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Message 1708159 - Posted: 3 Aug 2015, 18:45:32 UTC - in response to Message 1708156.  

Ebola virus surfaces again in Sierra Leone



FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE—Two new cases of Ebola surfaced in Sierra Leone’s Tonkolili district after a man died last week in the area where the deadly virus had been gone for months, an official said.

The victim contracted the disease in the capital and then travelled to his home village to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He was treated for a fever at the local hospital but authorities did not call the Ebola emergency number.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/08/03/ebola-virus-surfaces-again-in-sierra-leone.html
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Message 1708622 - Posted: 4 Aug 2015, 22:36:25 UTC - in response to Message 1708159.  

Let's hope WHO is right.

WHO: West Africa Ebola Epidemic Could Be Over by Year End

GENEVA—

A senior official of the World Health Organization says halting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa by the end of this year is a realistic and appropriate goal.

In the past four weeks, the World Health Organization reports cases of Ebola have dropped from 35 a week to two this week, one each in Sierra Leone and Guinea. But it cautions these numbers are likely to increase, as flare-ups of the disease are not uncommon.

http://www.voanews.com/content/who-ebola-risks-remain-despite-drop-in-cases/2900658.html
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Message 1709015 - Posted: 5 Aug 2015, 21:51:51 UTC - in response to Message 1708622.  

Ebola Rates Plummet, But WHO Says More to Come

Ebola cases have plummeted in the three West African countries hit by the worst epidemic ever of the virus, but health officials say it's not over yet.

More cases are likely to turn up in both Guinea and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization says in its latest report on the epidemic. One patient has disappeared in Guinea and is likely to have infected other people as she wandered across the border and visited a traditional healer, WHO said.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/ebola-rates-plummet-who-says-more-come-n404696
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Message 1709470 - Posted: 6 Aug 2015, 21:08:38 UTC - in response to Message 1709015.  

Sierra Leone Ebola Head Says Country Has 4 Cases

Sierra Leone has only four recorded cases of Ebola, the West African nation's head of Ebola said Thursday, adding that he is hopeful the countdown to zero can soon begin.

Two of the cases have proven negative after treatments, and the other two, in the north Tonkolili district, are in treatment, said National Emergency Response Center chief Alfred Palo Conteh.

"The end of this virus is in sight," he said.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/sierra-leone-ebola-head-country-cases-32920853
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Message 1709787 - Posted: 7 Aug 2015, 17:36:20 UTC - in response to Message 1709470.  

Ebola vaccine found effective against new strain

The experimental vaccine is currently undergoing testing in a global clinical trial in humans.

The current Ebola outbreak has killed over 11,000 people mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The positive results of this study further reveal the mechanisms by which an effective immune response is mounted against the Ebola virus, aspects of which have been unclear.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/health/diseases-conditions/ebola-vaccine-found-effective-against-new-strain%C2%A0_1643187.html
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Message 1709791 - Posted: 7 Aug 2015, 17:37:40 UTC - in response to Message 1709787.  

Thousands of Ebola survivors face severe pain, possible blindness

Thousands of West Africans who were infected with the Ebola virus but survived it are suffering chronic conditions such as serious joint pain and eye inflammation that can lead to blindness, global health experts said on Friday.

Ebola survivors who fought off the most severe bouts of infection are the most likely to suffer ongoing medical problems, World Health Organization experts said, and their health is becoming "an emergency within an emergency".

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/07/us-health-ebola-survivors-idUSKCN0QC1TF20150807
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Message 1709792 - Posted: 7 Aug 2015, 17:40:37 UTC - in response to Message 1709791.  

College students still largely misinformed about Ebola

(Reuters Health) - Months after the Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 had briefly the U.S., American college students still understood little about the disease and how it spreads, a 2015 survey suggests.

