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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 9:12:15 AM

There is a serious situation in West Africa that has implications for the entire world. Even medical personnel wearing "hazmat" suits are susceptible to EBOLA. Is it time for the government to divert some "proactive" money to find a vaccine and/or cure for this nasty virus?
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 5:15:41 PM

I would guess that we will have a worldwide plague again, possibly in our lifetimes. There's just too many homo sapiens on this plant living in too close a quarters. Nature has a funny way of taking care of that problem on it's own. We may find that we're fighting ebola for a long time to come. Let's hope it doesn't mutate as fast as influenza or common cold.
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 3:05:01 PM

Another doctor being evacuated with ebola. Death toll hits 2200.
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 3:36:33 PM

WHO says ebola is spreading exponentially in Liberia.

[Edited by: SE3.5 at 9/8/2014 3:36:55 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 9:11:22 AM

The pestilence continues to grow, and (for now) there is no ZMAPP to treat it.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 9:02:40 PM

"WHO says that as of August 26, eight days ago, the Ebola numbers were 3,069 cases and 1,552 deaths. As of today, September 5, the tally is 3,944 cases and 2,097 deaths. That's an increase of 875 cases (30.7% increase) and 545 deaths (21% increase), in eight days. To my untutored eye, that looks like an outbreak nowhere near being under control.

If MERS numbers had been growing like this all summer, the House of Saud would now be in receivership. If China or Vietnam had reported 875 new cases of human H5N1 in a week, the whole planet would be on lockdown, trans-Pacific trade and travel would cease forthwith, and domestic poultry worldwide would soon join the passenger pigeon."

September 05, 2014

[Edited by: johnnyg1200 at 9/5/2014 9:07:44 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 1:46:43 PM

The official WHO numbers are in for Aug 31.

Its is a mixed bag of news. First the good news, the suspected cases in northern Nigeria have tested negative. This means the disease has been contained in two cities. They are both large cities and Port Harcourt has a bussing international airport and sea port. Unlike the other affected areas Port Harcourt has direct flights to Europe and the U.S.


The official number of dead is only at 1848 as of 31 Aug, the 1900 number was from a WHO official on the 3rd of Sept so that number may be a correct number as of that date. The bad news is the number released by the same WHO official for total infections was 3500. The official number as of 31 Aug was 3707. In just the last 30 days the total number of dead and infected has more than doubled.


Senegal still only has one case but like Nigeria it is also a hub for travel to both the U.S. and Europe. Because of these travel hubs the number crunchers are now saying that 18% chance that Ebola will reach the U.S. by the end of Sept. With a 21 day incubatin time they could be right but I don't see an out break in the U.S. like we are seeing in West Africa.

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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 7:02:02 PM

In just the last six days the death toll from Ebola has jumped by more than 348 to a total of more than 1900 from last week's 1552. The total of confirmed and suspected cases also has gone up by at least 431 to more than 3500 from last week's 3069.

To put this in perspective all of the previous outbreaks had a total of 1590 deaths.

These numbers do not include the separate outbreak in the DRC.


[Edited by: johnnyg1200 at 9/3/2014 7:03:45 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 10:36:30 PM

Here is the next effect of the Ebola crisis.

Ebola outbreak 'hits food prices'

In one market in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, the price of cassava root, a staple in many West African diets, was up 150%.

"Even prior to the Ebola outbreak, households in some of the affected areas were spending up to 80% of their incomes on food," said Vincent Martin, who is co-ordinating the agency's response to the crisis. "Now these latest price spikes are effectively putting food completely out of their reach."
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 9:11:42 PM

I keep reading that the developed nations need to help stop the spread of Ebola.
I would agree that we need to help. We can send in resources and personal with the expertise. What we can't do is force people to stop hand washing the dead. We can't move in and build hospitals and install a medical infrastructure over night. It's hard to treat or even educate people who are attacking you because they think you are bringing Ebola to them. It is hard to tell people to let you help them when they don't trust you because you are white or from a white country. We can't install trust in the local official because of years of war, corruption, and abuse of power. We can't stop people from breaking quarantine and infecting others. We can't educate people who refuse to believe Ebola is real.

We can send all the help we have and it will do nothing unless the local people start to change their attitude and accept the help without looking for a way to use it for power, leverage or profit. The UN is a perfect example of bureaucracy profiteering, politics and corruption at work. Remember that any aid will most likely go through them.

