EBOLA COULD CAUSE THOUSANDS MORE DEATHS — BY USHERING IN MEASLES
WIRED.com - AWARENESS OF EBOLA is picking up again in the United States: An American volunteer who was working in Sierra Leone has contracted Ebola and been medevac’d to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center for Ebola treatment, and 10 more volunteers have been brought back to NIH, Omaha and Atlanta, to be examined at three of the four institutions in the US that have safe units to house them.
It’s a reminder that Ebola still persists in West Africa: In the last period the World Health Organization reported on (the 7 days ending March 8), there were 116 new cases. One bit of good news: None of them were in Liberia, for the second week in a row. But Guinea and Sierra Leone, where this volunteer was infected, continue to struggle.
And in a research paper published as that volunteer was being flown back, there’s a reminder that the Ebola outbreak is creating layers of health risks for those countries. In Science , researchers from NIH and four universities warn that Ebola’s interruption of other health services, such as childhood immunizations, threatens to create secondary epidemics of preventable diseases that would dwarf Ebola’s impact. In particular, they warn that there could be 100,000 additional measles cases, and up to 16,000 additional deaths, if health services are not restored. read more...
Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone vice-president quarantined
BBC.com - The vice-president of Sierra Leone has put himself into quarantine after one of his bodyguards died from Ebola. Samuel Sam-Sumana said he would stay out of contact with others for 21 days as a precaution. There was optimism the virus was on the decline in Sierra Leone at the end of last year but there has been a recent increase in confirmed cases. Nearly 10,000 people have died in the outbreak, the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. read more...
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- WHO: Decision on Ebola mass vaccination in August at earliest - Reuters.com
WHO: Number of new Ebola cases drops to lowest level since June
Mashable.com | LONDON — Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
The U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — have reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.
Still, WHO also reported that only 30 percent of new cases in Guinea are known contacts of Ebola patients, meaning officials have no idea how most patients are getting infected. In Liberia, that figure is 50 percent, while no data are available for Sierra Leone. The death rate for hospitalized patients is about 60 percent. read more...
The New York Times | WASHINGTON – As the rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia has slowed, American and Liberian officials are debating whether to build all 17 planned Ebola treatment centers in the country or to shift money from the Obama administration that was planned for the centers into other programs to combat future outbreaks.
The United States announced Monday that it had completed the first of the 100-bed centers, some 40 miles outside Monrovia, in Tubmanburg, and turned over its operation to the International Organization for Migration, which will staff and run the center.
October 15, 2014 | 7:30AM
Most Say U.S. Is Prepared for Possible Ebola Outbreak, Poll Shows
NBC News – A majority of Americans say the United States is ready for a possible outbreak of the Ebola virus, but only about one in ten say the country is “very prepared,” according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
The new poll shows that 56 percent of Americans say that the nation is prepared for an outbreak, while 42 percent disagree – including 20 percent who say that the U.S. is not prepared “at all.”
Confidence in the country’s ability to manage Ebola also varies by party. Sixty-one percent of Democrats believe the U.S. is prepared, while only 54 percent of independents and 52 percent of Republicans say the same. Majorities of rural voters (54 percent) and Tea Party supporters (57 percent) believe the U.S. isn’t prepared. Those with a college degree (57 percent) or post graduate degree (67 percent) have more confidence in the country’s readiness than those with a high school education or less (52 percent.)
Despite some skepticism of the country’s handling of the disease, Americans report generally positive feelings about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency most directly handling the nation’s Ebola response. Forty-nine percent say they have a positive view of the CDC, while just 22 percent say they view it negatively.
- Doctor infected with Ebola in Sierre Leone being brought to US – The Guardian
- THOUSANDS OF CALIFORNIA NURSES STRIKE OVER EBOLA – Breitbart
- Ebola outbreak: no treatments proven so far, WHO says – CBC News
- Second Ebola Outbreak in Mali Eclipses Early Success – New York Times
- How the Ebola outbreak affects those left behind – Medical Press
Ebola Today: Mass. Lawmakers to Hold Public Hearing on Ebola Response
Boston.com – 5:53 a.m. EST: Mass. Legislature to hold Ebola-readiness hearing. The Legislature’s Public Health Committee will hold a 10 a.m. public hearing Thursday to review state response plans if Ebola cases are reported. The committee invited several experts to testify, including Dr. Michael VanRooyen of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health, and UMass Memorial Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon.
