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


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.


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.




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Australia issues full visa ban on Ebola-hit countries



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.”

2 Americans, 1 Spanish Nurse Cured Of Ebola, As Sign’s Of World Pandemic Slow

Ashoka Mukpo is thankful for the treatment that saved his life

Ashoka Mukpo is thankful for the treatment that saved his life

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Well it looks like Ebola is calming down very fast in the USA, THANKFULLY! No reports now in 5 days since President Obama asked the Media to calm down with every story of a person sick on a plane and other stories, frightening people and giving people like me Ebola news to write about. https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/obama-warns-americans-against-ebola-hysteria/ Pretty much since that speech, there have been not one new report or scare. This is good, 2 Countries in Africa, Senegal and Nigeria are now Ebola free Countries, so I think we, as a World have beaten Ebola. I hope I am not speaking too soon. In West Africa a few Countries are still struggling badly, so we remain vigilant, but this here is fantastic news anyway you tell it, lets hope and pray this trend continues over the coming weeks, we must however still listen to the CDC and W.H.O The World Health Organisation said just 10 days ago it will spread worse.

W.H.O and CDC Have both said in the last 10/14 days Ebola will spread to around 10,000 infected a day

A photojournalist has been cured of Ebola as the United States tightens restrictions on travellers from West African countries. Ashoka Mukpo, who was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC News in Monrovia, Liberia, when he fell ill, will go home on Wednesday. In a statement, the 33-year-old American said he was humbled by his recovery.

“Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I’ve been. I’m very happy to be alive.”

Eight people including Mr Mukpo have or are being treated for ebola in the US; one of whom, a man from Liberia, has died.

Ebola screening office at JFK airport

Ebola screening office at JFK airport

One of the two nurses infected with the virus while treating a Liberian patient in Dallas is now faring better, the National Institutes of Health said on Tuesday.

Nina Pham’s condition has been upgraded from fair to good. Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, which is treating the second nurse, Amber Vinson, has so far has not given an update on her condition. Her mother said she remained weak, without offering further details. The stories of recovery came amid news that passengers travelling to the US from three West African countries must enter the country through one of five airports. The designated airports are New York’s Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington’s Dulles, Chicago’s O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta. Each of these hospitals implemented enhanced ebola screenings earlier this month. Government officials said about 94% of the estimated 150 daily passengers from the stricken region pass through those five airports. Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson said the decision was based on the department’s “ongoing response to prevent the spread of Ebola to the United States”.


Ebola crisis: Spanish nurse Teresa Romero cured of virus after final test clears her

Spanish Nurse Teresa Romero is cured from Ebola

Spanish Nurse Teresa Romero is cured from Ebola

A Spanish nurse who was the first person to catch Ebola outside Africa has been cured of the deadly virus according to doctors treating her. “She is now cured,” Dr Jose Ramon Arribas, head of Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital’s infectious diseases unit, told reporters. The diagnosis of Teresa Romero, 44, on October 6 sparked fears that the disease would spread through Europe. But Dr Arribas gave the nurse the all clear and declared “the criteria set by the World Health Organisation for curing the Ebola virus have been fulfilled”. She has had two negative tests in the past 48 hours indicating she was now clear of Ebola, after being in isolation in hospital since contracting the disease.

Ms Romero was one of the nursing staff at the Carlos III hospital who treated two elderly Spanish missionaries who caught the disease in West Africa and died in Madrid in August and September. It is believed she was given human serum containing antibodies from Ebola survivors and other drugs. Despite being cleared she will remain in hospital until she has fully recovered. Ms Romero’s husband Javier Limon and another 14 people who had contact with her before she was diagnosed are under observation at the hospital but none has yet shown symptoms. Dr Arribas said a specialist laboratory confirmed that a fourth and final round of tests had shown her to be clear of the virus.

The news sparked relief after two tense weeks which raised public sympathy for the nurse and questions about safety procedures and public spending cuts in Spain’s health sector. “Someone surviving the Ebola virus is always a cause for celebration,” said Marta Arsuaga, one of the doctors who have been working round the clock treating Ms Romero. Dr Arribas said that according to WHO guidelines, officials will have to wait until 42 days after the curing of the last infected patient to declare the country free of Ebola. Ebola, which begins with fever and can then escalate to diarrhoea, vomiting, internal bleeding and organ failure, has killed more than 4,500 people.


