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  • 25% of Feds Would Consider Leaving Their Jobs if Trump Becomes President

    02/01/2016 1:01:57 PM PST · 171 of 181
    Dark Wing to Thud

    Simply not hiring replacements civil servants for 4-years will cause the civil service to go down by 25%.

    The average civilian employee age for most Federal agencies — Homeland Security apart — is in the high 40’s to low 50’s.

  • Trump Has Never Voted In A Republican Primary

    01/22/2016 9:38:36 AM PST · 32 of 54
    Dark Wing to libbylu

    As there are posted Trump voting records on-line showing his Republican primary voting records going back to 1988.

    This story amounts to a hoax.

  • Donald Trump Leads Ted Cruz in Florida 32-21%

    01/17/2016 11:00:38 AM PST · 37 of 37
    Dark Wing to Thud

    >>Interesting. Trump does best with lower income black males according to this poll.

    A closed border and full e-verify means jobs for black men, and they know it.

  • RAF fighters 'bound for Japan for first time in decades' as UK builds military ties

    01/17/2016 10:58:31 AM PST · 5 of 5
    Dark Wing to Thud

    >>They’ll be unarmed to avoid offending anyone, and because Her Majesty’s Government won’t give the RAF the money to buy missiles, bombs and cannon ammunition.

    Too True.

  • FINNISH POLICE HAD INTEL OF COLOGNE RAPE-JIHAD INTENDED FOR HELSINKI NEW YEARS EVE,……

    01/07/2016 2:54:28 PM PST · 7 of 17
    Dark Wing to Thud

    It appears that Muslim social media in Europe was organizing these New Years rape gangs.

  • Donald Trump Leads Ted Cruz in Florida 32-21%

    01/07/2016 2:50:01 PM PST · 35 of 37
    Dark Wing to Thud

    Thud,

    Low income black males see “40-acres and a mule” if Trump builds his wall and deports illegal immigrant workers.

    That is almost a direct quote from my wife.

  • Scientists have found a new strain of bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics

    12/13/2015 8:05:17 AM PST · 52 of 52
    Dark Wing to Thud

    So it begins.

  • Multiple Victims Reported in San Bernardino Shooting (Another Mass Shooting)

    12/02/2015 7:07:35 PM PST · 2,568 of 2,865
    Dark Wing to The Toll

    >>I shoot AK74 daily. I have no difficulty
    >>obtaining the rifles or rounds.

    When did they get into the States?

    They were on the Clinton era assault weapon import ban list, last I saw.

  • Multiple Victims Reported in San Bernardino Shooting (Another Mass Shooting)

    12/02/2015 6:31:49 PM PST · 2,498 of 2,865
    Dark Wing to Thud; Smokin' Joe

    It also appears that the perps used AK-74’s, per this UK Daily Mail via TCTH —

    :They showed this in a Reuters photo in the Daily Mail:

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/12/02/22/2F00744800000578-3343309-A_spent_cartrdige_lies_on_the_ground_as_police_officers_secure_t-a-7_1449095070289.jpg

    A quick comparison of typical rounds suggests it’s actually an AK-74 round (smaller round than the more common AK-47). In fact, I’ve never fired one, and only seen them in the Middle East and in a serious gun collection. Never seen a 5.45 x 39mm round up close, and I’ve been around the block a bit. They could be finding a niche with an American criminal element, but I suspect foreign terrorists based purely on their choice of weapon.

    I put together a pictorial spread showing why I think this, but I can’t upload it. Here’s my source material:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5.45%C3%9739mm#History

    I think that this shows it was the AK-74 round; clearly not a M16 or AR-15 in any of the variants: a longer cartridge than this one. The AK-47 round isn’t as tapered, and it’s the same length as the AK-74.”

    The AK-74 has not been imported for the American civilian market, nor is there a civilian firm making a copy.

    That is a “flaming datum” for foreign terrorism.

  • Multiple Victims Reported in San Bernardino Shooting (Another Mass Shooting)

    12/02/2015 4:34:32 PM PST · 1,973 of 2,865
    Dark Wing to eyedigress

    >>Those bastards picked a bad day for dealing Meth.

    ROTFLMAO!

  • Multiple Victims Reported in San Bernardino Shooting (Another Mass Shooting)

    12/02/2015 4:27:11 PM PST · 1,921 of 2,865
    Dark Wing to builder

    >>Otherwise known as just another day in San Bernardino.

    I suspect that 14 dead bodies in one day from a mass shooting is very outside normal, even for San Bernardino.

    If we were talking Chicago, that would be different

  • Multiple Victims Reported in San Bernardino Shooting (Another Mass Shooting)

    12/02/2015 4:22:15 PM PST · 1,895 of 2,865
    Dark Wing to lodi90; Thud

    >>Pipe bombs require planning and do not
    >>suggest crime of passion.

    Astute observation!

  • Multiple Victims Reported in San Bernardino Shooting (Another Mass Shooting)

    12/02/2015 2:52:48 PM PST · 1,324 of 2,865
    Dark Wing to Thud; Smokin' Joe

    Paraphrased B.O.L.O. from the San Bernardino Sheriff —

    “3 active shooters including 30 year old Farooq Saeed are at large after killing at least 12 possibly more and leaving a suspicious package behind possibly a bomb.
    Do not approach them they have body armor and are heavily armed and were last seen leaving the scene at Waterman Avenue & Orange Show Road in a black S.U.V.”

    Reports since then say that the Black SUV was found and later a mini-van with weapons turned up at a local golf course.

    The shooters are gone into the SoCal ‘urban underbrush.’

    We are now looking at a multi-day post Boston Marathon like terrorist manhunt.

    Google map show 6 islamic centers and mosque in a 10 mile radius (could be more). one islamic center just 2 miles away, another less then 3 miles away

    That is a big enough local population of Muslims to support a small cell of ISIS wanna be’s whose surveillance was botched by lax Democratic Party driven ruled of surveillance/engagement on the FBI and local California LEO.

  • Multiple Victims Reported in San Bernardino Shooting (Another Mass Shooting)

    12/02/2015 2:51:38 PM PST · 1,319 of 2,865
    Dark Wing to Thud; Smokin' Joe

    The assault seems to have started with a fire alarm being pulled.

    The level of planning these three shooters exhibited after that is the scary part.

    1. Most government agencies and all hospitals have a fire evacuation plan that places people concentrated out of doors at a rally point so supervisors can count heads. This implies knowledge of local government response plans

    2. The shooters had a strict time line they were working too, since 3-to-5 minutes strains any LEO especially responding to a mob scene that a fire alarm plus shooting would cause.

    3. The shooters had a good escape plan and switched vehicles immediately after clearing the shooting location. They left in a Black Yukon SUV, which they abandoned shortly afterwards in another parking lot and then got away Scott free. It will take the police time to go through local anti-crime video to ascertain what they left in.

    4. The clean escape means wide spread security reactions terrifying the public for days.

    NB: Southern California is now a scene for a terrorist war zone, like Boston was after the Marathon bombing,

    This spells ISIS, (not ISIL).

