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Ebola cure–China dispatches Ebola drug to West Africa

Newscast Media BEIJING—A Chinese drug-maker with military ties has sent an
experimental Ebola drug to Africa for use by Chinese aid workers and is planning
clinical trials there to combat a deadly outbreak of the disease, executives at the firm
told Reuters on Thursday.

Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd has supplied several thousand doses of its
drug JK-05 to the region, Chief Operating Officer Jia Zhongxin said. More doses could
be sent if needed, Jia said. Sihuan, part-owned by Morgan Stanley, is hoping to get
the drug fast-tracked for civilian use in China.

It has signed an agreement with the Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS), a
research unit, to seek approval for its use in China and push it to market.

Source: Hindu Times

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Russia: Ebola vaccine ready in six months–testing now begins on primates

Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian scientists prepare to test Ebola vaccine on
primates, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said Monday. She said that
Russia is trying to get enough test material “to repeat tests on primates and start
clinical tests.”

“This work will take several more months,” the minister added.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said, in her turn, that Russian scientists
were “about to finish work on developing the vaccine.”

Earlier in October, Skvortsova stated that the Russian scientists were planning to
introduce vaccines to fight Ebola within the next six months and that Russia had
also begun the work on creation of special drugs for the prevention and treatment of
the deadly virus.

The Ebola epidemic currently taking place in West Africa broke out in southern Guinea
in February, and later spread across the entire region, with cases also having been
reported in Spain and the United States. According to the latest figures by the World
Health Organization (WHO), the number of Ebola victims has reached 4,033.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of those
infected. Though there is no officially approved medication for the disease, several
countries, including Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan
are currently working on developing Ebola vaccines.

Source: Ria Novosti

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Checklist: Preparing America’s health care facilities for Ebola

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—During the past several weeks, news about the Ebola
virus has dominated news platforms and been on everyone’s mind. The problem is, not
everything that is being reported is accurate. The good news is that we have the
facts and resources for information straight from the director of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>

         

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Illinois Professor–US could be behind deadly Ebola outbreak

Newscast Media NEW ILLINOIS—The United States may be behind the deadly Ebola
outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone, two West African countries known to host
American biological warfare laboratories, a University of Illinois College of Law scholar
told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

“US government agencies have a long history of carrying out allegedly defensive
biological warfare research at labs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This includes the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is now the point agency for
managing the Ebola spill-over into the US,” Prof. Francis Boyle said.

“Why has the Obama administration dispatched troops to Liberia when they have no
training to provide medical treatment to dying Africans? How did Zaire/Ebola get to
West Africa from about 3,500km away from where it was first identified in 1976?”

The US has pledged as many as 4,000 troops to the region. Thomas Duncan, 42, the
first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US, died on Wednesday. He caught the
virus in his native Liberia and traveled to see relatives in the US.

“Why is the CDC not better-prepared for this emergency after the US government
spent about $70 billion since the anthrax attacks of October 2001 to prepare for this
exact contingency?” Boyle said.

More than 3,860 people have died in the worst Ebola outbreak in history and the first
to have occurred in West Africa. It began in southern Guinea in February and spread
to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The World health Organization (WHO) says it
could infect some 20,000 people before it is brought under control.

Source: Ria Novosti

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Ebola-Texas: Close to 100 Texans at risk of Ebola exposure

Newscast Media DALLAS—According to health officials in Texas, almost 100 people in
Texas who came in contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are being
monitored for any symptoms of the fatal disease.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Duncan, who had
traveled from West Africa to Dallas did not have symptoms when leaving West
Africa, but developed symptoms approximately five days after arriving in the
United States. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>

         

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Deputy Prime Minister: Russian Ebola vaccine being approved

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

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Russian health watchdog: Ebola outbreak kills 144 doctors

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

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WHO: No link between West African and DRC Ebola strain

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Newscast Media NEW YORK—The World Health Organization has said in a statement that the outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a distinct and independent event, with no relationship to the outbreak in West Africa.

Based on virus sequencing of samples from the Ebola outbreak in DRC, WHO’s collaborating laboratory in Gabon confirmed the virus is the Zaire strain. The indigenous strain in a lineage most closely related to the outbreak occurred in 1995 in the country.

