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Old 08-07-2014, 10:06 PM   #26
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I think this pretty much says it all.

Reuter's: Liberia health system collapsing as Ebola spreads
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The health care system in Liberia is collapsing, hospitals closing down and medical workers fleeing from the Ebola epidemic, which is poised to worsen, Liberia’s foreign minister said on Thursday.

“People are dying from common diseases because the health care system is collapsing,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said in an interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“It is going to have a long-term impact, even after this crisis is behind us.”

Treatable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea are left untended because frightened Liberians are shunning medical centers, and these deaths could outstrip those from the Ebola virus by three or four fold, he said.

But his biggest concern is the spreading epidemic.

“We are hearing it is going to get worse before it gets better. We do not know how much worse that will be. My main worry is the fear of how many people will die. Right now it is out of control and jumps from place to place,” Ngafuan said.

The number of trained doctors and nurses, already in critical short supply after years of civil war, is shrinking as medical workers get infected, quarantined or are afraid to report to work. The country entered the epidemic with only about 50 doctors for 4 million people, he said.

“What is happening is the entire health sector is being devastated by the crisis. It is not only a killer, but it kills those who care for them, and a good number of them are dying,”
Ngafuan said.

..."It is like you are pressing the pause button on the general economic activity. Schools are not opening. People are in quarantine. They are not coming to work. It is going to have an impact," Ngafuan said.
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Was explaining this to my 15 yo. Yes, it's on his radar. They had seen a documentary on Ebola in middle school. Anyway, a good discussion about cascading failures...in this instance, treatable diseases going untreated because of an overwhelmed system or fear of patients going into a place where they might get something worse.
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US orders diplomats’ families to leave Liberia as Ebola spreads

August 8, 2014 9:44am

WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday ordered families of its diplomats in Liberia to leave and warned against non-essential travel to the West African country because of the growing Ebola outbreak.

A State Department statement said US staff would remain on active duty at the embassy and additional staff were being sent to help the government tackle the outbreak of the deadly virus.

"The latest wave of the outbreak has overwhelmed Liberia's health system and most health facilities lack sufficient staff or resources to address the continuing transmission" of the disease, it said.

Extra US personnel going to Monrovia include 12 disease prevention specialists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a 13-member disaster assistance response team from USAID to help the government fight the outbreak, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
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They began the epidemic with approximately 50 doctors. How many have died from this? How many MAY have contracted it, lived & be trying to recover? If that's the case, they're out of action for some time. Others may be too frightened to work this one & without PPE & bleach - at the very least - that's understandable.

Liberia needs a VISIBLE, hard surge of health care boots on the ground. Liberians NEED to see 'us' coming with what's needed, manning up & getting dirty & doing the horrible work that needs doing - quietly, calmly, rationally & nonjudgementally... and as visibly as is safely possible. That's how you begin to allay suspicion, built trust & when your efforts at education can bear the most fruit.
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They had 200 but most ex-pats left and others did not want the risk hence the 50.
Would the same pattern present it self in other countries that may have Doctors that do not originate from the infected country. I can imagine that would be a general medical problem if your Doctor base drops dramatically.
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ArcelorMittal says Ebola triggers force majeure at Liberia mine

Fri Aug 8, 2014 12:09pm EDT

Aug 8 (Reuters) - ArcelorMittal SA, the world's largest steelmaker, said contractors at its iron ore mine in Liberia have declared force majeure due to the Ebola outbreak in the West African country.

The company said contractors, working on an expansion project at its Yekepa and Buchanan operations, were evacuating workers out of the country.
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So much for accurate numbers and tracing...

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Liberians ignore guidelines on testing bodies of possible Ebola victims

By Colin Freeman in Monrovia8:32PM BST 10 Aug 2014

Liberia's government is cremating the remains of possible Ebola victims without testing whether they have the virus, leaving relations unaware if they may be at risk of the disease as well.

Current guidelines to stop the spread of the outbreak in west Africa recommend that anyone who dies from an unconfirmed illness be tested for the Ebola before the body is disposed of.

