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Title: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on July 25, 2014, 02:31:29 AM
Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:18am GMT
FREETOWN (Reuters) - The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said.

The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.
Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, more than 600 people have died from the illness, according to the World Health Organisation, placing great strain on the health systems of some of Africa's poorest countries.

Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, has been transferred to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, according to the statement released late on Tuesday by the president's office.

Health Minister Miatta Kargbo called Khan a national hero and said she would "do anything and everything in my power to ensure he survives".
Khan told Reuters in late June that he was worried about contracting Ebola. "I am afraid for my life, I must say, because I cherish my life," he said in an interview, showing no signs of ill health at the time.

"Health workers are prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for somebody who is sickened by disease. Even with the full protective clothing you put on, you are at risk."
Three days ago, three nurses working in the same Ebola treatment centre alongside Khan died from the disease.

The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea's remote southeast in February and has since spread across the region. Symptoms of the highly infectious disease are diarrhea, vomiting and internal and external bleeding.

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on July 25, 2014, 02:55:21 AM
i read about this in march, thought ok the W.H.O. ect are going to get a handle
on this, then in may i read more cases, june i read a dif strain than from the congo
the congo is the original outbreak in the 70s, when ebola was discovered, i remember
thinking back then this needs to be hunted down, and know everything there is to
know about it, if it would ever get loose, the world would have one huge problem

about a week ago, a US citizen was tested 1000 miles east of Guinea, he tested neg
and in may and june the gar and who had not restricted travel or closed the boarders
i was surprised, to date this still has not been implemented 
  total today-7/24/14, CDC

July 24, 2014 expanded
Outbreak Update
The World Health Organization, in partnership with the Ministries of Health in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, announced a cumulative total of 1093 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 660 deaths, as of July 20, 2014. Of the 1093 clinical cases, 786 cases have been laboratory confirmed for Ebola virus infection.
In Guinea, 415 cases, including 314 fatal cases and 304 laboratory confirmations of EVD, were reported by the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea and WHO as of July 20, 2014. Active surveillance continues in Conakry, Guéckédou, Boffa, Dubreka, and Fria Districts.
In Sierra Leone, WHO and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone reported a cumulative total of 454 suspect and confirmed cases of EHF as of July 20, 2014. Of these 454, 405 cases have been laboratory confirmed and 219 were fatal. Districts reporting clinical EVD patients include Kailahun, Kenema, Kambia, Port Loko, Western, and Bo. Reports, investigations, and testing of suspect cases continue across the country. Laboratory testing is being conducted in Kenema and Kailahun cities.

here are some stat info links
@ the CDC link are some travel advisories and stats

Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 23 July 2014


Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on July 26, 2014, 02:09:19 AM
dont know if you have read the cdc info, or the who info
ebola is easy to spread, a drop of sweat will do, and now
it has broke into a populous, transcontinental country

  Ebola Outbreak Spreads to 4th West African Country
ABUJA, Nigeria — Jul 25, 2014, 7:00 PM ET
By HEATHER MURDOCK Associated Press

An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday.

The 40-year-old man had recently lost his sister to Ebola in Liberia, health officials there said. It was not immediately clear how he managed to board a flight, but he was moved into an isolation ward upon arrival in Nigeria on Tuesday and died on Friday.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said it was the first case of Ebola to be confirmed in Nigeria since the current outbreak emerged this year. The disease already has hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: MuffyBee on July 31, 2014, 08:56:40 PM
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on August 01, 2014, 03:03:46 PM
Press Release
For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 31, 2014
As West Africa Ebola outbreak worsens, CDC issues Level 3 Travel Warning
“This is the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history. Far too many lives have been lost already,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “It will take many months, and it won’t be easy, but Ebola can be stopped. We know what needs to be done. CDC is surging our response, sending 50 additional disease control experts to the region in the next 30 days.”
CDC expects its efforts not only to help bring the current outbreak under control, but to leave behind stronger systems to prevent, detect and stop Ebola and other outbreaks before they spread.
In addition to warning travelers to avoid going to the region, CDC is also assisting with active screening and education efforts on the ground in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. On the remote possibility that they do, CDC has protocols in place to protect against further spread of disease. These include notification to CDC of ill passengers on a plane before arrival, investigation of ill travelers, and, if necessary, quarantine. CDC also provides guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew and for disinfecting aircraft. Earlier this week, CDC issued a Health Alert Notice reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients and how they can protect themselves from infection.
At this time, CDC and its partners at points of entry are not screening passengers traveling from the
affected countries. It is important to note that Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear, and that transmission is through direct contact of bodily fluids of an infected, symptomatic person or exposure to objects like needles that have been contaminated with infected secretions

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on August 01, 2014, 03:10:33 PM

Ebola Outbreak 'Not in the Cards' for U.S., CDC Director Says

International health experts are preparing to “surge” into West Africa to fight the raging outbreak of Ebola virus, and say they are confident they can keep it from spreading to countries like the United States and eventually stamp it out.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped up a travel alert for West Africa Thursday, saying nonessential people should put off travel there for now. But CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said that was more to keep people out of the way of emergency work than to prevent the spread of Ebola.

