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.

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Celtic FC Players – Show Racism the Red Card – Video By The Football Club


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By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

I did this article on Glasgow Celtic Football Club, my club, my first love, the reason my childhood made me smile, the memories I have for a lifetime, the reason I played football from the age of 8 till 23. Sadly my playing career was cut short when I was tackled hard and my left leg was left in an ‘L’ shape leaving me in agony today still and stopping me doing what every kid in Europe and around the World wants to do, that’s play Football. I did this article https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/glasgow-celtic-fc-more-than-just-a-football-club-we-are-a-people-for-my-friends-around-the-world/

The Famous Green and White 'Hoops'

The Famous Green and White ‘Hoops’

Had it not been for my love and passion of the “Celt’s” I would have stopped,I never, I went on to manage and coach football teams for 15 years before the pain won, now I write Football in many places, I love it, it’s all I have left of football. Celtic are a club open to any supporter, any fan, any player. Unlike other football clubs in Scotland we pride ourselves not just on our Irish roots but also opening our club up to the World. We have players from playing for us as I type from Honduras, Israel, Serbia, Norway, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, The Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, Finland,Wales, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and of course Scotland. All the players who pull on the famous Green and White Hoops are from all these countries. Some are in the 1st team, some in the under 20 team, some are out on loan, but this diversity my club has given us a Football Club open to anyone. We do charity events all over the World, we have Football Academies all over Earth, Our International Partners are Worldwide,  Boston, New Jersey, Florida, San Diego Football Academy, St Louis, all the USA. We have supporters clubs in Australia, Canada, USA, Ireland, Africa, India, Japan, China, Russia and many in South America. We touch ever part of the globe.

Celtic and charity, Celtic was initially founded to raise money for the poor in the East End of Glasgow and the club still retain strong charitable traditions today.
On 9 August 2011 Celtic held a testimonial match in honour of former player John Kennedy. Due to the humanitarian crisis in East Africa, the entire proceeds were donated to Oxfam. An estimated £300,000 was raised.
In 1995 the Celtic charity fund was formed with the aim of “revitalising Celtic’s charitable traditions” and to August 2011 has raised over £3 million.
Celtic hold an annual charity fashion show at Celtic Park. In 2011 the main beneficiaries were Breast Cancer Care Scotland.
Yorkhill Hospital is another charity with whom Celtic are affiliated and in December 2011 the club donated £3000 to it. Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said that; “Celtic has always been much more than a football club and it is important that, at all times we play an important role in the wider community. The club is delighted to have enjoyed such a long and positive connection with Yorkhill Hospital.”

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This is why I am proud to say “We Are Celtic Football Club” 

Video Via Celtic Football Club I am delighted to share 

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WE WELCOME ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE REGARDLESS OF RELIGION, RACE OR COLOUR

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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”.

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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.

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US funnels travellers from Ebola-hit nations to five airports

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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.

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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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http://news.sky.com/story/1357769/us-photojournalist-is-cured-of-ebola-virus

http://www.lbc.co.uk/us-photojournalist-is-cured-of-ebola-virus-99093

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/20/health/ebola-outbreak-roundup/

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-22/spanish-ebola-nurse-cured-as-us-imposes-tighter-screening-restr/5831670

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2014/10/21/spanish-nurse-aide-teresa-romero-declared-officially-free-ebola-but-still-very/

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Demonstrators demand a travel ban outside the White House on Oct. 16 to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

Demonstrators demand a travel ban outside the White House on Oct. 16 to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Why America has not stopped flights from certain countries in Africa is as much a mystery to me as it is you in America. I have a “Thought” of why they may be doing it, for now I will just say “Stop it America”

Rep. Peter King called the protocol followed after the passenger died “alarming

Rep. Peter King called the protocol followed after the passenger died “alarming

A passenger died on a Nigeria-to-JFK flight after a vomiting fit Thursday — and a top lawmaker said officials gave the corpse only a “cursory” exam before declaring that the victim did not have Ebola, THEY THINK!
Rep. Peter King said in a letter to Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection that the handling of the remains exposed serious flaws in airport preparedness for an Ebola outbreak.
Between 70 and 100 passengers a day arrive at JFK from the Ebola epicenter countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, King noted, and they have access to public restrooms and mingle with other travelers before their first screening. “Given the high volume of travelers at JFK, it is essential that extraordinary measures are taken to intercept possible Ebola-infected passengers,” while keeping the public and first responders safe, King (R-LI) wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Customs Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. “These individuals transit the airport with the rest of the traveling population, including using the restrooms,” King wrote.

