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  • A deadly rabbit virus nicknamed 'bunny Ebola' is spreading in the Southwestern US, killing thousands of rabbits

    07/06/2020 1:21:56 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 50 replies
    Buseiness Insider ^ | 6-30-20 | Aylin Woodward
    Across seven states in the Southwest, thousands of wild and domestic rabbits are dying from a rare outbreak of a highly contagious disease known as rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV2). "We refer to it as 'bunny Ebola,'" Amanda Jones, a veterinarian from Killeen, Texas, told The Cut. While the rabbit virus is "not related in any way, shape, or form" to ebola — a virus that causes severe bleeding, organ failure, and death in humans and primates — Jones said RHDV2 ravages rabbit bodies in a similar manner. The virus causes lesions in rabbits' organs and tissues, which leads to...
  • Ebola resurfaces in Équateur Province, north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo

    06/02/2020 2:25:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    unicef ^ | 06/01/2020
    KINSHASA, 1 June 2020 – The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has confirmed the death of five people – including one 15-year-old girl - due to Ebola in Mbandaka, the capital of Équateur Province in the north-western part of the country. The deaths occurred between the 18th and 30th of May but they were only confirmed as Ebola-related yesterday. Four additional people who contracted the virus – all contacts of the deceased and including the child of one of the fatal cases - are being treated in an isolation unit at the Wangata Hospital in Mbandaka....
  • Second Ebola outbreak confirmed in DRC after four people die

    06/01/2020 9:51:49 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-1-2020 | By Sarah Newey and Will Brown
    A second Ebola outbreak has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, some 600 miles from an ongoing epidemic that has claimed more than 2,200 lives. According to the World Health Organization six cases of the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever have been identified and four people have so far died near Mbandaka, the regional capital of Équateur Province. The outbreak was first announced on local radio by the region's governor, Bobo Boloko Bolumbu, on Monday morning. He said samples from the cases were sent to the INRB, the country’s national medical research organisation in Kinshasa, for secondary confirmation.
  • Gilead Should Ditch Remdesivir and Focus on its Simpler and Safer Ancestor

    05/16/2020 9:12:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    STAT ^ | May 14, 2020 | VICTORIA C. YAN and FLORIAN L. MULLERMAY
    In the midst of a pandemic like Covid-19, for which there are no FDA-approved drug treatments, hope is important. That’s one reason why remdesivir, an antiviral drug that Gilead Sciences originally made to fight Ebola, has been propelled into the spotlight with the hope that it can stop, or at least curtail, the ravages of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Data from the open-label SIMPLE trial, sponsored by Gilead, and the randomized controlled Adaptive Covid-19 Treatment Trial, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, show that remdesivir may accelerate recovery rates among patients with advanced Covid-19....
  • After Repeated Failures, It’s Time To Permanently Dump Epidemic Models

    04/18/2020 7:46:58 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 42 replies
    Issues & Insights ^ | April 18, 2020 | Michael Fumento
    'The … crisis we face is unparalleled in modern times,” said the World Health Organization’s assistant director, while its director general proclaimed it “likely the greatest peacetime challenge that the United Nations and its agencies have ever faced.” This was based on a CDC computer model projection predicting as many as 1.4 million deaths from just two countries. So when did they say this about COVID-19? Trick question: It was actually about the Ebola virus in Liberia and Sierra Leone five years ago, and the ultimate death toll was under 8,000....
  • Gilead asks FDA to take back lucrative orphan drug status on possible coronavirus treatment - Remdesivir

    03/26/2020 8:04:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/26/2020 | Manas Mishra, Michael Erman
    Gilead Sciences Inc on Wednesday took the unusual step of asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to rescind a controversial orphan drug designation the agency had granted for the biotech company’s potential coronavirus treatment remdesivir just 48 hours earlier. The FDA agreed to the withdrawal, and said it is actively working to speed development of medical products desperately needed to prevent or treat the highly contagious COVID-19 illness caused by the virus. Shares of the California-based company closed down nearly 6% at $69.66. The company was criticized by lawmakers and patient advocates after receiving the orphan designation on Monday...
  • Just as you thought that other Epidemic was over... Congo records second Ebola death in days: WHO

    04/13/2020 7:29:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/13/2020
    BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo recorded a second Ebola death in days following more than seven weeks without a new case, the World Health Organization said on Sunday. Congo had been due on Sunday to mark an end to the second-deadliest outbreak of the virus on record, until a case was confirmed on Friday in the eastern city of Beni. The outbreak has killed more than 2,200 people since August 2018 in an area of the country where militia violence hobbled efforts to contain it. The latest victim was an 11-month-old girl, who was...
  • School Lesson Promotes Anti-Trump, Chinese Propaganda

