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South African woman infected with the Ebola virus has been caught at the Lagos international airport today, flying in from the Air Morok flight.
The woman, whose name is Folswe Elizabeth Maria was said to have landed at the Lagos airport. She was however screened and the virus detected on her. She was from Casablanca in Morocco.
She was arrested immediately and taken into quarantine.
The disease could also become airborne. And that would be disastrous: the infection rate would increase exponentially.
"Even a single change in the genome can have huge consequences," says Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, a virologist at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg.
He confirms that mutations can increase the contagiousness of a virus.
originally posted by: joho99
a reply to: ikonoklast
They define Internet use as using it just once in the last 12 months.
Plus what percentage who speak English have used the Internet?
Them sort of things affect the probability.
Dogs are digging up the corpses of Ebola victims buried in shallow graves in Liberia and eating them in the street, villagers have claimed. Furious residents of Johnsonville Township, outside capital Monrovia, raised the alarm after packs of wild dogs were spotted digging up corpses from a specially-designated 'Ebola graveyard', dragging them into the open and feeding on their flesh.
The Ebola virus spreads further, threatening to become a pandemic.
In the fight against Ebola virus world is defeated.
The epidemic, which began in West Africa threatens to become a global problem. This was at a meeting of the United Nations declared the chairman of the organization "Doctors without Borders" Joanne Liu. She also urged the United States to intensify efforts in the fight against fever.
After six months, the worst in the history of the epidemic of Ebola virus, the world faced the threat of a pandemic.
At the moment, the World Health Organization is active in Africa, affected by the epidemic, mortality is as high as 95%. However, representatives of the organizations complain about the constant lack of funds, medicines and specialists.
On the sorry state of humanitarian missions in Africa, WHO says that new patients are forced to send home to die, since they no longer have a place. In Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, and the flesh of the victims of the epidemic lies in the street, even in the capital - Monrovia. This critical situation only worsens an already difficult situation in this region of the world.
... I still think it's unusual that we're not seeing Ebola posts or threads from ATS members who live in the affected areas. And that makes me still more curious...
PARIS (Reuters) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) told West African countries hardest hit by an Ebola epidemic they were willing to give $150 million to help balance their public finances, but they must first show they are doing everything possible to improve their health systems. Economic growth in Liberia and Sierra Leone could decline by almost 3.5 percentage points and Guinea 1 percentage point, exposing financing gaps totalling $100 million to $130 million in each of the three countries, the IMF said on Thursday. Efforts to stem the spread of Ebola have disrupted regional trade and transport and domestic commerce in several states. "The urgency is to stabilise public finances," AfDB chief Donald Kaberuka told Le Monde newspaper in remarks published on Saturday. "The bank is ready to unblock $150 million to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to consolidate their budgets and their currencies." "But it will depend on extra effort that they improve their health systems and food safety," he said. AfDB announced in August it would donate $60 million to help train medical workers and purchase supplies to fight the Ebola outbreak. The death toll has risen to more than 2,400 people out of 4,784 cases with the number of new Ebola cases in West Africa growing faster than authorities can manage them, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. Kaberuka, who predicted a drop in growth of 2 percent to 2.5 percent for the three countries, said the bank would soon discuss how to divide up the $150 million.
Unlike past outbreaks, the current outbreak of EVD has not been contained and has resulted in social unrest, breakdown in law and order, shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and depletion of the healthcare workforce, with over 240 healthcare workers (HCWs) becoming infected and 120 HCW deaths as of 25thAugust 2014 (World Health Organization (WHO) 2014c).
Current evidence suggests that human to human transmission occurs predominantly though direct contact with blood and body secretions, (World Health Organization (WHO) 2014a) and this is the basis of the WHO and the CDC recommendations for facemasks to protect HCWs from EVD. When determining recommendations for the protection of HCWs, guidelines should not be based solely on one parameter, the presumed mode of transmission.
There appears to be a double standard in recommendations for laboratory scientists working with EV, who must adhere to the highest level of biocontainment (BSL4) when working with the virus. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Aging Australia, 2007) Further, in contrast to HCWs, laboratory workers are exposed to the virus in a highly controlled, sterile environment in which there is less risk of transmission than in the highly unstable, contaminated and unpredictable clinical environment. The perceived inequity inherent in these inconsistent guidelines may also reduce the willingness of HCWs to work during an EVD outbreak.
C. Raina MacIntyre1email, Abrar Ahmad Chughtai2, Holly Seale3, Guy A Richards4, Patricia M Davidson5
1Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Head of School.
2Research assistant and PhD candidate.
4Professor of Critical Care and Director, Critical Care Unit.
5Dean of Nursing and Professor
ibid document linked in prior post
Further, numerous HCWs have succumbed to EVD during this epidemic, including senior physicians experienced in treating EVD and presumably less likely to have suffered lapses in infection control (World Health Organization (WHO) 2014).
i checked his Vitals,helped him with his food.(he was too weak)…..i basically touched where his hands touched and dats d only contact.not directly wt his fluids.@a stage,he yanked off his infusion and we had blood everywhere on his bed…..but d ward maids took care of that and changed his linens with great precaution.everypatient is treated as high risk …..if it were airborne,by now wahala for dey.i still thank God.”
“I never contacted his fluids.
Sacra was at the obstetrics ward seeing pregnant mothers — some of whom were turned away from other crowded facilities in Liberia. He did not treat Ebola patients.
Exactly how Sacra caught the virus remains unknown. The obstetrics ward is located at the main hospital, which is separate from the Ebola isolation unit. Johnson said Sacra was following all the precautions advised by CDC and Doctors Without Borders, including wearing protective gear.
Hey there Doc. Ok so in my microbiology class we have been studying Ebola on and off since the semester started. We came across this one article that talked about people who had survived Ebola and seemed to be doing well then it just comes back. What are your thoughts on the chance of a relapse with Ebola after surviving it?
[–]ELasry[S] 88 points 1 day ago
We don't know of anyone who has relapsed.
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[–]potatoisafruit 34 points 1 day ago
I have two questions:
The literature has very little on whether plasma transfer has been effective in protecting patients, or whether surviving Ebola confers long-term immunity. What are your thoughts?
How can communications about this epidemic be more effective in generating support? What we're seeing IMO in the U.S. is ~90% of people ignoring the situation (just another overblown "crisis"/African issue) and ~10% of people in a full-out panic. What message can be used to create urgency without panic, and which is the best organization to get that message out? (It seems like the WHO has been unsuccessful and the CDC is hesitant to step up since it's not a U.S. issue...)
[–]ELasry[S] 48 points 1 day ago
It seems that surviving Ebola does confer immunity although we don't know for how long. However, we don't know of any patients who have been infected twice.
Transfer of plasma from convalescent patients is actually being tested.
Awareness is definitely a way of generating support. The WHO has been slow to react but they are now speeding up, and the CDC has been at the outbreak almost since the beginning and has deployed more people on the ground than it ever has, as well as contributed to the awareness. The outbreak has been declared an international humanitarian emergency by the WHO.