“It is not a potential of Ebola spreading widely in the U.S. That is not in the cards,” Frieden told reporters on a conference call. “We are not telling people who are essential to leave.”
more at link

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on August 01, 2014, 03:15:32 PM
An Ebola patient is leaving Africa for treatment at an Atlanta hospital
By Joel Achenbach, Lena H. Sun and Caelainn Hogan July 31 at 9:21 PM

The outbreak of the extraordinarily lethal Ebola virus has worsened in West Africa, with the contagion showing no sign of coming under control, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday to warn Americans to avoid nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
In addition to raising the health threat level to 3, the agency’s highest level, the CDC said it is sending 50 infectious-disease experts to the affected region and will assist airports in Africa in screening outbound passengers. The CDC had already alerted U.S. hospitals and doctors to be on the lookout for signs of Ebola fever and to question patients about their recent travel history and contacts.
A patient who was infected with the virus in Africa is expected to be treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta within several days, the university said in a statement Thursday. The patient, his or her identity undisclosed, will be treated at a special containment unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat people exposed to serious infectious diseases. A spokeswoman said she did not know when the patient will arrive or who the patient is. CNN, citing an unnamed source, reported that a plane left Cartersville, Ga., Thursday evening to evacuate two U.S. charity workers in Liberia infected with Ebola.

It would be the first time a patient infected with Ebola has been treated in the United States, according to a CDC spokeswoman.
“Every precaution is being taken to move those infected safely and securely, to provide critical care en route and to maintain strict isolation upon arrival in the United States,” said the CDC spokeswoman, Barbara Reynolds. “The safety and security of U.S. citizens is our highest priority. These are U.S. citizens who are returning to the United States for medical care. They are being returned under strict medical protocols for infectious diseases.”
more and vids

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on August 02, 2014, 04:54:05 PM
one of the ebola infected patients has arrived, JMO im not so worried about the patients
coming in under secure procedures, as i am about the borders still open in the countries
with infected persons, i think until the borders are closed, in those infected countries
the virus will travel, and most prob to 3rd world sites ill equipped to handle it, and the
pop of those countries will suffer needlessly

Ebola patient walks into Atlanta hospital; family will see him through glass
By Jason Hanna and Faith Karimi, CNN
updated 4:00 PM EDT, Sat August 2, 2014

with vid

Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on August 02, 2014, 04:57:29 PM
an interesting article

The Hunt for Ebola

A CDC team races to Uganda just days after an outbreak of the killer virus to try to pinpoint exactly how it is transmitted to humans

By Joshua Hammer
Smithsonian Magazine | Subscribe
November 2012

Read more:

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on August 04, 2014, 08:21:45 PM
wow!, some promising news, an Experimental drug seems to have worked for the 2 american doctors
that had the ebola virus, i wondered how DR Kent Brantly, was able to walk from the ambulance into
hospital, as he had been reported to have been sick fever vomit ect. for days

Experimental drug likely saved Ebola patients
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Danielle Dellorto, CNN
updated 6:58 PM EDT, Mon August 4, 2014

(CNN) -- It's a story that could have come from a cinematic medical thriller: Two American missionary workers contract Ebola. Their situation is dire. Three vials containing a highly experimental drug are flown into Liberia in a last-ditch effort to save them.
And the drug flown in last week appears to have worked, according to a source familiar with details of the treatment.
Dr. Kent Brantly's and Nancy Writebol's conditions significantly improved after receiving the medication, sources say. Brantly was able to walk into Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after being evacuated to the United States last week, and Writebol is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday.
On July 22, Brantly woke up feeling feverish. Fearing the worst, Brantly immediately isolated himself. Writebol's symptoms started three days later. A rapid field blood test confirmed the infection in both of them after they had become ill with fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
The experimental drug, known as ZMapp, was developed by the biotech firm Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., which is based in San Diego. The patients were told that the treatment had never been tried before in a human being but had shown promise in small experiments with monkeys.
Questions about this new Ebola drug
According to company documents, four monkeys infected with Ebola survived after being given the therapy within 24 hours after infection. Two of four other monkeys that started therapy within 48 hours after infection also survived. One monkey that was not treated died within five days of exposure to the virus.
more and vid

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on August 04, 2014, 08:26:59 PM
just wow!

Questions about this new Ebola drug
By Jacque Wilson and Danielle Dellorto, CNN
updated 6:33 PM EDT, Mon August 4, 2014
(CNN) -- Two American missionary workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus were given an experimental drug that seems to have saved their lives.
Dr. Kent Brantly was given the medication, ZMapp, shortly after telling his doctors he thought he would die, according to a source familiar with his case. Within an hour, doctors say his symptoms -- labored breathing and a widespread rash -- dramatically improved. Nancy Writebol, another missionary working with Samaritan's Purse, received two doses of the medication and has also shown significant improvement, sources say.
As there is no proven treatment and no vaccine for Ebola, this experimental drug is raising lots of questions.
Who makes the drug?
more and vid

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on September 06, 2014, 05:42:33 PM
the #s are getting higher and higher, i still dont understand why the boarders
were not closed back in march, it would have only been for a 21-30 days, and
those countries in africa wouldnt be where they are today, hindsite 20-20 i guess

