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http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-11-new-fda-approved-hepatitis-b-vaccine-found-to-increase-heart-attack-risk-by-700.html
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September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

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« Reply #300 on: November 07, 2014, 08:13:08 am »

New Ebola Strain Never Seen Before; Was It Weaponized?
Noted infectious disease experts have said that the current strain of Ebola virus plaguing Africa and slowly spreading in the United States is potentially much more lethal than previous strains identified by virologists. As reported by Washington's Blog, Dr. Michael Osterholm, the head of the Center for Infection Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, a prominent public health researcher who is nationally recognized, gave a talk in recent days explaining what another top Ebola virologist has found. During his talk, which was broadcast on C-SPAN, Osterholm said Gary Kobinger, chief of Special Pathogens for Canada's national health agency, has said the current Ebola strain appears to be far worse than any previous strain. He added that Kobinger believes that the current strain could more easily be spread through aerosols than those previously identified as well.

http://www.naturalnews.com/047502_Ebola_outbreak_weaponized_biological_warfare.html


U.S. Scientists Admit: Many Uncertainties Loom About Ebola's Transmission, Other Key Facts
Even as government officials have been expressing confidence that researchers know the key facts about Ebola, many questions crucial to preventing an outbreak in the United States actually remain unanswered, scientists admitted to the National Academy's Institute of Medicine in Washington on Monday. Virtually all the unknowns have practical consequences, participants emphasized, making it foolish and perhaps dangerous to base policy on weak science. For instance, virologists believe that Ebola is spread when people come in contact with the virus-laden bodily fluids of those who are already sick and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth, allowing the virus to pass through mucous membranes and enter the bloodstream.

http://www.firstpost.com/world/u-s-scientists-say-uncertainties-loom-about-ebolas-transmission-other-key-facts-1786511.html


Ebola Spreading Nine Times Faster Than Two Months Ago, Campaigners Warn
Cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone are still rising quickly, campaigners have warned. In rural parts of the country, the virus is spreading nine times faster than two months ago, a report from the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) found. AGI - an organisation set up by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair – said rates are also increasing in the capital Freetown, with six times more new cases recorded per day than two months ago. The news comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised that the number of new cases of the disease is levelling off. Nick Thompson, AGI's chief executive, told BBC news: 'What we're seeing is a varied picture across the country. There are areas where it's still going up quite dramatically. 'Particularly in the western area, the rural areas, the area around and behind Freetown on the western...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2819090/Ebola-Sierra-Leone-spreading-nine-times-faster-two-months-ago-campaigners-warn.html#ixzz3I3oEWBEl
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« Reply #301 on: November 09, 2014, 10:00:35 am »

KACI HICKOX EXPOSED FOR WHAT SHE TRULY IS AND WHO SHE WORKS FOR

The nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa and publicly fought quarantine orders in New Jersey and Maine after returning to the United States last month has decided to move away from her home state, a newspaper in Maine reported.

Yahoo News is reporting that Kaci Hickox, a nurse who returned to the United States last month after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and was quarantined in a tent outside a hospital in New Jersey for four days despite showing no symptoms of the Ebola virus.

Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, a man who is ignoring the obvious dangers, plans to leave Maine immediately following the expiration of the November 10th imposed quarantine.
Wilbur and Hickox are not saying where the couple plans to relocate to. Hickox and Wilbur stated that will be not commenting any further.

The Kaci Hickox PSYOPS

The Kaci Hickox debacle stinks to high heaven. Hickox’s present attorney, Norman Siegel, just coincidentally is connected to Obama. Siegel happened to be an official guest at the White House State Dinner on February 11, 2014. Here is the White House document which established Hickocx’s  attendance at the official gathering in which the President attended. According to the Daily Caller, Hickox was listed as an “active” EIS officer as recently as July 18, 2014, as indicated by CDC documents. Given the timing of this event, Hickox is not just a CDC intelligence officer, it is very likely that she is working for the CIA as well.

 Kaci Hickcox is quite clearly a part of an elaborate PSYOPS operation. What is the goal?  Hickox was undoubtedly destined and purposefully designed  to lose the quarantine battle  which would establish, in the American public’s mind, the authority of the government to quarantine (i.e. imprison) any sick or well person.

More Main Stream Media Lies

Hickcox and her boyfriend are serving one purpose and one purpose only, namely, to reinforce the legitimacy of the government’s right quarantine people WITHOUT SYMPTOMS.

This opens the door to forced incarceration for conditions other than Ebola. The conditions of quarantine could consist of people with a persistent and feverish desire for freedom, those who have the fatal condition of supporting the Second Amendment and of course the government must protect itself from the highly contagious condition known as a steadfast devotion to the Bill of Rights.
Conclusion

All of the aforementioned political viruses are fatal if treated by this administration. Quarantining an individual for any of the aforementioned conditions which support the irrational virtues of liberty are akin to going into a hospice. In other words, you will not come out alive.

To Kaci Hickox, I say to you, “Mission accomplished”. It is time for you to fade from public view and await your next CDC intelligence operation assignment.

 
http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/11/09/kaci-hickox-exposed-for-what-she-truly-is-and-who-she-works-for/
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« Reply #302 on: November 11, 2014, 08:16:18 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/us-ill-equipped-to-handle-ebola-evacuations--state-dept-contract-shows-191223341.html
U.S. was ill-equipped to handle Ebola rescues, State Dept. contract reveals
Life-saving gear needed to fly sick patients was in storage as epidemic grew

11/11/14

The air ambulance operation tasked with rescuing U.S. Ebola victims from West Africa was initially slowed by bureaucratic bungling and is now at risk of being overburdened as thousands of American troops deploy to fight the deadly disease.

Yahoo News has learned the U.S. government spent millions last decade to develop and build two of the world’s only isolation chambers for flying contagious patients — but as the epidemic raged in West Africa this summer and American aid workers there needed evacuating, the medical inventions were packed away in a small-town Georgia warehouse.

The troubling lack of preparedness by federal agencies forced the State Department to put up $4.9 million as part of a rushed contract to employ a commercial aviator to safely evacuate Ebola-infected Americans from West Africa.

The Aeromedical Biological Containment System (ABCS), a tent-like structure that allows caregivers to treat a single patient in flight without infectious germs escaping, was engineered by the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense and a private flight company, Phoenix Air Group, between 2007 and 2010 after the scare over SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.

The CDC paid Phoenix Air nearly $15 million between 2005 and 2011, according to a government database. Much of the money was spent to keep one of the company’s modified Gulfstream jets on retainer, in order to deploy the ABCS at a moment’s notice.

