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Message 1681234 - Posted: 18 May 2015, 22:40:33 UTC - in response to Message 1680599.  

Ebola crisis prompts $100m WHO emergency fund

The World Health Organization is to set up a $100m (£63m) emergency contingency fund following the Ebola outbreak, its director-general has announced.

Speaking in Geneva, Margaret Chan said the WHO had been overwhelmed by the epidemic in West Africa.

She said the demands were more than 10 times greater than anything else it had experienced.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-32784266
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Message 1681407 - Posted: 19 May 2015, 9:03:03 UTC

project Outsmart Ebola Together (OET) on World Community Grid (WCG) has included a Lassa NP virus to their calculations...here is a link!

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Message 1681526 - Posted: 19 May 2015, 21:46:27 UTC - in response to Message 1681407.  

project Outsmart Ebola Together (OET) on World Community Grid (WCG) has included a Lassa NP virus to their calculations...here is a link!

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Message 1681527 - Posted: 19 May 2015, 21:47:29 UTC - in response to Message 1681526.  

Ebola will not go quietly, says WHO official after rise in cases

Guinea and Sierra Leone have reported 35 new Ebola cases in the past week, four times as many as the week before, in a reminder that the virus “will not go quietly”, a World Health Organisation official has said.

“It will take an extraordinary effort to finish the job,” the WHO’s special representative for Ebola, Bruce Aylward, told a briefing attended by health ministers.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/19/ebola-who-new-cases-guinea-sierra-leone
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Message 1681529 - Posted: 19 May 2015, 21:48:29 UTC - in response to Message 1681527.  

Judge questions hospital company’s motive in Ebola nurse’s lawsuit

A judge says documents that weren’t turned over to nurse Nina Pham’s attorneys could be damaging to the company Pham is suing after she contracted Ebola.

In a hearing Monday, state District Judge Martin Hoffman said that if the documents had been improperly withheld by Texas Health Resources or its insurance company, he could impose sanctions.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20150518-judge-questions-hospital-companys-motive-in-ebola-lawsuit.ece
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Message 1681530 - Posted: 19 May 2015, 21:49:36 UTC - in response to Message 1681529.  

Peabody Energy exploited Ebola crisis for corporate gain, say health experts

Public health experts involved in the response to the Ebola crisis have condemned what they described as a ludicrous, insulting and opportunistic attempt to exploit the disease for corporate gain by the world’s largest privately-held coal company.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/19/peabody-energy-exploited-ebola-crisis-for-corporate-gain-say-health-experts
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Message 1681894 - Posted: 20 May 2015, 22:29:40 UTC - in response to Message 1681530.  

WHO: Ebola Is Still a Risk, Requires Vigilance

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Health ministers and officials at the World Health Organization's decision-making body are urging continued vigilance until the Ebola epidemic is completely stopped in West Africa. The World Health Assembly has called on the international community to maintain its commitment to defeating the deadly virus, which has killed more than 11,000 people in the region.

http://www.voanews.com/content/who-says-ebola-risks-still-requires-vigilance/2778474.html
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Message 1681896 - Posted: 20 May 2015, 22:32:24 UTC - in response to Message 1681894.  

The orphans of Ebola: Heartbreaking tales of children whose parents were killed by disease who are now starving to death, committing suicide and being forced into sex trade


Orphans who survived Ebola in Sierra Leone are starving to death amid harvest shortages and some are being forced into the sex industry to pay for food.

Researchers from British charity Street Child warn the situation will deteriorate if seeds are not distributed before the rains begin this month and planting becomes possible.

The charity, which has already received distressing reports of children dying due to a lack of food in rural parts on the country, has estimated there to be 12,000 orphans, many of whom are now forced to look after themselves.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3088500/I-know-brother-sister-died-hunger-makes-scared-Children-orphaned-Ebola-virus-starve-death-Sierra-Leone.html
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Message 1682625 - Posted: 22 May 2015, 15:38:11 UTC

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Message 1682702 - Posted: 22 May 2015, 18:23:53 UTC - in response to Message 1682625.  

Thank you for the new thread Lynn.


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Message 1682703 - Posted: 22 May 2015, 18:25:01 UTC - in response to Message 1682702.  

Guinea reports spike in Ebola cases with 27 sick, police say families transporting corpses

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said.

The Ebola epidemic began in Guinea and, instead of being snuffed out as officials had hoped, at least 27 new cases have occurred in a week's time, marking a significant spike.

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2015/05/22/guinea-reports-27-new-ebola-cases-after-previous-lull
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Message 1682713 - Posted: 22 May 2015, 18:44:59 UTC - in response to Message 1682703.  

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said.

