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Guinea shuts border with Sierra Leone in effort to end Ebola

Posted: March 31, 2015 by gamegetterII in ebola

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea closed its border with Sierra Leone on Monday as part of new efforts to stamp out Ebola, an official said.

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 10,300 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Liberia currently has no Ebola patients, and Sierra Leone has seen a fairly steady decline in cases in recent weeks. But the disease remains stubbornly entrenched in Guinea more than a year after the outbreak started and authorities are now ramping up efforts to eliminate the disease.

Guinean President Alpha Conde announced this weekend that emergency measures would be “reinforced” for a 45-day period in five districts, including some along the border with Sierra Leone. The decision to close the border was made in the context of those new measures, according to Cmdr. Mamadou Alpha Barry, spokesman for the national gendarmerie.

Previously, Guinean authorities had monitored people crossing into the country for symptoms of the disease.

Sierra Leone, however, was keeping its side of the border open, according to government spokesman Theo Nicol. He confirmed that the Guinean side was closed, although he said Sierra Leone had not been formally informed.

The sudden border closure caught many people off guard. Djalima Balde, a Guinean who had been visiting Freetown, the Sierra Leonean capital, was stuck at a border crossing on Monday.

“We weren’t given any information,” she said. “I’m here with my three children, who are hungry. But they say we can’t pass.”

Guinea sent security forces to the border on Friday night in response to reports that Sierra Leoneans were streaming over to avoid a three-day, nationwide shutdown over the weekend to help end Ebola.

FREETOWN (Reuters) – A three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone has exposed hundreds of potential new cases of Ebola, aiding efforts to bring to an end an epidemic that has already killed 3,000 people in the country.

Officials ordered the country’s 6 million residents to stay indoors or face arrest during the period that ended late on Sunday as hundreds of health officials went door-to-door looking for hidden patients and educating residents about the virus.

Reports to authorities of sick people increased by 191 percent in Western Area, which includes the capital, during the lockdown compared with the previous weekend, said Obi Sesay of the National Ebola Response Center.

“Tests are being carried out on their blood samples, and the results will be in by Wednesday,” Sesay said, adding that 173 of the patients in Freetown met an initial case definition for Ebola.

In the rest of the country, there was a 50 percent increase in sick people reported in the lockdown’s first two days, Sesay said.

Sierra Leone has reported nearly 12,000 cases since the worst Ebola epidemic in history was detected in neighboring Guinea a year ago. In all, more than 10,000 people have died in the two countries plus Liberia.

New cases have fallen since a peak of more than 500 a week in December, but the government said the lockdown, its second, would help identify the last cases and reduce complacency.

A source who declined to be identified said there were 961 death alerts nationwide during the lockdown’s first two days and 495 reports of illness of which 235 were suspected Ebola.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to lock down 2.5 million people

Posted: March 19, 2015 by gamegetterII in ebola

Freetown (AFP) – Sierra Leone said Thursday it will confine around 2.5 million people to their homes across the capital and in the north in a three-day shutdown aimed at stemming the Ebola epidemic.

The worst-ever outbreak of the virus has claimed almost 3,700 lives in the impoverished west African nation, one of three countries that have seen their economies wrecked and healthcare systems obliterated in the crisis.

“The lockdown will be conducted from March 27 to March 29 and will be like the one we conducted in September last year,” said Palo Conteh, head of the National Ebola Response Centre.

“The government and partners are hopeful that latent cases that are now not being reported or recorded will come out.”

The action, which follows a nationwide lockdown in September, was announced after the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that the death toll from Ebola stood at almost 10,200.

One of the deadliest viruses known to man, Ebola is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of the recently deceased or an infected person showing symptoms such as fever or vomiting.

Authorities will use the 72-hour window to search out patients in the Western Area, which includes Freetown, as well as the northern districts of Bombali and Port Loko.

– ‘People have become complacent’ –

Teams of experts will go door-to-door reminding households of the dangers of traditional burials, a key factor in the spread of the virus, and investigating deaths not reported to the government.

