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Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads – WHO – Warning 10,000 a week could die

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We are incapable of coming together as ONE species, this will kill us all one day, be it this Ebola outbreak or another Global Pandemic or emergency this dangerous

We are incapable of coming together as ONE species, this will kill us all one day, be it this Ebola outbreak or another Global Pandemic or emergency this dangerous

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Our ignorance and hatred towards each other I believe will test us, our whole species, in every corner of the World. Our inability to fight this together is so evident. We must come together as ONE WORLD and fast before Ebola wipes out a Billion or two people, maybe more. The CDC and W.H.O have both said ‘We have not seen Ebola peak yet’ Sadly we won’t come together as a species. We are not capable of stopping bombing each other and playing war games to do that. A sad fact our future, if there is one, will look back and judge us on

GENEVA, Oct 25 (Reuters) – The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The virus, which reached Mali through a two-year-old girl who died on Friday, now threatens Ivory Coast, having infected people virtually all along its borders with Guinea and Liberia.

Ivory Coast is the world’s biggest cocoa producer. The Ebola outbreak has hurt the economic growth that has been raising living standards in the region. The three worst-hit countries of West Africa — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — account for the bulk of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, recording 4,912 deaths out of 10,114 cases, the WHO said in its update. The overall figures include outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal, deemed by the WHO to be now over, as well as isolated cases in Spain, the United States and a single case in Mali. But the true toll may be three times as much: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases.

Marie Paule Kieny, World Health Organization (WHO) assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation gestures during a news conference on Ebola candidate vaccines, at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva October 21, 2014.

Marie Paule Kieny, World Health Organization (WHO) assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation gestures during a news conference on Ebola candidate vaccines, at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva October 21, 2014.

The WHO has said that many families are keeping infected people at home rather than putting them into isolation in treatment centres, some of which have refused patients due to a lack of beds and basic supplies. The U.N. agency, sounding an ominous note, said that out of the eight districts of Liberia and Guinea sharing a border with Ivory Coast, only two have yet to report confirmed or probable Ebola cases. It has also said trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be available for use by the middle of next year.

The WHO says 15 African states including Ivory Coast are at highest risk of the deadly virus being imported. In the last 10 days it sent teams to both priority Mali and Ivory Coast to help national authorities gear up their capacity to detect and treat potential cases. Four WHO experts are travelling this weekend to Mali to reinforce the team there. The agency warned on Friday that many people in Mali had potentially been exposed to the virus because the little girl was taken across the country while ill. Some 43 people with whom she was in contact, including 10 health care workers, are being monitored for symptoms that include fever.

In all, 450 health care workers have been infected to date — including one in Spain and three in the United States — leading to the death of 244 of them, the WHO said. “At the same time, exhaustive efforts are ongoing to ensure an ample supply of optimal personal protective equipment to all Ebola treatment facilities, along with the provision of training and relevant guidelines to ensure that all HCWs (health care workers) are exposed to the minimum possible level of risk.”

A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America’s biggest urban center. Isolation wards have been used for medical personnel returning from Ebola zones since Craig Spencer, a doctor who treated patients in Guinea for a month, came back to New York City infected. “The patient is currently in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, one of eight New York State hospitals that have been designated to treat patients with Ebola Virus Disease. Possible contacts are being identified and followed up,” WHO said.

New Ebola Cases May Rise to 10,000 a Week by December

http://online.wsj.com/articles/up-to-10-000-new-ebola-cases-could-occur-each-week-says-who-1413293490

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/25/uk-health-ebola-who-idUKKCN0IE0DP20141025

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-2807516/Ebola-death-toll-tops-4-900-10-000-cases–WHO.html

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Ebola: WHO lists 15 priority countries

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163 people were on board the Air France plane which arrived in Madrid from Paris

163 people were on board the Air France plane which arrived in Madrid from Paris

By Shaun Gibson @ShaunyNews

The WHO has said it is focusing its attention on 15 countries to prevent the spread of Ebola, as the EU announced a review of its entry policies and the disease was reported in the last untouched area of Sierra Leone. Dr Isabelle Nuttall, the WHO’s global director, said on Thursday that cases were doubling every four weeks and that health officials were trying to prevent the disease spreading from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the worst-hit nations, to neighbouring countries and those with a strong travel and trade relationship.

