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The Telegraph wrote:WHO fears 'explosive increase' in new Ebola cases as outbreak moves to city

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread from the countryside to a major city of 1.2m inhabitants, prompting fears of a full blown health emergency.

A UK rapid response team, comprising doctors, nurses and other public health experts, is expected to be deployed to the region in the next 48 hours by Public Health England (PHE) as part of an international effort to contain the deadly haemorrhagic disease.

The outbreak was first reported on May 8 in the remote rural area of Bikoro in the north west of the country. Now three cases, one of which has been laboratory confirmed, have been reported in Mbandaka, a densely populated city of more than one million people, with poor sanitation and sparse healthcare facilities.

The latest official figures suggest at least 44 people have been infected and 23 have died since the outbreak started, although experts fear many more cases may have gone unreported.
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Homeopathic ipecac!

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Doctor X wrote:I, for one, find it sad that so many People of Color[Tm.--Ed.] will risk getting the autisms when there are many other alternatives such as acupuncture, Reiki, prayer, Qi Gong, and Robitussin.

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Health workers fighting Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo have run into an invisible but powerful hurdle — a belief system that deems the disease to be a curse or the result of evil spirits.

Some people are refusing medical care and turn instead to preachers and prayers to chase away the threat, they say.

The pastor of an evangelical church last Wednesday died several days after he “prayed” for an Ebola victim who went to him for help, a doctor said.
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Prayer works after all it seems. Just not the way the petitioners thought it would.
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There's an app for that.
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Seems to have dropped out of the news for the most part. Here's the most recent story I could find:

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory ... d-55886179
At least 38 Ebola cases, including 14 deaths, have been confirmed in what is Congo's ninth Ebola outbreak since the virus was first identified more than four decades ago. Officials have said the pace of new confirmed cases has slowed, with none in Mbandaka since May 17. Efforts are shifting to more remote areas, where most of the cases have been confirmed, to contain the outbreak.

This outbreak is a major test of an Ebola vaccine that for the first time is being used at the start of an epidemic after showing promise late in the West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago.
Sounds like it is being effectively contained.
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A shill for Big Pharma [Tm.--Ed.] I see, Anax.

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Too bad there's not a vaccine for stupidity.

The Doctor Killed In Friday's Ebola Attack Was Dedicated — But Also Afraid
The witnesses told him that the attackers said, "Ebola doesn't exist! ... [You've] invented the disease."

That fits into a larger pattern of community distrust that has plagued Ebola responders since the outbreak was declared last August. There have been years of armed conflict in the outbreak zone. Dozens of armed groups are active in the area. And many citizens feel victimized by the government. So they're suspicious of authorities and, by extension, health workers.
If they're going to do this, they really need armed guards at all times.
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I would respond, "or their attackers need to die."

But it is never the Cunts who die. It is all of the innocent bystanders.

Maybe they should kill the Cunts.

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Some not so good news...

UN health chief warns of ‘very high’ risk of Ebola spread
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. health agency says the risk that the Ebola virus will spread remains “very high.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was speaking Monday at the start of the World Health Organization’s annual assembly, where issues like anti-microbial resistance, universal health care and WHO reform are among the topics up for discussion.

Ghebreyesus noted that the current Ebola outbreak, which is the second deadliest on record and has been confirmed to have taken nearly 1,100 lives, is so far contained to two provinces of eastern Congo that are wracked by violence by armed groups.

He said the outbreak was “one of the most complex health emergencies any of us have ever faced.”

Ebola Containment Efforts in DRC Threatened by Insecurity, Underfunding
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies warns the Ebola epidemic in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could spread to urban areas and across international borders because of heightened insecurity and a serious shortage of money. DR Congo Ministry of Health reports 1,739 cases of Ebola, including 1,147 deaths, which indicates a 66 percent fatality rate.

The Ebola epidemic in conflict-ridden North Kivu and Ituri provinces started 40 weeks ago on August 1. What is particularly frightening about the latest situation report is that 20 percent of overall cases have occurred in just the last three weeks.
The International Red Cross Federation finds this sharp upsurge alarming. It is urging the international community to redouble its efforts to contain this deadly virus before it escalates further.

