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Post  bb1 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:02 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/1308317/american-doctor-infected-with-deadly-ebola

American Doctor Infected With Deadly Ebola
The 33-year-old, working in Liberia, submits himself to an isolation ward, while a second US citizen is also said to be infected.

An American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly virus.

Kent Brantly, 33, recognised his own symptoms and confined himself to an isolation ward.

The medic, who is married and has children, is being treated at a hospital in the capital Monrovia.

Another US citizen has also been infected with the virus, according to the Samaritan's Purse aid organisation, for which Dr Brantly works.

The second US citizen is not employed by Samaritan's Purse, its spokesman told Sky News, but was working with their staff in a Monrovia hospital.

The disease has killed at least 672 people in four West African countries since the outbreak began earlier this year in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Nigeria's airports and ports are on red alert following the death of a man from Liberia who was carrying the virus. It was the first case in Africa's most populous country.

He vomited and had a high fever on board a passenger plane, and was immediately quarantined upon arrival in the capital Lagos.



But he died in hospital from the virus on Friday.

His flight had a stopover in Togo which is also on high alert as it may have spread there too.

Dr Brantly, a family practice physician from Fort Worth, Texas, began working in Africa as part of a post-residency programme before the Ebola outbreak began.

His family had been living with him in Africa but they are currently in the US.

Dr Brantly is a medical director at an Ebola case management centre run by Samaritan's Purse

Photos show him working in white overalls made of a synthetic material that he wore for several hours each day while treating Ebola patients.

Earlier this year, he was quoted on the organisation's website about efforts to maintain an isolation ward for patients.

"The hospital is taking great effort to be prepared," Dr Brantly said.

"In past Ebola outbreaks, many of the casualties have been healthcare workers who contracted the disease through their work caring for infected individuals."

Ebola is highly contagious and kills up to 90% of people infected.

It is passed by touching bodily fluids of patients even after they die, said Dr Unni Krishnan from Plan International.

Traditional burials that include rubbing the bodies of the dead contribute to the spread of the disease, he added.


For a fuller report on the way this is spreading:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-27/runaway-ebola-infected-woman-dies-us-doctor-tests-positive-virus

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Post  lily on Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:18 pm

Heaven help everyone....
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Post  bb1 on Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:33 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/1309883/cobra-meeting-as-uk-doctors-warned-over-ebola

Cobra Meeting As UK Doctors Warned Over Ebola
The Government's emergency committee is to discuss the threat from the deadly virus, as fears mount it could spread to the UK

The Government's emergency committee is to discuss how to tackle the "new and emerging" threat of ebola, as doctors in Britain are put on alert to spot symptoms of the deadly disease.

The outbreak is the largest in history, with the virus killing more than 670 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria since February.

Infection results from direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has told Sky News that while there are no cases in the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron regards the disease as a "very serious threat".

"We are very much focused on it as a new and emerging threat which we need to deal with," Mr Hammond said.

A person from Birmingham was tested for ebola after returning from Africa, but the tests came back negative.

The man was tested earlier this week after reportedly travelling from Benin in Nigeria via Paris to the Midlands.

Another man visited Charing Cross Hospital in west London after fearing he had the virus, but it was decided by doctors that he did not need an ebola test.

Dr Brian McCloskey, director of global health at Public Health England (PHE), said the risk to British travellers and workers was low, but doctors needed to be vigilant for "unexplained illnesses" in those who have returned from the affected countries.

Dr McCloskey said: "The continuing increase in cases, especially in Sierra Leone, and the importation of a single case from Liberia to Nigeria is a cause for concern as it indicates the outbreak is not yet under control."

Those who experience symptoms such as fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and a sore throat within three weeks of their return from such countries should "immediately seek medical assistance", Dr McCloskey said.

The Government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Mark Walport, has told the Daily Telegraph that ebola was "potentially a major threat" to Britain due to the increasingly "interconnected" nature of the world.

British Airways, which flies to Sierra Leone and Nigeria, said in a statement it complies with guidance from local health authorities and will "continue to monitor the situation closely".

Cabin crew are advised to contact air traffic control if they see someone on board who they suspect could have the disease.

In 2012, a man with Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, which is related to ebola, was flown from Glasgow Airport to London by the RAF to be treated at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "We are well-prepared to identify and deal with any potential cases of ebola, though there has never been a case in this country.

"Any patients with suspected symptoms can be diagnosed within 24 hours and they would also be isolated at a dedicated unit to keep the public safe."


Seek medical help if your internal organs start dissolving.

Any bets on how soon the first case outside West Africa will appear?

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Post  bb1 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:32 pm

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British Airways Suspends Flights Over Ebola
BA stops flying to parts of Africa worst hit by ebola amid fears a Welsh person may have come into contact with the virus.

British Airways has halted all flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone for one month due to the ebola outbreak.

