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    Greetings, Everyone: Due to the intermittent reports on Ebola which are surfacing on a delayed basis[if at all] Dennis recommended this should be a monthly thread.

    If you post a stand alone thread on Main please double post it here so there is an archive that we can all research to find specific articles. Thank you. BREWER

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    Kaci Hickox, Maine Nurse Quarantined in Ebola Scare, Sues New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    by M. Alex Johnson

    Kaci Hickox, the Doctors Without Borders nurse whom New Jersey forced into quarantine after she treated Ebola patients in West Africa, sued Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday for allegedly imprisoning her against her will.

    Christie had "no medical epidemiological or legal grounds to hold me," Hickox said at a news conference in New York. Hickox, 34, who now lives in Oregon, spoke at the news conference via videophone.

    Hickox treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone before she returned to the United States on Oct. 24, 2014. She was held in a quarantine tent in New Jersey for a little more than three days before she was released to Maine, her home at the time — which also sought to quarantine her.

    But Hickox defied Maine's government, winning a court order that she could come and go as she pleased as long as she submitted to monitoring for infection by the deadly virus.

    She later wrote an op-ed column objecting to being identified as the "Ebola nurse" because she never was never infected with the virus.


    The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, seeks $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages from Christie, former state Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd and other Health Department employees for false imprisonment, violation of due process and invasion of privacy.

    It specifically accuses Christie — now a Republican candidate for president — of making false statements that implied that Hickox had symptoms of Ebola when he knew that she didn't.

    Related: Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox, Free of Monitoring, Says We Must 'Get Over This Fear'

    "I never had symptoms of Ebola. I tested negative for Ebola the first night I stayed in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's private prison," Hickox said in a statement released through the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, which is representing her in the lawsuit.

    "My liberty, my interests and consequently my civil rights were ignored because some ambitious governors saw an opportunity to use an age-old political tactic: fear," she said.

    Nurse Kaci Hickox sues @GovChristie over NJ detention during Ebola panic last year.
    — ACLU of New Jersey (@ACLUNJ) October 22, 2015

    Christie's office said it couldn't comment on pending legal matters, but it referred reporters to his previous statements on the case. It specifically cited a news conference Christie held in October 2014 while campaigning for Rhode Island Republican gubernatorial nominee Allan Fung, during which Christie was asked about the possibility that Hickox could sue him.

    "Well, whatever. Get in line. I've been sued lots of times before," Christie said at the time. "Get in line. I'm happy to take it on."


    The state Health Department also said it couldn't comment on pending litigation.

    Udi Ofer, executive director the New Jersey ACLU, said Christie's quarantine policy was "unwise, unscientific and unconstitutional," calling the episode "a dark stain on our state's history."

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    I still think that special show flake should be shipped back to Africa and have her passport revoked.

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    Breaking News Retweeted
    Breaking News UK ‏@BreakingNewsUK 55m55 minutes ago
    UK nurse Pauline Cafferkey discharged from hospital after recovering from Ebola complications - @BBCBreaking

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    New Ebola Cases Found in Previously Virus-Free Liberia

    VOA News
    Last updated on: November 20, 2015 7:44 PM

    Three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia, a setback for the West African country, which had been declared free of the disease.

    The latest cases came to light after a 10-year-old boy fell sick in Paynesville, a suburb of the capital, Monrovia, and was hospitalized in the city. Health officials said Friday that two immediate family members had also tested positive.

    The three patients, along with three others who were possibly exposed to the disease, were taken to an Ebola treatment center outside Monrovia.

    Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9, but new cases emerged in June. The World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free again on September 3.

    The head of the WHO's Ebola response team, Bruce Aylward, said it wasn't clear how the boy contracted Ebola. He said the child and his family had no known history of contact with a survivor or victim of the disease.

    Liberia is one of three West African countries hit hard by the Ebola outbreak that began in December 2013, recording more than 10,000 cases and more than 4,800 deaths.

    In all, the epidemic has killed about 11,300 people, mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

    The new Ebola cases in Liberia came less than a week after Guinea said it had no more Ebola patients and began the 42-day countdown — twice the incubation period of the virus — to be declared Ebola-free.

    Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free earlier this month.

    Fear of the virus transformed the three countries and hampered efforts in Sierra Leone and Liberia to recover from civil wars.

    Some information for this report came from Reuters.

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    Reports probe semen Ebola viability, survivor eye problems

    Filed Under: Ebola; VHF
    Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP News | Nov 20, 2015

    Two new studies shed more light on Ebola survivor-related medical issues, one on virus survival in semen outside of the body and the other a case report on eye problems that cropped up in a US physician not long after he recovered from an infection he contracted while working in Liberia.