    I think we are not going to hear these people getting caught for days, unless they strike elsewhere first.

  • Authorities responding to reports of mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif: NBC Los Angeles

    12/02/2015 2:48:38 PM PST · 340 of 411
    Dark Wing to Thud; Smokin' Joe

    Paraphrased B.O.L.O. from the San Bernardino Sheriff —

    “3 active shooters including 30 year old Farooq Saeed are at large after killing at least 12 possibly more and leaving a suspicious package behind possibly a bomb.
    Do not approach them they have body armor and are heavily armed and were last seen leaving the scene at Waterman Avenue & Orange Show Road in a black S.U.V.”

    Reports since then say that the Black SUV was found and later a mini-van with weapons turned up at a local golf course.

    The shooters are gone into the SoCal ‘urban underbrush.’

    We are now looking at a multi-day post Boston Marathon like terrorist manhunt.

    Google map show 6 islamic centers and mosque in a 10 mile radius (could be more). one islamic center just 2 miles away, another less then 3 miles away

    That is a big enough local population of Muslims to support a small cell of ISIS wanna be’s whose surveillance was botched by lax Democratic Party driven ruled of surveillance/engagement on the FBI and local California LEO.

  • Authorities responding to reports of mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif: NBC Los Angeles

    12/02/2015 2:45:04 PM PST · 337 of 411
    Dark Wing to ColdOne

    It was from CNN LEO expert talking heads.

  • Authorities responding to reports of mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif: NBC Los Angeles

    12/02/2015 2:28:42 PM PST · 330 of 411
    Dark Wing to Thud; Smokin' Joe

    The assault seems to have started with a fire alarm being pulled.

    The level of planning these three shooters exhibited after that is the scary part.

    1. Most government agencies and all hospitals have a fire evacuation plan that places people concentrated out of doors at a rally point so supervisors can count heads. This implies knowledge of local government response plans

    2. The shooters had a strict time line they were working too, since 3-to-5 minutes strains any LEO especially responding to a mob scene that a fire alarm plus shooting would cause.

    3. The shooters had a good escape plan and switched vehicles immediately after clearing the shooting location. They left in a Black Yukon SUV, which they abandoned shortly afterwards in another parking lot and then got away Scott free. It will take the police time to go through local anti-crime video to ascertain what they left in.

    4. The clean escape means wide spread security reactions terrifying the public for days.

    NB: Southern California is now a scene for a terrorist war zone, like Boston was after the Marathon bombing,

    This spells ISIS, (not ISIL).

    I think we are not going to hear these people getting caught for days, unless they strike elsewhere first.

  • Explosion, shootout reported in Paris (Just Breaking)

    11/13/2015 3:00:22 PM PST · 793 of 1,945
    Dark Wing to dfwgator

    David Brooks’ column in the New York Times fits some of the people posting about Beslan in this thread:

    “Dissertations will be written about the euphemisms the media used to describe these murderers. They were called “separatists” and “hostage-takers.” Three years after Sept. 11, many are still apparently unable to talk about this evil. They still try to rationalize terror. What drives the terrorists to do this? What are they trying to achieve?

    They’re still victims of the delusion that Paul Berman diagnosed after Sept. 11: “It was the belief that, in the modern world, even the enemies of reason cannot be the enemies of reason. Even the unreasonable must be, in some fashion, reasonable.”

    This death cult has no reason and is beyond negotiation. This is what makes it so frightening. This is what causes so many to engage in a sort of mental diversion. They don’t want to confront this horror. So they rush off in search of more comprehensible things to hate.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/07/opinion/07brooks.html

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    11/05/2015 7:35:11 AM PST · 5,019 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to exDemMom; Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    exDemMom,

    One of the first rules of science of is to admit what we don’t know

    We have never had this many Ebola infected and Ebola survivors before to characterize one in one hundred, one in 1,000 and one in 10,000 infection and survivor case histories.

    According to mid-Sept 2015 WHO data, the totals in the outbreak region are at 28,295 confirmed, probable, or suspected cases and 11,295 deaths.

    Healthcare worker infections as of that date were at 881 infections, 513 of them fatal.

    That is in the neighborhood of ~30,000 infections (given the reality of sub-clinical infection) and 15,000 plus survivors.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    11/03/2015 9:56:36 AM PST · 5,009 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    This is scary.

    A new born has Ebola, both parents test healthy.

    No one knows why.


    Guinea: Newborn tests positive for Ebola despite healthy parents

    http://en.starafrica.com/news/guinea-newborn-tests-positive-for-ebola-despite-healthy-parents.html

    November 1, 2015

    A baby born to “healthy parents” has tested positive for the Ebola virus in the town of Forecariah in Guinea near the border with Sierra Leone, Fodé Tass Sylla, the communication officer of the national response coordination against the epidemic confirmed on Sunday. In a local radio interview, Mr. Sylla described the newborn’s infection as an unusual case in the spread of the devastating disease.

    The communication officer announced that Guinean Prime Minister, Mohamed Said Fofana and his government have been informed about the new case involving a baby, whose parents were not diagnosed with Ebola following tests in specialized laboratories.

    To date, only four confirmed cases are reported in Guinea with another three suspected ones, he said.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    10/26/2015 11:38:42 AM PDT · 5,008 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to PA Engineer; Thud

    Wonderful...NOT!

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    10/20/2015 1:04:13 PM PDT · 5,003 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    Ebola is now a proven STD.

    And it can survive in it’s surviving hosts at least 10 months.

    That makes it “endemic to West Africa” in my book.

    It also means it is only a matter of time before Ebola returns to the USA via a sexual transmission case from an Ebola survivor who immigrates to the USA.


    UN: 2 new Ebola cases in Guinea show virus still spreading
    http://kdwn.com/2015/10/18/un-2-new-ebola-cases-in-guinea-show-virus-still-spreading/
    Oct 18

    The World Health Organization says there were two new cases of Ebola in Guinea this week, ending two consecutive weeks in West Africa when no cases of the devastating disease were reported.

    The two new patients were not previously identified contacts being tracked by health authorities, suggesting that officials are still unable to monitor everyone exposed to Ebola. WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris said Friday the U.N. health agency had expected to see more cases despite the recent lull in the epidemic. She added the cases were in areas where scientists knew Ebola was spreading.

    In an update this week, WHO said there was a “near-term risk of further cases among both registered and untraced contacts.”

    To date, Ebola has killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    10/15/2015 9:58:40 AM PDT · 5,001 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    Smokin’ Joe,

    The problem here is that what is happening with Ebola is not new for viral diseases.

    Given the number of survivors in East Africa and the reality of “Persistent Viral Infections”, Ebola is now endemic to East Africa, period. Dot.

    See:

    Chapter 46 Persistent Viral Infections
    Istvan Boldogh, Thomas Albrecht, and David D. Porter.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK8538/

    “General Concepts

    Definition

    Persistent infections are characterized as those in which the virus is not cleared but remains in specific cells of infected individuals. Persistent infections may involve stages of both silent and productive infection without rapidly killing or even producing excessive damage of the host cells. There are three types of overlapping persistent virus-host interaction that may be defined as latent, chronic and slow infection.