If we send an untested drug that ends up killing people we will be accused of using blacks a Guiney pigs. If we don't send the untested drugs we are withholding a cure from the poor black nations. The only proven way to stop an outbreak of Ebola is isolation of the infected population. That answer is being rejected by the infected nations the WHO and the CDC. Nigeria and Senegal both had index cases that broke quarantine from infected nations. Nigeria had Ebola under control until someone broke quarantine and took it to a new city. Now there are reports of unconfirmed outbreaks in two northern towns, test results pending.

I know its cold but so is life. Is it better to be cold and contain the outbreak or companionate and let more people die?


[Edited by: johnnyg1200 at 9/2/2014 9:18:00 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 8:50:19 PM

"I heard it was well over 20,000 now."

The 20,000 is how bad the WHO and CDC think it may get. the real numbers as of 26 Aug are 3,069 confirmed and probable cases with 1,552 dead. The number of cases and dead may be off by a factor of two to four. If you look at the numbers the number of cases seems to double every 4 to 6 weeks. If this trend continues we could reach the 20,000 by the end of the year.


These number do not include the outbreak in the DRC.

[Edited by: johnnyg1200 at 9/2/2014 8:50:56 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 4:13:43 PM

I heard it was well over 20,000 now.
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"CDC Director Tom Frieden said Tuesday that the virus is spreading “faster than anyone anticipated” and that the number of cases “will likely increase significantly” in coming weeks.

“The challenge is that the number of cases is so large — the outbreak, the epidemic, is so overwhelming that it requires an overwhelming response,” he said.

CDC has sent 70 specialists to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the four countries affected so far. Liberia has been hit hardest, with cases still on the rise in the outbreak’s epicenter, Lofa, and the capital city of Monrovia.

In addition, USAID has made $20 million available to support the global response since March. The World Health Organization is seeking to raise $495 million to fight the outbreak.

“That’s a good start,” said Frieden, who returned from the region on Monday. But he echoed WHO’s calls for foreign medical teams to commit their expertise and help train the local population. Ninety percent of the people working at facilities run by Doctors Without Borders are local residents, he said.

Frieden downplayed hopes for a breakthrough on experimental vaccines and drugs. In the case of one drug that has been used, ZMapp, limited supplies were quickly exhausted, and Frieden said manufacturing more in the near term is unrealistic because of the difficult process involved.

Even so, HHS announced Tuesday that it will accelerate work on ZMapp with a $24.9 million, 18-month contract with Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc. The contract will include technical support for manufacturing and regulatory issues with the goal of securing FDA approval. HHS said the contract, which could be increased to $42.3 million, is part of the federal response to the Ebola outbreak."



The country’s top public health official is calling for a rapid escalation of the world’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and says “the window is closing” on the opportunity to bring the unprecedented outbreak under control.

[Edited by: RNorm at 9/2/2014 3:44:18 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 2:57:04 PM

Another doctor contracted ebola. This one was treating obstetric patients, not ebola patients.
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 8:18:31 AM

So far ZMAPP is 100% effective in lab monkeys, but only 50% in humans.
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 2:20:06 AM

Liberia did the one thing they thought could contain the spread of the daises. They quarantined the worst effected areas. When you have people that don’t believe the daises you need to find a way to stop the spread. To day the president of Liberia bowed to the pressure and lifted the quarantine. Here is an example of the reaction.

>>“The road is jam-packed,” said Abubakar Bah, who manages a drug dispensary near the main entrance. “Everybody is very happy. Most people here still don’t believe there is Ebola in West Point. They’re saying that the government came and didn’t find Ebola, and so that’s why they’re leaving.”<<


With the lifting of the quarantine, the only thing that had a chance to stop the spread ineffective as it was the population now thinks there is no Ebola. With that mentality things will only get worse.


In Liberia Ebola has at least 700 people. Not bad for a nonexistent disease.
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 9:25:19 PM

Not likely with the Obama Misadministration...

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 9:22:37 PM

>>About 10,000 students from West Africa will be returning to US colleges this week.<<

I'm no expert but with a 1 to 3 week incubation period I think this is a mistake. I just hope I am being paranoid.
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 9:15:11 PM

For those who have not been keeping up.

---------------Infected------Dead------Countries effected
--1 Aug----------1603-------887---------------4
-26 Aug----------3093------1565--------------6
Remember these numbers may be underestimated by a factor of 2 to 4.

[Edited by: johnnyg1200 at 8/29/2014 9:20:25 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 3:05:12 PM

About 10,000 students from West Africa will be returning to US colleges this week.
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 3:00:21 PM

Ebola has now reached a 5th West African nation. On Friday Senegal announced its first case. A Guinean student who was being look for by Guinea officials disappeared and turned up in Senegal. The student was only quarantined after Guinea officials learned that the student had left Guinea and was headed for Senegal. It will be up to about two weeks before we know if the disease has a toe hold in Senegal.

