Falling Ebola cases show ‘turning point’

There has been a “turning point” in the Ebola crisis, with cases falling in the three affected countries, World Health Organization officials say.

Just eight cases were detected in Liberia in the last week down from a peak of 500-a-week in September. Guinea and Sierra Leone have also seen falls.

The WHO said the figures were the “most promising” since the outbreak started.

But it continues to urge caution, and to highlight the need to find those who had contact with Ebola patients.

The largest outbreak of Ebola in human history has infected 21,724 people and killed 8,641 – largely in just three countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

All are now showing falls in weekly cases:

  • Cases in Liberia stand at eight-per-week down from a peak of 509
  • Cases in Guinea stand at 20 per week down from a peak of 292
  • Cases in Sierra Leone stand at 117-per-week down from a peak of 748

There are now some days in Liberia where no cases are reported at all.

Dr Christopher Dye, the director of strategy in the office of the director general, told the BBC News website: “The incidence is pretty clearly going down in all three countries now.

“Each of the last three weeks has been the most promising we’ve seen so far, the message is reductions in all places.

“I would have identified the turning point as the beginning of the decline, first in Liberia and then later in Sierra Leone and Guinea.”

 

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However, he argued there was “no basis for complacency” due to the risk of a resurgence in cases.

It is also uncertain whether the downward trends will continue unless there are improvements in “contact tracing”.

A single case is enough to start an entire outbreak so identifying everyone who comes into contact with Ebola is vital.

Yet the latest WHO situation report says the number of people being traced “remains lower than expected in many districts”.

Dr Dye added: “Contact tracing to find every last case needs to be intensified and we need all guns blazing on all fronts.”

Western Sierra Leone remains another problem.

Of the 145 cases reported across all affected countries last week, more than 100 were in that region, which includes the capital Freetown.

Speaking earlier this week, the UN system co-ordinator for Ebola, David Nabarro, said: “We have a very attractive and promising situation that leads us to believe that perhaps we are beginning to see the end of the outbreak.

Are the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists making good on their recent threat to spread Ebola?

ISIS fighters allegedly ‘have contracted Ebola’: World Health Organization investigating reports militants showed up at Iraqi hospital with the lethal disease.

UK Daily Mail  (h/t Susan K) According to three media outlets an undisclosed number of militants displaying signs of the disease attended a hospital in the ISIS-held city of Mosul,  250 miles north of Baghdad.

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While the reports, from Kurdish and pro-Iraqi sources, remain unconfirmed, WHO spokesman Christy Feig said the group are trying to reach out to officials in ISIS-held areas to offer help. UN workers are currently banned from entering ISIS-controlled areas in both Iraq and Syria so it is unlikely an operation in the region could be carried out.

Mosul has been under control of ISIS since June 2014 and over the past few weeks militants have reportedly executed more than a dozen doctors for refusing to treat injured fighters.

According to a report in Iraq’s pro-government newspaper, al Sabaah, the disease was brought to Mosul by ‘terrorists’ arriving ‘from several countries’ and Africa.

The reports have appeared in pro-government and Kurdish media but if true it could have catastrophic implications for people in ISIS-held areas as the group is against western science and medicine. It is not known if any of the surviving doctors in Mosul are equipped to test for Ebola or trained to treat patients and prevent the spread of the disease.

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Workers Warn Ebola in Sierra Leone Is ‘Spreading Nine Times Faster Than Two Months Ago’

Malden Davies
The Daily Mail

 The news comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the number of new cases of the disease is leveling off. Nick Thompson, AGI’s chief executive, told BBC news: ‘What we’re seeing is a varied picture across the country. There are areas where it’s still going up quite dramatically. ‘Particularly in the western area, the rural areas, the area around and behind Freetown on the western peninsula.

Cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone are still rising quickly, campaigners have warned. In rural parts of the country, the virus is spreading nine times faster than two months ago, a report from the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) found. AGI – an organization set up by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair – said rates are also increasing in the capital Freetown, with six times more new cases recorded per day than two months ago.1415032143199_wps_57_epa04392735_Liberian_heal

‘That’s where you’re seeing quite dramatic rises in cases, up to nine times more per day than two months ago. ‘It’s a very mixed picture; it’s a changing situation within and across the country. It’s still very much an acute crisis, there’s no room for complacency even if the response steps up.’

The spread of the disease has only started to slow down in one area of Sierra Leone: Bombali, in the country’s north, the report said.

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Canada Follows Australia and Bans Visitors From West Africa

Chris Carrington
The Daily Sheeple

 The move has been condemned by both The World Health Organization and by some legal experts who say that both Canada and Australia are in violation of international health laws.

