I think that explains why he was originally sent home with antibiotics, but this sounds more like sheer incompetence. The US has four medical facilities that are specifically designed to deal with dangerous and infectious diseases and once Ebola looked likely Duncan should have been immediately transferred to one of these places rather than relying on what seems to be a pretty crappy local hospital to deal with it.probably checking that his medical insurance was adequate.
Nigeria has done a better job on Ebola than US has done
I read an article on IrishCentral early last week that started gnawing at me later in the week. In the article Irish doctor Eilish Cleary, who also happens to be the Chief Medical Officer of the Canadian province of New Brunswick, explained how Nigeria had managed to become Ebola free following the arrival of the disease in August.
There was nothing wrong with the article. In fact, it was uplifting. I rarely read about competent management and government in Africa, but this story had lots of that. Cleary explained how Nigeria managed to contain the spread of Ebola after Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer collapsed and died in the airport in Nigeria's capital city, Lagos. Sawyer was the first, but shortly after he died there were 19 reported cases in Africa's most populous nation. Yet, the disease didn't spread uncontrollably. In fact as of Monday, October 20 Nigeria is officially Ebola free. ...
Doesn't sound like rocket science. In fact, it sounds like hard work and attention to detail is what it takes. It's fantastic that Nigeria was able to so successfully beat the disease back. ...
Still, reading the more sober wing of the press was far from reassuring: a man with Ebola managed to enter America; two health workers at the hospital that first sent him home and then treated him ended up infected themselves, but only after one of those nurses was told she could fly to Cleveland only to be later told, 'Uh, maybe not' after she'd already gone; and a lab technician who handled a specimen from the now dead Liberian went off on a Caribbean cruise. A shambles. ...
http://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/oth ... done.html#
As hoardes of red eyed, Ebola infected Africans swarm and scurry over ther rocks and disappear into the tranquil, green countryside, biting anything that stands still and having unprotected sex with our fair maidens.Frideswide said:not so much docking but continuing forward until they crash into the shore? :shock:
Some local women have already written to the PM about it!Ringo_ said:As hoardes of red eyed, Ebola infected Africans swarm and scurry over ther rocks and disappear into the tranquil, green countryside, biting anything that stands still and having unprotected sex with our fair maidens.
I'm ringing the Daily Mail right now!
Save the last bullet for yourself!rynner2 said:Some local women have already written to the PM about it!Ringo_ said:As hoardes of red eyed, Ebola infected Africans swarm and scurry over ther rocks and disappear into the tranquil, green countryside, biting anything that stands still and having unprotected sex with our fair maidens.
I'm ringing the Daily Mail right now!
http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/11 ... la/?ref=mr
Anthropologists taking ebola ‘preppers’ with a grain of salt
With the closest known US cases of ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin, from Huntsville, Texas is taking no chances.
If, as the former prison officer fears, the virus spreads to hundreds of people, Griffin is headed to the woods.
“I’ll do what the English royalty did to survive the bubonic plague,” Griffin said, referring to King Charles II’s flight to the countryside during the Great Plague of London in 1665-66. “I’m going into the country.”
Griffin, 27, is among a growing if loosely-defined segment of Americans, known as “preppers”, who plan, train and stockpile in preparation for a natural calamity or societal breakdown.
Preppers are at the extreme edge of concern over ebola, which has led to a series of false alarms driven by fear. Government efforts to stop the virus spreading from the three worst-hit West African countries, where more than 4,500 have died, include some travel restrictions and enhanced screening at airports.
Chad Huddleston, an anthropologist at the University of Southern Illinois at Edwardsville, who studies preppers, estimates their numbers in the US in the low hundreds of thousands. The virus was diagnosed in a Liberian visitor who was infected in his home country and two nurses who treated him at a Dallas, Texas hospital when he was dying and at his most contagious. Both nurses have been moved out of the state for treatment in hospitals equipped to treat ebola patients ...
http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/anth ... 93528.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29751495Ebola outbreak: New York doctor Craig Spencer tests positive
A New York doctor who recently returned from Ebola-hit Guinea in West Africa has tested positive for the disease.
