Evening Ebola Update, Sat, 10/18: Oxfam asks E.U. for troop deployment to West Africa   Leave a comment

10/18/14

Dear Colleagues:

l.  NEJM has a sign up on-line for a Wed, 10/22, Webcast on EBOV between 2pm – 3:30pm.  See: https://col128.mail.live.com/?tid=cmFkx1z_lW5BGW5QAhWtgCBA2&fid=flinbox to sign up.  Speakers are big names in humanitarian work in West Africa and NEJM Editor and Deputy Editor.

2.  Dr. Flanigan’s Blog from Monrovia, Liberia, gives the formula for a 0.5% bleach cleaning solution and a 0.05% bleach handwashing solution.  See: https://col128.mail.live.com/?tid=cmZNhca6BV5BGWMGw75af6rA2&fid=flinbox for the formulas.

3. USA Today reports that Dr. Fauci, CDC’s best speaker, will be on the Sunday news shows tomorrow, including Face the Nation, Fox News, Meet the Press, This Week, and State of the Union.

4.  Wall Street Journal reports that Canada will ship 800 vials (?number of doses/vial) to WHO for distribution for testing in West Africa.  I do not know whether WHO will do randomized controlled trials or step wedge trials in Phase 2 trials.

5.  CNN reports that Frontier Airlines has contacted 800 passengers who flew on the same airplane that brought Ms. Vinson back from Cleveland to Dallas ( all passengers until airplane was pulled from its fleet) and asked these passengers to contact the CDC re: their EBOV status.

6.  NY Times reports that President Obama and other world leaders believe a travel ban from West Africa will hurt these very poor countries so much as to lead to unstable governments.  In my opinion, there are other means of limiting U.S. entry of EBOV from passengers originating in West Africa, including: visas must be issued at least 21 days prior to departure from West Africa + RT-PCR testing at time of departure; no passengers from West Africa may deplane in U.S. w/o quarantine for 21 days; plane tickets for trip to U.S. must be purchased in person 21 days or more prior to departure + RT-PCR testing at time of purchase and at time of  departure.

7.  Prof. Racaniello’s blog has links to several questions/answers to your EBOV questions.  He has also posted his comments on pending EBOV treatment proposals.  See: https://col128.mail.live.com/?tid=cvm0Q3E4r8I96HysmqCDQ35w2&fid=flinbox for directions to his websites.

8.  WHO reports it will answer all questions re: why the organization responded slowly to the initial EBOV outbreak in Guinea AFTER the outbreak has been contained.  Now is not the time for the blame game, and WHO must spend all its efforts on EBOV containment now.  As Dr. Gunderman’s ‘Why Planes Crash…’ points out, there are several human errors, not a single error, in each plane crash.  Same for every crisis.

9.  Oxfam has asked E.U. to deploy troops to West Africa to stop EBOV.  Oxfam says we only have two months to curb EBOV epidemic in West Africa before we reach the 10,000 cases/week stage (which means 20,000 cases/week just 2-3 weeks later).  P.M. Cameron has asked E.U. for $800 Million to WHO for fighting EBOV.

RGL, MD

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Posted October 19, 2014 by levittrg in Ebola

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