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  • New Elizabethkingia cluster found in Illinois

    04/21/2016 6:30:06 AM PDT · by null and void · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 4:16 PM ET, Wed April 20, 2016 | Debra Goldschmidt
    A new cluster of Elizabethkingia infection, previously rarely seen in humans, has been found in Illinois, health officials said Wednesday. Testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the Elizabethkingia anophelis infection in 10 Illinois residents, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Six of those individuals have died. Most of the infected patients had underlying health conditions, and it's unknown if they died from the infection or pre-existing conditions.
  • Gonorrhea Rate Has Shot Up In California ("especially among gay and bisexual men")

    04/20/2016 3:24:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 54 replies
    California HealthLine ^ | April 19, 2016 | Barbara Feder Ostrov
    Rates of gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease, are rising sharply in California, especially among gay and bisexual men, according to new state health data. The gonorrhea rate among California men aged 15 to 44 shot up 54 percent between 2011 and 2014, according to recently released data from the California Department of Public Health. Among women in the same age group, it rose 35 percent. An average of 34,000 gonorrhea cases among 15-to-44 year-olds was reported in California each year between 2012 and 2014, most of them among men. By contrast, the national gonorrhea rate, calculated slightly differently than California’s,...
  • Health workers rush to contain fresh Ebola outbreak in Guinea

    03/19/2016 12:33:08 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 18, 2016 | Kieran Guilbert
    DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Health workers are rushing to the site of a fresh Ebola outbreak in Guinea to bolster efforts to contain the virus and prepare for the likelihood of more cases, aid agencies said on Friday. Four people in the southern region of Nzerekore were tested on Thursday and two of them were found to have Ebola. They were all from Korokpara, a village where three people from the same family have died in recent weeks ...
  • RARE BACTERIAL OUTBREAK KILLS 18, INFECTS 26 OTHERS IN WISCONSIN

    03/04/2016 5:28:14 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    ABC 7 CHICAGO ^ | 04 MARCH 2016 | GILLIAN MOHNEY
    A deadly bacterial outbreak is being investigated in Wisconsin with at least 44 reported cases, killing 18 people, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The rare infection results from a naturally occurring bacteria called Elizabethkingia anophelis, which are found in soil, fresh water and reservoirs, health officials said. Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, chills or redness on the skin. The outbreak has primarily affected people over the age of 65 and everyone infected had a history of at least one serious underlying health condition, according to the Department of Health Services. State and federal health officials said...
  • Baptist Group Supports Abortions on Disabled Babies of Mothers Affiliated by the Zika Virus

    02/15/2016 1:08:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Baptist Church group in Brazil said it will consider supporting a growing push to legalize abortion for disabled babies in the South American country. Joel Zeferino, president of the Alliance of Baptists of Brazil, said his church is open to the idea of allowing abortions for women with the Zika virus, according to Premier. With the spread of the virus, some countries have noticed a huge increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder where a baby’s head is significantly smaller and the brain is abnormally developed, according to the Mayo Clinic. The condition is...
  • Zika: update from Brazil: towering non-evidence

    02/06/2016 10:15:54 AM PST · by SubMareener · 11 replies
    Jon Rappaport's Blog ^ | February 4, 2016 | Jon Rappoport
    It is obvious that no significant connection between microcephaly and the Zika virus has been found. It's not even close. So far, therefore, there is absolutely no reason to trumpet an epidemic of Zika. Doing so is quite insane, by any reasonable standard. Here are the principal facts in the article (after which I'll comment): * As of January 30, 2016, 4,783 suspected cases of microcephaly were reported in Brazil. * Of those, 3,670 suspected cases of microcephaly, covering the entire country of Brazil, are being investigated. * Of those 3,670, 404 cases have been confirmed as microcephaly or "other...
  • Zika Virus Is Here in New York

