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- “2014 August 3 Breaking News Ebola Crisis Doctors Without Borders warns that the outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia is now out of control.”
“…But government public health officials have been trying to reassure Canadians they need not worry, reminding people that the virus doesn’t spread easily through casual contact or the air, like the flu, and that one can only become infected though direct contact with infected bodily fluids.
In a recent statement, Health Minister Rona Ambrose stressed that all points of entry into Canada are routinely monitored, and travellers showing symptoms are referred to quarantine officers who have the authority to implement public health measures under the Quarantine Act to protect Canadians…
Canadian hospitals also have sophisticated infection control systems and procedures in place that are designed to limit the spread of infection and protect health care workers…”
Mark Gollom, CBC News
CBC News also reported that an “Ebola ‘cocktail’ developed at Canadian and U.S. labs” is an experimental drug that neutralizes the virus so it can’t do further damage.
- An experimental Ebola treatment (ZMapp) was given to two American aid workers infected in Liberia which is one of four West African nations dealing with the world’s largest Ebola outbreak.
- “The Public Health Agency of Canada said it was involved in the development of ZMapp, but the agency was not involved in the decisions to administer the treatment.”
- “The World Health Organization says that as of Aug. 1, there have been at least 1,603 cases of Ebola in the current outbreak, which is centred in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
- At least 887 of those people have died.”
“The workers, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, are improving, although it’s impossible to know whether the treatment is the reason or they are recovering on their own, as others who have survived Ebola have done…
The experimental treatment the U.S. aid workers are getting is called ZMapp and is made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego. It is aimed at boosting the immune system’s efforts to fight off Ebola and is made from antibodies produced by lab animals exposed to parts of the virus.
In a statement, the company said it was working with LeafBio of San Diego, Defyrus Inc. of Toronto, the U.S. government and the Public Health Agency of Canada on development of the drug, which was identified as a possible treatment in January.
The drug is made in tobacco plants at Kentucky BioProcessing, a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., in Owensboro, Kentucky, said spokesman David Howard. The plant “serves like a photocopier,” and the drug is extracted from the plant, he said…
The Kentucky company is working “to increase production of ZMapp but that process is going to take several months,” Howard said. The drug has been tested in animals and testing in humans is expected to begin later this year.
Writebol, 59, has been in isolation at her home in Liberia since she was diagnosed last month. She’s now walking with assistance and has regained her appetite, said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based group that she works for in Africa.
Writebol has received two doses of the experimental drug so far…
Brantly, 33, also was said to be improving. Besides the experimental dose he got in Liberia, he also received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy, an Ebola survivor, who had been under his care. That seems to be aimed at giving Brantly antibodies the boy may have made to the virus…
Ebola is only spread through direct contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluids, not through the air…”
MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer, ABC News
Brampton Civic Hospital in Ontario, Canada, is currently testing a patient who recently travelled to Canada from Nigeria and presented with symptoms including fever, headache and malaise.
- Samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.
- Results of the testing are expected within the next 24 hours.
- The patient is currently in isolation and is being treated for a fever and other flu-like symptoms.
Electron Microscope Image of Ebola Virus: Image extracted from video below. (In reality, Ebola is not blue and/or white. Colours are added as visual aids.)
Update On Patient Being Tested For Ebola Virus Disease in Ontario
Ontario Hospital Testing Patient as Precautionary Measure
August 9, 2014 5:45 P.M.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital is currently testing a patient who recently travelled to Canada from Nigeria and presented with symptoms including fever, headache and malaise.
This action was taken as a precautionary measure and results of the testing are expected within the next 24 hours. Samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.
The patient is currently in isolation and is being treated for a fever and other flu-like symptoms.
The Minister of Health is closely managing the situation and is in close contact with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the local public health unit and the hospital.
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