(GENEVA) #WHO REPORT: Medical supplies are running out in Afghanistan, they said on Friday it hoped to establish an air bridge into the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif with the help of Pakistani authorities within the next two or three days #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.27: Right now because of security concerns and several other operational considerations, Kabul airport is not going to be an option for the next week at least,” Rick Brennan, WHO’s regional emergency director, speaking from Cairo, told a Geneva briefing…..

#AceDailyNews says that #WHO says hopes for air bridge into northern Afghanistan in days to provide medical supplies to Afghanistan according to Reuters

August 27, 202110:12 AM BSTLast Updated a minute ago

Insurance rates for flying into Afghanistan have “skyrocketed”, he said, speaking a day after bombs at Kabul airport killed dozens of people. “Once we can address that we can hopefully be airborne in the next 48-72 hours,” he added.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge;

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.27:

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(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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#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: Aug.12: 2021:

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(BEIJING) JUST IN: The Swiss embassy in China has urged Chinese media to take down articles and posts it says contain “false” news about a doctor who they say does not exist according to state media #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.11: State media outlets were among those that carried articles with comments from “Wilson Edwards” on the origins of #COVID19 and the WHO’s independence.

#AceDailyNews says a Swiss embassy urges Chinese media to remove articles about scientist in a Twitter post, the embassy said an alleged Swiss biologist who had been quoted in Chinese media in recent days likely did not exist and the doctors comments on origins of #COVID19 and WHO’s independence were brought into question ?

By Suranjana Tewari
BBC News

Chinese honour guards stand with Swiss and Chinese flags
The Swiss embassy said it had to inform the Chinese public of the false news

Many outlets have since removed any reference to him.

“While we appreciate the attention on our country, the Embassy of Switzerland must unfortunately inform the Chinese public that this news is false,” the Swiss embassy said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Organisations including CGTN, Shanghai Daily and Global Times had cited the so-called biologist based on his Facebook profile.

However, the Swiss embassy said the Facebook account was opened two weeks ago and only had three friends. 

“It is likely that this Facebook account was not opened for social networking purposes,” the Swiss embassy added.

The mission said that there was no registry of a Swiss citizen with the name “Wilson Edwards” and no academic articles under the name.

In one article seen by the BBC before it was altered, “Wilson Edwards” is referred to as a biologist in Switzerland.

The line from the China Daily article reads: “[Wilson Edwards] said on his Facebook account: ‘As a biologist, I’ve witnessed in consternation over the past months how the origin-tracing of Covid-19 was politicized.'”

In the altered version, all reference to Wilson Edwards were removed.

Shanghai Daily’s digital platform Shine had said in a post: “A European biologist has come to the fore with a startling claim that a World Health Organization (WHO) advisory group on tracing the origins of pathogens including the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, would become a “political tool”.

It added that the biologist was worried about the “WHO’s independence” and quotes him as saying “the US is so obsessed with attacking China on the origin-tracing issue that it is reluctant to open its eyes to the data and findings”.

The Swiss embassy assured readers that it assumed the spreading of the story was done in good faith but kindly asked for the stories to be taken down or corrected.

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: #Delta variant has been identified in at least 132 countries worldwide, according to WHO #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.04: The Delta variant is contributing to a rapid rise in #COVID19 cases in parts of Asia causing a severe strain on health infrastructure in some countries.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says Delta Variant: So which Asian countries are seeing rising cases? Here’s a reality check on these countries ? God Help Those In Need Amen 🙏’s

By Reality Check team
BBC News

Citizens in Malaysia protested in front of fake corpses to symbolise high number of deaths
Citizens in Malaysia protest in front of fake corpses to symbolise high number of deaths

Vaccinations rates are relatively low in many Asian countries, leading to fears the virus will continue to spread.

What has happened to case numbers?

It has been described as the “most transmissible of the variants identified so far” by the WHO. 

In Asia, a number of countries, including some which were relatively successful in containing the coronavirus last year, have seen sharply rising cases.

China is seeing a fresh outbreak in some provinces, the largest in the country for some months.

And Japan, currently hosting the Olympics, is in the midst of a dramatic increase in case numbers……..But Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam have also all been experiencing sharp increases.

Malaysia: Has now become one of the hotspots in Asia, and saw a record of 17,786 new cases on 31 July and daily deaths at a record high of 219 on 2 August.The country has been experiencing shortages of beds, ventilators and oxygen.Despite being in lockdown, some citizens have taken to the streets to protest at the government’s handling of the pandemic.At the end of June, around 70% of the samples sequenced in Malaysia were linked to the Delta variant, according to Our World in Data………The proportion of Malaysians fully vaccinated is higher than in some of its neighbours – but is still at only 21% of the population.

Bangladesh: which has a long border with India, has experienced an upward trend in cases since mid-May.The Delta variant was detected in 100% of the tests sequenced in the country up to 12 July.Amid rising cases, the country had lifted curbs and lockdown ahead of a major religious festival in July.It re-imposed a stricter lockdown after the festivities, but has relaxed it again.July saw the highest number of cases and deaths since the pandemic began.Although it was earlier than many other countries in starting vaccinations, the rollout in Bangladesh has generally been slow: return to the capital, Dhaka, as restrictions easeIn April, Bangladesh was forced to suspend vaccinations because exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India were halted.The rollout has now resumed with supplies of China’s Sinopharm and the Pfizer vaccine provided through the global Covax vaccine sharing scheme.Less than 3% of the population of Bangladesh had been fully vaccinated as of 1 August.

