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Ebola Update – 3 November 2014

A UN Worker has been transported from Sierra Leone to France for treatment of Ebola. This is the second French national flown home for treatment. Here is a summary of the day’s news:

 

  • A woman in the United Kingdom with a travel history that includes West Africa was hospitalized at St. George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London upon suspicion of Ebola. The Accidents and Emergency section was cordoned off and she was moved to the Clinical Infections Unit to be isolated. The woman later tested negative.
  • Sierra Express Media reports that angry youths chased and threw rocks at an ambulance carrying an Ebola patient causing the driver to lose control and flip over into a ditch. This is not the first incident of its kind in Sierra Leone. The patient is unharmed. Officials in the nation have also said that while they are grateful for the support to fight the disease, they want to make sure that money is being spent appropriately and are considering an audit of Ebola donors.
  • The New Dawn Liberia reports that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has campaigned for the nation’s Central Bank, private financial institutions and other stakeholders to play an active role in the nation’s post-Ebola financial recovery. Johnson-Sirleaf said that the country was making good progress against the virus and it was now time to build a stronger economy.
  • A US $500million lawsuit has been filed against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleging that its Breathable High Performance Surgical Gowns, which they claim gives maximum protection against infectious diseases including Ebola, failed industry tests which found blood and other particles were able to pass through the material. Despite the test results, the company allegedly continued to market the product as before.
  • The Spanish nursing assistant, Maria Romero, has been moved out of isolation into a general ward. Maria was given the all clear last week but still needs to recover from the effects of the viral disease. Meanwhile, American Doctor Craig Spencer is now said to be in a stable condition.

Ebola Update – 24 October 2014

The Nurse, Amber Vinson, has been claimed by family members to be Ebola-free. However, while she seems to have made a recovery a fourth person has been diagnosed with the virus in the USA. Here is a round-up of the day’s news:

 

  • Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, has been named as the fourth person diagnosed with Ebola on US Soil. He worked for Doctors without Borders in Guinea and arrived back in the States on the 17th of October 2014 via Brussels. The CDC confirmed that he went through all screening measures at JFK but did not have a fever at the time. He was not isolated upon return but practiced self-monitoring. Between his arrival and hospitalization on the 23 of October 2014 he used the subway, a cab, visited a restaurant and bowling alley. Two friends and his fiancée, Morgan Dixon, are also in isolation. Earlier today social media blew up when photos of Officers dumping protective gear in a bin on a street corner circulated. However it has been claimed that they had only secured the perimeter around his apartment and were not actually in contact with any of his belongings.
  • Côte d’Ivoire is currently looking for a suspected Ebola patient. The health care worker allegedly fled from Guinea after finding out that someone treated by his clinic had died from the virus. Côte d’Ivoire recently reopened airports to flights from affected countries but land borders remain closed.
  • A two-year old girl, whose father had died from Ebola, has been hospitalized in Kayes, Mali after testing positive for the virus. She and her family members are currently in isolation. It is believed that she was brought to the country from Guinea. Meanwhile, African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma said at a meeting in Accra that medical teams have been dispatched to the three most affected nations to help fight the virus.
  • Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has joined the list of individuals who have donated to the fight against Ebola. Allen donated US $100million to help prevent and manage the virus in West Africa. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has also donated US $50million to UN Agencies to help fight the epidemic.
  • A drug mule who arrived at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain has died after bags of cocaine exploded in his stomach. Staff were allegedly too scared to help the man as they feared he might have Ebola.

Ebola Update – 22 October 2014

The Red Cross has said that closing borders is not the solution to ending the Ebola Outbreak. This comes on the heels of calls from within the United States to consider a travel ban. On Sunday, Rwanda issued a notice that they would be screening all travelers from Ebola affected countries with an outright ban on travel from four African Nations. Rwanda has not yet been affected by the virus. Here is a summary of the day’s news:

 