So far Canada has had no cases of Ebola and it hopes to keep it that way. The Canadian government has made the decision to stop issuing visas to citizens of Ebola stricken countries. Australia made the same decision last week, and drew criticism from the World Health Organization for doing so.images

David Fidler, an international law professor at Indiana University, said the moves by Canada and Australia place both in violation of the International Health Regulations, a 2005 WHO treaty to which both are signatories.

The International Health Regulations are designed to help the world fight infectious disease outbreaks that have the potential for international spread. They were revised and strengthened in the wake of the 2003 SARS outbreak when the WHO had to issue travel advisories directing people around the world to avoid places battling severe outbreaks. (source)

According to the CDC there were 774 deaths from SARS worldwide in 2002-2003.  8,098 people worldwide were sickened. There was a small outbreak in 2004, eight cases were reported in China, and from that point nothing more has been heard of SARS. According to the CDC:

Since 2004, there have not been any known cases of SARS reported anywhere in the world.

I genuinely fail to see how a policy written by The World Health Organization almost a decade ago after a disease outbreak that killed less than a thousand people is applicable to what is happening with Ebola.

I applaud the governments of Australia and Canada in the measures they are taking to protect their citizens. I only wish the United States government cared enough about us to do the same.

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Turkey: MERS Virus Case Is Reported

The potentially fatal MERS virus that originated in Saudi Arabia two years ago has spread to Turkey for the first time, the World Health Organization said Friday. In a report on its website, the organization attributed the spread to a 42-year-old Turkish citizen who had been working in the Saudi city of Jidda; he fell ill there last month and flew two weeks ago to the Turkish city of Hatay, where he was hospitalized and died within days. The organization said medical investigators confirmed that the man had suffered from MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and they were checking others in Turkey and Saudi Arabia who had been in contact with him during his symptomatic phase. Saudi Arabia has been under enormous pressure to control the disease, which can incubate in camels and other livestock. The Saudi authorities have been faulted for having allowed MERS to proliferate, particularly in Jidda, Riyadh, the Saudi capital, and the holy city of Mecca, where pilgrims from the entire world converge for the annual hajj. Pilgrims are known to have spread the disease to Iran, Jordan and Algeria. The W.H.O. said that as of Friday, it had tallied 883 MERS cases worldwide, including at least 319 deaths. Most cases are in Saudi Arabia.

Kuwaiti writer wonders why Arab Muslim countries aren’t contributing anything to fight the spread of Ebola?

Especially considering that two out the three countries (Guinea and Sierra Leone) with the worst Ebola outbreaks are Muslim-majority nations.

By Ahmad Al-Sarraf

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Kuwait Times (h/t Carla W)  The Ebola virus that is widespread in West Africa is considered very dangerous, bearing in mind that the world has known it since 1976, but it became more rampant lately and took thousands of lives in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. All these nations lack the most basic of medical requirements in villages and remote areas, making the control of the spread of this virus something extremely hard.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva announced that Ebola has become “a global health hazard”, and even America was not immune from it after a person infected with it arrived there.

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Despite what is being said about the tough war between the world and this disease, the truth is that Western countries alone are concerned with eradicating it, as the number of its victims reached 4,000 lately, in addition to tens of thousands of infected people.

WHO said the number of victims of this epidemic will reach more than 20,000 if it is not brought under control before the end of next month, while the world does not have any cure or vaccine against this disease.

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The strange (or normal) thing is that the only areas that are trying to do something to find a cure for this disease, or those who donated to affected countries where this epidemic paralyzed economies, or those who volunteered to work in their hospitals as medical teams or nurses are all from Western countries, European in particular, and Israel! For the rest of the countries, this may be expected from almost all of them, because they have their own calculations, interests, tremendous problems and views towards matters.

But what is the excuse of most Muslim and rich Arab countries in particular,that spend hundreds of millions of dinars on religious satellite channels of various sects that corrupt minds and attitudes?  The answer is nothing, of course.

Rather these countries were the only ones who prayed against these countries that participated and contributed and its citizens took risks to eradicate this contagious epidemic or at least contain it.

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They continue to pray against them from mosques pulpits, religious channels and school curricula, hoping that Allah burns the Westerners’ trees, orphans Israeli children, widows Danish women, dries up the wells of the Australians and eradicates the children of New Zealand! This is what we have got used to hear during the past few decades! But what will be the stand of those speakers and propagandists if this disease or suchlike reaches their countries.

