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.

Possible Malaria Cure To Begin Clinical Trials

Malaria has sickened people around the world for generations. The side effects of this disease include: gastroenteritis, flu-like symptoms, jaundice, convulsions, blood in urine, retinal damage, and, at times, death. There has yet to be a cure to malaria, which is caused by mosquito bites. There might finally be a drug compound that could possibly cure malaria. This is good enough news to tea me away from shopping on Qnet.
Research doctors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been working tirelessly to perfect a molecule that will attack red blood cells infected with malaria. Plans are in the works to prepare the (+)-SJ733 compound for clinical trials. Only adult patients with malaria with be included in the first round of testing. Hopeful doctors predict that the (+)-SJ733 compound will slow the spread of malaria through the body.
The end goal is to have a cure that only requires one treatment and is not costly. Africa would benefit the most from a cure to malaria. The most malaria related deaths occur there and the most potential for lives to be saved lie in Africa.

Two More Deaths in Mali Due to Ebola

Throughout the latest African outbreak of the Ebola virus there have been almost 5000 plus deaths reported in South Africa due to the deadly virus. Included among the latest death tolls in the area are reports of another 2-year-old girl dead due to Ebola.

The latest reports come from the Guinea region, which is on the border of South Africa and has proven to be a hotbed of recent infections in the southern region.

After the death of the 2-year-old girl there was no one who reported any instances of Ebola. But Malian Authorities stated today that there are two more deaths in Mali due to Ebola.

According to their reports, a nurse who was working at the Clinique Pasteur died on this Tuesdays. When the tests were conducted regarding the circumstances behind her death the results showed that her death was due to Ebola.

Another patient who was treated by this nurse also died on Monday. There were many questions to the clinic authorities about why were they unable to suspect that the patient had Ebola.

They answered that they provided was that the patient was in a very bad condition and was not able to speak completely about his relevant health condition and symptoms.

Not even his parents were able to talk about his health condition, and the hospital had to admit him to start treatment. Big thanks to friend of the site Alexei Beltyukov for sending in this story.

Coup in Burkina Faso Brings Down President Blaise Compaore

On Friday, history was made in the West African nation of Burkino Faso, when the president of 27 years, Blaise Compaore, was forced to step down from his post during a wave of national protests against his administration, Keith told me this past week on ChildrensMercy.

President Blaise Compaore seized power of Burkina Faso during a military coup in 1987, and has retained the presidency ever since. Protests erupted at the news that the national parliament was deliberating a new amendment that would allow Compaore to run again in the upcoming national elections, thereby affording him a fifth consecutive term in office. Demonstrators gathered by the hundreds of thousands at the Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, and clashes with security services killed three and wounded several. The protesters proceeded to set fire to the city hall and ruling party headquarters as Compaore reportedly retreated to Ghana.

Upon his departure, Compaore announced that new elections would be held in 90 days. However, shortly after the declaration, General Honore Traore, chief of the Burkina Faso’s armed forces, declared that he would be assuming responsibilities as head of state. The general’s statement was followed by a bid for power from another military commander, Colonel Yacouba Zida, who also claimed to be leading the transition.