Hazmat teams pictured cleaning up the apartment occupied by ebola victim Thomas Duncan.
Donning full hazmat gear, the team went into the apartment and cleaned out mattresses, towels and just about everything else.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the man showing signs of the deadly ebola virus on Friday, but was sent home only to return days later, reportedly vomited in a taxi transporting him home from the hospital.
The man returned on Sunday with full-blown ebola symptoms, and was finally admitted and subsequently tested positive for Ebola. It is the first such diagnosis to take place in the U.S.
Authorities now believe the patient may have exposed others to the deadly virus, however, the taxi ride was not mentioned.
A Texas man who just got back from Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola.
It is the first such case to be confirmed in the U.S. sine the outbreak was announced.
Authorities with the Centers for Disease Control revealed the finding Tuesday, a day after the unidentified patient arrived at a Dallas hospital with suspicious symptoms. Continue reading
The Ebola virus is really starting to spread and spread fast, the virus itself and the public’s fears.
Check out just how fast the deadly virus is spreading using this handy panic now infographic and keep in mind, the U.S. State Dept., just purchased over 160,000 Ebola protection suits.
Ebola virus disease (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebola virus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Typically, vomiting, diarrhea and rash follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people may begin to bleed both within the body and externally.
The virus may be acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal.
Spreading through the air has not been documented in the natural environment. Fruit bats are believed to be a carrier and may spread the virus without being affected. Once human infection occurs, the disease may spread between people, as well. Male survivors may be able to transmit the disease via semen for nearly two months. To make the diagnosis, typically other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fevers are first excluded. To confirm the diagnosis, blood samples are tested for viral antibodies, viral RNA, or the virus itself. source
Prevention includes decreasing the spread of disease from infected animals to humans. This may be done by checking such animals for infection and killing and properly disposing of the bodies if the disease is discovered. Properly cooking meat and wearing protective clothing when handling meat may also be helpful, as are wearing protective clothing and washing hands when around a person with the disease. Samples of bodily fluids and tissues from people with the disease should be handled with special caution.
On reports that the ebola virus is going airborne, the U.S. State Department recently ordered 160,000 Ebola Hazmat Suits.
The company that manufactures the suits, Lakeland Industries, announced that the U.S. State Department has now ordered the Hazmat Suits equipped to handle airborne Ebola. Continue reading
New Mexico health officials in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are testing a 30-year-old woman for the Ebola virus.
Unconfirmed reports say the virus easily could have traveled through Mexico to the US through infected travelers. The woman being tested returned from the area earlier this month.
“The Department of Health is working closely with UNM Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this investigation,” Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, said in a news release. “UNM Hospital has isolated the patient, and is following the appropriate protocols to ensure other patients and health care workers are safe.”
A medical supply company is offering a timely Ebola protection kit! Everything you need to protect yourself against the deadly virus in one handy kit!
The kit, which includes the ever popular face mask, claims it will help reduce your risks of exposure to the Ebola virus while providing protection against exposure to a variety of other blood-borne contaminants, such as the MRSA and HIV viruses.
Details from the company website:
Protect yourself and your family from the deadly ebola virus outbreak. This home personal protection kit contains all the supplies you will need to reduce the risk of contracting the Ebola virus.
Medical experts were surprised an Ebola-infected American was able to walk into a Georgia hospital today after his return to the United States.
Although Brantly had shown signs of the disease for the past week, he managed to walk into the hospital with the support of medical personnel. Continue reading
Conspiracy theories, which in general have gained more legitimacy than ever, say the killer Ebola virus is really a planned, staged, and healthcare scam of an outbreak.
With no known cure or vaccine, conspiracy theories claims include, a ploy to get folks to get checkups to the the virus being a CIA-manufactured weapon to a cover for “cannibalistic rituals.”
Angry crowds in Africa have also accused foreigners of bringing the virus into the country. In April, the threat of violence forced Medecins Sans Frontieres to evacuate all its staff from a treatment centre in Guinea. Continue reading