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  • Arsonists attack Ebola clinics in DRC as climate of distrust grows

    02/28/2019 4:18:24 PM PST · by blueplum · 22 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | Rebecca Ratcliff
    A second clinic serving patients affected by the escalating Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been set alight, as concerns mount over widespread distrust of health agencies. Seven months since the start of the outbreak, which has claimed 548 lives, experts warned that the virus is still not under control and said suspicion of agencies is severely undermining Ebola services. Médecins Sans Frontières... runs treatment centres in Katwa and Butembo that were attacked, and is one of the agencies leading the wider Ebola response...(snip) ...There have been 872 cases of Ebola since the start of the outbreak,...
  • Patient at Pennsylvania hospital tested for Ebola

    02/06/2019 10:51:05 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6 February 2019 | David Boroff
    A patient at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus out of “an abundance of caution,” an official said. Details about the patient were not revealed, but chief medical officer Dr. P.J. Brennan said in a statement that a patient which met the screening criteria for Ebola testing “is currently being evaluated” and is undergoing tests.
  • World's 2nd-deadliest Ebola outbreak reaches 600 confirmed cases

    01/15/2019 8:12:18 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 19 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 1/15/19 | Morgan Winsor
    The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has reached 600 confirmed cases in five months, health officials said. Among those cases, 600 have tested positive for Ebola virus disease, which causes an often-fatal type of hemorrhagic fever, according to Monday night's bulletin from the country's health ministry (Congo).
  • Scientists discover new Ebola-like virus in China

    01/12/2019 3:51:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    N Y Post ^ | January 10, 2019 | 6:33pm | Noah Bressner
    Měnglà, Ebola and the lesser-known Marburg are all related as members of the filovirus family. There is no evidence yet that it has spread to humans. Filoviruses are extremely pathogenic and can cause severe fevers that are often fatal. It is at least the seventh filovirus that has been found, of which four are known to cause disease in people, according to the CDC. Like Měnglà, Ebola is thought to have originated in bats. The viruses are typically spread by infected bodily fluids. Researchers are now focusing their efforts on understanding how bats could contribute to a possible epidemic.
  • Researchers Discover New Bat-Borne Virus Related to Ebola

    01/08/2019 9:26:55 PM PST · by null and void · 30 replies
    R&D Magazine ^ | Mon, 01/07/2019 - 4:00pm | Duke-NUS Medical School
    Researchers from Singapore's Duke-NUS Medical School, in collaboration with scientists in China, have identified and characterised a new genus of filovirus from a Rousettus bat in China. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Microbiology. Bat-borne viruses around the world pose a threat to human and animal health. Filoviruses, especially Ebola virus and Marburg virus, are notoriously pathogenic and capable of causing severe and often fatal fever diseases in humans by affecting many organs and damaging blood vessels. "Studying the genetic diversity and geographic distribution of bat-borne filoviruses is very important for risk assessment and outbreak prevention as this...
  • World View: Trump Announces that U.S. Troops Deploy Near D.R. Congo

    01/06/2019 8:45:16 PM PST · by familyop · 49 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | January 6, 2019 | John J. Xenakis
    President Trump announced that U.S. troops will be sent to Gabon, in anticipation of “violent” demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) if and when the results of the December 30 presidential election are announced...The Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC is still growing, but not as quickly as had been feared. The outbreak total is 613 cases, including 565 confirmed and 54 suspected cases. Health officials are still investigating 54 suspected infections.
  • BREAKING: Case of suspected Ebola in Swedish Hospital – Emergency Dept. closed

    01/04/2019 3:54:12 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 30 replies
    The patient has been isolated at Uppsala hospital being suspected of carrying the Ebola virus, Swedish media outlet SVT Nyheter reports. The Enkoping hospital has been promptly closed for fear of staff potentially being exposed. As Voice of Europe reported last week, there is concern about inadequate preparedness for when a new epidemic erupts. The national health authorities in Sweden have chosen to keep a low profile on discussions on the virus to avoid causing concern among citizens, having not coordinated government initiatives leaving it to county councils whether they increase their preparedness. The deadly Ebola virus is transmitted to...
  • Swedish hospital investigating a suspected Ebola case, authorities say

