Ebola Evacuation For Worker After Needle Jab


A healthcare worker is flown back to England after being jabbed by a needle at an Ebola treatment clinic in Sierra Leone.

A healthcare worker is flown back to England after being jabbed by a needle at an Ebola treatment clinic in Sierra Leone.

By @ShaunyNews Via: http://news.sky.com/story/1418713/ebola-evacuation-for-worker-after-needle-jab

A British military healthcare worker has been evacuated from Sierra Leone after being accidentally jabbed with a needle while treating Ebola patients. The worker has returned to England for monitoring, according to Public Health England (PHE). The woman was flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Friday night and then transferred to an isolation ward at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, northwest London. The worker’s next of kin has been informed, according to PHE. It is understood the person, whose identity has not been released, has probably been exposed to the virus but has not been diagnosed with Ebola and is not displaying symptoms.

 'Pop-Up' Ebola Hospital Open

‘Pop-Up’ Ebola Hospital Open

The official announcement said the worker suffered a “needle-stick injury”, which involves piercing of the skin. The injuries typically involved needle points but may also be done by other sharp objects, and are considered an occupational health hazard by medical workers. PHE director for health protection Professor Paul Cosford said: “Our thoughts are with this person, who has been courageous in helping those affected in West Africa, and in preventing the wider spread of Ebola.

 Ebola: Busting The Myths

Ebola: Busting The Myths

“We have strict, well-tested protocols in place for this eventuality and we are confident that all appropriate actions have been taken to support the healthcare worker concerned and to protect the health of other people.” The medical evacuation was done as a precautionary measure after the worker was pricked by a needle at the Kerry Town clinic in the West African nation. There are currently around 600 British military personnel working in Sierra Leone, with Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus stationed in the area.

The True Horror Of The Ebola Crisis

The True Horror Of The Ebola Crisis

The clinic was built on the outskirts of the capital Freetown to help treat patients infected by the virus, which has ravaged parts of West Africa. It includes an 80-bed treatment centre managed by Save The Children charity and a 12-bed operated by British Army medical staff designed to treat international healthcare workers and staff working in the area. London’s Royal Free Hospital also treated British nurses Pauline Cafferkey and Will Pooley – both were diagnosed with the disease after returning from treating patients in Africa.

In a statement the hospital said: “We can confirm that a UK military healthcare worker has been admitted to the Royal Free Hospital today following a needlestick injury while treating a person with Ebola in Sierra Leone. “The individual has been admitted to the Royal Free Hospital for assessment.” The patient will be monitored throughout the 21-day incubation period of Ebola.

 Argus Sets Sail For Sierra Leone

Argus Sets Sail For Sierra Leone

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(Possible) Person contracts Ebola in Edinburgh, Scotland


Nurse Pauline Cafferkey caught Ebola, was flown to London and is now ok, stable

Ist case Nurse Pauline Cafferkey caught Ebola, was flown to London and is now ok, stable

By @ShaunyNews Via http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/ebola-scotland-patient-fife-under-4986704#rlabs=17 other sources and my own words

This is a reminder yet again Ebola is not away, people are still dying in their thousands in West Africa. I am hearing there is a ‘rumoured’ case in Belgium also.

A SUSPECTED case of Ebola is being treated in a Scots hospital. The patient, believed to be a woman, recently returned from west Africa and began suffering from a fever. They were taken to the infectious diseases unit of the Western General Hospital inEdinburgh.

It’s understood the affected person is from Auchtermuchty in Fife and can reveal a SORT ambulance – Special Operations Recovery Team – was despatched to an address in the town on Thursday afternoon. Specialists in full protection suits and equipment collected the patient who was described as a “high possibility Ebola Case.” This means the patient had a fever and must have returned from an ‘outbreak’ country such as Sierra Leone or Liberia in the last 21 days.

Suspected Ebola Case Being Treated In Scotland
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The patient was then transferred to the RIDU – Regional Infectious Diseases Unit – at the Western General Hospital, in Edinburgh where a sample of blood was taken that was sent to a specialist laboratory at the Royal Infirmary for testing. It is understood that whenever a SORT ambulance is requested the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland have to be notified. Unlike Nurse Pauline Cafferkey, from Blantyre, who was diagnosed at the end of last year, the Ebola case is not yet confirmed.

Melanie Johnson, Director of Unscheduled Care, NHS Lothian, said: “A patient who recently returned to Scotland from West Africa has been admitted to our Regional Infectious Diseases Unit (RIDU) at the Western General Hospital after they reported a raised temperature. “As a precautionary measure, and in line with agreed procedures, the patient will be screened for possible infections and will be kept in isolation.

1.9 Mile drive from my house. Western General of Edinburgh

1.9 Mile drive from my house. Western General of Edinburgh

“We have robust systems in place to manage patients with suspected infectious diseases and follow agreed and tested national guidelines.” A spokeswoman for NHS Fife added: “NHS Fife can confirm that a patient who recently returned to Scotland from West Africa has been transferred to the Regional Infectious Diseases Unit at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. “This is a precautionary measure and is established protocol.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “We are aware that, as a precautionary measure, NHS Lothian has admitted a patient, who has returned from West Africa. In line with agreed procedures, the patient will be screened for possible infections including Ebola and will be kept in isolation, again as a precaution. “Scotland has a robust health protection surveillance system which monitors global disease outbreaks and ensures that we are fully prepared to respond to such situations.”

Scottish Labour health spokeswoman Jenny Marra said: “NHS Lothian is right to take all the necessary precautions to check the health of this person and use isolation facilities. “These precautions are in the interests of the patient and the general public.”