Thailand: The country’s daily cases and deaths were at a record high on 31 July. The recent rise in cases and deaths in Thailand has been attributed in part to the Delta variant.The Thai government recently said that 60% of cases were linked to the Delta variant with the figure as high as 80% in the capital, Bangkok. The country had recently opened up to tourists, but the government has now announced strict curbs which will be imposed from 3 to 19 August in 29 provinces……………Health officials have said that 90% of hospital beds in Bangkok and 80% of beds nationwide are occupied, and the authorities are keeping increasing numbers of people in isolation at home if they have mild or no symptoms: Hospitals in Thailand are overwhelmed: Vaccinations rates have also remained low with at least 25 vaccination centres shutting due to shortages of vaccine supplies: Only a little over 5% of the population was fully vaccinated as of 25 July.

Pakistan: Case numbers have been rising sharply as the country undergoes another coronavirus surge, fuelled in part by the Delta variant.At the end of May, about a third of cases sequenced during the previous two weeks were recorded as being the Delta variant.The exact spread of the variant is difficult to map as Pakistan does not have the capacity to do lots of sequencing of coronavirus tests.The UK is offering support to Pakistan and other countries so that they can carry out more sequencing……..Some parts of the country have imposed lockdowns, but Pakistan has low levels of vaccination, allowing the virus to spread more easily.Less than 3% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Vietnam: The country had managed to keep Covid-19 under control through testing, effective contact tracing and border restrictions until April this year when the Delta variant was detected.Until early July, Vietnam had reported less than 100 deaths since the start of the pandemic in 2020, but that had risen to more than 1,300 by 1 August: Reuters: Vietnam has put restrictions in place in Ho Chi Minh and other citiesAround 85% of total coronavirus cases were reported in just the last month. The health minister recently said that that the Delta variant was “destroying all anti-pandemic achievements” – but it is unclear how many cases are linked to the Delta variant: Despite restrictions in place, cases continue to rise, with Ho Chi Minh City the worst affected area…..

The vaccination programme has moved very slowly with only 0.68% of the population fully vaccinated as of 1 August: Read more from Reality Check

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: Aug.03: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: The Delta variant of #COVID19 has now been detected in 124 territories across world the WHO has said #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.25: Infections are rising, particularly in Europe and the western Pacific region. Some Western countries have started to ease restrictions as death rates have dropped. But those without access to vaccines or with a slower vaccine rollout are facing a deadlier threat…

#CoronavirusNewsDesk#Covid19 Delta variant spreads globally as cases soar across 124 terrortories worldwide and its expected to become the dominant variant globally in the coming months, with the WHO predicting that there could be more than 200 million confirmed cases within a matter of weeks Read More Here:

https://www.mc.edu.ph/news/ArticleID/4074/covid-19-delta-variant

Reuters/BBC/Indonesia Media: Indonesia has seen cases soar in recent weeks after the Delta variant arrived in the country

Here, BBC journalists around the world give a sense of the toll the Delta variant is taking and what impact its spread could have:

Valdya Baraputri, BBC News Indonesia: Demand for funerals soars with more than 1,300 deaths in a day, Indonesia has become Asia’s new Covid epicentre. Hundreds of people have died in self-isolation – possibly because they could not get immediate treatment or were turned away by overwhelmed hospitals.Wirawan, a firefighter in the capital city of Jakarta, sees the worsening crisis first-hand. He and his team are tasked with picking up bodies from homes before finally delivering them for burial. Before the latest spike in cases, he arranged two or three funerals a day. Now, he gets calls for up to 24 funerals a day.That’s more than he can handle, so the bodies need to wait.

Dying alone in Indonesia’s grim battle with Covid-19 that is recording more than 50,000 new daily cases, and the government is keeping emergency restrictions until at least the end of this week. It is likely to extend the measures on Monday.As the new highly transmissible Delta variant, which was first detected in India, continues to ravage the country, Indonesia is racing to vaccine its people. From 208 million people eligible for vaccines, only around 16 million have received both doses.What is the Delta variant?

By Michelle Roberts, BBC Health Editor: First cases were identified in India, but it has been reported in lots of countries around the world It is a variant of concern, meaning it has undergone some genetic changes that are potentially worrying in terms of transmissibility and vaccine escapeIn some countries, including the UK, Delta has become the dominant type of Covid circulatingExperts say vaccines still work well to protect against severe disease caused by this variantTunisia – Pizza offers for vaccine registration.

By Rana Jawad, BBC North Africa correspondent: Tunisia is now witnessing the most devastating impact of Covid since the global pandemic took hold. It’s not known whether most of the new infections are the Delta variant specifically, but case numbers grew after its known arrival here. Hospitals across the country are completely overwhelmed, with some medics filmed crying over a shortage of oxygen concentrators as they are forced to decide who lives and who dies. Getty ImagesIn July a health ministry spokeswoman described the Covid situation in Tunisia as “catastrophic”Infection rates are soaring, and the vaccination campaign has been very slow with less than 8% of the population fully jabbed. Rights organisations have accused the government of mismanaging the crisis, and on Tuesday the health minister was sacked. In recent days, Tunisia’s national telecoms agency has offered 1GB of free internet for those who follow a mobile text prompt to register for a vaccine. At least one known pizza place in Tunis offered a 10% discount if customers showed proof of vaccine registration.The situation could turn a corner next month after Tunisia received donations of vaccines, oxygen tanks and other medical supplies from European and Arabic countries, with several countries pledging to deliver more aid.Mexico – People tire of the crisis.

By Marcos González Díaz, BBC Mundo correspondent: Mexico is facing its third wave of the pandemic. The number of infections has risen to more than 15,000 a day, reaching the peak we saw at the beginning of the year.Authorities are concerned about the advance of the Delta variant, which in the capital Mexico City already accounts for around 60% of cases.The government admitted that the spread of this variant in Mexico and the US is the reason they have extended the closure of the land border between the two countries to non-essential travel.Most of those affected in Mexico are young and unvaccinated people. Only one in four over 18 year-olds in the country are fully vaccinated: The Mexican villages refusing to vaccinate but with 65% of beds available, hospitals do not show for now the collapse seen in the worst moments of the pandemic.In the streets, the feeling is almost of apparent normality among a population exhausted by this crisis. Many of them must leave home daily to work selling food or in other informal jobs, in order to earn the money they need to survive.This is why the government does not plan to increase restrictive measures or shut down economic activities once again, despite the risk of Delta.