As well as helping health officials to monitor the number of fatalities, a positive result means the virus may well have been passed on to friends and relations. But, such is the chaos in Liberia's health service, ministry of health undertakers are being instructed simply to take them directly for cremation.

When The Telegraph accompanied one such team on their collection duties last week in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, the four bodies collected during the course of an afternoon were driven straight to the crematorium at the nearby town of Marshall.
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Ebola-hit Liberia fears starvation as quarantine blocks food supplies

Food supplies stop as Liberian army restricts travel from the country's badly affected north to try to halt the spread of deadly epidemic

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 August, 2014, 4:49am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 August, 2014, 4:49am
Agence France-Presse in Monrovia


Residents of northern Liberia have been in a state of peril for months as the deadly Ebola epidemic swept through the region. Now they face a new threat as measures to stem the spread of the virus spark fears of starvation.

To try to contain an epidemic that has cost nearly 1,000 lives throughout west Africa, the Liberian government has quarantined the most badly affected northern provinces – cutting off access with military roadblocks and travel restrictions.

The quarantine has meant that traders have been unable to travel to buy food and farmers cannot harvest their crops, which, in turn, has caused shortages and sent prices soaring.

Siaffa Kamara, from Bopolu, north of the capital Monrovia, said: “People are panicking here; we are afraid to die from hunger. This is the rainy season and it is raining everywhere.

“The little money I had I used to buy rice, which is very expensive. What I bought is not enough for three weeks. I have 25 people to feed in my house.”

Miatta Sharif, also from Bopolu, said: “We agree measures have to be put in place to contain the virus, but at the same time we don’t have to die from hunger.

“Clinics are closed. “If we cannot get food to eat, how do we survive? The victims will be more than that of Ebola.”

The restrictions came into force on Wednesday when Liberia declared a state of emergency to try to stop the spread of virus. The army has been deployed to restrict people’s movement – particularly from the worst-affected provinces into the capital.
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Default The returning missionaries will be quarantined for 21 days,

SIM USA, a Charlotte-based missionary group, announced on Sunday that some of its missionary staff based in Liberia are headed back to North Carolina. The returning workers are colleagues of Nancy Writebol, one of two American missionaries stricken with the virus while working in Liberia who are now being treated at Emory University in Atlanta.

The returning SIM USA staff worked with or around patients infected with Ebola, and North Carolina and Mecklenburg County officials are requiring a period of quarantine for the returning staff.

None of the returning staff members is sick or has symptoms of Ebola infection, according to SIM USA.

The returning missionaries will be quarantined for 21 days, according to Stephen Keener, the Mecklenburg County Medical Director. The quarantine period is based on what is longest duration of incubation of the Ebola virus.The average incubation period is 8-10 days, while the range is 2-21 days.
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It never rains but it pours, eh? In this case - literally.

The lack of testing... I don't get it. There may be 'simple, easy' explanations for that but without being there, without knowing the people, the staff & conditions directly, I can only guess. Perhaps the collection/burial teams are so afraid they want to minimize all contact with bodies in case they have Ebola? You can't get much more contact than collecting samples. Do they have what they need to do that safely & dispose of what they use to collect specimens safely? Are there cultural or faith based considerations here about which I'm clueless? I'm also not sure what the lab capacity is at this time in Liberia. You'd need labs right IN the most affected zones because the rainy season makes difficult travel next to imposible along some roads, I'd imagine.

It's just so frustrating to read that after all this time, some families have been convinced that allowing testing is in everyone's best interests, as is reporting possible cases & to be met with this?

There is no way on earth any quarantine measures, be they roadblocks, health checks, etc. aren't going to be circumvented by people who NEED food & need it now. We may initially see a slowing down of new cases from areas cordoned off - over a several week period - but that will be followed by new hot spots resulting from individuals breaking the cordon toe get desperately needed, basic supplies.

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Sonny, hopefully those measures will ease fears in the parts of the US the missionaries are returning to.
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Liberia puts third province under Ebola quarantine

2014-08-11 16:36

Monrovia - The Liberian army has put a third province under quarantine to check the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced on Monday.

"Lofa county in the north has been quarantined by the army," Sirleaf said after similar measures were taken in the provinces of Boma and Grand Cape Mount.