US funnels travellers from Ebola-hit nations to five airports


Flights from West Africa arrive here, as Obama finally acts on air travel

Meanwhile, a US photojournalist infected with Ebola in Liberia is now free of the virus and will go home, the Nebraska hospital treating him said. “Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling,” said Ashoka Mukpo, who was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC News in Monrovia when he fell ill. Travellers entering the United States whose trips originated in Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must now fly into one of five airports that have enhanced screening in place. The restrictions will subject affected travellers to temperature tests among other protocols at New York’s JFK, New Jersey’s Newark, Washington Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago’s O’Hare international airports. Those airports account for about 94 per cent of the passengers flying to the United States from the Ebola-hit nations. The restrictions, announced by the US department of homeland security, will take effect from Wednesday (US time) and apply to all travellers, including US citizens and those who would have arrived by land or sea.


Dallas nurse infected with Ebola faring better

Nina Pham is also showing signs of recovery

Nina Pham is also showing signs of recovery

US health authorities said the condition of a nurse infected with Ebola has been upgraded to good. Nina Pham was one of two nurses in Dallas who became infected with Ebola while treating Liberian patient Thomas Duncan, who died of the disease on October 8. “Ms Pham’s clinical status has been upgraded from fair to good,” the National Institutes of Health said in a statement. No additional details were available at this time, it added. Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, which is treating the second nurse, Amber Vinson, so far has not given an update on her condition. Her mother said on Monday she remained weak, without offering further details.








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Fears grow in United States over Ebola’s spread outside West Africa

A sign asks patients to inform staff if they have fever, cough, trouble breathing, rash, vomiting or diarrhea symptoms and have recently traveled internationally or have had contact with someone who recently traveled internationally at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, New York

A sign asks patients to inform staff if they have fever, cough, trouble breathing, rash, vomiting or diarrhea symptoms and have recently traveled internationally or have had contact with someone who recently traveled internationally at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, New York

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

(Reuters) – Fears are growing in the United States about Ebola with about 200 airline cabin cleaners walking off the job in New York and some lawmakers demanding the government ban travelers from the West African countries hit hardest by the virus. “The nation is frightened, and people are frightened of this disease,” the U.S. cabinet secretary for health, Sylvia Burwell, said on Thursday, a day after the death in Texas of the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell told a news conference that people were frightened because Ebola “has a very high mortality rate. They’re frightened because they need to learn and understand what the facts are about that disease.”

As the government prepares to start screening passengers from West Africa for fever at five major airports over the next week, cleaners at New York’s LaGuardia Airport staged a one-day work stoppage over what they say is insufficient protection for workers whose jobs include cleaning up vomit and bathrooms. The cleaners will return to work Thursday night. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said the goal was to expand airport screenings for Ebola internationally to “as many different checkpoints as possible.” The Ebola virus causes hemorrhagic fever and is spread through direct contact with body fluids from an infected person, who would suffer severe bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. “We are always with feces and near garbage,” Sharekul Islam, 20, whose job cleaning airplane cabins at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport regularly exposes him to the type of waste and fluids that can transmit Ebola.

Twenty-three Republican and three Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking the State Department to impose a travel ban and restrict visas issued to citizens of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Oct. 8-dated letter also asked U.S. health and border control officials to consider quarantine of 21 days for anyone who arrives from the affected nations after being exposed to Ebola, the period in which they would show signs of illness. It said the World Health Organization “is an organization of unelected bureaucrats and political appointees of foreign countries. It has no duty to protect the lives and well-being of Americans, as you do.” WHO says nearly 4,000 people have died in the worst Ebola outbreak on record, with a death toll averaging about 50 percent of cases since March. An unrelated outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has killed dozens.