Oct. 15, 8:34 p.m. EST: Dallas to declare citywide disaster. Dallas County Commissioners plan to declare a disaster Thursday over “the potential for widespread or severe damage, injury, loss or threat of life resulting from the Ebola virus,” Dallas’s local NBC affiliate reported. As part of the declaration, the city may restrict travel for health care workers who may have cared for the first Ebola patient.
In the meantime, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where the initial patient with Ebola was treated, is offering a room at its facilities to any of its employees that want to “avoid even the remote possibility of any potential exposure to family, friends and the broader public,” the hospital said in a public statement.
October 17, 2014 | 6:00AM
Ebola crisis: Vaccine 'too late' for outbreak
BBC – UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline says its Ebola vaccine will "come too late" for the current epidemic. GSK is one of several companies trying to fast-track a vaccine to prevent the spread of Ebola in West Africa. But Dr Ripley Ballou, head of GSK's Ebola vaccine research, said full data on its safety and efficacy would not be ready until late 2015. The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 9,000 people have been infected and more than 4,500 have died. Health workers are struggling to contain the spread of the virus, which is mostly affecting people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The WHO has warned there could soon be 10,000 new cases a week. Leading experts who have previously tackled Ebola believe the only way to contain the outbreak is with a vaccine.
- Nurses tell Mass. lawmakers Ebola training is piecemeal, inadequate - The Sun Chronicle
- CDC: "We made mistakes" Transfer of Ebola patients reflects a tacit shift in strategy - LA Times
- CDC on Ebola: 'There Will Not Be a Large Outbreak in the U.S.' - Mashable
- Report: Cruise ship in Caribbean is carrying ‘self-quarantined’ Texas Ebola health worker – Washington Post
- Obama May Name ‘Czar’ to Oversee Ebola Response - New York Times
- Obama Authorizes National Guard, Reserves for Ebola Fight - NBC News
- How The US Government Is Trying To Contain The Ebola Outbreak - International Business Times
- In Layers of Gear, Offering Healing Hand to Ebola Patients in Liberia - New York Times
- Frontier to remove carpet, seat covers in Ebola plane - USA Today
- Ebola outbreak: What is risk of catching it on a flight? - BBC
2nd healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola at Dallas hospital
CNN.com – A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, health officials said Wednesday -- casting further doubt on the hospital's ability to handle Ebola and protect employees.
The worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said.
The preliminary Ebola test was done late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and the results came back around midnight. A second test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," the health department said.
- 75 health care workers in Dallas being monitored for any Ebola symptoms - CNN
- Error in Dallas may have exposed others to Ebola, CDC chief says - LA Times
- Nurses Want To Know How Safe Is Safe Enough With Ebola - NPR
- Dallas Nurses Claim 'No System' In Place for Ebola: Group - NBC News
- View from Dallas, Texas: The city isn’t taking Ebola seriously enough - REUTERS
- CDC director: We could have done more to prevent second Ebola infection in Texas - Washington Post
CDC Offers Interim Guidance for EMS Facing Possible Ebola Infected Patients
JEMS.com – Directions and answering points for EMS providers and other first responders managing suspected patients
Who this is for: Managers of 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), EMS Agencies, EMS systems, law enforcement agencies and fire service agencies as well as individual emergency medical services providers (including emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, and medical first responders, such as law enforcement and fire service personnel).
What this is for: Guidance for handling inquiries and responding to patients with suspected Ebola symptoms, and for keeping workers safe.
How to use: Managers should use this information to understand and explain to staff how to respond and stay safe. Individual providers can use this information to respond to suspected Ebola patients and to stay safe.
READ: Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
Key Points: The likelihood of contracting Ebola is extremely low unless a person has direct unprotected contact with the blood or body fluids (like urine, saliva, feces, vomit, sweat, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola or direct handling of bats or nonhuman primates from areas with Ebola outbreaks.
