn.com/world/ebola-outbreak-spreads-to-4th-west-african-country
Ebola outbreak spreads to 4th West African country
7/26/14

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday.

The 40-year-old man had recently lost his sister to Ebola in Liberia, health officials there said. It was not immediately clear how he managed to board a flight, but he was moved into an isolation ward upon arrival in Nigeria on Tuesday and died on Friday.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said it was the first case of Ebola to be confirmed in Nigeria since the current outbreak emerged this year. The disease already has hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

"All ports of entry into Nigeria, including airports, seaports and land borders, are placed on red alert," he said. "Ministry of Health specialists have been positioned in all entry points. Active surveillance has also been stepped up."

Authorities are investigating anyone who may have come into contact with the deceased, Chukwu said.

"We have already gotten in touch with all the passengers," he said. "We are monitoring and investigating."

Liberia's Chief Medical Officer Bernice Dahn identified the Ebola victim as a government official with the finance ministry.

"When his sister died, his workmates were kind of afraid for him to be around," she said. "We received several calls from workmates on whether it was advisable for him to go to work."

The man told health officials that he had not had any physical contact with his sister, and based on his explanation, he initially was told to report back to work but was advised not to travel. He later was asked to stay home for 21 days but apparently continued working.

He flew to Nigeria to attend an international conference. Blood tests for Ebola returned positive from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital later Tuesday.

Ebola, one of the world's most deadly and contagious diseases, has now infected at least 1,093 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and now Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 27, 2014, 10:38:52 pm
FYI - Samaritan's Purse is runned by Franklin Graham...

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/27/world/africa/ebola-american-doctor-infected/index.html
7/27/14
Second American infected with Ebola

(CNN) -- A second American aid worker in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, according to the Christian humanitarian group she works for.

Nancy Writebol is employed by Serving in Mission, or SIM, in Liberia and was helping the joint SIM/Samaritan's Purse team that is treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, according to a Samaritan's Purse statement.

Writebol, who serves as SIM's personnel coordinator, has been living in Monrovia with her husband, David, according to SIM's website. The Charlotte, North Carolina, residents have been in Liberia since August 2013, according to the blog Writebols2Liberia. They have two adult children.

On Saturday, Samaritan's Purse announced that American doctor Kent Brantly had become infected. The 33-year-old former Indianapolis resident had been treating Ebola patients in Monrovia and started feeling ill, spokeswoman Melissa Strickland said. Once he started noticing the symptoms last week, Brantly isolated himself.

Brantly, the medical director for Samaritan Purse's Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, has been in the country since October, Strickland said.

"When the Ebola outbreak hit, he took on responsibilities with our Ebola direct clinical treatment response, but he was serving in a missionary hospital in Liberia prior to his work with Ebola patients," she said.

Deadliest Ebola outbreak

Health officials say the Ebola outbreak, centered in West Africa, is the deadliest ever.

As of July 20, some 1,093 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are thought to have been infected by Ebola since its symptoms were first observed four months ago, according to the World Health Organization.

Testing confirmed the Ebola virus in 786 of those cases; 442 of those people died.

Of the 1,093 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, 660 people have died.

There also are fears the virus could spread to Africa's most populous country, Nigeria.

Last week, a Liberian man hospitalized with Ebola in Lagos died, Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.

Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, has a population of more than 20 million.

The man arrived at Lagos airport on July 20 and was isolated in a local hospital after showing symptoms associated with the virus. He told officials he had no direct contact with anyone with the virus nor had he attended the burial of anyone who died of Ebola.

Another doctor infected

Confirmation of the death in Lagos came after news that a doctor who has played a key role in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is infected with the disease, according to that country's Ministry of Health.

Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan is being treated by the French aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres -- also known as Doctors Without Borders -- in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, agency spokesman Tim Shenk said.

Before falling ill, Khan had been overseeing Ebola treatment and isolation units at Kenema Government Hospital, about 185 miles east of the capital, Freetown.

Ebola typically kills 90% of those infected, but the death rate in this outbreak has dropped to roughly 60% because of early treatment.

What is Ebola, and why does it kill?

Spread by bodily fluids

Officials believe the Ebola outbreak has taken such a strong hold in West Africa because of the proximity of the jungle -- where the virus originated -- to Conakry, Guinea, which has a population of 2 million.

Because symptoms don't immediately appear, the virus can easily spread as people travel around the region. Once infected with the virus, many people die in an average of 10 days as the blood fails to clot and hemorrhaging occurs.

The disease isn't contagious until symptoms appear. Symptoms include fever, headache and fatigue. At that point, the Ebola virus is spread via bodily fluids.

Get the fast facts on Ebola

Health workers are at especially high risk, because they are in close contact with infected people and their bodily fluids. Adding to the danger, doctors may mistake the initial stages of an Ebola infection for another, milder illness.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 28, 2014, 05:41:35 pm
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/28/us-health-ebola-nigeria-idUSKBN0FX15420140728
7/28/14
Nigeria isolates Lagos hospital where Ebola victim died

(Reuters) - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut down and quarantined on Monday a hospital where a man died of Ebola, the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa's most populous country.

Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry aged in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport on July 20. He was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of a city that is home to 21 million people, and died on Friday.

"The private hospital was demobilized (evacuated) and the primary source of infection eliminated. The decontamination process in all the affected areas has commenced," Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris told a news conference.

Some hospital staff who were in close contact with the victim have been isolated. The hospital will be shut for a week and all staff closely monitored, Idris added.

Authorities are monitoring a total of 59 people who were in contact with Sawyer, including airport contacts, the Lagos state health ministry said. But the airline he flew in with has yet to provide a passenger list for the flights he used, it added.

Ebola has killed 672 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in February.

The fatality rate of the current outbreak is around 60 percent although the disease can kill up to 90 percent of those who catch it. Highly contagious, its symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding.

Derek Gatherer, a virologist at Britain’s University of Lancaster, said anyone on the plane near Sawyer could be in "pretty serious danger", but that relatively wealthy Nigeria was better placed to tackle the outbreak than poorer neighbors.

"Nigerians have deep pockets and they can do as much as any Western country could do if they have the motivation and organization to get it done," he said.

Nigeria's largest air carrier Arik Air has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone because of the risk of Ebola, Arik spokesman Ola Adebanji said in emailed response on Monday.

"RED ALERT"

David Heymann, head of the Centre on Global Health Security at London's Chatham House, said every person who had been on the plane to Lagos with Sawyer would need to be traced and told to monitor their temperature twice a day for 21 days.

The World Health Organization said in a statement that Sawyer's flight had stopped in Lome in Togo on its way to Lagos.

"WHO is sending teams to both Nigeria and Togo to do follow-up work in relation to contact tracing, in particular to contacts he may have had on board the flight," spokesman Paul Garwood said.

Liberia closed most of its border crossings and introduced stringent health measures on Sunday, a day after a 33-year-old American doctor working in Liberia for the relief organization Samaritan's Purse tested positive for Ebola. The group said he had followed strict safety protocols when treating patients.

Nigeria's airports, seaports and land borders have been on "red alert" since Friday over the disease.

Exacerbating the difficulty of containing its spread, Nigerian doctors are on strike over conditions and pay. The chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Tope Ojo, was quoted by local media on Saturday as saying the strike would not be called off because of the Ebola threat.


The WHO said that in the past week, its regional director for Africa, Luis Sambo, had been on a fact-finding mission to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which have 1,201 confirmed, suspected and probable cases between them.

"He observed that the outbreak is beyond each national health sector alone and urged the governments of the affected countries to mobilize and involve all sectors, including civil society and communities, in the response," the WHO said.

A relative surge in cases in Guinea after weeks of low viral activity showed that "undetected chains of transmission existed in the community", the WHO said, calling for containment measures and contact tracing to be stepped up in Guinea.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 29, 2014, 06:47:33 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-virus-victim-american-patrick-sawyer-135554312.html

Ebola victim planned to fly to Minnesota in August, wife says
'Patrick was coming here. What if he still wasn't displaying symptoms yet and came?'

7/29/14

A former Minnesota resident infected with the Ebola virus who traveled from Liberia to Nigeria before he died from the disease had planned to visit family back in the United States next month.

Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old father of three, sparked a global health scare when it was discovered that he had transported the virus across borders in Africa, and news of his plans to travel back to the Minnesota town where his wife and children still live ratcheted up fears that the virus could spread to North America.

"Patrick could've easily come home with Ebola," Decontee Sawyer, his wife, told KSTP-TV. She lives in Coon Rapids, Minn., with the couple's three daughters. "Easy. Easy. It's close; it's at our front door. It knocked down my front door."

Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian national who moved from Minnesota to Liberia to work for the country's ministry of finance, collapsed in an airport in Lagos last week after showing symptoms of the disease. He died Friday in what health officials determined to be the first probable case of the Ebola virus in Nigeria.

Sawyer's death has rocked the West African community in Minnesota, home to the largest Liberian immigrant population in the United States.

"Everyone knows Patrick," Decontee Sawyer told KARE-TV. "It's hit everyone's front door, and they feel like they've lost a best friend and brother, and they are awake now."

Decontee said Patrick had been caring for his sister, who had fallen ill with what later turned out to be Ebola.

There have been 1,201 reported cases and 672 deaths from the virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the recent Ebola outbreak began in March, according to the World Health Organization.

According to Decontee Sawyer, her husband was scheduled to travel to Minnesota in mid-August for two of his daughters' birthdays.

Minnesota health officials met with community members Monday. Coon Rapids is home to a large West African community, and officials have warned residents to be on extra alert since Sawyer's death. A memorial service for Sawyer is scheduled on Sept. 14 in Coon Rapids.

"This can't happen anymore," Decontee Sawyer told KSTP-TV. "I don't want any more families going through what I'm going through. So I pray, and then I'm ready to fight."

The 34-year-old widow says she is working to raise awareness about the dangers of an Ebola outbreak in the United States.

"Patrick was coming here. What if he still wasn't displaying symptoms yet and came?" Sawyer told the Pioneer Press. "He could have brought Ebola here. Someone else could bring Ebola here.

"I don't want all of this to be for nothing," she said. "I have three girls who will never get to know their father."


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 31, 2014, 09:48:26 am
http://news.yahoo.com/leone-declares-health-emergency-amid-ebola-103228593.html
W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
7/31/14

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak surpassed 700 deaths across West Africa on Thursday as the World Health Organization announced dozens of new deaths reported in the last several days.

In Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma vowed to quarantine sick patients at home and have authorities conduct house-to-house searches for others who may have been exposed as the country struggles with families resisting treatment at isolation centers. Some have kept loved ones at home given the high death rates at clinics where Ebola patients are quarantined.

His announcement late Wednesday came as neighboring Liberia also ramped up its efforts to slow the virulent disease's spread, shutting down schools and ordering most public servants to stay home from work.

The U.S. Peace Corps also was evacuating hundreds of its volunteers in the affected countries. Two Peace Corps workers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus, a State Department official said.

Ebola now has been blamed for 729 deaths in four West African countries this year, and has shown no signs of slowing down particularly in Liberia and Sierra Leone. On Thursday, the WHO announced 57 new deaths — 27 in Liberia, 20 in Guinea, nine in Sierra Leone and one in Nigeria.

Among the dead was the chief doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone, who was to be buried Thursday.

The government said Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan's death was "an irreparable loss of this son of the soil." The 39-year-old was a leading doctor on hemorrhagic fevers in a nation with very few medical resources.

Ebola cases first emerged in the nation of Guinea back in March, and later spread across the borders to Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak is now the largest recorded in world history, and has infected three African capitals with international airports. Officials are trying to step up screening of passengers, though an American man was able to fly from Liberia to Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola.

Ebola has no vaccine and no specific treatment, with a fatality rate of about 60 percent in this particular outbreak. But experts say the risk of travelers contracting it is considered low because it requires direct contact with bodily fluids or secretions such as urine, blood, sweat or saliva. Ebola can't be spread like flu through casual contact or breathing in the same air.

Patients are contagious only once the disease has progressed to the point they show symptoms, according to the World Health Organization. The most vulnerable are health care workers and relatives who come in much closer contact with the sick.

In Liberia, authorities say 28 out of the 45 health workers who have contracted the disease so far have died. Two American health workers sick with the virus remain in isolation.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 31, 2014, 09:56:52 am
http://www.inquisitr.com/1383702/ebola-outbreak-30000/
Ebola Outbreak: 30,000 In Nigeria Believed Exposed To Virus, And No One Knows Who They Are
7/31/14

The catastrophic Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be spreading faster than health experts previously believed. Yesterday, officials in Nigeria said that they were looking for up to 59 people who may have been exposed to the lethal virus by flying on a plane with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who died soon after getting off a flight in Lagos.

On Wednesday, the health authorities there said that they have expanded their search from 59 people — to 30,000.

And those 30,000 people could be anywhere, with most of them not even realizing they have been exposed to Ebola.

The staggering figure of 30,000 possible Ebola virus carriers was arrived at because officials now say that not only the people who flew on the same plane as Sawyer could have been exposed, but anyone in any of the four airports where the 40-year-old dad of three stopped on his journey from Monrovia, Liberia, to Lagos is believed to be at risk.

The number also includes anyone who came into contact with Sawyer when he got off of his ASKY Airlines flight in the 21-million-population city of Lagos, the most populous city on the African continent and a major international trade and travel hub.

‘We’re actually looking at contacting over 30,000 people in this very scenario. Because any and everybody that has contacted this person is going to be treated as a suspect,” Yewande Adeshina, a Nigerian health adviser, told the Voice of America News.

“This is the worst Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen,” Mike Noyes of the international charity group ActionAid told Britain’s Mirror newspaper. “If anyone could answer the question ‘Why?’we might be able to stop it. Instead, the reach of the spider web of infection is growing.”

In Liberia, along with Guinea and Sierra Leone one of the three African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, the government announced that it will begin closing schools and possibly placing whole towns under quarantine in a desperate attempt to check the alarming spread of the virus, which so far has claimed 672 lives.

But quarantining entire communities will require the use of Liberia’s security force against the country’s own population, which threatens to create an entirely new level of problems.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying, and we need to act to stop the spread,” said Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown, in an interview with the news agency Reuters. “We are hoping there will be a level of understanding and that there will not be a need for exceptional force.”


The global health group Doctors Without Borders has characterized the Ebola outbreak as “absolutely out of control,” and the group’s director of operations, Bart Jannsens said that the outbreak “can only get worse.”


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2014, 08:24:07 am
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-patient-coming-u-aid-workers-health-worsens-010039625.html
Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens
8/1/14

 CHICAGO/WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa will be flown to the United States to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, whose name has not been released, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit at Emory. The unit was set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said her agency was working with the U.S. State Department to facilitate the transfer.

Reynolds said the CDC was not aware of any Ebola patient ever being treated in the United States, but five people in the past decade have entered the country with either Lassa Fever or Marburg Fever, hemorrhagic fevers similar to Ebola.

News of the transfer follows reports of the declining health of two infected U.S. aid workers, Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia on behalf of North Carolina-based Christian relief groups Samaritan's Purse and SIM.

CNN and ABC News reported that a second American infected with Ebola was to be flown to the United States. CNN identified the U.S.-bound patients as Brantly and Writebol. Reuters could not independently confirm the reports.

Amber Brantly, the wife of Dr. Brantly, said in a statement: "I remain hopeful and believing that Kent will be healed from this dreadful disease."

Earlier on Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the State Department was working with the CDC on medical evacuations of infected American humanitarian aid workers.

The outbreak in West Africa is the worst in history, having killed more than 700 people since February. On Thursday, the CDC issued a travel advisory urging people to avoid all non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the epicenter of the outbreak.

Brantly and Writebol "were in stable but grave" condition as of early Thursday morning, the relief organizations said. A spokeswoman for the groups could not confirm whether the patient being transferred to Emory was one of their aid workers.

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a conference call that transferring gravely ill patients has the potential to do more harm than good.

Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health plans in mid-September to begin testing an experimental Ebola vaccine on people after seeing encouraging results in pre-clinical trials on monkeys, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH's allergy and infectious diseases unit, said in an email.

In its final stages, Ebola causes external and internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea. About 60 percent of people infected in the current outbreak are dying from the illness.

Writebol, 59, received an experimental drug doctors hope will improve her health, SIM said. Brantly, 33, received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who survived Ebola with the help of Brantly's medical care, said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse.

Frieden could not comment on the specifics of either treatment but said: "We have reviewed the evidence of the treatments out there and don't find any treatment that has proven effectiveness against Ebola."


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2014, 10:14:08 am
http://news.yahoo.com/uk-holds-emergency-talks-growing-ebola-threat-084704564.html
World Ebola fears grow with Europe and Asia on alert
7/31/14

London (AFP) - Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone would only get worse and warned there was no overarching strategy to handle the world's worst outbreak of the disease.

US Christian charity Samaritan's Purse was temporarily withdrawing its non-essential staff from Liberia, it said, citing regional "instability and ongoing security issues".

Hong Kong announced quarantine measures for suspected cases, although one woman arriving from Africa with possible symptoms tested negative, while the EU said it was ready to deal with the threat.


The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has held talks with global health officials on potential measures to halt the spread of the disease.

In Britain, where one person has tested negative for the disease, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said it was regarded as "a very serious threat".

An emergency meeting had decided that the best approach was to provide "additional resources to deal with the disease at source" in West Africa, he added.

Ebola can kill victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The US Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was pulling hundreds of volunteers from the three countries.

There are currently 102 Peace Corps volunteers in Guinea working on agriculture, education and health, 108 in Liberia and 130 in Sierra Leone.

- EU 'equipped and ready' -

The European Union is equipped and ready to treat victims should the deadly virus be found in its 28 member states, an EU source said in Brussels.


"We cannot rule out the possibility that an infected person arrives in Europe but the EU has the means to track and contain any outbreak rapidly," the source said.

The isolation and negative testing of a suspected case in Valencia in Spain showed that the "system worked", added the source.

"The level of contamination on the ground is extremely worrying and we need to scale up our action before many more lives are lost," said EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

In Hong Kong, a densely populated city previously scarred by disease outbreaks such as the 2003 SARS epidemic, health officials confirmed they would quarantine as a precautionary measure any visitors from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia who showed fever symptoms.

One woman arriving in the southern Chinese city from Africa, who showed symptoms including fever and vomiting, has tested negative for Ebola.

Australia said Thursday it was well prepared in the unlikely event that the Ebola virus reached its shores. Australia has already warned against travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

On Tuesday a meeting of the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia was convened, including key infectious diseases doctors and state and federal health authorities, to discuss ways to respond if Ebola was detected.

"While the possibility of Ebola coming to Australia is very low, we are closely monitoring the overseas outbreak and Australia's domestic response," chief medical officer Chris Baggoley said.

All border protection agencies were on alert for possible Ebola symptoms in people arriving by air or sea, Baggoley confirmed.

Meanwhile, Thai health authorities said they had ordered all hospitals to monitor patients for any symptoms, particularly nationals or foreign tourists who had been in the outbreak area.

- Epidemic 'out of control' -

Bart Janssens, MSF's director of operations, warned that governments and global bodies had no "overarching view" of how to tackle the outbreak.

"This epidemic is unprecedented, absolutely out of control and the situation can only get worse, because it is still spreading, above all in Liberia and Sierra Leone, in some very important hotspots," he said.

"If the situation does not improve fairly quickly, there is a real risk of new countries being affected," he told La Libre Belgique newspaper.

A British doctor volunteering in Sierra Leone treating Ebola patients told Metro newspaper that medical staff were swamped.

"The main challenge here, though, is that the health authorities just don't have the infrastructure to cope. They're overwhelmed," Benjamin Black said.

A top doctor in charge of a Sierra Leone treatment centre died of the virus earlier this week.

In Canada, local media reported that a Canadian doctor had put himself in quarantine as a precaution after spending weeks in west Africa treating patients with the virus alongside an American doctor, who is now infected.

A spokesman for the French foreign ministry said they were offering technical support and expertise on the ground in west Africa.

And Liberia announced it was shutting all schools and placing "non-essential" government workers on 30 days' leave.

Togo-based pan-African airline ASKY, which serves 20 destinations, on Tuesday halted all flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone following the death of a passenger from the virus.

The 40-year-old man, who travelled from Liberia, died in Lagos on Friday in Nigeria's first confirmed death from Ebola.

The virus crossing borders for the first time by plane could lead to new flight restrictions aimed at containing outbreaks, the world aviation agency said.

"Until now (the virus) had not impacted commercial aviation, but now we're affected," ICAO secretary general Raymond Benjamin said.

"We will have to act quickly."


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2014, 10:28:55 am
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/30/what-ebola-on-a-plane-means-for-the-us.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thedailybeast%2Farticles+%28The+Daily+Beast+-+Latest+Articles%29
7/30/14

What Ebola on a Plane Means for the U.S.
Usually Ebola victims get too sick, too quickly to travel—so the disease stays relatively contained. But now that an infected man was able to fly from Liberia to Nigeria, the game has changed.


The unrelenting Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa became decidedly scarier for Americans this week when someone who had flown the 1,000 miles from Liberia, where the epidemic is ongoing, to Lagos, Nigeria, where no cases had occurred, died of the infection.

According to The Daily Beast, naturalized American citizen Patrick Sawyer became ill on the plane after it left Liberia; once he landed, he went directly to the hospital, was isolated, and died soon thereafter. In response, the West African airline carrier he had used, ASKY, headquartered in nearby Togo, has suspended all flights into and out of Liberia and Guinea as well as Sierra Leone. Until Mr. Sawyer’s death, all 1,201 cases reported to the WHO through July 27, including the 672 deaths, had occurred in one of these three adjacent West Africa countries.

The single case ups the fear factor for one simple reason.  The working hypothesis till now had been that Ebola would more or less stay put, spreading town-to-town, affecting only neighboring countries, exactly because it is so fierce.  The time from infection to severe illness is typically so fast that it is unlikely that a person would be able to get it together enough to go to the airport while contagious—or else, would be so obviously unwell as to draw attention to himself.

Sawyer’s 1,000-mile flight changes this. The epidemic had been slowly expanding over five months, demonstrating that—despite headlines suggesting otherwise—it is not that contagious, except for those in sustained intimate contact. In contrast, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic infected 60 million Americans in just about the same five-month period of time. But now, Ebola has moved beyond its standard slow motion, person-to-person transmission. Rather than inching along, it has hopped.


Stated another way, geographic distance is a critical advantage in the world of epidemics, as well as in war. In WWI, Georges Clemenceau wrote to President Wilson and David Lloyd George, the English prime minister: “America is far away, protected by the ocean… You are both sheltered; we [the French] are not.” The same geographic barrier had seemed Ebola-proof, until now.

To add to the gloom, several high profile Ebola cases have occurred in health-care workers treating patients with the disease. Both Samuel Brisbane, a Liberian physician and Ebola specialist, and Sheikh Umar Khan, the lead Ebola expert in Sierra Leone, have died in recent days. In addition, two American health-care workers dedicated to working in Liberia and treating patients with Ebola, Dr. Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol, are hospitalized in isolation in Liberia. Their condition remains extremely serious.

The CDC, which has been active in supporting work in West Africa but calm about prospects for cases in the U.S., issued a faintly alarming statement in a Health Advisory released Monday. They wrote that, “while the possibility of infected persons entering the U.S. remains low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that healthcare providers in the U.S. should consider EVD [Ebola virus disease] in the differential diagnosis of febrile illness, with compatible symptoms, in any person with recent (within 21 days) travel history in the affected countries and consider isolation of those patients meeting these criteria, pending diagnostic testing.” In CDC-speak this is mostly caution and not fear—but it is the first time they have moved this tone into the first paragraph of an Ebola advisory, and the first time they have carpet-bombed practitioners nationwide with emails and faxes.

Despite the rising gloom, the future for the public’s health actually is only slightly more grim than it has been until now. This does not mean that the tragedy is near an end—there surely will be more cases and more deaths in the weeks to come, as occurs with any epidemic. But the Sawyer case, combined with the heartless parsimony of all lethal outbreaks, means that the truth will out and soon. Much of the understanding of just how bad it's going to be rests on the fate of the hundreds of passengers and flight attendants who shared the ASKY flight with Patrick Sawyer.

If, as is likely, none of them become ill, this will prove that the disease is, as suspected, very difficult to transmit unless one comes into close contact with blood or urine or stool. If however a few passengers do develop Ebola, then the ocean may indeed no longer protect the United States.

Given the incubation period of the virus, we should know by the end of the week. My guess is this will remain an African tragedy and not threaten larger geographic swathes. But the deeper tragedy is that it seems to have taken the Stewart death and the harsh fates of Dr. Brantly and Ms. Writebol to finally alert people to this devastating epidemic of Ebola virus. In other words, we had to wait till we were scared senseless to pay attention; in the meantime many have died. Though the epidemics may change year to year, the point remains the same: Making decisions based on fearfulness is awful public policy.


Title: NIH to launch early Ebola vaccine trial in September
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2014, 10:46:47 am
Problem.

Reaction.

Solution.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/31/ebola-vaccine-trial/13404609/?siteID=je6NUbpObpQ-7fuF3vQ.oWvIF98l1JZ0uA
7/31/14
NIH to launch early Ebola vaccine trial in September

The USA will launch an early-stage trial in September of an experimental vaccine against Ebola, the deadly viral disease that has killed 729 people in the largest outbreak in history.

The National Institutes of Health has been developing an Ebola vaccine for several years that has had "encouraging results" in primates, says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci said he's working with the Food and Drug Administration to fast track the vaccine into a phase 1 clinical trial this fall. This type of trial is the earliest study in humans and aims to make sure that drugs are safe and show some efficacy.

Results from the study should be available by January, Fauci said. If the vaccine proves safe and effective, Fauci said he expects that it could be given to health workers in affected African countries sometime in 2015.

"We are starting to discuss some deals with pharmaceutical companies to help scale it up, so on an emergency basis, it might be available in 2015 for health workers who are putting themselves at extreme risk," Fauci said.

Ebola, which has a fatality rate of up to 90%, has infected more than 1,300 people in West Africa, including a number of health workers, according to the World Health Organization.

There are currently no effective treatments or vaccines for Ebola, which causes fever and headache in early stages but can lead to hemorrhaging, liver failure and kidney failure in later stages. But scientists have been working on four or five preventive vaccines that appear effective, said Thomas Geisbert, a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

The only positive development to come from the epidemic is that it's attracted long-needed attention from drug makers, Fauci said.

"We have been working on our own Ebola vaccine, but we never could get any buy-in from the companies," he said.

The NIH recently gave Geisbert's lab a five-year, $26 million grant to research three of the most promising treatments for Ebola. These include a man-made antibody treatment; a promising Canadian drug from Tekmira Pharmaceuticals shown to protect monkeys from Ebola; and a vaccine that can be used both to prevent infection and also treat it.

"One of our goals is to start combining these treatments, like we do with AIDS medications," Geisbert said.

He said there are a number of obstacles to bringing these drugs to the clinic.

"It's a very fast-moving disease, and you often don't have a lot of time to intervene," Geisbert said. "If someone has full-blown Ebola hemorrhagic virus, there is no drug on the planet that is going to protect them. But in the monkey model, we do have drugs where, if you have an early stage of infection and an early stage of illness, some of them are pretty successful."

Developing effective treatments is growing more important by the day, as the West African outbreak grows. In the past, public health officials were able to get control of Ebola outbreaks by quarantining the small, remote towns and villages where they occurred, he said.



Title: Ebola Outbreak: 30,000 In Nigeria Believed Exposed To Virus, And No One Knows Wh
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2014, 10:53:32 am
http://www.inquisitr.com/1383702/ebola-outbreak-30000/

07/31/14

Yesterday, officials in Nigeria said that they were looking for up to 59 people who may have been exposed to the lethal virus by flying on a plane with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who died soon after getting off a flight in Lagos.

On Wednesday, the health authorities there said that they have expanded their search from 59 people — to 30,000.

And those 30,000 people could be anywhere, with most of them not even realizing they have been exposed to Ebola.

UPDATE: July 31 — The World Health Organization announced today that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak now stands at 729. The WHO, according to a CBS News report, confirmed 57 more Ebola deaths, including 27 in Liberia, 20 in Guinea and nine in Sierra Leone, in addition to the single death so far in Nigeria.

The staggering figure of 30,000 possible Ebola virus carriers was arrived at because officials now say that not only the people who flew on the same plane as Sawyer could have been exposed, but anyone in any of the four airports where the 40-year-old dad of three stopped on his journey from Monrovia, Liberia, to Lagos is believed to be at risk.

The number also includes anyone who came into contact with Sawyer when he got off of his ASKY Airlines flight in the 21-million-population city of Lagos, the most populous city on the African continent and a major international trade and travel hub.


‘We’re actually looking at contacting over 30,000 people in this very scenario. Because any and everybody that has contacted this person is going to be treated as a suspect,” Yewande Adeshina, a Nigerian health adviser, told the Voice of America News.

“This is the worst Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen,” Mike Noyes of the international charity group ActionAid told Britain’s Mirror newspaper. “If anyone could answer the question ‘Why?’we might be able to stop it. Instead, the reach of the spider web of infection is growing.”

In Liberia, along with Guinea and Sierra Leone one of the three African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, the government announced that it will begin closing schools and possibly placing whole towns under quarantine in a desperate attempt to check the alarming spread of the virus.

But quarantining entire communities will require the use of Liberia’s security force against the country’s own population, which threatens to create an entirely new level of problems.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying, and we need to act to stop the spread,” said Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown, in an interview with the news agency Reuters. “We are hoping there will be a level of understanding and that there will not be a need for exceptional force.”

The global health group Doctors Without Borders has characterized the Ebola outbreak as “absolutely out of control,” and the group’s director of operations, Bart Jannsens said that the outbreak “can only get worse.”


Title: WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2014, 12:34:25 pm
http://news.msn.com/world/who-ebola-moving-faster-than-control-efforts
WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts
8/1/14

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.

Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said the meeting in Conakry "must be a turning point" in the battle against Ebola, which is now sickening people in three African capitals for the first time in history.

"If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries," she said.

At least 729 people in four countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria — have died since cases first emerged back in March. While health officials say the virus is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids, many sick patients have refused to go to isolation centers.

The fatality rate has been about 60 percent, and the scenes of patients bleeding from the eyes, mouth and ears has led many relatives to keep their sick family members at home instead. Sierra Leone is now sending teams door-to-door in search of Ebola patients and others who have been exposed to the disease.

Chan emphasized Friday that the general public "is not at high risk of infection," but also said the Ebola virus should not be allowed to circulate widely.

"Constant mutation and adaptation are the survival mechanisms of viruses and other microbes," she said. "We must not give this virus opportunities to deliver more surprises."

WHO has said it plans to launch a $100 million response plan that would include funding the deployment of hundreds more health care workers to the affected countries.


Title: Plane arrives in W. Africa to evacuate Americans infected with Ebola
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2014, 03:14:30 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/plane-en-route-to-rescue-americans-with-ebola-171609039.html
Plane arrives in W. Africa to evacuate Americans infected with Ebola
8/1/14

A U.S. medical rescue team has arrived in West Africa to evacuate two Americans seriously ill with the deadly Ebola virus, doctors with Emory University Hospital said on Friday.

Medics from the air ambulance have deemed Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol stable enough to transport. The small private jet can carry only one patient at a time. It was undetermined on Friday who would come back first.

Both patients will be treated in a secure isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Officials expect them to arrive by early next week.

The medical evacuations were arranged by the faith-based humanitarian group Samaritan's Purse, but are being facilitated by the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It will mark the first time that an Ebola patient has been known to be treated in the United States.

“The safety and security of U.S. citizens is our paramount concern,” Marie Harf, a State Department spokesperson, said in a statement. “Every precaution is being taken to move the patients safely and securely, to provide critical care en route on a non-commercial aircraft, and to maintain strict isolation upon arrival in the United States.”

Officials say the air ambulance is outfitted with a portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases.

“CDC protocols and equipment are used for these kinds of medical evacuations so that they are carried out safely, thereby protecting the patient and the American public, as has been done with similar medical evacuations in the past,” Harf said in the statement.

Samaritan’s Purse, one of two faith-based groups sponsoring the missionaries, said it expects the evacuations to be complete by early next week. A spokesperson declined to answer specific questions.

Brantly, 33, and Writebol, 60, were among a team of Americans working at a local hospital in Monrovia, where they have been taking in scores of Liberia’s Ebola patients for months.

Sixty nonessential American personnel and their dependents associated with Samaritan’s Purse’s and SIM will return to the U.S. by Sunday, according to Samaritan’s Purse.

The humanitarian organization said the other evacuees are healthy. A spokesperson for Samaritan’s Purse declined to say if the group would be required to stay together or be medically monitored in the U.S.

“Although nonessential SIM personnel are leaving the country, SIM is sending in another of its doctors to help with the treatment of Ebola patients at its ELWA treatment center in Monrovia,” the organization said in a statement. “SIM currently has two doctors caring for Writebol and Brantly, and its Liberian staff is still engaged in the region.”

Ebola, which is spread through contact with bodily fluids, is highly contagious and deadly.

The Atlanta hospital said it will have proper protocols in place.

“For this specially trained staff, these procedures are practiced on a regular basis throughout the year so we are fully prepared for this type of situation,” the hospital said in the statement.

The hospital’s isolation unit, one of four of its kind in the country, was built in collaboration with the CDC.

Amber Brantly, a nurse, was in Liberia with her husband and their children Ruby, 5, and Stephen, 3, until recently, leaving to visit family in Texas. Dr. Brantly was due to join them this week until he became ill.

“Many people have been asking how I am doing,” Amber said in a written statement late Thursday. “The children and I are physically fine. We had left Liberia prior to Kent’s exposure to the virus.”

She asked for continued prayers for her husband and the estimated 1,300 others in West Africa who have been diagnosed with the virus. The outbreak, the worst since the disease first emerged in Africa nearly 40 years ago, has killed more than 700 people this year.

“I remain hopeful and believing that Kent will be healed from this dreadful disease,” Amber said in the statement. “I am grateful for the daily reports I receive from his doctors on the ground. He is strong and peaceful and confident in the love of Jesus Christ, which is his sustenance right now.”


Title: Obamacare for Ebola?
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 02, 2014, 08:42:24 am
Obamacare for Ebola?
8/2/14
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/08/obamacare_for_ebola.html

On August 1, 2014, President Barack Obama held a combination press conference and filibuster.  Among other things, he stated:

    Keep in mind that Ebola is not something that is easily transmitted.  That’s why, generally, outbreaks dissipate.

Contrary to Obama’s statement, Ebola is easily transmitted.  Moreover, past outbreaks have dissipated because the infected people died so quickly that the opportunity to infect other people was reduced.

According to an opinion piece in the New York Times by David Quammen, author of the book “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic,” Ebola:

    ... is transmissible from human to human through direct contact with bodily fluids, but can be stopped by preventing such contact.  Furthermore, Ebola burns so hotly in its victims, incapacitating and killing so quickly, that it is poorly adapted to achieve global dispersal.

An article from July of this year in Great Britain’s The Independent entitled “Ebola Outbreak: Why Has a Disease That's Only Ever Killed 2,000 People Captivated the Darkest Side of Our Imagination?” makes the same point:

    People who are infected with Ebola, after all, aren't out running around spreading the disease for long before they're too sick to leave the bed.

    The virus is too hot – choke the supply of new hosts and it smothers itself.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states the following about the transmissibility of Ebola:

    Once a person comes into contact with an animal that has Ebola, it can spread within the community from human to human.  Infection occurs from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, or other bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people.  Infection can also occur if broken skin or mucous membranes of a healthy person come into contact with environments that have become contaminated with an Ebola patient’s infectious fluids such as soiled clothing, bed linen, or used needles.

    Health workers have frequently been exposed to the virus when caring for Ebola patients.  This happens because they are not wearing personal protection equipment, such as gloves, when caring for the patients.  Health care providers at all levels of the health system – hospitals, clinics and health posts – should be briefed on the nature of the disease and how it is transmitted, and strictly follow recommended infection control precautions.

    Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola.  Persons who have died of Ebola must be handled using strong protective clothing and gloves, and be buried immediately.

    People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus.  For this reason, infected patients receive close monitoring from medical professionals and receive laboratory tests to ensure the virus is no longer circulating in their systems before they return home.  When the medical professionals determine it is okay for the patient to return home, they are no longer infectious and cannot infect anyone else in their communities.

    Men who have recovered from the illness can still spread the virus to their partner through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery.  For this reason, it is important for men to avoid sexual intercourse for at least 7 weeks after recovery or to wear condoms if having sexual intercourse during 7 weeks after recovery.

Does this sound like something that is not easily transmitted?  WHO also states:

        In addition to standard health care precautions, health workers should strictly apply recommended infection control measures to avoid exposure to infected blood, fluids, or contaminated environments or objects – such as a patient’s soiled linen or used needles.
        They should use personal protection equipment such as individual gowns, gloves, masks and goggles or face shields.
        They should not reuse protective equipment or clothing unless they have been properly disinfected.
        They should change gloves between caring for each patient suspected of having Ebola.
        Invasive procedures that can expose medical doctors, nurses and others to infection should be carried out under strict, safe conditions.
        Infected patients should be kept separate from other patients and healthy people, as much as possible.

In an article entitled “Growing Concerns Over 'In the Air' Transmission of Ebola,” the British Broadcasting Corporation reported the following in November of 2012 about airborne transmissibility of Ebola:

    Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species.

    In experiments, they demonstrated that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them.

    The researchers say they believe that limited airborne transmission might be contributing to the spread of the disease in some parts of Africa.


    One possibility is that the monkeys became infected by inhaling large aerosol droplets produced from the respiratory tracts of the pigs.

    One of the scientists involved is Dr Gary Kobinger from the National Microbiology Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada.  He told BBC News this was the most likely route of the infection.

    "What we suspect is happening is large droplets - they can stay in the air, but not long, they don't go far," he explained.

    "But they can be absorbed in the airway and this is how the infection starts, and this is what we think, because we saw a lot of evidence in the lungs of the non-human primates that the virus got in that way."

It looks like Obama’s medical advice is the first attempt to address the Ebola virus under Obamacare.


Title: If Ebola Hits U.S., Even Healthy Americans Will be Quarantined
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 02, 2014, 10:10:19 am
http://www.infowars.com/if-ebola-hits-u-s-even-healthy-americans-will-be-quarantined/

If Ebola Hits U.S., Even Healthy Americans Will be Quarantined
"Well persons" who "do not show symptoms" would be forcibly detained


7/30/14

With concerns growing over the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed 670 people in West Africa, preparations are already underway in the United States, where even healthy Americans will be subjected to forced quarantine in the event of an Ebola pandemic.

Western governments are now issuing alerts to doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of the disease after an infected Liberian man was found to have traveled through a major transport hub in Nigeria. The World Health Organization has called the outbreak the worst on record, while Doctors Without Borders says the situation is “out of control.”

Back in April, the Department of Defense announced that it had deployed biological diagnostic systems to National Guard support teams across the U.S. in readiness for any potential Ebola outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has procedures in place to deal with such an outbreak backed by force of law.

The official CDC website details ‘Specific Laws and Regulations Governing the Control of Communicable Diseases’, under which even healthy citizens who show no symptoms of Ebola whatsoever would be forcibly quarantined at the behest of medical authorities.

“Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms,” states the CDC (emphasis mine).

Such stringent regulations have led to fears that an outbreak of a dangerous communicable disease in the United States would lead to massive abuse of power by the federal government and the imposition of martial law.

The Common Sense Show’s Dave Hodges points out that the seriousness of the Ebola threat makes a mockery of the Obama administration’s current immigration policy.

“Even if there was not a present immigration crisis at the border, there is a significant outbreak of Ebola in a seven country region of West Africa,” writes Hodges. “With modern air travel, this government should be enacting protocols to limit the chances for Ebola from coming into the United States. Instead, President Obama is having ICE and DHS load up the busses and planes, at taxpayers expense to ship them throughout the United States without going through a minimum of a three week health screening period (i.e. Ebola’s incubation period).”

World Net Daily’s Drew Zahn highlights the fact that some of the individuals detained while trying to cross the U.S. border from Mexico were Africans.

“All it would take is one sick passenger or an illegal alien crossing our border to start a local outbreak in the United States,” warns the One Citizen Speaking blog, which calls on Obama to “impose travel restrictions on flights from and to the stricken area – unless they were humanitarian flights and closely monitored.”



Title: Area Airports On Alert To Look For Passengers With Ebola Symptoms
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 02, 2014, 11:52:40 am
Area Airports On Alert To Look For Passengers With Ebola Symptoms
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/08/01/area-airports-on-alert-to-look-for-passengers-with-ebola-symptoms/
8/1/14

Plans Underway To Retrieve Americans Sick With Ebola From Africa

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy airports are among 20 ports of entry locations in the U.S. with quarantine stations that have been staffed with health officials trained to look for symptoms of Ebola in passengers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it will evaluate any travelers with signs of dangerous infectious diseases and isolate them when necessary.

U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.

The advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where Ebola has killed more than 700 people this year.

“The bottom line is Ebola is worsening in West Africa,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, who announced the travel warning. He called Ebola “a tragic, dreadful and merciless virus.”

The purpose of the travel warning is to not only protect U.S. travelers, but limit their use of overburdened clinics and hospitals for injuries or other illnesses, he said.

For more than a month, the CDC has advised travelers to simply take precautions when in the outbreak region.

Thursday’s alert is the highest-level. The World Health Organization, however, has not issued a similar travel warning for the West Africa region. The last time the CDC issued a high-level warning was in 2003 because of a SARS outbreak in Asia.


The current outbreak is the largest since the disease first emerged in Africa nearly 40 years ago.

“This virus, if not taken care of, will be a global pandemic,” said Liberia Deputy Chief Medical Officer Tolbert Nyenswah.

The virus is contagious and is spread by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids from a sick person. Ebola can’t be spread like flu through casual contact or breathing in the same air.

In Liberia, one American has died and two American aid workers are in serious condition.

The two American aid workers are Dr. Kent Brantly, who works for the group Samaritan’s Purse, and Nancy Writebol, a missionary with SIM.

Samaritan’s Purse said Friday that medical evacuation efforts are underway for both.

A small private jet based in Atlanta has been dispatched to Liberia. Officials said the jet is outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases.

The plane can only carry one patient and officials have not said who is to be picked up. Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital said it expects one of the patients to be transferred there “within the next several days.” The hospital has a special isolation unit.

The second patient is expected to arrive a few days after the first, CBS 2’s Sonia Rincon reported.

“We feel that we have the environment and expertise to care for these patients and offer them the maximum opportunity for recovery from these infections,” said Dr. Bruce Ribner, with the Emory Hospital Isolation Unit.

The hospital has put in place every precaution possible to protect staff and visitors the same way they would against hepatitis or HIV, Rincon reported.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola, so the doctors at Emory University Hospital said treatment will be as with any severe infection: supportive care to help the body’s immune system do its job.

At JFK Friday morning, there were mixed feelings from travelers about bringing Brantly and Writebol back to the U.S.

‘They’re Americans, they belong in their country,” one person said. “Who’s going to take care of them if we don’t?”

“How is that going to affect others? I also think the risk is going to be much greater if they come here than if they didn’t,” said travel Tony Bushell.

The CDC has said that the risk of a traveler bringing the Ebola virus to the United States remains small.

“We’re fairly comfortable that if a patient were identified here in the U.S., the normal kinds of barrier nursing precautions that would be in place would prevent spread, even before the person was confirmed to be a case of Ebola,” said the CDC’s Dr. Stephan Monroe.

On Monday, the agency sent a health alert to U.S. doctors, updating them about the outbreak. The alert stressed they should ask about foreign travel in patients who come down with Ebola-like symptoms, including fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhea.

Even if a traveler infected with Ebola came to the U.S., the risk of an outbreak is considered very low, Frieden said. Patients are contagious only when they show symptoms and U.S. hospitals are well equipped to isolate cases and control spread of the virus.

Frieden said a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States “is not in the cards.”

Many travelers at Newark airport Friday morning weren’t too concerned.

“Travel as usual,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck.

Others called the quarantine zones an excellent idea.

“Absolutely a good thing,” another man said. “We don’t need any viruses coming to the country by people who are contaminated.”


The World Health Organization is launching a $100 million response, which includes sending more medical personnel to the impacted region. The CDC plans to send 50 experts, aiming to stop the crisis.

President Obama said the CDC will be working closely with WHO and that there are steps in place to screen travelers from the affected countries on both ends, Rincon reported.

“We feel confident that the procedures we’ve put in place are appropriate,” Obama said.

U.S. companies are helping too. AmeriCares, based in Stamford, Conn., is sending three shipments of medical supplies.

“With over 1,300 people infected already and the virus spreading rapidly, there is virtually an endless demand for safety equipment,” AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia said in a statement on the group’s website. “If we don’t support the frontline health workers, there is no hope for controlling the epidemic.”


Title: West Africans Are Streaming Across the U.S. Southern Border Carrying the Ebola V
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 03, 2014, 03:31:16 pm
West Africans Are Streaming Across the U.S. Southern Border Carrying the Ebola Virus
http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/08/03/west-africans-are-streaming-across-the-u-s-southern-border-carrying-the-ebola-virus/
8/3/14

Whether the title of this article is true today, or tomorrow, this is a factual report. Given our border situation, there is nothing that can be done to keep Ebola out of the United States, even if all planes were grounded immediately.

One of the most often asked questions that I am receiving today centers on how I know that West Africans are coming into the United States in significant numbers.  Although some people will not believe something is so unless they see it on CNN, I am unequivocally stating that the arrival of Ebola through our southern border has already happened or is imminent.

What I have learned over the past three weeks about the path of Ebola into the United States is frightening and it is not being discussed anywhere in the main stream media.

To those who have asked me about how we know that Ebola-exposed West Africans are coming into the country, this article will answer this question.

West Africans Are Coming Across Our Southern Border

While appearing on my talk show, Dr. Jane Orient, an internal medicine specialist and the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), clearly stated that Border Patrol informants told her that as many 100,000 West Africans are in Central America, have been taught to speak Spanish and are coming across our Southern border. Dr. Orient further stated that Ebola screening practices had not been implemented at the border with immigrants that were being detained. Please note that the incubation period for Ebola is up to 21 days.

In Arizona, state officials learned that Obama had ordered ICE to deliver unscreened illegal immigrants to bus terminals in Phoenix and Tucson AFTER their arrival. The same was true in several border state communities and there was no evidence that ANY health screening had taken place.

Dr. Orient had also learned that the Border Patrol has taken to laundering their own clothing at their work site because of the risk to their families.

As an aside, Dr. Orient had also learned that Halliburton type of organizations were springing up to construct FEMA camp type detention facilities for people with serious illnesses (i.e. Ebola, drug resistant TB).  Later, I published proof of contracts being offered in 2011, to corporations such as KBR, to be able to construct such a camp in 72 hours.

A week after the Dr. Orient interview, I was traveling to San Diego for vacation and had a chance encounter with a Border Patrol agent in a convenience store in Yuma, AZ. I approached him, gave him my business card, promised not to use his name and proceeded to ask him questions about the border. In a short five minute conversation, he told me that Border Patrol officials are contracting drug resistant TB, Scabies and bacteriological pneumonia. When I told him of Dr. Orient’s claim that Border Patrol officials had told her that they were concerned over West Africans who were crossing our border, he said he was indeed aware that West Africans were crossing our border but he did not know in what numbers.

Nearly 10 days later, the Border Patrol Agent contacted me at the number on my business card and this time he had a partner on the phone. Both agents confirmed that the number of West Africans crossing our border matched Dr. Orient’s revelation. Further, they confirmed the presence of UN and World Health Organization officials at the detention center that they were assigned to after they were taken off of actual field duty and assigned clerical duties.

This is called double sourcing the information originally presented by Dr. Orient. But wait, there are more confirmations.

Retired Border Patrol Head Speaks Out

Adding fuel to this fire is a statement that comes from the chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO), Zack Taylor, who states that West African illegal immigrants are presently coming into the U.S. through Mexico. These West Africans have been apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley sector in the last few years. Some of these West African groups have been taught to speak Spanish in order to infiltrate into the United States posing as Central American immigrants. This speaks to planning and collusion that some of these groups were taught to speak Spanish so they will “blend in” with other illegal immigrant groups. This is another piece of evidence that the coming series of pandemics has some governmental agency fingerprints on this invasion. Smart money would say that the CIA is involved.

Confirmation From a DEA Source

Zack Taylor’s revelation is confirmed by one of my DEA sources, through the revelation of circumstantial evidence. My insider DEA source has confirmed that the Sinoloa and Los Zetas Mexican drug cartels receive their weapons and drugs in  Peru from a drug cartel known as the SANCHEZ-Peredes. This cartel has been around since 1976 and is protected by the Peruvian army. The SANCHEZ-Peredes have strong ties to Hamas and other terror organizations including the drug trafficking corridor coming out of West Africa. The West African drug operatives are often used as couriers for guns and drugs. The SANCHEZ-Peredes also use the West Africans to transport drugs into the United States. This latter fact clearly explains why the West Africans are being taught to speak Spanish. This is why I would submit that this is an Iran-Contra style affair being conducted by the CIA.

Solely based upon these revelations, I agree with Dr. Orient’s assertion that it is not just a matter of if, but when, Ebola comes across our Southern border with Mexico.

Ominous Connections

The drug trade in West Africa is tied to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and now probably ISIS. This is an ominous discovery because it now opens the possibility that Ebola could be purposely sent to the United States with West African drug couriers. An organization, such as Hamas, could arrange to have a number of West Africans to become exposed to the virus and then fast track them across the southern border under the guise of trafficking in drugs.

In late June of this year, The London Guardian described the West Africans’ role in trafficking drugs into Europe and South America (i.e. SANCHEZ-Peredes cartel). Therefore, this pathway has been established in the media.

Amidst the cries of “conspiracy theorist”, I suppose we should never believe that Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood would do such a thing. On the contrary, it is likely that this has already happened.

Revelations from Our Government

On Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senatorial website contains the copy of a 113 page senate report entitled “Eight Steps to Counter the Drug Trade in West Africa“.  The report details how prevalent West Africa is both in terms of the United States but also into Europe, transporting drugs into both continents. The Senate report also discusses the terrorist connections between the West African drug trade and known terrorist organizations.

Conclusion

While the country remains fixated on the delivery of Ebola patients to Emory hospital in Atlanta, we are still ignoring the spread of Ebola through air travel as evidenced by the fact that our government is doing next to nothing. Further, when one considers the growing body of evidence which shows that drug couriers coming from  West Africa into the United States as part of the drug trade, how could people like Dr. Orient conclude that it is not a matter of if, but when Ebola has a foothold on our country?

The government is fully aware of the threat whether they choose to make press releases to Wolf Blitzer or not!


Title: Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 03, 2014, 08:36:46 pm
Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight
8/3/14
Staff tell of fears as jet from Africa is quarantined after the death of passenger who was 'sweating and vomiting' before she collapsed

Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick.

Workers said they were terrified the virus could spread globally through the busy international hub from the West African country which is in the grip of the deadly epidemic.

The woman, said to be 72, became ill on the gangway after she left a Gambia Bird jet with 128 passengers on board.

She died in hospital on Saturday.

Ebola has killed 256 people in Sierra Leone.

A total of 826 have died in West Africa since the outbreak began in February.

Tests were carried out to see if the woman had the disease.

The plane was quarantined as ­officials desperately tried to trace everyone who had been in contact with the woman.

Airport workers faced an anxious wait to see if the woman had Ebola. One said: “Everyone’s just ­petrified.

“We’ve all seen how many people have died from Ebola, especially in Sierra Leone, and it’s terrifying.”

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Speaking of the horrific moment the passenger collapsed, the shocked staff member added: “The woman was sweating buckets and vomiting.

“Paramedics arrived to try and help her. The next thing everybody was there… emergency crews, airfield operations, even immigration.

“They closed down the jet bridge and put the aircraft into quarantine.

“They took everyone’s details, even the guy who fuels the aircraft.”

The plane carrying the woman came from Freetown in Sierra Leone – a country with the highest number of victims from the disease.

It stopped at Banjul in The Gambia before landing in Gatwick at 8.15am on Saturday after a five-hour flight.

Public Health England tried to allay fears of an Ebola ­breakout in Britain.

It said the woman showed no ­symptoms during the flight.

One ­official added: “Public Health England is aware a passenger arriving on a flight from The Gambia that landed at Gatwick airport on Saturday fell ill shortly after disembarking.

"The passenger was taken to hospital and sadly died.

“In line with standard ­procedures, tests are being undertaken to determine the cause of death.

“The patient’s symptoms suggest that Ebola is very unlikely but as a precaution this is one of the tests being undertaken.

"The patient was not symptomatic on the plane and therefore there is no risk of Ebola being passed on to either flight crew or other passengers.

“England has world class health care and disease control systems which are active permanently, ­regularly tested and proven to be effective.

“As such, if the UK does see a case of imported Ebola, this will not result in an outbreak in this country.”

South East Ambulance Service confirmed it had dealt with the sick woman at the airport.

Communications chief Janine Compton said: “We attended Gatwick airport at 8.30am on Saturday to attend an adult female patient who was seriously ill.

"She was taken to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill where she subsequently died.”

A Gatwick airport spokeswoman added: “A passenger collapsed after disembarking a flight from the Gambia.

"She was treated by airport medical staff at the scene but died later in hospital. The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.”

At around 11pm on Sunday, the Department of Health said that tests for the deadly Ebola virus on the woman who died at Gatwick had proved negative.

There is no cure for Ebola.

Symptoms in the later stages include external and internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea.

At this point the disease is highly contagious.

Victims have a 90% chance of dying, although doctors said in this epidemic the rate is 60%.

The outbreak began in the forests of eastern Guinea in February.

It quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A jump in the number of cases and the death toll has raised international concern and placed under-resourced health facilities in the West African nations under strain.

Last week, the Ebola crisis was described as out of control by World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan and could be ­“catastrophic”.

At the same time, Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine victims.

Liberia also imposed controls.

Ms Chan revealed 60 doctors, nurses and health care workers had now lost their lives trying to save others.

She said: “This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it.

“If the situation continues to ­deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption as well as a high risk of spread to other countries.”

Ms Chan met the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.

She told them: “This meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response.”


Title: Re: Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 03, 2014, 08:51:12 pm
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28634903
Ebola test carried out after air passenger death in UK
8/3/14

A test for Ebola has been carried out on a female passenger who died after arriving in the UK from The Gambia.

The Department for Health said the test on the elderly woman, who landed at Gatwick Airport, came back negative on Sunday afternoon.

Some 728 people have died of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone this year, in the worst-ever outbreak of the disease.

Public Health England says the risk to the UK remains very low.

The Ebola virus spreads through human contact with a sufferer's bodily fluids.

Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas like eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead to organ failure. The current mortality rate is about 55%.

'No public health risk'

The woman, believed to be in her early 70s, had been a passenger on a Gambia Bird flight that arrived at Gatwick on Saturday morning.

She collapsed at the airport and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said the passenger's symptoms had not suggested she was an Ebola victim but the test was carried out because she had travelled from West Africa.

Dr Brian McCloskey, director of global public health at Public Health England (PHE), said: "There was no health risk to other passengers or crew, as the passenger did not have symptoms during the flight.

"It was considered very unlikely to be a case of Ebola but testing was done as a precaution, and was negative.

"The correct procedures were followed to confirm there was no reason to quarantine the airplane, the passengers or staff. PHE can confirm there was no public health risk around the sad death of this individual."

A Gatwick spokeswoman said the aircraft, as well as some airline and airport staff, were isolated "as a precaution" but that the plane was later cleared for its return journey.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said the government is taking the outbreak, and the threat to the UK, "very seriously".

Ministers have discussed what precautionary measures could be taken if any UK nationals in West Africa become infected with Ebola.

Public Health England has advised UK medical staff to watch out for unexplained illnesses in patients who have visited West Africa.

It said no cases of imported Ebola have ever been reported in the UK.

The US is to send at least 50 public health experts to the region to help fight the disease. They are expected to arrive in the next month.

Meanwhile, American Ebola patient Dr Kent Brantly is improving in hospital after returning to the US from Liberia. Another infected US citizen, aid worker Nancy Writebol, is expected to arrive in the US soon.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 04, 2014, 08:03:12 am
http://english.cntv.cn/2014/08/02/VIDE1406955241574888.shtml
8/2/14
Phillippines reports possible Ebola cases

The Phillipines has reported the country's first suspected cases of the Ebola virus. According to the country's health officials, seven workers who returned to the Phillipines from Sierra Leone are showing symptoms symilar to that of the tropical virus.

There are currently over 1,300 suspected cases worldwide. The World Health Organization says there is little risk of the virus spreading outside of West Africa, but countries outside of the affected region are still taking precautions to prevent a spread.

The outbreak is the biggest since Ebola first emerged in Africa nearly 40 years ago. So far, more than 700 people have died in West Africa.


Title: Nigeria confirms doctor as 2nd Ebola case
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 04, 2014, 08:35:40 am
Nigeria confirms doctor as 2nd Ebola case
http://news.yahoo.com/nigeria-confirms-doctor-2nd-ebola-case-130256816.html;_ylt=AwrBJSAFi99T618ATEPQtDMD
8/4/14

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu also said test samples were pending for three other people who had shown symptoms of Ebola.

The confirmed second case is a doctor who had helped treat Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American man who died July 25 days after arriving in Nigeria amid the unprecedented outbreak in West Africa.

"Three others who participated in that treatment who are currently symptomatic have had their samples taken and hopefully by the end of today we should have the results of their own test," Chukwu said.

The emergence of a second case raises serious concerns about the infection control practices that were used while Sawyer was in Nigeria, and also raise the specter that more cases could emerge. It can take up to 21 days after exposure to the virus for symptoms to appear. They include fever, sore throat, muscle pains and headaches. Often nausea, vomiting and diarrhea follow, along with bleeding.

Sawyer, who was traveling to Nigeria on business, became ill while aboard a flight and Nigerian authorities immediately took him into isolation. They did not quarantine his fellow passengers, and have insisted that the risk of additional cases was minimal.

Nigeria is the fourth country to report Ebola cases and at least 728 other people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Nigerian authorities said a total of 70 people are under surveillance and that they hoped to have eight people in quarantine by the end of Monday in an isolation ward in Lagos.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 04, 2014, 04:46:52 pm
http://7online.com/health/mount-sinai-patient-tested-for-ebola-virus/239663/
Mount Sinai patient tested for Ebola virus
8/4/14

UPPER EAST SIDE (WABC) --
Mount Sinai Hospital is performing tests on a patient who had recently traveled to a West African country where Ebola has been reported, the hospital says.

A male patient with high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came to the hospital's emergency room on Monday morning, officials said.

The hospital says the patient has been placed in strict isolation and is undergoing medical screenings to determine the cause of his symptoms.

"All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff. We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients," the hospital wrote in a statement.

Mt. Sinai is following what the Center for Disease Control recommended last week when they sent a Health Alert to doctors and hospitals.

Testing for Ebola is done at the CDC. According to a CDC spokesperson testing for Ebola takes 1-2 days after they receive the samples. The primary testing is PCR. This is performed on blood that has been treated to kill and live virus. So far CDC has tested samples from around 6 people who had symptoms consistent with Ebola and a travel history to the affected region.

ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser cautions, "Many things cause fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. The steps they are taking are wise given the travel history, but nothing about the symptoms is specific to Ebola."

The Ebola virus causes a hemorrhagic fever that has sickened more than 1,300 people in Africa, killing more than 700 mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. It is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as blood or urine, unlike an airborne virus like influenza or the common cold. A person exposed to the virus can take up to 21 days to exhibit any symptoms, making it possible for infected travelers to enter the U.S. without knowing they have it.

Federal agents at U.S. airports are watching travelers from Africa for flu-like symptoms that could be tied to the recent Ebola outbreak, as delegations from some 50 countries arrive in the nation's capital for a leadership summit this week. Border patrol agents at Washington's Dulles International and New York's JFK airport in particular have been told to ask travelers about possible exposure to the virus and to be on the lookout for anyone with a fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash or red eyes.

"There is a screening process that individuals have to go through when they board aircraft departing the countries where this outbreak has been reported. There is additional screening that occurs when individuals who started in that region of the world arrive in this country," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

If a passenger is suspected of carrying the deadly virus, they would be quarantined immediately and evaluated by medical personnel, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provided the additional training to local airports.

"There is always the possibility that someone with an infectious disease can enter the United States," CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said Monday. "The public health concern is whether it would spread, and, if so, how quickly.'"

While the CDC says it is not screening passengers boarding planes at African airports - the job of local authorities there - the center said it has encouraged vulnerable countries to follow certain precautions. Outbound passengers in the countries experiencing Ebola are being screened for fevers and with health questionnaires, Reynolds said.

Health officials say the threat to Americans remains relatively small, even with the uptick in travel this week between Africa and the United States. In the past decade, five people have entered the U.S. known to have a viral hemorrhagic fever, including a case last March of a Minnesota man diagnosed with Lassa Fever after traveling to West Africa.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 05, 2014, 06:08:04 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/bodies-dumped-streets-west-africa-struggles-curb-ebola-164345648--finance.html
Bodies dumped in streets as West Africa struggles to curb Ebola
8/5/14

 MONROVIA/DAKAR (Reuters) - Relatives of Ebola victims in Liberia defied government orders and dumped infected bodies in the streets as West African governments struggled to enforce tough measures to curb an outbreak of the virus that has killed 887 people.

In Nigeria, which recorded its first death from Ebola in late July, authorities in Lagos said eight people who came in contact with the deceased U.S. citizen Patrick Sawyer were showing signs of the deadly disease.

The outbreak was detected in March in the remote forest regions of Guinea, where the death toll is rising. In neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the outbreak is now spreading fastest, authorities deployed troops to quarantine the border areas where 70 percent of cases have been detected.

Those three countries announced a raft of tough measures last week to contain the disease, shutting schools and imposing quarantines on victim's homes, amid fears the incurable virus would overrun healthcare systems in one of the world's poorest regions.

In Liberia's ramshackle ocean-front capital Monrovia, still scarred by a 1989-2003 civil war, relatives of Ebola victims were dragging bodies onto the dirt streets rather than face quarantine, officials said.

Information Minister Lewis Brown said some people may be alarmed by regulations imposing the decontamination of victims' homes and the tracking of their friends and relatives. With less than half of those infected surviving the disease, many Africans regard Ebola isolation wards as death traps.

"They are therefore removing the bodies from their homes and are putting them out in the street. They're exposing themselves to the risk of being contaminated," Brown told Reuters. "We're asking people to please leave the bodies in their homes and we'll pick them up."

Brown said authorities had begun cremating bodies on Sunday, after local communities opposed burials in their neighborhoods, and had carried out 12 cremations on Monday. Meanwhile, in the border region of Lofa County, troops were deployed on Monday night to start isolating effected communities there.

"We hope it will not require excessive force, but we have to do whatever we can to restrict the movement of people out of affected areas," Brown said.

Finance minister Amara Konneh said the country's growth forecast for the year was no longer looking realistic as a result of the outbreak. Sierra Leone's foreign minister Samura Kamara also said that the virus had cost the government $10 million so far and was hampering efforts to stimulate growth.

British Airways said it was suspending flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of the month due to public health concerns.

Germany joined France and the United States in advising against travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, saying there was still no end in sight to the spread of the disease.

MISSIONARY DUE BACK IN UNITED STATES

A second American aid worker stricken with Ebola in West Africa was wheeled on a stretcher in a white suit into an Atlanta hospital where doctors will try and save her and a fellow aid worker from the deadly virus.

The two saw their conditions improve by varying degrees in Liberia after they received an experimental drug developed by San Diego-based private biotech firm Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc, said a representative for Samaritan's Purse, the charity they worked for.

A New York hospital is also testing a man with symptoms of the deadly disease, though a senior medical officer there said it was probably not the virus. Saudi Arabia was also testing a man for suspected Ebola infection after he returned recently from a business trip to Sierra Leone.

Concern grew over an outbreak in Lagos, Africa's largest city, after medical authorities there said they had quarantined 14 people who came into contact with Sawyer after he arrived on a regional flight from Liberia. The airline Asky has since been barred from Nigeria.

"Of the 14 who have had serious contact with the victim, eight have serious symptoms," Lagos Health Commissioner Jide Idris told a news conference. "Only one of those quarantined has tested positive ... The doctor who tested positive is now on the mainland under intensive care."

With healthcare systems in the West African nations overrun by the epidemic, the African Development Bank and World Bank said they would immediately disburse $260 million to the three countries worst affected - Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

In Monrovia, however, some health clinics were deserted as workers and patients stayed home, afraid of catching the disease.

"The health workers think that they are not protected, they don't have the requisite material to use to protect themselves against the Ebola disease," said Amos Richards, a physician's assistant.

The current outbreak of the highly contagious virus has so far killed around 55 percent of those known to have caught it, and experts expect the percentage to rise once more victims succumb and the data is tallied up.


Title: Liberian Dies in Morocco of Ebola - Internal Affairs Minister Discloses
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 05, 2014, 06:52:09 pm
http://allafrica.com/stories/201408041541.html?aa_source=acrdn-f0
Liberian Dies in Morocco of Ebola - Internal Affairs Minister Discloses
8/1/14

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Morris Dukuly, has disclosed that a Liberian has died of the deadly Ebola virus in Morocco.

The Ebola virus, which has no cure, has killed at least 129 people here, and claimed more than 670 lives across the region. A top Liberian doctor working at Liberia's largest hospital died recently, and two American aid workers have fallen ill, underscoring the dangers facing those charged with bringing the outbreak under control.

Also recently, an official of the Ministry of Finance identified as Patrick Sawyer died of the disease at a Lagos hospital.

As a means of containing further spread of the disease, President Johnson-Sirleaf set up a taskforce to help in the fight of the disease and ordered the closure of the country's three land borders.

The Liberian leader also ordered that public gatherings be restricted and communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak be quarantined.

Making the disclosure at a news conference held at the Ministry on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Minister Dukuly, who is also the Vice Chairman on the National Ebola Taskforce, further disclosed that the deceased left the country two days before his death.

Although Minister Dukuly did not disclose the name of the Liberian, who he said died of Ebola in Morocco, he averred that this means that there are many more people who are carrying the disease unknowingly.

Against this backdrop, the Internal Affairs Ministry boss called on traditional chiefs to help inform their local people on the threat of the deadly disease.

"You, traditional chiefs, are the owners of the land, and the land is under threat that I have not seen in my life before," said Minister Dukuly.

"Tell your people to stop running behind health workers. This may cause them to leave. For instance, Samaritan Purse, one of the partners, wanted to leave Lofa County due to threats they received from local people," he warned.


While urging the chiefs to adequately inform their people, he reminded them that Ebola is real and does not have to claim more lives before people get to believe it.

"We have a common challenge, which seems to be growing. This challenge is Ebola, and we need to fight it. Since the disease was discovered in March of this year," he noted.

He then lauded the Country Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije for his care shown since the outbreak of the disease in March.

According to him, WHO through Dr. Ndayimirije has provided technical and other supports towards the fight of the disease in the country.

Speaking briefly, WHO Country boss, Dr. Ndayimirije said the disease can be prevented if people observe the necessary precautionary measures.

He disclosed that Ebola has killed 166 people since its outbreak.

Of this number, he said, over 20 health workers have died, while over 45 more are being affected by the disease.

Dr. Ndayimirije also disclosed that a total of 329 cases have been reported since the outbreak of the disease.

"You are the local leaders, tell your people to please support health workers and not to chase them. Samaritan Purse on yesterday said it will not continue because its workers were attacked and chased in Lofa with one of their staff wounded in the process in Foya. Please tell them to stop playing with dead bodies," he warned.

For his part, the Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL), Chief Zanzar Karwor, accepted the request from government and its partners to help in the campaign.

However, he urged that the government shows videos of patients and people who have died from the virus.


Title: Next Phase of the Ebola Crisis: Terrorism
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 05, 2014, 08:36:28 pm
Next Phase of the Ebola Crisis: Terrorism
http://www.infowars.com/next-phase-of-the-ebola-crisis-terrorism/
Frightening dimension to forever evolving war on terror

8/4/14

The Ebola scare may soon feed into the war on terror narrative.

On Sunday Breitbart covered a report produced by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency stating that an increasing number of people apprehended on the border are infected with the Ebola virus.

At least 71 individuals from the three nations affected by the current Ebola outbreak have either turned themselves in or been caught attempting to illegally enter the U.S. by U.S. authorities between January 2014 and July 2014,” Breitbart reported.

The report also noted a significant number of illegal immigrants caught crossing the border are from Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, countries where Islamic terrorists are active.

Texas Governor Rick Perry underscored this potential threat when he told CNN some illegal immigrants coming across the border are from countries with substantial terrorist ties.

The mention of possible terrorist infiltration and Ebola sets the stage for a scary prospect — a biological attack on America.

For the government this represents an opportunity to expand a terror narrative that has dominated domestic and foreign policy for over a decade.

Weaponized Ebola

In 2013 Global Policy, a journal produced by the London School of Economics, warned about the prospect of Ebola being used as a terrorist weapon.

“The increase in natural outbreaks in [Africa], coupled with a possibility of a terrorist group recruiting experts to acquire the virus and to prepare it to use as a bioweapon, should lead policymakers to consider the risk of a deliberate outbreak,” Amanda M. Teckman wrote for the journal.

Although weaponization of Ebola is complex and unlikely, experts in the field say transmission of the virus by air has occurred between animals. They believe “with advancing knowledge about how to manipulate viruses, the traits that make these [hemorrhagic fever virus agents] difficult to weaponize might be a diminishing barrier.” Additionally, a “reverse genetics system provides a way to produce highly virulent mutated viruses for the purpose of biological warfare or biological terrorism,” scientists believe, according to Teckman’s research.

It remains to be seen if a terrorist group like ISIS – which has demonstrated a willingness to engage in large scale mass murder, including the uninhibited murder of civilians – has the capability to produce a weaponized version of Ebola.

If ISIS manages to defeat the al-Assad regime in Syria it may come into possession of biological weapons. According to U.S. intelligence the Syrians have a biological weapon program run out of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) in Damascus with labs in Aleppo and Homs.

“The SSRC is a huge complex, with wings and units designated for specific pathogen research. The labs are state of the art and, unlike chemical weapons, stockpiling biological weapons is obsolete. The infrastructure to support both clandestine and legitimate research is identical, making identification of the development of biological weapons exceptionally difficult,” the National Interest reported last September.

In October British experts at the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) “issued a stark warning over what they say is the ‘clear and present danger’ of Al Qaeda gaining possession of the Assad regime’s stockpile of biological weapons, claiming to have substantial evidence that Al Qaeda-linked groups may already have possession of toxic agents,” Israel National News reported.

“Unlike chemical weapons, maintained in military designated stockpiles which are generally identifiable and which Assad maintains command and control over, the structure of Syria’s biological warfare programs are latent, compartmentalized and spread across its remaining bio-pharmaceutical infrastructure. The programs are designed to be highly agile to allow swift production if required,” the HJS report explains.

“Worryingly, the report suggests that the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front may already have possession of ‘biological pathogens or weaponized agents either of which would pose a threat to the international community.’”

In June it was reported al-Nusra had merged with ISIS.

This does not mean Syria has developed weaponized Ebola, only that it likely has a sophisticated biological weapons program and, if the victory trajectory of ISIS continues, viral agents may fall into the hands of terrorists who would use the weapon in an attack in the United States or Europe.
Biological Terror Meme Part of U.S. Propaganda War

Despite the infeasibility of terrorists acquiring sophisticated biological weapons, the U.S. government has constructed a narrative portraying al-Qaeda as a terrorist group fully capable of launching a biological attack.

Key figures in the al-Qaeda constellation have professed a desire to use biological weapons. For instance, U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda leader reportedly killed in a drone attack in 2011, called for the use of biological weapons. “The use of chemical and biological weapons against population centers is allowed and is strongly recommended,” he wrote for the al-Qaeda magazine, Inspire.

In 2001, less than three months after 9/11, the government pushed the meme that al-Qaeda had stockpiled anthrax spores in Afghanistan and planned to attack the United States. The theory arose following the September 18 anthrax attack which the Bush administration reflexively blamed on Osama bin Laden.

The fear al-Qaeda may eventually attack America with biological weapons is a central tenet of the terror narrative. From the death of 40 members of al-Qaeda in Algeria allegedly infected with Black Death when a biological program went wrong to the less than incontrovertible proof the al-Nusra used sarin gas in Syria, the threat of biological warfare by terrorist groups has dominated the war on terror storyline for more than a decade.

The fear of terrorists crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and the recent CBP reports of Ebola victims present in the growing influx adds a new and frightening dimension to the ever evolving war on terror.

It remains to be seen if terrorists are indeed crossing with tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and other illegal immigrants, or if there is an active terrorist plot in the works.

Despite the lack of evidence the government will opportunistically marry the fear of Ebola and terror together to advance its ongoing effort to forge a police state with a high-tech surveillance apparatus and a military and diplomatic component designed to put forward the foreign policy objectives of the global elite.



Title: Sierra Leone deploys troops to guard Ebola clinics
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2014, 07:16:19 am
http://news.yahoo.com/sierra-leone-deploys-troops-ebola-clinics-191237680.html
8/5/14
Sierra Leone deploys troops to guard Ebola clinics

Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone has deployed troops to guard quarantined Ebola patients as Saudi Arabia's first suspected case sparked fears of a possible global spread and British Airways cancelled flights to two west African countries.

A presidential aide in Sierra Leone told AFP the soldiers would "deter relatives and friends of Ebola patients from forcefully taking them from hospitals without medical consent".

Ebola, a deadly tropical virus that causes severe fever and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding, has claimed the lives of almost 900 people in four west African nations since the start of the year.

Sierra Leone has seen 646 cases, the highest number of any nation, and 273 deaths.

But the fight against its spread has been hampered by distrustful relatives discharging highly contagious patients from hospitals and taking them back to die in their villages, where countless individuals may have contact with them.

Many indigenous people living in the forested border areas that straddle Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea believe the virus was introduced deliberately by outsiders, or is a hoax fabricated by the West, designed to subjugate them.


The presidency did not give exact numbers or locations for the army deployment, but most of the country's Ebola clinics are in Kailahun and Kenema, the eastern districts hit hardest by the outbreak.

The announcement came after British Airways said it had suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of August "due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries".

"The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the routes under constant review in the coming weeks," it said in a statement.

- US patient arrives home -

The threat of a spread outside of Africa was underlined as Saudi Arabia said doctors were testing a patient suspected of having contracted Ebola during a trip to Sierra Leone.

The health ministry said the Saudi man was admitted to hospital in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after showing Ebola-like symptoms upon his return.

Meanwhile an American woman infected with Ebola -- the second US patient evacuated from the growing outbreak in west Africa -- arrived Tuesday in the United States from Liberia for treatment.

After landing at a military air strip aboard a small medical evacuation plane, Nancy Writebol, 60, was transported by ambulance to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Television crews followed the ambulance by helicopter, and images showed a patient wrapped in a white protective suit being transported on a stretcher to the hospital entrance.

The woman's colleague, missionary doctor Kent Brantly, 33, is also receiving care at a special containment unit at the same hospital.

Both Writebol and Brantly worked for Christian aid agencies in Liberia and were infected with Ebola while caring for patients in Monrovia.

Three foreign missionaries -- a Spaniard, a Congolese and an Equatorial Guinean -- have also tested positive for the virus in the Liberian capital Monrovia, the Spanish charity St John of God said Tuesday.

They were named as Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, Chantal Pascaline Mutwamene of Congo and Paciencia Melgar of Equatorial Guinea.

Spain's defence ministry said it was sending an air force plane to Liberia to bring Pajares home for treatment.

- 'Stay at home' -

Also Tuesday, Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma toured health facilities being set up to combat Ebola in the capital Freetown.

A 20-bed treatment centre and laboratory under construction in the western suburb of Lakka will be the first in the city of 1.2 million, which reported its first Ebola case nine days ago.

Business returned to normal in the capital after a "stay at home" day called to give the authorities breathing space to reorganise the response to the outbreak.

Many shops were screening customers' temperatures with high-tech gadgets at their entrances while others provided chlorinated water and soap for customers to wash their hands.

"No handshakes please," read a poster on display at a bank in the central business district.

Health officials have been forced to issue warnings over the danger of excessive use of chlorine, however, following reports of people sipping solutions of the poisonous chemical and washing with it.

"It is detrimental to the user's health and can cause serious internal injury," health ministry spokesman Yahya Tunis said in a public announcement broadcast on television and radio.

