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10,000 and Counting!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

On October 25, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new statistics on the Ebola Outbreak. Ebola continues to spread. The BBC has reported that a 2-year-old girl, daughter of a deceased Ebola victim from Guinea, was transported more than 1,000 miles from Guinea to a city in Mali. It’s believed that the child was symptomatic during the journey, potentially exposing hundreds of people to infection. One wonders why this child was not quarantined after her mother’s death a few weeks ago — for her own safety and for the safety of others.The child has since died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have previously said that the number of Ebola cases could be underreported. WHO officials have said that within two months there could be 10,000 new Ebola cases a week. One bright spot is the...

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10,000 and Counting!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

On October 25, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new statistics on the Ebola Outbreak. Ebola continues to spread. The BBC has reported that a 2-year-old girl, daughter of a deceased Ebola victim from Guinea, was transported more than 1,000 miles from Guinea to a city in Mali. It’s believed that the child was symptomatic during the journey, potentially exposing hundreds of people to infection. One wonders why this child was not quarantined after her mother’s death a few weeks ago — for her own safety and for the safety of others.The child has since died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have previously said that the number of Ebola cases could be underreported. WHO officials have said that within two months there could be 10,000 new Ebola cases a week. One bright spot is the...

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10,000 and Counting!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

On October 25, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new statistics on the Ebola Outbreak. Ebola continues to spread. The BBC has reported that a 2-year-old girl, daughter of a deceased Ebola victim from Guinea, was transported more than 1,000 miles from Guinea to a city in Mali. It’s believed that the child was symptomatic during the journey, potentially exposing hundreds of people to infection. One wonders why this child was not quarantined after her mother’s death a few weeks ago — for her own safety and for the safety of others.The child has since died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have previously said that the number of Ebola cases could be underreported. WHO officials have said that within two months there could be 10,000 new Ebola cases a week. One bright spot is the...

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Rules for Ebola Protective Gear Were Vague

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

“Even a single health care worker infection is one too many.  We may never know exactly how that happened, but the bottom line is that the guidelines didn’t work for that hospital,” said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recently the CDC changed their personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for health care workers treating Ebola patients. The old guidelines did not make it clear that medical staff should cover every inch of skin when caring for patients with Ebola. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who contracted Ebola in West Africa and traveled to the United States where he developed symptoms of the disease and died, was treated by staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, including nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson. At least one nurse at the hospital, Briana Aguirre, complained that she received little or...

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Could My Dogs Transmit Ebola?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

On October 8, 2014, in spite of a Change.org petition (with at least 300,000 signatures) protesting the action, Excalibur was euthanized by Madrid health authorities — a sad event for the dog’s owner and her family. Excalibur was the pet dog belonging to a Spanish nursing assistant who tested positive for Ebola. One side of the debate says that this was an unfair imposition of additional suffering. Why couldn’t the dog be quarantined? The other side of the debate says that euthanizing the dog was a necessary precaution to prevent the spread of Ebola. Why take chances? What we know about the science behind the spread of Ebola suggests, unfortunately, that euthanizing the dog was a sensible approach. What is a spillover species? A spillover species is a species from which an infectious disease can be transmitted to humans. Researchers are fairly certain that non-human primates and...

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