    Pathogenesis

    The mechanisms by which persistent infections are maintained involve both modulation of virus and cellular gene expression and modification of the host immune response. Reactivation of a latent infection may be triggered by various stimuli, including changes in cell physiology, superinfection by another virus, and physical stress or trauma. Host immunosuppression is often associated with reactivation of a number of persistent virus infections.

    Persistent Infections by Organ System

    Some viruses can establish persistent infection at the same time in different cell types of one or more tissues or organs. For example, the primary site for latency of cytomegalovirus is thought to be peripheral blood monocytes, but the virus may induce disease and can be detected in cells of several organs (e.g., kidney, lung, and those of the digestive or central nervous system). Table-1 categorizes selected human viruses by organ systems in which the virus is believed to be primarily persistent.

    In Vitro Models of Persistence

    Three kinds of persistent infection can be maintained in cell cultures: chronic focal, chronic diffuse, and latent. These infections may model key aspects of persistent infections in vivo.

    Control

    No measures to eradicate persistent viruses have been developed. Vaccination, interferon and antiviral drugs can reduce the frequency of clinical recurrence and ameliorate clinical symptom, yet the virus continues to remain associated with the host.

    Go to:

    Introduction

    Medical science has begun to control a number of acute virus infections, many by drug treatment and/or immunization, but persistent virus infections are largely uncontrolled. Diseases caused by persistent virus infections include acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), AIDS-related complexes, chronic hepatitis, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (chronic measles encephalitis), chronic papovavirus encephalitis (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy), spongioform encephalopathies (caused by prions), several herpesvirus-induced diseases, and some neoplasias. The pathogenic mechanisms by which these viruses cause disease include disorders of biochemical, cellular, immune, and physiologic processes. Ongoing studies are rapidly advancing our understanding of many persistent infections. Viruses have evolved a wide variety of strategies by which they maintain long-term infection of populations (see Ch. 48), individuals, and tissue cultures. This chapter primarily describes persistent infections in vivo and focuses on viruses that persist in humans.”

    >snip<

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    10/15/2015 7:37:37 AM PDT · 4,998 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    Ebola is turning out to be one seriously strange disease.

    Relapses and new sexually transmitted Ebola hemorrhagic fever infections are now occurring involving survivors of the initial Ebola infections

    And in the case of one Scottish nurse, Ebola was affecting _her spine_ and central nervous system —

    “This isn’t a recurrence of Ebola hemorrhagic fever; this is clearly a meningitis-like syndrome, a neurological syndrome, which is a result of the lingering of Ebola virus,” said Stuart T. Nichol, chief of the viral special pathogens branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He stressed that the complication appeared to be extremely rare.

    Link below —

    Scottish Nurse Who Had Ebola Is Back in Hospital and Critically Ill

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/world/europe/scottish-nurse-who-had-ebola-is-back-in-hospital-and-critically-ill.html
    SHERI FINK OCT. 14, 2015

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/21/2015 2:23:35 PM PDT · 4,992 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    The key point below is that the person who was tagged as the Ebola spreader was 90-days past leaving the Ebola Health Unit when he transmitted the virus to a 16-year old girl.

    See quote -

    “We are baffled by that possibility because the survivor in question was discharged in March, way beyond the 90-day period within which sexual transmission is said to be possible,” Conteh said.

    And link/text below -


    Hundreds Quarantined as Ebola Returns to Sierra Leone District

    http://www.voanews.com/content/hundreds-quarantined-as-ebola-returns-to-north-sierra-leone-district/2963196.html
    September 14, 2015

    Health authorities quarantined hundreds of people in northern Sierra Leone on Monday after a 16-year-old girl died of Ebola in an apparent case of sexual transmission, the first confirmed death from the virus in the district for nearly six months.

    Sierra Leone celebrated last month when it discharged the last remaining Ebola patient from its treatment centers. But since then a new spate of cases has erupted, leaving two dead and five people in treatment.

    The worst outbreak of Ebola on record has killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and neighboring Liberia since it began in December 2013.

    Liberia was declared Ebola-free this month but growing evidence that the virus may survive longer than previously thought in sperm has raised fears of fresh outbreaks.

    The teenage girl, Kadiatu Thullah, died on Sunday at the International Medical Corps Ebola treatment unit, authorities said.

    Emmanuel Conteh, head of the Ebola Response Centre for the district of Bombali in northern Sierra Leone, said that some 690 people in the village of Robuya where Kadiatu lived would be isolated for three weeks.

    “Seven of her primary contacts have been taken to the Ebola treatment unit,” he told Reuters. Three patients who came into contact with the girl at another health facility have also been taken to the treatment unit.

    Conteh said health workers were investigating how the teenager got infected, since she had not traveled outside the village in years. Initial suspicions are that she had sex with an Ebola survivor.

    “We are baffled by that possibility because the survivor in question was discharged in March, way beyond the 90-day period within which sexual transmission is said to be possible,” Conteh said.

    The head of Sierra Leone’s Ebola response, Pallo Conteh, has warned of a possible new surge of the virus after a woman died in the nearby Kambia district, on the border with Guinea. Nearly 1,000 people are into their second week of quarantine there, but a “high risk” contact remains on the loose, Conteh said.

  • Sex and masturbation may hamper Ebola eradication efforts

    09/09/2015 2:14:06 PM PDT · 17 of 19
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud

    What a headline!

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/08/2015 10:19:17 AM PDT · 4,988 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    Ebola — Not done with Sierra Leone yet

    See:


    Another Ebola case in quarantined Sierra Leone village

    http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Another-Ebola-case-in-quarantined-Sierra-Leone-village-20150907
    2015-09-07

    Another woman has tested positive for Ebola in a village in northern Sierra Leone already under quarantine after the death of a 67-year-old woman a week ago, President Ernest Bai Koroma said on Sunday.

    Koroma said the new case, confirmed on Saturday, had been in contact with the woman who died on August 28 in the village of Sellu Kafta in Kambia district.

    “The incident is a reminder that Ebola is still here so we must continue to adhere to the precautionary measures made by the health authorities,” he urged.

    “As a government we have (recently) extended the state of public health emergency to deal with such occurrences.

    “The fact that we still have new cases (emerging) means that we need the regulation and we will continue to use it” to halt the transmission chain, the president stressed.

    Three-week quarantine

    The latest death had brought to an abrupt end the optimism fuelled by the release of what had been Sierra Leone’s last known Ebola patient from hospital in the central city of Makeni in late August.

    District health officials in Kambia told AFP the new Ebola patient was the “niece” of the woman who died in Sellu Kafta.

    The village of almost 1 000 people was put under a three-week quarantine lockdown after officials announced on Tuesday that the woman, a food trader, had died after being sick for up to 10 days without the authorities’ knowledge.

