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today’s holiday/celebration: Liberia National Unification Day


Liberia National Unification Day

This annual observance in Liberia draws attention to the animosity between the Americo-Liberian elite and the indigenous majority. Under the leadership of President William V. S. Tubman, who led from 1944 to 1971, the divide between these two groups was diminished. Tubman introduced the National Unification Policy, which featured among other things an extension of the vote to women and the country’s indigenous people. The anniversary emerged as a means to draw support for the policy. The day reminds Liberians to remember what they hold in common and not to dwell on how they diverge. More… Discuss

Healtth-Ebola: Ebola virus lingers in patient’s eyeball even after recovery| -ABC News


this pressed for your information: Obama and Cameron warn Congress over Iran sanctions vote | US news | The Guardian


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President Barack Obama, right, and the British prime minister, David Cameron, presented a united front about Iran in their White House press conference on Friday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Barack Obama and David Cameron have warned of possible military confrontation with Iran if Congress succeeds in passing new sanctions legislation rather than giving nuclear non-proliferation talks more time.

In a joint press conference characterised by unusually blunt pressure on US lawmakers, the president said he would veto their proposed legislation if it reached his desk. The British prime minister revealed he was making personal calls to senators during his visit to Washington to dissuade them from passing the bill in the first place.

via Obama and Cameron warn Congress over Iran sanctions vote | US news | The Guardian.

Google Lists Its Top Searches of 2014


Google Lists Its Top Searches of 2014

What were you searching for in 2014? Google recently released its report of the fastest-rising search requests from 2014, and the suicide of comedian Robin Williams topped the list. The actor’s tragic death outranked the year’s other much-discussed topics, including the Ebola outbreak, the World Cup, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the Ice Bucket Challenge—a viral campaign to raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. More… Discuss

Les “combattants d’Ebola”, personnalités de l’année pour le “Time”


Les “combattants d’Ebola”, personnalités de l’année pour le “Time”

‘Why I Came To Help Fight Ebola’ – World Food Programme Uploaded on Nov 26, 2014


‘Why I Came To Help Fight Ebola’

quotation: “Humans in space suits make monkeys nervous.” ― Richard Preston, “The Hot Zone…”


The Hot Zone

The Hot Zone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Humans in space suits make monkeys nervous.”
Richard Preston, The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

this pressed: 10 Shocking Things About Ebola : Discovery News


Early symptoms of Ebola can appear harmless — fever, headache, aches, chills and sore throat. They could be the stuff of a normal illness.

But as the virus progresses, victims will experience nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, rash, chest pain and cough, weight loss and bleeding. In some cases, organs will shut down and cause unstoppable bleeding.

In the last stages of the disease, in a process known as a cytokine storm, the immune system goes haywire and inflammatory molecules called cytokines attack the body’s own tissue. Technically, then, it’s not the virus that kills people but instead their own immune systems ultimately turn against them.

Show here is Dr. Kent Brantly, a doctor who treated patients in Liberia before contracting the virus himself. Fortunately, he survived.

Samaritan’s Purse

via 10 Shocking Things About Ebola : Discovery News.

this pressed: Surgeon who contracted Ebola virus in Sierra Leone dies at Nebraska hospital | Fox News


In this April 2014, file photo, provided by the United Methodist News Service, Dr. Martin Salia poses for a photo at the United Methodist Church‘s Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. (AP)

 

A surgeon who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone died at a Nebraska hospital where he was transported for treatment, the facility said Monday.

A statement released Monday by Nebraska Medical Center said Dr. Martin Salia “has passed away as a result of the advanced symptoms of the disease.”

“Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite out best efforts, we weren’t able to save him,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.

Salia, 44, was being treated in the medical center’s biocontainment unit. He arrived Saturday by plane from West Africa, and was transported by ambulance for treatment at the hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated. Officials said Salia might be more ill than the first Ebola patients treated successfully in the United States. On Sunday officials had described his condition as “an hour-by-hour situation.”

via Surgeon who contracted Ebola virus in Sierra Leone dies at Nebraska hospital | Fox News.

this pressed: Krauthammer: Obama immigration plan a ‘constitutionally odious proposal’.


Krauthammer: Obama immigration plan a ‘constitutionally odious proposal’.

Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that a proposed plan for President Obama to overhaul U.S. immigration policy through executive action “is a constitutionally odious proposal.”

