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Ebola Clinic Attacked and Virus Likely to Spread

In Liberia, armed men attacked an Ebola quarantine center, freed the Ebola patients there, and looted everything they could find at the clinic.  The looted items even included bloody sheets and mattresses highly likely to contain the contagious and deadly Ebola virus.

This incident creates the perfect storm for a huge Ebola virus outbreak in the region.  You have the combination of confirmed Ebola patients who have fled the clinic, and you have infected items that were looted being passed around.  On top of that, this all happened near the capital’s largest slum.

30 Ebola patients were staying at the clinic before the attack.  Many of them fled while the clinic was under siege.  Officials are trying to round them up and then transfer them to the Ebola center at Monrovia’s largest hospital.

Liberian officials had considered putting the entire West Point under quarantine but as of right now that is not going to be the decision.  There are over 50,000 residents in West Point.

Ebola Virus Updates

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Here are the latest updates on the Ebola Virus Outbreak:

  • In efforts to slow the spread of the Ebola Virus, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia have decided to implement ancient medieval tactics to cordon off highly affected areas.  This measure is something that was used long ago to fight the Bubonic Plague.  Cross border isolation zones have been set up and they are being patrolled by armed guards.  Much needed medical supplies and food will be coming to the sanitary barriers but nobody will be permitted to leave the isolation zones.  Hadja Saran Darab, the Secretary General of the Mano River Union, had this to say about the new measures being implemented, “We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic.”   Although this may be effective, it still leaves 30 percent on opposite side of the barrier and it may prove difficult to keep people from leaving, especially if they feel they aren’t receiving what they need inside the barrier.
  • The current death toll from the Ebola Virus outbreak now stands at 1069 Ebola deaths.
  • The last remaining does of the experimental Ebola treatment serum Zmapp arrived in Liberia yesterday.  They were carried personally by Augustine Ngafuan and they will be given to two sick African doctors.  The company who makes Zmapp has said their supplies are now exhausted and it will take multiple months to produce even small amounts of the serum.
  • A Canadian company has pledged to donate up to one thousand does of their untested Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO).  However, it is unknown how scientists can even determine if the vaccine works and there are lots of questions being asked about who will receive the vaccines.
  • A third person in Nigeria has now died from Ebola.  He had been quarantined after he came in contact with the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer who died from Ebola a month ago.

Ebola Virus Outbreak Problems Are Mounting in Liberia

Here’s a quick Ebola virus outbreak update with news from Liberia.

Residents in Liberia are outraged at the government’s delays in picking up dead bodies of Ebola victims on the roadsides.  An angry crowd of Liberians blocked the country’s busiest roadway in protest.  Tensions continue to mount as there have been nearly 300 Ebola Virus deaths in Liberia and there are great concerns of further contamination.   In Guinea, officials have made the decision to close its land borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone.   Liberia’s government has ordered that all Ebola victims be cremated since there is so much opposition to normal burials for fear of further contamination.  Over forty health workers in Liberia have become infected by Ebola.  The Doctors Without Borders charity group working in Liberia has described the conditions as “catastrophic.”

Drastic times call for drastic measures and to slow down the spread of Ebola Liberia has launched “Operation White Shield” where soldiers are deployed in different locations outside the capital to discourage residents’ movements.  This is a part of Sirleaf’s emergency measures to better fight the disease and slow down its spread.  Health workers are stationed next to soldiers at each checkpoint to take the temperature of every commuter.  Anyone who has a temperature above the normal range will be prevented from leaving.

Ebola Victim Brought To Europe for Treatment

75 year old Priest Miguel Parajes is now the first person infected with the Ebola virus to be taken to Europe for treatment.  Parajes was caring for other Ebola victims in a hospital his humanitarian group runs when it was discovered that he too had been infected with the virus.

Parajes was flown in a special airbus back to Spain along with a nun who was not infected with Ebola.  They landed in Madrid and were escorted by a convoy of medical personnel in protective suits, who took them to a special isolation unit of Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital.  Thirty regular patients were evacuated to clear the area for them.  They are now in quarantine and twelve medical staff members will be alternating three shifts to monitor and care for them.

Other Ebola News and Updates

Yesterday, a man died of Ebola in Saudi Arabia, which marked the first Ebola death outside of West Africa.  With two Americans being treated for Ebola in the United States and now an Ebola patient in Europe concern and fear about the Ebola virus outbreak continues to expand.  In the worst affected regions of West Africa dead Ebola victims have been found in the streets because family members and relatives were too afraid to be near them for fear they would catch the disease.  750 soldiers line the streets in Sierra Leone to enforce Ebola quarantines.  The World Health Organization is having talks and debating whether or not to use untested U.S. drugs on Ebola victims.  So far, President Obama has advised against that, saying it is “too soon”.  Britain’s Cobra emergency committee is meeting to discuss options and Britain has increased the aid they are sending to $5 million Euros.  The current Ebola death toll stands out 932 Ebola deaths and over 1700 Ebola cases.

Ebola Outbreak Declared International Public Health Emergency

The World Health Organization, otherwise known as WHO, has declared the Ebola Virus outbreak an international public health emergency, saying it will take an extraordinary response to stop the Ebola outbreak from continuing to spread.

WHO is calling for the international community to get more involved by sending foreign aid and sending workers on the ground.  Dr. Margaret Chan said, “Countries affected to date simply do not have the capacity to manage an outbreak of this size and complexity on their own,”  WHO is also urging other countries to be more aware and to be on the lookout for potential new Ebola transmissions popping up.  It’s extremely important to identify the symptoms of Ebola and isolate anyone infected with virus.

