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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not so cool, wonder how she will feel unemployed

Not so cool, wonder how she will feel unemployed

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How Will The UK Stop Ebola From Spreading?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No details have been released for Scotland.

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

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By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

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

More as the story develops from Ace News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sierra Leone Braced For Increase In Ebola Cases

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

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

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

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

Expert Doctor says CDC is lying about Ebola virus

Via Karen Elliott on You Tube

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

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

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

Ebola Poet Weeps For Loved Ones

Ebola Poet Weeps For Loved Ones

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

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An Ebola Clinic that is running out of beds and medications 

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

Via spinnerky2 on You Tube

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

Sierra Leone and Guinea Ebola

Sierra Leone and Guinea Ebola

Sierra Leone and Guinea Ebola

Via TV2Africa on You Tube

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

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

Preparing a hospital for the Ebola virus disease
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Ebola outbreak still claiming lives – Leaving behind ‘Ebola Children’

The toll of a tragedy

The toll of a tragedy

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

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

The Children of Ebola:

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

Danger is still there...or is it?

Danger is still there…or is it?

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

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

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

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Australia issues full visa ban on Ebola-hit countries

ABOUT TIME MORE COUNTRIES DID THIS

ABOUT TIME MORE COUNTRIES DID THIS

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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.

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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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Ebola: Briton Tests Positive In Sierra Leone

The outbreak of ebola has led to 2,615 confirmed cases, latest figures show

The outbreak of ebola has led to 2,615 confirmed cases, latest figures show

Medical staff are working to halt the spread of the virus in Sierra Leone

Medical staff are working to halt the spread of the virus in Sierra Leone

A Briton living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the deadly ebola virus. Medical experts are assessing the unidentified patient “to ensure that appropriate care is delivered”, the Department of Health said. It is the first confirmed case of a British person catching the tropical infection, which kills up to 90% of people who contract it.

“There are not enough resources being put into stopping the spread of ebola,” she said. “If someone dies the body can be sitting there for up to eight days and in that time the disease can spread further. “There is not enough knowledge about the virus and people are scared to report it. “They see ebola as a death sentence, that if the family is going to die they would rather they die at home. They do not realise that if they get treatment their chance of survival is greatly increased.” Earlier this month British Airways suspended flights to Sierra Leone, along with Liberia, for weeks over fears about the outbreak. The Foreign Office has advised Britons to “carefully assess” whether they really need to travel to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Since the current outbreak began earlier this year, there have been 2,615 confirmed cases and 1,427 deaths, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organisation.

Medical charity Medicine Sans Frontieres has warned infections are spreading faster than authorities could handle and that it could take six months to bring the crisis under control.Ebola is spread by contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, such as sweat and blood, and no cure or vaccine is currently available. Professor John Watson, Britain’s deputy chief medical officer for England, insisted the risk to the public remained “very low”. It was announced on Friday that an Irishman being treated for malaria two weeks after returning from Sierra Leone, who was found dead in Co Donegal on Thursday, tested negative for ebola. Blood tests were conducted on Civil engineer Dessie Quinn, 43, following a post-mortem examination into his death amid fears he may have contracted the virus.

It could take months to bring the outbreak under control, one charity says

It could take months to bring the outbreak under control, one charity say

The patient is receiving treatment for the virus, which has killed more than 1,427 people since the start of this year’s outbreak.

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*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

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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.

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