Focus Countries:
Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, CAR, DR Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Nigeria, South Sudan and Togo

Nuttall said: “The objective is to stop the transmission from occurring in these countries. They may not have a case but after one case we don’t want more. These countries need to be better prepared.

“This week we will cross 9,000 cases of Ebola and 4,500 deaths. The outbreak continues to hit health workers hard. So far 427 health care workers have been infected with Ebola and 236 have died.” The statement came as Sierra Leone reported two infections in the northern area of Koinadugu, the last untouched district in the country, despite strict safety precautions and limited contact with the rest of the country.

The EU also announced that it was reviewing its screening controls for airline passengers leaving west Africa.

After an emergency meeting of EU health ministers, EU health chief Tonio Borg said the WHO and the EU would look into “conflicting reports” about whether the screening in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea was good enough.  As alarm grew outside Africa over the disease’s potential spread, an Air France plane was isolated at Madrid after a male passenger who had travelled from Lagos in Nigera reported a fever and shivers.

The 163 passengers and crew were kept aboard the plane until the passenger was taken to hospital. The Spanish health ministry said it was treating the incident as a suspected case of Ebola. The man was one of four suspected cases of the disease in Spain. In the US, meanwhile, disease control officials admitted they had allowed a nurse to fly home after treating an Ebola victim. She later fell ill with the disease.

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**BREAKING** Plane Isolated In Madrid Over Ebola Fears

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A passenger on an Air France plane from Nigeria is taken to hospital after reportedly suffering a fever and shivers

Madrid Witness On Jet Isolation

Madrid Witness On Jet Isolation

By Shaun Gibson @ShaunyNews

An Air France plane has been isolated at an airport in Madrid after a passenger was reported to have a fever and shivers. The situation is being treated as a suspected case of ebola, a health ministry official was quoted as saying. There were 156 passengers on the flight from Paris, according to local officials and media reports.  Airports operator Aena and Air France said in separate statements that a passenger on Air France 1300 from Nigeria, via the French capital, had started shaking during the flight. The passenger, who had travelled from Lagos, was taken by ambulance to the Carlos III hospital.  Air France said the other passengers got off the plane, which will now be disinfected.

The return flight has been cancelled.  Danish authorities are testing a health worker from Doctors Without Borders for ebola, while a nurse in France is also being tested. The European Union has said it will launch an “immediate” review of exit screening in African countries hit by ebola. EU health chief Tonio Borg said the bloc, along with the World Health Organisation (WHO) will look into “conflicting reports” about whether the screening in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea is good enough and will decide whether to strengthen controls.

The possible new ebola patient arrives at Carlos III Hospital in Madrid

The possible new ebola patient arrives at Carlos III Hospital in Madrid

The death toll from the outbreak will rise to more than 4,500 this week, according to a top official from the WHO. Dr Isabelle Nuttall, director of the organisation’s global capacities, alert and response, said cases are doubling every four weeks. The WHO will also send teams of experts to test ebola-preparedness measures at Ivory Coast and Mali’s border with the countries affected by ebola. Spain’s government has stepped up its response to suspected ebola cases in the wake of a health scare when a nurse in Madrid became the first person outside Africa to become infected with the deadly virus. Teresa Romero, was diagnosed with the virus last week and is still seriously ill but stable. She cared for two infected priests repatriated from West Africa who later died.

A person who had been in contact with Ms Romero and was being monitored remotely for signs of the disease would be hospitalised, after developing a fever, Spanish authorities said. The person was one of 68 considered to have a low risk of catching ebola, and who have to check their temperature regularly from home. Another 15 people, including Ms Romero’s husband, are still under observation in Madrid’s Carlos III hospital where she is also being treated, but have displayed no symptoms.

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