Ebola News Digest - December 30

December 31, 2014

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A thank you to health care workers fighting Ebola 14 year-old Yatou in Dakar.  Photo: UNICEF, Liberia   


Final Review of Progress In Fight Against Ebola Virus

Anthony Banbury, the Head of the first ever UN System wide Emergency Health Mission called the UN Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) is arriving in Liberia today as part of his final tour of the three countries most affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. In each county, he will review progress in the fight against Ebola and areas where the UN can do more to help. Appointed in September, Mr. Banbury’s tour of duty is coming to an end on 03 January. He will be replaced by Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania who is expected to visit the Ebola affected countries in early 2015.

A health worker who contracted Ebola in West Africa was transferred from Scotland to Britain’s designated treatment center for the disease in London. Photo: NYT

Ebola Patient Is Moved to London, and 2 Others Are Tested in Britain

NYT--A health worker who returned from West Africa and was found to have Ebola when she arrived home in Scotland was transferred on Tuesday to Britain’s designated treatment center for the disease in London. The authorities also reported that two more people were being tested for the virus.

Ebola around the world: Where the virus is now and which countries have beaten it

Independant--The UK has become the ninth country to diagnose a case of Ebola on its soil, a year after the outbreak started in Guinea. A health worker who tested positive for the virus in Glasgow has been transferred to a specialist unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London, and two more patients are being assessed in Cornwall and Aberdeen.

After Slow Ebola Response, WHO Seeks to Avoid Repeat

WSJ--Health Body to Consider Rapid-Response Teams, Other Changes. The tepid initial response to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak exposed holes in the global health system so gaping it has prompted the World Health Organization to consider steps to prevent a repeat, including…

First Ebola boy likely infected by playing in bat tree

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BBC--Other researchers have been testing bats in West Africa for Ebola virus    The Ebola victim who is believed to have triggered the current outbreak - a two-year-old boy called Emile Ouamouno from Guinea - may have been infected by playing in a hollow tree housing a colony of bats, say scientists. They made the connection on an expedition to the boy's village, Meliandou. They took samples and chatted to locals to find out more about Ebola's source. The team's findings are published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.


Lab Safety Report on Ebola Virus Transfer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting today that a small amount of material from an Ebola virus experiment that was securely transported from a Select-Agent-approved BSL-4 lab to a Select-Agent-approved BSL-2 lab may have contained live virus.


Treating Ebola: inside the Royal Free hospital's high-level isolation unit

the guardian--Treating Ebola: inside the Royal Free hospital's high-level isolation unit Patient isolator unit at the Royal Free hospital in north London.


Former Army scientist among those named as Time’s Person of the Year

Two decades before the latest Ebola outbreak killed thousands of people and left the international community scrambling, former Army scientist Thomas Geisbert was already at war with the virus.


Canadian military doctors, nurses begin work at Sierra Leone Ebola clinic

Canadian military personnel have started work at an Ebola treatment clinic in Sierra Leone. Thirty-seven Canadian Armed Forces doctors, nurses, medics and support staff began working Tuesday at a British-run clinic in Kerry Town.    


How to hunt a virus: 5 ways polio is helping fight Ebola

UNICEF--I’m often asked how the largest-ever public health movement  to end polio has boosted the world?s ability to fight other deadly infectious diseases. When I flew into Sierra Leone […]


Operation SIRONA Task Force commences operations in fighting Ebola ...

In support of the Government of Canada's response to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and following an acclimatization period, 37 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) health care and support staff commenced operations today in Kerry Town, ;...


Unmeer Chief Arrives in Liberia

all africa--Anthony Banbury, the Head of the first ever UN System wide Emergency Health Mission called the UN Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has arrived in Liberia as part of his final tour of the three countries most affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. In each county, he will review progress in the fight against Ebola and areas where the UN can do more to help.


View of the flagship British Ebola treatment facility in Kerry Town. The Scottish nurse diagnosed with the Ebola virus was working at the newly built hospital run by the charity Save the Children. Photograph: Royal Navy/Petty Officer Carl Os/EPA

UK Ebola patient’s infection a setback for Save the Children

Charity says it went beyond its comfort zone in taking on Kerry Town treatment centre in Sierra Leone but felt duty-bound to do soThe Kerry Town Ebola treatment centre stands alone in a large clearing in the Sierra Leonean forest, about an hour?s drive from the capital, Freetown. It is reminiscent of tuberculosis sanatoria built in Victorian times well away from cities, both to give the patients the benefits of nature and to protect everybody else from infection.All the Ebola treatment centres that have sprung up in west Africa are recognisable by their white tented structures, but Kerry Town, begun early on by the Sierra Leonean military under orders from the Ministry of Health and now run by Save the Children, has a line of walled buildings that look at least semi-permanent.    


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As part of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, the Airmen of the 123rd Contingency Response Group set up and operated a cargo processing hub that ensured the safe and efficient distribution of supplies to battle the disease that ravaged that area of the world.