The isolator was never used, and the CDC decided it could no longer afford to keep a jet on standby. So the agency — whose mission includes controlling the introduction and spread of infectious diseases in the United States — asked Phoenix Air to shelve the gear in 2011.

By late July this year — with CDC workers and American aid volunteers in West Africa and the Ebola outbreak nearing its eighth month — the health agency had made no inquiries into its expensive life-saving equipment.

It wasn't until Aug. 18 that the U.S. government had a contract in place to get the ABCS and Phoenix Air back on 24/7 alert status.

“The Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, and other government agencies have deployed crisis response teams that currently have no contingency plan for evacuation,” State Department officials wrote in the contract. “The [U.S. government] response to this humanitarian crisis hinges on rapidly establishing a contract solution.”

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« Reply #303 on: November 13, 2014, 06:56:02 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/surgeon-infected-ebola-sierra-leone-flown-nebraska-cbs-000848587.html
11/13/14
Surgeon infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone to be flown Nebraska -CBS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A surgeon infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for treatment, "CBS Evening News" reported on Thursday.

The surgeon was born in Sierra Leone but is a U.S. resident, CBS reported.

Representatives for the University of Nebraska Medical Center said hospital officials could not confirm the report.

"Staff members here have been in a state of readiness to treat Ebola patients since we were first visited by the U.S. State Department in early August," the medical center said in a statement.

The hospital said it would have confirmation only when a plane was en route with a patient on board and "that is not the case right now."
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« Reply #304 on: November 14, 2014, 05:53:10 pm »

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/11/14/dallas-county-health-monitoring-traveler-for-ebola/
11/14/14
Dallas County Health Monitoring Traveler For Ebola

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed Friday that they are monitoring a traveler for Ebola Virus Disease. The action is precautionary and is being taken per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

The person, who will be monitored for 21 days, left West Africa on November 12 and arrived in Dallas County on November 14. The person is considered to be low-risk and remains asymptomatic for Ebola.

DCHHS Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins said, “Since this individual is low-risk, there is no reason for the public to be concerned. Our staff will follow through with monitoring for the rest of the 21-day period.”

That monitoring will end on December 3. Until then Dallas County officials say they will follow the guidelines. “We will proceed with our public health follow-up procedures to ensure the health and safety of our Dallas County residents,” DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said.

The individual has been instructed to remain off public transportation and avoid large, crowded activities.
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« Reply #305 on: November 14, 2014, 05:58:23 pm »

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/georgia-monitors-100-travelers-west-africa-ebola-s/nh7Y2/
11/14/14
Georgia monitoring 100 travelers from West Africa for Ebola symptoms

ATLANTA, Ga. — The state of Georgia is monitoring more than 100 travelers from West Africa to see if they develop symptoms of the Ebola virus.
According to Dr. Patrick O'Neal, director of health protection with the Georgia Department of Health, the state has monitored about 170 travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since October. That number, he said, is now down to 103.

"There is a requirement that any traveler coming into the U.S. from those three countries must be monitored for the 21-day period.  That's the incubation period maximum for Ebola," said O'Neal.

O'Neal said every passenger entering Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from West Africa first goes through a screening conducted by Customs and Border Patrol.  Those who pass are allowed to leave but not before they are instructed to check in once a day with the state health department either electronically or by smart phone.

According to O'Neal, the travelers have to check their temperatures twice a day and report any rises.  So far, O'Neal said all the travelers have been very cooperative and none has shown any signs of the Ebola virus.

"We continue to receive feedback from them on a daily basis as to whether they've developed any fever or any symptoms whatsoever," O'Neal said.
Every passenger who enters the U.S. from West Africa must enter through one of five international airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson.  Once they arrive, they are monitored by the state health department.  If they want to leave the state, they must first get permission.  O'Neal said about half of those travelers entering Georgia from West Africa are workers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

O'Neal also said the state is preparing to step up its testing procedures now that flu season is almost here.  Early onset Ebola has the same symptoms as the flu.
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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ebola-patient-dr-martin-salia-dies-in-omaha/
Ebola patient Dr. Martin Salia dies in Omaha
11/17/14

OMAHA, Neb. -- A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone received aggressive treatment at a Nebraska hospital over the weekend but died Monday morning.

Dr. Martin Salia's death is a reminder of how deadly the Ebola virus is and how important it is to receive treatment early, said Dr. Jeff Gold, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

"In the very advanced stages, even the modern techniques we have at our disposal are not enough to help these patients once they reach a critical threshold," Gold said at a news conference.

Salia, 44, was diagnosed with the virus Nov. 6. By the time he arrived at the Omaha hospital on Saturday, he was in extremely critical condition with no kidney function and severe respiratory problems.

He was placed on kidney dialysis and a ventilator, and was given several medications to support his organ systems, the hospital said in a statement. He was given the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp on Saturday and received a plasma transfusion from an Ebola survivor - a treatment that is believed to provide antibodies to fight the virus.

"We used every possible treatment available to give Dr. Salia every possible opportunity for survival," said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit. "As we have learned, early treatment with these patients is essential. In Dr. Salia's case, his disease was already extremely advanced by the time he came here for treatment."

The doctors and nurses treating Salia took additional precautions to protect themselves from the virus because of the advanced state of his disease when he arrived, Smith said. Everyone who treated Salia will be monitored for 21 days for Ebola symptoms, but they won't be quarantined.

Salia's body will be cremated as a precaution, Smith said.

Two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated at the Omaha hospital. Of 10 people to be treated for the disease in the United States, all but two have recovered. Thomas Eric Duncan, of Liberia, died at a Dallas hospital in October.

Salia was on day 13 of his illness when he arrived in Omaha, Smith said. The hospital's two surviving Ebola patients arrived on day six and day eight of their illnesses.

Salia's wife, Isatu Salia, said Monday that she and her family were grateful for the efforts made by her husband's medical team.

"We are so appreciative of the opportunity for my husband to be treated here and believe he was in the best place possible," Salia said.

Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Five other doctors in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola, and all have died.

Salia had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. It's not clear whether he was involved in the care of Ebola patients. Kissy is not an Ebola treatment unit, but Salia worked in at least three other facilities, United Methodist News said, citing health ministry sources.

Salia graduated from the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons training program in 2008. A fellow medical missionary, Richard Toupin, of Auburn, Indiana, last week described his colleague as "one of the best-trained surgeons in his country."

Bruce Steffes, executive director of PAACS, said Salia was free to practice anywhere he wanted, but that he elected to stay in Sierra Leone where the need for surgeons is immense.

