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Struggling Liberia Creates "plague villages" in Ebola Epicentre
To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicentre of the virus, evoking the "plague villages" of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world.
With few food and medical supplies getting in, many abandoned villagers face a stark choice: stay where they are and risk death or skip quarantine, spreading the infection further in a country ill-equipped to cope.
….Aid workers say that if support does not arrive soon, locals in villages like Boya, where the undergrowth is already spreading among the houses, will simply disappear down jungle footpaths.
"If sufficient medication, food and water are not in place, the community will force their way out to fetch food and this could lead to further spread of the virus," said Tarnue Karbbar, a worker for charity Plan International based in Lofa County.
….The World Health Organization and Liberian officials have warned that, with little access by healthcare workers to the remote areas hidden deep in rugged jungle zones, the actual toll may be far higher.
….Neighbours Guinea and Sierra Leone have placed checkpoints in Gueckedou and Kenema, creating a cross-border quarantine zone of roughly 20,000 square km, about the size of Wales, called the "unified sector".
Within this massive area, Information Minister Lewis Brown described more intense quarantine measures in Lofa county, ring fencing areas where up to 70 percent of people are infected.
"Access to these hot spots is now cut off except for medical workers," he said in an interview this week.
….Yacouba Sylla, the driver of a motorbike taxi in the border area, also complained of a slump in his business.
"Ebola hasn't arrived here, but it is going to kill us anyway before it gets here, as we will die of hunger," he said.
Press Release - Corgenix expands Lassa virus rapid test research to Ebola test development
Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/28/2014
originally posted by: Elliot
a reply to: TruthxIsxInxThexMist
Virtually all of those tested out of Africa are coming back negative for ebola.
Sounds like a lot of scaremongering. I doubt whether the people who are sick in Africa are even receiving a specialised blood test for ebola, so who is to say what strain of haemorragic fever they may be dying of?
Ebola virus disease (EVD) has 3 species of human significance: Zaire, Sudan, and Bundibugyo. The West Africa outbreak is from a new strain of the Zaire species,2 with a reported case-fatality rate of 55%. Infection can cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and generalized bleeding as well as death.
Ebola: world 'failing to help' as Africa faces 'emergency'
The head of an international medical charity has accused world leaders of doing "almost zero" to help countries affected by the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus in history.
"Leaders in the West are talking about their own safety and doing things like closing airlines –and not helping anyone else," Brice de la Vigne, the operations director of Medecins Sans Frontieres told The Guardian.
He argues that containing Ebola is not a complicated task, but requires international intervention. He accused leaders of lacking the political will to take action. "Time is running against us", he warned.
Other healthcare workers have echoed De la Vigne's comments. "We are gone beyond the stage of a health crisis", said Sinead Walsh, head of Irish Aid working in Sierra Leonia's capital. "This is a humanitarian emergency now".
There's no scientific way of knowing exactly how wrong the official numbers are, says Joseph Fair, an infectious disease doctor who has been acting as a special adviser to the health minister of Sierra Leone. "At a bare minimum, I would guess they're probably off by 20 percent," he says.
In addition to the broad early symptoms that Ebola patients will often experience, the CDC notes that patients likely wouldn't qualify for testing unless they've been in recent contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of someone who has the virus.
Nigeria Confirms 2 New Ebola Cases
Aug 22, 2014
Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.
The two are spouses of a man and woman who had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into Nigeria last month with the virus and infected 11 others before he died in July, including the male and female caregiver who both subsequently died of Ebola, Chukwu told reporters in Abuja, the capital.
Nigerian officials initially claimed the risk of exposure to others was minimal because Sawyer was whisked into isolation after arriving at the airport. But Lagos state health commissioner later Jide Idris acknowledged earlier this month that Sawyer was not immediately quarantined the first day.
NOTE: The WHO reported 15 cases in Nigeria on August 20, 2014, bringing the total of reported cases up to 17.
However, the Minister of Health in a statement Wednesday night (local time) said, “This report should be disregarded” reiterating that “Nigeria has only two confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease.”
The Minister said the clarification was due to news reports of five new cases of Ebola in Lagos quoting the Commissioner as source.
“The Honourable Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu wishes to reiterate that at present, Nigeria has only two confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease. This clarification follows media reports of five new cases in Lagos State. This report should be disregarded.
“The minister reiterates that any doubtful information on the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria should be verified from the Office of the Honourable Minister of Health who has the sole authority to announce confirmed cases as far as disease epidemics in Nigeria are concerned."
The Minister reaffirmed that “as at 7 pm today, there is no other confirmed Ebola Virus Disease case in Nigeria outside the two that are currently under treatment at the isolation ward in Lagos.”