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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Ebola-Infection Control – San Angelo Standard Times

 

How did it happen?

Thats the big question as federal health officials investigate the case of a Dallas health worker who treated an Ebola patient and ended up with the disease herself. These are professionals and this is the United States, where the best conditions and protective gear are available, unlike in West Africa, where the Ebola epidemic is raging in much poorer conditions. Officials say she has not been able to pinpoint any breach in infection control protocols, although there apparently was a breach, they say.

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Blackflies may be responsible for spreading nodding syndrome

A new report suggests that blackflies infected with the parasite Onchocerca volvulus may be capable of passing on a secondary pathogen that is to blame for the spread of the disease. There is an acknowledged link between NS and onchocerciasis, an infection by a small worm commonly known as river blindness. NS is only present in areas where onchocerciasis is endemic and other studies have shown that there is a high rate of onchocerciasis infections in children with NS.
Despite decades of research, scientists have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of nodding syndrome, a disabling disease affecting African children.

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