    01/28/2016 9:07:15 AM PST · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    NYPost ^ | January 28, 2016
    A fifth person from New York was confirmed to have contracted the Zika virus while traveling south of the border — and experts warned Wednesday that the disease could spike here and across the United States as mosquito season arrives this spring. Health officials, citing federal privacy laws, released scant information about the New York cases, which include two from the Big Apple and one each from Nassau, Orange and Monroe counties.
  • Zika Virus Could Be Causing Severe Birth Defects

    01/18/2016 2:33:04 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    cbs boston ^ | 1-18-2016 | Dr. Mallika Marshall
    There is growing concern about the Zika virus that may be causing severe birth defects in children. The virus has been known since the 1940s, but only recently has it become more widespread in the Western Hemisphere. The Zika virus is spread through mosquitoes and can cause a mild flu-like illness, however, health officials became concerned last year when the virus was linked to a rise in the number of babies born with a severe birth defect called microcephaly when the brain does not grow normally. We still don't know if the Zika virus is actually causing the uptick in...
  • Second form of contagious cancer found in Tasmanian devils

    12/30/2015 6:13:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    upi ^ | 12/30/2015 | Stephen Feller
    A contagious cancer, spread by biting, has decimated the population of Tasmanian devils since 1996. Researchers have now identified a second contagious cancer in eight devils, making them question how rare contagious cancer is, according to a new study. In addition to attempting to breed devils identified as immune to the disease, scientists started working on a vaccine against Devil Facial Tumor Disease earlier this year -- which they said will not be thrown off by the discovery of a second form of the cancer. The cancer, which researchers believe is spread by common biting behavior, causes tumors and lesions...
  • Third Louisiana Public Water Supply Site Tests Positive for Brain-Eating Amoeba

    08/19/2015 1:07:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | August 19, 2015 | Katy Galimberti
    Public officials are in the process of eliminating Naegleria Fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba that thrives in warm water, from another drinking water supply in Louisiana. Naegleria Fowleri was detected during routine tests on Aug. 5 at a utility district in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, roughly 80 miles from New Orleans... According to the local fire department, the Schriever Water System serves approximately 97,000 residents in the Houma area. .. While officials say the water is safe for drinking, residents are urged to use caution with the water, not letting it get into their nose. Humans are infected when water containing the...
  • Bulgaria reports human anthrax death in Varna district

    07/19/2015 7:37:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Outbreak News Today ^ | 7/19/15 | Robert Herriman
    Bulgarian health officials have have instituted an epidemiological investigation in the seaside city of Varna after a man contracted and died from anthrax.According to authorities from the health ministry (computer translated), the 53-year-old from the village of Mlada Gvardiya, municipality of Vetrino, in Varna district apparently cut his hand during the slaughter of an infected cow, but never sought medical attention for the wound.The slaughtered cow was flayed by the deceased and is cut into 4 pieces. Around the eighth or ninth day of July 2015., Carcass meat is sold to a person of Bozveliysko, Municipality Provadia and transported to...
  • S.Korea fights to contain MERS outbreak, considers tough measures

    06/01/2015 6:47:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin
    reuters.com ^ | Jack Kim
    South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Monday as health authorities announced three more cases, bringing the number of infections to 18 in just over 10 days. Authorities are considering a ban on overseas travel for the nearly 700 people isolated for possible infection after a 44-year-old man broke a voluntary house quarantine last week and flew to Hong Kong and then travelled to mainland China. The man subsequently tested positive for MERS, China's first confirmed case, setting off alarm bells as health officials traced his footsteps and tested dozens of people who...
  • Iowa governor declares state of emergency due to bird flu outbreak

    05/01/2015 2:39:07 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/1/2015 | P.J. Huffstutter
    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive for the virus. Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, is the third state to declare a state of emergency because of the viral outbreak, which either has led or will lead to the extermination of up to 21 million chickens and turkeys nationwide. Minnesota and Wisconsin declared states of emergency in April... Dozens of countries have imposed total or partial bans on U.S. poultry...
  • CDC Official: We’re Seeing ‘Epidemic of Syphilis’ Among Gay Men

