Ebola outbreak - general thread #9

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  1. murphy3k

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    It looks like they suspect this new case could have been caused by sexual activity with a survivor of Ebola. According to the article, she hadn't traveled to any infected country and had no contact with anyone on the contact list.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/official-ebola-survivor-infected-liberia-case-29868478
     


  2. SteveS

    SteveS Attention: All my comments are IMO MOO AFAIK etc

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    So I'm curious about the Ebola "outbreak" and "emergency" that we've been through in the US over the last 8 months or so. Other than medical personnel forced to be in close proximity on a repeated basis to an already-infected patient, has anyone at all ever contracted Ebola in the US?
     
  3. nrdsb4

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    No. In fact, with the exception of the two HCW, the ebola incident proceeded exactly as the CDC said it would. It was stopped in its tracks-in part because the two infected HCW got out of circulation relatively quickly and into treatment, and because it's just not that easy to transmit until the person is really really sick.
     
  4. jjenny

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    Yes, that is one of possible modes of transmission, and it could be transmitted from a survivor a long time after he is declared "cured."
     
  5. nrdsb4

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    ^^^^I know they have said that it remains detectable in semen for a good while. I wonder if these survivors are being counseled about that potential risk.
     
  6. Lyra500

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    Anna Cross is being discharged today having made a full recovery.

    She was the first person in the world to be treated with a new Z Mapp style drug currently called MIL77. It did not appear to cause any adverse effects, although it is impossible to claim it was responsible for her recovery.

    Saw her in a live presser earlier - came across as a lovely person. I hope her convalescence goes well - she is still very weak.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32088310
     
  7. Yoda

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  8. Yoda

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    Liberia urges ebola survivors to practice safe sex indefinitely.


    http://newusnews.com/indefinite-safe-sex-urged-for-liberian-ebola-survivors/
     
  9. jjenny

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  10. Lyra500

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    Worrying news from Guinea

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32103625

    I hope they can get on top of things and this ends up being a short-lived blip.
     
  11. Yoda

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  12. Yoda

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/w...seen-as-misstep-in-us-relief-effort.html?_r=0

    This article gives a summary of some of the missteps governments made in the response to the epidemic and what has been learned.

    This, IMO, was promising




    The sense of pride and accomplishment the communities must have felt. Realizing they make a difference, that their actions and decisions do matter and are valuable.
     
  13. Yoda

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    Reports of an unknown deadly disease coming from Ode-Irele in Nigeria. Reports aren't firmed up yet but they say it is not ebola.
    “Amidst conflicting and confusing information, the investigating team of experts sent by government to the area gathered that all the casualties died within hours of affliction. In all, 17 deaths have been confirmed in Ayadi Community and Ode Irele township and all the deaths were preceded by symptoms of sudden blurred vision, headache and loss of consciousness.

    http://www.ibtimes.com/nigeria-hit-mysterious-epidemic-ondo-state-more-deadly-ebola-report-1886162

    http://dailypost.ng/2015/04/17/irele-mysterious-deaths-community-begins-spiritual-cleansing-to-appeal-malokun-spirit-photos/

    http://leadership.ng/news/426527/strange-ondo-disease-linked-to-exhumed-corpse
     
  14. Forager

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    Yoda,
    Thanks for these posts. I'd done Dracunculiasis mapping in that part of the world once upon a time, and find a grim fascination in epidemiology and of human foible in addressing it. In a field in which the pros regularly mess up, I doubt that I'll have much to contribute, but I'll be there reading!
    Thanks, Forager
     
  15. Yoda

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  16. Forager

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    Here's ABC's take on the mysterious deaths in Nigeria from earlier today:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-18/mysterious-disease-in-nigeria-kills-18/6403558

    It's much more sober than that wonderful piece Yoda had linked from Nigeria's Leadership Post. No exhumations or vengeance from the grave, or anything fun. But everybody seems to be in agreement that it isn't spreading.
     
  17. jjenny

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    This sounds more like poisoning than viral infection.
     
  18. jjenny

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    Just as I thought.

    "The World Health Organisation (WHO) says pesticide poisoning is the probable cause of 18 mysterious deaths in south-western Nigeria."

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32372502
     
  19. nrdsb4

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    Good call, jjenny.
     
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