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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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/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-2801769/Ebola-U-S-worries-economy-jobs-poll.html

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10,000 New Ebola Cases Per Week By Xmas: WHO


10,000 New Ebola Cases Per Week'

10,000 New Ebola Cases Per Week’

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

When W.H.O speak, you listen. World Health Organisation (W.H.O) Predict 10,000 cases a week in a month. CDC (Centre for Disease Control) and W.H.O have both said “We lost, Ebola will spread” They have admitted defeat to Ebola. Because it was a new strain at the VERY start people were being sent home with the Dr’s thinking they had bad Flu. I have been covering this story since the very first case. I believe it will kill 10’s of Millions. USA, Russia, China, India and others have done NOTHING to prepare for Ebola. This I think will be the countries to get hit worst. We are seeing and hearing news of Ebola from the USA. Getting news from China and Russia is harder. I am told by a reliable source China has over 100 cases. Confirmed or suspected I don’t know. But do prepare, do not think this will go away World. My country stopped flights and have had many drills in the event of Ebola hitting Scotland. We are ready, but Ebola will come if 1 mistake is made. http://shaunynews.com/2014/07/27/ebola-biologist-warn-of-early-stages-of-earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event/

There could be 10,000 new cases of ebola per week within two months, health officials have warned. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said 8,914 cases of ebola have now been reported in West Africa, including 4,447 deaths. WHO assistant director general Bruce Aylward told a press conference in Geneva that the total was expected to top 9,000 by the end of this week. He warned that the death rate from the current outbreak has now risen to 70%. It was previously estimated at about 50%. When asked how the situation would emerge over the next couple of months, he said: “It’s impossible to look into a glass ball and say we’re going to have this many or that many (cases) but we anticipate the number of cases occurring per week by that time to be somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 per week. W.H.O Video below

“It could be higher, it could be lower, but somewhere in that ball park.”  But he said there were some positive indications that the rate of spread of the disease may be slowing in some of the areas where it first struck. Some 95% of the cases are occurring in the same limited number of districts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea which were affected a month ago, he said. Dr Aylward said it was “too early to say” whether this meant that the epidemic was slowing down and that the feared exponential growth in cases may not materialise. The plateau in reported infections may simply be due to limitations in the ability of authorities in the region to check and record cases, he said. Dr Aylward said there were “positive” signs of a slowing down in the rate of new cases in the epicentre of the outbreak in northern Liberia and Guinea, probably due to behaviour changes among the local population. But he warned: “This is ebola, this is a horrible, unforgiving disease – you’ve got to get to zero.

On Board Ebola Ship RFA Argus

On Board Ebola Ship RFA Argus

“What gets you down to a level of control may not be – and usually isn’t – what gets you down to zero. With a bit of change in the behaviour of populations, with some burials happening safely, with a little bit more case management and a couple of new centres opening, you are going to slow this down very quickly. “That’s not going to stop ebola. To stop ebola, you’ve really got to have great contact tracing in place, same-day isolation. “Those pieces are not systematically in place in these places.”

Screening for Ebola at UK Borders

Screening for Ebola at UK Borders

Dr Aylward said that it was “concerning” that the disease was continuing to expand geographically within all three countries, with escalating case numbers in their capital cities. “In certain areas, we are seeing the disease coming down and it appears to be for the right reasons, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to get to zero,” he said. “Even more concerning is the geographical expansion and the disease in the capitals. “Any sense that the great effort that’s been kicked off over the last couple of months is already starting to see an impact would be really, really premature.”

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Ebola death toll crosses 4,000 as UN special envoy calls for greater resources


Deputy UN Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

Deputy UN Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

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More than 4,000 people have died in the Ebola epidemic that broke out in West Africa at the start of the year, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organisation. The WHO said on Friday that as of October 8, 4,033 people have died of Ebola out of a total of 8,399 registered cases in seven countries. The last toll put the figures at 3,865 dead from 8,033 cases. The seven affected countries are split into two groups by WHO. The first includes Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – by far the worst-affected countries. The second group consists of Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and US, which have seen a small number of highly isolated cases.

Latest figure put at 4,033 as UN special envoy calls for greater resources and effort to battle epidemic in West Africa.