    04/25/2015 11:38:15 AM PDT · by xzins · 141 replies
    CNS ^ | April 23, 2015 | Penny Starr
    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official cited an “epidemic” of syphilis among homosexual men during an event Thursday by a lobbying group pushing for an increase in federal funding for sexually transmitted disease prevention from $157 million to $212 million. “We’re also seeing what we are calling pretty much an epidemic of syphilis among men who have sex with men – that really started in the early – 2000, 2002, but we’ve seen a dramatic increase since 2008,” Dr. Gail Bolan, director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, said at a briefing by the National Coalition of STD...
  • Dog Flu Outbreak Gained Foothold at Urban Doggie Day Cares

    04/17/2015 1:17:22 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.
  • ISIS militants reportedly being pounded by critical skin disease

    04/06/2015 8:30:23 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 113 replies
    israelsmessenger.com ^ | 4/6/2015 | israelsmessenger.com
    Islamic State fighters are being pounded by a debilitating skin illness called leishmaniasis. The disease, that is widespread by sandflies, is fast swelling interjection to wickedness and bad hygiene conditions and there have been some-more than 100,000 cases reported, British media outlets reported progressing this week. The jihadi fighters are refusing medical diagnosis that has led to some-more outbreaks, according to a reports. Medical centers have sealed given medical staff have fled a assault creation a widespread of a illness some-more acute, according to a reports. Dubbed “Rose of Jericho,” a illness is caused by protozoan parasites that go to...
  • Mutant, drug-resistant stomach bug is spreading in the U.S., CDC warns

    04/04/2015 9:51:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/03/15 | Abby Ohlheiser
    Recent outbreaks of an unpleasant intestinal illness in Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania are due to a drug-resistant version of a bacteria that causes travelers' diarrhea, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned this week. Since May 2014, Shigella sonnei bacteria that have shown resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin have sickened 243 people across 32 states and Puerto Rico, the federal agency said. "Research by the CDC found that the drug-resistant illness was being repeatedly introduced as ill travelers returned and was then infecting other people in a series of outbreaks around the country," the CDC explained. Shigellosis is often...
  • Homosexuals in Newfoundland hit by 'astronomical' syphilis outbreak

    03/25/2015 8:00:11 PM PDT · by PROCON · 57 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | Michael F. Haverluck
    A syphilis outbreak of "astronomical" proportions has been unleashed in Canada's easternmost province, according to the healthcare authority of eastern NewfoundlandAlready this year — in less than three months — 15 cases of syphilis have been reported, according to Eastern Health. That's more than half the total number of cases (26) confirmed by the region's health authority all of last year. Most of the 41 syphilis infections were identified in homosexual men between 20 and 49 years of age, with 10 of the cases also being diagnosed with HIV, according to Eastern Health. Rising concerns This substantial increase is raising...
  • Sen. Schumer Wants Measles Vaccine More Accessible (aka - gratis)

    02/08/2015 4:32:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 2/08/15
    ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make measles shots free and widely available, like the flu vaccine. Schumer, D-N.Y., made the recommendation Sunday, noting that the CDC says at least 102 people have contracted measles in 14 states, including New York and New Jersey, so far this year. There was a record number of cases last year — 644 in 27 states. “It’s clear that we need to get on top of this highly contagious disease before it becomes too big for us to control,” Schumer told reporters, including...
  • CDC warns of 'large outbreak' of measles

    02/01/2015 2:16:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/01/15 | Kristina Wong
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden on Sunday warned that the U.S. could see a "large outbreak" of measles. "We are very concerned by the growing number of people who are susceptible to measles, and the possibility that we could have a large outbreak in this country as a result," Frieden said on CBS's "Face the Nation." There are at least 102 reported cases in 14 states, according to the CDC. Frieden said that the U.S. is "likely to see more cases." Frieden said there is "aggressive public health action" to identify those with measles, isolate...
  • Days before Super Bowl, Arizona gets the measles