Shares in Lakeland Industries, a maker of suits to wear while handling hazardous materials, rose more than 50 percent on Thursday on expectations of the disease spreading. A Liberian man who flew on commercial flights from his home country on Sept. 19 and died in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday morning had had contact in Liberia with a woman who later died of the disease. In other examples of the concern over Ebola, a sheriff’s deputy was admitted to hospital Wednesday after saying he may have been exposed to the Liberian man. The deputy tested negative for Ebola, the state health department said. And on Wednesday, jail officials in Kenosha County, Wisconsin moved a female Immigration Customs Enforcement detainee into medical isolation after learning she was from Liberia, and despite her showing no symptoms of the virus, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Her temperature was taken twice and she was monitored by nurses, the department said. Separately in Washington, a Republican in the U.S. Senate is still holding up most of $750 million from the Defense Department’s request to shift $1 billion in war funds to fight Ebola. Senator James Inhofe’s approval as the top Republican on the Senate Armed Forces Committee is needed, although other senior Republicans said they backed the funds. U.S. health officials, while answering questions about mistakes in the treatment of Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas and overall preparedness for Ebola patients, have emphasized the need to tackle the virus at its source in West Africa. “This is a fluid and heterogeneous epidemic. It is changing quickly and it’s going to be a long fight,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday at a high-level meeting of major donors at the World Bank. Frieden compared Ebola to AIDS and said, “Speed is the most important variable here. This is controllable and this was preventable.”

A Spanish nurse is in serious condition in Madrid with Ebola after treating a priest who was repatriated from West Africa and died of the disease, the first reported transmission outside of the region. A British man suspected of contracting the virus died in Macedonia, a government official said on Thursday.

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Ebola victims in African village ‘rise from the dead’ causing panic and fear among locals

Panic is spreading in an African village that Ebola patients are rising from the dead. This is a file picture of an Ebola victim

Panic is spreading in an African village that Ebola patients are rising from the dead. This is a file picture of an Ebola victim

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Very odd story to say the least. I ACTUALLY read testimony a few days ago saying 2 woman who had died came back to life the following day and were, as they think in Africa “Zombies” There are always some truths to a story but I am struggling to find this truth!

Panic is spreading across an African community after reports that two Ebola victims have risen from the dead. The victims, both females in their 40s and 60s, died of the deadly virus in separate communities in Nimba County, Liberia. But according to reports in a local newspaper, the pair have reportedly been resurrected and are now walking among the living, causing panic and fear among locals. The New Dawn Nimba County said the late Dorris Quoi of Hope Village Community and the second victim identified as Ma Kebeh, in her late 60s, were about to be taken for burial when they rose from the dead.  Ma Kebeh had been indoors for two nights without food and medication before her alleged death. Nimba County has recently reported unusual news of Ebola cases, including one about a native doctor from the county, who claimed that he could cure infected victims, dying of the virus himself last week.

Since the Ebola outbreak in Nimba County, this is the first incident of dead victims resurrecting, the paper said. The Ebola outbreak has already killed around 2,800 people in five West African countries this year while an estimated 5,800 people have been infected with the virus, which has no known cure. America’s respected Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has predicted there could be up to 1.4million cases of deadly Ebola by the end of January.  The CDC, which successfully treated two US doctors infected with the disease, released the worrying report based on assumptions that cases have been dramatically under reported. The Centre’s scientists believe there may be as many as 21,000 reported and unreported cases in just Liberia and Sierra Leone alone






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Spanish Nurse & Kid from Miami USA – Possible Ebola & Obama

Spanish Nurse Contracts Ebola

Spanish Nurse Contracts Ebola

A Spanish nurse has become the first person to contract ebola outside of West Africa during an outbreak that has killed more than 3,400 people. The woman was part of a medical team at Madrid’s La Paz-Carlos III hospital that treated two missionaries, who died shortly after being repatriated from Africa with the disease. Health Minister Ana Mato said an emergency protocol had been put in place and authorities were working to establish the source of the contagion. “We are working to guarantee the safety of all citizens,” she said. Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, was infected with ebola in Liberia and died at the hospital on 12 August.  Another Spanish missionary, Manuel Garcia Viejo, 69, was repatriated from Sierra Leone and died at the hospital on 25 September. Both were members of a Roman Catholic group that runs a charity working with ebola victims in Africa. A Spanish health official said 30 medical staff who treated the two priests are being monitored. The infected nurse began to feel ill on 30 September, but did not go to hospital until Sunday complaining of a fever. The assistant nurse, who is married without children, is being treated in isolation at a hospital in a southern Madrid suburb. Health authorities are trying to track down all the people she may have come in contact with since she contracted the disease.


