Evening Ebola Update, Thurs, 2/12: ’60 Minutes’ Sunday on ZMapp/EBOV on decedent’s body for 7 days/Work with contacts to maintain isolation/Use HIV/TB techniques to find EBOV contacts   Leave a comment

2/12/15

Dear Colleagues:

l.  CNN Money reports that Bob Simon, the CBS correspondent killed in a traffic accident in NYC yesterday, will have his current investigative story oh ZMapp for EBOV treatment presented on ’60 Minutes’ this Sunday evening.  The story was produced by his daughter, Tanya.  The presenter has yet to be announced.  See: http://www.kspr.com/life/money/bob-simons-last-story-about-a-quest-to-cure-ebola-will-air-this-sunday/21052342_31231274

2. CDC’s Emerging Infectious Disease has an article by Prescott, et. al. from NIH that the EBOV virus survived on the body surface of macaques for 7 days post-euthanasia.  Viral RNA was found in these macaques for up to 10 weeks post-euthanasia.  This article reinforces the need to be very careful in handling a EBOV patient after death and in burying an EBOV patient.  See: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/21/5/15-0041_article#comment

3.  CDC MMWR 13 February  has a report on contact tracing for Mr. Duncan’s contacts after he was diagnosed with EBOV in Dallas, Texas.  The report by Smith, et. al. from the CDC says that assisting contacts in obtaining food, child care, teacher’s assignments, money for cancelled plane flights, etc., is crucial in cooperation and maintenance of isolation from the community.  The contact tracers made use of local Liberian aid societies and religious leaders in the communities where the contacts lived.  This is important information for isolation of all infectious disease patients in the U.S. as well as West Africa.  Contact tracers need to work with the contacts and community organizations for isolation to be successful.  See: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6405a2.htm?s_cid=mm6405a2_e

4.  The Lancet Infectious Disease February, 2015, has Correspondence by Drain at MGH and Harvard Medical School saying that techniques to identify infected contacts of HIV and TB patients need to be applied to contacts of EBOV patients.  These techniques include: point-of-care testing for EBOV; reducing the stigma of EBOV so that patients do not hide; all exposed contacts must be screened; HCW must be protected.  See: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(14)71079-5/fulltext

RGL, MD

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Posted February 12, 2015 by levittrg in Ebola

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