Pierre Formenty, a WHO hemorrhagic fever expert, told the AP that news of a new Ebola strain “is an important discovery for the scientific community.” Nov 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Uganda involving a new subtype of the virus that officials suspect was responsible for sickening 51 patients, including 16 who died. CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevershttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/biofacts/index.html CDC information about Ebola See also: CDC reports of recent Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fever outbreakshttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/outbreaks/index.htm Nov 30 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_11_30a/en/index.html The Ebola virus is highly contagious and known for its high fatality rate, ranging from about 50% to 90%. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some patients have internal and external bleeding. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. Uganda’s last Ebola outbreak occurred in 2000 and involved the Sudan subtype, according to the CDC. In that outbreak, 425 cases and 224 deaths were reported. Analysis of patient samples at the National Reference Laboratories in Uganda and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have confirmed that a new species of the Ebola virus was involved in the outbreak, the WHO said. Four Ebola subtypes have previously been identified: Zaire, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, and Reston. The focus of the outbreak is Bundibugyo district in the western part of the country, the WHO said in a statement today. The reported case-patients include three healthcare workers, one of whom died. Patients are being treated at hospitals in Kikyo and Bundibugyo, the WHO reported. Investigators from Uganda’s health ministry and the WHO said the outbreak might have begun in September, the WHO said. A task force involving the health ministry, the WHO, and international health groups is responding to the outbreak. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said the WHO was particularly concerned about the outbreak because patients are presenting with somewhat unusual symptoms for Ebola, such as vomiting, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. “This could be a milder strain of the disease, but we still need additional information to confirm that,” Formenty said. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had an Ebola outbreak in the DRC’s Kasai Occidental (West Kasai) province that began in August and involved at least 17 cases and 6 deaths, according to previous reports. The DRC health ministry said on Nov 20 that it had been contained. Nov 20 CIDRAP News story “Congo says Ebola outbreak is contained”
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160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – U.S. planes in pursuit of suspected Taliban fighters bombed a village in southern Afghanistan on Sunday night and early Monday, killing 16 civilians and wounding 15, including women and children, according to the local governor and villagers. The U.S.-led coalition said it had conducted a successful operation in the area and had killed from 20 to 80 Taliban fighters in the bombing, which struck the village of Tolokan. The governor of Kandahar province, Asadullah Khalid, expressed concern over the civilian casualties after visiting the wounded in the Kandahar city hospital, but he also urged civilians not to allow Taliban fighters to take refuge in their homes. “As they were chased by the coalition, the enemy hid in civilian houses, and as it was nighttime and difficult to tell who is enemy and who is civilian, unfortunately we have civilian casualties also,” the governor said. “We are upset about the civilian casualties.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA coalition spokesman, Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, said in a printed statement issued in Kabul, the Afghan capital, that he was aware of reports of civilian casualties and that coalition forces were reviewing reports from the ground. The fighting over the past week in southern Afghanistan, against rebels allied with the country’s former Taliban rulers, has been the most intense since the United States intervened in the country in late 2001 against the Taliban and al-Qaida.