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News Reports for October 20, 2014

by: NewsDiary

Sat Oct 18, 2014 at 20:14:43 PM EDT

Reminder: Please do not post whole articles, just snippets and links. Thanks!

• A glimpse behind the public-health scenes should Ebola virus arrive in Canada  (Link)
• Ebola equipment practice needed for health workers Dr. Robert Strang says people who will be providing care need time to become familiar with tools (Link)

• Hong Kong: Exercise Lavender ensures AFCD is prepared for avian influenza outbreak (Link)

Costa Rica
• Costa Rica Confirms First Chikungunya Case Originating in Country (Link)

• Air France staff refuse to fly to Ebola-hit nations (Link)

• CNN Video: Relatives afraid to take in Ebola orphans  (Link)
• Ebola Front-Line Doctors at Breaking Point (Link)
• Liberia thinks it needs 84,000 more body bags for the Ebola outbreak (Link)
• Video: Ebola makes stigmatized, abandoned orphans Children in Liberia await new families after virus claims their parents (Link)

• Norway Ups Contribution To Ebola Battle In West Africa (Link)
• Ebola: MSF doctor recovers in Norway (Link)

• Senate to hold hearings on Ebola preparedness (Link)

Saudi Arabia
• Saudi MOH Daily Press Release, Index Page Graphic Report, October 20, 2014 (Link)
• Saudi MOH: '2 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded' (Link)

• Senegal is now free of Ebola virus transmission (Link)

Sierra Leone
• Outbreak Abroad: Jennifer Yang, Toronto Star (Link)

• Video: Husband of Spanish Ebola Nurse Calls Crisis Handling 'Lousy' (Link)

United States
• Pentagon to organize Ebola response team (Link)
• OH: Ohio increases Ebola quarantine protocols, travel limitations (Link)
• TX: Ebola fears, flu season collide  (Link)
• CDC: When Caring for Suspect or Confirmed Patients with Ebola (Link)
• Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in U.S. Hospitals (Link)
• CDC: Review of Human-to-Human Transmission of Ebola Virus - October 17, 2014 (Link)
• Whitehouse Video: Weekly Address: What You Need to Know About Ebola (Link)
•  Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) Algorithm for Evaluation of the Returned Traveler (Link)
• Updating a Chronicle of Suffering: Author of 'The Hot Zone' Tracks Ebola's Evolution (Link)
• Ebola Patient Nina Pham's Dog, Bentley, Enters Testing Phase (Link)
• Ebola In The US: Front Line Health Training Trickles Down To First-Year Med Students (Link)
• Ebola-infected cameraman doing 'quite well'-Nebraska hospital (Link)

• Camouflage and Misdirection: The Full-On Assault of Ebola Virus Disease (Link)
• What if Lots of People Have Ebola-Proof Blood? (Link)

• Ebola reaches 'tipping point' as EU meets (Link)
• Spain, Norway and Luxemburg donate less to battle Ebola than Ikea (Link)
• ProMed Reports, Oct. 20, 2014 (Link)
• White House begins talks with Congress on new Ebola funding (Link)
• EU seeks $1.27 billion in Ebola aid for W. Africa (Link)

• Science, Martin Enserisk: How many Ebola cases are there really? (Link)
• How the World's Top Health Body Allowed Ebola to Spiral Out of Control (Link)
• The bigger questions around the Ebola outbreak (Link)
• Only the military can get the Ebola epidemic under control: MSF head (Link)

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Suggested Protocol for Wastewater Pretreatment in Hospitals Treating Ebola Patients

by: Okieman

Fri Oct 17, 2014 at 18:12:13 PM EDT

This post is for suggested protocol to be developed for pretreatment of wastewater from hospitals treating suspected or confirmed Ebola patients.  
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Food Borne Transmission of Ebola Via Pigs?

by: Okieman

Thu Oct 16, 2014 at 11:05:19 AM EDT

Can the Zaire Ebolavirus be transmitted to, replicated in, and transmitted from Pigs?  Based upon the data from the study linked below the answer appears to be YES.  The next question is:  Could this be a source of transmission in third world countries if the spread of the disease continues around the world?  If the knowledge of this potential is not disseminated then I believe it could.  This would probably exacerbate the misery of this epidemic due to causing additional food shortages.  But I believe this information should still be made available since halting the spread of the disease is paramount.  At issue would be the transport and butchering of infected pigs, and the handling of infected meat prior to cooking.
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Calling all knowledge hounds!

