Rwanda screening all visitors from US and Spain for Ebola after cases in both cases: http://abcn.ws/1rpPDQf - @ABCNewsHealth
Rwandan officials want to screen Americans amid Ebola fears.
n a turning of tables on Ebola monitoring, the East African nation of Rwanda is screening all visitors from the United States and Spain for the deadly virus.
The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda posted the following notice on its website today.
"On October 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health introduced new Ebola Virus Disease screening requirements. Visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the last 22 days are now required to report their medical condition -- regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms of Ebola -- by telephone by dialing 114 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for the duration of their visit to Rwanda (if less than 21 days), or for the first 21 days of their visit to Rwanda. Rwandan authorities continue to deny entry to visitors who traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, or Sierra Leone within the past 22 days."
The incubation period of Ebola is generally accepted by health officials as 21 days.
The notice appears to be in response to recent cases in both countries. In addition to the three people diagnosed with the deadly virus in Dallas, an additional five patients transported from West Africa have received treatment for Ebola on American soil. Spain has seen three cases, according to health officials.
"Rwanda is wasting incredible resources screening for something that doesn't exist, an American traveler with Ebola," said Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical editor for ABC News.
Meanwhile, a rally cry to close American borders to travelers from Ebola-stricken countries appears to have hit home. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced travel restrictions today in the form of additional screening and protective measures.
Beginning Wednesday, all travelers to the Unites States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea -- the countries hardest hit by the ongoing Ebola outbreak -- will be required to fly into one of the five U.S. airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place: New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago, Homeland Security officials said.
A British naval vessel w 350 passengers & medical supps is on its way to #SierraLeone #Ebola epidemic now http://news.yahoo.com/british-navy-ship-heading-sierra-leone-ebola-zone-115722694.html …
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Ebola Cases Rise Sharply in Sierra Leone
Ebola deaths spike in Sierra Leone to more than 20 per day http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/21/ebola-cases-sierra-leone-increasing-above-20-deaths-day …
|Healthcare workers wear protective gear before entering into an Ebola treatment centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photograph: Michael Duff/AP|
Ebola cases rise to more than 20 per day in Sierra Leone
Government estimates confirm rise with 49 new cases at start of week across two Ebola zones in capital Freetown
The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone is increasing to more than 20 deaths daily, according to government estimates.
Forty-nine new cases of were confirmed on Monday in two Ebola zones in and around the capital Freetown, the National Ebola Response Center reported on Tuesday. There are 851 total confirmed cases in the two zones, called Western Area Urban and Western Area Rural, the centre said. The Ebola outbreakpreviously primarily affected eastern Sierra Leone.
Claude Kamanda, a lawmaker who represents a western area, told local newspaper Politico that more than 20 deaths are being reported daily, and authorities are struggling to keep up with the collection of corpses from homes in the area.
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As Ebola patients vanish in Liberia's health system, survivors go on a desperate search for the missing
MONROVIA, Liberia — For the 29th day, Linda Wilson came to the gates of the Ebola treatment center looking for her best friend, the woman whose picture she carried in her purse, so she could show it to guards or nurses or anyone else who might be able to help.
“Have you seen her?” Wilson asked them.
For the 29th day, the answer was no. Barbara Bai’s name was not on any list, even though she was admitted to a hospital one month earlier. There was no record of her death or her survival at any hospital in Monrovia. She was one of the many people who have simply vanished as Ebola tears through the city.
Ebola ravaged this capital so quickly that some patients passed through an already broken medical system with hardly any paper trail. Others were admitted to one clinic and transferred to another without notice. Hundreds were cremated long before their families were notified that they had died.
The world has heard about the deaths. Ebola has claimed 2,500 lives in this country, most of them in Monrovia. But the epidemic has also left in its trail another form of grief and anguish for those whose friends and relatives are missing. About 30 percent of Ebola victims survive. That’s the number many here obsess over — it is just high enough to offer hope and to fuel uncertainty.
Their vigil is a reflection of a medical system so overwhelmed by the virus that it has lost track of both the living and the dead. The United States and other foreign donors are working with the Liberian government to improve its system of medical records. Some clinics and hospitals have started posting more accurate lists of the deceased on their front walls, where families now gather, collapsing into tears as soon as the names appear.
But many are left without even a hint of their loved ones’ whereabouts.
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