Evening Ebola Update, Sat, 1/10: West Africa on Severe Humanitarian Crisis list again/Are there EBOV super-spreaders?/EBOV needs same as needs to stop terrorism   Leave a comment

1/10/15

Dear Colleagues:

l.  ACAPS latest Global Emergency Review for 17 December- 6 January continues to show Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea in the Severe Humanitarian Crisis category.  Nigeria has entered the Severe category because of the killings by Boko Haram (NBC reports 11,000 persons were slaughtered this week in Nigeria) and CAR has entered the Severe category because of food crises for excluded tribes.  See: http://geo.acaps.org/ for the full report.

2.  PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases has posted an article by Iacono, et. al. from the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge re: modelling of Lassa Fever from zoonotic and anthroponotic sources.  The authors conclude that 20% of Lassa Fever is caused by human-to-human transmission, and that there may be super-spreaders (based on the pattern of spread).  Lassa virus is a ‘relative’ of EBOV.   Perhaps there are super-speaders of EBOV as well.  See: http://www.plosntds.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003398 for the entire article.

3.  Ebola Deeply, an digital news project by independent journalists and technologists, has interviewed a cross section of HCW, NGOs, government officials, and recovered EBOV patients in West Africa and asked them what they learned in 2014 and what the EBOV fight needs in 2015.  Those interviewed learned that much and itemized their needs for 2015.  See the concepts learned and the 2015 needs at: http://www.eboladeeply.org/articles/2015/01/7081/ebola-2015-road/. 

4.  It seems to me that what was learned about EBOV epidemic in 2014 and what is needed in 2015 for EBOV to be halted are the same concepts and needs that all countries need to stop the terrorism around the world.  Do you agree after reading the Ebola Deeply article?  I’ll list the EBOV concepts learned and the 2015 EBOV needs in tomorrow’s posting.

RGL, MD

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Posted January 11, 2015 by levittrg in Ebola

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