"People should return to the traditional hygiene practice of hand-washing with soap."


In Sierra Leone on Tuesday, a former youth and education minister, Lansana Nyallah, told state television he has lost nine members of his family to Ebola and warned: "To those who still believe that Ebola does not exist, please take heed."



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2014, 07:59:11 am
Breaking News: Saudi man dies in Jeddah, thought to have contracted Ebola on Sierra Leone trip @Yahoo News


Title: Ebola Victim On The Run In West Africa Capital
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2014, 08:13:51 am
http://www.prisonplanet.com/ebola-victim-on-the-run-in-west-africa-capital.html
Ebola Victim On The Run In West Africa Capital
7/25/14

It’s gone from bad (Mapping Africa’s “Totally Out Of Control” Ebola Epidemic)  to worse, (Head Doctor Fighting Africa’s “Out Of Control” Ebola Epidemic Contracts The Virus), to much worse (Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World’s Fourth Most Populous City), to having run out of comparatives – although we are leery of using a superlative just yet as we have a feeling Africa’s Ebola’s epidemic will deteriorate before it gets better. But the latest news is bad enough: as Reuters reported moments ago, Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease.

How big is Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown: just around 1 million inhabitants, so yes, things are suddenly very much uncontained.

More:

    Radio stations in Freetown broadcast the appeal on Friday to locate a woman who tested positive for the disease that has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak was first identified in February.

    “Saudatu Koroma of 25 Old Railway Line, Brima Lane, Wellington,” the announcement said. “She is a positive case and her being out there is a risk to all. We need the public to help us locate her.”

    Koroma, 32, a resident of the densely populated Wellington neighborhood, had been admitted to an isolation ward while blood samples were tested for the virus, Health ministry spokesman Sidi Yahya Tunis. The results came back on Thursday.

    “The family of the patient stormed the hospital and forcefully removed her and took her away,” Tunis said. “We are searching for her.”

What is just as bad is that even without this latest shocking development, the death toll from the epidemic has already hit 660 according to the WHO, cited by AFP.

And now we await news out of the world’s fourth largest city, Nigeria’s capital Lagos, where a man collapsed at the airport and is now being tested whether he too had Ebola, and we are confused how the market is not trading at fresh all time highs following what is now a recreation of the plot of the movie Outbreak. Just consider how much GDP was created or not destroyed there.


Title: CDC Getting Dozens Of Calls ‘About People Who Are Ill After Traveling In Africa’
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2014, 08:22:28 am
CDC Getting Dozens Of Calls ‘About People Who Are Ill After Traveling In Africa’
8/6/14
http://www.prisonplanet.com/cdc-getting-dozens-of-calls-about-people-who-are-ill-after-traveling-in-africa.html

Should we be alarmed that the CDC has received “several dozen calls” from hospitals around the country “about people who are ill after traveling in Africa”?  As you will read about below, a lot more Ebola testing has been going on around the nation than we have been hearing about in the mainstream media.  I can understand the need to keep people calm, but don’t we have a right to know what is really going on?  And the media has also been very quiet about the fact that Ebola is now potentially spreading to even more countries.  As you will read about below, a Liberian man just died from Ebola in Morocco, and a man that traveled to Saudi Arabia from Sierra Leone on Sunday night is being tested for Ebola after exhibiting “symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever”.  Top officials in the U.S. keep assuring us that everything is going to be just fine, but the truth is that this is a crisis that is beginning to spiral out of control. On Tuesday, the CDC told Time Magazine that it had received dozens of calls from all over the United States about people that had gotten sick after traveling to Africa…

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told TIME on Tuesday that it’s received several dozen calls from states and hospitals about people who are ill after traveling in Africa. “We’ve triaged those calls and about half-dozen or so resulted in specimen coming to CDC for testing and all have been negative for Ebola,” CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said, adding that the agency is expecting still more calls to come in.

Let’s certainly hope that there is nothing to be concerned about in any of those calls.  As I pointed out yesterday, the consequences of having a major Ebola outbreak in the United States could potentially be absolutely catastrophic. Meanwhile, there is a case in Saudi Arabia that has health officials over there extremely concerned.  A man that traveled to the country on Sunday night is being tested for the virus after showing symptoms of “viral hemorrhagic fever”…

    Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it is testing a man for the Ebola virus after he showed symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever following a recent trip to Sierra Leone. The Health Ministry said the symptoms appeared in the 40-year-old Saudi man at a hospital in the western city of Jiddah. He is in critical condition and being treated in a unit with advanced isolation and infection-control capabilities. Different types of viral hemorrhagic fevers have been found in the kingdom, but no case of Ebola has ever been detected there, according to the ministry.

In addition, it is being reported by international media sources that a Liberian has died of the Ebola virus in Morocco. If that is true, that is extremely troubling.  That would mean that we now have confirmed Ebola cases in five different countries. And remember, the Ebola virus can have an incubation period of up to three weeks, and Ebola victims can “look quite fit and healthy and can be walking around until shortly before their deaths“. Because of this, hospitals across America are being extremely cautions right now.  The following is from a recent NPR report…

    If you show up at a hospital emergency department with a high fever and you just happen to have been traveling in Africa, don’t be surprised if you get a lot of attention. Hospitals are on the lookout for people with symptoms such as a high fever, vomiting and diarrhea who had been traveling in parts of West Africa affected by Ebola, following instructions from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


And there have been some high profile cases that have gotten a lot of attention in recent days. The woman that was being tested for Ebola in Ohio got a lot of media attention, but it turns out that she does not have the disease. We are still waiting to hear about the man that was admitted to Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.  Officials say that he “probably does not have Ebola“, but the test results have not been released yet. In addition, Paul Joseph Watson has pointed out that CNN’s Sanjay Gupta has publicly revealed that there have actually been “about half a dozen patients” that have been tested for the virus in recent days…

    During a segment concerning the admission of a potential Ebola victim at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta revealed that there have been at least six cases at the hospital which prompted doctors to test for Ebola but that the details were not divulged publicly. “There have been about a half a dozen patients who have had their blood tested because of concern, those particular patients their stories were not made public,” said Gupta, adding, “I’m not sure if that’s because of heightened concern by the hospital or what that means exactly.”

What else is going on around the nation that we have not heard about? Like I keep saying, let us hope and pray that Ebola does not start spreading here, because it can rapidly become a nightmare.  Over in Africa, nearly 900 people have already died, but one doctor told CBS News that the true number is actually significantly higher because “many cases are going unreported”…

    Already, the World Health Organization says 887 people have died, but a top doctor working at the heart of the outbreak in West Africa says many cases are going unreported. The senior doctor, who works for a leading medical organization in Liberia, explained to CBS News’ Debora Patta that what has helped set this outbreak apart from previous ones is the virus’ spread in urban areas. One of the epicenters of the disease is the Liberian capital of Monrovia, home to about a million people, or almost a quarter of the country’s population. The doctor, who spoke to CBS News on condition of confidentiality, said the disease is spinning out of control in Africa partly because it is extremely difficult to contain it in a sprawling, congested city center.


And it certainly does not help that infected bodies are being dumped into the streets over in Liberia.  If that continues to happen, this epidemic could very rapidly turn into a raging inferno over there. There have been health scares in the past, but this one is very different.  If you get Ebola, you are probably going to die.  And right now the number of Ebola cases is growing at an exponential rate.  If this outbreak is not brought under control soon, we could be facing the worst health crisis that we have seen in any of our lifetimes.


Title: Report: Ebola Virus Spread Because of Lax Quarantine Enforcement
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2014, 09:04:10 am
Report: Ebola Virus Spread Because of Lax Quarantine Enforcement
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/05/Report-Ebola-Virus-Spread-Because-of-Lax-Quarantine-Enforcement?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
8/5/14

According to a report in The New York Times, the Ebola virus has been spreading because African governments did not take quarantine efforts seriously, especially in regions where it is customary to touch dead bodies before the funeral. Those who came in contact with Ebola victims were not ordered to be quarantined; some who handled dead bodies of Ebola victims were allowed to even potentially contaminate communal water supplies.

Not surprisingly, the virus spread.

The New York Times notes that the Ebola outbreak was "first identified in March in Guinea’s remote Forest Region:"

    Since then, it has spread with a deadly swiftness, spilling over porous borders in one of the poorest parts of Africa. The epidemic also leapfrogged by air after an American working in Liberia flew to Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, and died there last week. On Monday, Nigerian news media reported that a doctor who treated him had contracted the disease as well.

Read more at The New York Times.


Title: Twenty-one questions about Ebola: government propaganda, medical corruption and
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2014, 09:18:40 am
http://www.naturalnews.com/046331_Ebola_government_propaganda_medical_questions.html
Twenty-one questions about Ebola: government propaganda, medical corruption and bioweapons experiments
8/5/14

(NaturalNews) Something's fishy about the official stories we're being told on Ebola. Things don't add up, which is why I'm posing these twenty-one important questions we should all be considering:

#1) How can U.S. health authorities claim there is zero risk from Ebola patients being treated in U.S. hospitals when those same hospitals can't control superbug infections? "Many hospitals are poorly prepared to contain any pathogen. That’s why at least 75,000 people a year die from hospital infections. If hospitals can’t stop common infections like MRSA, C. diff and VRE, they can’t handle Ebola." - Fox News (1)

#2) Why should we trust the CDC's handling of Ebola when the agency can't even keep track of its anthrax, avian flu and smallpox samples?

#3) Why were Ebola victims transported to cities in the USA when they could be given state-of-the-art medical care overseas? "Now, they are bringing in highly infectious patients into this nation that is Ebola-free. In doing so, they are violating the primary rule of contagion: isolation." - Radio host Michael Savage (2)

#4) Why is the company working on Ebola vaccines -- Tekmira -- receiving money from Monsanto and considers Monsanto to be one of its important business partners? (3)

#5) If Ebola is "not a threat" to U.S. citizens as government authorities keep claiming, then why did the U.S. Department of Defense spend $140 million on an Ebola-related contract with the Tekmira company?

#6) If Ebola is not a threat to the U.S., then why did the Department of Defense deploy Ebola detection equipment to all 50 states? (4)

#7) Why did President Obama just sign a new executive order authorizing the government arrest and quarantine of Americans who show symptoms of respiratory infections? (5)

The language of his new executive order states that government officials may forcibly detain and quarantine people with:

...diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.

#8) How can we trust a government to tell us the truth about Ebola when that same government repeatedly lies about Swine Flu, influenza, Fukushima radiation, weather control technology, the security of the border and seemingly everything else?

#9) If U.S. doctors claim to be so incredibly careful around Ebola that the virus could not possibly escape from the containment rooms at Emory University, then how did the American doctors being treated there contract Ebola in the first place? Weren't they also being careful?

#10) How are U.S. doctors and health workers supposed to even identify people with Ebola when they appear "fit and healthy" right until the very end? "What's shocking is how healthy the patients look before they die and how quickly they decline. A number of the Ebola patients I've seen look quite fit and healthy and can be walking around until shortly before their deaths." - Dr. Oliver Johnson (6)

#11) If Ebola is not spread through the air as some claim, then why do doctors who treat Ebola patients always wear masks?

#12) If hospitals are good at infection control, then why did so many SARS victims contract the infection while sitting in waiting rooms at hospitals? "A government report later concluded that for the hospital overcome by SARS, 'infection control was not a high priority.' Eventually, 77% of the people who contracted SARS there got it while working, visiting or being treated in a hospital." - Fox News (7)

#13) If Ebola escapes from patients at Emory University and begins to infect the public, do you think we would ever be told the truth about it? Or instead, would the official story claim that "Ebola terrorists" let it loose?

#14) WHO BENEFITS FROM AN EBOLA OUTBREAK in the USA? This is a key question to ask, and the answers are obvious: the CDC, vaccine manufacturers and pharma companies, and anyone in government who wants to declare a police state and start rounding people up for quarantine in a medical emergency.

#15) We already know there are powerful people who openly promote population reduction (Bill Gates, Ted Turner, etc.) Is a staged Ebola outbreak possibly a deliberate population reduction plan by some group that doesn't value human life and wants to rapidly reduce the population?

#16) Why are U.S. health authorities intentionally concealing from the public the true number of possible Ebola victims in U.S. hospitals who are being tested for Ebola right now? "In an apparent attempt to avoid hysteria, U.S. health authorities are withholding details about a number of suspected Ebola victims from the public." - Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars (8)

#17) If Ebola infections are so easy to control (as is claimed by U.S. health authorities), then why are Ebola victim bodies being openly dumped in the streets in West Africa? "Relatives of Ebola victims in Liberia defied government quarantine orders and dumped infected bodies in the streets as West African governments struggled to enforce tough measures to curb an outbreak..." - Reuters (9)

#18) Why do many locals in Sierra Leone truly believe the recent Ebola outbreak was deliberately caused by government officials? "Ebola is a new disease in Sierra Leone and when the first cases emerged, many people thought it might be a government conspiracy to undermine certain tribal groups, steal organs or get money from international donors..." - The Daily Mail (6)

#19) Given that the U.S. government has already funded outrageous medical experiments on Americans and foreigners (see the NIH-funded Guatemalan medical experiments), why should we not believe the government is capable of deploying Ebola in bioweapons experiments in West Africa?

#20) Given that many vaccines accidentally cause the disease they claim to prevent (due to weakened viruses still remaining active in a small number of vaccine vials), isn't it likely that Ebola vaccines might actually cause Ebola infections in some percentage of those receiving them? How can we trust any vaccines when vaccine manufacturers have been granted absolute legal immunity from faulty products or failures in quality control?

#21) How can we trust a medical system that continues to put mercury in flu shots, refuses to recommend vitamin D to cancer patients and has been criminally corrupted to the point where drug companies are routinely charged with felony crimes for bribery and price fixing?



Title: Saudi Arabian man being tested for Ebola virus dies
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2014, 01:06:46 pm
Saudi Arabian man being tested for Ebola virus dies
8/6/14
http://news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabian-man-being-tested-ebola-virus-dies-115215843.html

RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said.

Saudi authorities and international laboratories certified by the World Health Organization are testing samples from the man for Ebola and other diseases after he showed symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said it was working to trace the man's route of travel and identify people he was in contact with.

Ebola is one of the deadliest diseases known in humans with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent. The death rate in the current outbreak in West Africa, which has killed close to 900, is around 60 percent.

The kingdom has suspended pilgrimage visas from West African countries to counter the further possible spread of the disease.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2014, 06:30:25 pm
http://www.naturalnews.com/046259_Ebola_outbreak_drug_treatments_Monsanto.html
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
7/31/14

(NaturalNews) A global outbreak of deadly Ebola is underway and has crossed national borders. One infected victim of the horrifying disease flew on international flights, vomiting on board and exposing hundreds of people to the deadly virus which can be transmitted through airborne particles. Ebola has an 8-10 day incubation period, meaning thousands of people could be carrying it right now and spreading it across the cities of the world without even knowing it.

Passengers in Hong Kong and the UK have already shown symptoms of the disease and are being tested, reports USA Today. (2) The Peace Corps has evacuated its volunteers from the region after two were exposed to Ebola. (3)

"Expert claims panic over death of U.S. man in Nigeria is 'justified'" reports the Daily Mail. (1) "He warned the spread of Ebola could become a global pandemic."

Ebola is the closest thing to real-life zombie infections
With apologies to those victims who have suffered the horrible fate of Ebola, I'm offering a medically accurate description here as a warning to everybody else. Believe me when I say you do NOT want to contract Ebola. Warning: Graphic language below.

Ebola is a gruesome disease that causes cells in the body to self-destruct, resulting in massive internal and external bleeding. In its late stages, Ebola can cause the victim to experience convulsions, vomiting and bleeding from the eyes and ears while convulsing, flinging blood all over the room and anyone standing nearby, thereby infecting those people as well. This gruesome ending is the reason Ebola spreads so effectively. The virus "weaponizes" the blood, then causes the victim to fling it around on everyone else almost like you might see depicted in some horror zombie flick.

"Haemorrhaging symptoms begin 4 - 5 days after onset, which includes hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, bleeding gums, oral/lip ulceration, hematemesis, melena, hematuria, epistaxis, and vaginal bleeding," reports the Pathogen Safety Data Sheet from the Public Health Agency of Canada. (8) That same publication also explains, "There are no known antiviral treatments available for human infections."

Read that again: There are NO KNOWN TREATMENTS for human infections.

Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor tragically died yesterday from an Ebola infection. Although well trained in infectious disease, even he underestimated the ability of this insidious killer to leap from person to person. Around half of those infected with Ebola die, making it one of the most fatal diseases known to modern medical science. And yet medical staff around the world still aren't exercising sufficient precautions when interfacing with infected patients.

Monsanto and Dept. of Defense help fund pharma company that could earn billions from Ebola treatment
There are some experimental drugs under development by pharma companies that show some promise, but nothing is commercialized yet. (9)

One fascinating development worth investigating further is that TEKMIRA Pharmaceuticals, a company working on an anti-Ebola drug, just received a $1.5 million cash infusion from none other than Monsanto. Click here to read the press release, which states "Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing novel RNAi therapeutics and providing its leading lipid nanoparticle (LNP) delivery technology to pharmaceutical partners."

The money from Monsanto is reportedly related to the company's developed of RNAi technology used in agriculture. The deal is valued at up to $86.2 million, according to the WSJ. (11)

Another press release about Tekmira reveals a $140 million contract with the U.S. military for Ebola treatment drugs:

TKM-Ebola, an anti-Ebola virus RNAi therapeutic, is being developed under a $140 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense's Medical Countermeasure Systems BioDefense Therapeutics (MCS-BDTX) Joint Product Management Office.

Additional Tekmira partnership are listed at this Tekmira web page.

Not to invoke any charges of collusion or conspiracy here, but a whole lot of people are going to have raised eyebrows over the fact that Monsanto just happened to be giving a cash infusion to a key pharma company working on an Ebola cure right in the middle of a highly-publicized Ebola outbreak which could create huge market demand for the drugs. The fact that the U.S. Department of Defense is also involved with all this is going to have alternative news websites digging hard for additional links.

Sadly, the history of medicine reveals that drug companies, the CDC and the WHO have repeatedly played up the severity of disease outbreaks in order to promote sales of treatment drugs. I'm not saying this outbreak isn't very real and very alarming, of course. It is real. But we always have to be suspicious when windfalls profits just happen to line up for certain corporations following global outbreaks of infectious disease. Vaccine manufacturers, remember, made billions off the false swine flu scare, and tens of millions of dollars in stockpiled swine flu vaccines later had to be destroyed by the governments that panicked and purchased them.

Has air travel doomed humanity to a pandemic outbreak?
Air travel creates the "perfect storm" for Ebola to devastate humanity. It all starts with these irrefutable facts about air travel:

1) All passengers are confined to the same enclosed space.

2) All passengers are breathing THE SAME AIR.

3) Ebola can become airborne via very small particles in the air, and just a single Ebola virus riding on a dust particle is sufficient to infect a human being (see below).

4) Following the flight, infected passengers then intermingle with thousands of other people at the airport, each doing to a different unique destination somewhere else across the country or around the world.

5) The speed of air travel vastly out-paces the speed of governments being able to deploy infectious disease prevention teams.

A global pandemic wipeout from Ebola, in other words, could originate from a single person on a single international flight. And it could circle the globe in less than 48 hours.

Just one organism is sufficient to infect a new host
Just how much Ebola virus does it take to infect someone? Alarmingly, as the Public Health Agency of Canada explains, "1 - 10 aerosolized organisms are sufficient to cause infection in humans." (8)

Read that again: it takes just ONE aerosolized organism (a microscopic virus riding on a dust particle) to cause a full-blown infection in humans. This is why one man vomiting on an international flight can infect dozens or hundreds of other people all at once.

Some experts fear that has already happened. As the Daily Mail reports: (1)

Nigerian health officials are in the process of trying to trace 30,000 people, believed to be at risk of contracting the highly-infectious virus, following the death of Patrick Sawyer in Lagos. It comes as Nigerian actor Jim Lyke sparked outrage, posting a picture of himself wearing an Ebola mask while sitting in a first class airport lounge as he fled Liberia.

Dave Hodges of The Commonsense Show reports: (7)

A desperate search is on to find the hundreds of passengers who flew on the same jets as Sawyer. A total of 59 passengers and crew are estimated to have come into contact with Sawyer and effort is being made to track each individual down. There is an inherent problem with this "track down". Presumably, some of the passengers connected to other flights, which known to be the case. Let's just say for the sake of argument that only 20 people, a low estimate given the nature of the airports that Sawyer was traveling in, were connecting to other flights, the spread of the virus would quickly expand beyond any possibility of containment because in less than a half a day, nearly a half a million people would be potentially exposed. Within a matter of a couple of hours, Sawyer's infected fellow travelers would each have made contact with 200 other passengers and crew. Hours later, these flights would land and these people would go home to the friends, families and coworkers across several continents.

CBS News adds: (4)

"Witnesses say Sawyer, a 40-year-old Liberian Finance Ministry employee en route to a conference in Nigeria, was vomiting and had diarrhea aboard at least one of his flights with some 50 other passengers aboard. Ebola can be contracted from traces of feces or vomit, experts say."

American family members quarantined in Texas
A U.S. doctor named Dr. Kent Brantly has reportedly contracted Ebola. "Brantly and the couple's 3- and 5-year-old children left Liberia for a scheduled visit to the United States on July 20. Days later, Kent Brantly quarantined himself in the isolation ward of a hospital where he had been treating Ebola patients after testing positive for the disease," reports CBS News. (3)

That same story goes on to say, "Amber Brantly and the children are in Abilene, Texas, under a 21-day fever watch," which is essentially a quarantine. This means the necessary quarantine of American citizens on U.S. soil has already begun.

Nobody is yet talking about what all this might mean if a large U.S. city shows an outbreak of infections. Will the federal government use the military to quarantine an entire city? Ultimately, it must! And make no mistake: this possibility is already written up and on the books for national emergencies. One declaration of martial law is all that's required to seal off an entire U.S. city at gunpoint.

Another CBS News article reports: (4)

"If it gets into a big city, that's everybody's worse nightmare," said Dr. Tim Geisbert, a professor of microbiology and immunology at University of Texas Medical Branch, in an interview with CBS News. "It gets harder to control then. How do you quarantine a big city?"

The answer, by the way, is by deploying America's armed forces against its own citizens in a domestic national emergency scenario. Everybody in the federal government already knows that. It's only the mainstream media that pretends such plans don't already exist.

Ebola detection kits deployed to all 50 U.S. states
Although the federal government's official reaction to all this is low-key, in truth the U.S. government is rapidly preparing for the possibility of an Ebola outbreak reaching the continental USA.

As reported above, the U.S. Department of Defense already has a $140 million contract awarded to Tekmira for its Ebola treatment drugs.

Additionally, as SHTFplan.com reports: (5)

The Department of Defense informed Congress that it has deployed biological diagnostic systems to National Guard support teams in all 50 states, according to a report published by the Committee on Armed Services. Some 340 Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) units have thus far been given to emergency response personnel. The systems are "rapid, reliable, and [provide] simultaneous identification of specific biological agents and pathogens."

On one hand, we might all applaud the government's preparedness actions in all this. It's smart to have diagnostic systems deployed nationwide, of course. But it begs the question: When was the government planning on telling the public about all this? Probably never. There's no sense in causing a panic when half the people won't survive an outbreak anyway, they figure.

The perfect bioweapon against humanity?
I also need to make you urgently aware that Ebola is a "perfect" bioweapon. Because of its ability to survive storage and still function many days, weeks or years later, it could be very easily harvested from infected victims and then preserved using nothing more than a common food dehydrator.

As the Public Health Agency of Canada explains: (8)

The virus can survive in liquid or dried material for a number of days (23). Infectivity is found to be stable at room temperature or at 4 (C) for several days, and indefinitely stable at -70 C.

To translate this into laymen's terms, this means the Ebola virus can be:

• Stored in a liquid vial and easily smuggled across international borders.

• Dehydrated and stored in a dried state, then easily smuggled.

• Frozen at very low temperatures where it remains viable indefinitely.


Once dried, contained or frozen, Ebola pathogens can be smuggled into target countries with ridiculous ease. In the United States, for example, people can literally walk right through our Southern open borders with zero security whatsoever.

Open borders is an open invitation for bioweapons terrorism
Once inside the target country, a bioweapons terrorist could then easily infect people in public transit hubs such as subway stations, airports, bus stations and so on. Unfortunately, spraying a few Ebola particles into people's faces is ridiculously easy, especially if the terrorist carrying out the activities decides he is on a suicide mission and doesn't care about self-exposure.

An outbreak of Ebola in a major U.S. city would quite literally threaten the public health of the entire nation. That's why an "open borders" policy in the middle of a global Ebola outbreak is unconscionable from the point of view of public health. CDC officials must be tearing their hair out over this issue.

Think about it: America is a country where public health officials freak out and go crazy when two children acquire whooping cough in a public school in Maryland. But when tens of thousands of people are streaming into the country, unbounded, with near-zero medical scrutiny in the middle of an international Ebola outbreak, federal officials do almost nothing at all. If there is an Ebola outbreak in the U.S., this is most likely how it will arrive.





Title: CDC issues emergency 'all-hands' call for Ebola response
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2014, 06:57:30 pm
CDC issues emergency 'all-hands' call for Ebola response
http://news.yahoo.com/cdc-issues-emergency-hands-call-ebola-response-222611995.html
8/6/14

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued its highest alert for an all-hands on deck response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

"Ops Center moved to Level 1 response to given the extension to Nigeria & potential to affect many lives," CDC chief Tom Frieden said on Twitter.

Level 1 is the highest on a 1-6 scale and signals that increased staff and resources will be devoted to the outbreak.

"Basically this activation allows us to pull resources from throughout the agency to respond to this," said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner.

He said it was the first time since 2009 that the Level 1 alert had been issued. Back then it was in response to the outbreak of H1N1 flu.

West Africa is experiencing the largest outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in history.

A total of 932 people have died since March in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, red eyes, diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 07, 2014, 06:38:16 am
Expert Panel to Consult on Ebola

crambling to catch up with the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday that it was considering the declaration of an international public health emergency and would convene a panel of experts in coming days to explore the use of experimental treatments for the incurable disease.

The announcements came as fears spread that a Saudi citizen might have taken the Ebola virus home to Saudi Arabia, which is still reeling from a mismanaged epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome that has killed nearly 300 people in the last two years. Saudi news media said that the citizen, a businessman in his 40s, died on Wednesday at King Fahd Hospital in Jidda after exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms, and that Saudi health officials had submitted biological samples from the patient to laboratories in the United States and Germany.

The Saudi accounts emphasized that the illness had not yet been identified. Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the World Health Organization in Geneva, said in an email that the patient appeared to have visited affected areas in Sierra Leone.

The organization also announced 108 new Ebola cases recorded from Saturday to Monday, bringing the total to 1,711, with 932 deaths. Nearly all are in the West African countries afflicted by the outbreak: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Late Wednesday, Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, declared a state of emergency, saying that some civil rights might be suspended to help slow the spread of the disease.

But in a sign of the spread of the disease internationally, the organization listed five new cases in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, bringing the Nigerian total to nine. The virus was discovered to have leapfrogged there by plane last week, carried by an American who had been working in Liberia and died in a Nigerian hospital.

A patient at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, however, was found not to have the virus, officials said Wednesday, and was improving.

The health organization said an emergency committee of international experts was evaluating whether the Ebola outbreak constituted a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” a classification that has only rarely been invoked to combat deadly contagions. The classification gives health authorities greater powers that include quarantining people in affected areas. The committee’s recommendations are expected by Friday.

In a separate announcement, the organization said it was convening a panel of medical ethicists to explore the use of experimental treatments for Ebola, which has a mortality rate as high as 90 percent. The virus causes high fevers, aches and severe internal bleeding.

“We are in an unusual situation in this outbreak,” Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, the W.H.O.'s assistant director general, said in the announcement. “We need to ask the medical ethicists to give us guidance on what the responsible thing to do is.”

Several experimental options are under development, including a drug administered to two Americans who had been working with Ebola patients in Liberia through Christian relief groups. Both were flown to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and have shown improvement, causing an international debate over why Americans were given the drug when hundreds of Africans have died without access to it.

The W.H.O.'s announcement also cited the relief group workers’ apparent response to the drug, saying it had “raised questions about whether medicine that has never been tested and shown to be safe in people should be used in the outbreak and, given the extremely limited amount of medicine available, if it is used, who should receive it.”

Asked about such treatments, President Obama told a news conference in Washington it was premature for him to say, but he did not rule it out. “We’ve got to let the science guide us,” he said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/07/world/africa/who-weighing-emergency-decree-on-ebola.html?_r=0


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 07, 2014, 06:44:40 am
‘God is angry with Liberia,’ local religious leaders say, blaming Ebola on ‘homosexualism’

Amid the reports emerging out of Liberia, it’s difficult to discern what is true and what isn’t. But the fear they carry is undeniable: Fear of the disease, fear of dead bodies, fear that God himself has sent down a terrible plague to blight the people of Liberia for their transgressions.

There are local reports that “armed men” are allegedly trying to poison wells “to kill in the name of Ebola.” There are reports that the government is dumping bodies by the truckload at a mass grave on the west bank of a river and nearby residents fret over water contamination. And there are Reuters reports of bodies lying in the streets of Liberia’s capital Monrovia for days.
In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)
Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. (AP Photo/Samaritan’s Purse)

The Ebola pandemic — which has killed 887 in West Africa including 255 in Liberia — has terrified people so much that some local leaders discern divine meaning in it. According to Front Page Africa and the Daily Observer, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on Tuesday for all residents to fast for three days and pray for forgiveness.

“Relying on His divine guidance for our survival as a nation,” she announced, “I call on all Liberians to observe three days of national fast and prayer to seek God’s face to have mercy on us and forgive our sins and heal our land, Liberia, as we continue to fight against the deadly Ebola virus.”

That followed a recent recommendation by the Liberian Council of Churches, which said in a statement last week the outbreak has Biblical implications. “God is angry with Liberia,” the religious leaders said, according to the Daily Observer. “Ebola is a plague. Liberians have to pray and seek God’s forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism, etc.) that continue to penetrate our society. As Christians, we must repent and seek God’s forgiveness.”
epa04339118 Liberian military police are deployed at the burial site for victims of the Ebola virus in Johnsonville outside Monrovia, Liberia 02 August 2014. The military police were called in to control youths from the Johnsonville community who staged a protest against the governments decision to bury Ebola victims in Johnsonville. World Health Organization head Margaret Chan told leaders of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak who meet in Guinea 01 August 2014 to launch a 75 million euro response plan that the outbreak is spreading faster than efforts to control it. Over 729 people have died of Ebola in West Africa in 2014 making it the world's deadliest outbreak to date according to statistics from the United Nations. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO
Liberian military police are deployed at the burial site for victims of the Ebola virus in Johnsonville outside Monrovia, Liberia, on Aug. 2, 2014. (AHMED JALLANZO/EPA)

The statement then urged people to stay home. But while it would seem an intuitive method of controlling the disease, the act of staying put, according to Reuters, can mean medical workers and patients fail to show up at clinics, frustrating overtaxed government agencies with few resources to combat what’s now a full-blown pandemic. Many Liberians remain deeply distrustful of Western medicine, and don’t want to go to the hospital if they start feeling unwell, reported Reuters’s Clair MacDougall and Daniel Flynn.

Some sick villagers in Paynesville outside Monrovia, for instance, forbid government aid workers entry to their house, the Daily Observer reported. “Family members there refused to talk to them,” one villager said. “They even claimed that the team was there because they wanted to remove the kidneys of [the sick] if they followed the team to a nearby health facility for testing.”

As a result of such misgivings, the bodies are piling up in Monrovia: in the rivers, in front of houses, in streets. As seen in video captured by France 24, one suspected Ebola victim died underneath a tree, on top of stones, in a red skirt. Concerned neighbors viewed her corpse from afar as health workers draped her in a white sheet.

Two more bodies, cloaked in white body bags, bobbed in a city lake off a main thoroughfare, according to a lengthy Front Page Africa report. Motorists said they contacted the health ministry, but no one showed up, so the bodies remained in the lake, floating. “There are dead bodies all over the place and they now know that it’s real,” Agence France-Presse recently quoted the Liberian president saying. “This is very, very serious; it’s very nearing a catastrophe.”

In another section of Monrovia, Reuters reported, two men who had shown symptoms of Ebola died in the streets — and then lay there undisturbed for four days before government workers picked them up. “They both gave up and dropped dead on the ground on the street of Clara Town,” one resident told the news organization.

Other relatives of the dead were seen dragging corpses onto the street and leaving them there. “They are therefore removing the bodies from their homes and are putting them out in the street,” Information Minister Lewis Brown told Reuters. “They’re exposing themselves to the risk of being contaminated. We’re asking people to please leave the bodies in their homes and we’ll pick them up.”

The issue of what to do with the bodies, once collected, has confounded local officials who have struggled with whether to cremate them or bury them — and where. Few communities want to take the bodies, according to the Daily Observer. One man told the paper that bodies had been disposed of on his private land.

“I’m not asking them to pay me for my land,” he told the paper. “I’m going to take the authorities to task for illegally using my land to bury dead bodies.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/06/god-is-angry-with-liberia-ebola-is-a-plague/


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 07, 2014, 06:45:24 am
Senegal President: Ebola Outbreak Is ‘A Threat Against Humanity’

The president of Senegal is warning that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a “threat against humanity.”

Speaking during a panel at the U.S.-Africa Summit Tuesday, President Macky Sall stated this his nation is “in the eye of the cyclone” with his neighboring countries dealing with the outbreak.

“I will tell the international community that Ebola is a devastating virus. It is not an African disease,” Sall said on the panel, according to Breitbart News. “You have to see this virus as a threat against humanity. It is a threat against humanity because with intercontinental flights, all you need is a flight to the U.S. or Europe so that you have a world crisis.”

Sall’s comments came as Nigerian health authorities acknowledged Tuesday that they did not immediately quarantine a sick airline passenger who later died of Ebola, announcing that eight health workers who had direct contact with him were now in isolation with symptoms of the disease.

Ebola, which can cause victims to bleed from the eyes and mouths before a grisly death, has killed nearly 900 people across four countries in West Africa.

The outbreak, which emerged in March, spread to Nigeria in late July when Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old American of Liberian descent, flew from Liberia’s capital to the megacity of Lagos. The announcement that Sawyer was not immediately quarantined underscores concerns that West Africa is ill-equipped to contain such a disease.

By contrast, two American aid workers who were infected with Ebola in Liberia received an experimental drug and were flown in a chartered jet to Atlanta, where they are being treated in a hospital isolation unit. Ebola concerns in the U.S. have led some worried people to hospital emergency rooms, and prompted Ebola testing of at least six patients, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The tests that have completed have all been negative, the federal agency said Tuesday.

Experts say people infected with Ebola can spread the disease only through their bodily fluids and after they show symptoms. Since the incubation period can last up to three weeks, some of the Nigerians who treated Sawyer are only now showing signs of illness that can mimic many common tropical illnesses — fever, muscle aches and vomiting.

Initially authorities told reporters that the risk of any exposure to others was minimal because Sawyer was whisked into isolation after arriving at the airport with symptoms of Ebola.

But Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris said Tuesday that the nature of his disease “was not known” the first day, and only after further investigation did they suspect Ebola. Sawyer’s sister had died in Liberia from the disease, which has no proven cure or treatment.

“They went back to the history and they were like ‘Oh, this is Liberia,’ and that’s why he was put into isolation,” he told reporters. “So even in that window period it was possible that some of these people got infected.”

A doctor who cared for Sawyer has tested positive for the disease, and seven other health workers are now showing symptoms so have been placed in isolation. They are among 14 people who had “serious direct contact” with Sawyer, most of them at the hospital, Idris said. Authorities say they are also following the conditions of 56 other people who had “primary contact” with Sawyer — presumably less at risk than those in the first group.

Ben Neuman, a virologist and Ebola expert at Britain’s University of Reading, said doctors during an outbreak save lives “by responding bravely and quickly when someone is sick.” That involves a measure of risk, as is seen now by the exposure in Nigeria.

“The thing to watch going forward is how this changes infection control practices in Nigeria and around the world if a situation like this occurs again,” he said.

The official death toll for the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola now stands at 887, according to the World Health Organization. All but Sawyer have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where government officials said hundreds of troops were being deployed across the country to enforce quarantines.

Three of six missionaries in isolation in a Liberian hospital have tested positive for the virus, including Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, according to Spain’s San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Catholic humanitarian group that runs hospitals around the world.

Health officials in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, worked to prevent the virus from spreading in Lagos, where millions of people live in densely crowded conditions. The Lagos state health commissioner acknowledged that state health authorities need volunteers to help track down the people who may have come into contact with the eight suspected cases in quarantine.

“You may have two family contacts, you may have many family contacts,” he said. “You need people who will go out and chase all these people.”

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/08/06/senegal-president-ebola-outbreak-is-a-threat-against-humanity/


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 07, 2014, 07:51:29 am
   25 Critical Facts About This Ebola Outbreak That Every American Needs To Know

Ebola Nightmare - Public DomainWhat would a global pandemic look like for a disease that has no cure and that kills more than half of the people that it infects?  Let's hope that we don't get to find out, but what we do know is that more than 100 health workers that were on the front lines of fighting this disease have ended up getting it themselves.  The top health officials in the entire world are sounding the alarm and the phrase "out of control" is constantly being thrown around by professionals with decades of experience.  So should average Americans be concerned about Ebola?  If so, how bad could an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. potentially become?  The following are 25 critical facts about this Ebola outbreak that every American needs to know... (Read More....)
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/25-critical-facts-about-this-ebola-outbreak-that-every-american-needs-to-know


   What Will It Mean If The Potential Ebola Victim In New York City Actually Has The Virus?

Ebola In New York CityOn Monday, we learned that a "possible Ebola patient" was being treated at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  We are being told that this individual recently returned from a country in Africa where there have been confirmed cases of Ebola.  So that would narrow it down to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.  The patient is being described as a male "with high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms".  The hospital says that "necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff".  But could you imagine the panic that is going to be created if there actually is a confirmed case of Ebola in the heart of New York City?  There is nothing in the post-World War II era that would even be comparable.  Certainly 9/11 created fear for a short period of time, but a full-blown Ebola outbreak would create a panic that could potentially last for months or even years. (Read More....)
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/what-will-it-mean-if-the-potential-ebola-victim-in-new-york-city-actually-has-the-virus


   CDC Getting Dozens Of Calls ‘About People Who Are Ill After Traveling In Africa’

Telephone - Public DomainShould we be alarmed that the CDC has received "several dozen calls" from hospitals around the country "about people who are ill after traveling in Africa"?  As you will read about below, a lot more Ebola testing has been going on around the nation than we have been hearing about in the mainstream media.  I can understand the need to keep people calm, but don't we have a right to know what is really going on?  And the media has also been very quiet about the fact that Ebola is now potentially spreading to even more countries.  As you will read about below, a Liberian man just died from Ebola in Morocco, and a man that traveled to Saudi Arabia from Sierra Leone on Sunday night is being tested for Ebola after exhibiting "symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever".  Top officials in the U.S. keep assuring us that everything is going to be just fine, but the truth is that this is a crisis that is beginning to spiral out of control. On Tuesday, the CDC told Time Magazine that it had received dozens of calls from all over the United States about people that had gotten sick after traveling to Africa... (Read More....)
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/cdc-getting-dozens-of-calls-about-people-who-are-ill-after-traveling-in-africa


   It Is Becoming Clear – We Are NOT Prepared For An Ebola Pandemic

Ebola Symptoms - CDCThe United States is woefully unprepared for an Ebola outbreak.  If a pandemic were to erupt, the very limited number of hospital labs and isolation units that we currently have would be rapidly overwhelmed.  Yes, we may be able to provide "state of the art care" for a handful of people, but if thousands (or millions) of Americans get the virus you can forget about it.  Our health industry is already stretched incredibly thin, and we simply do not have the resources to handle a tsunami of high risk Ebola patients.  And of course conventional medicine does not have a cure for Ebola anyway.  The "experimental drug" that is being used on the two American health professionals with the disease seems to be helping them, but even if it does turn out to be safe and even if it is approved for the general public it will still be a long time before there is ever enough of the drug for everyone.  So let us hope that we do not see a full-blown Ebola pandemic in this country.  Because if we do, we could potentially see millions of people die. (Read More....)
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/it-is-becoming-clear-we-are-not-prepared-for-an-ebola-pandemic


   What Will You Do If They Make It Mandatory For All Americans To Take An Ebola Vaccine?

Ebola Vaccine - Public DomainAs the Ebola death toll rises and as images of bodies being abandoned in the streets of Liberia are broadcast around the globe, there has been a growing outcry for the scientific community to “do something” about this deadly virus.  And as luck would have it, there is an “experimental Ebola vaccine” that is ready to be tested on humans next month.  If Ebola starts to spread outside of Africa, and especially if it starts spreading inside the United States, people will be absolutely clamoring to get this vaccine.  But will it be safe?  And there will certainly be millions of people that do not want to take this vaccine under any circumstances.  If the outbreak gets bad enough, will it be made mandatory at some point?  If they do make it mandatory for all Americans to take an Ebola vaccine, what will you do? (Read More...)
http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/what-will-you-do-if-they-make-it-mandatory-for-all-americans-to-take-an-ebola-vaccine


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 07, 2014, 10:51:46 am
Rare Recess Hearing to Deal with Ebola Threat

With Ebola claiming more than 900 lives and a handful people in America receiving tests for the deadly virus, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa is convening a hearing Thursday to examine the threat.

“Around the country there is a heightened sense of concern. Hopefully we don’t go beyond the concern and containment is the key here,” Subcommittee Chairman Chris Smith (R-NJ) said during a C-SPAN interview Thursday morning.

“We’re going to be talking about all things, including some of the potentially powerful drugs that might be able to overcome this horrific disease that just has such a high mortality rate,” he said, going on to add that the epidemic “is not even close to being over.”

Thursday afternoon’s hearing will feature Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID Ariel Pablos-Méndez, and the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs Bisa Williams.

A second panel will testify before the subcommittee following the government officials. The Vice President of Program and Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse Ken Isaacs and missionary Frank Glover are both scheduled to appear before the congressional panel.

In announcing the hearing, Smith called the current situation “the worst outbreak of Ebola in history,” a sentiment echoed by one of the hearings witnesses this week.

"This is the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history," CNN quoted Frieden Wednesday.

The most recent outbreak has been centered in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. To be sure, there have been Ebola scares in the United States, however to date there have been no confirmed cases of the disease in the U.S.

The CDC however, has declined to identify to Breitbart News what states have seen patients tested for the disease.

Wednesday, President Obama downplayed concerns somewhat after a U.S.-Africa Summit which saw two African leaders decline an invitation to Washington, D.C. in order to deal with the outbreaks.

“What we do know is that the Ebola virus, both currently and in the past, is controllable if you have a strong public health infrastructure in place,” Obama said at a post-summit press conference.

“Despite, obviously, the extraordinary pain and hardship of the families and persons who have been affected and despite the fact that we have to take this very seriously, it is important to remind ourselves this is not an airborne disease,” Obama added. “This is one that can be controlled and contained very effectively if we use the right protocols.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/07/Rare-Recess-Hearing-to-Deal-with-Ebola-Threat


Title: U.S. Health Authorities Concealing Number of Suspected Ebola Victims From Public
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 07, 2014, 12:57:55 pm
http://www.infowars.com/u-s-health-authorities-concealing-number-of-suspected-ebola-victims-from-public/

U.S. Health Authorities Concealing Number of Suspected Ebola Victims From Public
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta: At least 6 tested for Ebola in NYC

8/5/14

In an apparent attempt to avoid hysteria, U.S. health authorities are withholding details about a number of suspected Ebola victims from the public.

During a segment concerning the admission of a potential Ebola victim at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta revealed that there have been at least six cases at the hospital which prompted doctors to test for Ebola but that the details were not divulged publicly.

“There have been about a half a dozen patients who have had their blood tested because of concern, those particular patients their stories were not made public,” said Gupta, adding, “I’m not sure if that’s because of heightened concern by the hospital or what that means exactly.”

Gupta also appeared to suggest that patients being tested for the Ebola virus were not being kept in isolation when he stated, “This isn’t the kind of thing that they worry about spreading to other patients in the hospital, spreading to people who are walking around the hospital. This is not an airborne virus.”


However, at least in the case of the patient who was made public yesterday, hospital officials said the individual was immediately put into isolation as a precaution.

As we reported yesterday, despite health authorities downplaying the likelihood of Ebola going airborne, studies by Canadian scientists suggest that this is in fact likely, at least to a limited degree.

The Public Health Agency of Canada’s official website also states that “airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected, although it has not yet been conclusively demonstrated.”

The CDC has urged airline staff to take steps to prevent the airborne spread of the virus, including giving suspected Ebola victims surgical masks as well as directing staff to “not use compressed air, which might spread infectious material through the air.”


Title: CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 07, 2014, 06:07:10 pm
CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented
http://news.yahoo.com/cdc-director-scale-ebola-crisis-unprecedented-193229758--politics.html
8/7/14

WASHINGTON (AP) — The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday.

The next few weeks will be critical, said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is sending more workers into the affected countries to help.

"It will be a long and hard fight," Frieden told a congressional committee Thursday.

In his prepared testimony, he estimated it would take at least three to six months to end the outbreak, under what he called a best-case scenario.

Frieden said the outbreak, which began in March, is unprecedented in part because it's in a region of Africa that never has dealt with Ebola before and has particularly weak health systems. He said the outbreak's two main drivers are lack of infection control as both health workers and families care for the sick and risky burial practices.

More than 1,700 people have been sickened in the current outbreak, in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Nearly 1,000 have died, according to the World Health Organization, or WHO.

On Thursday Frieden said there's no way to know exactly how accurate that count is, or whether some cases are going unreported.

"The data coming out is kind of a fog-of-war situation," he said.

A medical charity told the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee that the world was too slow to react to the crisis, until recent headlines about two American aid workers who became infected in Liberia and were flown to the U.S. for care.

"Ebola is out of control in West Africa, and we are starting to see panic now around the world," said Ken Isaacs, vice president at Samaritan's Purse.

The two American aid workers, who were flown to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, "seem to get a little better every day," Isaacs said.

Frieden didn't rule out the possibility that a traveler could arrive in the U.S. unknowingly infected with Ebola. But he said he is confident there will not be a large Ebola outbreak here. The CDC has put hospitals on alert for symptoms and to check whether people are recent travelers so that they can promptly isolate any suspected cases until proper testing can be done.

Frieden said it is possible to stop the outbreak in West Africa using tried-and-true public health measures: find and isolate all possible patients, track down everyone they could have exposed, educate the public about risks and ensure health workers follow proper infection control. The virus is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is sick.

Any case missed or exposed person lost to follow-up could keep the outbreak going.

"If you leave behind even a single burning ember, it's like a forest fire," he said. "It flares back up."

Isaacs of Samaritan's Purse said that a huge problem will be persuading African communities to abandon the traditional practice of washing the body and kissing the corpse immediately after death, when the body is most infectious. He said aid workers have been attacked when trying to intervene, and that some physicians in Liberia even mocked the existence of the Ebola virus, shunning protection around patients.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a national state of emergency this week, and officials said Thursday that no one with a fever would be allowed in or out of the country. In the capital, there were reports of bodies abandoned in the streets. Relatives have been hiding feverish patients at home for fear that if they are brought to isolation centers and don't have Ebola, they will catch it.

Troops were deployed there and in Sierra Leone to stem movement of possibly infected people. According to the WHO, Liberia and Sierra Leone account for more than 60 percent of the deaths so far.

On Thursday, Frieden said Guinea was furthest along in responding to the outbreak although it is still spread there.

The World Bank Group on Monday pledged as much as $200 million in emergency funding to fight the outbreak, including paying for urgently needed medical supplies, medical staff salaries and lab networks. On Thursday, the U.S. Agency for International Development said it was sending tens of thousands of protective suits for health care workers.

At least one of the affected countries, Nigeria, has requested access to the experimental drug ZMapp, used on the two American aid workers. U.S. health officials have stressed that only extremely limited doses exist, the drug hasn't ever been tested in people and there's no proof it helped the two Americans. They have said it would take several months to make enough even for a small study.

"The plain fact is that we don't know whether that treatment is helpful, harmful or doesn't have any impact," Frieden told the congressional subcommittee. He added, "I don't want any false hopes out there."


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 07, 2014, 07:15:16 pm
CDC issues highest level alert amid Ebola outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised their emergency response to the Ebola outbreak to level 1.

This is the highest level of emergency response at the CDC and, according to an agency spokesperson, it has been activated because of the surge of personnel being sent into the affected countries. The CDC’s emergency operations center is now assisting the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, which specializes in the study and research of Ebola.

As of Wednesday, there are 240 CDC staff members working on the Ebola response, with 30 in the affected regions and more en route.

According to the CDC, level 1 is “all hands on deck.” The CDC has only been to level 1 three times in the history of the emergency operations center, which opened in 2003. Previously, it was activated for Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed at least 932 people, according to the World Health Organization.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/08/07/cdc-issues-highest-level-alert-amid-ebola-outbreak/?cmpid=NL_fntop


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 07, 2014, 09:52:19 pm
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/08/07/CDC-Chief-Ebola-spread-to-United-States-inevitable
CDC Chief: Ebola's Spread to the United States 'Inevitable'
8/7/14

Thursday at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health hearing titled, “Combating the Ebola Threat,” the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden said "We are all connected and inevitably there will be travelers, American citizens" who will travel in the infected African countries and come "here with symptoms."

He added, "It is certainly possible that we could have ill people in the US who develop Ebola after having been exposed elsewhere."

The Associated Press reported "one man with dual US-Liberian citizenship has died from Ebola, after becoming sick on a plane from Monrovia to Lagos and exposing as many as seven other people in Nigeria."

Today the CDC, announced it has moved to a "level 1" alert to combat the Ebola outbreak in the African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Liberia. According to the World Health Organization the virus has killed 932 people since March.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 09, 2014, 06:11:28 am
The Liberian slum where Ebola spreads death among killer virus 'deniers'

Blue crosses on houses in New Kru Town mark the few residences to have complied with the advice of visiting health officials, while countless others rely on prayer and witchcraft to fend off Ebola in Monrovia

 If ever there was a likely spot for an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, New Kru Town in Liberia is it. A sprawling slum of the country's war-ravaged capital, Monrovia, it is home to 50,000 people, and has next to no functioning lavatories, sinks or bathrooms.

Sewage runs openly through its maze of corrugated shacks, and in Liberia's wet season – at its height right now – tropical torrents turn it into one vast, warm, moist, breeding pool for germs.

It hardly feels surprising then, in the wake of several locals dying from Ebola, to see health teams daubing blue crosses on a number of shacks around town.

These, however, are not to identify those who have caught the disease, but to mark the relatively few New Kru Towners who have been visited by the teams and accepted their advice on how to avoid getting it. So far, only around 500 houses have been marked – and with health workers themselves accused of spreading the disease, some parts of New Kru Town remain decidedly hostile.

"This is a very poor neighbourhood where sanitation is lacking and people are not well educated in the principles of hygiene," said Tamba Bundor, leader of a team of hardy volunteers from local health charity Community Development Services, a Unicef partner, as he drove his car through wet, sandy backlanes.

REST: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/liberia/11020768/The-Liberian-slum-where-Ebola-spreads-death-among-killer-virus-deniers.html


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 09, 2014, 06:41:10 pm
http://www.680news.com/2014/08/08/brampton-civic-hospital-treating-patient-from-africa-with-flu-like-symptoms/
8/8/14
Brampton Civic Hospital(Canada) treating patient from Africa with flu-like symptoms

A Brampton hospital is taking precautionary measures after a patient who recently travelled to Canada from Nigeria came down with a fever and other flu-like symptoms.

The patient arrived at the emergency department at William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital on Friday.

“Osler sees and treats several patients a week with similar symptoms because of its proximity to the airport and over the last week, has put in heightened infection control protocols as a precautionary measure due to the emerging situation in West Africa,” the spokesperson said.

West Africa is currently dealing with an Ebola outbreak.

“Osler medical experts are working closely with Peel Public Health to confirm a diagnosis,” the hospital said.

On Saturday afternoon, the Ontario Ministry of Health said results of the testing were expected within 24 hours from samples sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

Allison McGeer, Infectious Disease Consultant with Mount Sinai Hospital, told 680News that the likelihood that the person has Ebola is “very small,” but says hospitals must take necessary precautions and follow protocol when dealing with anyone who has a fever and has travelled to a high-risk area.

Dr. Eric Hoskins Minister of Health and Long-Term Care released the following statement on Friday night:

The health and safety of all Ontarians is my top priority. I have been closely monitoring the situation in West Africa since this outbreak began and I know that health professionals in Ontario have been alert to possible cases of Ebola in patients who have been traveling in affected regions.

I am aware that we are currently testing a patient who recently travelled from West Africa. Initial signs and symptoms of Ebola are similar to many more common diseases. One such disease relevant to African travel is malaria. There are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in Ontario.

I am in close contact with our Chief Medical Officer of Health, and we are working with our health system partners to monitor and manage the situation. From the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa we have taken steps to ensure our health system is prepared should a returning traveler be suspected of having the disease. With the experience and lessons learned from the SARS epidemic, our hospitals have sophisticated infection control systems and procedures to protect health providers, patients, and all Ontarians, and are fully equipped to deal with any potential cases of Ebola.

As Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and as a public health doctor with many years’ experience working with infectious diseases in Africa, I am confident that Ontario is prepared and ready to contain and treat any potential case of Ebola in our province.

I will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide regular updates.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 09, 2014, 06:53:03 pm
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/07/ebola-experts-describe-atmosphere-in-west-africa-as-apocalyptic.html
8/7/14
Ebola Experts Warn of an African ‘Apocalypse’
At an emergency hearing Thursday, leaders of the fight against Ebola gave updates on the situation in Africa and the future of the deadly disease’s possible spread.

At an emergency hearing in Washington on Thursday afternoon, major players in the fight against Ebola in West Africa addressed the outbreak that has stolen the lives of more than 900. Leaders from health agencies and humanitarian efforts addressed the need for increased support, as one called the current state of affairs in West Africa “apocalyptic.”

Rep. Christopher Smith, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, opened the hearing by urging the speakers to clear the air on a “grave issue” that has “gripped” the mass media for weeks. “We hope to gain a realistic understanding of what we’re up against while avoiding sensationalism,” he told the floor. Here are the takeaways:

The outbreak is getting worse.

It’s already an unprecedented outbreak, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says, and the number of infected and killed by Ebola will likely soon outnumber all other Ebola outbreaks in the past 32 years combined. According to the CDC, there have already been more than 1,700 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, and more than 900 deaths—numbers that Frieden later called “too foggy” to be definitive. Ken Isaacs, the vice president of Program and Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse, painted an even bleaker picture. According to the World Health Organization, West Africa has counted 1,711 diagnoses and 932 deaths, already, which could represent only a small fraction of the true number. “We believe that these numbers represent just 25 to 50 percent of what is happening,” said Isaacs.

The atmosphere in West Africa is “apocalyptic.”

In a six-hour meeting with the president of Liberia last week, Isaacs said workers from Samaritan’s Purse and SIM watched as the “somber” officials explained the gravity of the situation in their countries, where hundreds lie dead in the streets. “It has an atmosphere of apocalypse,” Isaacs said of the Liberia Ministry of Health’s status updates. “Bodies lying in the street…gangs threatening to burn down hospitals. I believe this disease has the potential to be a national security risk for many nations. Our response has been a failure.” Isaacs says that the epidemic is inciting panic worldwide that, in his opinion, may soon be warranted. “We have to fight it now here or we’re going to have to fight it somewhere else.”

It’s unclear how many “serums” are available in the U.S.

Frieden explained that the government is looking carefully into any possible treatment for the infection but stressed that because of “rapidly evolving” information, it is unclear how many of the potentially life-saving Ebola “serums” are available. “I can’t tell you definitively how many courses there are,” said Frieden. “I heard there are a handful—fewer than the fingers of one hand. Some manufacturers have reportedly said they can make some, but some companies are saying it could take months. I don’t have definitive information.” Frieden further reiterated that Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are the first two humans to be given the treatment, suggesting that even if additional treatments were available, using them may not be ethical. “Whatever happens with these individuals…we still do not know from their experience whether these drugs work. Antibodies are only one part of our response to an illness—in other conditions antibodies can make a disease worse. It’s too soon to know.”

The international response has been disastrous.

Isaacs, head of the humanitarian agency for which Brantly worked, vehemently condemned the international community for a response that he considers both delayed and insufficient. “The disease is uncontained and out of control. The international response has been a failure,” he said. With three of the poorest nations in the world affected, West Africa is extremely ill-prepared for the disaster—a fact, Isaacs argued, that necessitates a stronger response. “The ministries of health in these countries do not have the capacity to handle this. If a mechanism is not found, the world will be effectively relegating the containment of this disease to three of the poorest nations in the world,” he said, adding later: “Is the world willing to let the public health of the world be in their hands?”

Writebol and Dr. Brantly are “getting better.”

When asked for an update on the current status of the two American workers being treated at Emory University in Atlanta after contracting the disease in Liberia, Isaacs said they were “getting better every day.” He was not able to confirm whether either can be classified as stable. “I don’t think [their recovery] will be fast,” he said. “I will say that they seem to have gotten better. We appreciate that they are getting good treatment—we pray that they will survive.”

But their introduction back to the U.S. will be painful.

In the days since the two American workers have returned to America, Samaritan’s Purse has heard widespread concern about their reintegration. “People are afraid to get around them—husbands, wives, no one knows if it’s safe,” he said. “We are doing everything we can to give them a safe place to be, but imagine how difficult it is for American citizens—and all citizens—to suffer from this,” he said. Some from the communities where the two Americans came from reportedly have expressed concern about them infecting other residents. “This is a nasty, bloody disease; I could give you descriptions of people dying that you cannot even believe.”

Doctors in the Ebola-infected countries are in desperate need of supplies.

Dr. Frank Glover, a missionary with SIM who also testified at the hearing, expressed frustration at the affected countries’ lack of personal protective gear (PPG), which he says is increasing the spread of infections significantly. Glover says the doctors and nurses in these areas, particularly Liberia, are “terrified” to enter the hospitals because of a lack of proper gloves, goggles, and gowns that are needed to protect them. “The No. 1 cause of infections in Liberia is lack of protective gear. It’s unconscionable that we’re asking them to take care of people without gloves. If we’re putting people on the line, we owe it to them to give them a fighting chance.”

The quarantined towns are in desperate need of other vital support systems.

Rep. Karen Bass, a standing member on Smith’s subcommittee who spoke with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, says the quarantined areas in West Africa are in desperate need of basic supplies like food and water. “Health care is a human right. We must ensure these countries have what they need to fight for it,” she said. Both Isaacs and Glover also expressed concern over the lack of education in West Africa about both the symptoms and proper response that should be taken in the wake of an infection. “A poster on the wall saying ‘Ebola kills’ isn’t going to do it,” said Isaacs. “They need education.” Grover cited the 14-year civil war in Liberia, which left millions illiterate, as one of the main roadblocks in educating the country.

The U.S. may not be prepared to treat American relief workers should they get infected.

According to Isaacs, of the Samaritan’s Purse, the plane that flew Writebol and Brantly to safety in Atlanta is the sole vehicle of that kind in existence. “There is only one airplane in the world with one chamber to carry a Level 4 pathogenic victim. One—and it’s in the U.S,” said Isaacs. “There is no other aircraft in the world.” Isaacs says that unless the Department of Defense is secretly in possession of another aircraft, then the U.S. will not have the power to evacuate more than one American relief worker at a time, should they get infected. “If the U.S. is going to expect CDC people [to be in these nations], there has to be assurance that we can care for them when they are sick.”

The disease could spread to other countries.

Isaacs, whose warnings to Congress about the urgency for a better response prompted Thursday’s meeting, says he is gravely concerned about the future. After first observing the outbreak in April, he’s watched the disease spread furiously across West Africa with little to no effective international support. “I think we are going to see death tolls in numbers that we can’t imagine,” said Isaacs. “If we do not fight and contain this disease, we will be fighting this and containing this in multiple countries across the world. The cat is, most likely, already out of the bag.”


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 09, 2014, 06:55:40 pm
http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/170078/benin-reports-two-ebola-cases.html
Benin reports two Ebola cases
8/8/14

Benin has reported two cases of the deadly Ebola virus in the west African country.

Health Ministry official Aboubacar Moufiliatou said that a man suspected to have contracted the virus had died.

"Fortunately, blood samples have been taken from the deceased patient to examine if his death was linked with Ebola," Moufililatou told the state television Thursday night.

He said another man has been quarantined after showing symptoms of the deadly virus after returning from the Nigerian city of Lagos.

"Blood tests from the suspected case will be conducted in laboratories approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) to confirm or deny the infection," he said.

The WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an "international public health emergency" as the virus reportedly continues to spread through the region in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

According to the latest WHO report, Ebola has killed 932 people in West Africa.

The Ebola virus, a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals and also spreads through contact with the body fluids of an infected person or someone who has died of the disease.

Medical doctors say common symptoms of Ebola include high fever and headaches, followed by bleeding from openings in the body.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 09, 2014, 10:24:12 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-starting-economic-toll-region-130641888.html
Ebola starting to take an economic toll in region
8/9/14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caterpillar has evacuated a handful of employees from Liberia. Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd. has suspended a drilling project. British Airways has canceled flights to the region. ExxonMobil and Chevron are waiting to see whether health officials can contain the danger.

The Ebola outbreak, which has claimed nearly 1,000 lives, is disrupting business and inflicting economic damage in the three African countries at the center of the crisis: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. So far, analysts say the crisis doesn't threaten the broader African or global economies.

"We must make sure it is controlled and contained as quickly as possible," said Olusegun Aganga, trade minister in Nigeria, which has confirmed nine cases of Ebola. "Once that is done, I don't think it will have a lasting impact on the economy."

The World Health Organization on Friday declared the outbreak an international public health emergency. The WHO didn't recommend any travel or trade bans. But it cautioned anyone who had had close contact with Ebola patients to avoid international travel and urged exit screenings at international airports and border crossings.

"When you have a widespread outbreak of Ebola, you can end up with a panic," said John Campbell, senior fellow for Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. "People won't go to work. Expatriates will leave. Economic activity will slow. Fields won't get planted."

The World Bank estimates that the outbreak will shrink economic growth in Guinea, where the crisis emerged in March, from 4.5 percent to 3.5 percent this year.


Ama Egyaba Baidu-Forson, an economist at IHS Global Insight who focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, is cutting her forecasts for growth this year in Liberia and Sierra Leone. She warned that prices would rise as food and other staples become scarce and that the region's already fragile governments would run up big budget deficits in fighting Ebola.

Baidu-Forson says the countries hit by Ebola ultimately could require financial help from the International Monetary Fund.

In the meantime, multinational companies that do business in the resource-rich region are scrambling to respond to the crisis. Among them:

— Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc., based in Peoria, Illinois, has "evacuated less than 10 people" from Liberia, company spokeswoman Barbara Cox said by email. In a statement, Caterpillar said: "The health and safety of our people is our top priority.... We will continue to monitor the situation closely."

— British Airways has announced that it's suspending flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone through Aug. 31 "due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries."

— Tawana Resources, an Australian iron-ore company, said it had suspended "all non-essential field activities within Liberia" and sent all non-essential African workers, expatriates and contractors home.

— London-based mining company African Minerals has begun imposing health checks and travel restrictions on employees in the region.

— Canadian Overseas Petroleum, based in Calgary, has stopped drilling in Liberia. And some of its expatriate employees have left the country.

— ExxonMobil said in a statement that its offices remain open and that "we're taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of our employees." The company has offices in Liberia, Nigeria and several other African nations.

— Chevron, which has an office in the Liberian capital of Monrovia and is in the process of exploring for oil off Liberia's coast, said it's "closely monitoring the outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa." But the company wouldn't say whether it was withdrawing any employees or taking any other steps as a result of the outbreak.

So far, the economic damage has not affected West Africa's biggest economy, Nigeria's, though the disease has already spread to that country.

"It's not stopped commerce; it's not stopped buying," said Danladi Verheijen, managing director of the investment firm Verod Capital. "The flights are still full going into Nigeria."

Timi Austen-Peters, chairman of the Nigerian engineering and manufacturing firm Dorman Long, met in Washington on Friday with investors who were interested in Africa. Ebola, he says, didn't come up in the discussion.

"We were having a good old-fashioned business meeting," he says. "They were not in any way spooked."


Title: Germany Quarantines Patient With Suspected Ebola
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 10, 2014, 04:49:36 pm
Germany Quarantines Patient With Suspected Ebola
http://en.ria.ru/society/20140810/191881629/Germany-Quarantines-Patient-With-Suspected-Ebola.html
8/10/14

MOSCOW, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - German doctors have isolated a patient showing symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, Bild newspaper writes Sunday.

A man who recently came from Sierra Leone, where the virus has already claimed 12 lives, sought medical help on Saturday due to high fever and nausea. He was admitted to the emergency room of a Hamburg hospital and isolated. He was later transferred to the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf accompanied by a convoy of six police cars. It remains unclear whether the patient had any contact with Ebola-infected people in Africa.

At the end of last month, Hamburg's Bernhard-Nocht-Institute agreed to accept Ebola patients for treatment as requested from the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Saturday, a Canadian patient showing symptoms of what could possibly be Ebola virus was quarantined near Toronto upon his arrival from Nigeria.

Ebola symptoms resemble those of flu, and include fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and bleeding.

Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria have declared the state of emergency due to the worst Ebola outbreak in history and the first to occur in West Africa. The virus has killed 961 people as of August 6, with 1,779 infected, according to the World Health Organization.

WHO announced the virus outbreak an emergency situation of international importance on Friday.

There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for the Ebola virus, which has a case fatality rate of up to 90 percent. Medical workers use rehydration fluid and antibiotics to fight infections. Some groups have called for new drugs to be rolled out in Africa after two US aid workers infected with the virus responded positively to an experimental treatment known as Zmapp.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 10, 2014, 04:58:14 pm
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/06/ebola-outbreak-nurse-nigeria-dies
8/6/14

Ebola outbreak: nurse who treated first victim in Nigeria dies
Nurse and five other people now battling the virus had helped care for Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who died from Ebola


A nurse who treated Nigeria's first Ebola victim has died of the virus in Lagos as five new cases of the highly lethal disease were confirmed in Africa's most populous country.

The nurse had helped care for Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old Liberian-American civil servant who last month visited from Liberia, one of three countries in the region hit by the world's biggest epidemic. The five new cases are believed to be other health workers who came into contact with Sawyer, who died within days of his arrival.

The total death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now risen to 932 after another 45 patients died between 2 and 4 August, the World Health Organisation said.

"Yesterday the first known Nigerian to die of Ebola was recorded. This was one of the nurses that attended to the Liberian. The other five [newly confirmed] cases are being treated at an isolation ward," the Nigerian health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, told reporters in the capital, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Officials initially downplayed the risk of exposure, saying Sawyer had been immediately isolated when he collapsed on arrival at Lagos's bustling main airport two weeks ago.

But on Tuesday the state health commissioner, Jide Idris, said Ebola was diagnosed only after Sawyer had been taken to hospital and had direct or indirect contact with at least 70 others. They include airline passengers, airport officials and health workers, and have all been placed under precautionary surveillance. Seven have been quarantined.

Officials told reporters they were compiling a list of secondary contacts, and appealed to those who believed they may be at risk to come forward. "This is a call for everyone to be vigilant, especially with regard to relating to people who are ill," Idris said.

The virus has an incubation period of up to 21 days, meaning symptoms do not necessarily show before then. Once transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids of infected persons, meat or surfaces, a fever quickly degenerates into internal and external bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea, which all contain vast amounts of the pathogen.

A committee has been set up to deal with any potential escalation of the disease, although Nigerian officials admitted there was a shortage of doctors willing to work directly with confirmed cases. "Our doctors are worried about the danger it poses to their lives and the need to be reassured," said Tope Ojo, Lagos chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association.

Doctors and healthcare workers on the frontline have been the hardest hit during the outbreak, which has so far killed 887 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Authorities said they were considering applying for an experimental drug used on two Americans to treat the doctor who headed Sawyer's team and is now battling the virus herself.

Other preventive measures have been unveiled across Nigeria. Lagos, a melting pot of 20 million people, has broadcast information on radios and through leaflets, distributed protective clothing to health workers and set up four isolation wards.

In the northern state of Kaduna, officials said corpses from outside the country would require special permission for burial. Two suspected Ebola-infected corpses in the southern states of Anambra and Akwa Ibom are believed to be victims flown in from Guinea. Authorities have sealed the morgues while samples are being tested.

This week, troops were deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia to help protect medical workers and quarantine the villages at the centre of the epidemic.

The Spanish defence ministry said on Wednesday it had sent a medically equipped Airbus 310 to Liberia to repatriate a Spanish priest who has tested positive for the virus. The priest, Miguel Pajares, is one of three missionaries being kept in isolation at the San Jose de Monrovia hospital in Liberia. The other two infected aid workers were identified as Chantal Pascaline Mutwamene, of Congo, and Paciencia Melgar, from Equatorial Guinea.

Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday that a Saudi man in hospital in Jeddah with suspected Ebola after a business trip to Sierra Leone had died.

In neighbouring Ivory Coast, a regional athletic contest due to be held this month has been cancelled. "There was really no benefit in holding the games until things are under control. We don't want to trigger hysteria," sports minister Alain Lobognon said.



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 10, 2014, 05:24:04 pm
http://www.naturalnews.com/046378_CDC_Ebola_pandemic_survival_tips.html#
CDC bombshell: Ebola spread to USA 'inevitable'
8/8/14

(NaturalNews) The spread of Ebola to the USA is "inevitable," said the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. Tom Frieden made the statement in a House Subcommittee hearing, adding that he does not think there will be a "large Ebola outbreak" in the U.S. Does he think there will be small ones?

Ken Isaacs, vice president of program and government relations at the Christian aid group Samaritan's Purse warned "the world is woefully ill-equipped to handle the spread of Ebola," reports Yahoo News. (1)

"It is clear that the disease is uncontained and it is out of control in West Africa," he told the hearing. "The international response to the disease has been a failure."

"If you read the Ministry of Health status reports coming out every day from Liberia, I don't mean to be dramatic, but it has an atmosphere of 'Apocalypse Now' in it," said Isaacs, as reported by Breitbart.com. (5)

The spread of Ebola to the U.S. will likely happen due to international air travel, CDC head Frieden warned. Today's Ebola outbreak is the largest ever recorded in history. Is the CDC perhaps preparing America for an announcement that Ebola is now being found in U.S. patients?

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its highest alert activation over the Ebola outbreak," reports CBS News. (4) "CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden announced on Twitter Wednesday that their operations center has moved to a Level 1 response."

America is nowhere near prepared for an Ebola outbreak
Mac Slavo from SHTFplan.com just posted a really important story that I recommend you read. It's entitled What You Need to Do to Survive Ebola BEFORE the Panic Starts.

As Slavo rightly points out, if there is even a single case of Ebola appearing on the streets of America, the masses will outright panic.

Michael Snyder from The Economic Collapse Blog (7) also makes a powerful point in this recommended article, where he says:

Yes, we may be able to provide "state of the art care" for a handful of people, but if thousands (or millions) of Americans get the virus you can forget about it. Our health industry is already stretched incredibly thin, and we simply do not have the resources to handle a tsunami of high risk Ebola patients. And of course conventional medicine does not have a cure for Ebola anyway.

Outbreak will immediately turn to panic
In truth, almost nobody is America is prepared for an Ebola outbreak -- not the people, not the hospitals, not the grocery stores and certainly not the government.

Even a small, local Ebola outbreak would result in a mandatory lock down of people in their own homes. The government's phrase for this is "shelter in place," and it was invoked at gunpoint during the Boston Marathon bombings.

The problem with all this is that the very minute the public gets word of Ebola spreading in America, people will launch into panic buying of everything you can imagine: gasoline and fuel, water, storable foods, chemical sanitizers, ammunition, firearms and so on. Think "zombie apocalypse" and you'll get the idea.

Case in point: The announcement that the water supply in Toledo, Ohio was poisoned due to chemical agricultural runoff caused an immediate and total wipeout of water supplies from store shelves.

Hawaii just experienced the same thing, reports Intellihub: (2)

Due to the recent weather warnings, local stores have been mostly cleared out of bottled water and other essential supplies, such as batteries, in anticipation of the coming storms.

"Residents of Hawaii are cleaning out stores of supplies in anticipation of power outages and major flooding," says USA Today. (3)


Even worse, some residents are finding they are completely on their own, with other residents utterly unwilling to help them. As Mike Tsukamoto says in this USA Today video (3):

"There was a woman there [at the Costco store] who had a crutch, and she was asking people if they could help her, and no one would help and she was pretty upset. She told me that nobody cares to help anyone in times like this, and all they care about is getting stuff for themselves and clearing out."

Storms pass quickly; but pandemics keep spreading
Hurricanes quickly pass, but an Ebola outbreak might keep spreading and lingering for a very long time. What will the average unprepared American do after 3 days of lockdown? Five days? A month?

Most people could not survive more than a week or two without needing emergency supplies from the grocery store. It's not difficult to imagine 911 call centers being flooded with desperate cries for food after just 3-5 days of lockdown.

An Ebola outbreak lockdown would also grind the local economy to a halt. No one showing up for work means no economic activity. It also makes you wonder who's supposed to run the power plants, water treatment facilities, emergency services and law enforcement. Anyone who thinks under-paid cops are going to run around the streets trying to keep the peace when there's an Ebola outbreak on the loose is living in a fantasy dreamland.

Ebola has the potential to cause widespread economic destruction beyond its medical casualties. That's why it has been selected and preserved by numerous governments as a bioweapon. Some people are convinced, in fact, that the current pandemic in West Africa is a "trial run" for a larger release somewhere else, but I have to caution that's mere conjecture and no evidence has yet surfaced to support the accusation.

Solutions for Americans and Canadians
So what you do to prepare for the Ebola spread into America that the CDC now calls "inevitable?"

First, you should substantially increase your personal preparedness in terms of supplies of food, water, emergency medicine, sanitizing liquids (like plain bleach), batteries for flashlights and so on. An Ebola outbreak may come to your neighborhood without warning, and the government may announce a mandatory quarantine without notice. You could suddenly find yourself stuck in your own home with no access to a grocery store for weeks.

Secondly, it's probably a wise idea to stock up on natural anti-virals that might be beneficial against Ebola. Although I must caution you that there are no clinical trials of anything treating Ebola -- not medications, not herbs, not anything -- there are many natural substances with well-documented antiviral effects that have near-zero risk of any downside. Those include vitamin C powders, anti-viral herbs like elderberry, Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas and immune-boosting minerals like zinc and selenium.

Many people are right now saying colloidal silver might combat Ebola, although I personally haven't investigated this issue and therefore can't say whether silver might be effective as an internal defense against Ebola. Don't count on the government to test this, of course: they're only interested in high-profit drugs, not affordable natural solutions.

Avoiding immune-suppressing substances is a key strategy for strengthening your immune response to most viral infections. This means now is probably a good idea to stop smoking, stop using chemical fragrance laundry detergents, stop using cheap personal care products, stop taking medications that suppress immunity, and stop eating foods that contain immune-suppressing chemicals, additives and preservatives.

The stronger your immune system, the better your chance of survival if an Ebola outbreak happens near you. This is wisdom the CDC will never publicly encourage. The entire medical system is wholly opposed to the idea of people strengthening their own immune systems and therefore not needing "miracle" drugs or vaccines.

So if you want to be safe from Ebola, it's entirely up to you. No government official or public health department is going to tell you the truth you need to hear: If you want to survive a serious outbreak, you'd better have weeks worth of water in your home, and months worth of food. You'd also better have some cash, sanitizers, flashlights, radios and the whole gamut of survival preparedness items that you can read about on other sites like The Organic Prepper.

Don't wait until the government announces the coming pandemic. By then, it's too late. If you ever find yourself in a crowd of people, lining up to get food, water or medicine, you're already way behind the curve.



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 10, 2014, 05:41:47 pm
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/europe/story/man-suspected-ebola-infection-romania-admitted-hospital-20140810
Man suspected of Ebola infection in Romania admitted to hospital
Published on Aug 10, 2014 9:23 PM

BUCHAREST - A man from Romania was admitted to an infectious disease institute in the capital Bucharest on Sunday after being suspected of catching Ebola, among other diseases, reported local media.