    01/29/2015 11:03:48 AM PST · by george76 · 60 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | Fred Imbert
    Health officials in Arizona, host state of Sunday's Super Bowl, have asked people who may have been exposed to measles to isolate themselves ... Seven cases have been confirmed and 1,000 people across three counties may have been exposed .. Two of the seven confirmed cases are in Maricopa County, which is hosting the NFL championship game, the county's health department confirmed Tuesday. Because the highly contagious virus can linger in the air for two hours, health officials have asked those who may have been exposed to avoid doctors' offices, emergency rooms or urgent-care centers
  • Measles Outbreak That Started In California Expanding

    01/23/2015 11:16:09 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 120 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | January 22, 2015 | Christie Ileto
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A health warning. The extremely contagious measles virus is back. An outbreak that started at Disneyland is starting to sweep the country.Christie Ileto has the push for children to get vaccinated.Measles was thought to have been eliminated in the U.S. 15 years ago. Now its back, targeting those who haven’t been immunized.The outbreak that started in California’s Disneyland is expanding. At least 75 cases of measles span six states.“It’s scary to think the happiest place on Earth is infected with measles,” one Disney employee said.For this Disney employee, knowing co-workers are infected is cause for concern. Measles...
  • U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in Liberia are nearly empty as outbreak fades

    01/18/2015 6:19:14 PM PST · by Theoria · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 18 Jan 2015 | Kevin Sieff
    Near the hillside shelter where dozens of men and women died of Ebola, a row of green U.S. military tents sit atop a vast expanse of imported gravel. The generators hum; chlorinated water churns in brand-new containers; surveillance cameras send a live feed to a large-screen television. There’s only one thing missing from this state-of-the-art Ebola treatment center: Ebola patients.The U.S. military sent about 3,000 troops to West Africa to build centers like this one in recent months. They were intended as a crucial safeguard against an epidemic that flared in unpredictable, deadly waves. But as the outbreak fades in...
  • Disneyland measles: Rapid spread concerns health officials

    01/17/2015 7:21:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | January 17, 2015, 1:43 PM | Rong-Gong Lin II
    There are now 51 confirmed cases of the highly contagious virus across California, three other states and Mexico, and the Orange County Health Care Agency said the reports of new cases “indicate the measles outbreak will continue to spread.” Health officials had hoped to contain the outbreak to Disneyland visitors who were at the park between Dec. 17 and 20, when the virus spread from perhaps a single infected person or an ill family. But Orange County is now reporting six new cases of measles involving people who did not visit the Anaheim attraction during that period. State officials said...
  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 2 siblings among victims of Disneyland measles outbreak

    01/08/2015 9:52:16 PM PST · by blueplum · 35 replies
    Press-Enterprise ^ | January 7, 2015 10:19pm | JENNA CHANDLER AND BRIAN ROKOS
    At least nine people – including two unvaccinated Riverside County siblings – contracted measles after visiting Disneyland Resort in mid-December, state health officials said Wednesday. Public health officials are also investigating three additional cases of suspected measles, which is highly contagious, and a spokesman with the department said it would not be surprising to see more cases. All 12 reported visiting Disneyland or Disney California Adventure between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20. {snip} Of the nine confirmed cases linked to Disneyland, only one was vaccinated, according to the state Department of Public Health.
  • 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Cumulative Reported Cases Graphs

    01/08/2015 6:10:06 PM PST · by wtd · 9 replies
    2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Cumulative Reported Cases Graphs "Graph 1: Cumulative reported cases of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, March 25, 2014 – January 7, 2015, by date of WHO Situation Report, n=20712 "Graph 1 shows the cumulative reported cases in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone provided in WHO situation reports beginning on March 25, 2014 through the most recent situation report on January 7, 2015. Cumulative reported cases in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone[CSV - 1 page] Graph 2: Cumulative reported cases and deaths of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, March 25,...
  • Why New North Carolina Measles Cases Worries Health Officials