The IFRC’s Director of Health and Care, Emanuele Capobianco, says the Ebola response faces a double jeopardy of insecurity and critical underfunding. He says the security situation is complex and will require a range of responses. But he notes the funding situation could be fixed now.

“At the moment, the financial situation for many of the humanitarian organizations is quite dire," he said. "There is a real need to step up the response. Otherwise, activities will have to be scaled down and the impact on the future of the epidemic will be extremely serious.”

People who get infected with the Ebola virus have a very high risk of dying. Studies from the 2014 historic outbreak in West Africa show that between 60 and 80 percent of Ebola cases were linked to Ebola-infected bodies at traditional burials.

Capobianco says Red Cross efforts to provide communities with safe and dignified burials are meeting with increasing success.

“Up to now, there have been up to 5,000 safe and dignified burials conducted and they are conducted for, as I mentioned before, the people who died either in the community or the Ebola treatment centers of Ebola confirmed," he said. Also, for people who may be just suspected of Ebola. And, that is why the number of 5,000 is so high. That is a critical part of the work that we have done and which, at the moment is threatened by the lack of funding.”

Capobianco says the Red Cross has received less than half of the $30 million it needs to carry out its Ebola-control activities across affected parts of DR Congo, as well as preparedness efforts in neighboring Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda.

He warns Red Cross operations will be forced to close within the next two weeks without additional urgent investment.
One would think this is something that should be funded....
UPDATE (anyone remember this?): Woman spread Ebola virus one year after infection, doctors say
LONDON (AP) — A Liberian woman who probably caught Ebola in 2014 may have infected three relatives a year after she first fell sick, doctors reported in a study published Monday.
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The rare possibility of Ebola spreading long after infection highlights the importance of monitoring survivors, especially with the imminent end of the most recent flare-up of the disease in Congo. That country’s latest outbreak, announced in May, has so far recorded 38 confirmed cases, including 14 deaths. It is due to be declared contained on Wednesday, which will mark 42 days, or two incubation periods, since the last case was recorded.
“The Ebola virus hides in places where it can escape the antibodies from a body’s immune system, so there is a need for vigilance,” said Dr. David Heymann, a professor of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who was not linked to the new research.

The unusual cluster of cases in Liberia was identified after the woman’s 15-year-old son was diagnosed with Ebola in November 2015. Scientists then tested the rest of his family: the woman, her husband and their three younger sons.

The 15-year-old died a few days later. The father and an 8-year-old boy were positive for Ebola, but both recovered. The couple’s 5-year-old son wasn’t infected.

Doctors found Ebola antibodies in the mother, her breast milk and her 2-month-old baby, suggesting a previous infection and the possibility she passed on protection to her infant son through breastfeeding.

Researchers reported genetic similarities between the viruses taken from the father, the two boys and the strain circulating during the 2014-15 outbreak across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, which ultimately killed more than 11,000 people in the biggest Ebola epidemic in history.

Scientists discovered the woman had cared for her brother in July 2014, who died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms but before being tested for the disease. The woman later experienced a similar illness, but never sought care.

Several weeks after giving birth to a baby in September 2015, the woman developed problems including fatigue and breathing difficulties. Doctors say that because pregnancy lowers the body’s immune defenses, that may have allowed for the Ebola virus to re-emerge.

“The suspicious illness she had following delivery may have been a re-activation of Ebola, but we have no confirmatory tests,” said Dr. Emily Kainne Dokubo, who led the Ebola response in Liberia for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the study’s lead author.

Dokubo said it was possible the woman infected her husband and two older sons with Ebola when they took care of her — the disease is normally spread through contact with an infected patient’s blood or other bodily fluids. The case report was published online Monday in the journal Lancet.

“There isn’t complete evidence to reconstruct what happened, but this is the most likely scenario,” said Lorenzo Subissi, an epidemiologist at Sciensano, a Belgian research institute, who was not part of the study.

Dokubo said such cases of Ebola re-emergence are exceptional, with only two reported instances: a Scottish nurse who developed meningitis caused by Ebola hidden in her brain and an American physician who had lingering virus in his eye. In those two cases, the virus did not spread any further.

