lunes, 18 de agosto de 2014
Las primeras dos notis son breves y vienen de Russia Today:
Dos africanos con síntomas de ébola huyen de una clínica saudita
Dos personas de origen africano con síntomas del virus del Ébola han escapado de un centro médico en Arabia Saudita en el que estaban siendo sometidos a pruebas, informó la agencia RIA Novosti citando medios locales. Ambos presentaban fiebres, dolor de cabeza y respiración agitada. Según las autoridades sanitarias, los pacientes no procedían de los países africanos que registraron casos de ébola.
Una mujer con síntomas de ébola muere en el aeropuerto de Abu Dabi
Una mujer nigeriana con síntomas del virus del Ébola ha muerto en la zona de tránsito del aeropuerto de Abu Dabi, informa el portal Emirates 24/7. La mujer, de 35 años de edad, viajaba de Nigeria a la India para someterse al tratamiento del cáncer que padecía. Su estado de salud se deterioró en el aeropuerto de Abu Dabi, donde tenía previsto hacer un cambio a otro vuelo. Médicos de la sala de emergencia del aeropuerto le diagnosticaron síntomas del ébola. En estos momentos seis personas, entre ellas el marido de la mujer y médicos que la atendieron, permanecen aisladas y bajo supervisión médica.
La tercera noticia es de la BBC:
Ebola crisis: Confusion as patients vanish in Liberia
There are conflicting reports over the fate of 17 suspected Ebola patients who vanished after a quarantine centre in the Liberian capital was looted.
An angry mob attacked the centre in Monrovia's densely populated West Point township on Saturday evening.
A senior health official said all of the patients had been moved to another medical facility. But a reporter told the BBC that 17 had escaped while 10 others were taken away by their families.
More than 400 people are known to have died from the virus in Liberia, out of a total of 1,145 deaths recorded in West Africa by the World Health Organization since March.
Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said protesters had been unhappy that patients were being brought in from other parts of the capital. Other reports suggested the protesters had believed Ebola was a hoax and wanted to force the quarantine centre to close.
The attack at the Monrovia centre is seen as a major setback in the struggle to halt the outbreak, says the BBC's Will Ross, reporting from Lagos. Health experts say that the key to ending the Ebola outbreak is to stop it spreading in Liberia, where ignorance about the virus is high and many people are reluctant to cooperate with medical staff.
Mr Nyenswah said after the attack that 29 patients at the centre were being relocated and readmitted to an Ebola treatment centre located in the facility of the country's John F Kennedy Memorial Medical Center. However, Jina Moore, a journalist for Buzzfeed who is in Monrovia, told the BBC that 10 people had been freed by their relatives on Friday night and 17 had escaped during the looting the next day.
Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack, told the AFP news agency: "They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients have all gone." The attackers, mostly young men armed with clubs, shouted insults about President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and yelled "there's no Ebola", she said, adding that nurses had also fled the centre.
The head of the Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Williams, said the unit had housed 29 patients who "had all tested positive for Ebola" and were receiving preliminary treatment. Confirming that 17 had escaped, he said that only three had been taken by their relatives, the other nine having died four days earlier. However, Mr Nyenswah said it was not confirmed that the patients had Ebola.
Fallah Boima's son was admitted to the ward four days ago, and seemed to be doing well, but when the distraught father arrived for his daily visit on Sunday his son was nowhere to be seen, AFP adds. "I don't know where he is and I am very confused," he said. "He has not called me since he left the camp. Now that the nurses have all left, how will I know where my son is?"
Ebola is spread by contact with an infected person's bodily fluids, such as sweat and blood, and no cure or vaccine is currently available. Blood-stained mattresses, bedding and medical equipment were taken from the centre, a senior police officer told BBC News, on condition of anonymity. "This is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen in my life," he said. "All between the houses you could see people fleeing with items looted from the patients."
The looting spree, he added, could spread the virus to the whole of the West Point area.
Described as a slum, there are an estimated 50,000 people in the West Point neighbourhood. The Ebola epidemic began in Guinea in February and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. One Nigerian doctor has survived the disease and was sent home on Saturday night, said Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu in a statement. Mr Chukwu said five other people infected with Ebola had almost fully recovered.
On Friday, the death toll rose to 1,145 after the WHO said 76 new deaths had been reported in the two days to 13 August. There have been 2,127 cases reported in total.