When risk of Ebola is elevated in their community, it is important for PSAPs to question callers about:
Residence in, or travel to, a country where an Ebola outbreak is occurring;
Signs and symptoms of Ebola (such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea); and
Other risk factors, like having touched someone who is sick with Ebola.
PSAPS should tell EMS personnel this information before they get to the location so they can put on the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) (described below).
EMS staff should check for symptoms and risk factors for Ebola. Staff should notify the receiving healthcare facility in advance when they are bringing a patient with suspected Ebola, so that proper infection control precautions can be taken.
The guidance provided in this document is based on current knowledge of Ebola. Updates will be posted as needed on the CDC Ebola webpage. The information contained in this document is intended to complement existing guidance for healthcare personnel, Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals
U.S. Ebola case: 80 monitored in Dallas
CNN.com – Health officials are monitoring not only the people the Dallas Ebola patient had contact with while he was contagious and not isolated, but also dozens of people that they subsequently contacted, Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman Erikka Neroes said Thursday.
Eighty people -- the patient's contacts, plus people with whom they had contact -- are now being monitored for Ebola in the Dallas area, Neroes said. Earlier, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the patient's direct contacts numbered up to 20.
None has shown symptoms, and all are being given educational materials, Neroes said.
None of the 80 has been quarantined, Neroes said. However, Dallas County health officials have ordered four close relatives of the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, to stay home and not have any visitors until at least October 19.
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- Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola abandoned, stigmatized - CNN
- Doctor boards flight in Ebola protection suit to protest CDC - Atlanta Journal Constitution
In Dallas Ebola Case, Officials Are Monitoring Children Exposed to Patient
New York Times | DALLAS — Health officials in Dallas are monitoring at least five schoolchildren in North Texas who came into contact with a man found to have Ebola virus, after he became sick and infectious.
The authorities also said that an early opportunity to put the patient in isolation, limiting the risk of contagion, may have been missed because of a failure to pass along critical information about his travel history.
- Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital - REUTERS
- Officials: Second person being monitored for Ebola - USA TODAY
- Ebola patient says he flew on United, airline says - CNN
- Experts hunt for Ebola exposure after first case - Gulf Times
- Retracing the Steps of the Dallas Ebola Patient - New York Times
- High-tech medicine alone will not protect America from Ebola–what is needed is to get the basics right - Reuters
- Ebola: Don't be scared. Be careful. - Chicago Tribune
- Local hospitals on alert for Ebola symptoms - The Register-Herald
- On The Alert For Ebola, Texas Hospital Still Missed First Case - NPR
CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus
CBSDFW.COM | DALLAS – Officials with the Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that a person in Dallas definitely has the Ebola virus.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control are holding a press conference at 4:30 p.m.
It was late on the evening of September 29 that CBS 11 News learned a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas was feared to have been exposed to the Ebola virus.
Health officials said given the information that the unnamed patient had been in the West Africa area where the Ebola virus exists and the type of symptoms they were exhibiting, testing was being performed.
Monday night Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas released the following statement:
“Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has admitted a patient into strict isolation to be evaluated for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The hospital is following all Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors. The CDC anticipates preliminary results tomorrow (Wednesday).”
North TX Hospital Evaluating Patient For Potential Ebola Exposure
CBSDFW.COM | DALLAS – A North Texas hospital has a patient in isolation as they evaluate them for potential exposure to the Ebola virus. Officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas released the following statement Monday night:
“Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has admitted a patient into strict isolation to be evaluated for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The hospital is following all Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors. The CDC anticipates preliminary results tomorrow.”
It is unclear what specific symptoms the patient has or what the patient’s travel history was.
CBS 11 News spoke with Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson who confirmed the patient had been in an area where the Ebola virus exists. “Looking at the travel history is the first indicator and then the next step is [treatment or non-treatment] once we get lab results,” he said.
Massachusetts doctor, rid of deadly Ebola virus, returns home
Boston Globe — Dr. Rick Sacra raised his arms Thursday morning and proudly declared: “The CDC has declared me safe and free of virus, and thank God. I love you all.”
Sacra, a 51-year-old Massachusetts physician who became infected with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia, appeared alongside doctors and his wife, Debbie, at the Nebraska Medical Center on the occasion of his release from the hospital.