The 51-year old had recently come back from a business trip to Nigeria. He is from the city of Ploiesti, the Xinhua news agency reported.

"This morning, a 51-year-old adult displaying symptoms of fever, nausea, vomiting and bloody diarrhea was admitted to the Emergency Care Unit of the Ploiesti County Hospital," Xinhua quoted a statement from the Health Ministry as saying.

"At this moment, the patient is suspected of viral infection, but the etiological diagnosis is not known yet."


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 11, 2014, 06:58:20 am
Russian Health Official: The current epidemic of Ebola may be due to the use of biological weapons

“The ability to use deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever as a dangerous biological weapon exists.”

This statement was made by the head of the Department for Infectious Diseases’ Institute for Advanced Studies of the Russian Federal Medical-Biology Agency, Professor Vladimir Nikiforov, during a press conference in MIA “Russia Today” on Friday, August 8th.

On the eve of Thursday, August 7, former Chief Sanitary Doctor Gennady Onishchenko said that he did not exclude the possibility that the current spread of Ebola is caused by someone’s artificial intervention.

Original Source in Russian:

http://a-news.info/mir/2863-fmba-rossii-nyneshnyaya-epidemiya-lihoradki-ebola-mozhet-byt-sledstviem-primeneniya-biologicheskogo-oruzhiya.html

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Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/russian-health-official-the-current-epidemic-of-ebola-may-be-due-to-the-use-of-biological-weapons/#1dUueGjTKYKWREu3.99


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 11, 2014, 07:33:07 am
US State to Quarantine Ebola-exposed Missionaries



The southern U.S. state of North Carolina is stepping up efforts to guard against the possible spread of the Ebola virus to the United States.

On Sunday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said anyone returning from Africa who worked with Ebola patients will be put into quarantine.

That precautionary measure will mean isolation for three weeks after a missionary’s last contact with an Ebola-infected person.

Two missionaries from North Carolina-based aid organizations contracted the deadly virus working at a clinic in Liberia with Ebola-infected patients.

The missionaries - one from SIM USA and the other from Samaritan’s Purse - are being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is on pace to infect more people than all previous outbreaks of the virus combined.

The World Health Organization on Friday said 1,779 people in four West African nations have contracted the deadly virus so far, and that 961 of them have died.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has activated its emergency operation center at the highest level.


http://www.voanews.com/content/us-state-to-quarantine-ebola-exposed-missionaries/2409084.html


Title: Eight Chinese quarantined as panic grips Ebola-hit west Africa
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 11, 2014, 10:09:49 pm
Eight Chinese quarantined as panic grips Ebola-hit west Africa
http://news.yahoo.com/eight-chinese-quarantined-ebola-hit-leone-184831106.html
8/11/14

Freetown (AFP) - Eight Chinese medical workers have been placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone, as health experts grappled with ethical questions over the use of experimental drugs to combat the killer Ebola virus.

Gripped by panic, west African nations battling the tropical disease ramped up drastic containment measures that have caused transport chaos, price hikes and food shortages.

The World Health Organization scrambled to draft guidelines for the use of experimental medicines at a meeting in Geneva as the death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in history neared 1,000.

There is currently no available cure or vaccine for Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, which the WHO has declared a global public health emergency.

The disease has hit doctors hard in the ill-equipped and fragile health systems of the worst-hit west African nations, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Chinese ambassador to Sierra Leone Zhao Yanbo told journalists seven doctors and one nurse who treated Ebola patients had been placed under quarantine, but would not be drawn on whether they were displaying symptoms of the disease.

In addition 24 Sierra Leonean nurses, most from the military hospital in the capital, have also been placed under quarantine, according to figures from Yanbo and hospital director Dr Sahr Foday.

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Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 12, 2014, 07:13:06 am
The One Question About Ebola That Nobody Can Seem To Answer

How in the world is it possible that more than 170 health workers have been infected by the Ebola virus?  That is the one question about Ebola that nobody can seem to answer.  The World Health Organization is reporting this as a fact, but no explanation is given as to why this is happening.  We are just assured that Ebola “is not airborne” and that getting infected “requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person”.  If this is true, then how have more than 170 health workers caught the disease?  These workers are dressed head to toe in suits that are specifically designed to prevent the spread of the virus.  So how is this happening?  I could understand a handful of “mistakes” by health workers, but this is unlike anything that we have ever seen in the history of infectious diseases.  These health workers take extraordinary precautions to keep from getting the virus.  If it is spreading so easily to them, what chance is the general population going to have?

Overall, more than 1,700 people have been officially infected and more than 900 people have officially died so far.  But an official from Samaritan’s Purse says that the real numbers are probably far, far higher…

    Ken Isaacs, the vice president of Program and Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse, painted an even bleaker picture. According to the World Health Organization, West Africa has counted 1,711 diagnoses and 932 deaths, already, which could represent only a small fraction of the true number. “We believe that these numbers represent just 25 to 50 percent of what is happening,” said Isaacs.

    In a six-hour meeting with the president of Liberia last week, Isaacs said workers from Samaritan’s Purse and SIM watched as the “somber” officials explained the gravity of the situation in their countries, where hundreds lie dead in the streets. “It has an atmosphere of apocalypse,” Isaacs said of the Liberia Ministry of Health’s status updates. “Bodies lying in the street…gangs threatening to burn down hospitals. I believe this disease has the potential to be a national security risk for many nations. Our response has been a failure.” Isaacs says that the epidemic is inciting panic worldwide that, in his opinion, may soon be warranted. “We have to fight it now here or we’re going to have to fight it somewhere else.”

In an official statement released on Monday, the World Health Organization even admitted that some potential Ebola patients “are being turned away”…

    The recent surge in the number of cases has stretched all capacities to the breaking point. Supplies of personal protective equipment and disinfectants are inadequate. The outbreak continues to outstrip diagnostic capacity, delaying the confirmation or exclusion of cases and impeding contact tracing.

    Some treatment facilities are overflowing; all beds are occupied and patients are being turned away.

Like I have said before, this has the potential to become the greatest health crisis that any of us have ever seen.

Up until this point, the outbreak has been primarily limited to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

But now it is starting to pop up in more countries around Africa.

For example, the number of confirmed cases in Nigeria has reached ten…

    Nigeria on Monday confirmed a new case of Ebola in the financial capital Lagos, bringing the total number of people in the country with the virus to 10.

    Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the latest confirmed case was a female nurse who came into contact with a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer, who died of Ebola in a Lagos hospital on July 25.

    In addition to Sawyer, another nurse who had contact with him died last week, while seven other people have been confirmed to have the virus in the city, he added.

And it looks like we may now have our first case of Ebola in Rwanda…

    Rwanda’s health officials have placed a man suspected of suffering from Ebola in isolation at King Faisal Hospital Kigali. A statement by the Ministry of Health released on Sunday indicates that the patient had been tested with results still expected. Samples from the suspected case have been sent for testing to an international accredited laboratory, and results will be available in 48 hours, the statement said. The suspected case is a European medical student, according to the statement. It is the first suspected Ebola case in Rwanda since the outbreak of the virus in West Africa. The government urged the public to remain calm and vigilant, as the ministry is closely monitoring the situation.

    All the preventive measures needed in line with national standards are already in place, including surveillance systems and emergency management systems, it assured, adding “Health workers have been trained across the country and are vigilant.” This will enable timely detection, notification and appropriate management of any suspected cases to safeguard Rwandans, the statement concluded.

Over in Ghana, a man that just died is being tested for the Ebola virus…

    Ghana may be recording its first case of Ebola if tests on the blood samples of a Burkinabe man suspected to have died of Ebola proves positive. The man who was rushed to the Bawku Presby Hospital in the Upper East Region from Burkina Faso, died on arrival. The Medical Director at the Hospital, Dr Joseph Yaw Manu, who confirmed the incident to Citi News, said they sent the blood samples for testing because the man was brought in showing symptoms of Ebola. In an interview with Citi News, Dr. Manu said the patient was bleeding from his nostrils which raised their suspicion he may have died of the Ebola disease. Dr. Manu said they are awaiting the results from the blood sample test to verify the cause of death. He gave the assurance that the hospital is prepared to battle the disease. This is the fourth suspected case of Ebola reported in Ghana; two in Kumasi, one in Accra and now the Upper East Region.

Lastly, the little nation of Benin is now reporting two potential cases of Ebola…

    Benin has reported two cases of the deadly Ebola virus in the west African country. Health Ministry official Aboubacar Moufiliatou said that a man suspected to have contracted the virus had died. “Fortunately, blood samples have been taken from the deceased patient to examine if his death was linked with Ebola,” Moufililatou told the state television Thursday night. He said another man has been quarantined after showing symptoms of the deadly virus after returning from the Nigerian city of Lagos. “Blood tests from the suspected case will be conducted in laboratories approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) to confirm or deny the infection,” he said. The WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an “international public health emergency” as the virus reportedly continues to spread through the region in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. According to the latest WHO report, Ebola has killed 932 people in West Africa. The Ebola virus, a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals and also spreads through contact with the body fluids of an infected person or someone who has died of the disease. Medical doctors say common symptoms of Ebola include high fever and headaches, followed by bleeding from openings in the body. If the cases turn out to be Ebola, this would be the fifth country in Africa where the virus has spread.

We are quickly getting to the point where it will become impossible to contain this virus.

And if it spreads to the United States, we are going to be in a massive amount of trouble.  The truth is that we are not prepared for an Ebola pandemic, and such a crisis would create a massive wave of panic and fear all over this country.

Unfortunately, despite the risks, we continue to bring people back to this country before we know that it is safe to do so…

    Health officials in North Carolina said on Sunday they will require missionaries and others coming home after working with people infected with Ebola in Africa to be placed in quarantine.

    The quarantine is set to last for three weeks from the last exposure to someone infected in the West African Ebola outbreak, which is centred in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the officials said.

    Missionaries from the North Carolina-based Christian aid groups SIM USA and Samaritan’s Purse have been working to help combat the world’s worst outbreak of the disease. Two of the relief workers, Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, contracted the disease and are being cared for at Emory University hospital in Georgia.

Why couldn’t those individuals just be quarantined over there an extra three weeks in a safe area and then come home?

All it takes is one sick person.  Once the disease gets here and starts spreading, there isn’t much that we can do about it.  There is no cure for Ebola, and according to the New York Times it is going to be quite a while before one is potentially available…

    The drugs that could potentially treat those already infected and the vaccines to protect healthy people from infection are all in the earliest stages of testing. And even if they do pass muster in clinical trials, they cannot be produced in large quantities quickly enough to stem the widening epidemic anytime soon.

And the CDC agrees with this assessment…

    “We do not know how to treat Ebola or vaccinate against it — and it will be a long time before we do.”

Those are very sobering words.

For now, our health officials are telling us that we have very little to be concerned about.

But they can’t even tell us why more than 170 health workers have caught the virus.

So let’s hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/the-one-question-about-ebola-that-nobody-can-seem-to-answer


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 12, 2014, 09:34:23 am
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/11/health/ebola-patient-zero/index.html
8/11/14
Report: Ebola outbreak probably started with 2-year-old in Guinea

(CNN) -- The worst outbreak of Ebola, which has killed 961 people and triggered an international public health emergency, may have started with a 2-year-old patient in a village in Guinea.

About eight months ago, the toddler, whom researchers believe may have been Patient Zero, suffered fever, black stool and vomiting. Just four days after showing the painful symptoms, the child died on December 6, 2013, according to a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Scientists don't know exactly how the toddler contracted the virus. Ebola is spread from animals to humans through infected fluids or tissue, according to the World Health Organization.

"In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines," WHO says, though researchers think fruit bats are what they call the virus's "natural host."

Researchers who published the paper this year found a chain of illnesses in the toddler's family.

After the child's death, the mother suffered bleeding symptoms and died on December 13, according to the report. Then, the toddler's 3-year-old sister died on December 29, with symptoms including fever, vomiting and black diarrhea. The illness subsequently affected the toddler's grandmother, who died on January 1, in the family's village of Meliandou in Guéckédou.

The area in southern Guinea is close to the Sierra Leone and Liberia borders.

The illness spread outside their village after several people attended the grandmother's funeral.

Funerals tend to bring people in close contact with the body. Ebola spreads from person to person through contact with organs and bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, urine and other secretions of infected people. It has no known cure.

Two of the funeral attendees appeared to bring back the virus to their village, and it spread to health care workers and other family members who took care of infected patients
.

"A health care worker from Guéckédou with suspected disease, seems to have triggered the spread of the virus to Macenta, Nzérékoré, and Kissidougou in February 2014," stated the report, noting that more Guinea towns were affected.

Clusters of the disease popped up in early 2014 in these areas, with the initial patients suffering fever, vomiting and severe diarrhea, according to the report. Hemorrhaging was less frequent, the report noted.

In early March, the Ministry of Health in Guinea and Doctors Without Borders in Guinea were notified about the disease clusters.

Health investigators arrived that month and began tracing the disease by examining hospital documents and conducting interviews with affected families and villagers.

Ebola has now spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, prompting global concerns.

The report about the emergence of Ebola in Guinea was authored by dozens of international doctors and researchers from institutions in France, Germany, Guinea, WHO and Doctors Without Borders.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 12, 2014, 10:43:34 am
http://news.msn.com/world/hospital-says-spanish-priest-with-ebola-dies
Hospital says Spanish priest with Ebola dies
8/12/14

MADRID (AP) — A spokeswoman for a Madrid hospital says a Spanish missionary priest who was evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for Ebola has died.

The spokeswoman said Miguel Pajares, 75, died Tuesday at Carlos III Hospital, where he was being treated.

Spain's Health Ministry said Monday it had obtained a course of the U.S.-made experimental drug ZMapp over the weekend to treat the priest. The Madrid hospital on Tuesday would not confirm that he had been treated with the drug, but his order said earlier he would be.

The hospital official spoke on condition of anonymity because the hospital's rules prevent staff from being identified.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 12, 2014, 06:11:54 pm
UN: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak
8/12/14
http://news.yahoo.com/un-ok-untested-ebola-drugs-outbreak-183954212.html

MADRID (AP) — The World Health Organization declared it's ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa although the tiny supply of one experimental treatment has been depleted and it could be many months until more is available.

The last of the drug is on its way to Liberia for two stricken doctors, according to a U.K.-based public relations firm representing Liberia. The U.S. company that makes it said the supply is now "exhausted."

A Spanish missionary priest who died Tuesday in Madrid was the third person to receive the experimental treatment called ZMapp. Two U.S. aid workers who received it in recent weeks are said to be improving.

The outbreak has killed more than 1,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

There is no proven treatment or vaccine for Ebola; several are in early stages of development. ZMapp, made by Mapp Pharmaceuticals, is so new that it has never been tested in humans although an early version worked in some monkeys infected with Ebola. It's aimed at boosting the immune system's efforts to fight off Ebola.

"If there are drugs that can save lives — as animal studies have suggested — shouldn't we use them to save lives?" Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, an assistant director-general at WHO, told a press conference Tuesday.

But it is "very important to not give false hope to anybody that Ebola can be treated now. This is absolutely not the case," she added.

ZMapp is made in tobacco plants, and U.S. officials have estimated that only a modest amount could be produced in two or three months, unless some way to speed up production is found.

The U.N. health agency says 1,013 people have died so far in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa of the 1,848 suspected or confirmed cases recorded by authorities. The killer virus is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids like blood, diarrhea and vomit.

Some experts weren't convinced any novel drugs or vaccines would make a difference in ending the current outbreak.

Once they're put to the test, most experimental drugs that seemed promising in animal studies "don't turn out to benefit people," said Dr. Jesse Goodman, former chief scientist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, now at Georgetown University Medical Center.

He said some drugs prove harmful. "Unless we can ascertain that carefully, how do we really help people in the long run?"

After the two Americans received the experimental drug, officials in Liberia requested it. Officials in Sierra Leone and Guinea have expressed interest in getting experimental treatments but haven't yet asked.

"The Liberians can count on their government, but Guineans can only count on God in the face of Ebola," said Assiatou Diallo, a nurse in Conakry, Guinea's capital.

The Spanish missionary, 75-year-old Miguel Pajares, died in Madrid's Carlos III Hospital, the hospital and his order said. A doctor who was part of the team treating the priest confirmed he received the experimental drug. The doctor, an infectious diseases specialist, spoke on condition of anonymity, not being authorized to discuss the treatment.

Pajares' body will be cremated Wednesday to avoid any public health risks, the hospital said. He had worked for the San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Catholic group, helping to treat people with Ebola in Liberia when he became ill and was evacuated.

WHO said the size of the outbreak — the biggest in history and the first in West Africa — made the experimental use of drugs ethical even though there is no evidence they work and it is possible they could be dangerous. The agency convened an expert panel of ethicists, infectious disease experts and patient representatives to discuss the issue on Monday.

"We don't have enough people to rely on the traditional methods if we want to stop the outbreak as soon as possible," Kieny said.

WHO said it was OK to use unproven treatments if patients give their informed consent and are guaranteed confidentiality and freedom of choice.

There was no specific advice on who should get the drug; the panel only said more analysis and discussion was needed.

"I don't think there could be any fair distribution of something available in such small quantities," Kieny noted.

She said some companies were speeding up trials of their new Ebola vaccines and there might be some preliminary safety data by the end of the year.

WHO also said the world had "a moral duty" to collect evidence about the safety and effectiveness of Ebola treatments in scientific trials.

Canada's Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. is developing a drug that targets Ebola's genetic material. The FDA had halted a small safety study with questions about a reaction in healthy volunteers. Last week, Tekmira announced that the FDA had modified its restriction, clearing a roadblock to possible experimental use in patients, and said it was "carefully evaluating options."

West African nations are struggling to control both the deadly outbreak and the fear it has created. Some airlines flying in and out of the region have suspended flights.

The Ivory Coast, which shares borders with Liberia and Guinea, banned direct flights from those countries and said it would increase health inspections at its borders. Guinea-Bissau also announced it was temporarily closing its border with Guinea because of the Ebola outbreak.

On Tuesday, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf suspended all travel by executive branch officials for one month. She also ordered those already abroad to return home within a week "or be considered as abandoning their jobs," according to a statement.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 13, 2014, 06:33:01 pm
MP Claims Ebola Virus Has Arrived in France
http://www.prisonplanet.com/mp-claims-ebola-virus-has-arrived-in-france.html
8/13/14

National Assembly member Patrick Balkany claims that the Ebola virus has hit France, but his comments were quickly denied by the country’s health authorities.

“According to reliable medical sources, several cases have been reported in the French territory,” Balkany stated on his website, adding, “It did not fall from the sky….but given the medical secret, I can not reveal my source.”

Sylvain Baize, Director of the National Reference Center (NRC), repudiated the claim, stating in an email, “I can tell you that so far there are no confirmed cases of infection with Ebola virus in France.”

Balkany said the arrival of Ebola constituted an “emergency alert” and vowed to uncover more information on precisely where the cases were located by sending an official letter to French Minister of Health Marisol Touraine.

If the Ebola virus were to arrive in Europe, France would be one of the likeliest destinations given the country’s large number of immigrants from African countries. Nearly 43 per cent of all immigrants in France have African origins, increasing the chances of immigrants or their family members traveling back and forth from Ebola-stricken countries.

An elderly Spanish priest became the first European to die from Ebola earlier this week after being evacuated from Liberia on August 7. 75-year-old Miguel Pajares was given the experimental serum ZMapp but the treatment failed.

The Ebola virus has killed over 1,000 people so far and is the worst outbreak in history. Last week, the World Health Organization declared the crisis to be an international public health emergency and followed up by giving the green light for experimental vaccines to be tested on victims.

As we reported yesterday, former FDA official Scott Gottlieb, M.D. warned that if the virus was to hit the United States, the CDC would enact emergency procedures which could lead to healthy Americans who show no symptoms of the diseased being forcibly detained for an indefinite period of time.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 13, 2014, 06:38:32 pm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28769678
8/13/14
Ebola outbreak: Kenya at high risk, warns WHO

The current outbreak is the deadliest since Ebola was discovered in 1976

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Kenya as a "high-risk" country for the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Kenya was vulnerable because it was a major transport hub, with many flights from West Africa, a WHO official said.

This is the most serious warning to date by the WHO that Ebola could spread to East Africa.

The number of people killed by Ebola in West Africa has risen to 1,069, the WHO said in its latest update.

Fifty-six deaths and 128 new cases were reported in the region in the two days to 11 August, it added.

Canada said it would donate up to 1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to help fight the outbreak.

Airport health checks

In Sierra Leone, a doctor who treated patients infected with Ebola has died, reports the BBC's Umaru Fofana from the capital, Freetown.
Women praying in Monrovia, Liberia (12 August 2014) Women have been holding daily prayers in Liberia for people affected by Ebola

Dr Modupeh Cole is the second Sierra Leonean doctor to die of the disease.

In Nigeria, Africa's most populous state, a third Ebola-related death was reported on Tuesday.

In other developments:

    Germany has ordered all its citizens, except health workers, to leave Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three states where the outbreak has been the deadliest.
    Guinea-Bissau has decided to shut its border with Guinea, Reuters news agency reports.
    Ghana has delayed the opening of universities and colleges by at least two weeks to put in place measures to screen students arriving from Ebola-hit countries.
    The African Union has pledged $1m (£600,000) to help fight the disease.

The WHO's country director for Kenya, Custodia Mandlhate, said the East African state was "classified in group two; at high risk of transmission".

Health checks at the main airport in the capital, Nairobi, have been stepped up in recent weeks.

'Global resource'

The Kenyan government said it would not ban flights from the four countries hit by Ebola.

Volunteers bury the body of an Ebola victim in Sierra Leone Strict precautions must be observed when burying those who have died of Ebola

"We do not recommend ban of flights because of porous borders," health cabinet secretary James Macharia said.

Kenya receives more than 70 flights a week from West Africa.

The West African regional body, Ecowas, said one of its officials, Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, had died of Ebola in Nigeria.

The 36-year-old had been in contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian government employee who was the first to be killed by the virus in Nigeria on 25 July, Ecowas said in a statement.

Mr Sawyer had flown in from Liberia, when he was diagnosed with Ebola after collapsing at the airport in Lagos, the biggest city in sub-Saharan Africa.
Graphic: Cumulative death toll for the 2014 outbreak

This is the first time West Africa has been affected by Ebola - previous outbreaks have affected East and Central Africa.

There have been 1,975 confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola cases in West Africa since it was identified in February, according to the WHO.

There is no cure for Ebola and the WHO has declared the outbreak a global health emergency.

On Tuesday, it approved the use of untested drugs on Ebola patients.

However, experts say supplies of both the vaccine and the experimental drug Zmapp are limited and it could take months to develop more supplies.

Dr Gregory Taylor, deputy head of Canada's Public Health Agency, said he saw the vaccines as a "global resource".

He said he had been advised that it would make sense for healthcare workers to be given the vaccine, given their increased risk of contracting the disease.

Zmapp has been used on two US aid workers who have shown signs of improvement, although it is not certain what role the medication played in this.

A Roman Catholic priest, infected with Ebola in Liberia, who died after returning home to Spain is also thought to have been given the drug.
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What drugs exist currently ?

There are a handful of drugs that have been shown to work well in animals.

One is Zmapp - the drug requested by the Liberian government. This contains a cocktail of antibodies that attack proteins on the surface of the virus.

Only one drug has moved on to early safety testing in humans. Known as TKM-Ebola, this interrupts the genetic code of the virus and prevents it from making disease-causing proteins.

The drug was trialled in healthy volunteers at the beginning of 2014 but the American medicines regulator asked for further safety information. The manufacturer says human studies may soon resume.

Another option would be to use serum from individuals who have survived the virus - this is a part of the blood that may contain particles able to neutralise the virus.

Vaccines to protect against acquiring the disease have also been shown to work in primates. American authorities are considering fast-tracking their development and say they could be in use in 2016. Trials are likely to start soon, according to the WHO.

But experts warn that ultimately the only way to be sure a drug or vaccine is effective is to see if it works in countries affected by Ebola.

EMapping the outbreak
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Ebola virus disease (EVD)
Coloured transmission electron micro graph of a single Ebola virus, the cause of Ebola fever

    Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
    Fatality rate can reach 90% - but the current outbreak is about 55%
    Incubation period is two to 21 days
    There is no vaccine or cure
    Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
    Fruit bats are considered to be virus' natural host


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 14, 2014, 09:47:27 am
http://daily.bhaskar.com/news-ht/WOR-ebola-kills-56-people-in-just-two-days-death-toll-rises-to-1069-4713337-NOR.html
Ebola kills 56 people in just two days; death toll rises to 1069
8/14/14

New Delhi: The World Health Organization said that the Ebola virus killed 56 people in just two days, bringing the global death toll to 1,069.
 
The death toll, which passed the 1,000-mark at the weekend, soared higher between August 10 and 11.
 
The UN’s health agency said that the number of confirmed infections jumped by 128 over the two days, bringing the total number of cases to 1,975 people.
 
Liberia saw 71 new cases and 32 new deaths, while Sierra Leone recorded 53 new cases and 19 more deaths, according to fresh WHO data.
 
Guinea, where the outbreak began at the beginning of the year, counted four new cases and four new deaths.
 
Ban appointed David Nabarro as Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola, in support of earlier work done to counter the outbreak, which the agency has designated a "public health emergency of international concern."
 
Nabarro would be responsible for ensuring that the UN system makes an effective and coordinated contribution to the global effort to control the outbreak.
 
Meanwhile, it has been deemed as ethical by WHO to treat Ebola patients with experimental drugs to counter the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak of the disease in history.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 14, 2014, 04:50:59 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/nigeria-confirms-1-more-ebola-case-121153832.html
Liberia gets Ebola drug; ponders who should get it
8/14/14

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian officials faced a difficult choice Thursday: deciding which handful of Ebola patients will receive an experimental drug that could prove life-saving, ineffective or even harmful.

ZMapp, the untested Ebola drug, arrived in the West African country late Wednesday. A day later, no one had yet received the treatment, which officials said would go to three people.

The government had previously said two doctors would receive the treatment, but it was unclear who else would. Information Minister Lewis Brown said Thursday it would probably be another health care worker.

These are the last known doses of ZMapp left. The San Diego-based company that developed it has said it will take months to build up even a modest supply.

The Ebola outbreak was first identified in March in Guinea. It has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, killing more than 1,060 of the 1,975 people sickened, according to the World Health Organization. There is no licensed treatment for Ebola, a virus transmitted by contact with bodily fluids like blood, sweat, urine, diarrhea and vomit.

The outbreak has overwhelmed the already strained health systems in West Africa and raised questions about whether authorities are doing enough to respond.

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department ordered families of embassy personnel to leave Sierra Leone because of concerns that the crisis would make it difficult to get treatment for even routine health problems.

Meanwhile, police in riot gear dispersed an angry crowd Thursday in the Liberian capital of Monrovia who blocked city buses to protest delays in clearing away the infectious body of an Ebola victim.

President Barack Obama spoke by phone Thursday about the Ebola outbreak with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and in another call with President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone. The White House said Obama expressed his condolences for the hundreds who have died in both countries and underscored the U.S.'s commitment to work with West African nations and U.N. agencies to contain the outbreak.

The outbreak has sparked an international debate over the ethics of giving drugs that have not yet been tested to the sick and of deciding who should get the drugs. So far, only two Americans and one Spaniard have received ZMapp. The Americans are improving — but it is unclear what role the drug has played. The Spaniard died within days.

Now Liberian officials are facing those questions. In this outbreak, over 50 percent of those sickened with Ebola have died, according to the U.N. health agency.

"The criteria of selection is difficult, but it is going to be done," said Dr. Moses Massaquoi, who helped Liberia obtain the drug from Mapp Biopharmaceutical. "We are going to look at how critical people are. We are definitely going to be focusing on medical staff."

He added people past the "critical phase" who looked likely to survive would not be chosen.

Massaquoi said there was only enough of the drug to treat three people. Treatment will be staggered, so doctors can observe the effects in one patient before moving on to the next. Late Thursday, he said the treatment had not yet started.

Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, said the choice of who to treat would have to balance helping the largest number of people with learning the most from the treatments.

He said the question is not "whose life do we save?" but "who gets the chance to be experimented on?"

For that reason, recipients need to be good experimental subjects — people who have recently contracted the disease and are more likely to respond to treatment or perhaps younger patients, he said. In order to study the long-term effects, doctors will likely prefer people who can be observed for months, which might eliminate those living in remote places, he added.

Nigeria announced Thursday that another person had died from Ebola, bringing the country's death toll to four. The Health Ministry said the person was a nurse who helped treat the country's first Ebola case, Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer who flew in last month and died.

The ministry corrected its total number Ebola cases to 10 instead of 11 as it had reported earlier in the day.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 14, 2014, 09:49:04 pm
http://allafrica.com/stories/201408141432.html?aa_source=mf-hdlns
Sierra Leone: Ebola Devours Another Lead Doctor
8/14/14

Another Leading Physician in the Country's Fight Against the Dreaded Ebola Virus Has Died From the Disease, Ministry of Health Officials Have Confirmed.

Dr. Modupeh Cole died yesterday at the MSF Ebola treatment center in the eastern district town of Kailahun where he had been taken for treatment after testing positive for the deadly virus.

Dr. Cole was a U.S. trained medico and one of the top doctors working in the Ebola isolation ward at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown. He tested positive for the disease last week and was transferred to the Kailahun treatment center, but succumbed to the virus he had battled to save his infected compatriots from.

The fallen medical doctor's sickness had spread fear throughout the Connaught Hospital as staff of the country's main referral hospice went on strike last Friday and Saturday after learning that he had tested positive for the deadly disease. However, they returned to work on Sunday.

Both Cole's and Dr. Sheik Umar Khan's deaths are a major blow to the country's health system, which is struggling to cope with the deadly outbreak.

The epidemic, which was first identified in March in Guinea, has strained the resources of the three Mano River Union countries it has hit and of the international community, which is struggling to mobilize enough qualified doctors to contain the disease.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 14, 2014, 10:06:46 pm
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/269766891.html
Watching Ebola outbreak, Minnesotans scramble their travel plans
8/4/14

Minnesota Liberians are trying to help relatives; groups have canceled mission trips.

As alarm grows over the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, families in Minnesota’s large Liberian community are scrambling for plane tickets and visas to get relatives out of the stricken zone and at least two Twin Cities churches have canceled mission trips intended to deliver medical and other aid to Liberia.

“We decided to err on the side of caution,” said Wynfred Russell, executive director of African Career, Education & Resource Inc. in Brooklyn Park and co-leader of a planned January trip of missionaries and public health volunteers. Instead of finishing work on a school under construction in northern Liberia, the group now plans to send money and equipment for the school and to prevent the spread of Ebola into the region.

Russell, a Liberian native, also is trying to help his brother escape the virus and travel to Minnesota. But flights are booked up and fares are skyrocketing, he said. “I know a number of people trying to get their relatives out,” Russell said. “There is this wave of anxiety.”

More than 30,000 people of Liberian descent live in Minnesota, primarily in the northwestern suburbs including Brooklyn Park, which is home to one of the largest Liberian populations outside of Africa.

About 200 people attended a Sunday evening meeting in Brooklyn Park, where state and city officials discussed the outbreak and its effect on the Liberian community in Minnesota, but repeated earlier assurances that a local outbreak was highly unlikely, even if an infected person came to the Twin Cities.

“We’re not here tonight because of any fear that Ebola is coming to Brooklyn Park,” said Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken Prillaman. Health officials said the disease is transferred only through direct contact with infected bodily fluids.

As a precaution, however, Brooklyn Park officials last week announced that firefighters and police officers will wear eye shields and facemasks, as well as gloves, when responding to calls involving flulike symptoms. That policy, which some residents feared could stigmatize members of the city’s large Liberian population, sparked sharp discussion at a meeting last week and again on Sunday.

Anxiety in local communities has grown since Patrick Sawyer, who works for the Liberian government and whose wife and three daughters live in Coon Rapids, died in Nigeria on July 25 — the first American to die from Ebola. Sawyer last visited Minnesota about a year ago and planned to return in August.

Sawyer’s widow, Decontee Sawyer, spoke at Sunday’s meeting, urging community members to help with relief efforts and make sure fear doesn’t lead to stigmatization, as in the case of a local Liberian woman who said she was sent home from work on Saturday because she was sneezing.

“Let’s not turn our backs against our brothers and sisters who are already struggling from this tragedy,” Sawyer said. “I understand the fear. Good people are afraid, but lets not let that fear turn into something worse.”

Health officials at Sunday’s meeting reassured Minnesotans that in order for a person to be infected with Ebola, he or she must have traveled to the affected West African region within the last 21 days, be experiencing the related flulike symptoms, and have been in direct contact with fluids from an infected person.

Appeals for support

While some groups have canceled travel to West Africa, other Liberian organizations, local churches and nonprofits have heightened efforts to send financial and medical support.

Global Health Ministries, a grass-roots Minneapolis-based Lutheran organization, has been shipping sea containers with medical supplies to two hospitals in Liberia for several years. They recently received an urgent call from the country’s minister of health asking that they send personal protective equipment, said Scott Lien, director of operations.

“We’re being asked to do more of what the big organizations should be doing,” he said.

Thanks to donations from Fairview Health Services, Allina Health, and several local churches, the organization plans to airlift five large containers of gowns, masks, gloves and other materials to Liberia, a shipment costing Global Health Ministries an extra $10,000.

But Lien said the hospitals can use as much help as they can get. Nurses are leaving hospitals in fear of getting infected. Four have already died at Phebe hospital, one of the centers in northeast Liberia where Global Health Ministries sends supplies.

The Rev. Linda Koelman, a pastor at North United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, planned to help lead the January trip to work on the Liberian school project. She has traveled to West Africa more than 20 times, and in February took a team to the border of Guinea and Liberia, leaving right before the outbreak began. “I have a lot of friends over there … everybody is worried,” Koelman said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 15, 2014, 01:44:34 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-lockdown-takes-economic-toll-west-africa-165805478.html
Ebola epidemic vastly underestimated: WHO
8/15/14

Freetown (AFP) - The UN's health agency said the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been vastly underestimated and "extraordinary measures" were needed to contain the disease.

As the official toll climbed to 1,069, according to World Health Organisation, the United States ordered the evacuation of diplomats' families from Sierra Leone, one of the three countries at the epicentre of the outbreak along with Liberia and Guinea.

The Geneva-based WHO said in a statement, released Thursday, it was coordinating "a massive scaling up of the international response", in a bid to tackle the worst epidemic of haemorrhagic fever-causing virus since its discovery four decades ago.

"Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," it said.

"The outbreak is expected to continue for some time. WHO's operational response plan extends over the next several months," the organisation warned.

A serious outbreak in Lagos, where the epidemic claimed a fourth victim on Thursday, could severely disrupt the oil and gas industry in Nigeria if international companies are forced to evacuate staff and local operations are shut down, the Moody's rating agency warned.

Any "decline in production would quickly translate into economic and fiscal deterioration," said Matt Robinson, senior credit officer at Moody's.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama called President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Sierra Leone's leader Ernest Bai Koromo.

The calls came as the US State Department ordered families of its diplomats in Sierra Leone to leave the country to avoid exposure.

"In his conversations with both leaders, the president underscored the commitment of the United States to work with Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other international partners to contain the outbreak and expressed his condolences for the lives lost," the White House said in a statement.

In Sierra Leone's parliament on Thursday, the country's chief medical officer, Dr Brima Kargbo, spoke of the difficulties health workers were facing in fighting the epidemic.

"We still have to break the chain of transmission to separate the infected from the uninfected," Kargbo said. But, he added: "There is a rejection among people of the existence of Ebola and hostility towards health workers."

The disease has taken its toll on those trying to help its victims.

Sierra Leone disclosed Thursday that 32 nurses died from Ebola while performing their duties between May 24 to August 13.

South Africa has stepped in to help the country by sending a mobile laboratory to be installed in the capital Freetown to ease the problem of having to send blood samples elsewhere for analysis, Sierra Leone's health ministry said.

In Liberia, which has suffered more than 300 deaths, work began on Thursday to expand its Ebola treatment centre in the capital Monrovia -- one of only two centres in the country of 4.2 million.

"We need to increase the size of this place because more and more people arrive every day due to the awareness programme," Nathaniel Dovillie, head of the centre, told AFP.

The cost of tackling the virus threatens to exact a severe economic toll on the already impoverished west African nations at the epicentre of the outbreak -- Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea -- the Moody's rating agency warned.

"The outbreak risks having a direct financial effect on government budgets via increased health expenditures that could be significant," it said.

Liberia spent $12 million (nine million euros) tackling the Ebola outbreak between April and June, and looks set to spend much more in the coming weeks.

Increasingly draconian restrictions have been put in place across the region.

Guinea, where the outbreak has killed at least 377, declared a "health emergency" on Wednesday and ordered strict controls at border points and a ban on moving bodies "from one town to another until the end of the epidemic".

A number of airlines have cancelled flights in and out of West Africa. Gambia suspended all flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to a transport ministry document obtained by AFP.

Although the World Health Organisation confirmed that other African countries, including Kenya, were labelled at "high risk" due to their popular transport hubs, it also emphasised that "air travel, even from Ebola-affected countries, is low risk for Ebola transmission" because the virus is not airborne.

- Experimental treatments -

Canada's Health Minister Rona Ambrose said between 800 to 1,000 doses of a vaccine called VSV-EBOV, which has shown promise in animal research but never been tested on humans, would be distributed through the WHO.

Hard-hit nations were also anxiously awaiting a consignment of up to 1,000 doses of the barely tested drug ZMapp from the United States, which has raised hopes of saving hundreds infected with the disease.

There is currently no available cure or vaccine for Ebola, which the WHO has declared a global public health emergency. The body has said it is ethical to try largely untested treatments "in the special circumstances of this Ebola outbreak".


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 15, 2014, 01:55:53 pm
http://news.msn.com/science-technology/scientists-racing-to-test-ebola-vaccines-in-humans
Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans
8/15/14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work.

There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, a disease so rare that it's been hard to attract investments in countermeasures. But the current outbreak in West Africa — the largest in history — is fueling new efforts to speed Ebola vaccine and drug development.

The handful in the pipeline have largely been funded by government efforts, including the two vaccine candidates that are closest to human study: One developed by the U.S. government that is gearing up for early-stage tests in healthy volunteers this fall, with a second developed by the Canadian government thought to be not far behind.

Initial tests typically are performed on a few dozen to 100 people, to look for warning signs of side effects and figure out a good dose — not to prove that they'll actually protect people against infection with the Ebola virus. Because vaccines are given to healthy people, not those who are already sick, getting safety information before the products are used too widely is a crucial step.

New details about the development of the vaccines emerged this week as the World Health Organization declared it OK to use experimental drugs and vaccines as authorities try to contain the outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people. At the same time, the Food and Drug Administration warned U.S. consumers Thursday to avoid a new raft of fake Ebola treatments being sold online.

Here's a look at experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments:

EXPERIMENTAL VACCINES

A vaccine developed by researchers at the National Institutes of Health has been fast-tracked by regulators and is expected to begin its first human safety trial this fall. The vaccine is based on a chimpanzee adenovirus, a relative of cold viruses.

British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is currently ushering the potential injection through the development process, after acquiring its original developer, vaccine specialist Okairos AG for, $325 million last year. Studies show the vaccine could protect monkeys from the virus

A spokeswoman for GlaxoSmithKline said Thursday: "it is too early for us to comment on when the vaccine candidate might be available for use."

Last week the NIH's Dr. Anthony Fauci told the AP the vaccine is supposed to be "purely preventive, more aimed at giving it to the health care workers who put themselves at considerable danger."

The NIH says it is also funding at least two other candidate Ebola vaccines, in earlier stages of development. One from Crucell, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that is intended protect against both Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers and could begin human testing by late 2015. A second from Profectus Biosciences is based on a livestock virus and currently in preliminary testing to assess its potential for study in humans.

Meanwhile, NewLink Genetics of Ames, Iowa, said Thursday that it is preparing to test a vaccine developed by the Canadian government under a licensing agreement with the Public Health Agency of Canada. The company is discussing an initial safety test in up to 100 health volunteers with the FDA, although company executives would not say how quickly it could begin.

An FDA spokeswoman for the agency would not confirm any discussions about the vaccine, but said the agency "stands ready to work" with companies and international agencies developing Ebola treatments.

A total of 1,500 doses have already been produced by a contract manufacturer in Germany, and the Canadian government purchased all of them. The government is setting aside some for NewLink to use in clinical research, and it also plans to donate between 800 and 1,000 doses to the WHO.

An experimental drug called ZMapp from San Diego-based Mapp Pharmaceuticals is the only untested treatment known to have been used in the current outbreak.

Mapp Pharmaceuticals made the drug available to three aid workers infected with the virus — a Spanish priest who died Tuesday and two U.S. aid workers who are said to be improving. Health experts say there is no way to tell if their recovery is related to ZMapp.

The drug is a cocktail of three antibodies engineered to recognize Ebola and bind to infected cells so that the immune system can kill them. The company said the supply of the drug is now "exhausted."

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals of Canada is one of the only companies worldwide to have begun human testing of an Ebola drug, though safety issues with that initial study have put the treatment's future in question.

The company's TKM-Ebola injection works by blocking three genes that help the Ebola virus reproduce itself and spread.

Tekmira began a small-scale study in several dozen healthy adults to find the safest dose of the drug. But the FDA halted that research last month due to potentially dangerous drug reactions seen in patients.

The company, which has a $140 million contract to develop the drug, says it is working to address the FDA's safety concerns.

On Wednesday, North Carolina drugmaker BioCryst announced it had received a $4.1 million award from the NIH to study its experimental antiviral medication for Ebola.

The company is already developing the drug, BCX4430, for the related Marburg virus under a 5-year federal contract worth $22 million. Studies published earlier this year noted the treatment was successful in fighting Ebola in animals. BioCryst currently has no products on the market.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 15, 2014, 02:00:05 pm
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/109344/therell-be-no-stopping-ebola-spread-in-ph-says-expert#ixzz3AQGanMt4
There’ll be no stopping Ebola spread in PH, says expert

8/13/14

MANILA, Philippines–If the deadly Ebola virus enters the Philippines, the local primary and secondary hospitals will have a hard time containing its spread, according to an infectious disease specialist.

At a health forum on Tuesday, Dr. Ludovico Jurao said the infection control committees in these hospitals were not fully capable of managing such a highly contagious disease and, without the help of experts, they may even contribute to an outbreak.

“In containing Ebola, an infected patient must be confined to one room. But in secondary hospitals, patients stay in wards so the rate of transmission of diseases is high,” said Jurao, who is also president of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID).

Jurao said the PSMID had 200 members who could be tapped to help these hospitals.

“There is really no way to curb the spread of the disease but through strong infection control measures in hospitals,” he said.

But he also stressed that the key to preventing Ebola from entering the country was for those who come from Ebola-hit countries in West Africa, especially returning Filipino migrant workers, to fully disclose their health condition and their whereabouts upon arrival in the Philippines.

He said some overseas Filipino workers had a tendency to keep to themselves information about their health to prevent them from being separated from their families.

“It’s really up to them… but we have to make sure they understand the risks of keeping pertinent information from their doctors, especially to their families,” he said.

Jurao recalled a patient who created a Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (Mers-COV) scare earlier this year when she disclosed that she had come in contact with an infected person abroad two days after being admitted to a local hospital.

“These OFWs want to go home to their families so they keep the information from us… it’s human nature. But they must be aware of the risks,” said Jurao.

He also advised returning Filipinos to observe precautionary measures to ensure that they do not become the cause of the spread of the fatal disease in the country.



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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 15, 2014, 02:22:08 pm
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/134194/chinese-ship-in-quarantine-over-ebola-fears/
Chinese Ship in Quarantine over Ebola Fears
8/15/14

A Chinese-flagged ship  heading  from Sierra Leone to Cape Verde was put in quarantine in Sao Vicente yesterday so as to make sure the crew hasn’t been infected by the fatal Ebola virus,  Xinhua News Agency reports.

As explained by Cape Verde Health Minister Cristina Fontes, the ship which is situated off the port since last week, has been visited by the health authorities and so far there were no signs of infection.

However, the ship will remain 21 days in quarantine to avoid any possible risk.

The Chinese ship left Sierra Leone on 31 July.

The global shipping organizations issued a warning and a guidance on risks posed to ships’ crews calling in countries affected by the Ebola virus.

As of this May an outbreak of Ebola has hit Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and Nigeria and is the largest outbreak of Ebola in history.


World Maritime News Staff, August 15, 2014; Image: WHO


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 15, 2014, 06:00:39 pm
http://news.msn.com/world/msf-says-ebola-outbreak-moving-too-fast-to-handle
MSF says Ebola outbreak moving too fast to handle
8/15/14

The Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 1,000 lives in west Africa is moving faster than aid organisations can handle, the medical charity MSF said Friday.

The warning came a day after the World Health Organization said the scale of the epidemic had been vastly underestimated and that "extraordinary measures" were needed to contain the killer disease.

The UN health agency said the death toll from the worst outbreak of the disease in four decades had now climbed to 1,069 in the four afflicted countries, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

"It is deteriorating faster, and moving faster, than we can respond to," MSF (Doctors Without Borders) chief Joanne Liu told reporters in Geneva, saying it could take six months to get the upper hand.

 "It is like wartime," she said a day after returning from the region where she met political leaders and visited clinics.

WHO said Thursday it was coordinating "a massive scaling up of the international response" to the epidemic.

"Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," it said.

The latest epidemic erupted in the forested zone straddling the borders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and later spread to Nigeria.

WHO declared a global health emergency last week -- far too late, according to MSF, which months ago warned that the outbreak was out of control.

Liu said while Guinea was the initial epicentre of the disease, the pace there has slowed, with concerns now focused on the other countries.

"If we don't stabilise Liberia, we'll never stabilise the region," Liu said.

Concerns have also centred on the Nigerian cases, which are in Lagos, sub-Saharan Africa's largest city.

"Right now we have no past experience with in urban setting," said Liu.

- Athletes barred -

As countries around the world stepped up measures to contain the disease, the International Olympics Committee said athletes from Ebola-hit countries had been barred from competing in pool events and combat sports at the Youth Olympics opening in China on Saturday.

The decision, which affects three unidentified athletes, was made "with regard to ensuring the safety of all those participating" in the Games in the city of Nanjing, the IOC and Chinese organisers said.

No cure or vaccine is currently available for Ebola, which the WHO has declared a global public health emergency.

It has also authorised the use of largely untested treatments in efforts to combat the disease.

Hard-hit nations are awaiting consignments of up to 1,000 doses of the barely tested drug ZMapp from the United States, which has raised hopes of saving hundreds.

Canada says between 800 and 1,000 doses of a vaccine called VSV-EBOV, which has shown promise in animal research but never been tested on humans, would also be distributed through the WHO.

MSF's Liu warned against focusing on drugs.

"In the short term, they're not going to help that much, because we don't have many drugs available. We need to a get a reality check on how this could impact the curve of the epidemic," she said.

The last days of an Ebola victim can be grim, characterised by agonising muscular pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and catastrophic haemorrhaging described as "bleeding out" as vital organs break down.

The cost of tackling the virus is also threatening to exact a severe economic toll on the already impoverished west African nations hit by the epidemic.

In Nigeria, in particular, a more serious outbreak could severely disrupt its oil and gas industry if international companies are forced to evacuate staff and shut local operations, rating agency Moody's warned.

- 'Hostility to health workers' -

Sierra Leone's chief medical officer Brima Kargbo this week spoke of the risks facing health workers fighting the epidemic, which has killed 32 nurses since May as well as an eminent doctor, of a total of more than 330 victims.

"We still have to break the chain of transmission to separate the infected from the uninfected," Kargbo said.

In Liberia, which has recorded more than 300 deaths, work has begun on expanding a treatment centre in Monrovia -- one of only two such clinics in the country of 4.2 million.

Across the region, draconian restrictions have been imposed and a number of airlines have cancelled flights in and out of west Africa.

Guinea, where at least 377 people have died, became the latest country to declare a health emergency, ordering strict controls at border points and a ban on moving bodies from one town to another.

Although the WHO confirmed that other African countries, including Kenya, were labelled "high risk" due to their popular transport hubs, it also emphasised that air travel, even from Ebola-affected countries, is low risk because the virus is not airborne.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 15, 2014, 06:44:09 pm
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/65281
Disconnect:  National Preparedness for Potential Ebola Outbreak and What the Public is Told
8/14/14

Michael Snyder asked the obvious question, “How in the world is it possible that more than 170 health workers have been infected by the Ebola virus?” The World Health Organization (WHO) does not seem to have the answer even though health workers are dressed “head to toe in suits that are specifically designed to prevent the spread of the virus.”

The WHO released the information that West Africa has tallied 1,711 Ebola diagnoses and 932 deaths. Ken Isaacs of the Samaritan’s Purse said, “We believe that these numbers represent just 25 to 50 percent of what is happening.”  CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden has estimated that the total number of those killed or infected in this outbreak is higher than all the other outbreaks in the last 32 years.”

Isaacs stated that the “disease is uncontained and out of control” in three of the “poorest nations in the world,” Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. He continued, “Is the world willing to let the public health of the world be in their hands?” And it has now spread to Nigeria, a country with more resources to handle patient cases in better hospitals.

Dr. Frank Glover, a missionary, testified at a hearing in D.C. how the affected countries lack personal protective gear (PPG). The Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee hearing on “Combating the Ebola Threat” was held on August 7, 2014 at the Rayburn House.

Since international air travel has not been suspended to, from, or via the affected countries (the countries have not been quarantined because it would negatively affect their poor economies), the virus was brought on uninfected U.S. soil by way of two contaminated Americans at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, and since our borders are wide-open, the possibility that one small mistake can trigger an outbreak in the U.S. is real.

The CDC Director does not know how many Ebola serums are available, similar to those administered to Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. “I don’t have definitive information,” he said. “Whatever happens with these individuals… we still do not know from their experience whether these drugs work… It’s too soon to know.”

Dr. Vliet, MD and Dr. Steven Hatfill, MD, virologist, microbiologist, former researcher of Ebola at USMRIID, former weapons inspector, and board member of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness explain the new drug therapies for Ebola and emerging viral diseases.

One such serum is ZMapp, a mixture of three monoclonal antibodies obtained from tobacco plants by Mapp Biopharmaceuticals in San Diego and Kentucky BioProcessing in Owensboro, Kentucky. The drug could potentially save the two infected missionaries but the drug is experimental and as such, it was not tested on humans before.

According to Dr. Vliet, the drug is “not manufactured but grown and derived from genetically modified tobacco plants. The tobacco plants are infected with the protein and the plants reproduce it like a photocopier, the desired proteins are extracted from the tobacco plant, and purified into a serum.”

The results of the USMRIID 2013 study showed that when the serum was used on non-human primates, 43 percent of them recovered after intravenous treatment, even when the serum was administered 104-120 hours after infection or after symptoms appeared.

In an interview on Conservative Commandos Radio show, August 5, 2014, Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, described her concern about the “uncontrolled border crisis creating dangers of disease epidemics, including the potential of Ebola.”  According to a leaked intelligence report from the Border and Customs Protection, individuals from 75 different countries have crossed through the southern border illegally.

This unclassified report with “sensitive data” indicated that “71 individuals from the three nations affected by the current Ebola outbreak either turned themselves in or have been caught attempting to illegally enter the U.S. between January and July 2014.” The Border Patrol is detaining only 3-5 percent of the border crossers.  She continued, “The odds are very good that Ebola could have already come across the border. No one knows for sure because information is being suppressed.”

 Dr. Lee Vliet said that several very sick individuals caught at the Texas border were transported to an undisclosed location, “all in respiratory distress, high fever, shaking, chills, and coughing up blood. Two weeks later, NBC news broke the story that several very sick individuals were flown to Ventura Air Force Base. These individuals were so sick, they were taken to an intensive care unit with the same symptoms.” Dr. Vliet considered this incident significant because these could be symptoms of Ebola, dengue fever, and hemorrhagic fever. They are not symptoms of early phase tuberculosis. Medical personnel are forced to suppress medical information, keeping the public in the dark.

The Inspector General for DHS released a report on July 31, 2014 in which he documented the spread of viral illnesses, previously eradicated and controlled, among the Border Patrol agents and their families. Dispersing these illegal aliens with unknown infections into the general population was a bad idea.

The “unclassified report” leaked to Breitbart Texas showed that 250 individuals from Pakistan, numerous Egyptians, Yemenis, Somalis, known sponsors of terrorism, and 3,200 people from China were caught sneaking across the border, “ a totally different pattern of previous illegal border crossings.” Dr. Vliet mentioned 89 cases last week of illegal aliens with TB at the border in Texas.

She believed that bringing in two patients infected with Ebola into the U.S. was a great risk to the patients and to the public. The safe transportation in hazmat suits and the special flight came at great expense, millions and millions of dollars when they could have been treated on site with the portable decontamination units, without risking the lives of the flight crews, the patients themselves, and the American public.

“We don’t know with certainty how Ebola is transmitted. There are studies from Canada that suggest that there is the possibility of aerosol (airborne) transmission.” She continued that medical personnel in protected hazmat suits, including a doctor, have died of Ebola. Lung fluids and other bodily excretions are highly contagious.

There is a stark disconnect between the government’s preparation to contain potential Ebola, going on around the country quietly, such as quarantine locations, requisitions for bio hazmat suits for the National Guard, and what people are being told publicly, not to worry about the spread of Ebola.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 16, 2014, 05:39:26 pm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28769678
8/13/14
Ebola outbreak: Kenya at high risk, warns WHO

The current outbreak is the deadliest since Ebola was discovered in 1976

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Kenya as a "high-risk" country for the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Kenya was vulnerable because it was a major transport hub, with many flights from West Africa, a WHO official said.

This is the most serious warning to date by the WHO that Ebola could spread to East Africa.


The number of people killed by Ebola in West Africa has risen to 1,069, the WHO said in its latest update.

Fifty-six deaths and 128 new cases were reported in the region in the two days to 11 August, it added.

Canada said it would donate up to 1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to help fight the outbreak.

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Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 16, 2014, 05:44:34 pm
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/15/Outrage-in-Nigeria-as-Government-Fires-16-000-Doctors-on-Strike-Despite-Ebola-Crisis
8/15/14
Outrage in Nigeria as Government Fires 16,000 Doctors on Strike Despite Ebola Crisis

The growing spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria remains serious enough to keep the nation in an official state of emergency, with thousands concerned that the virus will spread like it has in other West African nations. In what many are calling a massive failure of optics, however, the Nigerian government has chosen to fire up to 16,000 doctors due to an unrelated medical employee strike.

In a memorandum to the Nigerian Health Ministry, the Permanent Secretary for Federal Ministry of Health L.N. Awute announced that Nigeria would suspend its medical residency program and terminate the jobs of the resident doctors. The order, which cites President Goodluck Jonathan as its unilateral source, also "asked the management of all public hospitals to take necessary measures to restore full medical services in the hospitals, even without the resident doctors."

The termination follows a month of strikes by doctors of the Nigerian Medical Association, who began striking on July 1st, demanding better wages and hours. The number of doctors affected by President Jonathan's directive, Sky News reports, is about 16,000.

The Premium Times followed up the news with a response from the Nigerian government, which is currently facing significant outrage from citizens frightened of the potential of an Ebola epidemic striking a country that just lost thousands of its doctors. In a statement, the Ministry of Health noted, "For the whole of July 2014, these doctors did not work, yet government, owing to the emergency situation in our country, paid them the July salaries with allowances such as call duty allowance, teaching allowance, hazard allowance, etc., believing that this magnanimity of government would appeal to reason for NMA to call off the strike."

The emphasis on the doctors not working appears to be in direct reaction to the criticism from those concerned about Ebola: these doctors are not being taken away from the front lines against the virus because they have not been working since before the virus entered Nigeria through Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American official who died in Lagos, Nigeria, shortly after landing from Liberia.

Nigeria currently has eleven confirmed cases of Ebola, mostly medical workers who interacted with Sawyer. The presence of Ebola in Lagos, a city of 21 million people, has caused significant alarm among those who fear an outbreak in an urban area. While Liberia's capital, Monrovia, has seen a high number of cases, it is the exception, with most Ebola-stricken communities in rural areas of Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Al Jazeera notes that, in addition to the Nigerian Medical Association calling for an immediate reversal of Jonathan's proposal, individual Nigerians are lashing out on social media, calling the move "death sentences in disguise," with some even indicting the doctors for choosing to strike amid a crisis.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 18, 2014, 10:35:25 am
Struggling Liberia creates 'plague villages' in Ebola epicenter

To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicenter of the virus, evoking the "plague villages" of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world.   

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/17/us-health-ebola-liberia-insight-idUSKBN0GH0EY20140817


Inside Ebola hell: Reporter witnesses horror...
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/inside-ebola-hell-mirrorman-witnesses-4067533

Aid workers flee; Doctors Retreat...
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/world/africa/with-aid-doctors-gone-ebola-fight-grows-harder.html

Clinic looted...
http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/ap_a7ec0a72ab0847e1aaf40a4deb9f2347

'Plague villages'...
http://news.yahoo.com/struggling-liberia-creates-plague-villages-ebola-epicentre-123146139.html

Patients escape attack on isolation clinic...
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-patients-flee-attack-liberia-isolation-ward-002954011.html

Liberia gives experimental drug to doctors...
http://news.yahoo.com/liberia-gives-experimental-ebola-drug-three-african-doctors-224203986.html

Woman Kicked Off DELTA Flight in Ohio for Looking Sick...
http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2014/08/17/72-year-old-woman-says-she-was-kicked-off-delta-flight-for-looking-sick

New Mexico teacher tested...
http://eagnews.org/new-mexico-teacher-tested-for-ebola-virus/


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 18, 2014, 10:36:53 am
If You Promote A Cure For Ebola, Men With Guns Could Show Up At Your Door

If I had a cure for Ebola, I could never sell it to you.  I don’t have a cure for Ebola of course, but even if I did I could never promote it.  And if you have a cure for Ebola and you start promoting it on the Internet, men with guns could soon show up at your door.  Unfortunately, I am not kidding.  Even if you have made a discovery that could potentially save millions of lives, that will not earn you an ounce of mercy from the FDA.  In fact, the FDA has just issued a statement that contains a chilling warning for anyone that is claiming that they know how to prevent or cure Ebola.  And without a doubt, FDA bureaucrats are scouring the Internet right now for any sign of an Ebola cure or treatment.  When they find one, they are likely to crack down very hard based on their history.  So if you do have a cure for Ebola, you might want to be very, very careful.  You could end up having men with automatic weapons conducting a military-style raid on your home when you least expect it.

I wish that things were not this way in America.

I wish that this nation was not being transformed into a Big Brother police state.

I wish that we could feel free to share information with one another without the fear of men with guns coming to our homes.

But the cold, hard reality of the matter is that this is 2014 and we live at a time when our government is being run by paranoid control freaks.

On August 14th, the FDA published a warning that is specifically targeted at those that are claiming to know how to prevent or cure Ebola.  The following is an excerpt from that warning…

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to be aware of products sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus. Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the FDA has seen and received consumer complaints about a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection.

    There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola. Although there are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments under development, these investigational products are in the early stages of product development, have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, and the supply is very limited. There are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products specifically for Ebola available for purchase on the Internet. By law, dietary supplements cannot claim to prevent or cure disease.

    Individuals promoting these unapproved and fraudulent products must take immediate action to correct or remove these claims or face potential FDA action.

    It is important to note that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. Unfortunately, during outbreak situations, fraudulent products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure a disease all too often appear on the market. The FDA monitors for these fraudulent products and false claims and takes appropriate action to protect consumers.

So what prompted all of this?

Well, the New York Times has given us a clue.  According to the Times, the government is particularly concerned about a product known as NanoSilver that is being promoted by the National Solutions Foundation…

    While discussing the shipment to Liberia of an experimental drug the panel did endorse, ZMapp, Nigeria’s health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said an unidentified Nigerian scientist living overseas had arranged for Nigeria to get a different experimental medicine, according to Nigerian news outlets. They identified it as NanoSilver, a supplement offered by the Natural Solutions Foundation, which said that it contains microscopic silver particles, although, as a food supplement, it is not tested by regulatory agencies. Silver kills some microbes on surfaces and in wounds, but it can be toxic and is not F.D.A.-approved for systemic use against viruses.

Personally, I have a lot of respect for the National Solutions Foundation.  And Dr. Rima Laibow has been working very hard to share what she knows with the global community over the Internet…

    Recently, the foundation’s medical director, Dr. Rima E. Laibow, posted an “open letter to heads of Ebola-impacted states,” dated July 29, claiming that NanoSilver cured Ebola. She also claimed to have addressed 47 African health ministers at a 2007 conference and to be in touch with “West African governments and their advisers.”

    Dr. Laibow could not be reached for comment. On Friday afternoon, after The New York Times emailed her a series of questions, two of her websites briefly became unavailable, then reappeared with headlines saying they were “under attack” and directing readers to other sites selling a different product, Silver Solution.

But in the end, it is not going to matter to the FDA at all whether what Dr. Laibow is saying is true or not.

The only thing that is going to matter is that she is promoting alternatives that have not come from the pharmaceutical drug cartel.

And when you cross the FDA, they don’t just send you a threatening letter in the mail.

As I mentioned above, men with guns could show up at your door.

The following are just a few examples from the past few years…

-The FDA raided an Amish farmer at 5 AM in the morning because he was committing the “crime” of selling raw milk.

-The FDA raided Morningland Dairy in the Missouri Ozarks because they were committing the “crime” of selling raw cheese.

-The FDA raided a cancer clinic in Oklahoma that was offering patients natural alternatives to chemotherapy and radiation.

So right now, this is where we stand.  The FDA says that there is no way to prevent or cure Ebola, and you better not say that there is a way to cure of prevent Ebola either.

Meanwhile, it looks like Ebola has potentially spread to even more countries and the outbreak continues to grow at an exponential rate.  In fact, the World Health Organization just released a statement in which it said that “the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.”

If you have not been taking Ebola seriously, you need to start doing so.

The turning point for me was when so many health workers started getting the virus.  So far, more than 170 health workers have become infected with Ebola.  And remember, these health workers go to extraordinary lengths to keep from being exposed to the disease.  For example, you can see some photos of what an Ebola isolation ward looks like right here.

If they are catching the disease so easily, what chance are the rest of us going to have?

Sadly, it looks like this crisis is going to continue to get worse for an extended period of time.

And you better not mention that you might have a solution, because if you do, men with guns might just show up at your door.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/if-you-promote-a-cure-for-ebola-men-with-guns-could-show-up-at-your-door


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 19, 2014, 10:51:30 am
Escaped Ebola patients captured, returned to quarantine...
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ebola-outbreak-escaped-liberian-quarantine-patients-found-as-death-toll-tops-1200-9678366.html

Shoot-on-sight order given for border crossers...
http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/africa/2014/08/18/shoot-on-sight-order-in-ebola-wary-liberia.html

Virus kills 84 in three days...
http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/8908bedc-54c8-4cb2-b392-d65c4756f063

Death in UAE...
http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/ap_37a2da32a97140d69931b7559aec639f

Passenger Kicked Off DELTA Flight for Looking Sick...
http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2014/08/17/72-year-old-woman-says-she-was-kicked-off-delta-flight-for-looking-sick



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 20, 2014, 12:47:56 pm
Clashes erupt in sealed-off Ebola area...
http://news.yahoo.com/clashes-erupt-sealed-off-ebola-area-liberia-capital-150947266.html

Security forces blockade slum...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11045977/Liberians-trapped-in-Ebola-slum-as-security-forces-seal-off-Monrovia-district.html

Scale of outbreak still unknown...
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/world/africa/ebola-is-disaster-of-scale-still-unknown-relief-official-says.html

More than 100 die in two days...
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/20/health-ebola-who-idUSL5N0QQ4AX20140820

Fear at Hospital in Sacramento...
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Sacramento-Kaiser-Treating-Patient-Possibly-Exposed-to-Ebola-Virus-271935511.html

Confusion in ER...
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/08/19/sacramento-kaiser-permanente-patient-being-tested-for-ebola-after-possible-exposure

68 Scares in 3 Weeks...
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/us-hospitals-68-ebola-scares-cdc/story?id=25039023

Only 10 Samples Tested...
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/08/20/sacramento-hospital-taking-extra-precautions-as-patient-is-tested-for-ebola-virus-kaiser-cdc-centers-for-disease-control-outbreak-sick-symptoms


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 21, 2014, 07:29:02 am
Ebola Crisis Causes Mercy Ships to Cancel Deployment

 An international medical organization maintains that collateral hardship from the Ebola epidemic has forced the cancellation of medical teams to various locations around the world.
 
Mercy Ships, which operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship in ports on the West Coast of Africa, has canceled deployment to Guinea, where Ebola first broke out last December, but currently docked in the Canary Islands with crew and staff, Mercy Ship now waits for an end-of-August decision for field service in Benin.
 
The Mercy Ship was due to sail for the port of Cotonou, Benin, for its 10-month field service last week but has delayed that sail pending further assessment due to the aggressive nature of the outbreak in neighboring Nigeria. 
 
According to the charity’s president and founder Don Stephens, the ship is unequipped to treat viral epidemics.
 
“Africa is and remains our priority, but crew safety drives every decision,” Stephens said in a statement. “We request prayer as we consider all options to manage the risk, including deployment to other unaffected nations.” 
 
This ship’s crew consists of 400 staff members representing 40 nations, with up to 60 children onboard at any time.
 
“Mercy Ships has many, many friends in West Africa,” Stephens said. “In the meantime, our prayers go out to all those affected by this terrible epidemic, especially those in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria.”
 
Stephens explained that the organization is closely monitoring the situation across the continent of Africa.

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/ebola-crisis-causes-mercy-ships-to-cancel-deployment.html


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 21, 2014, 11:00:12 am
World Health Organization: Death toll from West Africa Ebola outbreak rises to 1,350

The latest figures Wednesday show that the deaths are mounting fastest in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the deaths. The U.N. health agency also warned in its announcement that "countries are beginning to experience supply shortages, including fuel, food, and basic supplies."   

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2014/08/20/liberian-security-forces-seal-slum-to-halt-ebola?int=a1ec09&int=a27709


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 22, 2014, 03:46:46 am
http://news.msn.com/world/liberia-ebola-fears-rise-as-clinic-is-looted
8/19/14
Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.

The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were brought to the holding center from other parts of Monrovia, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday.

Up to 30 patients were staying at the center and many of them fled at the time of the raid, said Nyenswah. Once they are located they will be transferred to the Ebola center at Monrovia's largest hospital, he said.

West Point residents went on a "looting spree," stealing items from the clinic that were likely infected, said a senior police official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press. The residents took medical equipment and mattresses and sheets that had bloodstains, he said. Ebola is spread through bodily fluids including blood, vomit, feces and sweat.

"All between the houses you could see people fleeing with items looted from the patients," the official said, adding that he now feared "the whole of West Point will be infected."

Some of the looted items were visibly stained with blood, vomit and excrement, said Richard Kieh, who lives in the area.

The incident creates a new challenge for Liberian health officials who were already struggling to contain the outbreak.

Liberian police restored order to the West Point neighborhood Sunday. Sitting on land between the Montserrado River and the Atlantic Ocean, West Point is home to at least 50,000 people, according to a 2012 survey.

Distrust of government runs high in West Point, with rumors regularly circulating that the government plans to clear the slum out entirely.


Though there had been talk of putting West Point under quarantine should Ebola break out there, assistant health minister Nyenswah said Sunday no such step has been taken. "West Point is not yet quarantined as being reported," he said.

Ebola has killed 1,145 people in West Africa, including 413 in Liberia, according to the World Health Organization.

Other countries across Africa are grappling to prevent Ebola's spread with travel restrictions, suspensions of airline flights, public health messages and quarantines.

Nigeria appears to be making progress in containing the disease. The country has 12 confirmed cases of Ebola, all of which stem from direct contact with the Liberian-American man who flew to Nigeria late last month while ill. He infected several health workers before dying.

Since then three others have died in Nigeria from Ebola, according to figures released over the weekend.

One Nigerian doctor has survived the disease and was sent home Saturday night and five others confirmed with Ebola have almost fully recovered, said the Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu in a statement Saturday night.

The most important part of containing the disease is to track all those who had contact with Ebola patients and to closely monitor them in order to quarantine if they show any symptoms. Nigeria had 242 people under surveillance but now 61 have been cleared and released, after completing the 21-day period without showing any signs of Ebola, said the health ministry.

In East Africa, Kenya will bar passengers traveling from the three West African countries badly hit by the Ebola outbreak. The suspension is effective midnight Tuesday for all ports of entry for people traveling from or through Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said Kenya's Health Ministry. Nigeria was not included in the ban, which also allows entry to health professionals and Kenyans returning from those countries.

Following the government's announcement Saturday, Kenya Airways said it would suspend flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Kenya Airways, a major transport provider in Africa flies more than 70 flights a week to West Africa.

Several airlines have already suspended flights to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, including British Airways, Emirates Airlines, Arik Air and ASKY Airlines.

Officials in Cameroon, which borders Nigeria, announced Friday it would suspend all flights from all four Ebola-affected countries. Korean Air announced on Thursday it would temporarily halt its service to Kenya despite the fact there are no cases of Ebola in the country.


Title: UN Ebola czar visits west Africa after violent clashes
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 22, 2014, 10:55:12 am
UN Ebola czar visits west Africa after violent clashes
http://news.yahoo.com/clashes-erupt-sealed-off-ebola-area-liberia-capital-150947266.html
8/21/14

Monrovia (AFP) - The UN's new pointman on Ebola was due to arrive in west Africa on Thursday for a visit aimed at shoring up health services in the region where at least 1,350 lives have been lost to the virus.

David Nabarro, a British physician appointed last week by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon, said he would focus on "revitalising the health sectors" in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

"One of the major issues is that health sectors and health services in countries affected by Ebola have really suffered," Nabarro told reporters in New York ahead of his trip.

Nabarro will travel to Monrovia, Freetown, Conakry and Abuja as part of his overall mission to coordinate the global response to the worst-ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever.

His visit comes at a time when affected countries are scrambling to contain the spread of the killer disease.

Guinea, where the outbreak first appeared earlier this year, sent more than 100 doctors and volunteers to its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia on Thursday to monitor people entering the country for signs of Ebola.

- 'Utmost rigour' -

The move is part of a plan introduced under Guinea's state of emergency, which was declared earlier this month in an effort to stop the spread of the virus that has killed 396 people in the country to date.

"It is necessary that everyone living outside our borders who wishes to enter our country be examined with the utmost rigour," said Health Minister Colonel Remy Lamah.

The measures in Guinea followed a chaotic day in Liberia's capital, where violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone as soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on protesting crowds.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had ordered a nightime curfew and the quarantine of Monrovia's West Point slum and Dolo Town, to the east of the capital, in a bid to stem the outbreak.

Residents of West Point, where club-wielding youths stormed an Ebola medical facility on Saturday, reacted with fury to the crackdown, hurling stones and shouting at the security forces.

Liberia, with 576 deaths from 972 diagnosed cases, has seen the biggest toll among the four west African countries hit by Ebola.

Deaths from the epidemic that has swept through west Africa since March now stand at 1,350 after a surge of 106 victims in just two days, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

From its initial outbreak in Guinea, the virus spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, overwhelming inadequate public health services already battling common deadly diseases such as malaria.

Straining the situation even further, several top officials leading the fight have lost their lives to the disease.

A doctor who treated Nigeria's first Ebola patient was named among the dead on Tuesday, taking the death toll in Africa's most populous country to five.

Fears that the virus could spread to other continents have seen flights to the region cancelled, and authorities around the world have adopted measures to screen travellers arriving from affected nations.

Vietnam said Wednesday it had released two Nigerian air travellers from isolation after their fevers subsided. In Myanmar a local man is still undergoing tests after arriving from Guinea with a fever.

- 'Encouraging signs' -

Countries throughout Africa and beyond remain on high alert, with the Equatorial Guinea airline, Ceiba Intercontinental, the latest to suspend flights to the whole region.

But despite the rising death toll, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib noted "encouraging signs" in Nigeria and Guinea, where prevention measures and work to trace lines of infection were starting to take effect.

The Nigerian outbreak has been traced to a sole foreigner, a Liberian-American who died in late July in Lagos. All subsequent Nigerian victims had direct contact with him.

In Sierra Leone, where 374 people have died, the outbreak has also been traced back to one person: a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma.


No cure or vaccine is currently available for Ebola, which is spread by close contact with body fluids, meaning patients must be isolated.

Given the extent of the crisis, the WHO has authorised largely untested treatments -- including ZMapp and the Canadian-made VSV-EBOV vaccine, whose possible side effects on humans are not known.

Three doctors in Liberia who had been given the experimental US-made ZMapp are reportedly responding to the treatment.

Researchers also said Wednesday an experimental drug treatment can help monkeys survive an otherwise deadly infection with a tropical virus called Marburg, which is similar to Ebola.


Title: Relief Official Urges Groups to Step Up Ebola Efforts
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 22, 2014, 11:10:00 am
Relief Official Urges Groups to Step Up Ebola Efforts
8/19/14
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/world/africa/ebola-is-disaster-of-scale-still-unknown-relief-official-says.html?_r=0#

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “a complete disaster,” and health agencies do not yet grasp its scope, the president of the relief group Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday.

“No one yet has the full measure of the magnitude of this crisis,” the president, Dr. Joanne Liu, said in an interview. “We don’t have good data collection. We don’t have enough surveillance.”

With two treatment centers in each of the three hardest-hit countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — her organization is treating more patients than any other entity.

Dr. Liu said agencies like the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other aid groups should become more involved in prevention and surveillance, including tracing the contacts of people who are sick.

“We need more people in the field,” she said.

The virus has bred a larger medical crisis, Dr. Liu said. In Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, the health system collapsed as workers and patients fled hospitals out of fear of Ebola, allowing diseases like malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea to kill children who would otherwise have been saved. She said she learned from her staff about six pregnant women who lost babies because they could not find an open maternity ward.

Her colleagues at Doctors Without Borders — often called M.S.F. for its French name, Médecins Sans Frontières — are overwhelmed, she said. In one center, until recently, five people were caring for 100 patients. During crises, many doctors work for the group on rotations of up to six weeks, for which they get small stipends.

The supply of volunteers is drying up. Although the group operates in war zones — including Gaza, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine — West Africa is the hardest to staff, Dr. Liu said.

“The reality is, it’s difficult to recruit for Ebola,” she said. “You have to learn to live with fear.” And the treatment of Ebola is exhausting. When Dr. Liu worked in Syria, she said, there were lulls after aircraft dropped barrel bombs and the wounded were treated in the emergency room. Ebola patients need constant care.The W.H.O. said Tuesday that there were “encouraging signs“ in Nigeria and Guinea even though 113 new cases were reported in those countries and the two other affected nations. That brought the total number of cases to 2,240, with more than 1,200 deaths.

In Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered a curfew and quarantine of a district in Monrovia, the capital, where residents attacked an Ebola observation center over the weekend, The Associated Press reported.

In Nigeria, the 12 people known to have been infected by a Liberian-American who died on July 25 do not seem to have passed it on. In Guinea, the situation is “less alarming” than in Liberia or Sierra Leone because people are cooperating with health officials.

No matter how many patients her organization treats, Dr. Liu said, the outbreak will not end until other agencies can halt the progression of new infections.

Asked how much money it would take to win, she said: “I don’t know. We’re making history. We’re facing something we’ve never faced before.”


Title: Sacramento Kaiser Treating Patient Possibly Exposed to Ebola Virus
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 22, 2014, 11:18:30 am
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Sacramento-Kaiser-Treating-Patient-Possibly-Exposed-to-Ebola-Virus-271935511.html
Sacramento Kaiser Treating Patient Possibly Exposed to Ebola Virus
8/20/14

Health officials said Wednesday a patient who was being tested for Ebola in Sacramento is at low risk for the virus.

Speaking to the media during a conference call, state and federal officials said they will not divulge which West African country the patient traveled to or from in order to protect the individual's privacy.

Officials will not be releasing the patient's identity, gender or whether the patient is an adult or minor. Health officials are also contacting those who may have come in contact with the Sacramento patient.

"It is unlikely that Ebola presents a significant risk to Californians," said Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director for the Center for Infectious Diseases and State Epidemiologist at the California Department of Public Health. Chavez said that the CDPH has not received any reports of high-risk patients being treated in California hospitals.

