Six months after West Africa's first Ebola outbreak emerged, generous offers of aid are finally pouring in, but beds for the sick are filling up as fast as clinics can be built. Often there is nowhere to take the sick except to so-called "holding centers" where they await a bed at an Ebola treatment facility.
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Although the continuing Ebola Virus outbreak has yet to leave African soil, a handful of Americans have been infected by the virus. Organizations need to be conscious of not only Ebola, but any outbreak that could affect their staff and damage their productivity.
Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago. Patients were also dying due to a lack of basic medical equipment.
Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care. Dr. Olivet Buck died Saturday, hours after the U.N. health agency said it could not help evacuate her to Germany.
Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold. Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone.
Ebola is returning to regions of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone where it was thought to have been contained. Officials say people in contact with the sick have evaded surveillance, moving at will and hiding their illnesses until they infect others in turn.
The doctor who oversaw treatment of two American missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus in west Africa said he doesn't know if a third sick American will be coming to his Atlanta hospital. The North Carolina-based group Serving In Mission said Tuesday that the obstetrician has developed the Ebola virus and is now in isolation in Liberia.
Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields. Surrounding countries have closed land borders, many airlines have suspended flights to and from the affected countries, restricting food imports to the hardest-hit countries. Those countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — all rely on grain from abroad to feed their people.
Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died. the two are spouses of a man and woman who had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into the country last month with the virus and infected 11 others before he died in July.
The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area.Amid roadblocks manned by troops and pervasive fear among the population of the dreaded disease, the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola is increasingly impacting the food supply in three countries.
Jason Kolbert, a biotechnology analyst at Maxim Group in New York, said investors are "freaking out" because a Spanish priest, who was reportedly treated with another Ebola drug called ZMapp, died on Tuesday in Madrid after being transported by air from Liberia.
Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather, discusses the importance of being prepared for a pandemic or epidemic, common pandemic misconseptions and why it is important for business continuity practitioners in the corporate world to be prepared.
Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people in four countries.
Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people. Airports in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three other West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak, have implemented some preventive measures.
Internaitional SOS reported a huge increase in requests for information about Ebola Virus after the outbreak, but said the risk is low for business travelers to become infected is low if they follow proper procedures and exercise caution
Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs. An incident at one of the closed Atlanta labs could have accidentally exposed workers in three labs to anthrax last month. A second, previously undisclosed problem earlier this year involved deadly bird flu.
Infection rates for the Middle East respiratory syndrome are slowing and scientists are working to stop the dangerous coronavirus from spreading further internationally. Scientists say most of the 824 confirmed cases of MERS since 2013, including at least 286 deaths, could have been prevented.
The World Health Organization said that the latest figures show 567 cases with 350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Last week the organization reported more than 330 deaths. Most of the deaths, 267 of them, are in Guinea, but with Sierra Leone reporting 39 new cases and eight deaths between June 15 and 17, growth there appears to be faster.
Efforts to prevent the spread of a dangerous virus need to be stepped up ahead of the start of the Muslim pilgrimage season, when millions of people from all over the world will travel to Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said last week. The U.N. health agency has recorded 701 confirmed cases and 249 deaths worldwide from the Middle East respiratory syndrome, the vast majority of them in Saudi Arabia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its labs. Agency officials say the risk of infection is low, but that about 75 staff members were being monitored or given antibiotics as a precaution.
Due to popular demand, Continuity Insights is releasign the slides from Dr. Tomas Aragon's Presentation "Preparing for Microbial Threats to Health:What Every Professional Should Know." Aragon gave the presentation as a plenary speaker at Continuity Insights’ Continuity West conference on Monday, June 9 at the South San Francisco Convention Center.
Dr. Tomas Aragon, Health Officer for the city of San Francisco and San Francisco County, gives a presentation, “Preparing for Public Health Disasters: What Every Business Should Know,” at CI West conference at South San Francisco Convention Center.
The surprise disclosure followed the unexpected firing of the kingdom's deputy health minister, heightening concerns about the country's ability to halt the spread of the Middle Eastern respiratory virus. He was the second senior Saudi health official to lose his job in less than two months.
Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, has mostly spread before to health care workers or family members caring for a sick patient. The two men in the U.S. were together only in two business meetings. But health officials say they don't find it alarming and that the risk of MERS to the general public remains low.
Overall, 538 people have been reported to have the respiratory illness, including 145 people who have died. So far, all had ties to the Middle East region or to people who traveled there. As many as one-fifth of cases have been in health-care workers, Schuchat said.
For the first time ever, the World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease.
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