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  • Federal Register | Control of Communicable Diseases (CDC Quarantine rule changes)

    09/02/2016 8:15:31 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 21 replies
    Federal Register ^ | 08/15/2016 | CDC
    Federal Register | Control of Communicable Diseases (CDC Quarantine rule changes) https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/15/2016-18103/control-of-communicable-diseases#h-10 The Federal Register The Daily Journal of the United States Government Proposed Rule Control of Communicable Diseases A Proposed Rule by the Health and Human Services Department on 08/15/2016 This document has a comment period that ends in 42 days (10/14/2016) Submit a formal comment Publication Date:     Monday, August 15, 2016 Agency:     Department of Health and Human Services Dates:     Written or electronic comments on the NPRM must be received by October 14, 2016. Action:     Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Shorter URL:     https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-18103 Related...
  • Ebola’s Dangerous Cousins: Beware the Neglected Filoviruses

    08/16/2016 7:10:42 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 2 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 15 Aug, 2016 | Alex Berezow
    Military conventional wisdom, in addition to ACSH President (and former Army officer) Hank Campbell, likes to remind us, “Governments are always fighting the last war.” They have a good point. Fifteen years after 9/11, we still ban non-ticketed passengers from entering airport terminals. Ten years after a failed attack in 2006, we cannot bring more than 3.4 oz of liquids onto an airplane, a policy that has resulted in TSA confiscating gigantic piles of 4-oz cups of applesauce. We continue to remove our shoes 15 years after the Shoe Bomber, but thankfully the Underwear Bomber didn’t provoke a similar “remove...
  • WHO Declares the End of the Most Recent Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Liberia

    07/07/2016 7:18:39 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 18 replies
    World Health Organization ^ | 9 June 2016 | WHO staff
    This date marks the fourth time since the start of the epidemic 2 years ago that Liberia has reported zero cases for at least 42 days. Sierra Leone declared the end of Ebola human-to-human transmission on 17 March 2016 and Guinea on 1 June 2016 following the last flare ups.
  • Experts only beginning to grasp the damage from Zika virus

    06/20/2016 1:51:47 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 3:49 PM EDT | MICHAEL ASTOR
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Even though the explosive spread of the Zika virus has been met with a new level of international response, thanks to lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, experts warn they are only beginning to grasp the damage the mosquito-borne virus can do. Doctors speaking at a U.N. meeting on Global Health Crises said Monday that the Zika virus has already affected 60 countries on four continents, and a major outbreak on the Atlantic Ocean island nation of Cape Verde suggests the disease is now poised to enter continental Africa. Zika has already become epidemic in Latin...
  • WHO says new case of Ebola confirmed in Liberia

    04/01/2016 6:04:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 1, 2016 8:54 AM EDT
    The World Health Organization says a new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia, days after saying the outbreak no longer qualifies as an international health emergency. […] Flare-ups have occurred before in Liberia, and in Sierra Leone and Guinea, though health authorities say those are not linked to the original chain of transmission. WHO says Guinea has confirmed eight cases and seven deaths since late February. …
  • Health workers rush to contain fresh Ebola outbreak in Guinea

    03/19/2016 12:33:08 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 18, 2016 | Kieran Guilbert
    DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Health workers are rushing to the site of a fresh Ebola outbreak in Guinea to bolster efforts to contain the virus and prepare for the likelihood of more cases, aid agencies said on Friday. Four people in the southern region of Nzerekore were tested on Thursday and two of them were found to have Ebola. They were all from Korokpara, a village where three people from the same family have died in recent weeks ...
  • Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey discharged from hospital (3rd time)

    02/29/2016 6:29:40 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | Feb. 28, 2016 | BBC
    Scots nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been discharged from a London hospital after being treated there for a third time since contracting Ebola. The 40-year-old from South Lanarkshire was flown to the Royal Free Hospital on Tuesday after being admitted to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The Royal Free said she had been discharged and was "not infectious". Ms Cafferkey was treated there twice in 2015 after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone the previous year.
  • British nurse who recovered from Ebola back in hospital (3rd time)

