(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.

#ANS2014

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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

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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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` World Health Organisation States that `Air Pollution ‘ Accounts for 7 million Deaths Annually ‘

#AceHealthNews – Geneva – April 6 – (WHO) – In new estimates released by the World Health Organization indicated that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure.This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.


Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.

In particular, the new data reveal a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air-pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and Ischaemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. This is in addition to air pollution’s role in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

The new estimates are not only based on more knowledge about the diseases caused by air pollution, but also upon better assessment of human exposure to air pollutants through the use of improved measurements and technology.

This has enabled scientists to make a more detailed analysis of health risks from a wider demographic spread that now includes rural as well as urban areas.

Regionally, low- and middle-income countries in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions had the largest air pollution-related burden in 2012, with a total of 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 million deaths related to outdoor air pollution.

World Health Organisation (WHO) – Iran News – ANS2014

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` Guinea ` Ebola Virus ' has killed at least 59 and According to Reports may now have spread to Sierra Leone '

#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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`Guinea has Confirmed that an Outbreak of ` Hemorrhagic Fever ‘ is Ebola ‘

#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

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` Guinea is caught in the middle of an Outbreak of ` Hemorrhagic Fever ‘ but WHO suspects – Lassa Fever ‘

#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.

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` Price of Success in China has pushed `Pollution' levels to `Severe' that it could lead to a `Nuclear Winter'

#AceWorldNews says that air-pollution in parts of China’ is now so extreme it could lead to conditions similar to a “nuclear winter,” scientists say.

The smog that covers the country has become so thick it is impeding photosynthesis, potentially disrupting China’s food supply.

China’s pollution problem is reaching crisis point, with acrid smog covering six southern provinces for the past week.

Over the last few days a total of 19 cities have recorded levels of pollution drastically exceeding the World Health Organization’s (WHO) safety levels.

Beijing’s concentration of micro-particles small enough to enter into people’s lungs and trigger serious health issues reached 505 micrograms per cubic meter Tuesday. The WHO’s safe level is 25 micrograms per meter.

The toxic smog is having severe consequences, with aircraft being grounded across the country because of poor visibility, roads closing and a significant reduction in tourist numbers.

An associate professor at China Agricultural University, He Dongxian, told the South China Morning Post that if these conditions continued, China will experience something akin to a “nuclear winter.”

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Sudan: “UN Relief Official Deplores Killing of Health Workers in West Darfur”

#AceWorldNews says the top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan today strongly condemned the killing of two Ministry of Health staff members who were part of a measles vaccination team in West Darfur.

“My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of those killed,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, said in a news release.

The victims in the attack, which reportedly took place on Monday, were a vaccinator and a driver.

“I call on all parties to ensure the protection of all personnel working to deliver assistance to populations in need throughout Sudan,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are helping to ensure that every child in Sudan is getting vaccinated, whoever they are and wherever they live.

The nationwide measles vaccination campaign that began on 24 November is targeting about 15 million children, according to media reports.
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