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    Posted: March 22 2014 at 5:05pm

Guinea confirms Ebola as source of deadly epidemic

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Guinea confirms Ebola as source of deadly epidemic AFP Guinea confirms Ebola as source of deadly epidemic

Conakry (AFP) - Guinea identified the Ebola virus Saturday as the source of a highly contagious epidemic raging through its southern forests, as the death toll rose to 59.

Experts in the west African nation had been unable to identify the disease, whose symptoms -- diarrhoea, vomiting and bleeding -- were first observed six weeks ago, but scientists studying samples in the French city of Lyon confirmed it was Ebola, the Guinean health ministry said.

"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," said Sakoba Keita, the ministry's chief disease prevention officer.

"We are overwhelmed in the field, we are fighting against this epidemic with all the means we have at out disposal with the help of our partners but it is difficult. But we will get there," he told AFP.

To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for Ebola, which kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the World Health Organisation.

The disease is transmitted by direct contact with blood, faeces or sweat, or by sexual contact or unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said in a statement it would strengthen its team of 24 doctors, nurses, logisticians and experts in hygiene and sanitation already in Guinea.

The organisation has set up isolation units for suspected cases in the southern region of Nzerekore and is looking for people who may have had contact with the infected.

"These structures are essential to prevent the spread of the disease, which is highly contagious," said MSF tropical medicine adviser Esther Sterk said.

"Specialised staff are providing care to patients showing signs of infection."

MSF said it was sending around 33 tonnes of medicines and isolation, sanitation and protective equipment in two planes leaving from Belgium and France.

Ebola, one of the world's most virulent diseases, was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1976 and the country has had eight outbreaks.

The most recent epidemic, in the DRC, infected 62 people and left 34 dead between May and November 2012, according to the country's health ministry.

There are fears it could be used in a biological weapons attack.

According to researchers, the virus multiplies quickly, overwhelming the immune system's ability to fight the infection.

The French embassy in the Liberian capital Monrovia released a travel advisory warning French citizens against travel to the affected parts of Guinea or areas of northern Liberia near the border between the countries.

It said anyone who had to travel to southern Guinea should "strictly respect the hygiene rules, not consume the meat of animals killed by hunting and stay away from areas of high density of population like markets and football grounds".

A medic in Monrovia told AFP on condition of anonymity that Liberia was at considerable risk from the disease.

"We have a 90 percent chance of having cases in Monrovia because about 80 percent of goods on the Liberian market come from Guinea," he said.

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Now 59 deaths out of 80 cases (CFR 73,45%  Cry) and spreaading fast:

"An outbreak of the Ebola virus - which has already killed 59 people in Guinea - has reached the capital Conakry, the UN's children agency has warned.

Unicef said the haemorrhagic fever had spread quickly from southern Guinea, hundreds of kilometres away.

Scores of cases have been recorded since the outbreak began last month. There is no known cure or vaccine.

It is spread by close personal contact with people who are infected and kills between 25% and 90% of victims.

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"At least 59 out of 80 who contracted Ebola across the West African country have died so far," a Unicef statement quoted by the AFP news agency."


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26701733

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And to neighbouring country?!?!

http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/#!/content/1.2583628
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Good map of possible areas of spread at WHO site:
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http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/two-suspected-ebola-cases-in-s-leone-1.1666190#.UzGiHPl5OSp 

http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/there-s-no-ebola-in-conakry-1.1665588#.UzGiXPl5OSo 

Ebola not found in Conakry, but proberbly in borderregion Sierre Leone imported from Guinea.
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Ebola 'a regional threat' as contagion hits Guinea capital

Guinea's capital Conakry was on high alert Friday after a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens in the southern forests was confirmed to have spread to the port city of up to two million people.



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Originally posted by coyote coyote wrote:

Ebola 'a regional threat' as contagion hits Guinea capital

Guinea's capital Conakry was on high alert Friday after a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens in the southern forests was confirmed to have spread to the port city of up to two million people.



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What has happened to this site?  Is this place dying?  I think so, your updates on very important issues are lacking.  Dakar Senegal for example, this nasty disease has spread further than any other ebola outbreak, it's now in 2 different capitals that have airports....get it!?  Incubation period 2-21 days, this is serious, but not here, not on this site, all is wellDeadConfused
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Yup..Here it is..Yes I know Been Quiet here lately.



The Ebola virus had reached Dakar. The information was shared by the former Liberal minister Gaye on his facebook page.