"So from now on, no one will be allowed to go to Lofa, no one will come out of there," Sirleaf said in a message to the nation broadcast over the radio.

"We want to protect areas that have not been yet affected," according to the president.

"We have given instructions to the army and we will try our best so that food will be provided to the county constantly, especially when we know that Lofa is one of [the] biggest counties."

In an effort to contain an epidemic that has cost nearly 1 000 lives throughout west Africa, the Liberian government earlier quarantined Boma and Grand Cape Mount, the most affected northern provinces.
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Excerpt from an excellent article from The New Zealand Herald News. It's the last lines that are the scariest. The potential scenario of active civil unrest amidst an Ebola outbreak is almost too horrible to even contemplate.

First Ebola, now hunger

Aug 11, 2014
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With trade routes closed, food is becoming scarce, sparking fears of violence

Outside a block of humble flats in Liberia's capital of Monrovia, two women in long overcoats jump out of a taxi, avoiding the torrents of rainwater pouring along the gutter as they carry a large plastic bucket.

On the porch, a crowd of young homeless men take shelter. They are about to receive a lesson in handwashing, non-contact and recognising symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.

...But Sirleaf's message that the new arrangements allow the Government to "institute extraordinary measures, including, if need be, the suspension of certain rights and privileges", has left many wondering what will happen next.

"No, I don't think the Government has made the right decision," says one of the flats' residents, Christina Quinn, who has come down from the upper balcony clutching her 1-year-old twins. "Three months is not a short time to declare a state of emergency. How do you expect citizens to get food and do their normal business?"

Quinn says her mobile phone business has declined sharply since the Ebola outbreak reached Monrovia. She is a single mother with four children to support. "It will increase the hardship, tension and prices, because now there is no cargo in the Monrovia area - they have closed the roads."

Troops set up checkpoints last week to reduce people's movements in five of the country's 15 counties. But Operation White Shield effectively trapped hundreds of travellers and traders in Ebola-affected areas outside the city. Liberia's land borders have also been closed since July, cutting off vital trade routes.

...The overcoated women position their bucket to catch rainwater shooting off the roof, and their organisation's director begins his Ebola speech. Michael John Bull of the British charity Street Child Liberia implores the group to take precautions.

"Please wash your hands several times a day - we want you to be alive when this Ebola thing is over. People are dying, medical staff are dying - even American doctors - so we know this is real."

Mentioning the two medical staff from the US charity Samaritan's Purse who contracted the virus is necessary to convince the crowd that the threat is legitimate. One of the reasons Ebola is spreading is because people presenting symptoms do not believe the disease is real until they become highly contagious.

Another reason is the wild rumours circulating in Monrovia, such as the one about doctors harvesting organs from unconfirmed Ebola cases.

...Bull produces a bag of chlorine powder and adds it to the now filled bucket. But some of the men on the porch have lost interest and start asking for food. "If we don't get some support for our condition, we'll make trouble," one threatens, shivering in damp clothes.

His threat is a reminder of what Monrovians really fear: that the stability they have built up since 2003, when the country's horrific civil war ended, will fall apart.
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Ebola claims third victim at same Spanish charity

MADRID: A Spanish charity announced on Monday (Aug 11) a third member of staff at its hospital in Liberia has died of Ebola, saying it fears a lack of basic safety precautions let the virus spread through its team.

The charity's Ebola-struck hospital in the capital Monrovia has been shuttered, three of its personnel have now died and another, an elderly Spanish priest with Ebola, has been evacuated to Madrid for treatment.

The latest Ebola victim from the Saint Joseph's Catholic Hospital is Ghanaian priest George Combey, who died of the virus overnight, his Roman Catholic order said in a statement. "We wish to show our support to George Combey's family at this difficult time," said the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, which created the Juan Ciudad ONGD international aid group.

The haemorrhagic virus killed the hospital's director, Cameroon-born Patrick Nshamdze, on August 2 and a week later it claimed the life of a nun at the same hospital, Chantal Pascaline, from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It is not known exactly how the third victim contracted Ebola, said the order's spokeswoman, Adriana Castro. But a test had wrongly shown the first victim, the hospital director, to be free of Ebola before his death, the spokeswoman told AFP.