Everyone on these planes and who they have met after now need watched and maybe tested.

Everyone on these planes and who they have met after now need watched and maybe tested.

Miss Cafferkey, 39, was the UK’s first confirmed case, having contracted the virus while volunteering at a medical centre in Sierra Leone. Diagnosed after returning to Britain, she was transported from Glasgow to an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Pauline, who is originally from Crossgates in Fife, is showing signs of improvement having been in a critical condition. Yesterday, a woman suspected of having Ebola tested negative for the disease at Northampton General hospital, and on Tuesday another suspected ebola case at North Manchester Hospital turned out to be a false alarm. And Stephen Powell, of Pontypridd South Wales, who was showing symptoms of the deadly virus was also given the all clear last week.

Although, the number of suspected Ebola cases is slowly growing in the UK, health chiefs have moved to avoid panic. Britain’s ‘Ebola scare’ is ‘low risk’, according to health chiefs as it can only be spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids of the infected person. It remains very unlikely that you will catch it.

Ebola starts with a flu-like illness which later develops into a high fever, severe headaches, muscle fatigue and chest pain. In about half of cases people can bleed from their mucous membranes, although its rarely heavy bleeding. You don’t bleed to death from Ebola, instead the disease shuts down your organs through fluid redistribution, low blood pressure and widespread clotting. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, such as blood, vomit or faeces. It has killed more than 7800 people, almost all in West Africa since the epidemic broke out a year ago.

Pauline Cafferkey contracted the deadly virus after going on a charity mission to Sierra Leone. She was diagnosed after returning to Glasgow having been allowed to travel back to her Cambuslang home via taxi before realising her symptoms. Pauline was initially admitted to Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital on December 29, then transferred to the Royal Free Hospital in London the following day. On January 12, the hospital released a statement saying that Pauline was showing signs of improvement and was no longer critically ill.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-30842916

http://www.scotsman.com/news/health/edinburgh-hospital-woman-tests-negative-for-ebola-1-3662909

http://news.stv.tv/east-central/306701-second-suspected-scots-ebola-case-patient-currently-being-treated/

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Glasgow, Scotland: Ebola nurse no longer critically ill – Happy Katie Hopkins?


Pauline Cafferkey was diagnosed with Ebola in December after volunteering work in Sierra Leone

Pauline Cafferkey was diagnosed with Ebola in December after volunteering work in Sierra Leone

By @ShaunyNews Via: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30783537

Good news here. The special hospital down in London has cured Pauline. Ebola is still 100% a HUGE possible problem for our species, it’s still here, it’s still killing. But terrific news she is ok. Happy stories are good!

UK nurse Pauline Cafferkey is no longer critically ill with Ebola, London’s Royal Free Hospital says. In a statement, the hospital said she was “showing signs of improvement”.

Ms Cafferkey, from Glasgow, was diagnosed with Ebola in December after returning from Sierra Leone. It was announced she was in a critical condition on 4 January. The 39-year-old had volunteered with other UK NHS staff for the charity Save the Children in West Africa.

The full statement from the hospital said: “The Royal Free Hospital is pleased to announce that Pauline Cafferkey is showing signs of improvement and is no longer critically ill.

“She remains in isolation as she receives specialist care for the Ebola virus.” Ms Cafferkey has been treated with experimental drugs and has received blood plasma from another British nurse, Will Pooley, who recovered from an Ebola infection last year.

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She had travelled home to Scotland via Casablanca, Morocco, and Heathrow Airport in London. She was initially screened at Heathrow, where her temperature was normal, despite telling officials that she felt unwell. Her temperature was taken a further six times within 30 minutes, but it was normal each time and she was cleared to fly on to Scotland.

Ms Cafferkey was then placed in an isolation unit at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital after becoming feverish, before being transferred by RAF Hercules plane to London on 30 December, and taken to the Royal Free’s specialist treatment centre. Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, such as blood, vomit or faeces.

The virus has killed more than 7,800 people, almost all in West Africa, since it broke out a year ago. The World Health Organization says the number of people infected by the disease in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea has now passed 20,000.

Remember this woman? I can’t remember her name, she just got booted out of Celebrity Big Brother I am told, here in the UK, Vile woman, she says things to anger people to gain a reaction. The irony is I am talking about her. But I think we need to know this Woman is having her 15 minutes of fame. Nothing more, nothing less, flash in the pan, easy to forget evil woman. I still feel for her kids. They must get a hard time at School with a Mother like this! 

Not so cool, wonder how she will feel unemployed

Not so cool, wonder how she will feel unemployed

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Katie Hopkins In New Twitter Storm – Glasgow Ebola Patient And Worse


What a brilliant roll model for her kids. If she passes her evil onto them, that is sad

What a brilliant roll model for her kids. If she passes her evil onto them, that is sad

By @ShaunyGibson Via Sources

Katie Olivia Hopkins is a weekly columnist for The Sun newspaper and a former British reality television contestant. I had no idea who she was till I read ‘That Tweet’ And Twitter gave her it bad and rightly so. For me this is what some Media and Politics think of Scotland, just some backwater area of the UK they have to put up with, and this is a reason we Scot’s want independence. Before the referendum it looked a sure thing, then 9% more made it a no vote, but think of it as a 5% swing, 5% the other way and Scotland were free. I think we will be before I am 50 years old and my Daughters hit High School. I am 41, my Daughters are 4 and 5, it is a matter of when. Anyway this horrible cretin of a woman, a typical ‘self important idiot’ tweets about Scottish Nurse ??

