Liberia

Liberia monitors over 150 Ebola contacts as virus re-emerges

Liberia has placed 153 people under surveillance as it seeks to control a new Ebola outbreak in the capital more than two months after the country was declared free of the virus, health officials said. Three Ebola cases emerged in Liberia on Friday. The first of the new patients was a 15-year-old boy called Nathan Gbotoe from Paynesville, a suburb east of the capital Monrovia. Two other family members have since been confirmed as positive and they are all hospitalized. “We have three confirmed cases and have listed 153 contacts, and we have labeled them as high, medium and low in terms of the risk,” Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francis Kateh told Reuters late on Saturday. The West African country has suffered the highest death toll in the worst known Ebola outbreak in history, losing more than 4,800 people. It has twice been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization, once in May and again on Sept. 3, only for new cases to emerge. It is not known how Gbotoe was infected and Kateh did not offer any explanation, saying that investigations were ongoing. Cross-border transmission seems unlikely since neighboring Guinea has zero cases while Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free this month after 42 days without a case. In the Duport Road neighborhood of Paynesville, health officials went from house to house on Saturday delivering food and water to neighbors of the infected family, deemed at risk of catching the disease. Unlike in previous months, there were no barriers or soldiers to enforce quarantines. Neighbor Elizabeth Powell said she was more worried about lost income than catching Ebola, which is transmitted through the bodily fluids of the sick. “I am worried about food and my business,” she said. The epidemic has crippled Liberia’s economy and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says it will take two years to recover. The previous resurgence of Ebola in Liberia is thought to have been via sexual transmission since the virus can exist in the semen of male survivors for at least nine months after infection, much longer than its incubation period in blood. It is also theoretically possible for an infected animal to trigger a fresh chain of transmission. The index case in the West African outbreak that has killed around 11,300 people was a child believed to have been infected by a bat.

Definitely something to keep an eye on…

Ebola fears increase pressure to restrict flights from Africa

Thomas Eric Duncan case raises questions about U.S. preparedness to stem deadly virus

This article touches on a very serious point that isn’t being discussed much. Its imperative that we stop ALL travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone and other western African nations to the U.S. not only because we don’t want someone to come here inadvertently who has Ebola…but because there are many people in those countries that will do whatever they can to get here to get medical treatment. Word is out that two people came here and were cured. That news has spread like wildfire. So, people over there who may be infected will lie, falsify passports/visas, and so on…do whatever they can to get here. Just consider the implications of that. Like I said, its crucial that we suspend ALL travel between the U.S. and those African nations affected by this dreadful disease including, but not limited to, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Cheap Flights From Liberia to Washington DC Available Amid Ebola Crisis

Despite the recent Ebola case in Dallas, involving a man who had recently flown to the US from Liberia, federal authorities have no plans to ban flights from countries with significant Ebola outbreaks.

How insane is that?!?! Again, we need to stop ALL travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the rest of the western African nations affected by this dreadful Ebola virus IMMEDIATELY. ALL travel from those nations should NOT be allowed into the United States, and all visas, etc. cancelled until this Ebola thing is under control..however long it takes.

CDC confirms first case of Ebola in US: UPDATE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Tuesday that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case diagnosed in the United States.

This is an update to the story we posted earlier this afternoon.. The man in question came from Liberia, one of the African nations afflicted with Ebola. How was this man allowed into the U.S. to begin with?!? Holy crap!! The first thing that the State Dept should do is IMMEDIATELY suspend ALL travel and visas from ANYONE from Libera, Sieera Leone, and any other nation where there has been an Ebola outbreak. That’s just common sense, and is in our nation’s national security interests, for crying out loud! If we’re willing to send 3,000 U.S. military troops to do God knows what in Africa, then the very least we can do is suspend ALL travel from ALL persons from ALL of the African nations affected by Ebola. Period!

Ebola Spreading ‘Exponentially’ as Patients Seek Beds in Liberia

The Ebola virus is spreading exponentially across Liberia as patients fill taxis in a fruitless search for medical care, the World Health Organization said Monday.

And apparently we’ve brought yet another Ebola victim to Georgia. The best thing the World Heatl Org (WHO; NOT to be confused by the great Brit rock band) can do is help to quarantine those affected countries in Africa and allow NON-governmental organizations (i.e. “Doctors without Borders,” etc) to help the affected nations’ health departments combat the problem there. This is beyond out of control. And, anyone who says otherwise is either an idiot and doesn’t understand the magnitude of this epidemic, OR they’re doing what they can do downplay it for whatever reason. That said, as of yet it is NOT our (i.e. that of the United States) problem. That said, we should be doing everything we can to ensure that horrific virus is NOT brought either intentionally, or accidentally, into America. To that end, we should suspend ALL travel from Libera, and other affected West African nations, to the United States. And, it is another critical reason why it is imperative that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border. Securing that border is so very critical for so many reasons. This is just another one of those reasons..