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http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/31/health/ebola-outbreak/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

2 Ebola patients returning to U.S.

 

Source: Flight leaves for Liberia to evacuate Americans infected with Ebola

 

A U.S.-contracted medical charter flight left Cartersville, Georgia, Thursday to evacuate two American charity workers in Liberia infected with Ebola hemorrhagic fever, a source told CNN.

 

A CNN crew saw the airplane, a long-range business jet, depart shortly after 5 p.m. ET. The plane matched the description provided by the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

It was not immediately known when the two Americans -- identified as Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol -- would arrive in the United States, or where the plane would land.

 

At least one of the two will be taken to a hospital at Emory University, near the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, hospital officials told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

 

Brantly and Writebol are described in stable but grave condition, with both reportedly taking a turn for the worse overnight, according to statements released Thursday by the faith-based charity Samaritan's Purse.

 

The news follows reports that an experimental serum was administered to Writebol. Only one dose of the serum was available, and Brantly asked that it be given to his colleague, said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse.

 

With word of the experimental serum, there were more questions than answers: What is it? Why was there only one dose? And why was it only made available to the American charity workers?

 

Samaritan's Purse said it did not have any additional detail about the serum.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ebola-epidemic-confirmed-in-guinea-1.2582861

Updated Ebola epidemic confirmed in Guinea

 

Guinea has received confirmation that a mysterious disease that has killed 34 people in the West African country, and may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, is the hemorrhagic fever Ebola, the government said on Saturday.

 

Cases of the disease — among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans, with a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent — have been recorded in three southeastern towns and in the capital Conakry since Feb. 9. It has never before been recorded in Guinea.

 

"It is indeed Ebola fever. A laboratory in Lyon, [France] confirmed the information," Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters. He updated the death toll, which had previously stood at 29.

 

World Health Organization officials said that cases showing similar symptoms, including fever, diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding, had also been reported in an area of Sierra Leone near the border with Guinea.

 

A Sierra Leone health official said on Saturday that authorities there were running tests to determine if the cases were part of the epidemic in Guinea.

 

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/22/us-leone-fever-idUSBREA2L0BX20140322

Guinea hemorrhagic fever may have crossed into Sierra Leone

 

An outbreak of hemorrhagic fever that has killed 29 people in Guinea may have spread across the border into neighboring Sierra Leone, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) document and a senior Sierra Leone health official.

 

Guinean health officials have registered 49 cases of infection in three southeastern towns and the capital Conakry since the outbreak was first reported on February 9.

 

While the exact type of the fever, which is characterized by bleeding, has yet to be identified, a senior official in Guinea said on Friday preliminary tests had narrowed down the possibilities to Ebola or Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever.

 

WHO officials, however, suspect Lassa Fever may be behind the outbreak, cases of which have now also been reported in a border region in Sierra Leone, according to minutes of a March 18 teleconference seen by Reuters.

 

Sierra Leone's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo said authorities were investigating the case of a 14-year-old boy who died in the town of Buedu in the eastern Kailahun District.

 

The boy had travelled to Guinea to attend the funeral of one of the outbreak's earlier victims.

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Depends on the strain. I seem to recall the Zaire strain being the one you really don't want to get.

You are correct. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease

I read The Hot Zone in high school too. ;)

But seriously, this is some scary ****. To the point that you have to start looking at solutions like quarantines for entire countries before it gets bad enough to need it. By the time you realize it's needed, it could be too late.

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You are correct. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease

I read The Hot Zone in high school too. ;)

But seriously, this is some scary ****. To the point that you have to start looking at solutions like quarantines for entire countries before it gets bad enough to need it. By the time you realize it's needed, it could be too late.

While I did read it while I was in High School, I read it for pleasure rather than any in-school assignments.
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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/03/ebola-alert-grips-guinea-sierra-leone-201432321540851788.html

Ebola alert grips Guinea and Sierra Leone

 

Ebola has killed at least 59 people in Guinea and there are fears the virus may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, world health officials have said.

 

Cases of the disease, which can kill 90 percent of those infected, have been registered in three southeastern towns and in the Guinean capital, Conakry, since Februrary 9. They are the first recorded cases in the country.

 

Dr Sakoba Keita, who leads the epidemics prevention division at Guinea's health ministry, said that officials had registered 80 suspected cases of the disease, including 59 deaths.

 

"But you have to understand that not all the cases are necessarily due to Ebola fever. Some will have other origins, including a form of severe dysentery," Keita said.

