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 Cinnamon    16,081

Guinea’s health authorities are tracking more than 800 people potentially infected in the latest recurrence of Ebola in West Africa.

An estimated 816 people who may have come into contact with Ebola victims or their corpses have been traced since Saturday, Fode Tass Sylla, spokesman for Guinea’s Ebola coordination unit, said on state television on Monday.

Sylla said that the contacts were cooperating and would be quarantined in their homes for 21 days, after which they would be released if they did not show any symptoms of the virus.

The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the deadliest in the virus’ history, claiming more than 11,300 lives, including 2,500 in Guinea. The outbreak is believed to have begun in Guinea with a toddler who died of Ebola in December 2013. The country was declared Ebola-free on December 29, 2015, but four people have died in the latest flare-up in Guinea since February 29.



When they had the last epidemic of ebola, it was scary, even here. Then the Czar showed and no more info. If this gets out of control again, I wonder if they'll do the same thing with the media. I never saw something so huge in the news disappear so quickly as ebola did! 

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 Cinnamon    16,081

Lassa fever outbreaks in Nigeria, Benin, prompt travel warnings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued travel notices Friday for the West African countries of Nigeria and Benin due to current outbreaks of Lassa fever.

In Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported254 total cases, of which 129 have been confirmed by laboratory testing as of Mar. 14. The total number of deaths (suspected, probable and confirmed) is 137, with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 53.9 percent.

The states with the most cases are: Niger, Taraba, Kano, Edo, Bauchi, and Oyo.

In Benin, as of February 10, 2016, 71 cases have been reported and ay least 23 fatalities, according to public health authorities. The outbreak began in the district of Tchaourou in the Borgou Department, an area reporting the majority of cases.  Seven of Benin’s 12 departments report at least one case: Borgou, Collines, Alibori, Atlantique, Kouffo, Ouémé, and Littoral.

Lassa fever is an acute viral illness that occurs in West Africa. The virus, a member of the virus family Arenaviridae, is a single-stranded RNA virus and is zoonotic, or animal-borne.

Lassa fever is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. While Lassa fever is mild or has no observable symptoms in about 80% of people infected with the virus, the remaining 20% have a severe multisystem disease.

The animal host of Lassa virus is a rodent known as the “multimammate rat” of the genus Mastomys. Humans get infected with Lassa through aerosol or direct contact with excreta from the rodent. Laboratory infections do occur primarily through contaminated needles.

The symptoms of Lassa fever typically occur 1-3 weeks after the patient comes into contact with the virus. These include fever, retrosternal pain (pain behind the chest wall), sore throat, back pain, cough, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, facial swelling, proteinuria (protein in the urine), and mucosal bleeding. Neurological problems have also been described, including hearing loss, tremors, and encephalitis.



This is another disease you do NOT want to get! 


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