    12/31/2014 3:53:56 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 34 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | LIZ NEPORENT
    A case of red measles, also known as Rubeola, was diagnosed earlier this week in Moorseville, North Carolina -- worrying health officials and highlighting the renewed threat of measles in this country. The infected person was unvaccinated and had recently returned from a trip to India confirmed Rebecca Carter, the public information officer for Mecklenburg county. Carter said she could not release any additional details such as the age or sex of the person due to patient confidentiality. Dr. William Schaffner said this case is no trivial matter, warning that measles is highly contagious, spreading easily through coughing and sneezing....
  • Don't focus too much on Ebola, warns the Queen

    11/19/2014 1:26:56 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 November 2014 | Francesca Infante
    The Queen warned last night that focusing too much attention on the Ebola outbreak could lead to an upsurge in other deadly diseases such as malaria. At an event alongside world leaders in the science of infectious diseases yesterday, she asked ‘piercing’ questions about how the disease ought to be controlled. And the monarch said she worried that Ebola, which has claimed 5,000 lives already, risked overshadowing the risk from other deadlier diseases like malaria, which kills the same number every week.
  • Mali reports three deaths in capital linked to new Ebola cluster

    11/12/2014 7:05:44 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 11-13-2014 | AP/Japan Times
    Malian authorities on Wednesday reported three deaths believed to be linked to a new Ebola cluster, an alarming setback as Mali tries to limit the epidemic ravaging other West African countries. Health officials began monitoring dozens of hospital employees and family members, and also searched this capital city of about 2 million for those who helped prepare the body of one of the victims for burial before it was known that the corpse might be highly contagious. SNIP-- A nurse working at a clinic in the capital died Tuesday, and tests later showed she had Ebola, Communications Minister Mahamadou Camara...
  • First Outbreak Quashed, Ebola Reappears in Mali

    11/12/2014 6:53:33 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 11-13-2014 | Donald McNeil
    The West African nation of Mali, which just beat its first outbreak of Ebola, has confirmed a second one that is larger and more threatening, global health authorities said on Wednesday. The victim who apparently began the new outbreak was an imam who fell ill in Guinea and traveled to Mali for better treatment at a major private clinic in Bamako, the capital. The new cases will add to the mounting total of Ebola victims. In its last update on Nov. 5, the World Health Organization said there had been more than 13,000 confirmed or suspected cases in West Africa...
  • VA promotion for administrator stuns legislator

    10/26/2014 7:10:29 AM PDT · by cutty · 10 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Mike Wereschagin
    The Department of Veterans Affairs is promoting an administrator who advised against publicly disclosing a deadly Legionnaires' outbreak at its Pittsburgh hospital system, the agency told Congress. David Cord, deputy director of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System since June 2012, will become director of the Erie VA Medical Center within 60 days, the VA informed Congress. The VA disclosed the Legionnaires' outbreak that killed at least six and sickened at least 16 others on Nov. 16, 2012 — two days after Cord told a VA spokesman not to alert the public about it, according to an internal email from the spokesman...
  • "Why I Will Not Submit To Medical Martial Law"

    10/23/2014 8:13:27 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/23/2014 | Tyler Durden, Brandon Smith
    Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market.com, One of the most dangerous philosophical contentions even amongst liberty movement activists is the conundrum of government force and prevention during times of imminent pandemic. All of us at one time or another have had this debate. If a legitimate viral threat existed and threatened to infect and kill millions of Americans, is it then acceptable for the government to step in, remove civil liberties, enforce quarantines, and stop people from spreading the disease? After all, during a viral event, the decisions of each individual can truly have a positive or negative effect on...
  • Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000

    10/23/2014 9:59:04 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu, Oct 23 00:08 AM BST | Tom Miles
    At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000.
  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/10/2014 12:46:23 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 5,025 replies
    Free Republic Threads ^ | August 10, 2014 | Legion
    I have spent a little time compiling links to threads about the Ebola outbreak in the interest of having all the links in one thread for future reference. Please add links to new threads and articles of interest as the situation develops. Thank You all for you participation.
  • The Current Ebola Strain: It’s Airborne Folks