    Both studies were published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The experiments on semen were conducted by a research team from National Institutes of Health Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Mont., which published their findings yesterday. The case report involving the eye infection was published today by researchers from Massachusetts and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Both of the studies underscore issues health officials are grappling with now in the late stages of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, as they search for more answers about lingering persistence of the virus in survivors, posing real but relatively rare transmission threats, and how to best manage long-term medical complications in the thousands who have recovered from the disease.

    Results highlight proper condom disposal

    In the semen study, researchers looked at the stability of semen outside of the body in simulated tropical conditions, while also gauging the efficiency of using molecular testing to test semen samples.

    In their tests of Ebola-spiked human semen in bulk and dry states in tropical conditions over 8 days, they recovered viable virus in bulk semen at 6 to 8 days and in dried semen at 1 to 4 days, depending on the virus level in the sample.

    In semen stored in condoms, the Ebola virus survived to day 6, which the authors said shows the importance of proper disposal of used condoms from male Ebola survivors and supports World Health Organization recommendations.

    They said the results of naturally infected semen might vary from that of experimentally spiked semen.

    Eye problems puzzling

    In the case report, researchers described an American doctor who was evacuated to the United States for care of his Ebola infection in August 2014 and sought care for suspected pneumonia and presumed conjunctivitis about a week and a half after his Ebola hospital discharge. His blood test was negative for Ebola.

    In May, clinicians reported in the New England Journal of Medicine finding live virus in intraocular samples of an American doctor who developed uveitis after recovering from an Ebola infected he contracted in Sierra Leone.

    The patient returned to an eye specialty clinic 3 days later reporting painful vision loss, redness, and photophobia of his left eye. Due to concerns about prolonged Ebola shedding, the patient stayed in home isolation until conjunctival swab testing for Ebola could be done, and all samples were negative for Ebola RNA.

    The doctor's eye problem showed clinical improvement over several weeks with topical prednisolone and homatropine. Despite improved anterior chamber findings, however, his visual acuity worsened. His posterior segment inflammation improved at 4-day follow-up after treatment with prednisolone.

    Because his condition improved, his doctors deferred intraocular testing for Ebola RNA. Testing of his semen during the convalescent period, however, was positive for Ebola RNA.

    Tests showed that the physician was positive for human leukocyte antigen (HLA)–B27 haplotype, which has an association with anterior uveitis, but the authors wrote that it's not clear if his HLA status contributed to the uveitis in the context of his Ebola infection, if the condition was triggered by cytopathic effects of the virus or the immune response.

    They concluded that early use of corticosteroids appears to be useful, and that intraocular fluid testing for Ebola might not be needed when patients respond to medical treatment for their eye problems.

    See also:

    Nov 19 Emerg Infect Dis report on virus viability in semen

    Nov 20 Emerg Infect Dis uveitis case report

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    Family case cluster ends Liberia's Ebola-free status

    Filed Under: Ebola; VHF
    Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP News | Nov 20, 2015

    Liberia's health ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced they have confirmed three new Ebola cases, involving a 15-year-old boy from Monrovia and family members.

    At a media briefing today, Bruce Aylward, MD, MPH, the WHO's assistant director-general in charge of Ebola outbreak response, said the boy's symptoms began Nov 14, that he was hospitalized Nov 17, and that his Ebola infection was confirmed yesterday. In a statement today, Liberia's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) said it has confirmed three cases, the first a patient who presented at a hospital in Monrovia with fever, weakness, and bleeding.

    The two other cases include the boy's 8-year-old brother and his father, the New York Times reported today.

    Viral persistence in survivor?

    The MOHSW said four patients and high-risk contacts are in care at an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. According to the Times report, at least seven healthcare workers may have had contact with the boy at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia before his illness was detected and while not wearing adequate protective gear.

    The MOHSW said it is decontaminating the unit and that all healthcare workers who were in contact with the boy have been notified.

    Aylward said the investigation is still under way, but the infection is likely related to a reintroduction from persistent virus in a survivor. He said additional illnesses are suspected in two of the boy's siblings, who have been unwell over the past few days, and added that the boy's father and mother had transient illness over the past few weeks, triggering questions about whether they were sick with Ebola.

    The boy had no known contact with a survivor or other known risk factors such as travel or funeral attendance, he added. Detailed genetic tests would reveal more clues about the source of the child's virus.

    The chance that the boy's illness is part of missed transmission chain is unlikely, given the span of time that has passed since the country's last case was detected, Aylward said. He noted that Liberia was 78 days into its 90-day enhanced surveillance period after it was declared free of the virus for a second time on Sep 3.

    Risk-management phase of outbreak

    Detection of new Ebola cases in Liberia underscores the importance of one of the two main objectives of the third phase of the response that's currently ongoing in the outbreak region, Aylward noted: Manage the risk and build on new information about viral persistence in survivors.

