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  • Clade X virus can kill 900 million people across globe if not checked, says study [just an exercise]

    07/30/2018 1:29:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    thehealthsite.com ^ | July 30, 2018 2:24 pm | Sreemoyee Chatterjee |
    More than 400 positive cases and 50 deaths have been reported since the outbreak of the virus in the last few months. Frankfurt, Germany and Caracas, Venezuela have been worst hit. However, doctors say, if we fail to come up with a vaccine against Clade X, the global health will be at stake and the virus will emerge as a killer disease for the entire world. Fever, cough and confusion are the key symptoms of this virus. This virus causes encephalitis, swelling in the brain that can make a patient fall into fatal coma. While it appeared to spread through...
  • At least 13 dead after rare nipah virus breaks out raising fear of global epidemic

    05/28/2018 10:09:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    The disease, which kills up to 75% of those infected, starts with flu-like symptoms and causes a brain-swelling condition known as encephalitis. The virus has not yet spread beyond two areas in south India, according to officials, but they have issued a series of warnings to people living in the stricken towns where more than 200 people are being treated in hospitals. Over 25 people are under strict observation and another three are in a critical condition. … There is no vaccine for nipah, which is listed alongside ebola and zika as one of eight priority diseases by the World...
  • DISEASE X Global pandemic of mystery disease could wipe out humanity, top scientists warn

    03/10/2018 9:12:57 AM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 91 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | March 10, 2018 | Jamie Seidel
    THE World Health Organisation keeps a list of dangerous diseases which pose a serious threat of outbreak. During a high-level meeting of the best medical scientists in the world, they added another to the high-risk list: The ominously named "Disease X".
  • The Head of WHO: At Any Time a Pandemic May Begin That Will Kill Millions

    02/15/2018 4:14:17 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 61 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb 15 2018 - 12:58pm | Lena Kirakosyan
    The head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreysus, warned the medical community that humanity is not ready, and is, therefore, vulnerable to a pandemic. The next outbreak, he said, will have terrible consequences for both the population and the economies of many countries. At the same time, he did not specify what disease or infection should be expected. The latest fears of a pandemic emerged after the violent outbreaks of influenza in recent years. But most of all, the medical community was shocked at...
  • Alabama Declares State Of Emergency Over Flu Epidemic As Death Toll Rises

    01/13/2018 2:32:51 PM PST · by blam · 136 replies
    Newz Sentinal ^ | 1-13-2017 | Daisy Luther
    Citing a strain on “overwhelmed” health resources, Governor Kay Ivey declared an official State of Emergency in Alabama on Thursday due to the rapidly spreading flu epidemic. WHEREAS the State Health Officer has reported that an outbreak of the influenza virus has occurred in the State of Alabama; and WHEREAS this outbreak poses a high probability of widespread exposure to an infectious agent that poses significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of people in the affected population; and WHEREAS the health care facilities and personnel of the State are overwhelmed by the number of ill patients and...
  • Deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humankind than global war

    06/30/2017 10:35:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6/30/2017 | Stephen Matthews
    A deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humankind than global war, billionaire Bill Gates warns. In a hard-hitting new documentary, the world's richest man said a killer bug could wipe out 10 million people without warning. Footage seen by MailOnline, set to be aired next week, shows the philanthropist's worries towards the danger of disease-carrying mosquitos. An outbreak could mimic the damage of the Ebola epidemic in late 2014 or the burden of that of the deadly SARS outbreak in 2003, experts worry. Climate change warming the planet is allowing for mosquitos to spread from their usual habitats,...
  • Where Will You Go When North Korean Agents Release Biological Weapons In Major U.S. Cities?

    04/14/2017 4:40:06 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 74 replies
    eotad ^ | 4/14/2017 | Michael Snyder
    Most Americans have no idea that biological weapons could potentially bring our nation to a complete and utter standstill within a matter of days. In recent articles I have been trying to get people to understand why it would be so exceedingly dangerous for the United States to attack North Korea. If the North Koreans used weapons of mass destruction, we could easily be facing a situation in which millions of North Korean and Japanese citizens end up dead. But since it would happen on the other side of the planet, such a scenario doesn’t seem to emotionally move a...
  • BILL GATES: A New Kind Of Terrorism Could Wipe Out 30 Million People In Less Than A Year

    02/18/2017 2:26:36 PM PST · by blam · 90 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2-18-2017 | Bill gates
    Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationThe following op-ed was exclusively provided to Business Insider to coincide with a speech Bill Gates is giving for the Munich Security Conference. The following is an abridged version of his remarks. When I decided 20 years ago to make global health the focus of my philanthropic work, I didn’t imagine that I’d be speaking at a conference on international security policy. But I’m speaking here at the Munich Security Conference because I believe our worlds are more tightly linked than most people realize. War zones and other fragile state settings are the most...
  • Pentagon nurses take ‘zombie pandemic’ course to train for real life outbreaks

    07/06/2016 8:10:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    RT ^ | 07/05/16
    The US Department of Defense is using an animated online course about a zombie pandemic to teach active-duty military nurses about population health. There are actual Pentagon guidelines for a zombie outbreak as well. Do they know something we don’t? Military nurses studying for their doctorate at the Uniformed Services University of the Healthcare Sciences (USU) have to take a course on population health. Because many of the students are deployed around the world, the course has to be available online. It is not all PowerPoints and reading, however: the course features an animated storyline revolving around a zombie...
  • U.S. Nurse Being Watched at NIH for Ebola (Oustide of D.C.)