Outrage as Katie Hopkins jokes about Ebola patient
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Television personality Katie Hopkins has been branded ‘vile’ and a racist after she posted a joke about Scotland sending a patient with Ebola to an English hospital for treatment.  A female nurse who had been treating patients for the deadly disease in Sierra Leone, was transferred from her home town of Glasgow to London for treatment after she tested positive for the disease. But after news of her condition spread, the former Apprentice contestant took to Twitter to make jibes about Scottish independence because the woman is being treated in London.  Hopkins wrote: ‘Glaswegian ebola patient moved to London’s Royal Free Hospital. Not so independent when it matters most are we jocksville?’ She added: ‘Little sweaty jocks, sending us Ebola bombs in the form of sweaty Glaswegians just isn’t cricket.’

WHAT A HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING

WHAT A HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING

Her remarks caused outrage on Twitter, with one user asking ‘just how long can you stoop?’ Others accused her of political point scoring.  Piers Morgan branded her a ‘repulsive creature.’ @theconverter181 said: ‘Why are people from Glasgow or Scotland “sweaty”? You sound ridiculous and frankly racist…nothing new there! And @sharonparks7210 wrote: ‘Katie Hopkins joking about the Ebola Glasgow patient is just bang out of order. She’s a vile disgusting excuse for a human who gets her.’

Nobody missed her

Nobody missed her

Twitter users reacted angrily to Katie’s latest remarks, with one user writing in response: “Lol you really are an attention seeking boot! Good help you if you caught it.” River City star Tom Urie didn’t mince his words when he replied to Hopkins’ Tweet, She even had a go at new Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon! 

Not so cool, wonder how she will feel unemployed

Not so cool, wonder how she will feel unemployed

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Well said

Well said

 

Having a go at Scotland leader and the Ebola patient

Having a go at Scotland leader and the Ebola patient

Not so cool, wonder how she will feel unemployed

Not so cool, wonder how she will feel unemployed, SMALL WOMAN, Katie, Nicola would eat you for lunch, unless you were in a field or bushed or something

 

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She seems a real nasty person, here are more, what an evil woman, jobless woman I mean, but this is her, her reality, a sad one, she is a sad person, unhappy, so she seeks love anywhere she can it ‘IT SEEMS’ But to be as evil and nasty as she has been, and I only heard of her today, she has deep rooted unhappiness for sure. She needs to see a Dr I think. I am disabled myself and I can see unhappy quickly, she shows these signs 

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I think we know what this woman likes, maybe needs more off

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Yeah she is “One of these girls”

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Even offends Religion. This woman needs an education and dole money soon

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SHE HATES SCOTTISH PEOPLE, THAT IS CLEAR

SHE GETS PAID TO WRITE!

SHE GETS PAID TO WRITE!

This here was awful and could have caused a riot, this woman really seeks attention! 

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The more I search the more evil this woman gets

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Just plain evil. She is an attention seeker, sadly, and I hate to swear

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These were just 3 from a hundred+ remarks over her Palestine tweet

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http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/celebrity/katie-hopkins-vile-reaction-ebola-4892584#rlabs=2

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2891039/Outrage-Katie-Hopkins-jokes-Scotland-sending-Ebola-patient-England-treatment.html

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How Will The UK Stop Ebola From Spreading?


The woman is being treated in isolation at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow

The woman is being treated in isolation at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via Sky News And my Previous breaking news Article via Sky News also. https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/breaking-news-glasgow-healthcare-worker-diagnosed-with-ebola/ I did this article back on the 18th December https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/sierra-leone-braced-for-increase-in-ebola-cases/ In the article I told how Ebola was killing Sierra Leone, as Ebola had died out in the Developed World the Main Steam Media dropped the story but 10’s of thousands have died in Sierra Leone.

Nicola Sturgeon reassures Ebola won’t spread and is under control

The Ebola case in Glasgow will create considerable concerns among people about its potential spread, but effective containment could make the health worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone an isolated case. Sky’s Health Correspondent Thomas Moore said close monitoring of anyone who came into contact with the patient after they became infected, as well as good practices during treatment, were key to preventing further cases.

“The key incubation period is considered to be 21 days and we have seen in other countries events where partners of people who have come down with Ebola are kept at home or monitored very closely to make sure they are not developing symptoms and there is no onward transmission,” he said. “The key point in an outbreak is to contain it, to prevent it spreading. The further it spreads the more difficult it is to contact trace people and bring the virus back under control.”

The woman travelled from Sierra Leone to Casablanca on Royal Air Maroc flight AT596 yesterday morning at 2.30am, landing at 6.10am. She then boarded another Royal Air Maroc flight - AT0800 - to Heathrow, taking off at 12:20pm and landing at 3:50pm at Terminal 4.

The woman travelled from Sierra Leone to Casablanca on Royal Air Maroc flight AT596 yesterday morning at 2.30am, landing at 6.10am.
She then boarded another Royal Air Maroc flight – AT0800 – to Heathrow, taking off at 12:20pm and landing at 3:50pm at Terminal 4.

Health officials have said the patient in Scotland only came into contact with one person since displaying symptoms, however the passengers who travelled on a flight from Casablanca to Heathrow and a subsequent flight from Heathrow to Glasgow with the infected person on Sunday are being traced. The Ebola virus is not spread through ordinary social contact such as shaking hands or travelling on public transport. Only people who have come into contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person are at risk.