Authorities hope the lockdown will set the country back on course for a mid-April deadline for eradicating Ebola announced by the leaders of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in February.

“People have become complacent and are still touching corpses, washing bodies and taking sick people to traditional healers,” Conteh told reporters in Freetown.

“We are determined to bring Ebola to an end and meet the deadline set by the… presidents for April 15. This is what we are working towards.”

The lockdown follows a two-week door-to-door operation February in Port Loko, a coastal district immediately north and east of the Western Area, to find out if families were harbouring patients or concealing bodies.

On Wednesday the WHO reported 150 new confirmed cases in the week to Sunday, compared with 116 the previous week.

There were 95 new confirmed infections in Guinea — the highest weekly total for the country in 2015 — but Sierra Leone is faring better, according the WHO.

The country reported 55 new confirmed cases, the lowest weekly total since late June 2014, and WHO chief Margaret Chan said on Wednesday it had made “tremendous progress” in combating Ebola.

– 300 quarantined –

Freetown reported 29 of the infections, while 17 were registered in Bombali and Port Loko.

Authorities say the spike in transmission in the capital is centred in the east-end and has emerged from just one case.

“The outbreak about two weeks ago started with one death and in a couple of days led to over 300 people quarantined to bring the situation under control,” Ebola transmission investigator Sule Kamara told AFP.

The government says the northern district of Kambia has also become a concern, with 10 new confirmed cases last week, most of whom had crossed the officially closed border from southern Guinea, where the outbreak began in December 2013.

There was also bad news for Moyamba district, which borders Port Loko and the Western Area, after one new confirmed case broke a 42-day run with no infections.

A country or region is considered to have eradicated Ebola after 42 days — double the maximum incubation period for the virus.

More than 300 healthcare workers have been infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone, and almost three-quarters have died.

An American healthcare worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone is critical and 10 colleagues are being monitored for signs of illness in the US.

The regional success story remains Liberia, which has reported no new confirmed cases for the third consecutive week.

Sunday was the 12th day since the final patient received their second negative test.

Sierra Leone quarantines 700 homes after Ebola case

Posted: February 13, 2015 by gamegetterII in ebola

Freetown (AFP) – Sierra Leone placed hundreds of homes in the capital under Ebola quarantine Friday, in a huge blow for its recovery less than a month after it lifted all restrictions on movement.

The government said 700 properties had been locked down in Aberdeen, a fishing and tourist district of Freetown, after the death of a fisherman who tested positive for the deadly tropical virus.

“We are on top of the situation and people should not panic,” said Obi Sesay of the government’s National Ebola Response Centre, adding that a special control centre had been set up to deal with the incident.

He told reporters Aberdeen had been “flooded” with surveillance officers and contact tracers to ensure the death didn’t turn into a serious outbreak.

The west African nation of six million has seen almost 11,000 cases and 3,363 deaths during the epidemic which has raged in west Africa for more than a year.

President Ernest Bai Koroma had pointed to a “steady downward trend” in new cases on January 23, lifting country-wide quarantines affecting half the population and declaring that “victory is in sight”.

But optimism gave way to fresh alarm on Wednesday as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the number of new cases rising across Sierra Leone and neighbouring Guinea for the second week running.

Transmission remains “widespread” in Sierra Leone, which reported 76 new confirmed cases in the week to February 8, according to the WHO.

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GENEVA (Reuters) – The death toll in the world’s worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – the three hardest-hit countries, which reported 600 new cases in the past week, the WHO said in its latest update.

“The total number of cases reported in Sierra Leone since the outbreak began will soon eclipse the number reported from Liberia,” it said. The former British colony has reported 6,599 cases against 7,168 in Liberia.

Transmission of the virus remains intense in Sierra Leone, especially in the west and north, with the capital Freetown still the worst affected area, it said.