  • The NBC cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo, has recovered from Ebola after contracting the virus in Liberia. He said that he still was not able to pinpoint the exact reason he contracted Ebola but said he had been around many sick people. He also said he was grateful to be alive. He has been receiving treatment from a hospital in Nebraska, USA.
  • The Spanish Nurse, Maria Romero, has officially tested negative for the disease. Four consecutive tests ruled that she no longer had the virus but follow up tests will be performed. Roughly 15 contacts were isolated as a result but none have tested positive so far.
  • Dr. Thomas Frieden of the United States Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has said that all travelers from affected countries will now be monitored. Travelers will have to report their temperatures for 21 days to the CDC and also fill in a health card.
  • South Africa’s Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, said that R32.6 million would be set aside for Ebola control and prevention as well as support for affected nations. The speech was delivered in Cape Town today.
  • A riot broke out in Sierra Leone recently as health workers tried to test a 90 year old woman for Ebola. A group of people went on the rampage allegedly yelling for Ebola to end and damaging several buildings. Meanwhile, the Editor of the largest paper in Sierra Leone has accused the government of deflating the number of deaths. The validity of her claims has not been established.

 

 

Ebola Update – 12 October 2014

Here’s a round-up of the day’s news:

  • The home of the American Nurse who tested positive after treating index patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been placed under quarantine. Director of the US CDC, Thomas Frieden, said that their was a breach in protocol with lead to her infection. Meanwhile, on the heels of the outrage after a Spanish Nurse’s pet dog, Excalibur, was put down, the Texas Presbyterian Hospital worker’s pet was found in her apartment. The public were reassured that the pet would be dealt with in a humane manner. The family of the nurse has requested privacy and we are unlikely to learn more about the patient.
  • The LA Times reports that a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last month found that 12.9% of people infected with Ebola do not have high fevers. This is reported shortly after new security measures were introduced at 5 US airports, including non-contact thermometers.
  • The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has said that he believes it is only a matter of time before Ebola comes to the UK and most likely London. He also said that screening measures at airports would not be enough as people recently infected would not be symptomatic yet. London Heathrow Airport is the third busiest in the world and handles the most international travelers globally.
  • A dispute in hazard pay in Liberia has prompted some health care workers to go on strike. Officials have pleaded with nurses to arrive for work on Monday. The workers are demanding US$ 700 monthly as hazard pay. The workers will also receive their salary which is around US$200 – 300. Currently hazard pay is below US$ 500.
  • As the situation in West Africa deteriorates many people are fleeing to countries they perceive will be safer. Among the top destinations is South Africa. The Health Minister said that caution should be exercised but warned that it should not become a catalyst for xenophobic sentiments.
  • The Spanish Nurse who is being treated at Carlos III Hospital in Madrid is said to be in good spirits. Maria Theresa Romero Ramos is still alive and Doctors believe will stand a good chance if she makes the weekend. Her body is believed to be producing antibodies which further increase her chances.
  • Chocolate producers are concerned about their yields in West Africa. Production is lower due to the effects of the Ebola Outbreak.

Ebola Update – 11 October 2014

Here is the day’s news regarding the virus:

  • The Spanish Nurse, Maria Theresa Romero Ramos, who contracted Ebola after treating a missionary, has improved after receiving the experimental drug ZMapp. She was diagnosed on the 6th of October 2014 and is currently being treated at Carlos III Hospital in Madrid.
  • The Dallas County Sheriffs deputy who had been ordered into the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was living has shared his story with media. Michael Monnig was suspected of having Ebola but later tested negative. He didn’t wear protective gear but said he was just following orders. He also admitted that the clothing he wore that night is still in a bag in his garage.
  • International Health Officials who have been battling the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone have said that they will send care packages to people’s homes as facilities no longer had capacity. Many have said that this is essentially admitting defeat. However it is argued by Officials that this would simply streamline the process, and that it made more sense given the lack of necessary equipment.
  • Morocco’s request to postpone the African Cup of Nations 2015 has been tabled for a meeting on the 2nd of November 2014. The Confederation of African Football said the executive committee will consider the options if it’s deemed necessary. For now though, regardless of the Ebola Outbreak, no dates or matches have been changed.
  • All crew members who worked with the NBC Cameraman diagnosed with Ebola have been ordered by New Jersey Officials into a mandatory isolation. All crew members had been on a 21 day voluntary isolation which was allegedly broken. Health Officials would not confirm who broke the order but the court order in place will likely mean it is not broken again.
  • A 14 year old teenager in Brooklyn who was hospitalized on the 10th of October 2014 after returning from a two-week trip to Sudan has tested negative for Ebola. Sudan is not currently listed as one of the countries affected by the virus.
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