He said that the results of the testing of the Sacarmento patient would be available in three days.

Health officials announced Tuesday that the patient who was admitted to a South Sacramento hospital may have neem exposed to the Ebola virus. The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center is working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test blood samples from the patient.

"In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease," Dr. Stephen Parodi, director of hospital operations for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, said in a statement. "This includes isolation of the patient in a specially equipped negative pressure room and the use of personal protective equipment by trained staff, coordinated with infectious disease specialists. This enables the medical center to provide care in a setting that safeguards other patients and medical teams."

The Ebola virus got worldwide attention earlier this month when two United States aid workers were infected in Liberia. The aid workers were move to an Atlanta hospital for treatment in a specially equipped plane. Both patients are recovering, officials said.

The Ebola outbreak started in December of last year in West Africa. Since the outbreak, some 2,200 people have been diagnosed with the virus and nearly half o those people died.

Even though the Ebola virus can be deadly, doctors said, survival rates are improving because people are getting checked if they feel they have come in contact with the virus.

Chavez told reporters that any hospital in California should be able to treat Ebola patients. The Sacramento case is the first case in Caifornia linked to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Chavez said.

"We knew it was a matter of time before we had a case in California," he said.

For more information about Ebola, please visit the CDPH home page's "Other Hot Topics" and the CDC's page on information and updates.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 22, 2014, 11:31:58 am
I'll believe it when I see it - over the LONG haul, that is. Don't care if anyone is "declared cure" of this - wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole for at least awhile!

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ebola-patient-dr-kent-brantley-released-emory-hospital/story?id=25060979
Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantly Says 'God Saved My Life'
8/21/14

 Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly have been cured of the Ebola virus and released from Emory Hospital in Atlanta.

Brantly, 33, called his recovery "a miraculous day."

"I am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and reunited with my family," he said.

He also told a news conference at Emory Hospital that "God saved my life."

Both patients were given blood and urine tests to determine whether they still had the virus, Emory doctors said in a statement released this morning.

"After a rigorous course of treatment and testing we have determined...that (Brantly) has recovered from the Ebola virus disease and he can return to his family, to his community, and to his life without any public health concerns," Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit, said today.

Brantly said that when Writebol left the hospital on Tuesday, she asked him to speak on her behalf to the public and express gratitude for prayers on her behalf.

"When she walked out of the room, all she could say was ‘To God be the glory,’" Brantly recalled. "Nancy and (her husband) David are now spending some much needed time together."

Writebol's husband said in the statement that his wife left the hospital in a "significantly weakened condition."

"We are tremendously pleased with Dr. Brantly and Mrs. Writebol's recovery," Ribner said. "All of us who have worked with them have been impressed by their courage and determination. Their hope and faith have been an inspiration to all of us."

Ribner emphasized that though there is public fear and anxiety about Ebola, there is no threat to public health with the patients' release.

He also said that the decision to bring Brantly and Writebol to America for treatment would help push forward the research and knowledge about how to treat Ebola wherever it is contracted.

Brantly contracted the deadly virus while working in a Liberian Ebola ward with the aid agency Samaritan’s Purse. He was evacuated to the U.S. earlier this month along with Writebol.

"I never imagined myself in this position," Brantley said. "We treated out first Ebola patient (in Liberia) in June. When she arrived we were ready."

"On Wednesday, July 23, I woke up feeling under the weather and then my life took an unexpected turn as I was diagnosed with Ebola. As I lay in my bed in Liberia for nine days, getting sicker each day, I prayed God would help be more faithful in even in my illness, and that in my illness or even death he would glorified," Brantly said.

Brantly is the first-ever Ebola patient to be treated in the U.S. and the first human to receive the experimental serum known as ZMapp.

According to reports, Brantly’s condition deteriorated so quickly that doctors in Africa decided to give him the drug in a last-ditch effort to save him.

**Like said, will believe it when I see it.

Brantly’s condition started to improve dramatically within an hour after getting the serum, according to Samaritan’s Purse, but it’s unclear if the improvement was directly related to the medication. After his health stabilized, Brantly was evacuated on a specially outfitted plane to Atlanta in early August to the hospital isolation ward.

Writebol, 59, also survived after getting the serum.

But Ribner said today that it is unclear what role ZMapp played in their recovery.

"Frankly we do not know if it helped them, made any difference, or even delayed their recovery," Ribner said.

He emphasized that both Writebol and Brantly were not a danger to others and there was no danger that the Ebola virus could flare up again in them.

"There is no evidence that once a patient has cleared the virus from their blood that they will relapse," Ribner said.

He also said that having survived Ebola, the patients were now immune to that particular strain of Ebola, although there are five strains of the virus.

The virus has killed at least 1,229 and sickened 1,011 more, according to numbers released Tuesday by the World Health Organization. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have the most cases.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 24, 2014, 07:23:57 am
'Underestimated' Ebola outbreak spreads...
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/23/ebola-spreads-in-nigeria-liberia-has-1000-cases/14489251/

Sierra Leone makes hiding patients illegal...
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EBOLA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-23-13-46-12

British national tests positive...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2732679/BREAKING-NEWS-Briton-living-Sierra-Leone-tests-positive-Ebola-assessed-doctors.html

Patient in Montreal hospital in isolation over fears...
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/08/23/patient-in-montreal-hospital-in-isolation-over-ebola-fears


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 24, 2014, 04:10:20 pm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28922290
8/24/14
Ebola outbreak: DR Congo confirms two deaths

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say two people have died from Ebola in the country's north-west.

They are the first reported Ebola cases outside West Africa since the outbreak there began, although it is not clear if they are directly linked to that outbreak.

So far 1,427 people have died from the virus.

The speed and extent of the outbreak has been "unprecedented", the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

An estimated 2,615 people in West Africa have been infected with Ebola since March.

There is no known cure but some affected people have recovered after being given an experimental drug, ZMapp. However, supplies are now exhausted.

Also on Sunday, a British health worker infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone was flown back to the UK on an RAF jet. It is the first confirmed case of a Briton contracting the virus during the current outbreak.

Quarantine zone

Several people died in the past month after contracting an unidentified fever in the Equateur region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On Sunday, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said two of eight fever victims had tested positive for Ebola.

He told the BBC a quarantine zone would be set up in a 100-km (62-mile) radius in Boende where the cases had been registered.

He said this marked the seventh outbreak in DRC. The virus was first identified here in 1976 near the Ebola River.

Mr Numbi added that further tests were being carried out.

On Saturday, Sierra Leone parliament passed a new law making it a criminal offence to hide Ebola patients.
A man with a placard writing "Ebola go away" in Abidjan on 19 August. Already more people have died in this outbreak of Ebola than in any other

If approved by the president, those caught face up to two years in prison.

The move came after the Ivory Coast closed its land borders to prevent the spread of Ebola on to its territory.

The country has already imposed a ban on flights to and from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Gabon, Senegal, Cameroon and South Africa have taken similar measures.

The WHO says travel bans do not work, and that what is needed is more doctors and officials to help trace those infected with Ebola, as well as more mobile laboratories.

Last week, two US doctors were discharged from a hospital in Liberia after being given the ZMapp drug, while three Liberian medics are also recovering well.

Ebola is spread between humans through direct contact with infected bloodily fluids. It is one of the world's deadliest diseases, with up to 90% of cases resulting in death.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 24, 2014, 04:13:57 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/sierra-leone-hero-doctors-death-exposes-slow-ebola-094626470.html
Sierra Leone 'hero' doctor's death exposes slow Ebola response
8/24/14

FREETOWN/DAKAR (Reuters) - When two American aid workers recovered from Ebola after being treated with an experimental drug, the grieving family of Sierra Leone's most famous doctor wondered why he had been denied the same treatment before he died from the deadly virus.

Sheik Umar Khan was a hero in his small West African country for leading the fight against the worst ever outbreak of the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever, which has killed 1,427 people mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

When Khan fell sick in late July, he was rushed to a treatment unit run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) where doctors debated whether to give him ZMapp, a drug tested on laboratory animals but never before used on humans.

Staff agonized over the ethics of favoring one individual over hundreds of others and the risk of a popular backlash if the untried treatment was perceived as killing a national hero.

In the end, they decided against using ZMapp. Khan died on July 29, plunging his country into mourning.

A few days later, the California-manufactured pharmaceutical was administered to U.S. aid workers Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol who contracted Ebola in Liberia and were flown home for treatment. It is not clear what role ZMapp played in their recovery but the two left hospital in Atlanta last week.

Khan is among nearly 100 African healthcare workers to have paid the ultimate price for fighting Ebola, as the region's medical systems have been overwhelmed by an epidemic which many say could have been contained if the world had acted quicker.

In their village of Mahera, in northern Sierra Leone, Khan's elderly parents and siblings asked why he did not get the treatment. Khan saved hundreds of lives during a decade battling Lassa fever - a disease similar to Ebola - at his clinic in Kenema and was Sierra Leone's only expert on hemorrhagic fever.

"If it was good enough for Americans, it should have been good enough for my brother," said C-Ray, his elder brother, as he sat on the porch of the family home. "It's not logical that it wasn't used. He had nothing to lose if it hadn't worked."

Doctors who knew Khan and who were involved in the difficult decision, however, said it was based on sound ethical reasoning.

Ebola, which is passed on by direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected persons, strikes hardest at healthcare providers and carers who work closely with patients.

Victims suffer vomiting, diarrhea, internal and external bleeding in the final stages of the disease, leaving their bodies coated in the virus. To treat the sick, doctors require training and protective clothing, both of them scarce in Africa.

The outbreak - the first in West Africa - was detected five months ago deep in the forests of southeastern Guinea. But it was not until Aug. 8 that the World Health Organization declared an international health emergency and promised more resources.

By decimating healthcare staff in countries that had only a few hundred trained doctors before the outbreak, Ebola has now left millions vulnerable to the next crisis, experts say.

"Dr. Khan knew the risks better than anybody ... but if you work for months in overcrowded facilities, 18 hours a day, anyone will make a mistake," said Robert Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University in New Orleans, who worked with Khan for a decade.

"The whole international community needs to look back and say we dropped the ball. We should've reacted faster to this."

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To many in his impoverished country, Khan was a saviour for his pioneering work with Lassa fever, a disease endemic to the jungles of eastern Sierra Leone that kills 5,000 people a year. When Ebola struck, he became a figurehead for that fight, too, hailed by President Ernest Bai Koroma as a "national hero".

Doctors involved in treating Khan were aware that - given sporadic violence against healthcare workers by a frightened local population - a misstep could prove costly.

"Now you can look back at that and say it was a mistake," said American doctor Daniel Bausch of Tulane University, who worked with Khan and advocated giving him ZMapp at the time.

"But there was a very tense atmosphere on the ground," he said. "If he had died from the drug, or even if it was perceived that he had, it could have had dangerous ramifications."

Doctors also had ethical concerns about giving Khan priority treatment that hundreds of other infected people could not receive, since only a few doses of ZMapp had been manufactured.

The president of Medecins San Frontieres - which has spearheaded the response to Ebola at clinics in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia - said its doctors could not sanction use of a drug on Khan whose effects were unknown.

"We didn't know what the consequences would be. We didn't know how sick he was and we didn't know how efficient it would be," Joanne Liu told Reuters.

Khan, who had initially appeared to be recovering, was never told that the drug was available. Two weeks after his death, the World Health Organization approved the use of experimental drugs to tackle Ebola, on Aug. 12.   

However, the manufacturer of ZMapp, California-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical, said supplies of the drug are exhausted after the last doses were used in treating three African healthcare workers in Liberia last week. Like the two Americans, they are also recovering.

Supplies of trial vaccines to prevent people contracting the disease are also very limited. With only 1,590 deaths from Ebola in the four decades that have passed since the virus was first isolated, all of them in poor African countries, drug firms have had little incentive to pursue research into the disease.

Drug companies including GlaxoSmithKline are now fast-tracking vaccine trials in humans, amid fears that Ebola could be spread beyond Africa by air travel, after a U.S. citizen died in Nigeria after flying from Liberia.   

"We need to get healthcare workers vaccines. They are in harm's way," said Robert Garry, the main investigator at Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium, a partnership of research institutes. He said the outbreak would last at least six months.

"We need a lot more people to bring this under control. We haven’t seen the worst of this yet."

"WHO WILL FILL MY SHOES"

Khan knew from the first his work at the Kenema clinic would be dangerous. When he took over as head doctor there in 2004, his predecessor had bled to death from Lassa fever in the same ward.

But after 11 years of civil war, there were few others who could do the job. The last but one of 10 children from a humble background, Khan always wanted to be a physician like his childhood hero Dr. Kamara, who ran a clinic in Mahera.

Determined to enter Freetown's medical school COMAHS, Khan persisted despite being initially rejected. When he graduated, his father was too ashamed to visit this preserve of his country's elite and listened to the ceremony on the radio.

    "When the name Dr. Sheik Umar Khan was called out by the dean of the faculty, my father broke down in tears of joy," Khan's sister Mariama recalled.

An extrovert and joker, Khan threw himself into his work in Kenema, a diamond-trading hub home to 130,000 people. His wife divorced him, complaining he only had time for his patients.

    When Ebola struck, Khan converted the bungalows of the clinic into an Ebola treatment center, erecting a makeshift tarpaulin ward outside with 50 beds in three rows. With no proven cure, doctors simply tried to keep patients hydrated and free from other diseases as Ebola attacked their immune system.

Though he feared for his life, he refused to abandon the understaffed clinic, even as nurses there began to fall sick.

    "If I leave, then who will come and fill my shoes," he told a friend from medical school, James Russel.

Outbreaks in Central Africa lasted six to eight weeks, so when infections ebbed early in the epidemic, many assumed the worst had passed. It turned out to be a lull as relatives hid victims rather than going to hospitals regarded as death traps and a massive second wave of infection caught governments and international aid donors off guard.

One of Khan's biggest challenges was resistance from local people, terrified of the medics in their white bodysuits and masks. A crowd attacked the Kenema facility, enraged by a rumor of cannibalism there. Several patients fled, spreading infection even wider.

"My biggest problem ... is getting people to accept the disease," a frustrated Khan told Reuters in June.

The first person infected in Sierra Leone was a "sowei" - a tribal healer. She claimed to have the power to treat Ebola and had attracted sick people to visit her from Guinea. Traditions of washing the dead helped spread the disease. Several women from neighboring towns were infected at the sowei's burial.

Already thinly staffed, the clinic was sapped by resignations and a strike after three senior nurses died. Khan was compulsive in checking his protective gear before entering the ward, using a mirror he called his "policeman".

"I'm afraid for my life because, I must say, I cherish my life," he said.

Bausch, sent by the WHO to Kenema in July to help train staff, said Khan had appeared worn down. Bausch had hired Khan to work at the Kenema clinic in 2004 but was so alarmed by the understaffing there, he had wondered if it should be shut down.

"It's one thing for a foreign doctor who comes in for three weeks. But if you're Dr. Khan, head of the ward, it never stops," Bausch said. "Anyone would get infected."

Khan's death sent shockwaves through Sierra Leone's small medical community of less than 150 doctors for its 6 million people - one of the lowest ratios in the world. Sierra Leone has one doctor per 45,000 inhabitants, according to the WHO, compared to a doctor for every 410 people in the United States.

Other senior medical staff in the country have since died and the staff at Kenema has been decimated.

"Once this nightmare is over, who in these countries will want to work treating patients with hemorrhagic fever?" said Bausch. "If it was hard before to get healthcare workers to do it, it will be even harder now."


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 24, 2014, 04:49:39 pm
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/21/CDC-30-States-Plus-D-C-Have-Requested-Help-with-Possible-Ebola-Cases
8/21/14
CDC: 30 States Plus D.C. Have Requested Help with Possible Ebola Cases

Thirty states plus the District of Columbia have sought the Center for Disease Control's help identifying potential cases of Ebola.

The map above is based on a list of those states provided to Breitbart News Thursday by the CDC. The list shows (in bright red) all the states which have asked for the CDC's help with potential Ebola cases since July 27th.

When contacted for consultation, the CDC examines the patient's symptoms and travel history to decide whether or not a blood test is needed. In most cases, the CDC is able to rule out Ebola without the need for a blood test.

ABC News reported Wednesday that the CDC was contacted 68 times since the end of last month. In 58 of those cases Ebola was ruled out. In the ten remaining cases CDC ordered a blood test. Seven of those tests have already returned negative, and three are still outstanding.

The CDC did not have up-to-date information on the location of the 10 patients who have received Ebola tests thus far, but reports indicate at least one patient was tested in New York, California, New Mexico, Maryland, and Ohio. Patients in California and New Mexico are currently awaiting test results.

Two patients who were transported to America after contracting Ebola in West Africa were released from a hospital in Atlanta this week. Both recovered after treatment which included an experimental drug called ZMapp. The CDC pronounced both patients cured, issuing a statement saying, "They no longer have Ebola virus in their blood and therefore pose no risk to household contacts or the public."


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 24, 2014, 05:28:02 pm
http://www.politisite.com/2014/08/01/obama-ebola-executive-order/
8/1/14
Obama Ebola Executive Order?

A patient with the Ebola virus is expected to arrive at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday afternoon.  A second patient will follow shortly thereafter.  In the wake of bringing Ebola infected patients to the United States, some are questioning the timing of and executive order signed by President Obama that expanded the list of diseases that allow the government to apprehend and detain U.S. citizens with certain acute respiratory diseases, not including influenza.

    The executive order modifies one signed in 2003 by George Bush that allowed for the detention and quarantine of those with SARS.

    “Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled,” the executive order reads. “This subsection does not apply to influenza.”

    The same subsection in the original order read: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which is a disease associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, is transmitted from person to person predominantly by the aerosolized or droplet route, and, if spread in the population, would have severe public health consequences.”

Executive Order — Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases
 EXECUTIVE ORDER

 REVISED LIST OF QUARANTINABLE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 264(b) of title 42, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1.  Amendment to Executive Order 13295.  Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Acting Surgeon General, and for the purposes set forth in section 1 of Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003, as amended by Executive Order 13375 of April 1, 2005, section 1 of Executive Order 13295 shall be further amended by replacing subsection (b) with the following:

    “(b)  Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.  This subsection does not apply to influenza.”

    Sec. 2.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    BARACK OBAMA

Amendment comes in wake of Ebola scare

    Although the quarantining of people suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus seems like a perfectly logical move, the actual preconditions for this to happen aren’t restricted to just those suffering from the disease.

    As we highlighted earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has measures in place for dealing with an outbreak of a communicable disease which allow for the quarantine of “well persons” who “do not show symptoms” of the disease.


    In addition, under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, public health authorities and governors would be given expanded police powers to seize control of communications devices, public and private property, as well as a host of other draconian measures in the event of a public health emergency.

    When the legislation was introduced, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons warned that it “could turn governors into dictators.”

    Yesterday it was reported that Emory University Hospital in Atlanta was set to receive a patient infected with Ebola. A hospital in Germany also accepted an infected patient earlier this week. Some critics have raised concerns about the risk of deliberately importing infected individuals into the west.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 25, 2014, 10:13:13 am
http://news.msn.com/world/japan-could-offer-unapproved-ebola-drug-under-certain-criteria-government
Japan could offer unapproved Ebola drug under certain criteria: government
8/25/14

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan could offer an unapproved drug under certain circumstances to help treat the deadly Ebola virus even before the World Health Organization has decided to make a request for the drug, the country's top government spokesman said on Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that Japan would cooperate with the WHO and was ready to make an international contribution.

"I am informed that medical professionals could make a request for T-705 in an emergency even before a decision by the WHO. In that case, we would like to respond under certain criteria," he said.

T-705 is the developmental code for the influenza drug favipiravir. Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp and U.S. partner MediVector are in talks with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to submit an application to expand the use of favipiravir as a treatment for Ebola.

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed more than 1,000 people and prompted the WHO to declare an international health emergency.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 27, 2014, 04:25:15 pm
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Second-WHO-worker-infected-with-Ebola-evacuated-to-30241883.html
Second WHO worker infected with Ebola evacuated to Germany
8/27/14

Hamburg - A second World Health Organisation (WHO) staff member has been infected with Ebola in West Africa and will be evacuated to Germany, health officials said Wednesday.

The announcement comes a day after the WHO shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone, after a Senegalese epidemiologist was infected with the deadly virus.

The unnamed WHO worker will be treated in a university hospital in Hamburg-Eppendorf, hospital spokesman Rico Schmidt told dpa.

The patient was expected to land in the northern city of Hamburg Wednesday and be transferred to the hospital in an isolated emergency vehicle.

It was unclear in which West African country the WHO worker had been infected with the virus.

The Ebola death toll across West Africa had risen to 1,427 by August23, according to the WHO, with a total of 2,615 suspected or confirmed cases in the region.

Ebola causes massive haemorrhaging and has a fatality rate of up to90 per cent. The disease is transmitted through contact with blood and other bodily fluids.



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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 27, 2014, 04:30:02 pm
http://www.bdlive.co.za/africa/africannews/2014/08/26/different-ebola-strain-kills-13-in-the-congo

Different Ebola strain kills 13 in the Congo
by Agency Staff, August 26 2014, 07:25

THE Democratic Republic of Congo said as many as 13 people have died of Ebola in a separate outbreak from that raging in three West African nations.

Laboratory tests were positive for Ebola in two cases in a remote village in the northwest, and 11 other deaths are suspected of being due to the virus, Information Minister Lambert Mende said on Monday.

The strain of Ebola in the Congo is different to that in West Africa, Mr Mende said. Among the dead are a doctor and four nurses. The affected areas were under quarantine.

The Department of Health said on Monday that it had no plans to extend travel restrictions to the Congo. The travel bans announced last week remained in place.

The government banned the entry of non-South Africans from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. South African citizens were asked to delay trips to the affected countries unless they were "absolutely essential".

Department spokesman Joe Maila said any decision to extend restrictions to the Congo would only be made after careful deliberation. "We continue to follow all international developments … and are on high alert," he said.

The virus has killed at least 1,400 people across West Africa. The World Health Organisation has said it will need at least $430m to bring the worst outbreak under control.

The government has downplayed the risk of Ebola entering SA, as it can only be contracted through direct contact with infected tissue. Additional screening of "persons of risk" have been put in place at airports. Eleven hospitals in SA have been designated to deal with patients infected with the disease.

About 1,300 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members are deployed in the east of the Congo with the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force.

SANDF spokesman Brig-Gen Xolani Mabanga said on Monday that reports had not pointed to a risk to personnel.

"The situation doesn’t warrant the withdrawal of SANDF or any other foreign personnel deployed under the UN," he said.

However, an extraction plan and transport remained in place to facilitate a rapid evacuation of personnel.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 27, 2014, 04:33:34 pm
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/08/27/canada-pulling-ebola-lab-team-sierra-leone.html
8/27/14
Canada pulling Ebola lab team from Sierra Leone

Canada is evacuating a three-member mobile laboratory team from Sierra Leone after people in their hotel were diagnosed with Ebola. The World Health Organization earlier announced it is pulling a team out of the country.

The Public Agency of Canada said in a statement late Tuesday none of the team members had any direct contact with the sick individuals and they are not showing any signs of illness. They will remain in voluntary isolation and be monitored closely.

The laboratory team was helping to control the outbreak there by helping health care workers diagnose and rule out infections. The agency did not say what city the team was in.

Canada said it will send in another team once it is deemed safe. Canada has been rotating three teams of scientists in out and out of West Africa.

The World Health Organization said earlier Tuesday is pulling out its team from the eastern Sierra Leonean city of Kailahun, where an epidemiologist working with the organization was recently infected. Daniel Kertesz, the organization's representative in the country, said that the team was exhausted and that the added stress of a colleague getting sick could increase the risk of mistakes.

The disease has overwhelmed the already shaky health systems in some of the world's poorest countries.

The outbreak has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa. There is no proven treatment for Ebola, so health workers primarily focus on isolating the sick. According to WHO, the Ebola outbreak has killed more than half of the more than 2,600 people sickened. The U.N. agency said an unprecedented 240 health care workers have been infected. (**)


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 27, 2014, 04:41:45 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/3rd-doctor-dies-ebola-sierra-leone-123717637.html
US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse
8/27/14

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.

The disease has already killed more than 1,400 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and Doctors Without Borders warned that the tremendous influx of patients in Liberia, in particular, is overwhelming their treatment centers there.

"I wish I didn't have to say this, but it is going get worse before it gets better," Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said of the outbreak at the end of a visit to Liberia, where he described the situation as dire.

Liberia has recorded the highest number of cases and deaths of any of the four countries. Doctors Without Borders said in a statement that a new treatment center recently opened in the country's capital with 120 beds filled up almost immediately.

The tremendous number of patients means that the medical charity is not able to provide those patients with intravenous treatments, a primary way doctors keep people who are losing a tremendous amount of fluid alive.

The group did not mention Frieden's visit or recent U.N. ones, but it said discussions happening now about international coordination are coming too late and that there are countries that could make a dramatic difference if they provided more expertise and resources. It did not name the countries.

"This is not only an Ebola outbreak — it is a humanitarian emergency, and it needs a full-scale humanitarian response," Lindis Hurum, the group's emergency coordinator in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, said in the statement.

Frieden travels next to Sierra Leone, where the loss of a third senior doctor has raised concerns about the country's ability to fight the outbreak.

Dr. Sahr Rogers had been working at a hospital in the eastern town of Kenema when he contracted Ebola, Sierra Leonean presidential adviser Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said Wednesday.

Rogers' death marks yet another setback for Sierra Leone, a country still recovering from years of civil war, where there are only two doctors per 100,000 people, according to WHO. By comparison, there are 245 doctors per 100,000 in the United States.

Health workers have been especially vulnerable because of their close proximity to patients, who can spread the virus through bodily fluids. WHO has said that at least 240 health workers have been infected in this outbreak, more than in any other. One of those is an epidemiologist working with the WHO in Sierra Leone, who has been evacuated for treatment in Germany.

"The international surge of health workers is extremely important and if something happens, if health workers get infected and it scares off other international health workers from coming, we will be in dire straits," said Christy Feig, director of WHO communications.

A team of two experts was sent Tuesday to investigate how the Senegalese epidemiologist became infected, said Feig. In the meantime, WHO has pulled out its team from Kailahun, where he was working.

The epidemiologist had been doing surveillance work for the U.N. health agency, said Feig. The position involves coordinating the outbreak response by working with lab experts, health workers and hospitals, but does not normally involve direct treatment of patients.

There is no proven treatment for Ebola, so health workers primarily focus on isolating the sick. But a small number of patients in this outbreak have received an experimental drug called ZMapp.

Health officials in Liberia said two recipients of ZMapp in Liberia — a Congolese doctor and a Liberian physician's assistant — have recovered. Both are expected to be discharged from an Ebola treatment center on Friday, said Dr. Moses Massaquoi, a Liberian doctor with the treatment team.

The drug has never been tested in humans, and it is unclear if it is effective. Only a handful of people have received ZMapp in this outbreak, and some have recovered while others have died.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said it was notified Tuesday of an unrelated Ebola outbreak in Congo. The agency said Wednesday that 13 of the 24 people sickened there have died.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 27, 2014, 04:48:30 pm
http://www.voanews.com/content/ebola-food-security-26aug14/2428734.html
8/26/14
Ebola Threatens Food Security

The Ebola epidemic is raising serious concerns about food security in Liberia -- the country hardest hit by the outbreak in West Africa.  The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization will conduct rapid assessments of the situation.

Food security in Liberia is being threatened on a number of fronts mostly due to fear of infection.  For example, food imported by ships and planes may not arrive as often. And Liberian farmers, who often work in groups to boost production, are not doing so.

Joseph Boiwu, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s Assistant Country Representative for Program in Liberia, “This is a serious situation that we all need to be very concerned about. Even prices are increasing. If ships are not coming into this country – we depend mostly on imports – what about food? Those are serious concerns that we need to take on board and think about Liberia.”

Ebola has spread in the farming regions.

“As we speak, you will notice the total number of cases in this country has reached up to 1,378. And Lofa County is one of the breadbasket counties of this country. And the cases they have are up to 542. So, all the counties, including Nimba, are affected,” he said.

The World Health Organization regularly issues updated figures on the Ebola outbreak. So, the numbers mentioned by Boiwu at the time of the interview may rise.

Efforts are underway to persuade Liberian farmers to return to working in groups. But the FAO’s Boiwu said that’s easier said than done.

“One of the methods that they have given that will help people to stay away from Ebola is to avoid being in groups. So farmers, they are not in groups again. We have been trying to organized farmer-based organizations, where you have farmers working in groups. And individual farming is very small. They can’t produce sufficient [food] as individuals, so we encourage them to work in groups. But group farming now is just not possible due to this Ebola. So they are all afraid.”

What’s more, movement has been restricted in some Liberian counties.

The FAO has been monitoring food prices in Monrovia. For example, the price of the staple cassava is reported to have increased by 150-percent. Pepper is up 133-percent. The U.N. agency’s rapid assessments will determine what the food price hikes are outside of the capital.

The agency said that there’s “urgent need for short-cycled vegetable production…as well as urgent support for fishermen…to enable them to increase their catch.”

Health officials believe the Ebola virus was transmitted from animals – bats and monkeys, for example – to humans. The FAO will conduct a risk assessment of animal/human contact and develop safeguards. The assessment is expected to lead to an early warning surveillance system that could quickly detect the presence of infected wildlife – and trigger effective public health measures.

Boiwu said, “Most of the people like hunters, like farmers, they depend on meat – their source of protein. So we’ll also conduct an analysis of their value chain situation of bushmeat. When we have this information we think it’s going to help with Ebola from our perspective.”

Rapid assessments of food security are also scheduled to get underway in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The FAO’s sister agency, the World Food Program, reported it’s “scaling-up” its operations, not only in Liberia, but neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea. The WFP says the goal is to reach one-million people in Ebola affected areas with food deliveries.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 27, 2014, 10:02:22 pm
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Ebola-scare-116-people-arrive-from-worst-affected-Liberia-in-Delhi-and-Mumbai/articleshow/40960259.cms?
Ebola scare: 116 people arrive from worst-affected Liberia in Delhi and Mumbai
8/27/14

NEW DELHI: The enormity of the Ebola outbreak hit home on Tuesday as 112 Indians and four Nepalese arrived in the country on different flights from Liberia. This West African country has seen over 600 deaths so far and is the worst affected. Till late in the night, 88 people had arrived — 71 in Mumbai and 17 in Delhi. More were on their way on different commercial flights.

Health ministry sources said of the 17 passengers who arrived at the Delhi airport, one person has been found to have fever and sore throat which is associated with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) besides other diseases. "The passenger suspected for EVD has been quarantined at the Airport Health Organisation (APHO), a specialized health centre run by the health ministry to screen international passengers for deadly diseases. We have sent the passenger's blood sample for test," said a ministry official.

At least six others, including two women and a child, were taken to APHO for detailed health screening and officials later claimed they did not have any symptoms of the disease. In addition, five passengers from routine flights from the affected countries — Sierra Leone, Republic of Guinea and Nigeria — with symptoms of fever have been quarantined at the isolation facility at Delhi airport, said health ministry sources.

Health ministry officials said even after being discharged from the quarantine units, passengers travelling from affected countries will be tracked for at least a month using the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP). "State governments have been requested to ensure tracking and monitoring of these passengers. These passengers will be attached to the local health facility and the local authorities will ensure that they follow up with these persons on a day-to-day basis for a month," said an official. He said that 44 passengers were enrolled for follow-up in their respective states through the state IDSP units. "As on date, 773 passengers are being tracked. Most of them are in Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu," the official added.

Sources said the 112 Indian nationals and four Nepalese were brought back by International SOS (ISOS) on the request of infrastructure company Afcons. These people belong to Delhi(4), Maharashtra (54), West Bengal (12), Bihar (10), Uttar Pradesh (7), Tamil Nadu (5), Andhra Pradesh (4), Kerala (3), Odisha (3), Gujarat (3), Karnataka (2), Haryana (2), Punjab (2), Jharkhand (1), Madhya Pradesh (1), Uttarakhand (1), Rajasthan (1) and Himachal Pradesh (1).

The medical director, International SOS, said these persons have been screened at the time of exit from Liberia and none of the passengers had any symptoms prior to travel.

On Tuesday, IGI airport witnessed hectic activity with passengers being rushed out of the airport and an APHO ambulance making several rounds from their office at the airport and T-3's arrival terminal. The first flight from Liberia, routed via Doha, QR564, landed at IGI at 7.40 am. The next flight — Ethiopian Airlines — came almost an hour later. Three passengers from it were rushed to APHO in an ambulance.

The Ebola suspects were wearing a suit and face mask. Officials at the airport said the aircraft carrying the passengers was being sequestered and fumigated. "The luggage of the Ebola suspects is also being isolated," an official said.

The scare this disease has caused was palpable inside and outside the airport. All staff inside the airport wore face masks to prevent contamination since hundreds of foreign visitors were arriving at the international terminal by the hour.

Even between arrivals of the flights from Liberia, there was a sense of caution at the airport. Several foreign tourists were also spotted with face masks along with some visitors who had come to receive their guests.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on August 28, 2014, 02:19:44 pm
Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights...
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-zone-countries-isolated-airlines-stop-flights-181224031.html

Liberia troops fire on protesters as death toll hits 1,350...
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/27/us-health-ebola-liberia-protests-idUSKBN0GR12X20140827?

WHO WARNS: 20,000 cases...
http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/ap_7a19cc6601434b4eb37f7d5b06cea2f4

Virus mutating...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/ebola-virus-has-mutated-during-course-of-outbreak/2014/08/28/98235aaa-2ecb-11e4-bb9b-997ae96fad33_story.html

HORROR: Dogs Eat Dead Bodies On Streets...
http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/08/27/report-dogs-eating-dead-bodies-of-ebola-victims-on-liberian-streets


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 29, 2014, 07:36:30 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-outbreak-reaches-senegal-riots-break-guinea-144823238--finance.html
Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea
8/29/14

 DAKAR/CONAKRY (Reuters) - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast.

In the latest sign that the outbreak of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 people, is spinning out of control, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that Ebola cases rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic began in West Africa in March.

The epidemic has defied efforts by governments to control it, prompting the leading charity fighting the outbreak, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), to call for the U.N. Security Council to take charge of efforts to stop it.

Including the fatalities, more than 3,000 have been infected since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March and quickly spread across the border to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has also touched Nigeria, where six people have died.

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma dismissed his Health Minister Miatta Kargbo on Friday over her handling of the epidemic, which has killed more than 400 people in the former British colony.

Liberia's Information Minister Lewis Brown said that two African healthcare workers treated with the experimental ZMapp Ebola drug would be released from hospital on Saturday, after making a full recovery.

Scientists on Friday also reported that ZMapp, the drug that last week cured two American aid workers who contracted the disease in Liberia, had cured all 18 lab monkeys infected with the virus in laboratory tests.

Senegal's first case is a student from Guinea.

Senegalese Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck said the man turned up for treatment at a hospital in the capital Dakar on Tuesday, concealing the fact that he had had close contact with victims in his home country.

"We are tracing his whole itinerary and also identifying anyone who had contact with the patient, who now that he has been diagnosed is much more cooperative and supplied all the necessary information," the minister said.

A Health Ministry official, who asked not to be named, said that the 21-year-old crossed into Senegal via its southern border with Guinea and had been living in the densely populated Dakar suburb of Parcelles Assainies for weeks. He added that the man appeared to have a good chance of recovering.

The man had been under surveillance by health authorities in Guinea because of his contact with Ebola victims but escaped to Senegal, Seck said.

Residents in Dakar reacted with anger and concern. "When you are sick, why do you leave your own country to export the disease to another?" asked radio host Taib Soce on RFM, a popular station owned by Senegalese music star Youssou N'dour.

In an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, Senegal last week banned flights to and from three of the affected countries and shut its land border with Guinea.

The country, a regional hub for U.N. agencies and aid groups, has also refused to give clearance for U.N. aid flights to Ebola-hit countries in a move that humanitarian workers say is hampering their ability to respond to the epidemic.

CATASTROPHE WARNING

The director of the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned on Friday of a "catastrophe" if emergency action were not taken immediately to reverse the trend of rising cases.

"There is time to avoid a catastrophe but only if immediate and urgent action is taken at every level," Tom Frieden said in the Sierra Leone capital Freetown.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the actual number of Ebola cases could be up to four times higher than reported and said 20,000 people in total could be infected before the outbreak ends.

In the remote southeastern Guinean city of Nzerekore, riots broke out on Thursday night over rumours that health workers had infected people with Ebola, a Red Cross official and residents said.

The government of Guinea says it has the epidemic under control, but the number of cases has flared up in southern Guinea, a trend the government blames on people spilling over the borders from Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A crowd of young men, some armed with clubs and knives, set up barricades across Nzerekore on Thursday and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order. Gunshots were fired and several people were injured, said Youssouf Traore, president of the Guinean Red Cross.

"A rumour, which was totally false, spread that we had sprayed the market in order to transmit the virus to locals," Traore said. "People revolted and resorted to violence, prompting soldiers to intervene."

Local Red Cross workers had to flee to the military camp with their medical equipment. Another resident said the security forces were preventing people leaving their neighborhoods overnight. More than 400 people have died in Guinea, though the infection rate is slower than in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

The Liberian government said it would end its quarantine of the oceanfront West Point neighborhood of its capital Monrovia at 0600 GMT on Saturday after residents there cooperated with authorities in putting in place health checks and public education about the disease.

Soldiers opened fire on angry West Point residents last week when the quarantine was imposed, following an attack days before on a holding center for Ebola victims in the teeming district.

The WHO, on Thursday, unveiled a $490 million road map to bring the outbreak under control over the next nine months.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said it may give more support to affected countries. "We're working on a financing package subject to the approval of the IMF Executive Board to help Liberia along with Guinea and Sierra Leone mitigate any socio-economic impacts of the epidemic," IMF Liberia representative Charles Amo-Yartey said on Friday.

In Freetown, a new WHO-backed mobile laboratory opened this week, speeding up the time needed to test suspected cases.

But often financial pledges have not translated into more clinics and staff on the ground, said Jorge Castilla, epidemiologist with the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department.

"I've seen many declarations, I see treatment centers on the maps but I know they are not working," he said in an interview after a trip to the affected countries.

Suspicion of healthcare workers has dogged government responses to the Ebola outbreak across West Africa.

Frightened by the sight of healthcare workers clad from head to toe in plastic protective gear and wearing protective masks, many locals have shunned their assistance, often preferring to die in their own homes.

So far, more than 120 healthcare workers have died in the epidemic. Liberia reported five new cases of infection among them in a single day this week.

(Additional reporting by Emma Farge in Dakar, James Giahyue Harding in Monrovia and Umaru Fofana in Freetown; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Tom Heneghan)


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on September 02, 2014, 11:59:16 am
CDC Director: Ebola Outbreak 'Spiraling Out Of Control'...
http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/09/02/cdc-director-ebola-outbreak-is-spiraling-out-of-control

'Going To Get Worse In Very Near Future'...
http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/09/02/cdc-director-ebola-outbreak-is-spiraling-out-of-control

MYSTERY: Congo outbreak 'genetically unrelated' to West African strain...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2014/09/02/ebola-outbreaks-unrelated-in-west-africa-and-democratic-republic-of-congo/

WIRE: World losing battle to contain...
http://news.yahoo.com/world-losing-battle-contain-ebola-145522273.html

VIDEO: Patient escapes quarantine in search of food...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11070263/Ebola-patient-escapes-quarantine-centre-in-search-of-food.html


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 02, 2014, 06:09:36 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/another-american-medical-missionary-has-ebola-173553117.html
Another American medical missionary has Ebola
9/2/14

An American doctor working in West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, a missionary group announced on Tuesday.

The unidentifed doctor is the third U.S. medical missionary to contract the deadly disease in the past six weeks.

SIM USA, an international Christian aid organization, said the doctor was treating obstetrics patients at the group’s hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, when he felt Ebola symptoms and immediately quarantined himself.

The group said the doctor has since been transferred to an Ebola isolation unit and is “doing well and is in good spirits.”

The group, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, didn’t reveal the doctor’s age or how long he had been working in West Africa. It said specifics on how the doctor contracted the virus haven’t been determined.

Two American medical missionaries contracted Ebola in Monrovia in late July and were eventually evacuated to an Atlanta hospital, marking the first time a patient with a known case has been treated in the United States.

Nancy Writebol, also a SIM missionary, and Dr. Kent Brantly were deemed to be symptom-free and released from the hospital two weeks ago. A SIM spokesperson didn't immediately respond to an email asking if the latest doctor will also be brought to the U.S.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been described as the worst ever. More than 1,550 people have died since it was first reported in the forests of southeastern Guinea in March.

The international group Doctors Without Borders warned on Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola, The Associated Press reported. The organization called on other countries to contribute civilian and military medical personnel familiar with biological disasters.

“My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola,” Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA, said in a written statement. “As a global mission, we are surrounding our missionary with prayer, as well as our Liberian SIM/ELWA colleagues, who continue fighting the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. We have gifted Liberian doctors, medical staff and support staff who are carrying on the fight.”

There is no treatment or vaccine for Ebola, but health officials say it can be contained if the sick are immediately quarantined and vigilant sanitation practices are followed. The virus has been known to kill up to 90 percent of those infected.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 02, 2014, 06:46:22 pm
http://www.cadenagramonte.cu/english/index.php/show/articles/19439:cases-of-ebola-increase-in-west-africa
8/29/14
Cases of Ebola Increase in West Africa

Geneva, Aug 29.- The World Health Organization (WHO), reported today that 550 new cases of Ebola were reported last week in West Africa, the highest figure for the same period of time since the outbreak began.

The most affected countries by the virus were Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Furthermore, more than three thousand sick people were registered in Nigeria, of which a thousand 552 died, according to the WHO.

The epidemic in this African region is one of the most complex health emergencies in recent years, and at least 490 million dollars are needed to try to contain the new infections, which are growing exponentially, reported the international health agency.

In addition, WHO estimates that the number of people infected is much higher than those registered, and considers that about 20 thousand people are at risk of developing the disease.


Senegal -a neighboring country with Guinea- reported this Friday its first patient. A young man from Guinea who was quarantined, said the Senegalese Health Minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck.

Guinea health services reported on Wednesday the disappearance of an infected person with the Ebola virus who had traveled to Senegal, she explained.

The individual was already located in the Fann Hospital (in Dakar). The results of the tests were positive, so the device to prevent the spread of the disease was reinforced, said the Minister.

Meanwhile, WHO is preparing a meeting of experts on 4 and 5 September in Geneva, about possible treatments for Ebola.

Scientists, researchers in pharmaceutical companies and specialists in clinical requirements, professionals in ethical, legal and regulation issues, will attend the event that is based on the decision taken by the United Nations agency to apply experimental therapies in affected people.

Although Zmapp is the most widely known for its recent use in several patients, several drugs and vaccines never tested before in humans are being studied.(Prensa Latina).


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 02, 2014, 06:54:55 pm
http://www.tribune.com.ng/news/top-stories/item/14787-ebola-becoming-harder-to-treat-us-experts-it-is-taking-toll-on-nigeria-s-economy-obj
Ebola becoming harder to treat —US experts •It is taking toll on Nigeria’s economy —OBJ
8/31/14

AS countries across the world battle to contain the spreads of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the killer ailment appears to be devising means of circumventing efforts to stop it, researchers have said.

Experts claim that the virus is “rapidly and continually mutating, making it harder to diagnose and treat.”

This is just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared, on Saturday, that the index case, Patrick Sawyer, in a “devilish” connivance with some Liberian authorities, intentionally brought the disease to Nigeria.

He also noted that the disease, which he said had become a global problem, had been taking a toll on Nigeria’s economy, charging the Federal Government to partner the World Health Organisation (WHO), European Union (EU) and government of America in containing the virus.

Sunday Tribune’s finding showed that result of a research by a team of American scientists indicates that the initial patients diagnosed with the virus in Sierra Leone revealed almost 400 genetic modifications, concluding that this could render current treatment ineffective and put vaccines that are being worked on for its cure in danger.

According to reports, the team of researchers, under the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and Harvard University, analysed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes which were collected from 78 patients diagnosed with the disease in Sierra Leona in the first 24 days of the current outbreak.

Dr Pardis Sabeti, a senior associate member at the Broad Institute and an associate professor at Harvard University, who was among leaders of the research, said “by making the data immediately available to the community, we hope to accelerate response efforts.

“Upon releasing our first batch of Ebola sequences in June, some of the world’s leading epidemic specialists contacted us, and many of them are now also actively working on the data. We were honored and encouraged. A spirit of international and multidisciplinary collaboration is needed to quickly shed light on the ongoing outbreak.”

According to Daily Mail, the researchers’ findings, “reported in the journal, Science, could have important implications for rapid field diagnostic tests.

“The team found more than 300 genetic changes that make the 2014 Ebola virus genomes distinct from the viral genomes tied to previous Ebola outbreaks.

“They also found variations in the genome sequence indicating that, from the samples analysed, the outbreak started from a single introduction into humans, subsequently spreading from person to person over many months.

“To accelerate response efforts, the research team released the full-length sequences on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)’s DNA sequence database, in advance of publication. This means the data is available to the global scientific community.”

Sawyer intentionally infected Nigeria —OBJ
Former President Obasanjo, who accused the late Patrick Sawyer of conniving with some “devilish” Liberian authorities to import the deadly disease into the country, said this while answering questions at a programme tagged; “An Afternoon with Obasanjo,” organised by Inside Watch Africa magazine, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He advised Nigerians to brace up by tackling the economic effects of the disease in the country’ urging them to be aggressive with precautionary measures against the disease, since there was no cure yet.

Obasanjo said that some Liberian authorities knew of the contagious and deadly illness in Sawyer and allowed him to visit Nigeria.

“Ebola is taking economic toll. How do we handle people that are economically affected; not those that are dead or ill? The economic effect has started. How do we reduce, recoup the economic cost of Ebola on communities, nations and the West African region?


“When HIV came, they said don›t talk about it. Now, it is Ebola and Ebola is even talking about HIV. We should be doing whatever we can and that is being aggressive in taking precautionary measures to prevent it.

“So, it is devilish enough that Patrick Sawyer, in connivance with some authorities from his country, allowed the visit because they know he had it; and he came to Nigeria,” he said.

Appeal for world support
He added that he had met with presidents of Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone over the Ebola issue, urging the entire world not to see virus as a burden of the West African countries, but something that should be treated as an “international burden.”

He also called on the world’s pharmaceutical giants to intensify research efforts towards providing either vaccine or curative drugs for the virus.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 02, 2014, 07:01:15 pm
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-31/workers-in-sierra-leone-ebola-treatment-centre-go-on-strike/5708264
9/01/14
Ebola outbreak: Health workers strike in Sierra Leone, Liberia lifts quarantine measures

Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone over pay and poor working conditions.

"The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid our allowances and we lack some tools," Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the Kenema clinic in the country's east, said.

Mr Mehemoh said clothing to protect health workers being infected was inadequate and there was only one broken stretcher to carry both patients and corpses, increasing the risk of infection.

In a further sign of strained resources, nurses and members of the burial team at Kenema said the government had stopped paying their wages of $US50 a week.

Sierra Leone has only one other Ebola treatment centre, however the World Health Organisation (WHO) shut the laboratory this week and withdrew staff from the Kailahun facility after one of its health workers caught the virus there.

The country's government is struggling to cope with the worst Ebola outbreak in history which has killed more than 1,550 people across West Africa, with the rate of infection still rising.

More than 120 health workers have died from the virus across the region.

In Kenema 26 staff members have already died from Ebola, following the death of physician Sahr Rogers.

"It is with a deep sense of sadness that we have lost one of our finest physicians in the line of duty at a time like when we need a lot of them to help in out fight against Ebola," Sierra Leone's new health minister Abubakarr Fofana said on Saturday.

His predecessor, Miatta Kargbo, was sacked the previous day over her handling of the Ebola outbreak.

Transmitted through the blood, sweat and vomit of the infected, Ebola has spread quickly among health care workers who often lack the equipment to protect themselves from the virus.

Liberia lifts quarantine measures in West Point

In neighbouring Liberia, where infection rates are highest, the government lifted quarantine measures in the seaside neighbourhood of West Point in Morovia.

In mid-August West Point residents were forcibly cut off from the rest of the capital after a crowd attacked an Ebola centre there, allowing the sick to flee.

The quarantine sparked protests and security forces responded with tear gas and bullets, killing a teenage boy.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had sought to quell criticism of the government's response by issuing orders threatening officials with dismissal for failing to report for work or for fleeing the country, and has ordered an investigation into the West Point shooting.

Liberia plans to build five new Ebola treatment centres each with capacity for 100 beds, government and health officials said.

Two African doctors infected with Ebola had been released from hospital in Monrovia after being treated with the experimental drug ZMapp. A third doctor who was given the treatment died this week.

In Senegal local residents said health ministry officials had arrived to spray disinfectant at a local grocer's shop and at the home of a Guinean student who had become the country's first confirmed case of Ebola.

The student's sister and mother had died from Ebola, Guinean health ministry sources said.

Many Dakar residents have worried that the student could have spread the highly contagious virus in the three weeks since he was last reported in Guinea.


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Post by: Mark on September 03, 2014, 07:41:24 pm
16 Apocalyptic Quotes From Global Health Officials About This Horrific Ebola Epidemic

Ebola continues to spread an an exponential rate.  According to the World Health Organization, 40 percent of all Ebola cases have happened in just the last three weeks.  At this point, the official numbers tell us that approximately 3,500 people have gotten the virus in Africa and more than 1,900 people have died.  That is quite alarming, but the real problem will arise if this disease continues to spread at an exponential pace.  One team of researchers has used computer modeling to project that the number of Ebola cases will reach 10,000 by September 24th if current trends continue.  And if the spread of Ebola does not slow down, we could be dealing with 100,000 cases by December.  Even the WHO is admitting that the number of cases is likely to grow to 20,000 before too much longer, and global health officials are now starting to use apocalyptic language to describe this outbreak.

For people in the western world that have never seen anything like this other than in the movies, it can be difficult to grasp just how horrible this epidemic truly is.  In the areas of west Africa where Ebola is spreading, fear and panic are everywhere, food shortages are becoming a serious problem and there have been reports of dead bodies rotting in the streets.  People are avoiding hospitals and clinics because of paranoia about the fact that so many health workers have contracted the disease.  According to the World Health Organization, more than 240 health workers have gotten the virus so far and more than 120 of them have perished.

We have never seen anything like this in any of our lifetimes, and the scary part is that this might only be just the beginning.

The following are 16 apocalyptic quotes from global health officials about this horrific Ebola epidemic...

#1 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic, and it’s spiraling out of control. It’s bad now, and it’s going to get worse in the very near future. There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now."

#2 Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders: "Riots are breaking out. Isolation centres are overwhelmed. Health workers on the frontline are becoming infected and are dying in shocking numbers."

#3 David Nabarro, senior United Nations system coordinator for Ebola disease: "This outbreak is moving ahead of efforts to control it."

#4 Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO's assistant director-general for emergency operations: "This far outstrips any historic Ebola outbreak in numbers. The largest outbreak in the past was about 400 cases."

#5 Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization: "...we hope to stop the transmission in six to nine months".

#6 Dr. Daniel Bausch, associate professor in the department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University: "You have a very dangerous virus in three of the countries in the world that are least equipped to deal with it. The scale of this outbreak has just outstripped the resources. That’s why it’s become so big."

#7 Gayle Smith, senior director at the National Security Council: "This is not an African disease. This is a virus that is a threat to all humanity."

#8 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "The level of outbreak is beyond anything we’ve seen—or even imagined."

#9 Vincent Martin, head of an FAO unit in Dakar:  "This is different than every other Ebola situation we've ever had. It's spreading widely, throughout entire countries, through multiple countries, in cities and very fast."

#10 Dr. Richard Besser, health and medical editor for ABC News: "Emergency rooms are closed, many hospital wards are as well leaving people who are sick with heart disease, trauma, pregnancy complications, pneumonia, malaria and all the everyday health emergencies with nowhere to go."

#11 Bukar Tijani, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization regional representative for Africa: "Access to food has become a pressing concern for many people in the three affected countries and their neighbours."

#12 Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director-general for health security: "People are hungry in these communities. They don't know how they are going to get food."

#13 Dr. Daniel Bausch, associate professor in the department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University: "This is for sure the worst situation I've ever seen."

#14 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "I could not possibly overstate the need for an urgent response."

#15 Official WHO statement: "Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak."

#16 Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders: "It is impossible to keep up with the sheer number of infected people pouring into facilities. In Sierra Leone, infectious bodies are rotting in the streets."

Despite all of these warnings, a lot of people in the western world are not too concerned about this epidemic because they have faith that our advanced technology will prevent a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States and Europe.

But I wouldn't be so certain about that.

So far, the most promising experimental Ebola drug seems to be ZMapp.  In clinical trials, it has been doing very well on monkeys.

However, it hasn't turned out to be a silver bullet for humans so far.  Two out of the seven people that have received ZMapp have died, and as CBS News recently explained, current supplies are exhausted and it takes a really long time to make more of this stuff...

    ZMapp’s maker, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., of San Diego, has said the small supply of the drug is now exhausted and that it will take several months to make more. The drug is grown in tobacco plants and was developed with U.S. government support.

    Kobinger said it takes about a month to make 20 to 40 doses at a Kentucky plant where the drug is being produced. Officials have said they are looking at other facilities and other ways to ramp up production, and Kobinger said there were plans for a clinical trial to test ZMapp in people early next year.

The cold, hard truth is that Ebola is a brutally efficient killer for which we do not have a cure at the moment.

And what makes things even more complicated is that a different strain of Ebola is now spreading in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  A treatment that works for one strain of Ebola may not work on another strain.

So let us hope and pray that Ebola does not reach the United States.

If it does, it could potentially spread like wildfire.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/16-apocalyptic-quotes-from-global-health-officials-about-this-horrific-ebola-epidemic


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 04, 2014, 02:25:49 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/british-man-released-ebola-treatment-103719463.html
WHO: New Ebola fears mount in Nigeria
9/3/14

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An ill doctor in southern Nigeria exposed dozens of people to the Ebola virus by continuing to treat patients before his death, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday as it announced the toll across West Africa had surged above 1,900 fatalities.

Officials in Nigeria had believed that Ebola was largely contained within Africa's most populous country after a sick traveler from Liberia brought the disease to Lagos. However, a man who had had contact with the ill visitor later evaded his surveillance and traveled to the oil hub of Port Harcourt where he triggered a second cluster of cases.

A Port Harcourt doctor and another patient there are now dead, and the doctor's widow and sister are sick with Ebola. About 60 other people are under surveillance after having "high-risk" or "very high-risk" contact with the infected doctor, WHO said. More than 140 others are also being monitored.

"Given these multiple high-risk exposure opportunities, the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Port Harcourt has the potential to grow larger and spread faster than the one in Lagos," WHO warned.

Nigeria's health minister has said there is no reason for people to panic in Port Harcourt.

The U.N. health agency, though, said it feared civil unrest and public fear of Ebola could further the crisis, saying "military escorts are needed for movements into the isolation and treatment center."

Nigeria's Ebola toll so far has been limited in comparison to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea where hundreds have died in each country. Nigerian authorities say five people have died in Lagos, and the doctor in Port Harcourt and the other fatality there bring the national toll to seven.

The man who infected the Port Harcourt doctor was later found after a four-day manhunt and is recovering.

WHO said Wednesday that the physician continued to see patients after the onset of Ebola symptoms and even operated on two people. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids, and health authorities say patients are only contagious once they show symptoms.

"Prior to hospitalization, the physician had numerous contacts with the community, as relatives and friends visited his home to celebrate the birth of a baby," WHO said in a statement.

"Once hospitalized, he again had numerous contacts with the community, as members of his church visited to perform a healing ritual said to involve the laying on of hands. During his six-day day period of hospitalization, he was attended by the majority of the hospital's health care staff."

The announcement from WHO did not specify whether the health care staff wore gloves or other protective gear when treating him.

Getting protective gear to health workers in the affected areas and ensuring that they receive hazard pay are top priorities for combatting the crisis, said Dr. David Nabarro, who is coordinating the U.N. response to the outbreak.

Doctors and nurses have been especially vulnerable to Ebola because they work closely with Ebola patients, whose bodily fluids spread the virus. Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, from the Boston area, is currently infected in Liberia, his missionary organization said Wednesday.

Two other Americans already have been evacuated back to the United States and have recovered from Ebola. Both received an experimental drug known as ZMapp. The company has said that all of its doses are now exhausted, and it will be months before more can be made.

It is also still not clear if the drug is effective, since human trials have not yet been carried out. Two of the people who received ZMapp died, while five others survived.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on September 05, 2014, 08:48:18 am
Ebola epidemic spread 'accelerating' as 1,000 deaths reported last month

The spread of the world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic has accelerated rapidly with close to 1,000 deaths in the last month alone, World Health Organisation (WHO) figures show. With the overall West Africa death toll since March reaching 1,850, the new statistics show deaths from Ebola have more than doubled in just four weeks.   

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11075535/Ebola-epidemic-spread-accelerating-as-1000-deaths-reported-last-month.html


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 05, 2014, 05:13:43 pm
http://news.discovery.com/human/health/grim-ebola-prediction-outbreak-is-unstoppable-for-now-140904.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
Grim Ebola Prediction: Outbreak Is Unstoppable for Now

9/4/14

A doctor who just returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa predicts the current Ebola outbreak will go on for more than a year, and will continue to spread unless a vaccine or other drugs that prevent or treat the disease are developed.

Dr. Daniel Lucey, an expert on viral outbreaks and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, recently spent three weeks in Sierra Leone, one of the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. While there, Lucey evaluated and treated Ebola patients, and trained other doctors and nurses on how to use protective equipment.

The current Ebola outbreak, which is mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, has so far killed at least 1,552 of the more than 3,000 people infected, making it the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. It is also the first outbreak to spread from rural areas to cities. Strategies that have worked in the past to stop Ebola outbreaks in rural areas may not, by themselves, be enough to halt this outbreak, Lucey said.

How to Trick the Ebola Virus

"I don't believe that our traditional methods of being able to control and stop outbreaks in rural areas … is going to be effective in most of the cities," Lucey said yesterday (Sept. 3) in a discussion held at Georgetown University Law Center that was streamed online. While the World Health Organization has released a plan to stop Ebola transmission within six to nine months, "I think that this outbreak is going to go on even longer than a year," Lucey said. [5 Things You Should Know About Ebola]

In addition, without vaccines or drugs for Ebola, "I'm not confident we will be able to stop it," Lucey said. There are a few studies of Ebola treatments and prevention methods under way, but more research is needed to show whether they are safe and effective against the disease.

One strategy that could help with the current outbreak is to implement public health "command centers" whose job it is to make sure that tools and equipment sent to the affected regions are properly distributed to places that need them, Lucey said.

When Lucey was in Sierra Leone, protective equipment for health care workers made its way to the capital city, but not to the hospital where he was working, he said. "We did not have gloves that I felt safe with," Lucey said, noting that the gloves would tear easily. "We didn't have face shields. We had goggles that had been washed so many times you couldn't see through them," Lucey said.

How Can Ebola Be Stopped?

Another important factor in stemming the outbreak will be community engagement and education to help people in the region understand the behaviors that spread the disease, said Dr. Marty Cetron, director of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is also important to understand the culture of an area so that control strategies are culturally acceptable, Cetron said.

This large Ebola outbreak could have been prevented with an effective public health response at the beginning, said Lawrence Gostin, director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. But the weak health systems of the affected countries left them unprepared to respond to the outbreak, Gostin said.

The international community should have been more generous in supporting poorer countries so they could develop the response capacities needed to contain the outbreak, Gostin and colleagues wrote in a recent briefing for the O'Neill Institute.

To help with the current outbreak, and prevent future ones, Gostin called for the establishment of an international "health systems fund," which would be supported by high-resource countries. The money would be used to strengthen the health systems in those countries, he said.

"We want to avoid leaving these countries in the same kind of fragile health condition" that they are in now, and that is being worsened, Gostin said.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 05, 2014, 06:07:06 pm
http://www.livewellnebraska.com/health/article_f601e85e-346f-11e4-88ff-0017a43b2370.html
Drug that helped other Ebola sufferers won't be in Nebraska Medical Center arsenal
9/4/14

Nebraska Medical Center officials plan an 11 a.m. press conference to provide more details on their Ebola patient. Follow World-Herald staff writer Alissa Skelton on Twitter for updates.

Also read: American doctor with Ebola virus arrives at Nebraska Medical Center

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Doctors and nurses at the Nebraska Medical Center will treat the American missionary who has the Ebola virus without the benefit of the drug credited with helping two other U.S. citizens recover from the deadly disease.

They will do so amid assurances from hospital and public health officials that the risk to the general public is low and that every possible safety precaution will be taken to ensure the virus is contained.

SIM, a North Carolina-based Christian mission organization, said Thursday that Dr. Rick Sacra, a medical missionary recently infected with Ebola while working in Liberia, will be flown Friday morning to the Nebraska Med Center for treatment in the hospital’s biocontainment unit. An ambulance escorted by multiple vehicles from the Omaha Police Department, Bellevue Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol transported Sacra to the hospital around 6:15 a.m.

Sacra, 51, was receiving excellent care in Liberia, SIM USA President Bruce Johnson said on the group’s website, but “the Nebraska Medical Center provides advanced monitoring equipment and wider availability of treatment options.”

The Nebraska Med Center houses the 10-bed Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit on the seventh floor of its University Tower. Hospital representatives say the $1 million unit, built in 2005, has special air-handling and sterilization features and is the largest of its kind in the United States. The rooms are virtually concrete-block boxes, they say.

Medical staff will wear protective equipment, such as full-coverage gowns, shoe covers, several layers of gloves, a mask for respiratory protection as well as a full face shield, said Dr. Angela Hewlett, the biocontainment unit’s associate medical director. The staff, she said, will take decontamination showers as well as hygienic showers before leaving the unit and will be paired with a partner to make sure their equipment is removed properly.

The unit also has secured access and a video phone communication system that can be used by family members or medical specialists. It is one of four such units in the country. The others are at Emory University in Atlanta, operated by the CDC; at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland; and at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana.

Ebola is spread via close contact with blood or other bodily fluids from a person infected with the disease. More than 3,500 confirmed or probable Ebola cases have been reported, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the World Health Organization says, and more than 1,900 people have died.

SIM says it sent Sacra, who is from Massachusetts, to Liberia early in August to assist during the relocation of missionaries who needed a break in the Ebola fight.

More than 30 health-care providers who have undergone extensive training will treat the patient in Omaha, said Dr. Phil Smith, the biocontainment unit’s medical director. “We actually have had a number of individuals volunteer since Ebola became an epidemic agent in Africa,” he said. The group, Smith said, is “one of the main reasons why we feel we’re able to provide care in a safe environment.”

Smith wouldn’t confirm the patient is Sacra, citing patient confidentiality concerns.

Officials with the Nebraska Med Center and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services agreed to open the biocontainment unit to Sacra after getting a call on Tuesday from U.S. government officials. They first consulted with representatives from the U.S. State Department, Nebraska and Douglas County health departments, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the staff at Emory University, where the other two Americans with Ebola were treated.

“Not only will this patient receive world-class care, but all of our patients, students, faculty and staff will be completely protected and safe during this entire episode of care,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gold, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Added Dr. Joseph Acierno, the state’s chief medical officer: “We believe that the risk is minimal, and there’s not a reason for people to be fearful of what’s going on.”

Some people on Twitter Thursday night questioned the decision to bring Sacra to Omaha.

“See that’s the thing. Minimal risk is still risk. In life unnecessary risks usually are avoided.”


San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., the manufacturer of the experimental drug used to treat medical missionaries Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, says the supply of the drug has been exhausted. Smith said he understands that it will take one to two months to produce enough of the drug, called ZMapp, to treat another patient.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that it will provide $25 million and other help to allow the company to make more ZMapp.

Dr. Mark Rupp, the medical director of the medical center’s Department of Infection Control and Epidemiology, said doctors have other options for treating someone with Ebola. One possibility, he said, is providing the patient with what’s called passive immunity — taking antibodies from the blood products of the surviving missionaries and giving them to Sacra. The medical center hasn’t contacted the survivors, he said, and doesn’t yet know their blood types or the blood type of the incoming patient.

“You’d have to have compatiblity of those blood types,” he said. “That would be the first hurdle to clear.”

Other Ebola drugs to be considered have been tested in primates or test tubes but not humans, Rupp said.

“We will be in consultation with the FDA as well as representatives from these (drug) companies and experts that are doing this type of viral research to figure out if there’s something that would make the most sense that we could test,” he said.

Rupp noted that ZMapp also was given to a Spanish physician with Ebola who later died.

The Douglas County Health Department will open an Ebola information line to answer the public’s questions about the disease starting at 9 a.m. today. The line will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The phone number is 402-444-3400.

Rupp said treating patients is the med center’s job.

“Obviously, these health-care providers were on a mission in Africa,” he said. "Our mission is to care for patients, and we’re going to do that, and we’re going to do that as safely and as effectively as possible.”


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 05, 2014, 06:43:42 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-could-reach-u-end-month-215517951.html
Ebola Could Reach the U.S. By the End of This Month
9/4/14

There is an 18 percent chance that a case of the Ebola virus will reach the United States by the end of September, according to a study published on Tuesday in PLOS Currents: Outbreaks.

    Ebola isn't just killing people. It's ravaging West Africa's economy. The Week (RSS)

Despite restrictions reducing travel in and out of the infected countries by 80 percent, the study, which analyzes global flight patterns, suggests that a case of Ebola in the U.S. is becoming increasingly harder to avoid. It also lists the chance of the virus reaching the United Kingdom between 25 and 28 percent.

The analysis also warns that if the current West African outbreak is not contained the likelihood of the virus reaching Europe and the U.S. will "increase consistently."

The study lists just a five percent chance of Ebola occurring in the U.S. today, suggesting that the disease is far from contained to countries in West Africa. According to numbers obtained by the World Health Organization, there have been an estimated 3,685 cases and 1,841 deaths from the virus since the outbreak began.

Although two Americans — Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol — have been treated for Ebola in the U.S., both of them contracted the disease while working in Liberia. Doctors suggested that better medical care contributed to their eventual recovery.

A third infected American working in Liberia,  Dr. Richard A. Sacra, is on his way to the U.S. for treatment.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 06, 2014, 09:21:21 am
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4567950,00.html
9/5/14
Woman admitted to Jerusalem hospital possibly Israel's first Ebola case

Nigerian health worker hospitalized in isolation with high fever, feeding fears of Israel's first Ebola patient; doctors follow new Heath Ministry protocols.


Doctors at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem hospitalized a Nigerian woman in isolation Friday afternoon, in fear that she may represent the first case of Ebola to reach Israel.

The patient works in Nigeria's health services in Nigeria, located in western Africa where an Ebola outbreak has killed nearly 2,000 people, and admitted herself to the hospital with a high fever.

It was decided to isolate the woman and fear of her suffering from Ebola arose from the consideration that she has constant contact with sick patients in Nigeria, where several cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed.

"It is possible that she is suffering from another viral complaint, but we are taking every precaution while we determine whether this could be Ebola," the spokeswoman said, adding that test results were expected by Saturday.
 
The woman arrived in Israel as a tourist on Wednesday.

Since the break-out of Ebola in western Africa, the Health Ministry has taken several steps in preparation for the possibility of the disease arriving in the Middle East and Israel.

Doctors are required to immediately report any suspicion that a patient may be suffering from Ebola. The symptoms of anyone arriving from the affected African countries are also being passed onto health officials.

Health workers have been told to have as little contact as possible with suspected Ebola patients, and to wear full protective gear when entering the patient's isolated area.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 06, 2014, 07:16:38 pm
http://news.msn.com/world/sierra-leone-to-have-lockdown-amid-ebola-crisis
Sierra Leone to have lockdown amid Ebola crisis
9/6/14

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities are ordering people in Sierra Leone to stay inside their homes for three days later this month as part of an effort to stop the spread of Ebola, which has killed more than 2,000 people across West Africa, a government spokesman said Saturday.

Abdulai Bayraytay said the government is telling people to stay inside their homes on Sept. 19, 20 and 21. The dates were chosen to give people enough time to stock up on food and other provisions before the ban on movement goes into effect, he said.

Already though some are questioning whether the measure will help. Doctors Without Borders says it "will be extremely difficult for health workers to accurately identify cases through door-to-door screening."

Even if suspected cases are identified during the lockdown, the group says Sierra Leone doesn't have enough beds for them.

"Without a place to take suspected cases — to screen and treat them — the approach cannot work," the group said Saturday. "It has been our experience that lockdowns and quarantines do not help control Ebola as they end up driving people underground and jeopardizing the trust between people and health providers. This leads to the concealment of potential cases and ends up spreading the disease further."

Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people across West Africa, including more than 400 deaths in Sierra Leone.

A physician said Friday that health care in the capital city of Freetown has "crumbled" because many people were terrified to go to hospitals and some doctors are wary of treating those who do show up.

Speaking at the launch of a public education program in Freetown, Kwame O'Neil said patients suffering from all kinds of ailments are dying for lack of treatment because of these fears.

One young girl died of appendicitis when, after showing up at a hospital, a doctor there denied he was a doctor and refused to treat her, O'Neil said.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 08, 2014, 09:21:08 am
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Ebola is surging in places it had been beaten back
9/8/14

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there.

The Macenta region, right on the Liberian border, had been one of the first places where the outbreak surfaced, but they hadn't seen a new case for weeks. So they packed up, leaving a handful of staff on stand-by. The outbreak was showing signs of slowing elsewhere as well.

Instead, new cases appeared across the border in Liberia and then spread across West Africa, carried by the sick and dying. Now, months later, Macenta is once again a hotspot.

The resurgence of the disease in a place where doctors thought they had it beat shows how history's largest Ebola outbreak has spun out of control.

It began with people leaving homes in Liberia to seek better care or reunite with families back in Guinea, a pattern repeating itself all over.


"Currently in Guinea, all the new cases, all the new epidemic, are linked to people that are coming back from Liberia or from Sierra Leone," said Marc Poncin, the emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea.

The epidemic also has touched Nigeria and Senegal while killing more than 2,000 people across West Africa. Never before has the disease struck such a densely populated region, where so many people are on the move. For four decades, the virus struck in relatively remote areas, where doctors could quickly isolate communities and stop its spread.

In previous outbreaks, a cleared pocket like Macenta would be easy to keep clear.

This time, the virus is traveling effortlessly across borders by plane, car and foot, shifting from forests to cities and springing up in clusters far from any previously known infections. Border closures, flight bans and mass quarantines have been ineffective.

"Everything we do is too small and too late," said Poncin. "We're always running after the epidemic."

Ebola has been able to follow its own course because West Africa lacks the health care workers it needs to monitor potential carriers and train communities in how to avoid catching the disease. People in contact with the sick have evaded surveillance, moving at will and hiding their illnesses until they infect others in turn. Whole villages, stricken by fear, have repeatedly shut themselves off for days or weeks, giving the virus more opportunities to whip around and skip someplace else.

Dr. Peter Piot, who co-discovered Ebola, said Ebola isn't striking in a "linear fashion" this time. It's hopping around, especially in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

"The epidemic is now so vast and so extensive that one should consider that in the three (hardest-hit) countries, everybody is now at risk and it won't be over until the last case has survived and six weeks have passed," said Piot, who runs London's School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In mid-August, Guinea's health ministry announced 30 new cases in the Macenta region, the first recorded in months. Many were Guinean citizens who had been living in Liberia and were therefore allowed to return through closed border crossings. These returnees infected their families and neighbors, and so now there is active transmission in Macenta, said Michael Kinzer, who has led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's team in Guinea in recent weeks.

Doctors Without Borders has returned to Macenta as well, opening a transit center more than a week ago at the site of its old clinic where it screens patients. As of the beginning of this month, the Health Ministry said 45 people from Macenta were being treated at an expanded treatment center at Gueckedou. The charity would like to open treatment centers in both towns, but it does not have enough staff.

Authorities are now restricting access to the region's main city, also called Macenta, where fear has again taken hold.

"I have the impression that time has stopped in Macenta, that the city has shrunk," said Siniman Kouroumah, a 42-year-old teacher. "We are afraid to walk the city, to eat anywhere, to drink anywhere."

Poncin said he, too, has felt a shift, but for the better: People in Macenta are now afraid of dead bodies, running away from them rather than scooping them up for traditional burials. Villagers who used to throw stones at the health workers tracing contacts now seek their help.

Communities in many parts of Guinea are Ebola-free now, said Dr. Tom Frieden, the CDC's director, said on a recent visit to Guinea. "The challenge is that the region is really one entity, and it's so important that we get it right in all places."

"This is really the first epidemic of Ebola the world has ever known," Frieden said. "By epidemic what we mean is it's spreading widely through society, but not spreading through new ways according to everything we know. It's spreading from just two roots: people caring for other people in hospitals or homes, and unsafe burial practices where people may come in contact with body fluids of someone who has died from Ebola."

Getting it right in all places requires simultaneously imposing the same three measures anywhere Ebola appears, Poncin said: isolating the sick, tracing and monitoring everyone they have come into contact with, and ensuring infected bodies are buried safely.

Guinea is doing this fairly well, but Sierra Leone isn't doing enough, and Liberia is barely doing any contact-tracing, Poncin said.

That means officials don't know where people are at risk, making it almost impossible to prevent or at least contain new cases. The World Health Organization says it believes that the true spread in hard-hit areas may be two or four times bigger than what's known.

And if Liberia and Sierra Leone aren't keeping up, the public health work in Guinea — and Nigeria and Senegal — is for naught.

"As long there is one case of Ebola virus disease anywhere in the world and people are allowed to travel," Nigeria's health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said recently, "every country in the world remains at risk."


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 08, 2014, 01:19:16 pm
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Ebola spread exponential in Liberia, thousands of cases expected in September: WHO
9/8/14

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola virus is spreading exponentially in Liberia, where many thousands of new cases expected over the coming three weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

In a statement, the WHO said that motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are "a hot source of potential virus transmission" in Liberia where conventional Ebola control interventions "are not having an adequate impact".

The United Nations agency said that aid partners need to scale-up current efforts against Ebola by three-to-four fold in Liberia and elsewhere in West Africa. In Liberia it had killed 1,089 people among 1,871 cases, according to the WHO's update of last Friday.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 08, 2014, 07:11:29 pm
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4th American with Ebola to be flown to US for care
9/8/14

ATLANTA (AP) — A fourth American who contracted Ebola in West Africa was expected to arrive in the U.S. for care Tuesday and will be treated at an Atlanta hospital where two other aid workers successfully recovered from the disease, the hospital said Monday.

Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson said the patient, as in past cases, would be flown into Dobbins Air Reserve Base outside Atlanta. Emory University Hospital said in a news release that the patient would be treated in its isolation unit but cited confidentiality in not releasing more information about the person.

The World Health Organization, however, said one of its doctors who has been working in an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease. It said the doctor was in stable condition Monday in Freetown and will be evacuated. The State Department said the doctor was from the U.S.

Last month, two aid workers who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia were treated successfully at Emory. A third patient, an American doctor, who is being treated in Nebraska, appeared to be better tolerating his experimental treatments Monday, but his recovery remains uncertain.

The family of Dr. Rick Sacra said he was able to eat breakfast Monday for the first time since arriving Friday at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

The 51-year-old remains in stable condition. But his wife, Debbie, said Sacra is more alert and that they had a half-hour conversation by video conference Sunday.

"He hasn't been able to eat much since he got here, but he had some toast and apple sauce," Debbie Sacra said. "He also tolerated the research drug well — better than he had the previous doses he was given."

Rick Sacra, a doctor from Worcester, Massachusetts, spent 15 years working at the Liberia hospital where he fell ill. He was practicing family medicine in Liberia with the North Carolina-based charity SIM.

Authorities say roughly 2,100 people have died during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but Ebola hasn't been confirmed as the cause of all those deaths.

Sacra is being treated with an experimental drug that is different than the one given to the two Americans treated for Ebola at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who also work for SIM, have recovered.

Sacra came to Omaha instead of Atlanta because federal officials asked the medical center to treat him in order to prepare other isolation units to take more Ebola patients if needed.

Sacra's doctors have refused to name the drug they are using, but they say they've been consulting with experts on Ebola on his treatment.

Dr. Aneesh Mehta of Emory University said Monday that it was impossible to know if the experimental ZMapp they received worked.

