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American Ebola Doc: 'I Am Thrilled to Be Alive'

August 21, 2014

By KATHLEEN FOODY

 

"Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.

 

Dr. Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary, Nancy Writebol, who was quietly discharged two days earlier, are still weak but should recover completely, and no one need fear being in contact with them, said Dr. Bruce Ribner, who runs the infectious disease unit at Emory University Hospital.

 

Brantly's reappearance was festive and celebratory, a stark contrast to his arrival in an ambulance under police escort three weeks earlier, when he shuffled into the hospital wearing a bulky white hazardous materials suit.

 

"I am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family," Brantly said, choking up as he read a written statement. Then he and his wife turned and hugged a parade of doctors and nurses, hugging or shaking hands with each one. For some, it was their first direct contact without protective gear."
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http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/hospital-discuss-discharge-ebola-patients-25064602

 

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showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.

 

Mmmm a MALE patient discharged after 1 month.... considering the virus can lay dormant alive in human sperm for 50 days seems the release is a tad premature to me...

 

What are the motives ?

 

​On the other hand if he is showing totally negative to the presence of the virus in his ENTIRE  system fair enough, but I would tend to fall on the caution side on this one. One can only hope he is not incontinent  (and I am not referring to the meaning modern society applies to this word) 

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I'm thinking with a virus that may now have "mysterious latent triggers ",,once you get a FEMA camp address ,it's not so temporary

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EBOLA VIRUS RAPIDLY SPREADING IN WEST AFRICA

August 21, 2014

Liz Szabo

 

There is no end in sight to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to the head of the World Health Organization.

 

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"No one is talking about an early end to the outbreak," writes Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, in today's New England Journal of Medicine. She says the outbreak is likely to last "many more months."

Chan blames the size and severity of the outbreak – which has killed 1,350 people – on poverty. At least 2,473 people have been diagnosed with the virus.

"The hardest-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – are among the poorest in the world," Chan writes. "They have only recently emerged from years of conflict and civil war that have left their health systems largely destroyed or severely disabled and, in some areas, left a generation of children without education."

Ebola is one of a half-dozen major disease outbreaks recently caused by war or the devastation left behind by conflict, says Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In Syria, for example, health workers have diagnosed 36 cases of polio since the beginning of the civil war."

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/20/ebola-virus-poverty/14344677/

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OK, let's put our conspiracy theorist caps on.

 

Apparently Japan is currently the only country where mass production of vaccines can be achieved---talking about achieving the availability on global scale, not just for one country as such. 

So Fuji Film is producing some massive amount of Ebola vaccine now.

 

This Fuji Film's top stock holder is called "Japan Trustee Service Trust Bank" 日本トラスティサービス信託銀行 and it is apparently a J_ewisx company. If this is true, I smell so much of conglomerates movement is running in plot, and all and all, it seems to go back to the Alien faction vs Alien faction picture in the end. :(  

 

Anyway, conspiracy 101---who gains the most out of this Ebola outbreak??

 

Source (Jpnse) : www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnvW9lkQxUo

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Ebola Outbreak: Death Toll Poised To Break Record By September 1

August 22, 2014

Dennis Lynch

 

"The number of people dying in West Africa from the ongoing Ebola outbreak is poised to surpass the total number of people to ever have died from the virus in just 10 days, according to World Health Organization figures. Up until sometime in early 2014, the Ebola virus had killed 1,548 people since being discovered in 1976. As of Monday, Ebola had killed more than 1,350 people across West Africa in the five months since the outbreak was first declared there. Another 1,000 people could be dead by the end of October if the death rate continues at its current pace."
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http://www.ibtimes.com/ebola-outbreak-death-toll-poised-break-record-september-1-1665798

 

 

Ebola outbreak: Number of deaths are massively underestimated, warns WHO

August 22, 2014

Charlie Cooper

 

"The magnitude of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has been underestimated, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, warning that unknown numbers of people were dying in “shadow zones” unrecorded by medical authorities.

Official estimates place the number of known, suspected and probable cases of Ebola at nearly 2,500, just over half of which have been fatal. However, in a detailed assessment of the true extent of the crisis, the WHO described a bleak situation in which “an invisible caseload of patients… are not being detected by the surveillance system”.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ebola-outbreak-number-of-deaths-are-massively-underestimated-warns-who-9686662.html

 

 

WHO says 70 died from hemorrhagic illness in DRC; denies outbreak is Ebola

August 21, 2014

 

Researchers are still trying identify the disease affecting the Democratic Republic of Congo

 

"At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola.

A WHO report issued Thursday and seen by Reuters said that 592 people contracted the disease and 70 of them have died. Five health care workers, including one doctor, are among the dead.

"This is not Ebola," a WHO spokesman said in an email to Reuters on Thursday."

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http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/21/congo-who-disease.html

 

 

CDC: 30 States Plus D.C. Have Requested Help with Possible Ebola Cases

 

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"Thirty states plus the District of Columbia have sought the Center for Disease Control's help identifying potential cases of Ebola.

The map above is based on a list of those states provided to Breitbart News Thursday by the CDC. The list shows (in bright red) all the states which have asked for the CDC's help with potential Ebola cases since July 27th.

