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  • Ebola toll rises to more than 6,900: WHO

    Ebola toll rises to more than 6,900: WHO"More than 6,900 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. As of December 14, there were 18,569 cases of infection of the deadly … Yahoo! · 1 minute ago *****
  • No Polite Way to Say it, We Were Lied to on Ebola

    12/15/2014 4:50:32 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/15/14 | Michael Fumento
    They've gotten away with it time and again. With AIDS, SARS, avian flu, swine flu and two past Ebola hysterias The current Ebola outbreak is “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times,” Ian Smith, the World Health Organization’s executive director, announced at a mid-October press conference. Huh? Worse than the “Spanish flu” of 1918-19? Extrapolated to today’s world population, that would mean 60 million to 150 million deaths. Worse than AIDS, with its 35 million deaths? But the media weren’t asking skeptical questions. The next day, reporting on a separate WHO conference, a New York Times headline...
  • WHO: There Could Be 10,000 New Ebola Cases Per Week In Coming Months

    WHO: There Could Be 10,000 New Ebola Cases Per Week In Coming Months jobs.aol.com 4 hours ago "Does Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who cared for Ebola patients in West Africa, have a case against Maine's quarantine restrictions? World Health Organization's Lawrence Gostin discusses. Cuomo: Health Workers in …"
  • BBC theme park deal could bring Doctor Who and Top Gear rides to new £2billion Paramount attraction

    12/10/2014 8:28:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 10, 2014 | Claire Carter
    Top Gear, In the Night Garden and Doctor Who could all feature in a new £2billion theme park alongside characters from Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. The BBC has signed a deal to allow some of its programmes to feature in the new multi-billion pound resort in Kent. Plans are still being drafted for how the theme park will work, but BBC shows and characters could feature in specific lands, games and rides at the London Paramount Entertainment Resort.
  • WHO says Liberia wrongly added 1,000 deaths to Ebola toll

    12/01/2014 11:06:21 AM PST · by Nancy29 · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/1/2014 | Reuters (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
    A surge in Ebola deaths reported by the World Health Organization at the weekend was due to about 1,000 Liberian deaths wrongly ascribed to the disease that would be removed, WHO assistant director general Bruce Aylward said on Monday. "Liberia's figures came in but they've since said these were actually non-Ebola deaths that were reported as part of our Ebola deaths and we will be taking them off. So the whole world went up and the whole world will come down again," he told reporters.
  • Ebola death toll rises to 5,420: WHO

    11/19/2014 9:09:49 PM PST · by wtd · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | Nov. 20, 2014, 09:43AM IST | AFP
    Ebola death toll rises to 5,420: WHO GENEVA: The World Health Organization said Wednesday that 5,420 people had so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15,145 cases of infection, since late December 2013. On Friday, the UN health agency had reported 5,177 deaths and 14,413 cases. The WHO believes that the number of deaths is likely far higher, given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70 percent.
  • Dish Chairman Mocks: 'Unless They Find the Plane' Losing CNN a 'Non-Event'

    11/06/2014 2:44:29 PM PST · by forbushalltheway · 57 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 6 Nov 2014 | John Nolte
    Currently, Dish Network's 14 million subscribers do not have access to CNN or other Turner Broadcasting channels like the Cartoon Network. Speaking specifically of CNN, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen ridiculed the left-wing cable news network's obsessive coverage of the missing Malaysian airliner and said losing the channel was a "non-event." "Twenty years ago, CNN was a must-have channel, but it's not a top 10 network anymore ... unless they find the plane, the Malaysian plane," Ergen said during a conference call. He added that losing CNN just days before a major midterm election would have been "a disaster" for Dish...
  • WHO revises Ebola toll

    10/31/2014 6:36:23 PM PDT · by wtd · 12 replies
    MB.com ^ | 11/01/2014 | AFP
    <p>The World Health Organization Friday revised its figures showing more people killed by the deadly Ebola virus, but the number of cases of the disease was slightly lower.</p> <p>The WHO said that 4,951 people had died across eight countries from Ebola and there was a total of 13,567 reported cases, up to and including October 29.</p>
  • Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

