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College students from West Africa may be screened for Ebola

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College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

With the virus continuing to kill in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the expected arrival of thousands of students from those countries has U.S. authorities on alert but cautioning against alarm.

"I can see why there would be concern; there's no vaccine for it," said Fatima Nor, an 18-year-old freshman at the University at Buffalo, where about 25 students from Nigeria are enrolled for fall. But she said knowing that the virus is transmitted strictly through direct contact with bodily fluids of sick people, and not by sitting next to someone in class, should be enough to calm nerves.


"As long as everyone keeps their personal space, it should be OK," said Nor, of Buffalo.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued no specific recommendations for colleges, some state health departments, including in South Carolina and North Dakota, have spelled out for administrators what symptoms to look for and how to react.

Elsewhere, universities are drafting their own precautionary plans against the often-fatal hemorrhagic fever, which causes weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, internal bleeding and sometimes bleeding from the nose and ears.

Comment: One of the best protections you have against Ebola is through diet.

See also: Vitamin C - A cure for Ebola

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Two Japanese with suspected Ebola symptoms hospitalized in Moldova

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Two Japanese citizens with suspected Ebola symptoms were taken from Chisinau airport to a Moldovan clinic on Friday, Moldovan border guard police said.

The passengers had signs similar to the Ebola virus-caused disease, including a high temperature. They confirmed that they began feeling unwell after returning from southern Africa where they were on a business trip, the border guard press service said.

The Japanese citizens flew from Japan to Moldova via Istanbul.

They were taken to the Moldovan National Public Health Centre.
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'Perfect storm' for Ebola to spread, says ebola co-discoverer


Peter Piot, the Belgian scientist who co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, on Tuesday said a "perfect storm" in West Africa had given the disease a chance to spread unchecked.

"We have never seen an (Ebola) epidemic on this scale," Piot was quoted by the French daily Liberation as saying.

"In the last six months, we have been witnessing what can be described as a 'perfect storm' -- everything is there for it to snowball."

The epidemic "is exploding in countries where health services are not functioning, ravaged by decades of civil war," Piot said.

"In addition, the public is deeply suspicious of the authorities. Trust must be restored. Nothing can be done in an epidemic like Ebola if there is no trust."
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Ebola airborne? WHO investigating how epidemiologist without direct contact with patients contracted the disease

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A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.

The announcements raised worries about Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola, which already has killed more than 1,400 people across West Africa. The World Health Organization said it was sending a team to investigate how the epidemiologist now undergoing treatment in Germany may have contracted the disease that kills more than half its victims.

"The international surge of health workers is extremely important and if something happens, if health workers get infected and it scares off other international health workers from coming, we will be in dire straits," said Christy Feig, director of WHO communications.

Dr. Sahr Rogers had been working at a hospital in the eastern town of Kenema when he contracted Ebola, said Sierra Leonean presidential adviser Ibrahim Ben Kargbo on Wednesday. Two other top doctors already have succumbed to Ebola since the outbreak emerged there earlier this year, including Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who also treated patients in Kenema.

Comment: Assuming that becoming infected is dependent on coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person is playing Russian roulette. Ebola may have become airborne and it is time to begin making changes in your diet that can improve your immune system:

Are you prepping your diet?

Scientists stumble across the obvious treatment for Ebola: tobacco

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Forget the Ice Bucket Challenge; ALS can be cured naturally

I mentioned the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a recent article highlighting the social guiding that came with all the "disease awareness" we've been involuntarily immersed in via the media in the last few weeks. ALS meaning Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," meaning in short, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Those challenged during the campaign were compelled to dump a bucket of ice water on their heads while video recording and challenging three more people to do the same, or else pay $100 to ALS research for the cure.

As Dr. Scott Graves points out in "Why I'm Not Participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," it's been 60 years of funneling money into cancer research - with what results? According this the ALS Association, it "has received $62.5 million in donations compared to $2.4 million during the same time period last year..." From the Ice Bucket Challenge alone...can you believe that?

Comment: See: Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Dysfunction in energy production, that is, mitochondrial function impairment, is likely to have a role in the pathogenesis of many neurodegenerative diseases, perhaps including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.On this basis, a ketogenic diet has been proposed as a collateral therapeutic approach in this disease.[95] Studies by Zhao et al.[96] revealed both histological and functional improvements in an animal model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis when a ketogenic diet was given compared with when given a control diet.[...]


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CNN bomb: Pure denial on Vaccine-Autism link

Watch the CNN Coverup Story here.

CNN just dropped the bomb many of us have been waiting for: pure denial. They have been waiting patiently for the journal - Transactional Neurodegeneration - which published the historical study on the link between autism and MMR vaccine to retract, redact and otherwise deny the truth of the study.

For the record, we contacted the editor-in-chief of Transactional Neurodegeneration, Professor Shengdi Chen tonight, with this communication:
Professor Shengdi Chen,

Your recent decision to remove Dr. Hooker's article published in your journalTransactional Neurodegeneration online has been cause of great concern among stakeholders in the scientific, journalistic and legal community here in the U.S., due to a top CDC vaccine safety expert - William Thompson - confessing under the advice of legal counsel today that the CDC manipulated and/or omitted data used in Dr. Hooker's study that falsified a link between African-American children and the diagnosis of autism in those receiving the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age versus those receiving it after 36 months.