When contacted for consultation, the CDC examines the patient's symptoms and travel history to decide whether or not a blood test is needed. In most cases, the CDC is able to rule out Ebola without the need for a blood test.

ABC News reported Wednesday that the CDC was contacted 68 times since the end of last month. In 58 of those cases Ebola was ruled out. In the ten remaining cases CDC ordered a blood test. Seven of those tests have already returned negative, and three are still outstanding."

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http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/21/CDC-30-States-Plus-D-C-Have-Requested-Help-with-Possible-Ebola-Cases

 

 

Ebola outbreak widens in Nigeria to 14, including people sickened outside immediate circle

By BASHIR ADIGUN and JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH

August 22, 2014

 

 

"ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities.

The two new cases were infected by their spouses, both medical workers who had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into Nigeria from Liberia and Togo and infected 11 others before he died in July. The male and female caregivers also then died of Ebola, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.

Nigerian officials initially claimed the risk of exposure to others was minimal because Sawyer was whisked into isolation after arriving at the airport. But Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris later acknowledged that Sawyer was not immediately quarantined when he arrived, because doctors didn't suspect Ebola at that point."

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http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2014/08/22/ebola-spreads-in-nigeria-with-2-new-cases

 

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With the number of reported cases or even possible cases happening around the world, and their failure to cease incoming and outgoing travel to the affected areas, leaves me to believe that they want it to spread around the globe

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August 25, 2014 Guinea receives Ebola diagnostic lab from Russia

Via Le JourFight against Ebola lab offered by Russia to Guinea arrived in Сonakry. Excerpt from a Google translation:

 

The ministers of international cooperation, health, technical education, and Social Affairs received on 22 August at the international terminal of Conakry diagnostic laboratory epidemiological diseases offered by Russia to Guinea in the the fight against Ebola.

 

It was attended by diplomats from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Guinea and representatives of the company Rusal Guinea. One remembers that after the announcement of Ebola in Guinea, the Russian Federation and the Company Rusal have a significant amount at the disposal of medical kits health authorities of Guinea to tackle the spread of the Ebola virus

 

This ultra modern laboratory valued at over $ 5 million with all the necessary equipment value comes not only in this sense to help in the fight against Ebola, but also an effective response to the request for help formulate by the Government of Guinea to the place of the Russian government.

 

According to the Russian head of immunological and virological laboratory Alexander Semenov, "In addition to the equipment of the latest generation we are a group of a dozen Russian scientists came to work in Guinea to stop the chain quickly spread of the virus and see extent available locally a vaccine against the disease. This means that we are heart with our brothers and sisters Guinean whose cooperation between our two states date back over 50 years." For end he said that their group of scientists has deep experience in managing epidemics such as cholera, plague and Ebola.

 

Turning in the same vein the Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Guinea magnified excellence Guinea-Russian relations before placing the gift of mobile laboratory in the excellent relations of friendship between the two countries.

 

Guinean ministers at the ceremony said succeeding all the joy that animates receiving this important gift of fully equipped mobile laboratory to help health authorities in Guinea to detect quickly the patients for their support.

 

That's why they sent the sincere thanks of the President of the Republic Professor Alpha Condé to the people and Government of Russia and especially the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin

 

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Sierra Leone makes harbouring Ebola victims a crime

August 24, 2014

By Umaru Fofana and Joe Bavier

 

 

"FREETOWN/ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's parliament has made the harbouring of Ebola victims a crime punishable by two years' jail in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus, the justice minister said on Saturday.

The decision came as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the hiding of victims and the existence of "shadow zones" where medics cannot go has concealed the true scale of the epidemic.

Some 1,427 people have died among 2,615 cases documented since the current outbreak - the worst since the disease's discovery - was first identified in Guinea in March, according to figures released by the WHO on Friday.

Lawmakers in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown voted overwhelmingly in favour of the 2014 Public Health Amendment Act, which amends a 54-year-old public health ordinance."
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http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN0GO04B20140824

 

 

Liberian doctor who received rare Ebola drug ZMapp dies

August 25 2014

 

"DAKAR (Reuters) - One of three African doctors infected with Ebola and treated with the experimental drug ZMapp has died in Monrovia, Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown said on Monday.

Liberia, the West African country where Ebola is spreading fastest, received three doses of the rare treatment on August 13. Initially, Liberia said the three doctors, Zukunis Ireland and Abraham Borbor from Liberia and Dr. Aroh Cosmos Izchukwu from Nigeria, were responding well to the treatment, raising optimism about the experimental therapy.

Asked to confirm the death of doctor Borbor, Brown said: "That is correct. He died yesterday."

Two U.S. aid workers who caught Ebola in Liberia were declared free of the virus and released from an Atlanta hospital last week after receiving the same treatment. But a Spanish priest who received ZMapp died."

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http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN0GP14D20140825

 

 

WHO says sending supplies for Ebola outbreak in Congo

August 25, 2014

 

"GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday it has sent protective equipment for medical staff to Democratic Republic of Congo, where authorities have confirmed two cases of Ebola in a remote area.