A hazardous materials team was called to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Florida, on Sunday amid fears that a teenager traveling from West Africa may have the deadly Ebola virus

A hazardous materials team was called to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Florida, on Sunday amid fears that a teenager traveling from West Africa may have the deadly Ebola virus

Several police cars and rescue vehicles ringed Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson and the unit was quarantined for two hours following the teenager’s transfer, reports the Miami Herald. ‘It’s important to point out that this patient did not meet the Centers for Disease Control case definition for Ebola, but the test is being conducted out of an abundance of caution, and health officials expect the test to rule out Ebola,’ said Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday night.  ‘Florida still does not have any confirmed cases of Ebola, and we hope we never do, but we are taking every preparedness step possible to keep our citizens and our visitors safe.’ A firm diagnosis can take 48 hours, experts say.  Authorities haven’t disclosed the patient’s name or said which West African country he and his family were from. Jackson spokesman Edwin O’Dell had said the hospital was prepared to handle the case if it turned out to be Ebola. ‘Jackson has been publicly forthcoming in asserting our confidence and readiness, and that we have established and tested protocols to deal with infectious diseases in general and with Ebola in specific,’ he said. ‘We will do everything to ensure safety and treatment for all of our patients.’ It is almost a week since Thomas Duncan, who had traveled to Dallas from Liberia, became the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with the disease.  The Florida Department of Health has requested 30 additional Ebola testing kits from the CDC to ensure that all of Florida’s public hospitals ‘have the ability to test patients who county health officials and the CDC believe need to be tested for Ebola,’ said Scott. The Health Department also requested ‘100 units of additional high-level personal protective equipment to ensure the state is ready to backfill any county whose medical personnel develop a future need for these supplies.’



Obama Signals New Ebola Passenger Screening

Ebola Cameraman's Mum Reveals Worry

Ebola Cameraman’s Mum Reveals Worry

Barack Obama has said his administration is working on additional protocols for screening airplane passengers to identify people who might have ebola. The President made the announcement after meeting health and security officials who are involved in attempting to prevent an outbreak of the disease in the US. He told reporters the chance of an outbreak in the US was “extraordinarily low”, but that there was not a large margin for error. The White House is not currently proposing a travel ban for West Africa, epicentre of the outbreak.  In a reminder of the risks facing medical professionals, a nurse who treated an ebola patient in Madrid, Spain, became the first person to contract ebola outside of West Africa. Earlier on Monday, an NBC News cameraman who contracted ebola in Liberia became the fifth American to return to the US after contracting the disease.

First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In US – Confirmed


The man became infected in Liberia and then travelled to Texas, where he remains in strict isolation in hospital.

The man became infected in Liberia and then travelled to Texas, where he remains in strict isolation in hospital.

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

The first case of ebola has been diagnosed in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. The patient is a man who became infected in Liberia and travelled to Texas, where he was hospitalised with symptoms confirmed to be caused by the deadly virus, a CDC spokesman has told the AFP news agency. He is not a healthcare worker, the spokesman added. The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said earlier on Tuesday that it had placed a person in strict isolation based on their “symptoms and recent travel history”. CDC Director Doctor Thomas Frieden told a press conference US hospitals are well prepared to handle patients with ebola, and assured the public the virus should not pose the same threat in the US as it does in Africa.

“I have no doubt that we will control this importation of this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country,” he said. Dr Frieden added he doesn’t believe there is a threat to passengers who were on the same flight to the US as the patient, who didn’t display any symptoms when he left Liberia or upon entering the US. He came to the Texas to visit family and arrived on September 20.  The man sought treatment six days later and has been in hospital since the weekend.

