The First Cases of Ebola Originally Thought to be Caused by Lassa Virus

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is publishing a series, “Ebola Diaries,” with first-person accounts of WHO staff and others deployed to the field for Ebola response since the first cases were reported in West Africa on 23 March 2014. This first diary by Dr Pierre Formenty, recounts how he received word of a cluster of cases in Guinea thought to be caused by Lassa virus but with features that made him very concerned that this was not Lassa fever but possibly Ebola virus disease, and how urgent testing revealed it was in fact the first ever outbreak of Ebola Zaire in West Africa.

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Global infection control market to reach $14B by 2017: 5 key trends

The market is expected to grow at a steady pace of around 6 percent from $10.5 billion in 2012 to $14 billion by 2017. The rise in tide of cleaning standards and mounting pressure for sterilized medical devices in hospitals and clinics has led to the growth of medical sterilization and disinfection market. North America currently accounts for the largest share of the global infection control market; however,Asia is expected to record fast growth in the next few years.

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Ebola Control Training Lags With Gap in Federal Oversight

 

Hospital staff need better training, more funding and sharper oversight to handle Ebola patients, nurses and doctors said after a caregiver in Dallas was confirmed to have caught the deadly virus.

The only way to ensure hospital workers correctly follow procedure is with training and drills, Perencevich said. Some caregivers feel they arent adequately prepared.

The thing thats most concerning is that people just dont have experience with this and they may accidentally put a dirty glove to their face or touch something with their hands, and eventually the hand goes to the mouth, he said.

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