Evening Ebola Update, 2/25: UN supplies food to quarantined Aberdeen/Dr. Spencer expresses his dismay/Villagers tell WHO how to make tracing work/Science vs faith in Muslim religion   Leave a comment

2/25/15

Dear Colleagues:

l.  Ebola Deeply reports that UN Ebola Emergency Response has supplied the quarantined area Aberdeen in Freetown, Sierra Leone, with food for 600 families for the past month.  This effort is to prevent ‘breaks’ in the quarantine in efforts for residents to obtain food.  See a detailed report of UN efforts in West Africa this past month at: https://ebolaresponse.un.org/sites/default/files/150225-_unmeer_external_situation_report.pdf

2.  NEJM on-line 25 February has a Perspective by Dr. Craig Spencer, an EBOV HCW who contracted EBOV and was hospitalized at BellevueHospital in NYC after developing fever upon his return to the U.S. from Guinea.  The author says he lost 20# in 2 weeks of febrile illness.  He believes he acted appropriately before and after he developed a fever in NYC.  He explains the poor opinion of himself by the politicians and press as political and fear responses.  He knew he would not be infectious unless he developed a fever upon his return to NYC.  His Perspective is a moving personal account: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1501355?query=TOC

3.  The Lancet Global Health, March, 2015, has an article by Kutalek, et. al. of WHO in Liberia and the Medical University of Vienna telling us what Liberians say must be done to get cooperation of villagers for case finding and contact tracing to end EBOV in Liberia.  The villagers say: food must be provided to families in quarantine; EBOV treatment centers must communicate with family members of EBOV patients; basic health services must be restored; psychological help must be provided to family members; EBOV survivors must become part of case finding and contact tracing teams.  See: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(15)70010-0/fulltext

4.  Nature in the section News and Comment 24 February has an article by D. Rochmyaningsih from Jakarta, Indonesia, on the effect Muslim groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) are having on teaching science in Indonesian schools.  Some Muslim groups such as the MB see an inherent conflict between science and religious faith.  Other Muslim groups do not see such a conflict.  Read this eye-opening article at: http://www.nature.com/news/focus-on-political-islamic-groups-to-boost-science-1.16986?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20150226

RGL, MD

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Posted February 26, 2015 by levittrg in Ebola

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