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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by duodecima » Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:30 pm

sheddi wrote: This outbreak could possibly be under control. Possibly.
Or maybe not quite yet.

New WHO update - 37 new cases and 21 new deaths in Guinea between 5/29 and 6/1. 13 new cases in Sierra Leone.

Looks like a smoldering sort of thing now.

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_06_04_ebola/en/
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Re: Ebola in West Africa

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by FlashDaddy » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:53 pm

Great article. I was struck by the amount of projective gear they use in caring for patients,
With each worker needing a complete change of gown, mask, gloves, goggle and other protective gear with each visit, that means supplies go fast.
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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by buck85 » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:11 pm

This is direct copy from the who website. I have include two maps
http://www.who.int/csr/don/en/
http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_06_04_ebola/en/
Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

Disease Outbreak News
4 June 2014

Guinea

Between 29 May and 1 June 2014, 37 new cases and 21 new deaths were reported from the following 5 districts: Conakry, 3 new cases and 0 deaths; Gueckedou, 11 new cases and 13 deaths; Macenta, 4 new cases and 1 death; Telimele, 19 new cases and 5 deaths; and Boffa, 0 new cases and 2 deaths. The cumulative number of cases and deaths attributable to EVD in Guinea is now 328 (laboratory confirmed 193, probable 80, and suspected 55) including 208 deaths. The geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Conakry, 56 cases and 27 deaths; Gueckedou, 190 cases and 140 deaths; Macenta, 44 cases and 24 deaths; Dabola, 4 cases and 4 deaths; Kissidougou, 7 cases and 5 deaths; Dinguiraye, 1 case and 1 death; Telimele, 22 cases and 5 deaths; and Boffa, 4 cases and 2 deaths.

The number of contacts currently being followed countrywide is 604, distributed as follows: Gueckedou, 341 contacts; Macenta, 175 contacts; and Telimele (88 contacts). In terms of isolation, 16 patients are currently being hospitalized in Conakry (1), Gueckedou (12), Telimele (2), and Boffa (1).

Sierra Leone

Between 29 May and 1 June 2014, 13 new cases (3 confirmed and 10 suspected) and no new deaths were reported from Kailahun (12 new cases and 0 death) and Kenema (1 new case and 0 deaths). This brings the cumulative total number of cases to 79 (18 confirmed, 3 probable, and 58 suspected), including 6 deaths. The geographical distribution of these cases and deaths are as follows: Kailahun, 41 cases and 6 deaths; Kenema, 3 cases and 0 deaths; Koinadugu, 2 cases and 0 deaths; Bombali, 1 case and 0 deaths; Bo, 13 cases and 0 deaths; Moyamba, 1 case and 0 deaths; and Freetown, 5 cases and 0 deaths. A total of 4 cases are in isolation at Kenema Hospital.

Liberia

One suspected case from nearby Kailahun, Sierra Leone died in Foya, Liberia. The dead body was taken back to Kailahun for burial. Eleven (11) contacts were identified and are being followed up.

The total number of cases is subject to change due to reclassification, retrospective investigation, consolidation of cases and laboratory data and enhanced surveillance.
WHO response

WHO and partners continue to support the implementation of preventive and control measures in affected countries. In Guinea, an additional 5 experts have been deployed/redeployed in Gueckedou and Macenta to address community resistance and data and case management. In neighbouring counties, WHO continues to provide guidance on preparedness activities in accordance with the EVD preparedness plans developed by each country.

In Sierra Leone, health-care workers from affected districts are being trained to conduct outreach and active search for EVD clinical cases and contacts. Sites have been identified to set up Isolation centres in Kailahun and Koindou and are awaiting MOH approval.
WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone based on the current information available for this event
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Re: Ebola in West Africa

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by Old_Man » Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:34 pm

Hey buck!

The latest from Docs without Borders.
http://www.boston.com/health/2014/06/20 ... story.html
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is ‘‘totally out of control,’’ according to a senior official for Doctors Without Borders, who says the medical group is stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond.

The current outbreak has caused more deaths than any other on record, said another official with the medical charity. Ebola has been linked to more than 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization.

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by buck85 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:40 pm

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_06_18_ebola/en/
This is a great site, for everything, of this nature.
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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by sheddi » Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:25 pm

The ongoing ebola outbreak is big enough news that there's an article on it in The Daily Beast.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2 ... worse.html
The Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Is Just Getting Worse
The government of Guinea has failed to contain the virus—and now an ‘out of control’ outbreak has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. We could be in for a long, hot summer.

The Ebola virus outbreak that began this spring in Guinea, West Africa, is refusing to fade out. Cases have spread into other countries in West Africa, including Liberia and Sierra Leone, and the current case count is staggering. With about 560 suspected cases (70 percent confirmed) and a death rate of more than 65 percent, it’s the largest and most lethal Ebola virus outbreak on record.

