#AceNewsServices – October 04 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that 3,439 people have been killed in the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record, Reuters reports.
According to the UN body’s figures, Guinea tops the list with 739 deaths, followed by Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.
Overall, 7,492 cases of the virus have been recorded, the WHO said.
#AceNewsServices – ROME – UNITED NATIONS – May 02 – The United Nations Committee against Torture, which requires nations to come before the panel and defend their human rights records, will put an unlikely subject on its hot seat next week when it calls in the Vatican.
The UN panel, which includes representatives from China, the U.S. and eight other nations, will meet in Geneva and call the Vatican to account for its record on torture and inhumane punishment in a procedure to be aired live on the Internet beginning Monday.
It’s standard procedure for all 155 nations that signed on to the committee’s convention to submit a report and come before the panel, and the Vatican is both a nation-state and a signatory.
Cyprus, Lithuania, Guinea, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay are also scheduled to appear beginning next week.
“The Holy See initiated the procedure by submitting their written report,” Felice Gaer, the U.S. representative and a vice-chair of the committee, told FoxNews.com.
At past sessions, nations that carry out or condone practices universally recognized as inhumane have been forced to defend their records.
The Centre for Constitutional Rights, which represents the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has called for the committee to grill the Vatican regarding long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, contending failures in the Holy See’s response to the scandal amounts to a violation of the convention.
While it is possible the panel will raise long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, the Vatican report focuses mostly on what the church has and has not done to stop other nations from carrying out human rights violations.
Officials for the Holy See did not immediately return requests for comment.
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With Rumors of this in Europe, Canada and the USA we can only hope it’s false news. I know it’s in Italy as I have friends there, as you can imagine nobody wants to panic the public. The BIG difference between this outbreak and others in the last 20 years is it has went past 1 Country (WHO) World Health Organisation are being asked if they did enough here, when it hit Liberia WHO should have closed shop, but with a 21 day incubation time, it is hard to know as yet how far this has traveled, and this kills 90% of who it infects, also it’s a new strain, people are being told they have FLU as Dr’s are were not picking up then new strain, as you can see, historically this thing NEVER has crossed 2 borders before, so we are in new territory
Year Country Ebolavirus species Cases Deaths Case fatality
2012 Democratic Republic of Congo Bundibugyo 57 29 51%
2012 Uganda Sudan 7 4 57%
2012 Uganda Sudan 24 17 71%
2011 Uganda Sudan 1 1 100%
2008 Democratic Republic of Congo Zaire 32 14 44%
2007 Uganda Bundibugyo 149 37 25%
2007 Democratic Republic of Congo Zaire 264 187 71%
2005 Congo Zaire 12 10 83%
2004 Sudan Sudan 17 7 41%
2003 (Nov-Dec) Congo Zaire 35 29 83%
2003 (Jan-Apr) Congo Zaire 143 128 90%
2001-2002 Congo Zaire 59 44 75%
2001-2002 Gabon Zaire 65 53 82%
2000 Uganda Sudan 425 224 53%
1996 South Africa (ex-Gabon) Zaire 1 1 100%
1996 (Jul-Dec) Gabon Zaire 60 45 75%
1996 (Jan-Apr) Gabon Zaire 31 21 68%
1995 Democratic Republic of Congo Zaire 315 254 81%
1994 Cote d’Ivoire Taï Forest 1 0 0%
1994 Gabon Zaire 52 31 60%
1979 Sudan Sudan 34 22 65%
1977 Democratic Republic of Congo Zaire 1 1 100%
1976 Sudan Sudan 284 151 53%
1976 Democratic Republic of Congo Zaire 318 280 88%
A total of 142 deaths have been reported from the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization said.
The virus is still limited to the two nations, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, despite rumors of it spreading to other countries.
Nineteen suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone tested negative for the virus, it said.
In a statement on its website, WHO said Guinea has reported a total of 208 clinical cases of Ebola, including 136 deaths. Liberia has reported 34 cases, including six deaths.
Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest viruses and kills up to 90% of those infected. It spreads in the blood and shuts down the immune system, causing high fever, headache and muscle pain, often accompanied by bleeding.
It’s the first emergence of Ebola in western Africa, which means doctors and health officials in the region don’t have any experience with the virus.
The aid organization Doctors Without Borders has called the outbreak unprecedented because previous cases have been limited to a small area.
The virus is named after the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We’re aliens in Ebola’s world
A swift, effective and bloody killer
Why does it kill?