"The ministry of health has declared an outbreak and we are treating it as such," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said in Geneva in response to a query.

The current Ebola epidemic, which has killed at least 1,427 people, has focused on Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone with several cases also in Nigeria.

Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two of eight patients tested for the virus came back positive, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said."

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http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN0GP16320140825

 

 

Scots airline passengers at centre of Ebola scare after their plane is quarantined at Aberdeen Airport

August 24, 2014

By Jane Hamilton

 

"PASSENGERS on a British Airways flight from London were kept on the aircraft for over two hours after a young African girl complained of feeling unwell on the flight.

AIRLINE passengers in Scotland were at the centre of an Ebola scare after their plane was quarantined at Aberdeen airport.

Passengers on a British Airways flight from London were kept on the aircraft for over two hours after a 10-year-old girl, believed to be of Nigerian descent, was "violently sick" onboard the BA1314 service.

Environmental Health and trained infectious diseases medics immediately quarantined the aircraft until the sick passenger could be safely removed. It's understood the girl travelled from infected regions in Africa.

Our photo shows medics in chemical suits board the plane while anxious passengers watched on in horror.

One man, whose pregnant daughter was on the flight, said: "We tried to get information but nobody was returning our calls.

"The passengers weren't being told anything other than the girl was sick and quarantine measures were put in place."

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http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-airline-passengers-centre-ebola-4101296

 

 

 

 

 

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Ebola alert, hospitals stand by as planes with Indians from Liberia land in Mumbai

August 26, 2104

 

"As many as 112 Indian nationals suspected to have been exposed to the Ebola virus are expected to land in Mumbai from Liberia on seven different flights Tuesday. Civic authorities, meanwhile, are busy creating an isolation facility in a suburban hospital.

According to a spokesperson for the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), the seven flights are carrying Indians evacuated from Liberia by the Indian embassy. Liberia is one of the four countries in West Africa affected by the Ebola virus.

While three flights will be diverted via Delhi, the remaining four will reach Mumbai directly at different times on Tuesday. All the flights are originating from Johannesburg.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is preparing 120 beds after it received an alert from the CSIA. According to acting executive health officer (EHO) at BMC, Dr Shreedhar Kubal, an action plan has been drawn up. “We are isolating 120 beds. We have been told that more than 100 passengers are suspected to have been exposed to Ebola,” Kubal said."

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http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/ebola-alert-hospitals-stand-by-as-planes-with-indians-from-liberia-land-today/

 

OK, up to this point, I have kept a somewhat open mind about this disease being deliberately spread worldwide. So in my post above, there was a sick girl from Nigeria on a plane that flew to SCOTLAND.  200 plus people horrified they were on the same flight.  Now I come to this article.  points of interest are this.

 

112 Indian nationals on

7 flights on    (SEVEN)

5 different airlines on the way to India whose millions/billions in population live in close quarters , w/poor sanitation they flew these people from  (Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates and South African Airways)

Liberia to Johannesburg, S.Africa.  They left from Johannesburg on planes most likely full of other people. WHY fly them to S. Africa??  S. Africa has no cases of Ebola currently, and IF they went through Johannesburg on a Monday that huge airport was full of people.

3 flights will be diverted to Dehli

4 flights will go directly to Mumbai  so they take a chance of infecting not one city but two

20 isolation beds available, 10 each in 2 locations  20 isolation beds with a possible 112-120 exposed/infected

 

They will be isolating the planes on arrival, and somehow determining whether those people are infected or not as they get off the planes. what, do we now have some kind of instant test available? Then they will be permitted to go their merry way out into the densely populated INDIAN cities!!! Yet they were evacuated because it's suspected they were at the very least, exposed to Ebola? 21 day incubation period before it shows up ??? WTH? ??? 

 

Last paragraph of article

 

"According to a senior doctor in the BMC, only end-stage cases of Ebola virus are infectious. “The asymptomatic cases are not infectious and can be quarantined with other suspected cases in the same ward. Only when we are sure that they are infected, will we isolate them in totality,” the doctor said. Kubal said, “Right now, we are focusing on creating beds for suspected cases. Isolation chambers are not immediately possible.”"

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/ebola-alert-hospitals-stand-by-as-planes-with-indians-from-liberia-land-today/

You can draw your own conclusions, from reading this article.  I'm just shaking my head in utter disbelief. 

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When I was studying microbiology at university, I was taught that Ebola came from "high up in the trees" and only started to infect humans when the trees were cut down.  That statement made me shudder and hence always stuck with me, but I can't remember exactly who told me.  I think it was the lecturer, but now I'm going back over a decade ago.  The memory is good, but not that good!

 

Anyway, I have come across an interesting article about the possible origin of Ebola.  The opinion is that large pockets of deforestation in affected parts of Africa has exposed the virus to humans.  The conspiracy side of me wonders whether the virus was planted there to protect the forest from total destruction.  Maybe nature planted it, maybe the "ancients" planted it.  Moral of the story though.. look after our forests, PLEASE!