“The virus in the Boende district is definitely not derived from the virus strain currently circulating in West Africa,” WHO quoted the laboratory report as saying.

According to WHO, the outbreak is located in the remote Boende district, Equateur province in the north-western part of DRC, which marked the country’s seventh Ebola outbreak since 1976.

The UN agency noted these findings are reassuring, as they exclude the possibility that the virus has spread from West to Central Africa.

To date, 53 cases have been identified with the case definition for Ebola virus disease, including 31 deaths. Seven of these deaths were among health care workers. More than 160 contacts are being traced.

The DRC government has rapidly mounted a robust response by reactivating emergency committees at national, provincial, and local levels, setting up isolation centers, and providing community leaders with facts about the disease.

Source: Xinhua

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US announces an additional $5 million to combat Ebola

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The infection rate in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak
has the world health community scrambling to marshal all available resources to help.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $5
million to combat the outbreak. The August 27 announcement brings USAID’s
commitment for the Ebola response to nearly $19.6 million since the outbreak was
first reported in March.

Jeremy Konyndyk, director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance,
announced the additional funding in Monrovia, Liberia, during his three-day visit with
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Report: West African elusive Ebola virus going out of control

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Newscast Media FREETOWN—Humanitarian-aid organization Doctors Without Borders
has warned that the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa is now out of control with
over 60 outbreak hotspots.

The medical charity NGO, known by its French initials MSF, said on Monday that the
scale of the current Ebola epidemic is unprecedented in terms of geographical
distribution, the number of people infected, and the tally of deaths.

The organization also added that it is stretched to the limit in responding to the
outbreak that is spreading in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“We have reached our limits,” said Bart Janssens, the director of
operations for the organization, adding, “Despite the human resources and
equipment deployed by MSF in the three affected countries, we are no
longer able to send teams to the new outbreak sites.”

New sites in the countries have been added to the disease’s reach, prompting
concerns that the disease is quickly spreading to other areas.

In a statement released on the same day, the World Health Organization said at least
337 people have died from Ebola in 2014. Most of the cases and deaths have been
reported in Guinea, where 267 have succumbed to the virus.

There is currently no known cure for Ebola, whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting
and bleeding.

The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can
also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated
corpses.

Ebola was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976 in an outbreak
that killed 280 people.

It remains one of the world’s most virulent diseases, which kills between 25 to 90
percent of those who fall sick.

Source: Press TV

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WHO: Current Ebola outbreak in West Africa most challenging

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Newscast Media NEW YORK—The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is one of the
“most challenging” ones ever to strike since the disease emerged four decades ago,
says the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We have not had an Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa before,” Keiji
Fukuda, the WHO assistant director general, said on Tuesday, adding, “This
is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced.”

According to the WHO’s latest figures, there have been 157 suspected cases in
Guinea, 101 of them fatal.

“It’s absolutely critical to get out as much accurate information as possible to
communities and the countries affected, to reduce the rumors, so that people have
facts to work with,” Fukuda said.

“Ebola is clearly a severe disease. It’s an infection with a high fatality rate. But it’s
also an infection that can be controlled,” he noted.

The WHO did not announce any travel restrictions for Guinea, however, other
countries in the region are bracing for the epidemic, with Senegal closing its border
with the neighboring country.

“We have everything in place to take measures against Ebola. We have a well-oiled
system, which we are perfecting daily,” Senegalese Health Minister Eva Marie Coll
Seck said after visiting the port and airport in the capital Dakar.

Stephane Hugonnet, a WHO medical officer who returned from Guinea last weekend,
said, “There is a risk that other countries might be affected, therefore we absolutely
need to remain vigilant.”

There is currently no known cure for Ebola, whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting
and bleeding.

The virus spreads through direct contact with blood, feces and sweat. It can also be
spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.
Discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, Ebola remains one of the
world’s most virulent diseases that kills between 25 to 90 percent of those who fall
sick.

The French Embassy in Liberia has released a travel advisory warning French citizens
against travel to the affected parts of Guinea or areas on the Liberian- Guinean
border.

Source: Press TV

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