    Reports from Kambia said “residents are in sombre mood and trying to relieve themselves from the shock of the first Ebola death about a week ago,” said 46 year-old cashew-nut farmer Morlai Koroma.

    Health officials also said the experimental “Guinea ring vaccine” that has been administered by a World Health Organisation team in the village since Friday was “progressing very well”.

    The west African outbreak of Ebola has killed some 11 300 people since first emerging in December 2013 in Guinea, with Liberia the hardest hit.
    _________________

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/18/2015 10:49:22 AM PDT · 4,986 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    In the Ebola good news department, there is now an effective Ebola vaccine.

    The single dose VSV-EBOV vaccine is not being given to “at risk” populations in Africa — I take that to mean medical personnel and family members of the infection.


    http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/31/health/guinea-ebola-vaccine/index.html

    “A newly developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is “highly effective” and could help prevent its spread in the current and future outbreaks, the World Health Organization said Friday.

    Trials of the single-dose VSV-EBOV vaccine began in March in Guinea — one of three West African nations at the center of the recent outbreak — and have shown such promise that this week it was decided to extend immediate vaccination to “all people at risk” after close contact with an infected person, a WHO statement said.

    “This is an extremely promising development,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, the body’s director-general.”

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/18/2015 10:44:32 AM PDT · 4,985 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    Ebla has long term crippling effects for about 25% of survivors and some of these survivors have reservoirs of Ebola in their eyes and semen.


    Thousands of Ebola survivors face severe pain, possible blindness
    http://news.yahoo.com/thousands-ebola-survivors-face-severe-pain-possible-blindness-085148730.html
    Kate Kelland August 8, 2015

    Thousands of West Africans who were infected with the Ebola virus but survived it are suffering chronic conditions such as serious joint pain and eye inflammation that can lead to blindness, global health experts said on Friday.

    Ebola survivors who fought off the most severe bouts of infection are the most likely to suffer ongoing medical problems, World Health Organization experts said, and their health is becoming “an emergency within an emergency”.

    “The world has never seen such a large number of survivors from an Ebola outbreak,” said Anders Nordstrom, a WHO representative in Sierra Leone who took part in a five-day conference this week about Ebola survivors.

    “We have 13,000 survivors in the three countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone). This is new - both from a medical and from a societal point of view,” he told reporters on a telebriefing.

    Daniel Bausch of the WHO’s clinical care team on Ebola survivors said about half of all those who fought off the virus now report joint pain, with some suffering such severe effects that they can’t work.

    Eye problems including inflammation, impaired vision and - in severe but rare cases - blindness, have been reported by about 25 percent of survivors, Bausch said.

    Less measurable but equally serious long-term problems, such as increasing rates of depression, post traumatic stress disorder and social exclusion, are also affecting survivors.

    Since West Africa’s devastating Ebola epidemic was by far the largest ever seen - infecting more than 27,000 people and killing almost 11,300 of them - scientists are not able to say whether survivors’ chronic health problems are unusual.

    The Ebola virus is thought to be able to survive no more than 21 days in most body fluids, such as blood and vomit, which are the primary means of transmission.

    But it is also known to be able to lurk in semen and in the soft tissues of the eye for up to several months after recovery.

    Scientists believe the vision impairments reported by survivors of the current outbreak are probably linked to the virus persisting in the eyes.

    Bausch said sight problems, joint pain and headaches have been reported in a few survivors of previous outbreaks since the disease was first detected in 1976. But past epidemics were much smaller, meaning survivor numbers were too small to study or draw any meaningful scientific conclusions.

    Specialists say, however, that it is not surprising that a virus as dangerous as Ebola could have long-term impacts, and the unprecedented outbreak in West Africa offers a unique opportunity to learn more about how to help survivors.

  • Donald Trump's Full Press Conference In Laredo at Border

    07/23/2015 12:56:22 PM PDT · 4 of 63
    Dark Wing to Pajamajan; Thud

    >>Why did the Border Patrol back out at the last second?

    AFL-CIO national office jumped on the Border Patrol local to cancel the invite.

    See:

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/07/22/donald-trump-is-headed-to-texasmexico-border-governor-rick-perry-is-panicked-and-apoplectic/#more-104010

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    07/20/2015 9:35:48 AM PDT · 4,980 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    The last post from PFIF today, Freetown, Sierra Leone continues to have fresh, uncontained by public health measures, Ebola infections.

    And there is still no successful vaccine in site.


    Ebola cases rise in Sierra Leone capital

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-33528996

    Health officials in Sierra Leone have warned that new cases of Ebola are continuing to emerge, more than year after the major outbreak was first declared.

    Despite a decline in cases in recent months, there has been a sudden rise in new infections in the capital Freetown.

    Almost 4,000 people have died from Ebola in Sierra Leone since the epidemic broke out in December 2013, making it one of the worst hit countries worst along with Guinea and Liberia.

    Experts warn that fear, fatigue and denial are allowing the virus to spread.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    07/20/2015 9:32:22 AM PDT · 4,979 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    This is a comment from the Site Admin over at PFIF. It raises very serious questions as to what is going on in Africa.


    Comment

    Key question: Is the virus constantly replicating in survivors? If so, the virus should change significantly over a year. If the virus is “frozen in time”, then that suggests that this strain of Ebola can go into a latent state and reactivate such that men can infect others through sex although they themselves do not appear ill OR that the virus was literally frozen and then released. The second possibility is just as obvious as the first and should be considered until there is sufficient data to decide between the two explanations.

    The significance of this story is understated and, apparently, unappreciated.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    07/20/2015 9:30:18 AM PDT · 4,978 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    This is from the PFIF —


    Liberia: Ebola Virus Survivors Instinct - Sex Eclipses Dog Theory

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201507151807.html
    Bettie Johnson

    A family of 16 residing on the A. B. Tolbert Road in Paynesville is the next home to be quarantined by the Ministry of Health for link to a confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus, the resurgence of the virus after the country was declared Ebola free on May 9 by the World Health organization. Residing in an unfinished House the family is under quarantine after a family member and friend to a 17 year boy who corpse tested positive ran from Margibi and came to his family in Monrovia.

    The suspected case, name withheld by health officials who is currently at the Ebola treatment unit came to his mother in Monrovia and was treated by his mother, a Registered Nurse for malaria. The boy who was later confirmed positive was treated by both his mother and older brother but his mother was more exposed to the virus that led to her death. Following the death of the woman, the family has been placed under quarantine by Health authorities but those under quarantined with no appropriate monitoring in place. Those quarantined are seen roaming from one place to another.

    Family faces rejection

    The children of the quarantined family are facing rejection as they are denied from playing with other children in the community. Waigolo Mulbah, is a sibling to the late Ebola victim. He says the Ambulance took his sister after his cousin was taken to the ETU. He narrated that though his sister did not experience any signs or symptoms suspected to be Ebola but due to fears, she could not eat upon the visitation of Ebola workers at their home.