The airline said in a statement that it would be keeping the routes under review.

"We have temporarily suspended our flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until 31 August 2014 due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries," it said.

"The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the route under constant review in the coming weeks.

"Customers with tickets on those routes are being offered a range of options including a full refund and the ability to rebook their flights to a later date."

The World Health Organisation said on Monday the number of deaths from the disease in West African countries including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria had increased from 729 to 887.

In Wales, a person who recently returned from West Africa has voluntarily absented themselves from work and confined themselves to home after believing they may have come into contact with the virus.

Public Health Wales said they it was monitoring the individual's condition but added it was not thought they have the virus.

A statement released by the health authority said: "The individual does not have symptoms of ebola and there are no cases of ebola in Wales.

"We are alert to the possibility of ebola cases in the UK given the outbreak in West Africa and we remain vigilant to unexplained illness in people who have travelled from the area."

Saudi Arabia is conducting tests on a man after he showed symptoms of the virus following a recent trip to Sierra Leone.

The 40-year-old is in a critical condition at a hospital in the city of Jeddah where he is being treated in a unit with advanced isolation and infection-control capabilities.

Meanwhile, the second of two American charity workers recently diagnosed with ebola has arrived back in the US after being evacuated from Liberia.

Nancy Writebol, 59, was a hygienist with the charity Samaritan Purse. Her job was to decontaminate people entering and leaving an ebola treatment centre at a hospital in the capital Monrovia.

Her colleague Dr Kent Brantly was flown home from Liberia on Saturday and is being treated at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

A New York hospital is also testing a man for ebola after he turned up at the emergency department showing symptoms of the virus.

The man turned up at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital and was put in isolation after displaying fever and gastrointestinal problems.

He had travelled to one of the West African countries where ebola has been reported, said hospital president David Reich.

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Re: American doctor infected with Ebola

Post  lily on Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:02 pm

Now that is scary stuff. CDC in Atlanta will be pulling out the stops to try to get a handle on ebola. I know we all want them to.
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Post  bb1 on Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:09 pm

This isn't good:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/08/saudi-being-tested-ebola-dies-jeddah-201486124612609706.html

Saudi being tested for Ebola dies in Jeddah
Man suspected of contracing Ebola virus during business trip to Sierra Leone dies at specialised hospital in Saudi city.

Saudi man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone has died in Jeddah.

"A Saudi man suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus passed away at 8:45am on Wednesday at a specialised hospital in Jeddah", the Ministry of Health said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

The statement added that the Ministry of Health had submitted samples from the man to a US laboratory recommended by the World Health Organisation, as well as an accredited laboratory in Germany, for testing.

The ministry said it was working to trace the man's route of travel and monitoring people he came in contact with.

The kingdom has suspended pilgrimage visas from West African countries to counter the further possible spread of the disease.

World Bank funds

The World Bank said on Monday that it would provide up to $200m in emergency assistance to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to help the West African nations contain the deadly outbreak which has killed 887 since the outbreak began in March this year.

With a death rate of up to 90 percent, Ebola is described as "one of the world's deadliest diseases" by Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The Ebola virus disease is a viral haemorrhagic fever that has killed more than 1,600 people since it was first discovered in Africa in the 1970s.

The current outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone is the largest in history. There is no vaccine or cure available for the disease.

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Post  lily on Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:56 pm

Wonder when the cure will be found?
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Post  bb1 on Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:36 am

I've seen suggestions that some kind of antidote is being developed, Lily, but it all seems very vague, nothing concrete so far?

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Post  Lamplighter on Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:38 am

bb1 wrote:I've seen suggestions that some kind of antidote is being developed, Lily, but it all seems very vague, nothing concrete so far?

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-ebola-vaccine-20140806-story.html
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Post  bb1 on Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:45 am

Unlike animal tests, where monkeys are actually infected with Ebola to determine the drug's effectiveness, human test subjects will not be infected with the disease.

I do hope the root of this outbreak isn't a monkey escaping - and what kind of lunatic gives monkeys ebola in the first place? I despair of the human race sometimes.

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Post  bb1 on Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:53 am

http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2346545&CategoryId=12395

Spain to Repatriate Ebola-Infected Priest

MADRID – Spain “will get the repatriation protocol under way” for a Spanish priest working in Liberia who tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, a source in the health ministry told Efe on Tuesday.

The risks of contagion are “very low” and the repatriation will be carried out in accord with high-security procedures stipulated by the World Health Organization, the source said.

The Rev. Miguel Pajares, 75, is among several members of religious orders being treated in isolation at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, whose director, Patrick Nshamdze, recently died of Ebola.

The agreement to begin Pajares’ repatriation was reached in a videoconference involving Spanish and European Union officials.
“After the repatriation petition by the religious order – the Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God – is made official, the Spanish Health, Social Services and Equality Ministry will undertake the repatriation protocol,” the source said.