 

Ebola: The Origin of West Africa’s Deadly Epidemic
Added by Andrew Waddell on July 14, 2014.
Saved under Andrew WaddellEbola VirusHealthOpinionviruses
Tags: ebola
 

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While the Ebola epidemic rages on throughout Western Africa, far beyond the borders of Guinea, the country in which it first began, a recent analysis of the disease’s emergence has revealed the geographic origin of the epidemic and the pathogen’s likely source. Research suggests that the Guinean strain of the Zaire Ebolavirus originated from a single group of patients living in the heavily forested town of Guéckédougou in the remote prefecture of Gueckedou. The town is a small governmental subdivision which borders both Liberia and Sierra Leone, two countries which also host significant portions of the forest that surrounds Guekedou.

Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2014/07/ebola-the-origin-of-west-africas-deadly-epidemic/#CGkE7EcOHGiJf2qw.99

 

 

 

 

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Well those 112 have started arriving in India

 

Six Passengers Taken for Ebola Tests On Arrival at Delhi Airport: Latest Developments

August 26, 2014

 Tanima Biswas and Saurabh Gupta

 

 

"New Delhi Six people who arrived at Delhi airport this morning from Ebola-hit Liberia, have been isolated and taken for further tests. 112 people are arriving at the Mumbai and Delhi airports on seven flights through the day.

 

Following are the latest developments:

 

  1. The two airports have been equipped to screen those arriving on the flights. Strong precautionary measures are in place. Aircraft are being taken first to a remote bay and the passengers are being screened at the step-ladder exit. Health authorities have stressed that these are only precautionary measures being undertaken at the two airports. 
  2. A thermal scanner is being used to determine whether any passenger has a fever. It is also being checked if a passenger has come in contact with someone who has had Ebola Virus Disease or EVD. Such passengers are being isolated and taken to hospital for further tests.
  3. It will only be confirmed at the hospital whether or not these passengers have Ebola. In Delhi, they are being taken to a centre that airport authorities have put up in Mahipalpur. In Mumbai, they are being taken to Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Centre and other designated civic-run hospitals.
  4. The luggage of these passengers is also being isolated and moved away with them.
  5. Two flights carrying nine and 13 people have landed since early this morning in Delhi. Some of these passengers flew to Mumbai. 

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you can read the rest of this here

http://www.ndtv.com/article/cheat-sheet/six-passengers-taken-for-ebola-tests-on-arrival-at-delhi-airport-latest-developments-581813

 

@ MESmeRISe  strange you mention high up in the trees.  What roosts high up in trees? BIRDS.  I don't want to quote anyone, because I could get it wrong, but one of our very knowledgeable members says that BIRD FLU IS flying Ebola. That they CAN contain it, it is meant to scare the crap out of us, to quarantine us and to use untested drugs on us.  Zmapp, and the ones who died even after it was given to them comes to mind for me. Our entity said copper is our only protection against bacterias/viruses on this time line.  Does make me wonder about the use of colloidal copper right about now. 

 

oops, almost forgot to thank Reddwolf for finding this further update on situ in India and for forwarding info on bird flu

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@Acolyte, yes imo, for what it's worth, it is exactly that.

 

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

August 27, 2014

By Rod Mac Johnson

 

"Freetown (AFP) - The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated on Wednesday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

 

Air France agreed to Paris's request for a "temporary suspension" of services to Sierra Leone, leaving its capital Freetown and Monrovia in neighbouring Liberia with just one regular service, from Royal Air Morocco (RAM).

 

"In light of the analysis of the situation and as requested by the French government, Air France confirms it is maintaining its program of flights to and from Guinea and Nigeria," the flag carrier said.

 

Air France's decision came a day after British Airways said it was suspending flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone until next year due to Ebola concerns."
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http://news.yahoo.com/ebola-zone-countries-isolated-airlines-stop-flights-181224031.html

 

Too little too late, methinks.  They have already carried it far and wide, on purpose.

 

Traders warn of Chinese exodus from Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

August 26, 2014

 

"Li Luming carefully straightens a table cloth in his empty restaurant in Sierra Leone's capital as he laments the damage Ebola has done to business.

 

It is a pointless gesture -- the table, like dozens in the "Beijing Restaurant", has not been used for weeks -- but it is important to keep going, to show the staff that it's "business as usual".

 

A favourite of locals and Chinese expatriates alike for more than a decade, the restaurant has seen just a handful of customers since June.

 

"With Ebola, everyone is afraid. No one wants to go out," 50-year-old Li tells AFP at the 70-cover eaterie in Freetown's Murray Town district."

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140827/traders-warn-chinese-exodus-ebola-hit-sierra-leone

 

 

Canada pulling Ebola lab
team from Sierra Leone

Rob Gillies

August 27, 2014

 

 

"Canada is evacuating a three-member mobile laboratory team from Sierra Leone after people in their hotel were diagnosed with Ebola. The World Health Organization earlier announced it is pulling a team out of the country.

 

The Public Agency of Canada said in a statement late Tuesday none of the team members had any direct contact with the sick individuals and they are not showing any signs of illness. They will remain in voluntary isolation and be monitored closely.

 

The laboratory team was helping to control the outbreak there by helping health care workers diagnose and rule out infections. The agency did not say what city the team was in.

