Friday, August 15, 2014

supplies needed in Africa

You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough about Ebola

Laurie Garrett
Foreign Policy
14 August 2014

"Here is the list of supplies Emmet A. Dennis, president of the University of Liberia, e-mailed that he needs for his medical school personnel now fighting cases in Monrovia:
Gowns -- Isolation
Underpads -- Disposable
Gloves, Examination -- All Sizes
Body Bags - Adult & Children
Infectious Waste Bag -- Red
Face Mask -- Duckbilled
Face Shield Disposable
Eye Shields -- Disposable
Shoe Covers
Aprons - Disposable
Sanitizer Wipes
Plastic Boots
Surgical Caps -- Disposable
Scrubs (L & XL)
Thermometer: Infrared -- Thermofocus
Disinfectant Soap
Chlorinated Disinfectant
Rehydration Fluids
R/L Solution
N/S Solution
It simply does not get more basic. As there are no miracle drugs for Ebola, the needs include few medicines, though other local responders tell me that they wish they had sterile syringes, saline drips, and fever modulators such as aspirin."


Hat tip: The Extinction Protocol (Highly recommend bookmarking this site as it is carrying solid articles on the Ebola outbreak, many of which are not from mainstream American sources. He has several posts about the pandemic again today, but I chose this one for the medical needs list, as many of my readers are Episcopal, and the denomination is known for its willingness to take up causes for those in need.)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

“cordon sanitaire” Ebola

Using a Tactic Unseen in a Century, Countries Cordon Off Ebola-Racked Areas

Donald G. McNeil, Jr.
The New York Times
12 August 2014

"Cordons, common in the medieval era of the Black Death, have not been seen since the border between Poland and Russia was closed in 1918 to stop typhus from spreading west. They have the potential to become brutal and inhumane. Centuries ago, in their most extreme form, everyone within the boundaries was left to die or survive, until the outbreak ended."


Hat tip: Sorcha Faal

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

another doctor has died of Ebola

Sierra Leone says another doctor leading the fight against Ebola has died from disease

Clarence Roy-Maccaulay
Star Tribune
13 August 2014

"Meanwhile, yet another doctor in Sierra Leone, Modupeh Cole, died on Wednesday, according to Sidie Yayah Tunis, director of communications for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. Cole, trained in the U.S., was one of the top doctors working in the Ebola isolation ward in Connaught Hospital in Freetown, the capital. He tested positive for the disease last week and was transferred to the eastern district of Kailahun, where Doctors Without Borders is running a treatment center."


update on Ebola in Nigeria

ECOWAS Lagos Protocol Member Dies - Patrick Sawyer Contact

Rhiza Labs FluTracker Forum
12 August 2014

"The ECOWAS Commission announces with deep regret the passing of a staff member of its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, aged 36. “Mr. Abdulqudir, a Protocol Assistant, was among those who assisted the Liberian delegate to a regional meeting, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who died from the Ebola Virus Disease at a Lagos hospital on 25th July 2014."


Hat tip: The Common Sense Show | Dave Hodges

The One Question about Ebola Nobody Can Answer

Note to readers: So very much out there on Ebola right now, and much of it disturbing, whether the view is that of conspiracy theorists, and what might happen; or the science that tells us not to worry; or the science that tells us we should...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

second patient with Ebola virus in Atlanta

Nancy Writebol, the second American Ebola patient, arrived in Atlanta and was transported to Emory University Hospital around one-thirty this afternoon.

And now we wish both patients and their families the best, and wait…

Saturday, August 2, 2014

ebola patient in Atlanta

Ambulance believed to be carrying Ebola patient arrives at Emory

WSB-TV tracked the landing of the plane at Dobbins Air Force Base this morning as Breaking News, culminating with the arrival of an ambulance at Emory University believed to be carrying the first of the Ebola patients to Emory University Hospital.

The above heading is from their site, however, I have been unable to establish the link to their live feed: what is on their site as that feed showed a weather screen, by the time I finished copying it to this post, and subsequent attempts to regain the original feed have not worked.

Twitter link gives the same WSB Live link, but it, too, goes to a weather screen. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has posted an article covering the arrival at Emory. According to their report,

Shortly before 12:30 p.m., the patient got out to the back of the ambulance and walked into the hospital. The patient and the ambulance crew were all wearing white germ-containment suits that covered their bodies from head to toe.

I had expected a medical helicopter for the transport, and am surprised that the transport was on ground level. Emory University is a city campus, and access to it is through Atlanta neighborhoods.

For those interested in keeping up with the local coverage, the following links are for the non-cable Atlanta networks and one for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

WXIA-TV (NBC affiliate)
WSB-TV (ABC affiliate)
CBS Atlanta 46
Fox 5 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Friday, August 1, 2014

ebola (new links since 3 p.m)

Emory Healthcare to treat Ebola patient

Misty Williams
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
31 July 2014

"Emory University Hospital is expected to receive a patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus within the next several days, the university announced Thursday."


Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads

Mike Adams
Natural News
31 July 2014

"Just how much Ebola virus does it take to infect someone? Alarmingly, as the Public Health Agency of Canada explains, "1 - 10 aerosolized organisms are sufficient to cause infection in humans." (8)

Read that again: it takes just ONE aerosolized organism (a microscopic virus riding on a dust particle) to cause a full-blown infection in humans. 


UPDATE: Emory University Hospital may be receiving two patients rather than one; current information is that the transfer will be next week.

[Note to readers: A great many things have occurred in the time since I went on a sabbatical with this blog, noting as I did that some events along the way would require posting.

I can't say what is true or factual about any of these stories: merely that both sides of this issue should be in view. Whether the virus can be transmitted in the way some writers are describing, making informed decisions requires at least examining the possibility. Would that it were that we could pick and choose reality, and reality would be what we chose. As we cannot, reading from opposing views remains the requisite.

The links which follow are primarily from alternative sites, which may be harder to locate for those interested in reviewing the other side of this looming development.

This is a potentially volatile situation, and one where cooler heads must prevail. I live in Atlanta. Am I panicking? Not so much panic, as the wish that I could depart the city until whatever might or might not happen has come down the tube, and is resolved, and we know more than we at present can know as certain fact. I could have done with a little less reassurance from the Atlanta reporters last night that the virus could not be spread except by, etc., and that we would all be perfectly safe, etc.…

Have read too much now to easily coast along on that one.

The thought that the patient may already be here in the city does occur, as does the unfortunate realization that diarrhea is going to be most suspect when encountered in our work places: based on what I am reading, the virus itself could already be in our cities and nation (and world) at large. Ed.]

Underground Medic  ((Hat tip: The Daily Sheeple)
Freedom Outpost
From WND
From SCG News (Hat tip: Overpasses for America)
More from from Underground Medic
From WSJ
From Freedom Outpost
From Infowars
And Who Is Responsible for the Atlanta Decision?