(AFRICA) Marburg Virus Report: Guinea health officials have confirmed West Africa’s first case of the virus a highly infectious disease in the same family as that causes #Ebola #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.12: Marburg virus disease is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads between humans through the transmission of bodily fluids…..

#AceHealthDesk says BBC Africa reports over Marburg Virus a man who died in Guinea found to have disease bringing the total to 200-cases since 2005 according to The World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus needed to be “stopped in its tracks” with 146 potential cases…..

By Vivienne Nunis
Africa correspondent, BBC News

Close up of Marburg virus
The Marburg virus was first detected in the city of Marburg in Germany in 1967

Cases are extremely rare with the last major outbreak in Angola in 2005.

It is a severe, often fatal illness that causes fever and bleeding disorders.

Samples taken from the patient in Guinea, who has since died, were tested in the country’s laboratories, and returned a positive result for the Marburg virus.

It was identified in Guéckédou, the same region where recent Ebola cases were found in an outbreak which is now over.

The WHO’s Africa director Dr Matshidiso Moeti said the virus had the potential to “spread far and wide”.

But she praised “the alertness and the quick investigative action by Guinea’s health workers”.

Efforts are now under way to find people who may have been in contact with the man who died.

Four high-risk contacts, including a health worker, have been identified, in addition to 146 others who could be at risk, expert Dr Krutika Kuppalli, who has been following the case, told the BBC. 

The systems in place in Guinea and neighbouring countries to control recent Ebola outbreaks are being taken up again in response to the Marburg virus.

In Africa, outbreaks and sporadic cases have been reported in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, the WHO says.

More than 200 people died from the Marburg virus outbreak in Angola in 2005.


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(DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO) #Ebola Report: Health officials in DRC have confirmed another outbreak in the country’s east, the fourth in less than three years #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Feb.08: A woman died in Butembo town in North Kivu province on February 3, Congo’s Minister of Health Eteni Longondo announced: The woman from the nearby village of Biena felt sick for a few days before being tested in a clinic there:

Congo working to stop new #Ebola outbreak in country’s east: She then went to a hospital but died before receiving the results.

ABC News: Posted 7h ago

Health workers don protective clothing in DRC. They are covered all over and wearing goggles.
The World Health Organization said it was not unusual for sporadic cases to occur following a major outbreak.(UNICEF: Mark Naftalin)

Mr Longondo said the Government had begun tracing everyone who had come in contact with the woman to try to “eradicate the epidemic as soon as possible”.

The Government says the source of the infection is unknown but the woman was the wife of an Ebola survivor.

This is the 12th outbreak in conflict-ridden Congo since the virus was first discovered in the country in 1976.

It also comes less than three months after an outbreak in the western province of Equateur officially ended in November.

The 2018 outbreak in Eastern Congo was the second deadliest in the world, killing 2,299 people before it ended.

That outbreak lasted for nearly two years and was fought amid unprecedented challenges, including entrenched conflict between armed groups, the world’s largest measles epidemic, and the spread of COVID-19.

Highly contagious virus contracted through bodily fluids

A health worker wears a mask and apron and walks into a makeshift health clinic to pour water
Ebola was first discovered in the Congo in 1976.(AP: Ben Wise/International Rescue Committee)

Health officials worry a new Ebola outbreak could badly affect the nation’s fragile health system, especially as it faces a resurgence of COVID-19.

“While there is hope that this early identification of an infection may help with quickly containing this outbreak, back-to-back Ebola outbreaks and COVID-19 has stretched Congo’s health systems to the limit and this could put far greater strain on an already exasperated system,” Jason Kindrachuk, from the department of medical microbiology and infectious diseases at Canada’s University of Manitoba, said.

Dr Kindrachuk is conducting research on survivors from the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, the deadliest ever.

The Ebola virus is highly contagious and can be contracted through bodily fluids such as vomit, blood, or semen.

The virus can live in the semen of male survivors for more than three years, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Health experts say as outbreaks become more frequent, it is important to understand more about how the virus is contracted.

In a statement, the World Health Organization said it was not unusual for sporadic cases to occur following a major outbreak and that previous Ebola responses were already making it easier to deal with this one.

“The expertise and capacity of local health teams have been critical in detecting this new Ebola case and paving the way for a timely response,” Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said.

The WHO is investigating the case and trying to identify the strain of the virus to determine its link to the previous outbreak.

Congo has suffered more than a quarter-century of conflict and distrust of government health workers, as well as outsiders are high in eastern Congo.


