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Message 1688287 - Posted: 5 Jun 2015, 21:50:30 UTC - in response to Message 1687851.  

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Global health leaders ask G7 for post-Ebola rapid response unit

Global health leaders will ask G7 leaders this weekend to back the creation of a specialist rapid response unit to tackle outbreaks of infectious killer diseases.

The move reflects how the World Health Organization in particular was caught unprepared last year by Ebola, which spread through three West African countries, has killed 11,000 people, and will not be stamped out before the end of this year.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/05/us-health-g7-global-idUSKBN0OL18E20150605
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Message 1688625 - Posted: 6 Jun 2015, 18:21:58 UTC - in response to Message 1688287.  

South Korean officials row over handling of Mers outbreak

A row has broken out between South Korean government officials over their handling of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers).

Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo accused city officials in the capital, Seoul, of giving out incorrect information which he said would spread alarm.

Four people in South Korea have died and 41 have been infected by Mers.

The outbreak is the largest outside the Middle East, where the disease first appeared in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Mers can cause fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure. The virus has a death rate of 27%, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). There is currently no vaccine.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33017336
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Message 1688987 - Posted: 7 Jun 2015, 18:16:33 UTC - in response to Message 1688625.  

Ebola spreads suspicion and rumours in Guinea

Conakry: The only possible place to encounter Ebola in Conakry is the main treatment unit, yet elsewhere in Guinea the virus is thriving in a febrile atmosphere of deep mistrust and swirling conspiracy theory.

The impoverished West African nation and its neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia have registered more than 11,000 deaths since the epidemic flared up in December 2013.

It is in Guinea — the original epicentre but least-affected country — where the reaction to the fight against Ebola has been the most suspicious, however, manifesting itself in sporadic bloodshed.

http://gulfnews.com/news/africa/ebola-spreads-suspicion-and-rumours-in-guinea-1.1531265
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Message 1688988 - Posted: 7 Jun 2015, 18:18:51 UTC - in response to Message 1688987.  

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South Korean government announces strengthened MERS measures after 5th death

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of -- A fifth person in South Korea has died of the MERS virus, as the government announced Sunday it was strengthening measures to stem the spread of the disease and public fear.

Sixty-four people have been infected by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome since last month in the largest outbreak outside the Middle East. Hundreds of schools have closed and hundreds of people quarantined.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/south-korean-government-announces-strengthened-mers-measures-after-5th-death-1.2410661
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Message 1689276 - Posted: 8 Jun 2015, 21:30:40 UTC - in response to Message 1688988.  

G7 states vow to wipe out Ebola but offer little concrete action

Leaders of the Group of Seven industrial nations pledged on Monday to wipe out Ebola but offered little in terms of concrete action, disappointing non-governmental organisations.

G7 leaders said in a communique at the end of a two-day summit in the Bavarian Alps that they would offer help to at least 60 nations, including in West Africa, over the next five years to help prevent outbreaks from turning into epidemics.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/08/g7-summit-health-idUSL1N0YU15N20150608
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Message 1689398 - Posted: 9 Jun 2015, 6:11:24 UTC - in response to Message 1689276.  

Exclusive: Patient With Extreme Form of TB Sent to NIH

A female patient with an extremely hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis is being treated at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington D.C., and federal and state officials are now tracking down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with her.

The woman traveled to at least three states before she sought treatment from a U.S. doctor. While TB is not easily caught by casual contact, extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB is so dangerous that health officials will have to make a concerted effort to warn anyone who may be at risk.

"The patient was transferred to the NIH via special air and ground ambulances," the NIH said in a statement.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/exclusive-patient-extreme-form-tb-sent-nih-n371806
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Message 1689538 - Posted: 9 Jun 2015, 22:59:35 UTC - in response to Message 1689398.  

Study: Ebola virus didn't mutate into more dangerous strain

The Ebola virus in West Africa that has killed 11,000 is not more virulent than prior strains as had been feared, according to a study published Tuesday.

Researchers with the National Institutes of Health found the pathogen — still on the loose in Sierra Leone and Guinea — is no more deadly, and might even be weaker, than the original virus that first emerged in Africa in 1976.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/06/09/ebola-virulent-africa-liberia-deadly-strain/28730759/
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Message 1689539 - Posted: 9 Jun 2015, 23:00:33 UTC - in response to Message 1689538.  

Ebola crisis: UN's Ebola mission HQ in Ghana to close

The UN's emergency Ebola response headquarters in Ghana's capital, Accra, is to close as the outbreak slows.

The head of the mission, Peter Graaff, met the Ghanaian president to thank the country for hosting the agency since it was set up in September last year.

A small team will stay until the end of June to co-ordinate air operations, the agency, known as Unmeer, said.

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Message 1689540 - Posted: 9 Jun 2015, 23:05:22 UTC - in response to Message 1689539.  

South Korea MERS outbreak: 7 dead; 2,800 quarantined

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)South Korea is grappling with two battles: the virus itself and the public fear over MERS, one official declared.

The nation has been struck by the largest outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outside Saudi Arabia, where the virus was discovered.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/08/world/south-korea-mers-outbreak/
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Message 1689544 - Posted: 9 Jun 2015, 23:12:57 UTC - in response to Message 1689540.  