'DID NOT TAKE PRECAUTIONS'

"What we fear is that as Patrick's test showed negative, many of them relaxed," she added. "They probably did not carry on taking such strict safety measures such as not touching and all that because they were treating him. That may be when he was infected."

The evacuated priest, 75-year-old missionary Miguel Pajares who is in isolation at Madrid's Carlos III hospital for treatment with US experimental drug ZMapp, may have caught Ebola in the same way, she said.

"We don't know 100 percent but it is probable that is how Pajares was infected and possibly from Pajares the virus extended among people who were there," the spokeswoman said in an interview. "Until they knew they were positive with Ebola they did not take precautions," she said.
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This is just the beginning of the next dimension of the outbreak.


Hunger stalks Liberian provinces cut off by Ebola quarantine

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MONROVIA, August 10, 2014 (AFP) - Residents of northern Liberia have existed in a state of peril for months as the deadly Ebola epidemic swept through the region. Now they face a new threat as measures to stem the spread of the virus spark fears of starvation.

In an effort to contain an epidemic that has cost nearly 1,000 lives throughout west Africa, the Liberian government quarantined the most affected northern provinces -- cutting off access with military roadblocks and restrictions on travel.

The quarantine has meant that traders have been unable to travel to buy food and farmers cannot harvest their crop, which has in turn caused shortages and sent prices soaring.

"People are panicking here. We are afraid to die from hunger," said Siaffa Kamara, from Bopolu, north of the capital Monrovia.

"This is rainy season and it is raining everywhere. The little money I had I used to buy rice, which is very expensive. What I bought is not enough for three weeks. I have 25 people to feed in my house," he told AFP by phone.

...Speaking on Thursday, Defence Minister Brownie Samukai said residents of virus-hit areas in the north to stay put.

"Stay where you are because if you leave your place for another place you may not be allowed to go back to where you came from," he said.

As a result, traders in those areas have dared not go to Monrovia for supplies.

"The goods I had are finished. I don't have any more rice here. The little that I have I am keeping it for my family," Paul Fahnbuleh, a rice-trader from the north-west told AFP.

On Thursday, Liberian lawmakers approved an emergency package to provide compensation for families who have been directly affected by the Ebola epidemic, as well as health workers on the frontline.

They also considered paying an advance on the salaries of civil servants caught in quarantined zones.

But for many, the help is not coming fast enough.

Sando Johnson, a senator in the province of Bomi, northwest of Monrovia, said the restrictions were "severe" and warned people would die of starvation if they are not relaxed.

"My county has been completely quarantined because soldiers don't allow anyone to get out of the area and they don't allow anyone to go there," he told AFP by phone.

"A bag of rice that sold for 1,300 LD ($14, 11 euros) is now selling for 1,800 LD. The poor people will die of hunger for God's sake. These are Liberians like others."

'We're starving' -

At a military checkpoint on the edge of the quarantine line in Bomy County, many expressed anger at the restrictions.

"Let the government see reason," said Augustine Kimber, a plantation worker. "If they do not, there will be many deaths ... not from Ebola but from hunger."...
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Not sure which "experimental serum" this is, or the quantity.

US and FDA approve Liberia request over Ebola drug
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President Obama and the Food and Drug Administration have approved a request from Liberia's government to send sample doses of an experimental drug to treat Liberian doctors infected with Ebola, the Liberian presidency said in a statement.

The statement, posted on the Liberian presidency's official website, said the experimental drugs would be delivered to the West African country this week by a representative of the US government, following a direct appeal to Mr Obama on Friday by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
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Not sure which "experimental serum" this is, or the quantity.

US and FDA approve Liberia request over Ebola drug
Other reports indicate the magic serum is Zmap

President Obama Approves the Use of Experimental Drug on Two Liberian Doctors undergoing Treatment for Ebola

http://fluboard.rhizalabs.com/forum/...hp?f=5&t=11993

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Liberia: Foreign Min.: Liberia Health System Collapsing as Ebola Spreads

11 AUGUST 2014

The health care system in Liberia is collapsing, hospitals closing down and medical workers fleeing from the Ebola epidemic, which is poised to worsen, Liberia’s foreign minister said last Thursday.