    So far there have been seven events in which health officials can't rule out the possibility of a flare of disease from a survivor, Aylward said, adding that all involved from one to eight cases and no more than two to three generations of transmission.

    Based on what's known about virus persistence in survivors so far, health officials expect that the virus will eventually die out in the convalescent population, likely by the end of 2016. Aylward characterized the threat of flares like the current one in Liberia as inevitable, but rare.

    All three of the countries have taken aggressive steps to quickly detect and respond to new cases, and the Liberia example shows the importance of maintaining the capacities the region, he said. He added, however, that $123.4 million in funding is needed to fill a gap to keep the operations going in the nations through March 2016.

    See also:

    Nov 20 Liberia MOHSW press release

    Nov 20 New York Times story

    Nov 20 WHO media briefing audio file

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    Letters to the Editor

    The real reason for distrust of Ebola efforts in Sierra Leone

    November 20 at 4:27 PM

    The Nov. 8 news article on Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone reported that rural communities there initially fiercely resisted efforts to stem the spread of the Ebola virus through contact tracing.

    But in Sierra Leone, as well as Liberia and Guinea — the three countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic — rural communities did not resist those efforts because they “saw the disease as a kind of curse that tore families apart,” as the article stated.

    On the contrary, especially in my native Sierra Leone, many villagers reasonably saw the foreign workers’ contact-tracing activities involving blood tests on local residents as an extension of suspicious clinical testing related to hemorrhagic diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever that had been conducted by Tulane University since 2006 at its research facility at the Kenema Government Hospital in eastern Sierra Leone.

    Significantly, it was in that very same area where the borders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea converge that the first-ever outbreak of Ebola occurred.

    I hope the U.S. government, which funded Tulane’s research in Sierra Leone through a grant from the National Institutes of Health (which refused in August 2014 to extend the funding), and the Sierra Leone government, which approved the location of Tulane’s research facility in Sierra Leone before abruptly ordering its relocation in July 2014, recognize the crucial lesson that could have prevented the worst-ever Ebola epidemic.

    That lesson is that winning the trust of communities at risk is absolutely indispensable to limiting the impact of the inevitable next Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

    Mohamed A. Jalloh, Gaithersburg

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    Liberia seeks US help to determine cause of new Ebola cases

    Nov 23, 1:45 PM (ET)

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Two experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are set to travel to Liberia to try to determine the cause of new Ebola cases confirmed last week, more than two months after the country had been declared free of Ebola transmission for a second time, a Liberian health official said Monday.

    Liberia requested U.S. assistance after three new cases were reported on Friday, said Dr. Francis Kateh, the country's chief medical officer and acting head of Liberia's Ebola Case Management System. The first of the latest patients is a boy from the capital, Monrovia, who officials initially said was 10 but now say is 15. The boy's father and brother also have tested positive for Ebola and have been taken to the same treatment center along with his mother and two siblings.

    More than 150 people have been identified as potentially at risk of contracting the disease in connection with the new cluster of cases, including about a dozen health-care workers "who are at high risk and under precautionary observation," the health ministry said in a statement.

    Liberia has recorded more than 4,800 deaths during the worst Ebola outbreak in history, according to the World Health Organization. More than 11,300 deaths have been recorded for the entire outbreak, which was concentrated in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to WHO. The first cases were confirmed in March 2014.

    Liberia was first declared Ebola-free on May 9, but new cases emerged in June resulting in two deaths. WHO declared the country Ebola-free again on Sept. 3.

    The new cases in Liberia were announced just days after Guinea, the country where the epidemic started, said it had no more Ebola patients and was beginning a 42-day countdown toward being declared free of Ebola transmission. Guinea had been the last country with any cases after Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free on Nov. 7.

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    Best thing they can do is act fast and start looking for the nearest lab in the region that could be used to culture this and shut it down.

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    Bump-pppfffttt! Raising this to the top since this is a thing again.

    Very important now that they are importing Congolese (from the Congo in Africa) into America and shipping them all over the US to infect us.
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    Why Is The Federal Govt. Hiring "Ebola Airport Screeners?"
    by Tyler Durden
    Tue, 09/03/2019 - 17:30

    Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

    While the CDC has assured us that we don’t need to worry about Ebola here in the United States, at the same time, it seems that the government is quietly hiring people to screen for the disease at an American airport. It’s certainly not impossible that Ebola could spread to the United States. After all, the World Health Organization did declare the DRC Ebola outbreak an international emergency.

    Although they are no longer taking applications, three weeks ago Caduceus Healthcare posted the following ad seeking “entry-level” employees for Dulles International Airport, just outside of Washington, DC.

    To screen passengers that have traveled back from Ebola affected nations. This will include checking vital signs, temperature and having passengers fill out questionnaires. This will include tracking and reporting all recovered results.