Sierra Leone appealed to the United States on Wednesday to send military aid to help it battle Ebola as it falls behind its West African neighbors Guinea and Liberia in the fight against the virus.

A new animated video put together by Pennsylvania-based engineering firm Ansys simulates just what happens when someone seated in the middle of an airplane sneezes.

The results aren’t pretty.

Instead of staying in a little bubble around the sneezing passenger, airborne particles can travel up to 50 feet, dispersing in all directions around the cabin due to plane airflow.

How to Fight Viral Epidemics in the Future

Posted: November 5, 2014 by gamegetterII in ebola

Emerging viral diseases are at the center of health news right now. The most significant of them, in terms of human cases and death toll, is the re-emergence of Ebola virus, which is causing the biggest outbreak of the disease in history. But there is also chikungunya fever, which appeared in the United States for the first time in July, and enterovirus D68, a previously rare disease causing an outbreak of respiratory illness among U.S. children.

Humans have come a long way in preventing viral diseases over the last century. Today, children in the U.S. routinely receive vaccinations against nine viral diseases, including many that used to cause life-threatening complications, such as polio.

But still, there are fewer treatments for viral diseases than for those caused by bacteria, and when infectious disease pandemics emerge, the pathogens that are the most lethal are the viruses, experts say.

How will humans protect themselves against viruses in the future? Experts are working on ways to find new drug treatments, as well as to prevent epidemics from emerging in the first place. [5 Most Likely Real-Life Contagions]

Viral treatments lag behind

Treatments for viral diseases have generally lagged behind treatments for bacterial diseases, experts say. One reason for that is simply because scientists have been working on antibacterial treatments for longer, said Paul Roepe, co-director of Georgetown University’s Center for Infectious Disease.

“We knew about a lot more bacterial diseases before we knew about viral disease,” Roepe said.

Viruses are also much smaller than bacteria — about 100th the size — and they have fewer genes or proteins to target with treatments.

“Viruses are inherently difficult targets,” for modern medicine, said Derek Gatherer, a bioinformatics researcher at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. “They have, in general, smaller genomes than bacteria,” so there are fewer places to look for ways to combat them, he said.

Viruses also mutate much more quickly than bacteria, so any therapy that is developed may no longer work after a short time, Gatherer said.

In addition, bacteria are living cells that divide on their own, and a lot of drug treatments against bacteria work by knocking out essential functions of those cells, such as the ability to replicate, Roepe said.

But viruses are not made of cells, and they are even not exactly alive — they hijack the machinery of their hosts’ cells in order to replicate, so researchers can’t target virus functions or replication in a traditional way.

“When you’re trying to close in or ‘kill’ a virus, you’re really trying to kill host cell machinery,” Roepe said.

This is why Ebola won’t be stopped in Africa…

Posted: November 4, 2014 by gamegetterII in ebola

Thousands break Ebola quarantine to find food

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said.

Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes. The government, with help from the U.N.’s World Food Program, is tasked with delivering food and other services to those people. But there are many “nooks and crannies” in the country that are being missed, Jeanne Kamara, Christian Aid’s Sierra Leone representative, said Tuesday.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed nearly 5,000 people and authorities have gone to extreme lengths to bring it under control, like the quarantines in Sierra Leone. The country said Tuesday that it would keep a state of emergency, which includes restrictions on large gatherings, in place for a full year.

Similar measures have also been used in Liberia and Guinea, the two other countries hardest hit by the epidemic.

While public health authorities have said such measures may be necessary to bring under control an Ebola outbreak unlike any other, the Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella organization for aid organizations, warned on Monday that they were cutting off food to thousands of people.

“The quarantine of Kenema, the third largest town in Sierra Leone, is having a devastating impact on trade – travel is restricted so trucks carrying food cannot freely drive around,” the committee said in a statement. “Food is becoming scarce, which has led to prices increasing beyond the reach of ordinary people.”

