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Potential Deadly Ebola Virus case has been rushed to isolation unit in Berlin, Germany

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Doctors in Berlin are keeping watch over a South Korean medic who was exposed to the Ebola virus while treating a patient in Sierra Leone. The medic had suffered an injury with a hypodermic needle.
The South Korean arrived on a special flight in Berlin Saturday to be monitored for symptoms of Ebola, doctors at the German capital’s prominent Charité hospital said.
 
“The person wasn’t flown to South Korea because the Korean government asked Europe to step in,” Dr. Frank Bergmann, who oversees the hospital’s treatment of highly infectious patients, said. “First of all it’s good from a transportation point of view to come here and secondly it’s better for the person’s anonymity to be treated here in Europe,” Bergmann added.
 
He said both the medic and the government of South Korea had requested as few details as possible be released, so declined to give the medic’s age, gender, profession or employer.
 
On Monday, the medic had been treating an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone when the patient jolted, causing the needle on a syringe filled with blood to pierce the three plastic gloves the medic was wearing.
 
“The patient had a very high viral load and died the next day, which means that there was a very high risk of infection,” Bergmann said, although adding that the medic did not currently show any symptoms of Ebola. They will remain under close medical supervision until the end of the three-week incubation period for Ebola. Bergmann added that should the medic develop symptoms, doctors could use experimental drugs.
 
“With our European standards there should be a good prognosis,” he said.
Previously, three medical workers have been treated for Ebola in Germany – a Senegalese doctor who had been infected in Sierra Leone was treated in Hamburg and survived, as did a Ugandan doctor also infected in Sierra Leone who was treated in Frankfurt. In Leipzig, a United Nations worker from Africa died from the disease after contracting it in Liberia.
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Patient Assessed For Deadly Ebola Virus Symptoms In Truro, Cornwall, England, UK

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A patient is being assessed for possible symptoms of Ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

The person is being kept in isolation and the result will be known in around 24 hours.

The patient had recently been in a high-risk Ebola area, although the exact location has not been revealed.

The tests are thought to be precautionary – more than 100 patients have tested negative in similar circumstances over the last few months.

Symptoms of Ebola are very similar to other tropical diseases, such as malaria.

It comes as the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the UK – a Scottish nurse – arrives in London for specialist medical care.

In a joint statement, the hospital and Public Health England said: “A patient has been admitted to Royal Cornwall Hospital and is currently undergoing a series of tests – one of which is for Ebola.

“We do not expect the results to be known for at least 24 hours and in the meantime the patient is being looked after in isolation, following nationally agreed guidelines and protocols to protect the health of our staff and other patients.

“Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has been following national guidance around Ebola and made plans in line with advice from Public Health England and NHS England.”

Courtesy of Sky News

Patient rushed to isolation ward with Ebola Virus symptoms which forces the GP walk-in centre to shut down in Hereford, UK

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A hospital patient in Hereford has undergone testing for Ebola after displaying early symptoms of the virus, health officials have confirmed.
 
Public Health England (PHE) said the man is being tested “as a precaution”, and they expect test results to show the man is not infected.
 
A spokesman said the man was displaying one of the early symptoms of Ebola, which has killed more than 5,000 people and infected more than 13,000 across parts of west Africa.
 
The spokesman said: “PHE can confirm it has received a sample for precautionary Ebola testing, involving an individual at Hereford County Hospital with a history of travel to west Africa.
 
“Ebola is considered very unlikely but testing is being done as a precaution. Based on the evidence-based risk assessment protocol, we are confident that all appropriate actions are being taken to ensure there is no risk to public health.”
 
Mum Marie Williams, who was in the clinic when it was closed, said: “We were in there at the time and although my daughter has a potential life threatening condition if she is poorly they refused to give me any info on what had happened.”
 
A spokesman for Primecare, which runs the service, said: “As a precautionary measure and in line with standard infection control guidelines the NHS health care centre in Belmont Road, Hereford has been closed after patient with a suspected infectious disease was seen.
 
“The patient has now been transported to hospital.”
 
Deaths from the current outbreak have now reached over 5,000 in West Africa.

Deadly Ebola Virus; Lebanese man rushed to isolation department due to Ebola symptoms in Beirut

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A Lebanese man who arrived in Beirut from West Africa believing he may have Ebola was reassured by doctors that he is disease free but was still taken into a hospital quarantine on Thursday as a practice run to check the country’s preparedness, a health official said.
 