Liberia is the worst-hit of all, with 4,076 cases and 2,316 deaths, followed by Sierra Leone with 2,950 cases and 930 deaths. Guinea, where the epidemic originated in December, has seen 1,350 cases and 778 deaths. Health workers continue to pay a heavy price for their efforts, with 233 deaths out of 416 cases across the countries. Nigeria has now been declared Ebola-free and its toll remains unchanged at eight dead from 20 cases. There has been one death in the US and one case contracted in Spain. The toll remains unchanged in Senegal with one case. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, hit by a separate strain of Ebola from the one raging in West Africa, WHO says there have been 71 cases and 43 deaths up to October 7.

The UN special envoy on Ebola said on Friday that the number of cases was probably doubling every three-to-four weeks and the response needed to be 20 times greater than it was at the beginning of October. David Nabarro told the UN General Assembly that without the mass mobilisation of the world to support the affected countries in West Africa, “it will be impossible to get this disease quickly under control, and the world will have to live with the Ebola virus forever”. Separately, Jan Eliasson, UN deputy secretary-general, said catching up with “the menacing exponential curve of the virus” demands a massive increase in financial resources, medical staff and equipment. “I now appeal to all member states to act generously and swiftly,” he said. “Speed is of the essence. A contribution within days is more important than a larger contribution within weeks,” Eliasson said.

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Ebola crisis: global response has ‘failed miserably’, says World Bank chief – As World is warned millions could die


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When these guys give money away, it’s to protect the rest of the money, lets be clear on this

The president of the World Bank, Jim Kim, admitted on Wednesday that the international community had “failed miserably” in its response to the Ebola virus that has killed more than 3,800 people in west Africa and warned that the crisis now affecting Spain and the US was going to get much worse. Amid signs yesterday that western governments were being forced to take the risks of a global pandemic more seriously, Kim said he wanted them to back a new $20bn (£12bn) global health fund that would be able to react instantly to emergencies. “It’s late. It’s really late,” he said in an interview with the Guardian before the annual meeting of the Washington-based organisation this weekend. “We should have done so many things. Healthcare systems should have been built. There should have been monitoring when the first cases were reported. There should have been an organised response.” Kim’s warning that the global community was still not “moving fast enough” came as the Ebola virus claimed its first victim in the US and news of a case in Spain sent shares in travel and airline companies tumbling on stock exchanges. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the number of deaths from Ebola in west Africa now stood at 3,879 with no evidence that the epidemic was being brought under control.

The US has announced that it is scaling up its efforts and will tighten screening procedures at airports from this weekend. Thomas Duncan, who died in a Dallas hospital on Wednesday after arriving from Liberia, lied in a questionnaire about whether he had been in contact with anyone affected by Ebola. Britain also announced on Wednesday that it was scaling up its efforts to deal with the Ebola virus which has gripped three west African countries –Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

OBAMA AT UNITED NATIONS ON EBOLA – WARNING to the WORLD. Ebola is Spreading at Alarming Speed

Let’s no forget the utter importance and real threat Ebola is “Spreading at alarming speed and it will get worse”

All of England’s major hospitals are making preparations to isolate and treat patients suspected of having Ebola if a serious outbreak occurs, while more than 750 military personnel and the medical ship RFA Argus are being sent to west Africa to help contain the outbreak. RFA Argus has a fully-equipped hospital including critical care and high-dependency units, and will be sent to Sierra Leone along with three Merlin helicopters. The announcement followed a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee, chaired by the UK prime minister.

However the government has come under pressure to do more to prevent the disease spreading in the UK, including calls for the introduction of screening at airports and other transport hubs. Keith Vaz, chairman of Britain’s Commons home affairs select committee, said: “We must do all we can, both at the source and in the UK, to combat the spread of this virus. “Our immediate response should be to tighten regulation and introduce measures such as screenings at airports, train stations and ferry ports to ensure that this deadly disease cannot take more lives.

I will share some quotes with you from around the World. I can’t say they are 100% but I do know these people would not lie:

“Yes, this is a friend of a friend kind of post. Check my posting history; I don’t do these kinds of threads. If a mod of member I trust wants details, pm me and I will provide.  Source is a nurse who is also a relative of mine, and is currently a patient in a hospital. There are more lies being told about the case in Dallas than even we have been supposing, including the time of death, contacts being traced, and people with symptoms beginning to show. Will update as more information arrives”

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Officials are also in the process of examining clinical staff and other facility patrons. The number of people impacted at the Care Now facility is unknown.

