Ebola in Africa - Crisis as another epidemic begins!

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Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

The West African Ebola outbreak is continuing unabated. By the 22nd August there had been 2,615 cases and 1,427 deaths, a case fatality rate of 55%. A very high number of health workers have become infected; 240 with 120 deaths. See report by WHO - http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/25-august-2014/en/. WHO identifies inadequate infection control as causing these cases. However, has transmission of Ebolavirus changed in West Afrca? Ebolavirus can transmit by aerosol in experimental animal systems; so some thought must be given to aerosols becomins a route.

This is tragic not only personally, but from a workforce perspective. Without health care personnel the health system will collapse. People will die from the usual diseases, not just Ebola.

A second Ebola outbreak in Africa is a major crisis for a continent arleady unable to cope with one Ebola outbreak. DRC has reported 15 deaths from Ebola in the Orientale province at Isiro and in Dungu District.. Three health workers have died. See http://www.irinnews.org/report/96160/drc-bushmeat-blamed-for-ebola-outbreak.

Posted by Rick Speare