    “She never showed any signs or symptoms of Ebola. We were here out of fear our sister did not eat for 5 days, she was so scare and so the ETU workers came for her days after they told us she had die,” said Mulbah. Mulbah and 15 others had gone over 11 days, hoping to reach the required 21 days period to be allowed free movement but they had to restart the quarantine process following the death of his sister.

    “She went to the ETU, and after she died they started our quarantine again, for what we know now is the boy is still alive”, Mulbah told FPA. He said though the Ministry of Health says they are quarantined, there is nothing to show that they are prevented from moving around in the community.”We are here and stigmatized by the community, but the Health Ministry says we are quarantined, but nothing to show we are being quarantined. The community members are pointing fingers at us the whole day” - Waigolo Mulbah, lamented.

    On the issue of movement, he told FPA that he is a student of University of Liberia and other Children under quarantine were going to school initially but community members widely stigmatized them prompting the Ministry of Health to mandate the community dwellers to serve as watchdogs against their movement.

    “Here they treat us like dogs, we are not respected, though they bring us water and food but it is a distance from us, even if we throw things down like the gloves that they used today on us, it mistakenly went in the bush which is far from them; but they demanded that the gloves be removed or else they wouldn’t supply us anything, “he added.

    Mulbah confirmed that he and his sick cousin (sick boy) lengthily interacted upon his return to Monrovia saying, “Up today’s date I have not experienced signs nor symptoms of Ebola, so where is this Ebola now”.Deputy Incident Manager and Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh told a Ministry of Information regular press briefing Tuesday that since July 12 the country has 6 confirmed Ebola cases.

    He said: “What is important is during the fight we have tried to contain the virus in Margibi County but we knew that there were contacts made from the cases in Margibi and a place in Monrovia and so we began an immediate step and that is a voluntary precautionary center put in place.” He boasted that contact tracing is active as all of the contacts are traced and monitored by health authorities.

    The Chief Medical Officer said it was shocking that contacts are not honest adding that they are the basis for the increase in cases. “What is shocking is that we have to realize we need to be open and need to be honest with ourselves, and it’s through honesty we can stop this disease.”

    Dr. Kateh added “If you are a contact tell the health care workers that you are a contact, then you will have people monitoring you but you have to be honest with them, now we have 4 cases at the ETU and they all doing well, now it is six confirmed cases, two deceased”. The Deputy Health Minister disclosed that there are 124 contacts actively in Margibi, 16 in Monrovia, and said the number could fluctuate on grounds that there is ongoing investigation.

    “We have gone a step further because we have asked the county health officers to be on the alert, we are not saying the other counties have contacted it but we need to alert them so that we wouldn’t experience the previous outbreak,” he said. Dr. Kateh continued: “We have been doing this continuously, the rapid response team will be set at all times, we have the expertise and we are asking the public not to conceal information from us because we have the technique and we understand what is it to put under this control.”

    Not slipping our control

    He said the Ministry has everything under control as the public has been warned not to shield sick or dead people in homes or hospitals. Dr. Kateh added that sometimes the acceptance of health workers to receive critically ill people might also cause the increase of the virus in the country. “From the cases, we have enlightened health care workers because their action could cause a situation to increase cases, we keep saying, if you have fever don’t take Paracetamol, the dishonesty could lead to more problems, we cannot babysit everyone, so if that trust is built the disease will be contained,” he appealed

    Not an animal source

    Since the new outbreak the Ministry and Health authorities are yet to tell the public the source of the new infection with fingers pointed at a dead dog which those now tested positive were all said to have eaten but Dr. Kateh disclosed that the virus is not linked to eating of the dog by the dead 17 year old boy and others in Margibi. Dr. Kateh said the Ministry is investigating to know the source of the new infection.

    “We are conducting investigation; we are getting to the source until we can scientifically proof it. We also established that it has not come from Guinea or Sierra Leone because their strains are different from the new outbreak and hence after getting the result we will inform the public”. The Active Case Finders are credited for finding the new case in Margibi, but Dr. Netty Joe of the United Nations Development Programme, head of Active Case Finders in Montserrado disclosed that finders are now discourage to work as they are told that their job is voluntary.

    She said WHO was taking the lead in the program but turned it over to the UNDP to manage but unfortunately, UNDP told her that there is no funding to continue the program something she said will result to the increase of cases as finders are the major source of tracing contacts of Ebola. “We started with a very huge number and so with no funding you have to cut the number down. We did a scale down mostly on the high risk areas namely New Kru Town, Bong Mines Bridge and in Sinkor we reduced that to 50% because no funds,” she added.

    Dr. Joe continued: “Frankly speaking we studied the situation thoroughly, we need someone in the community surveillance, and it was done through studies and the UNDP and WHO said they have decided to redirect the efforts to Guinea and Sierra Leone so the project ended June so we are only paying them for May and June”. She said finders and heads were informed of the problem and she has appealed to them to volunteer something she said is challenging, as the Active Case Finding is a job creation for young people.

    Said Dr. Joe: “The figure we have was 4, 100 but we cut it down to 1,700 persons so we are covering the entire Montserrado; for July no funding yet, and it is so hard to do, we in the field know the importance of them and if you getting money from donors and they say they can’t do anything, we hope to have new donors to help contain the spread of the virus.

    Similar strain, says WHO

    The WHO has indicated that as part of the investigation into the source of this new cluster of infections, samples taken from the first person found to have Ebola were sent to the Liberian National Reference Laboratory for genetic sequencing where tests on these samples have shown that the virus is genetically similar to viruses that infected many people in Margibi County more than six months ago, in late 2014.

    Stated WHO: “This information provides important insights into the probable origin of the virus responsible for this new flare-up in Liberia. Because the virus appears to be related to the one previously circulating in Liberia, it is unlikely that this recurrence has been caused by virus imported from infected areas of Guinea or Sierra Leone. It also makes it unlikely that this has been caused by a new emergence from a natural reservoir, such as a bat or other animal”. According to the WHO, the genetic sequencing on samples from the four other cases in this new outbreak is underway.

    Presently, the WHO says 149 people have been identified as contacts and are being monitored closely. Four of these people have tested positive and are being treated for Ebola virus disease in Ebola treatment centers. As with all cases, the number of contacts has been fluctuating. Some are true contacts, while others are not. When a suspected case is confirmed as negative, all contacts associated with that case are de-listed, which is why the number of contacts has declined this week.

    The WHO has disclosed that detailed clinical, epidemiological and laboratory investigations are on-going to identify the initial source of infection. This includes the genetic sequencing that has suggested this virus is linked to virus circulating in earlier chains of transmission in Liberia. Liberia, the WHO said has undertaken the relevant planning to prepare for and respond to the recurrence of Ebola. But the latest death and scores of quarantine going on simultaneously is expected to put the government’s readiness to the test as the resurging virus continues to spread.

  • Professor: Reason Itself Is A White Male Construct

    07/14/2015 9:37:30 AM PDT · 158 of 165
    Dark Wing to Thud

    This leftist professor is actually correct.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    06/24/2015 1:01:01 PM PDT · 4,969 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer; Tilted Irish Kilt; Alamo-Girl

    Ebola, It’s back.


