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Top Five: Most Important Ebola Facts

October 21, 2014 10:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

With the outbreak in West Africa and cases now in Europe and the United States, Ebola has been all over the news. While many of the facts about the virus have become common knowledge in the past few months, others have not. Here are five facts about Ebola that every business continuity professional should know.

'Years of War' Made West African Nations Vulnerable to Ebola Outbreak

October 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberian President...

Doctors in Guinea Come Out Of Retirement to Fight Ebola

October 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Guinea's president issued a call for retired doctors to return to work to help the impoverished...

Nurse at Texas Hospital Contracts Ebola

October 14, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who provided care to...

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Liberian Nurses Threatening to Strike Over Ebola Hazard Pay

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

Liberian officials are pleading with nurses and physician assistants to show up to work Monday amid a dispute over hazard pay that has prompted calls for a strike in the middle of the Ebola epidemic.  A strike could deliver a serious blow to the fight against Ebola in Liberia, where the World Health Organization has recorded more than 2,300 confirmed, suspected and probable deaths from the deadly disease — more than any other country.

Five Things to Know About Airport Ebola Screenings

October 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration announced that airline passengers arriving from the three West African countries experiencing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak will now be screened for potential exposure to the deadly disease when they arrive at five major U.S. airports. The screening will include having their temperatures taken.

Ebola Scare Has Dallas Residents On Edge

October 10, 2014 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dallas is a city on edge as public-health officials wait to see if any of the people who may have been exposed to Ebola develop symptoms of the deadly disease.  Several residents of the neighborhood where a Liberian man emerged as the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola case told city officials they had been sent home from work.

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U.S. Ebola Patient Infected by Neighbor in Liberia

October 3, 2014 4:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after first complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her health problems were related to her being 7 months pregnant. Still, no ambulance came as Ebola decimates Liberia's capital.  Duncan is now hospitalized in a special isolation ward in Texas after he fell ill only after leaving Liberia.

Man who Brought Ebola to U.S. Traveled Roundabout Route

October 2, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The first reported case of Ebola in the United States is spooking airline investors and raising the prospect that some frightened travelers might stay home despite repeated reassurances from public-health experts.  Details of the man's 28-hour trip from western Africa emerged this week. 

With Ebola Still Rampant, No Place to Go for Africa's Sick

September 30, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Muscle Weakness and Paralysis May be Caused by Enterovirus 68

September 29, 2014 2:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ — enterovirus 68 — was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. 

Red Cross, Italian Military Participate in Ebola Evacuation Drills

September 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian authorities and medical experts insist that the risk of Ebola spreading from Africa to Europe is small, given that the virus only spreads by direct contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids. While the risk of the disease coming to Europe is low, the EU must improve coordination and prevention measures to better diagnose, transport and treat suspected cases.

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Lockdown in Ebola-ridden Sierra Leone Lifted

September 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease.  The streets of the capital, Freetown, were again mostly deserted on Sunday in compliance with a government order for the country's six million residents to stay in their homes.

Businesses Must Be Prepared For All Infectious Diseases, Not Just Pandemics

September 19, 2014 11:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Crowded Shelters, Lack of Equipment Compounding Problems in Kashmir

September 19, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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 Officials Upset with World Health Organization After Doctor Succumbs to Ebola

September 15, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 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.

Virus Hospitalizes Hundreds of Children Across Ten States

September 8, 2014 4:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Ebola Resurgent in West Africa

September 8, 2014 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Doctor Unsure if Latest American with Ebola Will be Sent to Atlanta Hospital

September 3, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Ebola Outbreak Driving Food Prices Up

September 2, 2014 8:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

More Ebola Cases in Nigeria as Outbreak Continues

August 25, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Ebola Outbreak Disrupting Flow of Goods, Driving Prices Up

August 19, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Tekmira Stock Sees Wild Swings Amid Ebola Outbreak

August 12, 2014 1:44 pm | by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

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.

The Perfect Storm: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

August 5, 2014 11:09 am | by Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather | Articles | Comments

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.

Second Case Confirmed as Ebola Outbreak Spreads to Nigeria

August 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

As Ebola Outbreak Grows, Air Travel Could Prove More Dangerous

July 28, 2014 5:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Ebola outbreak in West Africa – rising number of calls to International SOS

July 15, 2014 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

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  

After Safety Breaches, CDC to Close Two Labs

July 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Fewer MERS Cases as Scientists Try to Stop the Spread

July 7, 2014 4:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.  

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