What the ....
The neighboring country Liberia have no Ebola cases now as we know right now.
Are Guinea going to change that?
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Message 1683446 - Posted: 23 May 2015, 21:24:24 UTC - in response to Message 1682713.  

George Galloway sent package ‘infected with deadly virus EBOLA’

The office of the former Respect MP for Bradford West was put into quarantine while specialist officers removed the parcel.

A handkerchief which was said to be infected had been posted to the office with a creepy note saying it had been taken from an Ebola victim in West Africa.

There have been more than 26,000 cases of Ebola, with more than 11,000 deaths recorded.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/579423/George-Galloway-sent-package-infected-with-deadly-virus-EBOLA
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Message 1683447 - Posted: 23 May 2015, 21:25:35 UTC - in response to Message 1683446.  

Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian flu

A group of U.S. researchers say it has developed a vaccine for two strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans.

The strains have led to the culling of millions of chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people.

Jürgen Richt, the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, and his colleagues focussed on the avian influenza virus subtype H5N1 in wild birds in the U.S.

The team says it developed a vaccine for H5N1 by cloning the Newcastle disease virus that affects poultry and transplanted a small section of the H5N1 virus into it.

http://www.torontosun.com/2015/05/23/vaccines-developed-for-h5n1-h7n9-avian-flu
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Message 1683772 - Posted: 24 May 2015, 18:40:42 UTC - in response to Message 1683447.  

Colorado researchers fighting to get ahead of the next Ebola outbreak

BROOMFIELD —ReEBOV may be one of the most important technologies developed by Corgenix Medical Corp., but it's not a financial boon for the 25-year-old diagnostic test firm.

Company officials would just as soon keep it that way.

ReEBOV this year became the first rapid diagnostic test to gain U.S. and international approval for use to detect the deadly Ebola virus.

In the past couple of weeks, more than 10,000 of the kits — which bear similarity to pregnancy tests and can detect the presence of Ebola in blood in less than 15 minutes, instead of hours or days — were shipped to clinics and hospitals across the globe.

http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_28174539/colorado-researchers-fighting-get-ahead-next-ebola-outbreak
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Message 1684107 - Posted: 25 May 2015, 18:26:06 UTC - in response to Message 1683772.  

Sierra Leone marks grim Ebola anniversary

Freetown (AFP) - On May 24 last year a pregnant woman and an older housewife staggered into Kenema hospital in eastern Sierra Leone and were diagnosed within a day as the country's first Ebola cases.

The younger patient lost her baby but both were lucky to survive a virulent tropical virus which over the following 12 months laid waste to the country, leaving nearly 4,000 people dead.

http://news.yahoo.com/sierra-leone-marks-grim-ebola-anniversary-041238902.html
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Message 1684533 - Posted: 26 May 2015, 22:32:29 UTC - in response to Message 1684107.  

Ebola set to persist in 2015, but funds for aid are lacking -WHO

* Guinea and Sierra Leone report 12 cases in past week

* Communities still hiding their sick and dying

* "Not a best-case scenario" as rains set in, WHO says

* Must plan to fight Ebola all year but funds needed

GENEVA, May 26 (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone is expected to take all of 2015 to stamp out and may persist even longer because of dwindling financing, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/05/26/health-who-idINL5N0YH2VM20150526
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Message 1684534 - Posted: 26 May 2015, 22:34:05 UTC - in response to Message 1684533.  

New Ebola?

N.J. patient dies of Ebola-like Lassa fever after Liberia trip

A man has died in New Jersey of Lassa fever, a disease similar to Ebola, after traveling in Liberia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials say the risk to the public is "extremely low" because Lassa fever doesn't spread easily. The death rate for Lassa fever is 1%, compared to the 70% mortality rate seen in Ebola patients, the CDC said.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/05/26/lassa-fever-death/27955287/
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Message 1684535 - Posted: 26 May 2015, 22:35:38 UTC - in response to Message 1684534.  

Just plain stupid.

Ebola crisis: Guineans jailed for putting corpse in taxi

The authorities said the body was seated upright in a taxi, dressed in a T-shirt and jeans with sunglasses and sandwiched between three others.

If after 21 days they show no signs of having the virus they will be tried for violating the health emergency.

Guinea is battling to control a flare up in Ebola cases.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32877392
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Message 1684700 - Posted: 27 May 2015, 9:16:48 UTC - in response to Message 1684535.  

Just plain stupid.

Ebola crisis: Guineans jailed for putting corpse in taxi

The authorities said the body was seated upright in a taxi, dressed in a T-shirt and jeans with sunglasses and sandwiched between three others.

If after 21 days they show no signs of having the virus they will be tried for violating the health emergency.

Guinea is battling to control a flare up in Ebola cases.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32877392



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