UN Ebola Mission Aims for 'Zero Cases' in 2015

all africa--Since the UN Ebola mission was set up in September, the hope that its work would be over within 60 - 90 days has faded. The goal is now zero cases, however long it takes. The new head of the mission will be an African.

JFC-UA transitions critical health care worker training to partners

AFRICOM--The Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team, the joint-service team tasked by the DOD to train health care workers to staff Ebola treatment units, is scheduled to transition its critical mission for the Joint Forces Command ? United Assistance, Jan. 1, 2015.


Gregory Poland, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Vaccine, Discusses Ebola

The Lancet--Dr. Greg Poland, Editor-in-Chief of Vaccine, discusses the Ebola crisis and the efforts that are being made to develop a vaccine for this deadly disease.



Liberia eases up on cremation order for Ebola victims

(AP) Liberia's government is easing up on its order that all Ebola victims' bodies be cremated after authorities purchased a plot of land to bury them.


Liberia: Ebola Strikes Back

Dozens of new Ebola cases have erupted in western Liberia, near the border with Sierra Leone. Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who confirmed the information Monday, said the new cases were reported in Grand Cape Mount County.


Sierra Leone   

Songo Mbriwa, a physician, recently contracted Ebola while working at Hastings treatment center in Sierra Leone near Waterloo, Sierra Leone, on Nov. 16, 2014. Mbriwa treated Martin Salia, who contracted Ebola while working as a surgeon in Sierra Leone. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Imagine a disease wiping out 64,000 U.S. doctors. Now, you understand Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Washingon Post--A stunning 8.2 percent of Sierra Leone's doctors have died from Ebola in just 10 months. Last week, Victor Willoughby became the 11th Sierra Leonean doctor to die from Ebola. It was a major blow. Sierra Leone already has suffered plenty in the Ebola epidemic. And Willoughby, 67, was one of the most experienced doctors in Sierra Leone.

Fight against Ebola requires district-by-district approach head of UN response mission

The outgoing head of the head of the United Nations Emergency Ebola Response Mission (UNMEER) said today that communities are going to play a big role in defeating the ?nasty disease? in West Africa by stamping out outbreaks while they are small and not allowing them to become bigger. ?Ebola is a very nasty disease, and it?s going to present us with some very unpleasant surprises I fear going forward,? Anthony Banbury told UN Radio in Monrovia, Liberia. ?And that?s why we really need to strengthen our capabilities.? ?What?s so important is that we have good surveillance on the ground so we can have early detection of any outbreak and a rapid response capability so that any outbreak that is detected we can stamp quickly while it is a small outbreak and not allow it to become a big outbreak,? Mr. Banbury said. Mr. Banbury, who is ending his tour of duty on 3 January 2015, met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during...



UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report 29 December 2014

A field hospital donated by Israel will be established as an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Dubreka, Guinea. UNICEF joined partners in engaging the population of the quarantined and neighboring villages of Lonfaye town and Yekepa town, Liberia, following two separate outbreaks there. In response to measles cases in Lofa county, Liberia, the UNICEF-supported periodic intensification of routine immunization, or PIRI, is ongoing across all of the 15 counties. Key Political and Economic Developments 1. The Minister of Health of Guinea is continuing his sensitization and oversight mission in EVD affected prefectures. On 25 December, the minister took part in the prefectural coordination meeting in Gue?cke?dou, attended by UNMEER?s FCM.



On the frontline of Ebola - Dr Stacey Mearns

British medic, Stacey Mearns, tells her story of fighting the disease in Sierra Leone. Dr Mearns is part of the King's Health Partners team at Connaught Hospital in Freetown - supported by UK aid. She knows the job could cost her life, but she wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Cuban doctor who survived Ebola says he'll return to Sierra Leone in January

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Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarria, who contracted Ebola while on an aid mission in Sierra Leona, second from right, smiles as he poses for photos with his wife Vania Ferre, son Alejandro Felix, left, and Dr. Jorge Perez upon arrival to Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Baez, 43, is among 165 Cuban medical personnel sent to Sierra Leone to fight the disease. He showed symptoms of Ebola on Nov. 16 and was brought to Switzerland for treatment with the experimental drug ZMapp. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, Pool)

Cuba's Dr. Felix Baez Sarria, who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and was able to overcome the disease, has announced that he will return to the African country in early 2015 to continue his work in the fight against the epidemic. "I'll return in the first days of January. I feel well both physically and emotionally – my recovery went well, I'm rested and am enjoying the company of my family," he said in a statement published Monday in the official government daily, Granma.