The White House also sent condolences in a statement, saying Salia's death "is another reminder of the human toll of this disease and of the continued imperative to tackle this epidemic on the front lines, where Dr. Salia was engaged in his calling."

Salia's wife, who lives in New Carrollton, Maryland, said in a weekend telephone interview that when she spoke to her husband early Friday his voice sounded weak and shaky. But she said he told her "I love you" in a steady voice.

They prayed together, she said, calling her husband "my everything."

In a video recorded in April, Dr. Salia explained why he felt the need to treat Ebola patients, despite the high risk of infection.

"I knew it wasn't going to be rosy," Salia said, "but why did I decide to choose this job? I firmly believed God wanted me to do it. I knew deep within myself, there was just something inside of me, that the people of this part of Freetown needed help."

Salia went on to say, "I took this job not because I want to, but I firmly believe it was a calling and God wanted me to. That's why I strongly believe it's God that brought me here to fix whatever comes my way. And I'm pretty sure, I'm confident, that I just need to lean on Him, trust Him for whatever comes in, because he sent me here. And that's my passion."
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« Reply #307 on: November 21, 2014, 03:06:59 pm »

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/bandits-guinea-steal-blood-samples-suspected-ebola-infection-105900372.html
11/21/14
Bandits in Guinea steal blood samples believed to be infected with Ebola

CONAKRY, Guinea - It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples that were stolen from the taxi during its 265-kilometre (165-mile) trek on winding rural roads from the central Kankan prefecture to a test site in southern Gueckedou.

The samples, stored in tightly wrapped vials tucked into a cooler bag, were in the care of a Red Cross courier who was among nine passengers sharing a taxi when three bandits on a motorbike led the attack near the town of Kissidougou, a local Red Cross official said.

The robbers forced the passengers out, stole mobile phones, cash and jewelry, and fired into the air as they demanded the handover of the cooler bag, said Saa Mamady Leno of the Red Cross in Gueckedou. The courier, Abubakar Donzo, was later questioned by police.

Faya Etienne Tolno, a spokesman for the Guinea Red Cross, said the aid group had a shortage of vehicles for transport, which explains why a taxi was used. No one was injured in the incident, which took place on a road known for banditry.

"We don't understand why they stole the blood sample. Perhaps they thought there was cash hidden in the flask," Tolno said.

Dr. Barry Moumie, who heads patient care for the national Ebola response co-ordination committee, told The Associated Press: "We have informed the security services. If these thieves handle this blood, it will be dangerous."

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« Reply #308 on: November 21, 2014, 07:56:55 pm »

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/20/dhs-visitors-from-three-ebola-stricken-west-african-countries-can-stay-in-us/
11/20/14
DHS: Visitors from three Ebola-stricken West African countries can stay in US for 18 months

WASHINGTON –  The Obama administration says people in the United States whose home countries are ravaged by Ebola can stay in America.

The decision by the Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary status to about 8,000 people currently living in the U.S. The move, first reported by Reuters, was designed to protect people from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone from being deported back to areas experiencing disaster conditions.

The temporary stay currently has an 18-month ceiling on it. However, after that time, DHS will assess whether the protection should be extended.

In order to receive protected status, residents from the three West African countries must undergo a background check. Those who are found to have a criminal history will not be approved.

This isn’t the first time the United States has offered protection to people whose homelands have been hit by either natural disasters or diseases deeming the area too dangerous to return.

In 2010, the U.S. offered Haitians displaced by the earthquake places to stay
. The earthquake, which measured 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale, claimed more than 230,000 lives. It also displaced 1.5 million people, according to the United Nations.

But unlike other situations, the residents from West Africa will not be allowed to travel back to the region and then return to the U.S. – a measure in place in order to prevent the disease from spreading.
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http://news.yahoo.com/death-toll-ebola-outbreak-nears-7-000-west-235922860.html
Death toll from Ebola outbreak nears 7,000 in West Africa: WHO
11/29/14

DAKAR (Reuters) - The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on record has reached nearly 7,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

The toll of 6,928 dead showed a leap of just over 1,200 since the WHO released its previous report on Wednesday.

The U.N. health agency did not provide any explanation for the abrupt increase, but the figures, published on its website, appeared to include previously unreported deaths.

A WHO spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Just over 16,000 people have been diagnosed with Ebola since the outbreak was confirmed in the forests of remote southeastern Guinea in March, according to the WHO data that covered the three hardest-hit countries.

Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have accounted for all but 15 of the deaths in the outbreak, which has touched five other countries, according to the previous WHO figures.
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http://www.infowars.com/doctors-potential-ebola-cases-still-covered-up-by-cdc/
DOCTORS: POTENTIAL EBOLA CASES STILL ‘COVERED UP BY CDC’
CDC reportedly 'disappearing' patients

11/20/14

Ebola continues to spread wildly in Sierra Leone as experts project that virtually all major cities in the United States will face imported cases of Ebola amid the failed response of the CDC. The nightly news says the story on the disease is ‘closed,’ but medical doctors around the country happen to disagree — and overwhelmingly so. In fact, medical professionals are now speaking out privately and publicly about the ‘cover up’ of potential Ebola cases that they say may end up with their careers on the line.

It was back in October when I shared a story regarding some extremely powerful information that one of my medical doctors contacts stationed in Dallas had shared with me. The CDC, this individual said, was coming into hospitals and visiting patients who were reported to have ‘signs of malaria’. What’s much more disturbing, however, is that the CDC was reportedly ‘disappearing’ these patients — even going as far as to remove their actual records from the hospital database.

Surely a serious claim, and one that I had shared with the audience hoping that we could simply find an alternative answer to these disappearances. At least one that did not revolve around the cover up of a serious Ebola outbreak within our borders. It was hard to ignore, though, with even former Border Patrol agents speaking out over sightings of the CDC coming in and ‘snatching up’ individuals with flu-like symptoms.

What happened next, however, solidified the message of my Dallas contact in a very real way.

It was then, after sharing this story on air, that the brave Dr. James Lawrenzi called into the program and said that he had also witnessed similar circumstances: even going as far as to mention other key elements that I had not yet mentioned on air while conveying my report. In his experience and statement, Dr. Lawrenzi discussed how medical professionals from the CDC were in fact looking at these cases of ‘malaria’ in a very strange way. Especially when these ‘malaria’ cases exhibited symptoms that typically coincide with an Ebola infection.

