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Ebola Update – 20 November 2014

A woman who collapsed and died in a New York City salon has tested negative for Ebola. She had originally traveled from Guinea three weeks ago and was being monitored for symptoms of the virus. Eyewitness’s said she was bleeding from her mouth while others said it appeared to be a heart attack. Tests were run as an exercise of caution. Here is a summary of the news:

  • The Queen of England earlier this week spoke about the danger of the media focusing too much on the fight against Ebola. She raised concerns that excessive attention focused on the hemorrhagic fever would detract from other, more widespread diseases. Malaria leads to the death of more people in one week than the entire known death toll of Ebola during 2014.
  • The Daily Mail reports that groups traveling to Liberia wanting to test homeopathic remedies have accused the World Health Organization of not allowing Ebola to be cured with their treatments, which includes Rattlesnake venom, after they were denied access to patients. Critics of their treatments have been described as ‘armchair intellectuals’. The online publication also lists Prince Charles as a supporter of homeopathy but does not indicate his opinion of the effectiveness of the practice regarding the Ebola virus.
  • The Liberian Observer reports that Turkey has donated 136 boxes of medical and hygiene supplies to the nation for the fight against Ebola. Most Ebola Treatment Units in and around the capital Monrovia have seen a decline in the amount of patients seeking treatment indicating that progress has been made.
  • Japan Today reports that Fujifilm Holdings Corp’s pharmaceutical division Toyama Chemical Co. has announced their expectation that Avigan 200mg tablets will be approved for the treatment of Ebola by the end of the year if current clinical trials in Guinea are successful. The tablet has been administered to patients in France, Germany, Spain and Norway with all patients recovering. It is unclear which concomitant treatments the patients received.

Ebola Update – 28 October 2014

The five year old boy who was hospitalized in New York after a family trip to Guinea has tested negative for the virus. At the same medical center, Bellevue Hospital, Dr. Craig Spencer is reported to be in a serious but stable condition. Here is a round-up of the day’s news:

 

  • The Texas nurse, Amber Vinson, whose family spoke to media last week declaring that Doctors could no longer detect Ebola has been given the official all clear and will be released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Reuters reports.
  • The United States which sent military and financial aid to Liberia has announced that 12 out of 17 Ebola treatment units are near completion or have already been completed. The Liberian House of Representatives also approved loan agreements totaling US $62.31 million for the fight against Ebola, the Liberian Observer reports. The People’s Republic of China has also announced a US $82 million investment for the fight against the virus.
  • President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, said 5000 health care workers are needed to address the outbreak in the three worst affected countries, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Kim spoke from the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa. The United Nations has set the target of 70% of all cases being treated in medical facilities as well as 70% of all burials being in line with Ebola protocols. There was also concern that excessive isolation policies could deter people from volunteering.
  • A potential Ebola patient who had been taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore has tested negative for the virus.
  • In Japan, a Canadian journalist who showed symptoms of Ebola when he arrived at Haneda Airport yesterday afternoon has also tested negative for the virus. Japan recently implemented a policy to check recent travel histories of all international travelers.

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