State Of Emergency Declared Following Napa, California Earthquake

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NAPA, Calif. (KABC) —

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency following the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the northern San Francisco Bay area early Sunday. More than 200 people were injured in the quake, which caused significant damage, ignited fires, ruptured water mains and gas lines and knocked out power to tens of thousands.

Napa Fire Department Operations Chief John Callanan says the city has exhausted its own resources extinguishing six fires, transporting injured residents, searching homes for anyone who might be trapped and answering calls about gas leaks, water main breaks and downed power lines. The governor issued a proclamation directing state agencies to respond with equipment and personnel.

Leslie Gordon of the U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor, dubbed the South Napa earthquake, struck just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday about 10 miles northwest of American Canyon, which is about 6 miles southwest of Napa. The USGS said it was the largest tremor to shake the Bay Area since the 1989 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta quake.

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Dr. Kent Brantly, Ebola Survivor, Speaks After Release From Hospital

Dr. Kent Brantly, the US Doctor cured of Ebola, left the Emory University Hospital Atlanta on Thursday August 21st 2014 after battling the deadly disease for over three weeks.

He told reporters at a news conference that he is thrilled to be alive, and gave Glory to God for his recovery.

“Today is a miraculous day. I’m thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.

“I cannot thank you enough for your prayers and your support, but what I can tell you is that I serve a God who answers prayers. God saved my life, a direct answer to thousands and thousands of prayers. Thank you to the Liberia community, Emory hospital and so many of you, my family, friends and church family. Please don’t stop praying for others in West Africa.”

“I will be going away to recover physically and emotionally, but for now, we need some time together in private before sharing more of our journey.”

New restrictions in Kenya for travelers amid Ebola fears

Courtesy CNN: By Lillian Leposo, CNN

Nairobi (CNN) — Kenya Airways will suspend flight operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone, the latest airline to curb flights because of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The suspension is temporary, and the airline will continue operating flights to Nigeria and Ghana, Kenya Airways said.

The Kenyan government announced other restrictions, saying it is temporarily suspending entry into Kenya of passengers who have passed through Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Health professionals and Kenyan citizens returning home from those countries will be the exceptions, but will have to undergo extensive screening and close monitoring, said James Macharia, Cabinet secretary of the Kenya Ministry of Health.

The measures come as the World Health Organization warned this week that the magnitude of the Ebola crisis in West Africa is “vastly” underestimated.

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Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans

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Efforts to test an Ebola vaccine on humans have reached a milestone whenBioProtection Systems, through its parent company, NewLink Genetics Corporation, confirmed that it is prepared to launch the first human safety trial of a vaccine, which the company licensed after it was developed by scientists at the Public Health Agency of Canada. The company has also arranged to manufacture tens of thousands of vaccine doses within “the next month or two,” Dr. Charles Link, NewLink’s chief executive, said.

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Only the facts: Ebola experimental drugs

Courtesy CNN: By Caleb Hellerman

(CNN) — The race to develop an effective treatment or vaccine against Ebola is on as the largest outbreak in history continues to spread in West Africa. Meanwhile, questions about whether unproven treatments are appropriate to use, and who should get them, are inspiring passion and resentment.

On Wednesday, an Iowa-based company called NewLink said it has enough doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to begin clinical trials in the next few weeks, if such trials are approved. Meanwhile, a shipment of 800 to 1,000 doses of the vaccine, known as VSV-EBOV, were delivered to health officials in Liberia, as a donation from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Canadian agency developed the vaccine but says its stockpile is gone. Earlier in the week, we learned that Mapp Biopharmaceuticals also sent its entire stock of the experimental drug ZMapp to the government of Liberia. Left undetermined is which individuals will receive any of the drugs.

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How to Stop Ebola — and the Next Outbreak

Contributed by Dr. Lisa Cain, the African Scientific Institute Courtesy of 
Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union

For only the third time in its 66-year history, the World Health Organization has declared a global public health emergency. This time it is for the Ebola outbreak in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. After their traumatic ordeal in recent months, governments and communities in those three countries are looking desperately for signs that Ebola can be stopped in its tracks.

As medical doctors who understand well both the continent of Africa and infectious disease control, we are confident that the Ebola virus disease response plan, led both by the countries and the World Health Organization, can contain this Ebola outbreak and, in a matter of months, extinguish it. Let’s also keep in mind that this is not an African problem, but a humanitarian one that happens to occur in a small part of Africa.

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Ebola Patient Zero – 2 Year Old Boy From New Guinea Who Died In December 2013

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A recent report on the Ebola outbreak suggests that a two-year-old boy who died on 6 December 2013 in a village in Guéckédou, Guinea might be the virus’s Patient Zero. Guéckédou borders Sierra Leone and Liberia, where Ebola has infected more than 1,700 people.

According to the study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and reported by the New York Times, a week after the boy died, his mother died from a similar illness, followed by the child’s three-year-old sister and then his grandmother. All suffered from fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, but no one, including local health workers, suspected Ebola. Mourners at the grandmother’s funeral are suspected to have spread the virus after catching the disease from individuals who prepared the body for burial or interacted with the family.

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Ebola Patient Zero – Likely A 2 Year Old From New Guinea

Courtesy CNN: By Madison Park, CNN Report: Ebola outbreak probably started with 2-year-old in Guinea

 The worst outbreak of Ebola, which has killed 961 people and triggered an international public health emergency, may have started with a 2-year-old patient in a village in Guinea.

About eight months ago, the toddler, whom researchers believe may have been Patient Zero, suffered fever, black stool and vomiting. Just four days after showing the painful symptoms, the child died on December 6, 2013, according to a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Scientists don’t know exactly how the toddler contracted the virus. Ebola is spread from animals to humans through infected fluids or tissue, according to the World Health Organization.

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FDA authorizes use of unapproved Ebola virus test

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As Ebola continues to spread throughout West Africa, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of an unapproved Ebola virus test developed by the Department of Defense for use in individuals, including U.S. military personnel and responders, who may be at risk of infection because of their work with individuals who might have the virus. “Specifically, the test is intended for use in individuals with signs and symptoms of infection with Ebola Zaire virus, who are at risk for exposure to the virus or who may have been exposed to the virus,” FDAspokeswoman Stephanie Yao said in a statement. The Test-tube diagnostic test is one of the Pentagon’s investment in developing a vaccine or cure for Ebola.

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Battling a deadly disease

Courtesy Homeland Security News Wire from Boston University

BU Today, the news and information Web site of Boston University, last week published a series of detailed articles, accompanied by interviews with leading researchers, about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The researchers discuss why medical personnel risk traveling to the hot zone; the ethical and political dilemmas presented by the outbreak; how the virus kills; efforts to design effective therapies; and other aspects of the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

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