Samba Cyuzuzo, senior digital journalist for BBC Great Lakes recently, Rwanda had been praised for its swift and strong measures to contain the virus.But since mid-June, the virus has hit harder. Cases and deaths have spiked to record highs week after week. By early July, all Covid treatment centres were said to be full.”We have never been here before in this pandemic,” the health minister told the state broadcaster on 6 July. Two days later he confirmed the arrival of the faster spreading and deadlier Delta variant.On 17 July, the country announced a 10 day lockdown in the capital Kigali and eight districts to try to halt virus. Cases and casualties, however, remain relatively high.More than 400,000 people are fully vaccinated – around 3% of Rwanda’s population.

https://www.dw.com/en/fact-check-what-do-we-know-about-the-coronavirus-delta-variant/a-57949754

Global & USA Cases as 24/07/2021:

  • Global Confirmed193,832,974
  • Global Deaths4,154,933
  • U.S. Confirmed34,431,974
  • U.S. Deaths610,850

DATA IN MOTIONCOVID-19 Data in Motion: Saturday, July 24, 2021A 60-second, daily summary of the most important data on COVID-19 in the U.S., updated every morning.

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: July.25: 2021:

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(BEIJING) #Coronavirus Report: A senior Chinese health official has firmly rejected the World Health Organisations’ plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of #COVID19 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.23: He dismissed the lab leak idea as a rumour that runs counter to common sense and science….

#AceHealthDesk says WHO’s plan to probe Wuhan lab leak theory ‘impossible’ for China to accept, says Chinese health official ………Zeng Yixin, the vice-minister of the National Health Commission, said on Thursday he was “rather taken aback” that the plan includes further investigation of the theory that the virus might have leaked from a Chinese lab.

Zeng Yixin at a press conference against a blue background.
Senior Chinese health official Zeng Yixin says the lab leak idea runs counter to common sense and science.(Reuters: Shubing Wang)

“It is impossible for us to accept such an origin-tracing plan,” he said at a news conference called to address the COVID-19 origins issue.

The search for where the virus came from has become a diplomatic issue that has fuelled China’s deteriorating relations with the US and many American allies.

The US and others say that China has not been transparent about what happened in the early days of the pandemic.

China accuses critics of seeking to blame it for the pandemic and politicising an issue that should be left to scientists.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wearing a surgical mask while appearing at a press conference.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hopes for better cooperation and access to data from China.(Reuters: Laurent Gillieron, file photo)

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, acknowledged last week that there had been a “premature push” after the first phase of the study to rule out the theory that the virus might have escaped from a Chinese government lab in Wuhan, the city where the disease was first detected in late 2019.I helped investigate where this coronavirus came fromI’m the Australian doctor who went to China for the WHO. This is what we found.

Most experts don’t think a lab leak is the likely cause.

The current question being asked is whether the possibility is so remote that it should be dropped, or whether it merits further study.

The first phase was conducted earlier this year by an international team of scientists who came to Wuhan to work with their Chinese counterparts.

The team was accused of bowing to demands from the Chinese side after it initially indicated that further study wasn’t necessary.

Mr Zeng said the Wuhan lab has no virus that can directly infect humans and noted that the WHO team concluded that a lab leak was highly unlikely.

He added that US speculation that staff and graduate students at the lab had been infected and might have started the spread of the virus in the city was untrue.

Yuan Zhiming addresses a news conference.
Yuan Zhiming, the director of biosafety at the Wuhan institute, also denied there was any truth to the lab leak theory.(Reuters: Shubing Wang)

Yuan Zhiming, the director of the biosafety lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, said they had not stored or studied the new coronavirus before the outbreak.

“I want to emphasise that …. the Wuhan Institute of Virology has never designed, made or leaked the novel coronavirus,” he said.

The WHO team concluded that the virus most likely jumped from animals to humans, probably from bats to an intermediate animal.

The experts visited markets in Wuhan that had sold live animals, and recommended further study of the farms that supplied the market.

“In the next step, I think animal tracing should still be the priority direction. It is the most valuable field for our efforts,” Liang Wannian, who headed the Chinese side, said at Thursday’s news conference.Defector may have to reveal COVID-19 origin, investigator saysWhile

Dr Tedros said last week that he hoped for better cooperation and access to data from China: While the United States investigates the origins of COVID-19, an Australian who spent time in Wuhan says “sometimes you need something like a whistleblower”

“We are asking China to be transparent, open and cooperate, especially on the information, raw data that we asked for in the early days of the pandemic,” he said.

His words were echoed at the same virtual news conference by Germany’s Health Minister, Jens Spahn, who called on China to intensify cooperation in the search for the origin of the virus.

Mr Zeng said China has always supported “scientific virus tracing” and wants to see the study extended to other countries and regions.

“However, we are opposed to politicising the tracing work,” he said.

China has frequently sought to deflect accusations that the pandemic originated in Wuhan and was allowed to spread by early bureaucratic missteps and an attempted cover-up.

Government representatives have called for an investigation into whether the virus might have been produced in a US military laboratory, a theory not widely shared in the scientific community.

China has largely ended local transmission of COVID-19 through lockdowns and mask-wearing requirements, and has now administered more than 1.4 billion doses of Chinese vaccines.

Just 12 new domestically spread cases were reported on Thursday and China’s death toll from the virus has remained unchanged for months at 4,636.