“It is only after they arrive at the Customs and Border Protection primary screening location that they are separated and sent to secondary inspection for a medical check and to complete the questionnaire,” he wrote Johnson. His letter demands Homeland Security immediately beef up protocols for potentially infected passengers both in flight and at the terminal itself, prior to their reaching the screening location. The letter also demands better training and safety equipment for the Port Authority police and Customs and Border Protection officials who can come into contact with high-risk passengers. The unnamed passenger, age 63, had boarded an Arik Air plane Wednesday night out of Lagos, Nigeria, which has had 19 Ebola cases this year though no new cases in the past month.

As one person rightly said “this is nuts. there is NO WAY someone from the CDC could determine someone didn’t have ebola by just LOOKING at them. even if he wasn’t vomiting blood, even if his eyes weren’t red. those things don’t happen 100% of the time. i’m off to find more info about this.” – I hope the lack of concern by the CDC freaks all the people who work out of JFK airport. Hope they start demanding stopping of all flights from W. Africa like 35 other Countries already have.

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Ebola: WHO lists 15 priority countries


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


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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UN: EBOLA OUTBREAK NEEDS GLOBAL FUNDING – AS EBOLA GOES OUT OF CONTROL – CONFIRMED GLOBAL ISSUE


Director General of the World Health Organization, WHO, China's Margaret Chan and Assistant Director General for Health Security Keiji Fukuda of the US

Director General of the World Health Organization, WHO, China’s Margaret Chan and Assistant Director General for Health Security Keiji Fukuda of the US

 Israel, Palestine, ISIS, Iraq, Russia, Nigeria, Ukraine, War – Forget it all, because this may make them all pointless in our World.

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization urged nations worldwide to donate money and resources to stop the spread of Ebola as it declared the outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency.

The latest Ebola outbreak is the largest and longest ever recorded for the disease, which has a death rate of about 50 percent and has so far killed at least 961 people, according to the U.N. health agency. It emerged in Guinea in March and has since spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. “Countries affected to date simply do not have the capacity to manage an outbreak of this size and complexity on their own,” WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan told a news conference Friday in Geneva. “I urge the international community to provide this support on the most urgent basis possible.” She added that the world’s “collective health security” depends on curbing the spread of the killer virus in West Africa, even as she acknowledged that many countries would probably not have any Ebola cases.

 TTHIS VIDEO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VIDEO YOU MAY EVER WATCH, AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT CONFIRMING ONE OF THE MOST DEADLY VIRUSES ON EARTH IS OUT OF CONTROL AND HAS SPREAD AROUND THE GLOBE AND IS SPREADING FAST, 1st World MEET 3rd World.

The Nigerian government declared containing the Ebola virus in Africa’s most populous country a national emergency Friday, after two Ebola patients died and the health ministry said seven other cases were confirmed. President Goodluck Jonathan approved spending $11.7 million to fight the disease and urged schools to extend a current holiday to give experts more time to assess the Ebola threat. Since Ebola was first identified in 1976, there have been more than 20 outbreaks in central and eastern Africa; this is the first to affect West Africa. The virus causes symptoms including fever, vomiting, muscle pain and bleeding. It is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids like blood, sweat, urine, saliva and diarrhea. The U.N. agency convened an expert committee this week to assess the severity of the Ebola epidemic. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May.