    10/31/2014 1:36:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
    Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep out the disease. […] Australia’s similar move was slammed Thursday by Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, who said closing borders will not stop spread of the Ebola virus. …
  • Will Ebola kill you? It depends on your genes

    10/31/2014 7:52:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    The Dailly Mail ^ | 10-30-14 | Lizzie Parry
    Genetics will determine whether a person infected with Ebola dies, scientists claimed today. A new study has found DNA could be the key to tracking the deadly effects of the virus which has ravaged West Africa. The World Health Organisation revealed nearly 5,000 people have died from the disease, which has devastated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. A team of scientists at Washington University believe their study has identified genetic factors behind the mild-to-deadly range of reactions to the virus.
  • WHO: Liberia’s Ebola Infection Rate Declines

    10/30/2014 11:17:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 10/30/2014 | Lisa Schlein
    After months of near-futile battle with Ebola, a World Health Organization official said a glimmer of hope is beginning to emerge in the worst-affected country, Liberia. The West African country has recorded 6,535 cases, almost half of the 13,703 total reported in the current outbreak. But Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general, on Wednesday said the infection rate appears to be falling "and there may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic there." Aylward said Liberia's caseload may be dropping by as much as 25 percent a week. However, he added, "This is no time to let up." The outbreak's...
  • WHO: Reported Ebola cases jump to 13,703 (30+% in four days)

    10/29/2014 10:47:32 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 52 replies
    Middletown Press ^ | 29 Oct 2014
    The World Health Organization says the number of reported Ebola cases has surpassed 13,700, a jump of more than 30 percent since the last numbers were released four days ago. Dr. Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general of the WHO, said the big jump in cases is likely due to previous under-reporting. As of Wednesday, there have been 13,703 reported cases of Ebola, the organization tweeted, with 13,676 of those in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three most affected countries in this outbreak. The fatality rate in those countries has remained consistently around 70 percent, Aylward said. Speaking to reporters in...
  • WHO expects around 200,000 Ebola vaccine doses by mid-2015

    10/24/2014 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 24, 2014 | Reuters
    The World Health Organization (WHO) set out plans on Friday for speeding up development and deployment of experimental Ebola vaccines, saying hundreds of thousands of doses should be ready for use in West Africa by the middle of 2015. The Geneva-based United Nations health agency confirmed that two leading vaccine candidates are already in human clinical trials, and said another five experimental vaccines were also being developed and would begin clinical trials next year.
  • Ebola vaccine trials could start in Africa in December: WHO

    10/24/2014 8:54:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/24/2014 | Kounteya Sinha,TNN
    LONDON: One million doses of an Ebola vaccine will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced. Vaccines, "several hundred thousand" of which will be produced in the first half of the year would be initially made available to front line health workers in West Africa as early as by December 2014. Dr Marie Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director-general, said: "While we hope that the massive response, which has been put in place will have an impact on the epidemic, it is still prudent to prepare to have as much vaccine available if they are...
  • Microsoft co-founder pledges $100 MILLION of his own fortune to combat Ebola

    10/23/2014 7:36:28 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20:12 EST, 23 October 2014 | Associated Press
    Billionaire Paul Allen says he'll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola. The Microsoft co-founder said Thursday that among the initiatives he's supporting is the development of two medevac containment units that the U.S. State Department can use to safely evacuate health workers who become infected. Allen, who is worth more than $15billion, said he's working with the World Health Organization to increase its capacity for handling the logistics of transporting international aid workers, and he's establishing a fund to help cover the costs of emergency transportation of the workers.
  • The Current Ebola Strain: It’s Airborne Folks

    08/05/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 301 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 8-5-14 | sundance
    The empirical evidence of an airborne Ebola Strain is overwhelming Hat Tip GWP - Patrick Sawyer was the American businessman, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, then collapsed after he got off a plane to Nigeria and died July 25. He was the first patient in Nigeria with the Ebola virus. The Nigerian authorities have refused to release the names of other passengers on the plane with Mr. Sawyer, or notify the media of their status.
  • U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola

