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….on Friday (August 1, 2014), the aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) described the outbreak as "out of control" and said that the current response has been "entirely insufficient."
WHO'S CHAN SAYS EBOLA CAN BE CONTAINED BUT SAYS DEMANDS CREATED BY EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA OUTSTRIP AFFECTED COUNTRIES' CAPACITY TO RESPOND
World and U.S. health officials urge airline crews to isolate passengers who show symptoms of the Ebola virus if they have recently traveled to West African countries suffering an outbreak of the deadly disease.
But the World Health Organization isn't recommending screening airline passengers leaving the region of Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. Screening is costly and detected few cases after an outbreak in 2003 of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, that began in China.
Sick people are urged not to travel. Because Ebola's incubation period is two to 21 days and early symptoms aren't specific, using thermal scanners to detect fevers is costly, unlikely to detect anyone infected with Ebola "and is not encouraged," according to the WHO.
….following the death of a Liberian of Ebola in Lagos last week, Nigerians have called for foreign assistance to check the disease from spreading.
Ebola test carried out after air passenger death in UK
The Department for Health said the test on the elderly woman, who landed at Gatwick Airport, came back negative on Sunday afternoon.
Monrovia's overcrowded and understaffed Elwa Hospital has had to turn away Ebola cases this week….
NOTE: A commonplace occurrence since the epidemic began.
Geneva: The death toll from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 932 after 45 patients died from 2 August to 4 August, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement. The number of suspected, probable or confirmed cases rose by 108 over the same period to a total of 1,711. Most of the new cases were in Liberia while the number of cases in Nigeria climbed from 4 to 9, including one previous death.
Molecular Diagnostics for Lassa Fever at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Nigeria: Lessons Learnt from Two Years of Laboratory Operation
…….Only the laboratory at the hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, which has become operational since 2004 (after civil war forced its closure in 1993), is able to perform Lassa fever testing for patients . In Nigeria, the situation improved with the implementation of Lassa virus PCR testing at a research laboratory of the University of Lagos ….
…….The diagnostic and research laboratory was built in 2008 and started operation in September 2008.
……..The study was classified as a service evaluation and granted exemption from ethical review by the Research and Ethics Committee of ISTH. …….Service evaluation is exempt from ethical review according to the National Code of Health Research Ethics, National Health Research Ethics Committee, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria.
Tons of oil workers are passing through Nigeria. We have quite a few friends that work over there. They do work offshore but they have to get into the country first and they come home through the airports.
U.N.: It's ethical to try untested Ebola medicines
The World Health Organization declared Tuesday that it's ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines in the outbreak in West Africa provided the right conditions are met.