The impact of WHO’s declaration Friday is unclear; its similar declaration about polio doesn’t yet seem to have slowed the spread of the paralytic virus. “Statements won’t save lives,” said Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for the Doctors Without Borders charity group. “For weeks, (we) have been repeating that a massive medical, epidemiological and public health response is desperately needed. … Lives are being lost because the response is too slow.” “I don’t know what the advantage is of declaring an international emergency,” added Dr. David Heymann, who directed WHO’s response to the SARS outbreak and is now a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “This could bring in more foreign aid but we don’t know that yet.”

Earlier this week, the World Bank pledged up to $200 million in emergency funding to help the countries affected by Ebola and strengthen public health systems across West Africa. On Friday, the European Union said it would chip in an additional 8 million euros ($10.7 million) to Ebola efforts and send a second mobile lab to help with diagnostics. USAID also announced it would invest an extra $12.45 million to support the fight against Ebola. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already warned Americans against traveling to West Africa due to the Ebola outbreak. The agency also put U.S. hospitals on alert for symptoms so they can spot potential cases. Two Americans infected with Ebola recently received a drug never before tested in people. The American doctor infected with Ebola, Dr. Kent Brantly, said in a statement Friday he’s getting stronger every day.

“I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror firsthand, and I can still remember every face and name.” he added. He and another aid worker, Nancy Writebol, are being treated in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Writebol’s husband, David, who remains in Liberia, told reporters Friday that his wife also appears to be improving. Next week, WHO will hold another meeting to discuss whether it’s ethical to use experimental Ebola treatments in the current outbreak. There is no licensed drug or treatment for Ebola and no evidence in people that the experimental treatments work.

Other experts hoped the WHO declaration would mean that send more health workers are sent to West Africa. “The situation is very critical and different from what we’ve seen before,” said Dr. Heinz Feldmann, chief of virology at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. “There are so many locations with transmission popping up and we just need more people on the ground.” WHO did not recommend any travel or trade bans Friday but said people who had close contact with Ebola patients should not travel internationally. For countries with Ebola, WHO issued various recommendations, including exit screening at international airports and border crossings to spot potential cases. It also discouraged mass gatherings. WHO said countries without Ebola should heighten their surveillance and treat any suspected cases as a health emergency.

This week, two of the worst-hit Ebola countries — Liberia and Sierra Leone — brought in troops to enforce quarantines and stop people infected with the disease from traveling. Liberian authorities said no one with a fever would be allowed in or out of the country and warned some civil liberties could be suspended if needed to bring the killer virus under control. The disease spread from Liberia to Nigeria when a man apparently sick with Ebola boarded a plane, according to the Nigerian government. Nigerian authorities say the man, who later died, was not placed into isolation for at least 24 hours after he was hospitalized. A nurse who treated him has since died from Ebola and authorities are monitoring seven other cases among people who had contact with him. Chan said while extraordinary measures might be necessary to contain the Ebola outbreak, it was important to recognize civil rights. “We need to respect the dignity of people and inform them why these measures are being taken,” she said.

*BREAKING NEWS* – Ebola: Global experts begin emergency talks at WHO


Airports in Nigeria are now screening passengers for Ebola on arrival

Airports in Nigeria are now screening passengers for Ebola on arrival

IT HAS NOW SPREAD SOUTH AFRICA, SAUDI ARABIA, UGANDA, SOUTH SEDAN AND GABON! AND MORE IN NIGERIA, as each day passes another border, another country is effected. When will we worry? When it hits a major western country. I had a ‘Debate’ with a really nice American lad, he said “It doesn’t kill in America, only poor places” That kind of talk will kill people. Ebola if not treated within the first few days turns all your internal organs to mush, watery bloody goo, Ebola doesn’t understand rich or poor, good or bad, it just kills. Around 1,000 so far. Saudi Arabia is a BIG worry, that is a MAJOR place, one Westerner, Chinese person, Indian person, and it will go global. I think countries MUST be ready to stop flights and close borders, it IS that bad