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I’ll be watching this one… Being 30 minutes from downtown Dallas I have a horse in this race. Keep it coming.  I started a thread “Possible Ebola Case, Dallas Texas” breaking this story on ATS. On page one of that thread a member I now call Dan the Man posted some inside information from a nurse he knows that works in the hospital he was being treated at. Sadly his source went dry after one further update. I’m sure the nurse had fear for their job as he said they were told not to say anything. They are going as far as changing the in house communication methods. Prior to the Mr. Duncans arrival Dr’s were contacted by their personal cell phones. Now cell phones are not allowed in the building. They are keeping very tight lipped on the real situation there, so I am excited at the prospect of some real updates from real, honest people, not pushing an agenda.

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Trust me, I’ve railed against all the incarnations of Mr. Schnitzel that have appeared on these boards over the years I’ve been here.  I will give as many details as I can.  Source is a relative who is a nurse (has been for a long time, and is well versed in this virus in particular) and is a patient in one of the few hospitals in the country that does have the facilities to deal with this virus.  As one can imagine, this topic is on many lips in the hospital.  It is this person’s opinion that the virus is, and has been, transmissible prior to onset of symptoms.   That is the bigges lie we are being told.

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As you can see the responses from people from many parts of the World are real and it has and will effect us all in some way. I too was puzzled by the Dallas patient’s death being reported by Israel a day or so ago. I wonder if the delay reporting his death in the U.S. media had something to do with this strange side-story about “blood transfers” from survivors. That might account for the delay, in order to get survivor blood to him – or from him to another patient. Obama in his speech was 100% correct to have a go at Russia, China and others for doing little or nothing to calm this surge of Death that Obama has said, the CDC and W.H.O have said, experts in the field have said, THIS CAN AND WILL KILL MILLIONS+ if we fail to act now and act as one World. Sadly Wars are still being fought when we could in some way come together and help stop the spread of a disease that. as said ‘Is totally out of control. Feel free to look at the link below or search my blog from the 1st Ebola blog till now to see where we went wrong, Dr’s didn’t know this is a new/different strain of Ebola and were sending people home thinking they had the flu. The World bank has stepped forward to help, and it will ask all countries to put into the money pot to help. Also I can’t believe how fast this disease is moving, it is almost totally out of control, if not already there 

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I myself reported the Death 2 days before the media and like many in this hospital many don’t understand the delay : https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/breaking-ebola-patient-in-dallas-has-died-reports/ This was October 6th, the death was announced on the 8th. Many told me that “Thomas Duncan is getting better and will recover” I had this comment “How can you say he’s dead when a family member tweeted yesterday to say Thomas was getting better” Now who am I to say what is right or not right. Israel (Mossad) are the World’s best spying operation, if the say it, you can usually take it to the bank. I am hearing also Nurses are ‘almost’ refusing to go to work in a few hospitals. People are very scared and I think America has actually woken up for once to the Worst’ disease there is on Earth being a clear and present Danger. Right now ISIS/IS are of little debate, Ebola for now is the biggest threat to our species since the Spanish Flu around 1919 that killed 7% of the globe (I read 3% I read 7% more often) And this was before ‘Lets jump on a plane to Paris and people traveling all corners of the World every day. Australia got it’s first case of Ebola yesterday meaning every continent on Earth with people living day to day lives has now seen Ebola. The CDC said 2 months ago “Ebola is out of Control” W.H.O have said pretty much the same. Now we see the World bank move to protect it’s money. I would love to say they did it because it was the right things to do, sadly I am not sure. Obama was 100% correct when he accused Russia and China and others (He didn’t name names, he doesn’t have to) of doing very little and this could cause more deaths. The latest projection is 10 Million people will die. Lets hope this isn’t true. But every few hours I hear of a possible new patient, it is a story I started writing about early May and here we are in September and all I feared is unfolding before mhttps://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/?s=ebola

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“Immigration officers are not trained health professionals. Greater support must be offered to ensure that they are equipped to deal with this outbreak to prevent it reaching the UK.” Kim said he welcomed the UK and the US scaling up their efforts, but said that a high price was being paid for 11 months of delay and inter-agency argument. “Now that there are cases in Spain and the US, the chance of the virus going to other European countries is fairly high,” he said. In a blunt assessment of how the international community had coped with the crisis, Kim said: “We were tested by Ebola and we failed. We failed miserably in our response.”

He urged finance ministers attending meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund this weekend to provide the resources needed to treat Ebola patients in their home countries. Under the Bank’s plan, resources would be provided to build big specialised treatment centres and to extend care to local communities. Every developed country should be prepared to send trained medical staff to west Africa, Kim said.

A health worker carries a child suspected of having Ebola into the MSF treatment centre in Paynesville, Liberia.

