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October 22, 2014

Ebola Concerns Escalate, Drug Development Continues

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A nurse hangs an Ebola information sign on the wall of a public health center on July 31 in Monrovia, Liberia. (AFP stringer/Getty Images)

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has intensified the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which reportedly is worsening. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said in a press briefing on Thursday that the agency is sending dozens more workers to the region, as well as issuing an advisory against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Meanwhile, the White House on Thursday updated an executive order listing eligible conditions subject to quarantine. The Atlanta Journal Constitution also reported that an Ebola victim will arrive at an Atlanta hospital today.

CQ HealthBeat’s Kerry Young reported in April on National Institutes of Health plans for an Ebola vaccine and researchers said a vaccine could reach the earliest stage of testing on people by 2016. Separately, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Thursday at an Ebola vaccine trial could produce results early next year.

  • Ted_Zee_Man

    Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever is a zoonotic disease transmitted to humans by direct contact with infected live or dead animals, and more specifically with their body fluid. Genetic and antigenic characterization of Ebola virus isolates during human outbreaks has led to the identification of four subtypes — Ebola Sudan, E. Zaire, E. Ivory Coast and E. Reston. Ebola Reston originates in Asia and has never been reported to cause human disease, but the other three subtypes circulate on the African subcontinent and are pathogenic for humans, causing a specific febrile hemorrhagic disease. After an incubation period of about 12 days, victims rapidly develop high fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, respiratory disorders and haemorrhaging. Death ensues within a few days. The case fatality rates are about 80% with E. Zaire and 50% with E. Sudan (Pourrut & al., 2005).

    The first diagnosed ase was in 1967. I would like to know how much research has been conducted since then to provide a cure and a vaccination to prevent it? My gut feeling is that because it is primarily on a Black populated Continent there has been very little done by any White controlled government.

  • http://washingtonspectacle.com Robert Price Rifkin

    And meanwhile, In Russia…

    Vladimir Putin Go Home!

    Vladimir Putin is one angry Russian. Talk about
    frustration; this old KGB hand is so mad that Mother Soviet Union had to come
    crashing into the twenty-first century that he has decided to make believe the
    whole thing was just a big historical mistake.

    The Soviet Union lives! And if Putin can make that a
    reality he will go down in Russian history as the greatest leader
    since…Stalin?

    What does Putin really think he’s going to
    accomplish by marching into Crimea and Ukraine, ala the Soviet march into
    Czechoslovakia in the sixties? Exactly the same thing, that’s what. The world
    stood silently by as the Soviets annexed Czechoslovakia and they will stand by
    again as the Russian Bear grabs at its “rightful” territories that were split
    apart “by mistake.”

    Why will the West stand by, as it always does when
    Russian leaders flex their Empire-building muscles? Because there never seems
    to be that appetite for another World War. Everyone knows that a bully with
    atomic bombs is a bully better left to his own devices.

    Is there anything the West can do to head off
    further Russian expansion into former Soviet bloc territories? That’s a
    question that foreign leaders from Obama to Merkel don’t really want to deal
    with, and that’s exactly the way Putin is playing the game. When you hold the
    cards, you don’t forfeit the game. This is a very hard set of problems to deal
    with and the West is doing what it seems to do best in situations like this.
    It’s punting.

    Unless there is a unified strategy coming out of
    Brussels in the next few weeks (there won’t be) we can look forward to a
    rebirth of something that looks very much like the old Soviet Union–and that’s
    always been Putin’s dream. Really, what good is being a brutal Russian dictator
    if you don’t have a Soviet Union-style geography behind you? And what’s the
    loss of a couple of hundred air travelers?

  • baryo pedro

    The first diagnosed case was 1997.what measures are put into place since to provide cure or to prevent it if there is an outbreak weather in W/Africa or Europe. Because it occurs on the black continent there has been less effort applied. Researcher needs to do more to find amicable solution to this deadly disease.

  • Kevin Worldsavior

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