From the no shit dept…Ebola rapidly advancing in rural Sierra Leone

Posted: November 2, 2014 by gamegetterII in ebola

“London (AFP) – Ebola is spreading up to nine times faster in parts of Sierra Leone than two months ago, a report by the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) said on Sunday.

“Whilst new cases appear to have slowed in Liberia, Ebola is continuing to spread frighteningly quickly in parts of Sierra Leone,” said the AGI report”

“On average, 12 new cases a day were seen in the rural areas surrounding Freetown in late October, compared with 1.3 cases in early September, the report said, a nine fold increase.

Transmission was also increasing rapidly in the capital Freetown, with the average number of daily cases six times higher than two months ago.

The analysis was based on three-day averages of new cases recorded by Sierra Leone’s health ministry.”

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Apparently-we now have a quadrupling down on the stoopid by the .gov controlled media…
  Apparently Dr. Gupta was either bribed by the CDC,the Obama admin,Ebola czar Flounder,or he really is that stoopid.

While I’m not a Dr, I did get a passing grade in Middle school biology,and in college I got a passing grade in microbiology.

Anyone with an internet connection,common sense,and a half hour at most can refute Dr. Gupta’s idiotic claims.

Hell,my 5 year old granddaughter can tell you Ebola is a nasty virus and that our government should not allow people from the countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring to come to the U.S.

Either my granddaughter is super-smart-(of course she is-she’s my granddaughter)- or Dr. Gupta is a tool and a moron.

How in the hell can this asswipe who claims to be a Dr. state that “Ebola is a killer,but it is not very contagious,and not a threat in the United States”? 

What. The. Fuck.   ???????????????????

What is the doc smokin, snortin or shootin ? or is it a combination of the three?

Can anyone who graduated from medical school really be that stoopid?

And allow themselves to be used as such a tool?

Maybe the NSA has screen shots of goat porn from his computer-or they downloaded Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails to his computer,or they told him they were gonna give the mafia his written confession with a map to Jimmy Hoffa’s burial site,or they threatened him with being strapped into a restraint chair,injected with methamphetamine, and being forced to watch videos of Obama’s speeches 24/7.

The guy seemed to be somewhat intelligent,good at explaining medical shit on the tee vee,and mentally stable-until he wrote the following tripe…

Ebola is a killer, but it is not very contagious and not a threat in the United States.

Ebola is not very contagious, but it’s highly infectious.

Ebola is a frightening disease, no question. It kills more than half the people it infects, and there is no cure. But here’s an important fact:  Almost nobody in this country needs to be worried about it.

If you are not a health worker or, for some other reason, in direct physical contact with someone who has Ebola, you are not at risk of getting it. Here’s what we know:

While Ebola is deadly, it is not very contagious. The flu virus is carried through the air, but the Ebola virus is not. You have to be in physical contact with a sick person and get their blood or vomit or feces on your skin.

Even in areas of Africa where the outbreak is spreading out of control, each sick person infects only two others on average. That is called the R-nought value. It is a measure of how contagious a disease is. Compare it to measles, for example, which is airborne like the flu. The R-nought for measles is 18, meaning each sick person infects 18 others on average during an outbreak.

Of course, even an R-nought of two is serious if the virus is allowed to spread unchecked. One person infects two, who infect four, then eight, sixteen, etc.

That is what is happening in West Africa. In Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the public health systems were not able to contain the outbreak, so it has become an epidemic. But that could not happen in this country, which has a robust public health system. Even if more Ebola-infected people come here, we can be sure the virus will be contained.

“But that COULD NOT HAPPEN in this country,which has a robust public health system”

“Even IF more Ebola-infected people come here,we can be sure the virus will be contained”.

Say WHAT !? Remember-all of our hospitals are prepared to deal with Ebola-Texas Health Presbyterian showed just how WRONG that claim was…

We have a grand total of THIRTEEN BL-4 beds available-in the ENTIRE USA!!!!

What happens when patient # FOURTEEN shows up-Hmmmmmmmmm?????????????

What A Dolt.


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