IMF Policies Hindered Ebola Response

bioscience technology--Professors from three leading British universities say International Monetary Fund policies favoring international debt repayment over social spending contributed to the Ebola crisis by hampering health care in the three worst-hit West African countries.Read more about Researchers: IMF Policies Hindered Ebola

Did the International Monetary Fund help make the Ebola crisis?

washington post--Yes, according to a comment in one of the world?s leading health journals, The Lancet.The Associated Press has a nice summary:Professors from three leading British universities say International Monetary Fund policies favoring international debt repayment over social spending contributed to the Ebola crisis by hampering health care in the three worst-hit West African countries.Read full article >>


Ebola wrecks years of aid work in worst-hit countries

(Reuters) - Ebola is wrecking years of health and education work in Sierra Leone and Liberia following their civil wars, forcing many charity groups to suspend operations or re-direct them to fighting the epidemic.


IMF focus on cutting debt over health spending worsened Ebola in Africa: study

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was partially responsible for the scale of the Ebola crisis in three West African countries as its policies hampered healthcare spending in these post-conflict states, according to a ;...



Ebola in West Africa at One Year—From Ignorance to Fear to Roadblocks

JM Drazen, EW Campion, S Morrissey, LR Baden - New England Journal of Medicine, 2014

It has been a year since the first case associated with the current Ebola virus outbreak in

West Africa was identified and just over 8 months since we first started reporting on the

outbreaks that stemmed from that patient in Guinea. 1 Today's posts at NEJM. org include ...

[HTML] Ebola Virus Disease: The use of fluorescents as markers of contamination for personal protective equipment

T Bell, J Smoot, J Patterson, R Smalligan, R Jordan - IDCases, 2014

Abstract The recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has created interest in Personal

Protective Equipment (PPE) content and usage. PPE testing has historically been done by

individual component, rather than as a bundle for contact isolation. Fluorescent agents are ...

Ebola, Physicians in Training, and the Duty to Treat

SL Bernstein, P Shayne - Academic Emergency Medicine, 2014

... Commentary. Ebola, Physicians in Training, and the Duty to Treat. Steven L. Bernstein MD 1

and; Philip Shayne MD 2. ... Additional Information. How to Cite. Bernstein, SL, Shayne, P. (2014),

Ebola, Physicians in Training, and the Duty to Treat. Academic Emergency Medicine. ...

[PDF] Exposing the Origins of the Ebola Outbreak: Urging for a Shift in Response from Reactive to Proactive

A Akhtar, E Befkadu, P Basu, P Kumar - American Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2014

Abstract On August 8, 2014, the World Health Organization established that the current

Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

(PHEIC), urging the global community to orchestrate their efforts to control the outbreak. ...

[PDF] Ebola Outbreak 2014: Measures for Prevention and Control

R DANASEKARAN, K ANNADURAI, M Geetha - Iranian Journal of Public Health, 2014

Ebola virus disease (EVD), previously named as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is often a highly

fatal illness (1). The disease occurs in outbreaks mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and the

largest of the outbreaks is the ongoing 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak. The disease has ...

US Welcomes G20 Plan to Stop Ebola, Strengthen Health Security

US Embassy - 2014

This blog post by Gayle Smith originally appeared on the White House blog website on

November 15. Smith serves as special assistant to the president and senior director at the

National Security Council, where she is responsible for global development, democracy, ...

West Africa needs more international help to defeat Ebola

R Vitillo - Eureka Street, 2014

Over the years, I have had the privilege to visit and accompany Caritas and other Catholic

Church-inspired organisations in Africa as they responded to the epidemic of HIV and AIDS.

I always received warm greetings and handshakes, even when people were traumatised ...

West African Ebola epidemic after one year—slowing but not yet under control

WHOER Team - N Engl J Med. DOI

To the Editor: During the period from early June to mid-September 2014, the epidemic of

Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone grew exponentially, with

national doubling times of between 16 and 30 days. 1 On the basis of case reports ...

Ebola in Freetown area, Sierra Leone—a case study of 581 patients

R Ansumana, KH Jacobsen, M Idris, H Bangura… - New England Journal of Medicine

To the Editor: Schieffelin et al.(Nov. 27 issue) reported on 106 patients with Ebola virus

disease who were treated in Kenema, Sierra Leone, in May and June 2014. Here we report

similar data on the 631 patients with Ebola virus disease, as confirmed by polymerase- ...

[PDF] Ebola and Indirect Effects on Health Service Function in Sierra Leone

HA Bolkan, DA Bash-Taqi, M Samai, M Gerdin…

Abstract Background: The indirect effects of the Ebola epidemic on health service function

may be significant but is not known. The aim of this study was to quantify to what extent

admission rates and surgery has changed at health facilities providing such care in Sierra ...

[PDF] Emerging Therapeutic Approaches to Combat the Pandemicity of the Deadly Ebola Virus

MA Woldu, JL Lenjisa, GT Tegegne, GD Satessa

ABSTRACT Background: Since the identification of Ebola Virus (EBOV) in 1976, significant

filovirus research has focused on developing antiviral therapies. However, despite

promising vaccine candidates, no licensed prophylactics currently exist for preventing or ...






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