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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:31 am 
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Media reports cite suspect Ebola case in Jeddah ex-Sierra Leone.

KSA-MoH reported death
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:32 am 
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Riyadh, Shawwal 9, 1435, Aug 5, 2014, SPA -- At a hospital in the city of Jeddah yesterday, the Ministry of Health discovered the case of a Saudi patient in his forties who showed symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever viral infection after returning from a business trip to Sierra Leone during the month of Ramadan.

As a result of the similarity of the symptoms of this infection with symptoms of Ebola virus infection, the Ministry of Health has taken a number of actions to make sure the patient is not infected with the virus.

Initial tests conducted in a special laboratory confirmed that he is not infected with dengue fever requiring further tests to identify the virus.

The status of the patient is critical and the ministry has transferred him according to international standards to a specialist hospital affiliated to the Ministry of Health in the city of Jeddah in order to be isolated in suitable conditions.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:33 am 
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Leila Hatoum ‏@Leila1H 4h
#Saudi health ministry discovers 1st case of deadly #Ebola #virus in #Jeddah. #SaudiArabia #WHO fyi @HaertlG #VirusEbola #health
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.@Leila1H Is this #Ebola case in #KSA confirmed? Thank you. @WHO
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@HaertlG @WHO jeddah health sources say it is.. ive also seen some news sites saying it is. the federal health ministry is yet to confirm it

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:50 am 
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The Health Ministry said Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia scan samples man recently returned from a business trip in Sierra Leone on suspicion of being infected with "Ebola".
The ministry, in a statement Tuesday that a Saudi man in his forties, transfer "to a specialized hospital affiliated to the Ministry of Health in the city of Jeddah."


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:10 am 
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By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Saudi Arabia was testing samples from a man who had returned recently from a business trip to Sierra Leone for suspected Ebola infection, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

It said the man, a Saudi in his 40s, was at a hospital in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

On Monday, the ministry announced it will not issue umrah and hajj visas to pilgrims from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia due to concerns regarding the spread of the Ebola virus.

“We have communicated the instructions to the officials at all ports of entry,” said Khalid Marghalani, MOH spokesman, according to the Saudi Gazette.

“We have trained our personnel on how to identify and deal with Ebola cases and control virus infection, should it happen.”

The virus has killed at least 887 people in West Africa. According to the World Health Organization, there now have been a total of 358 deaths in Guinea, 255 deaths in Liberia, 273 deaths in Sierra Leone and one in Nigeria.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Ebola, but several are under development. The World Bank has pledged as much as $200 million in emergency funding to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone contain the spread of infections, help their communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and improve public health systems throughout West Africa.

Leaders from Sierra Leone and Liberia canceled their plans to attend a U.S.-Africa summit this week and the U.S. set up medical screenings for other officials traveling from those nations.

WHO said in a statement on Monday that there now have been more than 1,600 cases of Ebola since the disease emerged in Guinea earlier this year.

The news comes as Nigeria announced Monday that it now had confirmed a second case in Africa's most populous nation. The patient is a doctor who treated the man who died in Nigeria last month.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:07 pm 
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MSNBC noted suspect case in Jeddah and British Airways suspending flights to Ebola countries in western Africa.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:44 pm 
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Experimental Ebola drug may have helped 2 US patients
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Robert Roos | News Editor | CIDRAP News | Aug 05, 2014

As the second of two Americans fighting Ebola virus disease (EVD) returned to the United States from Liberia today, reports suggested that an experimental drug they received may have helped them.

Nancy Writebol, a hygienist who was working at an Ebola hospital in Liberia, arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta this afternoon, according to CBS News. She received two doses of the drug while in Liberia, and she can now walk with help and has regained her appetite, the story said.

The drug, a mixture of three monoclonal antibodies, has also been given to Keith Brantly, MD, of the Christian organization Samaritan's Purse, according to reports. He was flown back to the United States Aug 2 and is also being treated at Emory. Reports yesterday said Brantly's condition was improving.

In other developments, Ebola test results were being awaited for a patient in Columbus, Ohio, and one in Saudi Arabia, according to media and government reports. Also, the World Bank Group pledged to provide up to $200 million to help Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea fight the virus, while British Airways said it is suspending service to Liberia and Sierra Leone because of the EVD epidemic.

Antibody cocktail
The decision to treat the two Americans with the experimental drug stemmed from an inquiry from Samaritan's Purse to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about possible treatments, according to a Washington Post story. The CDC put the group in touch with National Institutes of Health (NIH) workers in Liberia who were aware of tests of the drug in monkeys.

Within a few days, doses of the drug were flown in from the United States and given to Brantly and Writebol, according to the Post. A spokesman for SIM, or Service in Mission, the Christian group that employs Writebol, told the newspaper that her condition seemed to stabilize after she was treated on Jul 31.

The drug is a mixture of three monoclonal antibodies that targets parts of the Ebola Zaire virus, according to a Canadian Press report today. Two of the antibodies were developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and one is a product of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the story said.