    02/23/2016 3:51:12 PM PST · by bgill · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 23, 2016 | Estelle Shirbon and Kate Holton
    "We can confirm that Pauline Cafferkey is being transferred to the Royal Free Hospital due to a late complication from her previous infection by the Ebola virus," the hospital said in a statement. "She will now be treated by the hospital's infectious diseases team under nationally agreed guidelines." After being transferred from Sierra Leone to Britain, Cafferkey initially recovered from the Ebola hemorrhagic fever and was sent home in January last year. But in October she fell ill again and doctors found the virus was persisting in tissues in her brain. They later said she had developed meningitis caused by...
  • Obama: Zika Is Not Ebola-"A Lot Of People Get It And Don't Even Know That They Have It"

    02/08/2016 7:48:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 8, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    In an interview that aired on “CBS This Morning” on Monday, President Barack Obama weighed in on the threat of the Zika virus posed to the country. Obama downplayed the threat and urged people not to panic.
  • Sierra Leone puts over 100 people in quarantine after new Ebola death

    01/16/2016 6:03:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    asiaone.com ^ | 01/16/2016 | afp
    Sierra Leone's government on Saturday urged the public not to panic as it announced that more than 100 people had been quarantined following a new death from Ebola just as the country seemed to have overcome the epidemic. The World Health Organisation on Friday confirmed that a 22-year-old woman who died after falling ill near the Guinean border last week had tested positive for the tropical fever. The announcement came a day after west Africa was celebrating the end of the outbreak after Liberia became the last of the three worst-hit countries in the region to be declared Ebola-free. Sierra...
  • WHO declares end to Ebola epidemic after 11,300 deaths

    01/14/2016 8:28:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2016 10:23 PM EST | Jamey Keaten and Krista Larson
    The World Health Organization declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over two years. Thursday's success comes after a harrowing toll: Nearly 23,000 children lost at least one parent or caregiver to the disease. Some 17,000 survivors are trying to resume their lives though many battle mysterious, lingering side effects. Studies continue to uncover new information about how long Ebola can last in...
  • Vladimir Putin claims Ebola virus vaccine has been developed by Russia

    01/14/2016 12:42:33 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Wednesday 13 January 2016 19.22 EST | Agence-France Presse
    Vladimir Putin claims Ebola virus vaccine has been developed by Russia Russian president announces vaccine for disease that has killed 11,000 in west Africa, but does not go into detail about how it works or any clinical trials Agence-France Presse Wednesday 13 January 2016 19.22 EST Last modified on Wednesday 13 January 2016 20.34 EST
  • 2015 Was an Awful Year? Look Again

    12/30/2015 10:52:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    OF COURSE 2015 was a miserable year; all years are miserable. It was a year of rampage killings and police brutality, of natural disasters and government corruption. There were ghastly terror attacks and devastating civil wars, floods of refugees and acts of unspeakable cruelty. Airliners were blown out of the sky. Priceless antiquities were destroyed. Politics seethed with incivility. Too many innocents died young, too many officials lied, too many victims suffered.You don't have to look far for proof that this has been an annus horribilis, and that things are getting worse. You never do. The conviction of decline routinely...
  • Guinea declared free of Ebola virus that killed over 2,500

    12/29/2015 6:10:50 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2015 | Reuters
    Guinea was declared free of Ebola on Tuesday after more than 2,500 people died from the virus in the West African nation, leaving Liberia as the only country still awaiting a countdown for the end of the epidemic. People in the capital, Conakry, greeted the declaration by authorities and the U.N. World Health Organization with mixed emotions given the deaths and the damage the virus did to the economy and the country's health and education sectors. "Several of my family are dead. This situation has shown us how much we must fight for those who are survivors," Fanta Oulen Camara,...
  • Obama takes credit for 'stamping out' Ebola

    12/20/2015 8:43:20 AM PST · by amorphous · 36 replies
    WND ^ | 20 Dec 2015
    In a remarkable show of chutzpah, President Obama has claimed credit for "stamping out" Ebola. In his last press conference of 2015 held on Friday, Obama states that his leadership, his diplomacy, and most important his belief in climate change all helped craft the Paris climate agreement, and these same leadership qualities stamped out Ebola. "When I went to Copenhagen, I essentially engaged in 24 hours of diplomacy to salvage from a pretty chaotic process," he stated. "This would not have happened without American leadership. And, by the way, the same is true for the Iran nuclear deal. The same...
  • Third grade teacher who said she wished 'Ebola would take out Obama' and called Muslims..

