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    Posted: December 29 2018 at 5:54pm
American Flown to Nebraska Hospital After Possible Ebola Exposure in the Congo

By Gina Martinez Updated: December 29, 2018 5:02 PM ET

An American who was potentially exposed to the Ebola virus while treating patients in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

According to the hospital, the U.S. citizen has no Ebola symptoms, but will be monitored closely and if any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit will be activated and the person admitted.

The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit is one of a handful of highly advanced facilities in the United States that was built for treating patients with highly infectious diseases.

Dr. Ted Cieslak, infectious diseases specialist with the hospital and associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, said the person is not officially a patient.

“This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious,” Cieslak said in a statement. “Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them.”

According to the hospital, the doctor was flown by private plane and then taken by car. Doctors are working with federal, state and county public health officials to monitor the doctor in a secure area separate from the public and other patients.

Monitoring could last up to two weeks, the hospital said.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center treated three patients with Ebola in 2014 and in 2015 several others were monitored after exposure, none of whom developed the disease.

The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. The latest outbreak in the Congo began in August and has killed 347 people, according to the World Health Organization.

Source:   http://time.com/5490412/ebola-doctor-nebraska-medical-center/
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might want to update IRC pulling out of DRC, and Ebola being declared Endemic to the region
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I am sorry it took me so long to find out what happened in this case. He tested negative as did the Swedish patient I was unaware of (they kept that one quiet!).

Sources:   https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/13/health/american-doctor-ebola-congo-drc/index.html
and        https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/04/health/ebola-sweden-intl/index.html
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Considering the size and duration of this outbreak, I'm rather amazed that the US press have not paid more attention to it!
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I think that current times are far too interesting to squeeze ebola in.

America's economy is bouncing around like a powerball shot from a rifle, foreign policy seems to be centered around: "How do I lose the next ally?" and measles is far closer to home. Climate change, Iran, North Korea, Syria and ISIS all seem to be exploding around America's ears currently.

So nasty tropical disease outbreaks don't even rate a mention in that sh1t-storm.


Oh! -and don't mention China.........................................


............................................. or Venesuela.


I only found out yesterday that the US is employing 'quantative easing'. That one slid under the radar too.
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EBOLA CRISIS: ‘Heightened risk’ of disease spreading as cases SOAR – WHO warning

THE number of cases of deadly Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) increased by more than 150 in the last ten days, health chiefs have said.

By Ciaran McGrath

PUBLISHED: 21:13, Fri, May 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 21:31, Fri, May 17, 2019
     

The latest bulletin from the the World Health Organisation (WHO) bulletin warned of a “heightened risk” of the disease spreading to neighbouring countries amid a backdrop of increasing community suspicion. A WHO spokesman said although the turbulent security situation had subsided somewhat, the transmission of the disease continued to intensify in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. As of May 15, there were a total of 1,760 cases, 1,672 of them confirmed, of whom 1,161 have so far died.

Of particular concern are the community deaths resulting from the culmination of these factors

This compares with figures up to May 5, when the numbers were 1,572, 1,506 and 1,045 respectively.

The WHO spokesman added: “The main drivers behind the continued rise in cases stems from insecurity hampering access to critical hotspot areas, persistent pockets of poor community acceptance and hesitation to participate in response activities, and delayed detection and late presentation of EVD cases to Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs)/Transit Centres (TCs).

“Of particular concern are the community deaths resulting from the culmination of these factors.

“Community deaths denote all EVD (confirmed and probable) cases who died outside of an ETC/TC.

“This includes cases who die at home, as well as those who die within public/private hospitals and other health centres.”

On average, community deaths comprised roughly 40 percent of cases reported each week, the spokesman said.

Transmission remains most intense in seven main hotspot areas: Katwa, Mabalako, Mandima, Butembo, Musienene, Kalunguta, and Beni.

Collectively, these health zones account for the vast majority (93 per) of the 350 cases reported in the 21 days between April 24 and May 14.

The spokesman also warned there was more bad news to come, explaining: “It is anticipated that the rising case figures will continue within the hotspot areas in the coming weeks given the resumption of most major response activities, which will lead to the detection of more cases.

“The increased transmission rates witnessed recently continue to demonstrate a heightened risk of EVD spreading to other neighbouring provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to surrounding countries.”

WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) last week issued new recommendations to address what it describes as “vaccination challenges” in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the DRC.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “We know that vaccination is saving lives in this outbreak.

“We also know that we still face challenges in making sure the contacts of every case receive the vaccine as soon as possible.

“These recommendations account for ongoing insecurity and incorporate feedback from experts and from the affected communities that will help us continue to adapt the response.”

Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director of the National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB) added: “The DRC Presidential Commission on Ebola highly appreciates the new SAGE recommendations for the rVSV- ZEBOV GP vaccine.

“This will allow us to address the increasing demand for this vaccine from the communities.

“In my role as the Principal Investigator of this study, I will work with the teams to ensure the recommendations are implemented as soon as possible.”


Source:   https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/17/safe-burials-risk-congos-ebola-crisis-hits-tipping-point/
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Thanks, Techno! All we need is for an active case to appear in another third-world country like India, and it will explode.

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