Ebola becoming harder to treat —US experts: rapid mutation could “render treatment and vaccines ineffective”

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August 2014 AFRICA - As countries across the world battle to contain the spreads of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the killer ailment appears to be devising means of circumventing efforts to stop it, researchers have said. Experts claim that the virus is “rapidly and continually mutating, making it harder to diagnose and treat.” This is just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared, on Saturday, that the index case, Patrick Sawyer, in a “devilish” connivance with some Liberian authorities, intentionally brought the disease to Nigeria. He also noted that the disease, which he said had become a global problem, had been taking a toll on Nigeria’s economy, charging the Federal Government to partner the World Health Organization (WHO), European Union (EU) and government of America in containing the virus. Sunday Tribune’s finding showed that result of a research by a team of American scientists indicates that the initial patients diagnosed with the virus in Sierra Leone revealed almost 400 genetic modifications, concluding that this could render current treatment ineffective and put vaccines that are being worked on for its cure in danger. According to reports, the team of researchers, under the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and Harvard University, analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes which were collected from 78 patients diagnosed with the disease in Sierra Leona in the first 24 days of the current outbreak. Dr Pardis Sabeti, a senior associate member at the Broad Institute and an associate professor at Harvard University, who was among leaders of the research, said “by making the data immediately available to the community, we hope to accelerate response efforts.
“Upon releasing our first batch of Ebola sequences in June, some of the world’s leading epidemic specialists contacted us, and many of them are now also actively working on the data. We were honored and encouraged. A spirit of international and multidisciplinary collaboration is needed to quickly shed light on the ongoing outbreak.” According to Daily Mail, the researchers’ findings, “reported in the journal, Science, could have important implications for rapid field diagnostic tests. “The team found more than 300 genetic changes that make the 2014 Ebola virus genomes distinct from the viral genomes tied to previous Ebola outbreaks. “They also found variations in the genome sequence indicating that, from the samples analyzed, the outbreak started from a single introduction into humans, subsequently spreading from person to person over many months. “To accelerate response efforts, the research team released the full-length sequences on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)’s DNA sequence database, in advance of publication. This means the data is available to the global scientific community.”
He advised Nigerians to brace up by tackling the economic effects of the disease in the country’ urging them to be aggressive with precautionary measures against the disease, since there was no cure yet. Obasanjo said that some Liberian authorities knew of the contagious and deadly illness in Sawyer and allowed him to visit Nigeria. “Ebola is taking economic toll. How do we handle people that are economically affected; not those that are dead or ill? The economic effect has started. How do we reduce, recoup the economic cost of Ebola on communities, nations and the West African region? “When HIV came, they said don’t talk about it. Now, it is Ebola and Ebola is even talking about HIV. We should be doing whatever we can and that is being aggressive in taking precautionary measures to prevent it. “So, it is devilish enough that Patrick Sawyer, in connivance with some authorities from his country, allowed the visit because they know he had it; and he came to Nigeria,” he said. He also called on the world’s pharmaceutical giants to intensify research efforts towards providing either vaccine or curative drugs for the virus. –Tribune
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Sudan bans reporting on Ebola – healthcare workers go on strike at Ebola center in Sierra Leone