    12/14/2015 1:17:01 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/10/15 | Chris Spargo
    'goat f**kers' resigns from her job - but will still get paid Angela Box of Houston, Texas, resigned from her job as a third grade teacher after comments she made about President Obama and Muslims Box joked that she hoped Obama would get Ebola, and called Muslims 'goat f**kers' and 'bacon haters' The comments were made on a local political program Tommy's Garage, on which Box is a frequent guest Box denies she is a racist and in a video of her appearances on the show points out her support of people like fighter pilot Major Mariam Al-Mansouri Though...
  • 112 cases of dengue fever confirmed on Hawaii Island

    11/30/2015 6:38:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The state Dept. of Health confirmed on Monday, Nov. 30, that there were 112 cases of dengue fever on Hawaii Island, up five from Friday, Nov. 27. Officials say 98 residents and 14 visitors were affected by the locally acquired disease. Eighty-six cases involved adults and 26 have been children (under 18 years of age). All are recovering, officials said. The onset of illness ranges between Sept. 11 through Nov. 20, 2015. As of Monday, a total of 262 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria. ... Health officials say while the...
  • Liberia Suffers New Ebola Death, Despite Being 'Ebola-Free'

    11/27/2015 1:36:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    Livescience.com ^ | 11-25-15 | Sara G. Miller
    The death of a 15-year-old boy from Ebola in Liberia — a country that has been declared free of the disease twice — raises the question of why cases are still popping up in the country, experts say. The teenager, who died Tuesday (Nov. 24), tested positive for the disease last week. His brother and father are also infected, and more than 150 people with whom the boy may have come into contact are now being monitored, according to Reuters. "This is concerning and somewhat surprising," said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease specialist and a senior associate at the University...
  • Germany: Migration Crisis Becomes Public Health Crisis

    11/08/2015 5:18:08 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | November 8, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    German hospitals are increasing security to protect doctors and nurses from violent attacks by migrants who are unhappy with the medical treatment they are receiving. Critics are warning that German taxpayers will end up paying billions of euros to provide healthcare for a never-ending wave of asylum seekers. This is in addition to the billions of euros already being spent to provide newcomers with food, clothing and shelter. In addition to the massive economic and social costs, as well as the burden of increased crime, including a rape epidemic, Germans are now facing the risk of being exposed to exotic...
  • Nurse Kaci Hickox who was quarantined over Ebola fears sues Christie

    10/23/2015 8:31:54 AM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 207 replies
    Bergen Record (NJ) ^ | Oct. 23, 2015 | SCOTT FALLON and JAMES M. O’NEILL
    A nurse held for three days in quarantine at a Newark hospital last year after aiding Ebola patients in West Africa has filed suit against Governor Christie and members of his administration, saying they violated her constitutional rights by holding her against her will without due process. The nurse, Kaci Hickox, had spent a month in Sierra Leone treating Ebola patients and training other health workers for Doctors Without Borders. When she returned home on Oct. 24 and landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, she became the first health worker ensnared in the Christie administration’s new policy to impose a...
  • What first case of sexually transmitted Ebola means for public health

    10/22/2015 6:35:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Nature ^ | 10/16/15 | Declan Butler
    It has long been known that the Ebola virus can remain in semen for months after patients have recovered from the disease. But two studies published on 14 October in the New England Journal of Medicine1, 2 have raised concerns that sexual transmission of the virus might cause flare-ups of Ebola in West Africa after the region has been declared Ebola-free. Nature explains the implications of the findings.What did the studies show? One study1 recruited 93 men who had survived Ebola in Sierra Leone; they were examined between two and nine months after they first showed symptoms of the disease....
  • Mystery deaths in Sierra Leone spread fear of Ebola relapses