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CDC, state officials track down people possibly exposed to rare form of TB. Woman at NIH in stable condition

Health officials in at least three states are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track down people who may have come in contact with a woman being treated at the National Institutes of Health for a rare form of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

The woman, whose name has not been released, arrived from India at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in April with an active, infectious case of the disease, CDC officials said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/woman-with-rare-form-of-tb-treated-at-nih-in-bethesda/2015/06/09/7f779e60-0e97-11e5-a0dc-2b6f404ff5cf_story.html
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Message 1689552 - Posted: 9 Jun 2015, 23:43:41 UTC - in response to Message 1689544.  
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Patients with HIV and tuberculosis in St. Petersburg Russia has got to go without medication for months. This means that the tuberculosis situation in Finland's neighboring steadily worsening.
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Message 1689946 - Posted: 10 Jun 2015, 23:01:03 UTC - in response to Message 1689552.  

Ebola Cases Rise Again in West Africa

A steady decline in Ebola cases has stopped and the numbers are ticking up again in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday.

WHO is worried that there are still people who don't understand how to stop the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 27,000 people and killed more than 11,000 of them in the West African epidemic. Even more worrying, it's not entirely clear where some of the new cases have come from.

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Message 1689953 - Posted: 11 Jun 2015, 0:04:56 UTC - in response to Message 1689946.  
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Ebola Cases Rise Again in West Africa
A steady decline in Ebola cases has stopped and the numbers are ticking up again in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday.
WHO is worried that there are still people who don't understand how to stop the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 27,000 people and killed more than 11,000 of them in the West African epidemic. Even more worrying, it's not entirely clear where some of the new cases have come from.
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/ebola-ticks-again-west-africa-n373171

There are people in those countries that even when having all the symptoms of Ebole that denies that.
A big problem in those cases is to to track them down and find out who that persons they have met.
We will see many of those cases from now...
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Message 1690275 - Posted: 11 Jun 2015, 21:53:57 UTC - in response to Message 1689953.  

Decline in Ebola cases stalls in West Africa, UN health agency reports

11 June 2015 – The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has increased for the second straight week, with the number of cases that arose from unknown sources of infection highlighting the challenges still faced in finding and eliminating every chain of transmission, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

And the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) reported today that “five new Ebola cases were confirmed in Sierra Leone on 8 June, the highest number in a single day for many weeks.”

The UN mission also drew attention to the latest progress report in the response to the Ebola outbreak at the 210-day mark since the establishment of UNMEER, which warned that “the outbreak is not over and the response efforts must be sustained until we get to zero cases throughout the region and are able to stay at zero for several months.”

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Message 1690278 - Posted: 11 Jun 2015, 22:05:12 UTC - in response to Message 1690275.  

South Korea reports 10th death from MERS virus

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus on Thursday, although officials say they believe the disease has peaked.

http://news.yahoo.com/south-korea-reports-10th-death-mers-virus-095443803.html#

MERS Is No Reason to Close Schools, WHO Tells S. Korea

The World Health Organization is urging South Korea to re-open thousands of schools closed over MERS fears, saying the virus was unlikely to spread among healthy children.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/mers-mystery/mers-no-reason-close-schools-who-tells-s-korea-n372861
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Message 1690559 - Posted: 12 Jun 2015, 18:41:10 UTC - in response to Message 1690278.  

Juvenile camels 'key source' of Mers

An international team looked for evidence of current or past infection in more than 800 dromedary camels.

They found that more than 90% of animals became infected by the age of two and virus shedding was more common in calves than in adults.

The scientists argue that changes in animal husbandry may reduce the occurrence of human Mers infections.

The study is published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The first reports of human Mers coronavirus infection emerged in June 2012, although cases are likely to have occurred before then.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33096263
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Message 1690597 - Posted: 12 Jun 2015, 22:19:39 UTC - in response to Message 1690278.  

Sierra Leone Leader Imposes Curfew in Bid to Halt Ebola


Sierra Leone's president imposed new restrictions Friday preventing people from entering or leaving two chiefdoms in the northern part of the country that are experiencing a resurgence of Ebola.

While neighboring Liberia has defeated Ebola, Sierra Leone and Guinea have continued to battle new cases, particularly along the border where those two countries meet.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/sierra-leone-leader-imposes-curfew-bid-halt-ebola-31720429
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Message 1690598 - Posted: 12 Jun 2015, 22:22:03 UTC - in response to Message 1690597.  

Ebola Resurgent: African States Report Alarming Rise in Cases

Medical workers in Guinea and Sierra Leone reported 31 new cases of Ebola in the pass week, a significant increase following two months of relative decline that had the United Nations close to declaring the outbreak over. Lax monitoring rules and potential smuggling of Ebola patients past medical officials may be to blame, journalists report.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/06/12/ebola-resurgent-african-states-report-alarming-rise-in-cases/
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Message 1690602 - Posted: 12 Jun 2015, 22:28:06 UTC - in response to Message 1690598.  

Ebola test: Quick, cheap, easy help in stopping disease



A test that takes only 20 minutes to reveal whether a person has Ebola will receive as much as $10.4 million in funding from the federal government, which said it could improve efforts to fight the spread of the deadly disease.

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Message 1690934 - Posted: 13 Jun 2015, 18:30:35 UTC - in response to Message 1690602.  

Mers South Korea: WHO says more cases anticipated

South Korea's outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is "large and complex" and more cases are expected, World Health Organization experts say.

But while it was premature to declare the outbreak over, the WHO said it had "found no evidence" of the Mers virus spreading wider in the community.

About 140 people have been infected since the start of the outbreak last month. Fourteen are known to have died.

Experts also urged the South Korean government to stay vigilant.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33120991
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