“People are dying from common diseases because the health care system is collapsing,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said in an interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“It is going to have a long-term impact, even after this crisis is behind us.”

Treatable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea are left untended because frightened Liberians are shunning medical centers, and these deaths could outstrip those from the Ebola virus by three or four fold, he said.

But his biggest concern is the spreading epidemic.

“We are hearing it is going to get worse before it gets better. We do not know how much worse that will be. My main worry is the fear of how many people will die. Right now it is out of control and jumps from place to place,” Ngafuan said.

The number of trained doctors and nurses, already in critical short supply after years of civil war, is shrinking as medical workers get infected, quarantined or are afraid to report to work. The country entered the epidemic with only about 50 doctors for 4 million people, he said.

“What is happening is the entire health sector is being devastated by the crisis. It is not only a killer, but it kills those who care for them, and a good number of them are dying,” Ngafuan said.
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United States provides experimental Ebola drug to Liberia

Aug 12, 2014
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf asked US President Barack Obama and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for access to an experimental serum of a non-approved Ebola drug on Friday. The sample doses will be brought into the country by a representative of the US government “later this week.”

World Health Organization (WHO) executive director Dr. Margaret Chan also approved a dispatch of additional doses to Liberia “to support the treatment of affected doctors,” the statement said. Those doses will also arrive later this week via a WHO expert.
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Liberia: Ebola - My Last Day in the Isolation Zone

11 AUGUST 2014

Cokie van der Velde, a sanitation specialist with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), has been helping to combat Ebola in Liberia and Guinea. On Friday she returned to her home in Yorkshire. Here she describes her last day of work in the isolation zone.

“Wake with a sore throat – it’s almost certainly due to inhaling chlorine fumes from our disinfectant solution, but since Kent and Nancy, two people working for another NGO tested positive, paranoia has set in, so I take my temperature for the tenth time that morning. Not sure this is a healthy obsession.

Get up before the other international staff. In a crowded house, getting to the bathroom first is essential for me. Get up too late and you’re fighting for your turn in the loo.

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My last day

It’s my last day, so I’m going to the treatment unit to say goodbye to the staff and to lend a hand, as I know they will be short-staffed and the workload is increasing. In the past week, some local staff have resigned or just not turned up for work. I can’t blame them - they’re scared.

Arrive at the treatment centre. Local staff are wandering around. Hear the predictable news of many deaths inside.

Get dressed up in my protective clothing with Sara, an MSF doctor who has a capacity for work and good humour in equal measures.

I really enjoy working with her and am glad to be spending my last day in her company. Three hygienists are joining us to move the bodies. We label the body bags before entering. I like to double-bag bodies but just now there aren’t enough bags to go round.

Suspected cases

Enter the zone for suspected cases, after donning the protective gear and checking that not a millimetre of skin is showing.

We have a strict one-way system - lower risk to higher risk. Start by emptying the buckets of faeces and vomit and saying cheerful good mornings to the patients. I spray chlorine solution as I go - we touch nothing without spraying first, even though we wear three pairs of gloves.

One woman has had diarrhoea and was too weak to walk - she’s been lying in it all night and her thrashings have spread it over the floor. Throw buckets of chlorine and clean the mess.

Sara does a round of the patients, gently caring for each in turn. The three hygienists look either lost or scared - difficult to tell when you can only see people’s eyes.

Confirmed cases

Enter the zone for confirmed cases. This section should house 10 patients, but in fact has 14. Some women who had been in the extension room next door have moved themselves into the corridor, one sleeping on the ground. I wonder why they left their beds to come in here.

In here the patients are much more sick, and I empty buckets and clean floors, helping patients too weak to hold water bottles, and taking bags of rubbish to our pit for burning.

I’m getting hot. It’s very humid and my tiredness has made the length of time I can stay in the protective gear shorter.

Sweat is dripping into my eyes and is making my gloves make squelchy noises as I work. We need to move into the extension area and put the bodies in the bags before we start to feel faint.