Then who will come to our rescue? Is it not the West with its labs, doctors, nurses and volunteers? Do not be shameless and stop making such prayers while we are is this medical, scientific and industrial ineptness. Don’t most our governments feel ashamed for allowing those ignorants making such prayers as the answer. No, of course!

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 How Many Patients Are Being Treated Outside of West Africa?

At least 14 Ebola cases have been treated outside of West Africa in the current outbreak. Most of these involve health and aid workers who contracted Ebola in West Africa and were transported back to their home country for treatment. Two cases were diagnosed outside of West Africa: A Liberian man began showing symptoms four days after arriving in Dallas, and a Spanish nurse became ill after treating a missionary in a Madrid hospital. These cases are compiled from reports by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and other official agencies.

United States

Aid worker  Aug. 2  Recovered

Missionary Aug. 2 Recovered

Doctor Sept. 5 Recovered

Doctor Sept. 9 In treatment

Visitor Sept. 30* Died

NBC cameraman Oct. 6 In treatment

France

Nurse  Sept. 19  Recovered

Britain

Nurse  Aug. 24 Recovered

Spain

Missionary Aug. 7 Died

Priest Sept. 22 Died

Nurse Oct. 6* In treatment

Germany

Doctor Aug. 27  Recovered

Doctor Oct. 3 In treatment

Norway

Aid worker Oct. 6 In treatment

CAN colloidal SILVER KILL EBOLA

Governments seize colloidal silver being used to treat Ebola patients, says advocate

NaturalNews) Efforts to bring natural Ebola treatments to suffering West Africans have been squelched by the World Health Organization (WHO), which recently blocked multiple shipments of nanosilver solution measuring at 10 parts per million (ppm) from entering the region, leaving thousands to suffer needlessly.

WHO officials also reportedly called off a trial at an Ebola isolation ward where local health authorities were set to begin administering the silver, which the U.S. government previously demonstrated is highly effective against Ebola. WHO ordered the trial not to proceed despite the fact that it had earlier voiced support for experimental treatments.

Both WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have given their blessing to experimental therapies for Ebola, citing a lack of proven treatment options. But when it comes to using therapeutic silver, all bets are off, it seems.

Authorities block small shipment of nanosilver three times

According to the Natural Solutions Foundation (NSF), efforts to ship nanosilver into Sierra Leone have thus far failed. The organization has been trying to deliver a shipment of 200 bottles of nanosilver 10 ppm, and 100 tubes of nanosilver gel, to no avail. At this point, the shipment has been returned to the U.S. for the third time.

“That parcel, shipped Air Express at a cost of $3400 to Sierra Leone on August 20, never made it out of Paris,” reads an NSF action alert. “Air France has yet to find a reason for that. But it made its way back to the US again, apparently for the 3rd time without being delivered to Africa.”

People are dying, and bureaucrats are still playing politics with silver

Formerly classified documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) reveal that antimicrobial silver solutions like the kind NSF is trying to deliver to Africa have proven benefits in fighting Ebola and other forms of hemorrhagic fever. Research conducted by the DOD and several other federal agencies back in 2008 confirmed this, though health regulators largely ignored it.

A presentation entitled “Silver Nanoparticles Neutralize Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses,” which revealed exactly what its name suggests, was buried and kept secret for years. In essence, investigators determined that simple silver solutions neutralize viruses like Arenavirus and Filovirus, both of which are related to Ebola.

Interestingly, the research was conducted with the backing of the DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction. The presentation was given by researchers from the Applied Biotechnology Branch, 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

But not a single mainstream media outlet reported on the presentation, and to this day its findings have been largely ignored by establishment health authorities. Sadly, this political quagmire — nanosilver is an obvious threat to pharmaceutical interests, and thus is being marginalized — is resulting in thousands of needless deaths in West Africa with no end in sight.

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Israeli security sources say that the deadly Ebola virus may be spreading among member of ISIS (Islamic State) in Syria.

 

The report states that dozens of ISIS terrorists have come down with symptoms identical to the killer virus which has claimed over 6,574 victims in five West African countries – Senegal and Nigeria are the other two – with 3,091 deaths reported.

The UN mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters today in Ghana, where it will co-ordinate aid for the accelerating West African crisis.

The spread of Ebola has spiraled into the worst-ever outbreak, as the World Health Organization says it is has associated more than 3,000 deaths to the disease, although that is likely an underestimate of the real toll. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have been hit hardest. Senegal and Nigeria have also been affected, but have not reported a new case in weeks.