But Mehta said Emory doctors have been advising other physicians that some particular types of supportive care did seem to help. Those included switching between different types of IV fluids to meet each patient's specific electrolyte needs at the time. And giving high-quality liquid nutrition to boost their levels of protein and other nutrients "to help build back that immune system that was under attack."

Mehta and other experts were discussing Ebola at the American Society for Microbiology meeting Monday.

Pharmaceutical companies are developing vaccines for Ebola and drugs to help treat the virus, but they're not fully tested or readily available yet.

Dr. Gary Kobinger of the Public Health Agency of Canada helped pioneer the research that led to ZMapp, and he said the U.S. manufacturer appears to be on track for a Phase 1 safety study early next year, perhaps as early as January, although no drug is available currently.

On the vaccine front, Kobinger said a Canadian-made candidate should be starting Phase 1 trials within weeks.

WHO has suggested turning to the blood of Ebola survivors as an experimental treatment, and Sacra's doctors have said they are considering that.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 09, 2014, 01:59:46 am
Video: https://screen.yahoo.com/possible-ebola-case-miami-202108092.html
POSSIBLE EBOLA CASE IN MIAMI


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Post by: Mark on September 09, 2014, 08:05:35 am
Ebola Spreading 'Exponentially' as Patients Seek Beds in Liberia

The Ebola virus is spreading exponentially across Liberia as patients fill taxis in a fruitless search for medical care, the World Health Organization said Monday.

In Sierra Leone, a doctor working for WHO tested positive and was preparing to be evacuated from the country. Meanwhile, the newest U.S. patient, a doctor infected in Liberia, was feeling a little better and could even eat a little, doctors treating him in Nebraska said.

The various reports illustrated in the clearest possible way the disparities driving the epidemic in West Africa, where there’s almost no medical system structure. The three patients evacuated to the United States have all begun to recover quickly once they get good supportive care, which includes around-the-clock nursing care and good nutrition.

WHO and other groups have been warning that the situation in Liberia and Sierra Leone and Guinea is dire. It’s especially bad in Liberia, WHO said Monday.

“Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially,” WHO said in a statement.

    "No free beds for Ebola treatment exist anywhere in the country.”

“In Monrovia, taxis filled with entire families, of whom some members are thought to be infected with the Ebola virus, crisscross the city, searching for a treatment bed. There are none. As WHO staff in Liberia confirm, no free beds for Ebola treatment exist anywhere in the country.”

For example, in Montserrado county, 1,000 beds are urgently needed but only 240 beds are available. WHO has said more than 3,600 people have been infected with Ebola in this West African epidemic, and 2,000 have died, but the organization predicts as many as 20,000 will be sickened before it’s over. Half of those infected have been dying.

“According to a WHO staff member who has been in Liberia for the past several weeks, motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are a hot source of potential Ebola virus transmission, as these vehicles are not disinfected at all, much less before new passengers are taken on board,” WHO said.

“When patients are turned away at Ebola treatment centers, they have no choice but to return to their communities and homes, where they inevitably infect others, perpetuating constantly higher flare-ups in the number of cases.”

The need for beds, supplies and staff have “completely outstripped” capacity, both of the Liberia government and of outside groups such as Who and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) to help.

Healthcare workers are being especially hard hit. “Some 152 health care workers have been infected and 79 have died,” WHO said. When the outbreak began, Liberia had only one doctor to treat nearly 100,000 people in a total population of 4.4 million people. Every infection or death of a doctor or nurse depletes response capacity significantly.”

    "Motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are a hot source of potential Ebola virus transmission."

One WHO doctor in Sierra Leone is sick and will be sent out of the country for treatment, WHO said, but declined to say where the doctor was from.

Three of the healthcare workers affected were American medical missionaries working for the groups Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA in Monrovia. All three were evacuated to the U.S. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol have recovered, while Dr. Rick Sacra is being treated at the University of Nebraska’s special biocontainment unit.

Debbie Sacra said her husband, a 51-year-old family physician, was eating and listening to music while he receives an experimental drug.

“He had some breakfast this morning, which is a change,” Debbie Sacra said in a statement. “He hasn’t been able to eat much since he got here, but he had some toast and apple sauce. He also tolerated the research drug well — better than he had the previous doses he was given.”

The hospital hasn’t said what treatment Sacra is receiving. Brantly and Writebol each received one treatment course of ZMapp, an experimental drug made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc, but doctors stress they cannot tell if it helped.

“It’s hard to derive a lot of meaningful data from the care of just two patients,” said Dr. Aneesh Mehta, one of the medical team at Emory University Hospital who treated Brantly and Writebol. High quality nutrition given intravenously may have helped, Mehta said, as did carefully balanced fluid replacement formulas. Ebola patients often suffer intense vomiting and diarrhea.

The epidemic has demonstrated “how one disease outbreak can cause a whole country to go into crisis,” said Dr. Barbara Knust, team leader for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola response.

“The Ebola outbreak has just driven home the inadequacy that’s there,” Knust told an American Society for Microbiology meeting.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/ebola-spreading-exponentially-patients-seek-beds-liberia-n198516


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 09, 2014, 09:45:25 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/us-ebola-evacuations-has-included-more-patients--air-ambulance-operator-says-160126831.html
9/9/14

Ebola evacuations to US greater than previously known
Transports have included patients exposed to virus, air ambulance operator says


An undisclosed number of people who’ve been exposed to the Ebola virus — not just the four patients publicly identified with diagnosed cases — have been evacuated to the U.S. by an air ambulance company contracted by the State Department.

“We moved a lot of other people who had an exposure event,” said Dent Thompson, vice president of Phoenix Air Group. “Many times these people are just fine, they just had an exposure. But you have to treat it as though the disease is present.”

How many exposed patients have been flown from West Africa to the U.S.? Thompson said medical privacy laws and his company’s contract with the State Department prevent him from revealing the figure.

“I’m not avoiding it,” Thompson told Yahoo News. “I’m just not allowed to talk about it.”

Five weeks ago, medical missionary Dr. Kent Brantly became the first Ebola patient to be treated in the U.S. He and fellow missionary Nancy Writebol were nursed back to health in a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and later released. Dr. Rick Sacra and an unidentified doctor who arrived on Tuesday are currently being treated in the U.S.

The State Department confirmed the four known Ebola patient transports but couldn’t provide details on any exposure evacuations to the United States. Phoenix Air, they said, is under contract because of its expertise.

An unnamed State Department official said “every precaution is taken to move the patient safely and securely, to provide critical care en route, and to maintain strict isolation upon arrival in the United States.”

Thompson said Phoenix Air has flown 10 Ebola-related missions in the past six weeks.

“Not everything we do is [related to] a sick person,” he said, adding that the company has also flown supplies. “We do basically whatever needs to be done.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is operating an around-the-clock Ebola emergency operations center, did not immediately respond to an email seeking information about the exposure patient transports.

On Monday, President Barack Obama, who has called the outbreak a U.S. national security priority, pledged more U.S. assistance to West Africa. The White House recently requested $30 million more from Congress to help the CDC’s efforts with the crisis.

With multiple government and aid organizations trying to tackle the unprecedented epidemic, Thompson predicts his team will be flying more precautionary patients back to the U.S.

“There will be a certain number of people who, through no fault of their own, will have an exposure event, and they are immediately identified and immediately extracted,” he said.

Phoenix Air’s modified Gulfstream III jets are “literally intensive care units with wings,” Thompson said. He said even evacuees without a confirmed Ebola diagnosis are placed in an isolation chamber for the 12- to 14-hour flight from West Africa to the U.S.

“You can never, ever let your safety guards down,” he said.

The Georgia-based air transport company got involved in the latest Ebola crisis when the Christian humanitarian group Samaritan’s Purse recruited it to evacuate Brantly and Writebol. The State Department was involved in the logistics, but the trips were funded by Samaritan’s Purse.

Since then, Thompson said, Phoenix Air has solely been under contract with the State Department.

“It became evident that we could no longer treat any of these flights as a private or commercial flight,” said Thompson, declining to divulge the specifics of the government contract.

Brantly, Writebol and the latest patient have been treated at Emory University in Atlanta. Last week, Sacra was flown to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Those hospitals, plus the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, Montana, have specially-equipped biocontainment units built in collaboration with the CDC. However, the CDC has said any U.S. hospital following infection control recommendations and isolating a patient in a private room is capable of safely managing an infected patient.

Thompson declined to say where patients who have just been exposed to Ebola have been flown to in the U.S.

“They all go to a hospital and they monitor them,” he said. “If they do develop it, then they treat them. And, fingers crossed, they’re going to walk out the way Brantly and Nancy Writebol walked out.”


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 09, 2014, 10:07:26 pm
Video: https://screen.yahoo.com/possible-ebola-case-miami-202108092.html
POSSIBLE EBOLA CASE IN MIAMI


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A Miami patient has tested negative for Ebola
9/8/14

A patient in Miami who was suspected of contracting Ebola has tested negative for the virus, a Florida hospital system said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will conduct additional testing to confirm the result, a spokesman said on a conference call Monday, but the patient is considered to be a "low risk."

"Last week, a Jackson Health System patient tested negative for the Ebola virus," Matthew Pinzur, a spokesman for the health system said in a statement. "The patient had shown some symptoms associated with the disease and was tested in an abundance of caution. All of our community's precautionary measures were taken, multiple agencies worked effectively in partnership, and we demonstrated that we are ready in the unlikely event that this disease is detected in Miami-Dade County."

It was just the latest in a series of false alarms in the United States since the Ebola epidemic began to ravage several countries in West Africa. Possible Ebola patients who were tested in New York, California and New Mexico all tested negative for the deadly virus.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 09, 2014, 10:32:54 pm
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/09/09/ebola-infected-patient-to-be-brought-from-west-africa-to-atlanta-hospital/
9/9/14
Atlanta hospital receives its third American Ebola patient

The fourth American aid worker sickened with the Ebola virus arrived Tuesday morning to a mostly calm scene at Emory University Hospital, where two others had been successfully treated.

An ambulance carrying the patient arrived about 10:25 a.m., with a police escort. Wearing a bulky protective suit similar to those of Emory's first two arrivals, the patient walked from the ambulance to the hospital.

About an hour earlier, the specially equipped plane carrying the patient touched down at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, located northwest of Atlanta.

"Just as we did in three previous cases, every precaution was taken to move the patient safely and securely, to provide critical care en route, and to maintain strict isolation upon arrival in the United States," said Marie Harf, State Department Deputy Spokesperson.

Emory University Hospital said the patient, whose identity and status remain confidential, will be treated in the isolation unit previously used by the other two patients. The World Health Organization (WHO) would only confirm that a doctor who had been working in an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone tested positive for the disease. The State Department later confirmed the doctor was from the U.S.

At a news conference, Dr. Aneesh Mehta said the patient's ability to walk from the ambulance was a good sign, but not the only one the hospital must consider.

"We will evaluate all options, and with the patient make a decision about what avenues we explore," Mehta, an infections disease expert at Emory, said. "We have protocols in place.”

The special isolation unit that will house the patient can hold up to three people, and that capacity could be increased if needed, Mehta said.

Last month, two U.S. aid workers who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were treated successfully at Emory.

"We were comfortable taking care of these patients," Mehta said. "We understand that there was fear out there but we hope that in our ability to communicate our processes and educate the public that that fear is being diminished.”

Another aid worker, Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, of Worcester, Massachusetts, is being treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He arrived Friday and is in stable condition. Sacra was practicing family medicine in Liberia with the North Carolina-based charity SIM, with whom Writebol also worked.

"He hasn't be able to eat much since he got here, but he had some toast and applesauce," Debbie Sacra, his wife, said Tuesday. "He also tolerated the research drug well -- better than he had the previous doses he was given.”

Federal officials say they asked the Nebraska hospital to treat him instead of Emory in order to prepare other isolation units for more Ebola patients if needed.

The Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa has killed more than 2,200 people and has taken a particularly high toll on health care workers. More than 4,200 people have believed to have been sickened in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.

Dr. Daniel Bausch, a tropical disease expert and associate professor at Tulane University said the outbreak is causing a "tense, difficult situation in West Africa."

"There are not enough health workers," Bausch said, adding that the Ebola center where the latest American patient contracted the disease is "struggling to get the amount of staff it needs."

"There is not the degree of safety we'd like," Bausch said. In an effort to address these concerns, he is working with WHO officials to conduct a clinic that will train health care workers headed into Ebola-infected regions.

The WHO has suggested turning to the blood of Ebola survivors as an experimental treatment, and Sacra's doctors have said they are considering it. 

Mehta said Emory doctors have been advising other physicians that some particular types of supportive care did seem to help. Those included switching between different types of IV fluids to meet each patient's specific electrolyte needs at the time. Mehta said medical staff was also giving high-quality liquid nutrition to boost levels or protein and other nutrients "to help build back that immune system that was under attack."

Both Brantly and Writebol were given the experimental drug ZMapp, and credit the drug with helping their recovery, though there is no way to know its effects. Sacra is being treated with a different experimental drug that his doctors have refused to name, but say they've been consulting with Ebola experts.

Details of the latest patient's treatment are not known, but ZMapp could not have been used. Brantly and Writebol were the first to receive it; it had never been tested on humans. The rest of the limited supply was given to five others.

Dr. Gary Kobinger of the Public Health Agency of Canada helped pioneer the research that led to ZMapp and said the U.S. manufacturer appears to be on track for a Phase 1 safety study early next year.

Pharmaceutical companies are working to develop vaccines for Ebola and other alternative drugs to treat the disease, but they're not fully tested or readily available yet. Kobinger said a Canadian-made vaccination candidate should be starting Phase 1 trials within weeks.

At Emory on Tuesday, law student Grace Van Dyke said she had heard that some people around the country were initially concerned about Ebola patients being brought to the U.S. But she never heard worries from the university community.

"Those of us who are at Emory, we're not concerned because we know the quality of Emory medical care, and we know the reason they were brought here is because Emory is capable of containing it and treating them," she said.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 10, 2014, 05:12:48 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/liberia-braces-worst-ebola-death-toll-jumps-180308125.html

Ebola threatening Liberia's existence, minister warns

9/10/14

Monrovia (AFP) - Ebola is threatening the very existence of Liberia as the killer virus spreads like "wild fire", the defence minister warned, following a grim World Health Organization assessment that the worst is yet to come.

After predicting an "exponential increase" in infections across West Africa, the WHO warned that Liberia, which has accounted for half of all fatalities, could initially only hope to slow the contagion, not stop it.

"Liberia is facing a serious threat to its national existence," Defense Minister Brownie Samukai told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

The disease is "now spreading like wild fire, devouring everything in its path," he said.

The WHO upped the Ebola death toll on Tuesday to 2,296 out of 4,293 cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria as of September 6. Nearly half of all infections had occurred in the past 21 days, it said.

The agency also evacuated its second infected medical expert, a doctor who had been working at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

Emory University Hospital in the United States admitted an American on Tuesday who had contracted the disease in west Africa, but declined to confirm whether the patient was the WHO employee.

The hospital has successfully treated two other infected US nationals.

Ebola, transmitted through bodily fluids, leads to haemorrhagic fever and -- in over half of cases -- death. There is no specific treatment regime and no licensed vaccine.

- 'Need to be pragmatic' -
 
The latest WHO figures underscore Ebola's asymmetric spread, as it rips through densely populated communities with decrepit health facilities and poor public awareness campaigns.

Speaking Tuesday, WHO's epidemiology chief Sylvie Briand said the goal in Senegal and Nigeria was now "to stop transmission completely". Senegal has announced only one infection, while Nigeria has recorded 19 infections and eight deaths.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is battling a separate outbreak which has killed 32 in a remote northwestern region.

"But in other locations, like Monrovia, where we have really wide community transmission, we are aiming at two-step strategies," Briand said in Geneva, "first, to reduce the transmission as much as possible and, when it becomes controllable, we will also try to stop it completely.

"But at this point in time we need to be pragmatic and try to reduce it in the initial steps."

A day earlier the WHO had warned that aid organisations trying to help Liberia to respond would "need to prepare to scale up their current efforts by three- to four-fold".

Before the current outbreak, it noted, Liberia only had one doctor for every 100,000 patients in a population of 4.4 million.

In Montserrado county, which contains Monrovia, there are no spare beds at the few Ebola treatment sites operating, the WHO said.


It described how infected people were being driven to centres only to be turned away, return home and create "flare-ups" of deadly fever in their villages.

It said 1,000 beds are needed -- far more than the 240 currently operational and 260 planned.

- Border closure, controls -

Guinea's President Alpha Conde described Ebola as a "war" his nation -- with 555 dead so far -- needed to win.

He slammed neighbouring states including Ivory Coast and Senegal for shutting their borders, and airlines for suspending flights to affected countries.

"They forget that when you close borders, people just go through the bush. It's better to have official passages of transit," he said.

African Union commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also called Monday for travel bans to be lifted "to open up economic activities".

In Gambia, customs officials said Tuesday they had closed the borders to Guineans, Liberians, Nigerians and Sierra Leoneans -- though not to neighbouring Senegal.

"We are also advising Gambians intending to travel to these countries to cancel their trips, but any Gambian who fails to heed our advice, we will not allow you in the country if you return," Ebrima Kurumah, a health officer posted at the border with Senegal, told AFP.

There were restrictions further afield, too. China, one of the region's main investors, announced on Tuesday it was reinforcing checks on people, goods and vehicles -- and even mail -- arriving from affected countries.

Meanwhile, Italy announced its first possible case of Ebola -- a woman recently returned from Nigeria.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 10, 2014, 05:40:37 pm
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Unstoppable: is Ebola mutating with unknown consequences before our eyes?
9/10/14

 Every virus mutates to adapt to its surroundings. Ebola is no exception.

When President Barack Obama announced the deployment of US forces to West Africa he said in an interview on Sunday that immediate intervention was vital.

Otherwise, said Obama, Ebola could mutate, making it more easily transmittable, "and then it could be a serious danger to the United States."

The longer a virus circulates, the more it changes its genetic material.

"Even a single change in the genome can have huge consequences," says Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, a virologist at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg.


He confirms that mutations can increase the contagiousness of a virus.

Mutations could also make the illness break out sooner, or alternate the course of the disease - increasing the potential of a patient's developing encephalitis.

The disease could also become airborne. And that would be disastrous: the infection rate would increase exponentially.

Hundreds of mutations

An international research team has analyzed about a hundred Ebola virus genomes from 78 patients in Sierra Leone. The patients were diagnosed with Ebola in late May to mid June.

The researchers found more than 300 genetic changes that make the 214 Ebola virus genomes distinct from the viral genomes tied to previous Ebola outbreaks.

Moreover, over 50 changes had occurred since the start of the 2014 outbreak, suggesting the virus is in fact mutating.


There are many cases where a change to the genome of an organism has no consequence.

But in this current outbreak of Ebola - with this particular strain - the researchers found a number of genetic mutations had altered proteins in the virus, potentially with disastrous affect.

The team led by Stephen Gire, a scientist with the Sabeti lab at the Broad Institute and Harvard University, wrote about their findings in "Science".

They say some of the changes could influence doctors' ability to diagnose Ebola in the field.

The data suggest that "continued progression of this epidemic could afford an opportunity for viral adaptation, underscoring the need for rapid containment."

Unknown consequences

But Stephen Gires says they "don't know whether these differences are related to the severity of the current outbreak."

Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit agrees, saying it is impossible to judge by looking at an altered genome whether the changes will translate to alter the biological appearance of a virus.

"Even if a virus mutates rapidly, it doesn't mean something will happen," Schmidt-Chanasit says.

Many changes are minor. They are bound to happen when a virus spills over from one host to another, and especially in an epidemic, such as the one we are seeing in western Africa.

The area of research which investigates the relationship between genomes and the "behavior" of a virus in the field is called reverse genetics, and it's in its infancy.

Schmidt-Chanasit says that if investigations regarding this behavior in Ebola were to start now, they would take long time to complete, and would be of little help in the current outbreak.

Nothing like the flu?

The flu virus is known for its ability to mutate rapidly.

As a result, researchers aim to develop a new flu vaccine every year.

Within the space of every twelve months, the flu virus changes its genome so much that the last year's vaccine is rendered in effective.

"But luckily, Ebola is different," says Schmidt-Chanasit.

Ebola mutates slowly. But it mutates fast enough for it to be able to develop a resistance to any future vaccines and drugs.

For now, though, all attention is focused on the present.

And Schmidt-Chanasit says there are greater challenges than learning how the virus is mutating.

"What makes the situation in West Africa so devastating, are the circumstances," he says.

There are too few hospitals beds, too few medical personnel, and too many people at risk in a crowded part of the world.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on September 11, 2014, 08:30:27 pm
Researcher: 20 Percent Chance Ebola Will Spread to US Within 2 Weeks

Ira Longini, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida, was part of a team of researchers that used a mathematical model to generate projections of the epidemic spread of Ebola worldwide. The scientists took into consideration daily airline passenger travel worldwide, information about the disease’s spread rate, and other factors. “As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to spread, isolated cases will likely make their way to the United States,” Longini told Newsmax Health. “Our latest estimates show there is a nearly 20 percent chance that this will occur within two weeks.”

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/ebola-spread-US-america/2014/09/11/id/594097/


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on September 11, 2014, 08:31:27 pm
No Saudi ban over Ebola for Nigerians going on haj – Arab News

Saudi Arabia, which has barred pilgrims from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea from the haj due to Ebola concerns, will allow Nigerians to attend, an official was reported on Monday as saying, suggesting the smaller outbreak there was less worrying.   

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2014/09/09/no-saudi-ban-over-ebola-for-nigerians-going-on-haj-arab-news/

read that again...


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on September 12, 2014, 03:24:18 am
World Health Organization says number of new cases of West Africa Ebola virus outbreak growing faster than ability to manage them - @Reuters

A bit of history for perspective...  :o

Quote
Kissinger, Eugenics
And Depopulation
By Leuren Moret
11-20-4
 

Dr. Henry Kissinger, who wrote: "Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World."
 
Research on population control, preventing future births, is now being carried out secretly by biotech companies. Dr. Ignacio Chapela, a University of California microbiologist, discovered that wild corn in remote parts of Mexico is contaminated with lab altered DNA. That discovery made him a threat to the biotech industry.
 
Chapela was denied tenure at UC Berkeley when he reported this to the scientific community, despite the embarrassing discovery that UC Chancellor Berdahl, who was denying him tenure, was getting large cash payments - $40,000 per year - from the LAM Research Corp. in Plano, Texas.
 
Berdahl served as president of Texas A&M University before coming to Berkeley. During a presentation about his case, Chapela revealed that a spermicidal corn developed by a U.S. company is now being tested in Mexico. Males who unknowingly eat the corn produce non-viable sperm and are unable to reproduce.
 
Depopulation, also known as eugenics, is quite another thing and was proposed under the Nazis during World War II. It is the deliberate killing off of large segments of living populations and was proposed for Third World countries under President Carter's administration by the National Security Council's Ad Hoc Group on Population Policy.
 
National Security Memo 200, dated April 24, 1974, and titled "Implications of world wide population growth for U.S. security & overseas interests," says:
 
"Dr. Henry Kissinger proposed in his memorandum to the NSC that "depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World." He quoted reasons of national security, and because `(t)he U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less-developed countries ... Wherever a lessening of population can increase the prospects for such stability, population policy becomes relevant to resources, supplies and to the economic interests of U.S.
 
Depopulation policy became the top priority under the NSC agenda, Club of Rome and U.S. policymakers like Gen. Alexander Haig, Cyrus Vance, Ed Muskie and Kissinger. According to an NSC spokesman at the time, the United States shared the view of former World Bank President Robert McNamara that the "population crisis" is a greater threat to U.S. national security interests than nuclear annihilation.In 1975, Henry Kissinger established a policy-planning group in the U.S. State Department's Office of Population Affairs. The depopulation "GLOBAL 2000" document for President Jimmy Carter was prepared.
 
It is no surprise that this policy was established under President Carter with help from Kissinger and Brzezinski - all with ties to David Rockefeller. The Bush family, the Harriman family - the Wall Street business partners of Bush in financing Hitler - and the Rockefeller family are the elite of the American eugenics movement. Even Prince Philip of Britain, a member of the Bilderberg Group, is in favor of depopulation:
 
"If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels" (Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, leader of the World Wildlife Fund, quoted in "Are You Ready for Our New Age Future?" Insiders Report, American Policy Center, December 1995).
 
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been proposing, funding and building Bio-Weapons Level 3 and Level 4 labs at many places around the U.S. even on university campuses and in densely populated urban locations. In a Bio-Weapons Level 4 facility, a single bacteria or virus is lethal. Bio-Weapons Level 4 is the highest level legally allowed in the continental U.S.
 
For what purpose are these labs being developed, and who will make the decisions on where bio-weapons created in these facilities will be used and on whom? More than 20 world-class microbiologists have been murdered since 2002, mostly in the U.S. and the UK. Nearly all were working on development of ethnic-specific bio-weapons (see Smart Dust, Roboflies &).
 
Citizens around the U.S. are frantically filing lawsuits to stop these labs on campuses and in communities where they live. Despite the opposition of residents living near UC Davis, where a Bio-Weapons Level 4 lab was planned, it had the support of the towns mayor.
 
She suddenly reversed her position after a monkey escaped from a high security primate facility on the campus where the bio-weapons lab was proposed. Residents claimed that if UC Davis could not keep monkeys from escaping from their cages, they certainly could not guarantee that a single virus or bacteria would not escape from a test tube. The AWOL monkey killed the project (see Smart Dust, Roboflies&).
 
Population is a political problem. The extreme secrecy surrounding the takeover of nuclear weapons, NASA and the space program and the development of numerous bio-weapons labs is a threat to civil society, especially in the hands of the military and corporations.
 
The fascist application of all three of these programs can be used to achieve established U.S. government depopulation policy goals, which may eliminate 2 billion of the worlds existing population through war, famine, disease and any other methods necessary.
 
Two excellent examples of existing U.S. depopulation policy are, first, the long-term impact on the civilian population from Agent Orange in Vietnam, where the Rockefellers built oil refineries and aluminum plants during the Vietnam War. The second is the permanent contamination of the Middle East and Central Asia with depleted uranium, which, unfortunately, will destroy the genetic future of the populations living in those regions and will also have a global effect already reflected in increases in infant mortality reported in the U.S., Europe, and the UK.
 
References http://www.rense.com/general59/kissingereugenics.htm


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 12, 2014, 01:56:57 pm
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-ebola-cases-rising-faster-than-ability-to-contain-them-who-2014-9
We're Losing The Fight Against Ebola
9/12/14

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than authorities can manage them, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, renewing a call for health workers from around the world to go to the region to help.

As the death toll rose to more than 2,400 people out of 4,784 cases, WHO director general Margaret Chan said the vast nature of the outbreak -- particularly in the three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- required a massive emergency response.

"The Ebola outbreak that is ravaging parts of West Africa is the largest and most complex and most severe in the almost four-decade history of this disease," she told reporters on an international teleconference from Geneva.

"The number of new patients is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them. We need to surge at least three to four times to catch up with the outbreaks."

Chan called for urgent international support in sending doctors, nurses, medical supplies and aid to the worst-affected countries.

"The thing we need most is people," she said. "The right people, the right specialists, and specialists who are appropriately trained and know how to keep themselves safe."

The Ebola infection rate and death toll have been particularly high among health workers, who are exposed to hundreds of highly infectious patients who can pass the virus on through body fluids such as blood and excrement.

Some foreign healthcare workers, including several Americans and at least one Briton, have also become infected while working with patients in West Africa.

Speaking at the same briefing, Cuba's minister for public health, Roberto Morales Ojeda, said his country would be sending 165 healthcare workers to help in the fight - the largest contingent of foreign doctors and nurses to be committed so far.

Chan welcomed Cuba's move and urged others to follow suit.

"If we are going to go to war with Ebola, we need the resources to fight," she said. "We still need about 500 to 600 doctors coming from abroad and at least 1,000 or more health care workers."

She said the three worst affected countries were also running low on "almost everything" - including personal protective equipment, basic medical supplies and body bags.

"Today there is not one single bed available for the treatment of an Ebola patient in the entire country of Liberia," she said.

Although the latest figures show more than 2,400 people have died of Ebola virus infection in West Africa since the epidemic started in March, Chan said even the most up-to-date tolls were likely to lag far behind the reality on the ground.

"Whatever number of cases and deaths we are reporting is an underestimate," she said.

The U.N. health agency had previously warned there could be as many as 20,000 cases in the region before the outbreak is brought under control.

The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that economic growth in Liberia and Sierra Leone could decline by as much as 3.5 percentage points due to the outbreak, which it said has crippled their mining, agriculture and services sectors. [ID:nL1N0RC17U]




Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 13, 2014, 12:48:22 am
http://news.msn.com/world/un-doctors-nurses-play-role-in-both-treating-spreading-ebola
UN: Doctors, nurses play role in both treating, spreading Ebola
9/12/14

GENEVA — The World Health Organization is sounding the alarm that it has too few doctors and nurses willing to work in Africa to respond effectively to the continent's outbreak of Ebola.

Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, told reporters Friday at the agency's headquarters in Geneva that "the number of new patients is moving faster than the capacity to manage them." She said the world health community needs three to four times as many resources at it has committed "to catch up with the outbreaks."

As of Friday, 4,784 people have fallen ill with Ebola, of whom more than 2,400 have died, she said. The most affected countries are Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, where, Chan said, "there is not a single bed available for an Ebola patient in the entire country."

Sarah Crowe, an official of the U.N. Children's Fund, better known as UNICEF, said there were 370 beds occupied by Ebola victims in Liberia. "There's a real sense this virus is taking over the whole country," she said via a teleconference hookup from Monrovia, the Liberian capital.

Chan said the WHO still is seeking 500 to 600 doctors from abroad and at least 1,000 more nurses to dispatch to Africa to counter the epidemic. But with 301 health workers known to be infected with the virus — almost half of whom have died — finding volunteers has been difficult.

"The thing we need most is people," she said. "The right people, the right specialists who are appropriately trained and know how to keep themselves safe."

Cuba on Friday became the largest donor of medical personnel to the Ebola crisis with a pledge to send 62 doctors and 103 nurses to infected areas. Cuba's minister of public health, Roberto Morales Ojeda, announced that his country would dispatch the workers in Geneva. Chan and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had appealed personally to Cuban President Raul Castro for the contribution, Chan said.

The Cuban team will be based in Sierra Leone.

More health care workers are needed. "We need to bring in more human resources if we want this to be effective," Sylvie Briand, the WHO's director of pandemic and epidemic diseases, told McClatchy.

Any people with experience can probably help, Briand said, but she said the effort especially needs people who have worked in physically demanding conditions.

The infection rates for health care workers have been particularly high in Liberia, where 171 have fallen ill, of whom 84 have died, according to a situation update Tuesday from Liberia's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

Moreover, nine health care workers have been diagnosed with Ebola, including seven deaths, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the disease's outbreak is unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa, the WHO said.

The infection rate in the three most infected countries is substantially higher for women health care-givers, U.N. officials said.

Infected doctors and nurses also become a means for spreading the disease, David Heymann, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told McClatchy. "Once health workers get infected, they risk infecting other patients and family members," he said. "They're the entry point into the community."

Avoiding infection is a major challenge for workers. Ebola is deadly to as many as 90 percent of the people who contract it, usually through contact with bodily fluids, either directly or when they've been left on other surfaces.

Briand said that the high infection rates among health workers probably reflect a lack of needed safety measures in the early days of the epidemic. "People were not protected enough," she said.

Heymann, a former epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the quick spread of the virus probably took place because hospital workers didn't realize they were dealing with Ebola in the early days of the outbreak.

"Ebola resembles malaria, it resembles influenza," he said. "They see a patient with a fever who might look like he's having malaria, or something else," and don't take proper precautions. Then the hospital becomes contaminated and other patients are infected.

The fact that many health care workers in Africa also have jobs outside large public hospitals also may be a factor in spreading the disease.

"Maybe they don't pay as much attention to IPC (infection prevention control) practices when they are operating elsewhere," Briand said. "I know in some circumstances some midwives were helping friends to deliver and this is where they got contaminated."

"It was not within the Ebola world. It was outside the Ebola world," she added.


Still, the WHO says it's likely that the agency is going to have to come up with incentives, including bonus pay, to persuade enough health workers to take on an Ebola assignment, and it has scheduled trips to key cities around the world in an effort to secure more funds and recruits.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on September 13, 2014, 05:56:05 am
Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen

Today, the Ebola virus spreads only through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as blood and vomit. But some of the nation's top infectious disease experts worry that this deadly virus could mutate and be transmitted just by a cough or a sneeze. 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/12/health/ebola-airborne/


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 13, 2014, 03:03:32 pm
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/12/us-health-ebola-dutch-idUSKBN0H70V520140912
9/12/14
Netherlands to evacuate two doctors who had contact with Ebola victims

(Reuters) - Authorities in the Netherlands are preparing to evacuate two Dutch doctors who had unprotected contact in Sierra Leone with patients who later died of Ebola, a Dutch public health official said on Friday.

The two doctors have shown no symptoms of the virus but authorities believe there is cause for concern because they were not wearing full protective clothing when they came into contact with the patients, who had not yet been diagnosed with Ebola.

"The two doctors' personal protection should be considered inadequate. They could potentially have been exposed," said Jaap van Dissel, director of the Dutch Center for Infectious Disease Control.
 
The two doctors will be evacuated on a special flight to minimise the risk of contagion to other passengers and monitored closely on arrival, according to media reports.

"It's only contagious if they have a fever," van Dissel said, and added that if symptoms developed, the two would be placed in quarantine in a university hospital.

Dutch public television said the case was discovered when the doctors came to the Netherlands' nearest embassy in Ghana after the patients they had been in contact with at the Lion Heart Medical Center in Yele town died of Ebola.

The clinic, which normally deals with cases of malaria, which has symptoms similar to Ebola, has since been shut down by authorities in Sierra Leone.

More than 2,400 people have died so far from Ebola in West Africa since the outbreak started in March, taking a particularly heavy toll among medical workers, more than 120 of whom have died of the disease as of late August, according to the World Health Organization.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 14, 2014, 09:36:47 am
http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/12/health/ebola-airborne
9/12/14
Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen

CNN) -- Today, the Ebola virus spreads only through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as blood and vomit. But some of the nation's top infectious disease experts worry that this deadly virus could mutate and be transmitted just by a cough or a sneeze.

"It's the single greatest concern I've ever had in my 40-year public health career," said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "I can't imagine anything in my career -- and this includes HIV -- that would be more devastating to the world than a respiratory transmissible Ebola virus."

Osterholm and other experts couldn't think of another virus that has made the transition from non-airborne to airborne in humans. They say the chances are relatively small that Ebola will make that jump. But as the virus spreads, they warned, the likelihood increases.

Every time a new person gets Ebola, the virus gets another chance to mutate and develop new capabilities. Osterholm calls it "genetic roulette."

As of Friday, there have been 4,784 cases of Ebola, with 2,400 deaths, according to the World Health Organization, which says the virus is spreading at a much faster rate now than it was earlier in the outbreak.

Ebola is an RNA virus, which means every time it copies itself, it makes one or two mutations. Many of those mutations mean nothing, but some of them might be able to change the way the virus behaves inside the human body.

"Imagine every time you copy an essay, you change a word or two. Eventually, it's going to change the meaning of the essay," said Dr. C.J. Peters, one of the heroes featured in "The Hot Zone."

That book chronicles the 1989 outbreak of Ebola Reston, which was transmitted among monkeys by breathing. In 2012, Canadian researchers found that Ebola Zaire, which is involved in the current outbreak, was passed from pigs to monkeys in the air.

Dr. James Le Duc, the director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas, said the problem is that no one is keeping track of the mutations happening across West Africa, so no one really knows what the virus has become.

One group of researchers looked at how Ebola changed over a short period of time in just one area in Sierra Leone early on in the outbreak, before it was spreading as fast as it is now. They found more than 300 genetic changes in the virus.

"It's frightening to look at how much this virus mutated within just three weeks," said Dr. Pardis Sabeti, an associate professor at Harvard and senior associate member of the Broad Institute, where the research was done.

Even without becoming airborne, the virus has overwhelmed efforts to stop it.

The group Doctors Without Borders says Monrovia, Liberia, needs 1,000 beds for Ebola patients but has only 240, and it has had to turn patients away, sending them back to neighborhoods where they could infect more people.

This week, a Pentagon spokesman said the United States is sending a 25-bed field hospital to Monrovia.

"A 25-bed hospital with nobody to staff it? That's not the scale we need to be thinking about," Le Duc said. "It's an absolute embarrassment. When there was a typhoon in the Philippines, the Navy was there in 48 hours and had billions of dollars in resources."


Osterholm commended groups like Doctors Without Borders but said uncoordinated efforts by individual organizations are no match for Ebola spreading swiftly through urban areas.

"This is largely dysfunctional. Nobody's in command, and nobody's in charge," he said. "It's like not having air traffic control at an airport. The planes would just crash into each other."


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 14, 2014, 09:40:38 am
http://news.yahoo.com/4th-doctor-dies-ebola-sierra-leone-113453199.html
4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone
9/14/14

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent disease amid a shortage of health care workers.

Dr. Olivet Buck died late Saturday, hours after the World Health Organization said it could not help medically evacuate her to Germany, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo confirmed to The Associated Press.

Sierra Leone had requested funds from WHO to transport Buck to Europe, saying the country could not afford to lose another doctor.

WHO had said that it could not meet the request but instead would work to give Buck "the best care possible" in Sierra Leone, including possible access to experimental drugs.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of sick patients, making doctors and nurses especially vulnerable to contracting the virus that has no vaccine or approved treatment.

More than 300 health workers have become infected with Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Nearly half of them have died, according to WHO.

The infections have exacerbated shortages of doctors and nurses in West African countries that were already low on skilled health personnel.

So far, only foreign health and aid workers have been evacuated abroad from Sierra Leone and Liberia for treatment.

Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor, was being considered for evacuation to a European country when he died of the disease in late July.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 14, 2014, 09:52:00 am
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/12/Lawmakers-to-HHS-Why-Are-Ebola-Warnings-Getting-More-Dire
9/12/14
Lawmakers to HHS: Why Are Ebola Warnings Getting More Dire?

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are calling on the Department of Health and Human Services for more information about administration’s assertion that the Ebola outbreak is worsening and what is being done to protect the U.S. from the outbreak.

“While U.S. public health officials have offered assurances — both publicly and during briefings with committee staff — that the Ebola outbreak can be controlled, they are expressing increasingly dire warnings about its growth and the need for quick, decisive action,” the six House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders, including committee chair Fred Upton (R-MI) wrote in a letter to HHS Sec. Sylvia Burwell Friday.

What is being called the worst Ebola outbreak ever has claimed more than 2,200 lives in West Africa and lawmakers say they want to be certain the U.S. is prepared to protect against the epidemic.

“In recent days, officials have warned that the emergency response thus far has not contained the outbreak and must be ‘vastly increased and accelerated’ immediately to avoid missing a closing ‘window of opportunity’ to control the deadly virus,” they wrote.

“Last week, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned that the Ebola virus is ‘spiraling out of control’ and ‘moving faster than anyone anticipated,’” the letter continued.

The committee members requested HHS tell them by Sept. 26, why the administration’s warnings have become more dire, the problems to date with containment, the protocols to respond to Ebola in the U.S., how federal funding have been spend to combat Ebola, the current risk the diseases posses to the U.S., assessments of hospitals to respond to an outbreak, as well as the status of medicine.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 14, 2014, 09:47:16 pm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11088674/Bill-Gates-to-spend-50m-fighting-Ebola-outbreak.html
Bill Gates' to spend $50m fighting Ebola outbreak
Gates Foundation make sits largest ever pledge to a humanitarian crisis to help fight against deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa

9/11/14

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million – on top of $10 million already committed – to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the group's largest donation to a humanitarian effort.

"It became clear to us over the last 7 to 10 days that the pace and scope of the epidemic was increasing significantly," Chris Elias, president of global development for the world's largest charitable foundation, said.

The Seattle-based foundation said the money will go to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and international organisations involved in fighting transmission of the virus.

The money will be used to purchase supplies and to develop vaccines, therapies and better diagnostic tools. The foundation wants to help stop the outbreak as well as accelerate development treatments and improve prevention.

Mr Elias said they have been talking to the foundation's partners around the world to assess the best use of its dollars and could not say yet how much would be spent on the emergency response and how much on research and development.

"One of our key advantages is flexibility," he said.

Global health and development dominate the work of the foundation, which has given away $30 billion since 1997. The foundation formed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife reported an endowment worth $40 billion, as of March 2014.

The foundation was particularly influenced by the request on Friday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for $600 million to fight the Ebola outbreak.

Ki-Moon said efforts in the next few weeks would be essential to stopping the virus that has killed more than 2,000 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

The foundation had previously committed more than $10 million on emergency operations, treatment and research. Of that money, $5 million went to the World Health Organization for emergency operations and research and development.

Another $5 million went to the US Fund for UNICEF to support efforts in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to purchase medical supplies, coordinate response efforts and spread information.

Some of the $50 million will support strengthening existing health care systems in the countries affected by the outbreak, the foundation said.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 15, 2014, 09:37:22 pm
http://washingtonexaminer.com/cdc-issues-ebola-checklist-now-is-the-time-to-prepare/article/2553396
CDC issues Ebola checklist: 'Now is the time to prepare'
9/15/14

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning hospitals and doctors that “now is the time to prepare,” has issued a six-page Ebola “checklist” to help healthcare workers quickly determine if patients are infected.

While the CDC does not believe that there are new cases of Ebola in the United States, the assumption in the checklist is that it is only a matter of time before the virus hits home.

For example, one part reads: “Encourage healthcare personnel to use a ‘buddy system’ when caring for patients.” Another recommends a process to report cases to top officials:

    Plan for regular situational briefs for decision-makers, including:

    -- Suspected and confirmed EVD patients who have been identified and reported to public health authorities.

    -- Isolation, quarantine and exposure reports.

    -- Supplies and logistical challenges.

    -- Personnel status, and policy decisions on contingency plans and staffing.

The checklist has been distributed to major hospitals and even little ones, including an urgent center in Leesburg, Va.

“Every hospital should ensure that it can detect a patient with Ebola, protect healthcare workers so they can safely care for the patient, and respond in a coordinated fashion,” warns the CDC.

“While we are not aware of any domestic Ebola Virus Disease cases (other than two American citizens who were medically evacuated to the United States), now is the time to prepare, as it is possible that individuals with EVD in West Africa may travel to the United States, exhibit signs and symptoms of EVD, and present to facilities,” it adds.

Several hospital and medical websites have just begun to post the checklist online.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 16, 2014, 01:22:27 pm
Why the Ebola Crisis Won't End Without Military Intervention
By Steve Brozak and Anne Marie Noronha September 16, 2014
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-16/why-the-ebola-crisis-wont-end-without-military-intervention?campaign_id=yhoo

Ebola has evoked our worst nightmares as it continues to outrun containment efforts. The staggering death toll of the disease, projected to rise exponentially, means the modern world faces a global crisis on par with the plagues of history. Unlike seven centuries ago, there are viable options to fight the disease on a global scale. The longer the world takes to exercise those options, however, the less effective and more costly they will become.

Most people expect that some biotech company will eventually create a vaccine or antiviral, and the high-tech cure will swiftly arrive where it is most needed. Countless Hollywood blockbusters have implanted such fictions in our psyches. Unfortunately the pace of science is much slower, even in the face of mass loss of life. It’s true that we have sophisticated manufacturing facilities, but only because of U.S. government spending over the last decade by such agencies as BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) and NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) to address the threat of deadly pathogens. These facilities will become critical to our “mopping up” efforts later on. First, however, we must accept that Ebola is a threat to the entire world.

As the U.N. General Assembly meets on Tuesday, we must come to terms with the fact that a highly coordinated military intervention is absolutely necessary and inevitable. The U.S. and its allies must be obliged to muster a ready force of 15,000 within 30 days, with almost as many health-care personnel to deal with patients and medical screening. Even prior to this, a secured air-bridge system must be initiated while commercial air travel continues to shut down. An air-bridge will be essential to continue uninterrupted transport of health-care workers, medical supplies, and food.

Why is such an organized and robust strategy required? Reports from Liberia indicate that the situation is desperate. Hospitals have become quarantine zones for the dead and soon-to-be dead. Medicine is no longer even being used on people infected with Ebola. It is especially clear that the Liberia’s government is incapable of managing a response; even elected officials have fled the nation. Doctors and nurses have either perished from Ebola or have left the country due to a lack of support and concern for their safety.

Amid the collapse of health-care infrastructure, it is only a matter of time before total chaos descends. The number of infected people is spiraling out of control, with estimates of human infection unreliable. In past outbreaks, transmission contacts in remote areas were counted by the tens; today’s infected contacts can reach the hundreds in an urban setting.

The early symptoms of Ebola—fever, chills and flu-like illness—mimic several other diseases, including malaria. Those who may seem to have the disease are put into wards with patients who really do have Ebola. The impending onset of the hot rainy season will make it even more difficult for remaining health-care workers to adhere to wearing full biohazard suits. This will only aggravate the exponential rise in the number of sick and dead: Some models predict over 100,000 deaths by the end of the year if the rest of the world continues to drag its feet.

Even if Ebola doesn’t mutate to become more infectious, we must accept that this virus is no longer an African problem—so far away geographically that it’s hard to imagine it touching our own lives. A single passenger on a ship or an airplane could spread the virus to another continent. The Ebola crisis is a natural disaster, like a tsunami or earthquake. But unlike natural disasters with limited global consequences, Ebola is perpetual with far-reaching implications. What we must realize is that Africa is our neighbor and Ebola’s global spread is no longer the stuff of fiction.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 16, 2014, 04:11:13 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/china-send-ebola-lab-team-sierra-leone-093658701.html
UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola
9/16/14

GENEVA (AP) — The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."

Even as President Barack Obama is ordering the deployment of 3,000 U.S. military personnel to help provide aid in the region, Doctors Without Borders said the global response to Ebola has been far short of what is needed.

"The response to Ebola continues to fall dangerously behind," Dr. Joanne Liu, president of the medical charity, told a U.N. special briefing on Ebola in Geneva. "The window of opportunity to contain this outbreak is closing. We need more countries to stand up, we need greater deployment, and we need it now."

Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO's assistant director-general, said Tuesday that "this health crisis we face is unparalleled in modern times."

The numbers are staggering: At least 2,400 deaths have been blamed on the outbreak, which has touched Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal since it was first recognized in March.

Half of the nearly 5,000 cases occurred in the last three weeks, and officials said Tuesday that it was not unthinkable that 20,000 could become infected before the outbreak is over.

"It's a potential threat to global security if these countries break down," Obama said, speaking of the hardest-hit countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

"If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people affected, with profound economic, political and security implications for all of us," he said after outlining new steps being taken by the U.S. to contain the outbreak.

In addition to the troop deployment, the heightened U.S. role in West Africa will include erecting new treatment and isolation facilities, training health care workers and boosting communications and transportation support, U.S. officials said in Washington.

Hundreds more international health workers will likely be required. Some 3.3 million hazard suits will be needed in the next six months to protect those caretakers from the virus, which is spread by contact with bodily fluids such as blood, urine or diarrhea. Some $23.8 million alone will pay burial teams and buy body bags, since the bodies of Ebola victims are highly infectious.

In a report released Tuesday, WHO said all of this and more will cost $987.8 million. That's 10 times what the organization estimated the outbreak would cost at the beginning of August.

"We risk a humanitarian catastrophe if we do not see rapid action to scale up, not just the Ebola response but also the provision of essential services and the support platform to put that in place," Aylward said.

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of promises of aid.

In addition to the U.S. forces, the U.N. health agency said China has promised to send a 59-person mobile laboratory team to Sierra Leone that includes lab experts, epidemiologists, doctors and nurses. Britain is planning to build and operate an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone, and Cuba has promised to send the country more than 160 health workers.

"The question is translating these commitments into quick action on the ground," said Dr. Unni Krishnan, head of disaster preparedness and response for the aid group Plan International.

Still, hospitals and clinics in West Africa are now turning the sick away because they don't have enough space to treat everyone — a sure-fire way to increase the spread of the disease, which in this outbreak is killing about half of those it infects.

The United States, in particular, drew criticism last week when it promised to set up a 25-bed field hospital in Liberia to serve health care workers, both local and foreign, who become infected. Many thought the contribution was paltry, given that experts were saying Liberia needed at least 500 more treatment beds.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 16, 2014, 06:15:51 pm
http://washingtonexaminer.com/200000-from-ebola-countries-have-visas-to-enter-u.s./article/2553386
200,000 from Ebola countries have visas to enter U.S.
By Paul Bedard | September 15, 2014 | 9:18 am

There are about 200,000 Africans from countries hosting the deadly Ebola virus who hold temporary visas to visit the United States, greatly raising the stakes it could spread to America, according to a group following the immigration issue.

“Based on State Department nonimmigrant visa issuance statistics, I estimate that there are about 5,000 people in Guinea, 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, and 3,500 people in Liberia who possess visas to come to the United States today,” said Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Add to that “more than 195,000 Nigerians” with visas to visit, or who could already be here, she said of the country that has seen temporary U.S. visas skyrocket.

The government has promised that the U.S. is safe, but that’s not good enough for Vaughan. “At this time, with an extremely serious public health threat and more than 200,000 people who potentially could enter and spread it, either knowingly or unknowingly, the State Department and Department of Homeland Security should disclose to the public what they are doing to prevent travelers infected with Ebola from entering the country,” she told Secrets.

The Ebola crisis is also drawing attention to citizens from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia who overstay their visas. Vaughan said that the overstay rate of those from Ebola-impacted nations should be a concern.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 16, 2014, 06:26:00 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/obama-announce-major-ebola-effort-043320604.html
Ebola: US sends 3,000 troops to W.Africa to 'turn tide'
9/16/14

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will try to "turn the tide" on the Ebola epidemic Tuesday by ordering 3,000 US military personnel to west Africa to curtail its spread as China also dispatched more experts to the region.

The White House said Obama will travel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta -- where US Ebola victims were treated -- to make the announcement, meant to spur a global effort to tackle the outbreak that has already killed 2,400 people.

It comes as alarm grows that the worst-ever Ebola epidemic which spread through Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea before reaching Nigeria, is out of control. A separate strain of the disease has appeared in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Most of the US effort, which will draw heavily on its military medical corps, will be concentrated in impoverished Liberia -- the worst hit nation -- with plans to build 17 Ebola treatment centres with 100 beds in each.

China is also sending more medics to neighbouring Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the total number of Chinese medical experts there to 174, the UN said Tuesday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday it was reconvening its emergency committee in Geneva which declared the outbreak an international health emergency in August, to consider further measures to limit its spread.

Obama will announce that US Africa Command will set up a headquarters in the Liberian capital Monrovia to act as a command and control centre for US military and international relief programmes.

- 500 health workers a week -

But the main element of the push is a six-month training and hygiene drive to tackle the disease head-on.

US advisors will train up to 500 Liberian health care providers per week in how to safely handle and treat victims and their families in a bid to shore up the country's overwhelmed health infrastructure.


The intervention will involve an estimated 3,000 US military personnel, senior officials said, many working at a staging base for transit of equipment and personnel.

Washington will also send 65 experts from the public health service corps to Liberia to manage and staff a previously announced US military hospital to care for health workers who become sick with Ebola.

Ebola prevention kits, including disinfectant and advice, will also be supplied to 400,000 of the most vulnerable families in Liberia.

"What is clear is in order to combat and contain the outbreak at its source, we need to partner and lead an international response," said one senior US official, on condition of anonymity.

China said it is sending a mobile laboratory team to Sierra Leone, where more than 500 people have died so far from Ebola. The 59-person team from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control will include epidemiologists, clinicians and nurses, the WHO said.

"The newly announced team will join 115 Chinese medical staff on the ground in Sierra Leone virtually since the beginning," the agency's chief Margaret Chan said, hailing the new commitment as "a huge boost, morally and operationally".

- 'No threat to US' -

The Obama administration believes its latest emergency action could help "turn the tide" and slow the spread of the epidemic.

The White House however still believes that there is no realistic threat to the United States from Ebola. It believes that any cases that do materialise on the US soil would be quickly isolated.

The US has so far spent $100 million on fighting the epidemic and the US Agency for International Development plans to allocate another $75 million to increase the number of Ebola treatment units and buy protective gear for health providers.

In addition, the administration has asked Congress for a further $88 million. The money is contained in a short term bill to fund the government until mid-December which could pass Congress this week.

More than 100 workers from Centers for Disease Control are already at work in west Africa, and many more staff are coordinating their work at the agency's Atlanta headquarters.

It was unclear how many of the new US personnel would be deployed in direct contact with patients. The number however appears limited.

Obama first said last week that he was going to use a major military deployment to step up US efforts to fight the epidemic.

His remarks, and a recent YouTube message from the president offering guidance to the people of west Africa on halting infections, highlight increasing White House concern about the implications of the rapid spread of the disease.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 16, 2014, 09:40:32 pm
http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/09/16/the-cdc-admits-the-usa-is-on-the-verge-of-a-major-ebola-outbreak/
9/16/14
The CDC Admits the USA Is On the Verge of a Major Ebola Outbreak

In late July and early August, six weeks ago, I warned that we at the point of losing any hope of containing the Ebola virus and I was called a “fear-monger and I was spreading “fear-****”. Many of my colleagues (e.g. Sheila Zilinski) were accused of the same. However, the worm has turned and the truthful media has a new partner in fear-mongering and it is the CDC.

The U.S. Lost the War Against Ebola in July of 2014

On July 30, 2014, I reported that “Patient Zero, Patrick Sawyer, had a layover in Ghana then changed planes in Togo and flew to an international travel hub of Lagos, located in Nigeria. Nigeria is also the site of an Ebola outbreak. “The dad-of-three died five days after arriving in the city”.  His sister, with whom Sawyer had contact, died of Ebola. He should never have been allowed to board any plane.

In the same article I noted that ” a desperate search is on to find the hundreds of passengers who flew on the same jets as Sawyer.  A total of 59 passengers and crew are estimated to have come into contact with Sawyer and effort is being made to track each individual down. There is an inherent problem with this “track down”. Sawyer was traveling two “commuter airports”, in which the exposed population was connecting to other flights; at this point, the spread of the virus would quickly expand beyond any possibility of containment because in less than a half a day, nearly a half a million people would be potentially exposed. Within a matter of a couple of hours, Sawyer’s infected fellow travelers would each have made contact with 200 other passengers and crew. Hours later, these flights would land and these people would have gone home to the friends, families and coworkers across several continents”. This was when the world, and in particular, President Obama had a fighting chance to contain Ebola and all parties failed miserably!

“Mia Culpa” CDC: Within the Past 24 Hours, the CDC Joined the Fear Mongering Business

After I published my July 30th report, United States health officials countered several similar claims by saying that they are not worried because Ebola is only transmitted through exposure to bodily fluids. In other words, the CDC was telling the truthful media to stop “spreading hysteria”. Now it is clear that the CDC is singing a different tune.

Fourteen hours before the publishing of this present article, the CDC has drawn up and released a six-page action plan on how to tackle Ebola, warning US hospitals: “now is the time to prepare“. This stern warning comes a week after the organization warned that  the disease is ‘out of control’, as it has now been revealed that a CDC worker has contracted the illness. At the urging of the CDC and the U.S. government, world leaders have pledged to invest millions in health care in Liberia, where the disease is expected to rage for another 18 months at least. How far can Ebola spread in 18 months? Read on!

The CDC issued six-page Ebola “checklist”, which is designed to help healthcare workers quickly diagnose patients who may be infected, also is designed to show health care workers how to take action to protect themselves from exposure by dawning certain protective gear and doing so in a certain manner…

Nothing Is Being Done To Contain the Virus

An analysis published this week noted that over 6,000 travelers fly from Nigeria to the U.S. every week, one of the countries hardest hit by the deadly Ebola outbreak which can claim the lives of 90% of infected people. Thousands more of these potentially Ebola-infected persons are being allowed to fly from Nigeria to the U.K., Canada, France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and China, among other countries. And would you care to guess where travelers from the U.K., Canada, France, Germany,  the United Arab Emirates and China frequently fly to? That answer would be the United States. With a 21 day incubation period, and no mandated screenings procedures for people traveling from infected countries, it’s really not a matter of if, but when the virus reaches the United States. This is a recipe for disaster.

The most disturbing news comes from my most trusted confidential military source. My source is the same that told me an attempted rescue of Ambassador Stevens that was thwarted by the Obama administration. This was a fact that did not surface in other venues for months. As a prelude, if there is one thing that could send military leaders over the edge and perhaps mutiny, this is it.

There is a one-two punch coming as it relates to the unfolding Ebola crisis. First, the military has been told to take orders from the Department of Homeland Security with regard to establishing revised quarantine procedures. Part of these plans include putting local police under the jurisdictional command of the military in what we could call a de facto military draft for police officers. In other words, your local police chief and sheriff will taking orders from the Pentagon when it comes to the quarantining and detention of areas and people related to an Ebola outbreak. Perhaps this is the real reason behind Program 1033 which has effectively militarized the police.

This development will effectively convert local law enforcement into a martial law operation unit. Further, this would constitute the means from which martial law can be brought  in through the “back-door” and the military will be an unwitting accomplice. The police and military will not be enforcing martial law, they will be told they are protecting public safety.

The second “punch” centers around the Ebola vaccine and the developments, as well as the future plans related to the roll-out of the vaccine could prove devastating to the people of this country. This will be the topic of next part in this series.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 16, 2014, 11:13:46 pm
When it rains, it pours...

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/16/Dick-Durbin-Amnesty-Bill-Will-Help-Contain-Ebola
9/16/14
Dick Durbin: Amnesty Bill Will Help Contain Ebola

On Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that a comprehensive amnesty bill would have helped America contain the Ebola epidemic in Africa.

Durbin, a member of the Senate's Gang of Eight that wrote the immigration reform bill, said during a Senate hearing on Ebola that the Senate's amnesty bill would have even allowed doctors in the United States to travel to Africa to combat Ebola "without jeopardizing their immigration status."

“We included in the immigration reform bill, which passed the United States Senate, a provision which provided, in one respect, if you are medically trained in Africa and promise to serve in Africa for a period of time before going anywhere else, we would honor that and respect that and not allow people to be recruited into the United States if they still had an obligation to their country,” Durbin said, according to the Washington Times. “And secondly, that doctors in the United States would be able to serve in these crisis situations overseas without jeopardizing their immigration status."

Durbin reportedly lamented that the amnesty bill "was never called for consideration in the House of Representatives.”





Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 17, 2014, 03:08:02 pm
http://online.wsj.com/articles/scott-gottlieb-and-tevi-troy-ebolas-warning-for-an-unprepared-america-1410910044
Ebola's Warning for an Unprepared America
The slow response to the worsening crisis in Africa shows how vulnerable the U.S. is to bioterror or a pandemic.

9/16/14

The world is finally mobilizing to wage a muscular fight against Ebola's catastrophic spread through West Africa. President Obama has put the Pentagon in charge of a robust, 3,000-person U.S. relief effort in the stricken areas. This is a positive step, but the world is still dangerously ill-prepared for the fight against pandemic outbreaks.

In the case of Ebola, we were late to the battle and are now focused too narrowly on places like Liberia while failing to see West Africa as one big outbreak. We also remain too...


Title: United Nations to deploy Ebola mission in worst-affected states
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 18, 2014, 02:03:47 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/united-nations-deploy-ebola-mission-worst-affected-states-174040385.html
United Nations to deploy Ebola mission in worst-affected states
9/18/14

 UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - to push a "rapid and massive mobilization" of people, material and financial resources.

In a letter circulated to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will appoint a special envoy to head the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), who will be based in the region.

"The strategic priorities of the mission will be to stop the spread of the disease, treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent the spread to countries currently unaffected," Ban wrote in the six-page letter, obtained by Reuters.

The 15-member Security Council is due to adopt a resolution later on Thursday that declares the outbreak of Ebola, which is spread by contact with the body fluids of infected people, a "threat to international peace and security."

The United Nations action comes as the United States unveiled plans to send 3,000 troops and build 17 treatment centers, France announced plans to install a military hospital, and Cuba, China, Britain and others have pledged medical workers, health centers and other forms of support.

At least 2,630 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus since the disease was identified in 1976, which has so far infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Ban said the U.N. mission would focus on 12 critical actions: identifying and tracing people infected with Ebola, caring for the infected and infection control, safe and dignified burials, medial care for responders, food security and nutrition and access to basic health services.

It would also center its efforts on cash incentives for health workers, economic and protection and recovery, supplies of material and equipment, transportation and fuel, social mobilization and messaging.

"It is my intention that the mission will exist only as long as necessary to stem the crisis," Ban wrote. "When the Ebola virus disease no longer poses a grave threat to the people of the infected countries, the mission will have achieved its objective and will be disbanded."

He said he would send a detailed report to the 193-member U.N. General Assembly for approval that will outline the resources and staff needed for the mission. Ban also intends to establish a trust fund for voluntary contributions.

"No one country, no one organization has the resources to stem the tide of the Ebola crisis. Each government is ultimately responsible for its own people. The governments and the people of West Africa have asked for our help," Ban wrote.

Cases of Ebola have also occurred in Nigeria and Senegal, and an unrelated outbreak of the disease has happened in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Title: Online volunteers map uncharted Ebola zones to help save lives
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 18, 2014, 02:21:21 pm
http://news.msn.com/science-technology/online-volunteers-map-uncharted-ebola-zones-to-help-save-lives
Online volunteers map uncharted Ebola zones to help save lives
9/18/14

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donating to disasters used to mean writing a check to Oxfam or the Red Cross.

These days in the Internet age, for the Ebola crisis, citizens from all over the world are donating their time by going online to build maps for relief workers.

Call it crowd-sourced cartography that can save lives.

Roads or paths to remote villages through deep forest in West Africa, bridges and river crossings, school buildings that can be used as temporary clinics, an open field for a helicopter landing - all these are visible from satellite imagery and provide critical information for delivering aid.

However, these details never made it onto official maps in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - countries too poor to worry about whether there are accurate Google Maps loaded onto smartphones.

So when the Ebola epidemic erupted earlier this year, Doctors without Borders, the American Red Cross and other groups on the ground found that unreliable maps made fighting the spread of the deadly virus much more difficult.

They could not trace the likely vectors of transmission because they did not know the patterns of peoples’ daily lives, and they could not plan effective aid delivery.

Enter the collaborative Ebola project by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).

OpenStreetMap is a project to create a free, open map of the world, built by volunteers through GPS surveying, aerial imagery, and public sources of geographic data.

Taking that concept a step further, HOT connects the OpenStreetMap community with humanitarian players on the ground to fill in the gaps on maps for disaster and crisis zones.

Around 1,200 volunteers so far have logged onto HOT's website, clicked on a map quadrant and traced in the rich geographic details visible from satellites.

A quick tutorial guides volunteers through the work, which is similar to using a software program like Adobe Photoshop.

By using the satellite imagery to add details like population density and connecting paths between communities, remote map makers give humanitarian groups vital tools for planning their ground campaign in combatting a disease that has claimed more than 2,400 lives.

“They will print out the maps poster sized and pin them on the wall to plan their work, how to distribute supplies,” said Pierre Beland, a 67-year-old retired economist living near Montreal who has turned his computer knowledge to map making.

For Andrew Buck, an unemployed 29-year-old computer scientist who logs on daily from his home in Fargo, North Dakota, the map work transports him a continent away.

“You are acutely aware and start to get a sense of being in that place and learn about how people live, their farms, the fields, where the kids play soccer, the schools, and connections to the next village,” Buck said in a telephone interview.

VOLUNTEERS MAP DISASTER ZONES

Their work began in March after Doctors without Borders, the non-profit medical corps based in Switzerland, sent a geographer to Guinea to work alongside epidemiologists, who needed accurate maps of buildings that could serve as clinics and specialised maps showing pathways along which the virus could spread.

Audrey Lessard-Fontaine, the group's cartographic liaison, asked OpenStreetMap to enlist volunteers.

Its worldwide Internet community had experience mapping disasters. Their first assignment was in January 2010 mapping Port-au-Prince after the Haiti earthquake destroyed the government offices that housed its maps.

Nearly four years later, 1,500 OpenStreetMap volunteers from 82 countries mapped flooded homes and what was left standing after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines.

The Ebola crisis is by far its largest project to date.

"The great thing about it is the speed at which areas can be mapped. Even if we had five staff full-time working on it, we would hardly be able to reach the speed at which dozens,hundreds of volunteers manage to map out a zone," said Lessard-Fontaine.

The volunteer cartographers have recorded 7 million data points so far and still have large swathes undone. By comparison, Typhoon Haiyan was 4.5 million data entries, and Haiti only 1.3 million, Buck and Beland said.

Their latest assignment came this week. Doctors Without Borders needs a detailed street map of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, where the outbreak is raging out of control and U.S. President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 soldiers.

For the cartographers, it’s a way to fight Ebola from their desktops for which anyone can sign up.

“We’re just a bunch of computer guys on the Internet,” said Buck.


Title: American Ebola survivor calls the outbreak 'a fire straight from the pit of hell
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 18, 2014, 03:08:37 pm
American Ebola survivor calls the outbreak 'a fire straight from the pit of hell'
9/16/14
http://www.vox.com/2014/9/16/6257051/an-american-ebola-virus-survivors-view-on-the-outbreak-kent-brantly

Kent Brantly has a unique perspective on the Ebola epidemic: he has both worked as a doctor to treat the virus in patients and he is a victim of the disease, having contracted Ebola in July while working as a medical missionary in Liberia.

Today, he testified in DC before a senate senate committee on the West African outbreak. Here are highlights from his speech:
On the horror of having Ebola

    On July 23, I started to feel ill. Three days later, I learned that I had tested positive for Ebola Virus Disease. I became a patient, and I came to understand firsthand what my own patients had suffered. I was isolated from my family, and I was unsure if I would ever see them again. Even though I knew most of my caretakers, I could see nothing but their eyes through their protective goggles when they came to treat me. I experienced the humiliation of losing control of my bodily functions and faced the horror of vomiting blood-a sign of the internal bleeding that could have eventually led to my death.

How the world woke up to Ebola after he was infected

    This unprecedented outbreak began nine months ago but received very little attention from the international community until the events of mid-July when my friend and colleague, Nancy Writebol, and I became infected. Since that time, there has been intense media attention and therefore increased awareness of the situation on the ground in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and neighboring countries.

    The response, however, is still unacceptably out-of-step with the size and scope of the problem now before us.

What it's like to treat Ebola patients

    Treating Ebola patients is not like caring for other patients. It is grueling work. The personal protective equipment (PPE) we wore in the Ebola Treatment Unit becomes excruciatingly hot, with temperatures inside the suit reaching up to 115 degrees. It cannot be worn for more than an hour and a half. Because of the elaborate safety protocols involved in treating an Ebola patient, each one takes an average of 30 minutes of time from a team of three to five people. It is easy to see that a significant influx of medical personnel will be needed to adequately care for the thousands of people that epidemiologists now are predicting will fall victim to the disease in the coming weeks.

On using military to respond to the Ebola virus

    The use of our military is a legitimate and defensible request because if we do not do something to stop this outbreak now, it quickly could become a matter of U.S. national security-whether that means a regional war that gives terrorist groups like Boko Haram a foothold in West Africa or the spread of the disease into America. Fighting those kinds of threats would require more from the Department of Defense than what I am asking for today.

Why the outbreak got out of control in Liberia

    The laboratory we used to confirm Ebola Virus Disease in patients was 45 minutes away and inadequately staffed. A patient would arrive at our center in the afternoon, and their blood specimen would not be collected until the following morning. We would receive results later that night at the earliest. This means that the turn-around time to positively identify Ebola cases was anywhere from 12 to 36 hours after the blood was drawn. If a patient is not infected with the virus, that can be a life-threatening delay...

    These laboratory delays can have an even greater-and deadlier- consequence. The longer it takes to confirm a positive result, the longer an Ebola- infected patient is left in the "suspected" side of the isolation unit. Every precaution is taken to protect people in that part of the facility from cross-contamination, but there is always the potential that those without the disease can become infected if they are in close proximity to an Ebola-positive person.

On receiving the experimental treatment ZMapp

    I am deeply grateful to the personnel at Mapp Biopharmaceuticals who even before this outbreak had devoted their lives to combatting Ebola.

    I hope that the devastating impact of the current epidemic will result in new discoveries for treatments and vaccines in the future, but we cannot wait for a magic bullet to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa. The current epidemic is beyond anything we have ever seen, and it is time to think outside of the box.

The challenges ahead

    Historically, Ebola outbreaks have been contained through the identification and isolation of suspected cases, and this has worked extremely well to stop the disease. Today, however, the number of cases and rate of transmission are surpassing the ability of these traditional interventions to bring the situation under control. Intensive medical care is important, but it is given only to patients in isolation units. We know that the virus is being spread primarily by those who are unwilling or unable to go to an Ebola Treatment Unit...

    The World Health Organization has laid out a roadmap similar to what I have just described, but they are so bound up by bureaucracy that they have been painfully slow and ineffective in this response. Their recommendations for home care were made August 28, and I am not aware of any significant progress in the implementation of their plan to date. It is imperative that the U.S. take the lead instead of relying on other agencies...

    Many have used the analogy of a fire burning out of control to describe this unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Indeed it is a fire-a fire straight from the pit of hell. We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that the vast moat of the Atlantic Ocean will keep the flames away from our shores. Instead, we must mobilize the resources needed to keep entire nations from being reduced to ashes.



Title: Ebola could wreck W Africa economies, warns World Bank
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 18, 2014, 03:14:57 pm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29239604
9/17/14
Ebola could wreck W Africa economies, warns World Bank

The Ebola outbreak could have a catastrophic impact on the economies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Bank says.

The organisation says the economic impact of the virus could "grow eight-fold" in the "already fragile states".

However, it says the cost can be limited if the epidemic - and the accompanying fear - is contained by a fast global response.

Ebola has killed 2,461 people in West Africa - the largest ever outbreak.

US President Barack Obama has called the latest outbreak "a threat to global security", and announced a larger US role in fighting the virus. The measures announced included ordering 3,000 US troops to the region and building new healthcare facilities.

The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the epidemic.

It is expected to pass a resolution demanding a more forceful international response to the crisis, urging member countries to provide medical staff and field hospitals.

The resolution will also call for the lifting of travel restrictions that have prevented health workers from offering assistance. UN officials have described the outbreak as a health crisis "unparalleled in modern times".

The BBC's Umaru Fofana says frenetic shopping had been taking place ahead of Friday's lockdown

The World Bank's analysis said billions of dollars could be drained from West African countries by the end of next year if the virus continued to spread.

Under the worst-case scenario, the global development lender predicted that economic growth next year could be reduced by 2.3 percentage points in Guinea and 8.9 percentage points in Sierra Leone.

It predicted Liberia's economy would be hardest-hit, losing 11.7 percentage points off its growth next year.


The report emphasised the need to tackle the fear of the disease, as well as the virus itself. It said "aversion behaviour", arising from concerns about contagion, was having a bigger economic impact than the "direct costs" imposed by the epidemic.

The BBC takes a look at the scale of the challenge the Ebola outbreak presents to modern medicine

Productivity has dropped in sectors of the economy such as agriculture and mining as a result of quarantine measures, and because of fears about the spread of the disease. Many people are working less, and earning and spending less as a result, fuelling poverty.

"The primary cost of this tragic outbreak is in human lives and suffering, which has already been terribly difficult to bear," World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said.

"But our findings make clear that the sooner we get an adequate containment response and decrease the level of fear and uncertainty, the faster we can blunt Ebola's economic impact."

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Title: Ebola epidemic spawns black market in survivors’ blood
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 18, 2014, 03:48:03 pm
Ebola epidemic spawns black market in survivors’ blood
9/18/14
http://rt.com/news/188644-ebola-blood-market-africa/

As the deadly Ebola virus continues to ravage a wide swath of Western Africa, some of the infected are turning to an illicit trade in survivors’ blood, despite warnings from the World Health Organization.

Having already killed 2,400 people and infected nearly 5,000 others, and with no cure in sight, the Ebola virus has triggered the growth of a black market in what is known as convalescent serum, the protein base of blood that has been collected from survivors of the epidemic, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)

The serum is considered to be especially rich in antibodies that fight against the disease, and has already been administered to some patients, including Rick Sacra, an American health worker who has received transfusions from a survivor of the deadly virus.

“We are supporting use of whole blood and convalescent serum to manage Ebola virus disease in the West African Ebola outbreak,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told Politico. “Whole blood has already been used in a number of centers.”

The main emphasis of the serum treatment is to “buy time” for those infected, allowing the body to build up strength to recover.

“To survive, you have to build up enough antibodies to neutralize the virus,” Phil Smith, medical director of the bio-containment unit at the hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, where Sacra is being treated, told reporters last week. “We’re hoping to buy him some time, in other words, to give him antibodies to help his immune system battle the Ebola virus and let him get ahead of the curve.”

There is no proven medication to treat the Ebola virus, although an experimental treatment called ZMapp is still in the development stages. This has forced those infected with Ebola, feeling they have nothing to lose, to search for alternative forms of treatment.

As word spreads about the possible benefits of the convalescent serum, the demand for ‘survivors’ blood’ has increased, together with all of the inherent risks of being infected with other equally deadly diseases, including HIV, as well as possible anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction to the serum.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters that the UN watchdog is committed to helping countries eliminate the illegal trade in convalescent serum, while at the same time conducting trial experiments with serum-based treatments. The emphasis, however, was placed on protecting people from contaminated blood transfusions that are believed to exist in the black market supply chain.

 “It is in the interest of individuals not to just get convalescent serum without properly done going through the proper standard and the proper testing because it is important that there may be other infectious vectors that we need to look at,” Chan told a press conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva.

The consequences of people going to extremes to find a cure was demonstrated by a single healer in an isolated border village in Sierra Leone. The woman claimed to be in possession of special powers to cure the deadly disease.

“She was claiming to have powers to heal Ebola. Cases from Guinea were crossing into Sierra Leone for treatment,” top medical official, Mohamed Vandi, who was based in the crisis-struck Kenema district, told AFP.

“She got infected and died. During her funeral, women around the other towns got infected,” he told the agency. This set off a chain reaction of infections, helping to further transmit the disease.


Meanwhile, the rise of a blood black market has triggered concern over the security of medical supplies shipped to West Africa from foreign countries. On Tuesday, President Obama announced a 3,000-troop commitment to Africa in which the Department of Defense would provide military medical doctors to train up to 500 healthcare workers a week to handle the crisis, the New York Times reported.

Hospitals in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the epicenter of epidemic - are being pushed to the physical limits by what the WHO is calling the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.


Title: WHO: 700 new Ebola cases emerge in one week
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 18, 2014, 04:09:53 pm
WHO: 700 new Ebola cases emerge in one week

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/09/who-700-new-ebola-cases-emerge-one-week-201491813147920610.html

Deaths in West Africa pass 2,600 as Sierra Leone prepares for unprecedented three-day lockdown to contain disease.
Last updated: 18 Sep 2014 20:53

More than 700 more Ebola cases have emerged in West Africa in the past week week, a statistic that showed the outbreak was rapidly accelerating, the World Health Organisation has said.

The UN health agency said on Thursday that more than 5,300 people have now contracted the virus, and that the latest statistics showed that just under half of these cases were recorded in the last three weeks.

Just three weeks ago the number of new cases was around 500 for a one-week period.

The death toll also passed 2,600 people, an increase of roughly 200 from the last estimate, WHO said.

Later on Thursday, the UN Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security" and called on all states to provide urgent resources and assistance to help tackle the crisis.

The alarm came as Sierra Leone readied for an unprecedented three-day nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the Ebola in a controversial move which experts claimed could worsen the epidemic.

The population of six million will be confined to their homes from midnight on Thursday as almost 30,000 volunteers go door-to-door uncovering patients and bodies hidden in people's homes.

"Rain or shine, the shutdown exercise is going to go ahead. During the three days ... the job is going to get done," said Steven Gaojia, head of the government's emergency operation centre.

RELATED: Sierra Leone economy hit by Ebola travel ban

The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola has claimed more than 500 lives in Sierra Leone, one of three countries at the epicentre of the epidemic.

"Ose to Ose Ebola Tok" - "house-to-house Ebola talk" in the widely-spoken Krio language - will see more than 7,000 volunteer teams of four visiting the country's 1.5 million homes.

They will hand out bars of soap and information on how to prevent infection, as well as setting up "neighbourhood watch"-style community Ebola surveillance teams.