    Have a current and unrestricted EMT License

    Current BLS

    Must be a US citizen or Green Card holder

    Here’s a screenshot of the advertisement just in case it gets memory-holed, because we all know how that goes.

    It’s important to understand how viruses like Ebola can turn into pandemics. Here’s a hypothetical example.
    Is this for real?

    The Epoch Times contacted Caduceus Healthcare and spoke to an official at the company.

    “We’re a contractor with the federal government; we saw a proposal that came out looking for MPs, PAs, and public health advisers to be at a couple of main hubs at airports,” Jared Beuther, an official at Caduceus Healthcare, told The Epoch Times.

    “The federal government put out a proposal bid because our company has worked closely with the CDC before and then emergency response, being able to provide them physicians.”

    “The proposal went out last week, before that they were just reaching out to see if any companies were interested in that position,” Beuther noted. (source)

    You know, just casually checking travelers for a deadly hemorrhagic disease. No biggie.
    It isn’t just isolated to Washington DC, either.

    In the Epoch Times’ very thorough report, they discovered that the Los Angeles Public Department of Health is also looking for someone to handle a potential Ebola outbreak.

    The Program Specialist (PS), Public Health Nurse (PHN) in the Hospital Outbreak and Biothreat Response Unit, under the direction of the ACDC physician, will be responsible for leading all components of outbreak investigations that occur in the acute care hospital setting, providing recommendations for outbreak control, and follow-up of infection prevention measures implemented to prevent further disease transmission.

    Essential Job Functions

    Oversee all aspects of outbreak investigations that occur in the acute care hospital setting.

    Coordinate, direct and manage activities for outbreak investigations, including collecting, organizing, and interpreting clinical and laboratory data, leading site visits, and coordinating laboratory specimens and environmental sampling.

    Develop and write recommendations, letters, and comprehensive investigation reports for outbreak control to facilities.

    Prepare reports summarizing investigations, surveillance trends within Los Angeles County, and other correspondence as needed.

    Lead meetings with facilities and provide technical expertise on communicable disease issues such as healthcare-associated infections (HAI), infection control, multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), medical device-associated infections, contaminated products, and emerging infectious diseases to healthcare personnel.

    Collaborate and consult with professional organizations and local, state and federal government agencies, such as the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Health Facilities Licensing and Certification, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Develop and update hospital outbreak investigation policies and procedures and infection prevention and control guidelines based on healthcare community standards of practice, established outbreak investigation activities and the Public Health Nursing Practice Model.

    Participate in local, state and national committees that support control and prevention of hospital outbreaks.

    Support outbreak prevention and control activities in acute care facilities

    Directly supervise an Assistant Program Specialist (APS) and provide cross-coverage for biothreat responses (e.g. Ebola, anthrax, botulism, smallpox).


    Must currently be a permanent Los Angeles County employee who holds the payroll item of Program Specialist, Public Health Nurse. (source)

    And of course, here’s another screenshot for the inevitable moment when they take down the post and a bunch of people start screaming in the comments that I made this up.

    New York City is likewise concerned.

    The Epoch Times reports:

    New York City and state health departments carried out a full Ebola drill on April 30 with a mock Ebola patient, noting in a press release, “Given the current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history with over 1,100 confirmed cases and 700 deaths, it is critical that the healthcare system is prepared to handle an actual case of Ebola or other infectious disease threat. Despite this critical need for readiness, federal funding for Ebola preparedness is set to expire in 2020, placing the future of these emergency response capabilities in jeopardy.”

    New York carried out its drill a full month before 13 African migrant families that crossed the U.S. southern border moved permanently to New York City. (source)

    And there seems to be a trend of drills happening right before the real thing happens, doesn’t there?
    How worried should we be?

    Honestly, I’m surprised they haven’t done this sooner. Ever since the last Ebola scare, I’ve been troubled by the apparent lack of concern about these types of deadly diseases being passed on by travelers.

    At this time, there are no active cases of Ebola in the United States of which we know. There have been some concerning stories about migrant families from Ebola-prone regions crossing our Southern border without much in the way of medical assessment, however, and at this time, I’ve only seen evidence of Dulles International looking for medical professionals to assess travelers for potential Ebola.

    But before you panic and go into lockdown, you should understand that at this point, right now, today as I am writing this article, the current Ebola outbreak has been found mostly in the Democratic Republic of Congo with a small handful of cases in Uganda.

    This doesn’t mean it could never happen here but it means, for now, things are okay. It would be wise to compare your preps to this article about pandemic readiness and invest in this excellent book, Prepping for a Pandemic. As well, check out my book, Be Ready For Anything, which has some specific pandemic recommendations as well as general preparedness advice. This is one of those things that could happen suddenly but may never happen at all.

    However, when the government becomes publicly concerned, I always pay a little more attention and wonder what they know that we do not.
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