Ebola Hits Britian For The First Time

The first case of Ebola has landed on British soil. Bernardo Chua passed this story along to me. A health worker was hospitalized at the Gaslaw hospital after she had returned from Sierra Leone. This female patient was working there as a nurse and she contracted the fatal disease after her return from Sierra Leone. This nurse went to there to help treat the victims of the disease and she contacted the disease herself. While the patient is being treated in the infectious disease unit she is in stable condition and she is under heavy surveillance.

This woman had looked for medical help after her return for Africa because she had begun to feel ill the morning after she had returned home. She was transferred to isolation in the London hospital and after she was treated it was confirmed that she had contracted the disease. She flew on British Airways so a British Airways spokesman said that they are working very closely with the health authorities in England and Scotland to make sure that the disease has not been spread. 

It is scary to think that the disease could be traveling to different countries outside of those countries that have already been affected in Africa, but at the same time the world has to work as an united force in order to stop the disease and trying to find a cure.

New Case of Ebola in UK

Bruce Levenson asks: when will it end? No one has the answer, especially now that a new case of ebola has shown up in the UK. It’s thefirst case of ebola to be diagnosed in Britain and it’s a health care worker who has contacted the dreaded and deadly virus.
The newly diagnoses patient is a NHS nurse who has just returned from Sierra Leone where she was treating ebola victims and helping to nurse them back to health. Now she herself is a victim and in need of specialized nursing.
The nurse had just returned from her stint in Sierra Leone via British Airways on Sunday night. She was screened for ebola via medical protocol at both Sierra Leone and Heathrow airports but showed no signs of the dreaded virus. On Monday morning she began to feel ill and quickly sought medical attention when she was diagnosed with ebola and placed in the Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital.
It is reported that the nurse is in stable condition and all people that she came into contact with during and after her flight back to British soil are being treated according to protocol.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon states that she was aware that this day could come and that she feels confident that they are well prepared to handle this and any more ebola cases that turn up in the UK.

Significant Progress Reported Against Malaria Worldwide

This week, the World Health Organization released a report about the status of efforts to combat malaria around the world. My friend Vijay Eswaran shared it with me. The researchers collected information reported by individual countries, hospitals and medical organizations. Thelengthy document provided some welcome good news.

Malaria, a chronic disease spread by the mosquito, remains a serious affliction, especially in tropical climates. The illness can prove especially harmful among children. According to the organization Malaria No More, around the world malaria costs the life of a child every 60 seconds.

Fortunately, the most recent information from WHO suggests that considerable progress occurred in the fight against malaria between 2000 and 2013. The report revealed that deaths attributed to the disease declined by some 47% on a global basis, a statistic giving rise to optimism that efforts to fund and implement programs to eradicate malaria are indeed making some progress. Additionally, WHO reported that for the first time in 2013, Sri Lanka and Azerbaijan indicated no deaths from malaria acquired inside their nations.