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Message 1721407 - Posted: 2 Sep 2015, 18:04:51 UTC - in response to Message 1721405.  

Sierra Leone Quarantines 50 Following Latest Ebola Death

Sierra Leone Tuesday quarantined 50 people in the northern district of Kambia, where a 76 year-old woman died over the weekend from Ebola. The country had just celebrated the release from the hospital of its last known Ebola patient.

http://www.voanews.com/content/sierra-leone-quarantines-50-following-latest-ebola-death/2941906.html
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Message 1721783 - Posted: 3 Sep 2015, 18:12:45 UTC - in response to Message 1721407.  

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Liberia Declared Ebola-Free for Second Time

Liberia was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus for a second time on Thursday and entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance aimed at preventing a future re-emergence of the disease, the World Health Organization said.

Over 11,000 people have died in West Africa since the worst Ebola epidemic on record began over 18 months ago. Liberia has been the country hardest hit with over 4,800 deaths, though it has also had the most success in bringing the outbreak under control.

http://www.newsweek.com/liberia-declared-ebola-free-second-time-368319
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Message 1721962 - Posted: 4 Sep 2015, 5:47:41 UTC - in response to Message 1721783.  

Good News.

Liberia Declared Ebola-Free for Second Time

Liberia was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus for a second time on Thursday and entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance aimed at preventing a future re-emergence of the disease, the World Health Organization said.

Over 11,000 people have died in West Africa since the worst Ebola epidemic on record began over 18 months ago. Liberia has been the country hardest hit with over 4,800 deaths, though it has also had the most success in bringing the outbreak under control.

http://www.newsweek.com/liberia-declared-ebola-free-second-time-368319


Heard it on the radio yesterday, good news!
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Message 1722164 - Posted: 4 Sep 2015, 17:38:38 UTC - in response to Message 1721962.  

Sierra Leone village in quarantine after Ebola death


Nearly 1,000 people in Sierra Leone have been put under quarantine following the death of a 67-year-old woman who tested positive for Ebola.

It comes five days into a six-week countdown for the country to be officially declared Ebola-free.

The quarantine will last for three weeks, provided no new cases are recorded.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34151494
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Message 1722599 - Posted: 5 Sep 2015, 18:04:11 UTC - in response to Message 1722164.  

Lessons learned from Ebola could help in future cases


Missed warning signs, lack of communication and inadequate training hampered the treatment of the man who became the nation’s first patient diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus, a panel of independent experts concluded.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20150904-lessons-learned-from-ebola-could-help-in-future-cases.ece
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Message 1722859 - Posted: 6 Sep 2015, 18:03:49 UTC - in response to Message 1722599.  

200 People To Be Vaccinated After Ebola Death

Liberia was declared Ebola-free in May but a fresh cluster of cases appeared in late June and six additional cases were identified.

The three-week lockdown comes after officials announced on Tuesday that the food trader had died in Sella Kafta village in the northern district of Kambia after being sick for up to 10 days without the authorities’ knowledge.

http://krwgnews22.com/health-5/200-people-to-be-vaccinated-after-ebola-death-1734.html
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Message 1722860 - Posted: 6 Sep 2015, 18:06:03 UTC - in response to Message 1722859.  
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Any biological weapon is scary.


Mers virus, a biological weapon?

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) coronavirus could have been developed as a biological weapon, a Saudi Arabian official has said.

Abdullah Asiri, the ministry’s undersecretary for preventive health, was quoted by Arab News as saying that the the possibility of the virus having been developed as a weapon can't be ruled out.

http://www.tradearabia.com/news/HEAL_289628.html
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Message 1723047 - Posted: 7 Sep 2015, 6:02:07 UTC - in response to Message 1722860.  

Any biological weapon is scary.


Mers virus, a biological weapon?

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) coronavirus could have been developed as a biological weapon, a Saudi Arabian official has said.

Abdullah Asiri, the ministry’s undersecretary for preventive health, was quoted by Arab News as saying that the the possibility of the virus having been developed as a weapon can't be ruled out.

http://www.tradearabia.com/news/HEAL_289628.html


:( So sad. Why would people want to destroy one another anyway?
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Message 1723243 - Posted: 7 Sep 2015, 18:16:04 UTC - in response to Message 1723047.  