Anyone who was on the flight – or has recently return from the affected arreas of West Africa – and is worried about symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sore throat or rash is advised to stay at home and call 111 or 999. “Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared.” Anyone who was on the Heathrow to Glasgow flight last night is asked to call 08000 858531

The unnamed patient is currently being treated at a specialist infectious diseases unit at Gartnaval Hospital in Glasgow But she will be moved to The Royal Free Hospital in London, one of fiveUntitled3 High Level Isolation units in Britain – the others are in Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield and Belfast.

The unit is run by a dedicated team of doctors and laboratory staff and access is restricted to specially trained medical staff. A specially designed tent is set up around the patient’s bed so the infection can be contained while they are treated. Sky’s Thomas Moore said staff at The Royal Free would follow strict protocols to prevent any further infection. “We know for example, from Texas where they were treating a health worker and a member of the public who came back, there were lapses,” he said. “Every precaution will be taken. The Royal Free has an extremely good track record on this and will have been looking at what went wrong in Texas, and indeed in Spain, to ensure no one else infected when treating this health worker.”

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A government COBR meeting, chaired by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, was held to discuss the case. Speaking before the case was identified, Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said “a handful of cases” were expected in the coming months. She added that Britain was “very well prepared” for Ebola. Public Health England has tested 113 people for Ebola up to 4 December, only one of which was found to have the disease. Wales has had no positive cases from its five tests, while Northern Irelands has also had no cases.

No details have been released for Scotland.

http://news.sky.com/story/1399444/how-will-britain-stop-ebola-from-spreading

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-30628349

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Breaking News – Glasgow Healthcare Worker Diagnosed With ‘EBOLA’ – #LIVE VIDEO#


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By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

A healthcare worker who returned to Glasgow from Sierra Leone last night has been confirmed as having Ebola.

More as the story develops from Ace News

Just as we all thought it was gone….This is bad 

LIVE VIDEO VIA http://news.sky.com/watch-live From Sky News UK. 

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A healthcare worker who returned to Glasgow from Sierra Leone last night has been confirmed as having Ebola. They returned to Scotland via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at around 11.30pm. The patient was admitted to hospital early this morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 7.50am.

Anyone who is at risk through contact with the patient is to be contacted and closely monitored. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee and has also spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron. She said: “Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.

“Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared.” Anyone who was on the Heathrow to Glasgow flight last night is asked to call 08000 858531

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Now stated a Woman is infected. They are being taken to London to get special treatment. I am guessing she will be fine as the illness came late last night. Sierra Leone is still the worst place on Earth with thousands dying. Article I did 10 days ago about Sierra Leone and how the danger is FAR from over globally.  https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/sierra-leone-braced-for-increase-in-ebola-cases/

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A female healthcare worker who returned to Glasgow from Sierra Leone last night has been confirmed as having Ebola. They returned to Scotland via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at around 11.30pm. The patient was admitted to hospital early this morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 7.50am. The individual has been isolated and is receiving treatment in the specialist Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases on the Gartnavel Hospital campus, but will be taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London imminently.

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Sierra Leone Braced For Increase In Ebola Cases


Dead news? Not for a second, the threat still exists

Dead news? Not for a second, the threat still exists

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via: http://news.sky.com/story/1393826/sierra-leone-braced-for-increase-in-ebola-cases

As we in the first World get ready to buy presents and spend time laughing and having fun with family and friends the Ebola Virus is still a HUGE Danger to us all. It has been removed from MANY countries with the USA being one. Sadly Sierra Leone is being hammered still, thousands more die each week there and families (Can you blame them) there are not handing in loved ones with Ebola symptoms. I say “Can we blame them” because how hard it is to say goodbye knowing you are handing over your loved one to die. Turn the coin around and you say “Well they are maybe going to infect the entire family” And this is where the danger still lurks for us all. It is under control Ebola  but readers please understand it won’t take much to go Global in a week again. We must stay vigilant and understand the danger for a species pandemic is still there. W.H.O and the C.D.C are saying this much still. I believe there was a possible Ebola case in the USA a few weeks ago and this may be my next blog. I will also address this issue here, the USA buying MILLIONS of 3 person, plastic coffins. Remember this: https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/usa-i-warned-you-about-fema-camps-and-coffins-bought-in-millions/

Expert Doctor says CDC is lying about Ebola virus

Via Karen Elliott on You Tube

Fears of a sharp increase of cases mean even those who have not died from the disease are being buried in Ebola graveyards

Sierra Leone, caught in the grip of the Ebola crisis, is bracing itself for a sharp increase in cases of the killer disease over the Christmas period. The Government is so worried about the situation it has outlawed any seasonal public celebrations and will be putting soldiers on the street to make sure no one disobeys the directive. The outbreak of the virus, which began a year ago in neighbouring Guinea and quickly spread to Liberia, is now dominating the lives of everyone in Sierra Leone.

The western part of the country, including the capital Freetown where around a third of the population of more than six million lives, is bearing the brunt of the current upturn in cases. Authorities have instigated what they call the “Western Surge” to redouble efforts to try to keep the virus at bay.

Ebola Poet Weeps For Loved Ones

Ebola Poet Weeps For Loved Ones

Eunice Peacock, of the District Ebola Response Centre (DERC), admits they are “running to catch up” with the rate of the spread of the disease and would not be drawn on when it would be brought under control. One of the biggest problems is a refusal by what some claim is up to 80% of the population, a figure disputed by the government, to even acknowledge Ebola is real. One of the scores of operators at the UK-funded 117 Ebola telephone reporting line said many of the calls she takes are pranks or abusive. “They will use abusive language on you, they’ll say Ebola is lie, lie, you’re just taking money, most of them that is what they say,” she said. “They don’t believe. Most of the people they don’t believe in the Ebola stuff.”