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: July.23: 2021:

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(GAZA) #WHO Report: Scaling up its response to provide health aid for almost 200,000 people in need across the occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT),” which includes the West Bank and Eastern Mediterranean regional office said in a statement #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.04: The situation is volatile. WHO remains concerned … and calls for unhindered access for humanitarian and development-related essential supplies and staff into Gaza and referral of patients out of Gaza whenever needed,” warned the WHO’s Rik Peeperkorn:

Nearly 200K Palestinians need medical aid after Gaza bombings: Left without shelter and supplies due to a blockade and the 11 days of the Israeli offensive, Palestinians are facing “staggering health needs” in the occupied territories, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Wednesday.

by DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES

A young Palestinian pets a cat in a building heavily damaged during recent Israeli strikes more than a week after a cease-fire brought an end to 11 days of hostilities between Israel and Gaza rulers Hamas, Beit Hanun, northern Gaza Strip, June 1, 2021. (AFP Photo)
A young Palestinian pets a cat in a building heavily damaged during recent Israeli strikes more than a week after a cease-fire brought an end to 11 days of hostilities between Israel and Gaza rulers Hamas, Beit Hanun, northern Gaza Strip, June 1, 2021. (AFP Photo)
DAILY SABAH

United Nations and Red Cross officials visited the besieged Gaza Strip to see the devastation wrought by Israel’s bombardment, including damage to homes, educational centers, hospitals and other critical infrastructure.

“Over 77,000 people were internally displaced and around 30 health facilities have been damaged” in the hostilities, the WHO statement said, adding that the conflict triggered further displacements and exacerbated a protracted humanitarian crisis.

The offensive campaign in the Gaza Strip started in early May when Israeli forces assaulted Palestinian worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan. It also forced the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Days after clashes with Palestinians across occupied territories Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza, killing more than 250 people, including 69 children and wounded over 2,000 others.

The International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) head urged Israelis and Palestinians Wednesday to find a political solution, saying that it is “really heart-breaking to see and to hear about the people who paid the ultimate cost of this escalation.”

“Women, children, civilians who were living safely in their apartments and were caught in this rubble that we see behind us,” Robert Mardini told Reuters after his first visit to Gaza in four years. “I hope this is the last time I am coming to witness yet again the results and the humanitarian impact of yet again another cycle of violence and escalation.”

He asserted that political leadership is needed on all sides to avoid that “people yet again are in the line of fire because of yet again another round of escalation.”

“Political leadership to find a sustainable solution that is more sustainable than what we have been witnessing over the past decade and more,” he said. When asked if he would discuss the prospects for a new prisoner swap deal in the region, Mardini said the ICRC is ready to help the parties if the deal is concluded.

“We have repeatedly offered our services as a neutral intermediary, so we will be renewing this offer yet again,” he said.

Israel has enforced a land and sea blockade on Gaza since Palestinian resistance group Hamas seized control in 2007 of the impoverished and densely populated territory that is home to about 2 million Palestinians. Egypt’s heavily secured Rafah crossing is Gaza’s only passage to the outside world not controlled by Israel.

“Palestinians’ lives are deteriorating; many of the people affected by the conflict are in urgent need of aid and face other health threats like COVID-19,” WHO’s Peeperkorn said.

The global health body said that as of May 31, “337,191 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,765 deaths have been reported in OPT, with positive cases increasing in Gaza in recent weeks.” It said that last month it launched an appeal for $7 million to help shore up its health operations in the Palestinian territories, but had only received $2.3 million.

Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza destroyed 1,800 homes and partially destroyed at least 14,300 more, forcing tens of thousands of Palestinians to take refuge in U.N.-administered schools. The blasts also damaged 74 public buildings, including local municipalities, according to figures released by the Gaza Ministry of Information.

Last Update: Jun 03, 2021 3:14 pm

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(GENEVA) #Coronavirus Report: #WHO Report: With Europe already suffering a second wave of #COVID19 infections, WHO envoy David Nabarro has warned that the region could see another spike in infections next year in an interview on Saturday with Swiss newspaper #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.22: In an interview on Saturday with Swiss newspaper Solothurner Zeitung, Nabarro said that European governments failed to build up the “necessary infrastructure” to keep the virus under control after the first wave of infections this spring:

#Coronavirus Report: #WHO Covid envoy warns of third wave of virus in Europe next spring

David Nabarro Nabarro addresses the media on World Health Organization (WHO)’s health emergency preparedness and response capacities in Geneva, Switzerland, 31 July 2015. At the time, Nabarro was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola

A World Health Organization (WHO) envoy warned that Europe could face a third wave of infections in early 2021 if governments do not implement preventive measures missing this summer: Speaking to Swiss newspapers, David Nabarro said that infections could boom again if countries repeat what he said was a failure to prevent the second wave.

Now we have the second wave. If they don’t build the necessary infrastructure, we’ll have a third wave early next year.

Infections are once again surging throughout Europe, after a lull this summer: France and Germany recorded some 33,000 new cases combined on Saturday, while the UK reported nearly 20,000 cases on the same day, and Spain announced more than 15,000 on Friday. Deaths remain proportionally lower throughout Europe than during the first wave, however:

Despite Nabarro’s stark prediction, the WHO has cautioned against responding too heavy-handedly to the #pandemic In a briefing on Thursday, the organization’s European director, Hans Kluge, called for “systematic and general mask-wearing” and “strict controls on social gatherings,” but described national lockdowns as a “last resort” policy:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.22: 2020:

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(AFRICA) #Coronavirus Report: #WHO On Wednesday said there are over 1.8-million confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent and rising according to @WHOAFRO with South Africa, Ethiopia & Kenya with the highest number of cases #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.04: The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter account @WHOAFRO…………..WHO stated that there were over 1.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent with more than 1.4 million recoveries and 43,000 deaths cumulatively: South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya were countries with the highest number of reported confirmed cases:

