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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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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - September 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm

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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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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - August 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm

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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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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - June 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

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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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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - April 9, 2014 at 12:05 am

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