    10/21/2015 7:49:41 AM PDT · by wtd · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/21/2015
    Mystery deaths in Sierra Leone spread fear of Ebola relapsesThroughout the two-year Ebola epidemic, thousands of West African survivors have been shunned by their communities, prompting governments to sponsor messages stressing their complete recovery in a bid to counter …
  • Two new Ebola cases in Guinea, WHO says

    10/16/2015 7:20:20 AM PDT · by wtd · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/16/2015
    FoxNews: Two new Ebola cases in Guinea, WHO saysTwo people have fallen ill with Ebola in Guinea after two weeks with no new confirmed cases of the disease in West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Friday. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a U.N.
  • Condition of hospitalized Ebola nurse in UK worsens

    10/14/2015 9:07:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2015 12:01 PM EDT
    London’s Royal Free Hospital says the condition of a nurse being treated for complications resulting from Ebola has worsened. The hospital said in a statement Wednesday that Pauline Cafferkey is now critically ill after her condition deteriorated. …
  • Fears of BRITISH Ebola epidemic as 60 colleagues and family of infected nurse get vaccine

    10/13/2015 5:09:14 PM PDT · by wtd · 8 replies
    Express ^ | October 12, 2015 | Alix Culbertson
    Fears of BRITISH Ebola epidemic as 60 colleagues and family of infected nurse get vaccineFEARS of an Ebola epidemic in Britain were raised today after nearly 60 people who had been in contact with a nurse being treated for the virus for a second time have been identified. Pauline Cafferkey, 39, was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow last Tuesday after feeling unwell. She was flown by military aircraft to the Royal Free Hospital in London on Friday where she is currently being treated in a specialist isolation unit for "late complications" of the Ebola infection....
  • Worried parents demand to know why they were not told about Ebola nurse's school visit

    10/12/2015 9:11:21 AM PDT · by wtd · 20 replies
    Worried parents demand to know why they were not told about Ebola nurse's school visitWORRIED parents are demanding to know why they were not told in advance about a primary school visit by Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey.She visited the school the day before she was readmitted to hospital. She remains seriously ill in the isolation ward of London’s Royal Free hospital after the virus appeared to return. Officials yesterday tried to allay fears of anyone she came into contact with. They included a group of pupils at Mossneuk Primary School in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, who had raised Ł500 for...
  • British nurse who contracted Ebola hospitalized again

    10/09/2015 5:15:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2015 8:14 AM EDT
    London’s Royal Free Hospital says a nurse who recovered from Ebola last year has been hospitalized again and is being treated for an unusual late complication. Her condition is described as serious. A military aircraft flew Pauline Cafferkey from her home in Scotland to London early Friday. The hospital said she was being treated in its isolation unit. …
  • Sierra Leone announces $1000 reward for information on Ebola suspect

    09/19/2015 7:56:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    APA ^ | 9-17-15 | APA
    Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has said that any person with information that leads to the apprehension of an Ebola suspect in hiding since last month will be rewarded with the equivalent of $1000 in Sierra Leonean currency (Le5M), The NERC said in a statement on Wednesday that it was concerned that “despite our efforts and the support of the Sierra Leone police, Kadiatu Sinneh Kamara, a 32-year-old niece of the index EVD case recorded on 28 August, 2015, is still unannounced for”. She was niece of the 67-year-old woman, who died in the Kambia district and was...
  • Sex and masturbation may hamper Ebola eradication efforts

    09/09/2015 12:41:00 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 18 replies
    Yahoo! news ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Tom Miles
    Isolated flare-ups of Ebola may point to a higher risk of transmission via the semen of male survivors than previously thought, undermining hopes of ending West Africa's deadly outbreak by the end of the year. The World Health Organization's advice is that all male survivors should be tested three months after the onset of symptoms and then monthly until they know they have no risk of passing on the virus through their semen,...
  • Explaining Emerging Infectious Diseases