Soldiers to enforce

The government has said the teams will not enter people's homes and are not tasked with collecting patients or bodies, but will call emergency services or burial teams "if by chance the teams happen to bump into such situations".

Extra beds have been set up at schools and hospitals across the country, including 200 around Freetown, with the government projecting a 15 to 20 percent upsurge of cases as new patients are discovered.

Community activists and civil society leaders have been recruited to help thousands of police and soldiers enforce the curfew.

Experts warned however that coercive measures to stem the epidemic, such as confining people to their homes, could backfire badly and would be extremely hard to implement effectively.

Jean-Herve Bradol, a former director of Doctors without Borders (MSF), said the goal seemed "highly unrealistic".

In separate development, the medical charity MSF on Thursday criticised the delay in repatriating a foreign health worker infected with Ebola in Africa after it took two days to fly out the infected French volunteer from Liberia.

"It's just too long when you see that it takes 42 hours from the moment when a case is detected to when they are repatriated," Brice de la Vigne, MSF operations director, said.

MSF is the leading organisation fighting Ebola, with more than 2,000 staff members working across West Africa. Its president, Joanne Liu, had previously warned that infection among its own staff could exacerbate the outbreak by spreading it further among the healthy.

The UN Security Council will convene on Thursday to decide if Ebola is deemed a global threat.



Title: No trace of Ebola on New Orleans-bound ship, CDC insists
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 18, 2014, 11:09:18 pm
No trace of Ebola on New Orleans-bound ship, CDC insists
Tests show crew stricken with malaria

9/18/14

http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/no-trace-of-ebola-on-new-orleansbound-ship-cdc-insists/28116942

NEW ORLEANS —In a statement released late Wednesday night, the Centers for Disease Control stressed that crew members on a freighter inbound to New Orleans were suffering from malaria and show no traces of Ebola.

First responders who took those individuals to the hospital wore protective garb as a precaution, though health officials noted early on that it was extremely unlikely that Ebola was to blame for the sickness on the Marine Phoenix.

SEE ALSO: What to know: Ebola

The ship remained at anchor in the Mississippi River near Belle Chasse. It was expected to continue its voyage to New Orleans early on Thursday.

Read more from WDSU.com

The full statement from the CDC follows:

CDC, along with local and federal officials, responded today to a report of illness on a ship at the Port of New Orleans. Earlier today, local EMS transferred three of the ship’s crew members to a local hospital.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed a positive test result this evening for malaria in the patient being treated at a New Orleans-area hospital. DHH shared this information with CDC and local officials. The other two patients had mild symptoms and are being assessed. Another ill crew member disembarked in the Bahamas two days ago, where he was diagnosed with malaria and later died.

Malaria is spread by mosquitoes and does not spread from person to person. Approximately 1,500-2,000 cases are reported every year in the United States, almost all in recent travelers.

The ship’s itinerary included Matadi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in addition to other ports. Based on a hospital’s request, CDC conducted testing on the crew member who died, and the results showed that this crew member was negative for the type of Ebola that is causing the current outbreak in West Africa. Ebola is not suspected as a cause of the other crew members’ illnesses. No crew members had known exposures to Ebola.

CDC will continue to work closely with the hospital and local health authorities.

For more information about CDC’s role in responding to reports of illnesses on ships and airplanes, visit www.cdc.gov/quarantine/quarantine-stations-us.html




Title: 1st US anti-Ebola military aid arrives in Liberia
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 19, 2014, 08:14:40 am
1st US anti-Ebola military aid arrives in Liberia
http://news.msn.com/world/1st-us-anti-ebola-military-aid-arrives-in-liberia
9/19/14

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Liberia says the first shipment of increased American military aid to help fight the Ebola epidemic has landed in the West African country.

A C-17 U.S. military aircraft brought a team of seven military personnel along with some equipment on Thursday. An embassy statement said more supplies and personnel are expected in the coming days.

The U.S. Embassy says Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams arrived in the country on Tuesday and has been meeting with Liberian officials.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the United States is sending 3,000 troops to help fight the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 2,600 people across West Africa. More than half the deaths have occurred in Liberia.


Title: World Bank: Economic Impact Of Ebola Outbreak Could Be 'Catastrophic'
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 19, 2014, 08:55:24 am
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/world-bank-economic-impact-ebola-145900548.html
World Bank: Economic Impact Of Ebola Outbreak Could Be 'Catastrophic'
9/17/14

A U.N. convoy of soldiers passes a screen displaying a message on Ebola on a street in Abidjan August 14, 2014.

The World Bank released a statement Wednesday warning that the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was "already serious" and could be "catastrophic" if the international community does not take serious action soon.

This Ebola outbreak is unprecendented in scope, and worsening with alarming speed. There have been 2,453 deaths counted so far, and 4,963 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases — almost half of which have been diagnosed in the past 21 days.

"The primary cost of this tragic outbreak is in human lives and suffering," said World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim, but the economic repercussions cannot be ignored. "Today’s report underscores the huge potential costs of the epidemic if we don’t ramp up our efforts to stop it now."

The World Bank analysis includes the following estimates of the economic impacts if the outbreak is quickly contained ("Low Ebola") or if it continues to spin out of control ("High Ebola"):

World Bank

"Its economic impact could grow eight-fold, dealing a potentially catastrophic blow to the already fragile states," the statement said, referring to Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, the three nations hardest-hit by Ebola. "If swift national and international responses succeed in containing the epidemic" and the fear swirling around it, however, there is still time to limit those economic effects.

The analysis is not just about future worst-case scenarios. The three countries are already reeling from the impacts of the outbreak.

Food prices and inflation are rising "in response to shortages, panic buying, and speculation," the World Bank notes. "Exchange rate volatility has increased... fueled by uncertainty and some capital flight."


The key factor behind these trends is not mortality or lost productivity, per se, but "aversion behavior," which the World Bank calls "a fear factor resulting from peoples' concerns about contagion." This is what motivates workers to stay home, businesses to shut their doors, and governments to close down airports and seaports. In the SARS epidemic of 2002-2004 and the H1N1 epidemic of 2009, the analysis notes, such "behavioral effects... [were] responsible for as much as 80 – 90 percent of the total economic impact."

While the costs of containment and mitigation may be high — as much as "several billions of dollars," the World Bank says — such strategies "would be cost-effective if they successfully avert the worse scenario."

The World Bank report calls for international mobilization on four fronts:

    Humanitarian support (e.g., health supplies, emergency treatment units)
    Fiscal support ("The fiscal gap, just for 2014, is estimated at around $290 million," the World Bank notes.)
    Screening facilities for international travelers (to facilitate both aid and commerce)
    Strengthening African health systems

The World Bank has pledged $230 million toward the effort, with $117 million mobilized so far. On Tuesday, the World Health Organization estimated that $1 billion was needed to stop the outbreak.


Title: Sierra Leone capital at standstill as Ebola lockdown begins
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 19, 2014, 09:09:39 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/sierra-leone-capital-standstill-ebola-lockdown-begins-122549735.html
9/19/14
Sierra Leone capital at standstill as Ebola lockdown begins

 FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone began a three-day lockdown on Friday in an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, as President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents to comply with the emergency measures.

Streets in the normally bustling seaside capital Freetown were deserted, barring vehicles carrying police officers and health workers. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors.

"Today, the life of everyone is at stake, but we will get over this difficulty if all do what we have been asked to do," Koroma said in a television address late on Thursday.

"These are extraordinary times and extraordinary times require extraordinary measures."

Ebola has infected some 5,357 people in West Africa this year, killing 2,630 of them, in the worst epidemic of the virus that the world has seen.

At least 562 people have died in Sierra Leone and nearly 30,000 health workers, volunteers and teachers aim to visit every single household in the country of six million in just three days to educate them and isolate the sick.

But the teams were off to a slow start on Friday. Volunteers at the Murray Town Health Center in Freetown said they had not yet received their kits, containing soap, stickers and flyers.

"This means we are going to achieve less than our target for today or stay beyond 6 o'clock this evening to be able to do so," one of the volunteers said.

Some have questioned whether Sierra Leone's campaign will be effective.

"Food prices have gone up 30 percent. Many homes that cannot afford (food) are starving," said Ahmed Nanoh, executive secretary of Sierra Leone's chamber of agriculture.

"This morning many families are calling on the radio crying because of lack of food in their homes."

Healthcare workers seeking to contain the Ebola outbreak have often been met with deep mistrust by local communities.

In a tragic illustration of latent fears, a team of eight people educating locals on Ebola risks in neighbouring Guinea were killed and their bodies dumped in a village latrine.

An official for the United Nations children's agency UNICEF, Roeland Monasch, said the "Ose to Ose" campaign, which means "house to house" in local Krio, would be helpful.

"If people don't have access to the right information, we need to bring life-saving messages to them, where they live, at their doorsteps," he said.

Investors are worried about the impact of the lockdown on Sierra Leone's iron ore production. In a bid to reassure them, African Minerals Ltd. said it expected no material impact on its iron ore operations.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 21, 2014, 08:40:36 am
Psalms 59:1  To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him. Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
Psa 59:2  Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
Psa 59:3  For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
Psa 59:4  They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
Psa 59:5  Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
Psa 59:6  They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
Psa 59:7  Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
Psa 59:8  But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
Psa 59:9  Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
Psa 59:10  The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
Psa 59:11  Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
Psa 59:12  For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
Psa 59:13  Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
Psa 59:14  And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
Psa 59:15  Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.
Psa 59:16  But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
Psa 59:17  Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 21, 2014, 07:04:05 pm
http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/doctors-irresponsible-to-send-troops-to-combat-ebola/
Doctors: 'Irresponsible' to send troops to 'combat' Ebola
Call for quarantine, banning flights to U.S. from nations with virus outbreaks

9/18/14

A real-life horror story is playing out in Africa as Ebola spreads, and President Obama’s decision to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to combat the virus could very well put Americans at risk of contracting the deadly illness at home, some health experts say.

According to the World Health Organization, at least 4,985 people have contracted Ebola and at least 2,461 have died. Several doctors have fallen ill with Ebola, and two of them have died. New reports indicate a Doctors Without Borders staff member has contracted the virus in Liberia and will be evacuated to France for treatment.

“You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected,” said Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. “So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.”

Dr. Hieb said quarantine measures should be taken to control the outbreak and prevent Ebola from coming to America.

“You don’t get Ebola from Europe,” she told WND. “You get Ebola from Africa. And it’s a really simple formula: Don’t let people fly to America if they’ve been to areas where there’s an outbreak. When there’s an outbreak, stop air [traffic] flow.”

Hieb added, “If they’re going to use the troops to do population control, which is one of the ways you contain it, basically you just don’t let anybody out. You’d make a ring around where it is, and you’d quarantine the area.”

With quarantines in places where the outbreaks are occurring, even if a person infected with Ebola were to try to board a plane to the U.S., it would be far more difficult for them to make the journey, she explained.

“Could somebody sneak through by going to Pakistan or some place?” she asked. “Yes, potentially. Ebola comes on so rapidly, you would know it. They wouldn’t make it. We should not allow flights from nations that are having Ebola outbreaks.”

Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, has warned that the U.S. must “treat Ebola as a wake-up call.”

“What African troops are doing is shooting people who cross borders or violate quarantine,” Orient told WND, reacting to news of the U.S. troop deployment. “Is that what we plan to support?”

She added, “Africans are already very suspicious of us. How will they react to an army setting up hospitals?”

Orient called the planned U.S. deployment a “dubious mission,” warning that the nightmarish scenario could bring Ebola to America.

“There is definitely a risk,” she said. “It seems irresponsible to send more people there when the ones already there are having trouble leaving. Probably anyone who has been exposed should be quarantined for 25 days since the last exposure.”

Orient echoed the concerns of Elaine Donelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, who told WND, “I’m just appalled. Judging from this, the United States seems to have a very confused vision of what ‘national security’ means.”

“But whether 3,000 American troops should be sent into that area of the world to deal with that problem, I do not see the justification,” Donelly said. “Surely there are alternatives in the international health-care networks.”

WND also reported when retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin charged that sending American troops to combat Ebola in Liberia is “an absolute misuse of the U.S. military.”

Donnelly emphasized it’s “not the purpose of our military.”

“I am very disappointed to see this announcement,” she said.

Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger appointed Donnelly to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services for a three-year term from 1984 through 1986. Then, in 1992, President George H. W. Bush appointed her to the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces.

Donnelly explained to WND her concern that the U.S. military is not designed to fight health wars.

“Our military people will show compassion in Liberia, as they always do, and they will do everything asked of them,” she said.

“Still, health wars are unhealthy for soldiers and all living things. Like oxymoronic ‘peace wars,’ such as the incursion into Bosnia, deployments such as this put our troops in causes having little impact on America’s national security,” she said.


American military families will be put at greater risk, Donnelly warned.

“Here we have a ‘health war’ that could cost our troops’ health.”


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 22, 2014, 09:20:59 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/sierra-leone-faces-criticism-over-ebola-shutdown-093419949.html
9/22/14
S. Leone faces 'overflow' of Ebola dead as curfew ends

Freetown (AFP) - Millions of Sierra Leoneans emerged from their homes on Monday after a controversial nationwide lockdown during which more than 200 dead bodies and new cases of Ebola infections were uncovered.

The west African country had confined its six million people to their homes for 72 hours in a bid to stem a deadly outbreak that has claimed more than 2,800 lives there and in neighbouring Liberia and Guinea this year.

"We have an overflow of bodies which we still need to bury but this has been an everyday occurrence since the Ebola outbreak... Now at least we have about 150 new cases," Steven Gaojia, head of the country's emergency operation centre, said late Sunday.

The country's chief medical officer earlier said up to 70 bodies had been uncovered, but these were in and around the capital, and results for the whole country are likely to push up the figures significantly.

Only essential workers such as health professionals were exempt from the shutdown, and some 30,000 volunteers who went door-to-door to hand out soap and give advice on halting the contagion.

Independent observers have voiced concerns over the quality of advice being given out, deeming the shutdown a "mixed success" and complaining about the poor training of the door-to-door education teams.

Meanwhile aid organisations and medical experts questioned the feasibility of reaching 1.5 million households in three days and argued that confining people to their homes could erode trust between the government and the people.

- Begging for their lives -

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma hailed the success of the campaign, however, telling a news conference in Freetown: "We have to be proud of ourselves."

"The stay-at-home has given some confidence to the health system as people out of their own volition reported cases of dead people and the sick.

"We should now build on our successes to inspire us to put Ebola behind us."

Ebola fever can fell its victims within days, causing severe muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and -- in many cases -- unstoppable internal and external bleeding.

The scale of the challenge is most evident in Liberia, where health workers at Ebola units have spoken of turning away people begging for their lives because they don't have the beds or staff to treat them.

"Patients are being rejected... because there is no space. So the government is trying its best to finish the 1,000 beds so we can accommodate all the patients," Information Minister Lewis Brown told AFP.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned two weeks ago that Liberia, worst-hit in the outbreak, was about to see a huge spike in infections, with thousands of new cases imminent.

The UN agency, issuing its latest figures on Monday, said Liberia had recorded 3,022 cases with 1,578 deaths.

The country said on Sunday there would be a four-fold increase in hospital beds to 1,000 for patients in the capital Monrovia by the end of October.

- 'In denial' -

The WHO's Ebola emergency committee, charged with deciding on measures to reduce the risk of the further spread, criticised flight cancellations and other travel restrictions in a report released Monday.

It said the measures "continue to isolate affected countries resulting in detrimental economic consequences, and hinder relief and response efforts risking further international spread".

It called for Ebola-hit countries to ensure that quarantines of hotspots are "proportionate and evidence-based" and that affected populations get adequate food, water and information.

A second deployment of US troops arrived on Sunday at Liberia's international airport, 55 kilometres (35 miles) east of Monrovia, as part of an eventual 3,000-strong mission to help tackle the outbreak.

The team will set up a headquarters for Major General Darryl Williams, who will oversee the US mission to train local health workers and establish additional medical facilities, he said.

Liberian health officials said action to stop the spread of the disease was also being hampered by traditional communities still ignoring advice on staying away from highly infectious dead bodies during funeral rites."Some people are still in denial. Because of that they are not listening to the rules," said Gabriel Gorbee Logan, a health officer in Bomi County, northwest of Monrovia.

The WHO updated the epidemic's overall death toll Monday to 2,811, adding that the outbreak was basically contained in Senegal and Nigeria.

The UN health agency said a total of 5,864 people had been infected in five west African countries as of September 18.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 22, 2014, 09:25:07 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/spanish-priest-ebola-flown-back-madrid-073319491.html
Spain: Ebola test drug out of supply worldwide
9/22/14

MADRID (AP) — Doctors treating a Spanish priest who was repatriated from West Africa on Monday after being diagnosed with the Ebola virus said there were no samples of experimental drug ZMapp available in the world right now, and they were considering alternative treatments.

The priest, Manuel Garcia Viejo, 69, was in serious condition and was suffering from dehydration, with kidney and liver complications, said Javier Rodriguez, chief health officer for the Madrid region.

Garcia Viejo, a medical director of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Lunsar, Sierra Leone, was transferred to Madrid Carlos III hospital after being flown back from Sierra Leone in a medically-equipped military plane.

Mapp Biopharmaceutical, the company that makes ZMapp, says the drug's supplies are exhausted and that it takes months to make even a small batch.

With ZMapp unavailable, the hospital was looking into alternative medicines or the possibility of using blood serum from a cured patient, said Dr. Jose Ramon Arribas, of the Carlos III hospital.

Garcia Viejo is the second Spanish missionary to catch Ebola. Another priest, Miguel Pajares, 75, was flown back to Spain from Liberia on Aug. 7. Pajares began treatment with ZMapp, but died Aug. 12.

Ebola is blamed for the deaths of more than 2,600 people in West Africa.

The Health Ministry said Garcia Viejo asked to be transferred back to Spain after testing positive for the deadly virus.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 22, 2014, 09:36:15 pm
http://www.ibtimes.com/ebola-outbreak-cdc-estimates-many-500000-ebola-cases-end-january-1692525
Ebola Outbreak: CDC Estimates As Many As 500,000 Ebola Cases By End Of January
9/21/14

As many as 500,000 people could be infected with Ebola virus disease by the end of January, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The CDC estimate, due to be released this week, is based on “dynamic modeling” and assumes no additional aid to help battle the disease, a person familiar with the report told the Washington Post.

Infectious-disease experts, aid workers and global health advocates said the number of Ebola cases is increasing much more rapidly than the World Health Organization, or WHO, had projected, especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, collectively the West African epicenter of the outbreak. Villagers are complicating containment efforts with police reporting health-care workers in Sierra Leone coming under attack while trying to bury victims.

United Nations officials say now that the outbreak has moved from rural to urban areas, the number of cases is doubling in about three weeks. Ebola is spread person-to-person through bodily fluids.

“One of the scary things about this outbreak is that all the general models of the past have been broken,” John Connor, associate professor of microbiology at Boston University School of Medicine and investigator at the university’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, told the Post. “I’m really worried that no one has a handle on everything that’s happened. Do we know all the places where there’s been virus present?”


WHO estimates at least 5,357 people have been infected so far, 2,630 of whom have died, but officials say those numbers largely underestimate the problem. The disease has been detected in Nigeria and Senegal, as well as the hardest-hit countries. Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations estimates there probably will be 250,000 cases by Christmas without intervention.

U.S. President Barack Obama last week announced plans to send U.S. troops to West Africa and commit as much as $1 billion to fight Ebola, calling the disease a serious security threat.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 23, 2014, 07:04:31 pm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29327741
 23 September 2014 Last updated at 12:45 ET

Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study

New figures suggest 70% of those infected with Ebola in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported, says the World Health Organization.

Ebola infections will treble to 20,000 by November if efforts to tackle the outbreak are not stepped up, the UN agency has warned.

In the worst case scenario, cases in two nations could reach 1.4 million in January, according to a US estimate.

Experts said the US numbers were "somewhat pessimistic''.

The world's largest outbreak of Ebola has caused 2,800 deaths so far, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria were "pretty much contained", said the WHO.

In other developments:

    More than 160 NHS staff have volunteered for UK efforts to help in the outbreak.
    Chief medical officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, confirmed that the British nurse who survived Ebola, William Pooley, has volunteered to give blood that could help treat patients.

    The Sierra Leone army has closed the country's border with Guinea and Liberia to vehicle traffic in a bid to control the spread of Ebola.
    British military and humanitarian staff have arrived in Freetown to oversee the construction of the UK's medical facility and assist with the response to the outbreak.

Scientists have warned that swift action is needed to curb the exponential climb in the Ebola outbreak.

Two new estimates suggest that cases of Ebola could soar dramatically in the three countries with the majority of cases.

Projections published in The New England Journal of Medicine predict that by early November there will have been nearly 20,000 cases.

The analysis of confirmed cases also suggests death rates are higher than previously reported at about 70% of all cases, rather than 50%.

Dr Christopher Dye, Director of Strategy for WHO, said unless control measures improved quickly "these three countries will soon be reporting thousands of cases and deaths each week, projections that are similar to those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)".

The CDC said that there could be up to 21,000 reported and unreported cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone alone by the end of this month.

In predictions released on Tuesday, the US health agency said cases could reach as many as 1.4 million by mid-January, if efforts to control the outbreak are not scaled up.


But experts cautioned that the numbers seemed "somewhat pessimistic'' and did not account for infection control efforts already under way.

Drug trials

Meanwhile, The Wellcome Trust charity has announced that experimental drugs will be tested in West Africa for the first time. They include the drug ZMapp, which has been given to a handful of infected health workers.

Dr Peter Horby, of the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the University of Oxford, said the first trials could begin in West Africa as early as November.

"We want to evaluate these carefully, properly, in affected countries in West Africa," he told the BBC.

"For the next one or two weeks we'll be doing site assessments and we'll be working with the WHO on identifying which drugs to prioritise, and then there'll be a number of steps in setting up the systems - getting ethical approval through the countries and getting community participation and agreement to run the trials."


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 23, 2014, 07:12:49 pm
http://www.naturalnews.com/046984_Ebola_virus_patents_US_government.html
Did you realize the United States government owns the patent on Ebola?
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) After we recently broke the news about the U.S. government's patent on the human Ebola virus, many of our readers asked for more information explaining how this could possibly be the case. Well, this article will break down the actual patent for so-called "EboBun," which shortly after being identified back in 2007 was deposited with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and claimed by the U.S. government as its own "invention."

If you don't believe it, take a look for yourself:

Here, you will see the actual patent for human Ebola virus as cataloged by Google and stamped with the official publication number "CA 2741523 A1." You will also notice that the patent was filed by six individuals representing the U.S. government, including the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the CDC.

"The invention provides the isolated human Ebola (hEbola) viruses denoted as Bundibugyo (EboBun) deposited with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... on November 26, 2007 and accorded an accession number 200706291," reads the official Deposit Statement for the virus.

"Samples of the stated Deposit Accession No. 200706291 will be made available to approved facilities for thirty years from the date of deposit, and for the lifetime of the patent issuing from, or claiming priority to this application."

'Invented' Ebola virus discovered during prior Ugandan outbreak
For those who may be wondering if this is an open admission by the U.S. government that it actually created the human Ebola virus on purpose, the background section of the patent goes on to explain that it was technically just discovered during an outbreak in Uganda. In late November 2007, just before the virus was deposited with the CDC, multiple cases of hemorrhagic fever were discovered in the Bundibugyo District of Western Uganda that were quickly identified as Ebola.

Those who discovered the virus dubbed it "Ebola Bundibugyo virus," or "EboBun" for short, and quickly claimed it as their own intellectual property by bringing it back to the States and filing it with the CDC. And now, any virus that even resembles this particular strain is regarded as the private property of the U.S. government.

Similar Ebola viruses that are even 70 percent similar are also owned by US government

In the same patent filing, the U.S. government added a special claim for other Ebola viruses with similarities to EboBun, pronouncing ownership over them as well. Any nucleotide sequence with at least a 70 percent identity match, according to the claim, is also regarded as the property of the U.S. government.

What this suggests is that the current strain circulating throughout West Africa may also be a government strain, for which government-owned vaccines are already in the pipeline. From disease to treatment, in other words, the U.S. government holds exclusive ownership over this deadly virus, and fully intends to profit from the pain and suffering of thousands, and potentially millions.

None of this is conspiracy theory or speculation, either -- it is factual knowledge freely available for anyone willing to face the facts. Read the patent for yourself and decide whether or not these Ebola outbreaks are legitimate or just a government propaganda campaign to profit from disease and vaccines.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 23, 2014, 09:28:35 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/sierra-leone-considers-repeating-ebola-shutdown-122447760.html
Sierra Leone: 130 Ebola cases found in lockdown
9/23/14

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Health teams that went door-to-door in Sierra Leone found 130 confirmed cases of Ebola during a nationwide shutdown to slow the spread of the disease, an official said Tuesday, as authorities consider repeating the unprecedented exercise.

About 70 more suspected cases are still being tested, said Deputy Minister for Political and Public Affairs Karamoh Kabba. In all, 92 bodies were found during the three-day campaign, during which teams handed out information about the disease to more than 1 million households.

The Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa is believed to have sickened more than 5,800 people and killed more than 2,800, primarily Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The World Health Organization has warned that even those high tolls are likely underestimates. The unprecedented size and sweep of the outbreak has led to dramatic measures, like the cordoning off of entire communities in Liberia and the shutdown in Sierra Leone.

The outbreak has overwhelmed already weak health systems: A shortage of ambulances has stranded many of the sick at home, others have been turned away from teeming treatment centers and bodies have sometimes not been buried for days. In recent weeks, promises by Western countries to send in more health workers and build more treatment centers have been made and Sierra Leone said it prepared temporary treatment centers for whatever cases it found during the lockdown.

Though many experts initially raised doubts about the lockdown's ability to slow the outbreak, saying it would be hard to keep the country's 6 million people at home, the government has hailed it as a success, and it now considering doing it again.

President Ernest Bai Koroma said on the radio Tuesday that he is "mainly satisfied with the whole process, as it has helped reaching more homes and bringing to the fore many sick people and corpses."

The committee coordinating the Ebola response is still analyzing the results of the lockdown and Koroma said he will listen to the committee's advice about whether or not to have another lockdown.

Dr. David Heymann, an Ebola expert, said reaching so many people with information about Ebola could be crucial to stopping the outbreak. Six months into the world's largest-ever Ebola outbreak, confusion, fear and misunderstanding about the disease is still hindering efforts to control it.

"It's important for African governments to innovate and find new ways of getting messages out to the people," said Heymann, professor of infectious diseases at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "(The lockdown) seemed to pass without violence and it went against much of international advice. Maybe it's the innovation that will make a difference."

In a sign of how much mistrust and misunderstanding still reigns, teams that were going door-to-door in Sierra Leone reported hearing rumors that the soap they were handing out was poisonous. People sent to treat patients, disinfect homes or provide information about Ebola have come under attack in some communities because of fears they are spreading the disease. One such team was killed last week in Guinea by villagers.

If more isn't done to control the outbreak, the case toll could hit 21,000 in the next six weeks, WHO predicted in a study published Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released its own, more dire predictions Tuesday, based partly on the assumption that Ebola cases are being underreported. The report says there could be up to 21,000 reported and unreported cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone alone by the end of this month and that cases could balloon to as many as 1.4 million by mid-January.

Experts caution that predictions don't take into account response efforts. In recent weeks, many countries have promised to set up new treatment clinics and send in doctors and nurses. Britain will train 164 health care workers to treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, the country's chief medical officer, Dr. Sally Davies, said Tuesday. Those being trained are members of the government's health staff and responded to a call for volunteers sent out last week.

Ebola, which is transmitted through bodily fluids, has no licensed treatment or vaccine. But some experimental drugs have been tried out in this outbreak. There are now plans for more organized trials in West Africa, possibly as soon as November.

Dr. Peter Horby, of Oxford University who is heading the effort, said he and colleagues will start assessing which clinics in the region might be able to conduct the trials. Horby said they are hoping to enroll 100 to 200 patients once they decide which treatment to test.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 23, 2014, 09:36:00 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/cdc-predicts-many-1-4-million-ebola-cases-154141261.html
CDC Predicts As Many As 1.4 Million Ebola Cases by Early 2015
9/23/14

A new and particularly grim CDC projection estimates that Ebola cases in western Africa could easily breach the million mark in just four months. The agency warned that without an effective intervention or a slowdown in the transmission of the virus, the world's biggest outbreak on record could extend from 550,000 to as many as 1.4 million cases by January 20. From the Washington Post:

    Researchers say the total number of cases is vastly underreported by a factor of 2.5 in Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the three hardest-hit countries. Using this correction factor, researchers estimate that approximately 21,000 total cases will have occurred in Liberia and Sierra Leone by Sept. 30. Reported cases in those two countries are doubling approximately every 20 days, researchers said.

As Denise Grady pointed out, the new projections don't account for the recent efforts taken by the United States and the international community into account, but instead reflect a "worst-case scenario." That said, the figures also don't include cases reported in Guinea, which are said to be unreliable.

With international health workers and groups working to limit the exposure and treat the ill, countries have taken drastic action to stem the spread of the virus. As CNN reported, Sierra Leone finished a three-day national lockdown on Monday in which citizens were not allowed to leave their homes as health workers sought to make contact with 1.5 million homes to explain how the virus is contracted.

According to the country's health ministry, 75 percents of the households were reached.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 23, 2014, 09:41:37 pm
http://www.trust.org/item/20140923040124-lyj0n/
9/23/14
Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks, "rumble on for years" - study
Source: Reuters - Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:01 GMT

GENEVA, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and might "rumble on" for years in a holding pattern, researchers said on Tuesday.

In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts from the World Health Organization and Imperial College said that infections will continue climbing exponentially unless patients are isolated, contacts traced and communities enlisted.

The WHO, in an initial roadmap issued on Aug 28, predicted that the virus could strike 20,000 people within the next nine months. The current death toll is at least 2,811 out of 5,864 cases, the U.N. agency says.

The latest study, marking six months from March 23, when the WHO says it was informed of the Ebola outbreak in southeastern Guinea, reflects projections based on the data from a third wave of the virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone and worst-hit Liberia.

"With exponential growth, you'll see that the case numbers per week go up so that by the second of November, over these three countries our best estimate is over 20,000 cases, confirmed and suspected cases," Dr. Christopher Dye, the WHO director of strategy, and co-author of article, told a briefing.

Nearly 10,000 of those would be in Liberia, 5,000 in Sierra Leone and nearly 6,000 in Guinea, he said. But those numbers would only come about with no enhanced infection control.

"Everyone is certainly working very hard to make sure this is a not the reality that we will be seeing," Dye said. "I will be surprised if we hit 20,000 by then," he later added.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week that under a $1 billion plan, he will create a special mission to combat the disease and deployed staff to the region.

"If control is completely successful in the way that we know it can be, then Ebola will disappear from the human population of West Africa and probably return to its animal reservoir," Dye said, noting that fruit bats were probably the reservoir.

But if control efforts are only partly successful, Ebola viral disease in the human population could become "a permanent feature of life in West Africa", Dye said.

"The alternative possibility that we're talking about is that the epidemic simply rumbles on as it has for the last few months for the next few years, on the order of years, rather than months.

"Under those circumstances, the fear is that Ebola will be more or less a permanent feature of the human population. Of course it could be extinguished later on."

In the three hardest-hit countries there was a "mixed pattern", Dye said.

"We see for example in the border areas of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, some areas where there has been no increase in cases for some weeks now. That's true in Sierra Leone, it's true in Lofa in northern Liberia, and it's true in one of the provinces of Guinea.

"So the question that arises is whether we're actually seeing the beginning of a stationary pattern in this epidemic.

In two badly affected districts of Sierra Leone, Kenema and Kailahun, close to border areas with Guinea and Liberia, there has been a stationary pattern, he said.

"What we've seen in the past weeks there, maybe eight, nine, 10 weeks now, is a pattern of incidence, numbers of cases per week, which has not significantly changed.

"And indeed there are signs that it's going down. And I say that cautiously, because we're prepared to be surprised again. That is what I mean by stationary pattern. A steady incidence week on week."

There are other reassuring signs about the efficacy of infection control measures, he said, but whether the disease's spread was stabilising would become clear in the next few weeks.

No new cases have been recorded in either Nigeria or Senegal in the last three weeks, corresponding to the 21-day incubation period for developing the virulent virus, whose symptoms include fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.

"It is reassuring in many ways that a disease like Ebola can enter a city of 20 million, namely Lagos, and we are able to stop transmission, or rather the people of Nigeria are able to stop transmission," Dye said.

But the Liberian capital Monrovia, where the disease has recently spread fastest, was "uncharted territory", he said.

"Quite honestly if you ask 'can we stamp Ebola out of Liberia?' I'm not sure. In principle we know how to do it, but can we do it on the ground? It remains to be seen." (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles; Editing by Larry King)


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 23, 2014, 09:52:32 pm
http://www.naturalnews.com/046986_Ebola_airborne_transmission_respirators.html
Scientists warn Ebola transmission may be airborne; urge full respirators for frontline health workers
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) With so many questions still remaining as to how folks like Dr. Rick Sacra, who never even treated Ebola patients, somehow managed to contract the supposedly non-airborne disease, the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) has issued new guidelines recommending that all front-line health workers be outfitted with full respirators, a recommendation which suggests that Ebola could very well have gone airborne.

In a recent commentary, Drs. Lisa M. Brosseau, Sc.D., and Rachael Jones, Ph.D., make the case for respirators, not just face masks, as necessary equipment in the fight against Ebola. Recommending the precautionary approach in such a serious matter, the duo says that, just because it hasn't been confirmed that Ebola can transfer through the air doesn't mean that it shouldn't be treated as such, especially when people's lives are on the line.

The fact of the matter is that Ebola has never been proven not to transmit through the air, which is reason enough to assume that it does for the safety of workers on the ground. The two doctors explain that, scientifically speaking, Ebola currently has "unclear modes of transmission," meaning nobody truly knows all the ways that infections can emerge.

"We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks," they wrote, citing an earlier paper Dr. Brosseau published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

1989 monkey incident suggests Ebola can turn airborne
Delving back 25 years into the scientific literature, it was already believed that Ebola had the potential to mutate into an airborne strain after quarantined monkeys spread the disease throughout an entire containment facility. Even though the infected monkeys had no direct contact with the other monkeys, the disease ravaged the entire place, resulting in it having to be "cooked" after all the monkeys were destroyed.

Since that time, the establishment has remained in denial about the airborne spread of Ebola, insisting that it can only transfer through virus-laden fluids, droplets and direct contact. There is no scientific basis for this, of course, but rather an unsubstantiated assumption that somehow became politically correct "fact."

Fluids themselves can take many forms, including micro-droplets that aren't necessarily seen but that can carry disease. Even if Ebola can't transmit through the air, there is still the possibility that it can transfer through vapor and other micronized forms of fluid that are capable of being passed without direct bodily contact.

"Virus-laden bodily fluids may be aerosolized and inhaled while a person is in proximity to an infectious person and... a wide range of particle sizes can be inhaled and deposited throughout the respiratory tract," explaied Drs. Brosseau and Jones.

Most aerosol transmission science is grossly outdated
Much of what today's health authorities rely on as scientific evidence of how aerosol transfer works is extremely outdated, some having been published as far back as the 1940s. Since that time, our understanding of bacterial and viral transfer through aerosols has changed, revealing that the types of aerosols emitted from the respiratory tract vary widely in size, and many are small enough to be directly inhaled.

"We are now persuaded by a review of experimental and epidemiologic data that [aerosol transmissibility] might be an important feature of disease transmission, particularly in healthcare settings," conclude the two doctors.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 23, 2014, 11:40:09 pm
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Ebola warning: CDC tells airlines to 'treat all body fluids as infectious'
By Paul Bedard | September 21, 2014 | 11:15 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing their warnings on Ebola, is advising airlines and jet staff to treat all body fluids as infectious, even on domestic flights.

“Treat all body fluids as though they are infectious,” said the latest CDC update to airlines. The update notes that if Ebola is suspected, aircraft can be cleaned mid-flight. The update is apparently meant to stress the rights airlines have to block anyone who appears "ill" from boarding.

The agency this week suggested that the Ebola crisis could strike 500,000 by the end of January. Others note that some 200,000 Africans from nations hit by the deadly virus have visas to travel to the United States.

The CDC is getting out in front of what could be a problem in the United States if somebody with the virus slips through security checkpoints overseas and arrives in America. In addition to the new precautions to airlines, the CDC has also provided hospitals and health centers with special protocols on handling people suspected of having Ebola.

Below is the updated CDC airline advisory:

Interim Guidance about Ebola Infection for Airline Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel

    Updated September 19, 2014

    Purpose: To give information to airlines on stopping ill travelers from boarding, managing and reporting onboard sick travelers, protecting crew and passengers from infection, and cleaning the plane and disinfecting contaminated areas.

    Key Points:

    -- A U.S. Department of Transportation rule permits airlines to deny boarding to air travelers with serious contagious diseases that could spread during flight, including travelers with possible Ebola symptoms. This rule applies to all flights of U.S. airlines, and to direct flights (no change of planes) to or from the United States by foreign airlines.

    -- Cabin crew should follow routine infection control precautions for onboard sick travelers. If in-flight cleaning is needed, cabin crew should follow routine airline procedures using personal protective equipment available in the Universal Precautions Kit. If a traveler is confirmed to have had infectious Ebola on a flight, CDC will conduct an investigation to assess risk and inform passengers and crew of possible exposure.

    -- Hand hygiene and other routine infection control measures should be followed.

    -- Treat all body fluids as though they are infectious.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 24, 2014, 09:50:46 pm
http://www.naturalnews.com/046960_Ebola_pandemic_CDC.html#ixzz3E52YNdNW
CDC warns universities to prepare for Ebola pandemic
Sunday, September 21, 2014 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

(NaturalNews) American colleges and universities are now on high alert and are being instructed to take extra precautions against the potential spread of incoming Ebola. Students traveling abroad to Ebola-stricken countries like Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria or Sierra Leone run the risk of bringing the virus back to US campuses. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now urging all US colleges to implement additional safety measures to prevent accidental spread of Ebola.

CDC officials are encouraging university staff members to ask returning students important questions about possible symptoms, including suspicious fever, body aches, headaches, diarrhea, unexplained bleeding and bruising. Any student returning from an Ebola-stricken country within the past 21 days is to be closely monitored upon returning to the US. (Ebola has a maximum incubation period of 21 days before symptoms appear.)

The CDC is even instructing students to monitor their temperature twice daily for a 21-day period, regardless of their symptoms. The CDC is essentially warning universities to prepare for a potential Ebola pandemic.

"If a student, faculty, or staff member has had a high- or low-risk exposure, state or local public health authorities should be notified, and school officials should consult with public health authorities for guidance about how that person should be monitored," the CDC advises.

The CDC instructs any student with a fever of 101.5°F or higher to seek immediate medical care, while warning the hospital and doctors beforehand for special safety preparations. Students are also advised not to take public transportation within a 21-day period.

The countries most affected by Ebola outbreaks, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, send nearly 400 students each year to American colleges and universities. Nigeria sends an additional 7,000 students yearly.

Is America's medical system better equipped to handle Ebola outbreak?
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Robert Winfield, the University of Michigan's Chief Health Officer, stated, "We're walking a line of trying to be vigilant and have a safe environment, without raising the kind of alarm that would unnecessarily escalate the stigma and isolation of people." So far, no cases of Ebola have been isolated.

Epidemiology Professor Eden Wells, associate director of the University's Preventive Medicine Residency Program, commented, "Yes, we probably will have someone arrive on a plane (with Ebola). But we have a public health system in place that we could immediately isolate the patient and quarantine anyone who was exposed, and that's been quite effective. So we would not see the spread or the problems that we've seen in this area."

Professor Wells believes that US officials will use quarantine to prevent outbreaks as large as the ones seen in West Africa, where over 2,000 people have died.

"There's a lot of fear. When the locals are becoming ill, they are returning to their villages and places they feel comfortable. Unfortunately, that can lead to spread." Wells believes that during an outbreak it's better to register for treatment and not be scared of medical quarantine. He points out that the four cases of Ebola treated in the US have been successful, allowing two patients to return to their normal lives.

America might be more susceptible to outbreak than experts think
If an outbreak were to spread from a US university, a peaceful quarantine could turn into a state of martial law. Entire campuses could be locked down like what's going on in villages in Liberia. Pictures show armed guards keeping people from accessing nearby airports.


In the US, the National Guard may be called in to enforce boundaries and restrict travel, as the federal government takes over, dispersing hazmat suits that they recently obtained by the hundreds of thousands.

At this point, it may be even more dangerous to be registered for medical treatment. Americans would quickly respond in fear and panic. Non-infected and suspected persons could be misdiagnosed and thrown into quarantine zones where they then get the virus from those who are infected. Along with that, hospitals in America are already brimming with patients. If an outbreak started like it did in West Africa, America wouldn't be any better equipped to face the problem. If anything, the immune-system-suppressed general population in the US, living on processed and fast foods, would be more susceptible to the wrath of a viral pandemic.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 26, 2014, 12:47:48 am
http://news.yahoo.com/sierra-leone-cordon-off-3-areas-stop-ebola-085631264.html
Sierra Leone quarantines 2 million to fight Ebola
9/25/14

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone on Thursday took the dramatic step of sealing off districts where more than 1 million people live as it and other West African countries struggle to control the Ebola outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives.

With three new districts under quarantine, about one-third of Sierra Leone's 6 million people are now living in areas where their movements are heavily restricted. In parts of Sierra Leone and in neighboring Liberia where these cordons have been used in this outbreak, food prices have soared, some markets have shut and the delivery of goods has slowed.

"There is a desperate need to step up our response to this dreaded disease," the Sierra Leone government said. "The prognosis is that without additional interventions or changes in community behavior, the numbers will increase exponentially and the situation will rapidly deteriorate."

President Barack Obama warned a meeting at the United Nations on Thursday that the world is not doing enough to stop the outbreak, saying there is "a significant gap between where we are and where we need to be."

The Ebola outbreak, the world's largest ever, has hit Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea hardest and is believed to have sickened more than 6,200 people. Senegal and Nigeria have also had Ebola cases, but it appears the disease has been contained in those countries.

U.S. health officials warn that the number of infected people could explode to 1.4 million by mid-January, adding that the outbreak could peak well below that if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up.

The outbreak's unprecedented scale and geographic spread have pushed governments to impose severe measures like the cordons, but the disease has continued to overwhelm efforts to contain it.

In an address to Sierra Leone on Wednesday night, President Ernest Bai Koroma put Port Loko, Bombali, and Moyamba districts under isolation with immediate effect, allowing only people delivering essential services to enter and circulate within these areas. The restrictions will remain in place until the chain of transmission is broken, officials said.

In other parts of Sierra Leone, including the capital, Freetown, homes will be put under quarantine when cases are identified, according to a government statement. Security forces surrounded a house in a Freetown slum on Wednesday, quarantining residents inside, after a popular herbalist who lived there died from Ebola. The forces will ensure that no one leaves or enters until it's clear that no one else in the house has been infected.

Two districts near the outbreak's epicenter — Kenema and Kailahun — were isolated about two months ago. In all, the movement of more than 2 million people is now restricted in Sierra Leone.

A sharp increase of cases in the capital is driving the outbreak's spread in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said Thursday, also noting that the three districts newly cordoned off are experiencing increased infections.

Restricting the movement in these "hotspots" could help to prevent the disease from spreading to new areas, but there's not much evidence on how this sort of measure works in an Ebola outbreak, said Sebastian Funk, lecturer in infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

"If transmission of Ebola mostly happens at home, it could make things worse. And it could also potentially seed mistrust and cause people to hide cases," he said. "It may buy you some time but it is probably not going to stop the epidemic."

Liberia, the country hardest-hit by the disease, cordoned off a large slum in its capital Monrovia at one point to slow transmission.

But it has continued to see cases balloon in the city. On Thursday, frustrated residents of Monrovia gathered outside the city's newest treatment center where patients sometimes had to wait for hours to be admitted.


"It is kind of pathetic to come and then see patients lying all on the ground and nobody to even see them," said resident Abraham Sesay.

Liberia alone needs 1,500 more beds to treat Ebola patients than are being set up, WHO said Thursday. Dr. Frank Mahoney, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team in Liberia, said at a news conference that teams were racing to meet that need.

"But they (the increasing number of cases) have been outpacing our ability to set them up," he said.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 26, 2014, 01:01:13 am
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http://allafrica.com/stories/201409240829.html
9/24/14
Liberia: Dead Ebola Patients Resurrect?

By Franklin Doloquee

Two Ebola patients, who died of the virus in separate communities in Nimba County have reportedly resurrected in the county. The victims, both females, believed to be in their 60s and 40s respectively, died of the Ebola virus recently in Hope Village Community and the Catholic Community in Ganta, Nimba.

But to the amazement of residents and onlookers on Monday, the deceased reportedly regained life in total disbelief. The New Dawn Nimba County correspondent said the late Dorris Quoi of Hope Village Community and the second victim only identified as Ma Kebeh, said to be in her late 60s, were about to be taken for burial when they resurrected.

Ma Kebeh had reportedly been in door for two nights without food and medication before her alleged death. Nimba County has had bizarre news of Ebola cases with a native doctor from the county, who claimed that he could cure infected victims, dying of the virus himself last week.

News of the resurrection of the two victims has reportedly created panic in residents of Hope Village Community and Ganta at large, with some citizens describing Dorris Quoi as a ghost, who shouldn't live among them. Since the Ebola outbreak in Nimba County, this is the first incident of dead victims resurrecting.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 26, 2014, 10:03:12 pm
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/09/25/Liberia-Paper-Two-Ebola-Victims-Have-Been-Resurrected-Locals-Fear-They-Are-Now-Ghosts
9/25/14
Liberia Paper: Two Ebola Victims Have Been Resurrected, Locals Fear They Are Now Ghosts

Two female victims of the Ebola virus have allegedly been resurrected, according to reports coming out of Ganta, a town in Nimba County of Liberia.

The two women who locals said were resurrected are believed to be in their 40s and 60s, and had recently died of Ebola, according to The New Dawn, a newspaper based in Monrovia, Liberia. The two were residents of the Hope Village Community and the Catholic Community in Ganta.

On Monday, according to the article, residents were in disbelief when they saw the dead Ebola victims come back from the dead. The two victims, identified as Dorris Quoi and Ma Kebeh, were said to be on their way to respective grave sites when they suddenly resurrected.

Local Correspondent Franklin Doloquee said that one community is now in a state of panic, with some fearing that Dorris Quoi has not been resurrected, but has instead reappeared as a ghost, and it was not appropriate for ghosts to live side-by-side with living beings.

Ma Kabeh, the other allegedly resurrected woman, was said to be gravely ill without food or medicine for the two days before she died.

The report also notes that other strange events have occurred in Nimba county, where the alleged resurrection took place. Recently, a doctor who claimed he could cure Ebola-infected patients was killed by the virus.

According to the most recent numbers from the World Health Organization, Ebola has taken at least 2,917 lives. Liberia accounts for more than half of the total deaths, and has also reported an additional 1,700 cases in just the past few weeks.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 26, 2014, 10:34:26 pm
http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/who-deaths-linked-to-ebola-pass-3000-1
WHO: Deaths linked to Ebola pass 3,000

The latest figures said more than 6,500 people are believed to have contracted Ebola.


DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says the number of deaths linked to an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 3,000.

The new tolls published Friday showed that there were more than 150 deaths in Liberia alone in just two days. The outbreak has also touched Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal — but it is the worst in Liberia.

WHO has said that even the heavy toll in this outbreak — the largest ever — may be an underestimate. Cases are going unrecorded because people are afraid to go to hospitals, or, worse, are turned away from them because they're overflowing.

The latest figures said more than 6,500 people are believed to have contracted Ebola.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 26, 2014, 11:58:50 pm
http://www.naturalnews.com/046946_Ebola_outbreak_vaccines_patents.html
It's all scripted! Ebola outbreak and impossibly rapid vaccine response clearly scripted; U.S. govt. patented Ebola in 2010 and now owns all victims' blood
9/19/14

NaturalNews) On the very same day that vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline is being fined $490 million by Chinese authorities for running an illegal bribery scheme across China [3], the media is announcing the "astonishing" launch of human trials for an Ebola vaccine.

Care to guess who will be manufacturing this vaccine once it is whitewashed and rubber-stamped as "approved?" GlaxoSmithKline, of course. The same company that also admitted to a massive criminal bribery network in the United States, where felony crimes were routinely committed to funnel money to over 40,000 physicians who pushed dangerous prescription drugs onto patients.

This is the company that is now -- today! -- injecting 60 "volunteers" with an experimental Ebola vaccine.


Spontaneous vaccine development a scientific impossibility
"Normally it would take years of human trials before a completely new vaccine was approved for use," reports the BBC. [1] "But such is the urgency of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa that this experimental vaccine is being fast tracked at an astonishing rate."

Yes, it's astonishing because it's impossible.

As any vaccine-related virologist already knows, the process of going from an in-the-wild infection of Ebola to a manufactured vaccine ready for human trials simply cannot be achieved in a matter of a few weeks or months. Apparently, we are all to believe that a spontaneous scientific miracle has now taken place -- a literal act of vaccine magic -- which has allowed the criminal vaccine industry to skip the tedious R&D phases and create a vaccine ready for human trials merely by waving a magic wand.

"The first of 60 healthy volunteers will be injected with the vaccine," says the BBC today, and vaccine pushers are of course lining up to proclaim the vaccine miracle which has spontaneously appeared before them like a burning bush:

Professor Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute in Oxford, who is leading the trial, said: "This is a remarkable example of how quickly a new vaccine can be progressed into the clinic, using international co-operation."

Near-proof that this was all scripted
The far more likely explanation, of course, is that all this was scripted in advance: the outbreak, the international cry for help, the skyrocketing of the stock price for Tekmira (which has received financial investments from Monsanto), the urgent call for a vaccine and now the spontaneous availability of human vaccine trials. It's all beautifully scripted from start to finish, better than a Shakespearean tragedy played out on the international stage.

The "heroes" of this theater have been pre-ordained to be drug companies and vaccines, and it is already written in the script that vaccines will be heralded as lifesaving miracles of modern science even if they infect people and cause widespread damage as has now happened to young girls in Colombia who are being hospitalized en masse after being injected with HPV vaccines. [2]

Incredibly, the official response from vaccine-pushing health authorities in Colombia is that all these girls who are suffering from paralysis are merely "imagining" their symptoms and suffering from "mass hysteria." Obviously, if vaccines are created by the gods of modern science -- the new cult of our delusional world -- then they must be perfect and infallible. Therefore, anyone who suffers side effects of such perfect vaccines must obviously be imagining things. Such is the delusional dogma of modern vaccine pushers.

This will be the exact same explanation leveled against anyone who suffers harmful effects from an Ebola vaccine, too. After all, the discovery of vaccine side effects simply isn't in the script being played out before us. Therefore, it cannot be allowed, and any person who actually suffers side effects will be immediately deemed to be mentally ill. (Yes, this is how insane and Orwellian the vaccine industry has become. All who do now bow down to the voodoo of dangerous vaccines are labeled mental patients and then treated with psychiatric drugs. The vaccine industry has quite literally become the Heaven's Gate Cult of modern medicine...)

The United States government now owns the patent on Ebola
This plot gets even more interesting when you realize that a patent on Ebola was awarded to the United States government just four years ago, in 2010.

That patent, number CA2741523A1, is available here.

Astonishingly, the patent claims U.S. government ownership over all variants of Ebola which share 70% or more of the protein sequences described in the patent: "[CLAIMS] ...a nucleotide sequence of at least 70%-99% identity to the SEQ ID..."

Furthermore, the patent also claims ownership over any and all Ebola viruses which are "weakened" or "killed," meaning the United States government is literally claiming ownership over all Ebola vaccines.

What this means, of course, is that the U.S. government can demand royalties on all Ebola vaccines.


Even more Orwellian is the fact that the U.S. government can use this patent to halt all other research for treatments or cures for Ebola.

Patent monopoly gives U.S. government legal right to block all non-vaccine Ebola treatments, cures or research
Do you remember the massive medical controversy over the BRCA1 gene tied to breast cancer in women? One corporation claimed patent ownership over the gene and then they used that patent to shut down all other research, testing or diagnosis of breast cancer related to that gene. To date, nearly 20% of the human genome has been claimed as "owned" by corporations, universities and even the government.

The controversy went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court which ultimately ruled that human genes cannot be patented. But the Supreme Court decision actually protected patents on gene sequences for viruses and other pathogens.

The truth of the matter is that anyone who owns the Ebola gene patent can legally use that patent to shut down all research on Ebola, including research for non-vaccine medical treatments and cures. This is how medical monopolies are reinforced: by monopolizing all the research and all the "cures."

Even more frightening, the "ownership" over Ebola extends to Ebola circulating in the bodies of Ebola victims. When Dr. Kent Brantly was relocated from Africa to the CDC's care in Atlanta, that entire scene was carried out under the quasi-legal justification that the U.S. government "owned" the Ebola circulating in Dr. Brantly's blood. Thus, one of the very first things that took place was the acquisition of his blood samples for archiving and R&D by the CDC and the U.S. Department of Defense.

(Only the gullible masses think that was about saving the life of a doctor. The real mission was to acquire the Ebola strain circulating in his body and use it for weaponization research, vaccine research and other R&D purposes.)

Anyone infected with Ebola now deemed to be carrying "government property" in the form of a patented virus
This brings us to the quarantine issue. As the whole world knows by now, the entire nation of Sierra Leone is now under a state of medical martial law, where Ebola victims are now being hunted down like fugitives in door-to-door manhunts. [4]

Simultaneously, the United States government is now operating under Obama's executive order #13674, signed on July 31, 2014, which allows the U.S. federal government to arrest and quarantine any person who shows symptoms of infectious disease. [5]

This executive order allows federal agents to forcibly arrest and quarantine anyone showing symptoms of:

...Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.

Part of the legal argument for justifying such a quarantine in the case of Ebola goes like this: If you are carrying Ebola in your body, then you are in possession of U.S. government property!

The fact that the virus is replicating in your body is, legally speaking, a violation of patent law. Because you are providing a host environment for the replication of the virus, you technically are breaking federal laws that restrict the copying and distributed of patented properties, which in this case include the Ebola virus.

Thus, the government has every right to "relocate" you and prevent you from violating patent law by replicating, distributing or spreading THEIR intellectual property (i.e. the Ebola virus).

Lest you think this legal argument sounds insane, just remember that the legal system is full of lawyers who make far more insane arguments on a daily basis, including the argument that human genes could be patented in the first place. And medical officials also make insane, irrational arguments almost constantly, including the argument that all those girls in Colombia who are suffering convulsions and paralysis from the HPV vaccine are merely "imagining" their symptoms. Such explanations flatly defy any attachment to sane thinking.

Ultimately, the patent on the Ebola virus provides the legal justification for forced government quarantines -- and even medical research -- on Ebola victims.

"Ebola is a genetically modified organism"
What I've outlined in this story is just a small taste of the crime against humanity which is taking place right before our eyes. I am now convinced that this Ebola outbreak is very likely not an accident, and many scientists in Africa wholeheartedly agree that the outbreak is actually the deployment of a biological weapon.

"Ebola is a genetically modified organism (GMO)," declared Dr. Cyril Broderick, Professor of Plant Pathology, in a front-page story published in the Liberian Observer. [6]

He goes on to explain:

[Horowitz] confirmed the existence of an American Military-Medical-Industry that conducts biological weapons tests under the guise of administering vaccinations to control diseases and improve the health of "black Africans overseas."

SITES AROUND AFRICA, AND IN WEST AFRICA, HAVE OVER THE YEARS BEEN SET UP FOR TESTING EMERGING DISEASES, ESPECIALLY EBOLA

The World Health Organization (WHO) and several other UN Agencies have been implicated in selecting and enticing African countries to participate in the testing events, promoting vaccinations, but pursuing various testing regiments.


AFRICAN LEADERS AND AFRICAN COUNTRIES NEED TO TAKE THE LEAD IN DEFENDING BABIES, CHILDREN, AFRICAN WOMEN, AFRICAN MEN, AND THE ELDERLY. THESE CITIZENS DO NOT DESERVE TO BE USED AS GUINEA PIGS!



Africa must not relegate the Continent to become the locality for disposal and the deposition of hazardous chemicals, dangerous drugs, and chemical or biological agents of emerging diseases. There is urgent need for affirmative action in protecting the less affluent of poorer countries, especially African citizens, whose countries are not as scientifically and industrially endowed as the United States and most Western countries, sources of most viral or bacterial GMOs that are strategically designed as biological weapons. It is most disturbing that the U. S. Government has been operating a viral hemorrhagic fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Sierra Leone.

The world must be alarmed. All Africans, Americans, Europeans, Middle Easterners, Asians, and people from every conclave on Earth should be astonished. African people, notably citizens more particularly of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are victimized and are dying every day.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/046946_Ebola_outbreak_vaccines_patents.html#ixzz3EUoym2Rx


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 28, 2014, 10:04:01 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/nih-treat-us-doctor-exposed-ebola-virus-084947768--politics.html
US doctor exposed to Ebola virus admitted to NIH
9/28/14

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone was admitted Sunday to a hospital at the National Institutes of Health near the nation's capital.

The patient, who was not identified, arrived at NIH's Clinical Center about 4 p.m., NIH said in a statement on its website.

NIH said that out of "an abundance of caution," the physician was admitted to a special isolation unit. NIH infectious disease chief Dr. Anthony Fauci wouldn't discuss details about the patient but said that in general, an exposure to Ebola doesn't necessarily mean someone will become sick.

"When someone is exposed, you want to put them into the best possible situation so if something happens you can take care of them," Fauci said.

"NIH is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, NIH staff and the public," the agency said in a statement.

Four other American aid workers who were sickened by Ebola while volunteering in the West African outbreak have been treated at hospitals in Georgia and Nebraska. One remains hospitalized while the others have recovered.

An Associated Press photographer saw a person dressed in a white protective suit get off a plane and walk to a waiting ambulance at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The plane's tail number matched that of the aircraft that has been used previously to transport other Ebola patients to the United States from overseas.

NIH spokesman John Burklow confirmed that the plane carrying the patient landed at Frederick.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 28, 2014, 11:30:55 pm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-29382412
9/26/14
Ebola deaths in West Africa 'pass 3,000' - WHO

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 3,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The latest figures indicate that more than 6,500 people are believed to have been infected in the region.

Liberia is the worst affected country, having recorded around 1,830 deaths linked to the latest outbreak.

The outbreak is the world's most deadly - US President Barack Obama has called it a "threat to global security".

Some studies have warned that the numbers of infected could rise to more than 20,000 by early November.

The report said two new areas, in Guinea and Liberia, have recorded their first confirmed cases of Ebola in the last seven days.

It also highlights the risk of infection for health workers trying to stem the outbreak.

It says 375 workers are known to have been infected, and that 211 have so far died from the virus.

The deaths and sickness have made it even more difficult for the already weak healthcare systems in the affected countries to cope with the outbreak.

There is a severe shortage of hospital beds, especially in Liberia.

The US is sending some 3,000 troops to help Liberia tackle the disease, and set up emergency medical facilities.

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Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 30, 2014, 12:07:18 am
http://news.msn.com/science-technology/scientists-grapple-with-ethics-in-rush-to-release-ebola-vaccines
Scientists grapple with ethics in rush to release Ebola vaccines
9/29/14

LONDON (Reuters) - Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait.

In an effort to save lives, health authorities are determined to roll out potential vaccines within months, dispensing with some of the usual testing, and raising unprecedented ethical and practical questions.

"Nobody knows yet how we will do it. There are lots of tough real-world deployment issues and nobody has the full answers yet," said Adrian Hill, who is conducting safety trials on healthy volunteers of an experimental Ebola shot developed by GlaxoSmithKline.

Hill, a professor and director at the Jenner Institute at Britain's University of Oxford, says that if his results show no adverse side-effects, GSK's new shot could used in people in West Africa by the end of this year.

Even if a drug is shown to be safe, it takes longer to prove it is effective - time that is simply not available when cases of Ebola infection are doubling every few weeks and projected by the World Health Organization to reach 20,000 by November.

Among questions that scientists are grappling with: should an unproven vaccine be given to everybody, or just a few? Should it be offered to healthcare workers first? The young before the old? Should it be used first in Liberia where Ebola is spreading fastest, or Guinea where it is closer to being under control?

Should people be told to assume it will protect them from Ebola? Or should they take all the protective measures they would if they hadn't been vaccinated? And if so, how will anyone know whether the vaccine works?

GSK is one of several drug firms that have either started or announced plans for human trials of candidate Ebola vaccines. Others include Johnson & Johnson, NewLink, Inovio Pharmaceuticals and Profectus Biosciences.

The WHO says it hopes to see small-scale use of the first experimental Ebola vaccines in the West Africa outbreak by January next year.

It has convened vaccine specialists, epidemiologists, pharmaceutical companies and ethicists, for a meeting on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the moral and practical issues.

"Normally safety is the absolutely paramount thing when you're developing a new vaccine, but this time we're going to have to take more risks," said Brian Greenwood, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who will take part in the WHO-led meeting.

"Quite how we do that, and what risks we take, hasn't really been thought through yet. That's what people are trying to figure out."

TWO THINGS AT THE SAME TIME

The chaos caused by the epidemic itself makes it even more difficult to deploy and track use of a new vaccine, said Hill.

"You're trying to do two things at the same time: you're trying to evaluate a vaccine and deploy it - when normally you would evaluate the vaccine first, by doing a randomized double blind controlled trial, and then you'd deploy it if it was shown to be safe and effective."

Because Ebola virus is so deadly, those who receive a trial vaccine must be told to take all other precautions and protect themselves fully. This could make it harder for researchers to decipher whether the protective clothing and safety protocols, or the new vaccine, is what kept them safe.

Normally researchers testing a vaccine would give some volunteers a placebo, or dummy, to create a "control" group to compare against those who get the real drug. That seems unthinkable in a situation where disease with a death rate of up to 90 percent is raging through villages.

"Would it be ethical to do a trial where some people don't get the vaccine because they are in the control group? Most people think it wouldn't be - especially if you have reasonable evidence that the vaccine might work," said Hill.

Jeremy Farrar, an infectious diseases expert and director of the Wellcome Trust medical charity, said limited supplies of any candidate vaccine could result in a form of natural control group being formed anyway. Researchers can compare populations where the vaccine is available with those where it isn't.

GSK has said it is aiming to have 10,000 doses of its experimental shot by the end of the year, while Canada has given 800 vials of the NewLink candidate vaccine to the WHO, expected to yield at least 1,500 doses.

Most experts interviewed by Reuters favor the idea of the first doses going to frontline healthcare workers, since their exposure to risk is so high. Researchers could then compare infection rates among health workers who receive the vaccine to those working in regions still waiting for it.

Peter Piot, a co-discoverer of the Ebola virus in 1976 and now director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said that however complicated the ethics, reverting to the traditional years-long process of testing vaccines, and withholding them from West Africa until then, is not an option.

"It may be that without a vaccine, we can't really stop this epidemic," he said.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 30, 2014, 12:23:04 am
http://news.yahoo.com/texas-hospital-puts-possible-ebola-patient-isolation-035947459.html
Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation
9/29/14

(Reuters) - A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into "strict isolation" to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people.

In a brief statement, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas cited the unnamed patient's symptoms and recent travel history as reasons for the isolation.

The 898-bed acute-care hospital "is following all federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors," it said.

The hospital said the CDC anticipated preliminary results of tests on the patient to be ready on Tuesday.

U.S. lawmakers this month called for a government-funded "war" to contain the epidemic before it threatens more nations, building on an American pledge to send 3,000 military engineers and medical personnel to combat the virus.

On Saturday, the U.S. National Institutes of Health said it would admit to one of its special observation wards in Bethesda, Maryland, an American physician exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone.

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta this month admitted an American doctor infected with the virus for treatment in the same isolation unit where U.S. missionaries Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly were treated before being discharged in August.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 30, 2014, 09:40:43 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/texas-patient-confirmed-as-first-ebola-case-diagnosed-in-us-205031312.html
Texas patient confirmed as first Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.
9/30/14

DALLAS — A man who recently arrived in Texas from Liberia has been confirmed as having the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S.

Authorities with the Centers for Disease Control revealed the finding late on Tuesday, two days after the unidentified patient was admitted to a Dallas hospital with suspicious symptoms.

Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas put the man into “strict isolation” and sent a blood specimen to state and federal labs for testing.

Both came back positive for the deadly disease, which has killed more than 3,000 people in Africa this year. According to the World Health Organization, there have been more than 6,500 Ebola cases confirmed in Africa, with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone among the hardest hit.

“He is ill, he is under intensive care, he's being seen by highly trained, competent specialists, and the health department is helping us in tracing any family members that might have been exposed," said Dr. Edward Goodman with Texas Health Dallas, at a news conference on Tuesday.

Authorities declined to name the adult patient or even say if he is an American.

“The patient was visiting family members and staying with family members who live in this country,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, said at the news conference.

A press release announcing the activation of the City of Dallas' Emergency Operations Center described the patient as having “moved to Dallas from Liberia a week ago.”

Frieden said the man arrived from Liberia on Sept. 20 but didn't start feeling ill until Sept. 24. He sought medical treatment at Texas Health Dallas on Friday, Sept. 26, before being sent home. He was then transported by ambulance back to the hospital on Sunday, Sept. 28.

“The initial symptoms of Ebola are often nonspecific ... they are symptoms that may be associated with many other conditions,” Frieden said. “That's why we have encouraged all emergency department physicians to take a history of travel within the last 21 days.”

The CDC has a team en route to North Texas to help health officials retrace the man's whereabouts since he has been in the states. Officials characterized the patient as having close contact with about a "handful" of family members while in Dallas.

“While it is not impossible that there could be additional cases associated with this patient in coming weeks, I have no doubt that we will contain this,” Frieden said. “... as long the outbreak continues in Africa we need to be on our guard.”

[Related: U.S. hospitals unprepared to handle Ebola waste]

Along with all other passengers, the patient's temperature was taken as a matter of precaution when he left Liberia for the U.S. on Sept. 19. Because he didn't show a fever then, Frieden said, officials have no immediate plans to make the man's flight information public.

“At this point there is zero risk of transmission on the flight," Frieden said.

Ebola is highly contagious and deadly but spread only through contact with bodily fluids. Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson spent most of his day trying to calm the fears of North Texans.

“It is easier to get the flu than it is to get the Ebola virus,” Thompson told KTVT-TV. "You have to get it through secretion, blood, that type of transmission. So this is not a situation where you go to the grocery store and you get infected with the virus.”

Ebola symptoms include sudden fever, fatigue and headache. Officials said symptoms may appear anywhere from two days to three weeks after exposure.

Four American aid workers have contracted Ebola in West Africa and been evacuated to the U.S. for treatment since late July. Three of them were released after making full recoveries. A fourth patient arrived in Atlanta on Sept. 9, but spokespersons at Emory University Hospital have said privacy laws prevent the release of an updated condition. On Sunday, a U.S. doctor who had been volunteering in an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone was brought to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, as a safety precaution after he was exposed to the disease.

In past years, Ebola has killed up to 90 percent of those it has infected, but officials say the death rate in the current outbreak is closer to 60 percent due to early treatment.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 30, 2014, 10:04:37 pm
http://www.cbs46.com/story/26657838/cdc-issues-ebola-guidelines-for-us-funeral-homes
CDC issues Ebola guidelines for U.S. funeral homes
Posted: Sep 29, 2014 3:36 PM PST

ROSWELL, GA (CBS46) -

CBS46 News has confirmed the Centers for Disease Control has issued guidelines to U.S. funeral homes on how to handle the remains of Ebola patients. If the outbreak of the potentially deadly virus is in West Africa, why are funeral homes in America being given guidelines?

The three-page list of recommendations include instructing funeral workers to wear protective equipment when dealing with the remains since Ebola can be transmitted in postmortem care. It also instructs to avoid autopsies and embalming.

On Tuesday, the CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States, a patient in Texas.

Alysia English is Executive Director of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, the oldest and largest funeral association in Georgia.

Georgia is comprised of 700 funeral homes and 2,000 funeral directors.

CBS46 asked English if Georgians should be alarmed by these guidelines.

"Absolutely not. In fact, if they weren't hearing about it, they should be a whole lot more concerned," said English.

She said Georgia has one of the country's most thorough public health plans. That includes detailed planning for all hazards such as floods and the flu.

"If you were in the middle of a flood or gas leak, that's not the time to figure out how to turn it off. You want to know all of that in advance. This is no different," said English.

President Barack Obama addressed the Ebola crisis in a speech he delivered during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Sept. 16.

Three Americans have been treated for Ebola in Atlanta after evacuation from Africa. The most recent patient arrived in Atlanta on Sept. 9.

The two original American patients treated in Atlanta, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, were eventually discharged.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 05:43:36 pm
http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/10/01/begins-2nd-potential-ebola-patient-monitored-dallas/
10/1/14
And So It Begins… 2nd Potential Ebola Patient Being Monitored in Dallas

Whether or not Ebola is transmissible through the air, which is the subject of much debate and great speculation, we do know that close physical contact with an infected person is a sure fire way to put one’s self at risk of contracting the virus.

After yesterday’s bombshell admission that an Ebola patient is being treated in Dallas, a second potential victim is now being monitored. This person evidently had close physical contact with “patient zero.”

KENS-5 San Antonio is reporting:

    DALLAS — Due to close contact with a patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus, a second person is under the close monitoring of health officials as a possible second patient, said the director of Dallas County’s health department Wednesday morning in an interview with WFAA.

    Zachary Thompson, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, says all those who’ve been in close contact with the diagnosed patient are being monitored as a precaution. However, Thompson pointed to one person in particular as a potential second case.

    “Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents, the fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient,” he said in a Wednesday interview with WFAA. “… So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”

    The director continued to assure residents that the public isn’t at risk as health officials have the virus contained.

I’m sure that some officials have proclaimed that the public is not at risk in certain African nations as well. The truth is that people do need to remain calm but not while swallowing every bit of propaganda they are fed.

You can not trust every word you hear from health officials at this point. It is their collective wisdom which has left the momentous world-wide Ebola pandemic spiraling out of control.

It is time to prepare.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 06:00:09 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/01/health/ebola-us/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
10/1/14
Ebola patient says he flew on United, airline says

CNN) -- [Breaking news update at 5:48 p.m. ET Wednesday]

The Ebola patient being treated in Texas told authorities he flew part of his trip on United Airlines, a spokesperson for the airline said, citing information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The airline believes the patient flew from Brussels to Washington Dulles and then from Dulles to Dallas-Fort Worth on September 20, the spokesperson said.

"The director of the CDC has stated there is 'zero risk of transmission' on any flight on which the patient flew because he was not symptomatic until several days after his trip and could not have been contagious on the dates he traveled," the spokesperson said.

The Texas hospital treating the Ebola patient says there was no reason to admit him when he first came to the hospital last Thursday night.

"At that time, the patient presented with low-grade fever and abdominal pain. His condition did not warrant admission. He also was not exhibiting symptoms specific to Ebola," Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in a statement Wednesday. "The patient returned via ambulance on Sunday, September 28, at which time EMS had already identified potential need for isolation. The hospital followed all suggested CDC protocols at that time. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas' staff is thoroughly trained in infection control procedures and protocols."

The patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, is a Liberian National who is 42 years old, according to a friend who knows the patient well. This is Duncan's first trip to the United States, where he was visiting family and friends.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 06:41:06 pm
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140930-ebolas-arrival-in-u.s.-was-inevitable-experts-say.ece
Ebola’s arrival in U.S. was inevitable, experts say
9/30/14

The world suddenly seemed a lot smaller when news broke Tuesday that the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. is being isolated and treated at a Dallas hospital.

While the outbreak in West Africa has sickened more than 6,000 people and killed 3,083, it was only a matter of time before the virus hit closer to home, experts said.

Dr. Edward Goodman, hospital epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, said he was not surprised that the Ebola virus came to his doorstep, given the number of cases in Africa.

There is “plenty of opportunity for people to fly over and come to any part of the United States,” he told reporters Tuesday.

Other experts agree that it was inevitable for the Ebola virus to spread beyond Africa. Given the unprecedented scale of the virus’ outbreak in West Africa, at least a handful of imported cases were expected to arrive in other countries.

But many predicted that the Ebola virus would reach another country before the U.S. Using mathematical models to predict how infectious diseases spread, experts at Northeastern University ranked the top 15 countries where Ebola could emerge next.

The United Kingdom ranked third on that list, second only to the African nations of Ghana and Gambia. The U.S. had a much lower probability of having an imported Ebola case.

Still, Dr. Gerardo Chowell, an associate professor at Arizona State University and an expert in modeling infectious diseases, wasn’t surprised. “It’s just a matter of probabilities,” he said.

Chowell has focused on predicting the spread of the epidemic in Africa, especially Nigeria.

Rate of infection

A key factor in the spread of infectious diseases is the number of people a sick person can infect.

If that number, known as the basic reproduction number, or R0, is less than one, it’s unlikely the disease will spread. If it’s greater than one, there’s potential for a large outbreak.

In the case of Ebola, R0 has been documented to range from 1.3 to 1.8, depending on factors such as population density and how quickly cases are diagnosed and isolated.

The R0 for Ebola is a lot lower than for other illnesses such as measles, whose R0 is 18. But factors such as fear, an inadequate number of health care workers and abject poverty in parts of West Africa are fueling the spread of the virus there.

That situation is different in Dallas. “This is not Africa,” Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson told reporters. “We have a great public health infrastructure to deal with this type of disease.”

The opportunity for infectious diseases like Ebola to go global has increased with international air travel — and Dallas and Houston are major hubs.

There is a direct daily flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. More than 71,000 people have traveled nonstop from Africa to that airport in the past year, according to the Houston Airport System. Many more passengers may have traveled to and from Africa on flights that connected in Europe and the Middle East.

There is no direct flight from a city in Africa to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. But D/FW saw nearly 7 million international passengers last year.

Quarantine facilities at these airports could be used to isolate travelers with symptoms of Ebola. But so far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not asked airports to adopt special measures as they did with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome earlier this year.

‘We’re prepared’

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, and other public health officials maintain that Americans should have faith in the U.S. public health system. He told reporters that spread of the disease in Dallas is not expected because of early isolation of the patient.

President Barack Obama had met with the director at CDC headquarters in Atlanta two weeks ago.

At that time, the president offered assurances that the outbreak could be contained. “In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores,” he said, “we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home.

“We’re working to help flight crews identify people who are sick and more labs across our country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus. We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.”


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 06:51:52 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/traveler-liberia-first-ebola-patient-diagnosed-u-003007621--finance.html
Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital
10/1/14

DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance.

"His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place," resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said on Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene before the man was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday where he is in serious condition.

The hospital cited the man's privacy as the reason for not identifying him. However, Gee Melish, who said he was a family friend, identified the man in Texas infected with Ebola as Thomas Eric Duncan.

The New York Times said that Duncan, in his mid-40s, helped transport a pregnant woman suffering from Ebola to a hospital in Liberia, where she was turned away for lack of space. Duncan helped bring the woman back to her family's home and carried her into the house, where she later died, the newspaper reported. Four days later Duncan left for the United States, the Times said, citing the woman's parents and neighbors.

Texas health officials said that up to 18 people, including five children, had contact with the Ebola patient after he traveled to the United States from Liberia in late September. The children had gone to school early this week but have since been sent home and are being monitored for symptoms.

The Dallas Ebola case has prompted national concern over the potential for a wider spread of the deadly virus from West Africa, where at least 3,338 people have died in the worst outbreak on record.

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Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 06:59:56 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/us-ebola-patient-had-contact-kids-governor-173422002.html
US hunts contacts of seriously ill Ebola patient
10/1/14

Dallas (AFP) - US health officials scoured the Dallas area Wednesday for people -- including schoolchildren -- who came in contact with a Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola, as it emerged a hospital mix-up saw him initially turned away.

More people may have been exposed to the contagious man after he first sought treatment on September 25 because an apparent miscommunication among staff resulted in his release back into the community for several days, Texas hospital officials admitted.

Ebola is spread through close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, and can only be transmitted when a patient is showing symptoms like fever, aches, bleeding, vomiting or diarrhea.

The man -- the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola on US soil -- flew from Liberia, the hardest-hit nation in West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak, and arrived in Texas on September 20 to visit family. He fell ill on September 24.

He went to the hospital the next day but was sent home because the medical team "felt clinically it was a low-grade common viral disease," said Mark Lester, executive vice president of Texas Health Resources.