Dr Craig Spencer, who treated Ebola patients while working for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), came down with a fever on Thursday, days after his return, officials say.
An internet real estate entrepreneur, who held on to Ebola.com for six years, has reportedly sold it for $200,000 (£124,000).
Jon Schultz’s Blue String Ventures capitalises on the popularity and demand of high profile domain names – investing in them to sell on at a later date at a higher price.
Blue String Ventures bought Ebola.com in 2008 for $13,500 and earlier this month Mr Schultz, who also owns birdflu.com and H1N1.com (Swine Flu), had claimed that a “reasonable” offer would be around the $150,000 mark, considering the website is bringing in 5,000 page views each day. ...
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 18889.html
linkThe precautionary principle—that any action designed to reduce risk should not await scientific certainty—compels the use of respiratory protection for a pathogen like Ebola virus that has:
No proven pre- or post-exposure treatment modalities
A high case-fatality rate
Unclear modes of transmission
We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks.
The minimum level of protection in high-risk settings should be a respirator with an assigned protection factor greater than 10. A powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) with a hood or helmet offers many advantages over an N95 filtering facepiece or similar respirator, being more protective, comfortable, and cost-effective in the long run.
This GIF Shows Just How Quickly Ebola Spread Across Liberia
In late May, there was one case in Liberia. Now there are thousands.
When Ebola came to Liberia on March 22, it was a serious problem—not an existential threat to the entire country. Twelve people fell ill, and 11 of them died. By the end of April, the outbreak seemed to have run its course. But when the virus returned in late May, it moved more swiftly, spreading to 5 of Liberia's 15 counties by July. By early August, a majority of the counties had been affected. ...
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/ ... er-liberia
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said discrimination against aid workers who return home from the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unacceptable".
Strict quarantine rules are hampering aid efforts when more health workers are needed in order to deal with the crisis, he told BBC News in Nairobi.
International efforts have been insufficient but are now "catching up", the UN secretary general added. ...
Young children sit on the laps of medical staff, watching intently as a briefing describes the dangers of Ebola. Foreigners and citizens arriving at the capital’s airport are held in quarantine for weeks. Tourists are banned outright. The world’s most draconian measures against the disease have been imposed not in the worst-affected west African countries, nor their neighbours, but in North Korea, thousands of miles from the outbreak.
Infectious disease: Tough choices to reduce Ebola transmission
Christopher J. M. Whitty and colleagues explain why the United Kingdom is funding many small community centres to isolate suspected cases in Sierra Leone.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is larger than all previous Ebola outbreaks combined, and is still expanding1. With a death toll in the thousands, and mortality at around 70%, it has undermined fragile health-care systems by filling hospitals with highly infectious patients and killing health workers.
Vaccines and drugs would offer a complementary approach to control and they must be fast tracked. But these medicines are not available for immediate widespread use. To quell this unprecedented outbreak, we have to use methods that have not been tested.
Experience from past outbreaks has established reliable methods to control transmission in hospitals and at funerals of people who die from Ebola — two of the three main venues for transmission (see ‘Hospitals and funerals’). These efforts remain essential, and the scientific and operational strands must complement one another. ...
http://www.nature.com/news/infectious-d ... on-1.16298
Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo: A new strain of the virus
Date: November 7, 2014
Source: Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
While an Ebola epidemic has been raging in West Africa since March 2014, an outbreak of this hemorrhagic fever occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in August, leaving fears over the virus' spread to Central Africa. A new study confirms that it is an Ebola epidemic. However, this particular epidemic is due to a local strain of the virus, different from the one rife in the West of the continent. While this result shows the two epidemics are not linked, it illustrates the speed at which the disease has emerged. It is therefore urgent that we understand just how the disease is spread.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 111003.htm