Lawrenzi independently verified additional claims by doctors who we have personally spoken to regarding the state of unpreparedness within these institutions to handle even a single case of Ebola, the rapidly declining moral of medical staff who continually threaten to quit their jobs in the event of an Ebola patient being taken under care of the hospital, and the complete lack of concern from the CDC when it comes to medical doctors relaying these concerns to the agency.

But Dr. Lawrenzi’s statements, nor the statements of other medical doctors who have reached out conveying the same message and agreeing with my overall assessment, are not the focal point of this latest news. In the latest development on the Ebola case, doctors are now ‘freaking out’ over how families, lawyers, and eventually the public are going to respond to the ‘disappeared cases.’

Doctors ‘Freaking Out’ Over ‘Continued Ebola Cover Up’

The latest news from the medical doctors who have been in the thick of what they say are the disappearance of potential Ebola cases is that these medical professionals believe that they may in fact be the ones taking the heat for the CDC’s alleged actions. Specifically, we’re talking about what happens when families and investigative journalists really start looking into this in a big way.

Just speaking with one of the lead doctors in the Dallas area, they were concerned about ‘relatives going around talking about how their family members had died of Ebola’ — something that has reportedly already been ‘causing problems.’ The mainstream media, of course, can be trusted to stay completely silent about this entire timeline. Let’s not forget the quote which was published (and later retracted) on Forbes by an adjunct professor at Duke University Medical Center:

“The Associated Press and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed.”


And remember, it’s not hard to believe that the federal government would quell public fear over the Ebola outbreak in the United States by silently quarantining and disappearing potential patients. It’s, in fact, extremely easy to grasp. The government would love nothing more than to buy enough time to prepare adequate pandemic response (such as the acquisition of 250,000 hazmat suits sent directly to Dallas).

The reality is that doctors, other medical experts, and even former senior level Border Patrol agents have spoken out over the apparent cover up of potential Ebola victims within the US — with some sharing their story with millions. Many will not speak publicly about what they have seen for fear of repercussion from not only their partners and employers, but from the public and the federal government. These reports are serious, and they have serious and troubling meaning for this nation if they are, in fact, centered around an Ebola cover up campaign aimed at halting the spread of fear throughout the general public.
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« Reply #311 on: December 02, 2014, 06:20:12 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/officials-designate-35-hospitals-ebola-care-171538649.html
Officials designate 35 hospitals for Ebola care
12/2/14

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the country as Ebola treatment centers.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the list of hospitals on Tuesday. Most are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Washington D.C.

For more than a month, health officials have been talking to — and evaluating —hospitals that could serve as referral treatment centers for new Ebola cases that might occur. The 35 hospitals are deemed to have the staff, equipment and training to safely and effectively care for Ebola.

West Africa is currently suffering the worst Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 15,900 illnesses and at least 5,700 deaths so far. Four cases have been diagnosed in the United States.
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Ebola response too slow: Doctors Without Borders
12/2/14

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The international response to Ebola is still too slow and piecemeal, Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday, as officials said the disease is crippling the economies of the three West African countries hardest hit.

The number of people infected with Ebola has passed, 17,000, according to data published Tuesday by the World Health Organization. Of those, more than 6,000 have died. Emphasizing the severity of the outbreak, Sierra Leone announced that another doctor, its 10th, has tested positive for Ebola.

The vast majority of Ebola infections are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, poor countries that have been left to handle the crisis without sufficient help, said Doctors Without Borders. It said foreign donors had concentrated on building clinics but did not provide medics to staff the centers. The group repeated its call for countries to deploy biological-disaster response teams.

In response to the crisis, the World Bank lowered again on Tuesday growth projections for the hardest-hit countries.

Guinea's economy will grow just 0.5 percent this year, down from an expected 4.5 percent before the crisis, the bank said. Sierra Leone is expected to register 4 percent economic growth, down from a pre-crisis expectation of 11.3 percent, while Liberia will see 2.2 percent growth, down from 5.9 percent.

"We don't need to wait till we get to zero (cases) to start working on the economic recovery," World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said during a visit to Liberia Tuesday. The bank will support the farm sector to offset a drop in production.

Kim also plans to visit Sierra Leone and Guinea. The World Bank has pledged nearly $1 billion for the three countries.

In Sierra Leone Dr. Thomas Rogers has tested positive for the disease, said health ministry spokesman Jonathan Abass Kamara. Rogers was working at Connaught Hospital in Freetown.

He is being cared for at a special clinic in the Kerry Town treatment center for infected health care workers that is staffed by British army medics.
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Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO

The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since previous WHO figures were issued on Dec. 17.

Sierra Leone accounts for the most cases, 8,759, against 7,819 for Liberia. But Sierra Leone's death toll of 2,477 is far less than 3,346 recorded in Liberia, leading some experts to question the credibility of the figures reported by Freetown.

Sierra Leone's government this week launched a major operation to contain the epidemic in West Africa's worst-hit country.

President Ernest Bai Koroma said on national television that travel between all parts of the country had been restricted as part of "Operation Western Area Surge", and public gatherings would be strictly controlled in the run-up to Christmas.

Sierra Leone's leading doctor, Victor Willoughby, died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him, the government's chief medical officer said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised health care workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following the outbreak.

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CDC reports potential Ebola exposure in Atlanta lab

Researchers studying Ebola in a highly secure laboratory mistakenly allowed potentially lethal samples of the virus to be handled in a much less secure laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, agency officials said Wednesday.

One technician in the second laboratory may have been exposed to the virus and about a dozen other people have been assessed after entering the facility unaware that potentially hazardous samples of Ebola had been handled there.

The technician has no symptoms of illness and is being monitored for 21 days. Agency officials said it is unlikely that any of the others who entered the lab face potential exposure. Some entered the lab after it had been decontaminated. Officials said there is no possible exposure outside the secure laboratory at CDC and no exposure or risk to the public.
 
“At this time, we know of only the one potential exposure,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a telephone interview.

The mistake took place Monday afternoon. It was discovered by laboratory scientists Tuesday and within an hour reported to agency leaders. The error, which is under internal investigation, was reported to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell and to a program that has oversight over pathogens such as Ebola and anthrax.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Her 'Hunger Games' Co-Stars Team Up to Fight Ebola
12/29/14

Based off mainstream media coverage of the Ebola outbreak this year, you might assume that now that there are no active cases in America, it's no longer a problem. But in West Africa, the outbreak continues, killing thousands. Many of those deaths are preventable, which is why Jennifer Lawrence and her Hunger Games co-stars have reunited to get the word out.

The stars of The Hunger Games franchise have released a PSA alongside the Ebola Survival Fund to remind people that, while Ebola is not currently a threat in the U.S., it remains a very serious one in West Africa, where more than 19,000 people have fallen sick in the past year alone.

