The fourth known case of the Zika virus has been identified in Yellowstone County. The infection was identified by the RiverStone Health and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
The reported case in Montana, the first of its kind, was found in a man who had travelled to an affected area. In February, Missoula County reported the first travel related case of Zika in Montana.
As of July 27, 2016 there have been 1,658 confirmed cases of Zika in the United States. Nearly all cases were travel related. Diagnosis of Zika is based on a person’s recent travel history, symptoms, and results from a blood or urine test. h/t billingsgazette
Zika is a disease caused by a virus that is spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species of mosquito that is not found in Montana. Travelers returning from Zika affected areas who have symptoms, or who are pregnant, or who are planning a pregnancy, should consult their healthcare provider.
Via The Salt Lake Tribune: Even as authorities are still advising residents in Flint, Mich., not to drink or bathe in the city’s tap water, leaving thousands to rely on bottled water to survive, some of the state’s prominent political voices think Flint’s water crisis may be exaggerated.
Foremost among them is Oakland County Republican Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who voiced skepticism about the severity of the crisis during an appearance before the Detroit Economic Club luncheon Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I don’t think we should say or use words anymore like ‘Flint’s been poisoned,’ ” Patterson told reporters. “Because I don’t think that’s accurate. I’ve been using words like ‘Flint’s been poisoned,’ and I won’t use that anymore because I think the jury is out,” he added. Continue reading
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has been summoned to testify in front of Congress over large amounts of lead found in the Flint water supply.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Atissha, and researcher Marc Edwards, have also been ordered to testify.
“We trust our government to protect the health and safety of our communities, and this includes the promise of clean water to drink and clean air to breath. Continue reading
You remember the scenes from relentless news broadcasts, bodies littering the streets of Liberia, the sick contorted and dying.
At that time, President Obama ordered the largest American intervention ever in a global health crisis, deploying nearly 3,000 troops in an effort to stem the urgent Ebola “epidemic.”
Now flash forward to today and the costly treatment facilities sit largely unused. Only 28 Ebola patients have been treated at the 11 treatment units built by the United States military, American officials now say. Continue reading
The Canadian government is shipping 800 vials of its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization in Geneva on Monday.
The WHO will be in charge of deciding how and where the vaccine will be distributed, said the Public Health Agency of Canada, on Saturday.
The vaccine is undergoing clinical trials at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the United States, it said. Continue reading
The CDC has asked a man visiting Oak Park from Liberia to self-monitor himself for signs of Ebola..
The man is reportedly showing no Ebola symptoms, but “out of an abundance of caution,” the CDC has asked him to monitor his own health..
Oakland County Health Division is slated to communicate with the man daily, who is supposed to monitor his own health for at least 21 days. Continue reading
A Yale University graduate student has been confined to isolation at Yale-New Haven Hospital for evaluation of possible Ebola.
The student was exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms after returning from Liberia on Saturday.
“Yale-New Haven Hospital admitted a patient late Wednesday night for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms,” the hospital said in a statement. “We have not confirmed or ruled-out any diagnosis at this point. We are working in cooperation with City, State and Federal health officials. There is no further information available at this time.” Continue reading
Authorities in Dallas are frantically trying to locate a homeless man who rode in the same Dallas ambulance that had carried Thomas Eric Duncan, the man stricken with Ebola, to the Texas Health Presbyterian hospital.
There was no reason given as to why or when the homeless man traveled in the ambulance. Authorities have not released the man’s name.
“We are working to locate the individual and get him to a comfortable, compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need for the full incubation period,” Jenkins said in an emailed statement. “I want to emphasize that he is a low risk individual and we are doing this out of precautionary measures.” h/t dallasnews
The ambulance was effectively quarantined last week after Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola. The emergency medical services crew who transported him has been asked to stay home for 21 days or so. All of them have tested negative for Ebola.
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.