Dr Frieden said this means he has potentially exposed a “handful” of family members and others to the virus. “It is certainly possible someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola in the coming weeks,” Dr Frieden said.

President Barack Obama has been briefed by the CDC about the situation.

Twelve other people in the US have been tested for ebola since July, with all of those tests coming back negative.  A handful of US medical workers who were infected in West Africa have been flown back to the US for treatment and have recovered. The virus causes a range of symptoms including fever, muscle aches, vomitting, diarrhea and bleeding. The outbreak has infected 6,574 people across five countries and killed 3,091, according to the World Health Organisation.

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Virologist: “It’s Too Late, Ebola Will Kill 5 Million”


A top German virologist has caused shockwaves by asserting that it’s too late to halt the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia and that five million people will die, noting that efforts should now be focused on stopping the transmission of the virus to other countries.

Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg told Germany’s Deutsche Welle  that hope is all but lost for the inhabitants of Sierra Leone and Liberia and that the virus will only “burn itself out” when it has infected the entire population and killed five million people.

“The right time to get this epidemic under control in these countries has been missed,” said Schmidt-Chanasit. “That time was May and June. “Now it is too late.”

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed over 2200 people, with Liberia and Sierra Leone accounting for over 1700 of those fatalities.

While calling for “massive help” from the international community to prevent Ebola appearing in other countries like Nigeria and Senegal, Schmidt-Chanasit warns that getting a grip on the epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone is a departure from reality.

German aid organization Welthungerhilfe blasted Schmidt-Chanasit for his comments, with Sierra Leone based coordinator Jochen Moninger labeling his statements, “dangerous and moreover, not correct.” However, Moninger acknowledged that Schmidt-Chanasit’s assessment may be accurate in the case of Liberia.

The World Health Organization refused to comment on Schmidt-Chanasit’s remarks.

Although Ebola continues to rage in five African countries, media coverage of the epidemic has waned, despite evidence that the virus has mutated .

As we reported last month , former FDA official Scott Gottlieb, M.D. warned that if the virus was to hit the United States, the CDC would enact emergency procedures which could lead to healthy Americans who show no symptoms of the diseased being forcibly detained for an indefinite period of time.

Scientists in Canada  and Canada’s Public Health Agency  have both acknowledged that the virus has likely gone airborne at least to a limited degree, while the CDC has urged airline staff to take steps to prevent the airborne spread of the virus, including giving suspected Ebola victims surgical masks as well as directing staff to “not use compressed air, which might spread infectious material through the air.”




W.H.O. Removes Team From Sierra Leone After a Medical Worker Contracts Ebola

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This is REAL bad news for the World and right now Sierra Leone, with the W.H.O team leaving this tells us they battle is lost in that region. Lets hope and pray that this doesn’t spread. This is really bad news .

The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that it had removed its Ebola response teams from a region of Sierra Leone that has been hardest hit by the outbreak after a Senegalese epidemiologist there contracted the virus.

The pullback comes just a day after the organization announced a “reinvigorated commitment” and an increase in its work to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone, one of three West African nations at the center of the outbreak.

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The organization was overseeing two teams in Kailahun, near the Guinean border, said Christy Feig, its director of communications. Those pulled back included three Public Health Agency of Canada workers running a mobile laboratory that tested for the virus, and three employees of the World Health Organization who coordinated the tracing of victims’ contacts, among other tasks, Ms. Feig said. The aid group Doctors Without Borders operates an 80-bed treatment center in Kailahun, which will continue operating, according to Michael Goldfarb, a media relations manager for the group.


As of Monday, there had been 440 confirmed Ebola cases in Kailahun, nearly half of the total throughout Sierra Leone, where there have been 341 deaths, according to the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation. On Monday, it documented 31 new cases, including 12 in Kailahun. The health organization is investigating how the epidemiologist, who was deployed through its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, became infected. Ms. Feig said the organization was working on evacuating him from the country and had a new team in Freetown, the capital, ready to deploy to Kailahun after addressing whatever issues might have led to his infection.