 

"It is indeed Ebola fever. A laboratory in Lyon, France, confirmed the information," Damantang Albert Camara, a government spokesman, told the Reuters news agency.

Seems to be getting worse.

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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/03/ebola-alert-grips-guinea-sierra-leone-201432321540851788.html

The international medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres, announced on Saturday it was reinforcing its medical and logistics teams in Guinea in response to the outbreak.

 

It was also flying in 33 tonnes of medicines and equipment and setting up isolation units in the three affected towns in Guinea.

 

"These structures are essential to prevent the spread of the disease, which is highly contagious," Dr Esther Sterk, the group's tropical medicine adviser, said in a statement.

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-23/ebola-spreads-to-guinea-capital-conakry-with-at-least-59-deaths.html

“This outbreak is particularly devastating because medical staff are among the first victims,” said the organization, which has dispatched five metric tons of aid, including medical supplies, to the most-affected areas. “So far it has killed at least eight health workers who have been in contact with infected patients.”

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This is the disease that liquefies all your organs and they spill out of your anus. You have about 2 days to live

 

Depends on the strain.  Some are much less violent than others.  The most violent strains are pretty much the worst pathogen-caused disease on the planet though. 

Depends on the strain. I seem to recall the Zaire strain being the one you really don't want to get.

 

Yup, the 1976 Zaire strain killed 280 out of the 318 affected.

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Well, I beat all you ****es by reading the Hot Zone in 8th grade AND doing my freshman science project on the 3 known Ebola strains at the time. 

 

In all seriousness, it would be nice to know what propagates these outbreaks, and all the other crazy diseases that come from that continent...

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Well, I beat all you ****es by reading the Hot Zone in 8th grade AND doing my freshman science project on the 3 known Ebola strains at the time. 

 

In all seriousness, it would be nice to know what propagates these outbreaks, and all the other crazy diseases that come from that continent...

 

Eating monkey meat....among other things

 

These outbreaks been disturbing my sleep before ya were born ;) .....one day containment ain't gonna work and we will have another major die off

 

hopefully a vaccine is near

 

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Eating monkey meat....among other things

 

These outbreaks been disturbing my sleep before ya were born ;) .....one day containment ain't gonna work and we will have another major die off

 

hopefully a vaccine is near

Or bat guano...  

 

Monkeys are definitely vectors for a lot of that stuff, though.

 

I doubt they're going to develop a vaccine anytime soon:  it's not a high priority that a small number of people in the remote bush contract and die from this, plus we're seeing an increasing number of mutations of the virus in these isolated outbreaks. 

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http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-epidemic-spreads-guineas-capital-173304833.html;_ylt=AwrBJSBofzBTpAEA1lzQtDMD

Guinea Ebola outbreak thought to have spread to Liberia

 

Aid workers and health officials battled Monday to contain west Africa's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea as neighbouring Liberia reported its first suspected victims.

 

At least 59 people are known to have died in Guinea's southern forests but the Liberian cases, if confirmed, would be the first indication that the highly contagious pathogen has crossed into another country.

 

"As of this morning six cases have been reported of which five have already died -- four female adults and one male child. One of the suspected cases, a female child, is under treatment," Liberian Health Minister Walter Gwenigale said in a statement.

 

The patients came from Guinea for treatment to hospitals in the northern Liberian county of Lofa, Gwenigale said, adding that inspectors had been in the area since Friday.

 

"The team is already investigating the situation, tracing contacts, collecting blood samples and sensitising local health authorities on the disease," he added.

 

To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for the Ebola pathogen, which kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the WHO.

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http://news.yahoo.com/possible-ebola-case-canada-health-official-232704327.html;_ylt=AwrBEiHlvzBTcxcAyjTQtDMD

Possible Ebola case in Canada: health official

 

A traveller returning to Canada from west Africa has been hospitalized after displaying symptoms consistent with those of the Ebola virus that has killed dozens in Guinea, a health official said Monday.

 

"All we know at this point is that we have a person who is critically ill who travelled from a country where these diseases occur," Denise Werker, joint director of health in Saskatchewan province in western Canada, told reporters.

 

She said the casualty had been in Liberia and had developed the symptoms after landing in Canada. He or she would not have been contagious when travelling and was now in isolation and while the has been placed in quarantine, pending test results.

 

Aid workers and health officials in Guinea are battling to contain west Africa's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as neighboring Liberia reported its first suspected victims.

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The reason Ebola has been successfully contained is its ineffective incubation period. Too violent a virus that acts way too quickly to kill its host for its own good

Let us hope it stays that way. If something like this ever broke out in the US or Europe, it could be bad bad news.

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