 

Canada said it will send in another team once it is deemed safe. Canada has been rotating three teams of scientists in out and out of West Africa."

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http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/08/27/canada-pulling-ebola-lab-team-sierra-leone.html

 

 

Second WHO worker infected with Ebola evacuated to Germany

August 27, 2014

Marc Faber

 

"Hamburg - A second World Health Organisation (WHO) staff member has been infected with Ebola in West Africa and will be evacuated to Germany, health officials said Wednesday.
The announcement comes a day after the WHO shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone, after a Senegalese epidemiologist was infected with the deadly virus.

The unnamed WHO worker will be treated in a university hospital in Hamburg-Eppendorf, hospital spokesman Rico Schmidt told dpa."
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3rd Doctor Dies From Ebola in Sierra Leone

By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY

August 27, 2014

 

 

"A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.

 

The announcements raised worries about Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola, which already has killed more than 1,400 people across West Africa. The World Health Organization said it was sending a team to investigate how the epidemiologist now undergoing treatment in Germany may have contracted the disease that kills more than half its victims.

 

"The international surge of health workers is extremely important and if something happens, if health workers get infected and it scares off other international health workers from coming, we will be in dire straits," said Christy Feig, director of WHO communications.

 

Dr. Sahr Rogers had been working at a hospital in the eastern town of Kenema when he contracted Ebola, said Sierra Leonean presidential adviser Ibrahim Ben Kargbo on Wednesday. Two other top doctors already have succumbed to Ebola since the outbreak emerged there earlier this year, including Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who also treated patients in Kenema."

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http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/ebola-upper-hand-us-official-25130896

 

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A current update on the India/Ebola situation

 

Ebola scare: 116 people arrive from worst-affected Liberia in Delhi and Mumbai

Suhas Munshi & Durgesh Nandan JhaSuhas Munshi & Durgesh Nandan Jha,TNN

August 27, 2014

 

"NEW DELHI: The enormity of the Ebola outbreak hit home on Tuesday as 112 Indians and four Nepalese arrived in the country on different flights from Liberia. This West African country has seen over 600 deaths so far and is the worst affected. Till late in the night, 88 people had arrived — 71 in Mumbai and 17 in Delhi. More were on their way on different commercial flights.

Health ministry sources said of the 17 passengers who arrived at the Delhi airport, one person has been found to have fever and sore throat which is associated with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) besides other diseases. "The passenger suspected for EVD has been quarantined at the Airport Health Organisation (APHO), a specialized health centre run by the health ministry to screen international passengers for deadly diseases. We have sent the passenger's blood sample for test," said a ministry official.

 

At least six others, including two women and a child, were taken to APHO for detailed health screening and officials later claimed they did not have any symptoms of the disease. In addition, five passengers from routine flights from the affected countries — Sierra Leone, Republic of Guinea and Nigeria — with symptoms of fever have been quarantined at the isolation facility at Delhi airport, said health ministry sources.

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 Sources said the 112 Indian nationals and four Nepalese were brought back by International SOS (ISOS) on the request of infrastructure company Afcons. These people belong to Delhi(4), Maharashtra (54), West Bengal (12), Bihar (10), Uttar Pradesh (7), Tamil Nadu (5), Andhra Pradesh (4), Kerala (3), Odisha (3), Gujarat (3), Karnataka (2), Haryana (2), Punjab (2), Jharkhand (1), Madhya Pradesh (1), Uttarakhand (1), Rajasthan (1) and Himachal Pradesh (1).<<<in short, all over India

The medical director, International SOS, said these persons have been screened at the time of exit from Liberia and none of the passengers had any symptoms prior to travel.

On Tuesday, IGI airport witnessed hectic activity with passengers being rushed out of the airport and an APHO ambulance making several rounds from their office at the airport and T-3's arrival terminal. The first flight from Liberia, routed via Doha, QR564, landed at IGI at 7.40 am. The next flight — Ethiopian Airlines — came almost an hour later. Three passengers from it were rushed to APHO in an ambulance.

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The scare this disease has caused was palpable inside and outside the airport. All staff inside the airport wore face masks to prevent contamination since hundreds of foreign visitors were arriving at the international terminal by the hour."

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Ebola-scare-116-people-arrive-from-worst-affected-Liberia-in-Delhi-and-Mumbai/articleshow/40960259.cms?
 

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Latest Ebola News: South Africa at low risk of Ebola

August 28, 2014

 

 

An official state run airline in South Africa confirmed Wednesday that South Africa to be safe for all passengers planning to travel to the country, as the risk of getting infected by the virus is extremely low. There has been no case of virus in the country so far and it does not share land border with any of the Ebola-affected countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has therefore listed it under a low-risk category along with India and Europe. 

 

With no case of Ebola virus disease reported so far, our country remains open and safe for all planning to visit,’ South African Airways’ India manager Sajid Khan assured prospective fliers in a statement.’ As a precautionary measure the airport officials are screening passengers. "The department has even installed thermal scanners at Tambo Johannesburg airport to screen inbound travellers having high body temperature. ’Suspected travellers, when identified, are quarantined and assessed at the medical facilities in the airport itself,’ Khan noted. (Read: Ebola virus disease — is it a hoax?)