The 10-point plan, which was contained in a draft proposal from a U.S. government agency and obtained exclusively by Fox News, could allow upwards of 4.5 million illegal immigrants living with their American-born children to stay in the U.S., and expand deferred action for immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Other elements include promoting the new naturalization process by giving a 50 percent discount for the first 10,000 applicants who come forward, and a State Department immigrant visa program offering another 500,000 immigrants a path to citizenship through tech jobs.

via Krauthammer: Obama immigration plan a ‘constitutionally odious proposal’..

this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Taranto (1940)


Battle of Taranto (1940)

The Battle of Taranto during World War II marked the first all-aircraft naval attack in history. The results were definitive, as British planes destroyed much of the Italian fleet anchored in Taranto, in an arm of the Ionian Sea. The battle is seen as a turning point in military history, marking the end of the reign of “big-gun” battleships and leading to the rise of naval air power. Certain aspects of the attack were studied as part of the planning for what other notorious aerial assault? More… Discuss

this pressed: Ebola virus refuses to stick to the script | Follow Ebola


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English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“What has been revealed over the past two months is how skittish and profoundly insecure we feel, as individuals and as a species, and how fear is a brushfire easily fanned, by memories of best-selling books like Richard Preston’s 1994 “The Hot Zone” — soon to be a television miniseries, directed by Ridley Scott! — and by the fear-mongering of news media and politicians like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Most unnerving is that the virus isn’t conforming to popular expectation. A doctor in the full hazmat regalia still got infected? That’s not supposed to happen. The CDC proving to be as fallible as any human organization? Who’s writing this thing?Well, no one is. That’s how reality works. Things fall apart and get put back together — or not — in ways you wouldn’t believe. Entropy happens.”

via Ebola virus refuses to stick to the script | Follow Ebola.

Pathogenesis schematic

Pathogenesis schematic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Internal memo pushes bringing non-citizens to US for #Ebola treatment— Ebola


this pressed for your right to know: Sex and Ebola: How risky? – CBS News|


This undated file image provided by the CDC shows the Ebola virus. AP Photo/CDC

When Dr. Craig Spencer went to volunteer in West Africa with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, it took him far away from his home, family, friends and other people he loves, including his fiancé Morgan Dixon. Once he returned, Doctors Without Borders advised that he should monitor his health for signs of illness like running a fever, but that “as long as a returned staff member does not experience any symptoms, normal life can proceed.”

“Normal life” may presumably include sexual activity — but could that put a person’s partner at risk?

via Sex and Ebola: How risky? – CBS News.

this pressed for your rght to know: Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast (from reacting to preparing…only in reverse!)


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By LAURAN NEERGAARD and DAVID B. CARUSO
Oct. 25, 2014 9:57 AM EDT

via Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start.

The contrast in handling two Ebola diagnoses highlights how differently cities and hospitals prepare for health emergencies.

“The lesson I would take from New York is you have to practice,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, a representative of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “Preparedness isn’t something you just make a plan for and put it on the shelf.”

this pressed: BREAKING: NY, New Jersey governors issue quarantine for travelers who had contact with Ebola-infected people in W. Africa. — The Associated Press October 24, 2014


this pressed for your right to know: Follow our LIVE coverage on the Ebola crisis here: — Reuters Live (@ReutersLive)


EBOLA – The Plague Fighters – NOVA Documentary (invite your friends to learn about Ebola!)


EBOLA – The Plague Fighters – NOVA Documentary – FULL

The Ebola virus The Search for a Cure |BBC Full Documentary 2014 (ignorance, fear, unfounded hope: fight back with knowledge!)


The Ebola virus The Search for a Cure BBC Full Documentary 2014

from NOVA | SURVIVING EBOLA |PBS (“because knowledge keeps one rational, unlike ignorance”)


NOVA | SURVIVING EBOLA

this pressed: Family of 6 quarantined in Connecticut over Ebola fears


Family of 6 quarantined in Connecticut over Ebola fears. |The Truth24.com

this pressed for your right to know: Ebola Contact Monitoring Graph from CDC: number of people at risk “decreasing each day”— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW)


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“Suddenly he goes into the last phase—the human virus bomb explodes. Military biohazard specialists have ways of describing this occurrence. They say that the victim has “crashed and bled out.” Or more politely they say that the victim has “gone down.”
Richard Preston, The Hot Zone

this pressed for your peace of mind: Travelers entering the U.S. from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to be monitored for 21 days starting Monday| Lucy Westcott (@lvzwestcott)


FBI: Three Denver girls may have tried to join ISIS (+video) – CSMonitor.com


Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State?

