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October 19, 2014

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7:38 PM | Ohio Daily Ebola Contact Report – Oct 19th
    # 9218   Although the primary Ebola focus in the United States has focused on Dallas, Texas - public health authorities in Ohio are also managing more than 150 contacts (close and otherwise) of Texas nurse Amber Vinson who visited family shortly before being diagnosed with Ebola. Most of these contacts are considered casual/low-risk, and so only three are `quarantined’.   Others must either have their temperatures taken twice daily (Tier […]
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6:46 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 More MERS Cases
  # 9217 The Saudi MOH Announced two more MERS cases today, including the 11th recent case from Taif.   Unless I’ve lost count, this makes 22 cases reported since this uptick began on  September 12th.     With half of those cases hailing from Taif, and few details released, it begs the question whether these are mostly community acquired cases or part of a nosocomial outbreak.
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4:49 PM | NIH: `More Stringent’ PPE Standards For Ebola On The Way
Old CDC Ebola PPE Recommendations http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html   # 9216   When Thomas Duncan arrived at a Dallas hospital last month the CDC’s recommended PPEs for HCWs dealing with a suspected or confirmed Ebola case included contact (gloves, gown) and droplet protection (surgical masks, eye protection), but full skin covering and the use of  respirators (ie. PAPR, N95) were not for patient care not […]
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3:31 PM | Can Ebola virus infect via the skin?
I received this question about Ebola virus infection via email: Can you become infected if infected droplet lands on your skin even if there is no abrasion on the skin? I am now hearing this, which surprises me. The virus can enter through the actual skin and does not need mucus membrane to enter? The […]
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3:02 PM | TWiV 307: Ebola aetiology
On episode #307 of the science show This Week in Virology, Tara Smith joins the TWiEBOVsters to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa, spread of the disease to and within the US, transmission of the virus, and much more. You can find TWiV #307 at www.twiv.tv.
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1:05 PM | Ebola: Ohio Public Health Monitoring 29 Individuals
Contact Risks – Summit County Ebola FAQ   # 9215   The good news is that out of more than 150 people exposed to Thomas Duncan and the two-Ebola infected nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, none have shown signs of infection to date.  (Note: This number does not include passengers on Frontier Airlines flights).   About a quarter of those contacts come off `quarantine watch’ at midnight tonight, having gone 21 days without symptoms. […]
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12:40 PM | Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital’s Open Letter To The Community
    # 9214   While we tend to think of Ebola in terms of the tragic number infected, and the number of deaths, the damage done by this epidemic also includes impacts on society, the economy, and even personal and corporate reputations.    One small example – Yesterday ABC News reported that the Ebola Scare Turns Dallas Hospital Into a 'Ghost Town', a response to the initial misdiagnosis of America’s index imported Ebola case, and the subsequent […]
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12:16 PM | Tweeting for foodborne illness
In less than a year, a Chicago Department of Public Health website launched to track Twitter traffic for foodborne illness complaints turned up 21 restaurants that failed unannounced health inspections (Harris JK et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[32]:681-685). … Continue reading →