It was a sunny, cloudless day in the Plains, reminiscent of summer, far removed from the dreary, rain-filled morning when he arrived at the hospital three weeks ago. On that day, he was escorted by police and wheeled into the hospital because he could not walk under his own power.
On this day, he would hold a press conference, leave the hospital, and board a private jet. And by 6 p.m. sharp, after flying cross-country, he pulled into the driveway of his house in Holden, Mass., and walked steadily inside, concluding a medical and personal odyssey that had taken him from the heart of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak back to his home just north of Worcester.
Ebola Spread Poses a Security Threat, Obama Tells U.N.
Newsweek – President Barack Obama urged world leaders to step up their nations’ efforts in helping to contain the Ebola virus outbreak, warning that the spread of the disease could pose a global security threat.
“If this epidemic is not stopped, this disease could cause a humanitarian catastrophe across the region,” Obama said in a speech Thursday at the United Nations. “In an era when regional crises can quickly become global threats, stopping Ebola is in the interests of the entire world.”
Almost 3,000 people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, believed to be the deadliest in history, and more than 6,263 have been infected with the disease, according to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO). In particular, the situation in Sierra Leone is deteriorating, with a spike in newly confirmed cases over the past five weeks, according to the WHO.
U.S. hospitals unprepared to handle Ebola waste
Reuters - U.S. hospitals may be unprepared to safely dispose of the infectious waste generated by any Ebola virus disease patient to arrive unannounced in the country, potentially putting the wider community at risk, biosafety experts said.
Waste management companies are refusing to haul away the soiled sheets and virus-spattered protective gear associated with treating the disease, citing federal guidelines that require Ebola-related waste to be handled in special packaging by people with hazardous materials training, infectious disease and biosafety experts told Reuters.
Many U.S. hospitals are unaware of the regulatory snafu, which experts say could threaten their ability to treat any person who develops Ebola in the U.S. after coming from an infected region. It can take as long as 21 days to develop Ebola symptoms after exposure.
The issue created problems for Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the first institution to care for Ebola patients here. As Emory was treating two U.S. missionaries who were evacuated from West Africa in August, their waste hauler, Stericycle, initially refused to handle it. Stericycle declined comment.
CDC: Ebola toll could reach 550,000 > 1.4 million by January
CNN.com – The number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could rise to between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January if there are no "additional interventions or changes in community behavior," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Tuesday. The estimate was derived from a new forecasting tool developed by the CDC.
The range of estimated cases to come -- from 550,000 to 1.4 million -- is wide because officials say they think the current case count is highly under-reported. The official death toll from Ebola in West Africa has climbed to more than 2,800 in six months, with 5,800 cases confirmed as of Monday, the World Health Organization said.
But the CDC estimates that if 70% of people with Ebola are properly cared for in medical facilities, the epidemic could begin to decrease and eventually end. Given that several countries and organizations have pledged to provide more support for the Ebola-affected countries, the CDC report suggests the higher projections of cases in the coming months might be avoided.
A separate nine-month assessment published by WHO experts in The New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday says the fatality rate of this outbreak in West Africa is 71% and that the "current epidemiologic outlook is bleak."
Meet the new U.S. force that Obama is deploying to fight Ebola
Washington Post – As President Obama framed the ongoing Ebola epidemic in western Africa as a potential threat to global security, a two-star Army general and his staff were already on the ground in Liberia, preparing for a mission that is expected to include about 3,000 service members and has no end in sight.
Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the commander of U.S. Army Africa, will coordinate the response, Operation Unified Assistance, from Monrovia, Liberia’s capital. It will require an “air bridge” to get health workers and medical supplies to areas that are affected, and a staging area in Senegal to distribute personnel and aid on the ground more quickly, Obama said.
“If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected, with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us,” Obama said. “So this is an epidemic that is not just a threat to regional security — it’s a potential threat to global security if these countries break down, if their economies break down, if people panic. That has profound effects on all of us, even if we are not directly contracting the disease.”
The president compared the military operation to the Pentagon’s response following the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. That mission, known as Operation Unified Response, included 22,000 U.S. troops, including 7,000 based on land, and spanned more than five months, the Defense Department said.