I tell Sara I’m moving to the next section and she follows. The three male hygienists are moving slowly - fear seems to be dulling their wits and actions.

Struggling with the bodies

On the way to the extension I cross the outdoor area, where body bags are lying on the ground. The morgue is full. It can only hold six bodies so now we are leaving the dead outside.

The burial teams can’t keep up. I turn the corner and find a dead man in the door-way to the extension. Looks like he crawled there. Wonder what will be inside.

I enter, take in the scene and stop to look back at Sara, who has yet to see what lies before me. She said later she knew it would be bad from my eyes. Now I know why those women had left the room. It could be a scene from a horror film.

In this room, four patients have died and some of them have bled profusely. Blood has mixed with chlorine and faeces on the floor. We struggle to get the bodies into the bags. One hygienist leaves after bagging the first body, the second after bagging the second body.

The remaining hygienist will only hold the chlorine spray, so Sara and I clear the people’s belongings which will have to be burnt. The final two bodies defeat us and we move to the decontamination area.

The team that enters will have to complete the task – the possibility of fainting from heat exhaustion is high and dangerous."
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More secondary impacts.

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Sifca Says Exports of Rubber From Liberia Halted on Ebola

By Olivier Monnier Aug 13, 2014 8:00 PM ET

Sifca Group, an Ivory Coast agribusiness company, said its exports of rubber from Liberia have been halted as a result of the closing of land borders, a step meant to control the spread of an Ebola outbreak.

“Our staff is still working on the plantation but the production is currently blocked at the border with Ivory Coast,” Henriette Billon, a spokeswoman for the Abidjan-based company, said in a phone interview yesterday.

Sifca exports its rubber output from Liberia through the western Ivorian port of San Pedro, Billon said. It also has a palm oil plant in Liberia that’s not yet in production. The company, which also has operations in Ghana and Nigeria, produces rubber, palm oil and sugar.
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This is just the beginning of the next dimension of the outbreak.


Hunger stalks Liberian provinces cut off by Ebola quarantine
Where are the EFFING DRONES?!?
Sorry for screaming, but wouldn't this be the perfect opportunity for the military/amazon/private sector to put the delivery capabilities of drones to the test? Make up packets of rice and deliver them everywhere with no one having to come into contact with anyone else. I feel for those dying of ebola, I feel even more for those dying of starvation.

Seems like we could also use this technology to deliver medical supplies to hospitals.
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Andrea - you're absolutely right. Basic food packets, gloves & bleach - the most basic kits in acse you have to look after someone who may be ill. A ton of helpful stuff could be delivered this way - talk about the ultimate in real life testing with positive benefits.
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Like the "cordon sanitaire", some of the measures being taken by the Ivory Coast for maritime traffic are little different than they were centuries ago. Historically, the display of a yellow flag marked a vessel as being a 'plague ship'.

This outbreak is quickly becoming almost surreal.


Liberia: I. Coast Imposes Economic Blockade On Ebola-Hit Liberia
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Liberia could be bracing for the worst before a glimmer of light shows up at the end of the tunnel. Already struggling to deal with the deadly Ebola outbreak, the post-war nation is poised for a major shortage of food, petroleum and basic necessities in the wake of a decision by the neighboring Ivory Coast to block access of ships using its space as a transshipment point due to the Ebola outbreak, FrontPageAfrica has learned.

...Now, Abidjan Port Authorities have reportedly issued an official circular to all Owners and Agents advising that beginning August 12, 2014, "NO VESSEL arriving from one of the contaminated countries is allowed to call in Abidjan until further notice.

They also recommend for other vessels that any illness occurring on-board with Ebola-like symptoms should immediately be reported, regardless of where that vessel is arriving from." Shipping associations have been advised that the Port of Abidjan in Ivory Coast has made a decision not to allow entry to any vessel that arrives from a country which is experiencing an outbreak of Ebola.

...Vessels that give concern to the Port Authorities may be subjected to up to 21 days of quarantine, which period is a usual incubation time for the virus. This means that shipping lines like Maersk could face difficulties going to Liberia with the mandate because Ivory Coast is a key transshipment point. This could also affect aid agencies bringing in relief supplies to aid the Ebola-hit nation.