    12/11/2014 12:41:48 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12-11-2014 | NBC News
    An American nurse who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus is going under watch at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington, the NIH said Thursday. The nurse, who is not being identified, was volunteering in Sierra Leone, currently the country hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. SNIP--- NIH watched another potential Ebola patient who arrived in September. He turned out not to have been infected. And there's an unidentified health worker under observation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after a possible exposure. Emory says there is nothing to report about whether the patient...
  • Sierra Leone area to hold 2-week Ebola 'lockdown' (Medical Martial Law)

    12/11/2014 12:09:10 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 12-11-2014 | MICHELLE FAUL and CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY
    Health workers sent to Sierra Leone to investigate an alarming spike in deaths from Ebola have uncovered a grim scene: piles of bodies, overwhelmed medical personnel and exhausted burial teams. The World Health Organization says the health workers from several local and international agencies are racing to the latest Ebola hotspot, a diamond-mining area that Sierra Leone put on "lockdown" Wednesday. "In 11 days, two teams buried 87 bodies, including a nurse, an ambulance driver, and a janitor who had been drafted into removing bodies piled up at the only area hospital," the WHO said in a statement Wednesday night....
  • American possibly exposed to Ebola being transferred to Atlanta hospital

    12/03/2014 8:59:57 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-3-2014 | Tami Chappell
    A U.S. healthcare worker who had been in West Africa and may have been exposed to the Ebola virus is being transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, a hospital spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The patient will be monitored and observed for signs of infection. The hospital said it did not have a time of arrival and was unable to share more details "out of respect for patient privacy and in accordance with the patient's wishes." It did not say where the patient is currently located or when he or she returned to the United States.
  • Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground - WHO

    11/28/2014 12:08:59 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    reuters ^ | 11-27-2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    - The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - the three hardest-hit countries, which reported 600 new cases in the past week, the WHO said in its latest update. "The total number of cases reported in Sierra Leone since the outbreak began will soon eclipse the number reported from Liberia," it said. The former British colony has reported 6,599 cases...
  • CDC chief drops worst-case Ebola estimate

    11/19/2014 12:46:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 3:27 PM EST | Mike Stobbe
    The government’s worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won’t happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the number of people sickened by the Ebola virus could explode to as many as 1.4 million by mid-January without more help. Things have changed. On Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said, “We don’t think the projections from over the summer will come to pass.” Frieden did not provide new estimates. …
  • Cuban Doctor Treating Ebola Patients In Sierra Leone Tests Positive, Will Go To Geneva For Treatment

    11/19/2014 8:34:24 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    IBT ^ | 11-19-2014 | Sneha Shankar
    A doctor from a 165-member Cuban medical team sent to Sierra Leone to address the Ebola outbreak, has tested positive for the deadly virus and will be taken to a special unit in Geneva for treatment. Felix Baez Sarria tested positive for Ebola on Monday, the Cuban Ministry of Health said in a statement late on Tuesday. Baez Sarria has not reportedly shown any complications yet and is "hemodynamically stable," the statement from the Cuban health ministry said, adding that the World Health Organization had proposed moving him to the University Hospital of Geneva in Switzerland. Baez Sarria, a specialist...
  • Man Recovering From Ebola Quarantined at Delhi Airport

    11/18/2014 9:57:41 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    NDTV ^ | 11-18-2014 | All India/Reuters
    India has quarantined a man who was cured of Ebola in Liberia but continued to show traces of the virus in samples of his semen after arriving in the country, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that the Indian national had been shown to be negative for Ebola in tests conforming to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, but had been quarantined as a precautionary measure when he arrived at New Delhi airport on November 10. Later, tests of his semen detected traces of the virus. "It is a known fact that, during convalescence from...
  • Surgeon with Ebola died, Nebraska hospital says

    11/17/2014 5:51:59 AM PST · by george76 · 85 replies
    ap ^ | Nov 17, 2014
    Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release Monday that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease. Salia contracted Ebola while working as a surgeon in Sierra Leone. He arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital
  • Mali fears surge of Ebola, expands watch to 440 people

    11/17/2014 9:59:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Fearful of a surge of Ebola cases, Mali placed more than 440 people under surveillance as a US hospital said Monday it had been unable to save the life of a doctor airlifted from Sierra Leone. Officials in Mali met to consider increasing security at its border following two confirmed cases of Ebola due to infection in neighboring Guinea. US airports also announced plans to begin enhanced screening of travelers from the west African nation. Mali has been scrambling to prevent a minor outbreak from turning into a major crisis after the deaths of a Guinean imam and the Malian...
  • Ebola Patient Dr. Martin Salia Has Died in Nebraska: Officials

    11/17/2014 9:48:47 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11-17-2014 | NBC News
    Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and flown to Nebraska over the weekend for treatment, has died, hospital officials said Monday. Salia, 44, became the second person to die of the disease in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola in Liberia and traveled to Dallas, died last month. Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital officials had said that he was perhaps sicker than any other patient flown to the United States from...
  • New Ebola patient heads to Nebraska hospital

    11/13/2014 5:10:04 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 52 replies
    WPTZ Channel 5 ^ | 11-13-2014 | Sait Serkan Gurbuz
    Surgeon is a Sierra Leone national, legal permanent resident of the US. A surgeon who's a Sierra Leone national and a legal permanent resident of the United States will be transported from Sierra Leone to the Nebraska Medical Center for treatment for Ebola, a government official familiar with the situation said.