The case initially raised concerns because it was announced by the health minister, Wael Abu Faour, who said earlier in the day that Lebanon had quarantined a man suspected of having Ebola. The announcement came after days of warnings by the government that the country was at a high risk of exposure to the disease.
 
It had also raised concerns because the man arrived from an unspecified West African country three days ago, and reported himself to hospital with what he thought were symptoms of Ebola.
 
But an initial interview with the man showed that he was unlikely to have contracted Ebola, said physician Pierre Abi Hanna, specialist in infectious diseases at the Rafik Hariri hospital.
 
Still, he was placed under quarantine and tested, as a practice run.
 
“He is not a risk,” said Abi Hanna. “We took it as it as a suspected case for exercise … This is a very serious issue, so it served to test our preparedness.”
 
The hospital has set up a four-bed isolated unit to deal with contagious diseases such as Ebola.
 
The minister, Abu Faour, could not be reached for clarification but he later issued a statement to state-run media, saying the man was found to have tested negative for Ebola and would leave the hospital.
 
Thousands of Lebanese live in West African nations, including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — countries where Ebola has killed more than 4,500 people so far.
 
The Lebanese government warned earlier this week that the country is at a high risk of exposure to the disease because of its large diaspora in West Africa.
 
Thousands of Lebanese live in West African nations, including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — countries where Ebola has killed more than 4,500 people so far.
 
Also this week, Lebanon established new surveillance measures to spot suspected cases. All planes arriving from West African countries are being diverted to the same runway, where health officials are checking arriving passengers for symptoms of the disease. Lebanese nationals who don’t display symptoms must still follow up with the health ministry, Abu Faour said.
 
Hospitals that have more than 100 beds have been asked to create isolation units, the minister added.

Deadly Ebola Virus; British man suspected of contracting virus ‘dies in Macedonia’

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A British man suffering from suspected Ebola has died in Macedonia, it has been reported.
 
The unnamed man ‘s death was announced by a senior Macedonian Government official.
 
A second Briton had shown symptoms of the virus, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity is reported to have said.
 
If confirmed, the dead man is the first Briton known to have died in the current global Ebola outbreak.
 
The hotel where the man had been staying has been sealed off – with the authorities reported to be keeping another Briton and staff inside.
 
The pair travelled to Macedonia from London on October 2. The dead man was taken ill at about 3pm local time and died around two hours later, the spokesman said.
A spokesman from the Macedonian foreign ministry said: “I can confirm that a British person has died and he is in the state hospital in Skopje.
 
“We are looking to see what are the reasons according to the protocols of the World Health Organisation.”
 
Dr Jovanka Kostovska of the ministry’s commission for infectious diseases said the man had been suffering from fever, vomiting and internal bleeding, and that his condition deteriorated rapidly.
 
“These are all symptoms of Ebola, which raises suspicions with this patient,” Kostovska told a news conference, adding that samples had been sent to Germany for tests to confirm the cause of death.
“We can’t confirm the patient died from Ebola,” said Dr Jovanka Kostovska from the Department of Preventive Health Care at the Ministry of Health.
“The patient had a mild body temperature of 37.4 degrees Celsius when he arrived. That is not characteristic for Ebola.
“ However considering the rapid and severe clinical picture presented – vomiting, internal bleeding, and sudden and quick death, which are also symptoms of Ebola, suspicion among the patients was raised.
“Samples have been sent to a laboratory in Germany to find out which virus it is. Until then we cannot confirm anything. The results are expected to be available in 48 hours.
“According to the protocols in place for high risk diseases and as a result of the symptoms we are taking all necessary precautions. An autopsy will be carried out and material sent for analysis in international reference laboratory.
“Until the results are confirmed as is protocol in such cases the hotel where the patient stayed has a ban on entry of persons and has been quarantined as have medics who were in direct contact with the patient, pending the initial results, “says Dr. Kostovska.
 
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the reports and are urgently looking into them.”
 
Meanwhile, another British man battling for life with Ebola is to receive an emergency blood transfusion from a doctor who has beaten the deadly virus.
 
Photojournalist Ashoka Mukpo, the son of an aristocrat, will receive plasma from American Dr Kent Brantly in a bid to boost his chances of survival.
 
33-year-old former LSE student Ashoka, who holds both Britain and US passports, contracted the virus in Liberia while working for American news channel NBC.
 
On Monday he was flown to the Nebraska Medical Centre bio containment unit, where he was met by doctors as well as his British fiancee and mother and American dad.
 
British nurse Will Pooley was cured of the deadly virus last month.
Britain has stepped up its role in the battle against Ebola by sending 750 troops to Sierra Leone to help tackle the outbreak.
 