    01/04/2019 6:48:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri January 4, 2019 | By Bianca Britton,
    A person in Sweden is being treated for suspected Ebola contamination at Uppsala University Hospital, the regional authority said on Friday. The patient, who is currently in isolation, was first admitted at a hospital in Enköping -- about 50 miles (80km) from Stockholm -- before being transferred to Uppsala. It is not clear if the individual traveled to an area where Ebola is being transmitted prior to developing symptoms. Authorities said the emergency room at Enköping has since closed and staff who were in contact with the patient are being looked after. Test results are expected to come back tonight,...
  • Ebola hits EUROPE as patient enters hospital(Sweden)

    01/04/2019 6:42:08 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 23 replies
    dailystar.co.uk ^ | 1/4/19 | J. Micklethwaite
    Ebola hits EUROPE as patient enters hospital(Sweden) vomiting blood, although other diseases have not yet been ruled out. There have been 298 dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo from Ebola, although malaria continues to be a health issue there as well. Ebola is feared to have hit Europe after an isolation unit was set up in Sweden following a patient vomiting blood. The patient entered into hospital at Enkoping before being transferred to Uppsala, to their infection clinic.
  • Congolese flee to Uganda after contentious election, raising Ebola fears

    01/03/2019 7:38:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    pbs ^ | 01/02/2018 | Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press
    … Some Congolese trying to cross the border were forced back after resisting the efforts of Ugandan health officials screening people for Ebola, she said. More than 600 Ebola cases have been reported, with more than 360 confirmed deaths since August. Congo’s government cited the Ebola outbreak in the country’s northeast for a contentious decision to bar an estimated 1 million voters from the election. Protests followed, with some people vandalizing Ebola response facilities and some aid groups forced to suspend work for days. The internet has been cut off in Congo this week in an apparent effort by the...
  • American possibly exposed to Ebola to be monitored at Nebraska hospital

    12/29/2018 2:39:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    nbc ^ | Dec. 29, 2018 / 1:54 PM PST | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    The unidentified man, who was providing medical assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has shown no symptoms of Ebola... “This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious,” Doctors will work with federal, state and county public health officials to monitor the man and secure the area so no members of the public or other patients are exposed. The man is not officially a patient [?] at Nebraska Medicine, but will be monitored there for two weeks, hospital officials said.
  • Up to 319 people dead as Congo Ebola outbreak worsens

    12/19/2018 9:37:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    cnn ^ | 12/19/2018 | Bethlehem Feleke and Susan Scutti,
    The Ministry of Health said Tuesday that 542 Ebola cases had been recorded in the province of North Kivu -- 494 of which have been confirmed. Of the 319 believed to have died from the virus so far, 271 have been confirmed. Ebola -- which causes fever, severe headache and in some cases hemorrhaging -- kills about half of those infected, but fatality rates in individual outbreaks have varied. North Kivu, which includes the cities of Beni, Kalunguta and Mabalako, remains the epicenter of the outbreak, though cases have been reported in neighboring Ituri province, according to the WHO. The...
  • Ebola vaccine is having ‘major impact’ but worries about Congo outbreak growth

    12/11/2018 1:23:48 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 16 replies
    www.sciencemag.org ^ | 12/10/18 | Jon Cohen
    "..it’s now the second largest Ebola outbreak ever documented, and one of the longest running. The outbreak has hit mothers and their young children especially hard, because many sought care for malaria at health centers that unknowingly have Ebola cases. Women have made up 62% of all cases, and 24% were children under age 15. Only about 50% of new infections are in people previously identified as having been in contact with a case, which underscores how the violence has interfered with contact tracing."
  • Ebola Virus Outbreak Reaches City of 1 Million People in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    12/08/2018 7:42:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Fortune ^ | 12/07/2018 | BrittanyShoot
    The ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has now reached Butembo, a city of over one million residents near the Ugandan border, according to the Associated Press. ...So far, there are over 470 confirmed cases and more than 270 deaths due to the viral hemorrhagic fever, which has an extremely high fatality rate. Another 100-plus cases are under investigation, and Congo’s health ministry confirmed an additional 13 cases on Thursday, the highest one-day total since this latest outbreak was declared in August. This Ebola virus outbreak in the Congo is second only to the outbreak in...
  • Congo's Ebola fight complicated by war and suspicion over vaccine [seen as 'satanic']

