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Obama To Announce Ebola Force Of 3,000 US Military Personnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Obama administration is ramping up its response to west Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 US military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local healthcare systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

  Barack Obama is to announce the stepped-up effort on Tuesday during a visit to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease.

  There have been appeals from the region and from aid organisations for a heightened US role in dealing with the outbreak, blamed for more than 2,200 deaths.

  Administration officials said on Monday that the new initiatives aimed to train as many as 500 healthcare workers a week; erect 17 healthcare facilities in the region of 100 beds each; set up a joint command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to co-ordinate between US and international relief efforts; provide home healthcare kits to hundreds of thousands of households, including 50,000 that the US Agency for International Development will deliver to Liberia this week; and carry out a home and community-based campaign to train local populations on how to handle exposed patients.

  The US effort will include medics and other personnel for treatment and training, engineers to help erect the treatment facilities and specialists in logistics to assist in patient transportation.

  Officials said the cost of the effort would come from $500m in overseas contingency operations, such as the war in Afghanistan, that the Pentagon already had asked Congress to redirect to carry out humanitarian efforts in Iraq and west Africa.”

 

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The Latest WHO Update Shows The Ebola Epidemic Is Growing Deadlier

 

 

 

 

 

” The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new update on the development of the worst Ebola epidemic in history.

  Since the epidemic was first declared in July, cases of Ebola have been detected in five African countries, with widespread contagion in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and isolated cases in Nigeria and Senegal. Thus far, Liberia is the country that’s been hit hardest: 0.05% of the population has contracted the virus, and 0.03% Liberians have died from it. “

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CDC Director: Ebola Outbreak ‘Is Spiraling Out Of Control’

 

 

 

 

 

” The director for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that the Ebola outbreak is going to get worse.

  Speaking to CBS This Morning following his trip to the West African countries dealing with the outbreak, Dr. Tom Frieden explained that they have to act now to try to get Ebola under control.

“ It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic and it is spiraling out of control. It’s bad now and it’s going to get worse in the very near future,” Frieden told CBS News. “There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now.”

  Frieden, who visited Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, will tell Washington tomorrow that the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling upward.” The CDC director explained that these countries still need help to deal with the deadly outbreak.”

 

 

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Guinea: Mobilization Against Ebola Epidemic

 

 

 

 

 

 

” With eight confirmed cases of Ebola reported in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is facing an unprecedented epidemic regarding the distribution of the disease, which is present in several locations in Guinea.

  To date, Guinean health authorities have recorded 122 suspected patients and 78 deaths. Other cases, suspected or diagnosed, were found in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The outbreak features the Zaire strain of the virus, the most aggressive and deadly. It kills more than nine out of 10 patients. In addition to Conakry, there are cases in Gueckedou, Macenta, Kissidougou, and Nzerekore.”

 

 

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” We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country,”  said Mariano Lugli, coordinator of MSF’s project in Conakry.

  MSF continues to strengthen its teams in Guinea. By the end of the week, there will be roughly 60 international field workers experienced with addressing hemorrhagic fever divided between Conakry and in the southeast of the country.  

  Among the field workers are doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, and water and sanitation experts, as well as anthropologists. In addition, more than 40 tons of equipment have been flown into the country to try to curb the spread of the disease.”

 

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