Evening Ebola Update, Fri, 2/13: GAVI exceeds goal/Red Cross attacked in Guinea/Model predicts epidemic ends in May   Leave a comment

2/13/15

Dear Colleagues:

l.  NY Times reports that Red Cross burial teams are being attacked in Guinea.  The attacks are within districts which have not experienced EBOV previously.  See: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/world/africa/red-cross-faces-attacks-at-ebola-victims-funerals.html?ref=health&_r=0  In my opinon, all burial teams should include members of the local community to explain to local people what is going on.

2.  WHO reports that EBOV survivor support teams have been started by EBOV survivors in Sierra Leone to help more recent survivors who are rejected by their home community.  See: http://who.int/features/2015/ebola-rescue-team/en/

3.  The Lancet reports that GAVI, the global vaccine alliance, has exceeded its fundraising goal, $7.5 Billion for 2016-2020, despite the downturn in the economies of Europe and the large donations required from all countries for stopping EBOV.  See: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60185-4/fulltext?elsca1=etoc&elsca2=email&elsca3=0140-6736_20150214_385_9968_&elsca4=Public%20Health%7CInfectious%20Diseases%7CHealth%20Policy%7CInternal%2FFamily%20Medicine%7CGeneral%20Surgery%7CLancet

4.  MIT Technology Review reports on a study in Population and Evolution by Valdez, et. al. from Argentina, predicting the EBOV epidemic ends by May, 2015, if patients are hospitalized and burials safely performed.  The authors found that stopping migration of people from one country to another country was not a successful prevention measure.  People evade the authorities and migrate anyhow. See: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/535151/ebola-epidemic-should-end-in-may-say-disease-modelers/

RGL, MD

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Posted February 13, 2015 by levittrg in Ebola

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