According to the World Health Organization report on the 10th of October 2014 there have been 8470 confirmed cases of Ebola and 4076 deaths. Officials in many countries are doing their best to implement policies that will help reduce the spread of the virus. Here is a round-up of the day’s news:
- After a US Nurse was infected with Ebola many people are asking whether American hospitals are ready to treat the virus. Officials have maintained that they are ready but some health care workers are calling for more training. According to The New York Times, researchers at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta found high levels of the Ebola Virus in patients’ bodily fluids and even on their skin. This could mean that stricter precautions must be taken. A Spanish Nurse, Maria Theresa Romero Ramos, allegedly contracted the virus when she touched her face with her hazmat suit glove.
- Reports surfaced claiming that Ebola had spread to Kenya after a woman travelling from South Sudan died at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport of Ebola-like symptoms. The woman was attended to by medics in protective suits and it was later confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Kenya Medical Research Institute that she didn’t have Ebola.
- Assistant director-general Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization says the epidemic is expanding in West Africa. He expects that the number of cases will shoot over 9000 this week. He also said that decline of infections in some areas could not be seen as a success because the outbreak was affecting more areas overall and spreading quickly. He also warned that the world could see between five and ten thousand cases a week if intervention continued to be delayed. He also confirmed that the death rate of Ebola currently sits at 70%.
- A Sierra Leone soldier has contracted Ebola but is not part of the group scheduled to travel to Somalia on a peacekeeping mission, the Associated Press reports. The group will allegedly be fighting for the interests of the Somalian government.
- President Koroma of Sierra Leone recently told a World Bank roundtable that the country needed five more strategic laboratories as the country’s current four could only process less than 150 samples a day. He also stressed security of samples to prevent possible bio-terrorism threats. He also stressed equipment, the need for psycho-social support to reduce stigma for survivors and help society through the devastation of loss, kick-starting the economy and sustainability of emergency response mechanisms.
- Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla have donated US $25 million to the CDC foundation for the fight against Ebola in West Africa.