“We don’t want there to be a sense of complacency with people thinking that just because the outbreak is over, there’s nothing more to be done,” Dokubo said. “There is a risk of viral persistence and people should seek care immediately so that we can pick up any suspicious cases right away and stop a larger outbreak.”
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Apologies if this has been posted before, from National Geographic.
The world's second-biggest Ebola outbreak is still raging.
An Ebola epidemic thundering through heavily populated provinces in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has sickened more than 110 people in the past week—despite the efforts of specialist medical teams, an effective vaccine, and new treatments that are being tested in the region.
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In this outbreak, the virus appears to be infecting an unusually high number of children and killing a large percentage of people before they’ve sought or received treatment in Ebola centers staffed by local and international aid workers. Now, teams trying to track the spread of the disease are finding fresh cases with no obvious connection to previous patients, leading some health specialists to worry that the end of this epidemic is nowhere in sight.
That also implies, they really do not know where it started...
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“I’m not at all optimistic that the epidemic will be brought under control in the near to medium term. All the data point in the direction of an extended epidemic,” says Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University, director of the WHO Collaborating Center on Global Health Law. “With ongoing community distrust and explosive violence, and no concrete plan to overcome these obstacles, cases will increase with potential regional or global transmission.
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Well, fuck.

My money was on extinction level asteroid.
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It burns out too quickly.

Worry more about the Spanish Inquisition Flu.

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There's a vaccine now, so I don't think a pandemic is a concern. However, in a place like the Congo it could spread due to political instability. The vaccine only works if you can give it to people in the affected areas.
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And recently international efforts to vaccinate against diseases like polio and Gram's Mom means. . . .




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Interestingly enough, we could have had a very nasty event, here in :freedom:!
The Hot Zone examines "the terrifying true story of the origins of the Ebola virus, a highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest and its first arrival on U.S. soil. In 1989, when this killer suddenly appeared in primates in a scientific lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there was no known cure. A heroic U.S. Army veterinarian working with a secret military SWAT team put herself in mortal peril when she tried to head off the outbreak before it spread to the human population."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hot_Zone_(miniseries)

For sure, embelished and dramatized...however it IS based on a case of 400 infected monkeys, brought here to the US, and what might have happened had one gotten out into the general population of Reston VA. Premiers May 27, Nat-Geo.

The following video is narated by one of the doctors who actually participated in the real event in Reston VA, and yes, there was a day care facility 50 yards away (see video at ~ 9:44).

Dr. Jaax discusses the first outbreak of Ebola and the realities of response to infectious disease.
No where near as dramatic, but fact filled...
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Like completely undramatic. She was an early example of "really did not do anything significant in this but, yay, Girl Power!"

Good book though.

Marburg, which is covered in the book, was far more "dramatic," but, you know, fuck those Krauts.

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Doctor X wrote: Thu May 23, 2019 3:28 pm Like completely undramatic. She was an early example of "really did not do anything significant in this but, yay, Girl Power!"

Good book though.

Marburg, which is covered in the book, was far more "dramatic," but, you know, fuck those Krauts.

--J.D.
Yea, like many things from Hollywood, a strong 'you go girl' ...thing.
The Ted talk was a bit more interesting...

I dont know if folks here use this or not, I found it to be of interest.
Here is a general interest site: http://www.globalincidentmap.com/
Here is one more specific http://outbreaks.globalincidentmap.com/
Some data from that site...

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2019-05-19 22:34:00	Detail	Congo (Kinshasa)	Kinshasa	
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - 1177 Deaths Caused By The Ebola Outbreak In 9 Months...

2019-05-01 00:15:00	Detail	Congo (Kinshasa)	Kinshasa	
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - Ebola Outbreak In Congo Hits Record For Confirmed Cases 
In Single Day

2019-04-29 01:27:00	Detail	Congo (Kinshasa)	Kinshasa	
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - Ebola Death Toll In DR Congo Rises To 865

2019-04-26 00:57:00	Detail	Congo (Kinshasa)	Kinshasa	
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - Ebola Deaths Reach 900 Amid DR Congo Security Crisis
In other news: UN names new 'Ebola czar' for growing DRC outbreak
The United Nations (UN) today announced the creation of an emergency Ebola response coordinator, a role that officials hope will tackle the security and political challenges facing the response efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC's) 10-month-long Ebola outbreak.

