Ebola Creating International Concern as Fear of the Virus Spreads

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Ebola/ Liberia

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

On Wednesday the World Heath Organization reported a total of 108-new cases of Ebola virus disease that were laboratory confirmed – and 45 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. 

The deadly outbreak is showing aggressive signs of spreading with five new cases being reported in Saudi Arabia and two in Nigeria.  To date only smaller less populated countries have been the ground zero points for the virus but officials are concerned an urban outbreak could be catastrophic. 

The WHO is holding an emergency meeting on Wednesday to decide whether the current outbreak should be considered an international public health emergency. 

Nigerian authorities said a nurse who treated the country’s first Ebola patient two weeks ago died Tuesday of the disease.  She is the first known Nigerian to have died from Ebola.  Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American who flew to Nigeria from Liberian and Collapsed after deplaning died with the disease in Lagos on 25 July. 

The WHO reports 282 deaths in Liberia from the virus.

In Saudi Arabia a suspected Ebola patient died in Jeddah on Wednesday after two days of hospital treatment – the man came down with symptoms of the disease after a business trip to Sierra Leone. 

Meanwhile, two American missionaries who contracted Ebola in Liberia are said to be improving after receiving an experimental treatment.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention says it is still too early to know whether the drug, Zmapp, can save their lives. 

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