"The countries hit hardest are Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone," Lawrence says in the short clip. Her co-stars, including Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, go on to remind us that, while every person stricken with Ebola in America survived, in parts of Africa the survival rate is only 20 percent.

"In Liberia, they had 50 doctors for 4.4 million people," Hutcherson notes.

More than that, the nations hit hardest by this outbreak simply do not have enough resources to keep all their citizens healthy. Things like food, water, and medication can mean the difference between life and death for a person infected with Ebola.

"Ebola is not a death sentence," Julianne Moore adds, just before Hutcherson asks Lawrence what would happen if she contracted Ebola. "I'd be fine," the actress says, after a dramatic pause. "You have a lot of doctors," Hutcherson retorts to the seemingly perpetually-sick Lawrence.

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U.S. soldier monitoring himself for Ebola dies near Texas base
1/13/15

DALLAS (Reuters) - A U.S. Army soldier who just returned from West Africa and was self-monitoring for Ebola symptoms was found dead on Tuesday near the Texas base where he was posted, Fort Hood officials said.

Army officials said initial screening results showed the soldier was not infected with Ebola. A more conclusive test was underway "and results will be released when complete to confirm the preliminary findings," they said in a statement.

The unidentified soldier, who recently returned to Fort Hood in central Texas on emergency leave, was monitoring himself twice daily and reporting his status to medical officials, they said.

He was found dead at his off-post residence in the town of Killeen.

"We are not saying Ebola at all," Killeen police spokeswoman Carol Smith said. "It's just that because of the circumstances from West Africa, we are erring on the side of caution."

A brigade from Fort Hood has been deployed in Liberia since October in support of "Operation United Assistance," a program to help control the Ebola outbreak in the West African country.
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U.S. health officials say Ebola treatment trial to start soon in Liberia
1/22/15

(Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Thursday that they are planning to start larger, decisive clinical trials in Liberia in the next two weeks to determine if two new Ebola treatments under development are safe and effective.

One of the treatments is being developed by GlaxoSmithKline and another by Newlink Genetics Corp with Merck & Co.

The U.S. government and leading drugmakers have accelerated their efforts to bring a vaccine or treatment to market since the Ebola outbreak reached crisis proportions in West Africa last year. That includes speeding to human trials treatments that had only been tested in non-human primates.

The treatments are advancing even as the World Health Organization said the epidemic in West Africa appears to be ebbing.

There have been 21,724 cases of Ebola reported in nine countries in the past year since the epidemic began in Guinea, including 8,641 deaths, according to the latest WHO figures.

The officials, speaking on a conference call, also said that they expect to soon start phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials - an earlier stage than the trials for the other two treatments - of the ZMapp Ebola virus treatment that is being developed by privately held Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.

They said they believe they have produced enough ZMapp to supply the trials, which are awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and will likely start two to three weeks later.

Dr. Robin Robinson, Director of the U.S. government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, said it expects to have thousands of doses of the ZMapp drug available by the end of the year for commercial use if the treatment is proved effective in the trials.

In Liberia, about 27,000 people are expected to take part in the trial for the treatments from GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and NewLink. In Sierra Leone, where the officials said they are also considering moving forward with a trial, they are targeting healthcare workers and expect to include about 6,000 people. Sierra Leone has yet to decide which treatment would be used in that trial, the officials said.
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Number of new Ebola cases rises for first time in 2015: WHO
2/4/15

Geneva (AFP) - The weekly number of new Ebola cases registered across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone rose in the last week of January, marking the first hike in 2015, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

"Weekly case incidence increased in all three countries for the first time this year," the UN health agency said.

During the seven days leading up to February 1, 124 new cases were confirmed across the three west African countries at the epicentre of the devastating outbreak.

Thirty-nine of the new cases were in Guinea, where the outbreak began in December 2013, with at least 11 new cases attributed to a single unsafe burial.

A week earlier, the country had confirmed just 30 new cases.

Liberia meanwhile recorded five new cases last week, up from four the week before, and Sierra Leone confirmed 80 new cases, up from 65, according to the latest statistics.

"Continued community resistance, increasing geographical spread in Guinea and widespread transmission in Sierra Leone, and a rise in incidence show that the (Ebola) response still faces significant challenges," the WHO said.

In total, 22,495 people have been infected with the virus across nine countries, and 8,981 of them have died, according to the latest numbers.

All but 15 of the deaths have occurred in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Liberia: 8 hospital staff under observation in Ebola scare
2/21/15

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Eight health workers at a hospital in Liberia's capital have been sent home for observation after coming into contact with a patient who later tested positive for Ebola, the country's assistant health minister said Saturday.

The incident occurred at the S.D. Cooper Hospital in Monrovia's Sinkor neighborhood, Tolbert Nyenswah said. The patient, a woman, was transferred to the hospital from a smaller hospital, and staff began treating her before an Ebola test was conducted, Nyenswah said.

The health workers will be under observation for 21 days and will not be coming into work during that period, he said.

"You cannot be under observation and then at the same time go to work to expose people. No way," he said.

There are now eight patients who have tested positive for Ebola being cared for at treatment centers in Liberia, Nyenswah said. Seven of those are in Monrovia, while another is in the town of Kakata, 35 miles northeast of the capital.

That total is a far cry from last year when the West African nation was the center of the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Liberia has recorded more than 9,000 confirmed, suspected and probable Ebola cases and 3,900 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. However, WHO's most recent update reported only two new cases in the previous week, and schools began reopening earlier this week.

On Friday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered officials to lift a curfew put in place six months ago and to reopen the country's land border crossings.

Sirleaf is preparing to meet with President Barack Obama next week at the White House. In an interview with state radio, she said she hopes to resume overseas travel after months of staying in Liberia and focusing on the outbreak.

"I feel that I can now take a little bit of a break. But that break is also work-related," she said, noting that she also planned to speak about Ebola at a conference in Brussels in March.
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Ebola survivor Nina Pham alleges Texas hospital lied, used her
Nurse’s lawsuit aims to ‘uncover the truth of what happened’

3/2/15

DALLAS — For three days last October, the Texas hospital where critical care nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola and was being treated for the deadly
disease refused to make her name or condition public.

Then, on Oct. 14, came a surprising but welcome update.

“Nina Pham is in good condition,” Texas Health Presbyterian announced in a widely distributed news release.

Pham now says the statement not only violated her privacy but also was a lie.

“Nina’s medical records tell another story,” Pham’s lawyers state in a civil lawsuit filed against the hospital Monday.