"He volunteered that he had traveled from Africa in response to the nurse operating the checklist and asking that question," Lester added.

"Regretfully, that information was not fully the communicated throughout full team."

A hospital statement issued later in the day said his initial symptoms on September 25 were "low-grade fever and abdominal pain," and that "his condition did not warrant admission."

The patient is currently in serious but stable condition.

He came in contact with schoolchildren before he returned via ambulance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on September 28, and was placed in strict isolation.

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Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 08:35:11 pm
10/1/14
Dallas parents fearing Ebola remove children from school

 Breaking news

Parents on Wednesday were removing their children from a Dallas school where a student may have had contact with the Ebola patient diagnosed Tuesday.

A letter to parents of children at L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, 6929 Town North Drive, says in part:

“This morning, we were made aware that one of our students may have had contact with an individual who was recently diagnosed with the Ebola virus. This student is currently not showing any symptoms and is under close observation by the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department. As a precautionary measure, the student has been advised to stay home from school. Since this student is not presenting any symptoms, there is nothing to suggest that the disease was spread to others, including students and staff.”

At a news conference at noon Wednesday, Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles said students attending four different Dallas Independent School District schools possibly have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

He said the district was informed the five students were in contact with the Ebola patient over the weekend. They have been in school since, but are now at home and likely will be kept there for 21 days.

Dallas County is working with the Centers for Disease Control to have "boots on the ground" to monitor those who might have been exposed, officials said.

WFAA’s Sebastian Robertson is reporting that concerned parents are picking up their children from the school where one of the students may have attended.

The Ebola patient was visiting a neighborhood where 33 languages are spoken, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.

According to The Associated Press, the sister of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States says he told relatives he notified officials the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting from Liberia.

Mai Wureh says her brother, Thomas Eric Duncan, went to a Dallas emergency room on Friday and they sent him home with antibiotics. She says he said hospital officials asked for his Social Security number and he said that he didn’t have one because he was visiting from Liberia.

Duncan arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20 to be with relatives in Dallas. He began to develop symptoms last Wednesday and sought care two days later. He was released and returned to the hospital and was admitted Sunday.

Questions arose over why the patient was released in the first place.

“He was not exhibiting symptoms consistent with keeping him. If the person is not exhibiting the symptoms there would be no reason to keep them,” Texas Health Resources spokesman Wendell Watson said. “That’s a judgment call one of the carriers would have to make. We are following up as well as the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services.”

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/10/01/6165611/officials-say-only-one-ebola-case.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 08:40:49 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2776965/Schoolchildren-exposed-US-Ebola-scare-patient-named-Thomas-Eric-Duncan.html
Pictured: First Ebola patient diagnosed on American soil. Texas governor Rick Perry reveals schoolchildren from FOUR different schools have been exposed and 18 Americans could be infected
10/1/14

    Five students attended four different Dallas schools this week after possibly being in close contact with the Ebola patient over the weekend

    The Ebola patient was named today as Thomas Eric Duncan, who had traveled to the U.S. from Liberia on September 20 to visit family

    Mr Duncan, a Liberian national, quarantined at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday in a 'serious but stable condition'

    The children who came in contact with Mr Duncan are showing no symptoms and are now being monitored at home

    The schools are on high alert with additional health and custodial staff as an added precaution

    Other children were taken out of one Dallas school by concerned parents

    Mr Duncan arrived in U.S. on September 20 - after flying from Liberia via Brussels in Belgium - but did not develop symptoms until September 24

    He attended Texas Health Presbyterian on September 26 - but was dismissed with antibiotics and 'not asked details about his travel history'

    Mr Duncan may have contracted Ebola while helping carrying his landlord's seriously ill daughter to hospital in Liberia. She died the next day


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Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 09:15:32 pm
http://cis.org/vaughan/dallas-ebola-patient-was-another-visa-mistake
 Dallas Ebola Patient Was Another Visa Mistake

By Jessica Vaughan, October 1, 2014

Look up "likely visa overstay" in the dictionary, and you should find a picture of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who is the first Ebola case diagnosed within the United States, and who is now being treated in a Dallas hospital.

This looks like another good case for the consular officers training manual of a non-immigrant visa that never should have been issued, but which could have serious public health consequences, not to mention monetary costs.

According to his Facebook page and other reports, Duncan is a 40-something, single, unemployed Liberian living in Ghana who applied sometime in the last year for a visa to visit his sister in the United States. It was reportedly his first time visiting this country.

That is six strikes against his application:

    Single
    Unemployed
    Liberian (5th highest overstay rate of any country in the world)
    Living outside country of citizenship
    First time traveler to the United States
    Sister living in the United States.

Together, all these factors should have weighed very heavily against the issuance of a visitor's visa to Duncan. He clearly appears unqualified.


In 2013, more than 3,500 non-immigrant visas were issued to Liberians. This number has grown steadily since 2009, when just over 1,300 were issued. Most are issued to tourists and business travelers. A relatively high percentage do not return, but settle here illegally to join a well-established Liberian community (many of whom have won green cards in the visa lottery).

The federal government has yet to disclose the details of Duncan's immigration history, but it is fair to ask why he was issued a visa in the first place? More importantly, what steps are being taken to prevent others who may be infected from entering the country?

Using 2013 non-immigrant visa issuance statistics and information on visa validity periods, I estimate that there are about 5,000 people from Sierra Leone, 5,000 people from Guinea, and 3,500 people from Liberia who have valid non-immigrant visas to enter the United States.

The president and his immigration agencies have the authority and the responsibility to deny admission to any alien that has (or cannot establish to the government's satisfaction that he or she doesn't have) a communicable disease of public health significance, such as ebola. In the midst of this severe outbreak, the government should be setting up more robust screening protocols. Reportedly, travelers to the United States are simply being questioned about their contact with infected people and are checked for a fever. In contrast, three African countries (Namibia, Kenya, and Zambia) have banned travelers from the countries that are experiencing the outbreak (Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea).

In July, a member of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson suggesting that we bar entry to any foreign travelers who have visited the three Ebola-stricken countries within 90 days of seeking entry to the United States.

But, as with the threat from terrorism and from foreign criminal cartels, the Obama administration seems reluctant to use immigration controls even to protect the homeland.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 09:26:47 pm
http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/10/01/the-centers-for-disease-control-changed-its-ebola-prevention-page-on-september-19-2014-why/
10/1/14
The Centers for Disease Control Changed Its Ebola Prevention Page on September 19, 2014. Why?

The Centers for Disease Control edited its Ebola prevention fact page on September 19. A note at the bottom of the page says as much.

(http://cdn.pjmedia.com/tatler/files/2014/10/cdc-ebola-1.jpg)
So what was changed?

Here is the top of the page as it reads now, after the edit.

(http://cdn.pjmedia.com/tatler/files/2014/10/cdc-ebola-2.jpg)

(http://cdn.pjmedia.com/tatler/files/2014/10/cdc-ebola-3.jpg)

As you can see, the CDC edited out the following text on Sept 19:

    Because we still do not know exactly how people are infected with Ebola, few primary prevention measures have been established and no vaccine exists.

    When cases of the disease do appear, risk of transmission is increased within healthcare settings. Therefore, healthcare workers must be able to recognize a case of Ebola and be ready to use practical viral hemorrhagic fever isolation precautions or barrier nursing techniques. They should also have the capability to request diagnostic tests or prepare samples for shipping and testing elsewhere.

Why did the CDC edit all of that information out? Did the science change, or did the government make the edit for some other reason(s)?


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 10:31:11 pm
http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/25372/Default.aspx
Israel's Role in the Battle Against Ebola
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Israel over the past month has been playing an increasingly central role in the global battle against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa that the UN Security Council recently deemed a “threat to international peace and security.”

Over 6,000 cases of Ebola have been reported and over 3,000 people have died of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since the start of the year. The actual numbers are estimated to be much higher, though most cases are concealed for fear of forced quarantine.

On at least two occasions in recent months Israel has quarantined people suspected of having contracted the virus during visits to Africa. Both cases turned out to be false alarms.

Israel has dispatched medical teams to Sierra Leone and Cameroon to train local doctors on how to better combat the Ebola outbreak. Sierra Leone has also requested medication for treating the symptoms of Ebola, and Israel has reportedly promised to provide.

There is no known cure for Ebola, though American drug company Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. has produced an experimental treatment known as ZMapp. The only problem is that the relatively limited supply of ZMapp has been exhausted, and the company says it will take months to produce more.

An Israeli biopharmaceutical company, Protalix, says it is ready to step in and fill the gap.

“Today our production capacity exceeds our needs, and we would certainly be happy to have the company producing the Ebola drug have us produce the drug for them. We would know how to do it effectively, in large quantities, and in a relatively short period of time,” a representative of Protalix told Channel 2 News.

Meanwhile, a smartphone app developed atop an Israeli-made platform is already having a major impact on the spread of Ebola.

Called “About Ebola” and available for both iOS and Android, the app’s makers successfully leveraged the Snapp platform to get the crucial software to market in a mere three days.

About Ebola has since been downloaded thousands of times by medical workers in the field and by residents of the affected areas. It has even been rapidly translated into local rural languages thanks to the flexibility of Snapp.

When the UN Security Council two weeks ago gathered in emergency sessions for the first time ever in response to a health crisis, Ambassador Ron Prosor said that “Israel is proud to be playing its part” in the urgent global effort to defeat Ebola.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 11:14:22 pm
http://khon2.com/2014/10/01/patient-in-isolation-in-honolulu-hospital-officials-say-ebola-a-possibility/
10/1/14
Patient in isolation at Queen’s Medical Center(Hawaii), officials say Ebola a possibility

The Department of Health has confirmed a patient is currently in isolation and undergoing testing in Honolulu.

The Hawaii Nurses Association said the person is being treated at The Queen’s Medical Center.

Officials told KHON2 Ebola is a possibility, however the patient has yet to be specifically tested for the virus.

“We are early in the investigation of a patient — very, very, early, who we’re investigating that might have Ebola,” said Dr. Melissa Viray, deputy state epidemiologist. “It’s very possible that they do and they have Ebola, I think it’s also more likely that they have another condition that presents with similar symptoms.”

Dr. Viray said the patient could have a number of illnesses including Ebola, flu, malaria and typhoid.

Dr. Viray wouldn’t confirm any details about the patient, symptoms, or if the person had recently traveled to West Africa. But she did say red flags for Ebola include fever and recent travel to that area.

“Why is this person being isolated?” KHON2 asked.

“When we’ve asked the hospitals to tell us about is anyone with a travel history, and anyone with a fever, and when those things come together, we’ve asked them to be very careful and in an abundance of caution while you’re working, for whatever else might be going on, also make sure you isolate against Ebola, just in case,” she said.

“So it sounds like this person does have a fever and recently traveled to West Africa,” KHON2 asked.

“Again, I can’t be the one to confirm that,” Dr. Viray said.

The patient is currently being kept in a regular room and anyone who goes in or out must wear protective gear, officials said.

“They’re monitoring who goes in and out of that room and making sure that everybody as safe as possible, while the patient is being evaluated for Ebola and what other conditions that patient might have,” Dr. Viray said.

“Should the public concerned?” KHON2 asked.

“No, absolutely not. Like I said, this is a possible case we’re investigating. We don’t know if this is Ebola or a number of other conditions,” she said.

Health officials say it’s too early to say if the person will be tested.

There are 1,400 nurses assigned to work at The Queen’s Medical Center. The hospital has assured them that procedures are in place to protect them while the patient is being monitored.

A message sent to all employees Wednesday said that the hospital is “evaluating a patient for possible symptoms that may be consistent with Ebola.”

The union that represents the nurses was tipped off about the message Wednesday afternoon.

Joan Craft, president of the Hawaii Nurses Association, immediately contacted the hospital for assurance that safety procedures are in place to protect her members.

“Blood and fluid procedures are safe, but there are a lot of contagious things you can come in contact with,” she told KHON2. “Ebola is very frightening, but procedures are safe and we just want to make sure everyone knows that.”

The HNA also wanted to make sure that if someone is pregnant or otherwise uncomfortable dealing with the patient, that he or she does not have to be involved in the monitoring of the patient.

Experts gave us that reassurance last month and said then that unless you traveled to an area that was experiencing an outbreak, the risk of contracting Ebola is very low.

There is no room designed specifically for Ebola at Queen’s Medical Center, but the hospital says it is equipped to deal with the virus if needed.

“If someone showed up in the ER with suspected Ebola symptoms, they would immediately be placed in an isolation room,” Erlaine Bello, Queen’s Medical Center infectious disease specialist, previously told KHON2. “The door would be closed at all times. There would be a facilities log kept of everyone who entered the room and anyone who entered the room at a minimum would be wearing gloves, eye protection, goggles and a mask and impermeable gown.”

Dr. Bello said major hospitals and the health department have a good relationship with the federal CDC and that the state itself has the resources and the expertise to handle a case of Ebola if it were to appear here in the islands.


Title: American cameraman for NBC News diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 08:20:05 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/american-cameraman-nbc-news-diagnosed-ebola-liberia-004538346.html
American cameraman for NBC News diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia
10/2/14

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American freelance television cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment, the network said on Thursday in its own online report.

The diagnosis of the freelancer, hired earlier this week to work with NBC News chief medical editor and correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman, is believed to mark the first time an American journalist has been diagnosed with the deadly disease since the current outbreak in West Africa.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 09:04:15 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/02/us/texas-woman-quarantine-ebola-thomas-duncan/index.html?hpt=us_c2
10/2/14
Frustrated woman quarantined with sheets, towels soiled by Ebola patient

(CNN) -- The sweat-stained sheets of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, still on her bed, a woman quarantined in a Dallas apartment said Thursday that she desperately wants her family's nightmare to end.

"We can't wait to be over with everything," the woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Louise, told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "We can't wait."

While Duncan is in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, his partner and three others have been stuck in a Dallas apartment since his diagnosis this week. Louise told CNN that authorities had her sign paperwork stating "if we step outside, they are going to take us ... to court (because) we'll have committed a crime."

So there she has stayed, along with her 13-year-old son and two nephews in their 20s. But it hasn't been easy.

Louise says she is checking her temperature every hour, and based on that and everything else, isn't sick. She expressed frustration being confined nonetheless, since people are only contagious with Ebola if they are symptomatic.


Duncan's girlfriend has been frustrated in other ways as well.

She said no one brought food Thursday to four people who can't leave to get it themselves, at least until later in the day. There was also the matter of their power going out, which was likely related to strong storms that rolled through the area. Then, of course, there's the idea of living in a place that -- just a few days ago -- was home to an Ebola sufferer.

Her 35-year-old daughter brought over Clorox to help clean the house, and she sealed up Duncan's dirty clothes and towels in a bag.

"But (authorities) said we shouldn't throw anything away until they can get back with me," Louise said.

That hadn't happened as of Thursday evening. That's when men in trucks from Cleaning Guys, a company that specializes in hazmat and biohazard cleaning services, showed up to head inside the apartment.

Once everything is cleaned up, even if plenty of food arrives, Louise's ordeal is far from over.

First off, there's the fact Duncan -- who flew from Liberia to visit her and family members -- is still in the hospital, fighting a disease that's already killed thousands in West Africa.

And Louise, her son and her nephews must wait 21 days from when Duncan first showed symptoms before they can leave the apartment. That's because Ebola can be in a person for that long before it manifests itself, and someone starts to feel sick.

Reflecting on it all, Louise said Thursday, "I'm just hanging in there, depending on God to save our lives."

County official: Quarantined four should be relocated

If it were up to the Dallas County director of homeland security, the four people quarantined shouldn't be stuck in the apartment at all.

Judge Clay Jenkins, also director of the county's Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said officials are working on that relocation after Duncan's partner told CNN of being forced to live with distressing living conditions.

Jenkins acknowledged "some hygiene issues" in the apartment.

"I would like to see those people moved to better living conditions," Jenkins told CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday afternoon. "We are working on that. I would like to move them five minutes ago."

Jenkins acknowledged problems with Louise's apartment but defended the overall government response.

"We have some hygiene issues that we are addressing in that apartment," Jenkins said earlier in the day. "Those people in the apartment are part of Dallas County, and they're going to be treated with utmost respect and dignity in this unusual situation.

"We are working to get the response, which has been a good response, strengthened every hour of the day," the judge said.

Partner: Hospital staff were told Duncan from Liberia

Louise, a caregiver, sometimes refers to Duncan as her husband -- even though they're not legally married -- and sometimes as the father of at least one of her children, CNN's Anderson Cooper said.

When Duncan arrived in the United States on September 20, "he didn't tell me that he came in contact with anybody with Ebola," Louise said. Nor was he showing any signs of the virus.

But things changed three days later, when Duncan got a headache and a fever, according to his partner.

On September 25, she took him to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where, Louise said, hospital staff were told twice that Duncan had come from Liberia. But "they did not ask" him anything about Ebola, including whether he'd had contact with anyone with the disease in Africa, according to Louise.

Duncan was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Sunday, September 28, after Louise's 35-year-old daughter saw him "shaking really hard" and with a fever when she came by to give him tea.

Louise said she went to the hospital herself soon thereafter, seeing Duncan "through the glass."

It was then that health officials first told her that medical officials first told her that her partner may have Ebola.

"I was so (scared)," Louise said.

Your Ebola questions answered

Questions about response

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta said the continuing presence of the sheets, on which Duncan may have transmitted the virus through sweating, are disturbing.

"With the sheets still being on the bed, that obviously is a concern," Gupta said. "We've talked about the fact that this virus can live outside the body, can live on surfaces. It's unlikely for it to be transmitted to someone else that way.

"But why take a chance?" Gupta added.

Wilfred Smallwood, Duncan's half-brother, said his 21-year-old son is among those quarantined in Louise's apartment.

"He lived there with them, too," Smallwood said Thursday of his son. "I just talked to them this morning -- the woman and my son and all of them."

His son told him that "we all be OK," Smallwood said.

Duncan came to the United States for the first time September 20 so that he could "help his son" and visit his family, Smallwood said.

Smallwood said he became disturbed when told of Louise's accounts about the his brother's sweat-stained sheets in the apartment and the lack of food.

"I'm skeptical now" about the CDC response, Smallwood said. "That worries me now, yes."

David Lakey, the Texas health commissioner, also said a crew will be cleaning and sanitizing the apartment.

Nonetheless, Gupta expressed alarm about the belated visit by the CDC waste contractor to Louise's apartment.

"It is hard to believe (the oversight) and there aren't good explanations here," Gupta said.

"As to why it already hadn't happened ... I would be curious," Gupta said. "Is this a dropped ball? We don't know."

One Ebola expert, Dr. Alexander van Tulleken, also said the federal response to the first Ebola case on U.S. soil seemed troubling. "So far we don't seem to reacting as well as we could," he said.

About Louise and her family, van Tulleken added: "It doesn't sound like they're being looked after at the moment."



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 09:27:02 pm
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/10/2/Dallas-Paramedic-We-Werent-Contacted-After-Working-in-Ebola-Exposed-Ambulance
10/2/14
Dallas Paramedic: We Weren’t Contacted After Working in Ebola Exposed Ambulance

HOUSTON, Texas -- A Dallas paramedic claimed he drove the ambulance that the US Ebola patient was transported in and that he was not contacted by anyone about the potential exposure. He claims he drove the ambulance sometime after the patient was transported. The Dallas Fire Department left the ambulance that transported Ebola patient Thomas Duncan to the hospital in service for at least 48 hours before putting it in quarantine on Wednesday. The ambulance was exposed to the Ebola virus when Duncan was transported on September 28th.

“All the people in the back of the ambulance 48 hours later before they finally took the ambulance out of service,” said Dallas Paramedic Geoffrey Aklinski in a discussion on Facebook, “none of them have been contacted. None of the paramedics that were on that shift and went in the ambulance were contacted. I’ve been off three days now. No one contacted me and I was in and drove that ambulance after it was infected.”

Aklinski said he was going to a doctor on his own initiative to be tested for the Ebola virus. “This is definitely a concern and exposed workers have not been contacted or tested… like me,” he explained. “I had to call into control in Dallas at 8 pm and complain to get evaluated.”

“Three days after the fact,” an exasperated Aklinski stated, “I had to demand exposure testing and they are reporting following up with all the people in the ambulance??? Bull crap!!! They haven’t even followed up with the ten firefighters that were on duty Sunday.”

Aklinski went further in explaining the frustration he and most likely, other firefighters, are feeling. “How do you not test and contact the firefighters at the station on Sunday!!! Only the two medics and the intern on the ambulance? I was freaking in that ambulance hours later driving it!!! No one bothered to contact me about it?!!!”

He went on to say he has contacted other news outlets and they won’t report his side of the story. “They just go with the official reports,” Aklinski stated.

Aklinski said he is going in for testing today and then will go into a 21 day home evaluation period.

Breitbart Texas contacted the Dallas Fire and Rescue Department and the Dallas Firefighters’ Association for comment. No response was immediately available.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 09:37:27 pm
http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/health/2014/10/02/richardson-school-students-removed-class-contact-ebola-patient/16601287/
10/2/14
Richardson students removed from class after contact with Ebola patient

DALLAS -- Three siblings were taken out of class at Richardson's Wallace Elementary School and evaluated after Dallas County Health and Human Services told the school they came into contact with a man who has Ebola.

Richardson ISD said on its website that the students were removed from class and interviewed by health officials. They all appear to be healthy and do not have symptoms of the Ebola virus.

The students will now be monitored away from the school, as requested by DCHHS.

Thomas Eric Duncan is hospitalized in serious condition after he was diagnosed with Ebola while visiting family in Dallas from his home country of Liberia.

On Thursday the Dallas County Medical Society released a list of the top five things parents need to know about Ebola. See the list here.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 09:40:47 pm
http://globalnews.ca/news/1595700/toronto-hospital-testing-patient-for-ebola-virus/
Toronto hospital testing patient for possible case of Ebola
10/2/14

TORONTO – A patient at a Toronto hospital is being tested for Ebola as well as other possible illnesses.

Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN) confirmed a patient who had recently traveled to West Africa was admitted to one of its four hospitals with a fever, but wouldn’t say which hospital or what West African country.

The watch list for countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak are Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

Health network spokesperson Gillian Howard said the person is in isolation and staff are using protective equipment until the test results are in – likely within the next 24 hours.

The network is comprised of Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

UHN spokesperson Alexandra Radkewycz said in an email all the hospitals’ emergency departments have Viral Disease Infection Prevention and Control Measures in place.

“It is very unlikely that the patient has Ebola but a test has been ordered as a precaution,” Howard wrote in an email. “Ebola is one of several diagnoses being considered at this point.”

The announcement comes two days after a patient in Dallas, Tx., was diagnosed with the U.S. first case of Ebola. Health officials there say the patient may have had contact with up to 100 people.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization’s released its latest figures regarding the Ebola outbreak: At least 7,178 people have been infected with the virus; nearly 3,338 have died.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 10:25:19 pm
https://gma.yahoo.com/texas-ebola-patients-possible-contacts-now-reach-100-130100841--abc-news-topstories.html
Texas Ebola Patient's Possible Contacts Now Reach 100

10/2/14

The circle of people who have come into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is rapidly expanding, jumping from 18 to 80 early today and then leaping to 100, according to Texas health officials.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we're starting with this very wide net, including people who have had even brief encounters with the patient or the patient's home," Texas Department of State Health Services spokesperson Carrie Wilson said in a statement. "The number will drop as we focus in on those whose contact may represent a potential risk of infection."

A team of 10 experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have arrived in Dallas and will be helping the local health officials "find, assess, and assist everyone who came into contact" with Duncan, according to a CDC news release.

Disease detectives, a public health adviser and senior scientists are included in the team.

"We are stopping Ebola in its tracks in this country," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in the release. "We can do that because of two things: strong infection control that stops the spread of Ebola in health care; and strong core public health functions to trace contacts, track contacts, isolate them if they have any symptoms and stop the chain of transmission. I am certain we will control this."

Duncan, a Liberian man who is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, is being treated in an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas after being brought to the hospital by ambulance earlier this week.

Medical authorities initially said that they were interviewing and monitoring 12 to 18 people, including five children, who had been in contact with Duncan since he arrived Sept. 19. But today that number jumped dramatically, though officials expect tracing protocols to eliminate many.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 10:30:34 pm
https://gma.yahoo.com/man-thought-died-ebola-awakes-burial-team-wraps-151100663--abc-news-health.html
Man Thought to Have Died From Ebola Awakens After Burial Team Wraps Him Up
10/2/14

MONROVIA, Liberia -- Amid the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, it's easier to get help if you are dead than if you are alive.

My producer and I were driving back from an assignment in Monrovia, where we filmed this morning's "Good Morning America" segment, when we saw a burial team working along the roadway surrounded by crowds of angry locals.

A community leader said they had been trying to get help for the dead man for days, but no ambulance ever came. When the man died, a burial team came in an hour.

We watched as the burial team suited up and approached the body lying against a wall. They sprayed it down with bleach and moved it to a black, plastic sheet and began to wrap it up.

"We couldn't get him help when he was alive," a community leader told me. "They only come when you die."

Just then, the dead man moved his arm -- just a little, but clearly a sign of life.

"He's alive," someone yelled.

The burial team unwrapped him and put him back on the ground. The man was alive but looked like he would only last a few more hours.

About ten minutes later, an ambulance pulled up and a separate team of health workers loaded him into the back.

The crowd went wild cheering.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 10:46:50 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/liberia-prosecute-man-brought-ebola-us-170917507.html
Liberia to prosecute man who brought Ebola to US
10/2/14

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The Liberian man infected with Ebola who brought the disease to the United States will be prosecuted when he returns home for lying on his airport screening questionnaire, Liberian authorities said Thursday.

With an Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa, passengers leaving Liberia are being screened for fever and are asked if they have had contact with anyone infected.

On the form obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by a government official, Thomas Eric Duncan answered "no" to questions about whether he had cared for an Ebola patient or touched the body of someone who had died in an area affected by Ebola.

Duncan left for the U.S. on Sept. 19 to visit family and became sick a few days after he arrived.

He is currently in isolation at a hospital in Dallas, Texas, and is listed as being in serious but stable condition.

Days before he left Liberia, Duncan had helped carry to a taxi a pregnant woman who later died of Ebola, according to neighbors. Her illness at the time was believed to be pregnancy-related.

At the time Duncan left for the U.S., it's not clear if he knew of the woman's diagnosis.

Officials have said Duncan was showing no symptoms when he boarded the plane and he was therefore not contagious.

Ebola can only be spread through the bodily fluids of people showing signs of the disease.

"He will be prosecuted" when he returns to Liberia, Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the board of directors of the Liberia Airport Authority, told reporters.

He said that people like Duncan and Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American with Ebola who traveled to Nigeria and infected people there, have brought a "stigma" upon Liberians living abroad.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 10:54:33 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/texas-ebola-patients-neighborhood-scores-sick-140016735.html
Many sick in US Ebola patient's Liberia hometown
10/2/14

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her illness was related to her being seven months pregnant.

When no ambulance came, Duncan, Marthalene Williams' parents and several others lifted her into a taxi, and Duncan rode in the front seat as the cab took Williams to the hospital. She later died.

Within weeks, everyone who helped Williams that day was either sick or dead, too — victims of Ebola, the virus that is ravaging Liberia's capital and other parts of West Africa, with more than 3,300 deaths reported.

The disease is spread through direct contact with saliva, sweat, blood and other bodily fluids, and all those who fell ill after helping Williams had touched her. She turned out to have Ebola.

Duncan is now hospitalized in an isolation ward in Texas after falling sick with Ebola following his arrival last month on a family visit. He has become a symbol of how the lethal disease could spread within the U.S.

Here in Liberia, however, he is just another neighbor infected by a virus that is devastating the cluster of tin-roof homes along 72nd SKD Boulevard where Williams lived.

"My pa and four other people took her to the car. Duncan was in the front seat with the driver, and the others were in the back seat with her," recounted her 15-year-old cousin Angela Garway, standing in the courtyard between the homes where they all lived. "He was a good person."

Meanwhile, Liberian authorities Thursday announced plans to prosecute Duncan, saying the delivery driver lied about his Ebola status upon leaving the country.

On an airport screening questionnaire obtained by The Associated Press, Duncan said that he hadn't come into contact with an Ebola patient. However, it is not clear whether he had learned of Williams' diagnosis before traveling.

In an interview with Canada's CBC News, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said she was "very saddened" and "very angry" with Duncan for putting Americans at risk, adding: "I just hope that nobody else gets infected."

In the neighborhood where Williams lived, some people were no longer willing to take any risks Thursday, not after seeing what happened to those who showed compassion for the pregnant woman.

As 9-year-old Mercy Kennedy sobbed along with neighbors mourning news of her mother's death, not a person would touch the little girl to comfort her.

Mercy's mother had helped to wash the pregnant woman's clothes, and had touched her body after she died at home when no hospital could find space for her, neighbors said.

On Thursday, little Mercy walked around in a daze in a torn nightgown and flip-flops, pulling up the fabric to wipe her tears as a group of workers from the neighborhood task force followed the sound of wailing through the thick grove of banana trees and corn plants.

"We love you so dearly, yeah," one man wearing rubber gloves told her from a safe distance. "We want to take care of you. Have you been playing with your friends here?"

With Mercy's mother dead, neighbors fear it is only a matter of time before she, too, shows signs of the virus, and they want to know which other children may have come into contact with her while she was fetching water.

Pewu Wolobah, a member of the neighborhood anti-Ebola task force, lamented that even as Americans try to trace all of Duncan's contacts there, the virus is spreading through Duncan's old neighborhood faster than anyone can keep track.

The aunt of the pregnant victim died on Wednesday after collapsing in her house next door to the Williams home. Her 15-year-old daughter Angela is left behind, along with the pregnant woman's three younger siblings — Ezo Williams, 16, Tete Williams, 12, and Stanley Williams, 3 — and the family dog.

Their parents left Thursday morning for an Ebola treatment center. As word spread that they, too, took a taxi, the health workers expressed alarm.

"Does anybody know the taxi number or the license plate?" one man called into the crowd. "We need to find this vehicle!"

All the cases, including Duncan's, appear to have started with Williams, though some wondered how a pregnant woman who stayed at home could have contracted Ebola. Maybe it was her boyfriend, who hasn't been seen in weeks, they said. Or could it have been her close friend known as Baby D, who has since died herself?

The tragedy of Williams' death could grow larger still: Neighbors and relatives said more than 100 people came to a wake for her. No one could say for sure how many people may have touched the body.

"We had a lot of people come from a great distance to sympathize with her family," said Joseph Dolo from the anti-Ebola task force. "She had a lot of friends."


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 11:03:07 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-worries-could-keep-dallas-students-home-051137929.html
Ebola worries keep some Dallas students home
10/2/14

DALLAS (AP) — Worries over Ebola kept some Dallas schoolchildren home Thursday after school officials identified five students who may have come into contact with the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the virus.

Attendance is down about 10 percent at five schools where the affected students were either in class or nearby this week, Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles said. Officials have said those students have shown no symptoms and are being monitored at home, where they are expected to remain for three weeks.

But there are already signs of parents taking no chances.


Yah Zuo left L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary on Thursday morning with her two children, including a 6-year-old daughter. Zuo hoped to enroll her elsewhere.

Zuo is of Liberian origin and said she knows the family with whom Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas last week, was staying. She said she has not met Duncan since he arrived, but she has known some of the children now in isolation.

"In situations like this, you cannot stay friends," Zuo said. "You have to protect the ones you love."

She added, "This virus is not something you play with."

Yasmeen Scott, a bus driver for the district, walked her 8-year-old daughter, Akeelah, and 5-year-old son, Bishop, to the door of the school Thursday. She cautioned her children to wash their hands as often as possible, but she said she was satisfied so far with what the district has told her about Ebola.

"I've got to work," Scott said, explaining her decision. "They have to go to school."

Ebola isn't contagious until symptoms appear, and then it can spread only by close contact with a patient's bodily fluids. State health officials said Thursday that more than 80 people are now being monitored for symptoms of Ebola in Texas.

Miles has said the district is acting out of an "abundance of caution" and would add more health workers to keep watch for symptoms among students. The district also deployed more custodial workers to the campuses, which include another elementary school, two middle schools and a high school.

"The students didn't have any symptoms, so the odds of them passing on any sort of virus is very low," Miles said.

The school district in Richardson, a suburb about 5 miles northeast of the hospital treating Duncan, also sent three elementary school students home after health officials determined they may have been in contact with Duncan.

Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in West Africa, and more than 3,300 deaths have been linked to the disease, according to the World Health Organization. Symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus.

Officials have not revealed the ages of the children who had contact with the man.


Title: 2012: Growing concerns over 'in the air' transmission of Ebola
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2014, 11:32:14 pm
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-20341423
Growing concerns over 'in the air' transmission of Ebola

11/15/2012

Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species.

In experiments, they demonstrated that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them.

The researchers say they believe that limited airborne transmission might be contributing to the spread of the disease in some parts of Africa.

They are concerned that pigs might be a natural host for the lethal infection.

Ebola viruses cause fatal haemorrhagic fevers in humans and many other species of non human primates.

Details of the research were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the infection gets into humans through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs and other bodily fluids from a number of species including chimpanzees, gorillas and forest antelope.

The fruit bat has long been considered the natural reservoir of the infection. But a growing body of experimental evidence suggests that pigs, both wild and domestic, could be a hidden source of Ebola Zaire - the most deadly form of the virus.

Now, researchers from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the country's Public Health Agency have shown that pigs infected with this form of Ebola can pass the disease on to macaques without any direct contact between the species.

In their experiments, the pigs carrying the virus were housed in pens with the monkeys in close proximity but separated by a wire barrier. After eight days, some of the macaques were showing clinical signs typical of ebola and were euthanised.

One possibility is that the monkeys became infected by inhaling large aerosol droplets produced from the respiratory tracts of the pigs.

One of the scientists involved is Dr Gary Kobinger from the National Microbiology Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada. He told BBC News this was the most likely route of the infection.

"What we suspect is happening is large droplets - they can stay in the air, but not long, they don't go far," he explained.

"But they can be absorbed in the airway and this is how the infection starts, and this is what we think, because we saw a lot of evidence in the lungs of the non-human primates that the virus got in that way."

The scientists say that their findings could explain why some pig farmers in the Philippines had antibodies in their system for the presence of a different version of the infection called Ebola Reston. The farmers had not been involved in slaughtering the pigs and had no known contact with contaminated tissues.

Dr Kobinger stresses that the transmission in the air is not similar to influenza or other infections. He points to the experience of most human outbreaks in Africa.

"The reality is that they are contained and they remain local, if it was really an airborne virus like influenza is it would spread all over the place, and that's not happening."

Hidden host

The authors believe that more work needs to be done to clarify the role of wild and domestic pigs in spreading the virus. There have been anecdotal accounts of pigs dying at the start of human outbreaks. Dr Kobinger believes that if pigs do play a part, it could help contain the virus.

"If they do play a role in human outbreaks it would be a very easy point to intervene" he said. "It would be easier to vaccinate pigs against Ebola than humans."

Other experts in the field were concerned about the idea that Ebola was susceptible to being transmitted by air even if the distance the virus could travel was limited. Dr Larry Zeitlin is the president of Mapp Biopharmaceuticals.

"It's an impressive study that not only raises questions about the reservoir of Ebola in the wild, but more importantly elevates concerns about ebola as a public health threat," he told BBC News. "The thought of airborne transmission is pretty frightening."

At present, an outbreak of ebola in Uganda has killed at least two people near the capital Kampala. Last month, Uganda declared itself Ebola-free after an earlier outbreak of the disease killed at least sixteen people in the west of the country.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 03, 2014, 08:27:13 am
   Ebola In America: The Confirmed Case In Dallas, Texas Could Change Everything

United States Map On A Globe - Public DomainThe day that many of us hoped would never arrive is here.  Ebola has come to America.  Air travel between the United States and the countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone should have been totally shut down except for absolutely essential personnel but it wasn't.  And now our nation may end up paying a great price as a result.  On Tuesday, the CDC announced that there is a confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas.  We know that this individual is a male and that he traveled by air from Liberia to Texas on September 19th.  At that time, he was not exhibiting any symptoms.  It is being reported that he started developing symptoms on September 24th and that he sought out treatment two days later.  Incredibly, he was turned away and sent home.  Then on September 28th he went to a hospital again and this time he was admitted for treatment.  That means that he could have potentially been spreading Ebola to others for at least four full days before finally getting treated at a hospital.  Now he is in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.  The CDC says that "there is no doubt that we will stop it here" and is promising that "it will not spread widely in this country".  The CDC better be right on both counts. (Read More....)
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/ebola-in-america-the-confirmed-case-in-dallas-texas-could-change-everything


   The Economic Implications Of A Potential Ebola Pandemic In The United States

Fear Of Ebola - Public DomainFor the moment, our top public health officials are quite adamant that there absolutely will not be a major Ebola outbreak in the United States.  But what if they are wrong?  Or what would happen if terrorists released a form of weaponized Ebola or weaponized smallpox in one of our major cities?  What would such an event do to our economy?  I think that we can get some clues by looking at the economic collapses that are taking place in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone right now.  When an extremely deadly virus like Ebola starts spreading like wildfire, the fear that it creates can be even worse for a society than the disease.  All of a sudden people don't want to go to work, people don't want to go to school and people definitely don't want to go shopping.  There are very few things that can shut down the economy of a nation faster.  Considering the fact that our big banks are being more reckless than ever, we better hope that we don't see a "black swan event" such as a major Ebola outbreak come along and upset the apple cart.  Because if that does happen, our Ponzi scheme of an economy could implode really quick. (Read More....)
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-economic-implications-of-a-potential-ebola-pandemic-in-the-united-states


   During An Ebola Pandemic All Of Your Rights Would Essentially Be Meaningless

Prison Fence - Public DomainIf there is a major Ebola pandemic in America, all of the liberties and the freedoms that you currently enjoy would be gone.  If government officials believe that you have the virus, federal law allows them to round you up and detain you "for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary."  In addition, the CDC already has the authority to quarantine healthy Americans if they reasonably believe that they may become sick.  During an outbreak, the government can force you to remain isolated in your own home, or the government may forcibly take you to a treatment facility, a tent city, a sports stadium, an old military base or a camp.  You would not have any choice in the matter.  And you would be forced to endure any medical procedure mandated by the government.  That includes shots, vaccines and the drawing of blood.  During such a scenario, you can scream about your "rights" all that you want, but it won't do any good. (Read More....)
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/during-an-ebola-pandemic-all-of-your-rights-would-essentially-be-meaningless


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 03, 2014, 08:53:03 am
Don’t Worry? 10 Quotes From Health Experts Promising That Ebola Will Not Be A Problem In America

Health experts all over the United States are promising us that we do not need to be worried about Ebola whatsoever.  Even though one case has already been confirmed in Dallas, Texas and another potential case is being monitored, health authorities assure us that we have the greatest health system in the history of the planet and that we will be able to handle any isolated cases very easily.  And all over the mainstream media on Wednesday, there were headlines declaring that the arrival of Ebola in America is a non-event.  One example is this headline from Bloomberg: “Ebola in America? Don’t Worry About It”.  So are they right?  Should the rest of us just kick back and relax because a bunch of really smart guys are assuring us that our health system can easily deal with anything that Ebola can throw at us?  The following are 10 quotes from prominent experts promising us that Ebola will not be a problem in this country…

#1 Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “We feel confident that there won’t be an outbreak.”

#2 University of Chicago professor Michael Z. David: “While this all sounds very frightening, there’s no need to worry at this point about Ebola spreading widely here.”

#3 Gerardo Chowell-Puente, an associate professor of mathematical epidemiology at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University: “Math and history show us that decisive efforts to isolate those who are infected with Ebola and to follow up quickly with the potential contacts of the infected can help to get an outbreak under control. We’re lucky that we have such capacities in the United States; even with the Ebola case in Dallas, the epidemic should not get much of a foothold here.”

#4 Texas Health Director David Lakey: “This is a very sophisticated city, a very sophisticated hospital, … and the chances of it being spread are very, very scarce.”

#5 Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health & Human Services: “This is not Africa. We have a great infrastructure to deal with an outbreak.”

#6 Dr. William Shaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center: “We’re very prepared: Infection-control people in hospitals over the past two months have been reviewing all their infection- control procedures because we anticipated just this sort of thing happening—a person coming from West Africa, they were healthy at the time they traveled, but got sick here.”

#7 Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC: “It is certainly possible that someone who has had contact with this patient could develop Ebola, but there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.”

#8 Dr. William Shaffner: “Even Doctors Without Borders in West Africa are moving the fatality rate from 50 percent down to 30 percent—I bet we can do substantially better than that here.”

#9 Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston: “The Ebola virus is not easily transmitted from person to person, and we have an outstanding infrastructure in place both to contain the virus and trace contacts. There will not be an Ebola epidemic in the United States.”

#10 Thomas Frieden: “The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely throughout this country.”

So are they right?

I don’t know.

I hope that they are.

But considering how out of control the Ebola pandemic in West Africa is, I wouldn’t be as dogmatic as those experts are being.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama continues to act as if nothing has changed either.  Even though a number of other nations have shut down all air traffic to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, Obama still refuses to restrict air travel to and from those countries…

    After U.S. officials disclosed another potential case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas, this morning, the question remains whether the Obama administration will finally stop flights from Ebola-stricken countries as multiple nations did over a month ago.

    In mid-August, Korean Air and Kenya Airways announced they were halting flights to the West African countries ravaged by Ebola, and British Airways and Air France also decided to suspend service to the Ebola hot zone a few weeks later.

    “France is recommending that its citizens leave Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the countries hardest hit by the worst ever outbreak of the disease,” Jessica Plautz reported for Mashable. “The government said the increasing spread of the disease prompted its request that the airline to suspend flights.”

    Yet the Obama administration made no such request to U.S. airlines and government flights, despite the Center of Disease Control advising Americans to avoid “non-essential travel” to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea several weeks ago.

Obama says that he has a tremendous amount of confidence in the “extensive screening” at our airports.

Would that be the same “extensive screening” that some CNN employees recently experienced?…

    CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen said when she and two colleagues recently returned from reporting in Liberia, they got a mixed bag of responses from Customs and Border Protection officers.

    “We all said we were journalists who had just been in Liberia covering Ebola,” Cohen said. “One of my colleagues was told, ‘Oh, OK, welcome back home, sir’ — and (was) just let in — that was it.”

    Cohen herself got a different response.

    “I was told, ‘Wait a minute, I think I got an email about this,’ and the border patrol officer went and consulted with his colleagues,” Cohen said.

    That officer later told her she should check her system for 21 days.

    “I said, ‘What should I be checking?’ And he wasn’t sure,” Cohen said.

And even though it has already been demonstrated that someone from West Africa can bring Ebola over to the U.S. on an airplane, authorities all over the country seem content to proceed with business as usual.

For example, according to Fox News, college students from West Africa “may be subject to extra health checks“.

Or they might not.

No big deal, right?

After all, if a case or two of Ebola does pop up, our health authorities can easily take care of the situation like the experts are saying.

Right?

The truth is that we aren’t talking about measles or the flu here.  We are talking about one of the deadliest diseases ever known to mankind.

I think that John Little summarized what we are potentially facing very well…

    When you look closely at this virus, it’s hard to see any reason for optimism. It really is one of the most horrifying viruses known to man. It is massively contagious. It has an extremely low survival rate. Those that survive will often die later on – from organ failure, because of the massive internal damage this virus causes to even those who survive.

So those experts better be right.

They better be able to stop this virus just like they are saying.

Because if not, they are going to have to deal with millions of Americans that are extremely angry that they got lied to.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/dont-worry-10-quotes-from-health-experts-promising-that-ebola-will-not-be-a-problem-in-america


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 03, 2014, 06:38:31 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/patient-ebola-symptoms-enters-washington-hospital-170221779.html
Patient with Ebola symptoms enters Washington hospital
10/3/14

Washington (AFP) - A patient with symptoms that could be associated with the deadly Ebola virus and a recent travel history to Nigeria was admitted Friday to a Washington-area hospital, a spokeswoman told AFP.

"We can confirm that a patient ​has been admitted to Howard University Hospital in stable condition, following travel to Nigeria and presenting with symptoms that could be associated with Ebola," said Howard University spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton.

"In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient."

No further details were released about the patient.

Symptoms of Ebola can include fever, aches and pains, vomiting and diarrhea.

The virus is spread through close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.

The first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States was announced on Tuesday, after a man from Liberia who had traveled to Texas fell ill days after he arrived.

Nigeria is one of five West African nations that have battled Ebola this year, but has had fewer than two dozen cases and as many as eight deaths linked to the arrival of a sick airline passenger from Liberia, far less than the thousands of infections in neighboring countries.

Nigeria's president declared the nation Ebola-free at a UN meeting late last month.

US and global health authorities have said Nigeria was near to being able to announce an end to the outbreak there, which can only be established once 42 days have passed since the last infection.

More than 3,300 people have died across Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal already this year, in the world's largest outbreak of Ebola in history.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 03, 2014, 06:46:45 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/us-readies-4-000-troops-ebola-mission-192237771.html
US readies 4,000 troops for Ebola mission
10/3/14

Washington (AFP) - The US military expects to increase the number of troops deployed to Liberia to fight the Ebola outbreak to nearly 4,000, up from a planned 3,000-strong force, the Pentagon said Friday.

About 200 soldiers are already in Liberia setting up a headquarters for the US mission, which is aimed at training health care workers and setting up medical facilities for international aid teams.

President Barack Obama earlier this month announced that about 3,000 troops would eventually head to West Africa to help with efforts against the deadly virus.

But the Pentagon said officials were looking at ramping up the size of the force if necessary.

"We project that there could be nearly 4,000 troops deployed in support of this mission, but we're obviously assessing the requirements on a daily basis. It may not go that high," spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.

He said an additional 1,800 US Army troops, including engineers, medical and aviation specialists, received orders to deploy to Africa in coming weeks.

This was in addition to 1,400 already headed to Monrovia this month, including the troops already on the ground.

The deployment will bring the total number of American forces in Liberia and neighboring states to 3,200, officials said.

There was also a small team of 26 troops in Senegal already in place, in case air evacuations are required out of Liberia, Kirby said.

Two Ebola testing labs in Monrovia managed by US naval medical staff are now up and running, Kirby said, and have already begun processing samples.

And a field hospital for infected medical workers is due to be open by October 18, he said.


Pentagon officials said the clinics, labs and other facilities being constructed and equipped by US troops will enable more doctors and workers from international medical charities to operate out of Liberia to help counter the Ebola outbreak.

The latest troop plans for "Operation Unite Assistance" were unveiled as a fourth American contracted Ebola in Liberia.

By far the most deadly epidemic of Ebola on record has spread into five west African countries since the start of the year, infecting more than 7,000 people and killing about half of them.

None of the soldiers stationed in the region would be in affected areas or treating patients, but the military was leaving nothing to chance, providing them with protective gear and training, Kirby said.

"Before they go, they're going to get trained, especially going to get trained on Ebola and what the disease is like, what it means, what it does," he said.

"While they're there, they're going to be constantly monitored on a regular, frequent basis."


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 03, 2014, 06:52:39 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/texas-hospital-reveals-how-ebola-patient-was-missed-032028517.html

Texas hospital reveals how Ebola patient was overlooked
Facility and patient are both to blame, Dallas officials say.

10/3/14

DALLAS – A flawed computer system and untruthfulness by the patient led medical workers to mistakenly send a sick man home instead of isolating him for Ebola, a Texas hospital announced Thursday night.

Officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said its emergency room staff followed protocol by obtaining the required information from Thomas Eric Duncan, including the fact that he had recently been in Ebola-ravaged West Africa.

But the hospital’s electronic health-records system has two workflows: one for nurses and another for doctors.

“As designed, the travel history would not automatically appear in the physician’s standard workflow,” Wendell Watson, the hospital’s public relations director, said in a written statement.

Watson said the problem has been corrected.

“It also has been modified to specifically reference Ebola-endemic regions in Africa,” Watson said. “We have made this change to increase the visibility and documentation of the travel question in order to alert all providers. We feel that this change will improve the early identification of patients who may be at risk for communicable diseases, including Ebola.”

[Related: United contacting those who flew with Ebola victim]

The change comes a week after Duncan, 42, showed up at the hospital with what officials described as fever of 100.1 degrees, abdominal pain for two days, a sharp headache, and decreased urination. The hospital said Duncan told them he hadn't experienced nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea — strong indicators of Ebola.

Texas Health Presbyterian admits that Duncan, who had just moved to Dallas from Liberia on Sept. 20, acknowledged that he had been in Africa in the past four weeks.

“The nurse entered that information in the nursing portion of the electronic medical record,” Watson said.

However, “when Mr. Duncan was asked if he had been around anyone who had been ill, he said that he had not.”

That contradicts what people in Liberia told the New York Times this week. Duncan’s former neighbors in Monrovia said he helped a pregnant woman on Sept. 15 get to the hospital in a taxi. She was convulsing and vomiting. The woman died at home hours later after being turned away from a crowded Ebola treatment ward.


Earlier Thursday, Liberian authorities said they planned to prosecute Duncan for lying on health-assessment forms he completed at the airport on Sept. 19. On the form, obtained by the Associated Press and confirmed by a government official, Duncan answered “no” to questions about whether he had cared for an Ebola patient or touched the body of someone who had died in an area affected by Ebola.

The Centers for Disease Control said Duncan had no fever when he boarded the flight, and apparently didn’t start feeling ill until Sept. 24, four days after arriving in Dallas. Texas Health Presbyterian said the symptoms Duncan presented in the ER late on Sept. 25 “could be associated with many communicable diseases, as well as many other types of illness.” A doctor ultimately wrote him a prescription for an antibiotic and sent him home, where he is believed to have been in contact with several family members and others.

By Sunday his condition had worsened, and an ambulance was called to make the mile-long trip back to hospital. He was immediately placed in strict isolation. Late Tuesday the CDC confirmed the dreaded diagnosis, making him the first person to develop symptoms outside Africa during the current epidemic.

Hospital officials reported that he remained in serious condition Thursday night.

Texas Health Presbyterian, which had come under great scrutiny this week, said they divulged the chain of events with Duncan’s approval because "we want other U.S. hospitals and providers to learn from our experience.”


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 03, 2014, 11:04:38 pm
http://www.wbrz.com/news/ill-patient-prompts-evacuation-quarantine/
Ill patient prompts evacuation, quarantine

Posted: Oct 3, 2014 10:28 PM by Trey Schmaltz, Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE- A fire station was quarantined and a police station evacuated Friday evening after a man claiming to be from Africa showed up at the Baton Rouge Police precinct on Highland Road ill.

Police said, given the current situation with Ebola across the globe and the events in Texas, they decided to take precautionary measures. The measures included calling medical responders, HAZMAT and evacuating the police station between downtown and LSU.

Officers said they were concerned because the man was obviously ill, a spokesperson said.

The fire station near the North Gates of LSU was closed Friday night and fire fighters said they were awaiting medical staff to tell them what to do next.

All of Friday's events were done as a precaution, authorities stressed. There was no confirmation or direct assumption the patient had any serious illness or that he had recently been to areas where Ebola was plaguing communities.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 03, 2014, 11:31:12 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/united-contacting-those-flew-ebola-victim-132652368.html

United contacting those who flew with Ebola victim

DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines said Thursday it is notifying passengers who were on flights with a man later diagnosed with Ebola and telling them how to contact federal health officials.

United said it is also telling passengers that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe the man could not have spread the disease during the flights because he was not showing symptoms and was not yet contagious.

On Sept. 19, Thomas Eric Duncan flew from Liberia in the heart of western Africa's Ebola outbreak zone to Belgium on a Brussels Airlines flight, according to Belgian officials.

United said it believes that Duncan flew the next day on United Flight 951 from Brussels to Dulles International Airport near Washington and connected to Flight 822 from Dulles to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

United officials declined to say how many passengers were on the flights. The Brussels-to-Dulles flight was on a Boeing 777 that has 266 seats, and the flight to Dallas used an Airbus A320 with 138 seats.

In a statement, the airline said Thursday that the two planes underwent their routine overnight "thorough cleaning" after the flights, "including cleaning of lavatories and galleys with heavy-duty all-purpose cleaners and wiping tray tables and armrests with disinfectant." It added that "we continue to clean and route the planes throughout our network as usual."

Duncan remained in a hospital isolation ward on Thursday. According to health officials, he became sick and went to a Dallas hospital on Sept. 25, but was released, only to return by ambulance three days later and test positive for Ebola.

The airline industry and its labor unions worked Thursday to tamp down travelers' fears about Ebola. The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents pilots at United and other carriers, said airlines have the authority under U.S. law to deny boarding to passengers who appear ill.

The union said it also had "full confidence" in procedures to contain the Ebola outbreak, including checking passengers for fever — a key symptom — at airports in western Africa.

Duncan did not have a fever when he left Liberia. But authorities there said Thursday that they will charge him with lying on a health-screening form he filled out at the airport for not disclosing that he had helped carry a woman who became ill and died of Ebola.

The disease is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in West Africa and killed more than 3,300, according to the World Health Organization.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 03, 2014, 11:40:57 pm
10/3/14
Inmate at Georgia jail reportedly tested for Ebola
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ebola-outbreak-inmate-at-georgia-jail-reportedly-tested-for-virus/

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- An inmate at the Cobb County Jail is reportedly being test for Ebola.

WSB-TV reports that the man told jail officials he recently traveled to Africa after developing a fever while in custody.

He was arrested overnight and charged with DUI.

The jail did stop accepting inmates for a time but that ban has been lifted, WGCL-TV reports.


The unnamed prisoner was transferred to another medical facility, according to WGCL.

Meanwhile, a person with possible Ebola symptoms has been hospitalized in Washington, D.C. out of "an abundance of caution," the hospital confirmed in a statement.

The first Ebola diagnosis in the nation has raised concerns about whether the disease that has killed 3,300 people in West Africa could spread in the U.S. Federal health officials say they are confident they can keep it in check.

Texas health officials expanded their efforts to contain the virus, reaching out to as many as 100 people who may have had direct contact with Thomas Eric Duncan or someone close to him.

None has shown symptoms, but they have been told to notify medical workers if they begin to feel ill, said Erikka Neroes, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County Health and Human Services agency.

The at-risk group includes 12 to 18 people who had direct contact with the infected man, including an ambulance crew and a handful of schoolchildren. The others came into contact with that core group, she said.

"This is a big spider web" of people, Neroes said.



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 03, 2014, 11:55:50 pm
https://gma.yahoo.com/texas-ebola-patient-now-too-weak-talk-phone-130346380--abc-news-topstories.html
Texas Ebola Patient Now Too Weak to Talk on Phone
10/3/14

The Ebola patient in a Texas isolation unit has become so weak that he can no longer talk to his family on the phone, his nephew told ABC News.

Thomas Eric Duncan, who is from Liberia, has been confined to an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas since he arrived in an ambulance on Sunday.

The family had said earlier in the week they spoke with Duncan by phone and prayed with him on the phone, but that is no longer possible, Duncan's nephew Joe Weeks told ABC News.

"At first we were able to talk to him on the phone, but now he is just too sick to speak," Weeks said.

Weeks lives in Kannapolis, N.C., along with Duncan's sister and 87-year-old mother. The mother and sister may travel to Dallas soon, Weeks said.

A cleaning crew is expected to arrive today at the Ivy Apartments in Dallas where Duncan had been staying when he got sick from the Ebola virus. The crew was turned away on Thursday, but are expected to be admitted today.

The cleaning crew is tasked with disinfecting all of the surfaces that Duncan could have touched, Dallas Judge Clay Jenkins said Thursday. The man’s clothes and sheets have been “bagged,” Jenkins said. Additionally, food has been delivered to the apartment for Duncan’s relatives.

Weeks is concerned that the apartment has not yet been sanitized despite having four people confined to the apartment by a judge's order until they determined to not be infected with Ebola, which can take as long as 21 to incubate. Among the people in the apartment are a teenage boy and woman named Louise Troh, who traveled from Liberia with Duncan.

“The house that he lived in has not been cleaned or disinfected. You still have four more people in there, that lived in that house and were allowed to leave and go shopping, go do other things that normal people would do,” Weeks said.

Thomas R. Frieden, the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told ABC News today the Ebola diagnosis offers new challenges for authorities.

“It’s the first time we’re having Ebola in this country and the challenges are real in terms of what do you do with the waste, how do you move it, how do you dispose of it and we want to make sure that everything is done correctly,” Frieden said. “I’m confident that will get sorted out today.”

The initial handling of Duncan's case has been the subject of controversy. Duncan first visited the hospital last Thursday, Sept. 25, but was allowed to leave the hospital despite telling a nurse he had come from West Africa. Duncan returned to the hospital by ambulance on Sunday.

The hospital said in a statement Thursday that the physician and the nurses followed protocol, but his travel history didn't automatically appear in the physician's standard workflow.

Weeks also had concerns that the hospital wasn't aware that Duncan may have been infected with Ebola. Weeks said that he called the hospital to report his concerns about Duncan’s condition – and when he didn’t get the reaction he wanted, he called officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health, at which point Duncan was put in isolation.

“They had him in the ER, like any other patient, and I didn’t think that was the right procedure,” Weeks said.

“I don’t know how long it was going to take, but I wasn’t trying to wait to see how long it was going to take, so I pre-empted and called CDC and reported that there might be a possible Ebola case in Texas. But the hospital was not doing what it needed to do at that time,” he said.

Dallas and federal health officials are tracking all the people who may have come into contact with Duncan and so far that figure is about 100 people.

Duncan, who worked as a driver in Liberia, flew to Brussels on Sept. 19. He continued to Washington’s Dulles Airport, before flying to the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on a United Airlines flight, arriving on Sept. 20.

Although American Ebola patients have been treated in the United States prior to this diagnosis, they all contracted Ebola in West Africa. Ebola has killed more than 3,300 people, with nearly 7,200 cases reported since the outbreak began in March.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 04, 2014, 12:04:55 am
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/us/dallas-ebola-case-thomas-duncan-contacts.html?_r=0
10/3/14

Delay in Dallas Ebola Cleanup as Workers Balk at Task

DALLAS — More than six months after an outbreak of Ebola began its rampage through West Africa, local and federal health officials have displayed an uneven and flawed response to the first case diagnosed in the United States.

In the latest indication, state and local authorities confirmed Thursday that a week after a Liberian man fell ill with Ebola in Dallas, and four days after he was placed in isolation at a hospital here, the apartment where he was staying with four other people had not been sanitized and the sheets and dirty towels he used while sick remained in the home. County officials visited the apartment without protection Wednesday night.

The officials said it had been difficult to find a contractor willing to enter the apartment to clean it and remove bedding and clothes, which they said had been bagged in plastic. They said they now had hired a firm that would do the work soon. The Texas health commissioner, Dr. David Lakey, told reporters during an afternoon news conference that officials had encountered “a little bit of hesitancy” in seeking a firm to clean the apartment.

The delay came amid reports that as many as 100 people could have had contact with the victim, Thomas E. Duncan. And it came a day after the hospital acknowledged it had misdiagnosed him when he first visited.

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Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 04, 2014, 06:07:34 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/home-where-ebola-patient-stayed-disinfected-061137265.html
Hospital: Dallas Ebola patient critical
10/4/14

DALLAS (AP) — The condition of the lone Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. has worsened and is now deemed critical, the Dallas hospital that has been treating him reported Saturday.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan is being treated, didn't provide any further details about his condition, and a hospital spokeswoman, Candace White, didn't immediately respond to emails and phone calls. The hospital previously said Duncan was being kept in isolation and that his condition was serious but stable.

Duncan traveled from disease-ravaged Liberia to Dallas last month before he began showing symptoms of the disease.

Health officials said Saturday that they are monitoring about 50 people who may have had contact with Duncan for signs of the deadly disease. Among those are nine people who are believed to be at a higher risk. Thus far none have shown symptoms.

Included in the group are those people who later rode in the ambulance that took Duncan to the hospital last Sunday, said Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Friday, a hazardous-materials crew decontaminated the Dallas apartment where Duncan was staying when he got sick during his visit. The materials were sealed in industrial barrels that were to be stored in trucks until they can be hauled away for permanent disposal.

The family who lived there was moved to a private home in a gated community, where they are being carefully monitored. The city had been having trouble finding a place that would take in Louise Troh, originally from Liberia, her 13-year-old son and two nephews.

The first Ebola diagnosis in the U.S. has raised concerns about whether the disease that has killed some 3,400 people in West Africa could spread in the U.S. Federal health officials say they are confident they can keep it in check.

The virus that causes Ebola is not airborne and can only be spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids — blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen — of an infected person who is showing symptoms.

Duncan arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 and fell ill a few days later. After an initial visit to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, he was sent home, even though he told a nurse he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa. He returned to the hospital two days later, last Sunday, and has been kept in isolation ever since.

The hospital issued a news release late Friday saying that the doctor who initially treated Duncan did have access to his travel history, after all. It had said Thursday that a flaw in the electronic health records systems led to separate physician and nursing workflows, and that the doctor hadn't had access to Duncan's travel history.

Hospital spokesman Wendell Watson said Saturday he could provide no further details, adding, "We're still looking into the entire chain of events."


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 04, 2014, 06:20:31 pm
http://nypost.com/2014/10/04/sick-passenger-investigated-for-ebola-at-newark-airport/
10/4/14
Sick passenger investigated for Ebola at Newark airport

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials scrambled to meet a United Airlines flight from Brussels at Newark Airport on Saturday afternoon, after a passenger believed to be from Ebola-wracked Liberia exhibited signs of the deadly virus.

The queasy passenger — who a law enforcement source said had been vomiting — and his daughter, who appeared to be about 10 years old, were fitted with surgical masks and were walked off United Airlines Flight 998 by CDC personnel in white hazmat uniforms.

The father and daughter, whose names were not released, remained in quarantine last night at University Hospital in Newark, the law enforcement source said.

The father had been outfitted from neck to toe in his own hazmat suit, his face still masked, by the time he was wheeled into the hospital’s trauma center.

The CDC and the hospital were releasing no information on the father’s condition as of early Saturday evening.

The remaining passengers aboard the United Airlines flight 998 were held on the Boeing 777-200 twin engine jet for about two hours, then were taken off and questioned for another couple of hours before being allowed through customs, multiple fliers told The Post.

“Two or three hours before we were supposed to land, it was announced that there was a medical emergency,” recalled passenger Dane West, of New Jersey.

“They didn’t say it could be Ebola. We really didn’t know what was wrong. When the guy walked off he didn’t look ill at all to me. He was wearing a face mask. Apparently he was sleeping and he woke up and felt air sick.”

Mark Wells, 42, of Randolf, NJ, said he and fellow passengers were puzzled at why a sick passenger was being kept on the plane.

“Then the CDC came on board in hazmat suits and they escorted him off,” Wells said of the yet-named passenger. “He looked sick, a little wobbly. The girl with him seemed fairly calm. They never said Ebola on the plane.”

Passengers described a chaotic scene of worry, disorganization and bizarre priorities. While no one mentioned Ebola, crew was specific about one thing: No photographs were to be taken.

“There was an announcement not to take any pictures,” said passenger Kengo Tomida, 30, an astrophysicist from Princeton, NJ.

Meanwhile, “I got upset on the plane,” he recalled of the 90 minute wait for CDC officials to board the plane.

“If it was Ebola or something serious, 90 minutes is too long to wait to take [the sick passenger] off the plane,” he said.

“Then when we got off the plane we had to fill out a long form with out contact information, name and address. No doctor examined us… it was not organized,” he said.

Airport officials eventually told them they were not at risk, passengers said.

“We were told it was nothing infectious,” said Tomida.

“The message they gave us was it wasn’t contagious,” said passenger Wells.

It is unclear how many Liberians had been on the plane. Brussels airlines had a Friday night flight out of Monrovia, Liberia’s capital; that flight connected to United Airlines, according to online records.

“The crew reported (during the flight) that a person was vomiting, and that Liberians were aboard the plane,” a law enforcement source told The Post.

“The person throwing up is believed to be Liberian,” the source said.

The jet had just completed a seven-hour flight across the Atlantic, and as it sat at Gate 53, Terminal B, the five-hour wait once the plane landed seemed to be an eternity to family members at the airport.

“It’s a concern not only for me but for every one of us,” Liberian Jah Zauyan, 44, said as he waited for three friends, who are also Liberian, to deplane.

“You hope it’s nothing. This is scary for the sick one,” Zauyan added.

“Someone comes to a strange land and they have to grab them and take them somewhere.”

Better here than in Africa, noted Liberian native Joshua Brown, as he waited for friends at Gate 53.

“I’m not worried for them,” he told The Post. ‘Because they are coming from Africa, and America is a better place to be” if you have Ebola, he noted.

“All the people brought here are cured from Ebola but there they die. America is a great country.”

Meanwhile, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US took a turn for the worse at a Dallas hospital Saturday, slipping from serious to critical condistion. Nine other people, including family members and health care workers, remain under isolation due to having had close contact with the patient, who caught ill in Liberia.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 05, 2014, 08:52:33 am
http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/80-penn-state-students-being-monitored-ebola-virus-symptoms-3713.shtml?wap=0
9/19/14

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State has identified 80 students who traveled to areas near the Ebola Virus outbreak. University officials said these students are spread out across all Penn State Campuses and are now being monitored for virus symptoms. Experts said the chance of these students falling ill is very low. Ebola is spread through bodily fluids and is spread from person to person but is not as easily spread as other illnesses like a cold or flu.



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 05, 2014, 08:27:09 pm
http://www.ibtimes.com/ebola-virus-us-2014-homeless-man-possible-ebola-found-1699572
Ebola Virus US 2014: Homeless Man With Possible Ebola Found
10/5/14

Texas authorities found a homeless man at risk of Ebola, NBC News reported Sunday. He reportedly came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in America to be diagnosed with the virus. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the person, who was preliminarily identified as Michael Lively, was a “low-risk individual.”

“We are working to locate the individual and get him to a comfortable, compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need for the full incubation period,” Jenkins said in an emailed statement before Lively was located. “I want to emphasize that he is a low risk individual and we are doing this out of precautionary measures.”

A reporter for KTVT-TV, Dallas, tweeted a picture of Lively, the person who reportedly came into contact with Duncan. He said officials described him as a “panhandler.”

He was purportedly in a group of 38 people who were tested for Ebola and then went “missing,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a press conference. The man did not exhibit symptoms of the deadly virus, but officials want to watch him during the full incubation period as a precaution, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The director said the CDC was flooded with calls, as many as 800 a day, after Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola, NBC News reported.

Frieden was positive about curbing the outbreak in Dallas. He had "no doubt" the U.S. would stop Ebola "in its tracks” but noted Duncan "has taken a turn for the worse." He was listed in critical condition, the hospital said.

Some African immigrants in Dallas are worried about a possible backlash after Ducan knowingly traveled to the U.S. even though he came into contact with someone who ultimately died from the virus, Reuters reported. "Some people around here see us as bringing the disease and that's just not right," a Liberian, who asked to be called Sekou, said.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 06, 2014, 02:12:49 pm
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-sierra-leone-records-121-ebola-deaths-in-a-single-day-2014-10
Sierra Leone Records 121 Ebola Deaths In A Single Day

10/5/14


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 07, 2014, 06:33:42 pm
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/10/06/neighbors-of-ebola-patient-facing-discrimination/
10/6/14
Neighbors Of Ebola Patient Feel ‘Discriminated Against’

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Residents in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Dallas are living near the epicenter of the Ebola scare in North Texas. Now, they say they’re facing a different challenge — discrimination.

Thomas Duncan stayed at an apartment in the community before being diagnosed with Ebola and admitted into Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.

Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates says that she met with over 30 community leaders on Monday, trying to assess the needs of the residents. Most are concerned about the possible stigma of living near the apartment building.

“Unfortunately, they are feeling discriminated against,” said Gates. “We still have some that have been turned away from jobs. Some that have been turned away at retail locations. We’re getting them in touch with legal aid and any resources necessary.”


Gates believes that educating the public is the only way to reverse the stigma.

“These residents, unless they happen to be one of those that were exposed that are being traced, they are not at risk for getting the disease and are not at risk for transmitting the diseases,” said Gates.

Forty eight individuals have been identified as “high risk” patients. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says these individuals are being seen once a day and are having their temperatures checked twice daily.

“We have zero symptoms out there,” said Rawlings. “Zero. That is a good sign.”

A cleaning crew has also finished “Phase 2″ of the apartment cleaning process, having destroyed the majority of Duncan’s personal items. Additional cleaning items were carried away in a drum with a police escort on Monday.

“As of noon today, that apartment is completely cleaned up.”

Gates says that the faith community is working to help disseminate information to community members. However, the task has been challenging with over 40 languages and dialects spoken in the community.

Organizations are working to translate the information to effectively communicate with everyone.

“It’s about you, the public, spreading the word about how this disease is spread. This community is healthy.”

Volunteers and donations are still needed to aid in the difficult process, which is consuming many of the community’s resources.

“This is a vulnerable community that could use all the help that they can get.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson announced on Twitter that he will be traveling to Dallas Tuesday to discuss Ebola concerns with local pastors and community leaders.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 07, 2014, 06:36:31 pm
http://news.discovery.com/human/health/nurse-contracts-ebola-in-spain-141006.htm?AID=11732244&PID=6147661&SID=nm45qxhaep18&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.discovery.com%2Fhuman%2Fhealth%2Fnurse-contracts-ebola-in-spain-141006.htm&ecid=AFF-7975437&pa=affcj&PCID=2470763
Nurse Contracts Ebola in Spain

10/6/14

In what is believed to be the first infection outside of Africa, an assistant nurse at a Madrid hospital where two Ebola patients died has contracted the virus herself, health officials said Monday.

"Two tests were done and the two were positive," a spokesman for the health department of the regional government of Madrid said.

The woman works at Madrid's La Paz-Carlos III hospital where two missionaries who were repatriated from Africa with Ebola died from the disease, a spokeswoman for the hospital said.

"We do not know yet if she treated any of the two missionaries," the spokeswoman said.

Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, was infected with Ebola in Liberia and died at the hospital on August 12.

Another Spanish missionary, Manuel Garcia Viejo, 69, was repatriated from Sierra Leone and died at the hospital on September 25.

The Ebola epidemic that has been raging in west Africa has so far claimed almost 3,500 lives, with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone worst hit.

There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola. Of several prototype treatments in the pipeline, one dubbed ZMapp has been fast-tracked for use, developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical in California, in conjunction with the US Army.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 07, 2014, 08:30:09 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/nurse-spain-gets-ebola-raising-global-concern-062847061--politics.html
Ebola escapes Europe's defenses; pet dog must die
10/7/14

MADRID (AP) — Health officials scrambled Tuesday to figure out how West Africa's Ebola outbreak got past Europe's defenses, quarantining four people at a Madrid hospital where a Spanish nursing assistant became infected. Determined to contain the spread of the deadly virus, they even announced plans to euthanize the woman's pet dog.

The first case of Ebola transmitted outside Africa, where a months-long outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people, is raising questions about how prepared wealthier countries really are.

For Europeans, a distant problem has arrived on their doorstep, and as Spanish health workers complain about inadequate equipment and poor training, the all-important tourism industry was showing its anxiety.

Medical officials in the United States, meanwhile, are retraining hospital staff and find-tuning infection control procedures after the mishandling of a critically ill Liberian man in Texas, where he could have exposed many others to the virus after being sent away by a hospital.

The nursing assistant in Madrid was part of a special team caring for a Spanish priest who died of Ebola last month after being evacuated from Sierra Leone. The nursing assistant wore a hazmat suit both times she entered his room, officials said, and no records point to any accidental exposure to the virus, which spreads through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a sickened person.

The woman, who had been on vacation in the Madrid area after treating the priest, was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday after coming down with a fever, and was said to be stable Tuesday. Her husband also was hospitalized as a precaution.

Madrid's regional government even got a court order to euthanize and incinerate their pet, "Excalibur," against the couple's objections. The government said available scientific knowledge suggests a risk that the mixed-breed dog could transmit the virus to humans, and promised to use "biosecurity" measures to prevent any such transmission.

Spanish authorities also were tracking down all the woman's contacts, and put more than 50 other people under observation, including her relatives and fellow health care workers. "The priority now is to establish that there is no risk to anybody else," emergency coordinator Fernando Simon said.

Even so, the potential repercussions of Ebola's presence in Europe became clear, as shares of Spanish airline and hotel chain companies slumped in Tuesday's trading. Spain is Europe's biggest vacation destination after France, and investors were apparently spooked that the deadly virus could scare away travelers.

The afflicted woman, reportedly in her 40s and childless, was not identified to protect her privacy, but nursing union officials she had 14 years' experience. Spanish officials said she had changed a diaper for the priest and collected material from his room after he died. Dead Ebola victims are highly infectious, and in West Africa their bodies are collected by workers in hazmat outfits.

An official investigation has begun and aims to "identify ... what is vulnerable: the procedures, or their implementation," he said.

Spanish opposition parties demanded an explanation from the government about what went wrong and called for the resignation of Health Minister Ana Mato.

The European Union, whose 28 countries have been jointly preparing since the spring to prevent the possible transmission of Ebola on the continent, also wants answers, spokesman Frederic Vincent said in Brussels ahead of a special meeting of the EU's Health Security Committee on Wednesday to assess the case.

The Madrid infection shows that even in countries with sophisticated medical procedures, frontline health care workers are at risk while caring for Ebola patients. More than 370 health care workers in the hardest-hit countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have died.

Some two dozen health workers protested outside a Madrid hospital Tuesday, where union representative Esther Quinones complained that they lack resources and training.

In the United States, health care providers are implementing many precautions — reviewing triage procedures, creating isolation units, and even sending actors with mock symptoms into New York City's public hospital emergency rooms to test reactions.

"You never know when (an Ebola) patient's going to walk in," said Dr. Debra Spicehandler, an infectious disease expert at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. "Education is key to controlling this — education of the public and of health care workers."


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 08, 2014, 05:12:30 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/white-house--beefed-up-ebola-screenings-coming-to-five-u-s--airports-174735168.html
White House: Beefed-up Ebola screenings coming to five U.S. airports

New measures will be put in place in New York City, Newark, Chicago, Atlanta and the Washington, D.C., area

10/8/14

Hours after the first Ebola patient diagnosed on U.S. soil died from the illness, the United States government announced tougher screenings of passengers arriving at five major American airports from the countries at the epicenter of the crisis.

“We don’t have a lot of margin for error,” President Barack Obama told state and local officials on a conference call to discuss the response to the historic outbreak in West Africa.

“If we don’t follow protocols and procedures that are put in place, then we’re putting folks in our communities at risk,” Obama said.

The new screenings will begin Saturday at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. They will be implemented next week at Newark Liberty International Airport, Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., Chicago's O’Hare International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, officials said.

Those five American airports are the places of entry into the United States for 94 percent of U.S.-bound travelers from the countries hit hardest by the outbreak. The screenings are expected to cover about 150 passengers per day.

Travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be taken to special screening areas at the airports. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials will observe them for symptoms and will ask them a series of questions about their potential exposure to Ebola. Medical staff will take the passengers’ temperature with thermometers that do not require physical contact.

If the travelers show symptoms or their answers raise concerns about possible exposure, an official from the Centers for Disease Control will examine them at a “quarantine station,” the CDC said. Other travelers will receive information about symptoms and be asked to provide detailed contact information.

The new measures come on top of exit screenings currently being performed on passengers looking to travel to the United States from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“These measures are really just belt-and-suspenders — it’s an added layer of protection on top of the procedures already in place at several airports,” Obama said.

On a conference call with reporters, CDC Director Tom Frieden said exit screenings of 36,000 people in the past two months had barred 74 passengers with fever, and three with other symptoms. None have since been diagnosed with Ebola, Frieden said.

But Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease on Wednesday at a Dallas-area hospital, slipped through. Officials say he did not exhibit symptoms until days after arriving in the United States. It’s not clear whether the new questionnaire would have determined he was at risk.

“We can’t make the risk zero here. We wish we could,”
Frieden said.

Ebola sufferers are only contagious when they exhibit symptoms of the disease, such as fever. But the incubation period between infection and symptoms can run as long as 21 days. Given the White House’s “confidence” in the existing screening process, it was unclear what would be gained from a medical standpoint from the new screenings.

The awkward point was evident when a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: “So you’re completely confident in the measures there, but you’re adding more confidence here?”

“That’s right,” Earnest replied. “This is a multilayered screening approach, and what it demonstrates is our commitment to ensuring the safety of the traveling public and the safety of the American people right here at home.”

