Africa’s smallest country Gambia, with less than 2 million people, has a high level of preparedness for an outbreak of Ebola. The Gambian government through its ministry of health and social welfare has set up preparatory mechanisms through its partners and stakeholders. What the government did in the first place is when they had an outbreak in Guinea and in Liberia, they set up a control mechanism, flights from affected areas were banned, but what the government was able to achieve is the control of people coming into Gambia with the virus.
Planes were only allowed to drop people and not to pick up anyone. The government also made a nationwide assessment of the resources and materials that they have on the ground and in the health facilities in case there is an Ebola epidemic. The Gambian government has also initiated a nationwide sensitisation programme and they have created subregional technical advisory committees and local authorities on Ebola for each region.”
On a case by case basis, Ebola is one of the most deadly pathogens that we know about. In the current cases it affects and actually kills somewhere between 50 percent and 90 percent of the people who are infected. However, the good side is that the virus doesn’t spread very well. When it does spread it actually makes your body essentially attack itself: the white blood cells that would normally be cleaning up the virus infection are provoked into releasing a lot of harmful chemicals that degrade the inner lining of your blood vessels, and this is what eventually causes death due to organ failure.
A second American health worker infected with Ebola has left Liberia and was on her way to Atlanta for treatment on Tuesday. Health officials reported more deaths and cases worldwide, and more details surfaced on an experimental treatment.
Officials at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York admitted a man who had recently been to West Africa. He arrived at the emergency room early Monday with symptoms consistent with Ebola — high fever and gastrointestinal problems.
In a statement, Mount Sinai said, “The patient has been placed in strict isolation and is undergoing medical screenings to determine the cause of his symptoms. All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff.”
Monday evening, the New York City Health Department issued a statement saying the department, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mount Sinai, had concluded “the patient is unlikely to have Ebola. Specimens are being tested for common causes of illness and to definitively exclude Ebola.”
– USA Today & Voice of Russia, UK
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