According to the lawsuit, a progress note from Pham’s pulmonologist on that day showed the 26-year-old’s condition to be life-threatening. The doctor also wrote that he reviewed “end of life” resuscitation wishes with Pham but ultimately “discussed plan of care with family as patient unable to make their own clinical decisions.”

Pham’s lawyers allege that the hospital, besieged by negative publicity during the Ebola scare in Dallas, “began trying to use Nina as a PR tool to save its plummeting image.”

The lawsuit states, “Desperately, THR issued a press release that announced Nina’s condition had been upgraded from stable to good in hopes that the public would think THR was doing something right.”

Two days later, Pham was flown to a specialized treatment center at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. She left with a flurry of fanfare.

Texas Health’s public relations staff published a YouTube video of Pham tearfully thanking colleagues from her hospital bed. There were “Nina is our hero!” tweets and admiration for her beloved dog, Bentley. A company press release quoted Pham as saying, “I am #presbyproud!”

Today, the emotional bedside video of Pham can no longer be viewed on YouTube. Links to some press releases about Pham on the hospital’s website are no longer accessible. The hospital declined to answer specific questions from Yahoo News but did email a statement.

“Nina Pham and many others served very bravely during a most difficult time as we all struggled to deal with the first case of Ebola to arrive in a U.S. hospital’s emergency room,” wrote Wendell Watson, director of public relations. “Texas Health Resources values our strong culture of caring and compassion, and we view all employees as part of our family. That’s why we have continued to support Nina both during and after her illness, and it’s why she is still a member of our team. As distressing as the lawsuit is to us, we remain optimistic that we can resolve this matter with Nina.”

In his Oct. 14 progress note, the pulmonologist wrote that he and Pham reviewed in detail a hospital consent form concerning her information and said that “she agrees to increased information release.” Pham had previously forbid the hospital from giving out her details.

“Even though THR’s own records indicate Nina’s condition left her unable to make important decisions on her own, THR had no problem asking for and relying on her consent to release information about her to the public for its own corporate benefit,” the lawsuit states.

The contradictions from Oct. 14 are among numerous allegations in the 36-page lawsuit. Pham also says the hospital was ill-prepared to treat Ebola cases — to the point where her managers had to rely on Internet searches for information on how to care for someone with a highly infectious disease.

“She had to wear the scrubs she wore that first day home, taking out of the hospital clothing that was potentially carrying the virus,” the lawsuit alleges.

Pham, a nurse at the hospital since July 2010, and her colleague Amber Vinson contracted Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan in October. Duncan, a Liberian resident who was visiting Dallas, unknowingly brought the disease with him from West Africa and went to Texas Health Presbyterian in North Dallas when he fell ill. Duncan, who died Oct. 8, became the first person ever to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. By late October, Pham and Vinson were both declared Ebola free. Neither has returned to work.

Pham’s lawyers contend that the hospital never provided any training, despite having ample time to prepare for a possible Ebola case.

“All Nina knew about Ebola is what she had heard on the television about the deadly outbreak in West Africa,” the lawsuit states. “The nurses were just using their best guesses and their instincts to protect themselves.”


The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages but “an amount sufficient to punish and deter THR, and other corporate owners of hospitals like them, from such conduct in the future.”

Word of Pham’s pending lawsuit against her employer was first reported by the Dallas Morning News this past weekend. In that story, the recent college graduate said she worried about her long-term health and whether or not anxiety and fear would allow her ever to return to critical care nursing.

Public sentiment about the suit has not been entirely favorable. But on Monday, Pham reiterated her reasons for moving forward.

“The fact is, I’m facing a number of issues with regard to my health and my career and the lawsuit provides a way to address them,” Pham said in an email. “But more importantly, it will help uncover the truth of what happened, and educate all health care providers and administrators about ways to be better prepared for the next public health emergency.”
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Here we go again...

http://news.yahoo.com/american-contracted-ebola-africa-treated-210124419.html
3/12/15
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U.S. health worker with Ebola to be flown from Sierra Leone to Baltimore
American who contracted Ebola in Africa to be treated


BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — An American health worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Africa will be admitted to a secure treatment center at the National Institutes of Health.

The NIH announced Thursday that the patient is expected to arrive Friday at its hospital in Bethesda. The patient's name, age and gender have not been released.

Officials say the patient will be transported to the United States in isolation on a chartered plane. The patient had been volunteering at an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone.

The NIH has one of the few containment facilities nationwide that are set up to treat Ebola patients. Previously, an American nurse was treated there after she contracted Ebola while caring for a patient in a Dallas hospital. The nurse, Nina Pham, survived and is Ebola-free.
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American who contracted Ebola arrives at Maryland hospital
3/13/15

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — An American healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit arrived safely at the National Institutes of Health's hospital in Maryland, officials said Friday.

Doctors evaluated the patient, and the person is in serious condition after being flown in isolation from Sierra Leone on a chartered plane and admitted at 4:44 a.m., NIH officials said in a statement. The patient's name, age and gender were not released.

The patient is the 11th person with Ebola to be treated in the U.S. and the second admitted to the NIH Clinical Center. It has one of the few specialized isolation units nationwide set up to treat Ebola patients.

The center's Special Clinical Studies Unit is staffed by specialists in infectious disease and critical care and is designed to prevent the spread of highly contagious viruses, including Ebola. Previously, an American nurse was treated there after she contracted Ebola while caring for a patient in a Dallas hospital. The nurse, Nina Pham, survived and is Ebola-free.

The World Health Organization estimated Thursday that the virus has killed more than 10,000 people, mostly in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The current outbreak is the largest ever for the disease. While deaths have slowed dramatically in recent months, the virus appears stubbornly entrenched in parts of Guinea and Sierra Leone.
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3/14/15
At least 10 Americans being flown to U.S. after possible Ebola exposure

(Reuters) - At least 10 Americans possibly exposed to the deadly Ebola virus were being flown to the United States from Sierra Leone for observation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.

They will be transported by non-commercial air transport and will be housed near the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the CDC said.

All of the individuals who are being flown back to the United States are free of symptoms, the CDC said.

A U.S. healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola while in Sierra Leone arrived at the NIH on Friday and was in serious condition, the NIH said.

It is not clear how the person became infected with Ebola, CDC said.

While the virus has killed about 10,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, only a handful of cases have been seen in the United States, Spain and Britain.

CDC spokesman Thomas Skinner said 10 people who may have been exposed to the unidentified Ebola patient or who had a similar exposure to the virus as the patient were being flown to the United States. But he said the investigation was continuing and there may be more Americans evacuated from Africa.

