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Follow the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Facts about the spread of pandemic disease and how it is effecting communities around the globe.

Officials Worry Ebola Now Being Spread by Unprotected Sex

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Health officials believe that survivors of Ebola can spread the virus through having unprotected sex up to twice as long as was previously believed. Officials are telling male survivors of Ebola to avoid any unprotected sex for an indefinite period. Scientist thought the virus could remain for three months in the semen of an infected person. However, recently a case took place in West Africa that suggests infection through unprotected sex could happen for up to five months or longer.

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Using that case as an example, officials are telling male survivors of Ebola to avoid any unprotected sex for an indefinite period. The officials said that they previously had advised that the men wore condoms for up to three months.

On Friday, a report was released that detailed the case of a Liberian woman who was 44 and whose infection is likely to have come from a man who is 46 and who had symptoms of Ebola in September of 2014.

She became ill during March in just a week following sex with the man and died. Another woman that he had sex with close to the same time was tested and her results were negative.

The virus spreads via direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of an Ebola patient, such as saliva, urine, sweat or semen.

Once a patient recovers, health officials have said they are not contagious except there remains a chance it remains in the semen.

Investigations of recent cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have pointed toward sexual transmission from Ebola survivors, but there has been no confirmation on those cases.

However, there have been less than 10 of these cases, said a Center for Disease Control spokesperson. It has been difficult pin pointing that sexual relations was the only way that they might have been infected with the virus.

In Guinea the national coordinator for responding to Ebola, said one woman in Macenta a town in the southeast had contracted Ebola following sex that was unprotected with her husband.

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Ebola Update – US Hospitals Equipped To Treat Ebola

Courtesy of BEMA

US Hospitals designated as equipped to treat Ebola:

Nearly two dozen hospitals are near the five international airports — John F. Kennedy in New York; Newark Liberty; Washington Dulles; O’Hare in Chicago and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta — that travelers from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali are required to use when arriving in the United States.

They include Bellevue Hospital Center in New York; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.; Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore;MedStar Washington Hospital CenterGeorge Washington University Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center in the District; the University of Virginia Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Virginia; Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago; and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Other hospitals are in communities that are home to many West African immigrants, including Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis and San Francisco. They include Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center in California and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The 35 designated hospitals will have a total treatment capacity of 53 beds.

For more information visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-designates-35-hospitals-to-prepare-for-future-ebola-patients/2014/12/02/d3213c18-7a1a-11e4-b821-503cc7efed9e_story.html

Ebola Virus Outbreak: Readiness & Protection Tips

The following links provide awareness, readiness, tips, and information about the Ebola Virus Outbreak.

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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

Courtesy Homeland Security Newswire

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

Courtesy Homeland Security News Wire

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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