    Ebola returns to Sierra Leone capital after 3-week gap

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/22/uk-health-ebola-leone-idUKKBN0P225920150622

    June 22, 2015

    Sierra Leone has recorded two new cases of Ebola in Freetown in the past few days, disproving the assumption that the capital city had already defeated the deadly virus, officials said on Monday.

    The worst known Ebola epidemic in history has killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa, about a third of them in Sierra Leone. Liberia became Ebola-free in May, but its neighbours Sierra Leone and Guinea are still struggling to get to zero cases despite hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.

    “This is worrisome because we had already closed all Ebola quarantine structures in Freetown since we had gone for weeks without a case,” said Sidi Yahya Tunis, a spokesman for the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC).

    Tunis said there were concerns about further infection since the two cases were reported in Magazine, a densely populated slum lacking adequate hygiene facilities.

    Health officials said the first case in Freetown since May 29 was a fisherman who caught the hemorrhagic fever from his girlfriend in the northern district of Port Loko.

    Shortly afterwards, a family member who lived in the same household also caught the virus. The other six cases recorded in Sierra Leone over the past week were in the northern provinces of Port Loko and Kambia, health ministry data showed.

    (Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Emma Farge and Tom Heneghan)

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    06/23/2015 6:51:13 AM PDT · 4,966 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Covenantor; Tilted Irish Kilt; Black Agnes; Alamo-Girl

    Here is your Ebola update ping!

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    06/23/2015 6:35:46 AM PDT · 4,965 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer

    Score one for USMRID!

    U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases found Zoloft and Vascor were 70% and 100% effective in removing the Ebola virus from the blood of mice.


    Drugs to fight Ebola may already be in your medicine cabinet
    Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2015 12:00 am
    BY KAREN KAPLAN/LOS ANGELES TIMES

    http://www.fredericksburg.com/features/health_living/drugs-to-fight-ebola-may-already-be-in-your-medicine/article_b62eeb72-bb15-56d6-ad53-bc0437843569.html

    Researchers have found two drugs that saved the lives of mice infected with the deadly Ebola virus, and you may have them in your medicine cabinet already.

    Zoloft, an antidepressant that has been on the market since 1991, cured 70 percent of mice that had the virus in their blood. Vascor, a heart drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1990, cured 100 percent of the infected mice.

    Zoloft and Vascor were just two of about 2,600 drug compounds tested for their ability to disable Ebola viruses and the closely related Marburg virus, according to a report published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Both types of viruses cause hemorrhagic fevers that can be fatal in up to 90 percent of cases.

    The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 11,162 people and sickened 27,181 since claiming its first victim in December 2013, according to the World Health Organization.

    Researchers in government labs and pharmaceutical companies have been scrambling to develop new drugs to fight the virus, and while they have come up with several promising candidates, all of them have months or years of testing ahead of them.

    A team from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the University of Virginia and Horizon Discovery Inc., of Cambridge, Mass., decided to take a different approach. Instead of creating a new drug from scratch, they set out to determine whether an existing drug could be deployed to fight Ebola.

    They began with a “library” of 2,635 compounds that included FDA-approved drugs, amino acids, food additives, vitamins and minerals.

    Each of the candidates was tested on a version of the Ebola virus that had been engineered to glow green when exposed to ultraviolet light. A candidate was considered successful if it dulled the green signal by at least 40 percent and also did little or no harm to a sample of uninfected cells derived from the kidneys of African green monkeys.

    A total of 171 compounds passed this first round of testing. From this list, the researchers picked 30 that seemed most promising and tested them further in the kidney cells and in human liver cancer cells. They found that 25 of the compounds were able to block Ebola’s entry into cells by more than 90 percent.

    For the next round, the researchers picked eight compounds to test in mice. Drug treatment began one hour after the animals were infected with a mouse version of Ebola and continued for up to 10 days.

    Three of the compounds had no discernible effect, and all of the mice who got them were dead within eight days. Three other candidates allowed 10 percent, 30 percent and 40 percent of the mice to live for 28 days.

    But Zoloft (also known by the generic name sertraline) and Vascor (generic name bepridil) had more encouraging results. Of the 10 mice that got Zoloft, seven survived for 28 days. Even better, all 10 of the mice treated with Vascor were alive 28 days after infection. For the sake of comparison, all of the untreated mice that served as controls were dead within nine days.

    The two drugs were then tested in cell cultures against a larger group of Ebola and Marburg viruses. Both medications were able to fight all of the viral strains, including a Zaire Ebolavirus, the type now circulating in West Africa.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    06/23/2015 6:32:26 AM PDT · 4,964 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud; PA Engineer

    In the field disease fighters now fear Ebola will become endemic in West Africa for cultural reasons.


    Why Ebola won’t go away in West Africa
    http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/20/npr-ebola-west-africa

    Health Jason Beaubien Jun 19, 2015

    Despite dramatic drops in the overall numbers of reported cases, Sierra Leone and Guinea are still struggling to stop the deadly disease.

    Case tallies in both countries have dipped towards zero in the past few months, only to bounce back up. Sierra Leone reported 14 new cases this week and Guinea counted 10.

    To try to finally wipe out Ebola once and for all, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma ordered the military last week to enforce new community-wide quarantines around the most recent cases.

    “The curfew restrictions and the soldier activities will last for a 21-day period,” President Koroma declared on TV last week. Anyone caught violating the quarantine will be arrested, he ordered.

    People aren’t allowed to leave the quarantined communities, and the government has imposed a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The new restrictions are aimed at “ending the secret movement of cases, contacts, and dead bodies that has propagated transmission over the past two months,” the World Health Organization said.

    Guinea arguably is in a worse position than Sierra Leone. The outbreak has been going on longer in Guinea. Cases are more geographically widespread, and some rural communities in Guinea have blocked health workers from entering.

    “I think it’s going to be very difficult to actually get to zero cases and stay at zero cases in Sierra Leone and Guinea,” says Dr. Daniel Lucey, a professor of immunology at Georgetown University, who just returned from Guinea last week.

    Lucey has worked as a doctor on Ebola treatment wards in both Sierra Leone and Liberia. He still sees major problems facing the Ebola eradication effort.

    One bad sign is that people continue to die from Ebola at home and are only diagnosed as having the disease after death. “That means they’ve been sick for days, possibly weeks, and so they’re contagious,” he says. “Who did they expose? It’s hard to know once they’re dead.”

    To gain the upper hand against the outbreak, health officials need to be able to track down anyone who may have been exposed to the virus. Currently they’re monitoring more than 2,000 contacts of Ebola patients in the region. Yet, despite this, sick people keep turning up who aren’t on any known contact list. “We don’t have the degree of control that’s essential to stop the epidemic,” Lucey says.

    To get control of this outbreak, health officials need to be able to go visit the contacts who are being monitored for Ebola. They have to get blood samples to laboratories. They have to be able to transport patients to isolation wards and safely bury anyone who’s died of the disease.

