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Ebola Update

As the number of people infected with the deadly virus in West Africa surpasses 10,000, some countries seek to protect themselves against imported infections, while researchers race to bring vaccines to the hardest-hit nations.

By Jef Akst | October 27, 2014

Ebola virus particlesFLICKR, NIAIDThe Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc on the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone: more than 10,000 people have contracted the disease and nearly 5,000 have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Saturday (October 25). Outside of these three countries, cases of the virus remain relatively sparse, with a total of just 27 infections and three deaths, but authorities around the world remain cautious.

The African country of Mali, which borders Guinea, joins to the list of countries that have now imported Ebola patients. A 2-year-old girl accompanied her grandmother on bus trip from Guinea to Mali, a several hundred mile journey throughout which the young girl was showing symptoms of an Ebola infection, authorities announced. “WHO is treating the situation in Mali as an emergency,” the agency said in a statement last week (October 24). “The child’s symptomatic state during the bus journey is especially concerning, as it presented multiple opportunities for exposures—including high-risk exposures—involving many people.”

To prevent the importation of Ebola to the United States, governors of New York, New Jersey, Illinois and other states have called for mandatory quarantines for anyone entering the country from the affected West African nations. On Friday (October 24), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced the mandatory quarantine for travelers flying into his state. That same day, Kaci Hickox, a nurse who had spent a month in Sierra Leone working with Doctors Without Borders, flew into Newark Liberty International Airport and was detained against her will. She was released today (October 27) after twice testing negative for the virus. “This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated,” Hickox told CNN.

Others, too, have criticized the mandatory quarantine. Bioethicist Artur Caplan of New York University’s Langone Medical Center outlined in NBC News piece seven reasons why the quarantine is a bad idea—not the least of which is discouraging much needed aid from traveling to West Africa in the first place. Even the federal government has raised concern. “We have let the governors of New York, New Jersey and other states know that we have concerns with the unintended consequences . . . [that quarantine] policies not grounded in science may have on efforts to combat Ebola at its source,” a senior White House official said Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Meanwhile, the race to test and implement an Ebola vaccine hurries along. Two promising vaccine candidates could be ready for testing in West Africa as early as December—a month ahead of schedule, according to ScienceInsider. And by the end of 2015, the WHO hopes to have millions of doses available, the agency announced last week. As for who will pay for such production, Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO assistant-director general for health systems and innovation, said “Money will not be an issue,” Nature News reported.

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Avatar of: xxxjg

xxxjg

Posts: 4

October 28, 2014

If it is stupid idea…why not to find out?

 

Killing virus:

 

From outside

 

  1. To expose human body, infected by a virus, to very cold condition (cryo chambers for example) – time of exposure depends on condition of a patient

  2. Then expose a human body to hot condition (for example using dry sauna)

  3. Repeat process with brakes to recover

 

From inside

 

More effective way would be to lower down body temperature by drugs and keep it for a while in this condition (but avoid hypothermia) a few hours minimum.

 

Then increase body temperature to 39-40 degrees C and keep it in this condition for a few hours.

 

The whole process should be repeated if necessary.

 

Cold conditions-virus deactivation Hot condition – removing virus from a body

 

In the Africa (lack of cryo chambers) you could assemble mobile hospitals next to big meat warehouses (freezers) and carry on treatment once in the freezer then in the sun.

 

Once again treating from inside (lowering/increasing temp. by drugs) would be more effective.

Avatar of: Rdruhl

Rdruhl

Posts: 9

October 28, 2014

I do not understand this nurse's objections. If I had just come from an area where a potentially deadly virus was on the loose, and if I had been working with those people, I would understand completely the concerns of people back in my home country and the need for having me quarantined. Then showing that I did not test positive for the virus, would only strengthen the idea that we can go to these areas, help people, and avoid infection simultaneously! 

Avatar of: JMK-Free

JMK-Free

Posts: 7

October 28, 2014

Anyone who says that mandatory quarantine is not a good idea is inviting multiple infections and deaths. Isn't it better to limit the freedom of a few to save the lives of many?

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