"I was particularly surprised that almost a third thought you could get Ebola from mosquitoes, but this belief has also been echoed in the HIV literature," said Brandon Brown of the University of California Riverside School of Medicine, who coauthored a report about the survey in the American Journal of Infection Control.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/07/us-health-ebola-university-idUSKCN0QC1MG20150807
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Message 1709797 - Posted: 7 Aug 2015, 17:45:59 UTC - in response to Message 1709792.  

Officials: Child camping in Yosemite National Park contracts plague

A child is recovering in the hospital after falling ill with the plague while camping in Yosemite National Park, California officials said Thursday.

In mid-July, the child was camping with family at Yosemite's Crane Flat Campground and also visited areas of the Stanislaus National Forest, according to the California Department of Public Health. Officials said the child contracted the plague sometime during the trip, but none of the other family members were infected.

In Colorado, two people have died from the plague this year, AP reported.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/08/06/child-camping-yosemite-national-park-plague/31264485/
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Message 1709802 - Posted: 7 Aug 2015, 17:54:59 UTC - in response to Message 1709797.  

Officials: Child camping in Yosemite National Park contracts plague

A child is recovering in the hospital after falling ill with the plague while camping in Yosemite National Park, California officials said Thursday.

In mid-July, the child was camping with family at Yosemite's Crane Flat Campground and also visited areas of the Stanislaus National Forest, according to the California Department of Public Health. Officials said the child contracted the plague sometime during the trip, but none of the other family members were infected.

In Colorado, two people have died from the plague this year, AP reported.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/08/06/child-camping-yosemite-national-park-plague/31264485/

Somewhat common in California
http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/docs/Specialized/Vector_Management/plague.pdf
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Message 1709807 - Posted: 7 Aug 2015, 18:01:57 UTC
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News of Ebola vaccine reaches a rural village in Liberia. Local photographer Alphanso Appleton says #thankyouscience
https://twitter.com/hashtag/thankyouscience?src=hash
http://blog.wellcome.ac.uk/2015/08/07/image-of-the-week-thank-you-science/

WHO asks us to help recruit health experts to help Sierra Leone recovery after Ebola:
http://www.who.int/employment/vacancies/en/
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Message 1710117 - Posted: 8 Aug 2015, 18:43:48 UTC - in response to Message 1709802.  

Officials: Child camping in Yosemite National Park contracts plague

A child is recovering in the hospital after falling ill with the plague while camping in Yosemite National Park, California officials said Thursday.

In mid-July, the child was camping with family at Yosemite's Crane Flat Campground and also visited areas of the Stanislaus National Forest, according to the California Department of Public Health. Officials said the child contracted the plague sometime during the trip, but none of the other family members were infected.

In Colorado, two people have died from the plague this year, AP reported.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/08/06/child-camping-yosemite-national-park-plague/31264485/

Somewhat common in California
http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/docs/Specialized/Vector_Management/plague.pdf


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Message 1710118 - Posted: 8 Aug 2015, 18:45:00 UTC - in response to Message 1710117.  

Today is the 1st anniversary of Ebola being declared an 'international epidemic'

One year ago, on August 8, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared Ebola as an 'international epidemic.' and the virus has been taking the media by storm ever since.

The formal notification declared the epidemic to be a "public health emergency of international concern." specifically outlining the virus' early origins and subsequent evolution of the epidemic. WHO also looked at current Ebola outbreaks in each affected country as well as overarching Ebola-related trends.

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/08/08/today-is-the-1st-anniversary-of-ebola-being-declared-an-interna/21220014/
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Message 1710122 - Posted: 8 Aug 2015, 18:47:08 UTC - in response to Message 1710118.  

Ebola: 'Detective work' is key to ending epidemic once and for all

A matter of months ago, Dr Marc Forget’s job, at the front line of the fight against the deadliest Ebola epidemic, was best summed up by two words: “damage control.” “The priority then was just to increase bed capacity and to provide safe burials,” he says. “We were just reacting to the magnitude of the disaster.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ebola-detective-work-is-key-to-ending-epidemic-once-and-for-all-10446006.html
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Message 1710477 - Posted: 9 Aug 2015, 17:27:26 UTC - in response to Message 1710122.  