A US official said the girls were headed toward Turkey en route to Syria and that investigators were now reviewing evidence, including the girls’ computers.

FBI: Three Denver girls may have tried to join ISIS (+video) – CSMonitor.com.

Experts say Ebola virus unlikely to spread to North America | CTV Calgary News


Kathy Mueller, a former CTV news anchor, recently returned to Canada from Sierra Leone where she assisted the Red Cross dead body management team.

“While we were laying one person to rest, the grave next to them was being dug,” said Mueller. “It was a constant conveyor belt of burials.”

More than 1,200 people have contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia and the virus has claimed the lives of nearly 700 people.

via Experts say Ebola virus unlikely to spread to North America | CTV Calgary News.

this pressed for your right to know: What We Were Told About Ebola|FactCheck.org


At a July 28 press briefing concerning the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Stephan Monroe said the virus “poses little risk to the U.S. general population.” But, he added, “it’s possible that someone could become infected with the Ebola virus in Africa and then get on a plane to the U.S.” Monroe called this scenario a “very remote possibility,” but he didn’t say it could never happen, as the senator claimed.

via What We Were Told About Ebola |FactCheck.org

this pressed for your right to know: Schumer urges Obama to send Ebola experts to NYC..|TheTruth24.com


Sen. Charles Schumer wants the ​Obama administration to immediately put a team of experts on the ground in the Big Apple to ensure the safety of New Yorkers in case someone tests positive for Ebola.

Since the city that never sleeps has two ​international ​airports in the region — JFK and Newark — that see more people arriving from virus-​​ridden west African nations than any other ​part of the country, the ​D​emocratic lawmaker urged the ​​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday to dispatch specialized teams to the city as a way to “remain vigilant” against the threat of Ebola.

“We’re also asking, while that team is on the ground here, that they go around and do the same thing our city and state health departments are doing, go inspect the hospitals to make sure that they have everything in place,” Schumer said Sunday.

via Schumer urges Obama to send Ebola experts to NYC...

Voice of America: Day in Photos — October 19, 2014


5 Palestinians take cover from rain inside a makeshift shelter near the ruins of their houses, which witnesses said were destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City. (Click here to access 12 more photos in a new window )

 

 

this pressed for your right to know: I’m a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here’s What No One Is Telling You About Ebola | Alternet


I’m a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here’s What No One Is Telling You About Ebola | Alternet.

 

 “Ebola is brilliant.”

It is a superior virus that has evolved and fine-tuned its mechanism of transmission to be near-perfect. That’s why we’re all so terrified. We know we can’t destroy it. All we can do is try to divert it, outrun it. 

I’ve worked in health care for a few years now. One of the first

Cover of "The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True...

Cover of The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

things I took advantage of was training to become FEMA-certified for hazmat ops in a hospital setting. My rationale for this was that, in my home state of Maine, natural disasters are almost a given. We’re also, though you may not know it, a state that has many major ports that receive hazardous liquids from ships and transport them inland. In the back of my mind, of course, I was aware that any hospital in the world could potentially find itself at

the epicenter of a scene from The Hot Zone. That was several years ago. Today I’m thinking, by God, I might actually have to use this training. Mostly, though, I’m aware of just that — that I did receive training. Lots of it.

this pressed for your right to know: 2nd Nurse with Ebola may have had worse case during flights..


via 2nd Nurse with Ebola may have had worse case during flights...

18/10/2014 07:20     by: CBSNews

Ebola Infected Nurse Speaks From Hospital Bed ( VIDEO ) Nina Pham Texas Health Dallas


Ebola Infected Nurse Speaks From Hospital Bed ( VIDEO ) Nina Pham Texas Health Dallas

Dallas nurse Briana Aguirre: ‘We never talked about Ebola’ before Thomas Eric Duncan arrived – Health – TODAY.com


Excerpts: “Administrators never discussed with staff how the hospital would handle an Ebola case prior to Duncan’s arrival, Aguirre alleged.

“We never talked about Ebola and we probably should have,” she said. Instead, “they gave us an optional seminar to go to. Just informational, not hands on. It wasn’t even suggested we go … We were never told what to look for.”

“I expected more out of us,” Aguirre said.

Earlier in the week, a union that says it represents nurses in every state criticized the hospital, saying that protocols to protect workers were not in place.