August 2014AFRICA – The Sudanese authorities have prohibited local media from covering any news related to the Ebola virus. Press sources who asked not to be mentioned for security reasons confirmed to APA on Saturday that the security authorities have circulated warning to all media outlets not to publish any news or articles related to the transmission of the Ebola virus in Sudan. The prohibition came after local media reported on some suspected cases of Ebola in the west of Sudan. The Minister of Health Affairs for the Darfur Regional Authority, Firdos Abdel Rahman Yousif denied reports of the deadly Ebola virus disease in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur State. The Sudan News Agency quoted the minister as saying the suspected case had come from Abeche in Chad. The patient suffered from hemorrhagic fever, began taking treatment from the health center, and was then transferred to a hospital in El Geneina, she claimed. The Ebola epidemic has killed over 1, 400 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since its outbreak in West Africa in February. Over 2, 500 people are infected by the virus in the region according to the World Health Organization. –Star Africa
Healthcare workers strike: Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone over pay and poor working conditions. “The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid our allowances and we lack some tools,” Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the Kenema clinic in the country’s east, said. Mr. Mehemoh said clothing to protect health workers being infected was inadequate and there was only one broken stretcher to carry both patients and corpses, increasing the risk of infection. In a further sign of strained resources, nurses and members of the burial team at Kenema said the government had stopped paying their wages of $US50 a week. Sierra Leone has only one other Ebola treatment centre, however the World Health Organization (WHO) shut the laboratory this week and withdrew staff from the Kailahun facility after one of its health workers caught the virus there. The country’s government is struggling to cope with the worst Ebola outbreak in history which has killed more than 1,550 people across West Africa, with the rate of infection still rising.
More than 120 health workers have died from the virus across the region. In Kenema 26 staff members have already died from Ebola, following the death of physician Sahr Rogers. “It is with a deep sense of sadness that we have lost one of our finest physicians in the line of duty at a time like when we need a lot of them to help in out fight against Ebola,” Sierra Leone’s new health minister Abubakarr Fofana said on Saturday. His predecessor, Miatta Kargbo, was sacked the previous day over her handling of the Ebola outbreak.  Transmitted through the blood, sweat and vomit of the infected, Ebola has spread quickly among health care workers who often lack the equipment to protect themselves from the virus. -ABC
90 day ban on sex: The West African Postgraduate Medical Colleges {WAPMC} and the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association {SLMDA) have suggested to government that sensitization slogans should indicate that male patients who have recovered from EVD would need to wear condoms or abstain for up to ninety (90) days. The Ebola virus has been found to be an active agent in male semen for up to 7 weeks. Furthermore, both bodies when they called on President Koroma, last week, indicated that they should “build a “fire wall” around “slums” and over populated areas and organize the community to participate in health education and social mobilization on EVD control.”Both bodies also called for basic training and preventive supplies for all established clinics and hospitals whether government, NGO based, faith-based, private or otherwise. Apart from radio and TV phone-in and text- in of questions and answers, we need dedicated telephone lines manned by knowledgeable persons to answer questions and concerns of the public even if only for 12 hours a day say from 7am to 7pm, they emphasized. -Awoko
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Iceland volcano erupts again, one day after scientists declared eruption over: aviation warning raised to highest level

August 2014ICELAND - Iceland has raised its aviation warning level after a new eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano Sunday morning. The eruption was described as “a very calm lava eruption” which could “hardly be seen on seismometers.” Planes are now banned from flying within 6,000 feet of the volcano peak. Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing ash that disrupted air travel across Europe. It happened in roughly the same place as an earlier eruption on Friday morning, and is the third to happen in the area in the last week. Scientists have been on high alert after Iceland’s largest volcanic system has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks. The news comes just one day after geologists in Iceland lowered the alert and said the eruption of Bardarbunga was over. If this recent eruption teaches us anything, it tells us just how unpredictable these volcanic systems are and that nature has a mercurial mind of its own. -WGN TEP
                                                    Large fissure eruption near Bardarbunga Volcano
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The Extinction Protocol Radio – August 30, 2014

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D R Congo confirms 7 new cases of Ebola in 2nd outbreak – reported number of cases in W. Africa explode: 550 in one week

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August 2014 KINSHASA, DR – Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have confirmed seven new Ebola cases in the northwestern Equateur Province, bringing up to 13 the number of people who had contracted the deadly virus in the province, a U.N.-run radio station said Friday. “There are now 13 cases affected by the virus…in addition to 16 other suspected cases,” Health Minister Felix Kabange was quoted as saying by the Kinshasa-based Okapi radio. He asserted that the outbreak is still confined to Boende area in northern Equateur province, noting that Ebola cases reported recently in Kinshasa and Katanga proved negative. On Monday, Joseph Mboyo Limpoko, government medical inspector in Equateur, told Anadolu Agency that a total of four people countrywide had been confirmed dead from Ebola.
Ebola – a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure – has claimed 1,552 lives in West Africa since the outbreak began in January. Most of the deaths were registered in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Six fatalities have also been confirmed in Nigeria. The tropical fever, which first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the DRC, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals. It also reportedly spreads through contact with the body fluids of infected persons or of those who have died of the disease. –NTA
Outbreak spiraling out of control: The World Health Organization (WHO), reported today that 550 new cases of Ebola were reported last week in West Africa, the highest figure for the same period of time since the outbreak began. The most affected countries by the virus were Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Furthermore, more than three thousand sick people were registered in Nigeria, of which a thousand 552 died, according to the WHO.  The epidemic in this African region is one of the most complex health emergencies in recent years, and at least 490 million dollars are needed to try to contain the new infections, which are growing exponentially, reported the international health agency.  In addition, WHO estimates that the number of people infected is much higher than those registered, and considers that about 20 thousand people are at risk of developing the disease.
 Senegal -a neighboring country with Guinea- reported this Friday its first patient. A young man from Guinea who was quarantined, said the Senegalese Health Minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck.  Guinea health services reported on Wednesday the disappearance of an infected person with the Ebola virus who had traveled to Senegal, she explained.  The individual was already located in the Fann Hospital (in Dakar). The results of the tests were positive, so the device to prevent the spread of the disease was reinforced, said the Minister.  Meanwhile, WHO is preparing a meeting of experts on 4 and 5 September in Geneva, about possible treatments for Ebola.  Scientists, researchers in pharmaceutical companies and specialists in clinical requirements, professionals in ethical, legal and regulation issues, will attend the event that is based on the decision taken by the United Nations agency to apply experimental therapies in affected people.  Although Zmapp is the most widely known for its recent use in several patients, several drugs and vaccines never tested before in humans are being studied. -RCA
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In Madagascar’s capital city, skies are darkened by a plague of locusts