A health worker carries a child suspected of having Ebola into the MSF treatment centre in Paynesville, Liberia.

“We don’t need to stop all travel from these countries. It’s going to be impossible to stop people. The way to stop the flow of patients from these countries getting to the rest of the world is to have programmes that will treat people and increase survival dramatically. It’s possible. “We need to have quality services in place so that the motivation to leave these countries goes away. It is a rational thing to do to get away because we don’t have the treatment in place.” Rudimentary healthcare systems in the three west African countries have encouraged people to travel abroad for treatment, thereby spreading the virus. Before the crisis, Liberia had 61 doctors and 1,000 nurses, while Sierra Leone had 327 hospital beds. “I say to finance ministers: look at what’s happening in Spain right now. It is going to get much worse.”

The authorities in Spain said they were dealing with the first case of Ebola that had been transmitted outside of the three west African countries – a nurse who treated a priest who had flown to Madrid for care. The World Health Organisation said further “sporadic” cases of Ebola in Europe were now inevitable. A World Bank study released on Wednesday showed that the economic cost of Ebola could be as high as $33bn over the next two years if the virus spreads to neighbouring countries in west Africa.

Kim admitted that the Bank had been having arguments with the WHO over Ebola but that they had now stopped. “The most important thing is to stop arguing about what is or is not possible and to get on with doing what’s needed.” Kim said his plan involved big treatment centres being set up by the US and the UK together with attempts to provide as full a range of services as possible into local communities. He said: “It would be good if you could manage the treatment of people close to home. But you can’t do that without the personnel. “We need to put the capacity into place so that cases are identified more quickly.” Oxfam criticised the World Bank for its failure to invest enough in healthcare and in its promotion of user-fees and privatisation.

Nicolas Mombrial, head of Oxfam in Washington, said: “This has changed rhetorically under Jim Kim. We hope to see it play out in the Bank’s lending and advice from now. Ebola should serve to accelerate this change.” Kim said that countries such as Sierra Leone had used financial support from the Bank to improve energy supplies, but added: “This has taught us that we have to be much more serious about putting health systems into place.” He contrasted health systems in the three west African countries with Rwanda, which has 55,000 health workers. “If this had happened in Rwanda we would have had it under control.”

Kim said it was fortunate Ebola was not a quick-moving virus but the chances of a quick moving virus in the next 10 years is high. “This was sloppy work on even a slow-moving virus like Ebola. If we have seen this with a slow moving virus we are not even close to being ready to deal with a fast moving virus.” He said Ebola highlighted the need to have a speedier way of responding to health crises. “Why don’t we have a multibillion dollar fund of $10bn, $15bn or $20bn set up so that once there is a global health emergency it can be drawn down on very quickly?”

Ebola: Senegal confirms first case of virus


The affected countries have been running public information campaigns to warn about Ebola

The affected countries have been running public information campaigns to warn about Ebola

The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people in west Africa has spread to a fifth country with the first confirmed case of the virus in Senegal. Senegal’s health minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck, said on Friday the patient was a man from Guinea. He had visited a hospital in Dakar on Tuesday but concealed that he had had close contact with Ebola victims in his home country. The case marks the first in time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July, and comes a day after the World Health Organisation warned the number of infections was increasing rapidly. Scientists meanwhile said the first human trials of a potential vaccine would start next week using a product made by pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline and the US government. he experimental drug, ZMapp, had proven 100 percent effective in tests on primates, according to an article published in the journal Nature on Friday.

ZMapp is a mix of three antibodies that help the immune system destroy the Ebola virus. In the study, scientists led by Gary Kobinger of the Public Health Agency of Canada tested a group of infected monkeys and left a control group untreated. All three untreated monkeys died of Ebola by day eight of the trial. For those on ZMapp, even advanced symptoms such as rashes, liver dysfunction and haemorrhaging disappeared, a result Kobinger called “beyond my own expectations”. Two US aid workers treated with ZMapp have recovered from Ebola. However, doctors do not know if it aided their recovery, and a Liberian doctor and a Spanish missionary died despite treatment with the drug.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 1,552 people out of 3,069 confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation said. The agency said the disease could eventually infect up to 20,000 people

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28983554

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/29/health/ebola-outbreak-senegal/index.html

