IRC: ‘ Number of Ebola Cases Increasing at Alarming Rate World has Four Weeks Before it Spirals Out of Control ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 06 – The International Rescue Committee (IRC), on behalf of 34 NGOs battling Ebola in West Africa, has warned that the number of cases is doubling roughly every three weeks and the globe has only four weeks to stop the crisis from spiralling out of control.

Recently the Aid organizations have called for a six-point plan to combat the virus at an international summit convened in London to tackle the epidemic.

The charity Save the Children warned that five people are being infected with the virus every hour.

World Health Organization building from the So...

World Health Organization building from the South-East, Geneva (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced earlier this week that more than 3,000 people have died from Ebola so-far in West Africa. 6,500 cases have been officially recorded, but the real number is expected to be far higher, as many victims are dying unreported.

The ‘Defeating Ebola’ conference commenced in London on September 02 Highlighted scale of crisis!   

Dr. David Nabarro, leading the United Nation’s Ebola response, said that epidemic scares him more than either the early years of the HIV virus and SARS.

Airport screenings for Ebola don’t give a 100 percent guarantee of preventing the spread of the disease. Airport staff may lack competence and the infected can use anti-fever drugs and lies to get aboard the plane, healthcare experts warn.

Passengers flying from Ebola-stricken countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – are mostly being health screened at departure gates, while the same should be done on arrival as well, believes infection control specialist Sean Kaufman, who was interviewed by Reuters.

Kaufman, who is president of Atlanta-based biosafety company, Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions, recently travelled from Monrovia to Casablanca to London to Atlanta. At the last two stops he was not fever-screened.

While he was surprised to discover such relaxed attitudes to those arriving from Ebola-stricken regions of Africa in the US and the UK airports, he is simultaneously being skeptical of the airport screenings.

“The fever-screening instruments run low and aren’t that accurate,” he said. “And people can take ibuprofen to reduce their fever enough to pass screening, and why wouldn’t they? If it will get them on a plane so they can come to the United States and get effective treatment after they’re exposed to Ebola, wouldn’t you do that to save your life?”

Travelers flying from Liberia also have to fill in a questionnaire at the airport, asking them whether they had contacts with those sick.

A medical worker from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tai Chen, described it in an interview with Reuters as “process relying on an honour system.”

Sources: Reuters – RT – AP – AFP – IRC – WHO – CDC 

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` MERS Coronavirus Claims its First Victim in `Yemen ‘ whilst Saudi Arabia says a Foreigner has Died ‘

#AceHealthNews – SAUDI ARABIA – April 13 – (ALJ) – A foreigner has died from the deadly MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, while Yemen has reported its first case of the disease.

The foreign man, whose nationality has not been disclosed, died from the coronavirus as eight others in the kingdom, including five health workers in the city of Jeddah, were infected.

The death brings the nationwide toll in the world’s most-affected country to 68, with 189 people infected.

The Saudi health ministry, which announced the death, said five health workers – two women and three men – and three other people had been infected by MERS in Jeddah.

The announcement came days after panic over the spread of the virus among medical staff led to the closure of the emergency room at the city’s main public hospital.

Deadly virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said that it had been told of 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS infection worldwide, of which 88 were fatal.

MERS is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.

Experts are still struggling to understand MERS, for which there is no known vaccine.

A study has said the virus has been “extraordinarily common” in camels for at least 20 years, and may have been passed directly from the animals to humans.

The UAE news agency WAM said on Friday an expatriate health worker had died from the virus and five others had been infected in the Gulf state. This followed Saudi reports last week of two deaths and nine other cases of infection in the kingdom, including among hospital staff.

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` Saudi Arabia ` SAR’s Deaths ‘ now reach a total of `63 ‘ with `150 ‘ having been infected in the Kingdom since 2012’

#AceWorldNews Saudi Arabia said Friday that a man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, AP reported.

This brings to 63 the deaths in the kingdom at the centre of the outbreak.

The Health Ministry said the latest victim, a 19-year-old, died in the city of al-Kharj, south-east of Riyadh.

Two of his sisters are in hospital on suspicion they have been infected with the virus.

So far, 150 people have been infected in the kingdom since September 2012.

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