Global health experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) are meeting to discuss new measures to tackle the Ebola outbreak. The meeting is expected to last two days and will decide whether to declare a global health emergency. On Wednesday, a man suspected to have contracted Ebola died in Saudi Arabia. If confirmed, this will be the first Ebola-related death outside of Africa. The virus has killed nearly 900 people since February in West Africa. The outbreak began in February in Guinea, and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. On Wednesday a nurse became the second person to die from Ebola in Nigeria. Nigeria’s health minister said five other cases of Ebola were being treated in isolation in Lagos, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city. It comes as leading infectious disease experts have called for experimental treatments to be offered more widely. Two US aid workers who contracted Ebola in Liberia appear to be improving after receiving an unapproved medicine ahead of their evacuation back to the US. But it is not clear if the ZMapp drug, which has only been tested on monkeys, can be credited with their improvement.

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Prof Peter Piot, who co-discovered Ebola in 1976, Prof David Heymann, the head of the Centre on Global Health Security, and Wellcome Trust director Prof Jeremy Farrar said there were several drugs and vaccines being studied for possible use against Ebola. “African governments should be allowed to make informed decisions about whether or not to use these products – for example to protect and treat healthcare workers who run especially high risks of infection,” they wrote in a joint statement. The WHO, “the only body with the necessary international authority” to allow such experimental treatments, “must take on this greater leadership role”, they said.

Graph showing Ebola deaths since 1976

The meeting of the WHO’s emergency committee in Geneva is focusing solely on how to respond to the Ebola outbreak. If a public health emergency is declared it could also involve detailed plans and efforts to identify, isolate and treat cases. It could involve imposing travel restrictions on affected areas. A WHO spokesman said: “We can’t speculate in advance what the committee members are going to decide in advance.” Meanwhile, the World Bank is allocating $200m (£120m) in emergency assistance for countries battling to contain Ebola. It is the world’s deadliest outbreak to date and has centred on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Eight people are currently in quarantine in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, and two have died there. The Saudi man died after showing Ebola symptoms when he returned from a business trip to Sierra Leone, the Saudi health ministry said. He died in an isolation ward at a hospital in Jeddah, it added. Officials in Liberia said a Spanish priest and two Spanish nuns had been infected in the capital, Monrovia. The Spanish government said it would send a plane to repatriate its citizens. British Airways has temporarily suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until 31 August because of the health crisis, the airline said in a statement. It follows a similar suspension by two regional airlines last week. The virus spreads by contact with infected blood and bodily fluids. The current outbreak is killing between 50% and 60% of people infected. There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola – but patients have a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment. Ebola has initial flu-like symptoms that can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas like eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead to organ failure.

Ebola virus disease (EVD)

Ebola virus disease (EVD)

  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Fatality rate can reach 90% – but the current outbreak is about 55%
  • Incubation period is two to 21 days
  • There is no vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats are considered to be virus’ natural host

Ebola outbreak: Emirates becomes first major international airline to suspend all flights to virus-affected region


Just the start?

Just the start?

I was speaking to some friends on Skype earlier yesterday and we asked this exact question ‘How long till Countries close Air traffic or Airline stop flying to effected areas” Well here we are, I believe this will be the first of many. I live on a small Island and the Government in the UK have hinted about closing travel in and out of the UK

From the UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ebola-government-response

The UK government is closely monitoring the spread of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. This page will be updated regularly.
Ebola virus
An Ebola outbreak was confirmed in Guinea in March 2014 and quickly spread to Liberia.

Ebola haemorrhagic fever is a rare but severe disease caused by the Ebola virus. Ebola is highly transmissible by direct contact with organs or bodily fluids of living or dead infected persons and animals.

The UK government is closely monitoring the outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. This is the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in recent times and there are no reports of British citizens being infected.

Should I be worried about this outbreak?
This is not an issue that affects the UK directly. We have experienced scientists and doctors – the Royal Free Infectious Disease Unit, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – and a lot of experience of dealing with dangerous diseases. The risk of this disease spreading fast in the UK is much lower because of that.