Polio resurfaces in Mali from Ebola-hit Guinea: WHO

Cases of a crippling vaccine-derived polio virus could spread in Ebola-ravaged Guinea and in Mali after a Guinean toddler traveled to Mali and became the country's first polio case in more than four years, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

The case, caused by a strain of the virus known as type 2 that had come from a vaccine, is the second setback in a week for global efforts to eradicate polio. Two cases were reported in Ukraine last week..

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/07/us-health-polio-idUSKCN0R717720150907
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Message 1723595 - Posted: 8 Sep 2015, 23:23:44 UTC - in response to Message 1723243.  

late update.

New Sierra Leone Ebola cases frustrate efforts to end outbreak

Sierra Leone has recorded four new cases of Ebola in a village on its northern border and will likely see more infections in a further setback to efforts to end an 18-month West African epidemic, a senior health official said on Tuesday.

The new cases recorded since the start of the weekend in Sella Kaffta, a village in Kambia District, were all individuals who came into direct contact with a woman who died of the disease late last month.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/08/us-health-ebola-leone-idUSKCN0R81ZZ20150908
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Message 1723750 - Posted: 9 Sep 2015, 6:30:54 UTC - in response to Message 1723595.  

late update.

New Sierra Leone Ebola cases frustrate efforts to end outbreak

Sierra Leone has recorded four new cases of Ebola in a village on its northern border and will likely see more infections in a further setback to efforts to end an 18-month West African epidemic, a senior health official said on Tuesday.

The new cases recorded since the start of the weekend in Sella Kaffta, a village in Kambia District, were all individuals who came into direct contact with a woman who died of the disease late last month.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/08/us-health-ebola-leone-idUSKCN0R81ZZ20150908


Still believing in that ZMapp vaccine..

http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/ebolamarburg/research/pages/default.aspx
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Message 1723761 - Posted: 9 Sep 2015, 7:28:57 UTC - in response to Message 1723750.  
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late update.

New Sierra Leone Ebola cases frustrate efforts to end outbreak

Sierra Leone has recorded four new cases of Ebola in a village on its northern border and will likely see more infections in a further setback to efforts to end an 18-month West African epidemic, a senior health official said on Tuesday.

The new cases recorded since the start of the weekend in Sella Kaffta, a village in Kambia District, were all individuals who came into direct contact with a woman who died of the disease late last month.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/08/us-health-ebola-leone-idUSKCN0R81ZZ20150908


Still believing in that ZMapp vaccine..

http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/ebolamarburg/research/pages/default.aspx

on WCG we have screened a 1st batch of 5,4mil compounds against Ebola virus...so now we r crunching against Lassa fever virus:
https://secure.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=431

anybody wanna join in here: http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/reg/viewRegister.do?recruiterId=286082


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Message 1723827 - Posted: 9 Sep 2015, 12:59:04 UTC - in response to Message 1723761.  

late update.

New Sierra Leone Ebola cases frustrate efforts to end outbreak

Sierra Leone has recorded four new cases of Ebola in a village on its northern border and will likely see more infections in a further setback to efforts to end an 18-month West African epidemic, a senior health official said on Tuesday.

The new cases recorded since the start of the weekend in Sella Kaffta, a village in Kambia District, were all individuals who came into direct contact with a woman who died of the disease late last month.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/08/us-health-ebola-leone-idUSKCN0R81ZZ20150908


Still believing in that ZMapp vaccine..

http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/ebolamarburg/research/pages/default.aspx

on WCG we have screened a 1st batch of 5,4mil compounds against Ebola virus...so now we r crunching against Lassa fever virus:
https://secure.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=431

anybody wanna join in here: http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/reg/viewRegister.do?recruiterId=286082



I believe Blade is already crunching for this noble cause, thanx KLiK.
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Message 1723929 - Posted: 9 Sep 2015, 18:08:21 UTC - in response to Message 1723827.  

Sex and masturbation may hamper Ebola eradication efforts

Isolated flare-ups of Ebola may point to a higher risk of transmission via the semen of male survivors than previously thought, undermining hopes of ending West Africa's deadly outbreak by the end of the year.

The World Health Organization's advice is that all male survivors should be tested three months after the onset of symptoms and then monthly until they know they have no risk of passing on the virus through their semen, Bruce Aylward, head of the WHO's Ebola response, told a news conference.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/09/us-health-ebola-semen-idUSKCN0R922G20150909
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Message 1723930 - Posted: 9 Sep 2015, 18:09:49 UTC - in response to Message 1723929.  

