Evening Ebola Update, Sat, 11/8: WHO guidelines for travel, transport, burial/autopsy results for 28 ZEBOV patients   Leave a comment

11/8/14

Dear Colleagues:

l.  WHO has issued its recommendations re: travel and transport to West Africa.  WHO recommends NO travel ban and NO transport ban.  Any ban would result in a decrease in the HCWs volunteering for service in West Africa and no arrival of essential food, fuel, and medicines.  WHO recommends exit screening at airports and maritime ports and is developing detailed protocols to make these exit screens uniform and standard for West African countries.  See: http://who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2014/ebola-travel/en/ for the complete WHO travel and transport statement.

2.  WHO has issued a 17 page document with illustrations on safe burial practices for burial teams in West Africa.  These teams include one religious representative and one family communicator.  The document is simple to understand (I understood what to do and what not to do), has illustrations to show team members what to do and how to do it, and gives much attention to family members of the deceased and Muslim burial customs.  See: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/137379/1/WHO_EVD_GUIDANCE_Burials_14.2_eng.pdf?ua=1 for the entire document.  Only 1/3 the needed number of ‘safe’ burial teams are present in West Africa.

3.  Scientific American in an article on Ebola infection references a Journal of Pathology article on autopsy results in 28 patients with Zaire EBOV.  The article by Martines and others from CDC can be read at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/path.4456/pdf

4. PLoS Currents Outbreaks posted today an article by Haeussler, et. al. from University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) that describes the UCSC Ebola Genome Browser,  This research tool combines the GenBank genome sequences with 30 other sources so that all data is present in a reader friendly site.  See: http://currents.plos.org/outbreaks/article/the-ucsc-ebola-genome-portal/ for the article.  The authors may be contacted at: genome@soe.ucsc

5.  NY TImes reports that GEN Dempsey has designated 5 U.S. bases for troopers to be quarantined at when returning from West Africa if they are stationed in the U.S.  Two other foreign bases are designated for quarantine for troopers based in Europe.

RGL, MD

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Posted November 9, 2014 by levittrg in Ebola

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