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Sierra Leone requests US Troops

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has announced his desire for the United States to send troops into his country to help contain and eradicate the Ebola epidemic. As previously reported, President Obama had sent 3,000 troops into Liberia to combat the E-plague. Reuters reports that Liberia and Guinea has witnessed a decrease in mortality and new infections. Great Britain has sent personnel to erect treatment facilities in Sierra Leone. In addition to people, Britain has established a 100-bed naval hospital. President Koroma said it might be necessary to call another three-day lockdown to remove the sick from communities and transfer them to newly built treatment centers.

Italy's 1st Ebola patient

Ebola Update: Robert Carter reports that an Italian physician has contracted the Ebola virus. This is the first Italian citizen infected with Ebola. The unnamed doctor while working with an NGO was treating Ebola infected patients in Sierra Leone.  Reportedly, the physician exhibited symptoms (nausea and vomiting) consistent with the onset of hemorrhagic fever. The physician later tested positive and was diagnosed with Ebola. 

The physician was subsequently transported to Rome via  a "specialized" Italian Air Force KC 767.

Atlanta, Georgia

BEST Academy High School: Atlanta, Georgia

Volunteers4Humanity made its Georgia debut. Meeting potential volunteers, students, elected officials, and businessmen, today was indeed a busy day. One educational institution that captivated our organization was in the zip code 30318. 

In 2007, the Atlanta School Board decided to implement a           new way of educating these students. Based on the research by Michael Gurian, author of "The Minds of Boys,"
Best Academy High School

Ebola free Congo

Ebola Update:In a separate outbreak of the Ebola virus in the former republic of Zaire, now know as the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC), the World Health Organization reports that the country is now free of Ebola. According to the Government of the DRC, the outbreak was contained to the northwestern Equateur province. During the three-month outbreak, Congolese authorities said there were 49 deaths out of 66 people infected with Ebola.

According to the United Nations health agency, "The criteria for an area to be declared "pathogen free" is having two maximum incubation periods of 21 days.

Seventh Physician dies from Ebola

News from the Associated Press: Today another physician has died from contracting the Ebola virus. "Dr. Moses Kargbo is now the seventh doctor to have died. Dr. Kargbo was an outstanding physician that dedicated his life and medical practice to helping others. Upon retirement, he worked at the Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone.  When the Ebola-epidemic (E-plague) arrived in his country, he immediately volunteered his medical services to treat his countrymen. He had been volunteering at a government-run hospital located in the central Tonkolili District. Upon contracting Ebola, presumably from one of the patients he was treating, he was taken to the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center from treatment.  He later died there. So far, every Sierra Leone physician that has contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has died.

The Medical Price of Urbanization in Nepal

In certain populations in the United States, some noncommunicable disease such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity can be attributable to nutrition. In an article published by One World they wrote on the rapid changes in Nepal and the medical consequences that present. "Rapid urbanization and the extension of the road network in some parts of Nepal are bringing chronic, non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease to formerly isolated rural communities, health experts say.

International Tolerance Day-November 16, 2014

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO's Member States adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.  Among other things, the Declaration affirms that is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.

New Ebola Patient in Nebraska

The NY Times reports that Sierra Leone surgeon, Dr. Martin Salia, was placed into a transportation cubical specifically designed to contain patients exposed to infectious pathogens and flown to Nebraska. Martin is currently being treated at the same facility where two other Americans had been successfully treated. However numerous news sources believe that the doctor is far too critically ill to be saved. His Ebola presentation was somewhat atypical. Martin had treated several Ebola infected patients at various facilities in Sierra Leone.

CDC Pet Guidelines(EBOLA)

The CDC has announced that as of today, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick from Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or animals including areas in Africa where Ebola is present. The CDC also cited studies where antibodies to Ebola have been detected in some dogs located in Ebola affected areas, however there has never been a case where the Ebola virus was detected in a dog.
*Highlighting Guidance for Public Health Officials on Pets of Ebola Virus Disease Contacts:

Nurse Kaci in Quarantine

"The SF Gate reports that Kaci Hickox, Maine's defiant nurse, will continue her crusade against quarantines for individuals arriving to the US from West African countries affected by Ebola. The 21 day quarantine, that has been adopted by some states, have discouraged medical professionals from traveling to West Africa.  The President stated that we need more healthcare workers involved on the "front lines". 
SF Gate further delineates the events surrounding Nurse Hickox West African ordeal.

President Bush in Dallas, Tx

ABC News reports that Texas Presbyterian Hospital was treated with a special VIP visit by former United States President George W. Bush. Internationally known as the hospital where nurses Vinson and Pham became infected after coming in contact with Liberian-born Mr. Duncan, who had been diagnosed with Ebola and later died. 
President Bush addressed members of the medical staff, including nurse Amber Vinson, and shared his admiration of the facility and healthcare providers. Further stating: “The last five weeks have been a trying time for the city and residents of Dallas and especially for the people of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

New York Physician with Ebola

Have we waited too late in preventing Ebola from spreading throughout the world? This is the question that many are asking on Facebook. With reports of US Ebola infections, now confirmed in Texas and New York, some Americans believe that this is just the beginning. In New York, NBC news reports that a physician has tested positive for Ebola. Apparently the doctor had come from West Africa, after working with the Nobel " Doctors without Borders", through one of the "screening for Ebola airports". Mary Bassett, New York City's Health Commissioner, said the doctor arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport on October 17." At that time "he exhibited no symptoms until Thursday morning". The doctor had previously visited a bowling alley, now closed and rode the subway.   The doctor felt ill and went to New York's Bellevue hospital where he was diagnosed with Ebola. CNN reports that the physician had "intimate" contact with only a few individuals. These individuals are reportedly in isolation. Their whereabouts are unknown. Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, states "There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed." "We've been preparing for months for the threat of Ebola with clear and strong protocols that were scrupulously followed in this instance."

Schools in Ohio and Texas close amongst Ebola fear

The realization of a person, now diagnosed with Ebola, flying to their city, and freely moving about has Cleveland's residents concerned. TheUSATODAYreports that certain schools in Cleveland and Texas have been closed until the threat of Ebola has cleared.Fox News 8reports that the patient flew from Dallas, to Cleveland, to plan for her wedding. Apparently she had been in contact with the deceased Texas patient; Mr. Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Hospital.   However, she was unaware that she had contracted Ebola.

Spina Bifida-1500 births/years in the USA

Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect that can often be repaired before birth in modern hospitals. However, when undiagnosed or untreated, the pediatric surgeon has a formidable task in repairing the defect.  In the US, the CDC reports that this birth defect occurs in approximately 1500 births/year.While in Kenya, a mother brought her child to us. Our Director, Rebecca, held the child while we performed a detailed examination.

Blood Plasma Donation

Blood Plasma is the component of blood that suspension its constituents. Plasma is derived via centrifuge from whole blood. Plasma contains, amongst other elements, proteins known as immunoglobins or antibodies. These antibodies protect the body from infection. When someone encounters an infection, the body produces these antibodies to fight the infection. Thus, if the infectious antigens ever returns the body is better prepared for the invasion. This is the basic principle behind "plasma sharing". Plasma sharing involves extracting blood from a "survivor", retrieving the plasma via centrifuge and transfusing the plasma into an infected patient. Samaritan's Purse reports that Kent Brantly, MD, traveled to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and donated his blood plasma to Miss Pham, the 26-year-old nurse.  Dr Brantly had previously donated his blood to Dr. Rick Sacra, MD, and NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.