    08/19/2015 8:23:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/19/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Médecins Sans Frontičres in West Africa “2015 was a very busy year for emerging infectious diseases.” - Steven Hatfill, MD Dedicating his lecture to Médecins Sans Frontičres, for their heroic actions in West Africa, Dr. Hatfill spoke to a captivated audience at the 33rd Annual Conference of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness in California about the 43 newly emerging infectious diseases that jumped to a larger geographic area from their wild animal hosts to human populations in the past 30 years.
  • The Ebola Gamble How Public Health Authorities Put Reassurance Before Protection

    08/07/2015 10:08:51 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 9 replies
    The New Atlantis ^ | Spring 2015 | Ari N. Schulman
    There was a peculiar moment during a news segment last fall, at the height of the Ebola scare in the United States, between the nation’s two most recognizable medical figures. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s household-name medical correspondent, was standing next to Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in front of CDC headquarters in Atlanta on October 1. Frieden assures Gupta that if one of them had Ebola, the other would be at no risk of infection: “It’s not like the flu, not like the common cold. It requires direct physical contact.” A CNN anchor interjects:...
  • 9 monitored for possible Ebola exposure in Alabama

    08/05/2015 12:30:59 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    WFTV ^ | 8-5-2015 | WFTV
    By Cox Media Group National Content Desk BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Nine people reportedly are being monitored for possible Ebola exposure in Alabama. AL.com reports that a patient at University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital was "exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms" Tuesday night. Hospital officials called the patient "low-risk" but are testing the person for Ebola. >> Read more trending stories Eight other people – including six rescue workers and two family members of the patient – also are being monitored after having contact with the patient, according to the AL.com report. Two of the rescue workers are under quarantine at the hospital, four emergency...
  • Ala. Public Health Officer: Unlikely patient with possible Ebola symptoms poses risk to public

    08/05/2015 12:18:21 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 7 replies
    WBRC Fox 6 Alabama ^ | August 4, 2015 | Brianne Britzius and Christy Hutchings
    BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Police Lt. Joe Roberts says a person has arrived at UAB Hospital with possible Ebola symptoms. This is not a confirmed case of Ebola at this time. The residence where the patient has been staying, in the 1600 block of 17th Street Southwest, is being "isolated" by authorities. Battalion Chief Buddy Wilks with Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service said his crews were called to the scene for a general illness earlier Tuesday. He said once they assessed the patient's symptoms and determined the patient had traveled to West Africa, they contacted UAB Hospital and received...
  • Liberia confirms new Ebola case as outbreak spreads

    07/14/2015 7:56:03 AM PDT · by wtd · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/14/2015 | Reuters
    A Liberian woman has died of Ebola in a hospital in Monrovia shortly after being admitted, becoming the sixth confirmed case of the virus since it resurfaced last month after a seven-week lull, a senior medical official said on Tuesday.
  • Sierra Leone will jail Ebola law violators

    06/28/2015 8:24:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Zee News ^ | Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 18:30
    "People caught in sacred burials and washing bodies, transporting sick people in vehicles, traditional healers treating the sick and those hiding sick people in homes will be jailed for six months without the option of fines", he told local reporters in Port Loko, 74 miles north of the capital. "We have sacked over ten Section Chiefs and similar number of village headmen in the past and fined them... but people have still not learned the lesson. This time anyone who thinks this is a joke will be playing with fire," he said. The official said President Ernest Bai Koroma has...
  • Patient with Ebola-like symptoms taken to Johns Hopkins hospital

    05/31/2015 5:43:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2015 | Ashley Halsey III
    Emergency workers in hazmat gear visited a Baltimore neighborhood Sunday to transport a person showing Ebola-like symptoms to Johns Hopkins Hospital for testing, city officials said. “The testing is being done out of an abundance of caution,” Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen said in a statement. “All protocols have been followed for safe transport of the patient and the system is working as intended. There is no danger to the public at large.” The person was collected by emergency personnel wearing hazmat gear near the intersection of West North Avenue and Maryland Avenue around midday Sunday, according to a police...
  • KU Medical Center treats patient with low risk for Ebola Patient brought to the hospital with fever