Man with EBOLA symptoms quarantined in INDIA


THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY WITH 1.2 BILLION PEOPLE

THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY WITH 1.2 BILLION PEOPLE

As you know I have tracked Ebola from it’s first case to it being a global threat. Still many are relaxed about this. I said MANY times if Ebola hits a big Country like India, that has more people that the USA, Russia, Europe, Australia, Africa, it has more people that every country on Earth outside China. If Ebola is widespread in India, if it has been incubating for 21 days/3 Weeks, then it’s GAME OVER. Simple as that. India is huge and even though it’s the World biggest democracy it has parts that are very close to 2nd World status. We must hope this person does not have Ebola and it has not spread, if it has, we must seal borders and stop Air Traffic. The Sheer size and populous of India dictates this could be the big Country I warned about to start a Global PANDEMIC. Testing for this is real hard, the strain has mutated and may have mutated again, W.H.O and the CDC have both said this

India’s sanitation crisis

Maharashtra Health Minister Suresh Shetty said Lalit Kumar was suffering from vomiting after returning from Lagos. He is being treated in the isolation ward of a government hospital by doctors, he said. His samples have been sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune, for confirmation.

Shetty said there is no need to panic as Ebola infection can happen only if there is a close contact with those infected (THERE IS NO PROOF FOR THAT STATEMENT, THIS IS AIRBORN.

The World Health Organisation had last week issued a global health emergency due to Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak. WHO declared the current EVD outbreak as the “most complex outbreak leading to public health emergency,” calling for global health alert in all countries.

The four countries affected with EVD are all in western Africa– Guinea (393 deaths), Sierra Leone (286 deaths), Liberia (282 deaths) and Nigeria (1 death).

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/maharashtra/bmc-on-alert-after-receiving-report-of-flight-transporting-over-100-liberia-passengers-exposed-to-ebola/

WHO warns of W Africa’s Ebola ‘shadow zones’


David Nabarro of the UN says WHO has a new plan to fight Ebola

David Nabarro of the UN says WHO has a new plan to fight Ebola

Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of “shadow zones” where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organisation has said. Some 1,427 people have died among 2,615 known cases of the deadly virus in West Africa since the outbreak was first identified in March, according to new figures released by the WHO on Friday.  Under-reporting of cases is a problem especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone, currently the two countries hardest hit. “As Ebola has no cure, some believe infected loved ones will be more comfortable dying at home,” the WHO said in a statement detailing why the outbreak had been underestimated.

“Others deny that a patient has Ebola and believe that care in an isolation ward – viewed as an incubator of the disease – will lead to infection and certain death.”

Corpses are often buried without official notification. And there are “shadow zones”, rural areas where there are rumours of cases and deaths that cannot be investigated because of community resistance or lack of staff and transport. The WHO said it is now working with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce “more realistic estimates”. On Friday, the WHO said it had drawn up a draft strategy plan to combat the disease in West Africa, and details would be released early next week. David Nabarro, Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola, who was travelling with the WHO’s Fukuda in Liberia, said the strategy would involve ramping up the number of health workers fighting the disease. “It means more doctors, Liberian doctors, more nurses, Liberian nurses, and more equipment,” he said. “But it also means, of course, more international staff.”

Ballooning numbers

Despite initial assertions by regional health officials that the virus had been contained in its early stages, Ebola case numbers and deaths have ballooned in recent months as the outbreak has spread from its initial epicentre in Guinea. “We think six to nine months is a reasonable estimate,” Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security, said during a visit to Liberia, speaking of the time the agency now believes will be required to halt the epidemic. An Ebola outbreak will be declared over in a country if two incubation periods, or 42 days in total, have passed without any confirmed case, a WHO spokesperson said.

WHO approves experimental treatment for Ebola


Biggest outbreak ever

Biggest outbreak ever

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved the use of untested Ebola drugs to treat the current outbreak in West Africa.  The WHO said at a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday that the use of untested drugs was ethical, provided certain conditions were met. The statement comes following a meeting of medical experts asked to assess the ethics of using untested drugs in the outbreak.  Two batches of experimental treatments were reported to be heading to Liberia on Tuesday, the first delivery of untested Ebola drugs in Africa. The UN health agency said more than 1000 people had died so far from the illness in West Africa, with authorities recording 1,848 suspected or confirmed cases. The virus, spread by direct contact with bodily fluids was detected in Guinea in March and has since spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and possibly Nigeria.