#AceNewsServices – GUINEA – April 05 – (ALJ) – Reports from the agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has confirmed that an angry crowd attacked a treatment centre in Guinea where staff from they were working to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, forcing it to shut down, a spokesman for the medical charity said.
“We have evacuated all our staff and closed the treatment centre,” Sam Taylor told Reuters news agency on Friday, adding that the attackers in Macenta, around 425km south-east of the capital Conakry, had accused MSF of bringing the disease to the south-eastern town.
“We have the full support of the local leaders and we’re working with the authorities to try and resolve this problem as quickly as possible so we can start treating people again,” he said, declining to give further details of the incident.
FEAR AND MISTRUST
Foreign mining companies have locked down operations and pulled out some international staff in mineral-rich Guinea. French health authorities have also put doctors and hospitals on alert in case people travelling to and from countries in the region pick up the disease.
Ebola, which has killed some 1,500 people since it was first discovered in 1976 in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo, causes vomiting, diahorea and external bleeding. It has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.
Many health systems in West Africa are poorly equipped to deal with an epidemic and aid workers have warned of the difficulty of fighting infections scattered across several locations and in densely populated areas such as Conakry.
Some blame the government for not immediately quarantining an individual who carried the virus to the capital from the remote south, where the bulk of the 137 cases are concentrated.
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#AceHealthNews – GUINEA – March 30 – In an effort to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, neighbouring Senegal has closed its land border.
So far 70 people have died in Guinea, the discovery of 11 suspected deaths from Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia in recent days, forced Senegal to further secure its borders.
Meanwhile Guinea health officials announce that they introduced strict measures to stop the epidemic and told citizens not to panic.
The patients were immediately quarantined in isolation centres to avoid the spread of the disease. http://wp.me/p165ui-4zc
#AceHealthNews – GUINEA – March 27 – Four new cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea has been confirmed in the southern forests, health sources told AFP.
The patients were immediately quarantined in isolation centres to avoid the spread of the disease.
Dozens of health workers have been sent to the country to combat the haemorrhagic fever outbreak which so far has claimed the lives of at least 63 victims, many of whom have been confirmed to have been infected by Ebola.
The tropical virus causes high fever and muscle ache, vomiting, diarrhea and, in some instances, organ failure and bleeding.
Besides Guinea, five other Ebola-like deaths are being investigated in Liberia, one in Sierra Leone which could bring the total in the epidemic to above 70.
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#AceHealthNews – GUINEA – 23 March – The deadly epidemic, which has killed at least 59 people, in Guinea, West Africa, and could have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, has been confirmed to be Ebola, according to government officials.
Following failed attempts by medical experts in Guinea to identify the disease, which started claiming lives six weeks ago, samples of the virus were sent to scientists in the French city of Lyon, who confirmed the virus was Ebola.
“The Ebola fever epidemic raging in southern Guinea, including the prefectures of Gueckedou and Macenta, since February 9 has left at least 59 dead out of 80 cases identified by our services on the ground,” the Guinean health ministry’s chief disease prevention officer, Sakoba Keita, announced on Saturday, according to AFP.
The disease, which has diarrhoea, vomiting and bleeding among its symptoms and kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the virus’s strain, has never before been registered in Guinea. It has now been found in three south-eastern towns and in the capital, Conakry.
The disease could have also spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, according to World Health Organization (WHO) officials, who reported cases showing similar symptoms there.
RT – AFP – World Health News
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#AceHealthNews – GUINEA – 22 March – Guinea has confirmed that an outbreak of Hemorrhagic Fever is Ebola – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease
The fever, which has already killed 34 people in Guinea, may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and a senior Sierra Leone health official.
Forty-nine cases of the infection have already been registered in Guinea since the outbreak was first reported on February 9.
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1. March 22 – 17.53 GMT – Extract – #AceHealthNews – GUINEA – 22 March – An outbreak of Hemorrhagic fever that has already killed 29 people in Guinea may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and a senior Sierra Leone health official. http://wp.me/p165ui-4tJ
#AceHealthNews – GUINEA – 22 March – An outbreak of Hemorrhagic fever that has already killed 29 people in Guinea may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and a senior Sierra Leone health official.
Forty-nine cases of infection have already been registered in Guinea since the outbreak was first reported on February 9.
An official from Guinea said that preliminary tests have narrowed down the possibilities of the exact type of fever to either Ebola or Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever, but WHO officials suspect that it may be Lassa fever.