    04/03/2020 9:08:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | April 3, 2020 | Todd Starnes
    A West Virginia middle school sent students an online lesson that accused Republicans of promoting discrimination against Asian-Americans by referring to the coronavirus as a "Chinese virus." Stephanie Laney, the parent of an eighth grader at Hurricane Middle School, sent me a copy of the assignment her daughter received in English class. Here’s a link to the assignment.Like many students around the country, Stephanie's daughter is currently attending classes online due to the coronavirus. The lesson was created by newsela, an education-based organization that provides classroom content. The lesson focused on a story written by the Texas Tribune titled, "Asian Americans say some politicians...
  • We Have Good Reason To Be Hopeful For Gilead's Remdesivir for Covid-19

    03/31/2020 5:45:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 03/31/2020 | Richelle Cutler-Strom
    * Gilead is testing efficacy of remdesivir against the COVID-19 in multiple international trials. * Remdesivir prevented severe lung damage from MERS coronovirus infection in a mouse and monkey model. * Preclinical data and an explanation for the Ebola trial failure indicate that remdesivir will be a successful treatment for COVID-19. * Inevitable remdesivir licensing deals, with exclusivity until 2034, and its forthcoming marketing of a blockbuster arthritis drug, filgotinib, will increase Gilead's revenue significantly. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) is currently testing remdesivir in multiple human trials for efficacy against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Remdesivir is an adenosine nucleotide...
  • Barack Obama Falsely Accuses Trump of 'Ignoring Warnings of a Pandemic'

    03/31/2020 4:54:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 95 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 31, 2020 | Matt Margolis
    On Tuesday morning, Barack Obama criticized Trump's rollback of fuel standards in a tweet that made what appears to be a backhanded critique of Trump's response to the coronavirus. "We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic," Obama said. Who exactly was Obama talking about there? Now, it's quite possible he was actually talking about himself, seeing as how even after the H1N1 pandemic that claimed as many as 18,000 American lives, according to CDC estimates, Obama's response to the Ebola pandemic later in his presidency was similarly wrought with problems--so much so...
  • Here are 15 positive updates amid grim reports regarding COVID-19

    03/27/2020 4:09:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TIMES UNION ^ | 03/27/2020 | Alison Medley
    From coronavirus cases exponentially multiplying across the U.S. to doctors falling sick, the daily headlines are gut-wrenching and overwhelming. But there are some positive signs of progress that can help keep things in perspective. Despite all the dire updates, Americans have come together during this tumultuous time and promising experimental drugs have been identified to help treat some of the symptoms of the novel coronavirus. Researchers are working around the clock to develop the vaccine that will be safe and effective. 1) There is a promising recovery rate For many who contract the virus, approximately 80%, the symptoms may be...
  • George Soros & Bill Gates Partner with China on Coronavirus Drug!

    03/26/2020 8:58:07 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 72 replies
    Civilian Intelligence Network ^ | February 11, 2020 | Shawn Paul Melville
    As drug manufacturers speed up their efforts to find a new treatment drug for the coronavirus outbreak that has devastated China and has caused a world-wide panic, a Chinese drug company just announced that it has started mass-producing an experimental drug from Gilead Sciences that has the potential to fight the novel coronavirus (1). BrightGene Bio-Medical Technology, a Suzhou based company (2), just announced that it has developed the technology to synthesize the active pharmaceutical ingredients of Remdesivir, the drug developed by Gilead Biosciences. Its stock price surged 20% in Tuesday morning trading in Shanghai (1). “While BrightGene said that...
  • Scientists In Boston Drop Ebola Research, For Now, To Focus on Coronavirus

    03/25/2020 7:03:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    WBUR ^ | March 25, 2020 | Barbara Moran
    Boston University announced last week that some scientists at their National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab (NEIDL) will temporarily suspend their work on Ebola to begin studying SARS-CoV-2, better known as the coronavirus. Virologist Robert Davey is leading the effort. Next week, Davey and his colleagues will begin work in a BSL-4 lab — the kind with scientists in spacesuits — screening compounds that might help patients with COVID-19. WBUR spoke to Davey about what his team will be doing, and what they hope to find. The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity. What are you going to do...
  • Spread of coronavirus ‘much worse’ than Ebola, expert claims

