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Old 01-14-2016, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default It's gone, except where it isn't

One would think that the WHO would've figured out by now that the Ebola critter doesn't read their announcements.

WHO declares West Africa Ebola-free, but warns further flare-ups possible

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The World Health Organization declared an end Thursday to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. But the global health organization cautioned that Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone remain at high risk for additional small outbreaks of the disease and must remain vigilant.

For now, the WHO said in a statement, "all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa."
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Sierra Leone Healthy Ministry says it is investigating a suspected Ebola death in the Tonkokili district - Reuters
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:52 PM   #2
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Colour me cynical - but I'm not buying. Maybe KNOWN transmission has ended for now but I have a few questions/concerns...

1) How hard is officialdom looking; if they're not presented with a blatant case?

2) How many 'other' diagnoses are being given, (if any), in more remote parts of the affected countries?

It is in the short term interests of the 3 West African nations, (& others), to declare it over. I'm sure they're thinking such a declaration from the WHO will bring foreign investment & enterprise back into their nations & Lord knows, they need it - especially after the last 2 years of extreme hardships.

Health care systems - such as they were - badly need rebuilding. Survivors... absolutely crucial that long term follow ups be done. We're just beginning to get a glimmer of post-Ebola problems, I think. The affected countries, parts of them have seen their social fabric ripped apart; orphans, fatherless families with little income, motherless families with no one available for childcare & early education, health care staff, teachers, other crucial members of societies - dead or gone.

We need to continually survey local fauna - I suspect the virus may have found one or more new hosts; it certainly had loads of time to sample the West African buffet.

Plenty more potential issues but those are worrisome enough.
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This article states that ebola won't be clear in Liberia until June:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/arti...endmd-shared=0
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The article was dated January 14, 2015. Ironic isn't it? It was a long from clearing last June.
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Oops! Sorry, my brain is still in 2015! I thought it was current news.
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New Case of Ebola Confirmed in Sierra Leone

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Just hours after West Africa was declared Ebola-free, officials in Sierra Leone have confirmed that there has been a new death from the disease in the north of the country.

The death is said to have occurred “earlier this week,” according to the BBC, with tests confirming that it was due to Ebola. Officials are said to be seeking those who came into contact with the victim to contain the spread of the disease.

Sierra Leone was first declared Ebola-free on 7th November. Now, the clock resets: It will have to go 42 days—twice the incubation period of Ebola—without any new cases of the disease being confirmed in order to regain the status.
http://gizmodo.com/new-case-of-ebola...ne-1753123753?
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WHO confirms 2nd new Ebola case in Sierra Leone; 42 victim contacts said to be 'high risk' - AFP

AP is reporting that 100 people are quarantined.
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