October 18, 2014

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9:09 PM | Saudi MOH Announces Another MERS Case In Taif
    # 9213   The Saudi MOH today announced the 10th MERS case reported out of Taif over just less than 5 weeks, although we’ve heard virtually nothing about the circumstances surrounding this cluster.   Today’s case is described simply as:     The MOH also announced one death (in Taif) and one recovery in Riyadh.   Earlier today we saw Turkey Announces MERS Fatality – ex KSA, which followed an earlier case reported a […]
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7:21 PM | CHP: Mainland China Reports Two H7N9 Cases
  # 9212   Via Hong Kong’s CHP (h/t Sharon Sanders of FluTrackers) and Taiwan’s CDC, we’ve announcements of two previously unreported H7N9 cases on the Chinese mainland, although very little detail is provided on either case.  While it is still early in the fall, this should serve to remind us that `avian flu season’ is just around the corner. The first case is that of a 44 year-old woman from the far western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, […]
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12:34 PM | Ebola- The current situation
Greetings   I have been covering the Ebola story for some months now and the posts have been well received by the audience. The current world news is focused on Ebola transmission. When I last wrote a "updates post" (Link), the total number of cases was already at a record high. With more and more papers pumping in, I felt this is the right time to get back into writing an update on EBOV 2014.The current estimates is 4,500 cases (as of on 18 Oct 2014) of death, including 236 health […]
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11:56 AM | Squirts Stars, thermometers and gender stuff
In Canada we call the little kids that play hockey, Novices. In Brisbane they call them Squirts. Novice is better. Whatever they’re called, mucho kudos to the Brisbane  Southern Stars Squirts (5-9-years-old) on winning all seven games at the 4th … Continue reading →
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11:47 AM | CDC: Review of Human-to-Human Transmission of Ebola Virus
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9211   My reasoning behind why I don’t believe that Ebola is an `airborne’ virus in the `classic sense’ (although short-distance droplet transmission appears possible) is pretty simple:    If it was truly airborne, we’d be digging mass graves all around the globe by now.   Whether it could someday achieve airborne transmissibility is a debate I’ll leave to real scientists to wrangle over. While I […]
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10:50 AM | Turkey Announces MERS Fatality – ex KSA
  # 9210     Overnight ProMed Mail carried a brief reports on a reported fatality in Turkey from the MERS virus (see MERS-COV (38):TURKEY ex SAUDI ARABIA, FATAL, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION), with the following brief announcement:   MERS-CoV, Ankara, Turkey, New Death --------------------------------------------- MoH Turkey announced the laboratory results as MERS-Cov positive for a recently dead patient in Ankara. The Turkish-originated male patient, […]
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7:08 AM | Ebola’s Chain of Infection
A chain of infection is a method for organizing the basic information needed to respond to an epidemic.  I’ve gathered the best information I’ve been able to find. As the current epidemic is analyzed, there is no doubt some of the recommendations and basic knowledge will change. The Ebola Virus (EBOV) The Ebola virus is […]