    03/13/2020 12:38:11 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 58 replies
    nypost ^ | 03/13/2020 | Yaron Steinbuch
    The global spread of the coronavirus is “much, much worse” than seen with Ebola — which, unlike COVID-19, “requires very close contact for transmission,” according to the professor who helped discover the earlier illness. Professor Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told Sky News that the coronavirus pandemic has the potential to turn into a “really bad situation.” “This is much, much worse than Ebola,” he said. “Ebola requires very close contact for transmission. People are very scared of it, but frankly it is usually very contained. There are some exceptions. But because (COVID-19)...
  • CIRCA 2014 Obama Appoints Ebola Czar — Now Nowhere To Be Found

    03/01/2020 2:14:23 PM PST · by Liz · 17 replies ^ | Oct 29, 2014, 5:59 AM | Roberta Rampton, Copyright 2014
    It's not often that a White House appointee gets mocked on both "Saturday Night Live" and a major daily newspaper before he makes his first public appearance. But Obama's hand-picked Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain's low-profile first week has become another attack point for a White House struggling to show it's on top of the global Ebola crisis. Klain was seen once, in a photo op on his first day, with health officials from the CCD and NIH — and Obama himself. The White House has declined to give details about his activities, especially what role he played to keep...
  • Survey: 38% of Americans won’t buy Corona beer ‘under any circumstances’ because of coronavirus outbreak

    02/29/2020 9:56:08 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 87 replies
    KTLA ^ | February 29, 2020 | CNN Wire
    Corona beer isn’t making any changes to its advertising despite the name’s unfortunate similarity to the deadly coronavirus. Constellation Brands, which brews several variations of the popular lager, said in a statement that its customers “understand there is no link between the virus and our business.” “Sales of Corona remain very strong and we appreciate the continued support from our fans,” Constellation Brands spokesperson Stephanie McGuane told CNN Business. “Our advertising with Corona is consistent with the campaign we have been running for the last 30 years and is based off strong consumer sentiment.” Constellation said Corona Extra sales grew...
  • Coronavirus 'could be 1,000 times more infectious than SARS', scientists warn as they discover it plagues the body the same way as

    02/28/2020 8:00:25 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 238 replies
    <p>The coronavirus could be up to 1,000 times more infectious than SARS because it plagues the body in the same way as HIV and Ebola, scientists warn.</p> <p>Experts initially presumed the spread of COVID-19 would follow the same trajectory as the SARS outbreak in 2002/3, because the viruses are almost identical genetically.</p>
  • 'World's worst' measles outbreak in the Congo has now killed 6,000 people – almost three times more than the Ebola death toll in the African nation

    01/08/2020 6:15:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 8, 2020 | Connor Boyd
    Measles has killed nearly three times as many people as Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, figures show. Around 6,000 patients have died from measles since the start of 2019, with cases reported in every corner of the African country. More than a quarter of a million people have been infected in that time, with the World Health Organisation describing it as the 'world's worst outbreak'. Despite the growing death-toll, the DRC's simultaneous Ebola outbreak has gained far more international attention. The outbreak of the virus has killed at least 2,231 people since the first case was reported in...
  • Why Ebola is the next global health crisis: Americans must understand that Ebola is not just an African problem

    01/02/2020 10:20:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/02/2020 | Scott Arbeiter, President, World Relief
    With the world's first Ebola vaccine just approved in Europe, the world's biggest global health crisis doesn't have to be. But it's important that Americans understand that Ebola is not just an African problem. The virus still has the potential to bring devastation on a massive scale, unless we work together with communities within Africa to ensure that people don't just have access to the vaccine, but are educated about how to contain the spread of the disease.There have been over 2,000 deaths since Ebola reemerged in the DRC this year. Rwanda closed its border with the DRC after cases...
  • An Ebola patient treated in the U.S. chose to remain anonymous. Now he’s telling his story.

    12/29/2019 4:08:37 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies ^ | 28 Dec 2019 | Lenny Bernstein
    “It forced me to dig deep, find out who I really was, and rely on God’s direction in the healing process that is still ongoing to this day,” Gorman said in one of many emails and conversations over the past few months. “There were many mistakes and dark moments. But a journey that, I hope, in the end will be worth it.” He trained as a firefighter and paramedic, then went back to school to become a physician assistant. When Ebola broke out in West Africa, he felt a calling to help. He quit his job and volunteered with the...