#Coronavirus Report: Africa’s #COVID19 cases hit 1.8-million according to #WHO

Nsikak Nseyen: Nov.04:2020: https://dailypost.ng/

Areas: South Africa reported 726,823 cases and 19,411 deaths; Ethiopia 96,583 cases with 1,478 deaths, while Kenya had 56,877 reported cases and 1,013 deaths:

#AceHealthDesk report ………….Published: Nov.04: 2020:

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(LONDON) Air Quality 2016-2020 Report: Says capital has improved since 2016 including a 94% reduction in num ber of people living in areas that exceed the ‘ legal limit ‘ for nitrogen dioxide ( NO2) levels and marked improvement in air-quality around schools and some improvements might be due to the # pandemic and less traffic on the roads #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.03: Londoners worrying about air quality can now breathe a little easier, thanks to news from the city’s mayor: There have been “dramatic improvements in London’s air quality across the capital since 2016,” the office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan says:Those improvements include a 94% reduction in the number of people living in areas that exceed the legal limit for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels. There has also been a marked improvement in the air quality surrounding schools, the Air Quality in London 2016-2020 report says…

Tough measures can pay dividends in London’s ‘air quality ‘ according to the last report but still more improvements need to be made as many thousands are affected across the world and exceed #WHO guidelines

While some of the more recent improvements in air quality might be due to reduced emissions levels during the pandemic, the report states there had already been a 35% fall in central London’s NO2 levels between 2017 and the pre-lockdown part of early 2020. Much of the achievement has been attributed to the city’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ), which came into force in April 2019.

The London ULEZ was the first of its kind and has some of the world’s toughest standards. Older vehicles and those with high emissions are subject to a daily charge of around $16. That’s in addition to a charge of around $20 to drive in central London’s Congestion Charge zone.

The ULEZ is being gradually widened to cover a greater area of London in late 2021. Similar schemes are now commonplace across much of Europe.

It isn’t all good news for London, though. Many thousands of its residents are affected by air pollution levels that exceed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. The problem particularly impacts inner-city parts of London, and the Mayor’s office warns that “deprived Londoners and [those] from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities” are likely to be “exposed to the worst air pollution”

Not the worst – or the best

When compared with the rest of Europe, London’s air quality is among neither the worst nor the best. According to a study conducted by Greenmatch, the three most polluting countries are Turkey, Poland and Latvia. The three with the cleanest air are Sweden, Finland and France.

Across Europe, more than 500,000 early deaths per year have been blamed on poor air quality. The European Environment Agency looked at data from 40 countries across the continent and calculated the effects on mortality of ozone, PM2.5 fine particulate matter and NO2.

Meanwhile, the UK’s fuel-derived CO2 emissions are slightly better than the European average, according to an analysis of data from WHO, International Energy Agency and Data Worldbank, carried out by the energy service Greenmatch.

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In France last year, a court ruled that the state had taken “insufficient measures concerning the quality of air” in Paris between 2012 and 2016, the BBC reports. The case in question was brought by a woman and her daughter who claimed polluted Parisian air had harmed their health.

Worldwide, as many as 600,000 children are thought to have died in a single year because of poor air quality. “Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives. This is inexcusable. Every child should be able to breathe clean air so they can grow and fulfil their full potential,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, wrote in a report in 2018. Analyzing data from 2016, the report also concluded that around 93% of children younger than 15 routinely breathe “air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk”.

#AceHealthDesk report …………………Published: Nov.03: 2020:

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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Research Study Report: National science agency has suggested that SARS-Cov2 the virus for #COVID19 can survive longer than first thought and remains infectious for 28-days on surfaces such as banknotes, phone-screens & stainless steel according to the researchers #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.12: The findings from Australia’s national science agency suggest SARS-Cov-2 can survive for far longer than thought: However, the experiment was conducted in the dark. UV light has already been shown to kill the virus: Some experts have also thrown doubt on the actual threat posed by surface transmission in real life: The coronavirus is mostly transmitted when people cough, sneeze or talk:

#Coronavirus Report: #Covid19 virus ‘survives for 28 days’ in lab conditions on certain surfaces according to Australian Researchers with #WHO say no cases has been transmitted though food or food packaging

But there is also evidence that it can also be spread by particles hanging in the air. It is also possible someone could get Covid-19 by touching infected surfaces such as metal or plastic, according to the US Centers for Disease Control. This is believed to be much less common, however:

What does the study say?

Previous laboratory tests have found that SARS-Cov-2 can survive for two to three days on bank notes and glass, and up to six days on plastic and stainless steel, although results vary: However, the research from Australian agency CSIRO found the virus was “extremely robust,” surviving for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as glass found on mobile phone screens and both plastic and paper banknotes, when kept at 20C (68F), which is about room temperature, and in the dark: In comparison, the flu virus can survive in the same circumstances for 17 days.

The study, published in Virology Journal, also found SARS-Cov-2 survived for less time at hotter temperatures than cooler temperatures; it stopped being infectious within 24 hours at 40C on some surfaces: It also stayed longer on smooth, non-porous surfaces than on porous materials such as cloth, which was found not to carry any infectious virus past 14 days.

What are the disagreements about?

Prof Ron Eccles, former director Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University, criticised the study and said the suggestion that the virus could survive for 28 days was causing “unnecessary fear in the public” ………………”Viruses are spread on surfaces from mucus in coughs and sneezes and dirty fingers and this study did not use fresh human mucus as a vehicle to spread the virus,” he said: “Fresh mucus is a hostile environment for viruses as it contains lots of white cells that produce enzymes to destroy viruses and can also contain antibodies and other chemicals to neutralise viruses: “In my opinion infectious viruses will only persist for hours in mucus on surfaces rather than days.”

In a paper published by the Lancet in July, Emanuel Goldman, professor of microbiology at Rutgers University, said “the chance of transmission through inanimate surfaces is very small”. He said studies that suggested a significant risk had been designed with “little resemblance to real-life scenarios” ………….Last week Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, said the coronavirus did not spread via surfaces.