    10/16/2014 10:29:54 PM PDT · by RC one · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/14 | Jerome Corsi
    U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola Virus could be transmitted by means other than contact NEW YORK – While Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization officials continue to insist Ebola cannot be transmitted by air from one person to another, an Army manual clearly warns the virus could be an airborne threat in certain circumstances. The handbook published by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, USAMRID, titled “USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook,” is now in its seventh edition. The most recent edition was published in 2011, with more than 100,000 copies distributed...
  • Why Ebola Probably Won't Go Airborne

    10/06/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    BI ^ | 10-6-2014 | Kevin Loria
    Kevin LoriaOctober 6, 2014 The idea that Ebola could go airborne is terrifying. Once you are infected, few diseases are more likely to kill you — and death by hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and vomiting often accompanied by bleeding and organ failure, sounds particularly awful. At present it's hard to get infected — healthcare workers and family members caring for victims are at highest risk — but that would change if the virus were to mutate so that it could be transmitted through the air while keeping its present lethality. That's a nightmare scenario. But it's more the stuff of bad...
  • A Promising Experimental Ebola Drug Goes Overlooked

    10/21/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 14 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek | October 20, 2014 | Paul M. Barrett
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  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • What Congressmen Are Told About Ebola

    10/21/2014 8:13:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/21/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Why is the United States not closing all flights from the affected areas, and why is it still issuing travel visas to citizens from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea? The Congressional Research Service has been driving the legislative debate since 1914, giving our Congressmen information on various topics. The latest report on October 3, 2014, entitled, “Ebola: Basics about the Disease,” by Sarah Lister, Specialist in Public Health and Epidemiology, provides the following information obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Ebola outbreak began in December 2013 in Guinea and spread...
  • WHO Says It Won't Discuss Ebola Mistakes Document (Abbott & Costello:Who Is On First?)

    10/19/2014 4:32:18 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | October 18, 2014 | Staff
    The World Health Organization said Saturday that it wouldn't explain details contained in an internal document obtained by The Associated Press in which the U.N. health agency said it fumbled early attempts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In the draft document, which wasn't released publicly, WHO blamed numerous factors for the now explosive Ebola epidemic, including incompetent staff, bureaucracy and a lack of reliable information.
  • WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

    10/18/2014 9:05:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 17, 2014 10:55 PM EDT | Maria Cheng and Adam Geller
    The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic. The stepped-up scrutiny of the international response came as U.S. officials rushed to cut off potential routes of infection from three cases in Texas, reaching a cruise ship in the Caribbean and multiple domestic airline flights. Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration debated the value of restricting travelers from entering the U.S. from countries where the outbreak began, without a resolution....
  • World Health Organisation admits botching response to Ebola outbreak

    10/17/2014 3:46:32 PM PDT · by knak · 11 replies
    guardian ^ | 10/17/14 | boseley
    UN health agency acknowledged ‘nearly everyone involved in the response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall’ The World Health Organisation has admitted mishandling the early stages of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, saying it failed to recognise the risks of the disease in the fragile states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall,” says a draft internal document obtained by the Associated Press. Experts should have realised that the conventional way of containing an Ebola outbreak would not work...
  • UN: We Botched Response to the Ebola Outbreak

    10/17/2014 7:00:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014 | By MARIA CHENG
    The World Health Organization has admitted that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. "Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall," WHO said in a draft internal document obtained by The Associated Press, noting that experts should have realized that traditional containment methods wouldn't work in a region with porous borders and broken health systems. The U.N. health agency acknowledged that, at times, even its own bureaucracy was a problem. It noted that the heads...
  • WHO Sounds The Alarm On Ebola: 'The Situation Is Deteriorating'

    10/16/2014 6:44:09 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies
    BI ^ | 10-16-2014 | Pamela Engel
    Pamela Engel October 16, 2014While the US is panicking about three Ebola cases in one month, parts of West Africa are deteriorating rapidly, with little sign that the region is getting the outbreak under control. Ebola has hit Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone the hardest because these countries don't have healthcare systems that are equipped to handle the disease. Nurses at hospitals in these countries are "lightly trained and minimally protected" and Ebola patients are dying "surrounded by pools of infectious waste," according to a report in The New York Times. Some hospitals don't have access to running water, soap,...
  • WHO now recommends 42 day quarantine