In the wake of the Ivorians' decision, ports like the San Pedro are already in the process of issuing compulsory notices for inbound vessels. Several shipping news networks are already reporting, and informing shipowners of the Ivorians' decision.

...the matter has been brought to the attention of the Liberian presidency, which reportedly met with senior administration officials to discuss the Ivory Coast and Ghana's decision to not allow ships to transit through them to Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak.

Senior administration officials informed FrontPageAfrica that Finance ministry officials met with rice importers on Wednesday in a bid to explore ways in which the matter can be resolved, but were reportedly informed by the importers that the absence of access route from Ivory Coast there is not much they can do. In essence, rice importers cannot bring in rice because there is no ship to bring it.

...The Ivory Coast has reportedly informed the Liberian government on Wednesday that it would not allow any ship that docks in Liberia into its territory. Currently the farm produce into Liberia are transshipped through Liberia's sister nations- Ivory Coast, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The influential Hellenic Shipping News Agency reported Wednesday that ships will now be required, as a result of the new mandate to display along with the usual documents to be forwarded to the Harbor Master's office, systematic receipt/report of their last sanitary control + photocopies of the onboard medical consults registry for the past 20 days.

"Furthermore any case of sudden fever and bleeding must be declared. Also, any suspicion of Ebola case must be declared to the Sanitary Authorities prior to berthing 2/ once at berth: Representatives of the Port's Health Authorities will be awaiting vessels' berthing in order to perform a systematic medical screening of the crew.

Other Port Authorities will only be allowed onboard for regular duties once vessel is cleared by the Health Authorities. To that effect, ships will need to instruct their watchmen to forbid ANY ACCESS TO THE VESSEL TO ANYONE BUT the Health Authorities until clearance is granted." In addition, ships are being notified that in the case of suspicion, the yellow flag will have to remain visible and no one will be allowed in or out of the ship.

...This development could mean Liberians could also face hardships as gasoline shortage could also be an issue. Ivory Coast is the central point for Liberia's main petroleum supplier. With ships arriving in Liberia transiting through Ivory Coast, the absence of an access point could mean Liberia will be without petroleum products and food as the deadly Ebola outbreak intensifies.

...Complicating matters, Liberia is on the verge of being air-locked with several major and regional carriers turning their backs on Africa's oldest republic due to the Ebola outbreak. British Airways announced last week that it is suspending flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia amid a rising death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in the area. Flights will be suspended until the end of August "due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries," the U.K. carrier said in a statement. The situation will remain under "constant review" in the coming weeks.

Delta is expected to make its final flight service on August 27, 2014. Air France quit earlier this year and several regional carriers like ASKY and ARIK have also terminated service to Liberia. Ivory Coast had previously banned air travelers from the three countries worst-hit by the Ebola outbreak and ordered its flagship carrier Air Cote D'Ivoire to cease flights to and from them...
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http://www.masslive.com/news/worcest...cal_schoo.html

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WORCESTER — A group from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester will be sending 2,500 pounds of protective medical supplies to Liberia, which is the epicenter of the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

“We want to help those who are there doing what they can. A lot of people who have died are health care workers who are our partners and friends,” said Donna Gallagher, MSN, MA, instructor of family medicine & community health and nursing and co-director of the Office of Global Health at UMass Medical School, which is coordinating the initiative. “If we can get health professionals what they need quickly, then maybe patients who are dying of the disease can get care, and those who are providing the care won’t be dying.”

The UMass Medical School's Office of Global Health will be shipping out 2,500 pounds of medical supplies to help protect healthcare workers dealing with the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the school announced in a statement. The equipment includes exam gloves full-face shields, caps and safety goggles. All of this is essential to stop the transmission of the disease from patients to care givers. The supplies were donated by local medical equipment vendors.
I've been trying to find out if food drops are being planned for Liberia, or if the entire country is to be closed off and people allowed to starve. We have to quarantine these countries if we want to stop this epidemic, but we also have a responsibility to those trapped inside. Does anyone know of an organization that is sending this type of help? I'll keep looking because I would like to help . . .
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