    In remote parts of West Africa, with poorly-maintained dirt roads, this is difficult in the best of times. It’ll get even more difficult as seasonal rains kick in to full gear, Lucey says. “If we haven’t been able to succeed in the last six months during the dry season, how are we going to succeed in the next six months in the rainy season?”

    Lucey concedes that there has been incredible progress against Ebola. At the apex of this outbreak last fall, there were more than a thousand cases being reported each week. Now we are down to only about two dozen new cases each week.

    But those last few cases may be the hardest to stamp out, Lucey warns. And if the outbreak doesn’t get completely stopped soon, he says, there’s a danger Ebola could become endemic in the region.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    06/23/2015 6:29:50 AM PDT · 4,963 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe; Thud

    This is an article on Ebola mutation rate in humans.


    Gene mutation in Ebola outbreak provides epidemiological insight

    Insight into the most recent Ebola outbreak could inform future intervention.by Roheeni Saxena - Jun 21, 2015 9:00am PDT

    http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/06/gene-mutation-in-ebola-outbreak-provides-epidemiological-insight/

    Sequencing genetic material from the blood of 179 Ebola patient blood samples has provided insights into the epidemiological and evolutionary course of the current Ebola epidemic. The analysis confirms the path that different viral lineages took through the human populations of West Africa. These findings are important because they can be used in conjunction with epidemiological data to retrospectively test the effectiveness of Ebola control measures.

    The virus itself is really nothing special—until it gets inside a human.
    For this study, viral genomes were sequenced from blood samples of Ebola infected patients. Each sample was linked to the following data: patient location, sample collection date, disease onset, and disease outcome. The median collection date was four days after the onset of symptoms. The viral gene sequence was derived from RNA sequencing of patient samples (Ebola is an RNA virus).

    Phylogenetic analysis, investigating the evolution of viral gene sequences, showed the dynamic nature of the Ebola epidemic and the corresponding molecular changes in viral genome. The analysis included 179 previously unsequenced Ebola genomes from various locations in West Africa, and an additional group of previously sequenced genomes, 78 from Sierra Leone, 3 from Guinea, and 2 from Mali. During this analysis, several distinct genetic lineages of the virus were identified.

    The first lineage was linked to early Guinean cases and a single Liberian sequence. This cluster of viral genomes is likely directly associated with the original outbreak in Guinea that was almost successfully contained in May 2014 via interventions from various health agencies. In Sierra Leone, there were two groupings of viral genome, which began to show overlap with viral genomes from both Guinea and Liberia, suggesting continued spread across borders during this time.

    After the emergence of the primary lineage in Guinea, a second independent genetic lineage of Ebola spread into Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where it become associated with the large epidemic that persisted into 2015. Though the scientists examined the possibility of one genetic strain being more virulent or deadline than another, the data didn’t show an increase or decrease in mortality associated with any particular virus cluster.

    A probability analysis of gene evolution over time showed that the actual rate of genetic mutation in this outbreak was lower than the mutation rate that was initially reported, which means that the virus mutated at a slower rate than was initially projected.

    In contrast, the observed mutation rate was higher than the non-outbreak rate of mutation for Ebola, meaning that the Ebola genome mutation rate during the outbreak was higher than it is when the virus is circulating in non-human hosts. This is to be expected because during an outbreak, the virus multiplies more rapidly as it spreads to new hosts, leading to a higher rate of mutation.

    In considering the difference between in-outbreak mutation rates and non-outbreak mutation rates, it’s important to remember that the non-outbreak mutation rate for Ebola is entirely dependent on its existence in non-human virus reservoirs. During non-outbreak times, there is typically no infection in humans; instead Ebola replicates in primates and bats. The difference in host organism for during-outbreak and non-outbreak periods may mean that the in-outbreak and non-outbreak rates of mutation are not comparable.

    The time-dependent genetic analysis of Ebola during this most recent series of infections provides an unprecedented peek into the evolution of an ongoing viral hemorrhagic fever outbreak. When paired with time-stamped data about the interventions that were being used in various affected areas, we could gain additional insight into the relationship between effective intervention and continued viral spread.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    06/17/2015 5:33:14 AM PDT · 4,962 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe

    PJ Media has an article on the latest outbreak as well —


    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/06/16/ebola-could-be-back/

    Ebola Could Be Back

    Africa is poised for another disease outbreak and may not do any better than last time.

    by James Jay Carafano

    June 16, 2015 - 4:28 am

    Just about a year ago, an outbreak of the deadly disease started jumping borders. Just about everybody freaked out.

    Only a handful of cases made it to American shores. And, mostly what people worried about sounded more like the stuff out of a Hollywood movie. Still, there were legitimate concerns.

    What was scarier was a White House response that was slow and wrong-headed. Not much of a confidence builder for folks worried about mass death.

    When the outbreak subsided, the president and just about everyone else stopped stressing out.

    Well, keep worrying. New cases of Ebola have been reported.

    “While the virus is spreading more slowly than at the peak last year and Liberia has defeated the outbreak,” according to one news source, “cases have risen sharply in the past two weeks in Guinea and Sierra Leone.” There are also concerns that the region may not be much better prepared to stem an outbreak than it was last year.

    The last time the disease threated to come here from there, the president appointed an Ebola czar when the bad press got really bad. The czar did little and left when the bad press died down.

    Meanwhile, there is much needed to improve the U.S. response to a mass disease threat. It is debatable that the Oval Office cares much.

    As a result, freaking out about Ebola may become summer fare once again.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    06/17/2015 5:31:54 AM PDT · 4,961 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe

    One more from MSF —


    Health authorities repeating mistakes in Ebola fight: MSF
    http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/international/343723/health-authorities-repeating-mistakes-in-ebola-fight-msf
    June 14, 2015

    Health authorities are repeating the mistakes of the past in combatting Ebola, more than a year after its onset in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the international president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned Saturday.

    Joanne Liu’s remarks come a day after Sierra Leone imposed a three-week daytime curfew in the last Ebola-hit areas in a bid to curb a resurgence of the deadly virus, which has killed about 3,900 people in the country.

    Neighbouring Liberia was declared Ebola-free in May, but hopes that Sierra Leone and Guinea would quickly follow suit have been dashed in recent weeks.

    “We are still making the same mistakes as we did in the past,” said Liu.

    “We know now that engaging the community in the response is essential,” she added. “But we also know that leadership at the government level... is absolutely essential.”

    Liu said that when “certain political interests are prioritised over the response to the epidemic, this does not work,” an apparent reference to Guinea, where the issue of combatting Ebola has been a subject of debate between President Alpha Conde and the opposition.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday the retreat of the virus “has stalled”, after a second consecutive weekly increase in incidences of Ebola in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

    One of the deadliest viruses known to man, Ebola is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person showing symptoms, such as fever or vomiting.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    06/17/2015 5:31:12 AM PDT · 4,960 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe

    This is from the PFIF —


    Sierra Leone imposes Ebola curfew for northern districts
    http://www.sierraleonetimes.com/index.php/sid/23376154
    13th June, 2015

    Sierra Leone is introducing new curfews for two northern districts after a spike in new Ebola cases to the highest level in months, President Ernest Bai Koroma said on Friday. The 18-month-long Ebola epidemic has killed more than 11,100 people in West Africa, although weekly numbers of new cases have fallen sharply from last year’s peaks. One of the three worst-affected countries, Liberia, was declared Ebola-free in May. Sierra Leone and Guinea, however, are still regularly reporting several new cases daily, prompting both to extend emergency measures. “I have instructed the security to...