“We know that ISIS has training camps in Africa and it is highly possible that this is where contact with the disease was made,” said Avi, a global, anti-terrorism consultant. “This would add new meaning to the US stating that “no boots would be on the ground as both missiles and Ebola penetrates one of the worst evils the world has ever known.”

The success of Islamic State (ISIS) could shape the thinking of African Islamists, said Andrew Muzonzini, Zimbabwe’s head of external intelligence and a member of the African Union’s Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA).

“Given (Islamic State’s) brutality in pursuit of its cause, it would be prudent for us to brace ourselves for a new cadre-ship of extremist fanatics,” Muzonzini said at a CISSA conference in Nairobi.

Ebola:The Sick To Be Rounded Up and Sent to Camps

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The World Health Organization has announced that Ebola victims in Liberia will be confined to camps as medical facilities can no longer cope with the influx of patients. The idea is to isolate these people from those caring for them in order to reduce the spread of the deadly disease.

From the Washington Post:

MONROVIA, Liberia — Looking for a new approach to blunt the Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa, the Liberian government, the World Health Organization and their nonprofit partners here are launching an ambitious but controversial program to move infected people out of their homes and into ad hoc centers that will provide rudimentary care, officials said Monday.

The effort, which is expected to begin in the next few weeks, is an intermediate step, officials said. The goal is to reduce the chances that Ebola patients will infect their own families and others while ensuring that they receive basic care — such as food, water and pain medicine — at a time when many hospitals and treatment centers are closed. Read more…

Note the words rudimentary care…These centres will not solve the problems Ebola is causing. For a start you have to get the patients to the camp treatment centre without further contaminating other people. Then you have to have a means of keeping them there without passing the disease to the guards  attendants who will be going home each night. You have to get food and water in and waste out…unless that’s not the idea at all.

If the proposal is to lock them in and keep them in, in order to let the disease burn itself out well that’s a different thing altogether, I suppose you could just torch the place afterwards…

For those fortunate people that manage to avoid being rounded up and sent to death camps there is an increasing problem of where their final resting place will be. The cemeteries are filling at a rapid rate. Indicating that the epidemic is already far worse than the authorities admit to.

James Hamilton, chief gravedigger at the King Tom Cemetary said ” much more space is needed”. The supervisor at the cemetery  has recorded 110 Ebola burials this week, in one cemetery in Freetown, he does not comment on other cemeteries in Freetown. Sierra Leone has officially recorded only 10 deaths due to Ebola in the city. (source and read more)

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation is warning that unless Ebola is brought under control and fast we could be looking at a situation where the disease is permanently circulating amongst African populations. With the death rate increasing, now about 70% of those contracting Ebola die from it.

From USA Today:

 The notion that Ebola could become endemic in West Africa — spreading routinely, rather than in sporadic outbreaks — is “a prospect that has never before been contemplated,” according to the report, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. There could be 20,000 cases by Nov. 2, with thousands of new cases per week, the report said. About 70% of patients are dying from the illness.

“We are concerned that without a massive increase in the response, way beyond what is being planned in scale and urgency … it will prove impossible to bring the epidemic under control,” wrote disease researchers Jeremy Farrar, of the Wellcome Trust, and Peter Piot, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in an accompanying editorial.

The Ebola virus has caused more than 20 outbreaks in the past four decades, mostly in remote villages in Central Africa. Although some outbreaks were severe, public health officials were always able to put a stop to them — even without effective treatments or vaccines — by quickly and methodically diagnosing patients, making a list of everyone those patients might have exposed and then monitoring those contacts.

ZMapp, the test drug that has been supplied to treat a few western patients with Ebola has now been exhausted. A Spanish priest Manuel Garcia Viejo, was repatriated on Monday, and the Spanish authorities were hoping that they could treat him with ZMapp. Mapp Pharmaceuticals however has told them that supplies are exhausted and that it will take months to make even a small batch of the drug. (source)

In an attempt to prevent the disease from spreading the CDC have issued guidelines advising cabin crew to treat any bodily fluids as infected and to take action accordingly. (source) About time. Universal precautions should have been introduced at the start of this outbreak. If that had been the case with all airlines maybe some of the dozen or so people who lost their lives after coming into contact with Patrick Sawyer may have survived.

With every day that the Eola epidemic, for that’s what it now is, is not brought under control the chances of it arriving in the West increases.

Will we see the setting up of death camps treatment centres on US and European soil because the medical services are overwhelmed? Has FEMA and the European Health Agency already started the ball rolling? Is that what they mean by they are ready and able to respond? Looks like the camps they have set up ready to quell civil dissent may come in handy after all.

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