A medical ship and three Merlin ­helicopters will also head for the West African country, where the situation is becoming increasingly desperate.
 
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: “We all have to do more if we are going to prevent what is currently a crisis from becoming a catastrophe.”
 
His announcement came after the death of Thomas Eric Duncan – the first patient to be diagnosed in America. 
 
To avoid a repeat, the US stepped up security checks at five airports and the UK identified four NHS hospitals ready to take Ebola patients if the virus arrives here.
 
The latest outbreak is the world’s deadliest with 3,800 deaths from 8,000 cases.
 
At a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in ­Washington, Mr Hammond outlined details of the British military’s role in the war on the virus.
 
UK and US troops, including engineers, logistics specialists and medical staff, will build and run Ebola medical centres and a World Health Organisation-led health training facility in Sierra Leone. 
 
It is believed the measures will help the country treat 9,000 patients over the next six months.
 
Casualty-receiving ship RFA Argus, which boasts a 100-bed medical unit, will be sent to the capital Freetown.
The Merlin helicopters will be based off the coast and will help transport UK forces.
 
Mr Hammond said: “This disease is an unprecedented threat that knows no borders. We have to get ahead of this disease. If we get ahead of it and rise to the challenge, we can contain it and beat it.”
 
At home, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned it was “now entirely possible that someone with Ebola will come to the UK either by one route or another”.
 
Four NHS hospitals have been ­identified as units ready to take Ebola patients if the need arises.
London’s Royal Free Hospital, which successfully treated British nurse William Pooley, currently has the UK’s only high-level isolation unit.
 
But health chiefs have now identified hospitals in Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield as three others which could take Ebola patients if it hits the UK.
 
The Mirror revealed how Chief Medical Officer Prof Dame Sally Davies, has sent a five-page Ebola warning to every doctor, pharmacist and chief nurse in the country.

Deadly Ebola Virus; A woman who is experiencing symptoms of Ebola is in quarantine at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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Biological Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 19 August, 2014 at 03:26 (03:26 AM) UTC
A woman who is experiencing symptoms of Ebola is in quarantine at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. On August 4, the woman returned from a visit to Sierra Leone, a West African country that has been hit particularly hard by the current Ebola outbreak. So far, 810 cases and 348 deaths have been reported there. Last Friday, the 30-year-old woman began to develop flu-like symptoms including fever, sore throat, muscle aches, and a headache. On Saturday, she checked herself into the hospital. The woman is being held in a special room that has negative pressure to keep everything inside the room. The room itself is in protective gear and doctors and nurses have been instructed to wear protective gear when taking care of the woman, reports KOAT. At least 170 healthcare workers have been infected with Ebola so far, but all of them have been in the West African countries that are being affected by the outbreak. Conditions for healthcare workers in those countries present challenges that US medical facilities do not face, such as extreme heat, long hours, under-staffing, and lack of adequate equipment. The New Mexico Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform tests to (hopefully) rule out the deadly virus. Blood samples will be sent to the CDC in Atlanta. Officials said the woman’s preliminary test results should be back by the end of this week. Last week, a NY man who was quarantined after developing symptoms associated with Ebola shared his experience with the public. Fortunately, tests were negative and he was released from the hospital.

Deadly Ebola Virus: Health officials in Wales, UK monitor individual ‘following possible exposure’ in West Africa

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A potential victim of the killer Ebola virus is being monitored on a daily basis at home in Wales after visiting west Africa.

The individual has voluntarily confined himself to home, which is understood to be in Cardiff, and is undergoing daily medical checks on their condition.

Doctors with Public Health Wales (PHW) are in daily contact with the person who has also voluntarily absented himself from work until they have been given the all clear.

Monitoring of their condition will continue over 21 days, which is the maximum period that the virus usually incubates before symptoms emerge.

“Public Health Wales can confirm that an individual resident in Wales is currently staying away from work and limiting contact with other people voluntarily following possible exposure to Ebola while visiting Western Africa,” a spokesman for PHW said.

“The individual does not have symptoms of Ebola and there are no cases of Ebola in Wales.”

The spokesman added: “We are alert to the possibility of Ebola cases in the UK given the outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea and we remain vigilant to unexplained illness in people who have travelled from the area.

“Processes have been developed to protect public health in the event that we are notified of any individual who may have been exposed to Ebola.”

Ebola is a severe acute viral illness often characterised by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. In its early stages its symptoms can often be confused with a cold or flu.

With Ebola, however, other symptoms emerge which include vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.