Study highlights needs to clean hands and touchscreens

Covid-19 spreads primarily through the air. Studies have shown that the virus can remain infectious in airborne particles for more than three hours. What’s less certain is the degree to which it can spread via surfaces such as banknotes and touchscreens: Previous studies have assessed its survivability on stainless steel and their results have varied wildly, ranging from between three and 14 days at room temperature: The new study looked at how long the virus could survive on glass, paper and plastic notes as well as steel. They found that they could detect it after 28 days on all these surfaces at 20C – significantly longer than the earlier studies had indicated: The experiments were, however, carried out in virus friendly conditions – in a dark room with stable temperatures and humidity – so the virus may well not do so well in the real world: Even so, these results highlight the need to wash hands as well as touchscreens regularly and to avoid touching one’s face in order to minimise the risk of infection.

Why does this matter?

“Establishing how long the virus really remains viable on surfaces enables us to more accurately predict and mitigate its spread, and do a better job of protecting our people,” said CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall: The study’s authors said the ability of SARS-Cov-2 to persist on stainless steel at cooler temperatures could explain outbreaks of Covid-19 at meat processing and cold storage facilities: Thousands of workers have tested positive at meat processing factories and abattoirs around the world: Other reasons previously suggested include close working conditions, cold and damp environments and the need to shout over noisy machinery.

The CSIRO researchers also say their findings support previous research suggesting the virus can survive on fresh and frozen food: The World Health Organization says: “There is currently no confirmed case of Covid-19 transmitted through food or food packaging.” But it does list a number of precautions you can take to avoid cross-contamination.

#AceHealthDesk report……………Published: Oct.12: 2020:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus #WHO Report: New cases of #COVID19 increase to a record of 259,000 it was reported on Saturday with a global death toll of over 600,000 according to the latest tally by John Hopkins University (JHU) the highest jump observed in US, Brazil, India, Russia and now South Africa becoming the 5th most afflicted country #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.19: The highest jumps in new confirmed infections were observed in the US, Brazil, India and South Africa: The Americas remain the epicentre of the pandemic, accounting for more than half of the world’s 14 million infections: The US and Brazil are the most severely-hit countries with Washington reporting a new record increase of more than 74,000 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total to over 3.5 million. More than 140,000 people have also lost their lives to the virus in the US: Infections are soaring in U.S. states like Florida, Texas, Arizona, fuelled by the haphazard lifting of lockdowns and the resistance of some Americans to wearing masks: The virus has also accelerated in Brazil and India where more than 2 million and 1 million cases have been reported respectively:

#Coronavirus Report: #WHO reports record rise of more than 259,000 new cases and over 600,000 deaths

1./ A record 24-hour surge of 38,902 new cases has taken India’s coronavirus total to 1,077,618 with the Health Ministry on Sunday also reporting 543 additional deaths for a total of 26,816.

2./ South Africa is now the fifth most-afflicted country in the world with more than 350,800 cases, which accounts for more than half of the total infections recorded on the African continent.

According to the WHO, there has been a 27 per cent increase in the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the African region in the week ending July 14. The vast majority — 76 per cent — were reported in South Africa: “The simple fact is that many South Africans are sitting ducks because they cannot comply with World ./ Health Organization protocols on improved hygiene and social distancing,” the foundation of former South African archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah, warned in a statement.

Several European countries have meanwhile imposed lockdown measures in some parts fo the country following localised surges: In Spain, four million people in the region of Catalonia have been asked to stay at home and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. Neighbour Portugal has extended a local lockdown in parts of Lisbon.

#AceHealthDesk report ………..Published: July.19: 2020:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Report: Scientists across the world in a search for a vaccine are looking at deliberately infecting people with #COVID19 as an answer in vaccine development and calling it ethically justified despite the potential risks to volunteers according to new #WHO guidance #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – May.09: Controversial trials in which volunteers are intentionally infected with Covid-19 could accelerate vaccine development, according to the World Health Organization, which has released new guidance on how the approach could be ethically justified despite the potential dangers for participants: So-called challenge trials are a mainstream approach in vaccine development and have been used in malaria, typhoid and flu, but there are treatments available for these diseases if a volunteer becomes severely ill. For #Covid19 , a safe dose of the virus has not been established and there are no failsafe treatments if things go wrong:

#Coronavirus Report: #WHO conditionally backs #Covid19 vaccine trials that infect people ‘ Challenge’ studies would deliberately give #coronavirus to healthy volunteers Hannah Devlin – Last modified on Fri 8 May 2020 20.30 BST: Guardian.Com/

Scientists, however, increasingly agree that such trials should be considered, and the WHO is the latest body to indicate conditional support for the idea: “There’s this emerging consensus among everyone who has thought about this seriously,” said Prof Nir Eyal, the director of Rutgers University’s Center for Population-Level Bioethics in the US.

The prospect of infecting healthy individuals with a potentially deadly pathogen may sound counterintuitive, but according to Eyal the risk of death from Covid-19 for someone in their 20s is around one in 3,000 – similar to the risk for live kidney donation: In this case, the potential benefits would extend not to a single individual, but to thousands or millions who could be protected by a vaccine………………..“Once you give it thought, it is surprisingly easier to approve than dispatching volunteers as part-time medical workers and other practices that we’ve already accepted,” he said.

In new guidance issued this week, the WHO said that well-designed challenge studies could accelerate Covid-19 vaccine development and also make it more likely that the vaccines ultimately deployed will be effective: The WHO lists eight criteria that would need to be met for the approach to be ethically justified, including restricting participation to healthy people aged 18-30 and fully informed consent. Strikingly, the guidelines do not rule out challenge trials in the absence of an effective treatment, instead stating that the risk could fall “within acceptable upper limits” for such research: “The big news is that WHO doesn’t say challenge trials are forbidden. It specifies reasonable steps on how they can be deployed,” said Eyal.