    08/05/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 301 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 8-5-14 | sundance
    The empirical evidence of an airborne Ebola Strain is overwhelming Hat Tip GWP - Patrick Sawyer was the American businessman, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, then collapsed after he got off a plane to Nigeria and died July 25. He was the first patient in Nigeria with the Ebola virus. The Nigerian authorities have refused to release the names of other passengers on the plane with Mr. Sawyer, or notify the media of their status.
  • U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola

    10/16/2014 10:29:54 PM PDT · by RC one · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/14 | Jerome Corsi
    U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola Virus could be transmitted by means other than contact NEW YORK – While Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization officials continue to insist Ebola cannot be transmitted by air from one person to another, an Army manual clearly warns the virus could be an airborne threat in certain circumstances. The handbook published by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, USAMRID, titled “USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook,” is now in its seventh edition. The most recent edition was published in 2011, with more than 100,000 copies distributed...
  • Why Ebola Probably Won't Go Airborne

    10/06/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    BI ^ | 10-6-2014 | Kevin Loria
    Kevin LoriaOctober 6, 2014 The idea that Ebola could go airborne is terrifying. Once you are infected, few diseases are more likely to kill you — and death by hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and vomiting often accompanied by bleeding and organ failure, sounds particularly awful. At present it's hard to get infected — healthcare workers and family members caring for victims are at highest risk — but that would change if the virus were to mutate so that it could be transmitted through the air while keeping its present lethality. That's a nightmare scenario. But it's more the stuff of bad...
  • A Promising Experimental Ebola Drug Goes Overlooked

    10/21/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 14 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek | October 20, 2014 | Paul M. Barrett
    Bloomberg - link and title only.
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • COMMENTARY: Health workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola

    10/21/2014 7:47:35 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 12 replies
    CIDRAP: Center for infectious disease and policy ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Lisa M Brosseau, ScD, and Rachael Jones, PhD
    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.1 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. We strongly urge the US Centers for Disease...
  • Liberian woman escapes Ebola outbreak, quarantines self in Q-C

    10/19/2014 12:55:05 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 35 replies
    Quad City TImes ^ | October 13, 2014 12:26 pm | Brian Wellner
    Jennifer Philips has been in America only three days, and she's already calling it home. The 21-year-old left Liberia last week and with it childhood memories of civil war and, more recently, horrific images of dead bodies in the street from the worst ever outbreak of Ebola. Her father, Barhyeau Philips, welcomed her Saturday at the Quad-City International Airport and brought her to his Rock Island home. "I'm here to live," she told the Quad-City Times on Monday. After waiting four years for a visa, Jennifer's journey began Friday at the airport in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. From there she...
  • Pharmaceutical Co.'s Need To Produce A Vaccine(s) for Ebola, Even If No Profits Can Be Procured

    10/16/2014 10:03:45 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 100 replies
    10/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The Obama administration has failed us. With that in mind, potential treatments/vaccines for Ebola are being worked on and tested as we speak, and despite the lack of ability to pay for any potential vaccine on the part of almost all western Africans, pharmaceutical companies should develop said vaccine(s) (if at all possible) and distribute them free of cost to those who cannot afford them. While I do support huge profits to be made by pharmaceutical companies, I believe that there are exceptions to the rule, and I do believe that this is the time and instance for this very...
  • Obama ‘Absolutely Confident’ U.S. Won’t Have ‘Serious’ Ebola Outbreak

    10/16/2014 7:57:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/16/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Says he kissed nurses who cared for earlier patients at Emory: "It is not like the flu; it is not airborne." WASHINGTON — President Obama said at a cabinet meeting on Ebola today that he is “absolutely confident that we can prevent a serious outbreak of the disease here in the United States.”Just over a week ago, the president said “the chance of an ebola outbreak in the United States is extremely low.”Obama called today’s meeting after a second nurse from the Dallas hospital where Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan was treated fell ill with the virus. He had been...
  • Purdue Professor David Sanders: Ebola Could Potentially Become Airborne