    10/16/2014 6:14:17 PM PDT · by Boundless · 32 replies
    World Health Organization ^ | 14 October 2014 | WHO
    ... Recent studies conducted in West Africa have demonstrated that 95% of confirmed cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days; 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. ...
  • Plane Isolated In Madrid Over Ebola Fears

    10/16/2014 6:24:10 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 49 replies
    Sky News ^ | Thursday, 16 October 2014 | Sky News
    An Air France plane has been isolated at an airport in Madrid after a patient was reported to have a fever and shivers. The situation is being treated as a suspected case of ebola, a health ministry official was quoted as saying.
  • WHO: Up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week by December

    10/14/2014 5:37:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 14, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    The World Health Organization is warning on Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa may explode in the coming days as the disease spreads exponentially. In the three West African nations most stricken by the outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever, the WHO warned that there could soon be as many as 5,000 to 10,000 new cases per week by December. “The outbreak is still expanding geographically in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and accelerating in capital cities, Bruce Aylward, the WHO’s assistant director-general in charge of the Ebola response, said in a briefing with reporters in Geneva,” Bloomberg...
  • Are the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal over? Ebola situation assessment

    10/14/2014 12:36:56 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 8 replies
    WHO ^ | 10/14/14 | staff
    WHO recommendations for testing for Ebola virus disease and confirming a case WHO is alarmed by media reports of suspected Ebola cases imported into new countries that are said, by government officials or ministries of health, to be discarded as “negative” within hours after the suspected case enters the country. Such rapid determination of infection status is impossible, casting grave doubts on some of the official information that is being communicated to the public and the media.
  • Frieden: "We are establishing a CDC Quick Response Team"

    10/14/2014 12:22:03 PM PDT · by pabianice · 70 replies
    Fox News Channel | 10/14/14
    Frieden on TV now. He looks and sounds a lot less confident than he did several days ago. The Ebola team sounds a lot like the NTSB Go team that rushes to the scene of an airliner crash, except this team will be wearing NBC suits. Says 48 or so people are now on the watch list for Ebola, all healthcare workers. Says CDC is casting a wide net to find anyone who might have been exposed. Includes 76 more people to be monitored "actively." Notes that it is "very anxiety-provoking" to have been maybe exposed to ebola. I'll bet....
  • WHO: 10,000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen

    10/14/2014 5:52:07 AM PDT · by bgill · 55 replies
    AP via yahoo ^ | Oct. 14, 2014 | AP
    A World Health Organization official says there could be up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week within two months.
  • What's a 'Lady Rizo'?

    10/13/2014 12:51:33 PM PDT · by enraged · 4 replies
    10/13/2014 | Me
    What is a Lady Rizo show all about?
  • Dems call for Ebola flight ban

    10/10/2014 5:27:57 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9 Oct 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    ...The lawmakers accused Obama of attempting to “pass the buck” onto organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), which have advised against travel bans. Obama has said he would not ban travel unless the WHO reversed its position. “[The WHO] has no duty to protect the lives and well-being of Americans, as you do. Furthermore, it has utterly failed to stem the epidemic through its own action. The responsibility for this decision is yours, not theirs,” they wrote. The three Democrats — Reps. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) – are among the growing handful in...
  • Now relatives say Dallas virus victim Eric Thomas Duncan received 'unfair' treatment

    10/09/2014 12:47:27 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 52 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 9 October 2014 | Josh Gardner and Michael Zennie and Laura Collins
    The family of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are venting their outrage that the late Liberian may not have received the same quality of care leading up to his death Wednesday morning as the other patients treated in the U.S. for the dreaded virus. 'No one has died of Ebola in the U.S. before. This is the first time,' Duncan's furious nephew Joe Weeks told ABC. Weeks and others in Duncan's family are calling his treatment 'unfair,' after seeing other patients pulled from the brink of death in government-funded evacuation planes and using life-saving blood transfusions and cutting edge drugs....
  • Spanish Ebola Nurse Reported Symptoms 3 Times Before Isolation