    05/30/2015 7:17:38 PM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies
    KMBC ^ | UPDATED 9:57 PM CDT May 29, 2015 | Matt DeSarle
    KU Medical Center is treating a patient with a low risk for Ebola. File image/KMBC The University of Kansas Hospital is treating a patient who has a fever after traveling from Sierra Leone. The hospital says the patient has a "very low risk for Ebola" and is taking appropriate precautions. Dr. Lee Norman held a media briefing at 6:45 p.m. Friday. He said that a young man from the metro area was visiting family in the west African nation and returned home with flu-like symptoms. In a statement, the hospital reported that the patient has been placed in strict isolation,...
  • A little good news about Ebola

    05/26/2015 5:49:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Wesley Pruden
    The news from Africa and the Third World is seldom good, and much of the bad news is about disease born of ignorance, superstition and primitive sanitation, news dispatched by a media addicted to tales of unrelieved gloom, certain doom and inevitable disaster. We were all supposed to be dead by now from strange diseases reduced in the public prints to acronyms and bold initials — AIDS, SARS, MERS, swine flu, avian flu and most recently Ebola. These diseases are rightly feared, but in most places they’re diseases only of a tiny part of the population of a country or...
  • Liberia now declared Ebola-free, but outbreak continues over border

    05/08/2015 8:12:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/08/2015
    Liberia was declared free from Ebola on Saturday after 42 days without a new case, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said, but it urged vigilance until the worst-ever recorded outbreak of the virus was extinguished in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone. A total of 11,005 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Nearly half of those deaths have been in Liberia, where the outbreak peaked between August and October, with hundreds of cases a week, sparking international alarm. The United...
  • Ebola is found in doctor's eye months after virus left blood

    05/08/2015 12:28:56 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 5/7 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    The new report concerns Dr. Ian Crozier, a 43-year-old American physician diagnosed with Ebola in September while working with the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone. He was treated at Emory University Hospital's special Ebola unit in Atlanta and released in October when Ebola was no longer detected in his blood. Two months later, he developed an inflammation and very high blood pressure in one eye, which causes swelling and potentially serious vision problems. He returned to Emory, where ophthalmologist Dr. Steven Yeh drained some of the fluid and had it tested for Ebola. It contained the virus but tears...
  • Report: World Health Organization Failed at Ebola Response

    05/04/2015 8:29:51 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/04/15 | Sierra Rayne
    This failure to act with resolve by all parties will lead to future international health crises that are worse than need be. A new report by The Heritage Foundation analyzes the international response to the Ebola epidemic during 2013 and 2014. The findings are not good news for the World Health Organization (WHO), whose track record has been less than stellar over time. The report’s editors—James Jay Carafano, Charlotte Florance, and Daniel Kaniewski—arrived at the following conclusion: “Politicization within the organization and inefficient lines of authority severely limited WHO’s ability to respond swiftly and effectively to the EVD outbreak in...
  • CDC: Woman may have gotten Ebola after sex with survivor

    05/02/2015 9:57:07 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 1, 2015 | Robert King
    The deadly Ebola virus may be transmitted through sex long after a person has been cured, a major finding that could change how the virus is combated. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigators looked into the case of a Monrovia, Liberia, woman who contracted the disease. The agency identified only one link to Ebola: unprotected sex with an Ebola survivor who was not presenting symptoms. Ebola can only be passed through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person showing symptoms. But health officials have been aware of another problem: The virus can remain in semen for nearly...
  • Tarrant County resident monitored for Ebola, other diseases