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    06/17/2015 5:30:28 AM PDT · 4,959 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe

    Its back!


    Dozens of new Ebola cases reported in West Africa
    By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
    Updated 7:46 PM ET, Thu June 11, 2015

    It seemed like the number of people contracting Ebola in West Africa was on the decline. But now, officials say that trend has stalled, with dozens of new cases of the deadly virus reported so far this month.

    Last week, there were 31 new cases of Ebola reported in a growing geographic area in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said. At the beginning of this week, 14 additional cases were reported.

    The latest figures mark the second straight week that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa has increased, officials said.

    Investigators are working to trace how the latest cases of the disease were contracted, the WHO said.

    “The outbreak is not over and the response efforts must be sustained until we get to zero cases throughout the region and are able to stay at zero for several months,” the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response said Thursday.

    Last month, officials from the WHO declared Liberia free of the disease. But even as they trumpeted the news, officials warned that outbreaks in Guinea and Sierra Leone ran the risk of bringing the virus back to Liberia, where more than 4,000 people died after contracting Ebola.

  • Patient with Ebola-like symptoms taken to Johns Hopkins hospital

    06/01/2015 12:25:53 PM PDT · 25 of 25
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe

    I am beginning to really hate this CDC PR phrase —

    “The testing is being done out of an abundance of caution”

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    05/14/2015 3:12:56 PM PDT · 4,955 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe

    >>If Ebola can linger in serological backwaters,
    >>what other diseases can do the same?

    We don’t know, but we are going to find out.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    05/12/2015 12:02:15 PM PDT · 4,953 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to Smokin' Joe

    This is scary-strange.

    Ebola can survive in your eyes long after the rest of your body is clear of the disease.


    Doctor Who Survived Ebola Nearly Lost His Vision

    http://m.livescience.com/50773-ebola-eye-problems-ian-crozier.html

    An American doctor who recovered from Ebola developed serious eye problems months later because the virus had lingered in his eye, according to a new report of his case.

    Dr. Ian Crozier, now 44 years old, contracted Ebola in September 2014 while treating patients in Sierra Leone. Crozier’s eye problems were so serious that he nearly lost his vision, but his sight has since recovered, according to the new report, which Crozier co-authored.

    “This case highlights an important complication of [Ebola virus disease], with major implications for both individual and public health that are immediately relevant to the ongoing West African outbreak,” the researchers wrote in the report, published online today (May 7) in The New England Journal of Medicine.

    Shortly after Crozier became ill in Africa, he was evacuated to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where he received intensive treatment, including being placed on a ventilator for 12 days and undergoing dialysis for kidney failure for nearly a month.

    After more than 40 days of treatment, his condition improved. He was declared Ebola-free and was released from the hospital.

    But he soon began to experience eye problems, including a burning sensation and the feeling that there was something in his eye, according to the report. He also needed a new prescription for his reading glasses. Following an eye exam, Crozier was diagnosed with uveitis, an inflammation of the uvea, or the middle tissue layer of the eye.

    One month later, about nine weeks after he had been declared Ebola-free, Crozier had new eye symptoms, including redness, blurred vision with halos and pain, and increased pressure in his left eye. He was started on treatment with eye drops to reduce the eye inflammation, and drugs to lower the pressure in his eye. [What Are the Long-Term Effects of Ebola?]

    But his symptoms continued to worsen over the next few days, so his doctors performed a procedure to remove fluid from his eye, and tested it for the Ebola virus.

    They found that a sample from the aqueous humor — the fluid between the eye’s outer covering and the lens — tested positive for Ebola. However, samples of Crozier’s blood, tears and conjunctiva tissue (which lines the eyelid and white part of the eye), tested negative for Ebola.

    Over the next five days, Crozier’s eye inflammation continued, and he experienced some vision loss. Three days later, the inflammation improved, but he still had severe vision impairment in his left eye.

    Three months after his first diagnosis with eye inflammation, his condition had improved and he had recovered his vision, the researchers said.

    There have been previous reports of eye problems in Ebola survivors. After the 1995 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 15 percent of survivors in a follow-up study had developed eye problems, such as eye pain and vision loss. And a recent survey of 85 Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone found that 40 percent reported eye problems.

    Crozier’s eye problems were likely a direct effect of the Ebola virus, which persisted in the eye fluid despite being cleared from most of the body, the researchers said. (Another place where Ebola can persist after recovery is in the semen.)

    It’s reassuring that the Ebola virus was not found in parts of the eye that could come into contact with others, such as tears and the conjunctiva, the researchers said. This finding “supports previous studies suggesting that patients who recover from [Ebola virus disease] pose no risk of spreading the infection through casual contact,” the researchers said.

    Future studies are needed to assess how the Ebola virus is able to persist in certain sites in the body, the researchers noted.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    05/06/2015 8:42:18 AM PDT · 4,951 of 5,023
    Dark Wing to PA Engineer; Smokin' Joe; Thud

    This is from another Freep thread.


    CDC: Woman may have gotten Ebola after sex with survivor
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 1, 2015 | Robert King
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3285577/posts

    and from the replies to the thread —

    Here is the reference:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9988181

    In the table, the 82 day seminal fluid sample contained virus that was cultured in cells, meaning it was active. Several other samples only contained RNA, but did not infect cells.

  • "What's a gyrocopter?" (DHS chief)

    04/22/2015 10:22:58 AM PDT · 46 of 47
    Dark Wing to Covenantor

    That was the Nazi Autogyro-kite.

    This from one of the links I posted above —

    “Autogyros in 1940. No.529 RAF Squadron at RAF Halton were also equipped Avro Rota Mk1s to be used to assist the new Secret Radar Sites to calibrate their equipment. The were instructed to fly out to a known distance and height. The Radar operators could then use their position to tune their equipment to make it more accurate at spotting enemy bombers and fighter approaching the South Coast of England during the Battle of Britain.”

  • "What's a gyrocopter?" (DHS chief)

    04/22/2015 10:21:08 AM PDT · 45 of 47
    Dark Wing to SandRat

    I appears that bit of information is in a lot of Gyrocopter/autogyro histories, but not _RADAR_ histories.

    See:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autogyro

    http://www.global-gyro.com/Gyrocopter/History

    http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/02/autogyro.html

  • "What's a gyrocopter?" (DHS chief)

    04/20/2015 7:48:15 PM PDT · 43 of 47
    Dark Wing to SandRat

    I have a 1980-ish IEEE book on radar up through 1945, and Louis Brown’s “Technical and Military Imperatives — A Radar History f WW2” but confess that I missed that one.