Vaccines are typically tested using a large group of people whose infection rates are compared with a separate group of unvaccinated controls: Waiting for enough people to be exposed to an illness, however, can take months and require thousands of participants. In a fast-moving pandemic situation, there is a risk of trials grinding to a standstill as infection rates fall in some regions. Challenge trials sidestep this problem, allowing efficacy to be established within weeks using just 100 or so volunteers.

A safe dose for Covid-19 would need to be established – enough to cause illness, but not severe illness, which could be a very fine line – through initial dose escalation studies: Such studies would need to be conducted in secure facilities to avoid unintentionally infecting anyone outside the trial and would pose uncertain levels of risk to participants.

Prof Andrew Pollard, who is leading the trial of the vaccine developed by the team at the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, said there is “huge interest” in the possibility of challenge trials among those working on vaccines against coronavirus: “At the moment, because we don’t have a rescue therapy we have to approach challenge studies extremely cautiously,” said Pollard. “But I don’t think it should be ruled out because, particularly in a situation where it’s very difficult to assess some of the new vaccines coming along because there’s not much disease around, it could be one of the ways we could get that answer more quickly.”

Others are more cautious and say it would be impossible to launch such a trial in the absence of robust treatments…..

#AceHealthDesk report …………Published: May.09: 2020:

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(GENEVA) #WHO Coronavirus Report: Investigation of recovered #COVID19 patients testing positive again they said on Saturday and that it was looking into reports of patients testing positive again after initially test ing negative for the disease while being considered for discharge and U.K. pledges £200-million in aid on Sunday in tackling the second wave returning to the country #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport: Apr.12: Britain said on Sunday it was pledging 200 million pounds ($248 million) to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and charities to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in vulnerable countries and so help prevent a second wave of infections: More than 1.6 million people are reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally and deaths have topped 100,000 according to John Hopkins University: https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/04/09/data-visualization-covid19-map/
Infections have been reported in 210 countries since the first cases were identified in China in December last year and British aid minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said assisting the poorest nations now would help prevent the virus returning to the United Kingdom:

#Coronavirus Report: UK pledges 200 million pounds in aid to help stop second coronavirus wave returning to country by assisting the poorest nations after #WHO looking into reports of patients testing negative and then positive again

COVID19 Cases Test negative first and then positive after as they are being discharged: https://t.me/reuters_news/126759 Reuters World News, [Apr 11, 2020 at 22:29]

Britain has reported almost 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus so far, the fifth highest national number globally: “While our brilliant doctors and nurses fight coronavirus at home, we’re deploying British expertise and funding around the world to prevent a second deadly wave reaching the UK,” Trevelyan said in a statement.

“Coronavirus does not respect country borders so our ability to protect the British public will only be effective if we strengthen the healthcare systems of vulnerable developing countries too.”

The British government said 130 million pounds would go to United Nations’ agencies, with 65 million for the WHO: Another 50 million pounds would go to the Red Cross to help war-torn and hard to reach areas, and 20 million pounds going to other organisations and charities.

The cash would help areas with weak health systems such as war-ravaged Yemen, which reported its first case on Friday, and Bangladesh, which is hosting 850,000 Rohingya refugees in crowded camps, it said: Britain’s support for the WHO contrasts with the view of U.S. President Donald Trump who has criticised its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic with suggestions his administration might re-evaluate U.S. funding

“The United Kingdom’s generous contribution is a strong statement that this is a global threat that demands a global response,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director General said: “We are all in this together, which means protecting health around the world will help to protect the health of people in the UK.”

#AceHealthDesk report ………….Published: Apr.12: 2020: Reuters: Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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‘ WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION DECLARES NIGERIA IS FREE OF EBOLA ‘

#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA(Abuja) – October 20 – The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease.

Nigeria’s containment of the lethal disease is a “spectacular success story,” WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Nigeria reported 20 cases of Ebola, including eight deaths.

One of those who died was an airline passenger who brought Ebola to Nigeria and died soon after.

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WHO: ‘ No Ebola Vaccine Available for Mass Use Until 2015 – Russia Planning Release in Six Months ‘

#AceNewsServices – GENEVA – October 14 – The Ebola vaccine will be available for mass use in summer 2015 at the earliest, the assistant director general of the World Health organization (WHO) told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

“I think by January we will be able of doing larger scale studies with this thing.

But in terms of large scale use, no, not until middle of the next year. That’s our target,” Bruce Aylward said, answering a question on when an Ebola vaccine would be ready for mass use.

Earlier the WHO said that the first anti-Ebola vaccine could be available as early as November 2014 and would first be given to the health care workers most at risk of exposure to the disease.

The vaccine had been expected to become available for mass use early in 2015.

The organization said that the Canadian VSV-EBOV vaccine and the ChAd-EBO vaccine developed by the British GlaxoSmithKlein are the most promising counters to Ebola.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of the infected.

There is no officially approved medication for the disease, but several countries are currently working on developing Ebola vaccines, with Russia planning to introduce three vaccines within the next six months.

#ANS2014 

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BRITAIN: ‘ Local Doctor Joins WHO as Field Coordinator in Freetown ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – October 10 – The Warwick district is playing a role in helping those caught up in the world’s biggest ever Ebola disasters.

'Dr Paul Gully  Joining WHO in Sierra Leone to fight EBOLA '

‘Dr Paul Gully Joining WHO in Sierra Leone to fight EBOLA ‘

Not only will that involve help from here in Leamington Spa, but it will also include first hand aid from a former doctor.

Dr Paul Gully has volunteered to go into the epicentre of the Ebola crisis to see what he can do to help those.

So far, hundreds of thousands of people have died from Ebola, which has swept across countries in West Africa.

One of the countries most affected is Sierra Leone, where Leamington has enjoyed strong links during its 30-year partnership with the town of Bo through the One World Link (OWL).

