Newscast Media LANGLEY AFB, Virginia—Airmen from the U.S. Air Force’s 633rd
Medical Group partnered with representatives from the U.S. Public Health Service on
September 26 to deliver a modular medical treatment center to Ebola-stricken West
Airmen accompanied the Expeditionary Medical Support System, or EMEDS, to Africa.
While they will not be involved in treatment of patients exposed to the virus, they will
set up the facility and train international health care workers, officials said.
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Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian specialists have been taking positive steps
toward developing a vaccine for the Ebola virus, Russian Deputy Prime Minister for
social affairs Olga Golodets said Friday.
“We have no registered cases of Ebola. But our doctors are working successfully in
the Ebola epicenter. We have had positive developments in the development of a
vaccine and currently Ebola is not a threat to the Russian population,” Golodets told
journalists on Friday at the International Investment Forum in Sochi adding that the
vaccine is now being systematically tested.
The Ebola virus is currently spreading across West Africa with cases registered in
Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to figures, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday,
there have been 5,335 registered cases of the disease in West Africa. The death toll
from the deadly virus stands at 2,622.
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood, body fluids or tissue of
infected animals or people. There is no officially approved medication for the disease,
and experts claim prevention is the only cure.
Source: Ria Novosti
Newscast Media MOSCOW—Over 300 doctors have been infected by the Ebola virus,
with 144 losing their lives to the Ebola virus disease, Russia’s public human well-being
agency Rospotrebnadzor informed on its website on Tuesday.
“Cases of infection of medical staff are registered as well – 301 doctors have been
infected, 144 of the cases were fatal,” Rospotrebnadzor wrote in a statement.
According to the agency, Liberia, and especially its capital, Monrovia, has been
hardest hit by the Ebola virus outbreak.
In a separate outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 66 cases of Ebola
infection have been registered, 37 of which had a fatal outcome. These cases are
not connected with the larger outbreak in West Africa, Rospotrebnadzor wrote.
A team of Russian epidemiologists, virologists and bacteriologists is still stationed in
Guinea, the agency stated.
“A Rospotrebnadzor anti-epidemic team continues its work in the capital of Guinea,
where it conducts laboratory diagnoses and participates in anti-epidemic measures
alongside the Guinean Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene.”
The Ebola death toll in West Africa has risen to more than 2,400 since the epidemic
started in March, according to the latest WHO estimates.
Cases have been registered in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the blood, body fluids or
tissue of infected animals or people. There is no officially approved medication for the
disease, and experts claim prevention is the only cure. Several countries, including
Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan are currently
working on vaccines.
Source: Ria Novosti
Newscast Media NAIROBI—Kenya’s health ministry said on Thursday that it has
instituted several measures to ensure that any Ebola cases that come to the country
are quickly detected and necessary actions are taken to curb further spread in the
Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the ministry has also issued an alert to
all the points of entry with a request to screen all people who have visited Guinea
where the hemorrhagic fever was first detected in the last three weeks.
The statement comes as health officials in Guinea are working to contain an outbreak
of Ebola that has killed at least 60 people and sickened dozens more, according to
the World Health Organization (WHO).
The outbreak is spreading through forests in the West African country’s southeast,
and may have crossed borders into Liberia and Sierra Leone, WHO said.
“These people are required to reveal when they travelled to Guinea, areas in which
visited and how long they stayed there,” Macharia said in a statement issued in
“They are also required to inform the health officials if they have any symptoms that
have been listed. All cases that will be considered as suspected cases will be isolated
and investigated immediate in order to rule out Ebola HF,” he added.
The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, secretions, other bodily
fluids or organs of infected persons or animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys
and antelopes, and it has an incubation period of two to 21 days.
Sufferers can experience fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a
sore throat, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, rashes and impaired kidney and liver
function. In the most severe cases, the virus leads to both external and internal