3 New Ebola Patients Found in Sierra Leone

Three more people have tested positive for Ebola from the same village in Sierra Leone's northern Kambia district of the country where a 67-year-old woman died last week from the virus, health officials said.

Sierre Leone's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo told VOA Tuesday the new patients came from among the 50 high-risk people identified as close relatives of the deceased woman.


http://www.voanews.com/content/new-ebola-patients-found-in-sierra-leone/2953488.html
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Message 1723933 - Posted: 9 Sep 2015, 18:44:31 UTC - in response to Message 1723930.  

Mers update:

Saudi, Jordan MERS cases rise as WHO gives outbreak details

Saudi Arabia has reported 18 more MERS-CoV cases since Sep 4, 15 of them in Riyadh, and the number of patients infected with the virus in hospitals in both Saudi Arabia and Jordan continues to grow, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest updates.

Ongoing MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) activity in the capital cities of the two countries during the lead-up to the Hajj pilgrimage, which begins in 2 weeks in Saudi Arabia, is raising concerns that international visitors might carry the virus back to their home countries.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2015/09/saudi-jordan-mers-cases-rise-who-gives-outbreak-details
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Message 1724318 - Posted: 10 Sep 2015, 17:43:06 UTC - in response to Message 1723933.  

Philippines bans monkey exports over Ebola deaths

The Philippines has suspended exports of the macaque monkey after an Ebola virus strain that is non-fatal to humans struck 20 of the animals, killing 11, officials have said.

Eleven captive Philippine macaques have died after contracting the bat-borne Ebola Reston virus, while nine others are under treatment, Simeon Amurao, assistant director of the Bureau of Animal Industry, said on Thursday.

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/worldNews/Philippines-bans-monkey-exports-over-Ebola-deaths-381091
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Message 1724321 - Posted: 10 Sep 2015, 17:46:25 UTC - in response to Message 1724318.  

MERS and Mecca.

MERS warning as pilgrims prepare to visit Mecca during outbreak


The Hajj: haven for pilgrims, hotbed for disease


This month 2 million Muslims are expected to converge on Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the Hajj. The MERS virus is way ahead of them, prompting concerns that pilgrims may catch and spread the disease.

MERS emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012, and new cases continue to appear. Of the 1500 cases reported globally so far, three-quarters have been here, with more than 500 deaths, including six in Riyadh over 5 and 6 September.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28147-mers-warning-as-pilgrims-prepare-to-visit-mecca-during-outbreak/
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Message 1724333 - Posted: 10 Sep 2015, 18:21:18 UTC - in response to Message 1724318.  
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Philippines bans monkey exports over Ebola deaths

The Philippines has suspended exports of the macaque monkey after an Ebola virus strain that is non-fatal to humans struck 20 of the animals, killing 11, officials have said.

Eleven captive Philippine macaques have died after contracting the bat-borne Ebola Reston virus, while nine others are under treatment, Simeon Amurao, assistant director of the Bureau of Animal Industry, said on Thursday.

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/worldNews/Philippines-bans-monkey-exports-over-Ebola-deaths-381091

Fox Bats or Flying Fox are a known carrier of the Ebola virus!
They live in the tropics and subtropics of Asia (including the Indian subcontinent), Australia, East Africa, and a number of remote oceanic islands in both the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
I know that both in East Africa and the Pacific Ocean they eat them...

The lap lap (sometimes spelled laplap) is the national dish of Vanuatu. Laplap is prepared by pounding taro or yam roots into a paste, followed by cooking them with fresh coconut cream with some pork, beef, chicken or flying fox in taro or spinach leaves in an underground oven.

Here is fox bat from Bali.


Outbreak Documentary.
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Message 1724726 - Posted: 11 Sep 2015, 17:31:57 UTC - in response to Message 1724333.  

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Ebola virus mutations may help it evade drug treatment

Genetic mutations called "escape variants" in the deadly Ebola virus appear to block the ability of antibody-based treatments to ward off infection, according to a team of U.S. Army scientists and collaborators. Their findings, published online this week in the journal Cell Reports, have implications for the continued development of therapeutics to treat Ebola virus disease, which has claimed the lives of over 11,000 people in West Africa since last year.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-09-ebola-virus-mutations-evade-drug.html
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