Most of the cases have been reported in Guinea, and of the viruses studied thus far, almost all relate closely to the strain seen in 2012 in the Congo. Disturbingly, the cases seen recently are increasing sharply in Sierra Leone, with 31 new cases in the past few days, while settling down finally in Guinea.

The medical support organization Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), made noise this week by proclaiming that the outbreak was “out of control,” and another expert labeled the smoldering epidemic the “tip of the iceberg.” Although the outbreak represents no threat outside the affected area, the two diagnoses appear to be correct: Lame government efforts have resulted in an unabated series of cases.

As I wrote when the first wave of cases appeared, Ebola is not that hard to contain, assuming a country provides the rudiments of public health: isolation, masks and gowns, messages to families and towns about how to avoid the illness. Unfortunately, the governments affected appear to have failed at this most basic governmental responsibility.

It is difficult to know just what has failed: whether the World Health Organization support was pulled away too quickly; whether countries relied too much on outside organizations for manpower and supplies; or whether the governments thought that by ignoring the problem, it would go away. But it has not and will not—until serious, sustained efforts are in place.

The lesson of the June Ebola outbreak is identical to the one from March. Outbreaks of various frightening diseases, from malaria to HIV to Ebola, will continue where health care systems are poorly structured and underfunded. Dr. Mwayabo Kazadi, who leads one of the many relief organizations in the area, summed up the problem quite succinctly to NBC News: “When you don’t have a proper health system in place, it is pretty difficult [to contain an epidemic].” Let’s hope the flurry of publicity MSF and other professionally worried groups have generated will rally attention and spur the necessary resources and political pressure required to bring the nightmarish epidemic to a close. Because without both money and governmental will, we could be in for a long, hot summer.
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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by buck85 » Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:28 pm

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by Dabster » Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:08 pm

From her time in the US Peace Corps, my wife has some friends in Gambia. Gambia is not an Ebola hot spot but it is in the neighborhood. Talking with these friends last week they mentioned that everyone (Not just the bureaucrats in the capital) has been informed of the symptoms of Ebola and what to do if they see them.

Comforting that they're getting the information. Uncomfortable that someone official feels they need the information.
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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by buck85 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:15 pm

It is about sustainable health care, most importantly reporting locally and regional out breaks.
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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by Murphman » Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:05 am

Ebola spreads to Sierra Leone...victim is on the run. :shock:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/ ... DB20140725

Ebola may have spread to Nigeria:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/ ... DB20140725
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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by Old_Man » Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:36 pm

Two Americans have contracted ebola while working in Liberia. With so many health workers and doctors now contracting the disease brings several questions to mind as to protocol and whether the virus is a bit more clever than previously thought.

[quote][BOONE, N.C. - Two U.S. citizens are now reported to be infected with the deadly and incurable Ebola virus in West Africa.

The first American reported to have contracted the disease is an American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia, who tested positive for the deadly virus, North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse issued said in a news release on Saturday.

The second person who reportedly tested positive for Ebola is a woman employed by an aid organization in Liberia who is a married mother of two./quote]

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Post by Viper shtf » Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:21 am

The American doc that caught it used to work at the same hospital my girlfriend does. Glad she doesn't know him, since he's most likely doomed.
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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by buck85 » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:17 am

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by Mikeyboy » Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:40 pm

Crap....

A few details that came up in the news today about that Liberian official is quite disturbing....

http://news.yahoo.com/nigeria-isolates- ... 49034.html
LAGOS (Reuters) - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous country.

Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia's Finance Ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at the Lagos airport on July 20. He was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of a city that is home to 21 million people. He died on Friday.....

...Derek Gatherer, a virologist at Britain's University of Lancaster, said anyone on the plane near Sawyer could be in "pretty serious danger," but that Nigeria was better placed to tackle the outbreak than its neighbors.

"Nigerians have deep pockets and they can do as much as any Western country could do if they have the motivation and organization to get it done," he said.

Nigeria's largest air carrier Arik Air has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone because of the Ebola risk, Arik spokesman Ola Adebanji said in an email on Monday.

"RED ALERT"

David Heymann, head of the Centre on Global Health Security at London's Chatham House, said every person who had been on the plane to Lagos with Sawyer would need to be traced and told to monitor their temperature twice a day for 21 days.

The World Health Organization said in a statement that Sawyer's flight had stopped in Lomé, Togo, on its way to Lagos.

"WHO is sending teams to both Nigeria and Togo to do follow- up work in relation to contact tracing, in particular to contacts he may have had on board the flight," spokesman Paul Garwood said.

Liberia closed most of its border crossings and introduced stringent health measures on Sunday, a day after a 33-year-old American doctor working there for the relief organization Samaritan's Purse tested positive for Ebola.

Nigeria's airports, seaports and land borders have been on "red alert" since Friday over the disease.

Exacerbating the difficulty of containing the virus, Nigerian doctors are on strike over conditions and pay.

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by Mikeyboy » Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:17 pm

More crap....

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/ ... 9-09-18-29
A 40-year-old American man of Liberian descent who worked for the West African nation's Finance Ministry died Friday in Nigeria after taking several flights on ASKY Airlines. At the time, Liberian authorities said they had not been requiring health checks of departing passengers in Monrovia.

