Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ebola Updates ( September 9 , 2014 ) - As Ebola continues to spread in West Africa , the West waits and wonders how far the scourge may extend ?

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An aid worker sprays the corpse of a man killed by Ebola with disinfectant.

This is pretty scary....


Ebola Outbreak Doubles In 3 Weeks, WHO Warns "Conventional Means Of Control Not Working"

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed 2,288 people (with 4,269 cases) according to the World Health Organization, but is accelerating dramatically. In a rather stunning admission, WHO warns,conventional means of controlling the outbreak are not working as the last 3 weeks have seen the number of cases and deaths double.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 2,288 people, with half of them dying in the last three weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

It said that 47% of the deaths and 49% of the total 4,269 cases had come in the 21 days leading up to 6 September.

The health agency warned that thousands more cases could occur in Liberia, which has had the most fatalities.


In Nigeria, eight people have died out of 21 cases, while one case of Ebola has been confirmed in Senegal, the WHO said in its latest update.

On Monday, the agency called on organisations combating the outbreak in Liberia to scale up efforts to control the outbreak "three-to-four fold".


However, the WHO says conventional means of controlling the outbreak, which include avoiding close physical contact with those infected and wearing personal protective equipment, were not working well in Liberia.
Where it is...

Where it will be...

As the case and death count accelerates...


Liberia: Ebola Hits Liberian Police, 1 Infected, 18 Quarantined At Depot

Monrovia — The deadly Ebola virus is spreading in Monrovia and beyond, touching the security sector as 18 Police officers have been quarantined in Bloc C at the Police Barracks in Monrovia.
According to sources, one Police officer serving the Police Support Unit (PSU) contracted the virus and is currently undergoing treatment at the ELWA Ebola center.
One senior Police source confirmed to FrontPageAfrica that the officer is in critical condition at the Ebola treatment center. The Police officer is said to have contracted the virus from his wife who is a nurse, who transferred the virus to her husband after also getting infested from work.
The health of the PSU officer prompted the quarantining of Bloc C of the Police barracks where accordingly the 18 Police officers are residing. Located at the intersection of Camp Johnson Road and Capitol By-pass the Police Barracks is home to several Police officers and their dependents.
According to one member of the Ebola Task Force, several items have been supplied the quarantined Police officers including chlorine, biscuits and other materials. Police officers are used in protecting clinics and other medical facilities also accompanying various medical teams, including burial, collection of sick patients and others.
The officers are usually not seen wearing protective gears including gloves and other PPEs while providing protection in medical facilities and carrying out other duties closely related to Ebola. Police officers are also used to implement quarantine in several communities as they were recently deployed to ensure the quarantine of the West Point community and some are now in Dolo's Town, Margibi County performing similar duty.



Liberia: Ebola Cases Expected to Surge in Liberia, Says WHO

Liberia should expect thousands of new cases of Ebola in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization says. It said aid partners urgently need to step up efforts to combat the deadly epidemic.
Liberia should prepare for thousands of new cases of Ebola over the next few weeks, as the number of people infected with the disease increases exponentially, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
"Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially," WHO said in a statement.
WHO noted that motorbike-taxis and regular taxis were a frequent cause of transmission as they are not disinfected in Liberia, the country hardest-hit by the Ebola epidemic currently raging in west Africa. A WHO update last Friday put the number killed by the disease in Liberia at 1,089 among 1,871 cases of infection.
It said conventional Ebola control measures in the country were "not having an adequate impact," and called on aid partners to increase efforts to bring the disease under control three to fourfold in Liberia and other West African countries that are afflicted.
In Liberia's Montserrado County, which includes the capital, Monrovia, a WHO investigative team estimated that 1,000 beds were urgently needed for Ebola patients, according to the statement.
The statement said that newly opened treatment centers were immediately swamped by patients, indicating that there were many cases as yet unregistered. People returning from the centers infected others, fueling the exponential increase in cases, it said.
Many health workers in Liberia had also died of the disease, the statement said, resulting in an increasing lack of medical capacity to cope with the epidemic.
So far, more than 3,500 people across West Africa have been infected and more than 2,000 killed in what is the largest Ebola outbreak on record. The other countries so far affected are Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.


Liberia: Govt Modifies Ebola Curfew Hours, Lifts Quarantine

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ordered the lifting of an Ebola quarantine on a town near the capital, Monrovia, and an adjustment in the hours of a nationwide curfew.
A presidential statement Monday said the lifting of the quarantine on Dolo Town in Margibi County was due to the overall support and cooperation of the town's people.
The nationwide curfew, which was imposed on August 20 and ran from 9 pm to 6 am, will now run from 11 pm to 6 am.
This comes as the World Health Organization Monday said it expects thousands of new cases of the Ebola virus in Liberia in the coming weeks. Liberia already accounts for about half of all cases and deaths of Ebola in West Africa.
Information Minister Lewis Brown said Sirleaf took the action because local communities have begun to take ownership of the fight against Ebola.
"We're beginning to see signs in communities about increased level of ownership of this fight, whether it is from West Point to Dolo Town to Cartwell, into Lofa, into Bong [Counties]. Any of these communities are showing increased level of ownership of this fight. They have their own civilian surveillance teams and their own tracing teams," he said.
Brown said the quarantine of West Point was a success, although the residents there said the government has yet to inform them of the outcome.


Ebola can be turned into bioweapon, Russian & UK experts warn

Published time: August 08, 2014 14:30
Edited time: August 10, 2014 16:40
A handout picture taken and released on August 7, 2014 by the Spanish Defense Ministry shows Roman Catholic priest Miguel Pajares, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, being transported from Madrid's Torrejon air base to the Carlos III hospital upon his arrival in Spain. (AFP Photo)
A handout picture taken and released on August 7, 2014 by the Spanish Defense Ministry shows Roman Catholic priest Miguel Pajares, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, being transported from Madrid's Torrejon air base to the Carlos III hospital upon his arrival in Spain. (AFP Photo)
Concerns that the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly a 1,000 lives in West Africa in recent months, can be used by as biological weapon are far from being groundless, Russia’s Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA) said.
“Such possibility exists,” Vladimir Nikiforov, who heads the Department of Infectious Diseases at the FMBA’s Institution of Advanced Training, acknowledged at a press conference in Moscow.

“Actually, this virus can be used in the form of a spray, which can lead to very big trouble,” the disease expert is cited as saying by the RIA-Novosti news agency.

It’s very hard to track down efforts to create bioweapons, despite the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention in place since 1972, he said.

“Biological weapons are nothing like a nuclear bomb… In order to make a nuclear bomb, one would require a uranium mine, a nuclear power plant and so on,” but biological weapons “are made in a small laboratory, which can be easily camouflaged,” Nikiforov said.

“You know that there are rogue states. And here's the thing, I can’t guarantee that some country isn’t preparing something of the kind,” he added.
AFP Photo/Leon Neal
Nikiforov words are echoed by his counterpart from Cambridge University, Dr Peter Walsh, who warned the UK public that a terrorist could use the Ebola virus to create a dirty bomb.