The impact of the World Health Organization’s declaration remains to be seen.  In the past, a similar declaration about Polio has not proven to have helped slow down the virus.

CDC Issues Level 1 Emergency Response for Ebola Virus Outbreak

The Ebola Virus outbreak has risen to an alarming rate, and now the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has raised their emergency response to Level 1.  The Level 1 Emergency Response is the highest level at the CDC.  The main reason for the status being raised is because of the amount of workers being sent into the countries currently being affected by the Ebola outbreak.

The CDC is now helping the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases with their headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Center specializes in researching and studying Ebola.  So far nearly 250 workers are working on the Ebola response with thirty of them being sent to the affected countries.  More staff members are scheduled to be deployed soon.

With the Ebola virus killing nearly 1000 people so far in West Africa there’s no doubt this outbreak has very serious.  To gauge how serious this is, the CDC has only raised their emergency response to Level 1 twice in the past eleven years before this.  The other two times were Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the H1N1 outbreak of 2009.

Ebola Outbreak State of Emergency Declared By Nigeria

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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that the Ebola Virus Outbreak’s death toll in West Africa has now surpassed 900 deaths and currently sits at 932.  A nurse in Nigeria died from Ebola marking the second Ebola death in Nigeria.  The first Ebola death in Nigeria was Patrick Sawyer, a 40 year old American of Liberian decent who got sick while traveling to Nigeria on a business trip.  Both Ebola deaths in Nigeria occurred in Lagos, a mega city with a population of over 21 million people.  Because of the crowded population there are great concerns the virus could spread quickly if not contained.  Millions of people in Lagos live in cramped up conditions without plumbing or flushable toilets.  Signs have been posted throughout the city trying to warn people to not urinate in public spaces as that act of emitting bodily fluids could potentially spread the Ebola disease.

Just a couple hours ago, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a state of emergency in Nigeria in a televised address to the nation.  Sirleaf said, “Ignorance and poverty, as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices, continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease”.  Nigerian officials have been moving quickly to obtain isolation tents to quarantine potentially infected people in anticipation of a further outbreak.

Ebola Outbreak Leads to Emergency World Health Organization Meeting

Global health experts are meeting to discuss the Ebola outbreak and whether or not to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.  The World Health Organization, also known as WHO, will be meeting for the next couple of days.

The Ebola Virus has now killed close to nine hundred people in West Africa.  Since the outbreak began in Guinea it has spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.  Nigeria experienced their second Ebola death last Wednesday and there are five reported cases in Nigeria’s largest city.  A man who died in Saudi Arabia last week is suspected to have died from an Ebola infection.  When the results come back, if he in fact died of Ebola, he will be the first Ebola death outside of West Africa.   There have been many people suspected to be infected with Ebola in the U.S. but all so far have turned out to not be Ebola (other than Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were transported to the U.S. from Liberia for treatment).

With the outbreak possibly spreading beyond West Africa top health experts are revving up conversations about what to do.  Infectious disease experts have called for experimental treatments to be offered more widely, such as the experimental serum given to Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol.

Ebola Virus Pictures

Many people want to know what the Ebola Virus looks like, so here’s a microscopic view of an Ebola virus strain.

ebola virus strain

The initial symptoms of the Ebola Virus are very similar to symptoms of a common cold. But after a couple days victims can start getting more severe symptoms including skin rashes like this.

Ebola Virus rash

It is important for people to be aware and informed about the Ebola Virus outbreak and for them to know about the symptoms of the virus.

People are trying to educate others and warn them about the virus.

ebola virus warning

Ebola Virus awareness is extremely important in helping stop the spread of the virus.

ebola virus awareness

Educating people about what causes the virus and how it spreads is very important. Ebola is most commonly spread through bodily fluids and it can even spread after death.

Good hygiene and thoroughly washing your body aids in prevention of contracting the Ebola Virus.

ebola virus prevention

Here are some people being tested for the Ebola Virus.

testing for ebola virus

Catching the virus early gives people a chance at survival.

ebola virus patient

All caregivers can really do is give patients saline and fever reducing medicines while their bodies try to ward off the effects of the disease.

people with ebola virus

If the Ebola Virus is detected a quarantine usually ensues.

ebola virus quarantine

Once the later stages of the Ebola Virus start happening to a victim organ failure and hemorrhaging fever usually occur, killing the victim.

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Since the recent outbreak began there have been several cases, including one American case, where the virus was spread after the victim had died. An American who attended the funeral of someone with the virus died shortly after the funeral from Ebola virus he contracted while attending the funeral. When washing dead bodies and preparing for burial the virus can be spread.

Ebola Virus Outbreak 2014

With the recent Ebola Virus outbreak people need to know as much information as possible about the deadly Ebola Virus that causes hemorrhaging fever.

ebola virus outbreak

The most frequently asked questions are as follows:

1) What is the Ebola Virus?

2) How dangerous is the Ebola Virus?

3) Is there a vaccine for the Ebola Virus?

4) What are the signs and symptoms of the Ebola Virus?

5) Is the Ebola Virus contagious?

6) What does the Ebola Virus do to the body?

7) What does the Ebola Virus look like?

8) Is there a treatment or a cure for the Ebola virus?

9) Where did the Ebola Virus come from?

10) How does the Ebola Virus spread?

This website will answer all of those questions for you and more.  We will be posting breaking Ebola news, posting pictures of the Ebola virus, and providing you with information about the outbreak and the spread of this deadly virus.  Check back here often for news and updates.