A CDC statement said the 10 individuals will follow the center's recommended monitoring and movement guidelines during the 21-day incubation period.

If someone shows symptoms, they will be transported to an Ebola treatment center for evaluation and care, the CDC said.

On Friday, CDC sent a team to Sierra Leone to investigate how the healthcare worker became exposed, and determine who might have been in contact with the infected person.

CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes did not know where all of the patients would be sent, but he said the CDC is working out a plan with the U.S. State Department to determine who is coming back and where they will be sent.

The CDC said one patient was being sent to Emory University Hospital's special isolation unit, where several Ebola patients have already been treated.

Four others are being sent to Nebraska Medical Center to be near their special isolation unit in case they develop Ebola symptoms.
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American who contracted Ebola now in critical condition
3/16/15

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has been downgraded to critical condition at the National Institutes of Health, doctors said Monday.

The agency said in a statement that the patient's status was changed from serious condition to critical condition, meaning the person's condition has apparently worsened. The patient is being treated at the National Institutes of Health's hospital near Washington.

The patient was flown in isolation from Sierra Leone on a chartered plane last week and arrived early Friday morning. The patient's name, age and gender have not been released.

The person is a clinician working with Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit organization. The group has been treating patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone since November.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman said that besides the patient at NIH, there are 11 other Partners in Health workers being brought to the United States for monitoring. That includes four going to Atlanta to be near Emory University Hospital; one arrived Friday. On Saturday, four health care workers arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and three arrived in the Washington area on Sunday to be near the NIH campus in Bethesda. Those workers did not contract Ebola but may have been exposed.

The National Institutes of Health said it has no other pending admissions of additional patients with the Ebola virus or who have been exposed to Ebola.

CDC workers in Sierra Leone are involved in investigating the illness of the first patient, including looking for other people the person was in contact with. It's possible other people will be transported to the United States for monitoring, said the spokesman, Tom Skinner.
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« Reply #325 on: March 29, 2015, 05:31:03 am »

Guinea declares Ebola 'health emergency' in five regions

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency" in five regions in the west and south-west of the country over Ebola.

The restrictions include the quarantining of hospitals and clinics where new cases are detected, new rules on burials and possible lockdowns.

The Ebola outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013.

In January, the World Health Organization reported a steady drop in cases in the three epicentre countries.

But renewed concern has been triggered by fresh setbacks in these countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Mr Conde said he was declaring "a reinforced health emergency for a period of 45 days in the prefectures of Forecariah, Coyah, Dubreka, Boffa and Kindia" in a statement published in national media.

The focus of the virus "has shifted to our country's coastal areas," he said.

He added: "Wherever the need may be, throughout this period, measures of restriction and confinement will be taken."

It is a first for the country since the outbreak began, Reuters reported.

On Friday, Sierra Leone began a three-day nationwide lockdown sparked by fears the virus was making a comeback in some parts of the country.

he southwest region of Guinea borders northern districts of Sierra Leone that are focus areas for the lockdown there.

On Friday evening Guinea deployed security forces to its south-west in response to reports Sierra Leoneans were crossing the border to flee the operation, an official told Associated Press.

Sierra Leone government spokesman Theo Nicol said the two countries had agreed to police the border so people with Ebola symptoms did not cross.

Since the Ebola outbreak began more than 24,000 people in nine countries have been infected with the virus, and over 10,000 of them have died.

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World warned: Prepare for more Ebola-like outbreaks



Outbreaks of deadly animal‑to-human viruses such as Ebola could become more likely due to climate change and human encroachment into untouched natural habitats, a leading United Nations expert has warned.

Dr David Nabarro, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy on Ebola, told The Independent the world should prepare for more major outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those which can pass from animals to humans – which he said were a “local and global threat to humanity”.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has claimed nearly 10,500 lives in little over a year, is believed to have originated in fruit bats – and Dr Nabarro believes it is not the only disease that could transfer and spread. “I’ve been dealing with influenzas and Sars and Mers, they are a tip of the iceberg,” he said.

“There will be more: one, because people are moving around more; two, because the contact between humans and the wild is on the increase; and maybe because of climate change. The worry we always have is that there will be a really infectious and beastly bug that comes along.”  Some experts suspect that population pressure and deforestation in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, which has brought people into closer contact with the wild-animal hosts of numerous viruses – combined with changes to rainfall patterns that affected the numbers and behaviour of bats – may have led to the first transmission of Ebola in West Africa, a region that prior to last year never had an outbreak.

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« Reply #327 on: April 11, 2015, 05:23:02 am »

Ten Americans exposed to Ebola virus were flown to the United States for observation

At least 10 Americans possibly exposed to the deadly Ebola virus were being flown to the United States from Sierra Leone for observation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.

They will be transported by non-commercial air transport and will be housed near the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the CDC said.

All of the individuals who are being flown back to the United States are free of symptoms, the CDC said.

A U.S. healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola while in Sierra Leone arrived at the NIH on Friday and was in serious condition, the NIH said.

It is not clear how the person became infected with Ebola, CDC said.

While the virus has killed about 10,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, only a handful of cases have been seen in the United States, Spain and Britain.

CDC spokesman Thomas Skinner said 10 people who may have been exposed to the unidentified Ebola patient or who had a similar exposure to the virus as the patient were being flown to the United States. But he said the investigation was continuing and there may be more Americans evacuated from Africa.

A CDC statement said the 10 individuals will follow the center’s recommended monitoring and movement guidelines during the 21-day incubation period.

If someone shows symptoms, they will be transported to an Ebola treatment center for evaluation and care, the CDC said.

On Friday, CDC sent a team to Sierra Leone to investigate how the healthcare worker became exposed, and determine who might have been in contact with the infected person.

CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes did not know where all of the patients would be sent, but he said the CDC is working out a plan with the U.S. State Department to determine who is coming back and where they will be sent.

The CDC said one patient was being sent to Emory University Hospital’s special isolation unit, where several Ebola patients have already been treated.

Four others are being sent to Nebraska Medical Center to be near their special isolation unit in case they develop Ebola symptoms.

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« Reply #328 on: May 02, 2015, 08:08:49 pm »

Liberian woman appears to have contracted Ebola through sex with survivor

A Liberian woman appears to have contracted Ebola from unprotected sex with a man who survived the virus, health officials said today.