Given the profound public unease about the possibility of an Ebola outbreak in the United States, the new measures could serve to contain American anxiety and tamp down support for an outright ban on travel to the United States from the afflicted countries — a step health professionals say would have the counterproductive effect of making it harder to get equipment, medicine and doctors to the frontlines.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 08, 2014, 05:34:24 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-patient-thomas-eric-duncan-dies-at-dallas-hospital-201613535.html
10/8/14

Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan dies at Dallas hospital

Family: “I trust a thorough examination will take place regarding all aspects of his care”


DALLAS — The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died early Wednesday, officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital announced.

Thomas "Eric" Duncan, 42, passed away at 7:51 a.m., the hospital said.

“This hurts deeply,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said during a city council meeting. “We were hoping this was not going to happen.”

Duncan, a Liberian citizen who recently traveled from West Africa to Dallas, had been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian for 10 days.

He had come to Texas to reunite with an estranged son and the teen's mother, Louise Troh, who had been his girlfriend when she lived in Liberia. Troh is being kept in quarantine because she had contact with Duncan, but released a statement following his death.

“His suffering is over," Troh said. “My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God. Our deepest sympathies go out to his father and family in Liberia and here in America. Eric was a wonderful man who showed compassion toward all."

The state health department said it will follow recently issued CDC guidelines for handling Duncan's body, which could remain contagious for several days. The health department said Duncan's family agreed with their request to cremate him.

“The cremation process will kill any virus in the body so the remains can be returned to the family,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. “No protective gear is needed to handle the remains after cremation.”

Duncan’s death comes four days after his condition was downgraded from serious to critical. Over the weekend, he had begun receiving brincidofovir, an experimental antiviral drug that recently gained emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration. There is no known cure treatment for the Ebola virus, which spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids and is fatal in 60 to 90 percent of all cases.

“He fought courageously in this battle,” the hospital said in a statement. “Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time.”

Troh and three of her family members have been in quarantine for more than a week because they were living in the same apartment with him. On Tuesday, Duncan's son, Karsiah, travelled from West Texas to try and see his father for the first time in 16 years.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan at this time, especially his fiancée, Louise, their son, Karsiah, and all those who loved him,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement. “We are also thinking of the dedicated hospital staff who assisted Mr. Duncan daily while he fought this terrible disease. We offer prayers of comfort and peace to everyone impacted by his passing.”

Duncan is the first person known to die of Ebola in the United States. The virus has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa in 2014, the World Health Organization estimates. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said Duncan's death is a reminder of the “deadly enemy" ravaging West Africa.

“(Duncan) is the face that we associate now with Ebola," Frieden said.

Five Americans who were diagnosed with Ebola in Africa have returned to the United States for treatment since late July. Aid workers Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol and Rick Sacra made full recoveries. WHO said one of its doctors was transported to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Sept. 9. No other details have been released. Ashoka Mukpo, a cameraman working for NBC News, arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment on Monday.

Duncan’s illness and treatment sparked controversy. He arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 from Liberia, one of the areas hit hardest by the outbreak.

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Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 12, 2014, 07:41:04 am
CDC could quarantine U.S. citizens for weeks if they refuse Ebola screenings

http://news.yahoo.com/cdc-could-quarantine-u-s--citizens-for-weeks-if-they-refuse-ebola-screenings-230534518.html


Special-Ops Dire Ebola Warning! Ebola Vaccine Is Trigger For The Plague!

http://www.allnewspipeline.com/Special_Ops_Dire_Ebola_Warning.php


Sales of gas masks, bio-hazard suits and foil blankets soar as 'survivalists' prepare for Ebola epidemic - and warn others to store water

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2789194/stock-drinking-water-don-t-answer-door-neighbours-ebola-outbreak-advice-issued-families-sales-home-infection-control-kits-soar.html


CDC IGNORING HALF OF POTENTIAL EBOLA CASES

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/cdc-ignoring-half-of-potential-ebola-cases_102014


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 12, 2014, 08:53:25 am
http://news.yahoo.com/state-health-officials-2nd-ebola-case-texas-102955708.html
Health worker 2nd in US to test positive for Ebola
10/12/14

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas health care worker who was in full protective gear when they provided hospital care for an Ebola patient who later died has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition, health officials said Sunday. If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

Dr. Daniel Varga, of the Texas Health Resources, said during a news conference Sunday that the worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield when they provided care to Thomas Eric Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Varga did not identify the worker and says the family of the worker has "requested total privacy."

Varga says the health care worker reported a fever Friday night as part of a self-monitoring regimen required by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He said another person also remains in isolation, and the hospital has stopped accepting new emergency room patients.

Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday in Dallas.

Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County's top administrative official, said the unidentified health care worker is a "heroic" person who "was proud to provide care to Mr. Duncan." He said the health care worker's family has requested privacy because they are "going through a great ordeal."

"We knew a second case could be a reality, and we've been preparing for this possibility," Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in a statement Sunday. "We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread."

Health officials have interviewed the patient and are identifying any contacts or potential exposures. They said people who had contact with the health care worker after symptoms emerged will be monitored based on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.

More than 4,000 people have died in the ongoing Ebola epidemic centered in West Africa, according to World Health Organization figures published Friday. Almost all of those deaths have been in the three worst-affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Ebola spreads through close contact with a symptomatic person's bodily fluids, such as blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen. Those fluids must have an entry point, like a cut or scrape or someone touching the nose, mouth or eyes with contaminated hands, or being splashed. The World Health Organization says blood, feces and vomit are the most infectious fluids, while the virus is found in saliva mostly once patients are severely ill and the whole live virus has never been culled from sweat.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday in Dallas. Duncan, 42, grew up next to a leper colony in Liberia and fled years of war before later returning to his country to find it ravaged by the disease that ultimately took his life.

Duncan arrived in Dallas in late September, realizing a long-held ambition to join relatives. He came to attend the high-school graduation of his son, who was born in a refugee camp in Ivory Coast and was brought to the U.S. as a toddler when the boy's mother successfully applied for resettlement.

The trip was the culmination of decades of effort, friends and family members said. But when Duncan arrived in Dallas, though he showed no symptoms, he had already been exposed to Ebola. His neighbors in Liberia believe Duncan become infected when he helped a pregnant neighbor who later died from it. It was unclear if he knew about her diagnosis before traveling.

Duncan had arrived at a friend's Dallas apartment on Sept. 20 — less than a week after helping his sick neighbor. For the nine days before he was taken to a hospital in an ambulance, Duncan shared the apartment with several people.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Christian40 on October 13, 2014, 04:59:11 am
You Decide

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Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 13, 2014, 09:52:37 am
^^ Just like the 1995 movie "Outbreak".

http://news.yahoo.com/dallas-nurse-first-contract-ebola-u-soil-173500237.html
A Dallas Nurse Becomes the First Person to Contract Ebola on U.S. Soil
10/12/14

As news broke Sunday that a healthcare worker in Texas became the first person to contract Ebola on U.S. soil after treating a Liberian man who died of the disease at a Dallas hospital, Senator John McCain called on President Obama to appoint an Ebola "czar" to lead the federal response to the deadly virus. "My constituents are not comforted," he told CNN's State of the Union. "I would say that we don't know exactly who's in charge. There has to be some kind of czar."

Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been the public face of the administration's efforts. In a Sunday press conference, he said a "breach of protocol" was to blame for the nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital contracting the disease after "extensive contact" with the late patient.

McCain has been a critic of so-called czars, tweeting at the beginning of the Obama's first term that he had more czars than Russia's three-century-long Romanov Dynasty.

    Obama has more czars than the Romanovs—who ruled Russia for 3 centuries. Romanovs 18, cyberczar makes 20.
    —John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) May 30, 2009


On Saturday, screenings began at John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington Dulles, O’Hare, and Hartsfield-Jackson international airports in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. By focusing on these airports, officials say that screenings will cover 94 percent of passengers from the African countries struck by Ebola.



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 13, 2014, 11:29:57 am
WHO says Ebola is 'most severe acute health emergency in modern times'
The World Health Organisation issues stark warning as the Government is set to announce "important changes" in the NHS to tackle a possible outbreak


 The Ebola outbreak is the "most severe acute health emergency in modern times", the World Health Organisation has warned.

The agency's director-general Margaret Chan said the epidemic had proved "the world is ill-prepared to respond to any severe, sustained, and threatening public health emergency".

 She added that new cases of Ebola are now "rising exponentially" in the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

In a statement to a regional health conference in the Philippine capital Manila, she said: "I have never seen a health event threaten the very survival of societies and governments in already very poor countries.

 "I have never seen an infectious disease contribute so strongly to potential state failure."

Her statement was read by a WHO official who said Mrs Chan was unable to attend because "she is fully occupied with coordinating the international response to what is unquestionably the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times".

The warning comes as the Government is set to announce "important changes" in the NHS to tackle a possible outbreak.

Enhanced screening for the virus at two of the country's biggest airports is due to be introduced this week after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that calls to the NHS's non-emergency 111 phoneline will also be screened for potential Ebola sufferers.

Call handlers on the service are to question anyone ringing up with possible symptoms of the disease about their recent travel history to see if they have been to west Africa, where the death toll has passed 4,000 people, Mr Hunt said.

He told BBC Breakfast: "We have to prepare for the situation getting worse. I want to make sure we are prepared.

"It is now more likely that someone will eventually be diagnosed in the UK with Ebola. It is crucial that we are prepared for what happens when they make their first contact with the NHS.

"That's why we're introducing later to Parliament some very important changes across the NHS just to prepare ourselves for the eventuality it might get worse."

rest: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11158504/WHO-says-Ebola-is-most-severe-acute-health-emergency-in-modern-times.html


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 14, 2014, 04:35:43 am
Texas nurse fighting Ebola receives blood transfusion from survivor Dr Kent Brantly - who also matched blood types with two others struck by the deadly virus in the U.S.

    Nina Pham, 26, has received blood transfusion from Dr Kent Brantly
    Survivor Brantly also donated to Dr Nick Sacra and NBC's Ashoka Mukpo
    Antibodies in his blood could help the patients fight the disease
    Pham caught the Ebola virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas
    Miss Pham was raised in Vietnamese family in Fort Worth and graduated from Texas Christian University in 2010 with Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    HazChem teams spent the weekend fumigating her Dallas apartment
    Authorities have blamed a 'breach of protocol' - but nursing leaders have criticized the CDC for making her a scapegoat



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2791089/first-picture-devoted-texas-nurse-fighting-life-catching-ebola-treating-man-brought-dreaded-virus-america-beloved-dog-s-quarantine.html#ixzz3G6uO2yOX



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 14, 2014, 11:37:59 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/u-n-medic-dies-ebola-german-hospital-082218708.html
10/13/14
Sudanese U.N. medic dies of Ebola in German hospital

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Sudanese U.N. medical official who caught Ebola while working in Liberia has died in a German hospital where he was being treated, the clinic in Leipzig said on Tuesday.

The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than 4,000 people -- mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- and has spread beyond West Africa, with a nurse in the United States and one in Spain having caught the disease from patients.

The U.N. medic, who has not been named, arrived in Leipzig last week and was the third Ebola patient to be treated in Germany. One was successfully treated and released from hospital, while another is still being treated.

"The patient sick with Ebola fever died during the night in St. Georg Clinic in Leipzig. Despite intensive medical measures and maximum efforts by the medical team, the 56-year-old U.N. employee succumbed to the serious infectious disease," the German clinic said.

The volunteer medic was the second member of the U.N. mission, known as UNMIL, to contract and succumb to the virus.

"UNMIL colleagues are saddened by the tragic news as they continue to serve at this very difficult time. Our thoughts now are with the family and friends of the departed," UNMIL said.

Doctor Bernhard Ruf at the Leipzig clinic said, "we took measures of the highest standard to protect personnel and the environment, so there was no danger to others. We have also safely destroyed all material contaminated with Ebola."

The World Health Organization said the number of Ebola cases in West Africa would exceed 9,000 this week and the epidemic was still spreading in the region.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 14, 2014, 11:42:36 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/california-bus-driver-quarantined-ebola-scare-054328755.html
California bus driver quarantined after Ebola scare
10/13/14

 (Reuters) - A Los Angeles bus driver was quarantined for several hours on Monday after a passenger wearing a surgical mask claimed he had Ebola, a county transportation official said.

The man, who was accompanied by a woman without any protective gear, boarded the Venice, California-bound bus and told the driver, "Don't mess with me. I have Ebola," said Los Angeles County Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales.

After a few minutes, the man dropped his mask and exited the bus with the woman, Gonzales said. The driver told the rest of the passengers to take the next bus, then drove the vehicle to a central bus yard.

"We consider it a high likelihood that it was a hoax," Gonzales said.

As a precaution, the driver was sequestered for two hours, then taken to a local hospital where he was examined and released in apparent good health, Gonzales said.

Gonzales said officials are reviewing surveillance video from inside the bus to help apprehend the man, and are treating the scare as a terrorist threat.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 15, 2014, 12:15:46 am
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ebola-outbreak-1st-human-trials-of-canadian-vaccine-start-in-u-s-1.2796859
Ebola outbreak: 1st human trials of Canadian vaccine start in U.S.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose says VSV-EBOV vaccine 'very promising and hopeful' in Ebola fight, risk here low

The Associated Press Posted: Oct 13, 2014 7:05 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 13, 2014 11:11 PM ET



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 15, 2014, 07:26:40 am
EBOLA STRIKES SECOND DALLAS HOSPITAL WORKER
http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/ap_ab3cd5a9b32c450aa5a13e1a4a14c60e


Don’t Worry? 10 Quotes From Health Experts Promising That Ebola Will Not Be A Problem In America

Health experts all over the United States are promising us that we do not need to be worried about Ebola whatsoever.  Even though one case has already been confirmed in Dallas, Texas and another potential case is being monitored, health authorities assure us that we have the greatest health system in the history of the planet and that we will be able to handle any isolated cases very easily.  And all over the mainstream media on Wednesday, there were headlines declaring that the arrival of Ebola in America is a non-event.  One example is this headline from Bloomberg: “Ebola in America? Don’t Worry About It”.  So are they right?  Should the rest of us just kick back and relax because a bunch of really smart guys are assuring us that our health system can easily deal with anything that Ebola can throw at us?  The following are 10 quotes from prominent experts promising us that Ebola will not be a problem in this country…

#1 Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “We feel confident that there won’t be an outbreak.”

#2 University of Chicago professor Michael Z. David: “While this all sounds very frightening, there’s no need to worry at this point about Ebola spreading widely here.”

#3 Gerardo Chowell-Puente, an associate professor of mathematical epidemiology at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University: “Math and history show us that decisive efforts to isolate those who are infected with Ebola and to follow up quickly with the potential contacts of the infected can help to get an outbreak under control. We’re lucky that we have such capacities in the United States; even with the Ebola case in Dallas, the epidemic should not get much of a foothold here.”

#4 Texas Health Director David Lakey: “This is a very sophisticated city, a very sophisticated hospital, … and the chances of it being spread are very, very scarce.”

#5 Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health & Human Services: “This is not Africa. We have a great infrastructure to deal with an outbreak.”

#6 Dr. William Shaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center: “We’re very prepared: Infection-control people in hospitals over the past two months have been reviewing all their infection- control procedures because we anticipated just this sort of thing happening—a person coming from West Africa, they were healthy at the time they traveled, but got sick here.”

#7 Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC: “It is certainly possible that someone who has had contact with this patient could develop Ebola, but there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.”

#8 Dr. William Shaffner: “Even Doctors Without Borders in West Africa are moving the fatality rate from 50 percent down to 30 percent—I bet we can do substantially better than that here.”

#9 Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston: “The Ebola virus is not easily transmitted from person to person, and we have an outstanding infrastructure in place both to contain the virus and trace contacts. There will not be an Ebola epidemic in the United States.”

#10 Thomas Frieden: “The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely throughout this country.”

So are they right?

I don’t know.

I hope that they are.

But considering how out of control the Ebola pandemic in West Africa is, I wouldn’t be as dogmatic as those experts are being.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama continues to act as if nothing has changed either.  Even though a number of other nations have shut down all air traffic to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, Obama still refuses to restrict air travel to and from those countries…

    After U.S. officials disclosed another potential case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas, this morning, the question remains whether the Obama administration will finally stop flights from Ebola-stricken countries as multiple nations did over a month ago.
   
    In mid-August, Korean Air and Kenya Airways announced they were halting flights to the West African countries ravaged by Ebola, and British Airways and Air France also decided to suspend service to the Ebola hot zone a few weeks later.

    “France is recommending that its citizens leave Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the countries hardest hit by the worst ever outbreak of the disease,” Jessica Plautz reported for Mashable. “The government said the increasing spread of the disease prompted its request that the airline to suspend flights.     

    Yet the Obama administration made no such request to U.S. airlines and government flights, despite the Center of Disease Control advising Americans to avoid “non-essential travel” to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea several weeks ago.

Obama says that he has a tremendous amount of confidence in the “extensive screening” at our airports.

Would that be the same “extensive screening” that some CNN employees recently experienced?…

    CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen said when she and two colleagues recently returned from reporting in Liberia, they got a mixed bag of responses from Customs and Border Protection officers.

    “We all said we were journalists who had just been in Liberia covering Ebola,” Cohen said. “One of my colleagues was told, ‘Oh, OK, welcome back home, sir’ — and (was) just let in — that was it.”

    Cohen herself got a different response.   

    “I was told, ‘Wait a minute, I think I got an email about this,’ and the border patrol officer went and consulted with his colleagues,” Cohen said

    That officer later told her she should check her system for 21 days.

    “I said, ‘What should I be checking?’ And he wasn’t sure,” Cohen said.

And even though it has already been demonstrated that someone from West Africa can bring Ebola over to the U.S. on an airplane, authorities all over the country seem content to proceed with business as usual.

For example, according to Fox News, college students from West Africa “may be subject to extra health checks“.

Or they might not.

No big deal, right?

After all, if a case or two of Ebola does pop up, our health authorities can easily take care of the situation like the experts are saying.

Right?

The truth is that we aren’t talking about measles or the flu here.  We are talking about one of the deadliest diseases ever known to mankind.

I think that John Little summarized what we are potentially facing very well…

    When you look closely at this virus, it’s hard to see any reason for optimism. It really is one of the most horrifying viruses known to man. It is massively contagious. It has an extremely low survival rate. Those that survive will often die later on – from organ failure, because of the massive internal damage this virus causes to even those who survive.

So those experts better be right.

They better be able to stop this virus just like they are saying.

Because if not, they are going to have to deal with millions of Americans that are extremely angry that they got lied to.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-02/don%E2%80%99t-worry-10-quotes-health-experts-promising-ebola-will-not-be-problem-america


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 15, 2014, 01:09:27 pm
Patient #3 CONFIRMED In Dallas: Total Breakdown in Ebola Control Protocols

Last night we updated readers with a report out of Dallas, TX indicating that a third Ebola infection had been identified in the United States. It was originally believed to be the boyfriend of Nurse Nina Pham, who tested positive for the virus earlier this week.

Pham’s boyfriend is still believed to be in isolation and it is not clear whether he has tested positive for the virus.

A second health care worker in Dallas, however, has tested positive for Ebola this morning, making her the third person in the United States to have been identified.

The infection of a second person who had been caring for Thomas Duncan suggests a total failure in CDC and hospital containment protocols.

    A second Dallas hospital worker who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, pointing to lapses beyond how one individual may have donned and removed personal protective garb.

    It’s not clear how the second worker contracted the virus. Authorities declined to say what position she holds at the hospital or the type of care she provided to Thomas Eric Duncan, who was diagnosed with Ebola after coming to the U.S. from Liberia. Duncan died Oct. 8.
    …

    “What happened there (in Dallas), regardless of the reason, is not acceptable. It shouldn’t have happened,” Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of NIH, said on MSNBC Wednesday.

    The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was monitoring herself for symptoms, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. The unidentified woman reported a fever Tuesday. She was in isolation within 90 minutes, Jenkins said.

    “We are looking at every element of our personal protection equipment and infection control in the hospital,” said Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, which operates Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

    Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the CDC, has acknowledged that the government wasn’t aggressive enough in managing Ebola and containing the virus as it spread from an infected patient to a nurse at a Dallas hospital.

    “We could’ve sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed,” he said Tuesday. (Breitbart)

***********

The previous report is below and discusses the possibility of another potential Ebola case currently in isolation. It was originally believed that Nina Pham’s boyfriend was the third confirmed Ebola case in America.

Various reports now making their way through social networks and alternative media sources claim that Nina Pham’s boyfriend may have been admitted to a Dallas-area hospital. It is not clear whether the individual was showing symptoms of the virus or if he has been quarantined as a precautionary measure. According to NBC DFW, “Texas Health Presbyterian is monitoring the patient based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol.”

Ms. Pham is the first person to contract the virus in the United States after being one of several medical personnel to provide care for the late Thomas Duncan, who arrived in America from West Africa two weeks ago.

According to reports Pham’s boyfriend works for Fort Worth-based eye care firm Alcon. A letter from Alcon CEO Jeff George sent to employees on Monday says that one of the company’s associates was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian. George specifically notes in the letter that the individual who has been admitted was not showing symptoms of the virus, but there are contradicting reports with some suggesting that the individual admitted to the hospital was showing Ebola-like symptoms.

Letter to Alcon employees:

(http://shtfplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/alcon-1.jpg)

It is believed that Nina Pham’s parents and boyfriend are employees of Alcon.

A follow up report from Got News indicates that two Alcon sources confirm the legitimacy of the letter and according to NBC the company says it is not worried about further infections:

    Alcon officials said they are confident that there is no risk for their associates after a consultation with the Texas Department of Health.

The Ebola virus has an incubation period of 2 to 21 days according to the CDC. This means that even though Pham had only been showing symptoms for a short period of time before being admitted to the hospital, it is possible that the individual identified by Alcon could have been exposed to the virus before Pham realized she was getting sick. With a two day incubation period, had her boyfriend been exposed it’s possible that he could have showed a more rapid onset of symptoms than Pham or Duncan.

The Centers for Disease control and Texas Health Presbyterian have yet to confirm if the new patient has tested positive for the virus, but some scattered reports online say that tests have actually confirmed infection. These reports have not been independently verified or confirmed.

If it turns out that this individual has Ebola he would be the first non-medical person in the United States to contract the virus, a development that could further stoke panic across America.

The CDC has maintained that they are prepared for Ebola even though director Thomas Frieden admitted yesterday that they have to rethink the way Ebola control protocols are implemented. It’s an admission that has brought further criticism to the agency, which has a $6.6 billion yearly budget, for their failure to implement effective quarantine and control procedures.

The latest potential case in Dallas highlights fears that the Ebola virus may have spread from Thomas Duncan, who was symptomatic two weeks ago, to the general population. With the high end of the incubation period being 21 days, if Duncan infected others then those cases will start showing up at hospitals within the next week.

Should this be the case, and more people become infected with the virus, it is only a matter of time before it makes its way to other major metropolitan areas. It’s also possible that, because of a lack of sufficient screening procedures and flight restrictions, more infected individuals from West Africa or elsewhere could eventually arrive in the United States.

Other than repeating that they have things under control, the CDC has failed to issue any pandemic preparedness guidelines to the general public. Even hospitals across the country lack a single standard for dealing with the virus.

The lack of information from the CDC and a concerned American public has led to panic buying of critical medical supplies like WHO-recommended respirator masks, protective body suits, goggles, gloves and pandemic kits to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.

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http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/report-patient-3-suspected-in-dallas-nurses-boyfriend-quarantined_10152014


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 15, 2014, 03:11:02 pm
CDC: Ebola Patient Traveled By Air With “Low-Grade” Fever

The CDC has announced that the second healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola — now identified as Amber Joy Vinson of Dallas — traveled by air Oct. 13, with a low-grade fever, a day before she showed up at the hospital reporting symptoms.

The CDC is now reaching out to all passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth. The flight landed at 8:16 p.m. CT.

All 132 passengers on the flight are being asked to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636). Public health professionals will begin interviewing passengers about the flight Wednesday afternoon.

“Although she (Vinson) did not report any symptoms and she did not meet the fever threshold of 100.4, she did report at that time she took her temperature and found it to be 99.5,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden.  Her temperature coupled with the fact that she had been exposed to the virus should have prevented her from getting on the plane, he said.  “I don’t think that changes the level of risk of people around her.  She did not vomit, she was not bleeding, so the level of risk of people around her would be extremely low.”

Vinson first reported a fever to the hospital on Tuesday (Oct. 14) and was isolated within 90 minutes, according to officials. She did not exhibit symptoms while on the Monday flight, according to crew members. However, the CDC says passenger notification is needed as an “extra level of safety” due to the proximity in time between the flight and the first reported symptoms.

“Those who have exposures to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline,” said Dr. Frieden. “The CDC guidance in this setting outlines the need for controlled movement. That can include a charter plane; that can include a car; but it does not include public transport. We will from this moment forward ensure that no other individual who is being monitored for exposure undergoes travel in any way other than controlled movement.”

Frieden specifically noted that the remaining 75 healthcare workers who treated Thomas Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital will not be allowed to fly. The CDC will work with local and state officials to accomplish this.

Frontier Airlines is working closely with the CDC to identify and notify all passengers on the flight. The airline also says the plane has been thoroughly cleaned and was removed from service following CDC notification early Wednesday morning.

However, according to Flighttracker, the plane was used for five additional flights on Tuesday before it was removed from service. Those flights include a return flight to Cleveland, Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL), FLL to Cleveland, Cleveland to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), and ATL to Cleveland.

While in Ohio, Vinson visited relatives, who are employees at Kent State University.  The university is now asking Vinson’s three relatives stay off campus and self-monitor per CDC protocol for the next 21 days out of an “abundance of caution.”

“It’s important to note that the patient was not on the Kent State campus,” said Kent State President Beverly Warren. “She stayed with her family at their home in Summit County and did not step foot on our campus. We want to assure our university community that we are taking this information seriously, taking steps to communicate what we know,” said Dr. Angela DeJulius, director of University Health Services at Kent State.

Vinson is a Kent State graduate.  She received degrees from there in 2006 and 2008.

Cleveland’s Public Health Director, Toinette Parrilla, said Vinson was visiting in preparation for her wedding.  While there, she visited her mother and her fiance.

The latest Ebola diagnosis was announced by the Texas Department of State Health Services early Wednesday morning.

Vinson is the second worker at Presbyterian Hospital to be diagnosed after providing health care to Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. He died last week.

Medical records provided to The Associated Press by Thomas Eric Duncan’s family show Amber Joy Vinson was actively engaged in caring for Duncan in the days before his death. The records show she inserted catheters, drew blood, and dealt with Duncan’s body fluids.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings addressed the media on Wednesday, saying the patient lives alone and has no pets.

“It may get worse before it gets better,” Rawlings said, “but it will get better.”

Crews worked to decontaminate the common areas of Vinson’s Dallas apartment building Tuesday morning. The apartment unit will be decontaminated by contractors starting early Wednesday afternoon.

The CDC announced that Vinson will be transported to Emory Hospital in Atlanta for further treatment. Two previous American Ebola patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were treated at Emory and were the first Ebola patients to be treated in the United States. They were released in August.

Nina Pham was diagnosed with the virus over the weekend and remains isolated in good condition. Pham’s dog — a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Bentley — has been taken into custody and is being cared for at an undisclosed location.

Frontier Airlines released the following statement:

    “At approximately 1:00 a.m. MT on October 15, Frontier was notified by the CDC that a customer traveling on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13 has since tested positive for the Ebola virus. The flight landed in Dallas/Fort Worth at 8:16 p.m. local and remained overnight at the airport having completed its flying for the day at which point the aircraft received a thorough cleaning per our normal procedures which is consistent with CDC guidelines prior to returning to service the next day. It was also cleaned again in Cleveland last night. Previously the customer had traveled from Dallas Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier flight 1142 on October 10.

    Customer exhibited no symptoms or sign of illness while on flight 1143, according to the crew. Frontier responded immediately upon notification from the CDC by removing the aircraft from service and is working closely with CDC to identify and contact customers who may traveled on flight 1143.

    Customers who may have traveled on either flight should contact CDC at 1 800 CDC-INFO.

    The safety and security of our customers and employees is our primary concern. Frontier will continue to work closely with CDC and other governmental agencies to ensure proper protocols and procedures are being followed.”

“This is a developing story… Refresh this page for more details.”

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/10/15/ebola-patient-traveled-day-before-diagnosis/


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: christistruth on October 15, 2014, 04:24:06 pm
When I read of these things, while I know that Jesus did say diseases would be rampant in the last days, I am also reminded of my favorite of Scott Johnson's teachings:

End Time Preparedness/Prepper Mega Study–Part 3

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Proactive Measures In the Event of a Pandemic
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The Top 5 Priorities of Emergency Preparedness
Christian Believer’s Immune Boosting Tip
Excellent Emergency Medical Supplies
Doomsday Bunkers Shows–Helping People Prepare For The End Times
Emergency Response Protocols: Establishing Operational Guidelines for Times of Crisis
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http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=4496 (http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=4496)

Believe in Christ, have faith in his soon return. :)



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 15, 2014, 08:36:47 pm
Me and my wife have joked with each other for years over how the news stations here in North East Ohio always find the "Ohio" connection into any National News Story. Well now Ebola has come to my Home town of Akron Ohio.  :D My wife is finally taking it seriously... Her Moms husband works at Kent State...  :D its really getting too much. Im betting this woman was some where we were at in the time she was here.

Ebola-infected nurse related to Kent State workers, attended school

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The second Texas nurse to test positive for Ebola attended Kent State University and is related to three employees there, but she did not visit the campus while she was in Ohio this weekend, the university said on Wednesday.

The woman, who was identified by her family as Amber Vinson, 29, stayed with her family at their home in Summit County and did not step foot on the campus, Kent State President Beverly Warren said in a statement.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we're asking the patient's family members to remain off campus for the next 21 days and self-monitor per CDC protocol," Dr. Angela DeJulius, Kent State's health services director, said in a statement, referring to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cleveland officials said Vinson traveled to Cleveland on Oct. 8 and returned to Dallas on Oct. 13. Cleveland has activated an emergency communications center out of an abundance of caution, officials said.

Vinson was in the Akron, Ohio, area to prepare for a wedding and was visiting her mother, the director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, Toinette Parrilla, told a news conference.

http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-infected-nurse-went-kent-state-related-school-182400204.html


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 15, 2014, 08:45:08 pm


Ebola patient Amber Vinson spent weekend in Tallmadge, Summit County health officials interviewing family

 Dallas nurse Amber Joy Vinson spent last weekend in Tallmadge, an Akron suburb, before testing positive for the Ebola virus.

Summit County Public Health officials are still trying to determine who Vinson may have seen and where she went while she was visiting family. A family member has already self-quarantined himself in a Tallmadge home following Vinson's positive test.

Interviews to determine Vinson's whereabouts are expected to take time, said Summit County Public Health Medical Director Margo Erme, and people will be interviewed twice to determine whether or not they were in contact with Vinson.

"We have been in there all day to see if there are additional contacts and to see where those additional contacts may be, and also the nature of those contacts," Erme said.

Quarantine needs will be determined on an individual basis, Erme said.

Health officials learned the Vinson had been in the county at around 10 a.m. Wednesday. An emergency command center has been established between Summit County Public Health, Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio Department of Health.

Anyone with questions or anyone concerned about possible symptoms or exposures can call a county hotline: 330-926-3939.

Vinson, 29, was in Akron Oct. 10 through Monday before flying back to Dallas on a Frontier Airlines flight. The Firestone High School graduate earned her nursing degree at Kent State University and worked at Summa Akron City Hospital from 2007-12, said spokesman Jim Gosky. She was in town to help her mother plan for a wedding.

Summa Health System is "in the process of analyzing the entire situation," Gosky said.

Vinson tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, though some reports say she had a low-level fever on the flight.

Erme said her agency does not yet know whether or not Vinson was experiencing any symptoms. Interviews conducted in Dallas will be handed over to those working on the case in Ohio.

Tallmadge Mayor David Kline said his city is prepared to deal with the virus.

"We are prepared for this as much as we can," Klein said. "We have our fire department working with these agencies for a number of years."

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic told the press conference that inaccurate information has plagued his offices throughout the day.

"If you suddenly say there's a crisis, you don't do very well. The big concern about panic is a tremendous concern," Plusquellic said. "People making bad decisions about not going or not doing something based on incorrect information."

Summit County Executive Russ Pry said releasing accurate information is paramount.

The county will conduct a follow-up press conference Thursday to discuss any potential developments in the case.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2014/10/ebola_patient_amber_vinson_spe.html



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 15, 2014, 09:00:17 pm
She stayed in a house not to far from where i work. That is awesome....  ???

Just found the house, it's just around 3,000 feet from where i work.  :D She was in this house, contagious for at least 5 days, 3,000 feet from me.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 15, 2014, 11:01:03 pm
Ebola outbreak 2014
2h
Report: Dallas County officials to issue disaster declaration Thursday over Ebola - @nbcdfw
Read more on nbcdfw.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/africa-ebola-outbreak-2014/

Sorry BA, welcome to my world... lol. Incase me and him quite posting anytime soon you will know why.  :D Funny how we both run this web site, and all of a sudden EBOLA is right next door to us.

Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mar 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Christian40 on October 16, 2014, 04:37:57 am
Ebola outbreak 2014
2h
Report: Dallas County officials to issue disaster declaration Thursday over Ebola - @nbcdfw
Read more on nbcdfw.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/africa-ebola-outbreak-2014/

Incase me and him quite posting anytime soon you will know why.  :D Funny how we both run this web site, and all of a sudden EBOLA is right next door to us.

Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mar 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.


God does not want you or BA2 to get Ebola, i cannot see a loving God allowing any Christian to get such a dreadful disease, however there are other ways to die before the Rapture i wouldnt worry about it ;)


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 16, 2014, 03:01:06 pm
U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola

While Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization officials continue to insist Ebola cannot be transmitted by air from one person to another, an Army manual clearly warns the virus could be an airborne threat in certain circumstances. On page 177 of the handbook, in a chapter discussing “Viral Hemorrhagic Fever” (VHF), a category of viruses that includes Ebola, USAMRID says: “In several instances, secondary infections among contacts and medical personnel without direct body fluid exposure have been documented. These instances have prompted concern of a rare phenomenon of aerosol transmission of infection.”   

http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/u-s-army-warns-of-potential-airborne-ebola/

Obama Ebola czar: Zero medical experience

Lisa Monaco, who has no professional medical expertise, was named by the White House as the point person in charge of coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. Earlier this month, prior to widespread criticism of the handling of the first Ebola case in the U.S., Monaco assured the public the government had the outbreak under control. “We know how to do this, and we will do it again,” Monaco said at a press briefing.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/obama-ebola-czar-zero-medical-experience/

 ::) who is really not surprised by that?


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 17, 2014, 03:44:29 am
http://news.yahoo.com/us-schools-close-ohio-texas-over-ebola-fears-171557552.html
US schools close in Ohio, Texas, over Ebola fears
10/16/14

Washington (AFP) - Some schools in Ohio and Texas closed Thursday amid fears that students or staff had been exposed to a nurse who had Ebola infection during an airline flight.

The US Centers for Disease Control has reached out to 132 people who were on the same October 13 flight as Amber Vinson, but said there was an extremely low risk that anyone was infected.

She had a low-grade fever and was not vomiting or experiencing diarrhea on the trip from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth, but she should not have been allowed to board a commercial airline, CDC chief Tom Frieden said.

Three schools in central Texas were closed because two students had traveled on the same Frontier Airlines flight, according to a statement posted online.

School superintendent Susan Kincannon said North Belton Middle School and Sparta Elementary -- where the students attend -- were closed, as well as Belton Early Childhood School while health authorities evaluated the risk.

"I'm frustrated that we didn't learn until late tonight that the CDC was re-evaluating the health risk," she wrote in the letter, posted late Wednesday.

"The health and safety of our students is my first priority."

Some schools in Ohio also closed, including Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary, after a school employee was potentially on the same plane but a different flight.

"We learned today that an SMS staff member traveled home from Dallas on Frontier Airlines Tuesday on a different flight, but perhaps the same aircraft, as the Texas nurse with Ebola," said the school.

Officials at the schools said the closures were a precautionary measure, and that building facilities would be thoroughly cleaned.

Ebola is spread through close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. The virus has killed more than 4,400 people in West Africa since the start of this year.

Vinson was the second health care worker diagnosed with Ebola after treating Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died in Dallas on October 8.

Her Ebola diagnosis was announced October 15, two days after she took the domestic flight. Another nurse, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola on October 12.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 19, 2014, 10:48:08 am
Breaking: New Patient Reporting Ebola Symptoms Transferred To Hospital Where Two Nurses Were Infected

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in the last hour has released the below information. A new patient reporting Ebola symptoms was transferred to the hospital. The patient was determined to be low-risk.

    Thursday evening, a patient reporting Ebola symptoms was transferred from Baylor University Medical Center to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. The patient was placed in isolation at Texas Health Dallas and evaluated with all appropriate precautions. The patient was determined to be low risk and wanted to leave the hospital. The CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services were advised of this and did not feel it was necessary to have her detained.

It sounds like this was probably just someone not feeling well, unrelated to Ebola.

However, although the CDC determined it was safe for the patient to leave, many Dallas residents must be wondering why a patient was transferred to the very hospital where two care givers were infected, the original Ebola patient died, and where a controversy remains as to whether proper precautions were taken. Not to mention it is the hospital that both current Ebola patients were just transferred away from by the same CDC that apparently was aware of the new transfer from Baylor.

"Evaluated with all appropriate precautions," reads the statement. In light of the allegatations from nurses and the two recent infections, a loaded statement at the least.

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/breaking-new-patient-reporting-ebola-symptoms-transferred-hospital-where-two-nurses-were


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 20, 2014, 12:06:18 pm
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/186245#.VEVbNTKvW4N
Ebola Cover-up? African Dies Vomiting on Plane to New York

NY congressman furious after officials dismiss Ebola after 'cursory' exam of passenger who died on flight from Nigeria.

10/17/14

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) is outraged after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials dismissed Ebola after a "cursory" exam of an African man, who died on a plane to JFK Airport Thursday in a fit of vomiting.

The unnamed 63-year-old had boarded an Arik Air plane out of Lagos, Nigeria the night before, a federal law enforcement source told the New York Post. While in the air, the man vomited in his seat repeatedly, and before landing in New York he died on the plane.

The 145 frightened passengers were kept on board as CDC officials and police entered the plane at around 6 a.m. when it landed, but after a very brief examination that apparently did not include a blood test with lab results, they claimed the man had not died from the lethal virus.

“It was what I was told a cursory examination. ...They were told there was no danger because the person did not have Ebola,” King said. "Their (passengers') concern was, how could you tell so quickly? And what adds to the concern is how wrong the CDC has been over the past few weeks."

Indeed, the US experienced its first case of Ebola last month when Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia brought the disease in.

CDC protocol evidently was not enough to prevent two health care workers in Dallas from contracting the virus, and there are fears that they may have spread it further.

And it also has quietly lowered the "critical temperature" for detecting the fever characteristic of Ebola, after one of the health care workers' symptoms slid by undetected.

"We changed to 100.4 after the first nurse presented to hospital with symptoms of disease and her temp was not the 101.5 that Ebola patients usually present when they are having vomiting diarrhea, etcetera," CDC spokesman Thomas Skinner told the Daily Caller on Wednesday.

Additional alarm was raised after the second nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, was found to have boarded a flight from Cleveland to Dallas showing signs of the disease - but may have been cleared by a CDC worker to travel since her own fever was at just 99.5F.

Thursday's passenger came from Nigeria, while the epidemic has been centered in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. However, Nigeria has already had 19 confirmed cases of the virus in addition to other possible unreported cases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said there have been no new cases known to have occurred in the last month in Nigeria, meaning that if by Monday that continues the country will be declared "Ebola-free" - meaning it still has not been declared as such.

"Step up security protocol"

King was particularly concerned about the handling of the case, noting that sources said "the door (to the terminal) was left open, which a lot of the first responders found alarming." The body was handed over to Port Authority police to dispose of after the "cursory" exam.

The congressman wrote to the Department of Homeland Security demanding tougher protocols, while warning that 70 to 100 passengers arrive at JFK each day from the three West African countries stricken by the disease.

"These individuals transit the airport with the rest of the traveling population, including using the restrooms," King wrote Thursday. "Only after they arrive at the Customs and Border Patrol primary screening location that they are separated and sent to secondary inspection for a medical check and to complete the questionnaire."

"I believe there should be a suspension of direct flights and connecting flights from these three countries," King said. "And maybe anyone with a visa from those countries, and who has been living in those countries, should be barred" from entering the US.

The statement comes after experts have warned US President Barack Obama showed laxness against the Ebola threat despite clear warnings from US-funded studies showing the danger. Experts have also criticized the position of Obama and the UN in keeping transit open from West Africa on the claim that closing it would somehow prevent the ability to fight Ebola.

Ebola has already infected at least 9,000 people and killed over 4,500 in West Africa; WHO reported on Tuesday that with unofficial figures included, the disease is showing a 70% rate of mortality, much higher than its traditional 50% rate.

It also warned that by December the number of infections every single week in West Africa is liable to skyrocket to 10,000 people.

The disease has not only spread to the US; on Tuesday, a UN worker infected with Ebola died after travelling to Liberia to treat the disease. There have also been several cases of infected British nationals recorded in Macedonia to the north of Greece, and a Spanish nurse became the first to contract Ebola outside of West Africa last week.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 20, 2014, 10:22:11 pm
http://www.webpronews.com/ebola-in-ohio-state-earmarks-800000-in-emergency-funds-to-fight-the-disease-2014-10
Ebola in Ohio: State Earmarks $800,000 in Emergency Funds to Fight the Disease
10/20/14

The state of Ohio has earmarked $800,000 in federal and state funds to fight a possible outbreak of Ebola in the state.

The Ohio Controlling Board allocated $300,000 to the Department of Health to stock up on protective equipment for hospitals, first-responders, and health-care workers, and another $300,000 to contract a Cincinnati, Ohio company to handle the cleanup of contaminated sites in the event a case of Ebola is confirmed.

There are currently no confirmed cases in Ohio.

According to officials, the state currently has enough protective gear for 16 “patient days,” which accounts for 240 suits. However, officials say health care workers would need to change their protective garments several times a day in caring for a single patient. The new purchase would bring the state up to 96 patient days.

“If a local hospital has difficulty receiving their supplies of (personal protective gear) in a timely fashion, we are able to come in and supply things until the supply chain opens back up,” Lynne Bratka, interim chief of the department’s Bureau of Health Preparedness, told The Columbus Dispatch.


Gene Phillips, chief of the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Health Department, said the disease is not transmitted through the air.

“There is some research to suggest that Ebola does not exist for a long period of time on surfaces,” Phillips said. “Once it dries out, the virus is relatively inactive and there are other disinfectants that can be used to clean those areas.”

However, bodily fluids of an Ebola patient, including waste from vomiting and diarrhea, “have to be treated with the most utmost care,” he said.

“In an abundance of caution we are making sure we are ready and available for the worst-case scenario,” Phillips said.


Ohio reduced the number of people being monitored from 153 to 142 on Monday. Those being monitored may have made contact with 29-year-old Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to have contracted Ebola, who flew to and from Cleveland between Oct. 10 and 13 to plan her wedding.



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Post by: Christian40 on October 21, 2014, 03:28:25 am
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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 21, 2014, 08:20:56 pm
http://www.prisonplanet.com/madsen-ebola-epidemic-linked-to-cia.html
Madsen: Ebola Epidemic Linked to CIA
10/21/14

Investigative journalist and former NSA contractor Wayne Madsen told Press TV on Monday the latest Ebola outbreak in Africa may be a resurfacing of an earlier infection linked to the CIA.

“We see a year [1976] when the US was violating a Senate law that forbid the US from engaging in the Angolan Civil War and we saw Zaire being used as a bait for the CIA and then we saw the outbreak of Ebola in Zaire. The same year that George H. W. Bush was the director of the CIA,” Madsen said.
“In 1980 we saw the outbreak of HIV in Zaire and Angola where the CIA was operating,” he said.

“I think what we need to see is an investigation of how intense the CIA biological warfare program was in Zaire and Angola between 1976 and 1980, and what has hit in Sierra Leon and other countries is the Zaire strain of Ebola.”

Madsen said the militarization of the U.S. Ebola effort in West Africa is suspicious. “It’s very peculiar that the US is sending the military in when obviously health workers, doctors, and other health care professionals are needed,” he said.

CIA and U.S. military involvement in the use of biological pathogens as weapons is well documented. In the 1970s, evidence was revealed by the Church Committee.

“Although such military research was highly classified, by 1975 concern over revelations of myriad intelligence abuses led to a comprehensive investigation by the U.S. Senate’s Church Committee, which published a CIA memorandum listing the deadly chemical agents and toxins then stockpiled at Fort Detrick. These included anthrax, encephalitis, tuberculosis, lethal snake venom, shellfish toxin, and half a dozen lethal food poisons, some of which, the committee learned, had been shipped in the early 1960s to Congo and to Cuba in unsuccessful CIA attempts to assassinate Patrice Lumumba and Fidel Castro,” Ellen Ray and Willam H. Schaap write in Bioterror: Manufacturing Wars the American Way.

Citing the Tuskegee syphilis experiments and the 1978 hepatitis-B experiments as a precedent, researchers also believe the CIA is behind the AIDS epidemic originating in West-central Africa. Many prominent Africans, including  former South African President Thabo Mbeki and Wangari Mathai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, believe the CIA is responsible.

In the 1980s, John Stockwell, a former CIA paramilitary intelligence case officer stationed in Angola, said there is circumstantial evidence the CIA was involved in spreading the deadly virus.

Stockwell suggested the origin of AIDS may be linked to a mass smallpox inoculation conducted by WHO and that the disease was used by the agency intentionally to target gay men and intravenous drug users.



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 21, 2014, 08:30:20 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2800577/cdc-deletes-recommendations-hospital-hazmat-suits-ebola-virus-continues-spread.html

CDC DELETES controversial guidelines for hospital hazmat suits to battle Ebola

Top epidemic-control agency got rid of its advice to hospitals on how to clothe health care workers who have contact with Ebola patients

On the same day it published a recommendation: Don’t have any physical contact with the patient ... without first putting on appropriate PPE'

PPE – Personal Protective Equipment – is medical shorthand for a full hazardous materials (hazmat) suit

Requirements for gloves, 'impermeable' gowns, face masks and goggles are now missing fro he CDC's website

Instead hospitals and doctors see only a notice that 'recommendations are forthcoming'

A top US health expert said the new advice would make sure hazmat suits are worn 'with no skin showing'

By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 13:35 EST, 20 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:40 EST, 20 October 2014



Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 22, 2014, 08:08:08 pm
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/10/21/two-passengers-from-liberia-to-chicago-quarantined/
10/21/14
Two Sick Passengers On Flights From Liberia Being Monitored At Chicago Hospitals

CHICAGO (CBS) – Medical personnel in Chicago said they are using “an abundance of caution” for two patients being evaluated for Ebola, even though neither has been diagnosed with the disease, after each of them became sick on separate flights from Liberia to O’Hare International Airport.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports neither patient – a girl and an adult who are not related – has a fever, and neither has been tested for Ebola, but both are being monitored at local hospitals.

Both patients showed improvement Wednesday, according to the city health officials and are no longer in isolation.

The girl began vomiting after boarding a flight from Liberia to Chicago, and was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital after arriving in Chicago, to undergo stringent infection control protocols. The girl later was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, where she was in isolation Wednesday morning. Her family has shown no signs of Ebola, but was under quarantine until an evaluation has been completed.

The girl had no fever, and no known risk of exposure to Ebola. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but a test for Ebola was done out of an abundance of caution.

Dr. Stephen Weber, chief medical officer at University of Chicago Medicine, said the rigorous protocols were necessary, even though the chances are slim the girl has contracted Ebola.

“It’s important to stress that, at this time, we don’t have a diagnosis of Ebola for this patient. We are being very cautious,” he said. “It may turn out to be very unlikely that that’s what’s affecting this patient.”

In the other case, an adult passenger traveling alone from Liberia reported nausea and diarrhea, but had a normal temperature. That person was being monitored at Rush University Medical Center, but was not tested for Ebola. The patient was diagnosed with typhoid fever in August.

Even though neither patient has been diagnosed with Ebola, doctors and nurses treating them have been wearing appropriate protective gear, going above and beyond CDC recommendations.

“I think abundance of caution is exactly the right words,” Weber said. “Again, the experience of the last couple of weeks have shown that this is a complicated, potentially severe disease. So even the possibility of it – even when it’s remote – warrants specific attention, and great care by expert providers.”


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 22, 2014, 09:40:45 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/virus-spreads-insurers-exclude-ebola-policies-163302758--finance.html;_ylt=AwrTWf3Z3kdUXjIAZv3QtDMD
As virus spreads, insurers exclude Ebola from new policies
10/22/14

By Carolyn Cohn, Richa Naidu and Avik Das

(Reuters) - As fear of Ebola infections spreads to developed economies, U.S. and British insurance companies have begun writing Ebola exclusions into standard policies to cover hospitals, event organizers and other businesses vulnerable to local disruptions.

As a result, new policies and renewals will become costlier for companies opting to insure business travel to West Africa or to cover the risk of losses from quarantine shutdowns at home, industry officials told Reuters.

"What underwriters are doing at the moment is they're generally providing quotes either excluding or including Ebola - and it's much more expensive if Ebola is included," said Gary Flynn, an event cancellation broker at Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group Plc in London.

While Ebola has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, and other diseases such as influenza are arguably more likely to cause measurable harm in the West, the arrival of a few isolated Ebola cases in Western countries has focused their insurers' minds on the virus's potential to cause damage.

The impact on liability insurance has been limited. In the United States, workers' compensation covers medical care and lost income for those who fall ill at work. Because such policies are regulated at state level, Ebola exclusions are unlikely.

Some property and casualty insurers, however, are considering Ebola before writing or renewing policies.

ACE Ltd said on Wednesday that its global casualty unit, which offers coverage for U.S.-based companies whose employees travel or that have operations abroad, was using a policy endorsement to exclude Ebola on a "case-by-case basis" during the underwriting process on new policies and renewals.

It said it was taking into account the risk posed by Ebola to clients who travel to and have operations in African countries with "potentially higher risk exposure".

Others are introducing new products tailored for Ebola.

"Probably the biggest issue coming up is business interruption," said Tony DeFelice, managing director of Aon Risk Solutions' national casualty practice in the United States.

A business interruption could be anything from the loss of key employees to sickness to the quarantine of an airliner or cruise ship used by a suspected patient suffering from Ebola or any other serious infectious disease.

But many property and business interruption (BI) policies are triggered only by direct physical damage to property, insurance broker Marsh wrote this month in a note on Ebola.

"This means that without special provisions - for example, manuscripted wording to broaden coverage - healthcare providers' property insurance and BI policies would likely not be triggered based solely on the presence of Ebola," Marsh said.

Miller Insurance Services LLP and William Gallagher Associates last week launched the first product to insure hospitals against losses from any shutdown made necessary by Ebola quarantine, teaming up with Lloyd's of London underwriter Ark Syndicate.

More could follow. Aon Plc has created an "Ebola task force" to monitor the outbreak and help clients prepare for potential risks.

JLT's Flynn said the cost of insuring an event against Ebola would be about triple the amount of normal cancellation insurance, if the venue was in a region not known to be affected by the virus.

He said organizers would pay about 0.1 percent of potential revenue from an event for insurance excluding Ebola coverage. Including Ebola, the cost rises to about 0.3 percent.

No events have yet been canceled in Britain or the United States as a result of Ebola; only three cases have been diagnosed in the United States to date, and none in Britain. But concern has been growing, and Ebola has moved to the forefront of the U.S. election campaign.

The U.S. government said on Tuesday that travelers arriving from any of the three centers of the outbreak, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, must fly into one of five airports that have enhanced screening in place. Britain is also screening arriving air and rail travelers.

(Additional reporting by Sonali Paul in Melbourne, Tanya Agrawal, Amrutha Gayathri and Neha Dimri in Bangalore; Writing by Robin Paxton; Editing by Kevin Liffey)


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 22, 2014, 09:46:37 pm
10/18/14

Ebola lockdown: British plan to send 3,000 UK troops into Sierra Leone to set up military blockades to restrict movement in attempt to stop the virus spreading

Chief of the General Staff General Sir Nick Carter heads review of UK response to disease

One suggestion is to use Royal Navy ships to patrol its coastal waters
Oxfam said lack of Western military personnel in West Africa puts lives at risk

Charity wants troops to deliver vital supplies and build treatment centres


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 23, 2014, 07:55:58 pm
Breaking News
    
NYC doctor Craig Spencer has Ebola virus, tests reportedly confirm @Yahoo


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Post by: Mark on October 23, 2014, 08:33:53 pm
Doctor in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the initial test.

While officials have said they expected isolated cases of the disease to arrive in New York eventually, and had been preparing for this moment for months, the first case highlighted the challenges surrounding containment of the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis.

Even as the authorities worked to confirm that Mr. Spencer was infected with Ebola, it emerged that he traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, when he went to a bowling alley, and then took a taxi home.

The next morning, he reported having a temperature of 103 degrees, raising questions about his health while he was out in public.

People infected with Ebola cannot spread the disease until they begin to display symptoms, and it cannot be spread through the air. As people become sicker, the viral load in the body builds, and they become more and more contagious.

Dr. Spencer’s travel history and the timing of the onset of his symptoms led health officials to dispatch disease detectives, who “immediately began to actively trace all of the patient’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk,” according to a statement released by the department.

It was unclear if the city was trying to find people who might have come into contact with Dr. Spencer on the subway. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority directed all questions to the health department, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the issue.

At Dr. Spencer’s apartment in Harlem, his home was sealed off and workers distributed informational fliers about the disease. It was not clear if anyone was being quarantined.

Health authorities declined to say how many people in total might have come into contact with Dr. Spencer while he was symptomatic.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a news conference Thursday evening before the diagnosis, said Dr. Spencer has given health workers a detailed accounting of his activities over the last few days.

“Our understanding is that very few people were in direct contact with him,” Mr. de Blasio said.

Dr. Spencer had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, treating Ebola patients, before returning to New York City on Oct. 14, according to a city official.

He told the authorities that he did not believe the protective gear he wore while working with Ebola patients had been breached but had been monitoring his own health.

Doctors Without Borders, in a statement, said it provides guidelines for its staff members on their return from Ebola assignments, but did not elaborate on those protocols.
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“The individual engaged in regular health monitoring and reported this development immediately,” the group said in a statement.

rest: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/nyregion/craig-spencer-is-tested-for-ebola-virus-at-bellevue-hospital-in-new-york-city.html?_r=0


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 24, 2014, 07:41:13 pm
http://www.prisonplanet.com/medical-professional-health-authorities-covering-up-ebola-cases-in-u-s.html
Doctor: Health Authorities Covering Up Ebola-Like Cases in U.S.
10/23/14

A doctor has exclusively revealed to Infowars that health authorities are covering up Ebola cases in the United States and disappearing patients in an effort to avoid hysteria.

James Lawrenzi, DO, who has two clinics in Garden City and Archie, Missouri, appeared on the Alex Jones Show today to warn that the true scale of the situation was being deliberately downplayed.

Lawrenzi said that shortly after the arrival of patient zero – Thomas Eric Duncan – in the United States, he was told by a doctor at Truman Lakewood Medical Center in Kansas City they had taken in a possible Ebola patient who had a high fever and was bleeding out of all his orifices having recently returned from West Africa.

The following day, Lawrenzi was told by the doctor that the patient had “disappeared” against medical advice, but that he wouldn’t have been able to leave on his own given his medical condition.

The day after the patient disappeared, a meeting was called for anyone who had contact with the patient. Doctors and other medical workers were told that the patient had malaria.

A second possible Ebola patient was then admitted to Research Medical Center in Kansas City the following day but also quickly “disappeared,” with hospital bosses claiming he had typhoid, according to Lawrenzi.

“These patients are disappearing, they’re doing something with the patients and God knows where they’re going,” said Lawrenzi.

Asked why authorities were engaged in an apparent cover-up, Lawrenzi speculated that the CDC was attempting to prevent hysteria, noting that workers at his own clinics had been told not to use the word “Ebola,” just as 911 dispatchers in New York have been banned from using the term, or to reveal any information about a possible Ebola case.

Lawrenzi also revealed that Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a private operator of health care facilities, had earlier this week removed protective gear and Hazmat suits from local hospitals without replacing it.

“They were told this was so they could have continuity of care for possible Ebola patients,” said Lawrenzi, adding that the real reason was that authorities didn’t want to cause a panic by having medical workers and doctors being seen in protective gear.

Urging people to “stay away from places where there’s large groups of people,” as well as hospitals, Lawrenzi said the situation was “much more serious than they’re letting on.”

“When flu season hits, people are going to be coming into the hospital for flu or Ebola, they’re not going to know what they have….it’s going to be a nightmare, every doctor I’ve spoken with is terrified of this fall,” said Lawrenzi.

“They’re preparing for something,” he added, speculating that the endgame could be medical martial law or the Obama administration’s complete takeover of the medical system.

Lawrenzi’s assertion that Ebola patients are being “disappeared” correlates with claims made by 27-year Border Patrol veteran Zach Taylor, who told Infowars that possible Ebola victims attempting to cross the border were also being secretly detained.

According to Infowars medical correspondent Dr. Edward Group, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is responding to only half the calls it is receiving from doctors reporting Ebola-like symptoms in patients. Dr. Group also talked with other health professionals and border patrol sources who confirmed that potential Ebola victims were being “disappeared” in an attempt to prevent panic.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 24, 2014, 07:45:49 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/1st-ebola-case-nyc-3-others-quarantined-060226282.html
NY, NJ order Ebola quarantine for doctors, others
10/24/14

NEW YORK (AP) — Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly disease in West Africa.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the case led them to conclude that the two states need precautions more rigorous than those of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends monitoring of exposed people for 21 days but doesn't require quarantine, in which they are kept away from others.

"It's too serious a situation to leave it to the honor system of compliance," Cuomo said.

Those who are forcibly quarantined will be confined either to their homes or, if they live in other states, to some other place, most likely a medical facility, the governors said. Those quarantined at home will receive house calls from health officials. Twenty-one days is the incubation period for the Ebola virus.

Dr. Howard Zucker, acting New York state health commissioner, said any medical personnel who have treated Ebola patients in the three Ebola-ravaged West African countries — Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia — will be automatically quarantined.

The governors gave no estimate of how many travelers would be subject to quarantine, but Cuomo said "we're not talking about a tremendous volume of people coming in from these areas," and added that there are no plans to hire more screeners at airports.

The two states are home to Kennedy Airport and Newark Liberty in New Jersey, both major international portals.

Spencer, a 33-year-old emergency room doctor, returned to the U.S. on Oct. 17 and sought treatment Thursday after suffering diarrhea and a 100.3-degree fever. He was listed in stable condition at a special isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital Center, and a decontamination company was sent to his Harlem home. His fiancee, who was not showing symptoms, was being watched in a quarantine ward at Bellevue.

Spencer's illness led lawmakers on Capitol Hill, scientists and ordinary New Yorkers to wonder why he was out on the town after his return — and why stronger steps weren't being taken to quarantine medical workers.

Doctor in NYC Quarantined With EbolaPlay videoDoctor in NYC Quarantined With Ebola
Health officials said that he followed U.S. and international guidelines in checking his temperature every day and watching for symptoms, and that he put no one at risk. But others said he should have been quarantined, either voluntarily or by the government, during the incubation period.

An automatic three-week quarantine makes sense for anyone "with a clear exposure" to Ebola, said Dr. Richard Wenzel, a Virginia Commonwealth University scientist who formerly led the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

Aid organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, the group Spencer was working for, have argued that mandatory quarantines are unnecessary because people with Ebola aren't contagious until symptoms begin, and even then it requires close contact with body fluids.

Also, aid groups have warned that many health care volunteers wouldn't go to Ebola hot zones if they knew they would be confined to their homes for three weeks after they got back.

"A three-week complete quarantine would eliminate two-thirds to three-quarters of the volunteers from the U.S." going to West Africa, said Dr. Rick Sacra, a Massachusetts physician who was recently infected in Liberia but recovered. "They wouldn't be able to spare the time."

First Confirmed Ebola Case in New YorkPlay videoFirst Confirmed Ebola Case in New York
On the streets of New York, Michael Anderson was critical of the U.S. government and Spencer.

"He's stupid, a complete idiot" for moving about in public, the longtime Manhattan resident said at Grand Central Station. "It's his responsibility when you come back from Africa" not to put people at risk, he said.

Nearly 4,900 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization is not recommending the quarantine of returning aid workers without symptoms, spokeswoman Sona Bari said.

"Health care workers are generally self-monitoring and are aware of the need to report any symptoms, as this patient did," she wrote in an email.

Doctor Who Visited Africa Tested for Ebola in NYPlay videoDoctor Who Visited Africa Tested for Ebola in NY
In other developments:

— One of the two Dallas nurses who caught Ebola from a patient was declared virus-free and released from a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Nina Pham, 26, said she felt "fortunate and blessed to be standing here today." She later got a hug from President Barack Obama at the White House. The other nurse, Amber Vinson, is in an Atlanta hospital, where she was said to be "making good progress" and tests no longer detected virus in her blood.

— Millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015, and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March, the World Health Organization said.

— In Mali, which reported its first case this week, authorities warned that many people are in danger because the toddler who brought the disease to the country was bleeding from her nose as she traveled on a bus from Guinea. The 2-year-old girl died at a hospital on Friday.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 26, 2014, 07:02:47 pm
http://www.wtvq.com/story/d/story/mali-rushes-to-track-ebola-after-toddler-dies/61831/BoMbuMHFZkWv91l9leDqHg
Mali rushes to track Ebola after toddler dies
10/26/14

KAYES, Mali (AP) — After 2-year-old Fanta Kone's father died in southern Guinea, the toddler's grandmother took her from the forested hills where the Ebola outbreak first began months ago to bring her home to Mali. It wasn't long, though, before the little girl started getting nosebleeds.

By the time the pair made their way back more than 600 miles to the heat-baked town of Kayes several days later, the toddler had a high fever and was vomiting blood. Doctors swiftly diagnosed Fanta with Ebola, but she soon succumbed to the virus already blamed for killing nearly 5,000 people in the region. Her grandmother, quarantined with a couple dozen others, could only watch from a distance in an isolation tent over the weekend as health workers in hazmat suits prepared the tiny corpse for burial.

There has been panic and fear in this town of 128,000 since news first spread of the girl's death, which was the country's first confirmed Ebola case about 10 months after the epidemic began in neighboring Guinea.

"We are in a panic — everyone is talking about Ebola," said Bruno Sodatonou, a 35-year-old restaurant worker in the town of 128,000. "We don't know how to protect ourselves. Some are now wearing gloves, while others are trying to avoid handshakes with people."

Mali — which shares a porous land border with Guinea — has long been seen as vulnerable to Ebola because of the large number of people moving back and forth between the two countries. Fanta's case has especially alarmed health authorities because she is believed to have been in a contagious state of Ebola as she traveled.

"The child's symptomatic state during the bus journey is especially concerning, as it presented multiple opportunities for exposures - including high-risk exposures - involving many people," the World Health Organization said in announcing the Malian case.

Dr. Koumare Toumani, director-general of the Kayes hospital, said the little girl and her grandmother though were quickly isolated upon arrival. A dozen of Fanta's family members are now being observed along with 11 health care workers, he said.

"It's true in the initial hours after the announcement of the Ebola case confirmation people were afraid, including health care workers," he said. "But calm has returned after religious and administrative officials carried out public awareness efforts."

Health authorities now though can only imagine how many people little Fanta may have come into contact along the way. Ebola is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of people showing symptoms of the disease, such as Fanta's bloody nose or potentially her soiled clothing.

Public transport buses in Guinea and Mali are often overcrowded, with children sitting on laps and passengers standing in the aisles.

Already they are making a list of the towns that Fanta and her grandmother passed through: Keweni, Kankan, Sigouri, Kouremale and the capital of Bamako. Health officials there are rushing to finish an isolation facility that can be used should additional cases emerge.

"Continued high-level vigilance is essential, as the government is fully aware," WHO said.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 27, 2014, 06:57:00 am
Nurse's Lawyers Promise Legal Challenge to Ebola Quarantine

Lawyers for a nurse quarantined in a New Jersey hospital say they’ll sue to have her released in a constitutional challenge to state restrictions for health care workers returning to New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

Civil liberties attorney Norman Siegel said Kaci Hickox, who was quarantined after arriving Friday at the Newark airport, shows no symptoms of being infected and should be released immediately. He and attorney Steven Hyman said the state attorney general’s office had cooperated in getting them access to Hickox.

Late Sunday, a spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a statement saying that people who had come into contact with someone with Ebola overseas would be subject to a mandatory quarantine at home. It did not explain why Hickox was being held at the hospital, though it did say, "Non-residents would be transported to their homes if feasible and, if not, quarantined in New Jersey.”

Hyman told NBC News he wasn't sure what the statement meant for Hickox's release. "I think we're getting closer to it," he said.

He and Siegel, speaking earlier outside Newark University Hospital, where she is quarantined, said they spent 75 minutes with her on Sunday. They said she was being kept in a tented area on the hospital's first floor with a bed, folding table and little else — they said she was able to get a laptop computer with wi-fi access only Sunday. But they said she is not being treated.

“She is fine. She is not sick,” Hyman said. Photos they released showed her in hospital garb peering through a plastic window of the tented-off area.

After a doctor back from West Africa was diagnosed with the virus last week, Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered quarantines for all returning medical workers who had treated Ebola patients. On Sunday, Christie defended the actions but federal officials and health experts criticized such policies as counterproductive.

“We believe that the medical experts should be directing these policies, not the politicians,” Siegel said.

Late Sunday, Cuomo clarified details of New York's quarantines. He said anyone returning from overseas after contact with someone with Ebola would have to remain in their homes for 21 days, and health care workers would check on them twice a day for any symptoms. Cuomo said accommodations would be found for any who didn't have a place to stay.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized the treatment of Hickox at the Newark airport, calling it an "interrogation" in which she was treated disrespectfully.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/nurses-lawyers-promise-legal-challenge-ebola-quarantine-n234416

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Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Mark on October 27, 2014, 07:35:34 am
Ebola Crisis: NJ Gov. Christie predicts quarantine will soon become ‘national policy’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he has no second thoughts about enacting a 21-day medical quarantine on medical workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. “I think this is a policy that will become a national policy sooner rather than later,” the Republican governor said on “Fox News Sunday,” emphasizing the population density of his state and the New York metropolitan area. “The fact of the matter is that the CDC protocol, is as Dr. [Anthony] Fauci admitted himself, had been a moving target,” Christi added, referring to an earlier interview on the same show by the director of the Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“It was my conclusion that we needed to do this to protect the public health of the people of New Jersey,” Christie said.” [New York] Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo agreed, and now [Chicago] Mayor [Rahm] Emanuel agrees, and I think the CDC eventually will come around to our point of view on this. This is government’s job,” Christie said. “We have taken this action, and I have no second thoughts about it.” –Politico

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/ebola-crisis-nj-gov-christie-predicts-quarantine-will-soon-become-national-policy/


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 28, 2014, 03:07:50 pm
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-pa-105-monitored-for-ebola-1028-20141028-story.html
10/28/14
105 being monitored for Ebola in Pa.

Public health workers are monitoring 105 people in Pennsylvania for Ebola symptoms, the state Department of Health announced Monday.

That figure includes everyone in the state known to have arrived from three Ebola-ravaged West Africa countries in the last 21 days, according to new state monitoring rules.

The department did not immediately indicate how many of the travelers had potential exposure to the virus in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. Those with possible or likely exposure to Ebola could face mandatory travel restrictions or quarantine, state health officials said last week.

They have declined to make available county-by-county tallies of those being monitored. On Friday, Allegheny County health director Dr. Karen Hacker said she knew of no one in the county who would fall under the new monitoring protocols.

Monitoring for any other affected travelers in Western Pennsylvania would fall to the state health department.

The protocols took effect Monday following a directive from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which ordered Pennsylvania and five other states to tighten checks for travelers arriving from the countries most harmed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The states together account for 70 percent of up to 150 people who arrive each day in the United States from those countries.

In Pennsylvania, state or local health workers will check in with the affected travelers twice a day during the three-week period when an infected person would begin showing symptoms and turn contagious.

The checks will be conducted by phone, in person or via Skype, according to state health officials. Workers will monitor for fevers and watch for symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and unexplained bleeding.

Any monitored people who develop symptoms would be rushed to a nearby hospital to be tested and isolated, state Deputy Health Secretary Martin Raniowski said last week. Those who defy monitoring expectations or travel restrictions could face legal action.

Other states set to bolster monitoring this week are New York, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia. Pennsylvania has no known Ebola cases.

More than 4,900 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have died from Ebola since the outbreak began in December. A man from Liberia died this month after contracting the virus there and carrying it to Dallas, Texas, where two of his hospital nurses caught the disease from him. They have recovered.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 29, 2014, 09:44:12 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/obama-praising-doctors-fighting-ebola-africa-131515858--politics.html
Obama on Ebola fight: US can't seal itself off
10/29/14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their return from the afflicted region. "We can't hermetically seal ourselves off," he declared.

His remarks came amid debate between the federal government and several states over how returning health care workers should be monitored. The White House has pushed back against overly restrictive measures, including proposals for travel bans or isolation measures adopted by some states.

"Yes, we are likely to see a possible case elsewhere outside of these countries, and that's true whether or not we adopt a travel ban, whether or not you adopt a quarantine," Obama said from the White House, surrounded by health care workers who have volunteered or will volunteer to serve in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, where the disease has killed nearly 5,000.

"We have to keep in mind that if we're discouraging our health care workers, who are prepared to make these sacrifices, from traveling to these places in need, then we're not doing our job in terms of looking after our own public health and safety," he added.

Obama did not mention any specific case, but a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa and has shown no signs of the disease was isolated in a hospital tent in New Jersey and now is abiding by a voluntary quarantine in her home state of Maine. The nurse, Kaci Hickox, said Wednesday that she planned to defy those guidelines if the state's policy didn't change by Thursday.

The White House has argued that stricter measures adopted by states such as New Jersey and New York could hurt efforts to recruit doctors and nurses to volunteer their services in West Africa. The federal government's guidance says only health care workers who have been exposed to Ebola directly, such as through a needle pin prick or by not having adequate protection, should face isolation.

Still, the Pentagon announced guidelines Wednesday that said U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa will be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days. Obama has said the military's situation is different from that of civilians, in part because troops are not in West Africa by choice.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest rejected suggestions that the policies employed by the Pentagon and states that are stricter than guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conveys a mixed message to the American public.

"The fact of the matter is, those differences in application of the policy have not interfered with the ability of the federal government to coordinate with them as these policies are implemented," he said.

The president was introduced by Dr. Kent Brantly, who was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia and was successfully treated in the United States.

Ahead of his appearance, Obama met in the secure Situation Room with his public health and national security team on the government's Ebola response.

Obama's Ebola response coordinator, Ron Klain, was planning his first visit to the CDC in Atlanta on Thursday. The White House said Klain would meet with Director Dr. Tom Frieden and other senior CDC officials.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 31, 2014, 10:33:29 am
http://news.yahoo.com/judge-issues-order-enforcing-ebola-isolation-defiant-maine-145417012.html
Judge issues order enforcing Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse
10/31/14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The confrontation between the state of Maine and a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone heated up on Friday when a judge issued a temporary order enforcing a quarantine after she defied state officials and took a bike ride.

The order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District Court, instructs nurse Kaci Hickox to submit to "direct active monitoring," and "not to be present in public places" like shopping centers, movie theaters or workplaces except to receive necessary healthcare.

The temporary order permits her to engage in what the judge called "non-congregate public activities" like walking or jogging in the park but instructs her to maintain a 3-foot (1 meter) distance from other people.

The quarantine confrontation between Hickox and Maine has become the focal point of a struggle between several U.S. states opting for stringent measures to guard against Ebola and a federal government wary of discouraging potential medical volunteers to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 02, 2014, 10:00:02 pm
http://nypost.com/2014/10/29/cdc-admits-droplets-from-a-sneeze-could-spread-ebola/
10/29/14
CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola

Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.

“If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.

Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through “droplets.”

“Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person,” the poster states.

Nass slammed the contradiction.

“The CDC said it doesn’t spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster,” she said. “They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way.”

Dr. Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, said droplets could remain active for up to a day.

“A shorter duration for dry surfaces like a table or doorknob, and longer durations in a moist, damp environment,” Hassad said.
The CDC did not respond to a request for comment.

In other developments:

 The de Blasio administration said the cost to New York of preparing for and treating Ebola ­patients and suspected victims will be “in the millions.” The city intends to ask the feds for help in paying the bill.

Dr. Craig Spencer remained at Bellevue Hospital in serious but stable condition.

The 5-year-old Bronx boy hospitalized at Bellevue was taken out of isolation after doctors determined he had only a respiratory infection.

Texas nurse Amber Vinson, who caught Ebola while treating a Liberian man who later died, was declared disease-free and released from an Atlanta hospital — and was elated to be able to go home with the all-clear. “It has been God’s love that has truly carried my family and me through this difficult time and has played such an important role in giving me hope and strength to fight,” she said.

Doctors Without Borders nurse Kaci Hickox, who was quarantined against her will at a New Jersey hospital after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, is staying at an undisclosed location in Maine. Tuesday night, her lawyer told ABC News, “Going forward, she does not intend to abide by the quarantine imposed by Maine officials because she is not a risk to others.”

President Obama delivered a veiled jab at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s treatment of Hickox, saying officials should not react to the crisis based on “fears.”


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 04, 2014, 08:06:41 am
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/11/ebola_pennsylvania_cases_monit_1.html
Ebola: Pa. monitoring caseload rises
11/3/14

Pennsylvania health officials as of Monday afternoon were monitoring 135 people for possible Ebola symptoms, an increase of 30 from last week.

All have recently arrived in Pennsylvania after visiting one of the areas in West Africa affected by the Ebola outbreak. However, none are known to have had direct exposure to Ebola, or have shown symptoms.

Pennsylvania receives between one and roughly 25 people daily who have returned from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone, where about 13,600 people have been stricken with Ebola, and nearly 5,000 have died as of the end of October.

Last Monday, Pennsylvania and five other states began monitoring incoming travelers from the three countries for Ebola symptoms, which include fever and vomiting.

Federal officials directed the six states to begin they monitoring because, between the six, they receive about 70 percent of incoming travelers returning from the three countries.

The monitoring involves twice-daily contacts by a health care worker to find out the person's temperure and whether they are showing Ebola symptoms.

For those who show no symptoms, the monitoring will last 21 days, which is the longest anyone exposed to Ebola can go without developing symptoms.


Title: Re: EBOLA plague 2014
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 04, 2014, 12:57:29 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/thousands-break-ebola-quarantine-food-124818527.html
11/4/14
Thousands break Ebola quarantine to find food

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed nearly 5,000 people and authorities have gone to extreme lengths to bring it under control, like the quarantines in Sierra Leone. The country said Tuesday that it would keep a state of emergency, which includes restrictions on large gatherings, in place for a full year.

Restrictions on movement and gatherings have also been used in Liberia and Guinea, the two other countries hardest hit by the epidemic.

While public health authorities have said such measures may be necessary to bring under control an Ebola outbreak unlike any other, the Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella organization for aid organizations, warned on Monday that they were cutting off food to thousands of people.

"The quarantine of Kenema, the third largest town in Sierra Leone, is having a devastating impact on trade - travel is restricted so trucks carrying food cannot freely drive around," the committee said in a statement. "Food is becoming scarce, which has led to prices increasing beyond the reach of ordinary people."

Because services are not reaching them, people who are being monitored for signs of Ebola — and should be staying at home — are venturing out to markets to look for food, potentially contaminating many others, said Kamara.

When houses are put under quarantine, teams are supposed to go to them to identify their needs, she said: How many people are living there? Are there pregnant women or sick people with special needs?

But Kamara said that with the infections still increasing quickly, it was difficult for the government to keep up with the number of people being monitored for the disease. The outbreak in Sierra Leone has been shifting in recent weeks, with the number of new cases ballooning in the country's western and northern districts, far from where the outbreak began, in the country's east.

"The number is just rising exponentially," she said. "The speed with which we have to have such a robust system of planning and coo