The UN appointed David Gressly, MBA, currently the UN's deputy special representative for peacekeeping missions in the DRC, to the post. Gressly is expected to work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO).
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More news: Battle to combat Ebola outbreak in the Congo 'is failing' as death toll passes 1,200 mark and damning figures show 100 people a week are catching the killer virus

What is it with the Brits and their long headlines....
The bid to stop combat Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo is failing as the outbreak shows signs of spiralling out of control, experts have warned.

Grieving locals are angry they can't have normal funerals for dead family members because victims have to be buried by well-protected medical workers.

Disrupting traditions is turning people against aid efforts and more than 100 new cases of Ebola are now being diagnosed every week, figures show.

More than 1,200 people have died in the outbreak since it began in August, with 337 of those deaths – a quarter of the total – in the first three weeks of May alone.
August?
I think maybe they mean April? If not, it makes no sense...anyway...
Experts said the World Health Organization needs to up its game in the fight against the devastating virus.

But the UN's health agency faces ever-evolving obstacles to helping people – last week's situation report revealed even healthcare workers are refusing to wear proper protection when in medical camps.
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There is more at the link....

More grim news: As Ebola cases rise, so do worries of a cross-border epidemic
The second-largest Ebola outbreak ever continues to spread, and health officials now say it’s likely to reach the populous city of Goma. Once there, the risk of it spreading beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo to Rwanda, South Sudan, or Uganda increases.

Only a fraction of the health centres in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, are prepared for a large-scale outbreak. The city, about 300 kilometres from the outbreak’s epicentre, sits at a major trade and migration crossroads and borders Rwanda, where Kigali’s international airport is only 160 kilometres away.

“I wouldn’t say (the spread to Goma) is inevitable, but it’s highly probable,” said Ray Arthur, director of the Global Disease Detection Operations Center at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the past three weeks, the number of areas with reported infections has increased from 21 to 22, with the newest affected area lying between Butembo – a city and trading hub near the epicentre – and Goma, said Arthur. Health zones where transmissions had previously stopped are now seeing new cases again.
Maybe time (maybe past time) to consider restricting flights and travel to and from Africa in general and DRC?
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That would be RACIST!!!11!

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Doctor X wrote: Sun May 26, 2019 6:41 am That would be RACIST!!!11!

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Anyone who really feels that way is welcome to volunteer in the DNC.
What no takers?

Meanwhile: Ebola strikes big city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
It’s been a little over a month since the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared by the Ministry of Health. In the hotspot of Mangina, which is a rural community much progress has been made, but a new case in the city of Butembo is raising concern.


An old article: The US Military’s Best-Kept Secret

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US military outposts, port facilities, and other areas of access in Africa, 2002-2015.

When AFRICOM became an independent command in 2008, Camp Lemonnier was reportedly still one of the few American outposts on the continent. In the years since, the United States has embarked on nothing short of a building boom—even if the command is loath to refer to it in those terms. As a result, it’s now able to carry out increasing numbers of overt and covert missions, from training exercises to drone assassinations.
That was NOVEMBER 17, 2015

Hopefully, we do not still occupy many of these places.
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Skeeve wrote: Mon May 27, 2019 12:39 pm
Doctor X wrote: Sun May 26, 2019 6:41 am That would be RACIST!!!11!

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Anyone who really feels that way is welcome to volunteer in the DNC.
They are many who have who are actively trying to blame Trump for Ebola.

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Congo Ebola response must be elevated to maximum level, UN told
The UN has been urged by charities to ramp up Ebola prevention work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the highest level of emergency response.
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Almost 2,000 cases of Ebola have been recorded since the outbreak began in August. As of Monday, 1,287 people have died from the disease.
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There has never been an epidemic of this complexity or size in the DRC,” said Elmer, adding that the crisis requires a new structure in line with its scale.
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The vast majority of new confirmed cases – more than 80% – have not been identified as contacts of people known to have Ebola, according to MSF. “This means that the listing of contacts and surveillance are not effective,” the charity said in a statement.
I have been hearing rumors of a case in Philadelphia PA.