 

Moreover, regular fumigation and disinfection of the aircraft is being carried out. The airport health officials have stepped up surveillance with the signs and symptoms of the virus to alert visitors. ’All foreign nationals testing positive for Ebola and all citizens of its affected nations are denied entry into South Africa,’ Khan added. (Know what is the Ebola incubation period?)

 

Just as health, well-being and safety of our passengers and crew are of utmost priority for us, we urge all tourists not to panic,’ Khan said. ‘The health department is working with WHO and the US centres for disease control and prevention to monitor the situation,’ Khan said. (Read: 5 reasons the ebola virus should never come to India)"

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http://www.thehealthsite.com/news/latest-ebola-news-south-africa-at-low-risk-of-ebola/

 

this is the latest today, sure doesn't seem to make any sense after what we've read so far

 

Experimental Russian Ebola Vaccine Shows Positive Preclinical Results

August 26, 2014

 

"SIMFEROPOL, August 26 (RIA Novosti) – An experimental Russian Ebola vaccine showed positive initial results in preclinical trials, Russian Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

 

“Our advance team, employees of the Russian Health Ministry’s Ivanovsky Institute and an employee of one of the Rospotrebnadzor centers, returned from Guinea. We know the pathogen and its characteristics, and currently we have an experimental vaccine that has undergone preclinical trials with good results,” the Health Minister said.

 

According to Skvortsova, the vaccine is currently undergoing further testing.

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http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140826/192366823/Experimental-Russian-Ebola-Vaccine-Shows-Positive-Preclinical.html

 

 

Doctor dies of Ebola in Port Harcourt

August 29. 2014

 

"PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria: A medical doctor has died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria's southern city of Port Harcourt, the first death from the virus outside the commercial city of Lagos, the authorities in Rivers State, of which Port Harcourt is capital, confirmed.

State Commissioner for Health Sampson Parker told journalists Thursday that the doctor apparently contracted the disease after treating an ECOWAS staff who had primary contact with the index case, Liberian Patrick Sawyer, in Lagos.

He said the ECOWAS Staff sneaked into Port Harcourt from Lagos and stayed at a private hotel in the southern city, where he was treated by the medical doctor.

However, while the doctor died last Friday, the ECOWAS staff, who has since returned to Lagos, is still alive.

The Commissioner identified the medical doctor as Ike Enemuo but did not identify the ECOWAS staff by name, neither did he give the name of the hotel where he stayed in Port Harcourt.

He however said 100 people who had contact with the medical doctor had been put under surveillance."

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http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1154876

 

 

Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating As It Spreads Across West Africa

August 28, 2014

by Michaeleen Doucleff

 

"For the first time, scientists have been able to follow the spread of an Ebola outbreak almost in real time, by sequencing the virus' genome from people in Sierra Leone.

The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, offer new insights into how the outbreak started in West Africa and how fast the virus is mutating.

A international team of researchers sequenced 99 Ebola genomes, with extremely high accuracy, from 78 people diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone in June.

The Ebola genome is incredibly simple. It has just seven genes. By comparison, we humans have about 20,000 genes.

"In general, these viruses are amazing because they are these tiny things that can do a lot of damage," says Pardis Sabeti, a computational biologist at Harvard University and the lead author of the study.

Hidden inside Ebola's tiny genome, she says, are clues to how the virus spreads among people — and how to stop it.

"As soon as the outbreak happened and was reported in Guinea," she says, "two members of my lab flew out and worked to set up the diagnostics to pick it up in Sierra Leone."

The team helped to find the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone. They also immediately shipped diagnostic samples from the patients back to the U.S. and started sequencing the viruses' genomes.

"We had 20 people in my lab working around-the-clock," Sabeti says.

Their furious pace paid off. After just a week or so, the team had decoded gene sequences from 99 Ebola viruses. The data offered a treasure-trove of information about the outbreak."

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/08/28/343734184/ebola-is-rapidly-mutating-as-it-spreads-across-west-africa

 

 

 

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First Ebola case in Senegal, five more states at risk of outbreak spread

August 28, 2014

 

"West African state of Senegal has become the region's fifth country to confirm a case of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,500 people with the WHO warning that five more states are at risk for spread of the outbreak.

 

A university student from neighbouring Guinea first asked for medical treatment in Dakar on Tuesday but gave no sign of Ebola, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters. The student was quarantined the next day after scientists in Guinea notified Senegalese authorities that they are unaware of whereabouts of one person who had had contact with sick people, Seck said.

 

Seck told the press that the student's condition is “satisfactory,” after being tested positive with the deadly virus, but it is still unclear when or how the new victim came to Senegal after the country sealed off its border with Guinea last week. The World Health Organisation has been alerted of the new case.

 

Meanwhile, some 160 people are being monitored in Nigeria’s Port Harcourt after a doctor died from the virus on Thursday."

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http://rt.com/news/183808-ebola-senegal-outbreak-spread/

 

 

​‘All hands on deck’: US pushes ahead with Ebola vaccine trials on humans

August 28, 2014

 

"Twenty healthy volunteers will next week enter a 48-week trial for a US-developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. The trial has been moved forward due to the current outbreak, but the first results are unlikely before the year end.