    10/08/2014 6:04:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Time ^ | October 8, 2014 | Sam Frizell
    It emerged Wednesday that Teresa Romero Ramos, a nurse who caught Ebola after helping treat a patient, made multiple attempts to report her fever RECOMMENDED FOR YOU Emmys 2014: Sarah Silverman Says She Brought Weed Released Ebola Patient: "I Am Thrilled To Be Alive" How To Trace The Spread of Ebola From The First US Patient by Taboola A Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola in Madrid this week told health authorities at least three times she had a fever before she was finally placed in quarantine, it emerged Wednesday, despite having helped treat a patient who later died of the...
  • Male Ebola survivors told: Use a condom

    10/07/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 98 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 7, 2014 1:01pm EDT
    (Reuters) - Sex could keep the Ebola epidemic alive even after the World Health Organization (WHO) declares an area free of the disease, one of the discoverers of the deadly virus said on Tuesday. The WHO is hoping to announce later this week that Nigeria and Senegal are free of Ebola after 42 days with no infections -- the standard period for declaring an outbreak over, twice the maximum 21-day incubation period of the virus. However, it appears the disease can last much longer in semen. "In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70...
  • Disappearing Act: Ebola Supplies Shortages Amid Liberia Donations

    10/04/2014 2:13:38 PM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Front Page Africa ^ | September 8, 2014 | Rodney D. Sieh
    Shortages In spite of Donations, Why? Donations have been pouring in from China, Belgium, the UK and many parts of the world. Even Liberians in U.S. Cities, Minneapolis, Washington and New York have been rallying to send supplies home. A chartered flight recently landed with the Chinese donation, including 10,000 PPEs and others anti Ebola materials at the Roberts International Airport recently. Local charity groups are also stepping in with contributions of their own. Late last month (Aug. 24-31), the U.S. Government, through DART, airlifted more than 16 tons of medical supplies and emergency equipment to Liberia, including: 500 infrared...
  • WHO, CDC publish grim new Ebola projections

    10/02/2014 11:02:00 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 40 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | Sep 23, 2014 | Kai Kupferschmidt
    Sep 23, 2014 The World Health Organization has released a new study warning that the situation is quickly growing worse. The new study by WHO experts and scientists at Imperial College London, published today by The New England Journal of Medicine (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1411100), is "excellent" because it fills some important gaps, says Preben Aavitsland, a Norwegian epidemiologist. “For instance, the study gives an average length of hospital stay of 6.4 days,” he says. That is important to know, because it means that about as many beds are needed as there are new Ebola cases every week. It also means that tens...
  • WHO: Ebola virus disease Fact Sheet

    10/02/2014 10:00:12 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 10 replies
    WHO ^ | Updated September 2014 | WHO
    Ebola virus disease Fact sheet N°103Updated September 2014 Key facts Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.Community engagement is key to...
  • Ebola deaths in West Africa 'pass 3,000' - WHO

    09/27/2014 9:14:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    bbc ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 17:42 ET
    The report said two new areas, in Guinea and Liberia, have recorded their first confirmed cases of Ebola in the last seven days. It also highlights the risk of infection for health workers trying to stem the outbreak. It says 375 workers are known to have been infected, and that 211 have so far died from the virus. The deaths and sickness have made it even more difficult for the already weak healthcare systems in the affected countries to cope with the outbreak. There is a severe shortage of hospital beds, especially in Liberia.
  • West Africa Ebola death toll passes 3,000 - WHO

    09/27/2014 8:46:48 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 26, 2014
    (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of 6,574 probable, suspected and confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. Liberia has recorded 1,830 deaths, around three times as many as in either Guinea or Sierra Leone, the two other most affected countries, according to WHO data received up to Sept. 23.
  • World Health Organization: Experimental Ebola Vaccine Doses Will Be Ready By 2015