This may not end well....
The UN has been urged by charities to ramp up Ebola prevention work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the highest level of emergency response.

Only three crises – Yemen, Syria and Mozambique – are treated as the equivalent of a level-three response, activated when agencies are unable to meet needs on the ground.

Charities including Mercy Corps and Oxfam said the same declaration should also be made in DRC, following a recent acceleration in the spread of Ebola.

Almost 2,000 cases of Ebola have been recorded since the outbreak began in August. As of Monday, 1,287 people have died from the disease.
Violence by armed groups and community mistrust have severely undermined attempts to halt the epidemic, forcing health workers to suspend vaccination and treatment work.

Whitney Elmer, country director of DRC for Mercy Corps, said that declaring the equivalent of a level-three emergency would bring “manifold benefits” by clarifying the roles of agencies, allowing greater access to resources and attracting greater global attention.

“There has never been an epidemic of this complexity or size in the DRC,” said Elmer, adding that the crisis requires a new structure in line with its scale.

The global humanitarian coordination body, Inter-Agency Standing Committee, will consider the call when it meets on Wednesday. Among the factors to be considered are the scale and complexity of an epidemic, and the risk of a failure to respond effectively.

A level-three emergency, now known as a system-wide scale up, does not indicate the severity of the crisis, but is activated where there is a mismatch between need and agencies’ ability to respond.

On Tuesday, Mike Ryan, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization’s emergency preparedness and response programme, said progress had been made in fighting Ebola, including a drop in transmission of the disease in health facilities.

But insecurity has continued to undermine the response, he added, repeatedly preventing work to identify and vaccinate people at risk of Ebola. There have been 174 attacks on health facilities so far this year, a threefold increase compared with the period from August to December 2018.

In some areas, health workers are afraid to wear protective equipment because they fear they will be targeted by armed groups, according to the WHO.

Médecins Sans Frontières warned it is “extremely worried” about the unpredictability of new cases.

The vast majority of new confirmed cases – more than 80% – have not been identified as contacts of people known to have Ebola, according to MSF. “This means that the listing of contacts and surveillance are not effective,” the charity said in a statement.

Since the start of the outbreak, there have been 1,926 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola. A third of those who have fallen ill are children, which is a higher proportion than in previous outbreaks.

Last week, the UN announced several measures to strengthen its response, including the appointment of a new emergency coordinator, David Gressly.

Tamba Emmanuel Danmbi-saa, Oxfam’s humanitarian program manager in the DRC, said the announcement was a step forward. “This demonstrates the importance that is being placed on the response,” he said. “Now having this translated into concrete actions to enable to us to deliver services and access funds as required will be critical.”

“The profile of the response needs to be raised,” he said, adding that more funding needs to be allocated to humanitarian and community engagement work, and that greater efforts should be made to negotiate safe access for charities.


“The approach does not have to be a normal approach … if it means engaging with leaders of militias, we need to do that,” he said.

The risk of Ebola spreading to other provinces in eastern Congo and to neighbouring countries remains very high.

Russell Geekie, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the UN was introducing measures in Goma, as well as in four neighbouring countries.

He added that the broader, protracted humanitarian crisis in DRC also requires urgent attention. “A tenth of the global caseload of people in need of humanitarian assistance is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Geekie said in a statement.

The humanitarian appeal for DRC, which requires $1.65bn (£1.3bn) to assist 9 million people this year, is only 16% funded.
I believe it is time to REALLY start taking this one seriously!

Yea I know, we have an election coming up, right?

I can't believe we do not hear about this in OUR lame-stream media...
Think of it, the Brits are out in front of this, censorship and all....go figure!
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They care about as much as they cared about Rwanda.

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Doctor X wrote: Thu May 30, 2019 4:58 am They care about as much as they cared about Rwanda.