The drug is called ZMapp and is made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical of San Diego, according to the Canadian Press. It said ZMapp has not been tested in humans, but tests in monkeys look promising. Genetically engineered tobacco plants are used to produce the antibodies.

A spokesman for Reynolds American, parent of a Kentucky company that developed the tobacco plants, said the Food and Drug Administration permitted use of the product under "investigational new drug" rules.

Potential cases in Saudi Arabia, US
Meanwhile, an ABC News report today said the CDC has tested six people for Ebola, one of whom is a 46-year-old woman in Columbus, Ohio, who was hospitalized several days ago after a trip to one of the affected African countries. The story said she is doing well now. It provided no details on the other patients.

There was no word yet on the Ebola test results for a patient at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, but the city's health department said in a statement that the diagnosis was unlikely.

In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Health reported that a 40-year-old man who got sick after a trip to Sierra Leone is being bested for Ebola. The ministry said he presented at a Jeddah hospital last night with symptoms of a viral hemorrhagic fever and is now in isolation in a tertiary care center. A preliminary test for dengue virus was negative.

$200 million donation
In Washington, DC, the World Bank Group announced yesterday it would provide up to $200 million to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone control Ebola, cope with the disease's economic impact, and strengthen public health systems.

World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a medical doctor experienced in treatment of infectious diseases, said the new pledge was in response to a plea for assistance from the three countries and the World Health Organization, according to a World Bank press release.

"I am very worried that many more lives are at risk unless we can stop this Ebola epidemic in its tracks," Kimsaid in the release.

And in another development, British Airways announced today it is suspending service to Liberia and Sierra Leone until Aug 31 "due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries."

See also:

Aug 5 CBS News story

Aug 4 Washington Post story

Aug 5 Canadian Press story

Aug 5 ABC News story

Aug 5 Saudi Ministry of Health statement

Aug 4 World Bank Group press release

Aug 5 British Airways announcement (see "Summary" list)

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:03 pm 
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niman wrote:
Media reports cite suspect Ebola case in Jeddah ex-Sierra Leone.


Hot damn, I was right in saying back in June that one could/would show up there sooner or later.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:48 am 
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Said the medical team treating the death of a patient suspected Ebola virus wound Wednesday morning of August sixth at five-eighth and forty minutes in the morning at the time of the Kingdom of the impact of the patient's heart stops, despite attempts by the medical team to revive.

The case of citizen's health was critical since being admitted to an isolation ward in the intensive care late on Monday.

Hospital and take preparations for the burial of the patient and according to Islamic law, taking into account international standards in dealing with cases of epidemic. And advancing the Ministry of Health sincere condolences to the family of the deceased, asking God to bestow his mercy Poivre and inspires his family patience and solace.

The Ministry of Health, through a team of public health and reporting on the situation since the track's itinerary and his case since he came to the kingdom to be limited to all parties who were in direct contact with the situation since the appearance of the symptoms of the infection to be placed under medical observation.

Still type virus cause infection replaced after survey has shown that the tests conducted on samples of the patient's laboratory specializes in non-injury dengue fever and a host of other species hemorrhagic fever viruses. The Ministry of Health sent in coordination with the World Health Organization patient samples to a number of international laboratories accredited and authorized to perform such tests in both the United States and Germany for the detection of Ebola virus infection.

The patient has been moved by global standards to a specialized hospital equipped units of insulation needed to deal with conditions similar since Monday after it was detected on the situation by the mechanisms for monitoring and reporting of cases of epidemic of the control system of the command and control center at the Ministry of Health. The patient had been after he showed symptoms of haemorrhagic fever after a business trip to Sierra Leone.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:54 am 
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aid the medical team treating the death of a patient suspected Ebola virus wound Wednesday morning of August sixth at five-eighth and forty minutes in the morning at the time of the Kingdom of the impact of the patient's heart stops, despite attempts by the medical team to revive.

The case of citizen's health was critical since being admitted to an isolation ward in the intensive care late on Monday.

Hospital and take preparations for the burial of the patient and according to Islamic law, taking into account international standards in dealing with cases of epidemic. And advancing the Ministry of Health sincere condolences to the family of the deceased, asking God to bestow his mercy Poivre and inspires his family patience and solace.

The Ministry of Health, through a team of public health and reporting on the situation since the track's itinerary and his case since he came to the kingdom to be limited to all parties who were in direct contact with the situation since the appearance of the symptoms of the infection to be placed under medical observation.

Still type virus cause infection replaced after survey has shown that the tests conducted on samples of the patient's laboratory specializes in non-injury dengue fever and a host of other species hemorrhagic fever viruses. The Ministry of Health sent in coordination with the World Health Organization patient samples to a number of international laboratories accredited and authorized to perform such tests in both the United States and Germany for the detection of Ebola virus infection.

The patient has been moved by global standards to a specialized hospital equipped units of insulation needed to deal with conditions similar since Monday after it was detected on the situation by the mechanisms for monitoring and reporting of cases of epidemic of the control system of the command and control center at the Ministry of Health. The patient had been after he showed symptoms of haemorrhagic fever after a business trip to Sierra Leone.

http://www.alyaum.com/article/4005471

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