    09/26/2014 5:20:52 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI ^ | 9-26-2014 | AFP
    September 26, 2014AFPGeneva (AFP) - Thousands of experimental Ebola vaccine doses from British GSK and US NewLink should be ready for use by early 2015 in countries affected by the epidemic, the World Health Organization said Friday. "If everything goes well, we may be able to begin using some of these vaccines in some of the affected countries at the very beginning of next year," said WHO assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine against the virus that has killed nearly 3,000 people in West Africa, and the UN health agency has endorsed rushing through...
  • Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study

    09/23/2014 12:42:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/23/14
    In the worst case scenario, cases in two nations could reach 1.4 million in January, according to a US estimate.
  • Ebola Death Rate 70 Percent, WHO Says in Dire New Forecast

    09/23/2014 8:09:54 AM PDT · by Raebie · 66 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 23, 2014 | Maggie Fox
    World Health Organization researchers issued a dire new forecast for the Ebola epidemic Tuesday, one that sees 20,000 cases by November, much sooner than previous estimates. And 70 percent of patients are dying. That's a big increase over the previous estimates of a 50 percent fatality rate. “These data indicate that without drastic improvements in control measures, the numbers of cases of and deaths from Ebola virus disease are expected to continue increasing from hundreds to thousands per week in the coming months,” the WHO Ebola Response Team, led by Dr. Christopher Dye, wrote in a report rushed into print...
  • Liberian President Appeals to Obama for US Help to Beat Ebola

    09/14/2014 8:17:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama for urgent aid in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, saying that without it her country would lose the fight against the disease. The outbreak, which was first discovered in March, has now killed more than 2,400 people mostly in Liberia, neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, as understaffed and poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the epidemic is spreading exponentially in Liberia, where more than half of the deaths have been recorded. It...
  • WHO still pushing to collect a global tobacco tax

    09/14/2014 8:05:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The unelected and unaccountable sages at the World Health Organization (WHO) can’t seem to help themselves or resist the temptation to try to regulate the behavior of everyone on the planet. This is a shame, really, because a group like that could actually do some good if they stuck to trying to get basic supplies and medical care to people in remote, poverty stricken countries. But rather than devoting themselves to such laudable goals, they’re once again pushing to get every government on the planet to jack up sin taxes on tobacco.(This is something they’ve tried before, as I wrote...
  • Ebola virus disease outbreak – west Africa (1841 deaths, 3685 cases as of 8/31...new update soon)

    09/04/2014 3:07:11 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    World Health Organization ^ | September 4, 2014
    Epidemiology and surveillance WHO has committed to provide regular situation reports that include detailed epidemiological information and analysis, as well as regular monitoring of the national and international response to the outbreak against the Ebola response roadmap. Recognizing the demand for updated numbers from this outbreak, the following information is being released in advance of the second update of this situation report. As of 31 August 2014, 3685 (probable, confirmed and suspected) cases and 1841 deaths have been reported in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease by the Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Nigeria,...
  • Dramatic Surge in Ebola Deaths

    09/03/2014 1:59:43 PM PDT · by Covenantor · 52 replies
    News24 ^ | sept 3, 2014
    Dramatic Surge in Ebola Deaths Dakar - More than 1 900 people have died in the Ebola epidemic sweeping through West Africa, the head of the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. "As of this week, we are reporting 3 500 cases confirmed in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and more than 1 900 deaths - and the outbreak is rising," Margaret Chan told reporters in Washington. The latest toll represents a significant increase from the 1 552 deaths and 3 069 cases reported by the Geneva-based organisation just days ago. Speaking at a news conference, Chan said she hoped...
  • Ebola virus disease update, West Africa - update 28 August 2014

    08/28/2014 7:07:05 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 17 replies
    WHO-Africa ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | WHO-Africa
    Ebola virus disease update, West Africa - update 28 August 2014 Epidemiology and surveillance The total number of probable and confirmed cases in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the four affected countries as reported by the respective Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone is 3 069, with 1 552 deaths. The outbreak continues to accelerate. More than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities. The overall case fatality rate is 52%. It ranges from 42% in Sierra...