August 2014 MADAGACAR – A quick glance at the sky today in Antananarivo, Madagascar, reveals a massive storm cloud rolling through. On second look, though, it becomes clear that it’s no nimbus cloud but a seemingly endless stream of locusts flying low through the city’s already polluted skies. Locust plagues have damaged Madagascar’s farmland for the past three years, as in the biblical story, prompting the government in November 2012 to declare a national emergency and allow the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to launch a pesticide campaign in September 2013. With 1.2 million hectares treated with pesticides, the problem is under better control now.  But a recent heat wave in the Central Highlands region brought new hordes of locusts to the capital city, where they disrupt daily life for the urban enclave’s some 2 million residents. This year, the large, flying insects were mainly isolated in the country’s west, where they’ve threatened the livelihoods of farmers whose crops were quickly destroyed by the leaf munchers. The FAO estimates 13 million people’s incomes are threatened by the invasion, which would require $43.9 million to completely control.
The invasion of farmland prompted fears of food shortages, as it takes only a few hours for a swarm of locusts to wipe out a field of crops. But in Antananarivo, its residents’ health that is at risk, as some catch the low-flying bugs in plastic water bottles to eat, which is dangerous because many are now contaminated by pesticides. “We always advise the population to not eat the locusts because we are already using pesticides to treat them,” Patrice Talla Takoukam, a spokesman for the FAO in Madagascar, told Agence France-Presse in a televised interview. For now, whether residents are running to catch them or running to avoid them, the locusts are only multiplying. And the problem will take some serious funding, another $15 million or so beyond the U.N. plan, to get under the infestation fully under control. “We need to put our heads together and mobilize our resources,” Takoukam said. “If we don’t…. Then our risk is that we’ll continue to have invasions like we have in the past two years.” -FP
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Unusual respiratory virus strikes hundreds of metro kids

August 2014 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An unusual respiratory virus is striking children in the metro in big numbers. Children’s Mercy Hospital is hospitalizing 20 to 30 kids a day with the virus. The hospital is as full now as it is at the height of flu season. This is not the same virus we told you about several weeks ago that can cause meningitis. This one can cause severe breathing trouble. Children’s Mercy has seen more than 300 cases in recent days in kids of all ages. Preston Sheldon’s mom says he seemed fine when she took him to pre-school Tuesday. But minutes later, the Grain Valley mom got the call. Her three-year-old son was having trouble breathing. “You could see his ribs, and his stomach was pushing out really hard… I thought it was an asthma attack,” said Pam Sheldon. But it was a virus that is inundating Children’s Mercy with patients. “To be at winter census is quite unusual in August obviously. To see a virus we’ve not seen before is unusual, too,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, an infectious disease specialist.
It is enterovirus 68. The doctor says it’s well-known around the world, but cases have not been seen in Kansas City before. “We have about 10 to 15 percent who have severe illness from this virus which actually acts like asthma exacerbations,” said Dr. Jackson. She says about two-thirds of the hospitalized cases are in children like Preston who have a history of asthma or wheezing. But others are having trouble breathing, too. She says the virus will produce an ordinary cold in many kids. What should parents watch for? “The difficulty breathing is a very obvious tip-off sign they need to come into the hospital,” said Dr. Jackson. To try to stop the spread, Children’s Mercy has posted signs at security entrances saying children 12 or younger should not visit in-patients. Nor should those with symptoms visit. Dr. Jackson says good hand washing, covering your cough and not sending your child to school if he or she appears sick can help control the spread. There’s no anti-viral medicine for enterovirus 68 and no vaccine. Supportive care, including oxygen, has helped Preston. His mom is glad they didn’t wait to go to the emergency room. “Cause it can hit really fast. And without medical treatment, it could get really bad,” she said. –Fox 4 KC
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