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Army Virologist Found Traces of Ebola in West Africa Long Before Outbreak

December 19, 2014 8:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces of Ebola virus in patient samples in West Africa -- a region thought to be untouched by the disease -- seven years before the largest, deadliest Ebola outbreak took the world by surprise in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

 

Senatorial Elections in Liberia Postponed Due to Ebola

December 15, 2014 3:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Officials in Ebola-stricken Liberia have...

Nurse Exposed to Ebola Being Monitored For Virus

December 11, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus...

Sierra Leone's President Urges Traditional Leaders to Stop Unsafe Burials

December 11, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's president implored the country's...

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'Bad Data' A Serious Problem in the Midst of the Ebola Outbreak

December 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.  Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies.

Ebola, Quarantines Causing Difficulty for Volunteer Healthcare Workers

December 5, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical missionary organizations have said they are concerned that the mandatory quarantines several states have put in place for medical workers returning from three West African countries will stop some medical workers from volunteering.  

Dallas Officials Say Emergency Ebola Response Cost City About $155,000

December 5, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the emergency response to the Ebola crisis in Dallas cost the city about $155,000, including nearly $27,000 to care for the dog of a nurse infected with the virus.  City officials released a statement Wednesday outlining the expenses incurred since Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in September.

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Sierra Leone to Get More Ebola Treatment Beds, Still Understaffed

December 2, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone will soon see a dramatic increase in desperately needed Ebola treatment beds, but it's still not clear who will staff them, according to the top United Nations official in the fight against the disease.  Ebola has sickened more than 16,000 people of whom nearly 7,000 have died, according to figures released by the World Health Organization.

Officials Already Preparing for Next Outbreak

November 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.   Less than 20 percent of countries have reported meeting World Health Organization requirements showing they are adequately prepared to respond to emerging infectious threats.

New Ebola Cases in Mali Raising Concern

November 25, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are closely watching a new front in the outbreak, a cluster of cases in Mali linked to the death of a 70-year-old Muslim imam who was brought to Mali's capital, Bamako, from neighboring Guinea — and health officials didn't immediately recognize that he had Ebola.

Can a Hospital be 'Ebola Proof?'

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital?  Over the past few months, U.S. medical centers have spent millions of dollars putting together a plan to treat patients with the scary, but extremely rare disease.  To a large extent, it has been an exercise in improvisation.

Surgeon Being Treated for Ebola in Omaha Succumbs to the Virus

November 17, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.  Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said.

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More than 170 Passengers Contracted Virus During Cruise

November 17, 2014 3:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nearly monthlong cruise that saw more than 170 passengers get sick with the gastrointestinal illness norovirus has ended in Los Angeles with a thorough cleaning of the ship. Carnival's Crown Princess docked at the Port of Los Angeles after the voyage that took more than 4,100 people from Los Angeles to Hawaii to Tahiti and back.

Chickens, Ducks Killed Over Bird Flu Concerns

November 17, 2014 3:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chickens were being killed in the Netherlands, and Britain was preparing to kill ducks, after two cases of bird flu were discovered in Europe — but officials insisted Monday that the risk to public health was very low.  British officials said they were investigating a case of the H5 bird flu virus in northern England, but noted it's not the more dangerous H5N1 strain.

Nurses Strike Over Patient Care Standards, Ebola

November 13, 2014 4:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 As many as 18,000 nurses went on strike Tuesday and picketed in front of Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California to express their concerns about patient-care standards and Ebola.  The nurses, who are in the midst of contract negotiations, held red and yellow "strike for health and safety" picket signs. The two-day strike was expected to affect at least 21 Kaiser hospitals and 35 clinics and lasted until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Clinical Trial of Possible Ebola Vaccine Should Begin in January 2015

November 13, 2014 2:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A top U.S. health official says long-anticipated clinical trials of a possible Ebola vaccine will start soon in West Africa, as the global response to the outbreak took on added urgency with new cases in Mali and reports that the death toll has surpassed 5,000.

Quarantine Rules Making Aid Workers Hesitant to Travel to West Africa

November 11, 2014 8:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As Ebola-related quarantine policies have arisen around the United States, some health workers are reassessing whether, or how long, they can be among the hundreds that officials say are needed to fight the outbreak, Potential volunteers are anxious about what they might come back to, especially after seeing new rules arise so rapidly.

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The Ebola Outbreak by the Numbers

November 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, here are a few key numbers to get a handle on the epidemic.  According to an update this week from the World Health Organization, there have been 13,042 Ebola cases and 4,818 deaths since the first child died of the virus in December.

Initiative Will Attempt to Promote Trade, Investment in Ebola Stricken Nations

November 7, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Finance Corporation announced that the package will include $250 million in rapid response projects and at least $200 million in investment projects to support the economic recovery of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea after the Ebola outbreak is controlled.

Sierra Leone Lacks Facilities to Deal With Ebola Outbreak

November 6, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past 21 days there have been 1,174 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, almost triple the 398 new cases in Liberia and more than quadruple the 256 new cases in Guinea, according to figures released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.  While Sierra Leone accounts for almost two-thirds of new cases, there are only an estimated 400 beds in Ebola treatment units in the whole country.

World Health Organization Elects New Director of African Regional Office

November 5, 2014 2:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With nearly 5,000 dead of Ebola in West Africa, the World Health Organization elected a new director of its Africa regional office, which has been accused of bungling the response to the outbreak in its early stages.  Matshidiso Moeti is a doctor from Botswana and a WHO veteran who stepped down as deputy regional director for Africa in March.

Who's Who: The Ebola Outbreak

November 4, 2014 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Ebola outbreak that has ravaged West Africa in 2014 has been the largest in history by far.    The virus has ravaged Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone while also having reported cases in other African countries, Europe and the United States.  Here are some of the most important individuals who have been in the news as it relates to Ebola.

Thousands in Sierra Leone Break Quarantines to Find Food

November 4, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said.  Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes.

Canada Suspending Visa Applications for Residents of Ebola-stricken Nations

November 4, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

 Canada's government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.  With the decision, Canada joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.

Nurse Defies Voluntary Quarantine, Goes on Bike Ride

October 31, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.  Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on mountain bikes, followed by state police cruiser.

Libera Making Progress on Ebola, Sierra Leone Getting Worse

October 31, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.  Their assessments underscore that Ebola remains a constant threat until the outbreak is wiped out.

Ebola Infections Declining, Virus Still a Serious Threat

October 29, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over.  The disease is still raging in parts of Sierra Leone and there is still a risk that the decline in Liberia won't be sustained

Planning for Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

October 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Goodyear | Articles | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, discusses planning for infectious disease outbreaks and the importance of making your plans scalable.  He also discusses how outbreaks can effect your business regardless of where they occur.

Ebola in Asia Could be Disastrous

October 28, 2014 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city.  How quickly any case is detected — and the measures taken once it is — will determine whether the virus takes hold in a region where billions live in poverty and public health systems are often very weak.

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