l. Science has published two new EBOV articles on-line today. An article by Rasmussen, et. al. reports the presence of genetic markers in bred mice which make the mice susceptible to mouse adapted EBOV or make the mice resistant to mouse adapted EBOV. See: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/10/29/science.1259595.full for this Research Report. Plandley, et. al. reports that case isolation, contact tracing, and sanitary funeral practices are the means to end the EBOV epidemic in Liberia. If we don’t do a better job on all three fronts, then 224 new EBOV cases will be identified daily in Liberia by December 1st. See: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/10/29/science.1260612.full for this Research Report.
2. Nurse Hickox and Gov. LePage of Maine have not seen eye-to-eye on her state mandated quarantine. She took a bike ride today and shook hands with reporters. The Gov. promises he will enforce the law. But there is no court order on her quarantine. Her boyfriend acknowledged last week: ‘Gov. Christie took on the wrong redhead’. This whole business is distracting and draws attention from the need of the world to respond to West Africa. Yet, we do not have a Surgeon General and the Acting Surgeon General has nothing to say. I suspect he has been told to ‘stay out of this business’ by the Administration,
3. Time Magazine has an interview with DG Chan of WHO on-line this evening. Dr. Chan says that the EBOV epidemic spread ‘in a hidden manner’ from December to June. She says that she will reorganize WHO in her remaining term so that WHO can respond faster, more effectively, with less resources (fewer staff and U.N. money) than currently.