Testing positive for Ebola along with Pajares were two nuns from the Order of the Immaculate Conception, Sisters Chantal Pasaline Mutwamene and Paciencia Melgar, who are also in isolation at St. Joseph’s.

“I’d like (to go to Spain) because we’ve had a very bad experience with what’s happened here. Here we are abandoned and they’re not taking care of us. We want to go to Spain and for them to treat us as people, as God orders,” Pajares told Efe earlier by telephone.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected 1,603 people, of whom 887 have died, according to figures provided on Monday by WHO.

Liberia is one of the most heavily affected countries by the Ebola outbreak, and more than 150 people have succumbed to it there since it was first detected in March.



What's with this insanity of deliberately bringing infected people INTO your country? Has no-one heard of quarantine?

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Post  bb1 on Thu Aug 07, 2014 4:35 pm





Confusion: Police guarded this man for several hours before anyone moved him after he collapsed in a puddle in Guinea's capital Conakry, a city of 1.7million people. The death toll in the country has reached at least 363

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2718716/Missionary-struck-Ebola-person-brought-Europe-treatment-African-countries-declare-national-emergency.html#ixzz39jULNP26
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Can't think why it's spreading....

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Shocking: Relatives of Ebola victims in Liberia have started dragging their loved ones' bodies out of their homes and dumping them on the streets in a bid to avoid being quarantined. Above, a man walks past the dead body

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Post  bb1 on Thu Aug 07, 2014 4:42 pm

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Post  lily on Thu Aug 07, 2014 4:50 pm

I think that thousands will buy that Bonny.
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Post  bb1 on Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:34 pm

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West African Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of disease: study
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(Reuters) - An Ebola outbreak blamed for 135 deaths in West Africa in the past month was not imported from Central Africa but caused by a new strain of the disease, a study in a U.S. medical journal said, raising the specter of further regional epidemics.

The spread of Ebola from a remote corner of Guinea to the capital and into neighboring Liberia, the first deadly outbreak reported in West Africa, has caused panic across a region struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders.

Ebola is endemic to Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan and Gabon, and scientists initially believed that Central Africa's Zaire strain of the virus was responsible for the outbreak.

Using analysis of blood samples from infected patients, however, researchers determined that while the Guinean form of the Ebola virus (EBOV) showed a 97 percent similarity to the Zaire strain, the disease was not introduced from Central Africa.



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Post  lily on Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:24 pm

I hope not.
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Post  bb1 on Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:29 pm

I've just seen a report on AJ about how ebola is being spread in Africa. Some of the locals are ignoring ALL the warnings about bushmeat, etc., and continuing to eat boiled monkey. I've just seen one of said locals eating a boiled monkey head.  vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit 

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Post  bb1 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:35 am

http://news.sky.com/story/1317308/spanish-priest-with-ebola-dies-in-hospital

Spanish Priest With Ebola Dies In Hospital
Health authorities confirm the first European to be infected with the strain which has killed more than 1,000 people has died.

A Spanish priest who contracted ebola while working in Liberia has died in hospital, health authorities in Madrid have confirmed.

Father Miguel Pajares was the first European infected by a strain of the virus that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa.

He was airlifted from Liberia on August 7 after becoming infected while working for a non-governmental organisation there.

The 75-year-old was flown to Spain for treatment with his co-worker Juliana Bohi, a nun who has since tested negative for the disease.

pain's Health Ministry said Fr Pajares was being treated with the experimental drug ZMapp, manufactured by U.S. company Mapp Biopharmaceutical.

Two US aid workers infected by the disease have shown some signs of improvements since being given the drug, which had only previously been tested on monkeys.

Fr Pajares was part of a Catholic order at St Joseph's Hospital in Liberia's capital, Monrovia.

A Congolese nun died at the hospital over the weekend, days after its director also passed away.

The hospital has since been closed because of the outbreak.


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Post  bb1 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:36 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/1319044/ebola-epidemic-is-like-war-time-says-msf

Ebola Epidemic Is Like 'War Time' Says MSF
A leading global medical charity pleads for the international community to unify, otherwise the outbreak "may not be contained".

Health experts have revealed they are struggling to contain West Africa's deadly ebola outbreak, and described the situation as like being in "war time".

The charity Medecin Sans Frontieres (MSF) - Doctors Without Borders - said if the situation in Liberia is not brought under control then the region will never be stabilised.

"The main thing I come back to is that it is deteriorating faster, moving faster than we can respond to," MSF international president Dr Joanne Liu said.

"To put it in context with my time with MSF, I really feel that it is like war time, in terms of fear and nobody knowing what is going on.

"We need a response in terms of international organisations and states, and it needs to happen now if we want to contain this epidemic."