Williams will lead a force that will likely include everything from medical experts to truck drivers, as the military tackles the complicated logistics and engineering effort required for the mission. Trained as an artillery officer, he previously served as a deputy chief of staff for U.S. Army Europe.
As The Washington Post reported Tuesday morning, the effort could cost up to $750 million in the next six months. The military is responding in a region where the World Health Organization estimates that the total number of likely or confirmed Ebola cases as of Sept. 7 was 4,366, including 2,218 deaths.
Ebola Outbreak 'spiralling out of control': Barack Obama
Under pressure to boost the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 military personnel to West Africa amid worries that the financial and human cost of the outbreak is rapidly growing.
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The military response is part of a heightened U.S. role that will include erecting new treatment and isolation facilities, training health care workers and increasing communications and transportation support, officials said.
"Here's the hard truth. In West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic, the likes that we have not seen before. It's spiralling out of control, it's getting worse," Obama said after meeting with top U.S. public health officials.
Obama announced the stepped-up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta following appeals for a greater U.S. effort to confront the crisis and alarm that the Ebola virus could spread and even mutate into a more easily transmitted disease.
- American Ebola survivor calls the outbreak "a fire straight from the pit of hell" - VOX.com
- 14 Numbers That Show The Magnitude Of The World's Worst Ebola Outbreak - Huffington Post
- Fact or Fiction?: The Ebola Virus Will Go Airborne - Scientific American
- If the Ebola Virus Goes Airborne, 1.2 million Will Die Expert Predicts - Liberty Voice
Mathematics of Ebola Trigger Stark Warnings: Act Now or Regret It
WIRED.com – The Ebola epidemic in Africa has continued to expand since I last wrote about it, and as of a week ago, has accounted for more than 4,200 cases and 2,200 deaths in five countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. That is extraordinary: Since the virus was discovered, no Ebola outbreak toll has risen above several hundred cases. This now truly is a type of epidemic that the world has never seen before. In light of that, several articles were published recently that are very worth reading. The most arresting is a piece published last week in the journal Eurosurveillance, which is the peer-reviewed publication of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (the EU’s Stockholm-based version of the US CDC). The piece is an attempt to assess mathematically how the epidemic is growing, by using case reports to determine the “reproductive number.” (Note for non-epidemiology geeks: The basic reproductive number — usually shorted to R0 or “R-nought” — expresses how many cases of disease are likely to be caused by any one infected person. An R0 of less than 1 means an outbreak will die out; an R0 of more than 1 means an outbreak can be expected to increase. If you saw the movie Contagion, this is what Kate Winslet stood up and wrote on a whiteboard early in the film.
I've spent enough time around public health people, in the US and in the field, to understand that they prefer to express themselves conservatively. So when they indulge in apocalyptic language, it is unusual, and notable.
When one of the most senior disease detectives in the US begins talking about “plague,” knowing how emotive that word can be, and another suggests calling out the military, it is time to start paying attention.
You can see how that could quickly get out of hand, and in fact, that is what the researchers predict. Here is their stop-you-in-your-tracks assessment:
In a worst-case hypothetical scenario, should the outbreak continue with recent trends, the case burden could gain an additional 77,181 to 277,124 cases by the end of 2014.
That is a jaw-dropping number.
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World Health Organization: Ebola kills 2300, nearly half of deaths in past 21 days
New Vision | GENEVA – The Ebola epidemic in west Africa has claimed nearly 2,300 lives, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, stressing that nearly half had died in less than a month.
As of September 6th, 2288 people had died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia out of 4,269 cases, the UN's health agency said. A full 47 percent of the deaths and 49 percent of the cases had come in the prior 21 days, it said. The countries bearing the brunt of the epidemic are among the world's poorest, with dilapidated medical infrastructures buckling under the strain. Liberia has been by far the hardest hit by the epidemic, which since it began in neighbouring Guinea at the beginning of the year has ballooned into the deadliest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen. It alone accounts for half of all cases and counts a full 1,224 deaths -- 62 percent of them since mid-August. WHO (World Health Organization) warned Monday that Liberia would likely face "many thousands" of new infections in the next three weeks.