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(KAMPALA, Uganda.) #AceHealthReport: #Ebola has spread from Dr Congo where nearly 1,400-pople have died and has infected two people in two days as WHO decides wether it should be deemed as a ‘ Public Health E mergency ‘ as the border with DRC is closed #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.13: A 50-year-old woman infected with Ebola has died in western Uganda, a day after her five-year-old grandson died: They are the first two cases reported in the country since the virus spread from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, where nearly 1,400 people have died: Three suspected Ebola patients have also run away from an isolation centre: The head of a major medical charity has called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa “truly frightening” BBC News reported.

A Red Cross Safe and Dignified Burial team (SDB) respond to an Ebola alert in the DRCEPA: Nearly 1,400 people died in a recent outbreak in DR Congo

Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was the worst since that of 2013-16 and has showed “no sign of stopping”.

On Friday the World Health Organization (WHO) will decide whether the outbreak should now be deemed a public health emergency: Ebola outbreak ‘not global emergency yet’

The grandmother and grandson are said to have travelled across the border to DR Congo on Sunday, where they are suspected to have contracted the virus from an elderly male relative who later died: Seven of their relatives in Uganda are now in isolation because health officials fear they could be infected.

At present there is one confirmed case – he is the three-year-old brother of the boy who died on Monday, and is receiving treatment close to Uganda’s border with DR Congo: On Friday, the Ebola trial vaccine will be given to health workers as well as 50 Ugandans identified as having made contact with confirmed cases.

In a statement, Dr Farrar said the spread was “tragic but unfortunately not surprising”. He warned that more cases were expected, and a “full” national and international response would be needed to protect lives.

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In Uganda, mass gatherings including market days and prayers have been cancelled: Market days in the town of Kasese attract an estimated 20,000 people at the border area: Uganda’s health ministry and the WHO said a rapid response team had been dispatched to identify others at risk…………….The country has already vaccinated about 4,700 health workers against the disease, according to a joint statement by WHO and Ugandan health officials: Ebola disbelief widespread in Congo hotspots

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Since the first case of Ebola in DR Congo last August, nearly 1,400 people have died – around 70% of all those infected: The outbreak is the second-largest in the history of the disease, with a significant spike in new cases in recent weeks…………….Only once before has an outbreak continued to grow more than eight months after it began – that was the epidemic in West Africa between 2013-16, which killed 11,310 people.

Efforts to contain the spread have been hindered by militia group violence and by suspicion towards foreign medical assistance: Nearly 200 health facilities have been attacked in DR Congo this year, forcing health workers to suspend or delay vaccinations and treatments. In February, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) put its activities on hold in Butembo and Katwa – two eastern cities in the outbreak’s epicentre.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………..Published: June.13: 2019:

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(DRC) #HealthAlert WHO Report: MDA Campaign Launched: North Kivu’s, #DRC 🇨🇩 #Malaria outbreak has overburdened #Ebola responders: Up to 50% of people screened in Ebola treatment centers have been found to have #Malaria as early symptoms of both diseases are similar #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Nov.28: A spike in malaria cases is threatening the health of people in parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where health workers are also battling an Ebola outbreak: In response, a four-day mass drug administration (MDA) campaign was launched today in the Northern Kivu province town of Beni, with a target to reach up to 450 000 people with anti-malarial drugs combined with the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets #AceNewsDesk reports

The malaria control campaign is being led by the DRC National Malaria Control Programme, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the Global Fund and the United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI): The campaign is modelled after the campaign implemented in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which was instrumental in lowering illness and deaths from malaria in the areas reached.

“Controlling malaria is critical in areas like North Kivu, as it causes widespread disease and death, especially among the region’s children,” says Dr Yokouide Allarangar, WHO’s Representative to the DRC: “This anti-malaria campaign will also help reduce the pressure on the overall health system, which is currently striving to protect people from the ongoing Ebola threat in the region.”

One campaign impacting two diseases: North Kivu’s malaria outbreak has overburdened Ebola responders; many suspected cases of Ebola have turned out to be malaria, as early symptoms of both diseases are similar. Up to 50% of people screened in Ebola treatment centres have been found to only have malaria.

Therefore, the anti-malaria campaign has two main aims:

Firstly, the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets will prevent malaria transmission and its accompanying health consequences, thus saving lives.