18664_babacar_gaye_pds According to him, "The Ebola virus was detected very early this morning at the port of Dakar!" Appellant and to widely disseminate information to prevent rapid spread.
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Ghana’s lawmakers have called for an “urgent” national preparation to forestall possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country. [link to www.ghanaweb.com]
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More news on this:

Guinea's government has for the first time confirmed cases of the deadly Ebola virus in the capital Conakry.

Until now, the 66 confirmed deaths have only been in rural areas, although there have been suspected cases, which have since proved negative, in the capital.

There have also been suspected cases in neighbouring West African states Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Ebola is spread by close contact and kills between 25% and 90% of victims.

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Earlier this week, the health ministry banned the sale and consumption of bats, in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus. Fruit bats, which are a delicacy in the worst affected south-eastern region, are thought to be carriers of the disease.


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We should all keep a close watch on this as it is a bit concerning..
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Originally posted by coyote coyote wrote:

Yup..Here it is..Yes I know Been Quiet here lately.



The Ebola virus had reached Dakar. The information was shared by the former Liberal minister Gaye on his facebook page.

18664_babacar_gaye_pds According to him, "The Ebola virus was detected very early this morning at the port of Dakar!" Appellant and to widely disseminate information to prevent rapid spread.

This is getting pretty serious, and with all the talk of the problems in the world, economically, militarily, what a great time for a "release" of something to distract and too really get the agend 21 rolling.
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Ebola in West Africa: The European Union joined forces to stop the spread of the disease and unlocks immediate funding of € 500,000

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Originally posted by Bob C. Bob C. wrote:

Originally posted by coyote coyote wrote:

Yup..Here it is..Yes I know Been Quiet here lately.



The Ebola virus had reached Dakar. The information was shared by the former Liberal minister Gaye on his facebook page.

18664_babacar_gaye_pds According to him, "The Ebola virus was detected very early this morning at the port of Dakar!" Appellant and to widely disseminate information to prevent rapid spread.

This is getting pretty serious, and with all the talk of the problems in the world, economically, militarily, what a great time for a "release" of something to distract and too really get the agend 21 rolling.

For this disease to spread at the speed its currently moving, and for some patients testing negative (example the guy inCanada), have we a different strain?  Is it the Zaire strain on steroids?  Has it gone airborne?  For it to spread like it is, seems a possibility!
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http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25294-threatwatch-will-deadly-ebola-become-more-contagious.html#.UzbnmuKUEw8

Threatwatch is your early warning system for global dangers, from nuclear peril to deadly viral outbreaks. Debora MacKenzie highlights the threats to civilisation – and suggests solutions

Ebola, the deadly haemorrhagic fever made famous by the film Outbreak, has broken out in the West African state of Guinea, a first for that country. So far it has killed 59 of the 86 people known to be infected.

The outbreak is a terrible tragedy for those people and their loved ones, and of serious concern to anyone who has come into close contact with an infected person, but how scary is it for the wider world? Right now, not that scary, but that could change. As equatorial Africa is increasingly urbanised, it could provide the conditions for the virus to evolve into something just as deadly and much more contagious.

comment: That is a 58% CFR. While some areas in Africa have experienced 100% fatality in villages made famous by the film Outbreak even that percentage is bad with a disease that is highly contagious and is spreading in Canada. 


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WHO link:


There's been a lot going on....H7N9 is still popping up in China.  


I'm still more concerned about H7N9, as flu outbreaks can be sustained more easily = inapparent infection cases shed lots of active virus.  

Ebola is a nasty one, patients crash & bleed quite quickly. 


Incubation period two to 21 days according to WHO.  
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Senegal shuts land border with Guinea to prevent Ebola spreading

By Daniel Flynn and Saliou Samb

DAKAR/CONAKRY Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:55pm EDT

(Reuters) - Senegal closed its land border with Guinea on Saturday to try to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, which Guinean authorities say is suspected of killing 70 people in what would be the deadliest outbreak in seven years.

The discovery of 11 people suspected to have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia in recent days has stirred concern that one of the most lethal infectious diseases known to man could spread in a poor corner of West Africa, where health systems are ill-equipped to cope.

Senegal's Interior Ministry said it had closed the land border with Guinea in the southern region of Kolda and the southeastern region of Kedougou.

"The governors of these regions have taken all the necessary steps to implement this decision," it said in a statement published by the official APS state news agency.

A spokesman for Guinea's government said it had not received any official notification of Senegal's decision. The extent of the epidemic is being exaggerated and only 19 cases of Ebola have officially been confirmed by laboratory tests, he added.

"We've taken strict measures to stop this epidemic and there is no reason to panic," Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters.