    05/01/2015 3:22:10 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 9 replies
    KDFW FOX $ ^ | 5/1/15 | FOX NEWS $ NEWS STAFF
    A Tarrant County resident is being monitored for Ebola and other diseases. The person recently traveled to Liberia and is showing one symptom consistent with Ebola and other diseases, FOX4 learned on Friday. Tarrant County officials wouldn't say where the person was being monitored
  • Mysterious disease that kills patients within 24 hours leaves at least 18 dead in Nigeria

    04/19/2015 4:32:34 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 69 replies
    www.abc.net.au ^ | 18 April 2015 | AFP
    "Seventeen people have died of the mysterious disease since it broke out early this week in Ode-Irele town," said Ondo state government spokesman Kayode Akinmade. The disease, symptoms of which include headache, weight loss, blurred vision and loss of consciousness, killed the victims within 24 hours of their falling ill, he said. Laboratory tests have so far ruled out Ebola or any other virus, Mr Akinmade added. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it had information on 14 cases with at least 12 dead. "Common symptoms were sudden blurred vision, headache, loss of consciousness followed by death, occurring within 24...
  • Liberian boy, 10, has diagnosis of malaria

    04/14/2015 8:57:13 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    The Blade ^ | April 14 2015 | Staff
    Toledo health officials said a 10-year-old Liberian boy suspected Sunday of having Ebola has tested positive for malaria. The boy, who arrived in Toledo with his family about a week ago, will remain in ProMedica Toledo Hospital a few more days, but he can be taken out of isolation, said Dr. David Grossman, Toledo-Lucas County health commissioner. snip Fever is a symptom of malaria, as well as Ebola, so when the child developed a fever Sunday morning local health officials had him transferred to Toledo Hospital for testing. Hospital workers sent the blood test to the Ohio Department of Health...
  • Ending the Ebola Outbreak

    04/12/2015 4:38:42 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | UPDATED March 23, 2015 | K.K. REBECCA LAI
    Months of declining cases have fed hopes that the Ebola outbreak might finally be ending. In February, Dr. David Nabarro, the United Nation’s special envoy on the Ebola crisis, told the General Assembly, “There are now 10 times fewer people diagnosed with Ebola each week than there were in September last year.” The number of new cases fell rapidly in December and January, but started rising again in March. A total of 150 new cases were reported in the week ending March 15, the highest in 2015. Officials with the United Nations and the World Health Organization have cautioned that...
  • Empty Ebola Clinics in Liberia Are Seen as Misstep in U.S. Relief Effort

    04/12/2015 4:35:34 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | APRIL 11, 2015 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    MONROVIA, Liberia — As bodies littered the streets and the sick lay dying in front of overwhelmed clinics last year, President Obama ordered the largest American intervention ever in a global health crisis, hoping to stem the deadliest Ebola epidemic in history. But after spending hundreds of millions of dollars and deploying nearly 3,000 troops to build Ebola treatment centers, the United States ended up creating facilities
  • Bank sues Ebola Bridle shop (truncated)

    04/04/2015 7:49:11 PM PDT · by EBH · 18 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 4/4/2015 | John Harper
    AKRON, Ohio -- FirstMerit Bank is suing Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal, the store where Ebola survivor Amber Vinson infamously shopped in October 2014, to force repayment of a loan. The bridal store owes $34,469.98 on a $100,000 loan it took out in 2010, according to the FirstMerit suit filed Thursday in Summit County Court of Common Pleas. The bank closed the store's line of credit less than two months after store co-owner Anna Younker announced in January that she would close the business. Younker's blamed the publicity that followed Vinson's visit to the store for a fatal downturn in...
  • Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown

    03/28/2015 5:51:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Josephus Olu-Mammah and Umaru Fofana
    Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd fighting over food supplies in Sierra Leone on Saturday, while other residents defied a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic. Sierra Leone has reported nearly 12,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths since the worst Ebola epidemic in history was detected in neighboring Guinea a year ago. New cases have fallen sharply since a peak of more than 500 a week in December but the government says the lockdown, its second, is necessary to identify the last cases and to buck a worrying...
  • US Ebola patient's condition improves: NIH

    03/26/2015 2:04:56 PM PDT · by wtd · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/26/2015
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