Secondly, the mass drug administration will treat people who have already contracted malaria and curtail transmission of malaria among Ebola-affected populations and health centres. Having fewer people present with malaria will lessen the workload on already stretched Ebola treatment centres.

DRC’s malaria challenge

From 2016-2017, DRC observed an estimated increase of more than half a million malaria cases (24.4 million to 25 million), according to the WHO World malaria report 2018. DRC is the second-leading country in the world for malaria cases, after Nigeria, accounting for 11% of the 219 million cases and 435 000 deaths from malaria in 2017.

In North Kivu province, the area experiencing the brunt of the Ebola outbreak, there has already been an up to eight-fold increase in malaria incidence as of early September 2018 (or approximately 2000 cases registered per week) compared to the same period in 2017.

Despite recent improvements in coverage of malaria interventions, DRC continues to experience challenges in access to preventive and curative malaria interventions, as well as an environment that supports very high transmission rates. Funding, infrastructure challenges and insecurity are all key obstacles to achieving the intervention coverage needed to protect populations at risk.

North Kivu province is the epicentre of an Ebola outbreak that was announced on 2 August and has caused more than 365 cases and 236 deaths: The town of Beni has been one of the most affected. Political instability, violence, and a refugee and internally-displaced people crisis have made the current Ebola outbreak one of the most complex and difficult public health challenges in recent history.

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#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Dec.03 – President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to pass his $6.2 billion request in emergency funding to combat Ebola, before it leaves for the year, declaring it would be “a good Christmas present to the American people and the world.”

Original Post Date: December 2, 2014

Courtesy of: The Blaze:

“We cannot beat Ebola without funding,” Obama said Tuesday at the National Institutes of Health. “If we want other countries to step up, we must lead the way.

US President Barack Obama listens to an explanation by Dr. Nancy Sullivan as he tours the vaccine research center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on December 2, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland.

The NIH recently published results from phase 1 clinical trials of an Ebola vaccine candidate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN Credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

The NIH recently published results from phase 1 clinical trials of an Ebola vaccine candidate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN Credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images  President Barack Obama listens to an explanation by Dr. Nancy Sullivan as he tours the vaccine research center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on December 2, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH recently published results from phase 1 clinical trials of an Ebola vaccine candidate. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN)

The $6.2 billion would go toward fighting Ebola in West Africa, establishing more Ebola treatment centres and assessment hospitals and advance the development of vaccines.

Obama said the United States was able to galvanize about $2 billion in international commitments since mid-September.

“This truly has to be a global effort, but that money would not be there if not for U.S. leadership,” Obama continued.

Obama toured the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health to congratulate Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Tony Fauci on the first published results from Phase 1 clinical trials of an Ebola vaccine candidate. This clears the way for large scale clinical trials in West Africa in the weeks ahead, according to the White House.

The disease had ravaged much of West Africa since August, killing thousands. Obama again said the disease must be fought in West Africa to prevent future isolated cased in the United States.

Obama said that helping to fight the disease is a test of the national character. Further, he said that the funding request “can’t get caught up in normal politics.”

“We need to extinguish this disease,” Obama said. “It is not something we can just manage. We need to stamp it out.”

Obama was briefed earlier Tuesday by White House Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain.

The United States has expanded the network of hospitals to deal with Ebola from just eight hospitals to currently 53 beds in 35 designated treatment centers across the country. This happened after the Department of Health and Human Services worked with several states.

The testing capacity has gone from 13 labs in August to 42 labs in 36 states currently.

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#AceNewsServices – Nov.27 – The newest outpost of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) became operational today, while a new head of its Guinea office was named and the World Health Organization reported that the number of cases had stabilized in Guinea, had stabilized or declined in Liberia but may still be on rise in Sierra Leone.

The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors, meanwhile, approved a $70 million project for Côte d’Ivoire to promote the West African country’s pro-active measures to prevent the spread of Ebola. 

“So far, the Ivorian Ebola response plan has been working efficiently, with no recorded case. However, continuous support to Côte d’Ivoire remains essential to help the country respond effectively in case of necessity” said Ousmane Diagana, World Bank Country Director for Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin and Guinea. There is over 800 miles of border between Côte d’Ivoire and both Guinea and Liberia, and the epicentre of the epidemic is in the eastern part of these countries – near Cote d’Ivoire’s western border, the World Bank reported.

The World Health organization (WHO), in in its lates update issued today, said there have been 15,935 reported cases of Ebola virus disease with 5,689 reported deaths as of November 23, and that “case incidence is stable in Guinea, stable or declining in Liberia, but may still be increasing in Sierra Leone.”

