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We're told that you can only catch Ebola from close contact with the victim's body fluids. Yet here we have proof of a killer virus that easily infects healthcare workers who are trying to help.
Nigerian Doctor Who Treated Ebola Patient Tests Positive
Lagos recorded its second case of Ebola on Monday, in a doctor who treated U.S. victim Patrick Sawyer, Nigeria's health minister said.
"As of today, one of the doctors that treated the late Mr Sawyer has tested positive for the Ebola virus," Onyebuchi Chukwu told a news conference. Of 70 people who were under surveillance, eight had been "quarantined at an isolation ward provided by the Lagos state government," he added.
The male patient came to the hospital’s emergency room early Monday morning with a high fever and gastrointestinal problems, the hospital said in a statement. The man had recently visited a West African country where Ebola has been reported, according to the hospital; he has “been placed in strict isolation” and is being screened for the virus.
originally posted by: DirtyD
A standrd trip to the emergency does not cost 2k. I sliced the tip of my thumb off and when it was all said and done it cost $700. Last time I was sick, I went to Urgent Care, had some tests run, it cost $125. My PCP was $75, now with insurance it costs $40 to see him.
If an Ebola epidemic hits the US, lack of available health care will not be the starting factor.
Report: 6 Tested in NYC Tested for Ebola; News Withheld from Public
“There have been about a half-a-dozen patients who have had their blood tested because of the concern. Those particular patients, their stories were not made public. This patient was. I'm not sure if that's because of heightened concern by the hospital or what that means exactly. But, again, we just can't say for sure until the final tests come back and you know, they want to be sure on this. It takes about a day or so.”
Liberia Clinics Close for Fear of Ebola.
A hospital in the Liberian capital is deserted. A lone security guard monitors an empty car park. Many health centres like this one are closed at a time when the country urgently needs medical help. The Ebola virus has killed nearly 900 people across four West African countries since February. Medical personnel here in Monrovia are too afraid of catching one of the world's deadliest diseases to come into work.
Sierra Leone Unable to Contain Ebola Outbreak
Speaking to CNN on Tuesday, Doctors Without Borders coordinator Anja Wolz said the country needs international help if it is going to stop the situation from getting worse. Specifically, she called on the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to become involved.
"I think that the government and the ministry of health here in Sierra Leone is not able to deal with this outbreak. We need much more help from international organizations – as WHO, as CDC, as other organizations – to come to support the government,” she said.
"Still we have unsafe burials; people who are doing the burial without disinfection of the body; still we have patients who are hiding themselves; still we have patients or contacts of patients who are running away because they are afraid."
Nigeria on Wednesday confirmed five new cases of Ebola in Lagos and a second death from the virus, bringing the total number of infections in sub-Saharan Africa's largest city to seven.
"Nigeria has now recorded 7 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVB)" health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.
A Saudi man who was being treated for Ebola-like symptoms has died at a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia's health ministry says.
If confirmed, this would be the first Ebola-related death outside Africa in an outbreak that has killed more than 900 people this year.
World Health Organization (WHO) experts are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss a response to the outbreak.
The two-day meeting will decide whether to declare a global health emergency.
CDC Issues Highest Emergency Alert Amid Ebola Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday ramped up its response to the expanding Ebola outbreak, a move that frees up hundreds of employees and signals the agency sees the health emergency as a potentially long and serious one.
The CDC’s “level 1 activation” is reserved for the most serious public health emergencies, and the agency said the move was appropriate considering the outbreak’s “potential to affect many lives.” The CDC took a similar move in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and again in 2009 during the bird-flu threat.
A Saudi man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone has died in Jeddah.
"A Saudi man suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus passed away at 8:45am on Wednesday at a specialised hospital in Jeddah", the Ministry of Health said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.
The statement added that the Ministry of Health had submitted samples from the man to a US laboratory recommended by the World Health Organisation, as well as an accredited laboratory in Germany, for testing.
The ministry said it was working to trace the man's route of travel and monitoring people he came in contact with.
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.