A whole country in quarantine: Every man woman and child in Sierra Leone is told to stay inside for the next three days in bid to stop spread of Ebola

PUBLISHED: 12:31 EST, 6 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:18 EST, 6 September 2014

Sierra Leone's proposed countrywide 'lockdown' will not help control an Ebola outbreak and could lead to the disease spreading further as cases are concealed, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) claimed today.
The government plans to order citizens not to leave the areas around their homes for three days from September 19 in a bid to prevent new infections and help health workers track down people suffering from the disease, the information ministry also said today.
'It has been our experience that lockdowns and quarantines do not help control Ebola as they end up driving people underground and jeopardising the trust between people and health providers,' said MSF.
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a status graphic


Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on September 06, 2014, 05:53:21 PM
Human Trial for Ebola Vaccine to Begin This Week
Sep 1, 2014, 12:59 PM ET

several videos about the ebola outbreak @ link
The first human trial for an investigational Ebola vaccine is set to begin this week.

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa prompted the National Institutes of Health to expedite safety testing for several vaccines already in the works. Since March, the deadly virus has killed 1,552 people, according to the World Health Organization, which predicted last week that the virus could infect 20,000 people in the next six months.

An Ebola vaccine is different from the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, which two Americans received last month and is designed to treat an existing Ebola infection rather than prevent one.

“There is an urgent need for a protective Ebola vaccine, and it is important to establish that a vaccine is safe and spurs the immune system to react in a way necessary to protect against infection,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said in a statement.

more info on the drug trials, from the CDC
Questions and Answers on Experimental Treatments and Vaccines for Ebola

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on September 06, 2014, 05:58:20 PM
Watch FRONTLINE’s Ebola Outbreak (followed by Hunting Boko Haram) on Tuesday, Sept. 9 (check local listings).

Inside the Ebola Outbreak
September 5, 2014, 10:22 am ET by Patrice Taddonio

Earlier this week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Friedan issued a dire warning that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “spiraling out of control.”

That dovetails with what FRONTLINE producer and director Wael Dabbous saw firsthand.

more and video

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on October 15, 2014, 02:40:14 PM
Current Outbreaks

2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Outbreak Distribution Map

2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Case Counts
Countries with Widespread Transmission
Country   Total Cases   Laboratory-Confirmed Cases   Total Deaths
Guinea   1350   1097   778
Liberia   4076   943   2316
Sierra Leone   2950   2593   930
Total   8376   4633   4024

Countries with Travel-associated Cases
Country   Total Cases   Laboratory-Confirmed Cases   Total Deaths
Senegal   1   1   0
Spain   1   1   0
United States   2   2   1
Total   4   4   1
Countries with Localized Transmission
Country   Total Cases   Laboratory-Confirmed Cases   Total Deaths
Nigeria   20   19   8
Total   20   19   8 

2014 Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Outbreak Update - As of October 5, 2014

As of October 5, 2014, there have been 70 cases of Ebola virus disease reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In total, 43 deaths have been reported. This outbreak is unrelated to the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
Case Counts *

* Case counts updated in conjunction with the World Health Organization updates

Total Cases

As of October 5, 2014
(Updated October 8, 2014)

Total Case Count: 70
Total Case Deaths: 43
Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 30 

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: MuffyBee on October 16, 2014, 06:19:18 AM
He's a very brave man for going back imo.
William Pooley, British Nurse Who Survived Ebola, Will Return to Sierra Leone
October 16, 2014

LONDON — A British volunteer nurse who survived Ebola said he is returning to West Africa where he caught the disease "because there is still a lot of work to do out there." William Pooley was the first known U.K. citizen to be infected in the current outbreak but made a full recovery after he was flown to London in a military plane in August and treated in isolation with the experimental drug ZMapp.

The 29-year-old said Wednesday that he is preparing to fly back to Sierra Leone to help fight the outbreak that has claimed almost 4,500 lives.


Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on October 25, 2014, 03:06:34 PM
Ebola Facts: How Many People Have Been Sent to Countries With Ebola by Doctors Without Borders?
UPDATED OCT. 24, 2014

Title: Re: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Post by: cw618 on May 08, 2015, 03:00:29 PM
new info

After Nearly Claiming His Life, Ebola Lurked in a Doctor’s Eye

ATLANTA — When Dr. Ian Crozier was released from Emory University Hospital in October after a long, brutal fight with Ebola that nearly ended his life, his medical team thought he was cured. But less than two months later, he was back at the hospital with fading sight, intense pain and soaring pressure in his left eye.

Test results were chilling: The inside of Dr. Crozier’s eye was teeming with Ebola.
His doctors were amazed. They had considered the possibility that the virus had invaded his eye, but they had not really expected to find it. Months had passed since Dr. Crozier became ill while working in an Ebola treatment ward in Sierra Leone as a volunteer for the World Health Organization. By the time he left Emory, his blood was Ebola-free. Although the virus may persist in semen for months, other body fluids were thought to be clear of it once a patient recovered. Almost nothing was known about the ability of Ebola to lurk inside the eye.
A Secondary Problem