Senegal confirms first case
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"Beginning next week, U.S. researchers will begin testing an experimental Ebola vaccine on 20 healthy adult humans, the National Institutes of Health announced Thursday.

The trial, which was fast-tracked in response to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, will test the safety of an experimental vaccine developed by the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline. The vaccine will be administered to study volunteers by way of injections into the deltoid muscle of the arm. Initial injections will contain a low dose of the vaccine, with higher subsequent doses.

Some of the studies that would ordinarily precede human clinical trials were waived by the FDA to expedite testing of this vaccine, so "we want to take extra special care that we go slowly with the dosing," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID, said.

In addition to the initial 20 volunteers, another 20 will be enrolled in October in a safety trial of a version of the same vaccine designed to prevent specifically against the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus, the strain that is associated with the current outbreak. This vaccine will also be tested on 60 healthy volunteers at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and 40 healthy volunteers in Mali. Those trials are expected to begin mid-September.

Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in discussions with Nigeria’s federal health officials about the possibility of a safety study of the vaccine among healthy adults in that country, Fauci said."




Human Trials to Begin for Fast-Tracked Ebola Vaccine
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 11:42:45 AM

ROTFLNorm: "Hopefully, we won't have know-it-alls who ignore government procedures abd protocols out in place to stop the spread the disease and end up infecting other people, like they did in places Africa."

Why would anyone over 12 think that the Ebola virus can't spread here?

Ever heard of HIV? Where do you think that came from?

BTW, you really need to work on sentence structure...

*ROTFL*

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"Are you talking about Americans who already refuse to vaccinate their kids against, mumps, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, etc, because some TV/movie personality says the vaccine is more harmful than the disease it protects you from?"


Bingo and Boom
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"Hopefully, we won't have know-it-alls who ignore government procedures abd protocols out in place to stop the spread the disease and end up infecting other people"

Are you talking about Americans who already refuse to vaccinate their kids against, mumps, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, etc, because some TV/movie personality says the vaccine is more harmful than the disease it protects you from?

If this was not such a serious issue, I would be ROTFL.
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>>>>Hopefully, we won't have know-it-alls who ignore government procedures abd protocols out in place to stop the spread the disease and end up infecting other people, like they did in places Africa.<<<<

Amen to that Norm but unfortunately every culture, ethnic and religious group or gathering of more than about five people will have its share of idiots and morons. They all have those who think they are smarter, privileged, entitled or more important than the rest. Add to this the ignorance factor and the fear and any group is subject to stupidity. Fortunately Americans are a little more educated than most in the effected parts of Africa. All of my kids have seen bacteria and viruses through a microscope in high school and the two honor students have even played with DNA in high school. I was impressed. DNA was just starting to be talked about when I was in high school. The point is I think American will not have the problem of refusing to believe the threat is real. We will take precautions to protect ourselves because we have a better understanding of what a virus is and how it moves from person to person. If anything I think we will go the other way on the side of paranoia. The reaction by some fools when the two doctor were brought home is a good example of what I am talking about.
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"The real question is how would we deal with an outbreak in the United States if Ebola comes here?"


Hopefully, we won't have know-it-alls who ignore government procedures abd protocols out in place to stop the spread the disease and end up infecting other people, like they did in places Africa.
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Two of the three hardest hit countries have started to take very stern steps in an attempt to stop the spread of Ebola. They have started to blockade entire areas of cities were Ebola is out of control. They are using the military to enforce the quarantine. Unfortunately in an area where education and the understanding of modern sanitation is lacking rumor and superstation take over at times of trouble like this. The first problem is that basic needs like food and fuel that were already in short supply and when the blockades went up prices skyrocketed. There is now the fear in quarantine zones of running out of both. Then ad to this the rumors that the blockades are an attempt to bring Ebola into the affected areas and people start to panic.

The response of military personal was quite predictable when faced with people throwing rocks and trying to break a medical quarantine. First the tear gas went in and then the live ammunition. I also understand the fear of the troops tasked with enforcing the quarantine. If they get into a physical confrontation with an infected person it could be a sentence to a very gruesome death for the pool guy on the quarantine line. There are reports of injuries but no fatalities, yet. Liberia troops fire on protesters

While I understand some of the fears of the people who have been quarantined you have to consider the unenviable situation the government officials are in. You have an uneducated population that is suspicious of any government official and distrustful of the government as a whole. Then even with the death toll there are those who refuse to believe Ebola is real. The people are being told to change their long held burial rituals and to take sick family members to a treatment center were 50 to 60% die. To add to the fear and misinformation there are those who believe the disease is real and think it is being brought into the quarantine areas buy the government for some nefarious reason. There have even been attacks on Ebola treatment centers and attacks on medical personal.