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Children under five dying at higher rate in Congo Ebola epidemic: WHO

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Just think of the money saved by not having to mold the little devils into productive slaves citizens...
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East Congo villagers kill Ebola health worker, loot clinic

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A mob in eastern Congo killed an Ebola health worker and looted a clinic, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, underscoring a breakdown in public trust that is hampering efforts to contain the deadly virus.

Attacks on treatment centers by armed groups and mistrust among residents who view the disease as a conspiracy have become major impediments to containing Democratic Republic of Congo’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak.

The hemorrhagic fever has so far killed 1,281 people, according to the latest ministry figures, and shows no signs of slowing its spread, with dozens of new cases a week.

The ministry said that on Saturday residents of the village of Vusahiro, in the Mabalako district, “rose up and attacked the local Ebola response team, made up of village residents who were trained to carry out certain response activities”.

A hygienist from the infection prevention and control team died of his injuries when he was transferred to hospital, it said.

Responders, healthcare workers, and community members are increasingly subjected to threats from armed groups in hotspots such as Katwa and Butembo, the World Health Organization says, complicating efforts to contain Ebola.
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well, they tried.

just quarantine the whole country.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:54 am well, they tried.

just quarantine the whole country.
Quote from an article titled:
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Experts say that the lowland gorillas of Western-Central Africa have suffered massive population declines from Ebola outbreaks. The Bonobo and the chimpanzee and the Sumatran orangutan, an ape, also face a similar fate.
SO these gorillas were doing what?
Eating infected humans?

Q: What if this current strain or outbreak is in the water or (worse) airborn?

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We need to build The Wall.

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Ebola virus patients escape quarantine to PRAY with 50 people then drop dead, threat soars
EBOLA patients who fled a Congo hospital went to a prayer meeting with 50 other people, potentially exposing them all to the deadly virus, a senior aid worker said on Thursday. Both patients were vomiting and infectious and died hours after the prayer session in the port city of Mbandaka, Dr. Jean-Clement Cabrol, emergency medical coordinator for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), said.

Democratic Republic of Congo is racing to contain an outbreak of the disease which spreads through contact with infected bodily fluids.
Okay, if it ONLY spreads via 'bodily fluids' then why were they SO worried about a prayer meeting?

Is it just possible they are WRONG, and maybe just maybe it is airborn this time?
The two patients slipped out of an isolation ward at the hospital on Monday night.

Mr Cabrol told a news briefing in Geneva on return from the affected region: "The escape was organised by the families, with six motorcycles as the patients were very ill and couldn't walk.

Almost 2,000 Ebola cases confirmed in DR Congo as crisis worsens
Almost 2,000 cases of Ebola have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as the central African nation struggles with the second largest outbreak of the disease in history.

Health officials in the DRC said Sunday there were 1,994 reported cases of the disease, of which 1,900 have been confirmed as Ebola. So far, 1,245 people are confirmed to have died, with another 94 deaths reported.
The outbreak, which began last August, has proved difficult to bring under control because of community mistrust and violent attacks on health care workers.
Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said sporadic violence by armed militias, limited health care resources and difficult-to-access locations meant this outbreak was taking place in one of the "most challenging circumstances ever confronted by WHO."
Updated to add just one more...
Ebola cases in DRC hit 2,000, daily case rate more than triples.
After the Ebola outbreak was declared on August 1st, it took 224 days before we saw 1,000 confirmed and probable cases on March 24. It has only taken 71 days to reach 2,000 cases, a more than tripling of the daily case rate.

(*) Many cases are not being counted due to insecurity and mistrust;
(*) The international community is losing the fight against Ebola. This rapid rise in cases shows the need for a complete reset of this response;
(*) The IRC continues to lead in infection, prevention and control in the hardest hit areas.

Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo , June 3, 2019 — Today, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health announced that the number of people infected with Ebola in North Kivu has surpassed 2,000, a more than tripling of the daily case rate when compared to time taken for the outbreak to reach 1,000. As violence and insecurity continue to hamper daily operations and mistrust prevents people from seeking care, these numbers are likely an underestimate and not a realistic picture of the number of cases out there.
Tariq Riebl, Emergency Response Director at the International Rescue Committee said, “The fact that we have hit 2,000 persons infected with Ebola so quickly demonstrates that this outbreak is spreading faster when it should be slowing. We are now seeing eight to 20 cases recorded each day, a number that is very likely an underestimate. Just a few months ago, we were only seeing three to five cases a day. To see such a spike in cases at this stage in the outbreak means a drastic change is required. This response requires a total and complete reset.

“Community members do not trust medical staff and aid organizations, and are not coming in to health facilities when they show Ebola symptoms. In Butembo, the current epicenter of the outbreak, doctors and nurses are being threatened and health centers attacked regularly, hampering the response and forcing the IRC and other aid agencies to frequently suspend operations. To say that things are not going well is an understatement. The ‘scale up activation’ declared last week by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee is a step in the right direction. Now, we need to focus on addressing the major issues of this response that have been impacting our ability to put an end to the outbreak.”

Whilst some of our work has been disrupted in the Butembo and Katwa area, the IRC continues to support 43 facilities in the area with visits from medical staff, as well as supports several hundred staff from the Ministry of Health who work at triage posts and deliver vital supplies to keep health workers safe. In addition, we are supporting facilities in Beni, which has also seen a recent increase in cases, and in Goma, to ensure that the city is prepared should Ebola spread. On top of this, the IRC is working with women and children to support them with psycho-social care and other specialized activities to help them deal with the exacerbated impact that comes from an Ebola outbreak.

With more than 13 million people in need of aid, DRC is one of the world’s most complex, chronic and long-standing humanitarian crises. The IRC has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1996 responding to the humanitarian crisis in the east. It has since evolved into one of the largest providers of humanitarian assistance and post-conflict development, with life-saving programming in health, economic recovery, women’s and children protection, and livelihoods.
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People touch in prayer meetings.

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The Ongoing Ebola Epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2018–2019

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The international response to the evolving Ebola epidemic in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has had interim successes while facing ongoing difficulties. The outbreak has occurred in an area of intractable conflict among multiple armed groups at a time of contentious national elections. Despite porous international borders and considerable population movement, however, transmission has been confined to North Kivu and Ituri provinces. Factors potentially contributing to this containment include conduct of about 55 million screenings, surveillance of contacts (12,591 under surveillance currently), testing of 280 samples per day, provision of safe and dignified burials for most deaths, vaccination of high-risk people (112,485 vaccinated as of May 7, 2019), and medical treatment including four investigational therapies. Major challenges remain. Since late February 2019, a sharp rise in cases and increased transmission have been observed. These coincide with organized attacks by armed groups targeting response teams, deteriorating security, and the population’s increasing distrust of the response effort. The risk of local and regional spread remains high given the high proportion of deaths occurring outside treatment facilities, relatively low proportions of new patients who were known contacts, ongoing nosocomial transmission, and persistent delays in detection and reporting. Stopping this epidemic will require the alignment of the principal political and armed groups in eastern DRC in support of the response.
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Full disclosure, I may be jumping the gun a bit, however...

Texas couple vacationing in Fiji dies from unknown illness
A Texas couple vacationing in Fiji died from an unknown illness, a U.S. Department of State spokesperson said Monday.

Michelle and David Paul, from Fort Worth, arrived in Fiji around May 22 after dropping off their 2-year-old son, Ayden, with Michelle's parents, her father told NBC News.

Some time after they arrived, Michelle Paul called her father, Marc Calanog, to tell him she and her husband were experiencing vomiting and diarrhea, and their hands were numb. They went to a clinic and then to a hospital, where they were treated and then released. Calanog said David Paul was given IV bags to treat his symptoms, but Michelle Paul was not.

Then, Calanog learned that his son-in-law was in critical condition and was supposed to be transferred to a hospital in Australia, "but he never made it."
On May 25, the day before the couple was supposed to leave Fiji to return home, Michelle Paul's family received a call that she had died, her sister-in-law, Tracey Calanog, told NBC News.

Michelle and David Paul died within days of each other despite medical care, Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. The ministry said public health measures were put in place but did not specify what those were.