The UK government is taking precautionary measures and looking at capability but is confident that the UK has experienced people who are ready to deal with anything if it were to arrive here. Read the latest assessment of the outbreak in West Africa and an assessment of the situation in the UK by Public Health England. Following a meeting of government committee COBR, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: We’ve looked at how we are co-ordinating with our French and American colleagues under the World Health Organisation; we’ve considered what additional measures the UK could take to help control the outbreak in West Africa; and we’ve also looked at what measures we need to put in place on a precautionary basis in case any UK nationals in West Africa should become affected by the disease. We do not, at the moment, think this is an issue that affects the UK directly.

What are the arrangements at the border?
Border Force has been working closely with Public Health England and other agencies to ensure staff are prepared to deal with the threat of the Ebola virus.

As part of this planning, guidance has been issued to front line staff on how to identify and safely deal with suspected cases of Ebola that makes clear what steps need to be taken should a passenger arrive at the border unwell.

If a person is identified at the border as being a potential carrier of Ebola they will be immediately referred by a Border Force officer to a specialist medical care provider and reported to the Public Health England.

Travel advice
Travellers to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are advised to follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Get the latest travel advice for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Government actions to help affected countries. In Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Department for International Development is making a £2 million package of assistance available to partners including the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières that are operating in Sierra Leone and Liberia to tackle the outbreak.

This latest round of funding is in addition to support the UK has been providing since the outbreak of the disease in February 2014. In Sierra Leone and Liberia the UK has been supporting agencies to increase awareness and understanding of the disease within the community, to improve treatment for those infected and to prevent its spread within and across borders. This includes working with the WHO to train health workers and provide the supplies they need to tackle the outbreak. The UK has also funded initiatives to improve public information, including radio messaging programmes, on the outbreak in Sierra Leone to help control the spread of the disease. In Liberia the UK has provided chlorine and other materials for hygiene and sanitising. Other organisations helping to contain the outbreak

International agencies such as Médecins Sans Frontières, UNICEF, WHO, the UN Population Fund, USAID and the Red Cross have all been on the ground helping the health services of the countries affected. The international community has contributed more than £2 million in aid, including £300,000 from the EU. Get the latest advice and information if you are a humanitarian aid worker. On 2 and 3 July WHO convened a meeting in Accra to coordinate regional activity and develop an Ebola virus response strategy. The UK government is supporting this process.

 

The Emirates airline has suspended all flights to Guinea in West Africa in a bid to prevent the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus.  The Dubai-based airline is the first major international airline outside Africa to impose a ban in response to the outbreak, which has so far killed more than 729 people across four countries. Described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as by far the worst outbreak ever recorded in the disease’s four-decade history, it originated in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. A further case was reported after a man flew to Lagos, Nigeria – sparking fears the disease would be spread further by international air travel.

Emirates said its flights to Conakry, the capital of Guinea, were suspended from Saturday until further notice. “We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers, however the safety of our passengers and crew is of the highest priority and will not be compromised,” a statement read. The airline, which does not operate services to Sierra Leone or Liberia, said it would continue to provide flights to Dakar in Senegal. It said further decisions on West Africa would be “guided by the advice and updates from the government and international health authorities”.

The heads of state of the four countries affected by the outbreak met with Dr Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the WHO, to discuss the crisis on Friday. Dr Chan warned of the potentially “catastrophic consequences” of an outbreak “moving faster than our efforts to control it”, and the world leaders agreed to take stronger measures to ensure Ebola does not spread beyond the region. The Emirates’ ban follows the issuing of guidelines from both the WHO and International Air Transport Association (IATA), which has also seen several major airlines and airports begin screening passengers for illness. Nigeria’s largest airline Arik Air, which flies to a limited number of international destinations including London, has stopped flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. And the pan-African airline Asky was suspended by Nigeria’s civil aviation authorities for bringing the first Ebola case, involving the Liberian diplomat and US citizen Patrick Sawyer, to Lagos.