Aguirre said she never dealt directly with Duncan, who was initially put in an area with “up to seven other patients,” but she talked with colleagues who did work directly with the patient. She said there was mass confusion over procedures, including how to handle Duncan’s lab work.

“It was just a little chaotic scene. Our infectious disease department was contacted to ask, what is our protocol. And their answer was, we don’t know. We’re going to have to call you back,” she said.”

via Dallas nurse Briana Aguirre: ‘We never talked about Ebola’ before Thomas Eric Duncan arrived – Health – TODAY.com.
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this pressed for your right to know: Texas Nurse ‘Can No Longer Defend’ Hospital After Ebola Handling | TIME


Texas Nurse ‘Can No Longer Defend’ Hospital After Ebola Handling | TIME.


Second Case of Ebola Transmission in US

A second US nurse who treated Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for the disease, raising concerns that more of the dozens of hospital staffers involved in Duncan’s care may come down with the virus. Further concerns were raised after it emerged that the sickened nurse took a commercial flight the night before she was diagnosed. Health officials are now assessing the flight’s 132 passengers for any signs of illness, though the likelihood of transmission at that time was remote. More… Discuss

this pressed for your right to know: Vulnerabilities in Ebola planning – The Washington Post


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The Washington Post

Vulnerabilities in Ebola planning

The infection of two Dallas health care workers has highlighted vulnerabilities in the CDC’s protocols for those dealing with Ebola patients. The current protocol allows for potential skin exposure of caregivers. The CDC is revising those guidelines and will likely make them more similar to those used in biological containment facilities.

via Vulnerabilities in Ebola planning – The Washington Post.

this pressed – for your right to know: Cases of Ebola outside of West Africa and other Ebola facts | The New York Times


thi spressed-for your right to know: Governments seize colloidal silver being used to successfully treat Ebola patients | Starship Earth: The Big Picture


Governments seize colloidal silver being used to successfully treat Ebola patients | Starship Earth:

The Big Picture.

Le Liberia apprend à vivre avec le virus Ebola http://t.co/rG63x00kNS pic.twitter.com/hIuApC1RQn — RFI (@RFI)


this pressed: Obama Calls for Better Protocol in US Ebola Cases


President Barack Obama called for immediate steps to ensure the U.S. medical system is ready to follow the proper protocol for treating Ebola patients. Obama spoke Sunday with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell about the first case of Ebola transmission in the United States. Obama ordered the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to quickly investigate how a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital contracted the virus. The nurse was part of the team treating the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States, Thomas Duncan, who died last week.

via Obama Calls for Better Protocol in US Ebola Cases.

this press for “unlikely” situations: Ebolavirus VP35 is a multifunctional virulence factor


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English: Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit: researcher is working with the Ebola virus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Nurse-nun visits graves of victims of 1976 Zaire Ebola outbreak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC mi...

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles. Polski: Mikrofotografia elektronowa cząsteczek wirusa Ebola w fałszywych kolorach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The isolation ward of Gulu Municipal Hospital,...

The isolation ward of Gulu Municipal Hospital, Gulu, Uganda, during an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in October 2000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abstract

Ebola virus (EBOV) is a member of the filoviridae family that causes severe hemorrhagic fever during sporadic outbreaks, and no approved treatments are currently available. The multifunctional EBOV VP35 protein facilitates immune evasion by antagonizing antiviral signaling pathways and is important for viral RNA synthesis. In order to elucidate regulatory mechanisms and to develop countermeasures, we recently solved the structures of the Zaire and Reston EBOV VP35 interferon inhibitory domain (IID) in the free form and of the Zaire EBOV VP35 IID bound to dsRNA. Together with biochemical, cell biological and virological studies, our structural work revealed that distinct regions within EBOV VP35 IID contribute to virulence through host immune evasion and viral RNA synthesis. Here we summarize our recent structural and functional studies and discuss the potential of multifunctional Ebola VP35 as a therapeutic target.

Key words: filoviruses, ebola virus, marburg virus, VP35, IFN antagonist, RNA binding protein, virulence factor, immune evasion, drug target

via Ebolavirus VP35 is a multifunctional virulence factor.

this pressed: WHO Ebola situation assessment / What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans


GENEVA, Switzerland, October 6, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ebola situation assessment – 6 October 2014

The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit.

The Ebola virus has also been detected in breast milk, urine and semen. In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70 days; one study suggests persistence for more than 90 days.

