Ebola OUTBREAK : U.N. worker dies of Ebola in German hospital – usatoday


A United Nations employee receiving treatment in Germany for Ebola has died from the disease, a hospital in Leipzig said Tuesday.

The unnamed patient was being treated at St. Georg hospital, the Associated Press reported. The 53-year-old contracted the virus while working in Liberia.

The man died despite “intensive medical procedures,” the hospital said.


The patient was diagnosed with Ebola on Oct. 6 and arrived in Leipzig for treatment on Oct. 9. Germany has treated at least three people who have contracted the virus.

A Senegalese man was released from a Hamburg hospital on Oct. 3 and a Ugandan man is still being cared for at a clinic in Frankfurt.

The development comes as Britain’s Heathrow airport Tuesday started screening passengers arriving from West Africa for the disease.

Major airports in the U.S. have or will begin monitoring arriving passengers for Ebola.


Nina Pham, 26, a nurse in Dallas who caught Ebola from a man in the U.S. who died from the virus, received a blood transfusion from a physician who survived the disease. Pham’s condition is said to be stable

More than 4,000 people have been killed by Ebola, according to the World Health Organization, and the disease has so far shown few signs that it is being brought under control.

The WHO warned Tuesday that there could be up to 10,000 news cases of Ebola per week in the next two months, up from the 1,000 cases per week currently being seen.

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  1. Growing concerns over ‘in the air’ transmission of Ebola By Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service 16 November 2012 From the section Science & Environment The infection is thought to get into humans through close contact with bodily fluids Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species. In experiments, they demonstrated that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them. The researchers say they believe that limited airborne transmission might be contributing to the spread of the disease in some parts of Africa. They are concerned that pigs might be a natural host for the lethal infection. Ebola viruses cause fatal haemorrhagic fevers in humans and many other species of non human primates. Details of the research were published in the journal Scientific Reports. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the infection gets into humans through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs and other bodily fluids from a number of species including chimpanzees, gorillas and forest antelope. The fruit bat has long been considered the natural reservoir of the infection. But a growing body of experimental evidence suggests that pigs, both wild and domestic, could be a hidden source of Ebola Zaire – the most deadly form of the virus. Now, researchers from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the country’s Public Health Agency have shown that pigs infected with this form of Ebola can pass the disease on to macaques without any direct contact between the species. In their experiments, the pigs carrying the virus were housed in pens with the monkeys in close proximity but separated by a wire barrier. After eight days, some of the macaques were showing clinical signs typical of ebola and were euthanised. One possibility is that the monkeys became infected by inhaling large aerosol droplets produced from the respiratory tracts of the pigs. Pigs could act as a host and amplify the Ebola virus One of the scientists involved is Dr Gary Kobinger from the National Microbiology Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada. He told BBC News this was the most likely route of the infection. “What we suspect is happening is large droplets – they can stay in the air, but not long, they don’t go far,” he explained. “But they can be absorbed in the airway and this is how the infection starts, and this is what we think, because we saw a lot of evidence in the lungs of the non-human primates that the virus got in that way.” The scientists say that their findings could explain why some pig farmers in the Philippines had antibodies in their system for the presence of a different version of the infection called Ebola Reston. The farmers had not been involved in slaughtering the pigs and had no known contact with contaminated tissues. Dr Kobinger stresses that the transmission in the air is not similar to influenza or other infections. He points to the experience of most human outbreaks in Africa. “The reality is that they are contained and they remain local, if it was really an airborne virus like influenza is it would spread all over the place, and that’s not happening.” Hidden host The authors believe that more work needs to be done to clarify the role of wild and domestic pigs in spreading the virus. There have been anecdotal accounts of pigs dying at the start of human outbreaks. Dr Kobinger believes that if pigs do play a part, it could help contain the virus. “If they do play a role in human outbreaks it would be a very easy point to intervene” he said. “It would be easier to vaccinate pigs against Ebola than humans.” Workers prepare to disinfect during a recent Ebola outbreak in Uganda Other experts in the field were concerned about the idea that Ebola was susceptible to being transmitted by air even if the distance the virus could travel was limited. Dr Larry Zeitlin is the president of Mapp Biopharmaceuticals. “It’s an impressive study that not only raises questions about the reservoir of Ebola in the wild, but more importantly elevates concerns about ebola as a public health threat,” he told BBC News. “The thought of airborne transmission is pretty frightening.” At present, an outbreak of ebola in Uganda has killed at least two people near the capital Kampala. Last month, Uganda declared itself Ebola-free after an earlier outbreak of the disease killed at least sixteen people in the west of the country. And you ask why they still contracted it Wake up people!