Death toll of the Ebola virus outbreak stands at 5,177 and 14,413 people are infected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report released on Friday, November 14, 2014.
West Africa is the hardest hit by the deadly virus, with 2,812 deaths recorded in Liberia, 1,187 in Sierra Leone and 1,166 in Guinea.
The Ebola virus can be transmitted from person to person through a direct contact (through injured skin or mucous membranes) or with objects contaminated with the virus. The Ebola virus disease, previously known as the Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe illness in humans, often fatal, according to the WHO. (PNA)
Davao City renting an “M/V EBOLA”
FOR lack of isolation facilities that would cater to Ebola patients whenever the outbreak reaches the Philippines, particularly Davao City, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is seriously considering on renting a ship that would serve as a hospital and isolation area.
In a recent consultative meeting with hospitals, health authorities, and other government agencies, Duterte learned that the Southern Philippines Medical Center, the region’s premier government hospital, only have four rooms in their isolation building.
Duterte said that if worse comes to worst, he would also be calling on the police and the military to restrain and control the people especially when the Ebola virus becomes pandemic in the city.
“We only need one soul to come in with Ebola and we are done,” said Duterte.
– Ebola has killed 4,922 people, or about 50 percent of 10,141 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to the U.N.’s World Health Organization. It says the true death toll may be three times as much or 15,000 people, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases.
– Ebola emerged in a remote forest region of Guinea in March and has also turned up in Nigeria, Senegal and Mali. Health officials declared Nigeria and Senegal Ebola-free in October.
– There is no vaccine or cure for Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever. In past outbreaks, fatality rates have reached up to 90 percent. Ebola causes fever, flu-like pains, bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea.
– Pharmaceutical companies are working on experimental Ebola vaccines and antiviral drugs, but a significant number of doses will not be available until at least the first quarter of 2015.
– Ebola is not airborne. It is transmitted through blood, vomit, diarrhea and other bodily fluids. Healthcare workers in West Africa have been among the hardest hit by the outbreak.
– Ebola symptoms generally appear between two and 21 days after infection, meaning there is a significant window during which an infected person can escape detection, allowing them to travel. However, they are not considered contagious until they start showing symptoms.
– Recovery from Ebola depends on the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.
– Ebola patients have been treated in the United States, Spain, Germany, France, Norway and the United Kingdom. (Graphic: http://link.reuters.com/dek33w)
– The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that the number of infections could rise to up to 1.4 million people by early next year without a massive global intervention to contain the virus.
– The United States, Britain, France, China, Cuba and international organizations are pouring funds, supplies and personnel into the affected parts of West Africa.