China to build highway for Liberia as part of Ebola recovery aid

China will build a new coastal highway for Liberia as part of its aid to the country recovering from an Ebola epidemic, Liberia's foreign minister said on Sunday.

He was speaking at a news conference with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi who is visiting Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the countries hardest hit by the epidemic.

Liberia's existing coastal route is vital for commerce as the country rebuilds after a civil war that ended in 2003. It connects the capital to the border with Ivory Coast via the port city of Buchanan, where exports of exports of iron and timber pass through, but much of the road is unpaved.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/09/us-health-ebola-liberia-china-idUSKCN0QE0OV20150809
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Message 1711081 - Posted: 10 Aug 2015, 18:54:14 UTC - in response to Message 1710477.  

Sierra Leone celebrates lifting of ban on public gatherings due to Ebola

Celebrations broke out all over Sierra Leone at the weekend after a ban on public gatherings prompted by the outbreak of Ebola more than a year ago was lifted.

Sierra Leoneans were allowed to go to sporting events and nightclubs, and stay out in restaurants after 9pm, following the decision by the president, Ernest Bai Koroma, to lift the ban on Friday. Some partied hard into the night, while others played football on the beaches and flocked to makeshift cinemas to watch the Manchester United and Arsenal matches.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/10/sierra-leone-ebola-public-gatherings-ban-lifted-president-koroma
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Message 1711133 - Posted: 10 Aug 2015, 20:14:11 UTC

WHO is now recruiting for a number of vacancies as surge capacity for the Ebola outbreak. They are all grouped under “Ebola outbreak” in the vacancies listed below.
http://www.who.int/employment/vacancies/en/
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Message 1712425 - Posted: 13 Aug 2015, 18:31:40 UTC - in response to Message 1711133.  

UN Official: Ebola Epidemic Could Be Defeated by End of 2015

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa can be defeated by the end of the year if the number of new cases drops to zero and stays at zero, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Dr. Margaret Chan told the U.N. Security Council there have been no new cases in Liberia and only a total of three cases in Sierra Leone and Guinea in each of the last two weeks, "the lowest numbers seen in well over a year."

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/official-ebola-epidemic-defeated-end-2015-33061294
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Message 1713075 - Posted: 14 Aug 2015, 21:51:40 UTC - in response to Message 1712425.  

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Sierra Leone Ebola village quarantine lifted

A village in Sierra Leone has become one of the last areas in the country to be released from an Ebola quarantine.

President Ernest Bai Koroma lifted the quarantine in person, sparking wild celebrations from the more than 500 people who had been isolated for the past three weeks.

He said it was the beginning of the end for the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-33936360
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Message 1713080 - Posted: 14 Aug 2015, 21:54:39 UTC - in response to Message 1713075.  

Bad news for campers.

Yosemite Campground Shutting After 2 Squirrels Die of Plague

Officials at Yosemite National Park said Friday they will temporarily close a popular campsite after two squirrels died of plague in the area.

Tuolumne Meadows Campground will close from noon Monday through noon Friday so authorities can treat the area with a flea-killing insecticide. Campers had their reservations canceled at the 304-site campground so the insecticide can be sprayed into rodent "burrow holes," the California Department of Health said Friday.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/yosemite-campground-shutting-squirrels-die-plague-33092740
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Message 1713081 - Posted: 14 Aug 2015, 21:56:23 UTC - in response to Message 1713080.  

More Plague. :(

Health Dept. investigating case of plague in a Santa Fe dog

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of plague in a dog in Santa Fe.

The dog most likely was exposed to plague by infected rodents and their fleas while walking with its owner along the Santa Fe River.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/14/health-dept-investigating-case-of-plague-in-a-sant/
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