 

The vaccine, which is aimed against two of the most common strains of Ebola, should replicate animal studies, in which it stimulated an immune response, producing antibodies, but not infecting the patient. Similar tests of the medicine, co-developed by pharmaceuticals megalith GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), may begin on UK volunteers next month.

 

“I have been fooled enough in my many years of experience in infectious disease vaccinology that you really can’t predict what you might see,” said Anthony Fauci, the director of the state-run National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which will be conducting the tests, when asked about the predicted efficaciousness of the drug.

 

We expect to be able to report initial safety and immunogenicity data from this study by the end of this calendar year.”

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http://rt.com/news/183528-ebola-vaccine-trials-human/

 

 

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Ebola outbreak: Five co-authors of latest study killed by virus before research was published

Five co-authors of the latest study on Ebola were killed by the virus before their research was published, highlighting the huge risks undertaken by those working to combat its spread.

The study, published on Thursday, discovered the virus has mutated many times during the outbreak in West Africa, making establishing a treatment more difficult.

Mbalu Fonnie, Alex Moigboi, Alice Kovoma, Mohamed Fullah and Sheik Umar Khan worked with lead researchers at Harvard University to examine the current outbreak.

Science Mag said all five were experienced members of the Kenema Government Hospital’s (KGH) Lassa fever team. Lassa fever infections have similar symptoms to Ebola.

Their work sequenced the virus genomes from 78 patients and traced the outbreak in Sierra Leone to a funeral of a healer, which a pregnant Kenema Government Hospital Ebola patient and other women who were also infected had attended.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ebola-virus-five-coauthors-of-latest-study-on-outbreak-died-before-research-was-published-9701346.html

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Cases of Ebola Increase in West Africa

August 29, 2014

 

 

 

 

"Geneva, Aug 29.- The World Health Organization (WHO), reported today that 550 new cases of Ebola were reported last week in West Africa, the highest figure for the same period of time since the outbreak began.

The most affected countries by the virus were Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Furthermore, more than three thousand sick people were registered in Nigeria, of which a thousand 552 died, according to the WHO.

The epidemic in this African region is one of the most complex health emergencies in recent years, and at least 490 million dollars are needed to try to contain the new infections, which are growing exponentially, reported the international health agency.

In addition, WHO estimates that the number of people infected is much higher than those registered, and considers that about 20 thousand people are at risk of developing the disease.

Senegal -a neighboring country with Guinea- reported this Friday its first patient. A young man from Guinea who was quarantined, said the Senegalese Health Minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck.

Guinea health services reported on Wednesday the disappearance of an infected person with the Ebola virus who had traveled to Senegal, she explained."

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http://www.cadenagramonte.cu/english/index.php/show/articles/19439:cases-of-ebola-increase-in-west-africa
 

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Ebola becoming harder to treat —US experts •It is taking toll on Nigeria’s economy —OBJ

countries across the world battle to contain the spreads of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the killer ailment appears to be devising means of circumventing efforts to stop it, researchers have said.

Experts claim that the virus is “rapidly and continually mutating, making it harder to diagnose and treat.”

This is just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared, on Saturday, that the index case, Patrick Sawyer, in a “devilish” connivance with some Liberian authorities, intentionally brought the disease to Nigeria.

He also noted that the disease, which he said had become a global problem, had been taking a toll on Nigeria’s economy, charging the Federal Government to partner the World Health Organisation (WHO), European Union (EU) and government of America in containing the virus.

Sunday Tribune’s finding showed that result of a research by a team of American scientists indicates that the initial patients diagnosed with the virus in Sierra Leone revealed almost 400 genetic modifications, concluding that this could render current treatment ineffective and put vaccines that are being worked on for its cure in danger.

According to reports, the team of researchers, under the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and Harvard University, analysed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes which were collected from 78 patients diagnosed with the disease in Sierra Leona in the first 24 days of the current outbreak.

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http://www.tribune.com.ng/news/top-stories/item/14787-ebola-becoming-harder-to-treat-us-experts-it-is-taking-toll-on-nigeria-s-economy-obj

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Sudan bans reporting on Ebola

August 31, 2014

 

"The Sudanese authorities have prohibited local media from covering any news related to the Ebola virus.Press sources who asked not to be mentioned for security reasons confirmed to APA on Saturday that the security authorities have circulated warning to all media outlets not to publish any news or articles related to the transmission of the Ebola virus in Sudan.

The prohibition came after local media reported on some suspected cases of Ebola in the west of Sudan.

The Minister of Health Affairs for the Darfur Regional Authority, Firdos Abdel Rahman Yousif denied reports of the deadly Ebola virus disease in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur State.

The Sudan News Agency quoted the minister as saying the suspected case had come from Abeche in Chad."
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http://en.starafrica.com/news/sudan-bans-reporting-on-ebola.html

 

 

Ebola outbreak: Health workers strike in Sierra Leone, Liberia lifts quarantine measures

September 1, 2014

 

"Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone over pay and poor working conditions.