Take A Tour Of An Ebola Clinic

An Ebola Clinic that is running out of beds and medications 

Ebola Report Dec 16: Permanent Epidemic, Ebola Lie, 4 year old Sweetie-Sweetie

Via spinnerky2 on You Tube

The genuine calls get pushed on to the DERC where they are followed up either as live cases or burials. One of the burial units is run by the Red Cross and again funded by the UK. It aims to get everybody reported to it collected and buried in the central Ebola cemetery within 24 hours. Even those who have not died from the virus are collected and treated as if they had the disease – which means getting accurate figures for the number of Ebola deaths is difficult. We went out with Burial Team 7 into the Wellington area of Freetown – up steep, winding tracks where even four wheel drive vehicles struggled to pass.

Sierra Leone and Guinea Ebola

Sierra Leone and Guinea Ebola

Sierra Leone and Guinea Ebola

Via TV2Africa on You Tube

There we went to the home of Alie Kamara, a 63-year-old father of 16, who had died on the morning we arrived. He had been ill for some time. His family said they had a certificate saying he was free of Ebola – but the body retrieval team still put on their protective suits to salvage Alie’s remains before disinfecting the house. His body was put into two sealed bags after a short Muslim blessing before being lifted on to the back of a truck to be taken to the graveyard. The team moved on to the next body. Here the daughter of 70-year old Allieu Koroma, Marie, was hysterically throwing herself to the ground. Again there was no suggestion of Ebola, though there were raised eyebrows when the dead man’s wife suggested he too had a medical certificate proving he was free of Ebola, but that “rats had eaten it”.

As with Alie, Allieu’s body was swabbed, double bagged and put on to the back of the truck. The bodies of two confirmed Ebola victims were then picked up from a hospital before the team travelled on to a graveyard. The World War II cemetery has been disused for years, but is now Freetown’s central Ebola burial site. There is row after row of freshly filled graves, side by side with row after row of empty ones awaiting a body. No sooner than Burial Team 7 placed Alie and Allieu into their respective final resting places, another group from a different aid organisation turned up to do the same for their Ebola dead.

Preparing a hospital for the Ebola virus disease
Via Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada on You Tube

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ebola-virus-tricks-the-body-and-strips-victims-of-dignity-9924730.html

http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/12/15/370446566/endless-ebola-endemic-thats-the-risk-we-face-now-cdc-says

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Ebola outbreak still claiming lives – Leaving behind ‘Ebola Children’


The toll of a tragedy

The toll of a tragedy

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

As the first World gets ready to shop till we drop and have Christmas with family and friends and sit in comfy chairs watching a movie on whatever TV platforms we have we must look to Ebola still. The main stream media don’t report this now because it doesn’t effect outside West Africa, kinda sad when you think about it. The ‘Ebola Children’ have nothing, nowhere to go and are risk of Ebola still. Ebola is still live, CDC and W.H.O are both asking for caution and for people not to relax, it could still hit…

The Children of Ebola:

THE first reported case in the Ebola outbreak ravaging west Africa dates back to December 2013, in Guéckédou, a forested area of Guinea near the border with Liberia and Sierra Leone. Travellers took it across the border: by late March, Liberia had reported eight suspected cases and Sierra Leone six. By the end of June 759 people had been infected and 467 people had died from the disease, making this the worst ever Ebola outbreak. The numbers keep climbing. As of November 30th, 17,145 cases and 6,070 deaths had been reported worldwide, the vast majority of them in these same three countries. Many suspect these estimates are badly undercooked.

Danger is still there...or is it?

Danger is still there…or is it?

The outbreak continues to claim lives, but there are glimmers of good news. The number of new cases reported each week in Guinea and Liberia has somewhat stabilised (in Liberia, the flattening out has come after a decline in new cases between mid-September and mid-October). The pattern in Sierra Leone is much less encouraging. The chart above shows numbers from both the World Health Organisation’s regular situation reports and from patient databases, which tend to be more accurate but are less complete for recent weeks

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The rate at which cases give rise to subsequent cases, which epidemiologists call R0, is the key variable in the spread of Ebola. For easily transmitted diseases R0 can be high; for measles it is 18. Ebola is much harder to catch: estimates of R0 in different parts of the outbreak range from 1.5 to 2.2. Although there are some signs that the virus is gradually being brought under control in Guinea and Liberia, any R0 above 1 is bad news. The very high mortality rate of the disease, estimated at 60-70% in this outbreak, means that Ebola can quickly claim more lives than other, more established killers.

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The inadequacies of the health-care systems in the three most-affected countries help to explain how the Ebola outbreak got this far. Spain spends over $3,000 per person at purchasing-power parity on health care; for Sierra Leone, the figure is just under $300. The United States has 245 doctors per 100,000 people; Guinea has ten. The particular vulnerability of health-care workers to Ebola is therefore doubly tragic: as of November 30th there had been 622 cases among medical staff in the three west African countries, and 346 deaths.

http://www.farrahgray.com/forgotten-victims-ebola-desperate-plight-children-orphaned-virus/5/

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60 Minutes – Nurse says Duncan died on Saturday, not Wednesday (AS DID I) – Also sloppy clean up!


Eric Duncan, R.I.P = Why did the Media, Hospital, Government lie?