IT’S SPREADING: Liberian dies in Morocco of Ebola


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Sources :CDC, WHO are the biggest sources there are. Many have asked me what “who” is so for those who don’t know W.H.O is World Health Organisation = http://www.who.int/en/ and CDC is the Centre For Disease Control = http://www.cdc.gov/ As you know if you have been following I am up to date on Ebola, I believe it is Air Born. There are reasons I believe it is Airborn and they are in here where I did all the other reports about this disease before it broke ANY border a few months ago https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/?s=Ebola 2 American nationals were taken home to the USA and were given rooms with their own air supply, this makes no sense. Someone suggested they were flown home to ‘Spend time with Family’ NO! This is Ebola. Seen the Movie “Outbreak” with Dustin Hoffman and Morgan Freeman? This is Ebola. Now this is only a movie, but we can’t have people say “Oh this is nothing” It might not spread to a major country like India, China, Austria or Europe, or it may and if it does BILLIONS will die. The W.H.O and CDC would not be so worried otherwise. If you have a God, pray. This is DEADLY. And anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. I am sorry, I am a realist, I live for the truth not fiction. This is out of control. W.H.O and CDC have both said so, and if they say this, we can’t act like 2 antibiotics will save us. Some can survive but if we are talking percentages, this is bad

 

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Morris Dukuly, has disclosed that a Liberian has died of the  deadly Ebola virus in Morocco.

Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly

Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly

The Ebola virus, which has no cure,  has killed at least 129 people here, and claimed more than 670 lives across the region. A top Liberian doctor working at Liberia’s largest hospital died recently, and two American aid workers have fallen ill, underscoring the dangers facing those charged with bringing the outbreak under control. Also recently, an official of the Ministry of Finance identified as Patrick Sawyer died of the disease at a Lagos hospital. As a means of containing further spread of the disease, President Johnson-Sirleaf set up a taskforce to help in the fight of the disease and ordered the closure of the country’s three land borders. The Liberian leader also ordered that public gatherings be restricted and communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak be quarantined.

Making the disclosure at a news conference held at the Ministry on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Minister Dukuly, who is also the Vice Chairman on the National Ebola Taskforce, further disclosed that the deceased left the country two days before his death. Although Minister Dukuly did not  disclose the name of the Liberian, who he said  died of Ebola in Morocco, he  averred that  this means that there are many more people who are carrying the disease unknowingly. Against this backdrop, the Internal Affairs Ministry boss called on traditional chiefs to help inform their local people on the threat of the deadly disease. “You, traditional chiefs, are the owners of the land, and the land is under threat that I have not seen in my life before,” said Minister Dukuly. “Tell your people to stop running behind health workers. This may cause them to leave. For instance, Samaritan Purse, one of the partners, wanted to leave Lofa County due to threats they received from local people,” he warned.

While urging the chiefs to adequately inform their  people, he reminded them that Ebola is real and does not have to claim more lives before people get to believe it. “We have a common challenge, which seems to be growing. This challenge is Ebola, and we need to fight it. Since the disease was discovered in March of this year,” he noted. He then  lauded the Country Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije for his care shown since the outbreak of the disease in March. According to him, WHO through Dr. Ndayimirije has provided technical and other supports towards the fight of the disease in the country. Speaking briefly, WHO Country boss, Dr. Ndayimirije said the disease can be prevented if people observe the necessary precautionary measures.

He disclosed that Ebola has killed 166 people since its outbreak. Of this number, he said,  over 20 health workers have died, while over 45 more are being affected by the disease. Dr.  Ndayimirije  also disclosed that a total of 329 cases have been reported since the outbreak of the disease. “You are the local leaders, tell your people to please support health workers and not to chase them. Samaritan Purse on yesterday said it will not continue because its workers were attacked and chased in Lofa with one of their staff wounded in the process in Foya. Please tell them to stop playing with dead bodies,” he  warned. For his part, the Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL), Chief Zanzar Karwor, accepted the request from government and its partners to help in the campaign. However, he urged that the government shows videos of patients and people who have died from the virus.