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Ebola in Guinea - Page 5 - Djembefola - Djembe Forum

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By gr3vans
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I've heard reports from friends and family that people in kissidigu region that were taken to guekedou treatment center have started returning home without symptoms. this is very refreshing news.
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By djembefeeling
#35710
Yes, up to 70 percent of the people infected survive now that the doctors now better how to handle the symptons...
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By djembefeeling
#35727
this past week the number of new cases rose. and there is bad news for people who survived ebola: many of them suffer from post-ebola syndrom. among other things most people suffering from this have problems with their eyes, pressure and a substantial loss of eyesight.
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By djembefeeling
#35756
Again the number of newly reported cases rose, especially in Guinea. This outbreak of Ebola is completely unpredictable.
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By michi
#35759
Do you have a source Jürgen? I haven't heard much in the past few weeks.

I suspect that this may be one of those diseases that have crossed the animal-human barrier in order to stick around long term. We've had more and more outbreaks since it first happened in 1976:

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/ ... ology.html

Long-term, a vaccine will be the answer. Doesn't help with the current outbreak, of course :-(

Michi.
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By djembefeeling
#35839
More than 500 new infections, mostly in Sierra Leone, where new cases were very low and people became less cautious and funeral business got back to normal (German source):

http://www.stern.de/gesundheit/ebola-za ... 76195.html

The drug Favipiravir, usually taken against the flu, does help to reduce mortality rates to a half if taken in an early stage of the disease, when the number of viruses in the blood is still low (German source):

http://www.dw.de/%C3%A4rzte-ohne-grenze ... a-18276801
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By michi
#35853
I heard a warning on the radio on the way home today. Can't quite remember who it was; from memory, a WHO representative. The gist of the message was "we can't afford to drop our guard. This disease is not beaten yet."

Michi.
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By michi
#35860
Wow… Jürgen just forwarded me this link:

http://www.tagesspiegel.de/wissen/ebola ... 52948.html

It's in German unfortunately. Basically, the gist of the article is that people in Guinea are attacking doctors without borders who show up to help. They throw stones at their cars, and they remove their children from schools because pupils have their temperature checked on entry, and there are containers of bleach to kill off any viruses on children's hands.

The reasoning: "That's how they test whether their vaccine works. We are guinea pigs."

The fear of corruption is all-pervasive. And who could blame these people? Have you ever watched the Constant Gardener?

Little wonder that these people don't trust anyone, especially the government and NGOs. They have been used as guinea pigs in the past, so why would it be any different now? :(

Michi.
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By djembefeeling
#35877
Yes, in Guinea this seems to be one of the biggest problems, the distrust in all governmental institutions and it appears to be a heritage of the gruesome regime of Seckou Touré.

Another sad news from Westafrica: the official number of people who died from ebola surpassed 10.000 now. Good news is that Liberia didn't report any new cases since two weeks, but now experts warn that other infectious diseases like the measles are likely to hit the region, because vaccination programs basically came to a halt for a long time. unfortunately, again only a German source:

http://www.zeit.de/wissen/gesundheit/20 ... sern-ebola
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By djembefeeling
#35933
Liberia, hopeful candiate for soon to be declared Ebola free, has another case. In total, though numbers of new cases are lower, the fire of that disease is still constantly burning.
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By djembefeeling
#36046
Liberia has been declared free of ebola by the United Nations. It's one of those rare occasions where we've got to thank the U.S. Army, I guess.
In Guinea and Sierra Leone things look different. there are much fiewer new cases, but the conditions are still such that another big outbreak could happen, it seems.
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