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Guinea: Mobilisation against an unprecedented Ebola epidemic (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF)
MSG ^ | 31 Mar 14 | MSF

Posted on 04/01/2014 6:17:22 AM PDT by xzins

With eight confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the capital Conakry, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is facing an unprecedented epidemic in terms of the distribution of cases now scattered in several locations in Guinea.

“We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country: coordinator of MSF's project .

Sixty international staff on the ground

MSF continues to strengthen its teams. By the end of the week, there will be around sixty international field workers who have experience in working on haemorrhagic fever divided between Conakry and south-east of the country.

Isolation the only way to break chain of tranmission

MSF has strengthened the support for the isolation of patients located at the referral hospital of Donka, in collaboration with the Guinean health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO). This is the most aggressive and deadly Zaire strain of Ebola virus. It kills more than 9 out of 10 patients.

'most aggressive and deadly strain of virus'

“In Guinea, it is the Zaire strain of Ebola virus. This is the most aggressive and deadly. It kills more than 9 out of 10 patients,” said Michel Van Herp, an MSF epidemiologist currently in Guekedou.

“To stop the outbreak, it is important to trace the chain of transmission. All contacts of patients likely to have been contaminated should be monitored and isolated at the first sign of infection.”

To date, Guinean health authorities have recorded 122 suspected patients and 78 deaths. Other cases, suspected or diagnosed, were found in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

“It is important that the Guinean authorities and the WHO help medical facilities put in place all necessary hygiene measures,” said Van Herp.

(Excerpt) Read more at msf.org ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ebola; epidemic

1 posted on 04/01/2014 6:17:22 AM PDT by xzins
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“In Guinea, it is the Zaire strain of Ebola virus. This is the most aggressive and deadly. It kills more than 9 out of 10 patients,” said Michel Van Herp, an MSF epidemiologist currently in Guekedou.

“To stop the outbreak, it is important to trace the chain of transmission. All contacts of patients likely to have been contaminated should be monitored and isolated at the first sign of infection.”

2 posted on 04/01/2014 6:17:46 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins; Mother Abigail

I have not seen any post from Mother Abigail since Sunday, August 05, 2012 9:58:08 PM.

Mother Abigail, are you still here?


3 posted on 04/01/2014 6:35:35 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Gadsden1st

What is her background?


4 posted on 04/01/2014 6:41:13 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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I am not sure. She still has a home page and from it you can backtrack to her post on previous Ebola threads. I recommend reading her previous post.

Her approach and information is very matter of fact, without hype and hyperbole. In fact, I say "Her", but I am not sure "she" revealed if Mother Abigail is only a pen name taken from the Stand. Does not matter, just don't want to be rude.

5 posted on 04/01/2014 7:27:11 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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She was a nurse. There is a series of threads where she was interviewed on topics relating to pandemics.


6 posted on 04/01/2014 9:33:32 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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