“This was the responsible thing to do,” Dr. Daniel Kertesz, the organization’s representative in Sierra Leone, said in a news release. “The field team has been through a traumatic time through this incident. They are exhausted from many weeks of heroic work, helping patients infected with Ebola. When you add a stressor like this, the risk of accidents increases.”Ms. Feig said the work of the laboratory team would be taken over by a second laboratory, in Kenema, Sierra Leone.Doctors Without Borders’ Ebola health workers wear more restrictive equipment than the standard protective gear used by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctors Without Borders says it has never documented an infection of a staff member through many years of responding to Ebola outbreaks.

In hot environments, though, some workers said they could not spend as long in the Doctors Without Borders gear. Ms. Feig said it was unlikely that the World Health Organization’s protective equipment, worn properly, would have played a role in the worker’s infection, given that large numbers of staff have worked safely in it. The Senegalese man infected was also not serving as a clinician and was, according to the health organization, its first affiliated worker to contract the virus. The organization has not released any other information about the man.Last week, the United Nations announced an emergency appeal for more than $18 million to fight Ebola for the next six months in Sierra Leone, including the deployment of more health organization workers to support logistics, improve public awareness and coordinate the overall effort to control the outbreak.

Ebola: cases, deaths ‘vastly underestimated,’ says UN health agency


A sign outside the Monrovia City Corporation in Liberia aims at preventing the spread of Ebola.

A sign outside the Monrovia City Corporation in Liberia aims at preventing the spread of Ebola.

All my Articles on Ebola since almost day one https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/?s=ebola Many of us, me included are thinking this is “ALL OK” When in-fact it is not. W.H.O and the CDC have both said in the past two days they have no idea where this is. They found the source (Below and you can find it anywhere)Ebola has a plane full of Scottish people in Aberdeen quarantined for a while with no real news coming out, just this I can see https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/324889/ebola-scare-aberdeen-airport/

Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa started with two-year-old boy infected by a fruit bat, say researchers http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2733122/Ebola-outbreak-sweeping-West-Africa-started-two-year-old-boy-infected-fruit-bat-say-researchers.html

Health workers at Ebola outbreak sites are seeing evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the crisis as they work around the clock to stop the disease from spreading, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO, in its latest update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa dated August 14, said no new cases have been detected in Nigeria, attributing the outcome to extensive contact tracing and monitoring, implemented with support from the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Elsewhere, the outbreak is expected to continue for some time, WHO said.

The most recent statistics compiled by WHO show that the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa continues to escalate, with 1975 cases and 1069 deaths reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

But WHO also said: Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.

On the humanitarian side, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is delivering food to the more than one million people locked down in the quarantine zones, where the borders of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone intersect, and several countries have agreed to support the provision of priority food staples for this population.

The UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF), in a blog post from Sierra Leone on the joys of survivors of the deadly disease, says that Ebola survivors can play a valuable role in dispelling myths and in gaining community support in the fight against Ebola.

Some people in Sierra Leone still have not accepted that Ebola is real. While many survivors fear stigma, some are now coming forward and telling their brave stories, wrote UNICEF consultant Jo Dunlup.

WHO said it is mapping the outbreak in great detail, to pinpoint areas of ongoing transmission and locate treatment facilities and supplies.

CDC is equipping the hardest-hit countries with computer hardware and software that will soon allow real-time reporting of cases and analysis of trends, according to the UN agencys update.

WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan in Geneva regularly meets with ambassadors from United Nations missions based in the Swiss city to identify the most urgent needs within countries and match them with rapid international support.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr. David Nabarro as Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola, in support of the work done by the WHO team.

WHO has expressed its disappointment that some airlines have stopped flying to West Africa. It is hard to save lives if we and other health workers cannot get in, WHO has said.

WHO has repeatedly said the Ebola virus is highly contagious but not airborne. Transmission requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, as can occur during health-care procedures, home care, or traditional burial practices, which involve the close contact of family members and friends with bodies.

The incubation period ranges from 2 to 21 days, but patients become contagious only after the onset of symptoms. As symptoms worsen, the ability to transmit the virus increases. As a result, patients are usually most likely to infect others at a severe stage of the disease, when they are visibly, and physically, too ill to travel.