Under these conditions how is can any government protect its people from themselves?

The real question is how would we deal with an outbreak in the United States if Ebola comes here?

[Edited by: johnnyg1200 at 8/28/2014 7:36:46 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 3:15:29 PM

WHO says outbreak could rise to 20,000 cases.
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After the initial failure to identify and respond in a timely manner to the arrival of Ebola in Nigeria the nation did a good job of containing the virus. Unfortunately all it takes is one person who thinks they are special and all the good work can go down the drain.

On the same day that Nigeria announced they were down to one last case of Ebola in Nigeria the other shoe fell. Later the same day news broke that a doctor in Port Harcourt had died of what is suspected to be a case of Ebola. This doctor was secretly treating a Nigerian politician who had primary contact with the first case Patrick Sawyer. He then went to Port Harcourt to be treated in secret avoiding the government's attempts to monitor contacts of Sawyer. To make matters worse the doctor was treating this government official in a hotel not a hospital. The politician is still alive but the doctor is dead and the doctors wife is now showing symptoms of Ebola. Apparently government official who think they are special is not just an American phenomena.

The scary part of this is that a hotel room is doesn't have bio hazard containment. It doesn't have trained people to deal with medical waste. This could be a very disastrous development.
All because someone thought they were special.


Rivers official confirms suspected Ebola Death in Port Harcourt



[Edited by: johnnyg1200 at 8/27/2014 8:06:56 PM EST]
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Here is the WHO update on the outbreak in the DRC

On 26 August 2014, the Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease. Between 28 July and 18 August 2014, a total of 24 suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever, including 13 deaths, have been identified.
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 11:20:21 AM

Third doctor dies in Sierra Leone from ebola.
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>>>ZMAPP is apparently not a "miracle drug" for ebola.<<<

One problem they are having with determining the effectiveness of ZMAPP is they don't have a control group. The people who have received the drug were healthy before infection, most likely had vaccinations before entering the county and probably had good nutrition before infection. The disease was more than likely diagnosed early on and treated from a very early stage. All of these things will have an effect on the outcome of the patient. If ZMAPP is effective we are not learning when it has to be given because it is not being done under controlled conditions.

IT is being given in desperation and it may or may not help but it will be very hard to tell.
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>>>>>>>Also, the strain found in the Congo is believed to different from the strains in Liberia and Sierra Leone, which really means the virus is adapting and mutating.<<<<<

Actually there are about seven or eight strains of Ebola. Only three or four affect humans. The outbreak in the DRC is currently believed to be one of the strains they have seen before but not the Zaire strain, they have seen them all. The last I have heard they haven't gotten the test back to establish exactly which strain it is. That could take a few more days.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 4:30:06 PM

ZMAPP is apparently not a "miracle drug" for ebola.

[Edited by: SE3.5 at 8/26/2014 4:31:26 PM EST]
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Also, the strain found in the Congo is believed to different from the strains in Liberia and Sierra Leone, which really means the virus is adapting and mutating.
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As of Monday The Democratic Republic of Congo announced an outbreak of Ebola in one of their northern towns. There are two dead and the town has been placed under quarantine. The DRC has had six prior outbreaks and knows how to handle it better than the nations in the west. But the new outbreak will drain resources and personal. There was on story that the DRC is withdrawing its personal sent to West Africa to deal with the outbreak at home.
This outbreak is believed to be an independent outbreak not related to the one in West Africa.

Another chilling thing to think about. During the outbreak in West Africa, if you look at the number of infections on the first day of the month it will give you a good idea of the number deaths by the end of the month. What I mean is on June first there was a total of about 345 cases and by July 1 there were 467 fatalities. On July 1st there were a total of 779 cases and by Aug 1st there had been a total of 887 deaths. Now for the scary number, on Aug 1 there were a total of 1603 cases and as of Aug 20th there were already 1427 dead. At the rate numbers are going up we have more than likly surpassed the 1600 number by now on the 26th.
This disease is showing no signs of slowing down and is now affecting five countries.

[Edited by: johnnyg1200 at 8/26/2014 4:00:11 PM EST]
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"The media has moved on, but ebola is still a threat."


But some of us still recognize the danger ebola presents to all of us:


"MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The Ebola virus has the "upper hand" in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official said, adding that experts have the tools to stop it.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is visiting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three hardest hit countries, this week.

