West Africa: Ebola - Where Are We Now?
[IRIN] Dakar -For the first time in more than a year, no one in either Sierra Leone or Liberia is being treated for Ebola, raising hopes that after more than 11,000 deaths and 28,000 infections throughout West Africa, the epidemic could finally be winding down.
Dire risk is compounded by climate crisis, urbanisation and lack of sanitation, says global monitoring boardIt sounds like an improbable fiction: a virulent flu pandemic, source unknown, spreads across the world in 36 hours, killing up to 80 million people, sparking panic, destabilising national security and slicing chunks off the world ’s economy.But a group of prominent international experts has issued a stark warning: such a scenario is entirely plausible and efforts by governments to prepare for it are “grossly insufficient”.Continue reading...
[New Times] The Minister for Health, Dr Diane Gashumba, and her Congolese counterpart Dr Eteni Longondo, have commended the progress that the two countries have made in implementing a joint roadmap for cross-border efforts meant to combat the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic.
On tour in Africa, American officials said the U.S. would keep providing aid. But Congo ’s response has been uneven, and the former health minister has been jailed.
[New Times] Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) who held a meeting in Kigali on Friday to discuss regional countries' preparedness for Ebola and Dengue fever are concerned that there is no common regional policy, practice or guidelines on responding to an outbreak of epidemic diseases.
Conclusion: Efforts to systematically build responsible leadership and social capital at community level, including those that strengthen bonds in communities and trust across key actors in the health system, are needed to address health shocks like EVD outbreaks. Without building such capabilities in community resilience, it will be difficult to reap the expected gains from investments focusing on building physical capital and technical capabilities in health services and emergency preparedness. PMID: 31507254 [PubMed - in process]
Publication date: Available online 11 September 2019Source: EpidemicsAuthor(s): W.S. Hart, L.F.R. Hochfilzer, N.J. Cunniffe, H. Lee, H. Nishiura, R.N. ThompsonAbstractEpidemiological models are routinely used to predict the effects of interventions aimed at reducing the impacts of Ebola epidemics. Most models of interventions targeting symptomatic hosts, such as isolation or treatment, assume that all symptomatic hosts are equally likely to be detected. In other words, following an incubation period, the level of symptoms displayed by an individual host is assumed to remain constant throughout an infection. In reality, how...
Dr Catherine Houlihan, from Aberdeen, returned home to the UK from the African nation in June after spending a month at the heart of the epidemic in the North Kivu province.
[The Conversation Africa] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ebola epidemic as a "public health emergency of international concern".
PMID: 31518557 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
People who survive Ebola virus infection face a dramatically higher risk of dying - probably from severe kidney damage - within a year of leaving hospital, according to a study of survivors of an epidemic in Guinea.