October 17, 2014

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5:25 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Doug Emlen
I recently sat down with evolutionary biologist Dr. Doug Emlen when he was in town to give a seminar at NC State. We met at the Hunt Library, and after testing out a few of their famous chairs, we settled in for an interview that took us around the world. Read on to learn how Doug spent the first six months of sixth grade in Kenya with his dad studying birds, got singled out in science class and learned early on in his academic career that he would never be Indiana Jones. Lea: We’re […]
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4:43 PM | WHO Ebola Roadmap Update – Oct 17th
  # 9209   Although there are quite obviously huge gaps in surveillance and reporting from the three hot zone countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the numbers collected by the WHO continue to rise at a staggering rate.  Last Friday the total number of cases sat at 8376 and today that number is 9191 – an increase over more than 800 cases in 7 days.   The real number is anyone’s guess, although many estimates put it at double or triple the […]
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4:12 PM | How to stop the spread of Ebola [video]
Tagged: Biology, Ebola, Emerging disease, Filovirus, Health, Medicine, Microbiology, Science, Video, Virology, virus
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1:35 PM | Hospital Ebola Preparedness COCA Call Now Online
    # 9208   On Tuesday the CDC sponsored a COCA Call that was so hammered by people trying to listen in, that many callers (like myself) were dropped, and based on twitter comments, many others were unable to log on at all.   In light of the events of this week, the information presented in this COCA Call by experts from both Emory and UNMC – where Ebola cases have been successfully handled – become even more important.   To access the audio, […]
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1:19 PM | ECDC Updated Rapid Risk Assessment On MERS-CoV
  # 9207   Although the number of MERS infections being reported over the past few months pales compared to the numbers we saw last spring, we’ve seen a steady trickle of cases in Saudi Arabia over the last month, and on September 30th we saw Austria Report 1st Imported MERS Case (ex- KSA).    While the reasons are not fully understood, MERS is beginning to look as if it has a seasonal preference, with most cases reported during the spring and early summer. […]
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11:49 AM | WHO MERS Update – Saudi Arabia
Credit FAO     # 9206   While are understandably focused on Ebola, there are other emerging viral infections out there that could – if they they began to spread efficiently among humans – pose an even bigger global threat than Ebola.  Among those are the various flavors of avian flu (H5N1, H7N9, H5N6, etc.) and the MERS coronavirus. Although the number of MERS cases has dropped over the summer, we continue to see a small trickle of cases in Saudi […]
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11:25 AM | Absolute Quantification of DNA Without the Standard Curve
Bio-Rad Laboratories is proud to announce the launch of new PrimePCR Assays for Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR™). This release expands Bio-Rad’s current offering of predesigned and fully wet-lab validated assays by an additional 100 assays for copy number variation (CNV) and 92 assays for mutation detection. Bio-Rad will also be adding 5,620 mutation detection assays […]
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11:15 AM | Ohio Announces Stricter Ebola Quarantine Protocols
    # 9205 Given the expanding epidemiological investigations into contacts of those who were potentially exposed to Ebola in Dallas, the State of Ohio has released a new set of stringent quarantine protocols for anyone who may have had contact with an Ebola infected individual.   These guidelines are far stricter than those released last August by the CDC (see Interim Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Ebola Virus Disease Exposure), where […]
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11:00 AM | TWiM #89: Microbial Handoffs
Vincent, Michele, and Michael discuss how a gene from bacteria protects a tick from plant cyanide poisoning, and enhanced transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae by influenza virus co-infection in mice.
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10:33 AM | CDC Expands Passenger Notifications Over Ebola Concerns
Credit Wikipedia   # 9204   Overnight – based on new information that Dallas nurse Amber Vinson might have been mildly symptomatic as early as Saturday – the CDC has decided to expand the scope of their airline passenger notifications to include those on her flight to Ohio last Friday along with her return flight.   Frontier Airlines flight 1142 Dallas/Fort Worth to Cleveland on Oct. 10 Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on […]
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7:00 AM | Y not an irresistible antibiotic!!
Greetings    As spoken several times in this post, anti microbial fight has been a loosing war (Link) with science running badly out of options. This is no less agreeable in many cases of hospital acquired infections (which I sometimes prefer to call "healthcare vectored" infections). With the WHO calling us into a possible post antibiotic era (Link) we are desperately looking for options. But a basic question remains in the minds of many people. Is it not possible for us to develop […]

October 16, 2014

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8:51 PM | A visit from the garden spider
This past week I noticed something other than Brussels sprouts in my garden — a beautiful garden spider! I did what any curious entomologist and gardener would do… I got as close as I could and took a picture and watched in amazement as she sat and waited surrounded by meals in little to-go containers of silk in her web. A week later I stopped by to say my daily greeting to her and noticed she was gone, her web reduced to a single strand connecting my rosemary to my tarragon. And […]
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8:25 PM | NPR: Jody Lanard On Addressing Ebola Fears
  # 9203   I’ve stated before that I believe that my risks of being exposed to Ebola – as an average American not currently involved in patient care – are probably near zero. If I torture some improbable scenario long enough, I suppose I could conjure up some way it could happen, but given my age, weight, and cholesterol levels, I’ve learned to prioritize my concerns.   Of course, a lot of people in this country are worried.   Partly […]
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8:09 PM | UEG Week 2014
The United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week 2014 in Vienna is just around the corner. The conference kicks off on Saturday the 18th of October and judging from the program it will be a very interesting and inspiring event with so much to choose from that you will hardly be able to make up your mind about what to attend.The general UEG website has now changed to the UEG Week Live site, which can be accessed here; however, you can still access the regular site here. The programme for the […]
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5:23 PM | Commonwealth Games athletes’ village outbreak report released
In July over 80 staff and volunteers were hit with a touch of the norovirus prior to the Commonwealth Games (the Olympics, sort of, except the only nations invited are part of the British, uh, commonwealth). According to Herald Scotland, HS … Continue reading →
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