Nigeria has also recorded cases, but officials have expressed optimism that its spread there can be controlled. On Tuesday, Frieden continues his visit in Liberia, which has the most cases and deaths.

"Lots of hard work is happening, lots of good things are happening," Frieden told a meeting attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday. "But the virus still has the upper hand."

The current outbreak is the largest ever and experts have struggled to contain it for a host of reasons: doctors took a long time to identify it, it is happening in a region where people are highly mobile, it has spread to densely populated areas and many people have resisted or hid from treatment. The disease has overwhelmed already struggling health systems in some of the world's poorest countries.

But Frieden expressed optimism that the outbreak can be contained.

"Ebola doesn't spread by mysterious means, we know how it spreads," he said in his remarks, which were broadcast on Liberian TV. "So we have the means to stop it from spreading, but it requires tremendous attention to every detail."

Liberia has resorted to some of the most stringent measures to control the disease, including sealing off an entire slum neighborhood in the capital. Sirleaf has also declared a state of emergency and ordered all her ministers and top government officials to remain in the country or return from any trips.

Late Monday, her office said in a statement that any official who defied that order had been fired. The order was issued a few weeks ago and officials had been given a week to return. The statement did not say how many or who had been fired.

According to the latest World Health Organization tally, the Ebola outbreak has killed 1,427 people of the 2,615 sickened. The U.N. health agency says that 240 health care workers have been infected with Ebola, calling that an unprecedented number. Half of those infected have died.



U.S. Health Official: Ebola Has The 'Upper Hand'
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 9:08:11 AM

The media has moved on, but ebola is still a threat.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 11:42:27 AM

Nancy Writebol has also been discharged from the hospital.
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That is great news.

"Three African doctors, also treated with ZMapp in Liberia, have shown remarkable signs of improvement, Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told Reuters on Tuesday.

Mapp says its supplies of the drug have been exhausted."

Sounds like they may have a potential drug for treatment, though not sure how long it would take them to produce more of the drug, or if it's feasible.
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"ABIDJAN (Reuters) - An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with an experimental drug, his charity said.

Dr. Kent Brantly of Texas was given ZMapp, a drug used on a handful of patients in the West African outbreak and produced by U.S.-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical.

Brantly, 33, is expected to speak at a news conference on Thursday at Emory University Hospital, where he and U.S. missionary Nancy Writebol have been treated since being evacuated from Liberia earlier this month."



The hospital said it would discuss the discharge of both patients.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 8:39:03 AM

Dr. Kent Brantly to be released from the hospital today according to NBC news.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 11:53:28 AM

"Well ebola seems to be forgotten now that the fickle media has moved on to other things."


Well, I haven't...I try to keep myself informed on numerous fronts:

"A patient at a California hospital has been placed in isolation and is being tested for possible exposure to the Ebola virus, according to multiple reports.

The CDC will test blood samples taken from the patient, who is at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.

While results won't be available for several days, the patient is being kept in isolation as a precaution, according to CBS Sacramento."


Ebola Test Under Way For Patient In Sacramento, California
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 11:39:46 AM

Was thinking the same thing earlier this week and was wondering how far down this topic had sunk.

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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 11:36:01 AM

Well ebola seems to be forgotten now that the fickle media has moved on to other things. Any way, here is an interesting item about the outbreak.
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 3:38:32 PM

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (what a great name) declared a national emergency today. I hope he has some good luck containing this outbreak.



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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 9:11:12 AM

Apparently ZMAPP is not the only experimental drug being developed.

It appears an ethics debate is involved regarding the use of experimental drugs against a disease with an estimated 90% death rate.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 7:41:39 PM

With contraction of Ebola, a virtual death warrant for the person. With the signs of improvement in Dr. Brantly's case, this is a good thing they have withdrawn the hold on that drug. At least there is a chance of improvement to such a deadly disease.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 7:31:55 PM

"WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.

Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration modified a hold recently placed on the company's drug after safety issues emerged in human testing. The company has a $140 million contract with the U.S. government to develop its drug TKM-Ebola, which targets the genetic material of Ebola. But last month the FDA halted a small study of the injection in adults to request additional safety information.

Tekmira said Thursday the agency "verbally confirmed" changes to the hold that may allow the company to make the drug available, although it has yet to be proven as safe and effective.

The move by FDA comes amid an Ebola outbreak in West Africa that health officials warn could sicken more people than all previous outbreaks of the disease combined. More than 1,700 people have been sickened in the current outbreak, which began in March. Nearly 1,000 have died, according to the World Health Organization."



FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 7:20:48 PM

Just read that the FDA has relaxed some of the restrictions slowing the experimental drug...will post a link when I get on the vanpool...
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