Ebola strikes Congo again

first_img Nov 21 CIDRAP News story “Researchers report new species of deadly Ebola virus” Meanwhile, MSF said in a Dec 25 report that suspected cases have been reported since Nov 27. The group said nine of its Ebola specialists from Kinshasa and Brussels are working in Western Kasai province. MSF said an isolation ward is being built in the village of Kampungu and that the group’s doctors are treating suspected patients and identifying those who may have been in contact with people who had or have the virus. Dec 25 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2008_12_26a/en/index.html See also: CDC background information about Ebola The Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a 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). Hallmarks of Ebola infection include internal and external bleeding, and there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. Dec 23 FAO statement The DRC’s last Ebola outbreak, in September 2007, also hit West Kasai province and also featured Shigella infections in some patients, according to previous reports. Seventeen cases and six deaths were reported in that outbreak. A spokesman from the medical aid group Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) said that two more people have died of suspected Ebola infections, raising the number of deaths possibly caused by Ebola to 11, according to a report today from Agence France-Presse. WHO experts are assisting the DRC’s health ministry with the outbreak investigation and response at ministry headquarters and in the field, the WHO said. The agency said it has sent additional staff and supplies to the area, and a team of national and international experts has been sent to help control the outbreak. Based on reports from the DRC’s health ministry, the WHO said in a Dec 26 statement that the outbreak was detected in Mweka district in Kasai Occidental (West Kasai) province and that a laboratory in Franceville, Gabon, confirmed the Ebola virus in samples from two of the patients. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told CIDRAP News that the two patients with confirmed infections are still alive. Dec 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that involves 34 suspected cases, with at least 9 deaths.center_img Editor’s note: This story was revised Dec 30 to make clear that as of Dec 29, only two cases in the outbreak had been confirmed as Ebola. During the DRC’s 2007 outbreak the government confirmed 17 cases, down from 25 it reported earlier, and initial reports during that outbreak mentioned as many as 395 suspected Ebola cases.  Some of the suspected patients had other diseases, including shigellosis. Nov 20, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Congo says Ebola outbreak is contained” The WHO said it hasn’t received any reports that suggest international spread of the disease, and it advised countries not to impose travel or trade restrictions on the DRC. In other developments, government officials in the Philippines recently asked the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the WHO to send experts to help investigate the detection of the Ebola Reston virus in pigs, according to a Dec 23 statement from the FAO. The WHO said a lab in Kinshasa also confirmed Shigella (bacterial) infections, but the agency did not say how many. In early December the FAO announced that researchers had discovered the Ebola virus for the first time in pigs while investigating outbreaks of porcine reproductive respiratory syndrome (PRRS) at several Philippine swine producers. The Reston subtype can sicken monkeys, but it does not appear to clinically infect humans. Dec 25 MSF statementhttp://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=3275 In late 2007, researchers investigating an Ebola outbreak in Uganda, the DRC’s neighbor to the east, identified a new Ebola subtype: Bundibugyo. Initial findings suggested that the case-fatality rate for Ebola Bundibugyo was about 36%, lower than that of the Zaire (80% to 90%) or Sudan (50% to 55%) subtypes, according to previous reports. Sep 11, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Ebola outbreak confirmed in Congo” From the number of suspected cases and deaths in the ongoing outbreak, the WHO said the case-fatality rate is 26%. The agency said that additional samples have been sent to the lab in Kinshasa. The statement did not say which Ebola subtype had sickened people in the outbreak.last_img read more

How Vin Scully has taken us above, and beyond, a simple Dodgers broadcast

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Those aren’t our questions. Word for word, all of the above was asked this past week by Wendy Parker, a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer and editor now of the exceptional Sports Biblio Digest, a blog dedicated to sports books, history and culture.“All of the above” was also the next line in Parker’s summarization to her inquiry. And she’s living about 3,000 miles away from all this current Vin-sanity.• SCULLY’S BEST: Out list of Vin Scully’s Top 10 callsAbove all, Scully remains the total package, the person broadcasters can still learn from, a gracious, grateful, priority-conscious gentleman we all hope somehow rubs off on us.He leaves us grasping for the right words as we try to explain the way he has impacted our lives, as much a part of our city’s DNA and our own. He’s our “Wonder Years” narrator through a powerful electronic connection. Why do we revere Vin Scully so?Nostalgia? His unfailingly polite and pleasant persona, both on the air and in person?His poetic vocabulary and delivery with a grandfatherly lilt, never a touch overdone?His abiding respect for the game, personified by prodigious preparation?center_img (Really, how did he make a Farmer John shank and butt portion sound even edible?)This all become a more profound exercise as we inhale these last home games. Even then, those who use their words for a living may not even necessarily be in proper alignment on what adjectives to use.Dick Enberg is struck about how Scully is the “poet laureate of baseball.” George Will counters: “Although he uses language fluently and precisely, he is not a poet. He is something equally dignified and exemplary but less celebrated: He is a craftsman. Scully, the most famous and beloved person in Southern California, is not a movie star but has the at-ease, old-shoe persona of Jimmy Stewart.”Can both be correct? Of course. It’s all of the above. And more.• LISTEN TO VIN: Vin Scully classic call generatorWe generally just accept that Scully has fashioned himself into the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time. So is our greatest doubt in Southern California that no one will ever replace him? Has anyone really made us forgot about Chick Hearn? Or Enberg? Or Tom Kelly?Our primary media filter has changed too dramatically, and with it, the drama that someone like Scully can provide.No team would ever allow a single announcer to carry a broadcast by himself on any sport. It’s analyst-driven, mostly by former players, so the play-by-play man, particularly on TV, is just a facilitator.• PHOTO GALLERY: A farewell to Vin ScullyBob Costas nailed it when asked by ESPN’s Jayson Stark to best explain why the artistry of Scully is one for the ages, not the future:“If you watch any other game, no matter how good the announcer is, no matter how good they are, there is always some obstacle or some maze that they have got to make their way through if they are going to tell even one or two of the dozen or so stories like that Vin tells during a game. So he’s a uniquely talented announcer.“But if a 30-year-old Vin Scully came along today, the circumstances could never be duplicated. The business might not know what to do with him. The importance of radio would be much less. You would never have anything that would match the odyssey of the Dodgers … the importance of Jackie Robinson … the transplant from Brooklyn to the West Coast … the broken hearts in Brooklyn … the whole new vistas of baseball on the West Coast.“And then the metabolism of the society of the game changing. But he is grandfathered in, and I mean that in the nicest way. So the very things that appeal to people about him are the opposite of most sports TV does. It’s like, we can’t get enough of this, and we can’t stop doing the exact opposite.”Take that further: Why, as a way to complete this circle of broadcasting life, won’t the Dodgers allow Scully to call an entire game — either Sunday’s home finale or his final one Oct. 2 in San Francisco — as a radio-based format that just happens to be on TV? And then allow the radio to carry all nine innings of it?A Dodgers spokesman said that isn’t going to happen, and that’s a mistake.We hear frequently from Southern California natives who, not necessarily by their choosing, happen to work in different places around the world. They buy into the MLB.com app so they can pick up Dodgers audio games wherever they may be.Their simple request, while thousands of miles away, is for a hometown connection, to hear Scully more than just the first three innings.As a tribute to him, don’t you think Charley Steiner and Rick Monday would be fine stepping aside to hear Scully’s voice call at least those last innings of these final games instead of their own?last_img read more