    11/11/2018 4:26:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Sky News ^ | 20:43, UK, Saturday 10 November 2018 | John Sparks
    The idea is pretty simple: track down everyone who has been in contact with an Ebola victim and provide them with a newly available vaccine developed in Canada. It has not been approved by major health authorities but it has shown itself to be effective in early trials. There is problem with the plan however. First, many city residents do not want to be tracked down and secondly, they do not want the vaccine. "Lots of people reject the vaccine and they talk a lot about it. They say if you take it you will become infertile, it will kill...
  • CDC Director: Congo’s Ebola Outbreak May Not Be Containable

    11/09/2018 6:23:10 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11-9-2018 | Mac Slavo
    Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people need to be prepared for the worst. Redfield said the Democratic Republic of Congo’s newest Ebola outbreak may not be containable. Tom Inglesby, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, said that if the Ebola outbreak becomes endemic in the Congo’s North Kivu province, it shows “we’ve lost the ability to trace contacts, stop transmission chains and contain the outbreak.” In this situation, Ebola could spread, which could negatively impact both trade and travel, according to a report by Becker’s...
  • CDC director warns that Congo’s Ebola outbreak may not be containable

    11/07/2018 12:35:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    washington post ^ | 11/05/2018 | Lena H. Sun
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said Monday that the Ebola outbreak in conflict-ridden Congo has become so serious that international public health experts need to consider the possibility that it cannot be brought under control and instead will become entrenched. If that happened, it would be the first time since the deadly viral disease was first identified in 1976 that an Ebola outbreak led to the persistent presence of the disease. In all previous outbreaks, most of which took place in remote areas, the disease was contained before it spread widely. The current outbreak is entering...
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus Disease - External Situation Report 13

    10/31/2018 6:21:32 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Reliefweb ^ | 10-30-18 | WHO
    Since WHO’s last situation report issued on 23 October 2018 (External Situation Report 12), an additional 36 new confirmed EVD cases and 19 new deaths have been reported. As of 28 October 2018, a total of 274 confirmed and probable EVD cases, including 174 deaths, have been reported – a case fatality ratio (CFR) of 63.5%. Among the 274 cases, 239 are confirmed and 35 are probable cases. Of the 174 deaths reported since the beginning of the outbreak, 139 were among confirmed cases and 35 among probable cases. The proportion of deaths among confirmed cases is 58.2% (139/239). On...
  • Congo reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN worker is infected

    10/12/2018 8:47:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 12, 2018 3:47 PM EDT
    Congo is reporting five new confirmed Ebola deaths in its latest outbreak, while a worker with the United Nations peacekeeping mission is among several new cases under treatment. Congo’s health ministry says the number of confirmed Ebola cases is now 170, including 95 deaths, as health workers express concern at the rising rate of new infections since the beginning of this month. …
  • Ebola’s spread from Congo growing as WHO calls risk ‘very high’

    09/29/2018 12:48:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    N Y Post ^ | September 29, 2018 | 12:39pm
    The virus moved near the Uganda border after a woman who had participated in burials of Ebola victims refused a vaccination in Beni and disappeared, local officials have said. She died on Sept. 20 at a hospital in Tshomia on Lake Albert, which separates the countries. see also Ebola deaths in Congo rise to 26, health ministry says The second confirmed Ebola case in Tshomia was the woman’s partner, WHO said. The U.N. refugee agency on Friday said it was “gravely concerned” for civilians’ safety in North Kivu, which has the highest number of displaced people in Congo with an...