September 10, 2014 | 6:46AM
Ebola is threatening Liberia's 'national existence' says defence minister… and now the first suspected case of the disease reaches Italy
- Liberia's defence minister has sounded a grave warning about Ebola
- Brownie Samukai said the virus is 'devouring everything in its path'
- He added that the infrastructure of Liberia 'has been overwhelmed'
- A Nigerian woman in Ancona, Italy, is showing symptoms of Ebola
DailMail.co.uk – Liberia's national existence is 'seriously threatened' by the deadly Ebola virus that is 'spreading like wildfire and devouring everything in its path,' the country's national defence minister told the United Nations Security Council.
'Liberia is facing a serious threat to its national existence. The deadly Ebola virus has caused a disruption of the normal functioning of our State,' said Liberian Minister of National Defense Brownie Samukai.
'It is now spreading like wild fire, devouring everything in its path. The already weak health infrastructure of the country has been overwhelmed,' he told the 15-member council, adding that the initial international response was 'less than robust.'
Meanwhile, it's thought that Ebola has now reached Italy, after a Nigerian woman resident there was hospitalised on Tuesday with symptoms consistent with the virus.
Massachusetts doctor third from US with Ebola virus
The Boston Globe – The brother of Dr. Rick Sacra, the third American who has been stricken with the deadly Ebola virus, said Sacra was doing his life’s work helping the sick in a Liberian hospital when he was infected. “He’s a really great, self-sacrificing guy, and he’s just always really cared about the people in Liberia,” said Doug Sacra. “We are desperately praying that he’ll recover.”
August 2, 2014
CDC: 'Window Is Closing' on Containing Ebola, Spiraling Out of Control
The Daily Beast – At a press conference Tuesday, CDC Director Tom Frieden warned that time is running out to contain West Africa’s Ebola outbreak.
Days after returning from West Africa, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas Frieden opened a press conference with a sobering admonition about the effort to contain the Ebola epidemic to West Africa: “The window is closing.”
In an impassioned call to action, he urged American doctors, nurses, and health care professionals to join Africa in its fight. “This isn’t just the countries’ problem,” he said. “It’s a global problem.” With vivid detail, Frieden painted a gruesome picture of overcrowded isolation centers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, where health care workers are struggling to keep up with “basic care.” He mentioned deficiencies not only in the number of doctors, nurses, and health managers available, but the protective gear needed to keep them safe. Without an immediate change in the current landscape, he said, the worst is yet to come. “The level of outbreak is beyond anything we’ve seen—or even imagined,” Frieden said.
August 21, 2014 | 7:14AM
U.S. Ebola Patient to Be Released From Hospital
Mashable.com – Kent Brantly, the American doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola when working in Liberia, will be released from the hospital on Thursday, according to multiple news reports.
The doctor was working in Liberia treating Ebola patients when he was diagnosed with the disease and flown to the United States for treatment at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital. He has now recovered and tested negative for the virus, according to CNN.
August 20, 2014 | 6:00AM
California Hospital Tests Patient for Ebola
Mashable.com – An unnamed patient is being tested for Ebola at a northern California hospital, but he or she is at "low-risk" of actually being infected, according to health officials in the state.
The virus Ebola, for which there is no known cure, has killed more than 1,200 people in West Africa, with more than 2,000 infections in what's the worst outbreak in history. There have been only two confirmed cases in the United States, and none so far in California. The patient is undergoing tests at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center "out of an abundance of caution," as the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) wrote in a statement on Tuesday evening.
August 20, 2014 | 10:23AM
US Hospitals Have Had 68 Ebola Scares, CDC Says
ABC News – American hospitals and state labs have handled at least 68 Ebola scares over the last three weeks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hospitals in 27 states alerted the CDC of the possible Ebola cases out of an abundance of caution amid the growing outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Fifty-eight cases were deemed false alarms after CDC officials spoke with medical professions about patient exposures and symptoms, but blood samples for the remaining 10 were sent to the CDC for testing, the agency told ABC News today.
August 20, 2014 Headlines:
- Doctors turn to experimental Ebola treatments - Chemistry World
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- Sierra Leone's 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer - Bangkok Post