Saliva and tears may also carry some risk. However, the studies implicating these additional bodily fluids were extremely limited in sample size and the science is inconclusive. In studies of saliva, the virus was found most frequently in patients at a severe stage of illness. The whole live virus has never been isolated from sweat.

The Ebola virus can also be transmitted indirectly, by contact with previously contaminated surfaces and objects. The risk of transmission from these surfaces is low and can be reduced even further by appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Not an airborne virus

Ebola virus disease is not an airborne infection. Airborne spread among humans implies inhalation of an infectious dose of virus from a suspended cloud of small dried droplets.

via WHO Ebola situation assessment / What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans.

this pressed: WHO, CDC dissect Ebola transmission risk | CIDRAP ( Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)


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A study in a patient-care setting found little Ebola virus persistence in non-bloody samples.

In the wake of suggestions from some experts that the Ebola virus could evolve into an airborne pathogen, the World Health Organization (WHO) took pains to explain today that the virus is known to spread only through contact with bodily fluids—mainly blood, feces, and vomit.

The agency also said that the virus has been detected in breast milk, urine, and semen, and that even saliva and tears may pose some risk.

Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in updated guidance for infection control in hospitals, said the virus can persist on environmental surfaces for a few days. But with daily cleaning and disinfection in a US hospital environment, it would be unlikely to survive longer than a day, the agency said.

via WHO, CDC dissect Ebola transmission risk | CIDRAP.

this pressed: Liberians describe likely Ebola infection of Dallas man


Liberians describe likely Ebola infection of Dallas man.

news: Ebola Makes Its Way to US


Ebola Makes Its Way to US

A man who arrived in the US from Liberia on September 20 has become the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the US. He is currently being treated in a Texas hospital, and healthcare workers are trying to track down and place under observation anyone he had contact with and may have exposed. Meanwhile, experts are trying to understand why emergency room doctors sent the man home with antibiotics the first time he sought treatment and only admitted and isolated him when he returned by ambulance two days later, a decision that could have deadly consequences for those he came in contact with in the intervening days. More… Discuss

New Ebola Projections: 1.4 Million Cases by Late January


New Ebola Projections: 1.4 Million Cases by Late January

Last month, the World Health Organization estimated that 20,000 people could contract Ebola by mid-2015, but revised projections now indicate that this number could be reached as early as November. By January, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of infected could rise as high as 1.4 million. New data also indicate that this outbreak is deadlier than previously believed, killing 70 percent of those who contract the illness. More… Discuss

$1 Billion Needed to Fight Ebola (doctors without borders are needed at….borders without doctors)


$1 Billion Needed to Fight Ebola

With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa still uncontained, the UN is increasing its calls for funding in the fight against the epidemic from $100 million just a month ago to $1 billion today. This health crisis, the World Health Organization’s assistant director-general says, is “unparalleled in modern times,” with thousands infected thus far and the number of cases projected to double every three weeks if containment efforts are not stepped up. According to the president of the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, the response to the outbreak has been insufficient thus far and the window of opportunity to contain the outbreak is closing. More… Discuss

this pressed: BBC News – Ebola outbreak: West Africa food harvests ‘at risk’


BBC News – Ebola outbreak: West Africa food harvests ‘at risk’.

Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Promise


Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Promise

Some good Ebola news is being reported on the heels of the World Health Organization’s projections that the current outbreak could spread to another 10 countries and infect over 20,000 people before it is contained: the experimental drug ZMapp was 100% effective in monkey studies. All of the Ebola-infected monkeys treated with ZMapp survived, even when they received the treatment five days after infection—considered late stage in the animals and equivalent to about nine to 11 days in humans. Still, these results do not mean the drug will be as effective in humans, and, in fact, two of the seven human Ebola patients treated with the drug have nevertheless died. More… Discuss

this pressed: Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to One Funeral – NYTimes.com


Sierra Leone’s explosion of Ebola cases in early summer all appears to stem from one traditional healer’s funeral at which 14 women were infected, according to scientists studying the blood of victims.

The funeral, which took place in mid-May, constitutes a “super-spreader” event comparable to a 2003 one in a Hong Kong hotel in which one doctor from China dying of SARS infected nine other guests who spread the virus throughout the city and to Vietnam and Canada.”

via Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to One Funeral – NYTimes.com.

this pressed from THe Washington Post: Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak – The Washington Post


Community portrait of Yambuku, Zaire -- 1976

Community portrait of Yambuku, Zaire — 1976 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC mi...

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak – The Washington Post.