CDC: ‘ Live Report on Ebola Virus Epidemic ‘

#AceBreakingNewsUNITED STATES (Washington) – August 06 – The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations holds a 2 p.m. hearing on the Ebola virus, which has reportedly killed more than 900 people.

Witnesses include: Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, the assistant administrator for global health at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and representatives from the State Department, Samaritan’s Purse and SIM.

By Jim Reiger @ The Roll Call


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‘ US House Panel Over Mishandling, Possible Cover-Up By CDC Over Dangerous Pathogens’

#AceWorldNewsUNITED STATES (Washington) – July 17 – A congressional panel probing the mishandling of dangerous pathogens at federal laboratories will try to determine if U.S. officials sought to cover up an incident involving deadly avian flu, its Republican chairman said on Tuesday reported Reuters


Representative Tim Murphy said lawmakers will also look at whether lab workers face adequate “consequences” for failing to follow rules, and consider new legislation if penalties are lacking when actions endanger the public.

“Is it lax adherence to protocol? Are people ignoring protocol? Do they have this sense of mastery because they’ve been doing it so long,” said Murphy, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

The panel is due to hear testimony on Wednesday from several witnesses, including Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC has been engulfed in controversy since last month when officials revealed that 84 lab workers had potentially been exposed to live anthrax bacteria at its Atlanta campus.

The public health agency later disclosed the discovery of vials containing smallpox at a National Institutes of Health facility outside Washington.


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Deadly ‘Incurable, MERS has hit USA, UK, Europe and Middle East so far

I started looking at Ebola, it was a new strain, checking with W.H.O (World Health Organisation) AND CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) first time ever it is a new strain and it broke 3 or 4 borders CDC

What is Mers? (Middle East respiratory syndrome) Now here is the odd thing here, for the first time EVER the Ebola virus broke one border and went to 4 countries, W.H.O Were testing people and were testing wrong, Ebola had developed a different strain, so people were sent home in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and I still hear there is/was a case in Italy. These links to W.H.O are worth keeping an eye on. It is very like the SARS VIRUS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome)

Now this Mers, thought to come from Egyptian tomb bat is an awful thing “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome” is NOW IN THE USA IN INDIANA! CONFIRMED! Here are the the main symptoms of MERS: cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, diarrhea, high fever (over 38°C or 100.4°F) and kidney failure. The incubation period for MERS is 5 days

Here is the list of KNOWN Mers Cases:
Countries in the Arabian Peninsula with Cases

Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Countries with Travel-associated Cases

United Kingdom (UK)
United States of America (USA) (Indian CONFIRMED)
Public Health England was on Friday night contacting two passengers who flew to Heathrow alongside a man diagnosed with a deadly camel-borne virus that has killed dozens in the Middle East. America confirmed that the first reported case within its borders of the newly emerging Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or Mers, had been detected in the state of Indiana, where an American had been hospitalised after returning to the US a week ago. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said America’s first case of the virus involved a US citizen who worked as a health care worker in Saudi Arabia. The syndrome first surfaced two years ago and since then at least 400 cases of the respiratory illness have been reported, and more than 100 people have died. Public Health England said the man flew on British Airways Flight 262 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to London, and transferred at Heathrow for onward travel to the US, where he was later hospitalised.

“The risk of the infection being passed to other passengers on Flight 262 is extremely low,” the body said. “However, as a precautionary measure, Public Health England has contacted UK passengers who were sitting in the vicinity of the affected passenger to provide health information.” Egypt has issued a warning against travel to Saudi Arabia as the virus spreads across the region just before the pilgrimage season. An Egyptian man returning from Saudi Arabia became the country’s first case of diagnosed Mers. Saudi Arabia has millions of foreign migrant workers and millions more from the Muslim world visit each year on pilgrimage to Mecca and other holy sites.

While the king sacked the health minister last month after criticism of the country’s speed of response to the disease, there is concern that this annual wave of visitors, often described as the world’s biggest international migration, could further spread the illness around the globe. Egypt’s health ministry said that it was warning children under 15 and adults over 65, pregnant women and anyone suffering from chronic heart and chest diseases to postpone their pilgrimages.