"Influenza has been ruled out, and at this stage we do not believe there is any risk to the public," the ministry of health and medical services said in a statement Wednesday."It would be premature to speculate further on the cause of death until the investigation is complete."

A statement from a Marriott spokesman said the couple was staying at Sheraton Denarau Villas on the coast, but each died "at the local medical facility."

"We have no reason to believe there are any health risks associated with the hotel," the spokesman said.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of two guests, one of whom was an associate of our company," the Marriott statement said.

Tracey Calanog said Michelle started working for Marriott several months ago and that David worked for aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin.

The State Department spokesperson said they are monitoring local authorities' investigation into the deaths.

The U.S. Embassy in Fiji said in a statement Tuesday that it had been working with the Fiji government, police, and health officials for more than a week to determine how the couple died. A statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said officials there were working with Fiji officials who were sending specimens to CDC labs for testing in an effort to find the causes of death.

Tracey Calanog said both Michelle Paul, an athlete who swam competitively in college, and David Paul, an Air Force veteran, were in good health before leaving for Fiji.

"Nobody's telling me what was the cause of the death," Marc Calanog, Michelle Paul's father, said. "And that's very hard for me."

He said the couple had been anticipating the trip for a while and were excited when they left. He didn't worry about their safety because they traveled often and had the proper immunizations, as far as he knew.

He said he has been telling friends that "'our emotion is controlled because we believe my daughter and son-in-law is in a better place than us. They're ahead of schedule than me.'"

In reality, though, he doesn't feel so in control. "But I keep telling my wife we got to stay strong. Because we have a new job. Ayden. We have to take care of Ayden," Calanog said.

In addition to the 2-year-old, David Paul had three other children from previous relationships, his sister-in-law said.
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The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services said in Wednesday’s statement it was monitoring what it said was a "small number of staff and health workers who came into close contact with the deceased couple," and that all of those people are currently well.

The ministry also said it is coordinating with the U.S. Embassy in Fiji, the Fiji Police Force's forensics department, the World Health Organization and the CDC to determine the cause of death.
Well, what ever it is, you had WHO and CDC involved....the $64,000 question is:
Where did they get it?
Fiji, or Texas?
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Natural causes.

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Spontanious combustion?

Oh well, the story in Fiji continues...
5 Locals Under Observation After Mystery Illness Linked to US Couple's Deaths
Five locals who are understood to have had direct contact with the US couple who died in Nadi, are now under observation at the Nadi Hospital.

The two security guards, two medical staff and a Police officer are believed to have shown symptoms similar to those taht the afflicted Americans before their deaths.
There is more...
Patients Under Observation In Fiji Over Mystery Illness Not Allowed Visitors
A man has revealed that his daughter is one of the two nurses among the five patients under observation at Nadi Hospital over a mystery illness.
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The man, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said they tried to visit her daughter in hospital.

But they were told no visitors were allowed into the rooms. They watched her through the glass window from outside and she appeared to be getting better, he said.

The man said they dropped off some food for here and the medical professionals, wearing masks, took it in.
It should be safe to assume the nurses were using "basic protective measures" when dealing with sick patients (the two Americans), and that may not have been enough, thus the masks...

So far, they have NO idea what the two vacationing Americans died from....
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Skeeve wrote: Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:42 pmSpontanious combustion?

Oh well, the story in Fiji continues...
Diseases do not travel!

Silly!

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Doctor X wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:51 am
Skeeve wrote: Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:42 pmSpontanious combustion?
Oh well, the story in Fiji continues...
Diseases do not travel!

Silly!

--J. "Ev'ryBODY Dead!" D.
Well, maybe they just incubate during travel?

In other news...
Large Ebola outbreaks new normal, says WHO
Previous Ebola outbreaks affected relatively small numbers of people.

But the Democratic Republic of Congo is dealing with the second largest outbreak ever, just three years after the world's largest one ended.

It might take 2 more years to contain Congo Ebola outbreak, WHO official says
In a "worst-case scenario," the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo may take up to two years to end, a World Health Organization official said Thursday.
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