The 44-year-old woman was diagnosed March 20, the first new Ebola case in Liberia in a month. Doctors were perplexed by her case, because she hadn't been to a funeral or had any other contact with current patients, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But the woman did have unprotected vaginal intercourse a few weeks earlier, with a 45-year-old Ebola survivor who has been free of the disease for months. The man developed the disease in September and was discharged from a treatment center in early October. That man also had sex with a second woman, who has not tested positive for Ebola, the CDC says.

Although doctors have known for some time that the Ebola virus can survive in semen long after a patient is considered cured, there has never been a clear, documented case of this happening, according to the CDC report.

People who survive Ebola — and whose blood tests show no sign of the virus — are generally considered to be non-infectious. The virus is spread through contact with bodily fluids and typically spreads through blood, a fact that has put health workers at very high risk of Ebola. People cannot spread the virus through casual contact, such as working in the same office or riding the bus. Ebola does not spread through the air.

But studies conducted during previous outbreaks have found that the Ebola virus can be found in semen up to 82 days after a patient's initial symptoms. Scientists don't know if the man's semen contains live Ebola viruses, although they plan to conduct such tests, the CDC report says.

Tests of the man's semen did find genetic material from the Ebola virus, called RNA. The tests were performed 199 days — or about 6½ months — after he first developed symptoms, suggesting that the genetic material can remain in semen much longer than previously known. Earlier studies have found genetic material from Ebola up to 101 days after the beginning of symptoms, the CDC says.

The CDC notes only one previous case of a possible sexual transmission of Ebola, although the new report describes the evidence as "inconclusive." Researchers also documented a possible case in which someone contracted the Marburg virus — which is similar to Ebola — in 1968.

The CDC has long warned Ebola survivors to either abstain from sex for three months or to use condoms during that time. Now, the CDC advises people to avoid contact with semen from male survivors. Men who survive Ebola should use condoms if they have sex and take care when disposing of the condoms.

According to the World Health Organization, 26,298 people have been infected with Ebola in the West African outbreak, and 10,892 have died, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Liberia has had no new Ebola cases in five weeks. That country's last confirmed case died March 27. The WHO declares countries to be Ebola-free 42 days after the last known case. If there are no additional cases, Liberia could be declared Ebola-free May 9.

A total of 33 new cases were diagnosed in Sierra Leone and Guinea in the week ending April 26, the WHO says. No health workers have been diagnosed with Ebola for the past two weeks. More than 865 health workers have been infected with the virus and 504 have died.

Guinea and Sierra Leone are still struggling to control risky practices that can spread Ebola, such as traditional burials in which mourners touch the dead. According to the WHO, 66 unsafe burials were held in Guinea the week that ended April 26.

During the same week, eight Ebola victims in Guinea were diagnosed only after death. That's a dangerous trend, because people who remain at home during their illness can spread the virus to many other people. Doctors have tried to isolate Ebola patients in treatment centers, both to keep them from transmitting the virus, as well as to provide the best chance of survival.

In related news, a patient admitted to a hospital in Charlotte, N.C., has tested negative for Ebola. The patient had been isolated at Carolinas Medical Center because of Ebola-like symptoms and recent travel to West Africa.

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« Reply #329 on: July 02, 2015, 09:55:41 am »

Liberia investigating animal link after Ebola re-emerges

Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case on Thursday, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials said they were investigating whether the disease had managed to lurk in animals before resurfacing.

Dr Moses Massaquoi, case management team leader for Liberia's Ebola task force, said the three villagers who had tested positive for the disease had shared a meal of dog meat, which is commonly eaten in Liberia.

"They come from the same time and have a history of having had dog meat together," he said.

The response team was investigating whether domestic animals might be carrying the virus, he said, referring also to mysterious deaths of hundreds of cattle in remote Lofa county.

Liberia, the country worst hit by the West African Ebola outbreak discovered last year, was also its biggest success story: the only one of the three hard-hit countries so far to be declared Ebola free.

The outbreak was declared over in Liberia on May 9 even as cases have continued to emerge in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea. Liberia accounts for more than 4,800 of the 11,220 deaths in the West African outbreak.

The first new Liberian case, 17-year-old Abraham Memaigar, died on Sunday in the village of Nedowein in Margibi County, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital Monrovia. Two others have since tested positive in the village.

"We have, as of yesterday, three confirmed cases," Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said on Thursday. "One expired, who was the 17-year-old boy ... The two live cases are 24 years old and 27 years old. They are stable."

None of the new victims are known to have traveled to Guinea or Sierra Leone, and Nedowein is far from the borders, leading to speculation that there could be hidden pockets of the virus or new means of transmission.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf voiced confidence that Liberia's Ebola taskforce would quickly bring the situation under control.

"There is no need to panic," she told Reuters on the sidelines of an official ceremony. "Our health team is on top of it. It will be contained."

Residents in Nedowein were baffled by the resurgence of the disease.

"An Ebola case being reported in the middle part of Liberia is confusing," said Adolphus Gbinee, Memaigar's uncle. "We do not have cases at our borders, not even in Monrovia. How could Ebola jump over those places and come here in Nedowein?"

FEARS OF ANIMAL TRANSMISSION

A U.S. military operation that helped Liberia's government counter the outbreak has mostly withdrawn. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a U.S. health body, said it was working with authorities to study the origin of the cases and stop the virus spreading.

Some locals said Memaigar and others in the village had recently dug up and eaten a dead dog.

In past outbreaks, humans have been infected by eating monkey flesh, and a number of West African nations have banned the consumption of bush meat as a precaution.

Another possibility is that the virus survived among humans in remote areas. Ebola's symptoms are often muddled with other tropical diseases. A local clinic misdiagnosed Memaigar with malaria and gave him antibiotics and rehydration salts.

"There may still be clusters of EVD (Ebola) within Liberia that have been smoldering on without the knowledge of any authorities," Ian Mackay, a virologist at Australia's University of Queensland, wrote in his blog.

Ben Neuman, a virologist and Ebola expert at Reading University, said Ebola survivors, who can carry a small bit of the live virus in their bodies for months after recovering, might be responsible for the new cases.

"The new outbreak in Liberia is probably a rare reactivation that we are only seeing because there are so many Ebola survivors living in one place," he told Reuters.

Sexual transmission is another possible explanation. The virus can persist in semen for up to 90 days, versus 21 days in other fluids like blood or vomit.

Nyenswah said health officials were monitoring 175 people believed to have come into contact with the three cases, though none had yet exhibited symptoms of the disease, which had been localized in the village of Nedowein.

"There is no further spread of the virus to any part of the country as we speak," he said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/02/us-health-ebola-liberia-idUSKCN0PC0WJ20150702
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