Lassa Fever Outbreak in Benin

A few days ago, I wrote about how an outbreak of plague was threatening to rake up high numbers (and still is!) in Madagascar and yet it seemed to have been overshadowed by the big news in the medical world: the ebola outbreak. Now, closer home to the Ebola outbreak, in the West African nation of Benin, there is an outbreak of Lassa Fever, which … Continue reading Lassa Fever Outbreak in Benin

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WHO: Ebola and Sexual Contact

Sexual Transmission of Ebola: Fact or Fear-Mongering?

The WHO has come out with a message regarding the potential of sexual transmission of the Ebola Virus. In its statement, titled: “Ebola virus in semen of men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease“, the WHO has categorically stated that though sexual transmission has not been noted, certain precautions need to be adopted by men who are recovering from ebola virus disease. Quoting previous … Continue reading Sexual Transmission of Ebola: Fact or Fear-Mongering?

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Buckle up (Simon Davis/DFID)

Is the British Government Deserting Volunteers in the Battle Against Ebola?

If this “The Telegraph” news article is to be believed, then the 1500 or so British volunteers that the NHS is despatching to Sierra Leone as a part of a massive 125 million pounds assistance program may get into some soup if they end up contracting Ebola during their stay in the country. The arrangement is that the volunteers who contract the disease will be … Continue reading Is the British Government Deserting Volunteers in the Battle Against Ebola?

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Ebola Ecology (CDC)

Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are in the midst of an outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. The numbers that have been provided by the respective ministries of health and sanitation and the World Health Organization, which has been summarized in a CDC factsheet show frightening trends. Before proceeding further, let us take a look at the numbers of the suspected and confirmed cases, suspected deaths … Continue reading Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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