MSF, which employs doctors in some of the world's most difficult conditions, has struggled to help control the ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Dr Liu, who made the announcement at a news conference in Geneva following a 10-day trip to affected areas, said it will take about six months to bring the epidemic under control.

It was first identified in Guinea in March and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and finally Nigeria - promoting increased international concern.

The plea from MSF, which was founded in 1971, comes after the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the number of deaths and confirmed cases has been vastly underestimated.

The death toll from the outbreak in the region currently stands at more than 1,068 people.

There have been 1,975 confirmed, probable or suspected cases, the WHO said, with the majority in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

"The outbreak is expected to continue for some time. WHO's operational response plan extends over the next several months," it said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Olympic Games organisers have banned young athletes from ebola-affected regions of West Africa from participating in the Youth Olympic Games in China.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said three competitors would not be allowed to take part in combat sports and swimming pool events.

The IOC and the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee said it was impossible to rule out the risk of potential infection.

Those from the affected regions competing in other sports will undergo regular temperature checks and physical assessments throughout the games, which begin on Saturday.

The IOC added that there had been no suspected cases of ebola reported in China and "the risk of infection is extremely unlikely".



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Post  bb1 on Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:04 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/1320190/ebola-sufferers-flee-attack-on-liberia-clinic

Ebola Sufferers Flee Attack On Liberia Clinic
Armed men break down the doors of the centre in Monrovia, as Kenya announces a ban on travellers from worst-hit nations.

At least 29 ebola patients have reportedly fled a treatment centre in Liberia after it was attacked by armed men.

"They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled," Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack, told AFP news agency.

Local residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberia confirmed the attack had taken place.

The looting of the centre came as Kenya closed its borders to travellers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone because of fears about the spread of ebola.

National carrier Kenya Airways said it was suspending its flights to Monrovia and Freetown from Wednesday.

At least 1,145 people have died across West Africa this year because of the world's worst-ever outbreak of the virus.

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, on Friday warned ebola was spreading faster than authorities could handle and could take six months to bring 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.

The last days of a victim's life can be grim, with agonising muscular pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and catastrophic haemorrhaging as vital organs break down.

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Post  lily on Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:02 pm

Shocked Shocked 
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Post  bb1 on Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:30 pm

More on it, from:

http://news.sky.com/story/1320190/ebola-spread-feared-as-sufferers-flee-mob

At least 17 ebola patients have fled a quarantine centre in Liberia after it was attacked by armed men.

The sufferers fled after looters broke into the clinic in a Monrovia slum, stealing blood-stained matresses and sheets, and claiming ebola was a hoax.


Well, if their organs start dissolving in a couple of weeks, they'll find out for themselves that it's not a hoax. Meanwhile, I shudder to think how many other people have been infected now.

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Post  Sabot on Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:48 pm

bb1 wrote:I've just seen a report on AJ about how ebola is being spread in Africa. Some of the locals are ignoring ALL the warnings about bushmeat, etc., and continuing to eat boiled monkey. I've just seen one of said locals eating a boiled monkey head.  vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit 

Effing Hell. Did we really need to know that. It's a bit like boiling my dog.
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Re: American doctor infected with Ebola

Post  bb1 on Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:29 pm

For a very pleasant change, some good news:

http://news.sky.com/story/1322435/us-patients-infected-with-ebola-leave-hospital

US Patients Infected With Ebola Leave Hospital
Dr Kent Brantly says he is "thrilled" to be alive as he leaves hospital, as it emerges Nancy Writebol was discharged on Tuesday.

By Sky News US Team
Two US medical missionaries who were infected with ebola while working in Liberia have been cleared to leave hospital.

Dr Kent Brantly made a statement at a press conference, while 59-year-old Nancy Writebol was discharged on Tuesday, officials said.

He told journalists at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia: "Today is a miraculous day. I'm thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family."

Franklin Graham, president of the Samaritan's Purse charity, earlier said: "Today I join all of our Samaritan's Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr Kent Brantly's recovery from ebola and release from the hospital," he said.

Both Americans were flown out of the West African nation of Liberia last month after contracting the disease.

Dr Brantly, 33, spent nearly three weeks in the isolation unit at Emory University Hospital, where his blood is now testing negative for the virus.

Earlier this month, Dr Brantly insisted the only available dose of an experimental serum went to Ms Writebol.

It comes as World Health Organisation (WHO) officials visit two hospitals in Liberia on Thursday where authorities have sealed off entire neighbourhoods to try to stop the spread of the disease.

A nationwide curfew was brought in after clashes between protesters and security forces in the West Point area of Monrovia, which residents have been prevented from leaving.

The ebola outbreak has killed at least 1,350 people across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in western Africa.

It is only spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of those infected with the virus who are experiencing symptoms.


I just saw Dr Brantly on the news; he looked, not surprisingly, a bit thin and tired, but was well enough to speak briefly to reporters.

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