Eric Duncan, R.I.P – Why did the Media, Hospital, Government lie?

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Remember when we a few saw that news story from the Israeli newspaper that said Duncan was dead days before the US media announced it? At the 10:25 minute mark, the male nurse recounts his death – and says very clearly that it was on SATURDAY, not Wednesday like we were told. I called the death of Eric Duncan on the same day, October 6th, https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/breaking-ebola-patient-in-dallas-has-died-reports/ and a few people called me a liar! Well for anyone who thinks I make things up, here is the truth and the proof. He died on the day I reported, not when the media reported. So we now ask, WHY DID THE MEDIA DO THIS, WHY DID THE GOVERNMENT ALLOW THIS? Also these Dr’s tell about the AWFUL SLOPPY CLEAN UP! https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/more-sloppy-ebola-clean-up-in-the-usa-cleaners-empty-ebola-doctors-apartment-without-protection/

Duncan died on Saturday, not Wednesday, as I said! 

Video thanks to Scott Anthony on You Tube – Flash News Network

The following is a script of “Treating Ebola” which aired on Oct. 26, 2014. Scott Pelley is the correspondent. Patricia Shevlin and Gabrielle Schonder, producers.

You’ve heard a lot about the Dallas hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in America. But you’ve never heard what actually happened from the people who fought for his life at the risk of their own. You’re about to meet four nurses who treated Duncan from the time he came into the emergency room, to the moment that he died. The staff had been blindsided by a biomedical emergency that burst into their ER like a wildfire. Contrary to reports that the hospital bungled the response, the story the nurses tell sounds more like a heroic effort to stop an outbreak. On September 28, Duncan was rushed by ambulance to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. He was isolated in a separate section of the ER and nurse Sidia Rose, starting the night shift, was briefed on the special precautions required for what they now suspected was a case of Ebola.

Sidia Rose: I went over and met with a nurse who gave me a report. She also went over the protective gear that we would be wearing that night. She gave, you know, finished briefing me on what was going to happen, and I literally burst out in tears.

Scott Pelley: Why?

Sidia Rose: It’s very scary. I know about Ebola, and the only reason I do, it’s because I’ve been just researching it on my own. Since January, I kept hearing the word popping up in the news. And I just wanted to find out about it.

Richard Townsend: When our supervisor said that we had a potential Ebola case, I don’t want to call it calamitous but there was a lot of concern, people became very vocal, understandably it’s the boogie man virus.

Emergency room nurses Richard Townsend and Krista Schaefer made sure that Rose was suited up properly. As per the hospital’s protocol, she worked with Duncan alone, with Townsend watching over her.

“I got myself together. I’d done what I needed to get myself prepared mentally, emotionally, and physically, and went in there and did what I was supposed to.”

Scott Pelley: When you went to approach Mr. Duncan for the first time, what did you do? How did you prepare for that?

Sidia Rose: I gathered myself together. I put on my protective wear and I went in and introduced myself to him and you know just let him know that I would be the nurse helping him tonight.

Scott Pelley: What were you telling yourself?

Sidia Rose: I was very frightened. I was. But and I just dried my tears, rolled down my sleeves, so to speak, and went on about my night.

Scott Pelley: But why do you go in there? Why don’t you say, “You know, this one’s not for me”?

Sidia Rose: As a nurse, I understand the risk that I take every day I come to work and he’s no different than any other patient that I’ve provided care for. So, I wasn’t going to say, “No, I’m not going to care for him.”

Scott Pelley: But you were risking your life to take care of this patient.

Sidia Rose: Oh, I know that. And that’s why I, as frightened as I was, I didn’t allow fear to paralyze me. I got myself together. I’d done what I needed to get myself prepared mentally, emotionally, and physically, and went in there and did what I was supposed to.

Though Duncan’s test results wouldn’t be known for two days, she was certain she was witnessing Ebola.

Sidia Rose: The first time when I went in and he vomited, I was standing in front of him, he was sitting on the commode, and there was just so much it went over the bag, it was on the walls, on the floors. I had two pairs of gloves on and shoe covers. And I had my face shield on. I didn’t have two masks on at the time, I had just one. No, we didn’t have any head covers. But I wiped down the walls, wiped down the floor with some bleach wipes.

Richard Townsend: He was having so much diarrhea and vomiting that he, you know, she was constantly having to give him the little bags that we have for people to vomit into.

Richard Townsend: All of that was hazardous waste and it had to be bagged and then double bagged and then put into a separate container that could then be disposed of later. Because anything that has any of his bodily fluids on it has the potential to be lethal to somebody else.

“And that’s when he said to me his family had suffered a loss. That he had buried his daughter who had died in childbirth.”

Eric Duncan was 42 years old, from Liberia, which is ground zero for this outbreak. Half of all the cases in the world are in Liberia. He flew to Dallas to visit family, became sick a few days later, and then made his first visit to the Dallas hospital.

It was the night of September 25 when Duncan first came into this emergency room. According to the hospital records, he had a temperature of 100.1. Over the course of the four hours or so that he was here, his temperature spiked to 103, but then it dropped back down. Again, according to the hospital records, he told the staff that he had come from Africa, but did not specify West Africa or Liberia. About three o’clock in the morning, with his symptoms not very severe, the staff decided to send him home with antibiotics.

But three days later he was back in the ER gravely ill and about as contagious as he would ever be. The virus is not transmitted though the air but physical contact with a single viral particle can cause infection. The hospital notified state health authorities immediately. And they wanted Sidia Rose to ask several urgent questions of Duncan.

