Liberia: Liberia, Sierra Leone Gain in Ebola Crisis - Guinea Struggles

[New Dawn] Sierra Leone and Liberia both appear to be on steady paths to ending the epidemic. The wild card is Guinea, where Ebola hasn't burned as hot but remains stubbornly entrenched.
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Publication date: Available online 24 July 2018Source: SeizureAuthor(s): Minyoung Jang, Foksouna Sakadi, Nana R. Tassiou, Cissé F. Abass, Sara J. Grundy, Arcer Woga, Bah A. Kenda, Condé M. Lamine, Balde A. Talibé, Hongxiang Qiu, Joseph M. Cohen, Marco Carone, Farrah J. Mateen, for the Guinea Epilepsy ProjectAbstractPurposeTo characterize people with epilepsy (PWE) presenting to a free neurology consultation and antiepileptic drug (AED) service in the Republic of Guinea.MethodsGuinea is a low-income country in West Africa that recently experienced an Ebola Virus Disease epidemic. Community-dwelling PWE ...
Source: Seizure - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Abstract Travel medicine defines all diseases and medical situations that are related to travel. Travel medicine comprises infectious diseases, traumas, altitude sickness, sun burns, embolisms, jet lag, and many more travel-related situations. With the increasing possibility and ease of travel, the number of people who have travelled internationally has exceeded 1.13 billion in 2014, and the revenues of international travel have exceeded 1.25 trillion dollars. With every passing day, international travels are shifting toward the developing countries and to more exotic regions of the world, and travelers tend to be...
Source: Turkish Society for Parasitology - Category: Parasitology Authors: Tags: Turkiye Parazitol Derg Source Type: research
Even in the middle of an epidemic of a very serious illness, outbreaks of other infectious diseases will continue. Clinicians need to be able to make rapid decisions about the nature of the outbreak and how to manage it. A balance needs to be struck between managing all patients as if they have the worst-case scenario illness and the resultant risks to themselves, their colleagues and the mission. This paper reviews basic epidemiological tools that inform robust decision-making in the management of such outbreaks. It then describes how a pragmatic approach, combined with effective use of these techniques, rapid diagnostics...
Source: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps - Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Drugs: gastrointestinal system, Infection (gastroenterology), Infectious diseases Review Source Type: research
Conclusion This modelling study aimed to explore the trends of the current Zika epidemic and use this data to predict the future spread of the virus. From the analysis, the main predictions were that the current epidemic will largely be over in three years, with seasonal variation based on mosquito populations. Additionally, once the current epidemic is over, there will be a delay of at least a decade before another large Zika virus epidemic. However, as the researchers acknowledge, with any modelling study the results are based on data available and some assumptions. There is a great deal of uncertainty that comes with ...
Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news
By Thomas Frieden As the world's worst Ebola epidemic fades in the rearview mirror of history, it's worth remembering what happened and the key lessons learned. Beginning in March 2014, Ebola began spreading rapidly in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Nearly 30,000 people were eventually afflicted with the disease, and more than 11,000 died. Ebola spread to Nigeria, Mali, the United States, and other countries. In response to the emerging epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center to fight Ebola. This would become the CDC's largest and most intense outbreak resp...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
In conclusion the recent adverse reactions to EVD in Western Africa have not been new to history or unique to Africa. Instead, the distrust and violence seen in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in 2014/15 parallel Europe’s long encounters with cholera from 1830 into the twentieth century. This European past combined with recent events in West Africa can provide lessons for policy makers. First, authorities and health workers must recognize that some diseases have greater potential to spark distrust and violence than others, and the former tend to be ones with high fatality rates, when victims enter health facilities...
Source: PLOS Currents Outbreaks - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Source Type: research
Internal memos showed the WHO was reluctant to declare a public health emergency after it had its fingers burned with the Swine Flu pandmeic
Source: Telegraph Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: ebola lancet deaths epidemic pandemic world health organisation swine flu Source Type: news
Nurses are the largest group of health care providers and, therefore, are often at the forefront of epidemics: responding, treating, educating, and coordinating care as needed. But what happens when nurses are afraid of contracting an illness and decide to leave the workplace? The fear due to Ebola was in part caused by conflicting information around the proper use of personal protective equipment and need for quarantine. The nursing response to as well as the role occupational health nurses can play in diffusing the fear of contracting contemporary infectious diseases are discussed.
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tags: Articles Source Type: research
Background Guinea is in the midst of the largest, longest, and deadliest outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (“Ebola” hereafter) ever recorded. As one of the three most affected countries in West Africa, which also include Liberia and Sierra Leone, Guinea has recorded 3,729 Ebola cases and 2,482 deaths (as of July 1, 2015) since the first case was diagnosed in March 2014.1 This mortality rate (67%) is higher than that of either Sierra Leone (30%) or Liberia (45%). The weekly caseload of the disease in Guinea has shown slight fluctuations throughout the epidemic, peaking at 171 cases during the final week of 2014.1 ...
Source: PLOS Currents Outbreaks - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Source Type: research
Commentary The ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa is significantly larger and more widespread than any other in history. While previous outbreaks in small villages have burned out due to the local depletion of susceptible individuals, this epidemic has spread across entire countries, and thus can only be curtailed by interventions aimed at reducing new infections across all locations.1 The efficacy of large-scale interventions for an Ebola epidemic of this scale has not yet been studied. Here, we describe the relationship between various media reported events – including interventions – and changes in epidem...
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