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  1. Nov 2014
    1. There is no other way, and we can fairly say that more than 1,100 people treated in our programs have survived Ebola in West Africa due to the willingness of our field workers to assume these risks.

      Nice to know. I wonder how many people will survive thanks to the intervention of the US Army Africa aka AfriCOM??

  2. Oct 2014
    1. As of October 30, 2014, there are more than 3,300 MSF staff working on Ebola in West Africa. The total number of people who have worked in Ebola projects since MSF began its intervention last March is significantly higher. To date, 23 MSF staff have contracted Ebola [note: this was previously reported as 24, but one staff member thought to have contracted Ebola was revealed to have had Lassa Fever] and 13 have died. Eight have survived, and one, our colleague now in New York, is in treatment. Twenty of the 23 have been national staff, people who live in the country in which they were working (national staff make up the vast majority of MSF staff around the world). Three were international staff, or “expats.” After each and every case, MSF conducts an investigation to figure out how someone was infected (the same happens after security incidents in other projects as well) and protocols are enhanced to address identified vulnerabilities. In the case of the national staff members, it was determined that the vast majority became infected due to contact with people with Ebola outside of MSF facilities, in their home communities. The international staff members who contracted the disease and were later treated in France and Norway were deemed to have become infected due to chance encounters in a triage area where new patients are screened. MSF is still investigating how Dr. Spencer might have become infected.

      MSF's statistics on their workers who have come down with ebola (as of 2014.10.31)

    1. On the other hand, Paul Farmer of Partners in Health, one of my favorite organizations in the world, who just returned from Monrovia, Liberia, estimates that 90% of those who receive proper hydration care should survive. The numbers could well work: of the seven people who were treated in the US, only one has died, and his treatment was delayed. Four are already out of the hospital, and two are reportedly doing well.

      An important point: that ebola patients with the best care have a really good chance of living. Ebola doesn't have to be a death sentence.

    1. Federal health officials effectively acknowledged the problems with their procedures for protecting health care workers by abruptly changing them. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued stricter guidelines for American hospitals with Ebola patients. They are now closer to the procedures of Doctors Without Borders, which has decades of experience in fighting Ebola in Africa. In issuing the new guidelines, the C.D.C. acknowledged that its experts had learned by working alongside that medical charity.

      As much as I'd like to believe that the CDC is doing as well as possible under the circumstances, I'm dismayed to learn it took so long for it to adopt protocols closer to those used by Doctors Without Borders. Maybe we'll learn why during the Congressional hearings today.