by: ChuckE

Thu Oct 16, 2014 at 08:10:48 AM EDT

For years we have been preparing to face an influenza outbreak. With recent news that Ebola may now be an airborne contagion and present in highly populated areas a question has come to mind: What additional precautions/defenses steps should we be taking for Ebola vs influenza?
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Community Open Thread January 1 2013 to ...

by: Bronco Bill

Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 00:01:00 AM EST

Welcome, new posters! Lurkers are always welcome to register and join in the discussions.
Not sure where to post?  Want to communicate with the Mods?  Need some help?  Post on this thread.  
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Prepping Information Index

by: AlohaOR

Sat Jun 20, 2009 at 01:59:11 AM EDT

Use this diary to find and post links to your favorite prepping diaries.
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In Memorium

by: DemFromCT

Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 07:40:07 AM EDT

The Flu Wiki Forum community was stunned to learn of the sudden death of David (Rob) Robin Hills, aka pogge.

Our site administrator since our founding in 2005, pogge was as much a part of the community and the effort as any of us.

The following obituary appeared online:

Obituary for Mr. David (Rob) Robin Hills
Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa on July 6, 2014. Will be greatly missed by brother Glenn (Sandra), nephew Daryl (Nancy) and niece Carly (Rob). Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

To send flowers to the family of Mr. David (Rob) Robin Hills please visit our Sympathy Store.

We don't really have any information about what happened. I was in touch with Rob in late June with no foreshadowing.

Rob was originally recruited for the site by one of our founders, the late Melanie Mattson. With them gone, and revere retired,  and with a tremendous amount of input from SusanC along the way, that leaves me from the original crew.

Now the effort and work is done by all of you.

Pogge was also the site administrator for the wiki side, now offline and likely to stay so. The wiki takes some expertise to manage, it's quite a bit more expensive to run than this forum site and was getting out of date for lack of use.

It was innovative in its day, and we pushed the feds to have a much more robust web presence (which they now do, including their highly active social media side).  But despite Rob's wizardry, the comment side (aka Old Yeller) couldn't keep up, and so we moved the comments and discussion here.

We'll miss your humor and gentle moderation, Rob. You were one of a kind.

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H5N1 Cases (Sep 1, 2013 ...)

by: AlohaOR

Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 18:09:10 PM EDT

Last updated April 7, 2014

Previous case tables:
H5N1 cases from Sept. 1, 2012 - Aug. 31, 2013

H5N1 cases from Sept. 1, 2011 - Aug. 31, 2012

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H7N9 Discussion part 1

by: UK - Bird

Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 08:59:49 AM EDT

A space to discuss thoughts about the virus that don't belong in either the news or the Case thread.
Discuss :: (100 Comments)

H7N9 on Twitter

by: pogge

Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 13:48:31 PM EDT

Discuss :: (13 Comments)

Today's Preps 05-07-2013 to ........

by: Bronco Bill

Tue May 07, 2013 at 16:46:33 PM EDT

So much to prep, so little time.
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Indonesia - March 30, 2013 to ...

by: AlohaOR

Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 22:47:16 PM EDT

This diary is to track and discuss news regarding Indonesia.
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Egypt May 2014 to . . .

by: Bronco Bill

Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 06:08:15 AM EDT

This Diary is to report and discuss the situation in Egypt.
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Pandemics, Pertussis and Vaccine

by: DemFromCT

Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 11:06:19 AM EDT

At Netroots Nation, I was fortunate enough to participate in a science panel moderated by Mark Sumner and featuring Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (Merchants of Doubt), and Josh Roseneau (National Center for Science Education.) Their pieces can be found here, here, and here in the order they were given and are well worth the time to view.

For my part, I had a piece about pandemics and vaccination, noting that one of the interesting effects of having a non-seasonal flu H1N1 influenza pandemic was the result of people being more willing to get a non-H1N1 seasonal flu vaccine. It's important to review this topic; like the engineers reviewing the management failure that happened in the Gulf, it's the only way to make use of the lessons learned.

Still, there was reasonable success in vaccinating people, especially high risk groups. The Northeast was especially good about it, due primarily to the strategy of using schools to vaccinate children. The Southeast wasn't so good, and had small late outbreaks of pandemic flu relative to the rest of the country.

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Real-world lessons learned

by: AlohaOR

Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 19:36:10 PM EST

A news story about public health lessons learned from this pandemic got me thinking about what real-world lessons we can learn from this experience.  Here's what I've come up with so far.  
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