Death rate 

Two Americans and a Spanish priest, who contracted Ebola in Liberia, had received a dose of the treatment never tested in humans. The Americans have showed signs of improvement but the priest died on Tuesday.
The vast majority of Ebola victims are Africans, and some have protested that their citizens are not getting access to the novel drugs. There is no evidence yet that experimental drugs can actually help fight Ebola, and it is possible they could be harmful. The outbreak has had about a 50 percent death rate, according to the UN, adding urgency to the search for a treatment. WHO also said the world had “a moral duty” to properly collect evidence about the untested treatment’s safety and effectiveness in a proper scientific trial, the AP news agency reported. West African nations are struggling to control both the deadly outbreak and the fear it has engendered. Most airlines flying in and out of the Liberian capital of Monrovia have suspended flights amid the unprecedented health crisis. The Ivory Coast, which shares borders with Liberia and Guinea, as banned direct flights from those countries and said it would increase health inspections at its borders.

 

Ebola Outbreak: WHO To Set Scale Of Emergency


The World Health Organisation will reveal this morning whether the Ebola outbreak has become a global health emergency.

How far EBOLA has spread to date

How far EBOLA has spread to date

We will know in the next 24 hours how bad this Ebola outbreak is. Is it contained or has it been lost. If so, Countries MUST close Air travel and borders. 

PRIEST WITH EBOLA ARRIVES IN SPAIN — SKY NEWS VIDEO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) will hold an emergency meeting on the West African Ebola outbreak to decide whether to call an international public health emergency. Following the meeting in Geneva, due to be held later today, the WHO will again meet next week to consider the ethics of using experimental medicines to deal with the outbreak. It comes as the United States orders the families of embassy staff in Liberia to return home, as West Africa struggles to cope with the world’s biggest ever outbreak of Ebola. The State Department has also warned US citizens not to travel to Liberia, repeating an earlier instruction from American health authorities.

The death count from the outbreak has now climbed to almost 1,000 people, in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Security forces in Sierra Leone and Liberia have set up blockades to stop people from the worst-affected areas travelling, and Liberia has declared a state of emergency. Outbreak causing panic as residents ‘afraid’ of victims

A Liberian woman weeps over the death of a relative from Ebola on the outskirts of Monrovia

A Liberian woman weeps over the death of a relative from Ebola on the outskirts of Monrovia

The outbreak is causing panic on the streets of those countries affected. In Guinea, – which has seen 360 perish so far – it has created fear among locals when they come across those who are unwell. One Guinea resident said: “We came here this morning and we saw this man who collapsed on the street. I don’t know whether he was suffering from Ebola or not. Let them come and take him from here because we are afraid.” In Madrid, a priest who contracted Ebola in Liberia was flown back to the Spanish capital in a specially-equipped Airbus to a hospital which had been cleared for his arrival. A spokesman for the city’s health department, Antonio Alemany, says the priest and a nun, who are both being isolated as a precautionary measure, are doing well.

“The state of the two patients, Miguel and the nun, is stable,” Mr Alemany said. “They don’t have fever and more importantly Father Miguel has no haemorrhaging symptoms.” Wider acceptance threat of Ebola is real: Doctor Despite the rising number of cases, a British doctor working in a hospital in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, says the situation now feels more under control. Dr Oliver Johnson, from King’s College London, says there was a lot of suspicion at the beginning of the outbreak. “And so what we saw is a lot of people believed that Ebola wasn’t real. And sometimes fear of going to hospitals and fear of health workers,” Dr Johnson said.

“What we’re now seeing is a much wider acceptance amongst the public that Ebola is real. We’re hoping that we’re going to see more and more people come to hospital when they get sick. “And we’re seeingdisease surveillance officers, community health volunteers picking up on cases early and preventing sick people from travelling between different parts of the country.” Dr Johnson agrees the outbreak is creating panic among locals, frightened any symptoms of flu may be a sign of Ebola. “Anyone who coughs or sneezes there’s a funny look,” Dr Johnson said. “People aren’t shaking hands in Freetown any more. There are buckets of chlorine at every restaurant, every office to wash your hands in.”A lot of people wander the city wearing medical gloves. So there’s a high awareness. There is a degree of caution.”

Most of the latest Ebola fatalities have come from Liberia

Most of the latest Ebola fatalities have come from Liberia

He says there is also concern among his staff. “All of us are aware that health workers have died,” he said. “Doctors and nurses in Sierra Leone have died. And there’s no doubt that it’s caused anxiety. “I say in the last few days, though, there’s been an acceptance of the risk and a recognition that Ebola’s going to be around for a little while. “And I think people are beginning to calm down right now and feel that the risk is something they need to accept, just [like] the risks that exist for health workers in hospitals.”

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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.