"The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid our allowances and we lack some tools," Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the Kenema clinic in the country's east, said.

Mr Mehemoh said clothing to protect health workers being infected was inadequate and there was only one broken stretcher to carry both patients and corpses, increasing the risk of infection.

In a further sign of strained resources, nurses and members of the burial team at Kenema said the government had stopped paying their wages of $US50 a week."

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-31/workers-in-sierra-leone-ebola-treatment-centre-go-on-strike/5708264

 

 

Sierra Leone News: 90 days sex ban for Ebola survivors

September 1, 2014

 

"The West African Postgraduate Medical Colleges {WAPMC}and the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association {SLMDA) have suggested to government that sensitization slogans should indicate that male patients who have recovered from EVD would need to wear condoms or abstain for up to ninety (90) days.
Furthermore, both bodies when they called on President Koroma, last week, indicated that they should “build a “fire wall” around “slums” and over populated areas and organize the community to participate in health education and social mobilization on EVD control.”
Both bodies also called for basic training and preventive supplies for all established clinics and hospitals whether government, NGO based, faith-based, private or otherwise.
Apart from radio and TV phone-in and text- in of questions and answers, we need dedicated telephone lines manned by knowledgeable persons to answer questions and concerns of the public even if only for 12 hours a day say from 7am to 7pm, they emphasised.
They pleaded that risk allowances and a health insurance scheme should be provided for all health workers, while Okadas (Bikes), taxis, poda- podas and even private vehicles should be fined for overloading."

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http://awoko.org/2014/09/01/sierra-leone-news-90-days-sex-ban-for-ebola-survivors/

 

Wonder how many have survived to worry about it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Ebola arrives in Sweden?

August 31, 2014

 

Google translated
"A suspected case of Ebola infection have been discovered in Sweden.  
A person who visited one of the countries risk has fallen ill with fever - and cared for now at the infectious diseases clinic at Karolinska Hospital.  
The risk is minimal that it is Ebola, but we are extremely strict in management, says Åke Örtqvist, Director of Disease Control in Stockholm County.
At 17:30 o'clock on Sunday sent a specially equipped ambulance to Solna to pick a man with Sweden's first suspected cases of Ebola.  
The man had fallen ill with a fever, and when he recently visited a risk to countries where the epidemic struck.  
Healthcare acted then, according to the action plan that the National Board has developed and the man has been transferred to the infectious disease unit at Karolinska Hospital.
The Action Plan we write that a suspected case is whether a person who has visited an area where the epidemic occurs and becomes ill within 21 days with a fever higher than 38 degrees, it's the definition of a suspected case, says Åke Örtqvist Aftonbladet.
risk is small.  

He emphasizes that the risk of the man hit by Ebola is extremely small, but that the circumstances and that Ebola is a serious disease that makes safety increased." 
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http://www.thebigwobble.org/2014/08/ebola-arrives-in-sweden.html?utm_source=BP_recent

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Another American Doctor Infected With Ebola, Charity Says

September 2, 2014

 

"Another American missionary doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, an aid group said Tuesday.

SIM USA said the doctor, who was not named, was treating obstetric patients at ELWA hospital in Monrovia and had not treated Ebola patients in the hospital’s isolation unit, which is separate from the main hospital. The charity said it was not yet known how the doctor was infected, but he immediately isolated himself when he showed symptoms.

 
The new case comes two weeks after Dr. Kent Brantly and his colleague Nancy Writebol, who worked for SIM, walked out of an Atlanta hospital virus-free after being infected and evacuated from Liberia."
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New Ebola Cases Unrelated To West African Outbreak
David Kroll
September 2, 2014
 

"If there can be any good news – or at least not further disheartening news – coming out of the African continent regarding this year’s Ebola outbreaks, we have one positive report this morning.

The World Health Organization has just confirmed that the newly-identified cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo is genetically unrelated to the strain currently circulating in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.

A WHO collaborating research center in Franceville, Gabon, the Centre International de Recherches Médicales, had previously identified six Ebola positive samples sent to the laboratory. They report today that, “the virus in the Boende district is definitely not derived from the virus strain currently circulating in west Africa.”

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2014/09/02/ebola-outbreaks-unrelated-in-west-africa-and-democratic-republic-of-congo/

 

 

 Ebola patient escapes quarantine centre in search of food

David Blair

September 2, 2014

 

"A man suspected of suffering from Ebola has been filmed trying to run away from doctors in protective clothing, before he is bundled into a truck and driven away."

 

"A suspected Ebola patient caused panic in a market in Liberia’s capital when he left a clinic to find food.

The man was caught by four medical personnel wearing yellow protective suits and bundled into a vehicle. Video footage, which has not been independently verified, shows a frightened crowd gathered near the scene in the capital, Monrovia.

The man, clad in shorts and a red t-shirt, apparently resists the medics and tries to avoid being taken back to the Ebola clinic. He is eventually overcome and driven away.

At least 1,378 people have been infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia, according to the World Health Organisation, and 694 have died so far."

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11070263/Ebola-patient-escapes-quarantine-centre-in-search-of-food.html

 

 

 

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