"We have a presence of the police at the airport to enforce what we're doing," said Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority board. "So if you have a flight and you are not complying with the rules, we will not allow you to board."

Patrick Sawyer's sister had died of Ebola though he maintained he had not had close physical contact with her when she was sick. He took an ASKY Airlines flight from Liberia to Ghana, then on to Togo and eventually to Nigeria where he was immediately taken into quarantine until his death Friday.

His travels have caused widespread fear at a time when the outbreak shows no signs of slowing in West Africa, where medical facilities are scarce and where some affected communities have in panic attacked the international health workers trying to help them. The Ebola outbreak has had about a 70 percent fatality rate, and there is no vaccine or specific treatment that can save lives.

In a statement released Tuesday, ASKY said it was temporarily halting flights not only to Monrovia but also to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Flights will continue to the capital of the third major country where people have died - Guinea - though passengers departing from there will be "screened for signs of the virus."

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by IceWing » Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:40 pm

Is anybody else concerned that we have multiple medical professionals, including the doc in charge of a national ebola program, as well as high profile white collar finance folks, who are coming down with this thing?

The doctors of course have an increased chance of infection simply due to their job, but I doubt a high level financial consultant for the government is handling dead bodies all that frequently.

Additionally, FOUR medical professionals, who know what the deal is, and ALL of them come down with it...

My first concern right now is that the procedures they're following are NOT preventing the infection from occurring via NORMAL, or accepted transmission mechanisms...

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by williaty » Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:44 pm

IceWing wrote:once is chance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action... what is four times?
Off topic, but that saying came up a few years ago when I worked in a server farm. In the space of a couple of months, we were at like 7 or 8 transoceanic cables being cut. It got really, really hard to believe it wasn't happening intentionally.

ETA: REALLY off topic now, but I just realized that was around the time frame that we now know the NSA was tapping fiber :shock:

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by raptor » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:15 pm

Ebola has never been on my worry list because based upon what I read it seemed to be deadly too quickly to allow its efficient spread to a large population base. That coupled with the fact that is not transmitted through airborne means like influenza made me not have it very high on my list of concerns.

However this current outbreak is starting to get my attention.

First the Patrick Sawyer incident then this Liberia has closed its borders.

I could make snarky comment about who the hell goes there anyway except that this is very poor country that needs trade coming in to survive and at great financial cost they have shut the doors of commerce. Kind of like a starving man refusing dinner, you would ask why?

http://news.yahoo.com/liberia-closes-bo ... mobustoday


It bears moving this up on your awareness list.

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by IceWing » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:28 pm

raptor wrote:Ebola has never been on my worry list because based upon what I read it seemed to be deadly too quickly to allow its efficient spread to a large population base. That coupled with the fact that is not transmitted through airborne means like influenza made me not have it very high on my list of concerns.
From my understanding, it has a three week incubation window, then one week of communicable phase, then you die... And then your body is still a massive biohazard... Oh, and if you survive the infection, some bodily fluids (semen was mentioned specifically) can spread the disease for up to two months. (Mind you, if you come down with ebola and survive AND you're feeling randy within 8 weeks, well, more power to you I guess, but keep it in your pants)

On a side note, I brought this up in another like minded forum, specifically trying to tabletop when would be a good time to effect self-isolation if it spreads to the US OR if the transmission vector is confirmed to have altered, and I got pretty much broadsides by the moderators for 'fear mongering'.

So, Raptor, I applaud you for shifting your opinion AND saying so publicly (no, it wasn't Raptor who came after me, nor anybody from this board), but please be aware that ebola is SO nasty, that the normalcy bias on this one is pretty extreme.
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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by raptor » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:47 pm

IceWing wrote: So, Raptor, I applaud you for shifting your opinion AND saying so publicly (no, it wasn't Raptor who came after me, nor anybody from this board), but please be aware that ebola is SO nasty, that the normalcy bias on this one is pretty extreme.
I am not advocating getting out your tyvek suits and other PPE gear and wearing them daily (yet), but yes the 3 week latency period and general "It cannot happen here" attitude is not a very good mix.

Couple this with a kill rate of between 50% to 90%, well that is something to at least keep on your risk tracking chart.

The other interesting risk is that transmission also can occur through cooked food like bats and other infected critters. This in addition to saliva, blood, urine, feces, vomit and yes seman are vectors.

It sounds like gloves, in addition to basic proper hygiene are in order if the risk level increases.

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Re: Ebola in West Africa

Post by Towanda » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:08 pm

Well, crap. This now sounds like it's no longer a question of whether Ebola gets outside Africa, but when.

I'm asking this with my tongue only halfway in my cheek, because I like to prepare well in advance, and because I'm still driving a taxi:
  • How does one decontaminate one's Tyvek suit and rubber boots?
  • How does one decontaminate a vehicle?
  • How does one get the Ebola virus off cash?
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