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”
– large turnout enjoys Diamond Jubilee celebrationsLINDEN’s Swag Entertainment was crowned the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) 60th Anniversary Futsal Champion after squeezing past Bent Street by a 2-1 margin in the final last Sunday at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Hard Court, Linden.Watched by a large gathering of supporters and well-wishers, the two finalists, despite a scorching first period went to the break with none managing to score, thereby setting up an anticipated and riveting conclusion and they did just that.Swag Entertainment’s Shane Luckie broke the deadlock in the 12th minute when he unleashed a stunning left foot volley from just outside the penalty area to grab the lead for the host.Four minutes later he was back in action with another strike of quality, firing a fierce left-footer into the goal from the left side.Bent Street’s John Waldron made the clash interesting when he netted in spectacular fashion in the 18th minute, but that was all in vain as the final whistle sounded two minutes later to hand Swag Entertainment a well-deserved victory.Swag Entertainment was presented with the winning trophy by Chairperson of the Organising Committee, Minister Annette Ferguson, who committed to hand over the $200,000 first prize at a later date.Bent Street received the runner-up prize of $100,000 and trophy, while Broad Street and Ol Skool collected $50,000 and $25,000 respectively for their third and fourth place finishes.Earlier in the semi-final action, Swag Entertainment beat Ol Skool Ballers 3-2 with Keon Sears firing in a brace, while Deon Charter added the other. Roy Cassou and Joel McGarrell netted for the losers.Bent Street defeated Broad Street 3-1. Travis Lyken, Sheldon Profit and John Waldron were the goalscorers, while Anthony Barrow netted the lone response for Broad Street.