UN News Centre 


#ebola, #world-bank


#AceWorldNews – GUINEA (Conkary) – Nov.21 – It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus AP reported. 

Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples that were stolen from the taxi during its 265-kilometre (165-mile) trek on winding rural roads from the central Kankan prefecture to a test site in southern Gueckedou.


#bandits, #ebola, #robbers


#AceWorldNews – CONGO – Nov.21 – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is over, Reuters reported.

No people showed symptoms for two incubation periods since the last case.

The seventh outbreak since the virus was identified there in 1976 was separate from the one spreading in West Africa, where more than 5,400 people have died.

There were 49 deaths out of 66 people infected in the remote northwestern Equateur province during the three-month outbreak, according to Congolese authorities.


#deaths, #died, #ebola, #incubation, #symptoms


#AceWorldNews – CALIFORNIA – Nov.09 – Over 18,000 nurses in Northern California are planning a two-day strike, beginning Tuesday, over equipment and training standards for the Ebola virus, Bloomberg News reported Sunday.

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‘Inadequate Ebola Standards Preparedness – Screenshot from 2014-11-09 13:37:22 ‘

The strike would affect 21 hospitals and 65 clinics owned by Kaiser Permanente, said Charles Idelson, a spokesman for National Nurses United.

Kaiser insists the hospitals and clinics will continue operating normally despite the walkout.

The strike action comes after two nurses in Dallas, Texas, who treated the first US victim of Ebola, tested positive for the virus.


#ebola, #equipment, #standards, #training


#AceWorldNews – MAINE (Fort Kent) – November 01 – A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone can move about as she pleases after a Maine judge eased state-imposed restrictions on her.



This hands officials in Maine a defeat in the nation’s biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled Friday that Kaci Hickox must continue daily monitoring of her health but said there is no need to isolate her or restrict her movements because she has no symptoms and is therefore not contagious.



#ebola, #fort-kent, #maine


#AceWorldNews – CHINA – October 31 – China will send an elite unit from the People’s Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

' People's Liberation Army to Liberia to Fight Ebola '

‘ People’s Liberation Army to Liberia to Fight Ebola ‘

The PLA squad, which has experience from a 2002 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), will build a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia, Reuters reported.

This is the first such facility in the three countries most impacted by Ebola to be constructed and run by a foreign country eNCA reported. 

Beijing made the decision responding to UN calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa.


#china, #ebola, #liberia


#AceBreakingNews – FORT KENT, Maine – October 30 – An Ebola nurse went bike riding with her boyfriend Thursday morning, defying state orders to remain at home for 21 days.

Kaci Hickox, who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa, told reporters late Wednesday that day-long negotiations had failed to resolve a deadlock over the state’s instructions.

The 33-year-old nurse, who earlier vowed to ignore the state order beginning Thursday, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, donned helmets, stepped off the front porch of his rural house and rode off on bicycles, followed by state police.

Without a court order, troops do not have the authority to restrain her.

Source: Maine nurse defies quarantine order by taking bike ride.


#ebola, #fort-kent, #maine


#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – October 29 – Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response efforts in West Africa to undergo a 21-day “controlled monitoring regimen.”

“The secretary believes these initial steps are prudent given the large number of military personnel transiting from their home base and West Africa and the unique logistical demands and impact this deployment has on the force,” said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby in a statement Wednesday.

By Kristina Wong @ The Hill 



#ebola, #washington, #west-africa


#AceNewsServices – LONDON – October 27 – While the ‘The Ebola crisis in West Africa continues to impact on many public services’ Scheduled flights in and out of the most affected parts of the region are now limited, and this means that our courier routes at this time are less reliable.

As a result, UKVI must unfortunately suspend its Priority Visa Service in West Africa.

This change will take effect from Monday 27 October 2014.

Whilst our Priority “Fast Track” Service will not be available until further notice, UKVI is committed to ensuring that our standard service is not compromised during the crisis and we will continue to assess visit visa applications within 15 working days.

This measure is temporary and we regret any inconvenience it may cause to our customers.


#ebola, #london, #west-africa

‘ Government-Enforced Medical Quarantines Just Went From ‘Conspiracy Theory’ to Official Policy in NJ and NY ‘

#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – October 27 – State leaders in New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as the states’ governors back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa, while the nation’s top infectious-disease expert warns that such restrictions are unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from aiding disease-ravaged countries.