While it is feasible that you made the decision for scientific, ethical, and precautionary reasons, as you state on your journal's website:

"This article has been removed from the public domain because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions. The journal and publisher believe that its continued availability may not be in the public interest. Definitive editorial action will be pending further investigation."

...the decision raises concerns as to your culpability in a cover-up.

You should know that your decision is being perceived as a threat to the credibility of your journal and career as an esteemed scientist.

Given the legal implications of your decision to potentially collude with a now verified cover-up involving the falsification of scientific data related to vaccine science and autism, would you be willing to make a statement to defend your decision?

I have copied a wide range of legal, journalistic and scientific stakeholders in this communication, and hope you can clear up what appears to be a precautionary decision on your part, which I hope can be clarified in detail on your part.

Sincerely,
Sayer Ji,
Editor-in-Chief of Greenmedinfo.com
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Ebola outbreak in West Africa 'worse than we'd feared': CDC chief

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CDC Director Thomas Frieden.
CDC Director Thomas Frieden, who is in Liberia to assess the Ebola outbreak, said today the contagion is "even worse than we'd feared."

"This is an absolute emergency," Frieden told WSB Radio in a phone interview this morning. "We have never seen anything on this scale with Ebola before. Unfortunately, this situation is going to get worse before it gets better. We've not yet turned the tide. The outbreak is ahead of our response."

Frieden, who heads the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Liberia desperately needs to set up treatment centers across the country that can safely handle Ebola patients, giving the patients a chance to survive and also keeping them out of the community, where they can spread the virus to others.

"We've seen patients with Ebola with nowhere to go, an increasing number of corpses put onto the street," Frieden said. "A whole system of picking up and cremating corpses has had to be developed."

Cremation, which was not culturally acceptable in Liberia before the outbreak, is now widespread practice, the CDC chief said.

The death toll in Liberia and neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone now stands at 1,427, the World Health Organization said, with total infections of about 2,600 since the outbreak was identified in March.

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Scientists stumble across the obvious treatment for Ebola: tobacco

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Business Down: Traders warn of Chinese exodus from Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

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Li Luming carefully straightens a table cloth in his empty restaurant in Sierra Leone's capital as he laments the damage Ebola has done to business.

It is a pointless gesture -- the table, like dozens in the "Beijing Restaurant", has not been used for weeks -- but it is important to keep going, to show the staff that it's "business as usual".

A favourite of locals and Chinese expatriates alike for more than a decade, the restaurant has seen just a handful of customers since June.

"With Ebola, everyone is afraid. No one wants to go out," 50-year-old Li tells AFP at the 70-cover eaterie in Freetown's Murray Town district.

Li has been in the capital for two decades but, like many entrepreneurs in the once-thriving and influential Chinese community, he is thinking of packing it in and heading back home.

"Before Ebola, all the Chinese and some foreigners came here to eat. Now nobody comes. We have no customers. We may have to close," he says.

Ebola, a virulent tropical haemorrhagic fever, has claimed almost 1,500 lives since the start of the year in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

Eastern Sierra Leone has been particularly hard-hit, but a death in Freetown has spread fear that the capital could be in line for a wave of cases.

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Scientists stumble across the obvious treatment for Ebola: tobacco

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Second WHO worker infected with ebola in West Africa evacuated to Germany

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A second World Health Organisation (WHO) staff member has been infected with Ebola in West Africa and will be evacuated to Germany, health officials said Wednesday. The announcement comes a day after the WHO shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone, after a Senegalese epidemiologist was infected with the deadly virus.

The unnamed WHO worker will be treated in a university hospital in Hamburg-Eppendorf, hospital spokesman Rico Schmidt told dpa.

The patient was expected to land in the northern city of Hamburg Wednesday and be transferred to the hospital in an isolated emergency vehicle.

It was unclear in which West African country the WHO worker had been infected with the virus.

The Ebola death toll across West Africa had risen to 1,427 by August23, according to the WHO, with a total of 2,615 suspected or confirmed cases in the region.

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Japan offers anti-flu drug in fight against Ebola

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Senior Matron Breda Athan demonstrates the use of a high level isolation apparatus in the High Secure Infectious Disease Unit at The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London
Japanese officials are ready to provide an anti-flu drug as a potential treatment to fight the rapidly-expanding Ebola outbreak.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Japan can offer the favipiravir tablet, developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings, any time at the request of the World Health Organisation.

The drug, developed by Fujifilm subsidiary Toyama Chemical to treat novel and re-emerging influenza viruses, was approved by the Japanese health ministry in March.

Fujifilm spokesman Takao Aoki said ebola and influenza viruses are the same type and theoretically similar effects can be expected on Ebola.

He said the drug has also proved effective in lab experiments on mice.

Fujifilm said it has favipiravir stock for more than 20,000 patients.

The company is also in talks with the US Food and Drug Administration on clinical testing of the drug in treating Ebola.

Comment: Well, There is a alternative treatment that may work.

Scientists stumble across the obvious treatment for Ebola: tobacco

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