One of the OWL’s founder members back in the early eighties was Dr Gully, who brought up his young family in Farley Street, Leamington Spa. 

Now it has emerged that he has volunteered to the country’s captial city, Freetown, as a field co-ordinator for the World Health Organisation.

As the Courier went to press, Dr Gully was due to land in Sierra Leone.

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CHINA: ‘ Total of 21,000 People Diagnosed with Dengue Fever As Cases Rise Alarmingly ‘

#AceNewsServices – CHINA (Beijing) – October 6. /TASS/. The number of people infected with dengue fever is rising alarmingly in South China with 1,431 new cases reported in Guangdong Province, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

A total of 21,527 people have been diagnosed with dengue fever in 20 out of 21 prefecture-level cities in Guangdong so far, the agency quoted local health authorities as saying.

One new fatality case was reported by the provincial health and family planning commission on Sunday, bringing the death toll in the province to six, Xinhua said.

' Dengue Fever Symptoms'

Dengue Fever Symptoms’

Dengue is a mosquito-borne, potentially fatal disease that affects, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 100 million people in tropical and subtropical regions every year, causing fever combined with muscle and joint aches.

The outbreak of dengue this year is believed to be the worst in 20 years, Xinhua said, adding that health authorities attributed the outbreak to high temperatures and wet weather in Guangdong, where the mosquito population was five times the normal level.

Apart from Guangdong, some other southern provinces and regions, including Fujian, Hunan and Guangxi, also reported dengue cases lately, the agency said.

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WHO: ‘ Announces Figures for Deaths From Ebola Epidemic of 3,439 People ‘

#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.

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MAJOR EBOLA ALERT IN ITALY AND EUROPE!! NOT CONTAINED!!

They are denying it but I just checked and YES! 2 hospitals in Italy have been closed down in sections. This is now out of control. I have been blogging it since it started a few months ago. Links below and Daboo7 with his usual best in Video below

http://shaunynews.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/ebola-guinea-facing-unprecedented-epidemic-as-world-looks-on/

http://shaunynews.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/guinea-ebola-death-toll-hits-70-senegal-seals-its-border-as-liberia-is-hit/

The initial Ebola outbreak in Guinea is believed to have started when hunters came in contact with infected fruit bats. The Ebola virus is spread between humans through direct contact. Once infected, it can take up to 21 days for symptoms to appear, which include high fever, headaches, and fatigue. At that point, the infected person is contagious.

With details lacking and health officials opting to keep reports of infections from the public, it is impossible to know exactly how far the virus has spread.

As noted above, this new strain was not identified immediately, thus blood tests of people showing possible symptoms may have shown false-negatives even though those individuals may have been carrying the virus. Once returned to the general population and assuming they did not contract the virus, it is certainly possible that it was then transmitted to others.

If Ebola has taken hold in Italy, then we can expect more reported cases all over the continent in coming weeks, with the real possibility that the virus could make its way to U.S. shores via hundreds of international flights arriving on a daily basis.

It’s understandable that government officials do not want to overreact and cause panic, especially insofar as global air travel is concerned, because doing so would lead to a lock down of airports worldwide.

The panic would be unprecedented.

As noted by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition, even if the public became aware that a pandemic was in progress, many would remain in denial about such a prospect and would remain oblivious to the long-term repercussions. She notes that the effects of a pandemic could be swift and drastic, leading to societal upheaval :

Understanding that our lives will change drastically if the population is faced with a pandemic and being prepared for this can help you make better choices toward the well being of your family. Some changes could be:

Shut downs of business commerce
Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
Payroll service interruptions
Staffing shortages in hospitals and medical clinics
Interruptions in public facilities – Schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings such as sporting events or worship services may close temporarily.
Government mandated voluntary or involuntary home quarantine.
(Source: Pandemic Preparedness)

Given the continued spread of the virus to numerous countries in Africa, and now possibly Europe, we urge readers to remain vigilant and have, at the very least, their basic essentials in place.

This virus is incurable and is believed to have a mortality rate of up to 85% of those infected.

If it is spreading outside of Africa, then it is only a matter of time – perhaps several weeks – before it becomes apparent in developing nations.

These posted probabilities are in no way authoritative, and should be considered a “best guess” only.

Probabilities of unchecked infection at this point, based upon a method of travel, times and frequencies of airline flights to various cities, also including certain assumed volumes of “mixed maritime” traffic between north Africa and southern Europe – the Probability that Ebola will strike is:

63% in Italy within 8 days
44% in Spain within 15 days
77% in Riyadh/Saudi within 21 days
40% in Libya within 25 days
29% in the US within 28 days
37% in Egypt within 33 days
By the time we get to 35 days, it can be in 25 countries on 4 continents.

In the United States, the CDC has issued a travel alert to airlines and set up emergency quarantine stations at domestic airports, though there are no specific guidelines in place at this time according to BD Live:

The US is well prepared to handle infected patients on its soil with 20 CDC quarantine stations in place at US airports that are designed to deal with anyone who has symptoms of a wide range of infectious illnesses, including Ebola, according to spokeswoman Christine Pearson. Despite the outbreak, there are no special requests or guidelines to airlines about Ebola, though the CDC has issued a travel alert, she said.

“The time it takes to travel from rural Guinea to anywhere in the US is more than enough time to incubate the virus and be symptomatic,” Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Laurie Garrett said in New York.

If in the next month we see Ebola popping up in North America then we may have a serious problem on our hands.

This is a developing report and is in no way conclusive. Official statements from the WHO, CDC and European governments have yet to confirm Ebola’s crossover into Europe or the United States. Updates will be provided as details become available.

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-04/11/ebola-open-street-map

http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/topics/ebola-virus.aspx

http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2014/04/reemergence-of-ebola-focuses-need-for-global-surveillance-strategies.aspx

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