The two governors late Sunday night emphasized separately that their policies permit home confinement for medical workers who have had contact with Ebola patients if the workers show no symptoms.

Are you awake yet? Government-enforced medical quarantines just went from ‘conspiracy theory’ to official policy in NJ and NY

They will receive twice-daily monitoring from health officials.



#ebola, #new-york


#AceWorldNews – QUEENSLAND – October 26 – An 18-year-old girl, who immigrated to Australia from Guinea with a family of eight, is being tested for Ebola, health officials said on Sunday.

The whole family was quarantined immediately after their arrival in the state of Queensland 11 days ago.

The girl developed a fever and was taken to hospital on Sunday.

Her Ebola test is expected to be ready on Monday.

There is no risk to the community at all because she has not left the house or had any visitors in the time that she has been here in Brisbane,” Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young told reporters, according to AFP.



#brisbane, #ebola, #guinea, #queensland


#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – October 26 – The nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa criticized the way her case has been handled, raising concerns from humanitarian and human rights groups over unclear policies for the newly launched quarantine program.

' UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine '

‘ UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine ‘

Kaci Hickox, the first traveller quarantined under Ebola watches in New Jersey and New York, wrote the first-person account for the Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1w4Vi4J), which was posted on the paper’s website Saturday.

Her preliminary tests for Ebola came back negative. 



#ebola, #new-york, #quarantined, #west-africa


#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – October 26 – Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on the Change of Responsibility for Operation United Assistance.  

Today in Monrovia, Liberia, Major General Gary Volesky of the U.S. Army 101st Division assumed command of Joint Forces Command – Operation United Assistance and the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

Just 38 days ago, Major General Darryl Williams arrived in Liberia to form an advance detachment in his capacity as Commanding General, U.S.

Army Africa prior to the formal establishment of this Joint Forces Command.

In this short period, our service members, under his leadership, have made great advances in establishing command and control capabilities for this effort including lines of communication over very rough terrain.

Over 1,500 samples from patients have been tested in three labs, two of which were established earlier this month. These labs can now provide 24-hour turn-around results, and are capable of processing up to 100 samples from clinics and healthcare providers each day.

The 25-bed hospital in Monrovia should be fully operational in the first week of November once the construction of the supporting facilities is complete. Upon completion, the hospital will be staffed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services personnel. In addition, the construction of the first Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) at Tubmanburg is nearing final completion. The construction on the second ETU should finish around the beginning of November and a third soon after.

In Dakar, Senegal, DoD personnel are establishing an intermediate staging base and transport hub. This week, the M/V Vega,a contracted vessel, arrived in the region to deliver some 700 containers of support equipment for US efforts.

In total, approximately 700 U.S. service members are now deployed to West Africa, including nearly 600 in Liberia and 100 in Senegal. Over the coming weeks, that could grow to upwards of 3,900 personnel.

Secretary Hagel appreciates the dedication of these service members to help fight Ebola at its source. The Department of Defense will continue to support the whole-of-government response, led by USAID in this effort.



#ebola, #washington, #west-africa


#AceBreakingNews – NEW YORK – October 24 – A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor’s diagnosis Thursday, even as they described him riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling since returning to New York from Guinea a week ago.

De Blasio said all city officials followed “clear and strong” protocols in their handling and treatment of him.

“We want to state at the outset that New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed,” de Blasio said. “New Yorkers who have not been exposed are not at all at risk.”

The doctor, Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, reported Thursday morning coming down with a 103-degree fever and diarrhea.

He was being treated in an isolation ward at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, a designated Ebola center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will do a further test to confirm the initial results, has dispatched an Ebola response team to New York.

President Barack Obama spoke to Cuomo and de Blasio on Thursday night and offered the federal government’s support.

He asked them to stay in close touch with Ron Klain, his “Ebola czar,” and public health officials in Washington. 

Health officials have been tracing Spencer’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at risk.

The city’s health commissioner, Mary Bassett, said Spencer’s fiancee and two friends had been quarantined but showed no symptoms.



#ebola, #new-york


#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 23 – North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday because of Ebola concerns, Reuters said, citing tour operators.

“As of tomorrow, tourists from any country, regardless of where they have recently visited, will not be permitted to enter,” said Gareth Johnson of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel company based in China.

It was not clear if the Pyongyang ban also covered non-tourist members of the diplomatic or business community.

RT Reported. 


#china, #ebola, #north-korea, #pyongyang