Senegal announced on Friday it would introduce sanitary checks on flights between Dakar and the Guinean capital Conakry, where eight cases of Ebola have been confirmed, including one death.

West African foreign ministers said at a conference in Ivory Coast this week the Ebola outbreak posed a "threat to regional security".

If the 70 deaths to date are all confirmed as Ebola, it would be the most deadly epidemic since 187 people died in Luebo, in Congo's Kasai Orientale province, in 2007.

"STRICT HYGIENE MEASURES"

The vast majority of the cases in Guinea have been detected in the country's remote southeast, near the border with Sierra Leone and Liberia. It took authorities nearly six weeks to identify it as Ebola, allowing the virus to spread.

The arrival of the disease this week in the capital Conakry, where hundreds of thousands of people live tightly packed in rambling shanties, marked a sharp increase in the population at risk compared with the sparsely populated villages of the forested interior.

Sakoba Keita, head of the prevention division of Guinea's Health Ministry, said there was no cause for alarm in Conakry as the spread of Ebola could be tackled by simple sanitary steps such as regular hand washing and the quarantine of victims.

"There have been delays in applying certain measures in our health system," Keita told a news conference, noting six medical staff were among those killed by the disease. "From today, strict hygiene measures will be observed in our hospitals."

There is no vaccine and no known cure for Ebola, which initially induces fever, headaches, muscle pain and weakness. In its more acute phase, Ebola causes vomiting, diarrhoea and external bleeding that carry the virus outside victims' bodies and threaten to infect anyone who touches them.

Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people since it was first recorded in 1976 in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo, but this is the first fatal outbreak in West Africa.

Guinea is deploying a mobile laboratory to the southern region of Gueckedou to speed up identification of the disease and to test samples from Sierra Leone and Liberia.

(Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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Guinea orders ban on eating bat meat as West Africa's first Ebola outbreak spreads to capital

Guinea has ordered that people stop eating bat meat in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola - one of the most lethal infectious diseases known to man - as 70 people die in its first outbreak in West Africa

Guinea orders ban on eating bat meat as West Africas first Ebola outbreak spreads to capital
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Authorities in Guinea are trying to halt the spread of Ebola in the capital, as the health ministry identified five suspected cases of a deadly virus outbreak that is estimated to have already killed 70 people.

Officials said that five cases of Ebola had been detected in Conakry, a city of more than two million people, some 185 miles from the previous infections in the West African country's remote southeast. One elderly man died and four male relatives were quarantined.

Authorities in Guinea have launched an investigation into the movements of the infected men in Conakry and steps are being taken to deal with anyone who came into contact with them, the government said in a statement.

The arrival of the disease in the capital, where hundreds of thousands of people live tightly packed in rambling shanties, could mark a sharp increase in the population at risk compared with the sparsely populated villages of the forested interior.

In neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia, 11 more people have died from suspected Ebola, stirring concern that one of the most lethal infectious diseases known to man could be spreading in an impoverished region ill-equipped to cope.

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Originally posted by Medclinician2013 Medclinician2013 wrote:

>comment: That is a 58% CFR. While some areas in Africa have experienced 100% fatality in villages made famous by the film Outbreak even that percentage is bad with a disease that is highly contagious and is spreading in Canada. 




Did I miss something critical??? I thought Canada's suspected case tested negative?
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ebola-epidemic-could-become-global-crisis-experts-warn-1.2591338

Ebola, one of the world's most deadly viruses, has spread from a remote forested corner of southern Guinea to the country's seaside capital, raising fears that the disease, which causes severe bleeding and almost always death, could spread far beyond this tiny West African nation's borders.

In the first outbreak of its kind Guinea, Ebola already has killed at least 70 people including one man whose family brought him to Conakry, the capital, for medical treatment. Now six of his relatives and two others exposed to him are being kept in isolation at a hospital.

Health officials warn that the arrival of Ebola in this sprawling city of some 2 million people with an international airport could spell disaster. Among the poorest countries in the world, Guinea has severely limited medical facilities and a large population living in slums where the virus could spread quickly.

"Poor living conditions and lack of water and sanitation in most parts of Conakry poses a serious risk of this epidemic spiralling into a crisis," said Ibrahima Toure, country director for the aid group Plan International.

Panic already has grown among residents since the government announced the Conakry cases late Thursday on national television. While most days up to 300 patients seek treatment at Donka Hospital, less than 100 came on Friday as news spread that the Ebola patients were being quarantined there.

"My daughter is sick and coughing but I prefer to keep her at home. I wouldn't set foot inside Donka Hospital for anything in the world right now," said Djalikatou Balde, a teacher.

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