Sidia Rose: I explained to him, “We are under the impression that you may have been exposed to Ebola. And I said, “Where are you from?” And he told me Liberia.

Sidia Rose: And I asked, “Have you been in contact with anyone who’s been sick?

Scott Pelley: He said?

Sidia Rose: No. He said no.

State and federal health officials wanted to know if Duncan had been with anyone who had died in Liberia.

Sidia Rose: And that’s when he said to me his family had suffered a loss. That he had buried his daughter who had died in childbirth.

But nurse Rose says Duncan told her it wasn’t Ebola that killed his daughter. Rose told us that she reported this to the Texas Department of Health, but then Duncan denied his own story when he spoke to those officials.

Scott Pelley: What information was it that he denied to the health officials?

Sidia Rose: About his travels, about him burying his pregnant daughter who had died in childbirth. He denied that. He said that’s not true.

Scott Pelley: So he wasn’t honest with them.

Sidia Rose: Yeah.

“And we held his hand and talked to him and comforted him because his family couldn’t be there.”

This is nurse Richard Townsend, who dressed in the protective gear that was recommended by the CDC at the time, just as Sidia Rose did.

Scott Pelley: Was any of your skin exposed?

Sidia Rose: At that time it was just a gown that I was wearing, so yeah. Not my hands, not my legs, my face, I had my face shield on, the mask with the face shield.

Scott Pelley: So your neck was exposed?

Sidia Rose: Yes.

Scott Pelley: So the CDC protocols that you would’ve looked up the day he came into the emergency department was in your estimation deficient?

All: Yes.

Dr's saying what I have been reporting. Sloppy USA clean up's

Dr’s saying what I have been reporting. Sloppy USA clean up’s

On September 29, Duncan was carried from the emergency department to intensive care. Nurse Nina Pham, who was involved in the transfer, would become the first person to catch the virus in the United States. It took 48 hours to get Duncan’s positive test results. And by then the hospital, on its own, had equipped the staff with suits that allowed no skin to be exposed. It would be another three weeks before the CDC made this its new standard. Then the hospital moved out all of the patients in medical intensive care and reconfigured the 24-bed unit for just one patient. It was a strange scene for ICU nurse John Mulligan.

John Mulligan: By the time I came in, they had already received the Tyveks, the pappers. So we had the full hazmat gear that people are used to seeing.

Scott Pelley: Is this the full suit?

John Mulligan: This is the full suit, yes. There were always two of us in the room at all times. And we were designated two people to be in there. I’ve been in health care for nearly 20 years and I’ve never emptied as much trash as just from the waste of his constant diarrhea that he was having was remarkable. And we had these longer surgical type gloves on. They were taped to the Tyvek suit, full headgear with a circulator with a HEPA filter that would plug into the back. And the first time I got out of that suit, it literally looked like someone had pushed me into a swimming pool. I was drenched.

They were working 16 to 18 hour days, spending two hours at a time in Duncan’s room.

John Mulligan: And we held his hand and talked to him and comforted him because his family couldn’t be there.

Scott Pelley: You held his hand through the spacesuit?

John Mulligan: I did. He was glad someone wasn’t afraid to take care of him. And we weren’t.

“We asked for volunteers. Everyone volunteered.”

Richard Townsend: I have nothing but respect and admiration for everyone that was involved in his care you know everyone has someone in their lives that they love and they care about. I have a five-year-old and a three-year-old and my wife is pregnant. And the mortality rate for pregnant women with Ebola is, it’s essentially 100 percent.

Scott Pelley: But Richard, why don’t you go to the administration and say, “You know, I’m sorry. But my wife is pregnant.”

Richard Townsend: People were allowed to request not to be tasked with his care.

Krista Schaefer: We asked for volunteers. Everyone volunteered.

Scott Pelley: Everyone was a volunteer, everyone that was there wanted to be there?

Krista Schaefer: Every person, housekeeping, respiratory, physicians, nurses.

But despite all the volunteers Duncan grew worse. An experimental drug wasn’t helping.

John Mulligan: Early Saturday morning he had become very critically ill and was placed on a respirator.

Scott Pelley: He was intubated.

John Mulligan: He was intubated.

Scott Pelley: Tube down his throat?

John Mulligan: Tube down his throat, he had a dialysis catheter placed because he was not making any urine, but he needed to. And so I was in charge on those two days, so I was not in the anteroom. But at that point, we had five people back there, one of them being a respiratory therapist to manage the ventilator and four nurses taking two-hour shifts in the room because he had become so critically ill. And I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve never seen a four-to-one-patient in an ICU. That’s how sick he was. We got through that weekend. I had heard some promising reports through the news and came back on October 8 and was the primary nurse again. Went through our protocol, showered and dressed in the disposable scrubs and put my Tyvek suit on and was double and triple checked by my team back there, the night shift team and the day shift team. There was already a night shift nurse in the room, one had just come out. So we kind of tagged off so we’d always have two in the room. And I got a report at the bedside from her. And I told her to go home to her children. She, you know, we’d been working 16, 18-hour days. By the time you get through this whole process, you’ve been here 18 hours and you’re tired and you’ve got to come back in 10 hours to do it again. And I turned around and I looked at Mr. Duncan in the bed. And at that point my partner had come in and he was still intubated. He was on a lot of medication to support his blood pressure and his circulatory system. And he was heavily sedated and he had tears running down his eyes, rolling down his face, not just normal watering from a sedated person. This was in the form of tears. And I grabbed a tissue and I wiped his eyes and I said, “You’re going to be okay. You just get the rest that you need. Let us do the rest for you.” And it wasn’t 15 minutes later I couldn’t find a pulse. And we did what was called a chemical code, per his request prior to him ever getting so sick. He did not want chest compressions done. He did not want us to shock him if he went into a lethal rhythm because he knew that that would put him at a higher risk. And that was a conversation he had with one of my pulmonologists that was on his case. And the three of us in that room chemically coded him. I pushed the drugs, knowing they weren’t going anywhere and I lost him. And it was the worst day of my life. This man that we cared for, that fought just as hard with us lost his fight. And his family couldn’t be there. And we were the last three people to see him alive. And I was the last one to leave the room. And I held him in my arms. He was alone.