    10/15/2014 1:26:35 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 11 replies
    DownTrend ^ | 10-14-15 | V. Saxena
    President Barack Obama, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NiH) keep reiterating that we the American people need not worry about the Ebola virus – that it stands no chance of blowing up across the country. President Obama himself said, “The chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.” According to HealthDay, back in late July, CDC official Stephan Monroe asserted that “the fact that most flights between West Africa and the United States require one or more stops in other countries make it unlikely that a sick person...
  • Most U.S. Hospitals Cannot Safely Handle Ebola Patients

    10/15/2014 12:26:37 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 36 replies
    DCClothesline/The Most Important News ^ | 10-15-14 | Michael Snyder
    This Ebola outbreak is being called the “most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times“, and the U.S. health care system is completely and totally unprepared for it. The truth is that most U.S. hospitals are simply not equipped to safely handle Ebola patients, and most hospital staff members have received little or no training on Ebola. And the fact that Barack Obama and our top public health officials are running around proclaiming that Ebola is “difficult to catch” is giving doctors and nurses a false sense of security. There is a reason why Ebola has been classified as...
  • Ebola outbreak: Get up to speed with the latest developments (Nurses bash CDC!)

    10/14/2014 6:17:53 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 27 replies
    "The guidelines were constantly changing" and "there were no protocols" at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas as the hospital treated a patient with Ebola, the president of National Nurses United said in a statement on Tuesday. Protective gear nurses wore at first left their necks exposed, union co-president Deborah Burger said, citing information she said came from nurses at the hospital. The union said it would not identify the nurses it spoke with in order to protect them from possible retaliation.
  • Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

    10/12/2014 3:00:30 AM PDT · by ChowChowFace · 83 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/12/14 | Joe Sutton and Holly Yan
    A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola after a preliminary test, the hospital said in a statement. Confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The employee helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died on Wednesday.
  • Fears of global Ebola outbreak across continents

    10/09/2014 1:53:22 PM PDT · by Prospero · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/9/2014 | Philip Sherwell
    Fears of a global Ebola outbreak spread yesterday as French officials sealed off a building with 60 people inside, an Australian nurse was tested for the disease and airplane cleaners went on strike in New York. In France, police imposed a lock-down on a social services centre in a town near Paris after four people who arrived from Guinea this month fell ill with headaches and fever. Officials in Cergy Pontoise, northwest of the capital, later said that the fears that the four were suffering from Ebola were a false alarm and the nearly 60 others inside were allowed to...
  • Ebola Outbreak: 56 Being Monitored In Spain

    10/07/2014 6:50:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 7, 2014
    A Madrid nurse who became the first person to contract ebola outside of Africa is being treated with antibodies from survivors of the illness, hospital officials have revealed. A second nurse who also helped treat an infected priest is among the four being monitored by health workers, as is a man who arrived on a flight from Nigeria displaying symptoms. Spain's health authorities said they had been in touch with a total of 22 people who are thought to have been in contact with the 40-year-old nurse, whose name has not been released. They are also monitoring around 30 other...
  • Ebola Doctor: 6 Months Ago Ebola Experts Would Have Said Current Outbreak Would NOT Happen (VIDEO)

    10/06/2014 8:07:53 PM PDT · by absentee · 15 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10/6/14 | Truth Revolt
    On CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper on Monday, guest Dr. Michael Osterholm of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy spoke about the risk of infection that the United States and the world face in the growing Ebola epidemic. Osterholm offered two somewhat startling observations about the nature of our knowledge of the disease and its growth. "Six months ago, if you asked Ebola experts would we be seeing the situation we're seeing now, they would have said 'no'." Tapper asked Osterholm about his statement in a column he wrote in the New York Times warning of the...