last update 8/14/14
This page serves as a centralized place for you to get information on developing news regarding the Ebola Outbreak. It also serves as a reference hub for educational articles regarding the Ebola virus. A link to this page is included in the right sidebar for quick & easy access. Please check back often for updates.
New Ebola Discovery Explains Why Virus Is So Deadly: This virus has been around since 1976, but it’s taken them all this time, and coincidentally during a major outbreak, to figure this out? The explanation is technical, yet still easy for a non-medical regular person to understand, so go and and read it for yourself. (published 8/13/14)
Medieval “Cordon Sanitaire” Tactic Put into Effect to Control Ebola: It was used during the Black Death, then again in Europe in the early 1900’s to control the spread of typhus. With Cordon Sanitaire (sanitary barrier), a border is established and no one goes in or out. This has now been put into effect in Ebola-stricken regions of Africa. Let’s see how this plays out… (published 8/12/14)
Former FDA Official Warns of Spooky Scenario if Ebola Hits U.S.: This article centers around the potential for forced quarantine of well persons. But how would the government get the masses to cooperate? With Martial Law??? (published 8/12/14)
Tracing Ebola’s Outbreak to an African 2-Year-Old: Although considered Patient Zero, it’s theorized that the child potentially had contact with another infected person that has not been traced. Other theories for her December 2013 infection include contaminated fruit or contact with a bat. (published 8/9/14)
South Carolina Dept of Health Directs Colleges & Universities to Screen West African Students & Faculty for Ebola: Persons are to be screened based on recent travel history, arriving within 21 days from West Africa. Any sexual contact they’ve had within 21 days will also be questioned as part of the screening. (published 8/9/14)
WHO Declares Ebola an International Emergency: Provides summary of total Ebola cases and deaths (as of publication date) and lists current affected regions in Africa. Describes potential for spread to other countries, recommended protocols to screen travelers and opinion on low-risk threat in the United States. (publish date 8/8/14)
What Ebola Outbreak Would Look Like in the U.S.: Interesting read which makes reference to the potential for “sweeping measures”, including travel restrictions and the activation of already-established quarantine stations around the U.S. (see image below). These theories stem from remarks made by a top health official during a recent Council on Foreign Relations conference call. (publish date 8/7/14)
CDC’s Double Standard on Healthcare Workers: While the CDC is required to don “space suits” as part of their Ebola protocols, at this time they are only requiring hospital personnel who come into contact with suspected cases of the Ebola contagion to were minimal PPE (personal protection equipment), such as gowns and face masks. (publish date 8/7/14)
Ebola Vaccine Pioneer Joked About Use of Genetically Engineered Virus to Cull Human Population: This article refers and links to a February 2012 video where Dr. Charles Arntzen, head of The Biodesign Institute for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, made some jokes about systematic depopulation of the human race through the use of a genetically engineered virus. The audience can be heard laughing in the video. Decide for yourself if this is funny. (publish date 8/6/14)
What U.S. Hospitals Need to Know to Prepare for Ebola Virus Disease: This information is posted on the CDC.gov website. It is a transcript from their August 5th teleconference where clinicians received “updates on the status of the outbreak in West Africa and guidance on what steps U.S. healthcare facilities can take to prepare for the possibility of caring for a patient with Ebola virus disease”. (publish date 8/5/14)
Why Does CDC Own a Patent on Ebola “Invention”?: The CDC can apparently file for medical patents. But why? Does there job go beyond assessing public health risk and battling deadly contagion? The comments in the article make for interesting reading as well. (publish date 8/3/14)
Canada’s Public Health Agency Suspects Ebola Could Be Airborne: …”In the laboratory, infection through small-particle aerosols has been demonstrated in primates, and airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected, although it has not yet been conclusively demonstrated.” (last updated 8/1/14)
From Pigs to Monkeys: Ebola Goes Airborne: Details results from a 2012 Canadian study where Ebola-infected pigs were placed in the same room as Monkeys (in separate cages). Monkeys presented with signs of Ebola on day 8 despite having no physical contact with the pigs. (published 11/21/12)
Legal Authorities for Isolation and Quarantine: CDC publication that describes the difference between isolation (separating ill persons from the healthy) and quarantine (which includes restriction of well persons who may or may not be infected), as instituted via Federal guidelines. An interesting point about quarantine is that entire towns, in extremes cases, can legally be quarantined. Hemorrhagic fever is included on the short list of of 9 communicable diseases whereby quarantine can be imposed. (last updated 8/1/14)
Sequence for Donning and Removing PPE (Personal Protection Equipment): This is a printable PDF poster that visually describes the proper sequence for putting on PPE gear and taking it off after contact with contagion. There have been questions as to how the doctor treating Ebola patients in Africa contracted the disease since he wore a “space suit”. There is speculation that he did not remove his PPE gear in the proper sequence, or did so in a sloppy manner (perhaps due to fatigue), thereby causing him to become infected. Basic PPE’s for non-healthcare persons can include, but is not limited to such things as an N95 respirator face mask and isolation gowns.
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