The main Hajj season is in October this year, but many Muslims also make Umrah, the so-called “lesser pilgrimage”, at other times. The case of the Egyptian who fell ill was first picked up at Cairo airport. He is said to be in a stable condition in hospital, but his uncle in Saudi Arabia, from whom he is believed to have become infected, has already died. So far, 107 people have been killed by the condition, with at least 345 infected, according to the World Health Organisation. However, 140 of those cases have been reported since the beginning of April. The virus has been circulating the Middle East for at least two years. It is a coronavirus similar to Sars, the respiratory infection which caused panic in 2003, in particular in China and the Far East, where it killed more than 700 people.

Mers causes a fever and a cough, but the effect can vary dramatically, with a high mortality rate in some people, but a majority testing positive with minor symptoms or none at all. Although it has been identified in bats and camels, from which it may have originated, in most of the cases identified it was passed from human to human. The infected person in Indiana is being kept in isolation in hospital. “We can break the chain of transmission in this case through focused efforts here and abroad,” said Dr Tom Frieden, the director of the CDC.

CDC: First US case of deadly virus MERS reported in Indiana

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People are Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics But Infections are Killing People at an Alarming Rate

Diagram depicting antibiotic resistance throug...

Diagram depicting antibiotic resistance through alteration of the antibiotic’s target site, modeled after MRSA’s resistance to penicillin. Beta-lactam antibiotics permanently inactivate PBP enzymes, which are essential for bacterial life, by permanently binding to their active sites. MRSA, however, expresses a PBP that will not allow the antibiotic into its active site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceHealthNews says according to a recent study by the CDC there is a stark warning about liberally popping anti-biotic‘s and then dumping them with out any form of care!  

Soon, the antibiotics we’ve relied on to heal minor bacterial infections will no longer work, the CDC has warned.

If that happens, almost everything and anything could kill you, just like things were before penicillin was discovered in 1928.

Here’s an incomplete list, created with help from Maryn McKenna’s excellent post on our post-antibiotic future on Medium.

  • Eating meat — bacteria on meat can be resistant to antibiotics, and kill you.
  • Getting scratched — before penicillin, 1 in 9 skin infections killed.
  • Having any kind of surgery or biopsy — even the most minor surgery leaves you open for infection.
  • Treatments like dialysis or a blood transplant — an open portal to your blood leaves you open to sepsis.
  • An insect bite — insect bites, especially those that are itchy, lead to infections if scratching opens the wound and microbes under your fingernails invade.
  • A mild cold or flu — if a virus takes down your immune system, pneumonia can set in. Without antibiotics, 30% of cases kill.
  • Childbirth — natural childbirth used to kill 5 mothers out of 1000, and Cesarean sections are a surgery, which opens you up to infection.
  • Being put on a ventilator or catheter.
  • Implanted medical devices like artificial hips or pacemakers.
  • Minor burns — burns are the most infection-prone wound.
  • Cosmetic plastic surgery — this falls under surgeries, but deserves its own mention because society acts like getting a couple of Botox injections is risk free. In the post-antibiotic era, it’s not.
  • Getting a tattoo — No one wants to voluntarily open themselves up to an infection in the post-antibiotic era.

Because any type of surgery could produce an untreatable infection, we would also lose the ability to treat non-infectious diseases like cancer, put people back together after car accidents, perform surgery to unblock arteries due to heart disease, and transplant organs.

And these types of infections are already killing people. The CDC released numbers a few months ago stating that antibiotic-resistant infections kill 23,000 people a year. That may seem small, but these infections are increasing at a rapid rate.

As McKenna notes in her post, it takes only a few years for resistance to emerge to a new antibiotic. And drug companies aren’t investing in the market — there are only five new antibiotics in development. And we haven’t seen a new one in 25 years.

And we aren’t doing much about it. Antibiotics are used liberally in agriculture. Doctors prescribe them for viral infections like the cold and flu. People don’t take their entire dose and dump their extras into the water supply.

All of these add up to increasing levels of resistance. If things continue as they are, we have about 20 years until a minor scrape can become potentially life-threatening again.

Read McKenna’s post (produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an independent, non-profit news organization producing investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health) to learn more about what we have to look forward to in a future without antibiotics.

Courtesy of  Jennifer Welsh on Nov 21, 2013, 3:40 PM

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