“I would have nightmares, and still do, of my co-workers being infected and not being able to get to a hospital and treatment and dying.”

Scott Pelley: Sidia, you spent perhaps the most time talking with Mr. Duncan and I wonder what you think people should know about him.

Sidia Rose: He was very kind and very appreciative. Even something as simple as me just giving him cold washcloth to cool his face down because his fever wasn’t breaking, even that he was grateful for. He told me thanks.

Within days of Duncan’s death, nurse Nina Pham was admitted to the hospital with Ebola.

Scott Pelley: When Nina became sick, that must’ve sent a lightning bolt through the staff because now it’s one of you.

John Mulligan: I thought someone was playing a cruel joke until I finally looked at my phone and saw the missed text messages and the voicemails and turned the news on and went, “Oh my goodness.”

Then four days later, nurse Amber Vinson fell ill. Both nurses have since recovered; this is Nina Pham leaving a hospital on Friday. But many on the staff still wonder whether they could be next.

Scott Pelley: Are any of you, all of you, still self-monitoring for signs of infection?

Sidia Rose: I am.

Scott Pelley: You are? You’re still within the 21-day window?

Sidia Rose: For Mr. Duncan I’m passed my 21-day period. But for Nina Pham I’m still being monitored. I’ve been asymptomatic. My temperature has been rock solid.

Those who contract the virus are not infectious until they actually become sick. Members of the medical staff must take their temperature now twice a day and show the reading to a state health official. But, in at least one other way, the effect of fighting this virus could linger.

John Mulligan: I would have nightmares, and still do, of my co-workers being infected and not being able to get to a hospital and treatment and dying. And so it’s like any traumatic event, this too shall pass. It’s just going to take a little time.

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Australia issues full visa ban on Ebola-hit countries


ABOUT TIME MORE COUNTRIES DID THIS

ABOUT TIME MORE COUNTRIES DID THIS

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

With Australia having two Ebola cases to turn out negative lately they have taken the proper steps and stopped flights from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia

(Reuters) – Australia has issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak to prevent the disease reaching the country, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said, becoming the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region. Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola despite a number of scares, and conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has so far resisted repeated requests to send medical personnel to help battle the outbreak on the ground. The decision to refuse entry for anyone from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, while touted by the government as a necessary safety precaution, was criticized by experts and advocates as politically motivated and short sighted. “The government has strong controls for the entry of persons to Australia under our immigration program from West Africa,” Morrison told parliament on Monday. “These measures include temporarily suspending our immigration program, including our humanitarian program from Ebola-affected countries, and this means we are not processing any application from these affected countries.”

All non-permanent or temporary visas were being canceled and permanent visa holders who had not yet arrived in Australia will be required to submit to a 21-day quarantine period, he added. A number of U.S. states, including New York and New Jersey, have also imposed mandatory quarantines on returning doctors and nurses amid fears of the virus spreading outside of West Africa. Federal health officials say their approach is extreme.

The Ebola outbreak that began in March has killed nearly 5,000 people, the vast majority in West Africa. The disease has an incubation period of about three weeks, and becomes contagious when a victim shows symptoms. Ebola, which can cause fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, spreads through contact with bodily fluids such as blood or saliva.

Australia has contributed A$18 million (US$15.86 million) to help fight the disease but has been criticized by medical groups, opposition lawmakers and rights groups for not sending teams to affected regions. The risks to Australia were already small due to its geographical isolation, said Dr Adam Kamradt-Scott, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney’s Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity. The visa ban, he said, would do nothing to protect the country from Ebola while potentially having a negative public health impact by unduly raising fears about the disease and creating a general climate of panic. “This blanket ban actually does very little to reduce the risk of Ebola arriving in Australia. It also sends a very bad message both in terms of our humanitarian assistance program as well as Australia’s attitude towards West Africa at the moment,” he told Reuters. “This is purely just a political decision. There is very little scientific evidence or medical rationale why you would choose to do this, and this is the type of politics we find starts to interfere with effective public health measures.”

Earlier this month it was revealed that Australia had turned down requests from Britain and the United States to send personnel to Sierra Leone to assist in combating the outbreak there, as well as additional funding. Australia’s “narrow approach” to Ebola makes no sense from a health perspective, given that applicants for humanitarian visas are already screened and monitored for illnesses, said Graham Thom, a spokesman for Amnesty International Australia. Refusing to send healthcare workers while at the same time refusing entry to those most in need will further damage Australia’s reputation, already under fire over its tough asylum seeker policies, he said. “There are ways and means in which people can be monitored, quarantined to insure that those who come are free from the disease,” he told Reuters. “All it does is insure that already exceedingly vulnerable people are trapped in a crisis area and sends a signal about Australia’s commitment to actually dealing with this crisis in a responsible way as a member of the international community.”