#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 14 – A US photojournalist who was sickened with Ebola in Liberia and evacuated to Nebraska for treatment emerged on Twitter Monday saying he was feeling better and planned to blog about the experience.
Ashoka Mukpo, 33, was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC News in Monrovia when he fell ill with the virus that has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa.
He arrived at Nebraska Medical Center on October 6, and his symptoms were “not extreme,” his mother said at the time.
“Back on Twitter, feeling like I’m on the road to good health,” he wrote on the popular microblogging site, under the Twitter handle @unkyoka.
“Will be posting some thoughts this week. Endless gratitude for the good vibes.”
He said he was working on a blog called the “Ebola Diaries” that would “compile material from long-term reporter residents of Liberia.”
Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center said Sunday that Mukpo’s health was improving.
He has received an experimental drug as a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Kent Brantly, a US missionary doctor who also fell ill in Liberia.
“Now that I’ve had first hand experience with this scourge of a disease, I’m even more pained at how little care sick west Africans are receiving,” Mukpo wrote.
Mukpo is the fifth American evacuated from West Africa with the help of the US State Department since the world’s largest outbreak began earlier this year.
#AceBreakingNews – LIBERIA (Monrovia) – October 13 – Many health-care workers on the front lines of the battle against Ebola in Liberia ignored calls Monday to strike over poor pay and working conditions, officials and charity workers said.
Alphonso Weah, head of the government’s 150-bed Island Clinic in the capital Monrovia, said workers decided to come in after appeals from the general public.
“We have agreed, collectively as a community, to go back to work,” Weah told a popular radio talk show.
But George Williams, the secretary-general of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia, told Reuters the government was pressuring workers by trying to shame them and offering money.
#AceWorldNews – LIBERIA (Monrovia) – October 12 – Liberian officials are pleading with nurses and physician assistants to show up to work Monday amid a dispute over hazard pay that has prompted calls for a strike in the middle of the Ebola epidemic.
A strike could deliver a serious blow to the fight against Ebola in Liberia, where the World Health Organization has recorded more than 2,300 confirmed, suspected and probable deaths from the deadly disease – more than any other country.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – Several dozen U.S. troops could come into contact with Ebola while testing for the deadly disease in Liberia, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
The highly trained troops will help operate seven mobile labs, where they could be working with the blood of infected patients, Army Gen. David Rodriguez said. The new details on the military’s response to Ebola reveals a riskier operation than previously announced by the White House, surfacing fresh concerns of troops entering high-risk zones.
The U.S. response did not previously involve military members helping to diagnose patients, though Rodriguez maintained that troops will be adequately protected against the disease.
“I am confident that we can ensure our service members’ safety and the safety of their families and the American people,” Rodriguez, who leads the U.S. Africa Command, said at a Pentagon briefing.
U.S. troops are already running three mobile testing labs, doubling Liberia’s lab capacity, and plan to set up four more. The labs will receive up to 100 samples per day from local clinics and will be able to give a diagnosis in hours, instead of several days.
Military personnel who work in the laboratories are trained “at the very, very high level,” Rodriguez said. He added that the troops will wear protective suits and be constantly monitored.
“They will be the primary ones that come in contact with anybody,” he added.
During the briefing, Rodriguez said the military’s trained health workers could come into contact with infected patients. But he later corrected the record, stressing that military personnel would work only with samples.
Pentagon officials say as many as 4,000 U.S. troops will deploy to West Africa to contain the spread of the virus, which has killed 3974 people, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and could infect as many as 1.4 million.
#AceBreakingNews – SPAIN (Madrid) – October 06 – A nurse who treated two Ebola patients at a Madrid hospital has become infected with the disease herself, health officials said.
“Two tests were done and the two were positive,” a spokesman for the health department of the regional government of Madrid told AFP.
Spain’s Minister of Health, Ana Mato, says the authorities are working to distinguish the source of the disease’s contraction as strict controls were implemented to prevent Ebola’s spread. He added that there is no knowledge of any other cases.
The nurse is in a “stable“ condition, according to officials. She reportedly started feeling sick on September 30. The patient whom she had been treating had died on September 25. Missionary Manuel Garcia Viejo had been helping Ebola victims in Sierra Leone.
In addition to the nurse and Viejo, Spain has had one other case, making it the third in the country. Another missionary, Miguel Pajares contracted the disease after working in Liberia. Pajares also died.
The 44-year-old woman is the first person to actually contract the disease outside of West Africa. Other cases in Spain – or more recently, the US – have been the result of individuals contracting the disease on the African continent and then travelling abroad.
#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.
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.
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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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1. March 23 – 12.10 GMT – Extract – #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. http://wp.me/p165ui-4uC