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Ten new cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in Liberia, raising the total to 29, Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyensweah said Wednesday. Fourteen suspected cases have also been discovered, according to the government. In addition, three more people have died from the disease, which has so far claimed more than 30 lives in Liberia, according to the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO). Of the confirmed cases, 21 are in northern Lofa County, while eight are in the capital Monrovia, Nyensweah told dpa. The Health Ministry has asked the public to inform the authorities about any deaths occurring in homes or backyard clinics before burial. Ebola, which has a fatality rate of 90%, is one of the most contagious viral diseases known. In March, the virus spread from Guinea to neighbouring Liberia.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday announced it was changing the way it reports fatalities from the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone at the request of the government.
Previously, probable and suspected deaths from Ebola were included in the count but from now on, only laboratory confirmed cases will be reported, reducing the death toll in Sierra Leone from 58 to 34 as of Tuesday.
The way the deaths are reported in Guinea and Liberia, the other two countries hit by the outbreak, will remain unchanged, said WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib.
Doctors Without Borders has described the outbreak as "out of control" and said with cases in more than 60 sites, its resources are stretched to the limit.
"The epidemic is out of control," said Bart Janssens, MSF director of operations. "With the appearance of new sites in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, there is a real risk of it spreading to other areas."
"Ebola is no longer a public health issue limited to Guinea: it is affecting the whole of West Africa," said Janssens, urging WHO, affected countries and their neighbours to deploy more resources especially trained medical staff.
Reston virus (abbreviated RESTV) was first described in 1990 as a new "strain" of Ebola virus (EBOV), a result of mutation from Ebola virus. It is the single member of the species Reston ebolavirus, which is included into the genus Ebolavirus, family Filoviridae, order Mononegavirales. Reston virus is named after Reston, Virginia, US, where the virus was first discovered.
RESTV was discovered in crab-eating macaques from Hazleton Laboratories (now Covance) in 1989. This attracted significant media attention due to the proximity of Reston to the Washington, DC metro area, and the lethality of a closely related Ebola virus. Despite its status as a level-4 organism, Reston virus is non-pathogenic to humans, though hazardous to monkeys; the perception of its lethality was confounded due to the monkey's coinfection with Simian hemorrhagic fever virus (SHFV).
Ebola outbreaks have been restricted to Africa, with the exception of Reston ebolavirus.
As long as no funeral homes have hearses with pro-Al Qaeda or ISIS bumper stickers....
That was a plot in a book and made a pretty good novel too. That was back before persistent Ebola outbreaks in absurdly accessible areas started becoming more common.
So this arSticle is a bit misleading in that respect but that's to be expected because the Global Progressives want to make the biggest possible deal they can out of this;
Even if an infected person crawled upon an airplane and landed in Newark, by the time they showed symptoms, the US medical protocols would probably stop any spread from that individual.
The outbreak in West Africa is the largest in history. Nearly 500 people have caught the hemorrhagic virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The death toll so far is 338, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
"The chance of Ebola spreading out of West Africa is very, very low," says infectious disease specialist Kamran Khan, with St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "But if it did spread, Paris is probably the first city on the list."
When news broke that the Ebola virus had resurfaced in Uganda, investigators in Canada were making headlines of their own with research indicating the deadly virus may spread between species, through the air.
The team, comprised of researchers from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, the University of Manitoba, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, observed transmission of Ebola from pigs to monkeys. They first inoculated a number of piglets with the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus. Ebola-Zaire is the deadliest strain, with mortality rates up to 90 percent. The piglets were then placed in a room with four cynomolgus macaques, a species of monkey commonly used in laboratories. The animals were separated by wire cages to prevent direct contact between the species.