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The C.D.C.’s model is based on data from August and includes cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but not Guinea (where counts have been unreliable).
Conakry, Guinea — Doctors Without Borders insisted Friday, after one of its doctors who worked in Guinea came down with Ebola in New York City, that self-quarantines are not necessary when there are no symptoms of the disease. Craig Spencer arrived back in New York about a week ago, reported a fever on Thursday and is now being treated at a New York hospital. Some countries have banned travelers from the three main Ebola countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — and the U.S. started health screening of travelers arriving from there. In a statement sent to The Associated Press from Dakar, Senegal, Doctors Without Borders said that having its staffers quarantine themselves after leaving a country with Ebola is going too far if no symptoms are evident. A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until he or she starts showing symptoms.
Ebola outbreak: Cases pass 10,000, WHO reports
The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak has exceeded 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, the World Health Organization says in its latest report.
Only 27 of the cases have occurred outside the three worst-hit countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Those three countries account for all but 10 of the fatalities.
Mali became the latest nation to record a death, a two-year-old girl. More than 40 people known to have come into contact with her have been quarantined.
A Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) screening and treatment site for neglected tropical diseases in rural Uganda.
Mass drug administration. In areas where several infectious diseases are prevalent and can be treated with the same drugs or a similar schedule of drug treatments, we support efforts to coordinate the various components of large-scale drug administration programs, such as obtaining commitments to donate drugs.
"Just two weeks before WHO spokesperson Glenn Thomas was allegedly killed in the mysterious MH17 crash, he played a vital role in defusing WHO Ebola hype and a martial law declaration in July. "In a press briefing in Geneva on June 27th, Thomas introduced WHO’s Ebola expert Pierre Formenty, who categorically denied that Ebola was “out of control” , as reporters and Doctors without Borders suggested. "WHO’s own figures on confirmed Ebola cases show Ebola is under control. "There is no Ebola epidemic. "It is a scandal that an Ebola emergency was declared. "There was no out of control swine flu outbreak in 2009 and there is no out of control Ebola outbreak in 2014.
Guidelines set out by MSF state that returning medics should stay within four hours of a hospital with isolation facilities, but do not require that they avoid crowds so long as they do not display symptoms.
“As long as a returned staff member does not experience any symptoms, normal life can proceed,” the organisation says. “Family, friends, and neighbors can be assured that a returned staff person who does not present symptoms is not contagious and does not put them at risk. Self-quarantine is neither warranted nor recommended when a person is not displaying Ebola-like symptoms.”
Ebola is spreading up to nine times faster in parts of Sierra Leone than it was two months ago. "Whilst new cases appear to have slowed in Liberia, Ebola is continuing to spread frighteningly quickly in parts of Sierra Leone," according to a report by the Africa Governance Initiative. On average, 12 new cases a day were seen in the rural areas surrounding Freetown in late October, compared with 1.3 cases in early September, the report said, a nine fold increase. Transmission was also increasing rapidly in the capital Freetown, with the average number of daily cases six times higher than two months ago.
originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
a reply to: Olivine
If we are seeing such a logarithmic uptick in cases, we need the same rapid increase in trained health care workers and supplies to take care of the sick, and that isn't happening
Properly equipped and trained to use said equipment within a BSL-4 environment at that.
Is any help coming?
originally posted by: Olivine
a reply to: jadedANDcynical
According to the presenters from today's panel, no.
In fact, yesterday, Liberian health care workers were on strike, because they don't have enough protective equipment.
The US pledged 3000 troops to build and operate ebola clinics, but so far we have sent 300.
The number of new cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone has jumped dramatically, putting paid to any hopes that the infection rate is slowing. Official figures released by the minister of health and sanitation show there were 111 new cases registered on Sunday, the highest daily rate since the ministry started publishing figures in August. There were 45 new cases the day before, including 24 in the capital, Freetown. Laboratory results for patients in Freetown, which include the new British army-built Ebola hospital, showed 40 new cases on Sunday. There was also a spike in the number of cases in Port Loko, a district north of Freetown where there is still no treatment centre and where, until recently, corpses were left lying on verandahs, in hospitals and in houses for days before collection. The figures come days after warnings by the UN that Ebola cases in Sierra Leone are being underreported by up to 50%.
A total of 4 confirmed and probable cases, including 4 deaths, have now been reported in Mali... The most recent cases are in Bamako. They are not related to the country’s first EVD case, who died in Kayes on 24 October.
Malian health authorities on Wednesday reportedly confirmed that one of the doctors at the clinic also had Ebola. And, since the death of the nurse, the clinic has been closed and more than 90 people, including 10 U.N. peacekeepers, have been quarantined. The mosque in Bamako, where the imam’s body was washed, has also been put under quarantine, but so far there is no news of anyone falling ill, The Times reported.
originally posted by: IShotMyLastMuse
so, how's the epidemic coming along?
originally posted by: Ektar
Here's more info regarding Mali...
GENEVA, January 5. /TASS/. The number of people killed by the Ebola virus has reached 8,153, ….(and) A total of 20,656 cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported, the report said. The data refer to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
However, under-reporting means the number of deaths and cases is probably much higher, the WHO says.
Ebola wipes out every mother in Liberian village
In Joeblow, Liberia, every mother has been killed by Ebola leaving a village full of confused and devastated children